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Photo Credit: Branko Furlanič

The editorial board of Kongres Magazine were surprised by the news that Portorož Tourist Board has halted its operations after 25 years. In recent years, the organisation significantly contributed to co-creating the story of the regional meetings industry. The information comes as a shock to the entire Slovenian meetings industry.

The Municipality of Piran made a decision that Portorož Tourist Board will cease operations as a local tourist organisation after 25 years of operation. Their activities will now take place within Auditorium Portorož. The well-established organisation and its employees expressed concern about the decision.

Below are some of the statements from the press release published by the employees of the Portorož Tourist Board.

“Employees of Portorož Tourist Board are extremely dedicated to their work and often work overtime in the desire to carry out their projects flawlessly. All of this makes us fulfiled because we love doing our job. It means a lot to us that we can contribute to our local environment.”

“We wonder why this successful partnership needs to be destroyed without taking into account the arguments of the expert public. We also reminded decision-makers of the professional risks that clearly speak out against merging with an organisation with a distinctly different mission.”

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Photo Credit: Portorož Tourist Board

“Employees at Portorož Tourist board are only collateral damage, the real victim of reckless change will be the tourist economy of THE municipality!”

“Portorož Tourist Board is an important tourist organisation that is considered a good practice case in Slovenia. Our work is an example to other local tourist organisations, and our knowledge is valued and respected by the regional meetings industry. We believe that the success of the future organisation is highly questionable due to the disregard for the profession and the way decision-makers have approached change.”

“We call on all residents of the municipality of Piran who live from tourism: employees at Portorož Tourist board are only collateral damage, the real victim of reckless change will be the tourist economy of our municipality!”

To learn more about Portorož Tourist Board’s activities, visit their website.