Rexpo 2015, the fourth edition of the International Fair for Investment Projects, has been visited today by the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, sponsor of the fair. The president was accompanied by the fair’s partner Sanda Marušić and Ivana Čabraja, executive director of the fair, when they visited the exhibition space and talked with attendees and exhibitors.
“Investments can and must play a significant role in the development of Croatia. It is vital that policy makers in Croatia, both at national and local level, do everything to make Croatia more attractive to investors. I believe that Rexpo will have its role in improving the business and investment climate, contributing to the greater interest of investors and the consequent initiation of new businesses and new opportunities. In doing so, I wish them a lot of success”, said the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
The Kupari project was also presented at the fair. It is a joint venture tourism development project by Avenue Investicije and Avenue Osteuropa, whose bid was confirmed today by the Croatian Government as a single offer and the winning bidder. The project was presented by Ivan Paladina, representative of Avenue Group and President of the Management Board at Institut IGH, Marko Dabrović, a partner in 3LHD, Sanja Čizmar, senior partner at Horwath HTL Croatia and Alen Čičak, the Deputy Head of the State Office for State Property Management.
Before the presentation of the Kupari project, three interesting panels took place. His Excellency Ian Cameron Cliff, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Croatia, Zvonimir Novosel, Mayor of Jastrebarsko, Gari Cappelli, Mayor of Mali Lošinj and Miljenko Bura, Deputy Minister of Health, talked about the factors that make the destination attractive to investors. After that, the Sava Program was introduced by Dubravko Ponoš, director at Sava program, the company managing the project, Snježana Turalija, Executive Director at Green Building Council of Croatia, Kristijan Posavec, an associate professor at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering and Teo Budanko, member of the managing board of the Society of Architects of Zagreb. There was also a panel on broadband infrastructure, which was moderated by Željko Kardum. The topic was discussed by Tomislav Majnarić, Procurator and Senior Consultant at Lator, Ivančica Urh, Head of the Electronic Communications Department, Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Igor Barlek, Head of Regulatory affairs and Interconnection and Procurator – VIPnet, Darko Bratković, an engineer in the strategy sector, Transmitters and Communications Ltd., Alexander Golub, Board Chairman of Transmitters and Communications and Vladimir Žuti, Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM).
At 1:40 P. M. began the Rexpo HTL Day, a special section of Rexpo, focusing on the development process of hotel real estate in the Adriatic region, the economics of mega events and the most impressive new openings and upcoming projects. Rexpo HTL Day was opened by Franco Peruza, Managing Director of Grand Hotel Lav and Michael Widmann, Managing Partner of PKF hotelexperts. The first panel was on the development of hotels in the Adriatic region with the participation by Una Barac, Director of Scott Brownrigg Croatian Office, Ivica Čacić, Regional Vice President of Marriott International, Zoran Hačić, Attorney at Law, and Ivana Budin Arhanić, Vice President of Business Development, Performance Management and Corporate Affairs, Valamar Riviera Group. Megavents as Multiplicators in the Tourism Industry was another panel with the participation by Stefano Feltrin, General Manager, pro cycling team Tinkoff-Saxo, Vladimir Miholjević, Sports and Technical Director, Tour of Croatia Ozren Müller, Director at PR-Event Sport, Davor Ižaković, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Ivana Budin Arhanić, Vice President of Business Development, Performance Management and Corporate Affairs, Valamar Riviera Group. At the final panel Michael Saran, Managing Partner, Odien Group (Le Méridien Lav Split), Nikola Avram, General Manager of Hotel Operations, MK Group (Kempinski Portorož), Kristian Šustar, Board Member, HUP Zagreb (Sheraton Dubrovnik) and Burak Baykan, Regional Director, Dogus Group Croatia (D-Resort Šibenik) talked about investors’ boosting interest in the Adriatic region’s hotel industry.
The Rexpo HTL Day also featured the Adriatic 2015 Best New Hotel Award, which was won by the Maistra Hotel Adriatic in Rovinj, for its comfort, style and the realization of an excellent boutique hotel idea.
Rexpo 2015 was organized under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Ministry of Tourism and the City of Zagreb, and support was provided by leading companies and institutions. The gold sponsor this year was Institut IGH, the silver one Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank, and the bronze one Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development.