Saturday, 21 May 2022

Mektić and Pavić Win Geneva Open Doubles Title, Dodig and Krajicek Clinch Lyon Open

May 21, 2022 - It was a great day for Croatia's doubles teams, as Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić celebrated the Geneva Open doubles title, while Ivan Dodig and his American partner Austin Krajicek became Lyon Open champions!

Croatian tennis players Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić won the Geneva Open doubles title on Saturday, defeating Pablo Andujar Alba and Matwe Middelkoop 2-6, 6-2, 10-3 in the final.

The Olympic winners reached their ninth consecutive victory after an hour and nine minutes of play and celebrated their 11th title since joining forces. 

After losing the first set, Mektić and Pavić fought back in the second set and took the service away from the Spanish-Dutch side three times. The winners were decided in the third set, which Mektić and Pavić won 10-3.

This was their 11th joint title and a good announcement for Roland Garros, which they are entering with the highest ambitions. Just last week, Mektić and Pavić defended their title at the Masters 1000 ATP tournament in Rome, defeating American John Isner and Argentine Diego Schwartzman. It was their 15th joint final and 10th title in total, which they had been waiting for since the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

But that's not all. Another Croatian tennis player celebrated today in doubles. A little earlier, Ivan Dodig won the tournament in Lyon with his American partner Austin Krajicek.

The Olympic doubles runner-up Dodig and partner Krajicek beat the Argentine-Brazilian side of Maxim Gonzalez and Marcelo Melo 6:3, 6:4 in the final. The match lasted an hour and 18 minutes.

Dodig and Krajicek achieved the victory by serving four aces, and Gonzalez and Melo recorded three double faults.

The top-seeded team reached the final by defeating the American Max Schnur and the New Zealander Artem Sitak with a smooth 6:1, 6:2.

Bravo to Croatian tennis players today! 

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Rajko Grlić: How I Shot Some of the Most Famous Love Scenes of Croatian Film

May 21, 2022 - The renowned Croatian director Rajko Grlić writes in detail the secrets behind the camera of the remembered love scenes in his films ''You Love Only Once'' (1981) and ''The Border Post'' (2006).

Rajko Grlić writes for Telegram.hr

In the small inside pocket of a velvet jacket, I found a note that tries to answer the question I am most often asked: "How are love scenes filmed?"

"Love scenes", which is a euphemism for those sweet-simple things that are not talked about out loud in good families, are not recorded easily or quickly. Moreover, these recordings are not overly pleasant for the actors or the team, not to mention the director. Above them, especially at the beginning, there is always some tension, discomfort. And while they are there, it is difficult to record a scene that smells a bit of life.

''You Love Only Once'' (''Samo jednom se ljubi'') was a film that tried to say that the touch of the skin is stronger than all ideologies, so "love scenes", as evidence of this thesis, are represented in it in impressive numbers.

A recording call that changed everything

For a long time, a few months before the filming, I started talking to Vladislava Milosavljević and Predrag Manojlović about what we were going to do and how. She was insecure, reserved, and he was brave. I remember how amused he was by her timidity, how he annoyed her with stories that close-ups would be filmed afterward with professional porn actors.

To keep the discomfort to a minimum, we organized a recording of these scenes over the course of a week. Another mitigating circumstance was that we did them in the studio so that Pico Pinter could make a general light and still work with very small corrections. In short, we were both fast and isolated. In addition, we fulfilled Vladica's wish that only those who really had to be there, should be around the camera.

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''You Love Only Once'' (Image: www.rajkogrlic.com)

The first day of filming did not bring us good material. The second day was a little, not much, better. On the third day, just when we started, the assistant producer came requesting for Vladica to answer the phone because her mother needed her urgently. Vladica jumped out of bed and ran to the door that leads from the studio to the hallway where there are wardrobes, make-up artists, and production. She returned after a few minutes saying there was nothing urgent.

Love scenes have to move the story forward

She didn't even notice that she left and came back completely naked. We watched her and started laughing. She understood why we were laughing, spread her arms, and shrugged with laughter. Shyness, fear, discomfort, and everything that hovered above us suddenly disappeared. The third day was more than successful.

In that filming, I learned that the first day of filming such scenes, sometimes even days, can be calmly, and in advance, considered lost. That the actresses in the rehearsals are full of fear and apprehension, while the actors in that phase are strikingly brave. On the set itself, things sometimes turn around. They are much braver here and once they relax they work great. Actors, unlike actresses, very often lose their courage at that very moment, become timider, have too many questions.

I learned something else, perhaps most important: that these scenes have their place in the composition of the film, that, as critics would say, they are justified only when they are ambiguous, when in them, besides touching the skin, we can read something more, something that enriches those faces, something that moves the story forward.

Detailed rehearsals of Verica and Tony at the hotel

We filmed ''The Border Post'' (''Karaula'') many years later in similar conditions. We filmed all the love scenes in the studio, an abandoned depot in Ohrid where we built her apartment. It was then that I realized that what I learned by doing ''You Love Only Once'' is not always the rule. That the material on the first day of filming love scenes can be thrown away peacefully was repeated here. But the fact that he is braver in the rehearsals and she is more frightened that it would be the other way around on the set, did not happen here.

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Toni Gojanović and Verica Nedeska in ''The Border Post''. (Image: www.karaulafilm.com)

Verica Nedeska was braver in the preparations and on the set than Toni Gojanović, for whom, unlike her, it was his first film and he had no experience, not only with such scenes, but with filming in general.

During the rehearsals, Verica felt a little uneasy with Tony, and one day she came up with a suggestion that we should take a room in the hotel where we are staying, that she and Tony should take off their clothes, go to bed and I would explain to them, scene by scene, what they will do, where the camera will be, what will be seen and what will not.

How his whole life leaked out of the scene

A make-up artist was standing next to me in the hotel room, knowing what awaited her, and I was slowly explaining to Verica and Toni what, where and how I intended to film it. We went through movement after movement, scene after scene, seeing what was possible, what wasn’t, and most importantly: how they feel about it. After that rehearsal, we were sure we knew exactly what we were going to do and how we were going to do it.

But despite that, the first day of filming did not bring us anything good. When we got back to the hotel, I spent hours looking at that material and thinking about where the mistake was. And it lay in the fact that we all knew everything, that the scene became mechanical and that life flowed out of it and with it the most important thing: eros.

For the next day, I prepared small and slightly bigger surprises, talked to her alone and separately, gave them small tasks that the other person didn't know about, and the shooting went surprisingly smoothly.

'Bata' Živojinović in tiger shorts

It’s a whole other story when those scenes are done in a comedy. It is then a difficult, perhaps the most difficult "love-stage" discipline. So, in ''In the Jaws of Life'', I had with me the experienced 'Bata' Živojinović, a hero of partisan films who walks around in tiger shorts and for whom this was perhaps the first love scene in more than three hundred films he made, while opposite him was Vitomira Lončar, on her first film, covered only with a transparent veil of a wedding dress.

But that is a long story from another pocket that I wouldn't take out now. What my father, who apropos of "love scenes" used to complain about me calling him to premieres, not rehearsals, used to say: "Play, play, and hit the belt."

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

SOA Chief says Russia Steps Up Cyber Attacks against Croatia

ZAGREB, 21 May, 2022 - The Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) director Daniel Markić has said in an interview with the Večernji List daily that Russia has stepped up cyber attacks against Croatia, and the targets have mainly been ministries and the tax administration so as to steal sensitive information.

Not only state institutions but also big companies have been targeted by cybercrime groups and state-sponsored groups, Markić was quoted by the Večernji List newspaper as saying on Saturday.

He recalls that over the recent years, NATO and the European Union have started naming who is behind such cyber attacks.

Considering the current situation and the war in Ukraine, there is no longer any reason for us to keep quiet about such developments. Russian-aligned cybercrime groups conduct some of those attacks, said Markić.

The cyber attacks of this kind have intensified since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to moving our professional and social life to the cyber world, he explained, adding that therefore certain states and criminal groups have shown a greater interest in those developments.

Markić said that he could not rule out the spillover of the military aggression from Ukraine to other countries.

"In the meantime, it is our duty to be on alert with all the developments in our neighbourhood."

"Russia's influence in the region, particularly in Serbia, is well known, and we are supposed to be on alert," said Markić.

We can see that Russia's operation in Ukraine is not going as planned by Moscow, we cannot rule out possibilities of Russia exploiting other ways, including cyber attacks in the world, for its plans, he said.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Expert: REPowerEU Offers Development Opportunities for Croatia

ZAGREB, 21 May, 2022 - The European Commission's "REPowerEU", which envisages that JANAF can become a strategically important oil pipeline and that the Krk LNG terminal should increase its capacities, creates great opportunities for Croatia as a future energy hub in this part of Europe, expert Igor Dekanić tells Hina.

On 18 May, the Commission unveiled "REPowerEU" as its response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

On that occasion the EC said that "there is a double urgency to transform Europe's energy system: ending the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels, which are used as an economic and political weapon and cost European taxpayers nearly €100 billion per year, and tackling the climate crisis."

"By acting as a Union, Europe can phase out its dependency on Russian fossil fuels faster. 85% of Europeans believe that the EU should reduce its dependency on Russian gas and oil as soon as possible to support Ukraine.

"The measures in the REPowerEU Plan can respond to this ambition, through energy savings, diversification of energy supplies, and accelerated roll-out of renewable energy to replace fossil fuels in homes, industry and power generation," says the EC

The document reads that "delivering the REPowerEU objectives requires an additional investment of €210 billion between now and 2027."

The Commission says that the reduction of Russian fossil fuel imports can also save the EU almost €100 billion per year.

"To support REPowerEU, €225 billion is already available in loans under the RRF (Recovery and Resilience Facility)."

REPowerEU helps valorise Croatia's geographic position

In his statement to Hina, the energy expert Dekanić says that Adriatic oil pipeline network "JANAF" is envisaged to assume a greater role and the capacities of the LNG terminal on the island of Krk are likely to be expanded.

Dekanić believes that it will enable JANAF to become a supply route for several countries. Furthermore, the project creates possibilities for investment of European funds for this purpose. He explains that it remains to be seen whether JANAF's pipeline will expanded and upgraded or whether its pumps stations will enhance their capacities. In either case, great investments will be necessary.

Dekanić says that these plans also valorise Croatia's geographic position. 

The expansion of JANAF and of the Krk LNG terminal will enable Croatia to become a south European energy hub, according to him.

Apart from smart investments, the EC document also calls for saving energy, reducing fossil fuel consumption in industry and transport as well as for accelerating the rollout of renewables.

"Energy savings are the quickest and cheapest way to address the current energy crisis, and reduce bills," says the Commission.

Therefore Brussels proposes to enhance "long-term energy efficiency measures, including an increase from 9% to 13% of the binding Energy Efficiency Target under the ‘Fit for 55' package of European Green Deal legislation."

Saving energy now will help us to prepare for the potential challenges of next winter, the Commission underscores.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Tito's Secret Underground Air Base to be Repurposed into Race Track

ZAGREB, 21 May, 2022 - The former military underground air base at Željava at the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be repurposed as a motorsport race track, the Večernji List daily reported a few days ago.

This September the facility will be used as a venue for a 402 Street Race contest for cars of +1500  horsepower.

Croatian speed car driver Darko Konopek was quoted as saying that the Željava race track could make it possible for drivers to speed up to 500 kilometres per hour.

The organiser of the 24-25 September race contest, Zlatko Ružić, said that the events during the two-day "Balkans Finest Competition" would be the Street Race, the Drift show, the Drift taxi, the Tuning & Styling and th dB race.

Ružić expects more than a thousand vehicles to swarm the Croatian region of Lika for this occasion.

Željava Air Base, situated under the Plješevica mountain, was the largest underground airport and military air base in the former Yugoslavia, and one of the largest in the world.

On 16 May 1992, the retreating Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) used 50 tonnes of explosives in a bid to destroy all the five runways, while its units were leaving the site.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

HDZ: Milanović will Expose Croatia to Veto and Blockades

ZAGREB, 21 May, 2022 - The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Friday said that President Zoran Milanović would "expose Croatia to vetos and blockades" with his statements, and the victims, they say, will be Croatian citizens.

"The only 'success' he can achieve is to expose Croatia to 'veto' and 'blockades', whose victims will be Croatian citizens. And all in the midst of the biggest security, economic and energy uncertainties," the HDZ party wrote on Facebook.

In a post titled "How can you help your people if your turn everything against yourself?", the HDZ says that Milanović keeps insulting other countries, including Sweden, the US, France, Ukraine, Germany and the UK, he does not care about European funds, disparages NATO and the EU and wants to drag Croatia into conflict with its Western partners.

"If it was up to Milanović, Croatia would be isolated from all allies, and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina would be abandoned as during his term as prime minister," the HDZ said.

The party thinks that in today's Croatia, there are Milanović, Raspudić, Beljak and the Workers' Front on one side, while everyone else is on the other side.

On one side, there is strengthening allied cooperation and security within NATO and the EU, and on the other there is "the Moscow man from Pantovčak, blockade and isolation of Croatia," the HDZ wrote, adding that these were two paths -- the path to the future and the path to the past.

"Do Russian or Croatian interests come first for Milanović?," the HDZ asked, adding that President Milanović was "vocal in defending Kremlin" and that he had openly opposed the enlargement of NATO already in February, before the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

However, then he had not yet thought of using Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina for his pro-Russian views.

He showed how much he really cared about them while he was supporting Komšić, he rejoiced when another people imposed political representatives on them, and for full four years as prime minister he did not utter a single word at the European Council about the unjust election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the HDZ pointed out.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

President Milanović: If We Forget Sacrifice of Croats from BiH, We are Doomed

ZAGREB, 21 May, 2022 - President Zoran Milanović reiterated on Friday that Croatia has to block Sweden and Finland's NATO accession until Bosnia and Herzegovina Croats attain equality, pointing out that an above-average number of BiH Croats had died in the Homeland War and that a nation that forgets it was "doomed".

Milanović stressed in Zabok that it was in the Croatian national interest for the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina to be changed in order to avoid Croats to be outvoted in elections by the more numerous Bosniaks, adding that blocking Finland and Sweden's application for NATO membership was the only way to achieve that.

He think that his policy was "the only way" to protect the rights of BiH Croats and that "anyone who doesn't understand that, doesn't understand what Croatia is".

"This is the only way and probably the last chance," he said.

The Croatian president dismissed objections that Croatia could not achieve anything by blocking the accessions, noting that it wasn't true that the Slovenian policy of blocking Croatia's accession to the EU because of a territorial dispute was not successful.

"If we get what Slovenia got against Croatia, that's great. Slovenia got everything it wanted, it got a rigged arbitration agreement with legal fabrications that was supposed to draw water to their mill. To their chagrin, they drowned, and some good Croats who did their job contributed to that," Milanović said.

He also said that Turkey, which has impeded Finland and Sweden's NATO accession over their support to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), with Ankara has been in conflict for decades, would also achieve a lot, despite its demands being "extreme", while Croatia was just seeking fundamental justice, that is, respecting the Dayton Peace Agreement.

Turkey, in addition to ending support for the PKK and lifting the ban on Finnish and Swedish exports of certain weapons to Ankara is asking to rejoin the F-35 production programme, from which it was expelled by the USA for purchasing a Russian S-400 anti-missile system.

In that context, he also said he expected that "the Croatian media understand the basic Croatian needs" and that, for example, the BBC still understood that it was in Britain's interest to be against Russia, while Croatia, on the other hand, had the HRT, "which protects Plenković".

Swedish MEP Charlie Weimers of the Sweden Democrats told Milanović a day earlier on Twitter that vetoes went both ways and that Croatia received billions of euros from the European budget.

Milanović today responded that he was not interested in "what a fanatical Islamophobe is saying."

Milanović described him as a Swedish Fascist and called him a scum, adding that Croatia did not depend on his money.

Serbia is destroying itself

Milanović also commented on the decision of Serbian prosecutors to issue an indictment against four Croatian Air Force pilots for war crimes because during 1995's Operation Storm they allegedly ordered a missile attack on a refugee convoy outside Bosanski Petrovac and Bosanski Novi.

"Serbia is destroying itself," said Milanović, adding that he wanted to help it on its European path, and it was pursuing a policy that collided with the accession framework.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Croatian Hospitals Costs Are Five Times Higher than Last Year

May 21, 2022 - The costs of Croatian hospitals have skyrocketed. Bills are up to five times higher than last year, so an additional 3.5 billion kuna provided to the Croatian healthcare system from the recent rebalance of the state budget won't be enough to cover expenses.

Even after the rebalance of the state budget, which will provide the healthcare system with an additional three and a half billion kuna this year, which means that instead of the planned 32 billion it will now have 35 and a half billion kunas, hospital directors still say that this will be a difficult year with much uncertainty due to a lot of unknowns in expenses, reports Index.hr.

Namely, the recent warning of wholesalers that debts for medicines continue to grow despite last year's injection of 6.3 billion from the state budget and that they reached as much as six billion kunas, of which four billion are due, is the reason for this early rebalance. Two billion is intended for Croatian hospitals, and one and a half billion for the Croatian Health Insurance Fund for the settlement of old debts.

Bills are five times higher than last year

For now, it is certain to say that 35.5 billion kunas for this year will not cover all costs, which is confirmed by Croatian hospitals bills from the first four months of 2022. They stand out especially for energy, food, and medicine, which in some cases are five times higher than in the same period last year. Therefore, it is not surprising that the losses of the system on a monthly basis are between 400 and 500 million kunas, which could mean a hole in the health fund of at least five billion kunas by the end of the year.

"Our costs increased in the first four months of this year compared to the same period last year by a total of 5.52 percent. But worrying is the fact that energy costs increased the most, by as much as percent, or from 7.8 to 15 million kunas. The cost of food products grew by 8.4 percent, and compared to 2020 by 40 percent, which is a huge increase'', said Dr. Alen Ruzic, director of KBC Rijeka.

Medicines haven't kept the previous numbers of consumption either, so in the first four months, they were 7.76 percent more expensive than last year, and by almost 20 percent compared to 2020.

In the largest Croatian hospital, KBC Zagreb, costs increased by 6.5 percent or HRK 71 million from January to the end of April compared to the same period last year, as it increased from HRK 1,099 billion to HRK 1,171 billion.

During the pandemic, KB Dubrava was a COVID hospital, so some data from last year jumped out of the usual amounts, such as spending on drugs, which were lower than spending in previous years when the hospital was operating at full capacity for all patients. But it is clear that this hospital pays for the largest energy guild, especially the one for gas.

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

BlockDown Croatia: Founder Erhan Korhaliller Reflects on World's First NFT-Enabled Web3 Festival

May 21, 2022 - It's been one week since the world's first NFT-enabled Web3 festival was held at Amadria Park Hotel Ivan in Šibenik, transforming Croatia into the crypto capital of the world. TCN spoke to BlockDown Croatia founder Erhan Korhaliller to find out why Šibenik was chosen as the lucky location to highlight the exploding phenomenon of Web3. 

BlockDown Croatia was held at Amadria Park Hotel Ivan from May 11 to 13 to focus on the Web3 world, particularly the metaverse, NFTs, gaming, and the role of DAOs in how we work, and play and socialize.

NFTs functioned as the tickets for the festival where participants were able to unlock exclusive experiences, connecting the potential of the metaverse with the real world. Attendees came to Šibenik from more than 50 countries, with 45 speakers, ten keynote sessions, presentations, panels, exhibitions, prizes, networking sessions hosted by figureheads in the industry, afternoon boat parties, VIP lunches and dinners, NFT galleries, and dinners at St. Michael's fortress. It was three days packed with innovative discussions and next-level networking, bringing together professionals, entrepreneurs, regulators, prominent industry executives, and investors from all parts of the world.

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"Unlike existing industry events, we plan to take our attendees on a three-day trip into another universe, where the excitement and energy of the Web3, NFT, and metaverse worlds collide in a feast for the senses," said BlockDown festival founder Erhan Kohallier before the event, emphasizing that this was the first-ever NFT enabled Blockchain conference. 

And it was Šibenik to have this honor. 

TCN was one of the lucky conference attendees and got to catch up with BlockDown founder Erhan Kohallier on the conference's final day to learn more. 

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'I'm 31 and spent a lot of time in Croatia in my early 20s going to festivals and always loved how beautiful it is, how warm the people are, and had special memories here. I knew that I wanted to do an event here at some point in my career - little did I know that it would be a crypto event. We launched BlockDown because of lockdown (blockchain + lockdown), and we launched it as a virtual event to put smiles on people's faces. We did six virtual events, and this was our first in-person event. All of the concepts we have tried to do on virtual streams have been upbeat, an event for the people, creative and fun. We wanted to bring that into the real world."

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But why Šibenik?

"We didn't want to do this in a city center or Miami or London as there are so many of them already. We were scouting locations and looking for places in Europe specifically as we felt that Europe needed an NFT/Web3 festival, which doesn't exist here. There are loads in the US but barely any in Europe. So it came down to Portugal and Croatia. We were looking for a convention center with a main stage that could hold 1500 people. This convention center in Šibenik had that. Then we shortlisted the locations in Portugal and Croatia to see what else they could offer, and when I came to Amadria Park, my jaw hit the floor. The natural beauty of this place is insane. While we spent a fair amount on production, we almost didn't need to because everything here is already beautiful. That helped us with the festival vibe. Every area gives you a different vibe. I wanted people to meet more naturally as opposed to being rushed. We wanted to add elements like sound healing and yoga, beach bar happy hours, boat parties, and events outside of the actual conference," said Kohallier.

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"Everyone commented on how amazing this location is. And I've never been to an event in crypto or even outside of crypto that is this beautiful. But what people loved is that this conference wasn't solely tied to 9-5 in the convention center. We ended all panels in the early afternoon so attendees could enjoy the outdoors here and the beautiful days. I've also had incredible feedback about the actual attendees. The conference had a laid-back vibe which was a positive. No one felt the pressure to have to network; it was done in a more natural way and environment."

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Did you encounter any issues in Croatia?

"I realized it's not easy to do things outside of Zagreb as much of what we needed for this event came from Zagreb, from the production team to the dancers. That caused us some roadblocks, but I love a challenge. It was all part of the process and made this event more rewarding for me. We managed to work through everything."

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Will BlockDown stay in Šibenik?

"I am not 100% sure as we want to bring BlockDown to other areas of the world. We are also looking to take it into Asia, Bali - other beautiful natural settings, and emerging markets like South America and Africa. The idea is that we have the teams in place now, and we keep scaling up. Maybe we have an event every three months with multiple teams working on them. I would love to do something in Croatia again. Having the first in-person BlockDown in Šibenik is a testament to how beautiful Šibenik and the area are. After meeting so many wonderful people in Croatia, this event can only improve." 

You can keep up with BlocDown here.

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Zagreb Culture of Tourism Project Continues Involving City's Youth

May the 21st, 2022 - The Zagreb Culture of Tourism project is continuing to involve the capital city's youth with the systematic education of high school students.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb (TZGZ) in cooperation with the City Office for Education, Sport and Youth is once again implementing the Zagreb Culture of Tourism project. This is a project where the systematic education of high school students, for whom tourism and hospitality are not primary subjects, seeks to raise their awareness of their own city and introduce young people to the tourist, cultural and natural potential of Zagreb.

This year, six schools participated in the Zagreb Culture of Tourism project, and the final presentation of the project will be held on Monday, May the 23rd, 2022, at 11:00 at the Zagreb Dance Centre at Ilica 10.

"We're very proud of all the students who are researching the touristic side of the city within this project and considering the possibilities of evaluating the existing tourist offer, as well as the development of a new one. In this way, students have the opportunity to get to know their city from a slightly different perspective and give their own views and ideas for the City of Zagreb as a tourist destination.

The Zagreb Culture of Tourism project seeks to involve young people in programmes to preserve ethnological, historical and cultural heritage, protect the environment, and raise the level of hospitality and create a welcoming climate, which should leave a mark on Zagreb's tourism and, in general, development of Zagreb,'' said Martina Bienenfeld, the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board.

It's worth noting that the Zagreb Culture of Tourism project is a project that the Tourist Board started way back in the academic year of 2010/2011. Every year, during a one-semester extracurricular activity, students from selected Zagreb high schools have the task, in agreement with project managers, to design and implement projects with a tourism theme, which they then present publicly.

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