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4. International historic cities congress in Solin

Meet, share&build

On behalf of the Tourist board of the city of Solin, the hotel President Solin and the city of Solin, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to the „4th. International Historic Cities Congress“.

4th International Historic Cities Congress is first project with that concept, organized in Croatia, under the motto „Meet, share& build“ , which aims to motivate ideas exchange („Meet“ concept) between leaders in tourism industry of historic cities, tourist boards, archaeologists and travel agent representatives.
The share of experiences („Share“ concept) is another objective as well as development of the new tourism products and arrangements by joint engagement of the tourism industry leaders in the destinations („Build“ concept).

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In regards to the archaeological park Salona and its status in ancient history, we believe to be the perfect host of this event and we trust you will enjoy the programme we have prepared. This project is financed by European union through INTERREG IPA cross border cooperation Croatia- Bosnia and Herzegovina-Monte Negro 2014-2020 (project RiTour).

Project is supported and sponsored by: The President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, Croatian national tourist board, Tourist board of the Split-Dalmatia County, Split-Dalmatian County, Croatian national chamber association, Croatian association of historic cities, Wüstenrot building society, Perfecta travel agency, Lavanda tourist group, Public cultural institution Zvonimir, City of Split tourist board, City of Split museum, Archaeological Museum Split, Klis tourist board and Klis municipality. We would like to take the opportunity and thank them all for their assistance, support and recognition of this project.

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The topic of congress is preservation and intepretation of historic attractions and localities in historic cities throughout Croatia through benchmarking with cities from abroad. Historic periods covered throughout this congress range from prehistoric times to roman times and middle ages.

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Our aim is to present cities both from Croatia and abroad from these historic periods, with the emphasis on destination management, in terms of the creative and interpretative presentation of historic sites. The congress gathers professional lecturers from tourism and archaeological profession including Department of Antiquities from Jordan, Italian national tourist board, city of Krakow, tourist board of Ljubljana, representatives of touroperators from Egypt, city of Mostar, Cultural institutions and assocations from Šibenik, Omiš, Solin and Istria and Tourist board of Zagreb.
Apart from lectures, panel discussion will be held on the Education in culture and tourism. Panelists will be professionals from educational and government institutions, employment agency and Ministry of tourism.

We are pleased to state that 2nd year in row, within the congress, the cultural tourism award Plautilla for quality and innovation in management of historic cities will be assigned in three categories:

  1. BEST cultural tourism product
    The award is given to those tourist associations / institutions / companies / crafts etc. with the best tourist product which is characterized by high quality and creative interpretation of cultural and historical heritage.

    The award is given to those cities / localities / institutions that have made significant effort in protection and preservation of cultural and historical heritage.

    The award is given for itineraries with a high quality in interpretation and presentation of cultural and historical heritage of the city or region, and may relate to day trips, or seven-day city break programs.

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More info on conditions and application at web page:
Since the congress is financed by European Union, the application for congress is free of charge. All information about applications and programme may be found on the congress web page:

Due to the limited number of participants, please be aware the applicaton should be done as earlier as possible, but not later than March 5th 2018.

We trust your stay will be full of interactions, new knowledge and ideas and will meet your expectations to the fullest extent.

We wish you a warm welcome to Solin, the cradle of ancient and Croatian history.


20.-23.03.2018. HOTEL PRESIDENT SOLIN*****


Tuesday 20.03.2018.


17:00h-19:00h Registration
19:00h-20:00h Welcome drink
20:00h-21:00h Dinner

Wednesday  21.03.2018.

08:00h-08:45h Registration
08:45h-09:00h – Welcome speech
09:00h-12:10h – Lectures
09:00h-09:25h – Asma Shhaltoug, Head of Engineering and Conservation Directorate, Department of Antiquities, Jordan
Topic: Protection and presentation of cultural heritage of Jordan: New perspectives
09:30h-09:55h – Andrea Colonnelli, Travel trade department and market reserach, Italian national tourist board, Italy

Topic:   Italy’s historical heritage and cultural tourism
10:00h-10:25 – Andrzej Czaplinski, Department of promotion and tourism, City administration Krakow, Poland
Topic:  Presentation and Interpretation of the cultural heritage of Krakow
10:30h – 10:45h Coffee break
10:45h-11:10h – Mitja Predovnik, assistant managing director, Tourist board Ljubljana. Slovenia
Topic:  Strategy of cultural tourism in Ljubljana
11:15h-11:40h – Jakov Vetma, mayor, Municipality of Klis/President of Croatian association of historic cities
Topic: Revalorization of Klis cultural heritage
11:45h-12:10h – Karim  Mohsen, Managing Director/Chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation, Sylvia Tours, Egypt
Topic: Challenges and experiences in creating and selling cultural and tourism products
12:10h-12:30h Coffee break
12:30h-14:00 – Panel discusion


Moderator: Željko Trezner, struč.spec.oec., Vice dean, ASPIRA college

1) Nansi Ivanišević, Director of Department for Education, Culture, Sports, Information and Technical Culture, State Administration Office in Split, Dalmatian County
2) Lidija Petrić, prof., Department of Economics of the National Economy, University of Split, Faculty of Economics Split
3) Tonči Glavina, State Secretary, Ministry of Tourism
4) Zvjezdana Jaman,  head of the office of Solin, Croatian Employment Service
5) Helena Cvikl, director, College for Hospitality and Tourism Maribor/Vicepresident of EURHODIP
6) Renata Nevidal, director Carlson Wagonlit Travel, president of Cultural tourism board, Croatian chamber of commerce

14:00h-15:00h – Lunch break
15:00h-17:30h – Included excursion Solin and Klis (Ancient Salona and fortress Klis)
17:30h-19:00h – Free time
19:00h-20:00h – Dinner
20:00h-21:30h – Entertainment – Karaoke party

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Thursday 22.03.2018.

09:00h-12:10h – Lectures
09:00h-09:25h – Ivana Mahnić, Expert Assistant/Product Development Department, Zagreb Tourist Board
Topic:  Advent in Zagreb
09:30h-09:55h – Gorana Bačelić – Barišić, Director,  Public institution in culture – cultural fortress Šibenik
Topic:   Development of cultural tourism in the city of Šibenik – revitalization of cultural heritage
10:00h-10:25h – Admira Čustović, Tourism advisor , city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Topic: City of Mostar – presentation and protection of cultural heritage
10:30h-10:55h –Ana Brničević/Mladen Tomić, Director of Tourism council, Society of Poljica
Topic:  Old Poljica principality as a contemporary tourist destination
11:00h-11:15h Coffee break
11:15h-11:40h – Darko Komšo, Director, Archaeological museum of Istria
Topic: Management, protection and presentation of Pula archeological heritage
11:45h-12:10h – Mario Matijević – Public institution in culture Zvonimir, Solin
Topic:  Old croatian heritage of Solin – opportunities and threats in protection and interpretation

12:10h-14:00h – Lunch break 

14:00h-17:00h – Included excursion Split (Diocletian palace, City museum)
17:00h-19:00h – Free time
19:00h-20:00h – Award ceremony
20:00h-22:00h – Gala dinner


 Friday 23.03.2018.

08:00h-11:00h – Optional excursions (Trogir, Omiš)


Photo: TB Solin