The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is participating at the international GLOBalnie - tourism, sport and nautical equipment fair, which is held for the 24th time from 23rd to 25th March in Katowice, Poland.
This is the first time that Dubrovnik-Neretva County is participating at this fair, sharing the stand with Tourist boards of Split-Dalmatia, Sibenik-Knig, Zadar and Lika-Senj counties.
The fair aims to show what is currently the best in tourism business. Offerings dedicated to families and individuals, lovers of history and culture, enthusiasts of agrotourism and ecotourism, and all outdoor activities as well as recreational and sports equipment manufacturers will be located at over 200 stand in the exhibition area of around 7000 square meters.
In the marathon of accompanying events, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy music shows, delicious bites from all over the world and share business experience with others.
In 2017, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by 75,500 tourists from Poland, who made 530 thousand overnight stays and were ranked third in the number of overnight stays.
Throughout the Croatian airports, in January this year, there was a total of 252 thousand passengers or 15.4 percent more than in the same period last year, when there were 218 thousand passengers, according to the data from the Central Bureau of Statistics – Poslovni.hr reports.
The largest passenger traffic, 191 thousand, was made by the Zagreb Airport, which recorded an increase of almost 13.4 percent compared to January last year, while Split is on the second place with 32 thousand passengers or 10.4 percent more.
Dubrovnik Airport had 22,000 passengers and is in the third place, with 16 percent increase compared to January last year, while the airport of Osijek had 3,179 passengers, Pula 1,404, 1,383 in Zadar and 1,287 in Rijeka.
The airport of Mali Losinj in January had three registered passengers.
Among foreign passengers in Croatian airports in January there was the highest number of Germans, 70,864 or 21.7 percent more than in the same period last year. In the second place are French, 14,346 or 21.6 percent more, tourists from Netherlands are the third, with 12,345 or 4.9 percent more than a year ago.
Croatian airports in January saw a rise in freight traffic. The total traffic was 821 tons, which is 44.8 percent higher than last year.
In January 2010, there were 4,519 aircraft operations registered in nine airports in Croatia, which is an increase of 11.3 percent compared with January last year, when it was 4,061.
According to the Travel&Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 related to safety, Croatia was ranked among one of the safest countries in the world for holidaymakers to visit.
The latest survey about safety of Croatian cities carried out by the Institute of Economics in Zagreb based on data from the Ministry of the Interior has revealed the safest cities and towns in the country in 2017.
The survey was presented at the 10th International City Security Conference 2018, which was held in Split from the 22nd to the 23rd of March 2018. When it comes to overall security, out of 29 cities and towns included in the survey Sinj is the safest Croatian town for the fourth year in a row.
The town of Sinj in the Split-Dalmatia County, well known for the 300-year old tournament ‘’Sinjska alka’’, is followed by continental cities and towns such as Đakovo, Požega, Samobor, Križevci, Velika Gorica, Petrinja, Sisak, Bjelovar, and Koprivnica.
Larger coastal cities placed in the lower part of the list such as Split (12th), Dubrovnik (15th), Šibenik (26th), Zadar (28th) and Pula (29th). The Croatian capital of Zagreb placed as the 20th on the list of the safest cities in Croatia.
For the next three years, world investors have reserved funds worth more than 3 billion Euros for Croatia, however, how much money will be actually invested it is up to Croatia.
According to experts from Colliers Croatia, engaged in consulting serious investors, the Croatian market is very interesting to investors, however, the biggest obstacles on the way of project realization are unresolved property and legal issues as well as complicated administration.
Out of more than 50 projects that could be interesting to investors, only 10 of them are ready for new investors, emphasized Colliers Croatia.
‘’Croatia will be in the limelight for another two to three years. If we miss the opportunity, the capital will go to other destinations’’, warned the director of Colliers Croatia Vedrana Likan.
Croatia is perceived as a safe country with high tourist potential; however, its development has been hampered by a bad business climate, numerous poor investment stories, the animosity towards foreign investors, the unpredictability of projects due to system constraints etc.
Slovenia hasn’t followed the lead of Great Britain and has decided to prolong the ban on Croatian workers for another two years. The Slovenia government has proposed a law under which the labour market in Slovenia for Croatian citizens would remain closed for two more years. This comes after news just this week that the UK will open the market to Croatian workers from the 1st of July.
The Slovenian government commented in a brief statement that the aim of the proposed law was to align this issue with the labour market situation in Slovenia, thus ensuring its stability in the next two years.
The move to ban Croatian workers has brought reaction from Slovenian business, with the Chamber of Commerce adding that it was a wrong move and an “own goal” for the economy. The chamber has called on the government to withdraw the proposal and to draft a new law.
The abolition of restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens has recently been announced by Malta, the former British colony, and today the smallest member of the EU as well as the UK. This means that further restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens within the EU remain only in the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia. Other EU members have already abolished restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens.
It might be the third day of spring today but the weather certainly feels more like the depths of winter. Gale force northerly winds have been blowing for two days, bringing down trees and forcing the Dubrovnik Bridge to close, and overnight snow came back to the county.
During the night snow fell on the hills of Konavle, south of Dubrovnik, as well as on the Peljesac Peninsular. Winter conditions for driver are in force in Konavle with the police stating that there is between two and three centimetres of snow on many roads.
The arctic situation is the same on Peljesac with some roads actually closed due to the weather conditions.
The weather forecast for the weekend is for an increase in temperatures and sunshine, meaning that this should be the last Dubrovnik sees of snow.
The European Union project to build free Wi-Fi internet access all over Europe has been accepted with open arms by Croatia. Two days ago the EU initiative was opened and since opening Croatia is ranked sixth among thirty countries in terms of registrations from boroughs and cities.
The WiFi4EU programme offers vouchers worth €15,000 for municipalities to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces, including libraries, museums, public parks, squares. As stated by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the WiFi4EU initiative aims at connecting "every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centres of public life by 2020."
Almost 15 percent of the registrations from local government in Croatia have come from the Dubrovnik – Neretva County, according to reports in the local media. "I'm glad to see that Croatia has responded so well to this project because we have the most registered municipalities in comparison to the number of inhabitants," commented Croatian MEP Tonino Picula.
In 2017, 650,000 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union, with the majority coming from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This is around half of the number of asylum seekers in 2016, when 1.2 million arrived in Europe, according to new data from Eurostat.
By far the most attractive destination for asylum seekers last year was Germany, with 3 in 10 applying to stay in Germany, followed by Italy, France and Greece. 198,000 applied to stay in Germany, whilst only 33,000 applied in the UK and 30,000 in Spain.
Croatia was well down the list of attractive destinations for asylum seekers. In 2016 Croatia received 2,150 applications however this number has fallen by 59 percent last year to 880 first time applicants. In fact, the number of asylum seekers in Croatia in 2017 was a mere 0.1 percent of the European Union share.
According to the European Statistical Office (Eurostat), the Netherlands has recorded the highest average price of agricultural land in the European Union. On the other hand, Croatia is much ‘’cheaper’’ because the average price of agricultural land in the country is 22,5 times lower than in the Netherlands.
The Eurostat data shows that in 2016 the average price of agricultural land per hectare in the Netherlands was almost 63,000 Euros, whilst in Croatia it was barely 2,809 Euros. On the other hand, the cheapest hectare of agricultural land in 2016 was in Romania, only 1,958 Euros.
At the region level, the lowest price per hectare was recorded in the southwestern region of Bulgaria, averaging about 1,165 Euros in 2016.
By region, in continental Croatia, the price per hectare of cultivated land was 2,739 Euros or 89 Euros more than a year earlier, whilst in the coastal Croatia the price was 4,651 Euros per hectare or 54 Euros lower, the Eurostat data shows.
The European Statistical Office notes that land prices depend on national, regional and local factors such as legislation, land quality, climate, etc. as well as on the relationship between supply and demand, including foreign ownership rules.
From cheese to shoes, from honey to ham, from sweets to salty delicacies – you can try it and buy it all on the Babin Kuk in Hotel Tirena. Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship opened in Dubrovnik for the 15th time. It will be open until Sunday, 25th of March and it offers variety of traditional and delicious Croatian products. You can visit the Fair every day until 7 pm.
All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of.
This specialized manifestation has become one of the most important fairs in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green business.
-This year fair is aimed at the expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric vehicles, eco-furniture and clothing made of natural materials), the manifestation of the Days of Honey in Dubrovnik-neretva County, raising the quality of exhibitors performance, as well as raising the quality of environmental and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year we shall continue with the promotion of the marks "Originally Croatian" and "Croatian quality" aiming to present high-quality local products and we are preparing a series of educational roundtables, lectures, presentations, attractive cultural, entertaining and culinary attractions - it's stated on the Mediterranean Fair official website.
Photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic