March 18, 2019 – Tourism and business links between Croatia and its diaspora are improving, with the latest diaspora conference set to take place in Split in May.
A nice thing is happening with the complicated relationship between Croatia and its diaspora – the younger, business-minded generation from the diaspora and the Homeland are busy exploring ways they can cooperate, strengthen their bonds and move Croatia forward.
Those bonds are getting stronger, as Croatia’s entrepreneurial class are forging links with like-minded diaspora businessmen and entrepreneurs.
There have been a series of great diaspora conferences in recent times, some of which it has been a pleasure to be a foreign fly on the wall (if you have ever wondered what a diaspora conference looks like through foreign eyes, it is something like this), and the latest is going to take place in on May 17-18 in Split, the 2nd 2nd International Conference on Croatian Diaspora Tourism.
“With the new trend in tourism appearing, Diaspora tourism, along with reports from sources such as the UN World Tourism Organisation predicting continued growth in world tourism, focus is turning towards how communities can cater for the tourism needs of their Diaspora cohort. Diaspora tourism includes experiences which focus on the study of culture, art, folklore, sports games and pilgrimages, to name a few. Immigrants and descendants of immigrants from countries that maintain close relations with their Diaspora, such as Israel, Mexico, China, Ireland, Portugal, the Philippines, Polish, Czech, Italy and Croatia along with others, are taking on a multitude of roles in the Diaspora tourism market. They not only have the role of consumer in this market but they are also the investors and creators of opportunities. The Diaspora tourism, international conference aims to bring together scientists and tourism experts from different countries of the world, especially the Mediterranean, in order to share their experiences from their countries and collaborate in developing new understandings and approaches around Diaspora tourism.”
Experiences of diaspora tourism, a general overview
Investment Foundation in tourism (investment, the possibility of buying real estate…)
Promotion of Diaspora tourism by emigrants in the countries where they live
Cultural tourism (the museum, archives, etc., music, folklore, theater and other festivals and events)
Sports tourism (young people, recreation, etc.)
Art and Tourism (and the possibility of linking exposure to emigrant artists)
Health tourism and the ageing population
For more information on the conference and to reserve your place, visit the official website.
For an overview of the Croatian diaspora, check out the new Total Croatia information site and its introduction to the Croatian diaspora.