What is your background and how did you become one of your new Activity Mangers?
I am coming from a small place on an island in Croatia, Cres. It is a tourist destination, a bit of a hidden gem in Adriatic Sea. Considering where I’m coming from I have been exposed to hospitality from very early age.
I have graduated from a college for hospitality & hotel management in Opatija from which I acquired three other college degrees, Tourist guide on English, German, Italian & Croatian, Tourist animator for same languages as well a Tourist agency manager. Since I turned 18 I have worked in all of the above but most as a guide & tourist animator. Being athletic, people person & outdoor type of person combined with entertainment skills I acquired through my years of employment in animation, job description of activity manager seamed that it sums up all of my skills in one title, Activity manager.
When the opportunity for being an AM was given to me I took it both hands & ever since I’m doing my best to justify the trust & the time invested in me by my colleagues & corporates to achieve the ultimate guest’s satisfaction expected by the position that has been created for them.
What do I enjoy most about the job?
The most fulfilling part of the job is to interact with my guests & taking them to the places that otherwise they wouldn’t go. The most rewarding part is the enthusiasm that I manage to wake up in them for a certain activity, like yoga for example, that involves the feedback that I receive from them when they come back home informing me that they have continued with the exercises in a local studio or a gym.
What does your typical day involve?
The perfect day starts with yoga in the morning, followed by an orientation walk of a certain place like Chalon sur Saone for example all before lunch. After lunch a tournament in soft petanque, being in France its perfect activity to bring the France to our guests even closer, after that a tea time trivia & In the evening an interactive game show with the guests.
What can guests expect from the new EmeraldActive program?
The guest will have so much more activities to choose from & not only organized tours by our guides. If they choose to stay on board they will not be bored, if they choose to sun bade on the sundeck & enjoy a relaxing afternoon they can do so if not there is a variety of activities provided by us to make their morning or afternoon much more memorable. Hikes, bike rides, sport activities or trivia, there is a “cup of tea” for everybody.
What is your favourite destination and why?
Being from a small town myself I’m partial to smaller places on our river stretch. That is why Viviers is my favourite; it has a perfect balance of history & outdoors, just 10 minutes away from our docking position you can already hike up the hill, through calming nature, for a beautiful view on a Viviers it self & the surrounding valley.