Dubrovnik wants to attract digital nomads

As part of the European Freelance Week (# EFWEEK2020), the Dubrovnik International Conference for Digital Nomads will be held in Lazareti from 16 to 25 October. Thus, Dubrovnik is the first city in Croatia ...

As part of the European Freelance Week (# EFWEEK2020), the Dubrovnik International Conference for Digital Nomads will be held in Lazareti from 16 to 25 October.

Thus, Dubrovnik is the first city in Croatia to turn to digital nomads, and the organization of this conference provides an opportunity to present itself to this audience in light of the announced introduction of visas for digital nomads in Croatia.

"Global tourism has experienced a turnaround, many destinations will certainly go in other directions, and it is no longer mass tourism but target groups and other forms of tourism. It is tourism that respects the quality of life. One of our directions there are digital nomads. Croatia has recognized the potential and is introducing visas that will make it easier for nomads to come and stay in the Republic of Croatia", Said on this occasion the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković.

The process of making Croatia the second country in Europe (after Estonia) and the fifth in the world to introduce this type of visa is planned to be completed in early 2021.

In addition to a comfortable living space, one of the basic prerequisites for the arrival of digital nomads in a destination is the appropriate infrastructure. ''The City of Dubrovnik has signed a contract with the Government of the Republic of Croatia worth 90 million kuna in order to strengthen the Internet in the entire City. I believe there are many benefits to working to get as many digital nomads as possible to our City", Said also the mayor Franković.

The director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Ana Hrnić, explained that the Tourist Board recognized the importance of the project in time, which, as she said, strengthens the position of the year-round destination.

"The whole story is on the trail of our strategy of directing activities towards different markets with different interests. Dubrovnik has the potential to become a prestigious destination in this regard. This is a project that needs to be recognized by the entire local community, and it seems to me that it sees potential. Already during the preparations for this conference, I received positive feedback from the community. ", said the director Hrnić and emphasized that digital nomads are mostly financially well-off people, who stay longer in the destination and spend significant funds in it. With their activities and way of life, they would be ambassadors of Dubrovnik and influencers who would spread the image of Dubrovnik all over the world.

The organizer of the announced conference, the founder of the company "Saltwater", Tanja Polegubic thanked the City of Dubrovnik for accepting the initiative and enabling the holding of this conference, which is a great opportunity for the local community to meet digital nomads.

"Some of the main motives for digital nomads to come to Croatia is the desire to explore and create experiences of Europe, the beauty of nature and the sea in Croatia. For digital nomads, Croatia is an ideal opportunity to connect with other people in some way, to explore the beauties of a certain destination. The most important aspects of everyday work for digital nomads are the ability to access the Internet, a comfortable place to work and live, in general the atmosphere of the community and the environment in which they live is very important to nomads, the possibilities of various activities that interest them", Said Tanja Polegubic, emphasizing that digital nomads show great interest in many cities in Croatia, especially in Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb and the islands.

These are business people who mostly come from the USA and the UK, and in a certain destination they mostly stay for a week, a month or even up to 3 months, while for some it becomes a permanent home.

Find out more about the conference, the program and the list of lecturers HERE.

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