7 reasons why you should choose Dubrovnik for the organization of meetings and incentives
7 reasons why you should choose Dubrovnik for the organization of meetings and incentives

7 reasons why you should choose Dubrovnik for the organization of meetings and incentives

The rich historical and cultural heritage of this thousand-year-old city, the largest hotel and conference facilities in Croatia, an international airport, fascinating natural landscapes, a mild Mediterranean climate and a large selection of incentive activities and entertainment, are elements that make Dubrovnik an ideal destination for your next congress, conference, business event or incentives.

1. A combination of history, natural beauty and modern amenities

The rich and centuries-old history of this proud city has made Dubrovnik a European cultural centre. History can be seen in every stone, palace, fort, but also in its parks and surrounding islands. This was recognized by UNESCO, which included it in its list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. However, this historical heritage is intertwined with contemporary trends and culture in everyday life. Every summer, Dubrovnik is visited by the most popular current statesmen, athletes and stars, and in addition to its history, it is also a backdrop for the popular film industry and hosts countless sporting and cultural events.

Dubrovnik is the administrative, cultural and economic centre of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, located on the beautiful southern coast of the eastern Adriatic. There are 1,000 inhabitants in the core of the old town, and about 42,000 inhabitants in the wider area of ​​the town.

It is adorned with a mild Mediterranean climate that brings an average of 2,600 sunny hours a year to this destination. That is precisely why Dubrovnik and its surroundings, the coastal belt and islands abound in beautiful forests of fragrant pines and cypresses, as well as fertile vineyards, olive groves and orchards.

2. Only 2 hours away by plane from the most important European cities

Although in the very south of Croatia, Dubrovnik is well connected to the rest of the country and European destinations by road, sea and air. Dubrovnik Airport is only 22 km from the city, and Dubrovnik has connections with the most important European metropolises directly, but also via Zagreb. The average flight time from prominent European cities to Dubrovnik is one to two hours.

The Croatian ferry companies connect Dubrovnik with ports along the Croatian coast and with the Italian port of Bari, and is an extremely popular destination for world cruise ships. So it is also accessible by sea.

The year 2022 was marked by the opening of the Pelješac Bridge, a major infrastructure important for Croatian traffic. With the opening of this famous bridge, Dubrovnik became more easily accessible by road and better connected with the rest of Croatia, and thus with Europe.

3. The largest hotel and congress facilities in Croatia and unique event spaces

Dubrovnik, right after Zagreb as a metropolis, is the most important Croatian congress destination. The reason for this is its historical and natural features, but also its long-standing tradition and excellence in tourism, which is why it is recognized and highly valued as a quality destination on international tourist markets. With the development of tourism, hotel and congress facilities developed and grew, so Dubrovnik today has significant capacities for the organization of international events.

Large hotel chains and world-renowned brands such as Rixos, Hilton, Valamar, Adriatic Luxury Hotels, Sheraton and Dubrovnik Sun Gardens can host up to 1,200 people in their congress halls and rooms with top-quality service with 4 or 5 stars, adapted to the needs of each client and each guest.

In addition to the largest, Dubrovnik also has the most unique and perhaps the most beautiful historical spaces for the organization of congresses and events. Among them, the Revelin and Lovrjenac fortresses, the monastery of St. Clare, Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace, Marin Držić Theatre, International Centre of Croatian Universities and the unique Lazareti.

For additional events and the social part of the program of congresses and gatherings in Dubrovnik, the organizers have selected top catering facilities, terraces of historical and contemporary locations with an unforgettable view of the Adriatic Sea and the sunset.

4. Expert and professional support in the organization of events

One of the reasons why you will want Dubrovnik as your next meetings destination is the quality professional support of experienced organizers, i.e. local PCO and DMC agencies. As members of international professional associations and holders of international and Croatian certificates that guarantee the highest professional standards, they are always in step with the most current trends in the MICE industry world. In addition, they certainly do not lack creativity in realizing all your ideas. But, perhaps more importantly, they are the best experts on the destination and therefore the best source of quality support and advice in choosing the best location, communication with local suppliers, organization of guided tours and accompanying social programs. Dubrovnik Tourist Board – Convention Bureau will gladly offer and supplement its free and impartial assistance in these segments of the organization.

5. Original flavours of Mediterranean cuisine and top local wines

The wealth of the sea, the Mediterranean climate and climate, and thus the vegetation and varieties, as well as the historical activity of the people of Dubrovnik as world navigators who brought new things from distant lands, led to the fact that Dubrovnik today has an extremely rich wine and gastronomic offer based on healthy and fresh groceries. In the Dubrovnik area, the land is not polluted by mass production, but vegetables, fruits, olives and vines are grown in an ecological way. Homemade zucchini, eggplants, tomatoes from the Dubrovnik hinterland, but also peaches, watermelons, tangerines and other fruits from the Neretva region, are perfect ingredients for many dishes. The sea is a natural source of fresh fish, crabs, octopuses, as well as top delicacies such as oysters and mussels, and the Neretva is a source of ingredients for specialties such as eel and frog stew.

Whether you want to taste authentic local dishes, served in traditional dishes, or you want the ultimate experience of international cuisine on a modern plate, or simply a simple and quick meal - Dubrovnik's gastronomic scene has something for everyone.

The tradition of wine production in this area dates back to the days of the Republic of Dubrovnik, and among the most valued are the red wines from the Pelješac peninsula of the Plavac Mali variety and the white wine Pošip from the island of Korčula and Malvazija from Konavle.

6. A diverse selection of incentive activities

When you look at Dubrovnik from the sea, you cannot fail to notice that it is characterized by three colours - the pearly white colour of the stone walls, the blue colour of the sea and the green colour of the rich vegetation. Through these three characteristics, this pearl of the Adriatic provides a multitude of ideas for creative, exciting and striking incentive programs.

If you like the white colour of the city the most - you can choose numerous cultural, treasure hunt or gastronomic tours of the city and its surroundings, a cable car ride to the Srđ hill or the unmissable Game of Thrones tour.

If you are more attracted to the blue sea, there are pleasant rides on replicas of historical merchant sailing ships - ships Tirena or Karaka with a fun program and an unforgettable sunset, but also boat trips to the nearby Lokrum, the enchanting Elaphite Islands or Korčula, Lastovo and Mljet. For the more active, one of the most popular activities in Dubrovnik is kayaking on the sea at sunset, as well as diving in the Blue Cave on the island of Koločep.

A tour of the island by boat combines the enjoyment of the green and blue sea, and in addition to the islands, the beauty of the greenery of Dubrovnik's surroundings can be enjoyed by visiting the Neretva valley, driving off-road vehicles around the area and on the Srđ hill, visiting the unique Arboretum Trsteno, which is adorned with historical gardens and is famous for its collection of Mediterranean and exotic species of plants and through a visit to Konavle and the autochthonous experience of life in that area.

7. The perfect bleisure destination

The bleisure, bizcation or workcation concept of travel has been popular for some time, and it involves combining official business travel with personal vacation travel. Dubrovnik is also an ideal destination for this type of tourism. In addition to all the mentioned advantages for the organization of business events and incentives, it also offers numerous facilities for relaxing and sea-intoxicating holiday tourism. So business guests, after a congress, conference or incentives with their family, friends, colleagues or even alone, can continue to enjoy everything that Dubrovnik has to offer for a real vacation from work - beautiful landscapes, sea and beaches and numerous excursions.

7 reasons why you should choose Dubrovnik for the organization of meetings and incentives

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