As part of a significant local event – Honey Days, on Friday, February 22, 2019, in Pazin, a panel discussion titled “AUTHENTIC ISTRA: Specifics and Potentials” was held. The Panel Discussion was organized by LAG “Central Istria” as one of the activities in the implementation of the INSiGHTS project from the Interreg Danube and its aim was to consider the further development of the destination, which includes the area of three tourist boards on the area – central Istria, Motovun municipality and Žminj Municipality. Participants and guests were presented with the findings of the assessment of national tourism development strategies that was carried out as part of the project implementation and were suggested with improvements to encourage the further development of sustainable tourism in Croatia and the region of Istria.
The Panel Discussion was attended by the representatives of tourist boards Sanja Kantaruti, Iva Jeletić Prodan and Nensi Pereša Licul who presented their areas as well as by the following panelists who participated at the discussion:
Assistant Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Monika Udovičić;
Head of the Department of Tourism of the Istrian County, Nada Prodan Mraković;
Acting Head of the Department for Product Development and Support to the Destinations of the Croatian Tourist Board, Darija Tödtling;
Mayor of the Town of Pazin, Renato Krulčić;
Head of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, Hunting, Fisheries and Water Management of the Istrian County, Ezio Pinzan;
Director of Enterprise WYG Consulting, Mladen Vojković.
As part of the panel discussion, LAG “Central Istria” presented also the main results of the project – sustainable tourism strategy and interactive map available at www.authentic-istria.com.
On today’s press conference, it was announced that this year’s Honey Days will be held in Pazin on the 22 and 23 of February. The fair is organized in a form of an international exhibition of honey, bee products and beekeeping equipment in the Pazin sports hall with more than 110 exhibitors for all over Europe.
As a special addition to this year’s offer, the traditional local pastry – Pazinski cukerančić will be presented in a slightly different version – with a special addition of honey. All visitors will have the chance to taste and buy this special pastry.
As part of the INSiGHTS project, which LAG “Central Istria” is implementing as one of the partners within Interreg Danube Program, a panel discussion titled AUTHENTIC ISTRIA: Specifics and Potentials will be held on Friday, February 22 starting at 12:00. Within the debate, which will be attended by representatives of national, regional and local public bodies, the possibilities of tourist development of Istria within the territory covered by tourist boards of central Istria, Motovun and Žminj, will be discussed. Additionally, one of the main objectives of the panel discussion will be to present the findings of the national strategy assessment and to this way encourage authorities to include sustainable principles in their documents and actions. Other project results such as the sustainable tourism strategy and interactive map were also presented.