The conference “Croatian Tourist Congress 2017” was held in Zadar, at which, among other things, the Večernjak Tourist Patrol and Večernjak Stars Award was given for the best restaurants and the best tourist destination in continental and the best tourist destination in Adriatic Croatia. Thus, Varaždin and Zadar were declared champions of our Croatian tourism, and the best restaurants were the tavern Dalmacija from Trogir, the tavern Kalelarga from Makarska, the restaurant Korana-Srakovčić from Karlovac and the restaurant Waldinger from Osijek.On that occasion, Minister Cappelli reminded of the importance of the diversity of the offer and the development of new services and how important it is that they are based on quality and be the result of the wishes and needs of visitors and the local population. “I am especially pleased with the awarding of the prestigious awards of the Večernjak Patrol and Večernjak Stars, which promote tourist destinations on the Adriatic and the continent and emphasize the importance of the catering offer. I am glad that the destinations of continental Croatia are included in the selection this year. Congratulations once again to all the winners, I thank them for their persistent and dedicated work and their contribution to this successful Croatian tourist story. They are an excellent example and encouragement to all of us and proof that only persistent and dedicated work can reach the goal.” pointed out Minister Cappelli at the awards ceremony.A panel discussion was held as part of the conference “Tourism of the future – are we ready for sustainable development?” dedicated to the tourism industry and related activities. Among other things, the participants expressed their views on aligning capacity growth and tourism with sustainable development at the local level and on the contribution of the ICT sector to the goals of the Tourism Development Strategy, such as increasing investment and tourism spending.Minister Cappelli pointed out that each city or county, if they want to develop tourism in their area and be sustainable and long-term competitive, must have their own development strategy, which will focus on sustainable development, but also modern technologies that allow even greater orientation to each visitors individually and discover his habits and desires. “Citizens, cities, city councils must decide what kind of tourism they want, and the state is here to help them raise quality, preserve nature, co-finance projects, tourist safety and the like.”; concluded Minister Cappelli, adding that tourism today is changing and driving the world. In addition to Minister Cappelli, the Round Table was also attended by the President of the Supervisory Board of Sunce Concern dd Jako Andabak, the President of the Management Board of Atlas Tomislav Varga and a research associate at the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić.We are approaching the historical results of 100 million overnight stays, said Minister Cappelli, adding that in the coming period the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board will work even harder on the development of year-round tourism, position Croatia as an air destination and strengthen tourism on the continent according to sustainable development.