The First Croatian Conference on Voluntourism Held in Dubrovnik
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The conference presented voluntourism innovations, best practices as well as examples and ideas that have resulted from project activities
The first Croatian conference on voluntourism within the "Open up a border for adventure and new travel opportunities" project which is lead by the Association "Mi" from Split, in partnership with ADP Zid - Podgorica, the BONSAI Association, the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies and the Municipality of Herceg Novi, was held in Dubrovnik on Friday, June 2nd.
The conference presented voluntourism innovations, best practices as well as examples and ideas that have resulted from the project's activities.
Participating in the panel „Destination Development and the Importance of Inter-sector Cooperation in the Cross-border Area“ were experts from the field of destination management, tourism product development, volunteering and social entrepreneurship who had already headlined a series of training sessions both in Dubrovnik and in Montenegro, acting as consultants in the development of pilot volunteer products. Contributing to the discussion was also Mihaela Turniški, the UHPA project partner representative, with a special presentation aimed at acquainting the participants with the concept of voluntourism and the latest tourism trends globally.
During the last part of the conference best practice examples of combining volunteering and tourism were shared, wherein tourists are included in activities during their stay at the destination.
One of the objectives of the project is to develop at least two pilot voluntourism products / activities in the cross-border area. Having held training sessions in Februrary and April earlier this year, the involved experts from Croatia and Montenegro have continued to provide support to organisations with the capacities and ideas to develop voluntourism projects.
Three such examples were presented at the conference: Frano Vlašić (Luški puti j.d.o.o.) and Leo Žanetić (Otočni sabor) spoke about their idea of including tourists in volunteering efforts on Korčula during the coming summer season, while Julija Milanović from the Society for Animal Welfare in Cetinje and Željko Starčević from the Agency for the Protection of Orjen in Herceg Novi presented their ideas for developing voluntourism in Montenegro.
More information is available here.