THE HEART OF DALMATIA

Being the home of Dražen Petrović, the famous basketball player, is the first association that comes to mind whenever the road takes me to Dalmatia. The legendary Croatian basketball player, for many the greatest European basketball player of all time, began to hone his talent in Šibenik; he remembers it with love and pride. A memory basket is fixed in front of his birth house and soon there will also be a monument. For basketball players Dražen is eternal and still popular – basketball is written in the genes of this Dalmatian town.

DID YOU KNOW?
That Šibenik is the only indigenous Croatian town on the Adriatic coast. While other towns started their existence as the villages of old Illyrians, Greek colonies or Roman urban agglomeration, the existence of Sibenik is linked to the arrival of Croats on the Adriatic area at some point in the 9th or 10th century.

Šibenik

Idyllic nature
The city is also connected with the karst river Krka, which is famous for its majestic waterfalls, beautiful lake with an island in the estuary flowing into the sea, at which the entire town Šibenik has developed. Krka starts its journey from the town of Knin, where through a series of waterfalls it meanders to the Grand Canyon with Lake Visovac. If the neighbouring cities of Zadar and Split are said to be close to the Croatian national parks, then Šibenik is located right in the heart of the Kornati and Krka National Park. The city is in the midst of the idyllic Dalmatian towns of Pirovac, Vodice and Primošten, which form the core of the Dalmatian region. Primošten was created on the picturesque island and is today mainly a resort town; Vodice is one of the centres of entertainment and also increasingly one of a quality congress offer; and in addition to the Kornati, the Šibenik archipelago is a paradise for nautical incentive aficionados. The fairly wild islands of Kaprije, Krapanj, Prvič, Zlarin and Žirje are part of the most indented stretch of the Adriatic coast, which for lovers of sailing is known to be an outstanding area.

Sibenik

A city developed in the shadow of Zadar and Split
The stone cathedral of St. James, along with the Renaissance Town Hall and the Prince’s Royal Household, form one of the most beautiful Adriatic markets. It is a joy to walk through the streets of the old city, which has developed in the shadow of Zadar, Split and under the long-term impact of Venice, but at the same time is the oldest and most Croatian city. It was created as a counterweight to Byzantine Dalmatia. The Old town and the St. James cathedral are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a remarkable architectural monument. Nowhere else in Dalmatia can you as easily relish the old city centre and Renaissance monuments. The central part of the city is closed to traffic, which makes strolling through the city on foot a special pleasure. With quick tourism development, the general urban sanitation and quality of life of inhabitants of this Dalmatian town is also improving year on year.

Solaris Beach Resort – Amadria Park
After war destruction the city needed some time to make a new breakthrough. In addition, the status of the industrial city of the industrial zone to the east of the city appeared quite unattractive. Despite this and in the shadow of more media exposed destinations it is experiencing a fast and high-quality tourism development. The centre of happening is the hotel complex Amadria Park, situated in a peninsula covered with Mediterranean vegetation, which comprises of thematic 5 hotels, apartment and villas complex with a Yacht marina and a campsite. Carefully arranged resort offers a wide range of facilities. One of the most recognizable brands of Amadria Park is the Dalmatian Ethno Village, unique tourist attraction situated in the heart of the resort. Its stone cobbled courtyards and stone houses reveal on completely new world and all the beauty of the traditional Dalmatian lifestyle with its almost forgotten crafts & delicacies. It is an authentic and educational experience.

Hotel offer
In addition to Solaris major tourist resorts can also be found in Vodice, with the hotel complex Olympia and Punta. In Primošten the main provider of tourist facilities is the hotel Zora, in addition to which there is no shortage of private apartments. However, a lot of criticism could be targeted at the excessive ‘apartmentisation’ of the destination and in Šibenik some city hotels that would thoroughly enrich the tourist offer are also missing. Commendable, though, is the re-organisation of the public beach. The hotel offer is followed by numerous, perhaps even too many, restaurants and the usual tourist offer. Among other things, the region around Šibenik, especially Vodice, is the Croatian party paradise. Šibenik is famous for its Terraneo festival, although visitors are usually mostly attracted by the prominent musicians on show. With the investment of the Turkish Dogus Group, which has built a marina for mega yachts, Mandalina, the image of the tourist destination may be taken to a higher level.

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Congress Vox Populi
Congress first category of Šibenik is Solaris congress centre. 12 multifunctional congress halls in the area of 2000 m2 are sufficient even for the most demanding conference guests. The largest hall has a capacity for 500 people. The advantage of the village is a diverse hotel offer in hotels Ivan ****, Jure****, Niko ****, Andrija **** and Jakov ***. The advantage of the resort is a wide variety of thematic restaurants, beach clubs and bars, teambuilding possibilities, sport and recreation facilities, entertainment and animation programs and many other various facilities.The main Olympia congress hall in Vodice is multi-purpose and can accommodate a maximum 500 participants. In addition, the hotel also has the Athena hall for up to 80 participants and the Artemis hall for up to 200. A great improvement and update will be the new halls after the construction of a five star hotel. In Vodice smaller conference facilities are also available at the Imperial and at the Hotel Punta. In Primošten the congress centre is in the Hotel Zora. The largest hall, Kravata (Tie), can accommodate 500 people and the smaller one 240. Both halls have daylight.

Sibenik

ŠIBENIK INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2017

A. Natural and cultural factors: 4.68

Because of the natural beauty, a major part of the area around the Krka is declared a national park, of which the geographical centre is Šibenik. This gives the whole area an outstanding experiential value and also numerous opportunities in the field of congress tourism. On the seaside one may wonder at Kornati, the most dynamic and diverse group of islands in the Adriatic and a sustainable paradise.

B. General and transport infrastructure: 4.44

The location is perfect and surprisingly favourable for congress tourism, although it is currently simply ignored. Access via the highway is elegant and simple. Nearby there are two sufficiently frequented airports, Split and Zadar. The fact that the city is located in the triangle of three extraordinary national parks – Kornati, Krka and Paklenica – and close to the Plitvice Lakes and Northern Velebit is particularly attractive.

C. Tourist infrastructure: 4.56

The Hotel Renaissance outside the city should soon be followed by one in its very heart. Otherwise, Šibenik and its surroundings is one of the most diverse and developed regions of Dalmatia for tourists, where there is no shortage of entertainment, festivals, world-class cuisine and also offers for the more discerning guests. It’s also worth remembering the harmony singing (‘klape’), which in the area around Šibenik is also the most developed on the Adriatic.

D. Meetings infrastructure: 4.07

Meeting capacities in Šibenik, Vodice and Primošten are adapted to medium-sized congresses. Virtually all of the convention centres are completely renovated as part of the strategy to fill capacities in the pre-season. In Šibenik, a common destination management – in the sense of establishing a convention bureau in order to properly position the destination among the competition of neighbouring Dalmatian cities of Split and Zadar,- means there is a significant untapped potential.

E. Subjective grade: 4.48

Once industrial, military and port city, it now has a sound basis for the development of congress tourism after a period of transition. It offers a very genuine and authentic experience and a real boom. Foreign investors are coming, new tourist facilities are being built and also in the field of meeting industry, with the appropriate positioning, it promises a bright future.

F. Marketing buzz 3.98

For decades already the Croatian coast has been extremely popular and has generated a huge number of positive images. Despite thinking that we already know all the secret corners, every year we manage to find something new. Last year the major breakthrough was Šibenik, which is becoming the second Dalmatian hotspot behind Zadar. At the moment it does not have a convention bureau or any connected promotion, but many organisers are finding it hard to resist its mystical position at the crossroads of national parks.

MTLG INDEX / 2017 EDITION

DESTINATION CAPACITY

  • The number of 4* and 5* category hotel rooms: 2,676
  • The number of 4* and 5* category hotels: 8
  • Banquet hall maximum capacity: 220
  • The largest hall in the city (in m2): 600 m2
  • Destination population: 46,332
  • Maximum hall capacity in theatre style: 500

COMPARISON WITH THE REGION

Šibenik very rarely raises any association with the meeting industry. In the process of transition from an industrial city into a tourist destination it has not yet asserted its image among competing cities. Despite this, it is a fact that it has excellent conditions and is somehow considered to be a hidden jewel of the Croatian congress offer. For ease of accessibility it may be a suitable location for small association conferences as well as a variety of incentive programmes.

COOL MEETINGS

PEKA’ (BAKING)
In a cast iron container, under the heated lid covered with coals, are baked meats of all kinds, which is also great with fish and octopus. Large quantities of vegetables and potatoes are required, which provide juiciness and a good taste.

MTLG CATEGORY

 MEETING DESTINATION

Destinations that can host up to 1000 attendees.

Check out the new MTLG categorization for 2017 here.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

ŠIBENIK INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2017 
DESTINATION MARK:3.72
Natural and cultural factors:4.68
General and transport infrastructure:4.44
Tourist infrastructure:4.56
Meeting infrastructure:4.07
Subjective grade:4.48
Marketing Buzz:3.98
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.14
Numbeo Safety Index:3.94
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.85

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