NK Osijek, unfortunately one of the few Croatian clubs that prepare for the season in Croatia, and after Lošinj, move to Rovinj where they will play against Slovenian Gorica, Hungarian second league Duna Aszfalt and football club Domžale, a team from the upper house of the Slovenian league. WILL WE FINALLY TURN SPORTS TOURISM FROM POTENTIAL TO A RESOURCE? The second-placed team of the First Croatian Football League, the football players of NK Osijek, are in Mali Lošinj preparing for the spring season. The Mayor of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić, thanked the club for choosing Mali Lošinj as a destination for preparations, and at the same time announced larger investments in sports infrastructure. But not everything is in football, on the contrary, there is greater potential in “small” sports. The best fresh example is the 28th international karate tournament Grand Prix Croatia, which is being held this weekend in Samobor. So this weekend Samobor will host competitors from 23 countries or about 1700 competitors. When we add more coaches, support staff, fans and parents, we are talking about more than 2.000 guests. LOUD THINKING: SPORTS TOURISM IN CROATIA – THERE ARE PICTURES, BUT NO TONE. The first step is always the most difficult, but also the most important. FIND OUT HOW SPORTS TOURISM IS DEVELOPING IN MEĐIMURJE, AND IT IS NOT ABOUT FOOTBALL NK Osijek chose Lošinj because of the favorable climate and terrain that meets their needs. Apart from the mentioned, they also praised the accommodation – the Aurora hotel in Lošinj, which, as they say, even the most picky guests would find it difficult to find a remark. Yes, 1.700 competitors or overnight stays. Smart all clear. “We are a destination that ended last year with record results, with 3% more arrivals on Lošinj (307.283) and 2% more overnight stays (2.372.329), which again ranked us among the leading Croatian destinations with the most overnight stays. With additional investments in the development of sports infrastructure and new sports fields, we will be one step closer to year-round tourism.. ” Kucic points out. Cover photo: NK Osijek RELATED NEWS: The potential of sports tourism in Croatia, especially on the Adriatic, is huge and has been standing for years, but it is up to us to turn those potentials into resources.