tourism

Booking.com cuts local service in Turkey, but plans to appeal order

Online travel aggregator Booking.com said Thursday it will comply with a court order and stop offering local products inside Turkey, but noted it is preparing to file an appeal against the ruling.

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.

Strong winds destroy Malta's landmark Azure Window rock formation

Malta's Azure Window, a fascinating natural rock formation, has been destroyed, following strong winds on Wednesday.

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.

Medvedgrad, landmark of Zagreb, open its doors to visitors

Medvedgrad, the medieval fortified town on the south slopes of Medvednica mountain above Zagreb, opens its doors to visitors on Saturday (4 March), the management of the Medvednica Nature Park stated in a press release.

EU Parliament urges reinstating visa requirements for US citizens

The European Parliament on Thursday called for the reinstatement of visas for US citizens in response to Washington's failure to lift visa requirements for nationals of five EU countries.

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.

Croatia's development bank giving favourable loans for tourism

The Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) is continuing the implementation of programmes offering favourable loans to the tourism sector in 2017, with the continued reduction of interest rate by one percentage point and lower fees for loan applications, HBOR has stated.

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.

Croatian National Tourist Board director requests to be relieved of duty

The director of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ), Ratomir Ivicic, on Monday requested to be relieved of his duties and a call for applications for this post will be published in a month.

Tourism minister tours site of future five-star Hoteli Plat complex

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli on Sunday attended a presentation of a project to reconstruct the Hoteli Plat hotel complex in Dubrovnik County, which the government is soon expected to declare a strategic investment project.

Cappelli: Joint Croatian and Slovenian tourism promotion important for better global visibility

Croatia and Slovenia are much more visible on the global market through joint tourism promotion, especially in remote markets which perceive Europe as a single destination, Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said during a visit to Slovenia on Friday.

Michelin star awarded to Croatian restaurant for first time

Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli on Thursday welcomed the fact that a Michelin star was for the first time awarded to a Croatian restaurant and that an additional 34 restaurants in the country were given a fork and spoon rating, which he sees as an encouragement to the local cuisine.

Turkey tourism revenue down 27 per cent in fourth quarter

Turkey tourism revenues were down 27.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, state-run agency Turkstat said Tuesday, noting income was recorded at 4.7 billion dollars.

Croatian tourism promoted at fairs in Switzerland and Slovakia

The Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) promoted Croatian tourism at the FESPO fair in Zurich and the ITF Slovakiatour in Bratislava earlier this week.

Eurowings increasing flights out of Germany to Croatia

German low-cost airline Eurowings, a member of the Lufthansa Group, is increasing the number of flights to Croatia this year, the airline's executives told Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli on Friday.

ADAC: Croatian campsites 2nd in Europe quality-wise

Croatian campsites, with an average rating of 3.6 out of 5, are second in Europe after those in the Netherlands, according to the latest edition of the German ADAC automobile club, which carries ratings and recommendations for thousands of campsites in Europe, including 119 in Croatia, the Croatian Camping Union (KUH) has said.

French airlines and tour operators expanding their services to Croatia

French low-cost airlines Volotea and Transavia and online travel agency Karavel plan to expand their services to Croatia this year, the Croatian Tourism Ministry said on Friday.

Germans and Dutch show growing interest in travelling to Croatia

The German and Dutch markets have shown growing interest in bookings for holidays in Croatia, according to information from the CTM tourist fair in Stuttgart, which lasts from 14 to 22 January, and from the Vakantiebeur, a major tourism and leisure fair, held in Utrecht on 11-15 January.

Number of visiting cruise ships in 11 months of 2016 higher than in 2015

In the first 11 months of 2016, 813 cruise ships visited Croatian ports, 45 more than in 2015, and aboard those vessels were 1.1 million passengers, around 40,000 more than in 2015, show statistics from the national statistical office (DZS).

Crackdown on cheap tours to dampen Chinese New Year in Thailand

Tourist arrivals from China to Thailand during this year's Chinese New Year are forecast to drop by 9 per cent compared to last year due to the Thai government's crackdown on cheap tour packages launched last year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said on Monday.

Tourist arrivals to Nepal rise in wake of 2015 earthquake

Nepal saw a record number of international tourists in 2016, giving the country a boost after numbers plummeted following a major earthquake in 2015, officials said Monday.

Croatian tourism being promoted at Utrecht, Vienna fairs this week

Croatian tourism is being presented in Utrecht and Vienna this week, whereby the National Tourist Board (HTZ) has kicked off this year's promotion at international fairs, which envisages participation at 25 events at the cost of HRK 16 million (EUR 2.1m), the HTZ said on Thursday.

21 people rescued from cruise boat fire in Vietnam's Halong Bay

Twenty-one people, including 14 foreign tourists, were rescued in Vietnam on Tuesday after a blaze gutted their boat in Halong Bay, according to media reports.

Olympics boosted Brazil to tourism record in 2016

Hosting the Olympic Games in 2016 boosted tourist numbers to a new record for Brazil, the Tourism Ministry said on Wednesday.

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.

Some 60,000 tourists join local revellers in Croatia to ring in 2017

As many as 60,210 tourists, of whom 44,390 were foreigners, were registered in Croatia by the evisitor system on Sunday morning, that is on the first day of the new 2017 year, the Tourism Ministry stated on Sunday.

About 90 skiers saved from broken chairlift in Slovakia

The fire department and mountain rescue service saved around 90 skiers, who were stuck on a malfunctioning chairlift in the winter sports region of Zavazna Poruba in Slovakia on Friday.

Croatia records 16.3m tourist arrivals, 91.3m nights in 2016

Croatia recorded 16.3 million tourist arrivals this year and 91.3 million nights, 11 million more than last year, and these are record results which will increase revenue to EUR 9.5 billion, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said on Friday.

Vatican welcomed 4 million visitors in 2016

In 2016, 4 million visitors travelled to Vatican City for religious events, the Prefecture of the Papal Household announced on Thursday.

Croatia expects new records in tourism in 2017

Over 91 million overnight stays will have been registered in Croatia by the end of this year, which is 10 million more than in 2015, and positive trends coupled with planned investments in the tourism sector are likely to raise the figures to 93 million in 2017.

2/5 Croats to spend winter holiday abroad - MasterIndex

Croatians travel more often for pleasure than for business, and two thirds of journeys are made within Croatia, while 39% of respondents, covered by a MasterIndex survey conducted by the Mastercard multinational financial services corporation, say they intend to spend the winter holidays abroad.

Eiffel Tower reopens after five days of closure due to strikes

The Eiffel Tower reopened Sunday after being closed for five consecutive days due to worker strikes, the landmark's operating company said.

Eiffel Tower closed for fifth day running due to strikes

The Eiffel Tower was closed Saturday for the fifth day in a row due to strikes by workers, the landmark's operating company said in a statement.

Croatia joins Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe

Croatia has joined the Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe as its 25th member, the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) said on Friday.

Croatia records 16.6m tourist arrivals, 90.7m nights this year

In the first 11 months of 2016, 16.6 million tourists stayed in Croatia, accounting for 90.7 million nights, up 10.2% and 14% on the year respectively, the National Tourist Board (HTZ) heard on Monday.

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.

Chinese firm building full-size Titanic replica for tourists

Construction has begun on the world's first full-size replica of the Titanic in China, a country that fell in love with the 1997 blockbuster movie about the doomed ocean liner.

Two people die after avalanche buries group of skiers in Austria

Two men from the Netherlands and Britain have died in Austria after their skiing group was swept under an avalanche in the Tyrolean Alps, police said Sunday.

"Advent in Zagreb" to bring in 10% tourism turnover increase

"Advent in Zagreb" is one of the most important annual events for Zagreb's as well as Croatia's tourism and this December it is expected to bring a 10% increase in tourism turnover, Zagreb Tourist Board director Martina Bienenfeld has told Hina.

Chinese company Ctrip acquires Skyscanner for 1.74 billion dollars

China's top online travel agency Ctrip is planning to acquire British flight comparison website Skyscanner, the companies said on Thursday.

Russian pilot killed, Canadian tourist injured in Nepal plane crash

A small aircraft crashed Wednesday near a stream in western Nepal, killing a Russian pilot and injuring a Canadian tourist, police said.

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).

International health tourism conference opens in Crikvenica

The Croatian health tourism industry is developing year-round services as more and more tourists come to Croatia to use its health services, and the country should make most of the possibilities in this area, an international conference on health tourism said in the northern coastal resort of Crikvenica on Thursday.

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.

Croat institute joins UNWTO network of sustainable tourism observatories

The Zagreb-based Institute for Tourism will start monitoring the sustainability of tourism in Croatia at the end of this year based on the country's membership of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO), the Institute said earlier this week.

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.

Minister talks proposal to raise VAT rate in tourism

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said on Friday that raising the VAT rate in the hospitality industry from 13 to 25% would be negative for the sector, adding that one option was a moratorium on the raise until its market and other effects on tourism were examined, while another was keeping the 13% rate.

Tourist activities in Thailand to go ahead amid mourning period

Thai authorities are offering free entry to certain museums, archaeological sites and historical parks across the country until the end of January 2017 to attract more visitors to the country, local media reported.

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.

Regent named as Thailand enters second day of mourning

Former Thai prime minister and Head of Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda has assumed the role of regent for the country's vacant throne in accordance with the constitution, the Thai government confirmed late Friday. 

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.

Promotional campaign "Croatia Feeds" launched on seven foreign markets

In mid-September the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) launched its autumn promotional campaign "Croatia Feeds" featuring short and innovative descriptions of Croatian destinations and inviting tourists to choose Croatia as their holiday destination.

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.

Swiss TFI in search of investors in Zablace tourism project

The Swiss company called "TFI Holding SA" is in search of investors willing to take part in an EUR 800-million project of building a resort in Croatia's Adriatic area, according to the Bloomberg news agency.

Croatia gov't includes two tourism projects among strategic investment projects

At its meeting on Wednesday, the caretaker government included the construction of a Punta Nova campsite on Pag island and the reconstruction of the Hotel Park in Rovinj among its strategic investment projects.

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.

Tens of thousands of households crippled by flooding in Thailand

The seasonal monsoon has caused flooding in many parts of Thailand, affecting over 20,000 households, with some of the country's top tourist destinations submerged in water, the irrigation department told dpa on Tuesday.

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.

New 4-star hotel to open in centre of Zagreb in Nov

A four-star hotel will be opened in the new Academia centre in Tkalciceva Street in Zagreb in early November, and the Exportdrvo Projekti (ExD) company has invested 80 million kuna (approximately 10.5 million euros) in the 17,500-square-metre-large centre.

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.

Tourism Film Festival to take place in Zagreb Sept. 21-24

Next week, for the fifth year in a row, Zagreb will host the International Tourism Film Festival, which will feature 126 films from 44 countries that will compete for 36 awards in different categories, the City of Zagreb Tourism Board (TZGZ) announced earlier this week.

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.

India plans to welcome foreign tourists with free mobile cards

Foreign visitors to India using electronic tourist visas will soon get free SIM cards on their arrival in the country, government officials said Monday.

Two dead after tourist boat capsizes off Turkish resort city

Two people died after a tourist boat carrying 86 people capsized and sank in a storm off the coastal resort city of Antalya in south-west Turkey, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.

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.

HDZ says has options for better tourism

Capelli said the HDZ planned to hire 15,000 tourism workers over four years through inter-departmental cooperation and investments.

Nepal bans Indian couple for fake photo of Mount Everest climb

Nepal on Tuesday banned an Indian couple from mountaineering in the country for ten years, after they doctored a photo to acquire a highly sought-after summit certificate despite failing to scale Mount Everest.

India minister asks foreign tourists not to wear skirts

India's tourism and culture minister, Mahesh Sharma, on Monday drew widespread criticism after he advised foreign tourists not to wear skirts in the country.

Renaissance Festival taking place in Koprivnica

The 11th edition of the of the Renaissance Festival started in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica on Saturday with a procession of costumed participants along the city's medieval fortress walls.

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.

World's highest, longest glass bridge opens in central China

The world's highest and longest glass bridge opened to visitors in central China on Saturday, Xinhua news agency said.

Belgian city of Bruges sees tourism slowdown after terror attacks

Tourist services in the Belgian city of Bruges - one of the country's visitor hotspots - have seen a decline in numbers during the first half of 2016, following terrorist attacks in Brussels in March, the Belga news agency reported Friday.

French tourist found dead at bottom of cliff in Nepal

The body of a French woman, who had been missing for the last 10 days, has been found at the bottom of a cliff near a highway in western Nepal, local police said 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.

Turkish tourism revenues plummet amid attacks, Russian strife

A steep decline in Turkey's tourism revenue in the first half of the year contributed to a widening deficit in the balance of payments, figures released Thursday showed, owing to unrest in the country and a diplomatic row with Russia.

Sydney's iconic Opera House set for 150-million-dollar makeover

The Sydney Opera House, Australia's top tourist attraction, is set to receive a 150-million-dollar renovation over the next six years, the state government said Thursday.

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.

Italy police: Maximum security activated around the Colosseum

A "maximum security" regime, with extra checks on visitors, has been activated around Rome's Colosseum as part of precautionary measures against terrorism, Italian police said Wednesday.

Putin visit to Slovenia snarls holiday traffic at Austria border

Traffic came to a standstill at a key Alpine pass for hours Saturday in Austria as hundreds of holidaymakers attempted to get through a tunnel before it was blocked as a security measure for a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to neighbouring Slovenia.

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.