Challenges for the development of new tourist niches

I DAY - 2 October 2019 - Banja Vrdnik, Kasina, Milice Stojadinović street, 22408 Vrdnik, Serbia from 9 to 16h;

II DAY - 3rd October 2019 – Novi Sad, Master centar – Novosadski Fair, Hajduk Veljkova street 11, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia from 10:30 to 17h

Conference were organized by Irig moj grad, in cooperation with Municipality of Irig, MORA-TOURIST Information and Services Non-Profit Limited Liability Company and Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment.

A two-day conference was attended by experts from the tourism sector from countries in the region who face similar challenges such as Hungary and Serbia in the development of new tourist destinations. On two-day conference around 130 participants were present. The aim of the conference was to provide to participants exchange of experiences and to present good practices in solving concrete problems in certain areas all in point to develop and create new touristic product in cross border region HU-SRB.

First day of the conference lecturers presented presentations on topic of the conference. On second day of the conference two panel discussions where organized. Topics were: Forests as resource for tourism development and Transformation of traditional spa to natural wellness/selfness spa. 


Ivan Karić, State Secretary, Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Environmental Protection

Miodrag Bebić, Deputy of President of Municipality of Irig, SRB 

Srđan Budimčić, project assistant, Irig moj grad, SRB

Marko Kelember, project manager, Municipality of Irig, SRB - Project presentation – “Natural selfness – new touristic product”

Ágnes Dobrotka, programme manager, Joint Secretariat (JS), HU – “Overview of the Interreg IPA HUSRB Programme and importance of European Cooperation”

Mariann Stampf, Researcher of methodology, MORA-TOURIST Information and Services Non-Profit Limited Liability Company, HU - "From bath to the spa town"

Martina Zorić, project manager and researcher, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, SRB – “Forest Ecosystem Services: potentials for tourism development”

Marko Kebert, researcher, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, SRB – “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as mediators of beneficial effects of forest bathing”

Gorana Isailović, president, Medical SPA Association of Serbia, SRB – “Prescribing nature as a new health tourism product in the region of Southeast Europe”

Bistra Dimitrova, Director, Centre for Excellence in Niche Tourism & Recreative Industry, BG - "Educational and Scientific innovations in Bulgaria for Niche tourism smart services"

Cvetka Avgustin, Medical Doctor, Terme Olimia, SLO – “Forest Selfness and Terme Olimia as good example”

Marina Vukin, Associate, University of Belgrade Faculty of Forestry, SRB - “Forest ecosystems in the light of forest social functions - a functions of wellbeing”

Ivana Loznjanin, Independent Officer for protected areas and the environment, Obedska bara Special Nature Reserve, SRB - “Forest wellness as an innovative health tourism product in the Obedska bara Special Nature Reserve”

Jelena Farkić, sector coordinator, Tourism organization of Novi Sad, visiting researcher, Center for recreation and tourism research, UK – “Rethinking slow adventure trough the concept of wellbeing”


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This project is co-financed by the European Union. The content of the press release is the sole responsibility of Municipality of Irig and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union and/or the Managing Authority.