EUR 106 million in grants awarded for health, active and visitor tourism


28. March 2024.

Today in Zagreb, a ceremony was held to award grants for 16 projects as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for the call Regional diversification and specialization of Croatian tourism through investments in the development of tourism products with high added value.

These are projects for the construction or renovation of active tourism infrastructure, visitor infrastructure and infrastructure for the development of spa and wellness tourism, with a total value of 106 million euros.

"We recognized the importance of investing in public tourist infrastructure in the Strategy for the Development of Sustainable Tourism until 2030 with the aim of improving the overall quality of the tourist offer and developing year-round tourism. Investments within this Call are therefore focused on the development, adaptation and green and digital transition of public tourist infrastructure ", said the Minister of Tourism and Sports during the awarding of grants Nikolina Brnjac.

Investments are focused on less developed tourist areas and the continent, which was achieved by respecting the tourist development index.

Thus, in less developed tourist areas, investments are focused on building new and adapting existing public tourist infrastructure, while in areas with the highest tourist development index, investments are focused on adapting existing public tourist infrastructure.

All selected projects had to meet high acceptance criteria, especially in the part related to sustainable development, environmental and nature protection.

In addition, investments refer to the achievement of a higher level of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, the introduction of green technologies and business models that contribute to the green transition, reduction of energy and water consumption, reduction of waste generation and the like.

"Through the development of health and active tourism, Croatia can stand out because we have all the preconditions for their profiling at the level of the European Union, but also beyond. I am particularly pleased that these investments will contribute to the quality of life of our fellow citizens, as well as better working conditions for employees in special hospitals to which most of the funds are allocated", said Brnjac, emphasizing that all these projects can be the basis for the development of entire regions, the creation of new jobs and the start of the economy.

Today, grants were awarded for the following projects: Reconstruction of the Inkey Castle into infrastructure for the development of wellness tourism, Improvement of the accommodation capacity and infrastructure of the Naftalan Special Hospital for the development of health tourism - WELLTUR NAFTALAN, Reconstruction of the Fontana building in Lipik Spa into a hotel for the purpose of health tourism, Improving the quality of existing and introducing new services in health tourism at the Special Orthopedic Hospital of Biograda na moru, Investing in the modernization of the accommodation facilities of Thalassotherapie Crikvenica with the aim of developing spa and wellness tourism, Revitalizing the Veli Lošinj spa center through a digital and green transition, Improving the offer of spa and wellness tourism in Daruvarski spa through the development of tourist products with high added value, Swimming pool complex in Veliko Korenov Terme Bjelovar, Reconstruction and conversion of Feštetić Castle into an interpretation center, Interpretation center "Bolenov dravski put", Interpretation center Međimurska popevka Palace, Investment in the development of tourist products with high added value in the area Municipality of Velika Ludina with the aim of contributing to the regional diversification and specialization of Croatian tourism, Development of active tourism infrastructure in the Municipality of Rovišće, Sports Recreation Center of the Municipality of Nijemci, Project "Vrata Papuka" and Revitalization of the hiking and visitor infrastructure of the Nature Park Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje.

Source and photo: MINTS


28. March 2024.