Eight international eco-tourism experts spent the past five days touring the Kornati National Park in a whole new context – instead of the classic tourism we are used to, they got to know the nature, culture and tradition of this protected area.Talks with representatives of the local community, introduction to beekeeping and olive growing, picking sage and its processing are just some of the activities that are part of the new tourist package “Sailing Adventure on the Kornati”, which experts in the role of tourists came to try and evaluate. Issi Torres, a Spanish eco-tourism consultant who has been working for several national parks in Panama for years, aligning their offer with the wishes of the local community, liked the part of the package that includes socializing with Kurnatari – property owners. “It was nice to see how the small Skračić family is involved in the process of sage production, and in addition to trying to pick sage, we also spent a nice evening with homemade food prepared for us, ” Issa comments, adding that there is room for improvement in the package. “We need clear information from the outset of what will be required of us in order to be prepared in advance of what is expected of us.”, concludes Torres.Her companion Martine Bakker, a professor of tourism development from the Netherlands who works as a global tourism expert, also points out the olive harvest with her beautiful experience. “So far I have not encountered any activities like picking olives or sage and this is definitely something that makes this offer special. Talking to people who make a living from it helps us understand the tradition of this beautiful place, but there are certainly places to improve the offer itself.“, Concludes Bakker, explaining that the whole package lacks a tour guide who would be with the skipper with them all the time.Experts visiting Murter / Photo: Jelena CuricThe experts spent the first day of their trip in Murter exploring the island by bicycle. Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum, Murter Native Collection, Colentum Archaeological Site and the Church of St. Roca were their destinations. On that day, the DestiMED project was presented to them, within which this tourist package was developed, implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria, and financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).After setting out to sea, for three days the experts got acquainted with the tradition of beekeeping and olive growing. Those braver who did not mind the south tried diving, and all agreed that they enjoyed the sea, fish and the beautiful ambience of the bays Vrulje and Kravljačica. “The recommendations we will receive based on the feedback will help us to make the new offer of our park even better and to encourage other stakeholders to get involved but also to launch their own initiatives. We will have a new test in the spring, after which this package, which JU NP Kornati realizes with the help of the travel agency Tureta Tours, should be ready for the market”, Points out Martina Markov from JU NP Kornati. The second group of experts will arrive on the Kornati in the spring, and they will be greeted by a “refreshed” tour “Adventure of sailing on the Kornati”. How it will look will largely depend on comments sent later this week by experts leaving the park area today.The test in the Kornati National Park, after the one held in September in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, is the second and last pilot test to be held in Croatia this autumn. In the Mediterranean area, a total of seven pilot tests are taking place this fall in protected areas in six Mediterranean countries covered by the DestiMED project.