January, 25th 2018 – Dr. Miljenko Bura, a promoter of the concept of full-time tourism, with a focus on healthcare, met yesterday in Brussels a representative of the EU Commission Cabinet, the Regional Policy Committee and Development, Mr. Aurelio Cecilio, Head of Unit for Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia in the Directorate General Regional and Urban Policy within European Commission. The meeting occured within the activities oriented on developemnt of Adriatic Region and Croatia as destinations suitable for investments in healthcare infrastructure, tourism and health-tourism projects of the new generation.

The goal of the meeting was to increase the involvement and to link with the bodies with the same ambitions - development of the region and to focus more on projects and investments in the field of health and tourism in the Adriatic region. Apart from the representatives of the EU Commission, Dr. Bura also met with organizations that actively participate in the European Union, promoting the sustainable and quality tourism. One of them is the OITS, a social tourism organization who with cooperation started a few years ago and that held its annual congress in Zagreb in 2016. Dr. Bura met the president of the OITS organization, Mr. Charles-Etienne Bélanger. "As a part of our activities and preparations of the 2nd AHT INVEST FORUM 2018 that will be held from 10th to 12th October this year in Zagreb, we want to create strong links with European institutions that have recognized in their programs the importance of developing the region as a destination and who supported what we do. The Adritic region with Croatia in the front can and should develop the directions that can provide better and more quality conditions for living here; and also to have quality healthcare infrastructure. This is particularly important for the "silver generation" tourism, whoise representatives are the most common users of service packages in the pre-season and in the possesions. The projects and the development of new tourist offerings, especially health-tourism facilities, are the right way to achieve this goal, "said Dr. Miljenko Bura and expressed great satisfaction for the opportunity to present a broad platform that promotes the Adriatic region as a full-time destination for health and tourism. Nevertheless, after the Brussells meeetings, the activities of mobilizing potential partners, especially the Croatian Diaspora, are continuing in order to attract more stakeholders, investors and developers for projects in health and tourism area.