Regardless of the outcome of Brexit, the current announcements from British market partners show that the number of Britons visiting Croatia in 2020 could be the same as this year and anything more would be a step forward, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said on Monday, the first day of the World Travel Market in London.
The 40th WTM is taking place on November 4-6 and the first day focused on Brexit, its uncertain outcome and its possible consequences for tourism in the UK and the many countries Britons visit.
"Croatia is an already recognisable destination which Britons like to visit, more and more of them every year, and although we can't yet be sure what 2020 will be like on that market, we are confident the results will be the same as this year when, by early November, close to 900,000 of their tourists arrived, generating 4.5 million nights. Those are growths of 4% and 3% in relation to 2018," Cappelli said.
He said the tourism ministers of Greece, Albania, Cyprus and Portugal, with whom he talked at the WTM, as well as UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Tourism Helen Whately, shared those thoughts.
After visiting the Croatian stand and talking with Cappelli and National Tourist Board director Kristjan Stanicic, she said cooperation in everything remained very important.
Brexit makes tourist deals and travel a little uncertain, but we are not that concerned because we see that partners from the world want to continue to work with us. Also, regardless of the outcome, we want to continue the close long term cooperation also with partners in the EU, in which Croatia is certainly important, Whately said.
Cappelli and Stanicic said new five-year contracts were signed at the WTM with British airline EasyJet to increase the number of flights to Croatia as of next year, including a contract with Pula Airport.
Petrol prices in Croatia have changed, according to the Ministry of the Economy – autogas and petrol are more expensive, while the diesel prices have dropped.
From today the price of a litre of petrol is 10.08 Kuna, compared to the previous price which was 10.03 Kuna per litre.
Diesel prices have dropped, but slightly. A litre of diesel in Croatia will cost you on average of 9.81 Kuna, while yesterday it was 9.86 Kuna.
The price of autogas went up. Its current price is 4.53 Kuna, while yesterday it was 4.46.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, in which two persons got light injuries, while there were seven traffic accidents with material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 806 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 582 measures taken due to speeding, 28 measures due to improper overtaking, 18 measures for improper stop and parking, 52 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, nine measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 18 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.
The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is currently taking part in one of the world's largest travel fairs, the World Travel Market in London, which is held from the 4th to the 6th of November in the ExCel London showroom.
The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is a co-exhibitor at the booth of the Croatian National Tourist Board. A number of British journalists are expected to visit and a number of business meetings have been agreed in advance.
On the first day of the fair at the Croatian booth a "Cheese & Wine Meetup" was held organized by the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. On this occasion, all partners of the co-exhibitors were able to taste top Croatian wines and cheeses.
The WTM London is being held for the 40th time this year, with over 50,000 tourism professionals visiting it each year.
In the first ten months, over 303,131 Britons visited the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1,571,115 overnight stays, which is 6 percent more in arrivals or 3 percent more in overnight stays than in 2018, which is why the British are in the top spot of visitors to the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for many years.
Not even the bad weather at the start of the season, the fear that Greece and Turkey would dump prices or the negative publicity seemed to have had any effect on the tourism season in Dubrovnik. Fears of this summer being a disaster have been proved to be unfounded. It has been a year to remember.
Figures just released by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board show that from the beginning of 2019 until the end of October the number of international tourists visiting the city rose by 13 percent on last year. And last year was a record breaking year.
In total 1.372 million tourists choose Dubrovnik as their vacation destination in 2019 and achieved 4.24 million overnight stays. As has been the case for the past decade British tourists were by far the most numerous this year, followed by Americans, Germans and French. 196,331 Brits holidayed in Dubrovnik this year, followed by 155,655 Americans and 99,148 Germans.
The year 2020 will be a watershed for Croatian tourism because of a reform of the system, Croatia's Council of the EU presidency and participation in Expo Dubai, the state secretary at the Tourism Ministry, Tonci Glavina, said at a Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) meeting earlier in the week.
The meeting decided on a 2020 public call for the "Sporting Croatia" project as well as on cooperation in the filming of a show for the Chinese market. It also endorsed a draft agreement on the promotion of Croatian tourism during the EU presidency in the first half of 2020.
Glavina said that and participation in Expo Dubai in the second half of the year were excellent opportunities for Croatia to present its business and cultural products. "That's why next year we wish to put special emphasis on all the best that Croatia offers, linking different business and cultural segments to present them in the best way possible."
HTZ director Kristjan Stanicic said the meeting also discussed promotional guidelines and activities in 2020.
The 2020 "Sporting Croatia" project envisages special forms of marketing and PR cooperation as part of sporting projects and events which position Croatia as an attractive year-round tourist destination and which strengthen the national tourist brand.
After numerous days full of sunshine, rain has come alongside with south wind. In Dubrovnik, that is usually connected with light headache and low energy. However, there is a nice side to it – high waves and dark clouds that bring that special beauty to the Old City. You can see it for yourself in the photo gallery below made by Tonci Plazibat.
And learn something new here: From the Archives – south wind stops Senate
The number of deaths on Croatian roads is finally lower than last year. According to the data to November 2nd, 238 people were killed in traffic – 24 sata+ writes. In the same period last year, we there were 274 dead, which means that the black number has decreased.
By 2023, Croatian Roads plan to repair 23 more dangerous places on state roads, the so-called "black spots". The total value of the project is 68.5 million kuna and the eligible financing costs are 55.4 million kuna. Part of funds were provided through the European Regional Development Fund, according to Croatian Roads. They plan to fully implement the project by June 2023.
Since 2001, they have fixed more than 280 dangerous sites, for which they have invested over 270 million kuna of their own funds and funds from the National Road Traffic Safety Program.
Dubrovnik Jazz Outbreak is the newest event in Dubrovnik for all the music lovers that will take place in the historic quarantine: Lazareti. The first edition will last for three days, from November 8th to November 10th but hopefully in the future it will last much longer and it will extend to several countries.
The performers are: Cockoo Rack Quintet - Felipe Sequiera Quartet - Vilkka Wahl’s KAIHO feat. Sebastian Gille and Severi Pyysalo - Luis Diego Bonilla Quintet - Ivan Bonacic Quartet - Filip Pavic Quintet - Howard Curtis Trio.
-WARNING: Once you catch the jazz bug, it is almost impossible to get rid of it!
You don’t have to report the outbreak to the public health department - it's only harmful to doom and gloom! – the organizers wrote.
The jazz festival is organized by Dubrovacka bastina d.o.o. and the City of Dubrovni and sponsored by the Dubrovnik Tourist Bord.
Croatia Airlines' losses in the first nine months of 2019 stood at 48.4 million kuna (€6.5m). Although net profits in Q3 2019 alone totalled 41 million kuna (€5.5m) the profits generated in Q2 and Q3 did not cover the losses generated in the winter months of Q1 2019, with total operating loss over the first nine months of 2019 amounting to 30.4 million kuna (€4m).
Operating revenues in said period were up 1.4% on the year, while the passenger turnover was the same as in the first nine months of 2018.
In the first nine months of this year, Croatia Airlines transported 1,701,571 passengers, with 2% more passengers flown internationally. Domestically, the number of passengers decreased from the first nine months of 2018.
During this year's summer season, the airline's planes flew to eight Croatian and 30 international destinations in 24 countries. The company operated direct flights between Zagreb and 24 destinations in 22 European countries.