Kvarner newsletter / no 29

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management
50th anniversary

At the beginning of May, the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Opatija held a ceremonial meeting under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of Croatia to mark its first 50 years. Over those years, approximately ten thousand tourism professionals have been educated here. Bearing in mind the faculty's ambitious plans and great demand for the type of education it offers, there is no doubt that a very bright future lies ahead for this faculty.

The Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Opatija was established in 1960 as the Higher School for Economy and Tourism. In 1991 it was renamed as the Faculty for Hospitality, and in 2009 the faculty got its present name. Approximately 10,000 students graduated from this faculty, many of which are now highly positioned in the Croatian tourism and are responsible for its development. The faculty is today attended by 4,500 students and employs 88 professors. Faculty experts use their knowledge and inventiveness to start numerous development projects and to collaborate with Croatian tourism associations and national tourism institutions.

Always oriented at providing both theoretical and practical knowledge to future tourism professionals, this faculty has ambitious and interesting investment plans. Dean of the faculty Prof. Dr. Sc. Jože Perić informed us that it is planned to build the International centre for tourism and sustainable development, which will include a student hotel with a restaurant, an education hotel with 80 accommodation units, a small harbour with ca. thirty berths, a lecture room, and cabinets for students.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management organised the 20th international scientific congress entitled "Tourism and hotel industry 2010".