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30th Alpe-Adria – International Fair for Green Active Tourism, Camping and Caravanning

On January 30th, under the slogan Jump to the Nature!, the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre is opening its door to the 30th  main touristic fair in Slovenia, the Alpe-Adria. It is a show for travellers, sportsmen, alpinists, hikers, active recreational participants, joggers, cyclists, nature adrenaline sports fans and similar; this year, as a novelty, also for camping and caravanning enthusiasts.

The Jakob International Award for An Unforgettable Day at the Fonda Fish Farm

As every year, the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre will present the Jakob Award for Excellence and Quality in Tourism at the Fair opening ceremony. The Jakob 2019 on the theme The New Sustainable Forms of Hunting and Fishing Tourism and the Wildlife Observation in its Natural Environment will go to the project An Unforgettable Day at the Fonda Fish Garden of the company from Portorož.

Irena Fonda, Managing Director of Fonda Company, photo: Fonda company

The project the Unforgettable Day at the Fonda Fish Farm has been recently ranked among the top ten experiences branded Slovenia Unique Experiences, confirmed by the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO). The 5-star experience under the name Slovenia Unique Experiences is positioned as a collection of unique authentic premium quality experiences that support the story of the brand I Feel Slovenia and Green Boutique Slovenia for 5-star Experiences.

Fonda fish farm visit, photo: Fonda company

The award is named after one of the “ancient tourists”, the pilgrim Jakob. Each year, the International Commission including Jožko Sirk, the host and winner of the Michelin star from neighbouring Italy; Lojze Wieser, the publisher and culinary from Austria and Janez Bogataj, PhD, the president, chooses, according to the written criteria, the best one that contributes an important part to the mosaic of innovative tourism efforts of the Alps-Adriatic region. As Dr. Bogataj says, the prize is “an incentive and a motive for all those who, in one way or the other, work in tourism, and to tourists, a guideline for many qualities in various areas of tourist contents and the tourist way of life in general.”

A Novelty of the Fair – Camping and Caravanning

After several years of absence, motorhomes and caravans are returning to Ljubljana, to the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. The vans, motorhomes with sleeping decks, semi-trailers and trailers of the latest models will be on display.

Adria Caravaning, photo: Adria Mobil

The initiative of the Network of Motohome Stopovers in Slovenia, the Caravanning Club of Slovenia and the Avto-Dom Magazine, specialized media for camping and caravanning, will also present themselves. On the opening day on January 30th a conference on the development of motorhome tourism “Slovenia – the  motorhome travellers-friendly country” will be held.

Trends in Catering and Hotel industry at the Fair of Tastes – GASTexpo

The Fair of Tastes – GASTexpo, organized by the Primorski Sejem in cooperation with exhibitors and recognized experts, is considered to be the leading professional fair in the region of the HO-RE-CA (Gastronomy, Beverage, Coffee, Confectionery, Bakery, Catering – Hospitality Equipment & Ice Cream & Wine).

Fair Gastexpo 2018, photo: Gospodarsko razstavišče

The fair is visited by 12,000 visitors, mostly businessmen from Slovenia and abroad. Among other things, about 300 home and foreign exhibitors from more than 20 countries will be presenting the latest trends and technological innovations. Special emphasis will be given to educational workshops and contests, visitors will get practical knowledge and advice in baking pizza, preparing ice cream and bar drinks, choosing beer, etc. This year’s novelty are the workshops in the preparation of the dairy cream of the Latte Art “father”, Mr. Luigi Lupi, together with other world-renowned and established masters from Italy.