A symposium on sustainable development and education in tourism was held
“In the last few years, Croatia has recorded a huge growth in tourism. In addition to many positive aspects, such development also brings some negative things, such as our economy’s over-dependence on the sector. Although we must take advantage of the positive, the opportunity to promote domestic production through tourism, we must take care of the sustainability and preservation of our cultural heritage in our destinations., said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for International Affairs and the EU Ivan Barbaric at the ASEM Symposium on Tourism Promotion in Zagreb. “Tourism has become one of our strongest sales channels, not only within our borders, but also for export because many guests are looking for our products that they had the opportunity to taste during their stay there.”, Said Barbarić, adding that one of the key problems of the tourism industry is the lack of manpower that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is trying to solve in the long run by introducing dual vocational education. He stressed that Croatia and Japan have many similarities in terms of tourism development and that we can learn a lot from each other. Keiji Takiguchi / Photo: HGKThe Ambassador of Japan to Croatia, Keiji Takiguchi, stated that Croatia is one of the countries with the highest tourist potential in the world. “Kif we are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations this year, we have decided to hold this symposium in Zagreb with the aim of further promoting Croatian tourism. Minister Capelli welcomed the idea and we decided to focus on educating the tourism workforce. Another important item is the sustainability of tourism, it should be approached systematically, taking into account not only the economy, but also the environment and culture. “, Takiguchi said, thanking Croatian institutions for their co – operation. Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli said that the number of Japanese tourists in Croatia is growing at a high rate and praised the generally good indicators in this tourist season. “Our plans for 2019 are even more ambitious, which means we will have to plan carefully to protect our destinations. We need to strengthen the continental tourist offer and generally raise our service to a higher and more complete level. Our guests from Japan are a great clientele for just such an offer and they recognize it well. Tuna and Sushi Days are a great example of cultural and economic cooperation between Croatia and Japan. “, Capelli pointed out. ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) consists of 51 countries and two organizations (ASEAN and EU Secretariat). The goal of the organization is to create opportunities for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe in politics, economy, culture and society. At the 10th ASEM Symposium held in 2014, tourism was recognized as a driver of economic growth and as the main form of establishing direct contacts between people, so Japan decided to organize symposia on the subject. The symposium is also organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Croatia.