The workshop discussed the legislative framework and challenges, new tourism trends, the importance of cultural heritage, and the importance of regular digital communication, reports HrTurizam. Participants were also introduced to the Digital Catalog of Rural Tourism, which provides rural tourism service providers with free promotion in domestic and foreign markets. The catalog includes agricultural holdings that have registered wineries, tasting rooms, picnic areas, agritourism, rural accommodation facilities, and the like.
“The digital catalog is an extraordinary opportunity to finally consolidate data on rural tourism service providers throughout Croatia. Not only is this important for their promotion, but it will also help us in the tourist boards, but also colleagues from domestic and foreign travel agencies who will be able to see the entire offer of rural tourism in a particular destination in one place“, said Tomislav Balić at the workshop, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Dugopolje.
The participants of the workshop pointed out numerous problems of rural space that they encounter in their work, from basic working conditions such as water, sewerage, etc., to spatial plans that often change in a non-transparent way without taking into account the development needs of the real sector.
“Agriculture and tourism are the mainstays of rural development, and rural tourism provides a handful of opportunities to generate additional income, thus increasing the overall well-being of local communities. By joint cooperation of all actors, especially those involved in local action groups, these problems should be solved faster and more efficiently, which we will work on in the future“, said Marijana Botić Rogošić, head of the LAG Zagora.
The two-hour workshops are organized in cooperation with tourist boards and local action groups, with the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and are led by Aleksandra Kuratko Pani, head of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association.
Interested participants attend workshops on rural tourism in Dalmatia, in the Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties, which will be held until 3.12. they can apply via the form on the website of the Association, where they can also get additional information about the workshops. Applications for workshops in Zadar and Šibenik-Knin County will be possible from next week.
The association invites all providers of services of rural tourism in Dalmatia, such as farmers who are also engaged in the provision of catering or tourism services to attend workshops in as many numbers as possible to get important information about opportunities for free promotion of their facilities.
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