“Global Dialogue” selected as “Course of the Week”

Category: Uncategorized

The joint course of Turistica and the American IUPUI University Global dialogue received the “Course of the Week Award” as N°1 among 874 courses, that are held within the Course Network at IUPUI University. The award recognises the active participation of students and the work of professors.

Students of the 1st year of the study programme Cultural Tourism and some of the 1st year of the programme Tourism participate at the lectures. These videoconference lectures have been held for the past seven years by dr. Yao-Yi Fu, dr. Miha Lesjak and dr. Irena Weber. The proper technical support is guaranteed by Hayley Powell and Saša Planinc.

Photo: Turistica

Photo: IUPUI

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Guest lecturer: dr. Rob Davidson

Category: Uncategorized

In the frame of the GUEST UP project, Turistica will host dr. Rob Davidson (MICE Knowledge) from the United Kingdom. We kindly invite you to participate to the following lectures:

  • Wednesday, 13 December 2017,

– from 10:00 to 12:00, classroom 001 (at UP FTŠ Turistica)
“Trends in Venue Design”

– from 14:00 to 16:00, in  Vasco da Gama in the Hotel Slovenija congress centre
Trends in MICE industry and destination image building”

  • Thursday, 14 December 2017

– from 12:00 to 16:00, classroom 002 (at UP FTŠ Turistica)
“Using the 5 senses to Make Meetings More Successful in Trends in Marketing Destinations for Conferences”

The lectures will be held in English language.

The lecturer is hosted by assist. prof. dr. Miha Lesjak.


Investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the European Social Fund. Link:

Experts forum FuTuristica: Pressures and impacts of tourism on nature, society and infrastructure

Category: Cooperation General

On Tuesday 28 November 2017 the Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica held the experts forum FuTuristica with the topic Pressures and impacts of tourism on nature, society and infrastructure. The goal of the forum was to present experiences and empirical facts regarding the actual impacts and pressures of tourism on Slovenian society and natural environment. Representatives of seven organisations and enterprises from tourism and related industries presented their views and experiences of the tourism related negative impacts. The forum was enriched with video conference participation of experts from Iceland and the Kingdom of Thailand, the two destinations experiencing above average growth in tourism arrivals. The two experts talked about their experiences of tourism related pressures and negative impacts.

The key findings of the forum are that Slovenia’s tourism carrying capacity is far from being reached and that the growth of tourist visits does not represent an unmanageable threat to society and nature. However, in line with sustainable tourism development, more detailed and accurate data is needed about how tourism affects the quality of life in Slovenia.

The participants will meet again in spring 2018 and present to the tourism industry specific guidelines for the reduction of the negative impacts of tourism on the natural and social environment.


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FuTuristica: Pressures and impacts of tourism on nature, society and infrastructure

Category: General Tourism

The Department of Sustainable Tourism Destination

at the UP Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica

kindly invites you to the experts forum FuTuristica with the topic

Pressures and impacts of tourism on nature, society and infrastructure,

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 at 1 PM at Turistica, Obala 11a, Portorož.


With this forum of experts, we are setting a starting point for a much-needed continuous debate on how tourism affects and changes the quality of life in Slovenia and how it should be managed in the future.

The reality is that the volume of tourism is increasing and so is the discourse on its positive and negative impacts. With the forum, we are providing an opportunity for relevant stakeholders to present, to professionals and the general public, empirically based facts on tourism impacts deriving from their personal or business environment. Only empirically supported facts on tourism are an appropriate tool for tourism development in Slovenia.

The forum will host:

  • Morakot Dita-Apichai (College of Innovation and Technology, Rajabhat Songklha University, Thailand)
  • Elias BJ Gislason (Icelandic Tourist Board, Iceland)
  • Anton Gosar, UP tenured professor
  • members of the Department of Sustainable Tourism Destination at UP FTŠ Turistica

and representatives of the following organisations:

Mercator d.d. Infrastruktura Bled Umanotera
Okolje Piran Rižanski vodovod Turizem Ljubljana
Snaga Ljubljana Park Škocjanske jame DARS


We kindly invite everyone with business and personal interests in tourism!


Guest lecturers from Japan

Last week Turistica was marked by Japanese culture and the Erasmus+ exchange programme. We hosted assoc. prof. Kunio Shirahada from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) Institute, an Erasmus+ partner of the University of Primorska. The topic of the lectures for students as well as other interested participants was trends of service innovation and knowledge and value co-creation for human well-being with a case of traditional Japanese services in tourism.

We also hosted dr. Hisashi Masuda from Kyoto University, who presented a conceptual model on collaboration between local and big businesses through tourism to our students.

Turistica values a lot our cooperation with the colleagues from Japan and the integration of knowledge with the tourism business, because Japanese old traditions of hospitality encompass many wisdoms, which we lack in today’s boutique tourism products.

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Lectures content and presentation of both lecturers:

The lectures will be held in English language.

Kunio Shirahadaassociate professor in Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)| Received Ph.D at the University of Tokyo in 2009. His research interests include sustainability of service, neuro-marketing using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) technology, motivation management for service employees, and innovative organization design. | PRESENTATION: The trends of service innovation. Transformative service research: Knowledge and value co-creation for human well-being. Japanese cases: traditional Japanese services in tourism

Hisashi Masuda | program-Specific Senior Lecturer (Service Excellence), Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University | His research interest is related to new business design to develop and sustain not only simple services but also complex ones. He is focusing on how do we empower such directions by using current digital technologies. | PRESENTATION: A proposed conceptual model on collaboration between local and big businesses through tourism and Japanese cases related to this topic. The importance of such kinds of co-creative business model to adapt to today’s rapidly changing economy.

Lectures schedule:

Monday, 20 November 17, 12:00 – UP FTŠ Turistica, classroom 001

Kunio Shirahada | dr. Hisashi Masuda | Urška Križman Vižintin – IstraTerra| Mateja Hrvatin Kozlovič – Hiške Slovenske Istre 

Students of the course Innovation in Tourism MTP 3 | dr. Dejan Križaj

Tuesday, 21 November 17, 12:00 – UP FTŠ Turistica, classroom 001

Kunio Shirahada – Lectures for undergraduate Turistica students

Tuesday, 21 November 17, 16:00 – UP FTŠ Turistica, classroom 001

Kunio Shirahada – Lectures for postgraduate Turistica students

Friday, 24 November 17, 12:00 – Student Campus Ljubljana, classroom 2

Kunio Shirahada | dr. Hisashi Masuda | dr. Dejan Križaj
Turistica PhD students: Iztok Bončina – Space Tourism | Darija Cvikl – Forest Tourism | Dubravka Kalin – internal destination developemnt


Students visit the Ecological Olive Farm Gramona

Category: Culture Students

In the frame of the Sustainable Tourism course, taught by assist. prof. Simon Kerma, our Erasmus students visited the ecological olive farm Gramona in Seča, a pleasant location above the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. A complementary activity of the farm is also boutique (eco)tourism, which is taken care of by Andy and Nina Froggatt. The students visited the olive and persimmon (kaki) farm, tried to harvest the indigenous Štorta olive (for jar storage) and learned about the correct way of tasting olive oil. They also tried other local/Istrian delights.

The pictures speak for themselves …


Foto: Daniela Alemeida de Fonseca in Sveinn Skorri Höskuldsson

Turistica student wins 3rd place at the European Young Chef Award

The European Young Chef Award is a competition promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) from Barcelona. Encouraged by assist. prof. Aleš Gačnik, who is also a member of the international IGCAT group of experts, Turistica’s student Filip Matjaž participated in this prominent European competition. Filip has been flourishing for several years as a creative young chef and as a member of the Slovenian Young Chef Team. He gained his cooking skills in their family restaurant Tomi in Portorož.

Filip Matjaž represented the Mediterranean Slovenia (Primorska region) with the dish Taste of the Slovenian Sea and won the excellent third place, and thus became a mentor for future young chefs and at the same time the IGCAT ambassador for the Primorska region. Under the guidance of prof. Aleš Gačnik, the latter is preparing to apply for the status of European Region of Gastronomy. The winner, Aisling Rock from Galway – West Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy 2018 impressed the panel with her dish: Mackerel, Pickle, Sheep Yoghurt. The silver went to the Finnish Kuopio, Region of Gastronomy 2020, with the dish Blueberry pie gone to forest prepared by Josi Polso.

The first day of the competition, the participants presented a traditional dish to the jury panel; however, the next day they upgrade it with a modern version of it. Filip’s story was inspired by the tradition of the Istrian winds, full of vegetables, which are a base for every “Brodet” (fish stew), accompanied with the delights that the Slovenian sea has to offer.

He presented the innovative Istrian Brodet on an enamel plate produced in Slovenia. He first arranged it with vegetables and a clam cake, and so presented the seabed and Istrian garden. He placed the cuttlefish on the cake as it swims just above the seabed. On the top, he added pieces of fish in a threadlike pastry with which he portrayed a fishnet full of fish. Next to it, he served a sauce of traditional Istrian Brodet in an enamel cup, which was once used as a ladle. A final touch for the innovative version of the Brodet was the scampi salt that was prepared out of scampi and salt from the Sečovlje saltpans. To prepare his dish Filip used only the best sea delights and completed it with organic vegetables, produced in the Slovenian Istriaorgana, the Vinakoper malvasia wine and extra virgin olive oil from the Morgan olive farm.

Filip’s culinary motto says that every dish should represent the region, history and people living there. The dish reflects the region’s gastronomic identity, which allows guests to feel the destination. Furthermore, this is the exact content of his dissertation, which he is preparing under the guidance of prof. Aleš Gačnik.

Photo: IGCAT archive


Turistica student to represent Slovenia at ASEM conference

Category: Interesting Students

Megan Božič, student at Turistica, was selected through a public call among thousands to participate at the 13th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting for member states of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). This year the conference will be held between 15 and 20 November in Myanmar. She will deliver a speech on Tourism and Terrorism.

Slovenia became a member of the ASEF Foundation by joining the EU in 2004 and has been involved in their activities ever since. By bringing various current issues to light these activities contribute to political and academic dialogue.

In conjunction with the 13th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, students will attend the 8th Model ASEM political simulation and step into the shoes of foreign ministers and thus have a unique chance to discuss and exchange perspectives on current political issues related to both continents. The slogan of this year’s conference is “Strengthening Partnership for Peace and Sustainable Development”. Through role-playing, research activities, case studies and practical training student will enforce their diplomacy and negotiation skills and consensus-building and public speaking abilities.

Megan Božič, student at Turistica

Megan Božič is a 3rd year student at Turistica (Tourism Enterprise Management programme). She has always been interested in international relations, diversity of world cultures, travelling and languages, and thus decided to study tourism. “I like working with people and I see tourism as a branch that offers a lot of employment possibilities to the youth, at home and abroad,” Megan said.

She will attend the conference within the thematic group “Joint Efforts in Combatting Terrorism” with a speech on Tourism and terrorism, which is quite a current topic if we relate to the events the world has been experiencing lately. She applied to the call with a rather critical eye and in hope of gaining an international experience that would enrich her on the personal and professional level.  “When I found out that I was selected and that I will represent Slovenia at the international conference in Asia, I was amazed. 4200 candidates applied from 51 states and among them 150 candidates were selected, including me. I am very proud to represent my country at this great international event and take this task as an exceptional honour. I expect to gain a lot of knowledge, get to know the country, have the opportunity to meet young diplomats from many foreign countries, test my skills in public speaking and particularly live an unforgettable experience, that in the future will most certainly improve my understanding of relations between countries,” Megan said about the great opportunity that awaits her.





MOOC “Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites”

We are pleased to announce that the enrolment to the MOOC “Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites”, offered by the Universities members of the UNESCO UNITWIN network “Culture, Tourism, Development” is now open! What a great opportunity!

The MOOC introduces tourism at UNESCO World Heritage Sites by covering Communication Technologies, Economy, Management and Planning, etc. It is directed to policy makers, site managers, students and people active in the tourism industry.

The course comprises 8 modules (one each week) and all materials will be available for 1 year. After successfully completing the course, you will receive a free course completion certificate.

assoc. prof. Aleksandra Brezovec

Turistica’s associate professor Aleksandra Brezovec is among the pedagogical team that will  spread their knowledge in tourism.

The MOOC is open for everyone, especially professions involved in tourism.

More information here.

Guest Lecturer: Allan Brodie

In the sphere of the GUEST UP project, Turistica is hosting the Senior Investigator from Historic England Allan Brodie.

The lectures will be held:

On Monday, 6 November 2017, from 14:00 to 16:00, classroom 001

Spas, Travel and the Origins of Tourism in Britain

This paper describes the origins of tourism in Britain and links it back to the tradition of pilgrimage. It also describes how in the 16th century spas began to be a key tourist destination, and continued to be popular through the 18th century.

On Tuesday, 7. 11. 2017, from 16:00 to 18:00, classroom 309

Heritage, Tourism and Leisure since 1945

This presentation will begin by outlining how Britain’s heritage is managed and how this is a culmination of centuries of travel to discover the country’s history. In the second part of the presentation, the story of the changing tourism and leisure market since 1945 will describe how Britain’s holiday habits have changed, particularly in response to foreign competition.

On Wednesday, 8. 11. 2017, from 16:00 to 18:00, unit Ljubljana – Classroom 2 – Pivovarniška 6

Seaside Holidays in Britain 1700-1945

Britain became the first country to embrace the seaside for health and recreation in the 18th century. This paper examines the origins of this new phenomenon traces and how an activity once limited to a handful of wealthy people, became a universal experience by the 20th century.

Investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the European Social Fund: