Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lovely Porec, Croatia and the Valamar Group

Our first view of the marina.  Kathy says "This is my happy place!"

Our big bus was too big for the streets surrounding our hotel.  Even regular cars need a permit.  So folks from the hotel kindly loaded our big luggage into a hotel van, and we enjoyed a short walk through a boardwalk-ish area to our hotel.  

The front entrance of the Valamar Riviera, facing the Adriatic Sea.

The view from the front entrance.  Very few cars, pedestrian friendly.
We enjoyed an excellent dinner, wine and traditional music arranged by Prof Yasha and his local colleagues, including his son, Marco!

Prof Yasha and his son!

The next morning we had a presentation from the Valamar Group. Learning a bit about their IT structure was interesting.  I don't travel very often (unfortunately!) so Kozeta had to show me how to use our smart room key to make the room "live".  This is a definite cost savings for the hotel group, since you need to key into the room to run the air conditioning, something that surprised those of us used to refrigerated hotel rooms in the US! 

I personally enjoyed hearing from Ivana Budin Arhanic, VP of Business Development and Corporate Affairs.  In all of our site visits, she is the only high level female executive we met.  Her explanation of Valamar's corporate strategy helped us understand why the group owns several different types of resort, and how they bring a newly acquired property up to their standards before branding it as a part of the Valamar family.  

In all, we enjoyed our time on the coast.

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