Have you always wanted to work in the meeting industry?
Somehow my life path brought me into the meeting and event industry. My family is in the travel industry and was involved with many corporate meetings in the early 70s.
Why is your destination/country the best in the world?
I will be a bit modest and say that Croatia is not the best in the world, but is among the best destinations in the Mediterranean. Whoever has been to Croatia lately will agree on this, especially whoever has been to my hometown Dubrovnik – this jewel destination has everything that one needs for the ‘wow’ effect of a really well organised meeting, and at the same time it is so safe, so romantic and so sexy!
What would be the first thing you would show every visitor to your country?
A stop on the scenic Croatian coast overlooking the historical towns and islands, toasting with a glass of cold dalmatian grappa and some home made dried figs … this makes every visitor to Croatia feel the simple, warm welcome!
What has been your star moment so far and your favourite project you would choose to praise yourself?
The star moment is coming soon, it will be this autumn when our company Dubrovnik Travel – DT Croatia will be celebrating 15 years. That is my most successful business project. DT is today the proven best DMC in Croatia.
What motivates you most at work?
I work day and night, but there is no better motivation than all our happy clients!
In what way do you deal with stress?
I have some tough training in the mornings, so my days do always start with the post-training wide-awake happy hormones, which luckily follow me throughout the day. In the evenings I love to make a nice dinner for my whole family, if I am lucky enough to be at home.
When were you last angry / disappointed, and why?
I can only get angry at myself. I do that often, blame myself for things; yes maybe it was even last week, when I was overloaded and could not cope with all duties in time.
What will be new in your business in 2013?
We have our event ship ‘Sea Star’ that has recently been renovated internally, so our clients using it will be very happy about that. The ship has a completely modern look now and can carry up to 400 passengers per day.
What did you learn last week?
I learn a lot everyday and by following the homework of my kids in school, but now from a parent perspective, one also gets to re-learn the life basics well!
Where will you spend this year’s holiday, and why?
Most probably this summer will be spent on one of the popular Croatian islands, where one can have a really good time, eat well, sleep well, and train too.
If there were no time and financial constraints, where would you go?
Africa, to help, however I could. Otherwise wherever I can help out.
What would be the title of your life autobiography?
No titles, I will never write one anyway.