Reputable International Journalists Visit Inland Dalmatia

Daniela Rogulj

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Monika Vrgoč

On May 12th, as part of ongoing tourism promotion, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, in cooperation with local tourist communities, enabled the arrival of nineteen prominent world journalists to Inland Dalmatia. 

At the initiative of Joška Stella, director of the Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County, and as part of the study tours, animated journalists visited from the countries where the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) has representative offices. 58 international journalists visited in three desirable tourist programs, in cooperation with the tourist communities of Split, Hvar, Brač, Vis, Solin, Klis, Trogir, Trilj, Sinj and Omiš. These communities used this time to inform tourists about the selective forms of tourism, i.e. natural, cultural and gastronomy, as well as the opportunities for active holidays in the areas.

The program “Culture and Gastronomy” – announced as “the most delicious program” – presents the gastronomic and cultural offer of the cities involved in the tour. Nineteen prominent journalists arrived at Inland Dalmatia from France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands and Sweden. Within this four-day program, the journalists included Radana Vitkova, Sabine Bles, Luciano Riella, Audrey Buradin, Charlotte Hansson, Maud Onnermark, Agnieszka Kozak, Elizabeta Wnuk Lisowska, Andrzej Lisowski, Fleur Van Bockel, Ryan Targot, Lieke Peters, Aleksandra Van Doorn , Elnor Colin, Herve Giraud, Snezana Gerbault, Nathalie Giraud, Denise Cabelli, Bettina Aykroyd, who first visited Split, Solin, Trogir and Klis.

On the third day of their stay in Split-Dalmatia County, the journalists arrived at Inland Dalmatia.

The journalists visited the Grab mills and the Grab source, the Museum of the Trilj Region, the bridge, and at OPG Pezelj in Trilj, they were welcomed by a local egg producer, had bread baked ’under the bell’ and tasted the specialties from the OPG, among the other gastronomic delicacies of Trilj, which is known for frogs.

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Adriana Ivkovic

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Adriana Ivkovic

The tour of the Sinj region started at OPG Mravak and the Gala honey company in Gala. Friendly hosts Antonio Mravak and Ivan Mravak (president of the Association of Beekeepers of the Republic of Croatia), introduced the journalists to a range of products from the most valuable insects – bees. Here, they could see the stages of honey production, honey products (propolis, pollen, royal jelly, honey with dried fruit), bee feed, and beekeeping equipment. The journalists were delighted with the quality of the products, and especially the hospitality of all members of the Mravak family.

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Monika Vrgoc

On the way to Sinj, the journalists had the opportunity to see the source of Kosinac and the bridge in Han. In Sinj, they visited the Museum of the Sinjska Alka for which they did not spare a word of praise. There, they met the rich past of the town of Sinj and the significance of the shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and the knighthood of the Alka. 

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Monika Vrgoc

As the whole program is primarily dedicated to gastronomy, the journalists then went to the Panj Farmhouse to have a traditional gastronomic treat with the most famous dishes of the region such as uštipak, Sinj arambaša, and roast veal “under the bell”. Upon their return, they visited the bridge on Panj. For the very end, a visit to the OPG and vegetable growers Frane and Dušan Jagnjić was planned where the journalists saw several types of vegetables and grains such as zucchini, cabbage, onion, red onion, sweet corn, and wheat – and all on ten acres of land in the Sinj field.

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Zeljko Zrncic

The journalists were delighted and surprised by the potential of Inland Dalmatia, and the first Sinj trail was also held over the weekend, showing the outstanding interest in continuing cooperation through selective programs for natural and active tourism. Saturday’s program for the nineteen international journalists continued with a visit to the “Republic of Poljica” and Omiš.


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