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EUR 1bn expected to be invested in Croatian tourism industry this year, mostly in hotelsNearly a million euros is expected to be invested in the Croatian tourism industry this year, which is 15 percent more than last year and 40 percent more than in 2016, and most of the investment will go towards 4- and 5-star hotels, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said on Thursday. Cappelli was speaking at the start of the 24th international conference "Tourism and Hospitality Industry 2018: Trends and Challenges", organised by the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management in the northern Adriatic town of Opatija. 26.04.2018. | News
Club Adriatic sold to Swiss-based Immo Invest for HRK 54 mnThe Restructuring and Sale Centre (CERP) on Wednesday signed a HRK 54 million (EUR 7.3 million) contract with the Swiss company Immo Invest Partner on the sale of three business stakes or 100% of the founding capital of the Club Adriatic tourism company. The contract on the transfer of Club Adriatic shares was signed by CERP director Milan Plecas and the managing director of Immo Partner AG, Dzek Djoric, CERP reported on its web site. 15.04.2018. | News
Zadar becomes part of Maritime Silk RoadThe port of Zadar this year officially became part of the Maritime Silk Road, as confirmed by a final declaration signed at a conference on cooperation in cruise tourism on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, held at the ASEAN business forum in Bo'ao, China, Zadar County said on Thursday. A Zadar County delegation attended the Boao Forum for Asia, the biggest economic forum in Asia, and earlier this week signed a letter of intent on the establishment of friendly relations with Hainan province. 12.04.2018. | News
​Gov't gives consent for annex to Kupari 1 contractThe government on Tuesday gave its consent to the State Assets Ministry to sign with the Avenue Ulaganja investment company an annex to a contract on the Kupari 1 tourism development project, defining new deadlines for submissions of a letter of intent from the new hotel operator and physical planning data. In March 2016, the government signed with the bidders Avenija Ulaganja and Avenue Osteuropa a contract the realisation of Kupari 1, a project estimated at over HRK 700 million. 10.04.2018. | News
Cappelli: Tourist industry not heading towards mass tourism, but sustainabilityThe Croatian tourist industry is not heading towards mass tourism, but integral development, sustainability and quality, which is why there is growing demand for Croatia, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli told Hina in an interview. "This year we expect a 7% increase in tourism turnover over 2017 and tourism investment to increase to nearly a billion euros. This will certainly further improve service quality, in which we have been making progress every year, especially with regard to high-category hotel accommodation," Cappelli said. He said that Croatia was becoming increasingly interesting to investors, so that about 40 new or newly-renovated hotels were expected to open this year, much like last year. 09.04.2018. | News
Susan Bennett, voice of Siri, says: Don't forget your humanity and use your brainUsers of smartphones, voice assistants and other digital services and applications should not forget their humanity in the digital age and should use their brains in problem solving, Susan Bennett, the globally famous voice behind the digital personal assistant Siri, told Hina in an interview ahead of her visit to Croatia for the Communications Days in Rovinj on April 12-15. The Communications Days, the national festival of market communications, is organised by the Croatian Association of Communications Agencies (HURA) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Croatia. This year's event is expected to bring together more than 2,500 participants, including prominent marketing, advertising and communication experts such as Susan Bennett. Bennett is coming to Croatia with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board, whose director Kristjan Stanicic believes that her visit will contribute to the promotion and positioning of Croatia as an attractive and interesting destination and attract new visitors to the country. 08.04.2018. | News
Over 70 new regular flights introduced from March to OctoberBetween March 25 and October 27, Croatia has over 70 new regular flights, while the total number is 15% higher than last year, over 34,400, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) said in a press release on Thursday. HTZ director Kristjan Stanicic says one of the key goals is to position Croatia as an attractive year-round destination with very good transport connections and that flights are key for extending tourist turnover in the shoulder seasons, the press release said. Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli believes flights are important also for expanding demand in markets with the highest growth potential and that they make it possible for Croatia to become an even more competitive and interesting destination. 05.04.2018. | News
CN Traveller includes Croatia among seven European countries best for beach vacationCN Traveller, the online edition of a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine published by Condé Nast, has listed Croatia among seven European countries for best beach holidays, recommending that tourists explore and visit beaches on distant Croatian islands. In the article headlined "The Best Beach Holidays in Europe" CN Traveller said that Europe is blessed with some of the world's most sensational coastlines and that "few tropical paradises can compete with the magnetic culture of Europe's seaside enclaves: the barefoot-chic island attitude, the boho lifestyles, wild and free." The article recommends seven European countries for best beach vacation -- France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. 04.04.2018. | News
​Croatian coastal counties involved in Mediterranean cycle route projectA workshop was held in Dubrovnik last week as part of the EU Mediterranean cycle route project. The Mediterranean cycle route for sustainable coastal tourism, or MedCycleTour, runs through 11 countries, from Cadiz in Spain, via France, Italy and Croatia to Greece and Cyprus. It is considered one of the routes with the largest tourism potential. All seven Croatian coastal counties are included in the project, as the Mediterranean cycle route will run the entire length of the Croatian Adriatic coast. The value of the project is 2.58 million euros, of which 278,000 is intended for Croatia. 02.04.2018. | News
TUI increases its capacities for 2019 summer destinations in CroatiaTUI has considerably increased capacities for 2019 summer programmes in Turkey, Greece and Croatia, describing them as summer destinations sought-after by travellers, according to the TTG magazine. In an article headlined "TUI's summer 2019 programme boosts Turkey, Greece and Croatia offering", that prominent tour operator says "its summer 2019 programme is its 'most ambitious' yet boasting 720,000 more seats, 40 new routes and 16 new resorts". 01.04.2018. | News