May 2, 2022 – Dubrovnik continues to establish its credentials as a remote work leader in Croatia, with Mayor Mato Franković among those present at this morning’s press conference for upcoming work. Place. Culture. conference, which begins tomorrow evening.
The work. Place. The Culture.” conference, which will bring together around a hundred participants from around the world, with distinguished speakers and workshop leaders, aimed at teleworking professionals and decision-makers, destinations, companies and service providers in the sector, was announced this morning at Lazareti. It will be held from May 5 to 7, 2022 in Dubrovnik, organized and co-operated by the City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Saltwater Nomads and Total Croatia News, with the support of the Digital Nomad Croatia Association and Dubrovnik Heritage .
Today the topic of digital nomads and the development of this type of tourism in Dubrovnik, that is, the whole system of organization and offers for people working remotely, was addressed by Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković, Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Ana Hrnić, Head of Lucijana Jerković, Global Public Relations Department of the Croatian National Tourist Board, and Tanja Polegubić on behalf of the Saltwater Nomads agency, who presented the conference program and some of the speakers.
Mayor Mato Franković reminded the audience that Dubrovnik started the story of digital nomads two years ago, as the first in Croatia, thanks to an initiative that recognized the opportunity to rethink Dubrovnik tourism from a new way and to open it up to those who want to live and work here temporarily. remote work, and at the same time contribute to tourism and the promotion of the city.
“Today, what once sounded like science fiction is a reality that can be measured by the numbers and the great interest in Dubrovnik, which is already on the world map among the top 10 desirable cities for digital nomads executives, according to Savills. We are still working to reach the top spot in the ranking, which mainly consists of strengthening the infrastructure network, which we have already started with Hrvatski Telekom through the 93 million kuna project “Development of infrastructure broadband in Dubrovnik”, which brings high-speed internet to every family home. We will continue to introduce 5G network because this type of infrastructure is most important for their work. I am sure that all digital nomads who will come in Dubrovnik on this occasion as part of the conference will talk about our city as an ideal place to live and work,” said Mayor Franković.
Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Ana Hrnić, has announced a new Dubrovnik long stay website, aimed at digital nomads, but also those planning a longer stay in Dubrovnik. The purpose of this station is to have all information in one place, such as where to find accommodation, how to obtain a visa and work permit, and other important documents and other procedures.
A digital nomad checkpoint is planned at the Pile Gate office of the Dubrovnik tourist office, where digital nomads could buy a special digital nomad card by registering, which includes a number of advantages and all the information who can facilitate to find and organize a longer stay in Dubrovnik. Since last year, the Tourist Board has also been actively working to encourage players in the tourism sector to engage in projects related to digital nomads – from private accommodation to restaurants and shops, including transport, creating a register of offers for this specific group of visitors. .
Lucijana Jerković, head of the global public relations department of the Croatian Tourist Board, pointed out that the national promotion of the project had started with a change in the law which introduced long-term work permits, stressing that the objective was to launch activities, to continue promotion by networks and associations through which to offer various information closer to digital nomads.
“As for trends around the world, the pandemic is waning, but we believe this trend of virtual work and longer stays will continue and people will start living and working in Dubrovnik,” Jerkovic said.
The aim of this conference is to further strengthen the position of Dubrovnik as a Digital Nomad Friendly destination and a direct promotional effect for the city of Dubrovnik and the whole of Croatia in order to attract more and more people working in distance and looking for new destinations to live and work.
Want to attend the conference? More details on the official website.