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Croatia has one more thing to brag about! In the competition of 205 countries in the world, it's been placed among the five countries whose accommodation facilities have the best scores by the guests on the website Booking.com – reports Slobodna Dalmacija.
The "Guest Review 2016" award is based on more than 110 million user ratings on more than 355 thousand tourist facilities in 205 countries. Countries that are in the top are Italy, the United Kingdom, Austria, Greece and Croatia, which received the highest ratings of 12,219 passengers.
Two accommodation facilities that got the highest grades are placed in Dubrovnik-Neretva County – Villa Ratac, Slano and Apartment Dee Dee Dubrovnik.
The rest are: Apartments Villa Lilla - Baska Voda, Premium Class Apartments- Zagreb, Casa39 Apartments- Rovinj, Apartments Oliva- Brist, Holiday Home Medimurski Ceker - Sveti Martin na Muri, Venus Apartment- Stobrec, Apartment Delisan – Split and Kampanel - Turanj.
By the research of Booking.com the top 10 requests passengers have when they do the reservation are a comfortable bed (80 percent), magnificent view (60 percent), free Wi-Fi (52 percent), spacious bathroom (39 percent), soft pillows (35 percent) service delivery in the room (28 percent), waterfall shower (25 percent), welcome drink (21 percent), large enough closet and hangers for coats (17 percent) and lighting (13 percent).
Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is coming to Dubrovnik for the 14th time. It will be held in the hotel Tirena on Babin kuk from 16th to 19th of March.
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 the most important fair 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's fair is aimed at expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric cars, eco-furniture and clothing from natural materials), the event ‘’Days of honey in Dubrovnik-Neretva County’’, raising the quality of exhibitors as well as improving the quality of organic and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year the Mediterranean Fair will continue with the promotion of local quality products, along with series of educational lectures, roundtables, presentations and much more.
The Croatian company Hangar 18 has presented the first smart phone in the world with a new Media Tek Helio x27 processor with a rear double camera and seven shooting modes.
The smart phone Noa H10 represents the latest achievement of the smart phone development and is part of the Element series of devices. This smart phone series is particularly interesting because the devices were created in order to provide a design and functions of the ''premium'' segment to end users at favourable prices.
As the first such device in the world, the Noa H10 will strengthen the company's position and its brand Noa on the markets on which it is already available (Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) and enable the further entry of the company into new markets.
The latest smart phone from the Hangar 18 company is the top model of Noa smart phones and has the fastest Helio x27 processor with ten cores designed by Media Tek. The device has a 4 GB of RAM and a 32 GB of internal memory manufactured by Samsung. The 5,5 inches 1080 p Full HD display was designed by Sharp and was made in 2,5 D technology. The most distinguishing feature of the smart phone is its rear dual Samsung camera 2x13 MP that enables ''refocusing'' and post-processing, with a quadruple (Double Dual Flash) LED flash. The camera provides seven shooting modes.
This is actually the first device with a dual camera on the chipset that Media Tek has developed since March 2016.
Extremely cold weather continues to cause troubles in Croatia. Low air temperatures have been increasing the quantity of floating ice on the river Danube and the risk of ice completely covering the river through Croatia.
The Croatian water company (Hrvatske Vode) asked for assistance from Hungary thus Croatia, Serbia and Hungary decided that two Hungarian icebreakers would arrive on the Danube in the Osijek-Baranja County and the Vukovar-Srijem County in the eastern part of Croatia on the 16th of January.
The competent Hungarian authority told that the two icebreakers would be operating along the joint Serbia-Croatian section of the Danube, between Hungary’s southern border and the Croatian city of Vukovar.
According to a statement from the Croatian water company, more icebreakers will arrive if the weather conditions worsen. They also emphasized that the current level of the river Danube in Croatia was not a threat to people or property.
Two Croatian short films will have their world premiers at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival – movie Into the blue made by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic from Dubrovnik in the Generation 14plus and animated movie Hedgehog house in the Generation Kplus – reports HAVC.
Generation is competition program of Berlinale that shows films thematically and aesthetically dedicated to children and youth. The program consists of two parts: Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, the best films are awarded with the Crystal Bears and cash prizes and each year this festival is visited by more than 65 thousand people.
Into the blue was filmed in Dubrovnik last year and will be in the section Generation14plus. Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic made the film and it was produced by movie association Motion from Croatia and Slovenian Blade Production. That's the story about 13 year old Julia and her mother who go to the idyllic island where Julia spent her childhood, while trying to escape domestic violence.
In Generation Kplus Hedgehog house will be presented. That's the adaptation of famous Croatian fable by Branko Copic, who through the story of the encounter of the several forest animals - foxes, wolves, wild boars and bears, speaks about the importance of home.
During the Advent Fairytale in Zagreb the ''Backo Mini Express'' hosted more than 2,700 tourists from all over the world and recorded an increase by 50 percent in comparison to the previous year.
The ''Backo Mini Express'' is one of the thirty private collections in Europe and the largest train model in South-eastern Europe owned by Antun Urbic Backo, the creator and the owner of the collection. It is a result of a five-year work by five locals from Zagreb who have created a tourist rarity in the continental region of Croatia. More than 80 percent of the collection is ''Made in Croatia''.
The train model spreads over 75 square metres of space which include 1,050 metres of rails on which operate more than 100 trains eight hours a day.
''Participating in the project Advent in Zagreb, the ''Mini Express'' recorded a record-breaking interest of foreign tourists from Australia to Chile. Around 50 percent more tourists than the last year visited ''Trains that are never late'' in the period from the 26th of November 2016 until now'', commented Urbic.
The most numerous tourists who visited the largest train model in South East Europe were guests from Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands as well as tourists from the United States, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, China and Australia.
''I was amazed by this attraction. There are so many details, trains, buildings, it really shows the love and devotion to a hobby that has become more than just that. I think that everyone with children should come here. This is fascinating for old and young alike’’, commented one of visitors.
The snow and ice that plagues Dubrovnik last week also brought with them traffic accidents on the roads of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County as driving proved hazardous.
A total of 19 traffic accidents were recorded last week, with the vast majority, 18 in total, recorded on the 11th and 12th of January when the snow storm was the worst. According to the police department there were 19 road traffic accidents last week of which 15 accidents were with material damage only and 4 in which people were injured.
The road traffic police also reported that last week there were 367 offences, of which 188 were for speeding, 53 for drivers not wearing seatbelts and 10 with drivers under the influence of alcohol.
The investor climate in Croatia has been improving lately thus more foreign investment in the country is on the horizon. This time, the investment is coming from Ukraine and one of the richest Ukrainians’ Vadim Novinski.
Vadim Novinski, the owner of the biggest shipyards in Ukraine whose wealth Forbes estimated at around two billion dollars and his business partner Anderi Klyamko are owners of many metallurgical companies in Ukraine as part of their Smart Holding Group. Recently Novinski visited Croatia in order to discuss the future cooperation between Croatian and Ukrainian shipyards.
On this occasion, the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic hosted Novinski and they reached an agreement on Novinski's visit to ''Brodotrogir'' in February in order to organize cooperation with the Croatian shipyard from Trogir near Split.
During the meeting the Prime Minister emphasized the government's support and the importance of this cooperation between shipyards from Croatia and Ukraine in order to make them even more competitive on the markets worldwide.
In addition, Ivica Piric the president of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce in Croatia commented, ''Apart from the shipbuilding industry, Ukrainians are very interested in the construction sector such as roads and bridge construction. Croatian companies have great experience in this segment''.