After numerous national awards, the ETNOLAND theme park has achieved international success in the competition of countries that include, among others, Italy, Austria, Cyprus, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Greece.
In the competition among 19 countries of Southeast Europe, ETNOLAND Dalmati in Pakovo Selo won the international award Big SEE Tourism Award 2020 in the category "creative story and identity as an experience".
Joško Lokas, the owner and originator of this project, pointed out that they are happy to bring this prestigious award to Croatia and Dalmatian Zagora. “The fact that our project is recognized internationally is a source of pride for all of us. Even in difficult times, we must not stop talking about ourselves and the achievements of our ancestors. Every dry stone wall, every bunja and every susak is a part of us and has a story. And we talk about it. This award is a source of pride for all of us."
The award was given by the Big Institute from Slovenia and the only winner in the category “Creative story and identity as an experience”Is the ETNOLAND Dalmatia theme park. The award ceremony was supposed to take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but due to a pandemic caused by the corona virus, it was held virtually.
Ethnoland Dalmatia is a unique combination of culture, tradition and history, which offers an unusual encounter with old crafts and original customs, so it is a kind of monument to the cultural heritage of the Dalmatian hinterland.
That is why the ETNOLAND theme park has multiple values because it promotes the Dalmatian heritage and cultural wealth of Croatia.
One of the main backbones of the story is Drniš prosciutto, which has a century-old tradition in this area. Inside the ETNOLAND theme park there is a sculpture by the famous Croatian sculptor Nikola Vudrag, which is of course inspired by prosciutto.
ETNOLAND Dalmati also has the Ethnographic Collection in Pakovo Selo, which is entered in the register of cultural goods at the Ministry of Culture, and in an interactive and modern way visitors are introduced to the identity and temperament of Dalmatia, and traditional delicacies are prepared for the full experience.
In addition to visitors being able to experience the tour with a live guide, the story can also be listened to using an audio device. The offer of the ETNOLAND theme park also includes facilities for children, which creates a unique complex.
Let us be what we are - it must be our main tourist product. Let’s tell stories, our authentic stories.