Rebuilding a country largely destroyed by war is not an easy task. Yet that is precisely the challenge that Jany Hansal has taken on. Having started out determined to revive traditional crafts using the talents of Croatian women, she later turned to tourism to help revitalize the economy and begin the country’s slow reconstruction. Faced with numerous buildings in ruins, she encouraged villagers to use what was left rather than simply razing the damaged structures, and to share their culture and past with visitors from around the world.
Croatia is blessed with beautiful scenery, including its long coastline on the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. Both near the water and far inland, many people have decided to open their homes to tourists. In addition to providing supplemental income, tourism allows Croats to share their traditions and open their country to the world by promoting an experience anchored in human relationships and cultural exchanges.