” Putem online ulaznica posjetitelj treba definirati točno vrijeme dolaska čime smo rasteretili naša dva ulaza. Prije je u danu znalo ući oko 15 tisuća posjetitelja što je bilo neodrživo, a sada smo uspostavili protočnost, posjetitelji više uživaju, a broj smo smanjili na 8 do 10 tisuća u danu. Sada znatna sredstva ulažemo u zone posjeta, obnovu staza, šetnica, drvenih mostića. Plitvice su prirodni fenomen neprocjenjive vrijednosti koji trebamo čuvati”, said Borčić and boasted that a wastewater treatment plant was put into operation last year. Nevertheless, the biggest tourist boom was recorded in the heart of the municipality of Udbina, in a large white stone building, the Church of the Croatian Martyrs. Alone, without a tourist board or municipality behind them, led by a young priest Josip Šimatović, every year they attract an increasing number of pilgrims from various parishes, associations, veterans, mountaineering groups, schools. As the priests themselves say, they are very active on social media and most people come because they have heard on recommendation. Their neighboring museum with similar characteristics, the Gacka Otočac Museum has 2091 visitors, an increase of 10 percent, and as curator Snježana Bogdanić explained, in addition to the Museum Night for which they are preparing, they printed a promotional brochure containing other localities nearby. and audio guide izi.TRAVEL and they plan to translate it into English to make it more accessible to foreign visitors. “U ovoj godini veći naglasak stavljamo na obiteljske radionice, posebice u vrijeme školskih praznika, a nedavno smo od Ministarstva znanosti i obrazovanja dobili odobrenje za Nastavni sat s Ivanom za 6. razrede, koji su nam uz 4. razrede najbrojniji gosti. Pristupili smo Organizaciji certificirane nove europske kulturne rute žena književnica s početka 20. stoljeća čiji je nositelj Forum slavenske kulture iz Ljubljane. Mi smo nositelji za Hrvatsku s književnicama Ivanom Brlić Mažuranić te Marijom Jurić Zagorkom. Također, započeli smo projekt Bajke za laku noć kojim potičemo djecu na čitanje, a plan ih je snimiti te obraditi i staviti na web kako bi im njihov glas ostao zauvijek zapisan”, said Ankica Puškarić, head of Ivana’s fairytale house. “Posjetitelji nam dolaze kroz cijelu godinu. Ovo je obiteljski projekt, obraćamo se i lokalnom stanovništvu kako bi se ljudi educirali, za sada ne ciljamo na strane posjetitelje. Imamo turističku atrakciju i cilj nam je razvijati ju i raditi nove turističke priče”, said the principal. Ognjen Borčić, spokesman for the Plitvice Lakes National Park, said that Plitvice is turning to quality, and no longer to mass tourism, in order to preserve the natural beauty and for tourists to enjoy nature, be satisfied and extend their stay. They are very pleased with the introduction of online tickets in May last year, which aimed to reduce congestion. Margarita Markušić Kulaš, director of Aquatika, is very pleased with the increase in the number of visitors, and their focus in 2020 is on a handful of events, from Museum Night when the Krapina Neanderthal Museum arrives with a traveling exhibition, Anne Frank exhibitions, underground heritage center Barać’s caves, starry summer, many concerts… “Posebno me raduje da svake godine dolazi sve više ljudi. Ako gledamo da Udbina ima oko 650 katolika, a godišnje nam dolazi oko 40 tisuća hodočasnika, to je za razvoj kontinentalnog turizma vrlo važno, a da ne govorimo o važnosti za ovaj dio Like. Turističke promocije nažalost nema, prave se da ne postojimo, zato mi sami radimo svoj popis dolazaka. Imamo mnogo upita za spavanje, ali i za restoran za ručak nekoliko stotina ljudi, no toga nažalost u Udbini nema pa se snalazimo na mnoge načine. U lipnju nam dolazi 300 mladih na vikend pa ćemo ih smjestiti po obiteljima i već se nekako snaći. Pogledajte samo koliki je to potencijal! Samo ga treba prepoznati jer ovi ljudi što dolaze unesu novu ljepotu u ovaj kraj. Vojska nam je isto česti gost. Blizu nam je vojarna pa vojnici često hodočaste i dolaze se upoznati s našom poviješću i slaviti svetu misu, bili su nam vojnici iz Francuske i Engleske. Imamo prekrasan vidikovac kojem pogled seže 18 kilometara u daljinu, Krbavski križ iz 1200. godine i dobar glas koji se daleko čuje”, said the priest Simatovic. Northern Velebit National Park records an increase of 10 percent of visitors, and they are especially proud of their interest in their House of Velebit, which attracts many visitors. Irena Glavičić Sertić, director of the National Park, said that this year they will continue to fund many researches such as biodiversity, monitoring of fungi, chamois, and for the first time bats. They are working on rebuilding the existing infrastructure after each winter to ensure the safety of all nature lovers who come. They continue the promotion through social networks, billboards, trams and publications in specialized magazines and publications, with the aim of starting with the foreign market. “Kuća Velebita bila nam je dobar adut za razvoj priče o parku, od geologije do speleologije, raspoređeno za sve uzraste koji nam dolaze, a ove godine za Noć muzeja pripremamo film o nastanku Kuće Velebita i o tome kako smo došli na samu ideju. Nastavljamo i s našim volonterskim projektima, botaničkim vrtom i njegom biljaka”, says the principal. All institutions in a row, except the Gospić Museum of Lika, record an increase in visits in 2019. The Church of the Croatian Martyrs can boast of the largest increase, which is obviously very justifiably dissatisfied with its tourist status in the county, and with high growth rates there are also Grabovača Cave Park, Nikola Tesla Memorial Center and Northern Velebit National Park. This growth trend is certainly good, and their plans and ideas speak even more about the good direction of tourism of these institutions. In Lika, of course, the first place with the number of visitors goes to NP Plitvice Lakes, which in 2019 recorded 1.771.523 visitors, which is a decrease of 1,42% compared to the previous year, and in Karlovac County the champion is Aquatika with 73.161 visitors and a growth of 3%. After museums and nature, living and non-living, Ivana’s fairytale house in Ogulin is the main destination for schoolchildren in love with a good book. They were visited by over 30 thousand people and recorded an increase of 6,5 percent. “Krećemo u izgradnju tri nove pješačke staze duge 2, 3 i 9 kilometara, radimo na dopuni sadržaja, a s obzirom da smo dio biciklističkih ruta mnogo njih dolazi na biciklima što nam je posebno drago. Vidjeli smo da ima dosta upita za posjete zimi pa smo se odlučili na izgradnju centra kako bi mogli primiti i do 1000 ljudi dnevno, a do sada je maksimum bio 350”, Sharpness revealed. The only cave park in Croatia is located in Perušić and records an increase of 32 percent of visitors. They are also preparing interesting novelties in 2020, the details of which were revealed by the director of the Grabovača Cave Park, Jelena Milković. “Sada kada smo proglašeni značajnim krajobrazom malo ćemo proširiti oglasne prostore po županiji, ponovno ćemo imati dva volonterska projekta, a otvorit ćemo i hobitsku kućicu te mali vrt s ljekovitim i jestivim biljem. Veliki plan je otvoriti prvu u Hrvatskoj poučnu stazu o špiljama u špilji, točnije u Velikoj Kozarici kako bi se više okrenuli avanturističkom speleoturizmu. Sadržavat će edukativne panoe i bit će otvorena za posjetitelje, a otvorenje planiramo za srpanj”, Said Milković and added that they are extremely satisfied with the increase in the number of guests and that they are planning a research to determine exactly how many visitors the only open cave Samograd can handle so far so that the underground world would not be devastated. The Lika Club portal, after a great analysis in 2018, at the end of 2019 conducted a new research with a look at the year behind us, and the same actors of the story are included. From Karlovac County, they talked with Aquatika – freshwater aquarium Karlovac, Public Institution Baraćeva špilja, Ivana’s fairytale house from Ogulin, and from Lika-Senj County with two national parks – Plitvice Lakes and Northern Velebit. The Gacka Otočac Museum and the Lika Gospić Museum, the Nikola Tesla Memorial Center in Smiljan, the Grabovača Cave Park Public Institution from Perušić and the biggest surprise of this research, the Church of the Croatian Martyrs in Udbina, are included. “Shvatili smo da je usmena predaja za nas najbolji marketing. Započeli smo s promotivnim aktivnostima namijenjenim popularizaciji muzeja od časopisa Likamus do edukativne igre Lički mudraci, kulturne rute Nikola Tesla, promocije kroz Lika destination. Trenutno radimo na Noći muzeja koja donosi šarolik program”, said Kolak. It was encouraging to learn that together with their diligent employees, absolutely everyone records an increase in arrivals and have very interesting and innovative ideas on how to promote their institution, the region in which they are and work in synergy with people and other institutions, which projects to apply for and thus attract as many visitors as possible and remain remembered for something different. Aquatika was created with money from EU funds, which co-financed the project with HRK 36,2 million. Project activities continue and their goal is to have about a hundred species of freshwater fish in 25 aquariums, while in Croatia there are a total of 150 species. They want to reach 500 fish, 40 endemic species and a ton of fish. The development of continental tourism is a sentence that has become a kind of mantra in recent years, and a good part has been dedicated to it by the Government of the Republic of Croatia in its Tourism Development Strategy. However, what is also known is that tourism on the continent is developing very slowly, but meaningfully and thoroughly, which was confirmed by the leaders of institutions in Lika-Senj and Karlovac counties in the research of the Lika Club portal. The Public Institution Baraćeva špilja in the Karlovac municipality of Rakovica remained with the same number of visitors, but the plans revealed by the director Tihana Oštrina indicate that this will soon change. They are working on supplementing the content, considering that the cave is closed due to bat hibernation in winter, and they are starting the construction of the SPELEON underground heritage visitor center through an EU project worth 20 million kuna. The Lika Gospić Museum and the Nikola Tesla Memorial Center in Smiljan, only a few kilometers away, belong to the same institution and director Tatjana Kolak, who also revealed what novelties they are preparing. Although the Museum has a much smaller number of visits in 2019, 1651 of them, MC records an increase of almost 12 percent, director Kolak is very pleased with the total number exceeding 50 thousand visitors, which is a new record for them that they are very proud of.