Thursday, 18 April 2019

Meet Martinska, Šibenik's Hot New Summer Festival Destination

Located directly across from Šibenik, on the unique Srim peninsula and at the very entrance to the Šibenik harbor, Martinska is a former important transport point, city beach and retreat of many generations. Today, with the initiative of the City of Šibenik, the Tourist Board of Šibenik and festival organizers, it opens a new page of its history, reports Dalmacija Danas on April 18, 2019. 

Almost every subculture will find its place in Martinska this summer, in the beautiful setting of the beach and the former Martinska camp, which offers six genres of unique festivals in its vibrant summer concept; Regius, Seasplash, Kanal, Nox, Membrain and Blast Festival.

The 9th Regius Festival, which is held from July 12 to 13, is characterized by its musical diversity and eclecticism in the selection of styles, genres and, as such, performers. The line-up already boasts Sajsi MC, Marin Ivanović Stoka, Cold Snap, Piknik Park - Linkin Park Tribute Band, Dreger Rofellos and Babylon. The Regius Festival promotes the culture and music of a wide variety of alternative genres.

Seasplash, known as the longest-running Croatian festival dedicated to dub, reggae, and sound system culture, has ended its 16-year stint in Istria and will take the beach in Dalmatia from July 18 to 21 this year, precisely in Martinska. In addition to the program in Martinska, for the first time, there will be an opening concert on Wednesday, July 17, at the beautiful fortress Sv. Mihovil in Šibenik. The festival lineup this year is led by Dub Pistols, Lee Scratch Perry, Scientist, Vibronics, Edo Maajka and many more as the next round of artists should be announced soon. 

Shortly after, July 26 and 27 are reserved for the Kanal Fest, which is taking place this year for the second time and hosts exclusively punk and hardcore bands, all organized by the Association “Liješnjaci”.

The first weekend of August, namely August 2 and 3, a two-day festival of electronic music called NOX Festival will hit Martinska. During two days on two stages, NOX will host performers from Croatia, the region and abroad - whose genre is singled into melodic electronic music and a somewhat slower sound. Of the twenty-two names arriving in Šibenik, six names have been confirmed so far: Juan Atkins, Red Axes, Petar Dundov and Coeus, DJ Jock and host Lawrence Klein.

Martinska is also home to the Membrain Festival, the largest gathering of bass music in Dalmatia. Over four days on three stages, over 80 performers from Croatia and the world will perform, which will bring the audience the most current trends of drum and bass, dubstep, grime, dub, global/tropical low and sub-genres, uniting cultures and bass music lovers. Some of the names you can catch at the Membrain Festival, which will be held from August 8 to 11, are Loxy, DLR, Overlook, Clarity, and. Ruffhouse.

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Addressing Heritage & Overtourism: Meet the Sibenik 'Proceed with Care' Speakers

April 12, 2019 - Overtourism and heritage, one of the challenges destinations face. The Proceed with Care conference in Sibenik next month will focus on the key issues, with a world-class speaking line up. Meet them. 

As previously reported on TCN, an important international conference on the challenges of overtourism and heritage takes place in Sibenik from May 2-5. Sibenik is the ideal location for such a conference, of course, home as it is to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Having introduced the conference in the previous article, it is time to meet the speakers - it is quite an international list.



Dr. Yonca Erkan works as Associate Professor of architecture at the Kadir Has University since 2008, where she is the UNESCO Chair Holder on the Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites: New Media and Community Involvement. In 2017, she worked as a senior consultant at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre as the HUL/World Heritage Cities Programme Coordinator. She is a jury member of European Union Cultural Heritage – EUROPA NOSTRA Awards in Education, Training and Awareness Raising (Category IV), as well as Heritage in Motion Awards. Dr Erkan was a member of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO (2010-2014). Her research interests include management of world heritage sites, urban conservation and community involvement. She holds architecture degree from Yıldız Technical University (1993), with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Conservation from the same university (1996) and studied at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received S.M.Arch.S. Degree (1998) and completed her Ph.D. (2007) at the Istanbul Technical University.


Professor Michael Turner is the UNESCO Chairholder in Urban Design and Conservation Studies and heads the Research and Innovation Authority at the Bezalel, Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. In parallel, since 1983 he has a private practice with works in architecture, conservation and urbanism. In research he is involved in urban sustainability, heritage, social inclusion and urban spaces. He is a member of many professional-academic bodies, engaged in many activities at UNESCO and is currently special envoy to the World Heritage Centre Director focusing on Culture for Development and the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscapes. 


Prof. Antonio Miguel Nogués-Pedregal, professor of social anthropology at the Universitas Miguel Hernández (Spain) and former Head of the Department of Social and Human Sciences. Since late eighties, his research interests focus on the relationship between tourism, cultural heritage and development in the Mediterranean and Latin America, where he has carried out his fieldwork. He delivers seminars and carried out research stages as Visiting Scholar in different universities: University of Oxford (United Kingdom), KU Leuven (Belgium), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (Germany), Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) or Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia) among many others. He edited «Cultura y turismo» (Signatura ediciones 2003) and «Culture and society in tourism contexts» (Emerald 2012). Some of his scientific articles has been published in English, German and Italian. He has been recently acknowledged as one «of the two most important scholars of the anthropology of tourism in Spain since the 1990s» by the journal Anthropology News 55 (9-10), pp. 31, the bimonthly publication of the American Anthropological Association. 


Yoel Mansfeld is a Professor of Tourism Planning & Development, a consultant and a trainer based in Haifa, Israel. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, UK. His main areas of interests include sustainable tourism, cultural tourism; cultural routes; tourism and security; socio-cultural impacts of tourism development; community-based tourism; and religious tourism. He is also the founder and Head of the University of Haifa’s Centre for Tourism, Pilgrimage & Recreation Research (CTPRR) and one of the founding members of the European Cultural Routes Universities Network (EC-RUN) established by the Council of Europe’s European Institute for Cultural Routes. Yoel Mansfeld is also an active member of the UNESCO-UNITWIN net-work on Culture, Tourism & Development. 


Bojana Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci is a professor and doctor of technical sciences in the field of architecture and urbanism. She is a professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Zagreb at the Department of Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Landscape Architecture and head of a department. She is a professor at Doctoral studies: Architecture and Urbanism, Intensive seminar: SCAPE at Faculty of architecture, University of Zagreb. She actively participates in domestic and foreign scientific research projects in the area of heritage and landscape architecture. She is a reviewer of scientific research projects, books, collections and scientific articles in the field of architecture and urbanism. She participated at numerous national and international scientific conferences (Palmanova, Udine, Vienna, Shanghai, Venice, Naples, Bari, Barcelona, Athens, Budapest, Prague, Rome, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Copenhagen) with topics in the area of heritage protection of traditional architecture, landscape architecture, tourism and space syntax. 


Dejan Verčič is Professor, Head of Department of Communication and Head of Centre for Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Ljubljana, and Partner and Knowledge Director in strategic communication group Stratkom d.o.o., Slovenia. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and he was a Fulbright scholar at the San Diego State University, USA. Dr. Verčič has published 14 books and in 2016 he was awarded the Pathfinder Award, the highest academic honour bestowed by the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) in New York. His research focusses on globalisation and strategic communication. 


Thorsten Ludwig is Managing Director of Interpret Europe. He was on the Board of Directors of the German association for environmental education for 12 years and member of the nationwide steering committee for German landscape guides for ten years. Since 1993, he has run his own company on interpretive training, planning and consulting. He planned several national park facilities, launched learning programmes for school classes and managed a medieval castle through the involvement of volunteer experts and youth groups. He holds an MSc in heritage interpretation, and once a year he teaches an interpretation module at a German university. Thorsten Ludwig represented Interpret Europe on the Stakeholder Committee for the European Year of Cultural Heritage and was awarded the European Union’s Altiero Spinelli Prize for the initiative ‘Engaging citizens with Europe’s cultural heritage’. 


Benno Albrecht is full professor of Architectural and Urban Design and he is director of the School of Doctorate Studies at the Iuav University, Venice. Benno Albrecht’s architectural and urban design projects are published in reviews, international magazines and books. He has received Architecture Prizes, won international competitions and held exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He devotes himself to research on sustainable urban design and he has carried out projects in architectural and urban sustainable development. He manages many international research programs. He has held seminars, conferences and workshops in Italy and in Europe, China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mali, Argentina and Peru. He has written texts and publications about architecture and territory. 


Gorana Barišić Bačelić, mag. art. hist. is an expert in the management and interpretation of cultural heritage. She graduated art history from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar and specialised cultural management at the De Vos Institute of the University of Maryland National Intensive Arts Management – an education programme organized by the Ministry of Culture. She has participated in numerous congresses and seminars on culture, heritage and museology. Her areas of interest focus on sustainable management, interpretation of cultural heritage and audience development.

Today, she is the director of Fortress of Culture Šibenik, a young public institution that manages revitalized St. Michael’s Fortress and Barone Fortress. Under her leadership, activities and programmes of Šibenik’s fortresses are acknowledged in the national as well as European context, which is confirmed by 12 awards from the field of culture, tourism and communication.


Juan Manuel Corso Sarmiento is the Technical Manager of the VIMAC lab (Virtual Innovation in Modelling the Architecture and the City lab) in the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), where he is also an associate professor of Architectural representation. For the last 13 years, his research has focused in analysing architectural heritage with technological tools. This effort is reflected in his doctoral thesis, two master’s theses, 8 competitive R+D+I Projects, more than 70 survey projects of buildings and historical heritage centres, international laboratory training collaborations and published articles. Including projects of great impact such as the surveys of the Palau Reial (MUHBA) and the Fachada del Nacimiento in the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, focused on its restoration. Parallel to the experience in the technology of heritage surveys, he has worked with other technologies: IOS and Android App call Barcino 3D (Barcelona III century); 3D printing and augmented reality applications for projects at an archaeological scale detail, and Geographical Information System or Remote Sensing techniques for territorial and urban scale projects, to understand the relations of the city.


Prof. Mar Santamaria is an architect graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona, specializing in heritage in Roma La Sapienza. With a long career in urban planning and spatial analysis, she is a professor at the Master of Restoration of Architectural Monuments (Barcelona Tech Foundation) and has lectured in several international universities and institutions (among others; TU Braunschweig, Welsh School of Architecture, RomaTRE, Institute of Advanced Architecture-IAAC). She is the co-founder of 300.000 Km/s (, an urban innovation office that uses data analysis and cartography to measure contemporary urban phenomena such as tourism. Recent projects in Barcelona and Madrid analyse tourism trends and tourism impact in the residential fabrics.

300.000 Km/s projects have been recognized with various awards and mentions, among others, the Civio Foundation – BBVA (2014), the Open Data Institute Awards (2016), the CityVis Prize (2016), the Biennial Española de Urbanismo y Arquitectura (2018) and the LLuís Carulla Award (2018).*

300.000 Km/s works have been exhibited at the Biennale of Venice 2016, the Chicago Arts Institute (2014) and the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (2014) among others. 


Dimitri Ioannides, PhD is chaired professor of Human Geography at Mid-Sweden University as well as serving as the director of the European Tourism Research Institute. Prior to coming to Sweden he taught at Missouri State University. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University. His primary interests are in the economic geography of tourism and tourism planning and sustainable development. Lately he has been exploring equity considerations as they relate to sustainable development. He is the co-author with Dallen Timothy of Tourism in the USA (Routledge) and has co-edited three books, including The Economic Geography of the Tourist Industry (Routledge). He edits the book series New Directions in Tourism Analysis (Routledge) and sits on the editorial boards of several journals including Tourism Geographies. He is also on the board of the International Polar Tourism Research Network. He has given keynote lectures and public speeches in various parts of the world including China, South Korea, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada. 


Jana Vukić, PhD is Assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Jana is an urban sociologist with research interest in urban planning and public space, quality of life, participation and sustainable urban development. As an active researcher she collaborates with researchers in other disciplines, such as demography and anthropology, but also from the fields of architecture and urbanism, and has conducted a recent sociological and demographic study of Old City of Dubrovnik focusing on everyday life of people, demographic trends and coexistence of tourism and quality of life of inhabitants in heritage cities. She is also engaged in interdisciplinary approach to public space and participation practices such as City Acupuncture. Jana teaches courses on contemporary sociological theory and urban sociology on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, but also collaborates with the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. She has published three books on urban sociology (with Professor emeritus Ognjen Čaldarović): Contemporary urban sociology (2015), Contemporary city – Public space and culture of living (2017) and Life in historic centre of Dubrovnik (2018) 


Radoslav Bužančić, architect, PhD, is Head of the Conservation Department of Split – Ministry of Culture from 2010 and Assoc. Professor at Dubrovnik and Split University teaching History of Architecture and Art History. He supervised numerous conservation projects and restorations of monuments in Dalmatian cities, but also in the hinterland and on Dalmatian islands. From 1990 he is architect of the Trogir cathedral, one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Dalmatia. From 2007 architect of the Split cathedral, ex mausoleum of Diocletian palace. Took part in post-war reconstruction & conservation in Dubrovnik area, preparing studies for restoration of the renaissance palaces during war. He has received a number of national awards, and has also been recognized abroad; in 1996 medaled by President of the Republic with the Croatian’s Danica medal for contribution in culture, in 2002 he received the Europa Nostra Award for the restoration of the Niccolo di Giovanni Fiorentino’s Chapel of Blessed John of Trogir in the Cathedral of Trogir. Together with his colleagues, in 1997 he enlisted the town of Trogir and in 2008 the town Stari Grad on the Island of Hvar on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. He actively participates in international exhibitions and scientific conferences, and has published over 50 scientific papers in Croatia and abroad. 


Aleksandar Lukić, PhD is Associate Professor at Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb and Head of Division of Human Geography. His primary research interests are rural geography and development, rural tourism, regional and spatial planning and participatory approaches. Aleksandar led numerous Croatian and international competitive research projects (UKF, ESPON, Croatian Science Foundation) and participated in applied research for the Strategy of Spatial Development of the Republic of Croatia and national Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. He managed participative approach in Croatian National Development Strategy 2030 for Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds. He published a book on rural typology of Croatia and authored 30 academic papers. Aleksandar is a president of Croatian Section of ECOVAST – European Council for the Village and Small Town and serves as a member of Steering Committee of the International Geographic Union Commission (IGU) on the Sustainability of Rural Systems. He studied in Zagreb and conducted postdoctoral research at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

Learn more about the Proceed with Care conference in Sibenik.


Thursday, 4 April 2019

NP Krka Providing Books to Local Schools Through Praiseworthy Project

NP Krka is another one of those ''must visit'' places when in Croatia, and yes, there are many such destinations to be found here. The whole ''must see'' thing has become a little saturated over recent years, especially with the rise of self-proclaimed travel bloggers and social media influencers, however, there is much more to this stunning national park than just the ability to take artistic Instagram pictures.

NP Krka is involving itself in the education of school children in the Dalmatian county in which the park is situated through a praiseworthy project aimed at increasing kids' overall awareness of both protected areas and nature and the environment.

As Morski writes on the 3rd of April, 2019, the highly visited NP Krka actually launched the project "Let's fill up the school libraries" (Popunimo školske knjižnice), for primary and secondary schools of the Šibenik-Knin County back in 2007.

The aim of the project is to make the books published within the framework of this educational scope available to school-age children and other young people, so that they can contribute to their own respective awareness of the country's numerous protected areas and the need to take care of their surroundings, including the importance of the proper preservation of the environment.

Since back in 2007, VHS tapes and later on, DVDs covering a wide array of topics related to NP Krka and its environment and native wildlife and birds have been shared around numerous local schools within the aforementioned county in Dalmatia. In February this year, a total of 49 books were distributed to thirty-six primary and thirteen high schools in the county.

NP Krka's administration and staff believe that this year's gift to local schools will be used by students and their mentors and teachers not only as an additional teaching aid for the classroom but that it will also encourage children to go out and get to know and further explore the rich natural beauty and the cultural heritage of the beautiful NP Krka.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

When Overtourism Meets Heritage: 'Proceed with Care' Conference in Sibenik

March 27, 2019 - Šibenik, Croatia, will host the first International Scientific Conference Proceed with Care - Living with Tourism from May 2nd to May 5th

Co-existence with tourism and sustainable heritage management, and tourism in the areas of valuable cultural and natural heritage with an emphasis on world heritage under the protection of UNESCO will be the main topics of the conference Proceed with Care – Living with Tourism.

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In Šibenik, Croatia, the International Scientific Conference - Proceed with Care will be held for the first time from May 2nd to May 5th organized by The National Association for Interdisciplinary Activities in the Field of Heritage and Tourism. In the Croatian National Theatre of Šibenik, world-renowned experts will address the important issue of the growing conflict between excessive tourism and the protection of the cultural environment, historic cities, monuments and sites, especially those listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The conference will bring together relevant local and foreign experts from the scientific fields and will be held under the patronage of the Croatian Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, and with the partnership of the Croatian National Tourist Board and the City of Šibenik. The main goal of the Proceed with Care conference is to bring together researchers and experts from around the world to find solutions to the sustainable tourism growth of the world's capital of tourism through shared awareness, knowledge and experience. The conference will present the latest academic and scientific research, field research, strategies, techniques and tools.

How to organize "co-existence" with tourism in the capitals of culture

The main idea of ​​the conference Proceed with Care is “co-existence with tourism”. In Šibenik we will have the opportunity to listen to the world's leading experts in the field of preservation of cultural heritage. Many keynote speakers will share their knowledge and experience: Yonca Erkan, Michael Turner, Ludwig Thorsten, Antonio Miguel Nogués-Pedregal, Yoel Mansfeld, Benno Albrecht, Juan Manuel Corso Sarmiento, Cristina Jover Fontanals, Mar Santamaria, Dimitri Ioannides and other regional experts. Two main thematic units will be covered; first will be the strategies and techniques of comprehensive planning and design of tourism territories and infrastructure as a tool for sustainable management of both; tourism and heritage, especially those listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. The second category refers to communication strategies and techniques for implementation of sustainable planning and design solutions where the strategy of positioning the heritage of tourist destination and defining its brand architecture will be discussed. The aim of the conference is also to inform the representatives of all institutions that make executive decisions on the preservation of spatial and cultural resources, as well as on the development and implementation of sustainable tourism, from state to local administration, local communities to entrepreneurs in culture and tourism.

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Why Croatia, why Šibenik?

On UNESCO's list, Croatia has an important position, a small country with 10 recognizable world’s heritage sites of UNESCO. Croatia largely depends on the tourism economy, and that is also another reason why we all need to make efforts in the field of excessive tourism, and its negative effects on the beauty and uniqueness of natural diversity and inherited cultural identity. Šibenik is a town with two monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List, The Cathedral of St James and Fortress of St. Nicolas. In addition, it has a unique historical core, and an environment rich in natural and cultural heritage, tangible and intangible. It is also a tourist town that is now in a position to maintain a balanced relationship between growing tourism and preserving the identity of the city and its inherited cultural and natural values.

Without sustainability in tourism, experience as a foundation of destination tourism offering will disappear

Many places from UNESCO’s list, such as Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes, Venice or Barcelona, are threatened by seemingly insurmountable challenges that could soon be captured by other Croatian coastal towns as well. Many efforts are being made to identify and prevent potential problems in time, and for the existing ones to find adequate management of visitors and destinations. Therefore, the Proceed with Care – Living with Tourism Conference has a goal to become a permanent gathering of world’s authorities, relevant authors and researchers, and at the same time, has a goal to position Croatia as an initiator in the field of the preservation of material and non-material heritage. During the conference, all participants will be offered free access to the Šibenik City Museum. Secure your Early Bird ticket until April 1, 2019. More information

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The National Association for Interdisciplinary Activities in the Field of Heritage and Tourism, ICOMOS Croatia; University of Zagreb, School of Architecture; Università Iuav di Venezia, Doctoral Study (Università Iuav di Venezia, Scuola di dottorato); Department for Architectural Design DPA, Escola Tècnica Superior de Barcelona ETSAB, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya UPC; Institute of Art History, Zagreb; Centre for Marketing and Public Relations, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences (Center za marketing in odnose z javnostmi); Fakultet za družbene vede, Univerza v Ljubljani, IRMO; Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb; ARIES_JURAČIĆ SKORUP ARHITECTS from Zagreb, MUZE from Zagreb, IMC Agency from Zagreb.

Friday, 22 March 2019

New Ferry Dock for Island of Kaprije Before Summer 2020

As Morski writes on the 21st of March, 2019, the first conference regarding the construction of a brand new ferry dock in the port of Kaprije has been held at Šibenik's city hall, handled by the Port Authority of Šibenik-Knin County.

The total value of the island's ferry dock project currently stands at over 11 million kuna, of which 9.3 million kuna is being financed by European Union funds, 1.6 million kuna is being co-financed by the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, head by Oleg Butković, while the Port Authority of Šibenik-Knin County is participating in the project with a bit more than 42,000 kuna.

The details of the new Kaprije project were presented to those gathered by the director of the competent port authority, Željko Dulibić, who pointed out that the new pier will be 55 meters long, with a surface measurement of 330 square metres, and will allow for vessels with deeper beams that are less susceptible to the impact of winds to dock, and so that the island of Kaprije's inhabitants will be better connected to the mainland.

The location on which the ferry dock is set to be constructed is located in an area which is managed by by the Port Authority of Šibenik-Knin County and is located about 700 metres northwest of the centre of Kaprije.

The main objectives of the project are to improve the traffic connections of the island of Kaprije with the mainland City of Šibenik and the other islands which belong to the Šibenik archipelago, improve traffic safety within the centre of the bay and Kaprije, improve the access of Kaprije's residents to their respective workplaces, education facilities, medical facilities and other such locations which typically lie on the mainland, and reduce traffic congestion and noise as well as aim to improve overall traffic safety within the centre of the bay and Kaprije.

The current foreseen deadline for the completion of this infrastructure project is summer 2020.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Chef's Stage in Šibenik: Gastronomy Influences Perception of Destination

As Morski writes on the 18th of March, 2019, yesterday one of the most important gastronomic congresses in the Republic of Croatia - the Chefs' Stage, began. The gastronomic event has been taking place in the historic Dalmatian city of Šibenik from the 18th to the 19th of March, and has been attended by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Frano Matušić.

This Šibenik-based gastro event, which brings together some of the greatest names of both the Croatian and the international gastro-scene, has created discussions on a number of issues related to gastronomy and the hospitality sector, with the aim of linking those who work in tourism, hoteliers, manufacturers, suppliers, influencers, and all other types of professionals within the industry, as well as all enthusiasts of a high quality gastronomic scene.

At the very beginning of Šibenik's Chefs' Stage, the importance of gastronomy for Croatian tourism was pointed out by the longtime Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli:

''As many as 93 percent of tourists take part in some kind of ''special experience of food and drink'' during their trip, suggesting that today, gastronomy is a piece of content that can significantly affect the perception of an entire destination and influence the level of satisfaction guests have with their overall tourist experience. Croatia is successfully building its image as a high quality gastronomic destination, which is best acknowledged by our recognition by the world renowned Michelin and Gault & Millau guides, and with further connectivity with local producers and building ''stories and experiences'' related to our eno-gastronomic products, Croatia can become one of the gastro icons of Europe,'' Capelli stated.

During the two day Chefs' Stage, there were numerous panel discussions, masterclasses with well-known chefs, and lectures on gastronomy with the beautiful backdrop of Šibenik adding to the ambience. Among other things, the panel related to the project of linking the food-processing sector and the tourism sector through the establishment of local production systems and the territorial branding of the Republic of Croatia as a recognisable gourmet destination. It is a project aimed at positioning Croatia as a gastro icon affirmed through local foods, authentic tastes, and diverse cultural heritage, and for that purpose an action plan for the development of gastro tourism will soon be presented.

The panel titled "What Croatia needs" was attended by Secretary of State Frano Matušić, who himself emphasised the fact that gastronomy is one of the foundations of the development of year-round tourism. He said that according to research by TOMAS Summer 2017, gastronomy was highlighted as one of the main motivators for the arrival of guests in Croatia. Namely, according to that piece of research, as many as 29 percent of respondents emphasised gastronomy as a motive for making Croatia their choice.

''A large contribution will be given by the Competence centre which will, through networking and cooperation with powerful foreign centres, contribute to strengthening the quality of education in the tourism and hospitality trade, which will ultimately affect the quality of our country's gastronomic offer,'' concluded Matušić.

The second edition of the largest gastronomic congress in this part of Europe - Chefs' Stage, brought 50 Croatian and 33 international chefs and other professionals together in Šibenik over a two day period, with products being presented by 70 Croatian producers and winemakers, along with the presence of representatives of various gastro-oriented international media.

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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Group of Young Croats Create e-Vision Project for the Blind

For such a small country, the Republic of Croatia boasts a wealth of talent across all fields, from medicine to sport and from science to innovation and invention, Croats have given a huge amount to the rest of the world.

While Zadar's Luka Modrić might be the household name of Croatian sport, and the likes of Nikola Tesla and Mate Rimac might be the Croats best known to the world when it comes to science, technology and innovation, there are many more individuals in Croatia given less exposure who have a lot to offer the world, and on across an extremely varied platform consisting of all fields.

As SibenikIN writes on the 16th of March, 2019, a young woman from the historic Dalmatian city of Šibenik, Anastazija Verović, a student of FESB, along with her colleagues, has designed an innovative new device for helping the blind. Thanks to her creation, Anastazija and her team have received yet another award from Split-Dalmatia County for this project,.

Anastazija Verović, Lucija Visković, Ena Sarajlić and Ana Žunabović, are all Croats in their fifth year of graduates studies in computer science at FESB and they expressed their desire to help both the blind and other partially sighted people.

Their desire led this talented young group of Croats to create the e-Vision project, an intelligent device which functions as a bracelet and allows blind and visually impaired persons to move around in spaces. For this praiseworthy project, they have rightfully received a second award in the amount of 4,000 kuna from Split-Dalmatia County.

Split-Dalmatia County Prefect Blaženko Boban presented the presented the award to the talented group of FESB students as the brains behind the best student entrepreneurial and innovative project, according to a report from Dalmacija News.

The first prize of 5,000 kuna was awarded to the e-Agrar project, and was handed over to another talented group of Croats - Slaven Damjanovic, Martin Pervan, Dražen Pervan and Marko Calić. Otherwise, the obviously highly talented Anastazija is set to graduate computer science at FESB this coming summer.

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Italian Who Fell in Love With Šibenik Rates City, Dalmatian Girls and Pizza

As Slobodna Dalmacija/Marija Loncar writes on the 13th of March, 2019, when he first came to Šibenik at the end of 2017 to volunteer at the Youth in the EU, 30-year-old Francesco Lombardi from a town near Naples had no idea he'd experience love at first sight upon arrival.

He had never been to Šibenik before and as he says himself, if someone had told him that after completing his eight-month volunteer job he'd want to stay here and get a job - he wouldn't have believed them.

Such is life, and that's exactly what happened, as Francesco said though a smile, he ''clicked'' with Šibenik at first sight. In addition, Dalmatian, therefore local Sibenik girls, he adds, are the most beautiful girls in Europe.

"Maybe I liked the city because of the sea, because my hometown is near the sea. The nature is beautiful, the old part of town is one of the most beautiful in Dalmatia. Moreover, with its beauty, Šibenik can easily stand alongside many cities in the world. Šibenik is a real little paradise!'' says the young Italian.

Francesco completed his studies in political science in Naples. After graduating, he volunteered, wrote music reviews, visited festivals and did interviews with musicians for local newspapers. He's interested in civic initiatives, and at one time formed an association with friends, wanting to further activate the citizens of Naples in solving their problems.

In Šibenik, Francesco, together with a fellow Romanian volunteer, first worked on the "Development in society" project, which was later selected by the Agency for Mobility and EU Programs as one of the examples of good practice of youth work and for young people, he'll travel to Brussels to present the project should he receive a positive decision on it from Zagreb in the coming days.

After completing that volunteer work, he remained in Šibenik and got hired by the Youth in the EU association and now, with a group of young people from Italy, Poland and Portugal, he's dealing with the issues of the future of the European Union and the importance of voting in the elections, ie the question - do we want to be citizens of the EU or just citizens in the EU - explains Francesco.

The project will be presented to all participants on the April the 16th in Šibenik, and Francesco's paid internship will be completed along with the project at the end of May. When that's done, will he seek a new job and stay in Šibenik? He still isn't sure.

''I feel very good here. Will I be here for amother five months or until the end of my life? I don't know. At the moment, I'm enjoying it as much as I can, because here, I do what I love and what I've been educated to do,'' he says.

In his leisure time, he loves to listen to music, he also loves sport. He used to play football, basketball, tennis, water skiing, but in Šibenik his hobbies are mainly music and movies.

''I miss having a cinema in town. If we want to watch movies, we need to go to Dalmare, and not all young people here have cars, so it's not really that easy for everyone. In the city I watched some movies organised by Kinoklub Šibenik. It's an interesting initiative,'' he says.

Although he's been living in Šibenik for almost a year and a half, Francesco admits that he doesn't understand Croatian as well as he'd like to, and part of the guilt for that he says, is shared by Šibenik's locals themselves.

''First if all Croatian is really difficult, and part of the guilt lies with me because I haven't been trying hard enough, but part of the guilt is in the hands of Šibenik's locals because they all speak good English. Not just young people but older people as well. They also speak Italian, but when I go to small shops and bakeries I always speak Croatian.

When I go out or to some cafe and when I meet up with people, it's always in Croatian. People tell me I speak well. Here young people speak great English. In all the countries of former Yugoslavia, in Albania... I travelled a lot of Europe and saw that people in all Slavic countries speak English well, but in Croatia it really stands out.

Although, as Francesco states, Šibenik locals are rather temperamental, just like his compatriots, they are slightly distant when it comes to making contact with new people. It's not easy to knock down this wall, but when it comes down to it, their friendship is deep and guaranteed.

''The coffee is very good here. But in Italy, when you order coffee, they know what you mean, and here there's a list of all different types: short, long, large, small macchiato, coffee with milk... In Italy coffee is a quick drink, and here if you order a coffee you know it will take you two hours... Drinking and talking... Pomalo (taking it easy),''

Somehow Francesco also managed to get used to some local pizzas, though, as he himself says, they have nothing on Italian pizzas. First of all because of the mozzarella, a cheese that his hometown is known for and without which there can be no real pizza.

''It's like going to Naples for a burek,'' laughs the Italian, who appears to have no plans to leave this stunning Dalmatian city any time soon.

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Click here for the original article by Marija Loncar for Slobodna Dalmacija

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Horvatinčić Verdict over Fatal Maritime Accident Expected on Wednesday

ZAGREB, March 9, 2019 - The municipal court in the coastal town of Šibenik is expected to deliver its ruling on Wednesday regarding the case of businessman Tomislav Horvatinčić who is charged with causing a fatal maritime accident in August 2011 when an Italian couple – Francesco and Marinella Salpietro – were killed.

On Friday, both the prosecution and the defence held their closing statements, with the prosecution suggesting that Horvatinčić should be found guilty and given a prison sentence, whereas his attorneys insisted on their client's innocence.

This has been his second retrial after he was jailed to 20 months in prison with three years' probation following the first trial in 2017. After the appeals of the prosecution and the defence were upheld, Horvatinčić went on a retrial in 2018 and he was then acquitted. However, in May 2018, the Zadar County Court's Appeals Chamber quashed the acquittal and ordered the second retrial.

The Appeals Chamber said that the presiding judge in the first retrial committed major breaches of the penal code as the reasons for the acquittal were significantly contradictory, which was why the Chamber could not examine the verdict, and that the judge's acceptance of syncope, a temporary loss of consciousness was particularly contradictory, which was the argument clearing Horvatinčić of the charge of killing the Salpietro couple.

The accident occurred near Primošten on 6 August 2011 when Horvatinčić, hit the sailboat of Francesco and Marinella Salpietro from Padua while he travelling at a speed of 26.3 knots in his speedboat, killing the couple.

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Monday, 25 February 2019

26 Million Kuna Allocated for Research in Sea in Šibenik-Knin County

As Frane Saric/VL/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 24th of February, 2019, a research and exploration vessel sailed to Šibenik-Knin County, along with all of its modern and sophisticated equipment, in order to properly track what is happening in the sea in that area of Dalmatia.

The Nature of Šibenik-Knin County (Priroda) public institution, in cooperation with the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split has begun with numerous activities of scientific monitoring in the area of ​​the ecological network "Natura 2000 Ušće Krke", covering the area from Skradinski buk to the historic St. Nicholas Fort.

Šibenik-Knin County reported on the move and pointed out that the well-equipped IB BIOS DVA exploratory vessel is 36 metres in length, and is currently in Šibenik's waters. With an array of highly sophisticated equipment, it can explore complex physical, chemical and biological processes going on under the sea in the area.

"This important research, as part of the project worth more than 26 million kuna, will be carried out by a large number of scientists from the field of physical, chemical and biological oceanography of the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, and this will showcase the situation in the Natura area under the great pressure of tourism, maritime traffic, and construction,'' said Anita Babačić Ajduk of the aforementioned public institution.

The results of the monitoring will, as the county has already stated, serve as the basis for the popular-scientific presentation and an attractive exhibition in the city's future visitor centre.

The sheer importance of scientific research as the first step in tourism valorisation projects in this area was greatly emphasised, and Šibenik-Knin County has stated that the contract is worth 500,000 kuna. The contract is part of a local tourism valorisation project, which includes sampling and carrying out an analysis of the data with the aim of making an initial assessment of the status of the biological and oceanological indicators in that area.

The aim of the project is to preserve the biological and landscape diversity of Šibenik's underwater area, increase the area's attractiveness and educational capacity, and improve the tourist and economic potential, as was  reported from Šibenik-Knin County.

Through this project, there will, as has already been mentioned, be more visitor infrastructure arranged, and a range of new tourist products will be created with the help of the upcoming introduction of brand new educational and information content.

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