Our History

CSTI was founded in 2006 with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and CHF International, as part of their Communitiy Revitalisation through Democratic Action - Economy (CRDA-E) program. The CRDA-E program, in coordination with partners CSTI and FORS Montenegro, the Foundation for the Development of Northern Motnenegro, aims to facilitate sustainable economic development in the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Kolašin, Mojkovac, Nikšić, Plav, Pljevlja, Plužine, Rožaje, Šavnik and Žabljak, as well as in other parts of Montenegro.

Our first project The Development and Promotion of Tourism Products in Northern Montenegro, funded by CHF International/USAID, was implemented for one year, from May 2006 through April 2007. Focusing on best practices from other developing countries, the project aimed to positively impact employment and increase the revenues of small enterprises and entrepreneurs, the project's beneficiaries, by enhancing the promotion and presentation of the tourism offers in northern Montenegro and by establishing a tourism agency specifically designed to sell unique northern Montenegrin adventure tourism packages.

Since its establishment CSTI, together with a commercially registered subsidiary entity - Montenegro Adventures (MA), has worked to set clear goals for the development of both the supply and demand sides of the tourism market, particularly in the hinterland of Montenegro, while contributing to the national and regional dialogue on broader development issues. CSTI / MA prioritized initiatives relating to strategy and planning, product and service development, capacity building, and promotion and business linkages.

Thus, in many of the projects, CSTI works directly with tourism entrepreneurs to adapt products and services to meet the needs of consumers.