According to eVisitor's data, in the period from January to end of July there were 11.1 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 56.3 million overnight stays (+ 6%) in Croatia. Out of this, foreign tourists made 9.8 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 49.8 million overnight stays (+ 6%), with domestic visitors increase of 7% and overnight stays 6%.
- I am exceptionally satisfied with the tourism numbers so far, in July we realized a million overnight stays in a single day, and the data tell us that the guests in the destinations are staying longer and spending more. Although we are at the very heart of the tourist year, we are currently focusing on the off-season that we are also very much looking forward to. A campaign on eleven world markets, such as Germany, Great Britain, France or Spain, is underway to promote eno-gastronomy, nautical and cultural tourism and active holidays. We continue to promote Croatia through our celebrated football players through the online channels where we connect them with the destinations they come from. Visually and communicatively we joined Slavonski Brod and Mario Mandžukić, Donji Miholjac and Domagoj Vida, Zadar and Luka Modrić, Omiš and Ivan Perišić, Imotski and Ante Rebić, Karlovac and Dejan Lovren, etc. - said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.
Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized the importance of positioning Croatia as a year-round destination. -We are building the image of a quality all-year destination, and this year's tourism traffic results show that, as well as realized tourism revenues, which are 14 percent higher in the first three months compared to the same period last year. We are pushing up the tourist demand with new emerging markets such as China, Japan and Korea, and it is a pleasure to note that in this period, over the past two years, we recorded a growth of more than 50 percent of the tourist turnover from the distant markets. Our desire to continue further projects is to stimulate the growth of tourist traffic outside the summer months, which will ultimately contribute to increased income, employment opportunities for a longer period and, in addition to tourism, to boost the economic growth of the entire destinations - said Minister Cappelli.
During the first seven months most of the overnight stays were realized in Istria (15.6 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County there were 10.5 million overnight stays and 10 million overnight stays were realized in Kvarner. Next on the list is the Zadar County with 7.5 million overnight stays and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 4.7 million. Šibenik-Knin County had 3.7 million overnight stays, in Lika-Senj there were 1.7 million, while 1.4 million overnight stays were realized in Zagreb. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 597,000 arrivals (+ 9%) and 1.2 million overnight stays (+ 7%), while most of the overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (295,000), Krapina-Zagorje (195,000), Osijek -Baranja (108,000), Međimurje (106,000) and Zagreb County (105,000).
At the national level during the first seven months, most of the overnight stays came from the markets of Germany (10.5 million), Slovenia (6.1 million), Austria (4.3 million), Poland (3.5 million) and the Czech Republic (3.2 million), and by looking at the segment of accommodation, most of the overnight stays were realized in households (19.6 million), hotels (14 million) and camps (10.4 million). Top destinations in the first seven months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin.
In July two percent more overnight stays
In July, there were 4.6 million arrivals and 31 million overnight stays in Croatia, which, compared to July 2017, represents an increase of two percent in overnight stays. In July most of the overnight stays were realized in Istria (8.1 million), Split-Dalmatia County (6 million) and Kvarner (5.8 million). Next is Zadar County with 4.9 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin with 2.3 million, Dubrovnik-Neretva with 2.1 million overnight stays, Lika-Senj with 1.1 million overnight stays and Zagreb with 288,000 overnight stays. On the continent, there were 145,000 arrivals and 290,000 overnight stays in July, of which most of the overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (122,000), Krapina-Zagorje (36,000), Zagreb (25,000), Međimurje (24,000) and Osijek-Baranja County (17,000).
With all the stress and a chaotic style of life, for their holiday everybody want that perfect little getaway, a place where they will relax completely. Because of that website SpaSeekers has published The most and least relaxing city breaks in Europe!
-There's nothing worse than looking forward to a getaway and being faced with chaotic airports, bad transport, overcrowded tourist spots, and disappointing scenery. So, how can you find out which European cities are the most peaceful, while still offering a sense of adventure? And which are the most stressful? – write SpaSeekers, adding that they have conducted research into some of the most popular European city destinations and ranked them by how relaxing they are.
Copenhagen was revealed to be the most relaxing city break that Europe has to offer, while Sofia, Amsterdam, and Paris aren't advised if you're looking for a tranquil break.
Croatia found its place on this list too, with Zagreb being placed on fifth spot, which is quite good! None of the other Croatian cities made it to the list of the most relaxing cities, but luckly – none of them is mentioned on the list of the least relaxing city breaks.
The European Relaxation Index ranks 28 cities across Europe by analysing six factors:
- How busy the city is
- How happy the locals are
- Living standards
- Access to public transport
- The amount of coastline nearby
- How busy the local airport is
If you are planning a relaxing visit to Zagreb, here are some tips for you.
The height of the summer season is here and Dubrovnik is alive with tourists enjoying the sights and sounds of the ancient city.
The three main entrances into the historic core are busy from morning till night with the entrance on Pile by far the busiest. Just how busy…well see for yourselves.
This video shows just one minute of the crowds entering the city, can you count the number of visitors?
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 25 traffic accidents, of which there were 14 with injured persons, where eight persons were heavily injured, ten had light injuries while 11 traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 794 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 399 measures taken due to speeding, 87 due to improper overtaking, 55 measures due to improper stop and parking, 68 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 19 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
The exhibition Horrors of the homeland by the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Art Workshop Lazareti, which will present the works of thirty-three Dubrovnik contemporary artists at six locations, will be open on Tuesday, August 7, at 9 pm at the Sponza Palace. The authors of the exhibition are Srdjana Cvijetić, Helena Puhara and Lucija Vuković, gathered in the Custos work organization Groma.
Dubrovnik artists that will present their artwork are: Anamarija Bezek, Mara Bratoš, Pasko Burđelez, Boris Cvjetanović, Mario Cvjetković, Viktor Daldon, Ivo Dimnić, Marko Ercegović, Marija Grazio, ABS Group, Tina Gverović, heART, Katarina Ivanišin Kardum, Stanko Ivanković, Ivana Jelavić, Stjepo Kaleb, Sven Klobučar, Igor Knezović, Miranda Rako Kuzmanić, Berta Miloš, Maro Mitrović, Ana Opalić, Ivana Pegan Baće, Marijana Pende, Izvor Pende, Luko Piplica, Dario Kulišić, Ana Požar Piplica, Ivana Selmani, Nives Sertić, Slaven Tolj, Ivona Vlašić and Borko Vukosav. Besides the Sponza Palace, their works will be presented at the studio of Izvor Pende (Braće Andrijića 7), next to the Orlando's Column, at the entrance to the Sloboda cinema (Luža), at the cinema Slavica and beneath the stairs of the Dominican Monastery.
In the works of these artists, we see complex relationships and forms, from traditional to revolutionary. The exhibition theme goes around the concept of landscapes in contemporary art practices through personalized relationships of the artists with the inevitable 'collision' of the surroundings of the exceptional beauty and the changes and deviations that are hidden behind what it seems to be harmony. The image of the City is a stigmatized icon, burdened by the glorious past, and, on the other hand, by the misunderstanding of this past as well as the need for modernity. This exhibition is an opportunity to talk about abandoned present through visual art. The Horrors of the homeland exhibition stands as a small encyclopedia of the problems of one city, or more precisely the City image.
This exhibition presents the fusion of the program for the development of the public of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – City Keys and programs of the art interventions at the public spaces of the Art workshop Lazareti – The City is dead. Long live the City! The exhibition will stay open until the end of the Festival, August 25th.
Green Sail, an organization that creates a platform for the development of nautical tourism by suggesting preventive and corrective measures for Croatian marinas and charters, filmed a video about the problem of releasing black water from different types of vessels in Croatia.
Numerous charter companies, marinas and other tourist companies in Croatia have been delighted to promote green practices to their employees, associates and guests after British company, Sail Croatia, founded the Green Sail initiative, following the lead of other Western countries. The interest to participate was also demonstrated by other institutions and organizations in the region who assessed the initiative's programs as those of great quality.
Nowadays, marine pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems and it can have serious consequences on the living conditions of marine flora and fauna. Although the nautical sector faces numerous other problems, it should not be neglected that the sea can be polluted by pathogens, nutrients, chemicals, detergents, pesticides and heavy metals from faecal wastewater. This can lead to many health problems and at the same time, can jeopardize marine systems and the economy.
The current practice of releasing faecal waters from vessels has been discussed with the Head of the Department of Maritime Studies at the University of Dubrovnik, Žarko Koboević (PhD). He pointed out that the process of education and raising people’s awareness about this issue is quite slow. "Croatian legislation does not have strict or detailed regulations as to how far away from the shore certain waste can be discharged without being sanctioned", says Professor Koboević, who wrote his doctoral thesis on "The Model of Sea Pollution by Black Waters from Vessels".
The safe discharge of black tanks in marinas is rare due to the small number of marinas that offer this service. A lot more needs to be done and it is only precise laws and enhanced controls that can make the necessary changes to the discharge of faecal water from vessels across the Adriatic coast.
Green Sail is a non-profit initiative founded to promote sustainable tourism and environmentally friendly practices within the nautical sector, as well as to prevent pollution of the sea and the marine environment.
During July, there were 410,626 arrivals and 2,066,277 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is roughly equal to the figures from July 2017.
From the beginning of the year until the end of July 1.2 million tourists have arrived in the county and achieved 4.6 million overnight stays. This is an increase in tourist arrivals of 6 percent and overnight stays of 4 percent compared to the same period from last year.
Most overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and France.
And the indicators from the tourism industry is that the end of the season could well be just as busy as the main season. Airlines will generally fly a couple of weeks later into the year than last year, and with the introduction of a few airlines through the winter period 2018 could well go into the record books as the best year ever for Dubrovnik tourism.
Croatia’s World Cup team are going to be honoured with a special commemorative medal to acknowledge their exploits at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Croatian Monetary Institute will produce a special medal with the Croatian shirt and it is sure to be a collector’s piece. Priced at 199 Kuna the medal will be released at the end of this month and is engraved with the words “Runners Up.” It weighs 24 grams and is 3.7 cm in diameter.
Croatia’s silver winning World Cup team are in high demand from the leading European football clubs and the latest possible transfer surrounds another midfield ace. According to reports in the Italian media the Inter Milan player and star of the World Cup in Russia, Marcelo Brozović, is on the radar of Tottenham. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bolster his midfield and he has Brozović in his sights.
Pochettino sees Brozović as the perfect solution for his midfield and is hoping to make the deal before the end of the transfer window. Allegedly Marcelo is also ready to move to London, and the transfer is very close to realization with only the last details remaining.
The 25-year-old Croat arrived at Inter in the summer of 2016 from Zagreb's Dinamo. He has played 112 games for the Italian club and scored 18 goals and has 19 assists.
Brozović attracted potential buyers with his outstanding performances in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he set a record for the distance covered in one game, against England in the semi-finals, with 16 kilometres and 339 metres.
The Dubrovnik dolphin adventure continues. After the amazing dolphin photo that we received yesterday comes another beauty and even a short video.
The dolphin was spotted by Tom James from New Zealand and the video was taken as he made his way out of the marina and towards the Elaphite Islands.
Check out this amazing video