0th Alpe-Adria – International Fair for Green Active Tourism, Camping and Caravanning
GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre
30th January – 2nd February 2019
Dear media representatives!
At the end of January, under the slogan Jump to the Nature!, the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre is opening its door to the 30th main touristic fair in Slovenia, the Alpe-Adria. It is a show for travellers, sportsmen, alpinists, hikers, active recreational participants, joggers, cyclists, nature adrenaline sports fans and similar; this year, as a novelty, also for camping and caravanning enthusiasts.
Mobility creates a feeling of freedom of movement and encourages the day trippers, vacationers and other tourists even more to escape from urban centres into the peaceful and quiet heart of nature’s environment; into the corners, that in the abundance and in all its wholeness, is offered by the green, healthy and active Slovenia.
At the same time the Primorski Sejem organizes the Fair of Tastes – GASTexpo. The show, which mainly attracts the business guests, is known as the leading professional fair in the region in the HO-RE-CA field (Gastronomy, Beverage, Coffee, Confectionery, Bakery, Catering – Hospitality Equipment & Ice Cream & Wine).
As every year, the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre will present the Jakob Award for Excellence and Quality in Tourism at the 30thAlpe-Adria Fair opening ceremony. The Jakob 2019 on the theme The New Sustainable Forms of Hunting and Fishing Tourism and the Wildlife Observation in its Natural Environment will go to the project An Unforgettable Day at the Fonda Fish Garden of the company Fonda.si Ltd. from Portorož.
In recent years, especially in Europe, the motorhome tourism has become one of the fastest growing segments of comprehensive tourism development. In the past, the production of motorhomes has been increasing on average by more than 20 percent annually. The accompanying activities have also adapted to this exceptional rapid growth in the production and sales of self-propelled vehicles for recreational activities.
A Novelty of the Fair – Camping and Caravanning
After several years of absence, motorhomes and caravans are returning to Ljubljana, to the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, where they will welcome the visitors at the 30th Alpe-Adria Fair at the Steklena Hall (C). The vans, motorhomes with sleeping decks, semi-trailers and trailers of the latest models will be on display. The initiative of the Network of Motohome Stopovers in Slovenia, the Caravanning Club of Slovenia and the specialized media for camping and caravanning, the Avto-Dom Magazine will also present themselves.
Due to the specific needs of motorhome travellers, who are much more mobile than classical caravanning tourists with holiday caravans, in countries where auto-tourism is the most developed, first began to place special parking lots, and then there were also more stopovers for motorhomes. Because of the initiative by the Network of Motohome Stopovers in Slovenia, we started to adapt to the modern trends of European motorhome tourism five years ago. Thus, the Network of Motohome Stopovers, initiated by the mayor of the Municipality of Mirna, Mr. Dušan Skerbiš, started to include other Slovenian municipalities. Now in Slovenia there are 165 stopovers, rest areas and parking lots for motorhomes in 88 Slovenian municipalities.
You are invited to a conference on the development of motorhome tourism “Slovenia – the motorhome travellers-friendly country”
Wednesday, 30th January 2019, at 14.00, the Steklena Hall
The conference on the further directions of the comprehensive development of motorhome tourism in Slovenia with an emphasis on the extension of the motorhome stopovers network. All the mayors of Slovenian municipalities will be invited to the conference , since local communities can contribute the most to the accelerated development of this very important and promising segment of the comprehensive tourist offer for Slovenia.
The Jakob International Award for An Unforgettable Day at the Fonda Fish Farm
At the Alpe-Adria Fair – the main tourist fair in Slovenia, the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre grants the Jakob Award for excellence and quality in tourism. The award is named after one of the “ancient tourists”, the pilgrim Jakob. Each year, the International Commission including Mr. Jožko Sirk, the host and winner of the Michelin star from neighbouring Italy; Mr. Lojze Wieser, the publisher and culinary from Austria and Mr. Janez Bogataj, PhD, the president; chooses, according to the written criteria, the best one that contributes an important part to the mosaic of innovative tourism efforts of the Alps-Adriatic region. As Dr. Bogataj says, the prize is “an incentive and a motive for all those who, in one way or the other, work in tourism, and to tourists, a guideline for many qualities in various areas of tourist contents and the tourist way of life in general.”
The Commission has awarded the Jakob 2019 Award for New Sustainable Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Observation Tourism Forms to the project The Unforgettable Day at the Fonda Fish Farm (Fonda Fish Garden – Your Next Unforgettable Day): Out of all seven projects received for the Jakob Award 2019 has the “Fonda Fish Garden – Your next unforgettable day” project the largest amount of innovation in marine fishing tourism. It represents a form or a model that will ensure a quality diet in the future. In addition to sea bass that are grown in the Piran Bay with the help of the highest quality natural foods, other marine organisms have also inhabited the area, precisely because of such food and the natural environment. Among them are marine organisms, which have been almost extinct. Fish breeding is slow, and thus also similar to natural growth of wild bass. However, only one of the activities of the Fonda Fish Garden has been mentioned. Secondly, it represents a direct contact with tourism and tourist programs that are carried out at the farm. This does not only mean the tasting of the sea bass, but in particular the various educational and awareness-raising forms that they provide for tourists at the farm. This is exactly what the breeding ground of the sea bass rises from purely the natural production to a distinctly educational activity. This means that tourists can get new insights on sea bass and other marine organisms and raise their relationships to anything that is often called without any tangible marks as sustainable and in harmony with nature.
Just recently the project the Unforgettable Day at the Fonda Fish Farm has been also ranked among the top ten experiences branded Slovenia Unique Experiences, confirmed by the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO). The 5-star experience under the name Slovenia Unique Experiences is positioned as a collection of unique authentic premium quality experiences that support the story of the brand I Feel Slovenia and Green Boutique Slovenia for 5-star Experiences.
Congratulations to the project’s creators from the Fonda Fish Farm for both awards.
The GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre will officially present the Jakob Award at the opening ceremony of the jubilee 30th Alpe-Adria Fair on Wednesday, the 30thof January.
Trends in Catering and Hotel industry at the Fair of Tastes – GASTexpo
The Fair of Tastes – GASTexpo is considered to be the leading professional fair in the region of the HO-RE-CA (Gastronomy, Beverage, Coffee, Confectionery, Bakery, Catering – Hospitality Equipment & Ice Cream & Wine). The fair is visited by 12,000 visitors, mostly businessmen from Slovenia and abroad (Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, etc.). Among other things, about 300 home and foreign exhibitors from more than 20 countries are presenting the latest trends and technological innovations. Special emphasis is given to educational workshops and contests where visitors can get practical knowledge and advice in baking pizza, preparing ice cream and bar drinks, choosing beer, etc. organized by the Primorski Sejem in cooperation with exhibitors and recognized experts.
This year’s novelty are the workshops in the preparation of the dairy cream of the Latte Art “father”, Mr. Luigi Lupi, together with other world-renowned and established masters from Italy.
Opening hours of the fairs
Both fairs are open from Wednesday, 30th January, to Saturday, 2nd February, from 10.00 to 19.00. When buying a ticket every visitor receives the fair catalogue Oddih – the Dnevnik Newspaper supplement, which offers rich contents in the field of green active tourism, camping and caravanning.
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