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Tourism minister says 20,000 accommodation facilities to be recategorised soonPrivate providers of accommodation for tourists will soon have to recategorise their facilities, given that those accommodation capacities have had the same category for over 20 years, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said in Zagreb on Wednesday. Commenting on the state of affairs in the tourism industry in Croatia, Cappelli hinted at a possibility of reducing the standard VAT rate for restaurants and cafes, primarily when it comes to food provision.  28.11.2018. | News
Croatian coastal towns attract most incomersThe latest data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics about population migration indicates that small and medium-sized towns on the coast attract the most newcomers - nine out of ten towns with the highest number of migrated residents are located on the coast, which is mostly due to development boosted by tourism and new jobs opening. Dubrovnik has attracted the most incomers. In the past six years 1,545 more people have moved to Dubrovnik than left it, the gradonacelnik.hr website has reported. 23.11.2018. | News
150 yrs of Hvar's tourism marked in European ParliamentSustainability is the key prerequisite for the development of Croatian tourism and Croatia's islands should serve as an example of that, a discussion in the European Parliament on 150 years of tourism in Hvar on the Croatian island of the same name concluded on Tuesday. Croatian MEP Davor Skrlec said during the discussion that the implementation of the sustainable tourism concept would enable the residents of Hvar to have a dignified life during the summer season, and that the existing infrastructure could be balanced and utilised not only for the season. 20.11.2018. | News
Croatian national park make Fodor's Travel Go List 2019​The US publishing house Fodor's Travel has listed Croatian national parks in their Go 2019 list , the Croatian National Tourism Boards (HTZ) said in a press release Wednesday. Fodor's Travel is one of the world's leading publishers of English language travel and tourism information and the first relatively professional producer of travel guidebooks. The Go 2019 list includes 52 destinations "that inspire us to get going in 2019," including national parks in Croatia. "These photogenic National Parks give you eight more reasons to put Croatia on your 2019 travel list," Fodor's said. 17.11.2018. | News
Minister: New tourism-related laws aimed at creating new identity of CroatiaTourism Minister Gari Cappelli said on Tuesday that the three tourism-related bills which the government forwarded to the parliament on late October were prerequisites for creating a new competitive identity of Croatia, and that it was the government's duty to develop a strategy for managing Croatia's positive perception. "Croatia must create a new image and move towards this topic with full responsibility, professionalism and maturity. It is the duty of our government on behalf of all citizens, institutions and companies, to develop a strategy of managing a positive perception of Croatia," Cappelli said at a conference organised by the Jutarnji List daily in Zagreb on Tuesday on the system of tourist boards in the 21st century. 13.11.2018. | News
Canopy by Hilton hotel opens in ZagrebThe EUR 8 million Canopy by Hilton hotel opened in Zagreb on Monday, with Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli saying at the opening ceremony that EUR 1.05 billion would be invested in the Croatian tourist trade in 2019, following EUR 940 million worth of investments this year. This is the first hotel of the Canopy brand in continental Europe, and hotels of this brand will also be opened in London, Madrid and Paris. The interior design has been done by Croatian designers from the Franic and Sekoranja Studio and Croatian furniture manufacturers. 12.11.2018. | News
Vucedol Culture Museum sees 200K visitors in 3.5 yrsAfter the Vucedol Culture Museum recently received this year's Innovation of the Year Award at Croatian Tourism Days, Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava has congratulated the museum's staff on that achievement, adding that in the past three and a half years, more than 200,000 visitors have visited the museum which has contributed greatly to the town's development. The National Tourist Board awarded the museum for its educational projects designed for the youngest readers who can be informed, through a picture book and guide, of the Vucedol prehistoric culture and of the museum's holdings. 11.11.2018. | News
All ministries but one to get higher budget allocations in 2019The 2019 budget proposal which Finance Minister Zdravko Maric delivered at a government meeting on Friday envisages higher budget allocations for all ministries except for the Tourism Ministry, the funds of which will go down by 16.8%. Expressed in absolute numbers, the biggest winner is the Finance Ministry as its allocation will increase by nearly 7.5 billion kuna from its allocation in the original 2018 budget, and in 2019 it will rise by 21.8% to HRK 41.9 billion. 09.11.2018. | News
Zagreb Advent to put emphasis on cultural eventsZagreb Advent, which has been named the best such event in Europe in recent years, will this year begin on December 1 and last until January 6, 2019, putting special emphasis on cultural events that will usher in the holiday season in anticipation of Christmas for Zagreb residents and their guests, its was said at a presentation of the event on Friday. Zagreb Tourist Board director Martina Bienenfeld said that a number of new events had been prepared along with the festival's usual events and venues. 09.11.2018. | News
PND Strategija's bid for Hoteli Maestral selectedThe Restructuring and Sale Centre (CERP) steering board has accepted the binding offer of the Zagreb-based PND Strategija company for the purchase of a 68.94% stake in the Dubrovnik-based Hoteli Maestral company at the price of HRK 153.5 million, which is 26.7 million more than the asking price, according to a press release issued on the Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) on Thursday. The short press release reads that the CERP steering board made this decision two days ago, on 6 November. 08.11.2018. | News