Recently, an initiative was launched to provide free tourist guides in every city in Croatia. As part of the project ‘Get to know your country’, the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH), with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board, on the occasion of the Day of International Recognition of Croatia, January 14, 2018 (Sunday) starting at 12:00 p.m. to organize free guided tours in all cities where tourist guide associations operate – members of ZDTVH.In particular, it is about the organization of free guided tours by local tourist guides in each city, and all guided tours with tourist guides will start at the same time. The guides are intended for the local population to get to know their city and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism, but of course all visitors and tourists.”With this action we want to mark the Day of International Recognition of Croatia in a slightly different way, invite citizens to get to know cities all over Croatia and discover hidden stories they tell, because we believe that every citizen of our country can be a promoter and ambassador of their homeland. Croatia as well as the importance of national identity and cultural heritage, which is the only thing that exempts us from globalization. At the same time, we want to point out the importance of the Ordinance on protected localities that is being drafted. Namely, protected localities will be the only places where the activity of tourist guides and the representation of our country will be able to be performed by guides who are educated exclusively in the Republic of Croatia.”Points out Kristina Niuć Prka, president of the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides, and added that she hopes that all cities from Slavonia, through Zagreb, Lika, Kvarner, Istria, Dalmatia to Dubrovnik will join the initiative.So far, about 40 cities have joined this excellent initiative, unfortunately not all, although the CNTB has directly informed all tourist boards in Croatia about the Initiative, and the list of cities that have joined is still much smaller than it should be. List of cities where free guided tours are organized, as well as associations (members of ZDTVH) and associations and tourist boards of the project partners: Trogir, Split, Solin, Klis, Sinj, Trilj, Vrgorac, Makarska, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Sibenik, Knin, Drnis, Zadar, Rab, Rijeka, Trsat, Kastav, Pula, Fazana, Labin, Vodnjan, Porec, Mali Losinj , Rovinj, Karlovac, Zagreb, Varaždin, Čakovec, Ivanec, Ludbreg, Varaždinske toplice, Slavonski brod, Lipik, Osijek, Vukovar, Vinkovci, Ilok, Županja, Nin, Motovun, Bakar.Why have other cities, ie tourist boards, not joined the whole initiative so far?A great tourist story and a very important segment in the mosaic of our tourism that we have absolutely neglected. The city is the people, so the local people are tourism and the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The locals give rhythm and pulse to the destination, and guests want to get to know us and our culture of living, customs, our stories… because that is the very essence of tourism.In conclusion, this is an extremely important topic, getting to know your city and turning citizens into ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Why other cities, ie tourist boards, have not joined the whole initiative so far, even though it is their “obligation” precisely because of their primary activity and the importance of the topic, and it costs nothing but good will, is a question that all tourism entrepreneurs must ask themselves. of every city.Do we want tourism development or not? Obviously some don’t want to and don’t care. So don’t be surprised afterwards if things stand still. It’s up to the people.Related news: DO WE CARE ABOUT THE STORY WE TELL TO OUR TOURISTS?