Kvarner newsletter / no 14

Kvarner Expo 09
Exhibition of original souvenirs

From the 8th to the 11th of April this year, Opatija will be hosting the 6th exhibition of original souvenirs, Kvarner Expo 2009, which will showcase souvenirs produced by manufacturers from all over Croatia. Visitors coming to Opatija or some of the surrounding destinations in the week before Easter will have a great opportunity to view and then buy original and interesting souvenirs from Kvarner and the other regions of Croatia.

The organisers of this interesting exhibition, which will also include a round-table discussion entitled "Souvenir – from the idea to the customer", are the Trade Chamber of the County of Primorje-Gorski kotar, the Association of Craftsmen from Opatija, and the Alpe Adria Expo Company from Opatija. The event is sponsored by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, the County of Primorje-Gorski kotar, the Kvarner County Tourism Office, the Opatija Tourism Office, and the municipalities of Matulji and Lovran.

The exhibition will take place in the very heart of Opatija, in a tent that will be set up on Slatina beach.
Last year, the Kvarner Expo exhibition included as many as 300 exhibitors, 20% more than in 2007, which is the best proof that this exhibition has become an important venue when it comes to Kvarner and Croatian souvenirs. This year, Kvarner Expo is sponsored by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, which undoubtedly shows this exhibition's importance not only on the regional, but also on the national level.

Like in the previous years, an expert jury will award the best souvenirs in different categories: food souvenir, practical items, and artistic-decorative souvenir. A special catalogue will be published after the exhibition is closed.