Inland Dalmatia Becoming More Popular, Tourist Potential “Invaluable”

Daniela Rogulj

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Under the slogan “Inland Dalmatia – unexplored beauty,” the Inland Dalmatia region was presented as the most successful destination of rural tourism in Croatia this year, in the presentation hall of the Sinjska Alka Museum on Thursday evening, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on December 20, 2018. 

Inland Dalmatia, as a unique tourist destination, makes up the area that includes the towns of Sinj, Trilj, Imotski, Vrgorac and Vrlika and the municipalities of Dugopolje and Klis. Tourism workers from this area, together with Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, estimated that the tourist potential of the region was invaluable.

Tourism, as an economic branch in this area, has started with significant delay, but in the last ten years, a breakthrough has been made that leads to optimism. Joško Stella especially emphasized this about Inland Dalmatia. 

“Inland Dalmatia occupies 70 percent of our county’s area and has 2 percent of county tourism. In our county and county tourist board the tourist significance of Inland Dalmatia is recognized, and in that context, it helps. We have witnessed two major leaps lately.

The first is the Sinjska Alka Museum, which is world-class and whose time is still coming. The second step was made by the Imotski region, where today there are over 200 holiday houses with swimming pools. I think we are on the right track to continue and persist,” Stella said.

The presentation of Inland Dalmatia as the most successful destination of rural tourism was opened by Sinj mayor Kristina Križanac, who pointed out in detail that Sinj is the central part of Inland Dalmatia with two strong brands, the Sinj Alka and the Miraculous Lady of Sinj as the largest Virgin Mary shrine in the southern Croatian region. In addition to the “Alka” city, the whole Cetina region is rich in cultural, natural and traditional heritage and boasts many events. 

Monika Vrgoč, the director of the Sinj Tourist Board, also spoke about Inland Dalmatia as a unique tourist destination. Vrgoč reminded that every segment of the destination, with its specific content, creates exactly what potential visitors want, only they need to discover it and come closer to it. 

Tomislav Balić from Dugopolje spoke about the traffic and public tourist infrastructure. He recalled that the tourist infrastructure in the entire destination is rapidly developing, and EU grants are being used as well.

As part of the presentation, promotional films about the destination as a whole and about Sinj, Imotski, and Vrlika were shown. The program also saw performances by klapa “Vrilo”, folk customs from the Association for the preservation of the heritage of the Cetina regionj, the Sinj majorettes, and especially attractive were children in favorite folk costumes.

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