A solid selection for the final of the digital nomads in residence in Dubrovnik
May 19, 2021 – The Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence program comes to a close this weekend, with a press conference and panels highlighting the engagement of the public and private sectors.
Another 5:00 am starts tomorrow, then a 7 hour drive. Destination Dubrovnik.
Every visit to the Pearl of the Adriatic in this era of pandemic has been a time of joy as the city has been relieved of the burden of overtourism and has had the chance to breathe and reassess its tourism strategy. But tomorrow’s trip is all the more exciting, as it is tied to the final of the Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence (DNIR) program, possibly the most interesting and innovative project I have participated in in my 10 years of writing about tourism. in Croatia. Funded by our partners, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, and designed and produced by Saltwater Nomads, DNIR is the first program of its kind in the world, and it has been a rewarding and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
It’s been less than 4 weeks since these ten amazing humans (meet them in the video above) descended on Dubrovnik from all over the world to take up residence. Four weeks later, the strong bonds of friendship they have forged among themselves, as well as with the Dubrovnik community as a whole, have been a joy to watch. Much like their collaboration on the task at hand – working with the city, the tourist board, the local community and with each other to come up with effective recommendations and strategies to enable Dubrovnik to better take advantage of the opportunity. digital nomad.
The resident nomads will work on their presentations of their discoveries, which will initially be presented to a limited audience on Friday evening aboard the Karaka, before the final program on Saturday.
The list of panels gives me real hope that the seeds of this great opportunity have already found fertile ground.
Dubrovnik is extremely well represented by the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, the Deputy Mayor, Jelka Tepsic, and the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Ana Hrnic. It is also particularly pleasant to see Petra Marsic from the Zagreb Tourist Board also participating in the round tables. In partnership with Saltwater Nomads and TCN, the Zagreb Tourist Office will host the Zagreb Digital Nomad Week and the Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassador Project will start on June 21.
The three co-founders of the Digital Nomad Association – Jan de Jong, Tanja Polegubic and Karmela Tancabel – will also be present.
Croatian companies have enthusiastically supported this initiative and Raiffeisen Bank, Hrvatski Telekom and KPMG will be among the participating companies. Throughout the month, various organizations working in the field of sustainable tourism have also made an important contribution and Ranko Milic of EUPOLIS will undoubtedly have a dynamic contribution to make.
And not least, the nomads themselves, with several session participants as moderators. An excellent mix of ideas, points of view and experiences. The entire event will be filmed and made available shortly after it takes place.
A little more information in the official press release:
The Dubrovnik Digital Nomads in Residence (DN-IR) have been in Dubrovnik for 4 weeks. On Saturday, May 22, experts from the public, private and non-profit sectors will join the DN-IRs for a series of panel discussions. These signs will set the course for the digital nomad movement in Croatia.
Topics of the roundtable include regenerative tourism, business, women and remote workers with Croatian family ties.
Panel 1 includes city leaders including the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, Director of Dubrovnik Tourism Board, Ana Hrnić, Petra Maršić (Zagreb Tourism Board), DN-IR Program Director Tanja Polegubić (salt water), Ranko Milić (EUPOLIS / CEDRA). This panel is moderated by Ron Tardiff, great expert in the blue economy and digital nomad in residence.
The Digital Nomad Association (DNA) Croatia is sponsoring a session on how businesses can support digital nomads in Croatia. This panel includes Jan de Jong (DNA Croatia), Liana Keserić (Raiffeisen Bank Croatia), Kristina Grbavac (KPMG), Marijana Bašić (Hrvatski Telekom), Nino Dubretić (Direct Booker) and Nikolina Trojić (HGK).
Many of the applicants for the DN-IR program in Dubrovnik were women, particularly from North America. Croatia has a solid reputation as a safe destination for women. In panel 3, experienced (and newbie) women embarking on a nomadic digital journey, share tips and trends for this audience.
The final panel is moderated by our DN-IR, holder of a doctorate in skilled migration, Kaisu Koskela. Panel 4 looks at Croats with inheritance and spouses, who come to Croatia to work remotely in increasing numbers since the start of the pandemic. This panel features digital nomads in Croatia with dual citizenship, Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepšić and Paul Bradbury of Total Croatia News.
If you want more information about the Zagreb event, check out the Presentation of saltwater nomads.
Learn more about the Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence Program.
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