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A significant motive for year round visits by guests is also event tourism. The Tourist Board of the Primorje-Gorski kotar County has dedicated special attention to this type of tourism by issuing an events calendar titled “From day to day” through the tourist information provider “Kvarner info” which is issued in 8 languages and is the basic source of information about the region and manifestations and is updated and reprinted quarterly.

There is a wide selection of events significant to the enrichment of the tourist offer and extension of the season. From manifestations connected with culture (music festivals, concerts, exhibitions, competitions, press), sport (regattas, endurance, mountain car racing, motorcycling, water skiing, parachuting, cross bowing etc.), tradition (carnivals, folklore, gastronomy…), through to development of tourism (support for eco-centres, national parks and nature parks, improvement of places, walking and cycling trails, mountaineering trails…) to manifestations connected to the fruits of nature (Marunada – chestnut festival, Days of cherries, Days of asparagus, Days of mountain fruits…).

Tourist offer events start in January and February with carnival activities which culminate in one of the largest and most recognisable European carnivals – the Rijeka carnival. The cities of Rijeka and Novi Vinodolski are members of the International Association of Carnival Cities which most vividly indicates the importance, in a tourist sense, of these events founded on traditions and within whose framework are a whole series of traditional manifestations like the zvončari (bell ringing) in Kastav and Matulja, Muna, Žejana…to the Opatija Balinjerade, International Carnival Day and Children’s Carnival Promenade. These are followed by entertainment-musical, gastronomy and sports events, which upon the approach of Easter and the pre-season, especially the main tourist season, increase in numbers and grow into a fireworks of attractive tourist events in the summer months.

On one side they are characterised by being an offer for everyone, while on the other hand, being of high quality for even those most demanding of guests. Along with popular fisherman’s evenings in most tourist localities, here too are manifestations and festivals like the Osor musical evenings, Summer performances and Festivals of Krk, Rab musical evenings, Lubeničkih musical evenings, Summers in Frankopan in Kraljevica, International summer carnival in Novi Vinodolski, Liburnia jazz festival in Opatija, Kastaf summer, Rab knightly games, Fruits of the mountain in Gorski kotar, Days of music on Mali Lošinj, events on the Opatija Summer stage, etc. The annual finale of all the events according to tradition is in Mali Lošinj, when in the last four days of the current year the traditional international competition in underwater fishing is held.

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