Visitor Flow surveys at its highest peak of activity at Nature Park Medvednica, Croatia
As part of the CEETO Pilot Action, Nature Park Medvednica started to monitor visitor flows inside the Park in order to tackle the existing problematic derived from high visitor affluence during the ski season. The surveys are still undergoing in a moment in which the ski season is at its highest peak of tourism affluence.
Nature Park Medvednica is located in proximity of city of Zagreb. Besides abundant biodiversity of flora and fauna and cultural heritage sites, Park is favourite among citizens of Zagreb for its recreational and health benefits. Park has many hiking and cycling paths and is ideal for skiing in winter season. The high number of visitors, which exceeds one million per year, originates many challenges for the Park managers especially related to the management of traffic flows.
Nature Park Medvednica is one of the 8 Pilot Areas within CEETO project where new models of tourism management will be tested. To be precise, the Ski resort Sljeme has been chosen as the specific area within the Park where the CEETO Pilot Action will be implement, which targets to assess the impact of the ski activity on nature. Furthermore, it will try to resolve the existing traffic problems that are especially evident throughout skiing season, especially on weekends.
After gathering relevant stakeholders and discussing the traffic problem, the Park management authorities have decided to improve the situation by installing car counters and cameras in order to conduct surveys involving all the stakeholders relevant to the traffic management. At the moment, the survey activity is being very intense since the skiing season is at its highest peak of affluence, and visitors are very forthcoming. The results of the visitor flow surveys are not yet available, but a great expectation is growing around this topic inside the Park.
Want to know more about Nature Park Medvednica? Find more information and watch the video presentation below portraying the Park foremost touristic values and its main challenges concerning tourism management.