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‘TITOSTALGY’

Thirty six years after his death, opinion on Tito remains divided. Undoubtedly, it is difficult to put it in black and white, but he definitely left a mark in the history of the South Slavic peoples. However, he was a master of self-promotion, which today has become a trademark.

We believe that this is an interesting piece of history for a variety of incentive programmes. It is a fact is that such programmes reap success abroad. Unfortunately, today the potential is relatively underutilised. In the editorial board, we have looked at where one can or will in the future meet with the marshal’s legacy.

BRIONI ISLANDS
Fažana, Croatia

Tito’s Brioni, as we used to call the islands, are now a national park and a memorial area. Today the islands have beautiful nature, but the hotels are in much worse condition. Tito spent nearly half the year on the Isles, often in the company of the world’s greatest stars of politics and film. The famous Brioni Declaration of non-alignment was signed on the islands. The old glory still attracts and offers excellent opportunities for a variety of incentive programmes on the magical islands.

TITO’S DOUGLAS DC6
Salzburg, Hangar 7, Austria

This unique aircraft was built in 1958. The real beauty has been thoroughly restored and since 2004 it flies in the Flying Bulls fleet, which was dreamt up by Red Bull owner Dieter Mateschitz. The aircraft was built according to Tito’s wishes. In 1975 it was sold to Zambia, until it sadly started to decay. Today it is completely restored and offers a genuine adrenaline experience.

VILLA BLED
Bled, Slovenia

Right at the top of Tito’s Slovenian destinations. As the summer residence it hosted Nikita Hruščev, Indira Gandhi, Emperor Akihita and even North Korean Kim Il Sung. Today, as part of the Slovenian protocol it re-opened as a hotel in the middle of our most renowned Alpine resort. Tito was known for his cosmopolitan attitude towards good food and even today at Villa Bled they know how to conjure up a part of nostalgic culinary atmosphere. He even had his own cinema there.

BLUE TRAIN
Belgrade, Serbia

Tito’s Blue Train is again on the tracks since 2006, when it was launched for incentive programmes. The former special train of Marshal Tito was for those times luxuriously furnished in the style of art déco, and today it is an authentic incentive experience with its base station in Belgrade. Once transporting crowned heads and world leaders, today you can learn all about the history of Yugoslavia and its President.

BRDO CASTLE
Predoslje, Slovenia

Brdo Castle was nationalised in 1947 and belonged to the then Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito, who used it until his death for summer and protocol residency. Tito has hosted a numerous of foreign statesmen and diplomats, Slovenian and federal officials and various delegations at Brdo. Among other things he had at the Brdo estate his hunting log cabin. Brdo Castle was the last residence of President Tito – from there in January 1980 he went to the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana, where on 4th May he died. The castle today is in excellent protocol condition with a modern convention centre, suitable for all types and forms of meetings.

TITO’S BUNKER KONJIĆ
Konjić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This underground atomic shelter is located 280 metres underground, and measures a luxurious 6500m2. A long kept secret, in case of atomic attack it would guard Tito and about 350 leading politicians. It was built over 25 years and has been designed for six months of life outside of civilisation. The bunker is now perfectly preserved and offers an insight into one of the most closely guarded secrets of the former Yugoslavia. An ideal environment for spy games.

KARAĐORĐEVO
Bačka Palanka, Serbia

A forested complex with picturesque lakes on 436 acres, located 130 km from Belgrade. Until January 1980, Tito regularly travelled to this protocol facility, where he acted as a hunting guide to top world leaders. Today, the facility is operated by the military of RS. The building is today completely in the style of the seventies and is in need of renovation. From the former opulence was left only the luxury of nature.

SCHOOL SHIP GALEB
Rijeka, Croatia

School ship Galeb (Seagull) is today despite the fact that it has the status of cultural heritage, in a rather sad state in the port of Rijeka. Today the ship is owned by the city of Rijeka and they intend to turn it into a museum and gallery. This year you can see on the ship avant-garde art exhibition and feel a part of the former luxury of the yacht, with which Tito spread around the world ideas of the Non-Aligned Movement. An interesting additional offer of Rijeka and the Kvarner with Opatija as one of the centres of Croatian meetings.

KUMROVEC ETNO VILLAGE
Kumrovec, Croatia

A place that was once besieged by hundreds of believers, is today transformed into an ethnological museum the Old Village (Staro selo). Within the village is also the birthplace of Broz which is a unique Croatian Skansen. It consists of the originally preserved houses from the passage of 19th to 20th century, showing traditions. The highlight, of course, is Tito’s birthplace. An ideal setting for themed incentive programmes.

MEMORIAL CENTRE JOSIP BROZ TITO DEDINJE
Belgrade, Serbia

House of flowers, where Tito at his own request was buried in the former winter garden is an integral part of the memorial centre near all important stations in Belgrade of Tito’s history. Nearby is the White Palace, where Tito received the highest statesmen and many other ceremonial objects.

This is only part of all the facilities. In Belgrade there is no shortage of various programmes and practically in every capital city of the former Yugoslav republics there is at least one object from that period. Cities that once proudly wore Tito’s name are now a bit embarrassed of the past. But the image of Tito refuses and to fade away and it is time for you to also offer it to your meetings guests who want to experience different incentives and feel right ‘TITOSTALGY’.