In November 2018, Centre for Industrial Heritage and Centre for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe, in the scope of Tourism Valorisation of the Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage, organized a two-day seminar for tourism workers. Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage – Education Program for Tourism Workers introduced the attendees to the new walkway and the facilities that are currently undergoing a process of conversion. It also presented them with the topics of Rijeka’s industrial heritage, in the context of creating a unique tourist product on the local and the regional level.
The first day of the program included an educational walk along the sites of the future tourist walkway, with the expert guidance of Ivana Golob Mihić and Velid Đekić. The program of the second day included lectures which were held at RiHub. The head of the City Department of Culture Ivan Šarar presented the audience with the project and the future plans for renovation of the two protected monuments of culture – the Sugar Refinery Palace and Galeb. The head of marketing department of the Rijeka Tourist Board Dominik Damiš talked about presenting of tourist products of Rijeka, as well as about tourism novelties planned for 2019. Associate professor Zrinka Zadel from the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management held a presentation titled “Industrial heritage – from a resource to a competitive tourist product”, offering European and global examples of the use of industrial heritage in tourism. Kristina Pandža from the Centre for Industrial Heritage gave a short presentation on technical details of the project and invited the tourist workers to establish cooperation with the Centre in the field of education about cultural and industrial heritage of the city. Finally, the director of the City Museum of Rijeka Ervin Dubrović closed the first seminar with a lecture on Rijeka’s trade activities and the Sugar Refinery Palace.