Category Archives: Cooperation

International Workshop: Non-commutative structures 2018

Category: Cooperation General

Between 23 and 27 May Turistica will host the international workshop  Non-commutative structures 2018 (NCS2018).
The workshop is organised by the SDAMS – Slovenian Discrete and Applied Mathematics Society together with UP FAMNIT, UP IAM, UP FTŠ, UL FMF and IMFM.
Workshop description:
Recently, non-commutative generalizations of lattices and related structures have seen an upsurge in interest, with new ideas and applications emerging, from quasilattices to skew Heyting algebras. Much of this activity derives in some way from the initiation, thirty years ago, by Jonathan Leech, of a research program into structures based on Pascual Jordan’s notion of a non-commutative lattice. The first workshop on non-commutative structures aims to present the breadth of contemporary research in the area, with contributions from international and Slovenian mathematicians. We are delighted that Jonathan Leech has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address in this meeting, which will hopefully be the first of many.

Meeting of COST Action QSPACE Working Group 5 (Gender and Outreach) and Roundtable Discussion: “Gender Issues and European Women in Mathematics”

Scientific Committee: Karin Cvetko Vah (chair), Michael Kinyon, Tomaž Pisanski

Organizing Committee: Nino Bašić, Karin Cvetko Vah, João Pita Costa, Tomaž Pisanski (chair)

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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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Guest lecturer dr. Wolfgang Kraus

We hereby invite you to the lecture Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Global Challenges & Best Practices” on Tuesday 17 October 2017 at 12.00 in classroom nr. 002. The lecture will be held by dr. Wolfgang Kraus, senior associate at IPIECA, The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues.

Dr. Wolfgang Kraus is the former Executive Vice-President of OMV’s regional headquarters in Koper, Slovenia, with responsibility for Slovenia and Croatia among other countries. He will share the knowledge and experience he gained by leading a global-local enterprise.

Erasmus+ exchange beyond EU borders

Turistica is well aware of the importance of international visitors and strives towards an active involvement in the Erasmus+ programme, and thus increases the number of visits of distinguished foreign lecturers and partners each year. May 2017 was a significant month for us. We successfully completed all planned activities in the frame of the first Erasmus+ mobility of individuals between programme and partner countries (KA107) and carried out all planned mobilities with partner countries from the United States of America.

The Erasmus+ programme enables participants and universities to gain new knowledge and exchange experience, offers a positive influence on personal and professional development and on the changes in the pedagogical process.

Between June 2015 and May 2017 Turistica carried out 12 mobilities with partner universities rom the US; 6 outgoing and 6 incoming, both for the purpose of teaching and training.

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Turistica continues with the Erasmus+ mobility projects of individuals between programme and partner countries (KA107) in 2016 and 2017. We plan 18 new mobilities in the following countries: USA, Australia, Japan, China, Argenitina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

Ambassador of Science, prof. Sara Dolničar

Turistica is proud to announce that prof. dr. Sara Dolničar received a prestigious Ambassador of Science award, recognised by the Republic of Slovenia for her outstanding research achievements in marketing and tourism. Prof. dr. Sara Dolničar researches at The University of Queensland in Australia. Since 2012 she has been cooperating with Turistica, especially on the doctoral/phd program Innovative tourism at Turistica, and since 2014 also on postgraduate study programmes at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. Globally she ranks among the 2% of the most successful researchers in the wider field of marketing.

Sincere congratulations to the distinguished professor, colleague and friend of UP Turistica.




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.

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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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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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