Join the global celebration for green tourism: Global Green Destinations Day

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Dear partners,

at the Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica, University of Primorska we have made another step forward in supporting green and sustainable tourism by joining the largest green community in the world that strives to promote a brighter, more connected and sustainable future in tourism.

That is why we have become an official partner of Global Green Destinations Day – the flagship green destinations event, which will take place in Ljubljana, European Green Capital 2016, 27th – 28th September 2016.

The 2-day international conference, organized by the the international network Green Destinations, in cooperation with the Ljubljana Tourism and the Slovenian Tourism Board, will bring together the award-winning green destinations from around the world, representatives of sustainable hospitality, providers of green business solutions as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions active in the field of planning sustainable policies.

Our partnership with Global Green Destinations Day supports our strategic approaches to pursue the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, which we strongly believe is a vision we are sharing with you.

The programme is available here.  

Within the Global Green Destinations Day beside a varied programme, round tables and workshops on sustainable forms of development of destinations, sustainable hotel management and green marketing, certification awards Of Quality Coast, Quality Destinations and Slovenia Green will presented. Beside that the program also includes the exclusive awards ceremony for the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations 2016 and Top 10 Green Solutions, featuring the most successful sustainable tourism destinations of the world and the best providers of green solutions.

Global Green Destinations Day aims to establish partnerships with all key institutions dealing with sustainable tourism, destination management organizations and tourism providers, encouraging them to take an active part at workshops and share their valuable experiences and values with the participants.

We hope you will express interest in participating in the event and decide to celebrate the World Tourism Day in Ljubljana, the European Green Capital by joining the most prestigious event for green and responsible tourism.

 Warmly welcome to the Global Green Destinations Day!

For more information about the event please visit the Global Green Destinations Day website and follow the updates on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Turistica on Instagram

Category: General Social

You can now follow Turistica on the social media Instragram @ftsturistica







The project was prepared by students of the university study programme Tourism in the frame of a marketing course.  For this very reason the contents are more authentic. Follow their positive stories.


Inauguration of the new Dean

Category: General

Portorož, 25 May 2016 – Upon proposal of the Senate members, the Rector of the University of Primorska, prof. Dragan Marušič appointed assoc. prof. Janez Mekinc as the new Dean of the Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica for the period of 2016-2019. The appointed Dean will start his 4-year term on 1 June 2016.

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Until the end of December 2015, the Faculty was led by prof. Anton Gosar and afterwards  by the assoc. prof. Aleksandra Brezovec as Acting Dean. On Wednesday, 25 May 2016, in the sphere of the solemn diploma awards assoc. prof. Janez Mekinc assumed his honours and duties as Dean from prof. Anton Gosar.

In his speech, assoc. prof. Janez Mekinc thanked the employees for the shown trust and expressed his gratification for the given opportunity. He highlighted that: “the further success and efficiency of the faculty will be built on synergies, responsible work and good mutual relations. The latter are based on integration, trust, optimism, transparency and reciprocal tolerance, i.e. on the same values, which are the foundations of modern tourism. The success of a tourism faculty can only be built by content people, employees and students, as successful tourism can only be built by content employees and guests.”     

Short presentation of assoc. prof. Janez Mekinc

Janez Mekinc is an Associate Professor of Organization and Management in Tourism at the Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica, University of Primorska. He is Head of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. His research topics are security and safety in tourism (he is a scientific expert on European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) for topic safety and security in tourism). He also researches organizational behaviour with particular emphasis on organizational values, culture and business ethics.

Visit from the US students

On Monday, 23 May 2016 professors and students from the Ball State University (Indianapolis, USA) visited us in the sphere of their traditional annual study excursion in Europe. We prepared them a presentation of our university and faculty and organised a meeting with our students. They also visited Piran and the mayor Peter Bossman, as Piran and Indianapolis are “sister” cities. Turistica and Ball State University are long time partners, and last year we also received funds in the sphere of the Erasmus+ project for the purpose of staff exchange.

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Photo: Slavica Tucakov

UP successfully hosted the 4th International Week

Between 16th and 20th May 2016, the University of Primorska hosted the 4th International Week. Following the partners’ and hosts’ presentations and the visit of the Pretorian Palace in Koper, the Internationalisation Workshop was carried out. The latter highlighted the directions and experience of the University of Primorska in this field. On Thursday the participants took an excursion to the Slovenian coastline and evaluated the all-week-long activities.

For the first time, the representatives of our partner institutions in Indianapolis and Mississippi visited us in the sphere of the Erasmus+ programme. As the Municipality of Piran is a “sister” city to Indianapolis, their two representatives visited also Peter Bossman, the mayor of Piran.

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Photo: Municipality of Piran (from left: dr. Aleksandra Brezovec, Acting Dean UP Turistica, Yao-Yi Fu, IUPUI University, g. Peter Bossman, mayor of the municipality of Piran, Hayley Powell, IUPUI University)

The guest left the UP and Slovenia satisfied and full of positive impressions, and with a promise that they will re-visit us.

You can also check the pictures: here.

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Call for Enrolment – Postgraduate Study Programmes 2016/2017

Are you thinking about continuing your studies?

Do you wish to expand your knowledge and gain extra competencies in the frame of your postgraduate studies?

We are glad to announce that the Call for the enrolment for postgraduate studies 2016/17 (Master and Doctoral programmes) is now available here (only in Slovenian):

Enrolment for Master Study Programmes:

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slika PDH Razpis za vpis v magistrski študij Turizem in Dediščinski turizem (Call for Master Programmes Tourism and Heritage Tourism)

slika PDH Razpis za vpis v magistrski študij Management trajnostnega razvoja (Call for Master Programme Sustainable Development Management)


Enrolment for the Doctoral Study Programme:

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Turistica offers study programmes on 2nd and 3rd cycle – information about the study prgorammes is available prenos here.

The general language of instruction at the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica is Slovenian.

The application for enrolment must be submitted electronically on the web portal eVŠ: prenos

Candidates shall apply with a username and password. After completing the application electronically, the candidate shall print the application and sign it. Here are the instructions for completing the application: prenos link.

The deadline for the application form is 15 September 2016. Candidates must send the signed application and all requested documentation by registered mail at the following address:

University of Primorska
Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica
Office for Student Affairs
Obala 11a
6320 Portorož, Slovenia

Information Days

Turistica will organise two information days, where you will be able to get more information and meet our staff:

  • Tuesday, 14 June 2016 at 16.00 in classroom 201 at UP FTŠ Turistica.
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2016 at 16.00

All other information about the study programmes and enrolment: 00386 5/61 770 27 or 00386 5/61 770 28 or

Enrolment for foreign citizens

Foreign citizens and Slovenes without Slovene citizenship can apply and enrol at the University of Primorska in accordance with the national legislation of the Republic of Slovenia and with thw University of Primorska internal acts.

Those foreign citizens with permanent residence in Slovenia who (or whose parents) are taxpayers in Slovenia and citizens of the European Union are subject to the same application procedure as citizens of the Republic of Slovenia.

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Partner visit from the Netherlands

On Tuesday 19 April 2016 we hosted students and professors from our partner university NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (Breda, the Netherlands).

Representatives of the Student Council of UP FTŠ Turistica gave them a tour and presentation of the faculty. The lecturer Tina Kociper, MSc, prepared a lecture on incoming tourism in Slovenia, the role of the local and regional government in tourism development, the brand I feel sLOVEni and tourism in Piran and the coastal region.

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Unveiling of the UNESCO UNITWIN plate

Category: Cooperation Culture

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On Thursday 17 March 2016 Week the Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica organised the formal unveiling of the UNESCO UNITWIN network plate in the frame of the University of Primorska.

The University of Primorska achieved the esteemed membership in the UNESCO UNITWIN network through the international activities of the Department of Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage at the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica.

With the membership in the UNESCO UNITWIN Chair, the Department of Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage is linked to 30 other universities, which highlight cultural tourism amongst their research, educational and developmental interests. In the frame of the abovementioned, Turistica already began performing the new study programme Cultural tourism, which in this study year enrolled the first generation of students.

The UNESCO plate was formally unveiled by prof. Aleš Gačnik, the Head of the Department of Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage at Turistica, who is also the representative of the University of Primorska in the academic network UNESCO UNITWIN.

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3rd International conference “Foreign Languages and Tourism”


University of Rijeka, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Opatija, Croatia


University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies, Portorož, Slovenia


University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Eisenstadt, Austria                                                                                                    


Dear colleagues,

we would like to invite you to take part in the 3rd International conference “Foreign Languages and Tourism” , to be held in Portorož (Slovenia) at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies, from September 15 – 16,  2016.  

The teaching of foreign languages for tourism can only be successful if it follows the trends and challenges in teaching LSPs  and in the tourism sector as well. Due to this fact we want to bring  together scientists and practitioners to exchange their professional ideas, experience and knowledge and to present their  latest achievements in the field of foreign languages for tourism.

  • Conference Topics:
    Needs analysis in languages for tourism
  • The didactics of teaching foreign languages for tourism both at vocational and university levels (teaching materials, curricula …)
  • Intercultural pragmatics in tourism settings
  • Translation and (mis)interpretation
  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Language policy
  • Other topics concerning foreign languages and their role in tourism

The deadline for the registration as a presenter is  March 20, 2016, and as a  listener April 20, 2016. Submitted papers will be reviewed and published in the Conference Proceedings.

The languages of the conference are English, German, Slovenian or Croatian.


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Conference fee: 60

The conference fee covers admission to all sessions, materials, conference proceedings, refreshments during breaks.

Payment from Croatia should be made in Croatian kuna in favour of Fakultet za menadžment u turizmu i ugostiteljstvu Opatija, IBAN: HR1323600001101496052

Payments from abroad:

Payee: University of Rijeka, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Managament

Address: Primorska 42,p.p. 97, 51410 Opatija, Croatia

Correspondent bank: Privredna banka Zagreb

Bank Address: Račkog 6, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia


IBAN:  HR 78 2340 0091 5102 97167


Venue: FLT conference will take place at University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies in Portorož, Slovenia. The nearest airports are in Triest (80 km), Pula (92 km), and Ljubljana (104 km)


For questions and additional information please contact the Organizing Committee:

Brigita Bosnar Valković, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija, (information in English and German), phone: ++385 91 577 30 15, e-mail

Nevenka Blažević, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija,  (information in Croatian and German), phone: ++385 91 544 66 54, e-mail

Dolores Miškulin Čubrić, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija,  (information in Italian and English), phone: ++385 95 900 89 95, e-mail

Marija Trdan Lavrenčič, University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies Portorož, (information in German and Slovenian), e-mail

Milka Sinkovič, (information in German and Slovenian) University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies Portorož, e-mail

Irena Zavrl, University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, e-mail

Jadranka Škunca, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija, (information in French), phone: ++385 91 425 66 35, e-mail



Additional information are available on the website of the conference:

We are looking forward to seeing you in Portorož.


Yours sincerely,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Brigita Bosnar-Valković, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija, conference co-chair

Gallery AvanTuristica: exhibition Fences of the World

Category: Culture

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The opening of the exhibition of the Association of Travel Photographers

“Fences of the World”:

Monday, 14 March at 14:00 on the Ground floor of Turistica

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– The first gallery of travel photography in Slovenia!

In the AvanTuristica gallery we offer bold photo-adventures through the eyes of the professional travel photographers as well as creative amateurs. We cannot imagine tourism without a camera; And we cannot imagine Turistica without the gallery AvanTuristica.

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Photo: Iztok Bončina

Fences of the World

The first fences were built by people to protect their domestic animals from predators and to prevent them to escape. Sometimes they even protected humans from wild animals or warn them of dangerous rivers, marshlands and precipices. Later on, they fenced and walled their cities, to protect them from invaders. Nowadays, on the other hand, people build new, different fences and walls. With them they mark their property and demonstrate which little piece of the world they own. With them they separate neighbours, friends, relatives. With high walls and barbwire, they can divide nations in a moment. And block paths. Not only to travellers, merchants, refugees, tourists, pilgrims, researchers, but also to new ideas, cultures, development, progression. They distance themselves from others and do not let others near. Once, fences were a concept of safety, coexistence and trust. You always found a big, open door on them. At the present time, they became a symbol of fear, mistrust and hostility. But iron and stony fences are not the biggest boundary. In time they deteriorate and fall apart. The fences, which are anchored in our thoughts or beliefs, on the other hand, are not easy to get rid of. The most dangerous ones are the fences and walls that we build in our heads.

The Association of Travel Photographers of Slovenia

The Association of Travel Photographers of Slovenia was established in December 2003 and has more than 300 members. It was established with an aspiration to raise the photos of Slovenian travellers, which are taken each year in world cities, deserts, mountains, rainforests, savannah and ocean coastlines, to a high-quality level. A high importance is given to training of photographers in form of courses, photography workshops and fieldwork. Many members actively cooperate with various home and foreign journals and newspapers. As photo reporters they report on pleasant, attractive and colourful, as well as black and white, sad and tragic moments of the modern world.

Contact: president of the Association – Iztok Bončina (

Exhibitors: Aleksandra Jereb, Alja Pregl, Ana Krevelj, Gal Kušar, Iztok Bončina, Niko Slavičič, Mateja Mazgan, Marjetka Tomažič, Marjan Gresl, Nina Kožamelj, Petra Golja, Stojan Rančić, Štefan Polenšak, Tomi Križaj, Tone Štamcar.