Category Archives: Culture

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

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.

Happy World Tourism Day!

Category: Celebration Culture

The United Nations General Assembly adopted this year as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The World Tourism Day 2017 thus represents a unique chance to strengthen the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among the public and private sector decision makers and raise awareness. At the faculty Turistica we are well aware of this and we educate our students in this spirit.

Experience, travel – these are education in themselves. Euripides 

 Travel. Enjoy. Respect.


Let us celebrate together!

#WTD2017 #IY2017 #TravelEnjoyRespect #SDGs

Water, from myth to architecture

Category: Culture Interesting



Photography exhibition

Water, from myth to architecture

The opening will take place on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, at 12.00
in the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica hall in Portorož.

The exhibition will be open until 27 October.

Undergraduate students attending the Department of Cultural Tourism and foreign students of the programme and the Erasmus+ programme will exhibit their photographs in the faculty hall. The theme of the exhibition is linked to this year’s European Heritage Days: Water, from myth to architecture.  

The exhibition will be inaugurated by assist. prof. Irena Weber, member of the Department of Cultural Tourism.

Organised by:  Department of Cultural Tourism at the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica with the collaboration of the students.

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.

Photo gallery: 

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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

Gallery AvanTuristica

– 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.

Ograja foto Iztok Boncina

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.