Cavtat is hosting the jury for International Gold Flower, Lorna Mcilroy from Canada and Andrea Bocsi from Hungary on a field tour of this year’s competition ‘Golden Flower’. Cavtat is the only Croatian representative this year, and as such has passed the first qualifying round, becoming one of the international finalists of this competition. The International Golden Flower is organized by the ‘Communities in Bloom’ organization, based in Canada, in co-operation with national associations.
‘On my very first visit to this part of Croatia, I’m just impressed by the passion of the people. Whatever they do, the do it with passion. Tourists are treated with heart. They are passioned about their food, history, heritage, enviroment. I’m just struck by the passion and I see it in local goverment… I see it all over and it really does impress me‘, Lorna Mcilroy said during the visit, while Andrea Bocsi added: ‘This is not my first visit to Cavtat as I was here 15 years ago. At that time I was tourist. Returning after 15 years, I can realize that a lot of things have changed in the community. Cavtat is not only sun, sea and sand. It offers wonderful possibilities for tourists. I’m sure that local goverment does a lot to realize it. It is great to be a kid here in Cavtat because it offers a lot’.
The goal of the program itself is to encourage local authorities and citizens to improve the quality of life in their area by preserving the environment, thereby contributing to raising public awareness and education about the importance of environmental protection, which all contributes to maintaining and improving the quality of the environment, quality of life and landscape and protecting the living ambience, all in the function of sustainable development. Therefore, the rating criteria are quite wide, and include: environmental care, natural and cultural heritage, water supply and drainage, health care, care for the young, the elderly and the needy, horticultural arrangements.