As part of this year's Month of Gastronomy, which is being organized for the second consecutive year by the Tourist Board of Split, the Tourism and Hospitality School Split, as part of the Establishment of the Regional Center of Competence in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector - FitSplit RCK Project, is participating in a series of educational activities for students and all stakeholders in tourism. These activities are also attractive to tourists and the residents of the city of Split. The aim of these open events is to promote the sustainable future of Croatian tourism based on natural resources, rich cultural heritage, and traditional culinary values to the general satisfaction of citizens and to the benefit of not only the local community but also the entire economy of Croatia.
Students, who are the main participants in these events, supported by their teachers and renowned experts in the wine and gastronomy sector, have the task of presenting the main guidelines of sustainable tourism, with this year's focus, according to UNWTO guidelines, being on green tourism.
The Mediterranean diet is the foundation of the identity of the people living in this area and the result of various cultures and influences that are continuously passed down from generation to generation as the basis for shaping the cultural identity of the Croatian Adriatic, its coastline, islands, and hinterland. An essential part of this story is the pairing of wine with food as a prerequisite for providing top-notch gastronomic and oenological enjoyment for citizens and visitors.
Our task is to preserve this rich heritage and pass it on to the new generations so that it is not lost under the influence of contemporary lifestyles, emphasizing the connection between sustainable tourism and the natural sources of raw materials specific to Mediterranean gastronomy.
By investing in the education of future tourism professionals, with a focus on the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan 2030, we work on promoting our national identity and heritage values, with the long-term goal of developing a sense of responsibility for their preservation among tourists and visitors in the future.
Open House Days, Education Day, and Career Day at FitSplit RCK
Open House Day
Wednesday, September 27, 2023, Prokurative - Trg Republike
Alongside an entertaining program, students from the Tourism and Hospitality School Split, as well as partner schools, and renowned chefs Hrvoje Zirojević, Nikša Boban, Stipe Šušnjara, Toni Boban, and Jure Vojković, will prepare Mediterranean delicacies and cocktails for the residents and tourists.
World Tourism Day and the Day of the Tourism and Hospitality School Split will be celebrated with a Millennium photo by Šime Strikoman, and the FitSplit (Future In Tourism) logo will be highlighted in green.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Preparatory activities by students and chefs
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Official opening of the Month of Gastronomy event in Split (Folk Ensemble Jedinstvo and dance studio Clique)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Millennium photo shoot on the Riva
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
"Food and Cocktails Stories" and continuation of the program at Prokurative
Tuesday, October 3, 2023, Hotel Amphora
In cooperation with the County Chamber of Split - Croatian Chamber of Commerce Split
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Arrival and participant registration
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Opening remarks by the organizer, presentation of scholarship co-financing program (Representative of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Croatia - Directorate for Sustainable Development and Competitiveness of Tourist Destinations)
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Expert panel discussion on the topic of "Development Strategy of Croatian Tourism" with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, Split-Dalmatia County, City of Split, Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County, Tourist Board of Split, and the Croatian Chamber of Economy - County Chamber of Split.
11:30 AM – 11:40 AM
Presentation of newly developed adult education programs as part of the RCK (Regional Center of Competence) project
11:40 AM – 12:00 PM (noon)
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Meeting of students and employers at information booths
Wednesday, October 4, 2023, Hotel Amphora
In cooperation with the University of Split (UNIST)
Roundtable and panel discussion on the topic "Croatian Tourism Development Strategy" and Higher Education Fair