The panelists emphasized that the sports industry brings in 300 billion euros, or 2% of GDP in the European Union, while according to estimates in Croatia it participates with 1,4%. It was concluded that sports tourism can provide more income and extend the season, but a prerequisite is to attract investment in sports infrastructure. A significant increase in investment in the offer, and quality sports infrastructure, are a prerequisite for the development of sports tourism in Croatia. This could be heard from the participants of the 15th Debate on Tourism on the topic “Sports tourism in Croatia – can we do more and how?”. They participated in it Tonči Glavina, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Zlatko Mateša, President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC), Goran Sprem from Uniline, Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Maistra, i Sanda Čorak, research associate at the Institute of Tourism. In this context, the participants pointed out Istria as one of the positive examples of a region in which the existing infrastructure enables and supports the development of this specific form of tourism. The four key areas where progress can be made, it could be heard, are: recreation, preparation of athletes and various camps, organization of major sporting events, as well as promotion that includes our successful athletes. As a concrete project for the development of sports tourism in Croatia, Sprem pointed out the project “Croatian country of sports”, which aims to attract athletes from around the world to prepare for Croatia and a better position of Croatia on the map of sports destinations. It was also heard at the discussion that great potential lies in the use of European funds for the construction of sports infrastructure that Croatia has not yet begun to use, and the example of neighboring Slovenia, which has so far withdrawn 100 million euros from the funds for the development of this segment.
The 19th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors will be slightly different than past years. The annual event that raises funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families, which normally has participants riding over 1000 miles over a 13 day period will have a one-day public ride on September 5 at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield starting at 8:30a. The general public is invited throughout the day and is open to riders of all abilities. This year’s ride will honor Chief David Hewitt, of the Rising Su Police Department and Trooper Peter Bo Stephan, of the Indiana State Police who both gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2019.A stationary Ride for Chief Hewitt will take place on September 14 at the Rising Sun Police Department and on September 18 at the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post. For more information, click here.