Hotel Erks Premantura, Croatia

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Country/Locality

Istria County, Croatia

The name of the Organisation/Company/Project

Hostel Erks Premantura (Tiflotehna d.o.o.)
Croatian Blind Union
Runke 17, 52100, Premantura
https://www.savez-slijepih.hr/hr/kategorija/premantura-15/
premantura@savez-slijepih.hr

Main activity and purpose
The Croatian Blind Association uses the services
of Hostel Erks Premantura complex to make activities of
the education and rehabilitation for its members in order
to achieve the best results in terms of more accessible tourism.

Who are the target/concerned groups?
The host object along with the environment is adapted to the independent
use of blind people and people with a different type of disability.

What are the values and goals regarding accessible tourism?
(Are these expressed?)

This project shows how people with eyesight problems can enjoy
tourism the same way as everyone else. The project is of great
importance to it because in this way they do not feel excluded
from society. Project also includes rehabilitations and education
related to the problems of these people, and promotes awareness of
the importance of the development of custom accommodation and inclusive tourism.

Relevance (what is the accessible tourism challenge and social problem being solved?)
The development of inclusive tourism in Croatia is still in
the beginning and there is not much talk about it. Croatia,
the country that most of its income is currently trying to achieve
from tourism (still concentrated on the coast), has to think about the
accessibility of its tourist destinations and staff to inclusive tourism.
Blind people and people with disabilities certainly are part of vulnerable groups
for which the conditions of vacation need to be fixed, and here we start from the
accommodation itself to feel good enough.Availability and use of facilities in
almost all hotels, hostels or any other type of accommodation was limited to such persons.

Feasibility (how this model solves the challenge – does it work? )
The complete ground floor area is marked by tactile trails with lines
that are yellow and visible and dimpled, as well as on floating glass
rocks and wall paths leads
There are two types of runways in the building: the floor of the track is expressed by
the protuberances that can be felt during the walk and the intense yellow color, and on
the lateral sides in the middle of the walls there are also strips of guideline of width
of thirty centimeters that allow the blind people to move independently and blue are that they are visible and obscure.
Numbers on the door of each room are enrolled in the enlarged black print as on Braille’s letter.
The hostel has one adapted room for disabled people so that the entire ground floor is accessible
to people in the trolley because the ramps and the lowered floors are made.

Sustainability ((How long does it exist and what
are the long term benefits,what changes has been reached)

The object and land was purchased in 2000 and until it was in function of the Slovenian holiday resort.
In 2003, the Croatian Blind Union, in collaboration with the project company APZ from Zagreb (who carried out the work),
started to reconstruct and adapt the hostel and camp for the use of blind people.
Until 2004, the expanded facility was further expanded to new premises and since then it has functioned in its present form.
In 2014, the Alliance has fully leased the facility to Tiflotehna d.o.o and is now using it as part of its tourism business.
Since the space is fully adapted to the use of blind people and the capacity is extended,
the hostel can accommodate a larger number of people there who can spend their vacation without
thinking about the obstacles they encounter on unsuitable tourist destinations.
Does the organisation claim to be practising any form of Social Innovation?

The hostel, exterior and beach complex Erks Premantura is the first accommodation complex of
this type in Croatia. It is therefore project of great importance for blind people and all those
who need an inclusive form of tourism. In addition to the target group, the benefit of this project
also has a local community that will now attract an additional number of tourists who have not been
able or willing to visit their destination so far.

What can we learn from this practice for Peer-AcT?
Hostel Erks can serve as an example to other owners of accommodation facilities in Croatia.
They realized that blind people should be allowed equal conditions as well as all other tourists.
They have educated their staff about how to treat this group of people and how to make them to enjoy their vacation.
To us, this can be an example of how to utilize the tourist capacities in Slavonia and Baranja through inclusive
tourism and perhaps to become recognizable by that.