European Small Islands Federation

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The Wizards of Iž


Iž  [pronounced îːʒ] is a limestone and dolomite island in Croatia with an area of 18 sq km and 615 residents. It is situated an hour’s ship ride from Zadar. Summertime, the island is very popular amongst foreign tourists, largely due to its clear waters and beautiful beaches. It is a ”two-word island”, well known among crossword puzzlers.

Wanting to extend their tourist season and to fund the renovating of the local school, the inhabitats of Iž arranged the first ski race ever on a Dalmatian island. They brought trucks with 60 tons of snow on the ferry to the island. On December 23, the ”Iž Snow Queen Trophy” brought more than a thousand visitors to the island.

The 70 skiers came from Zadar, Split, Zagreb, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Austria and even a five-member ski team from Sweden. The winner was a young man from Zadar.

The real winners are the kids of Iz since the proceeds will be used to renovate the local school, with all event costs being covered by sponsors and the Zadar Tourist Board.

Merry Christmas!


Opportunity for young islanders who want to study tourism


The Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE) offers an interesting opportunity for young people of the European Islands.

It is a higher training course in Economics Hospitality Management, Food & Beverage organized by the University of Palermo in partnership with Italian and European leading companies of the hospitality industry. Courses to be held in Palermo from April to December 2016 are based on hands-on learning with:

  • 700 hours of internship
  • 400 hours of independent study for project works
  • 360 hours of lessons by academics and experts
  • 40 hours of special-topic seminars by professionals from United States and Europe.

The Leading companies offer 30 Stage with reimbursement of expenses for the most deserving students and 11 scholarships covering the total cost of the course.

This initiative represents a great opportunity for young people of your islands and for the development of tourism on your island.