In January, Ulrike travelled to Ljubljana, Slovenia to attend CONVENTA. On her way through the exhibition hall at the show, Ulrike met Maja Šimunić, who is Corporate Sales Manager at the Remisens Hotels and Villas (Liburnia Riviera Hotels).

Ulrike wanted to learn more about her work and about Opatija as a city and asked her for an interview.

1. Could you please describe Opatija in three words?

Elegant, charming, historicaly stunning.

2. What would be the first thing you would show every visitor to Opatija?

That definitely is Remisens Premium Hotel Kvarner. It was the first hotel built on the Adriatic coast. It has a ball room where many Croatian events take place. It’s appreciated as a venue and seen as one of the most prestigious.

3. What do you consider to be Opatija’s biggest strengths as a meeting city?

The location: it is close to Italy, Slovenia and Austria. It is in the center of everything. A good idea is to organize famtrips for example to the Plitvice Lakes or to Venice. We would say it is very much like a little Cannes.

4. The MICE market is extremely competitive for destinations. Do you think Opatija has undiscovered potential?

Opatija has a long tradition of MICE. Most of the Croatian congresses, e.g. in the pharmaceutical and medical fields, had taken place in our city. We hope we will get new business in the future. There is a lot of potential for Opatija.

5. What are your goals in 2016?

To keep up the good work, high occupancy and our high level. To welcome guests the best way we can and spread good words about Opatija.

6. Why should event planners definitely come see you at IMEX Frankfurt?
Opatija has a great potential to host worldwide famous meetings/conferences/events. With all hospitality investments and refurbished hotels Opatija so now more than ever ready to take a big step towards new goals and to seize new opportunities in MICE market. Easy reachable location from all the Europe’s capital cities is the preferred destination for every planer to consider. With a pleasant conversation with Goran and myself every planer will know that Opatija is a perfect place for their next business event. See you soon.


Remisens Hotels and Villas (Liburnia Riviera Hotels) will also be at IMEX in Frankfurt at stand C500. they are renovating their historical hotel Palace Bellevue, due to open in May.

For an appointment at IMEX with Mr. Marko Mogorovic of Remisens Hotels and Villas (Maja’s colleague from the office), please use the online diary for stand C500 or email him at

If you are interested in more interesting information about Opatija, please follow the link here.

Your contact at Remisens Hotels and Villas, Liburnia Riviera Hotels
Hotels: Ambasador, Admiral, Kvarner, Imperial, Palace-Belevue
Maja Šimunić
tel. +385 51 710 323 

Opatija Convention & Incentive Bureau:
Goran Pavlović
Convention & Incentive Bureau Manager
tel. +385 99 226 3229

Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manager Content & PR
tel. +49 (0)931 9002 114