Gari Cappelli

  • Born on 16 May, 1961 in Mali Lošinj


  • 1984 – graduated from the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka

Professional career / work experience

  • 2016 – Minister of Tourism  
  • 2005 – Mayor of Mali Lošinj, President of the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board
  • 2003 – 2005 President of the Board of Directors of Adriatic Luxury Services, Dubrovnik
  • 1999 – 2003 consul for economic affairs in the General Consulate of the Republic of Croatia in Trieste, the Italian Republic
  • 1997 – 1999 head of the RI Adria Bank branch office in Mali Lošinj
  • 1991 founded his travel agency
  • 1985 Kompas travel agency, Ljubljana
  • 1984 – Jadranka d. d.(hotel company)

Political career

  • 2012 – President of the Tourism Committee of the Croatian Democratic Union
  • 2008 – 2011 President of the Tourism Committee, member of the Transport Committee and the Island Council in the Croatian Parliament
  • 2008 – 2011 member of the Croatian Parliament
  • 2007 – 2011 Deputy President of the Supervisory Board of Jadrolinija


  • English – active knowledge
  • German – active knowledge
  • Italian – active knowledge

Additional information

  • with a series of activities he induced the development of destination management on the Island of Lošinj and in Croatia, including the Lošinj archipelago as a year-round destination
  • during his mandate the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj became an Affiliate member of UNWTO as well as a member of the UNWTO Knowledge network
  • Mali Lošinj received a prestigious UNWTO award in 2015 for its project “Fragrances and Flavours of Lošinj” as an example of innovation in the area of public policies and governance
  • Realization of the Apoxyomenos Museum project