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Key Words: Americans apparently aren’t the ugly tourists in tiny, booming Montenegro

A powerful dollar DXY, +0.09% is bringing more American tourists to Europe this summer, including less well-trodden stops such because the tiny former Yugoslav republic Montenegro.

They’re now not on my own: Chinese visitors are expanding their itineraries, and the Continent’s own bettering financial fortunes, including in Germany and France, signifies that more Europeans are nation hopping for weekend getaways — they usually just like the Balkans.

In reality, Montenegro is becoming so well-liked there’s mixed response among locals whose companies may thrive on the inflow and the ones early-adopter tourists who fear this “hidden gem” is absolutely uncovered. Last year, 1 million tourists, many submitting off of cruise ships anchored in postcard-perfect harbors, visited this country of just 650,000 population (the least populous of the previous Yugoslavia’s republics), a 19% upward push from the year earlier than, the Wall Street Journal reviews, mentioning European Travel Commission information.

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Americans — whose “ugliness” in another country has traditionally framed native impressions — could also be welcome in more and more crowded Montenegro for some time to come back, a minimum of consistent with one busy native who shuttles vacationers along the picturesque beach in his small boat for €5 (about $6) a ride:

‘We like Americans because they're very beneficiant. If anyone tries to get a less expensive value we all know they're more than likely French.’
Montenegrin Vladimir Milinović

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Rachel Koning Beals is a MarketWatch information editor in Chicago.

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