11. January 2022
Golden year - 1st Anniversary of the Gold gondola
The Zlatibor gondola has just completed a full year of operation. A year marked by unprecedented success, huge media attention, record breaking, awards and other recognitions that made us proud. The pride of Zlatibor, which in a very short time has become not only the biggest attraction, but also a real tourist flywheel of the entire region. The year that has just passed imposes the need for a small recapitulation of all the significant events we have gone through in the past period. The cold winter morning of January 11th always reminds us of the huge queues of passengers who eagerly awaited the first cabins from the Intermediate station in the desire to grab a piece of Zlatibor's history for themselves. That same day was also a great overture for the grand opening which was planned a few days later. The technical correctness and the overall functioning of this demanding installation as well as the whole system functioning was a serious organizational challenge. The visit of the President of the State required a special protocol, and in addition it was necessary to host ministers, state secretaries, domestic and foreign partners in the project, as well as representatives of local government, but also a large number of interested citizens who are attracted by such events. We bravely went through perhaps the most demanding part of the year, the winter season, and step by step, gained routine, which greatly helped us to overcome even some serious challenges in work, such as rigid epidemiological measures, strong winds, thunder and others disasters that could possibly affect the smooth operation of the largest installation of this type in the world. A large number of TV crews and journalists simply raced to make a report on the longest panoramic gondola. It was breaking news in those days and one of the main topics even today. One of the few installations of this type that works throughout the year, required a lot of time and effort invested in regular and timely maintenance. Regular technical inspections were done every month, which enabled our gondola to work smoothly and with as few interruptions as possible, and the number of passengers speaks directly in favor of that. We really consider transporting 230,000 passengers in conditions of limited capacity due to binding epidemiological measures, which we are very proud of. What makes us especially happy is the large number of transported foreign tourists, especially those from extremely distant destinations, which are on Zlatibor, from year to year, more and more and who did not miss the opportunity to ride through this great attraction. Numerous groups of tourists from India, Pakistan, China and other distant countries have included gondola rides in their itinerary. In addition to them, we had the honor to host the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, the ambassadors of the Czech Republic and Egypt, and a special curiosity was the visit of two active Russian cosmonauts who, despite their extremely attractive invitation, were impressed by the ride and all the beauties Zlatibor has to offer. Famous Serbian singer Ivana Selakov chose the Gold Gondola to record her new video, and the ride through the beautiful landscapes of our mountain has repeatedly inspired travelers and given a wonderful, romantic occasion for several propositions that took place in our cabins. In addition, throughout the year we have not forgotten the humanitarian and socially responsible character that we certainly have as a public company, so we regularly gave our contribution through gift rides to children with special needs, as well as other youngest, supported youth sports games, festival "Licidersko srce ", But they were also patrons of many events. Recognition for our work, work and overall merits in tourism in general, came only a few days ago. Gold Gondola is a proud winner of this year's "Tourist Flower" award, given by the Tourist Organization of Serbia for its contribution to the improvement of tourism and raising the quality of tourist services. This award has been awarded continuously for 36 years, and the Gold Gondola won this prestigious award in the first year of its operation. At the moment, the big annual service and technical inspection is nearing completion, and preparations are being made for the upcoming winter season, where, at the very least, we expect the same interest as the previous ones. Such a successful year, which is slowly behind us, has set very high standards for each following year, and it is up to us to meet those standards and move them up. We are starting the New Year with the goal of setting new records and winning new awards.
03. January 2022
New Year in the "Gold gondola" of Zlatibor
During the New Year's holidays Zlatibor breaks all attendance records together with the “Gold Gondola”. According to the data of the Tourist Organization of Zlatibor our mountain hosted over 50,000 guests for the holidays. Almost spring weather and temperatures lured thousands of people from their apartments and the main attraction was the “golden” gondola. The characteristic winter season queues have been formed since the early morning and a large number of passengers have been patiently standing in line waiting for their cabin. In just four New Year's days, the “Gold gondola” transported over 6,000 passengers. The result would have been far more impressive if epidemiological measures had not yet been in force, halving cabin capacity and limiting the maximum number of passengers to 5 persons per cabin. A special curiosity for the first New Year that we "celebrate" with our passengers is a special holiday offer in the form of two cabins decorated in New Year's attire that passengers could rent only for themselves. In addition to the special features of the cabin itself, passengers who opted for this package were allowed to enter without waiting in line, and a welcome gift was waiting for them at the entrance. Due to the great interest shown by the passengers, we decided that this holiday offer lasts until January 15th, in order to give passengers as much as possible the opportunity to enjoy this special ride.
24. August 2021
The gondola brought a new experience of Zlatibor
From the cabins of the "Gold Gondola", the longest panoramic cable car in the world, thousands of people are enjoying the most beautiful views of Zlatibor this summer. The extraordinary beauty opens in front of their eyes, the beauty of the undulating plateau, clearings and hills, Ribnica Lake and the highest peak of Zlatibor - Tornik. The project we have been dreaming about so much, working on it for years and finalize it at the end, now makes many people happy and satisfied. And it was not easy for us to realize that idea. The municipality of Cajetina entered this largest investment, worth 13.5 million euros, bravely and decisively, in favor of the development of Zlatibor tourism and the progress of the entire region. Similar determination and steadfastness was required by the realization: from the initial idea in 2008 and entering the preparations, through the procurement of imported equipment and the beginning of works in 2017, all the way to construction temptations in the field and the fight against bureaucracy to obtain building permits. We did not give up on any challenge, nor did we stop in front of any problem - a solution has always been found. We rejoiced as children, very happy with what we achieved, when at the beginning of this year, the "Gold Gondola" was completed and began to transport passengers. Whose interest in driving is still in a high level. High above Zlatibor in one of the 55 cabins of the cable car, in 25 minutes to the top of Tornik and so much more in return. Over the past seven months, the gondola has carried a total of about 160,000 passengers. I must admit that we did not expect that number when we projected the budget and the number of passengers for the first year of operation. We have already doubled the figure that was planned at the beginning of the year. And only seven months have passed. I am proud of such results, but not surprised - even at the beginning of the preparations for the project, we who participated in it secretly believed in this success of the longest panoramic cable car in the world. Indeed, the "Gold Gondola" brought us a new experience, valuable tourist content, but also significant economic benefits. It generated many new investments, attracted numerous tourists from Serbia and abroad (and from distant India, Russian cosmonauts and others), started catering activities ... Zlatibor took a "seven-mile step" on the tourist map of Europe with a gondola. It contributes to the economic development not only of Cajetina and the region of western Serbia, but also of the entire country. Along with several other important projects, which we intend to realize in the next period, the "golden mountain" will achieve an ambitious goal - to have 10 million overnight stays and one million tourists annually. It is on that path: the most valuable pages of its tourism are being printed with an increasing number of visitors and a more comprehensive offer. To this progress, our gondola, a project of national importance, gives the wind in its sails, tirelessly sailing the Zlatibor expanses. And I am grateful to everyone who worked on that great project and believed in it. The text was published in the Electronic Newspaper of Zlatibor, August 2021.
26. June 2021
With Gold gondola to the heights of heaven with Russian cosmonauts
Today, the Gold Gondola hosted the Russian cosmonaut Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and his colleague Anastasia Stepanova, as well as Alyona Kuzmenko, the president of the humanitarian organization "Unity" and her associates. Sergei Kud-Sverchkov spent 185 days on the International Space Station, that he returned from on April 17th. Serbia is the first country he visits after his stay in space. Anastasia Stepanova is a researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who is actively preparing for the trip to Mars. This, the first visit of an active Russian cosmonaut to Serbia after 52 years, was organized by the Post of Serbia in order to fulfill the wish of children suffering from cancer. Children from Serbia are organized by the Foundation "Together for Youth - Prof. Dr. Danica Grujicic ", as the authors of 34 works of art, participated in the international program of the State Corporation of the Russian Federation for Space Activities" Roscosmos "and the Russian humanitarian organization "Unity " which provides psychological support to cancer patients. Their dreams, transformed into a space suit, were taken to the International Space Station by Russian cosmonauts. During the gondola ride, the guests from Russia mostly commented on the beauties of Zlatibor's landscapes, and they were impressed by the length of the route, as well as the hospitality and warmth with which they were welcomed and sent off everywhere in Serbia, especially on Zlatibor. They unanimously expressed their desire to come again during the winter and enjoy skiing and the magical winter ambience.
31. March 2021
Gold gondola became the symbol of Zlatibor
The Zlatibor gondola continues to break records in a year that certainly cannot be a benchmark for successful business. Even with reduced capacity, in difficult conditions burdened by increasingly strict epidemiological measures, the gondola transported a huge number of passengers, with an even greater number of those who had the desire, but did not have the opportunity to try this attraction, but had to postpone the adventure. With a great start and the expectedly visited seasonal part of January and February, the gondola sailed into the also expected, calmer March. However, just as January and February completely exceeded all expectations in terms of interest and the number of transported passengers, the same happened in March, when we also did not expect such a visit. March, which is uncharacteristically cold this year and when it was expected that due to weather conditions the interest would be considerably reduced, did not drastically reduce the visit. The month, which is traditionally considered to be the least visited month on Zlatibor, also surprised with the overall interest in the gondola, and the number of transported passengers practically did not fall below 200. As things stand, the only thing that can significantly affect the visit in the future, even during the off-season months are the current epidemiological measures that, of all the winter months, marked March the most. The month traditionally dedicated to the ladies, on their date, March 8, the gondola marked with one beautiful little gesture. The management of the "Gold Gondola" decided to give all the ladies a free ride on International Women's Day, and this small token of attention, which was warmly received and attracted great interest, attracted as many as 440 ladies who took the opportunity to enjoy their day ride. In addition to the technical part of the business, the marketing part was not neglected, so these days we had the opportunity to host the famous music star from this area Ivana Selakov, who expressed a desire to record a video for her new song on our gondola. With a great desire to help her in that, we hosted Ivana and her team and with the assistance of our employees, we enabled her to do the job as professionally as possible. In anticipation of her new video, which we believe will have a lot of viewers, we hope that this is just the beginning of a nice collaboration with celebrities, as well as the initial capsule for many more such or similar projects, which will greatly contribute to the affirmation of gondolas and and the whole of Zlatibor on the tourist market of Serbia and beyond. Finally, it should be mentioned that the first technical control of the installation, which is already scheduled for April 1, is expected for the Gold Gondola, and it is expected that all works related to this control will be completed in ten days. During that period, technicians of "Pome", a French manufacturer and supplier of equipment, with the assistance of gondola workers, will perform a quarterly and six-month inspection of all stations and complete routes, with certain minor adjustments, if necessary. The dynamics of the works is planned in such a way that all the works will be completed in the first half of April, so that the gondola will be ready to welcome the Easter holidays and a large number of tourists that Zlatibor will host in that period.
12. February 2021
The first month of the Gold gondola
A long-awaited and announced attraction - the Zlatibor Gold Gondola started working exactly a month ago, on January 11th, 2021, and transported its first passengers. Now, in anticipation of Sretenje, we have decided to do a small retrospective of the first month of work. The installation has already greatly exceeded all expectations, and has transported over 30,000 passengers in these months. The best indicator is the huge queues and unprecedented interest that have reigned since the first day, which gives great satisfaction to the management of "Gold Gondola", the Municipal Administration, as well as all others who believed in the success of this important project. From the early morning hours of January 11th, patient travelers, together with a large number of journalist teams looking for an opportunity for their exclusive story, waited for the moment to set off in the cabin of the "Gold Gondola" to the top of Tornik across Ribnica Lake. There was practically no media that did not publish the news about the opening of the Zlatibor gondola in those days. All the biggest television and media houses broadcast an exclusive story from the scene, and the number of followers on social networks increased many times as soon as the first announcements, recordings and pictures from the booths started. On that day, all the doubts, uncertainties and anxieties that accompanied this project for a long time and opened the way to complete success and the triumph of will, perseverance and persistence were finally dispelled. Neither the cold weather nor the large queues ruined the enthusiasm and patience of many tourists who did not give up in order to be among the first passengers of this unusual installation. Only the grand opening and the ceremony that accompanied it were held three days later. After an extremely cold and snowy day, the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, several ministers and high officials, representatives of the local community, as well as many other guests, guests and friends of Zlatibor and the municipality of Cajetina set off. During all these days, there was an unprecedented interest, which in a way justified, and even exceeded the highest expectations. Already on the first day, about 1,200 tickets were sold in just 4 hours of gondola operation. In the days after that, ticket sales stopped before the end of working hours because the current number of tickets exceeded the planned daily capacity, largely reduced due to compliance with epidemiological measures. The cabins are planned for a maximum of 10 passengers and a total of 600 passengers per hour, and due to the already mentioned epidemiological measures, the capacity of the cabins had to be reduced to 4 passengers per gondola and 240 passengers per hour. The number of passengers ranged from 1,000 on a daily basis, up to 2,000 on weekends when it is most crowded. The biggest crowds are on weekends, when up to twenty thousand tourists stay on Zlatibor, and the ride is stopped only by a strong wind that sometimes blows on the mountain, because at wind speeds of over 20m / s, it is estimated that the weather conditions do not meet safety minimum. The management of the PE "Gold Gondola Zlatibor" and the municipality of Cajetina have not forgotten all those locals who gave their contribution during the Zlatibor mob to contribute to the realization of this dream. They were provided with a permanent discount, and on a couple of occasions they had the opportunity to ride for free, when this privilege was used by several thousand locals of Cajetina, and this unique and unusual attraction in our country inspired young Romantic knights to propose to their princesses. in the cabin of the Gold Gondola, as Milan Cvetković did by proposing to Bojana Đorđević. On the wings of this great success, the very future of the "Gold Gondola" looks bright, with a realistic expectation that the investment itself will be paid off as soon as possible. Given the great interest that currently reigns, the management of the gondola and the Municipal Administration plan to purchase the additional 35 cabins. In addition to this, a number of investments are planned, such as the second branch of the gondola to the second highest peak of Čigota, the construction of the "Golden City" on Ribnica Lake, as well as additional content within the "Gold Gondola" system, which will make our company the backbone new tourist offers of Zlatibor, which is in line with modern world tourist trends.
02. February 2021
Foreign ambassadors enjoyed the Gold gondola ride
The interest of Zlatibor tourists in the "Gold Gondola" ride exceeds expectations. At the departure station in the center of this tourist place, from where the gondolas go to the top of Tornik about 30 minutes of ride), there are lines of people who have been patiently waiting to ride the longest panoramic cable car in the world every day since the grand opening (January 14th). The “Gold gondola” attracts young and old, families with children, skiers, lovers of views from above. Every day, the number of its passengers is more than a thousand, and that brings good earnings (the price of a ticket is 1000 for adults and 550 dinars for children 550). According to the data of the PE "Gold Gondola Zlatibor", in less than half a month of operation of the panoramic cable car, about 16,000 people enjoyed its ride. These days among the passengers of the “Gold gondola” were two foreign ambassadors. On the occasion of its opening, the ambassadors of Egypt and the Czech Republic in Serbia, Amr Alguvejli and Tomas Kuhta, visited Zlatibor. They rode a panoramic cable car, stayed at the "Tornik" Ski Center, and the Tourist Organization of Zlatibor organized trips for these diplomats to Stopića Cave and Gostilje Waterfalls. According to the website of Tourist Organization of Zlatibor, Ambassador Kuhta stated that Serbia has excellent potentials for tourism and it is very brave that investments have continued in these times of pandemic. According to the Egyptian ambassador, his country traditionally has sincere and friendly relations with Serbia: - Last year, Egypt participated in the Belgrade Tourism Fair for the first time as a partner country and will continue to implement ambitious plans when it comes to tourism expansion - said Ambassador Alguvejli. Communication and proposals for cooperation of Egyptian investors with the municipality of Cajetina in the field of health care, which includes the center "Cigota" and similar specialized wellness centers in Sinai. Source: “Politika”
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