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Dienstag, 21. April 2015

Macedonia Has 15 Villages Named 'Novo Selo', Each of Them Different from the Other


There are more than 15 villages in Macedonia that bear the name 'Novo Selo', meaning New Village, scattered all across its territory, Telegraf.mk has learnt.

What is more than obvious is the fact that besides the common name, they are completely different from each other - some are more developed, with asphalt paving and schools, while others are inhabited by few families, with muddy roads and old churches.

Telegraf.mk's team has visited five of these villages. First they went to the Novo Selo near the town of Stip, located at its entrance. 


Chronicles say that Dame Gruev and Goce Delcev use to work there, as teachers. The school they taught in, is now housing the Rectorate of the Goce Delcev University.

The welcoming locals told Telegraf.mk that most of the village inhabitants used to work as blacksmiths and horse saddle makers. There were over 138 shops in the village, said electrical engineer Vanco Causev, who believes that the Novo Selo near Stip was founded before the 13th century because many churches there date from that period, the most important being St. Spas (or St. Salvation).


The Novo Selo near Stip is famous for its history. Photo: Vlatko Perkovski

More and More French Tourists Come to Macedonia

Five French tour-operators paid a visit April 13-17 to Macedonia, upon an invitation of the Agency for Support and Promotion of Tourism, reads travel magazine TourMag.com.

Representatives of tour-operators Kuoni, Verdie, Intermedes, Arts et vie and Alest Voyages had the opportunity to witness the novelties of the emerging Balkan destination.

The magazine for professional travel workers says the number of French tourists in Macedonia increased by 14 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, following an enhanced media campaign in France over the country's tourism offer.


The positive trend is expected to resume in 2015, with low-cost airline WizzAir enlarging the number of Paris Beauvais-Skopje and Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg - Ohrid flights.

Figaro Voyag magainze also dedicates an article to Macedonia titled "Five Reasons to Visit Macedonia".

"Ensconced amidst the Balkans, Macedonia is still a destination away from mass tourism. Yet the country has a rich cultural heritage and unspoiled natural areas", reads the article, urging travelers to visit Ohrid, Skopje, Pelister national park, archaeological site Stobi, and monastery St.Jovan Bigorski.

Moreover, specialized web-portal for travel workers "PagTour" also invites travelers to visit Macedonia for a weekend getaway or a discovery tour, including its majestic lakes and natural sanctuaries, the eclectic capital of Skopje, peaceful monasteries, vineyards, and try the exceptional and tasty cuisine.


DHL und UNDP unterstützen mazedonische Flughäfen bei der Katastrophenvorsorge

Mit  einem dreitägigen Katastrophenmanagement-Workshop bereitet sich der “Alexander der Große” Flughafen in Skopje auf mögliche Katastrophen vor.

Mit einem heute begonnenen dreitägigen Katastrophenmanagement-Workshop bereitet sich der “Alexander der Große” Flughafen in Skopje auf mögliche Katastrophen vor. Der Workshop ist Teil des “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) Schulungsprogramms von Deutsche Post DHL Group und dem Entwicklungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen (UNDP).

“Get Airports Ready for Disaster” Workshops an den Flughäfen Skopje und Ohrid
Er wird in enger Abstimmung mit TAV Macedonia, dem Betreiber der beiden Flughäfen des Landes, “Alexander der Große” in Skopje und “Apostel Paulus” in Ohrid, durchgeführt. Ziel des GARD-Programms ist es, Flughäfen auf die logistischen Herausforderungen nach Naturkatastrophen vorzubereiten. In den Workshops werden den Flughafenmitarbeitern wichtiges Wissen und Logistikkompetenzen vermittelt, um sicherzustellen, dass es an den Flughäfen im Ernstfall nicht zu Engpässen kommt und die eintreffenden Hilfsgüterlieferungen möglichst effizient abgewickelt werden können. Das GARD-Konzept ist seit 2005 bereits erfolgreich an fast 30 Flughäfen umgesetzt worden, zum Beispiel in der Türkei, Armenien, dem Libanon, Indonesien, den Philippinen, Nepal, Bangladesch, Panama, El Salvador und Peru. Die GARD-Trainer – DHL-Logistikexperten, die ihre Kompetenzen unentgeltlich zur Verfügung stellen – arbeiten eng mit den Vereinten Nationen zusammen.

“Wir denken immer positiv und gehen nicht davon aus, dass es zur Katastrophe kommen muss”, sagt Zoran Krstevski, Geschäftsführer von TAV Macedonia. “Aber wir müssen auf alle möglichen Szenarien vorbereitet sein, also auch auf Naturkatastrophen und von Menschen verursachte Katastrophen. Darum schätzen wir die von DHL und UNDP organisierte GARD-Schulung um den Flughafen in Skopje sowie weitere auf den Ernstfall vorzubereiten.”

Mittwoch, 15. April 2015

More foreign tourists in Macedonia

According to data of the State Statistical Office, the number of tourists in February was 29743 and the number of nights spent by tourists was 62297.



The number of tourists in February compared to the same month in 2014 increased by nine percent and the number of nights spent increased by 2.8%.

The number of domestic tourists in February compared to the same month last year decreased by 11.6%, while the number of foreign tourists increased by 23.5%.


The number of nights spent by domestic tourists decreased by 13.1%, whereas the number of nights spent by foreign tourists increased by 16%.

The number of tourists in period January-February, compared to the same period last year, increased by 7.6%: the number of domestic tourists decreased by 5.6%, while that of foreign tourists increased by 18.2%.

The number of nights spent in period January-February increased by 1.7%: the number of nights spent by domestic tourists decreased by 12.1%, whereas those by foreign tourists increased by 15%.