Kvarner newsletter / no 4

Projects for the development of tourism

By entering the programmes for EU pre-accessing funds, the town of Delnice began its transformation from a centre of the timber industry into an attractive tourist destination. The EU has granted more than two million euros to the town, funds that have already realised several projects in a period of five years, with many more yet to come.

The members of Delnice's town council are determined to transform the area into an attractive tourist destination. This year’s town budget is larger than ever and amounts to 45.44 million kunas. Many projects are planned for 2008, including the three most important. The first of these, which should be finished this spring, is called The World of the River Kupa and includes the renovation of the façade of Zrinski Castle in Brod na Kupi and the tending of walking tracks. The second project, called “The Green Beauty”, is being carried out with neighbouring areas from Slovenia and includes the renovation of sewerage systems in some smaller places in the area surrounding Delnice. This year’s largest project is the construction of a sports hall that will cost almost three million euros. The EU should cover half of these costs.

The town of Delnice also cooperates with the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and the Polish branch of the EBRD in projects concerning social services and the construction of production capacities.

Delnice, the largest town in Gorski kotar, is characterised by a beautiful natural environment, a fine climate, a great variety of plants, opportunities for agriculture and a most advantageous geographical position offering excellent economical possibilities. These are all good attributes predisposing the area for development into a universal tourist destination of great value. Delnice is the centre of Gorski kotar and continues to attract nature lovers and visitors seeking opportunities for sport and recreation. Its natural attractions include hills and mountains, lush green forests and clear streams, an abundance of mushrooms and fruits of the forest, medicinal herbs, and some unique karst features, such as caves and ponors.