Tourism

Istria wins title of best olive region in world

"Flos Olei 2017", a reputable guide to the world of extra virgin olives, has declared Istria the most successful olive-growing region for the second year in a row.  

Croatia's Finest broadcast again by National Geographic Channel

The rebroadcasting of Croatia’s Finest, a Croatian culinary travelogue in English filmed on locations across Croatia, has started in over 90 countries worldwide, the team conducting this project reported on Thursday.

Zadar Outdoor Festival among 15 best open-air festivals in world

The online lifestyle & travel magazine American Express Essentials reports that  Zadar Outdoor Festival is one of the three European open-air festivals worth visiting this year.

Tourist overnight stays in Croatia rise 15% in first two months in 2017

As many as 392,000 tourists visited Croatia in the first two months of 2017, which was a 13-percent rise compared to the corresponding period in 2016, and they made a million overnight stays, up by 15 percent, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) has reported.

Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Hotel member of The Leading Hotels of the World

The Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Hotel has joined the Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., a global hospitality consortium of more than 375 hotels and resorts in over 75 countries.

Germans' demand for Croatian destinations on steady rise

Bookings for Croatia's destinations in some regions of Bavaria have been rising and some statistics show a 30% increase year-on-year, according to the preliminary information from the "f.re.e." fair for leisure and travel, which opened in Munich on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Indian restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok named Asia's best for third year

Bangkok's Indian eatery Gaggan on Tuesday was named the best restaurant in Asia for the third consecutive year by Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.

The Telegraph lists Pula among world's most desireable destinations

The Telegraph has selected the 20 best destinations to visit in 2017 and the list includes the northern Adriatic city of Pula, Pula city authorities reported on Tuesday.

Subspace hostel with space pods opens in Zagreb

As of December 1, Zagreb has a new tourist attraction, the futuristic Subspace hostel, the first in the European Union, offering guests the possibility to spend the night in space pods.

Croatia among top 3 family destinations on Russian market

The Russian edition of National Geographic Traveler placed Croatia among the top three best destinations for family vacation, which is the second year in a row that Croatia made the list in the category, "Best Family Destination" the Croatian National Tourism Board (HTZ) reported on Tuesday.

Croatia voted Readers' Choice Destination of the Year 2016 by US magazine T+L

Croatia has been voted Readers' Choice Destination of the Year 2016 in an online poll by readers of the US magazine Travel and Leisure (T+L).

Medjimurje wins prestigious tourism award

Croatia's northern Medjimurje region has won the Swiss Tourism Award (STA) for the promotion of quality tourism, protection and positioning of natural and cultural heritage, promotion of competitiveness and excellence in services and products, and for presentation to the Swiss public, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) has reported.

9.66 mln bed nights in September, up 11.5% y-on-y

In September this year 1.87 million tourists stayed in commercial accommodation facilities in Croatia which is 14.5% more than in the corresponding period last year and generated 9.66 million overnight stays, up 11.5% more than last year the State Bureau of Statistics (DZS) reported on Tuesday.

Dubrovnik boasts of double-digit increases in tourist turnover

Over 972,000 guest arrivals and 3.4 million overnight stays were registered in Dubrovnik in the first ten months of 2016, which were increases of 11% and 13% respectively compared to the corresponding period in 2015.

Dubrovnik prepares "food-groaning table" to mark tourist season's end

A 120-metre-long table full with various dishes was set up along Dubrovnik's landmark street Stradun on Sunday to mark the end of the high tourist season in this southern Croatian city.

India wants to attract more foreign tourists, including those from Croatia

India, one of the world's largest countries with a population of 1.5 billion and exceptionally rich culture, history, gastronomy, a developed economy and tourism industry, wants to attract more than the current 11 million foreign tourists, including tourists from Croatia.

Tourism Minister Gari Capelli to continue current projects

Croatia's new Tourism Minister Gari Capelli on Thursday took over from his predecessor Anton Kliman, saying that he would continue those projects that had already started and that he would do everything for tourism to develop even better.

5-language mobile application for tourists visiting Plitvice launched

A mobile application in five languages intended to facilitate easier planning of tourists' visits to Plitvice Lakes and the region of Lika has been launched recently, the Rakovica Tourist Board has reported.

August sees 25.4 million bed nights, up 7.3% y-o-y

Around 4 million tourists stayed in commercial accommodation facilities in Croatia in August, up 3% compared to the same month last year while the number of bed nights went up 7.3% on the year to 25.4 million, the State Bureau of Statistic (DZS) reported on Thursday.

Tourism revenues in H1 reach EUR 2.4b

Tourism revenues in the first half of 2016 totalled EUR 2.4 billion, up 6.7% on the year, the Tourism Ministry said on Monday, citing Croatian National Bank data.

Mali Losinj ranked among 'Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World'

Mali Losinj, a town on the northern Adriatic island of Losinj, has received the 'Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World' certificate, the town's tourist board has said.

Hospitality businesses more successful on coast than inland

There was total of 4,658 enterprises registered in tourism and hospitality on the Adriatic coast and another 3,604 registered inland with those on the coast generating a higher income, the FINA financial agency reported on Tuesday - World Tourism Day.

Minister forecasts 90 million tourist nights, EUR 9.5b in revenues

About 90 million nights and about EUR 9.5 billion in revenues are expected in Croatian tourism this year, including over EUR 8 billion from foreign tourists, Tourism Minister Anton Kliman said on Tuesday on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

Tourists aged 65 and up generate 20% of overnights, says Eurostat

With over 1.2 billion nights spent during their trips all over the world in 2014, tourists aged 65 or over (hereafter "older tourists") living in the European Union accounted for 20% of the tourism activity (in terms of number of nights spent by EU residents), according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Congress on social tourism to be held in Zagreb on Oct 18-21

The ISTO (International Social Tourism Organisation) World Congress will take place in Zagreb in Croatia from 18-21 October, and will focus on the latest trends of social, solidarity-based, responsible and inclusive tourism, with an emphasis on social policy as a driver of growth for domestic tourism, a news conference heard this past Thursday.

Bangkok ranked world's number 1 travel destination, topping London

Bangkok is the world's top destination city by international overnight visitor arrivals, according to an annual ranking released Thursday.

Number of visits by foreign cruise ships in Jan-Jul 2016 up 2.9 pct

There were 395 visits by foreign cruise ships in the Croatian Adriatic in the first seven months of this year, which is an increase of 2.9% from the same period of last year, according to figures released by the national statistical bureau on Monday.

More tourist nights recorded in Jan-Sept 2016 than in all of 2015

Croatia recorded 13.63 million tourist arrivals and 80.24 million bed nights in the period from 1 January to 9 September 2016, more than in all of 2015, the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) said in a statement on Friday, citing data from the eVisitor and eCrew check-in and check-out information systems.

Assistant minister expects over EUR 9b from tourist trade

Assistant Tourism Minister Robert Pende says he expects tourism revenues in 2016 to exceed nine billion euros, a record high compared to recent years.

1st Croatian wine hotel opens in Vrbnik on Krk island

The first wine hotel in Croatia, situated in the town of Vrbnik on the northern island of Krk, opened its doors to guests on Wednesday, and this project, worth 36 million kuna, was launched by the wine-making families Toljanic and Brusic.

Over 65 million tourist overnight stays in Croatia YTD

As many as 21 million overnight stays were registered in Croatia in the first 21 days of August, and the number of overnight stays so far this year stands at over 65 million, according to data collected by eVisitor system for registration of incoming and outgoing guests.

Paklenica National Park opens underground centre for visitors

The underground information centre for visitors to the Paklenica National Park was formally inaugurated on Sunday, and this multipurpose visitor centre is situated in the underground tunnels called the "Bunkers" which the armed forces of the Tito-led Yugoslavia started building in the early 1950s.

Massive Attack will open the 5th Dimensions Festival in Pula

The British cult trip hop group Massive Attack will open the 5th Dimensions Festival in Pula on August 24.

MTV Summerblast festival starts in Porec

MTV Summerblast, a two-day outdoor music festival featuring some of the world's most famous electro house musicians, such as Afrojack, Steve Aoki and Fedde Le Grande, started in Peskera Bay, Porec, on Friday.

The Telegraph: Croatia most desirable holiday destination

Croatia is the most desirable destination in the world according to a comprehensive analysis of Google data, reads an article titled "Mapped: Where the world wants to go on holiday" in the on-line edition of Britain's The Telegraph newspaper.

Ivanka Trump is vacationing in Croatia with Wendi Deng

Ivanka Trump appears to be taking a break from her father's campaign, vacationing in Croatia this week and like any good millennial, she's documenting the trip on Instagram.

Croatia could attract 500,000 pilgrims for the Feast of the Assumption

The tourism ministry said in a press release on Friday that more than 500,000 pilgrims could visit Marian shrines around the country on the Feast of the Assumption and Minister Anton Kliman believes that religious tourism has great potential for development.

Number of visits by foreign cruise ships in H1 up 2%

There were 288 visits by foreign cruise ships in the Croatian Adriatic in the first half of this year, which is an increase of 2% from the same period of last year.

Dubrovnik, Zagreb present their tourism industries in Rio de Janeiro

The cities of Dubrovnik and Zagreb have presented their tourism industries to some 150 Brazilian tourist agents and journalists at the Croatia House, opened in Rio de Janeiro, for the Summer Olympic Games, officials from the Dubrovnik Tourism Office reported on Wednesday.

RBA: Croatia tourism revenue to exceed EUR 8b this year

Increases in tourist arrivals and nights will have a positive effect on Croatia's GDP, notably consumption, and tourism revenue could exceed a record-high EUR 8 billion this year, Raiffeisenbank Austria (RBA) said in an analysis published on Tuesday.

Croatia record tourist arrivals, nights up in H1

In June 2016, commercial accommodation facilities in Croatia recorded 1.9 million more tourists on the year (+0.1%) and they accounted for nearly nine million nights (+2.5%), while in the first half of 2016, arrivals went up by nearly 3% and nights by 4.4%, the national statistical office said on Monday.

Qatari sheikh's luxury yacht anchored in Dubrovnik

The 125-metre-long Katara luxury yacht, owned by Qatari Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, anchored in Dubrovnik on Sunday.

Split airport records biggest passenger traffic in Croatia

Split Airport had over half a million passengers in July, which is the biggest passenger traffic in one month since the airport opened and the biggest passenger traffic at a Croatian airport.

Zagreb records double digit increase in visitor arrivals and overnights in July

In July 2016 Zagreb recorded a 12% increase in tourist arrivals on the year and a 34% increase in overnights, the city tourism authority reported on Thursday, saying that the positive trend would continue in the coming months.

Turkey sees tourism numbers plummet by 40.9 per cent in June

The number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey in June fell by 40.9 per cent, compared to the same month last year, as arrivals from Russia all but stopped and visitors from Germany dropped by more than a third.

App for virtual walk along Croatian beaches launched

The Osijek-based Pointers company has recently presented a free-of-charge application for virtual walking tours of the most famous Croatian beaches, and this is an addition to the existing application that offers over 8,500 photos of some 3,500 locations throughout Croatia 

Chiavalon Ex Albis among top 25 olive oils

Extra virgin olive oil "Chiavalon Ex Albis“  is added to the list of top 25 oils in the world organically produced, the family-run farm Chiavalon stated recently.

Air Berlin to introduce Duesseldorf-Pula flights during summer season

Germany's Air Berlin airline is to introduce a weekly flight service between Duesseldorf and Pula during the summer season as of Wednesday 13 July to 17 August, Pula Airport reported on Tuesday.

First motor camp opened by A3 west-east motorway

The first motor camp by the A3 motorway has been opened in the Bistricki rural tourism complex in Osekovo near Popovaca, about 60 kilometres east of Zagreb, the Croatian Rural Tourism Association says.

First Russian charter flight in eight months lands in Turkish resort

Signalling an end to an era of frosty relations that bit hard into Turkey's tourism sector, for the first time in eight months a Russian charter plane with tourists landed Saturday at the Turkish resort of Antalya.

Puccini's "Turandot" to open 62nd Split Summer Festival

The raising of the festival flag outside the Mestrovic Gallery on July 14 will mark the opening of the 62nd Split Summer Festival after which members of Split's Croatian National Theatre will perform a premiere of Puccini's Turandot opera directed by Ozren Prohic and conducted by Ivo Lipanovic.

Maritime ministry: 45% more yachts and boats in Croatia in H1

In the first six months of this year port authorities and their outposts have recorded a total of 21,941 arrivals of foreign vessels, which is an increase of 45.2% compared with the same period last year, the Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Ministry reported on Monday.

MasterCard: Most Croatians will spend summer on the Adriatic

Croatian citizens travel more for leisure less for business purposes and mostly travel within the country and a Masterindex survey conducted by MasterCard indicates that 58% of those surveyed plan to spend their summer holiday in Croatia.

Croatia's tourist intake 4.6 million in H1 2016

The tourist intake in Croatia in the first half of 2016 was 4.6 million, and they generated 18.3 million overnight stays, according to eVisitor, an information system for check-in and check-out of tourists applied by the National Tourist Board (HTZ).

Foreign police arrive in Dalmatia as part of Safe Tourist Season project

Eight foreign police officers were formally presented at the Split-Dalmatia County Police Department on Monday as part of international police cooperation and the "Safe Tourist Season" project.

Croatians spend HRK 12.6 bln on private trips, up 28%

Almost 1.6 million Croatians made at least one private trip in the duration of several days in 2015, spending a total of HRK 12.6 billion or 28% more than in 2014, show data from the national statistical office (DZS).

Minister says very satisfied with start of tourist season

Caretaker Tourism Minister Anton Kliman has expressed satisfaction with the start of this year's tourist season and figures showing that arrivals and overnight stays have gone up 5-6% and 7.5% on the year respectively.

Croatian travel agencies, Russian tour operators strengthening cooperation

Croatian travel agencies and Russian tour operators are enhancing their communication and cooperation in an effort to attract more Russian tourists to Croatia during the entire year, it was said at the signing of an agreement between the association of Croatian travel agencies (UPHA) and the association of Russian tour operators (ATOR) in the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) headquarters on Thursday.

Minister for lower VAT in tourism

Caretaker Tourism Minister Anton Kliman on Thursday said that a lower Value Added Tax (VAT) for tourism was being negotiated so that Croatia's tourism industry could be more competitive on the international scale.

Croatian coastal resorts favourite destinations among Slovenes

Over half of the Slovenes who are going on vacation in July and August will holiday on the Adriatic and Croatia's resorts remain their favourite destinations, according to a poll whose findings Ljubljana's Delo daily ran on Monday under the headline "Croatian sea in Slovenian hearts".

Michelin's Zagreb guide presented in Paris

The Zagreb Tourist Board has presented, in cooperation with the Croatian Embassy in Pris and the Croatian Tourist Board, a special 145-page edition of Michelin's weekend guide Le Guide Vert for the Zagreb area, the Zagreb Tourist Board has said.

Additional 16 ambulances to operate on highways during peak season

The Croatian emergency service will ensure an additional 16 ambulances along motorways and major county roads during the summer season.

Croatian capital venue to various events to boost its tourism trade

"In terms of tourism, the situation in Zagreb is very good. Each year we are recording excellent increases in arrivals and overnight stays... 

Public bike sharing system launched on island of Lastovo

A public bike sharing system has been introduced on the southern Croatian island of Lastovo, which thus joined a group of over 100 nextbike destinations worldwide, "Nextbike", a company that develops and operates public bike-sharing systems, has recently reported.

40 hotels to open in Croatia this year

New hotel and accommodation capacities are being opened around the country from Istria and the northern Adriatic including several hotels and camps as well as in the interior.

Around 320,000 people visit Floraart flower and garden show

Around 320,000 people visited this year's Floraart international flower and garden show, held over the past week in Zagreb's Bundek park. 

Croatian and Slovenian ministers meet to discuss cooperation in tourism

Croatian Tourism Minister Anton Kliman and Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technologies Zdravko Pocivalsek met in the central Adriatic resort town of Biograd Na Moru on Friday to discuss cooperation in the tourism sector.

Croatia is a safe destination, says minister

Calling on US and other tourists wishing to visit Croatia to do so because they "will feel comfortable and safe", the minister said that efforts were being made to make tourists feel safe.

51st Floraart international garden show opens

The 51st Floraart international garden show was opened at Zagreb's Bundek park on Monday, featuring 217 exhibitors, including 18 from eight foreign countries.

Bathing water in Croatia among Europe's best

Bathing water in Croatia is among Europe's best and 94.5% of Croatian bathing places have excellent bathing water, shows a report published this past Wednesday by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.

'World's most beautiful ship' sails into Dubrovnik

The Italian training ship Amerigo Vespucci, known as the most beautiful ship in the world, sailed into Dubrovnik on Thursday, where it will stay until May 29.

Booking.com opens permanent offices in Split, Dubrovnik

Booking.com, one of the world's leading online accommodation booking websites, has opened permanent offices in Split and Dubrovnik, its regional manager, Goran Plese, said on Tuesday.

Zagreb to host 20th Cest is d’Best street festival as of May 26

Organisers have lined up a dozen big concerts, about 30 smaller ones and street musical performances, a dozen plays, about 20 dance events, about 300 performance acts, about 50 painting and circus workshops, and several sports events.

Ukrainian children to spend summer in Croatia

Over 300 children from Ukraine, whose parents were killed or wounded in the war in the east of the country, will spend the summer in Croatia again for free this year, Ukraine Today television said on Sunday.

EBD: Croatia deserves high ranking in tourism

Croatia often ranks highly on the European Best Destinations (EBD) website, which confirms its growing popularity among tourists, and it is also a place it deserves considering its beauties, potential and promotion, EBD Executive Director Maximilien Lejeune said.

Croatia very safe tourist destination, police say

Croatia is a very safe tourist destination according to security indicators, but for the millions of tourists travelling to the Croatian coast by car every year, traffic accidents remain the biggest risk despite good roads, the police said on Thursday. 

Young Croats from abroad to volunteer in Krka National Park this summer

A cooperation agreement to that effect was signed earlier this week by Sibenik Mayor Zeljko Buric, Krka National Park Director Kresimir Sakic and Croatian Heritage Foundation Director Marin Knezovic as the organiser of the Heritage Task Force.

Grabar-Kitarovic opens Vinistra wine exhibition

About 130 winemakers and winemaking equipment manufacturers gathered in the northern Adriatic town of Porec on Friday for the 23rd Vinistra wine exhibition.

Rovinj tournament taking place in Istrian city

The first edition of an international polo tournament started in the Croatian seaside resort of Rovinj on 12 May and is running through 15 May.

Istrian wines exhibition set for 13-15 May in Porec

The 23rd edition of the annual wine exhibition "Vinistra 2016" will start in the Istrian coastal city of Porec on Friday, and over 120 exhibitors of wines and wine-making equipment will take part in this three-day event.

Turkish Airlines launches Istanbul-Dubrovnik flight service

The first Turkish Airlines flight landed at Dubrovnik airport on Tuesday as part of the airline's newly-launched service between Istanbul and the southern Croatian Adriatic city.

Espadrilles with gingerbread heart motif launched as new Croatian souvenir

The espadrilles are hand-made from natural materials and come packed in a recycled box of state-of-the-art design, Hippy Garden fashion designer Djurdjica Vorkapic said.

Croatia Airlines introducing flights to Prague, Milan, Lisbon and St Petersburg

Croatia Airlines (CA) this month plans to introduce direct flights from Zagreb to Prague, Milan and Lisbon and in June to Saint Petersburg, the national flag carrier told a news conference on Thursday.

Croatian travel agencies bring 2 mn foreign tourists in 2015

Croatian travel agencies brought nearly 2 million foreign tourists to Croatia in 2015, which was 4% more than in 2014, and they generated 13.3 million bed-nights, 3% more than in 2014, the latest figures from the National Bureau of Statistics show.

Huge interest for Club MTV Europe Summerblast in Porec as tickets go on sale

Tickets sale for the Club MTV Europe Summerblast music festival to be held August 19-20 in Porec, Croatia, indicate that there is a great interest for this attraction from around the globe, the Atlas tourist agency organising the festival have reported. 

Stiniva beach on Vis voted Europe's most beautiful beach

Stiniva Beach on the southern Croatian Adriatic island of Vis has been voted the most beautiful European beach by visitors of the European Best Destinations website, the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) said on Wednesday. 

Croatia reports two-digit increases in tourist arrivals and bed nights in February

The two-digit increases were driven mostly by foreign tourists. Their number, compared with February 2015, increased by 24.3% to 116,100, and they spent 256,200 nights.

Kvarner to present its health tourism in Norway

Croatia's coastal area of Kvarner including Rijeka and nearby Mediterranean resorts will promote its tourist trade, notably its health tourism, in Oslo on 20 and 21 April, the local tourism board said in a statement Tuesday.

Ultra Europe to start in Split on July 15

Ultra Europe is set to return for its fourth year in Split and promises to build on its first three years to become even bigger and better and organisers expect more than 150,000 partygoers from around the world to attend the festival.

Croatian amusement park like Gardaland to be built in Biograd Na Moru

The amusement park will consist of sections for three categories of visitors: children, families, and teenagers. We will also divide it into three thematic sections: the Wild West, Old Pirate Town, and Space, he said.

Zadar celebrates its title of European Best Destination 2016

The Croatian Adriatic city of Zadar on Sunday held a ceremony to celebrate the title of European Best Destination 2016, with brass and folk bands performing in an open-air event.

Croatia Boat Show with twice as many vessels this year

This year's 18th Croatia Boat Show will be held in the central Dalmatian city of Split, April 13 - 17 and will see twice as many boats as were exhibited last year with as many as 65 vessels in the sea, the fair's organisers said on Friday.

Filming of reality show in Croatian nature park allowed for promotion

Filming took place over ten days in late July and early August, the park's management said on Tuesday.

Classical statue of athlete to go on display in Croatia

An ancient bronze statue of the Greek athlete Apoxyomenos is soon to go on display at the Fritzi Palace in Mali Losinj in Croatia.

Contract inked with Avenue Ulaganja for Kupari tourism investment project

A contract for the Kupari project was signed with the Avenue Ulaganja company on Thursday and that day marks the start of the implementation of that project. 

Three-day Craft Beer Festival opens in Zagreb

The Craft Beer Festival 2016 opened in Zagreb on Friday, bringing together a dozen producers of this increasingly popular type of beer.

Revenue from nautical tourism HRK 753 mln in 2015

Croatia's 121 boating ports generated a total revenue of HRK 753 million without Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2015, which was an increase of 5.1% on the year, with the highest increase in revenue being recorded in services at those ports, the State Bureau of Statistics (DZS) has reported.

Tesla-inspired tourism project presented

The Valley of Light and Water event combines cultural and artistic events, active tourism and food tourism.

Croatian deputy tourism minister attends MITT fair in Moscow

Croatian Deputy Tourism Minister Robert Pauletic met with Russian government officials in charge of tourism at one of Russia's largest tourism fairs, MITT, which opened in Moscow on Wednesday.

Earth Hour: Nature lovers plant 5,000 saplings in Medvednica nature park

About 300 nature lovers planted 5,000 saplings on Mount Medvednica, overlooking Zagreb, on Saturday as part of this year's global environmental campaign Earth Hour.