"My name is Jeff Blackard and I am the president and CEO of Blackard Global. We are development real estate company but we build villages. In past 20 years I have a passion about Croatia. I’ve build a small village to honour a Croatian people “ADRIATICA”."
They asked me very specifically what I think the future of coastline is and about health tourism and the issue is a little bit bigger than that. Obviously, Croatia needs to create a longer season and they are a lot of way of doing that. Building the new hotels is not enough. In my mind I can see new little villages on the coastline... I’ve always been promoting that we have to figure out the way to build a world class golf course on the coastline and in conjunction with that… we need that to start hitting the coast all year around I can see a series of villages all the way, up and down the Adriatic coast, close to airports… I can see the whole coastline having the medical treatment and world class hospitals as part of it, but a part of a whole entire village – may have a two or three thousand people living in the village, whether timeshare, villas or people who actually live there – but they have to integrate with other villages along the coastline. Just like the location near Sibenik I visited recently. That would extend the season on 11 or 12 months. That’s Croatia s desire. That’s my desire too. I have been looking for 15 years to develop the project here. Thank you for having me over video link at the conference, and sorry I couldn’t make it this year, but I look forward to the next year edition and to be at the AHT Invest Forum 2018 personally!