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The Team

The small yet multi-faceted team of Proper Croatia covers the field of tourist services extremely well. As a rare company that employs two US citizens, Proper Croatia stands out by a broader outlook at Croatia’s potential as a travel destination.

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IVAN VERUNICA

Managing Director

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Ivan Verunica has run Proper Croatia since his return to Croatia in 2010. Previously, he had traveled and lived in most of Western Europe, USA and South America. He strongly believes that Croatia’s potential as a destination surpasses the amazing coastline and the Mediterranean climate and strives to create or bring more quality programming and projects that would give Croatia an added value in terms of cross-cultural cooperation.

Ivan counts himself extremely lucky inasmuch that he managed to develop his biggest passions – travel, culture and sports – into a sustainable business that he conducts with a keen team of family and friends.

Ivan holds two BA’s from the University of Ljubljana and a Master’s degree from the University of Glasgow. He speaks English, Croatian, Slovenian, Italian and Spanish.

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ELIZABETH HUGHES KOMLJEN

Destination Development

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As a child from a large Connecticut family, Elizabeth has always felt comfortable in a confusing conglomeration of conflicting circumstances. This undoubtedly is what led her to retire her US army boots for humanitarian sneakers and take up a life immersed in Yugoslavian culture before joining the Proper Croatia team in 2013.

Elizabeth is content to root her family in Croatia because she believes she may never tire of exploring the nearby mountains and islands, and sitting in nearby cafes, watching the sun rise and set from what she thinks is the best view in the world. As an American with a singularly intrinsic understanding of Croatia with all its potentials and drawbacks, Elizabeth is devoted to uncovering a more complete Croatia – one beyond the sheer tourist hotspots – to visitors from around the world.

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FILIP LULIĆ

International Operations

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Filip joined the Proper Croatia team in early 2014 and fit in with flying colors. Open-minded and an excellent listener, Filip brings both the local knowledge of a born-and-bred Rijekan, as well as the active side to ProperCroatia. Between basketball, cycling, running and swimming, Filip is hard to catch up with, but he still finds the time to share his knowledge of Croatian culture and society with travelers from around the world.

Although a lawyer by education, Filip has found it more pleasant to create and share travel experiences with new people, a decision he has never regretted. He speaks Croatian, English and German and he is one of the safest drivers to be found on Croatian roads.

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ZLATKO VERUNICA

Founder

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Zlatko Verunica founded DIMP tours, later to become ProperCroatia, in 1994, when precious few associated Croatia to tourism. His vision and perseverance paid off as he led the company to first become a sturdy local provider or transfers and then further developed it into a specialized Destination Management Company with the help of his family.

Ever-active, Zlatko has taught at Rijeka University’s Faculty for Tourism and Hospitality since 1987, building on a career of coaching basketball in his native Sarajevo. A congenial conversationalist, he still enjoys giving rides to people from all over the world while sharing his deeply-rooted local knowledge and a passion for music. Zlatko speaks Croatian and English. He has been happily married for over 35 years, with two children and two grandchildren to show for.

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SIERRA CHRISTIANSON

Travel Design

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With an astute eye for detail and fresh taste, Sierra can plan, design or create with exceptional precision. Part of her studies at New York University focused on event management and the tourism industry. The rest of the classes were either art and design oriented or had vague names loosely connected to anthropology and social development, all of which remain her passion to date.

With over seventy countries under her belt, she knows what it means to travel and in a myriad of styles. What is more, living as an expat in Croatia for nearly five years, and increasing the number of American-Croatian citizens by two along the way, she’s got a pretty good insight into what’s actually worth the mention and how to get a genuinely local experience.

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A little history on DIMP tours – Proper Croatia…

When Zlatko Verunica started the company in 1994, he knew little about the way it would develop, if it was going to develop at all. Throughout the 90’s, DIMP tours – Proper Croatia- was predominately a transfer company specializing in helping people at Point A get to the much desired Point B. At that time, Croatia was just coming out of a difficult civil war era and just opening up to foreign visitors. Back then everyone was trying to tap into the easy tourist euros, dollars and yens, which made it difficult to find reliable partners.

Over the past decade, Proper Croatia has tried and tested numerous partners (promiscuous, we know) before finally settling on a few solid relationships that really worked and were with partners that knew what they were doing and how to do it – which, incidentally, is why we do what we do. Because we enjoy it. When Zlatko’s son Ivan married Sierra from Seattle, the couple decided to move to Opatija (visit it and you’ll understand why) and expand the business. Proper Croatia and sister company INcroatia now do gastro tours, signature tours, study abroad trips, sports tourism, excursions, conferences, camps, student trips, active holidays and many, many transfers. The reason why we still enjoy it is that we never offer the same old programs; we listen to what you would like to enjoy in Croatia and we enjoy making that possible. You provide your personality, we provide the local knowledge and logistics. That is also why we offer no stock prices and quotes. Every new trip is a new challenge for us, too. Fun, right? We look forward to welcoming you to Croatia!

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DIMP tours d.o.o.  ⋅ Antona Mihića 15 ⋅ HR – Opatija 51410 Croatia

Telephone +385 98 505 481/+385 98 215 968 ⋅ Fax +385 51 712 617 ⋅ [email protected]

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