Adriatic Golf Course, Savudrija 4. Conference on golf tourism One of the characteristics of golf tourists is that on average they have greater purchasing power than other categories of tourists, and even than boaters. Golf resorts therefore generate high revenues from golf course fees, accommodation revenues, food and beverage services and other services. Only some of the topics were how the development of golf destinations in Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County will contribute to the tourism of Istria and Kvarner, and the project was presented by Aljoša Vitasović and Mauro Dujmović, professors from Juraj Dobrila University in Pula, Faculty of Economics and Tourism. One hundred and seventy-three new playgrounds have been built in 26 European countries. Croatia is at the beginning of the development of this sport and is an exception in the Mediterranean competitive circle. Due to the small number of courses and their spatial dispersion, the existing golf offer is not attractive enough and Croatia cannot yet be called a golf destination, although it is the goal to become. Or just a wish, because one thing is a wish, and something completely different is the goal and implementation of the same. In the last 20 years, we have only three golf courses in Croatia, but not a single real golf resort that will attract global players. This year, changes were announced in the regulations related to the development of golf projects in Croatia and what is the current situation and what is planned for the next steps of development, it was said on the example of a public golf course in Porec. The panel was attended by Loris Peršurić, Mayor of Poreč, Branko Domac, Golf Project Manager, Damir Mendica, Member of the Blue Lagoon Management Board, Ivica Vrkić, Marketing Director of Valamar Riviera, and the panel was moderated by Dražen Slamar, Director of DS Golf. Croatia is very suitable for the development of golf tourism due to the proximity of emitting markets and the possibility of year-round playing on the coast. It is for this reason that the 4th Conference on Golf Tourism is held in Poreč. ” The conference was attended by the Director of the Istrian Tourist Board Denis Ivošević, the Mayor of Poreč Loris Peršurić, the President of the Istrian Golf Association Željko Gucinski, the Board member of the Blue Lagoon Damir Mendica, the Marketing Director of Valamar Riviera Ivica Vrkić, guest lecturers from Italy and Slovenia. golf projects. The fact is that golf tourism is less represented in Croatia, but with a quality action plan and investment rights and following good examples from the neighborhood, we can and should strengthen this tourist offer over time. “Golf offer development action plan”Was made in accordance with the Strategy for the Development of Croatian Tourism until 2020.” The Strategy identifies golf as one of the most important Croatian tourism products, and the Action Plan sets out guidelines on how to develop this now insufficient product of our tourism. Dražen Slamar, the organizer of the conference, and Ernest Vlačić, the head of the Algebra MBA studio, presented why golf is important for our tourism and what the strategy of sustainable golf development is. As one of the oldest sports, golf is globally popular today with an estimated 60 million registered players and 32 golf courses worldwide. Golf courses are an integral part of the tourist offer and create added value and attractiveness to destinations of all developed countries, and often to those that international tourism has only recently begun to develop, such as Turkey and Bulgaria. Examples of good practice are presented – Adriatic Crveni Vrh and Grado Italy. There was also talk of the development of golf clusters in Europe and the world in a panel attended by Željko Gucinski, President of the Istrian Golf Association, Bogdan Palovšnik, Riverside Course Manager, Marko Prekić, Director of Grado Golf Center from Italy, led by Ivana Kolar, Tourism Consultant . Golf Club Grado, Hotel Italy IVAN HERAK: INVESTMENT AT THE HEART – LAKMUS PAPER FOR CROATIA Golf tourism is one of the most competitive and most profitable forms of tourism in the world, but not in Croatia. RELATED NEWS: Source / photo: Golf Tourism Croatia; The ministry of tourism; Istria County Tourist Board; Grado Golf Club It is planned to build more high-quality golf courses in Croatia in the next 10 to 15 years, and gatherings and discussions at the conference aim to contribute to the affirmation of golf in Croatia, bring innovations in domestic regulations and the latest information on current golf projects and offer attractive benchmarking with the region. GOLF – DEVELOPMENT OPTION FOR CROATIAN TOURISM Participants of the “Conference on Golf Tourism” agreed that Croatia definitely needs golf because it is a selective form of tourism that brings significant added value and multiplier effects for the development of the destination and allows to extend the season, which can be especially important for domestic tourism. . The strongest tourist destinations in the Mediterranean indicate with their examples that golf should no longer be a taboo topic and that it is time to implement the plans and golf courses outlined in the “Strategy for the Development of Golf in Croatia”. This was confirmed by the experiences of participants from Italy who presented the excellent golf destination Grado, and we had the opportunity to hear how golf is developing in the continental part of the country on the example of the Riverside Center in Zagreb.