Q: Have you always wanted to work in the meetings industry?
Organising meetings and conferences has always been my passion, ever since I started working in the sales department. Working in the events industry, and I’m positive that every other event organizer would agree with me on this one, is one of the most challenging and stressful jobs. However, if you love it, it’s the most inspiring and exciting job in the world. Like with any other job, when you love what you do, that’s no longer a job, but life’s passion.

Q: Why is your destination/country the best in the world?
There are many stunningly beautiful destinations in the world – I’ve had a chance to visit many of them – but every time, after every business trip, I say to my colleague and partners: there’s no place like Dubrovnik.

Its long history, cultural heritage, monuments and unique events sites, that all makes it special and incomparable.  But it’s the people that make the difference. The lifestyle, strong dedication to our guests and clients, a unique ‘laid back’ way of living –all that makes it remarkable.  Guests and clients of Adriatic luxury hotels, who often return, confirm this to us, and that’s something that makes us proud and work better and give our best.

Q: What would be the first thing you would show to every visitor to your country?
That’s a hard one, as there are so many spectacular sites, attractions and events to choose from. But I would say that Croatia, with its rocky, indented shore and more than a thousand islands, boasts one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline that Europe has to offer. In addition, many of Croatia’s coastal towns and cities have a fascinating history and are filled with the historical remains of Roman and Venetian times, like Dubrovnik, my hometown.

Q: What was your star moment so far and your favorite project with which you would praise yourself?
There are so many projects and dear partners that I have met over the years that it makes it completely impossible to single out the favorite one.  It’s such a difficult question!  Some were small, but special and memorable, while others were big, exhausting, but at the same time challenging and exciting. I’ve learned a lot from every event, different situations and sometimes even impossible requirements by our clients. But there’s no impossible request, every situation can be resolved, and I’m really proud that I have a great team who help me reach the impossible for our clients.

Q: What motivates you the most at work?
Rewarding work matters the most.   To see my clients satisfied is what fulfills me the most.

Q: In what way do you deal with stress?
Laugh really helps me manage stress. And little things, such as long walks after a challenging day, a good book and dinner with friends and family.

Q: When were you last angry / disappointed and why?
Unfortunately, as in any other job in the world, event organisation has a few downsides. It’s a stressful job; however, I learned that it’s important not to take it personally, and always try to resolve nerve-wracking situations with a constructive overview and pro-active proposals.   This approach has helped me a lot. It’s always about people, and with the right approach there’s no situation that cannot be resolved.

Q: What will be new in your business in year 2014?
Conference and event planning industry changes, develops and grows every year. Clients and agencies are always searching for new venues and destinations, in order to create truly remarkable events and meetings.

That’s what we strive for here at the Adriatic luxury hotels. It’s all about clients and their wishes, so we’re always at their disposal, promising to organise a conference that they will remember for life. As for news within Adriatic Luxury Hotels, we will focus on presenting our clients our hotel products which will this winter undergo complete reconstruction and a makeover to be ready for the 2014 season – Hotel Kompas as a new 4 star hotel in Dubrovnik, perfectly located in Lapad bay, and our Hotel Dubrovnik Palace – Dubrovnik’s finest five-star resort and conference centre and the most awarded hotel in Croatia.

Q: What have you learned in the last week?
I’m privileged that every day I learn a new lesson, and have an opportunity to learn a lot from daily situations and challenges.

Q: Where will you spend your next holidays and why?
I always go on a holiday to a new destination, as I love to meet new people, get to know new traditions and new places.  This time, as I can only take a short vacation, I plan to visit nearby island of Mljet, a peaceful oasis and the national park of Croatia.

Q: If there were no time and financial constraints, where would you go?
It is a difficult question; there are a lot of places where I would like to go and visit. However if I can choose one place and the ideal vacation I would definitely go to Bora Bora.

Q: What would be the title of your life autobiography?
No autobiography planned at this stage

PHOTO: Nike Marušić
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