Hotel Slavonija in Vinkovci, after renovation, is categorized with three stars, and new investments of millions are announced
Hotel Slavonija in Vinkovci, after renovation, is categorized with three stars, and the construction of a new hotel of a higher category, congress center and wellness center has been announced.The cult city place, the symbol of the city and the first association for a hotel in Vinkovci is certainly Hotel Slavonija, which, just after many years of renovation, received a three-star categorization.By the way, Hotel Slavonija is an archeological site of the Orion calendar, the oldest European calendar, which prof. Alexander Durman found it in archeological excavations in 1978 during the construction of the hotel. The glorious and status place of all the city’s business-diplomatic and social events after the war, with a lack of maintenance, experienced a downward trajectory of business. The Vinkovci-based company GEM doo, which also owns the Gem Hotel under the management of Ivan Cvitković (the first private hotel in Vukovar-Srijem County), bought the abandoned Slavonija Hotel in 2011, at a stage when it had lost its hotel category.Admittedly, the hotel is decorated according to higher standards, but due to the impossibility of expanding the rooms, ie the element of the room area, three stars is the maximum categorization. “The furnishing of the hotel is guided by the policy of the best quality, so the hotel in a large number of segments offers a higher standard than the three-star category, and Slavonian buffet breakfast with food from local families is rated the best in Croatia by guests.” points out the director of the hotel, Kristina Dukanović.Hotel Slavonija consists of a hotel building and a hotel annex, while the hotel capacity is 89 rooms, and the hotel annex has 19 multi-bed rooms – the total hotel capacity is 240 beds. The congress center was renovated and expanded, consisting of 5 halls with accompanying facilities: hall 240 seats, hall 100 seats, hall 70 seats, hall 40 seats, party hall, congress reception, offices for organizers, space for exhibitors and sponsors; ceremonial hall for weddings and banquets 250 seats, restaurant and lounge bar, souvenir shop. “The renovation of the Slavonija Hotel itself has so far cost around HRK 16.000.000,00, it was financed with its own funds without a loan, and local suppliers and contractors were selected for the renovation, and the highest quality Croatian products and materials were used for everything possible. ” Dukanovic pointed out.In the period 2011-2017. the hotel was strategically and thoroughly renovated from the basement to the roof, electrical installations, plumbing were replaced, a new air conditioning system was installed, various formwork was removed from the walls, new carpentry was installed, bathrooms were generally renovated with new installations, tiles and toilets, rooms furnished with new beds and wellness with medical anti-allergy mattresses, LCD TV 81 cm, minibars, renovated stairs, reception, halls, cloakrooms, guest toilets, kitchen, warehouses, congress hall, restaurant and other accompanying facilities.How nice to hear that local suppliers have been selected to renovate the hotel, as well as most of the domestic hotel decorating equipment, from mattresses to furniture. We need such investors, investors who respect the domestic economy.New investment announced – new 4 * hotel, wellness center and congress hall to be built / Main focus on congress tourismBut this is not the end of the successful Slavonian and continental tourist story. On the contrary, after the complete renovation of the Hotel Slavonia, the company Gem doo announces new investments – the construction of a new 4 * hotel and a congress hall. “We are currently in the process of developing a conceptual solution for upgrading the new block of hotels Slavonija, which will contain 4.200-2 new rooms of category 30 * on approximately 40 m4, a new congress center with a capacity of approximately 400 seats with the most modern congress infrastructure in the region. center”Dukanovic points out.Target group i core business business of hotel Slavonija is MICE tourism. In 2017, a number of successful congresses, conferences and seminars were held at the Hotel Slavonija. And as people and services are most important in tourism, so for the success of the hotel, a professional hotel team has been educated and formed that can respond to the challenges of MICE tourism. “We are proud of the excellent teams of our hotels and the fact that the best workers choose us as an employer. We will continuously invest in education and create stimulating working and professional development conditions. He says hotel director Kristina Dukanović, who is also the holder of the CCMEP certificate (Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional) at HUPKT (Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals).In addition, the plan is to arrange another hotel Gem, which is located at the exit from Vinkovci to Vukovar, and functions as a business hotel and supplemented by sports and recreational facilities: two clay tennis courts, indoor tennis hall, fitness room, steam bath, gym for meetings, a table tennis and darts room, and plans to expand the capacity of the Gem Hotel are also active. “We want to turn Vinkovci into a regional leader of MICE tourism with a Slavonian signature, nationally position it as an attractive MICE destination, work with quality, autochthonous and recognizable 365 days a year. We find a competitive advantage in the amount of existing accommodation capacity and transport connections. With the synergy of the capacity of hotels Slavonija and Gem, we offer accommodation for 350 people, along with other hotels in the city with a short distance from each other, we can already offer the market quality accommodation for more than 600 people”Dukanovic emphasizes.Of course, the hotel is not a motive for arrival but a quality, diverse and authentic content of the tourist destination, and all these and other investments in tourist infrastructure should be accompanied by the destination, ie those in charge of developing the tourist destination. “We expect strong support for tourist investments in Slavonia by the Ministry of Tourism, CNTB, Vukovar-Srijem County, City of Vinkovci, Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, Vinkovci City Tourist Board and county and city development agencies. We expect that the Tourist Board of the City of Vinkovci, with the support of the Tourist Board of the County, will be transformed into a real destination management company and position Vinkovci on the national and foreign tourist market. There are local investors, but support to entrepreneurs in Slavonia is declarative, insufficient and not stimulating. ” concludes Dukanović.