Croatia has been put into the spotlight with its recent World Cup success, but has been more than well known as a tourism destination for many many years. According to the website Travel Pulse, Croatia is coming into its own as a tourism destination, with international tourist arrivals increasing 13 percent in 2017 to more than 18 million international visitors over the prior year. Tourism officials expect this trend to continue into 2018, when visitor numbers are projected to increase another 5 percent. This is another article of the foreign media featuring Croatia where Dubrovnik was put on the cover photo.
Travel Pulse emphasizes the importance of the American market, that has contributed significantly to the to the country’s growth and is one of Croatia’s fastest-growing long-haul markets, in large part due to the strong U.S. economy and strength of the dollar, and to an increase in low-cost, long-haul carriers.
-Between 2011 and 2016, the number of visitor arrivals from the U.S. doubled to nearly 340,000, with further increases of 34 percent in American visitor arrivals and 42 percent in overnight stays by American travelers – it's stated in the article.
Travel Pulse has spoken to Ina Rodin, director of the Croatian National Tourist Office in New York, who said that Americans seek safer destinationssuch as Croatia with customized local and active experiences and adventures in less explored destinations, adding that they are trying to boost the number of visits in the off-season and also to attract people to visit Zagreb Christmas Market, whish was voted the best Christmas market in Europe for the past three consecutive years.
According to the article, most Americans visit Croatia with cruisers and then decide to return and explore the other parts of the country. Also, Game of Thrones popularity, that has been filmed partly in Croatia (Dubrovnik is King's Landing!), had a positive impact on the Croatian tourism too, not to mention the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Travel pulse mentions that last year 74 new hotels opened in the country, but also the problem on the air front. Flying to Croatia requires connections from European hubs like Frankfurt, London or Amsterdam as there are no nonstop flights between it and the U.S. Rodin said that she hopes that that will change in the next two to three years.
-In the final analysis, Croatia’s tourism future looks extraordinarily bright. By 2027, the country’s international tourism arrivals are expected to grow in excess of 26 million - Travel Pulse concludes.
One of the greatest ever Croatian musicians, Oliver Dragojevic, passed away yesterday morning in Split General Hospital. The sad news caused a wave of reactions all over Croatia, and almost at every bigger city numerous people were mourning the death of their favourite musician, gathering spontaneously and singing his well-known hits. Oliver Dragojevic had been battling lung cancer for a year and sadly lost the battle at the age of 71.
The importance of Oliver Dragojevic has been confirmed by the Croatian Government. Andrej Plenkovic, Croatian Prime Minister, has published an information that tomorrow, July 31, in Croatia there will be a national day of mourning because of the death of this extremely talented and important musician.
His career is marked with many timeless classics and his music will live on for the centuries to come.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 30 traffic accidents, of which there were 15 with injured persons, where four persons were heavily injured, 21 had light injuries while 15 traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 793 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 368 measures taken due to speeding, 55 due to improper overtaking, 46 measures due to improper stop and parking, 90 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 18 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Temperatures are rising throughout the whole of Croatia and with a mini heatwave on the way it is important to know what to drink and eat throughout the hot period.
As Dubrovnik melts in temperatures rising up to the high thirties you can expect the beaches of the city to be packed and the ice-cream sellers to be rubbing their hands. Not only will the heat bring on a loss of appetite, poor sleep, nervousness and heart problems it will also bring some changes to our body temperature. So how do you keep hydrated in the heat.
How much water do I need to drink?
According to experts you should drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water daily on normal days, however you should increase your intake on warmer days. Although your daily fluid intake can include sugar-free drink as well as tea and coffee, you need to take into account that caffeinated drinks have a diuretic effect, in other words help you lose fluids. Keep a water bottle with you wherever you go to ensure you drink enough during the day.
What to eat to keep you cool?
Around 25 percent of our daily fluid intake comes from the food we eat, however this can depend on what you eat. Of course certain fruits and vegetables contain much higher levels of fluids than processed foods.
The best food to keep you hydrated are -
Does ice-cream keep me cool?
We wish it did, but no it doesn’t. Experts suggest that cold food gives you a short lived cool feeling but that this will soon turn to heat. Whilst an ice-cream, ice-lolly or slushies might seem tempting on a hot summer’s day they are actually warming your body up rather than cooling it down.
Croatia is a top vacation spot and around the world people have it written on they travel bucket lists. However, from time to time, it's good to be reminded why Croatia should be chosen for your holiday. Forbes has just published an article titled Why Visit Croatia? Here Are 12 Reasons To Go Now, with Dubrovnik as a cover photo.
-Thanks in part to that dazzling World Cup run, Croatia is buzzier than ever, although each year increasing numbers of travelers seek out this idyllic haven on the Adriatic, known for its richly historic and evocative cities, exceptional food and wine, and heavenly sailing waters – writes Forbes, adding that Wanda S. Radetti, the founder and president of VisitCroatia.com-Tasteful Croatian Journeys cited by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as the World Top Travel Specialist for Croatia for more than a decade, knows the country inside and out and that's why she's written a list why you should visit it.
Here's her list of the 12 reasons why you should visit Croatia now:
1. Even if you only have time for a short vacation, you can still cover a lot of ground
2. Sailing Croatia is not just about the beaches
3. But there are many great coastal havens
4. You can sail the exceptional Kornati islands
5. There are still interesting, affordable spots
6. It’s a foodie heaven
7. There are great wines, and wine trails, too
8. Three must-order dishes
9. You can enjoy the Mediterranean diet to the max
10. There are plenty of boutique hotels to choose from
11. Revel in some Old World glamour in Opatija
12. If you want to travel by boat, you have lots of options
For the detailed explanation of every reason on the list, visit the original article here.
Get your sun cream at the ready this week will be the hottest week of the year in Dubrovnik so far with temperatures expected to reach the highs thirties.
The heat wave that was left London’s parks brown, Norway banning BBQ’s for fear of fires and Scotland considering a hose pipe ban is on its way to Croatia. Highs today will reach 32 degrees and for the rest of the week wall-to-wall blue skies and soaring humidity are expected. The Croatian Meteorological Service have warned that the mini heat wave could bring temperatures as high as 37 degrees this week.
And the specialised weather website, AccuWeather, have issued an orange weather warning, with the recommendation “Severe Weather Alerts – stay alert for heat and high temperature induced health risks in the vulnerable population, in particular senior citizens and small children.”
Authorities are recommending avoiding the direct sunshine from 11.00am to 2.00pm, to drink plenty of water and to avoid heavy labour in the heat of the day.
Luís Figo, a retired and well-known Portuguese footballer is in love with Croatia! He's here for the second year in a row and we have a feeling that he might be back in 2019 too. Last year, he could be spotted around Zadar, while this year he is sharing photos at his official Instagram account from Korčula, Vis and Hvar.
Figo has 2.5 million followers, so this is an amazing promotion for Croatia, especially when you see that more than 50 thousand people regulary reacts on this photos. Seeing beautiful, clear sea, will surely make some of them want to visit Croatia.
All the football lovers will be especially interested in the photo from Scedro, near to Hvar, where Figo met with UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin. The caption says – New ideas are coming! Stay tuned!
Who knows, maybe Figo chooses Dubrovnik as his next destination!
One of the greatest ever Croatian musicians passed away this morning at 5.00am in Split General Hospital. Oliver Dragojevic had been battling lung cancer for a year and this morning sadly lost the battle and died at the age of 71.
Oliver Dragojevic, who was born in Split, spent most of his childhood in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula. He attended a music school in Split, where he studied piano, then clarinet and guitar.
His career is marked with many timeless classics and his music will live on for the centuries to come.
The demographic woes of Croatia continue with news that amount of births in 2017 in the country was a record low in the 21st century. A report published by the Croatian Public Health Institute shows that in 2017 a total of 36,600 babies were born in Croatia which is around a 1,000 less than in 2016, and continues the negative birth rate trends.
In 2009 a total of 44,500 babies were born, a record for this century, but since then the number has fallen. The negative trend was worryingly continued in recent years, from 2009 to 2013 the number of newbrons fell by around 4,000 every year.
The age of mothers in Croatia is also increasing, over a third of all mothers in Croatia last year were aged between 30 and 34, followed by women between 25 and 29 years-old.
Overall, the number of births by younger women has been declining over the years, with births by older women on the increase, which is attributed to the limited socio-economic opportunities because of which youths gain employment increasingly later in life, meaning they also buy homes increasingly later - both of which are seen as prerequisites for starting a family with children.
It was a colourful and international evening in Dubrovnik last night as the YIP Children’s Choir from Hong Kong delighted the packed audience.
The concert, organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik, was held in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik on the steps of the St. Blaise Church.
Their repertoire included well-known jazz and pop songs, themes from movies and modern classics. The choir will also perform in Split on July 31st.