On Saturday, September 30, the public institution Aquatika welcomed the hundred thousandth visitor in its wonderful water world and thus confirmed the status of a unique tourist attraction of Karlovac County, and the jubilee visitor arrived less than a year after opening, which is certainly a great success.”In less than a year since its opening, Aquatika has been awarded numerous recognitions that have confirmed our efforts to present the riches and beauties of the Croatian aquatic world to as many people as possible. But we are most pleased with the smile on the faces of visitors, especially the youngest ones, whose satisfaction is our most important recognition. Therefore, the arrival of one hundred thousand visitors is an additional motivation to work so that we can continue to develop this project of vital importance in terms of tourism, culture and education for the City of Karlovac, Karlovac County and Croatia.”, Said the director of Aquatika Margarita Maruškić Kulaš.Getting to know the rich world of river flora and fauna is the most interesting for the youngest visitors, so it is not surprising that the hundred thousandth visitor is 10-year-old Petra from Zagreb, who will surely remember Saturday’s visit to Karlovac’s Aquatica. “This project shows that it is affected in its essence because Karlovac is an ideal city for a freshwater aquarium. The success of this project, after only a year, shows that the employees of Aquatika, led by the director, are doing a top job. This is an indicator to all of us in the City of Karlovac of how we must work in the future and how to plan all projects. The value of the project for Karlovac is that we have shown that in the city itself we have people who know and can design a project like this. In order to use EU funds, projects must be well designed, prepared and done, which is why Aquatika is an added value of the city of Karlovac. ” he pointed out Karlovac Mayor Damir Mandić.The implementation of the project of the Public Institution Aquatika was co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within the Operational Program Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013 in the amount of HRK 36.222.282,45. The total value of the project entitled “Freshwater Aquarium and Museum of Rivers – KAquarium” amounted to 36.691.939,25 kuna.Croatia with 1.000 museumsThe successes of Aquatika, the Museum of Vučedol Culture, the Museum of Illusion, the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Museum of Salt, the Museum of the Sinj Alka, etc. are great proof that different and authentic museums are a hit and great tourist stories. I have been saying for years that Croatia should have “1.000” museums and encourage private initiatives, ie private thematic museums, because our biggest tourist advantage is precisely our incredible diversity and authenticity. It is these true, credible and incredible stories that tell stories about our identity, customs, history amo we need to tell thematic museums. Because again, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a quality, diverse and primarily authentic experience and content of a tourist destination.Let’s be what we are – Croats and tell our stories, and one of the great media are museums, as an excellent additional quality content of the destination’s tourism.