SARS-COVID-19, which has been harassing for more than a year, has changed a lot, that is, it will continue to change mutations. Naturists have also started to change and, obviously from the protests, they are moving more and more naked at home, but also at various public events. In Italy, for example, several museums are open to naturists only. In France, a small naturist village was opened for the first time, where all the inhabitants live and enjoy themselves naked in good weather.And even in Serbia, where this movement has been spreading and being widely accepted lately. For the first time in Belgrade, a group of the bravest naturists took part in the first naturist bicycle ride. I don‘t know what such a performance would look like if a hundred naked pairs of cyclists were profiled in Zagreb on Ban Jelačić Square, organized by the Croatian Cycling Association.And this year they were supposed to organize the EuNat Congress of European Naturists, but it was cancelled due to Covid and postponed to February 2022.Precisely such gatherings of young naturists would be very important for spreading naturism and nurturing new naturists as guests in our naturist camps, which are unfortunately becoming less and less.While naturist centres in our country are fading away despite the currently relatively better demand than textile camps, the movement in Serbia is awakening and gaining the favour of local tourism organizations and support for the implementation of local projects and the creation of naturist resorts and clubs. And we are working intensively to close.In Serbia, the so-called „wild beaches“ are widely vi-sited, most of which are in Belgrade (Ada Ciganlija), Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Uvac, but also in other places in Serbia.What do we want to say? We in Istria have been and remain the cradle of European naturist resorts. Today in Croatia there are only a dozen naturist camps and 90% of traffic takes place in Istria. Istria is an oasis for visitors from Bavaria, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and even the Netherlands, because if we look realistically, none of these countries has so many naturist accom-modation facilities by the sea and so close.But the story from Serbia is irresistibly reminiscent of our beginnings in the 60s of the last century in Vr–sar, the entrepreneurial spirit in building, promoting and fighting in the market for the improvement and recognition of this selective segment of the tourist offer. It also reminds us of the fact that we organized four World Naturist Congresses in Istria (Koversada 1972, Monsena 1988, Valalta 2004 and Koversada 2012). We have invested enormous capital in tangible a and intangible goods, and we lightly give up that rich heritage.The charisma and entrepreneurial spirit of leadership in this segment is slowly but surely disappearing and dispersing in our close destinations in the environ-ment, which is a problem of strategic development of tourism and tourism policy of Istria and Croatia.And naturism is on the rise. The fact is that naturist associations from Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the United States, among others, have recorded an increase in membership in last year – by as much as 31%. And naturist centres and naturists have been and will be an exception, because, with a kind of paradox of the freedom of the body in harmony with nature, they have created their aura of how it can always do better in times of crisis.
Do we easily give up the naturist offer in Istria?
By Rosita Dal Soglio|2021-07-22T09:42:16+02:00July 22nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|
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