Faculty of Tourism is the youngest member of the University of Maribor, Slovenia. It was established in December 2009 as a result of the synergy of the Strategic Regional Development Plan of the Posavje Region, great support of regional and national tourist industry and need for new, practice-and-knowledge oriented tourism studies in Slovenia.
The Faculty is located in the Posavje region, in the town of Brežice near the Croatian border. In the light of development of tourism in broader local environment, the Faculty of Tourism is one of the key development partners in the region. Tourism as one of the fastest–growing economic sectors can create many jobs and this fact attracts interest of students, future tourist workers, who recognize it as their future occupation. The Faculty of Tourism welcomed its first generation of students in academic year 2012/2013 and the first graduates successfully defended their theses in 2015.
Faculty of Tourism offers three study programmes: professional, academic and masters study programme Tourism. Modern and quality education programmes are carried out by internationally recognised experts and lecturers with many years of experience in tourism. All study programmes put a strong emphasis on internship, a peculiarity of the Faculty of Tourism. In this way, all students of all programmes can try out and broaden their knowledge in the field of tourism by working in some of the largest tourist companies in Slovenia and abroad, as well as in various tourist, public and student organizations.
Beside the study process itself, we pay close attention to research and co-creation in tourism. Within the framework of Tourism Institute activities, we put special emphasis on experimental research in tourism, which is led by International Center for Experimental Research in Tourism (ICERT).
Libertas International University is a modern international higher education institution based in Zagreb, Croatia, and carrying out its programmes programs in several other Croatian cities (Dubrovnik, Kutina, Poreč). It consists of four faculties (International Relations and Diplomacy, International Business and Economics, Film and Performing Arts, Health Sciences) and a Business School offering various study programmes. It is a unique private university in Croatia offering programmes at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels of higher education. In addition to Croatian students, Libertas University has educated students from 29 countries worldwide, and considered applications from even more. Additionally, Libertas maintains two important centres, one for international cooperation and student/staff exchange, and one for science and research.
Due to its commitment and an outstanding staff selection, and by adopting the most up-to-date forms and methods of teaching, the university educates professionals who are ready to take the leading roles in diplomacy, business, tourism and hotel management, film and theatre, health, sports management, business security, and academia.
Faculty of Sport and Tourism was founded in 2004 in Novi Sad as an independent educational institution. Today it is part of the Educons University. In order to be a place of encounter and exchange of ideas in the field of sport and tourism, the concept of the Faculty of Sport and Tourism is based on scientific research in these fields. In the field of tourism, scientific research is focused on wellness and spa tourism, activities of the elderly, local and regional development from the perspective of quality of life and contemporary management of information systems.
Seeing as the Faculty has been a hub for various types of research the results of which could be of aid to the industry, but also of interest to the wider circles of colleagues and professional public, an idea of creating an event that would gather all those interested in similar topics was born. At the scientific conference, project and research results were presented, as well as research ideas converged around the central theme of the event. This idea was quickly recognised by the partner institutions, Faculty of Tourism in Brežice and Libertas University from Zagreb, who offered partnership and expressed the desire to host the events in the future, which resulted in the conference rotating hosts on an annual basis: Novi Sad, Brežice and Zagreb.
Conference Tourism and Development is organized by three partners, Faculty of Tourism of the University of Maribor, Faculty of Sport and Tourism of the Educons University and Libertas Business School.
This year, the conference is hosted by the Faculty of Tourism of the University of Maribor!
29th November - 1st -December 2017, Brežice, Slovenia