Lufthansa Launch First Frankfurt – Pula Service
Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa launched a new service between Frankfurt and the Croatian city of Pula on Friday. The inaugural flight, an Embraer 190 aircraft, touched down in Pula 4 days ago, with all passengers on board the aircraft receiving gifts from Lufthansa. Lufthansa will use a Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft between the two cities twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, until 20 October 2017. Present there to welcome the inaugural flight were Lufthansa’s Head of Sales for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Peter Pullem, and Bernhard Wodl, Lufthansa’s General Manager for Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.
First Smart Public Pay Phone in Croatia is Placed in Zadar
The first smart pay phone in Croatia has been presented in the city of Zadar on the Dalmatian coast on Tuesday. Apart from phone calls, the smart pay phone booths will offer locals and tourists a range of different services, including Wi-Fi access, local information, and the ability to buy phone credit and parking and bus tickets via credit and debit cards. T-Hrvatski Telekom (Croatian Telecom), who operate the public smart pay phones, have bought the redundant public pay phones back to life, similar to what has been done in New York, London and Baku. In the 1990s there were more than 10,000 public pay phones in Croatia, today there are less than half as many. In 2000 there were 3 million calls made and received from phone booths in the county. Last year there were 350,000, almost ten times less. A further 10 smart pay phones booths will be placed around Zadar by the end of the week.
Split & Dubrovnik Named on Europe’s Best 16 Beach Cities List
Leading New York-based travel magazine Travel + Leisure have named Split and Dubrovnik on its 16 of the best beach cities in Europe list. Many of Europe’s finest cities aren’t just popular for their art museums or raging nightlife scenes: They’re also home to some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth, writes Travel + Leisure, before going on to name the best 16 beach cities in Europe. Based on their World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asked readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and overall value and based the list of European cities travelers loved the most. Split was ranked in 15th place, whilst Dubrovnik was 11th on the list.
Welcome Croatia’s First Botel
Croatia’s first ever boat hotel, or botel, opened in the port city of Rijeka just over three and a half years ago. The moored boat ‘Marina’ was moved to the Rijeka port from the island of Lošinj, where it served as an entertainment venue for over five years, and opened as Botel Marina. Botel Marina was built back in 1936 in Denmark. Her godmother at launching was the Swedish princess, after whom she was given her first name: Kronprinsessan Ingrid. She was a very modern boat at that time, and she used to sail between the ports in Scandinavia. In 1950 she was extended, and since then she has her current measures: length 72.2 m, width 10.82 m, height 7 m. In 1969 the boat was bought by sea transport company Lošinjska plovidba. Marina then became an attraction in Mali Lošinj before becoming a botel in 2013 in Rijeka on Croatia’s northern Adriatic coast. To get the boat up to botel standards, close to 2 million euros was invested in the project.
Microsoft unveils new Surface laptop
Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface laptop to compete with the Macbook Air. The device will go on sale on 15 June with a starting price of $999 (£770). It has a 13.5 inch (34cm) screen and 14 hours of battery life, the firm said. The tech giant also revealed a new edition of its Windows 10 operating system aimed at schools and designed to run on low-cost computers. Experts said the move was intended to help Microsoft compete with Google in the schools market. Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay said the new laptop had a 1080 pixel display and weighed 2.76lb (1.25 kg) – lighter than the Macbook Air. He also said it would run the new Windows 10S operating system and, despite the price, had been designed with students who were about to leave school in mind.