When the Government of Croatia decided to develop its first strategic marketing plan in 2002, it sought to ensure the conflicts the area had experienced a number of years earlier would not hamper its tourism industry. Although it had been given impetus in recent decades, a renewal of the country’s image and a rethinking of the strategies stimulating tourism activity were needed.
The plan’s success led to its repetition in 2008, with the involvement of MagmaCultura, and in 2014.
MagmaCultura played a part in Croatia’s tourism marketing plan by contributing to cultural tourism development in the town of Porec. This city had begun to position itself as a sun and beach destination in the 1960s. During this time, the quality of its beaches and natural environment led more and more visitors from nearby developed economies, such as Italy, Austria and Germany, to choose Porec as a holiday destination.
In an endeavour to avoid mass tourism in the area, putting a strategy in place that would establish alternative forms of growth was imperative.
We initiated our cultural consultancy work by performing an analysis of the city’s cultural resources and its different areas with development potential. Once this appraisal was conducted, we drew up a series of proposals to make them tourist attractions aligned with the image of Croatia as set out in its new marketing plan.
Porec has established itself as the main tourism destination in its region, the Istrian peninsula. The town’s historic quarter has been renovated and restored to host musical, artistic, sporting and culinary events. This complements the traditional beach and nature tourism options, which are now more carefully protected and preserved.