Welcoming speech of mayor

Dear business partners, dear friends!

Dear Guests and Business Partners,

It is a great pleasure to present to you Opatija, a town that over the years has hosted numerous international congresses but also some very important national events. Its favourable geographic position, excellent transport connections, and the wide range of congress venues it offers are the key reasons why Opatija is today one of the leading convention destinations in Croatia.

When presenting Opatija as a congress town, it should be pointed out that our business partners have a wide range of venues at their disposal, ranging from historic ballrooms, hotel halls with a capacity of up to 500 participants and outdoor amphitheatres, to modern premises such as our Gervais Centre. With more than 30 hotels, most of which are categorised with four or five stars, a range of first-class restaurants, and a variety of recreational and wellness facilities, our town can provide everything congress organisers need to hold top projects and presentations. For larger conventions with around 1,000 participants, there is also our Marino Cvetković Sports Hall.

Participants at our business meetings often praise the fact that in Opatija everything is accessible on foot, and they are especially impressed by our greenery. The pride of our town – its spacious, well-manicured parks and gardens, the 10-km-long coastal promenade, and the numerous beaches and fountains – provide the perfect setting for villas and hotels that can accommodate up to 9,000 visitors.

In addition to the business infrastructure, many organisers emphasise their satisfaction with the culinary offer and various dishes with fresh local ingredients such as wild asparagus, cherries, sweet chestnuts, or the well-known Kvarner scampi, which are offered in our restaurants.

The tradition of health tourism in Opatija dates back more than 130 years, which is why Opatija is a great place for hosting professional congresses of all branches of medicine. We are proud of the achievements of our Thalassotherapia, a special hospital for the rehabilitation and treatment of heart and lung diseases, which has extensive experience in rehabilitation medicine, as well as having excellent experts and programmes.

Opatija is a pleasant place to live. The town’s offer is complemented by its hinterland and Učka Nature Park, which offers numerous opportunities for incentive programmes, team building activities, and sports and recreational programmes.
We would be glad to help you organise your event.
See you in Opatija, and welcome!

Fernando Kirigin
Mayor of Opatija