The Dubrovnik Neretva County, the southernmost Croatian County, is located on a very important geo-strategic location in South East Europe. Mainly a hospitality and tourism oriented region, it also has significant agricultural potentials in the area of the Neretva River Valley, very important cargo port Ploče (gateway of the future Pan-European corridor Vc), international airport Dubrovnik, leading Mediterranean sea port of Dubrovnik, developed mariculture sector, and active production of high quality wines on the Pelješac peninsula.
Dubrovnik's breathtaking medieval old town and spectacular southern Adriatic coastline throughout the County has developed Dubrovnik and the County into an elite European and World tourism destination. While preserving the beautiful coastline and nature, the tourism sector is definitely a strategic industry for the County and is continually developing, including upgrading of resort & hotel capacities, promoting health and recreational tourism, increasing synergy between agricultural and tourism development, etc.
The County continually supports all state infrastructure projects (e.g. transportation, utilities) with the intention of significantly increasing the quality of life of its citizens and to integrate Croatia's dislocated southern County, but also to increase the business opportunities for potential investors, domestic and international. The cost of realization of badly needed infrastructure projects has always been an expensive venture and, hence, a slowly developing process. This has also hindered the potential of economic development. However, Croatia has become a European Union (EU) member in 2013 and this opens the door for the Dubrovnik County to qualify for EU Structural Funds, which will support the development of numerous infrastructure projects. Projects such as Peljesac Bridge, which will connect southern and northern Croatia and also improve the transportation connectivity of the peninsula of Peljesac and the island of Korcula, agricultural projects that will increase the productivity of the rich Neretva River Valley, and projects in renewable energy sector that will provide more stable energy supply and energy independence of the region using green energy solutions. The EU's support of Dubrovnik is not only supporting Croatia, as a small future EU member; the EU is also specifically interested in Dubrovnik, because of the fact that numerous tourists from EU members (e.g. UK, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, etc.) visit year around and the Dubrovnik County will become the southern-most border between the EU and non-EU states, which requires additional EU diplomatic and security initiatives and infrastructure in the region.
Therefore, investing in the Dubrovnik Neretva County absolutely has its advantages, either presently or in the near future. The continual development of elite tourism is an area that will always be competitive and of interest to investors. This elite tourism is in the process of developing the potential for the development of marinas throughout the County.
Agricultural development projects, especially in the rich Neretva Valley, are complimentary to tourism. Along with the wide variety of fruits produced within the Neretva River Valley Delta, including watermelons, citrus fruits, various vegetables, vineyards, etc., the agricultural sector in the County has a varied and rich tradition, such as the production of wines from Peljesac and the shellfish (e.g. oysters, clams, mussels, etc.) production in the area of Mali Ston.
EU funding in the coming years will definitely and significantly improve the infrastructure development of the County; in turn, this will significantly increase the competitiveness and potential for supporting investments in other business sectors. As Dubrovnik is a widely attractive location for Mediterranean Cruise Ship lines and given that the infrastructure is widely developed, Dubrovnik is also a prime location to develop into a cruise ship home port location. Due to Dubrovnik's extreme attractiveness and high quality of life, there is also high potential for the development of medical tourism and the even the creation of a "Silicon Valley"-type center that would gather the world's greatest scientific minds, institutions and corporations.
The Dubrovnik Neretva County is a relatively small county and, hence, administrative resources are limited. However, the highly educated populace and experience with international clients adds to the County's attractiveness. There are numerous friends of Dubrovnik who are able to supplement the County's limitations and provide potential investors with the required consultations and expertise to realize any mutually beneficial investment project. Together we will realize these projects on-time, on-budget, profitably and to everyone's mutual benefit.