With the Closure of “Days of Croatian Tourism”, Where Do We Look for 2017?

Daniela Rogulj

As the “Days of Croatian Tourism” has now come to an end, we thought we would go over some of the highlights and plans in tourism for Croatia’s future.

The two day event was held in Bol from 26 and 27 October, with around a thousand participants. The event included the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) Ratomir Ivičić, and Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Josip Zaher – who are also the organizers of the event. The closing ceremony held last night included the Ministers of Education – Pavo Barišić, Regional Development and EU funds – Gabrijela Žalac and Construction – Lovro Kuščević, as well as numerous mayors, reports Dalmacija News.


Congratulating everyone in the tourism industry for this year’s excellent results, Minister Cappelli told all to persevere and to continue to build quality tourism for years to come.


“I’m here to bow to everyone in the tourism industry for excellent results and great effort. We have reached the figures from the tourism strategy, broke records, as well as had a balanced development of tourism, and now more for continental Croatia,” said Cappelli.


Croatian tourism this year again proved its strength with 90 million overnights and 9 and a half billion euros in revenue.


“I have no doubt that we will succeed by 2020 to increase tourism revenues to 25 billion euros – that is the aim of the strategy because we create great tourism where we are adored and admired, and some already learn from us. None of this would be true without the people,” added Cappelli.


The Minister of Tourism then said that we will not leave Slavonia and the continent out of tourism, as well as nautical and health tourism, because that is how we will extend the season.


A special moment of the night was the Lifetime Achievement award given to Selimir Ognjenovic from the German tour operator ID Riva.


When accepting the award, Ognjenovic recalled being in the tourism industry for a long time and thanked all of his partners, inviting them to discover and develop tourism in Slavonia and Baranja, Zagorje and beyond the continent.


“All of you young people who work in tourism and have traveled the world, have you been to Slavonia and Baranja? Now is the time to start,” said Ognjenovic.


Some other notable awards given last night were:

  • Tourist event of the year: Advent in Zagreb

  • Best cultural attraction: Šibenik Fortress Barone

  • Best innovative project: Apoxsiomen museum in Mali Lošinj


Lastly, announced at the closing ceremony of the event was that Dubrovnik won the overall champion of Croatian tourism in 2016, having had the most successful year.


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