PyeongChang, February 14, 2018 - In the absence of the Croatian house at Winter Olympics, the Slovenian House in PyeongChang served well to the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) to present – in cooperation with the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) – our beautiful homeland to the South Korean market.


Tourism promotion, followed by a working meeting of potential partners (workshops), was jointly held by the tourist boards of Croatia and Slovenia. The event was opened by the Slovenian Ambassador in Japan (covering the Republic of Korea as well), Simona Leskovar, finishing the welcoming speech with the statement that Slovenia is the only country in the world with the word “love” in its name.


Numerous Croatian delegation was led by the Manager of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristijan Staničić, accompanied by the member of the Croatian diplomatic mission in Seoul, Hrvoje Cvitanović.


Staničić explained to the hosts why Croatia is more and more popular destination for Korean tourists. While the big screen behind his back was featuring the pictures of tourist attractions at the Adriatic coast, he effectively concluded: "It's enough to say Croatia - a country of thousand islands!


After that Nikica Dorešić, a businessman living 15 years in the Republic of Korea, presented - in a very impressive presentation - the Croatian beauties in the Korean language. The representatives of many Croatian companies (Atlas, Croatia Airlines, Platanus, Pointers, Uniline, etc.) and Kvarner, Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the City of Zagreb tourist boards participated in the workshops with the Korean tour operators.


Of course, the promotion of the homeland as a tourist destination was attended by the Croatian Olympians competing at the PyeongChang Olympics. They were represented by a bobsleigh four-men crew (Dražen Silić, Mate Mezulić, Benedikt Nikpalj, Antonio Zelić) and Head Coach Ivan Šola. Our bobsleigh pilot Dražen Silić got a loud applause of all the present in the crowded Slovenia house, when a sign labeled "I feel Slovenia" appeared in his hands while presenting the crew at the main podium.


After the presentation and numerous meetings of the Korean and Croatian-Slovenian partners, the hosts could taste the widely-known Croatian delicacies. “kulen” (paprika flavored spicy sausage) produced by the company Galović, truffles by Karlić and the products by Pazin’s Pisinium were presented.


The Croatian guests were happy to be photographed with the cardboard statue of the former Croatian Olympian Jakov Fak (bronze for Croatia in Biathlon at Winter Olympics 2010), placed in natural size in the Slovene house lounge, together with two more "snow knights, their aces for medals, ski jumper Peter Prevcom and freestyle skier with Filip Flisar. Unfortunately, due to his Olympic performance in Biathlon, Jakov Fak could not attend the tourism promotion of his two homelands.