GLOBAL VILLAGE: YOUNG TALENTS Q&A 

1.       Who are you?
I’m Nikolina Pavlek from Zabok (a town and municipality situated in northwest Croatia, in the Krapina-Zagorje County), 25 years old and graduated in the field of tourism management from the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Opatija in 2011. I’ve worked in the sales department of Terme Tuhelj for 5 years, and the last few years as a sales representative in the field of business tourism and team building.

2.       What is your favourite meetings brand?
I would have to highlight the hotel »Well« – Terme Tuhelj, where I work! Last year, with the opening of the new part of the hotel and convention centre with 4 stars, we got a brand new look. So, Terme Tuhelj became the right destination for seminars, events, promotions, conferences. The location is in a very favourable position, the complex has a wide range of other facilities (wellness, sport, gastronomy, team building programmes), and it continues to expand the novelties for our guests.

3.       What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
At this moment I can’t single out anything in particular, but I would point out that I successfully finished college on time while I was working at the same time. This was a time when I really needed a lot of discipline, patience and perseverance, so that I could complete both sides successfully. Now, I am happy to remember those moments, which are behind me and represent a very important chapter in my life.

4.       What’s your alternative career fantasy?
I certainly imagine my career in tourism, because working and meeting new people completes me. I like working on the agreements, organising events and conferences, which include a lot of details, services and ideas. My desire one day is to have my own travel agency and specialize as a PCO.

5.       What are you obsessed with at the moment?
With preparing a project for positioning Terme Tuhelj as a business centre with a variety of features and innovations that we would like to offer our business guests. Our goal is to become a leading MICE destination in continental Croatia. Objectives and challenges are set – we have to be persevering and give our best to successfully implement our goals.

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A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.