Tourism in Croatia Up 22% in 2017
A busy start to what is expected to be a record year for tourism in Croatia’s history.
According to data from the eVisitor and eCrew (nautical) system, a total of 1.7 million tourists visited Croatia in the first four months of 2017, which is 22% more than in the same period of 2016, which was a record-breaking year.
From 1 January to 30 April 2017 tourists created 4.7 million overnight stays, which is 26% more than the same period last year.
1.3 million of those tourists were from abroad, with the most arriving from Germany (546.000), Slovenia (489.000), Austria (437.000), Italy (260.000) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (236.000).
“The growth of tourist traffic in the pre and post season is extremely important for increasing the competitiveness of tourism and encouraging active business over the longer period of the year, which contributes to the development of the local environment but also to the development of the entire Croatian economy. These results are a real indicator that Croatia has become more recognizable as a year-round destination and that its offer and attractive manifestations attract more and more guests from the main tourist year,” said Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, adding that Croatia is now better connected thanks to new airline routes.
Iconic 5-Star Dubrovnik Hotel Excelsior Opens Again
Cult five-star Dubrovnik Hotel Excelsior has opened its doors to guests after undergoing a major renovation.
More than half a million kunas per room has been invested into the landmark hotel, which has been closed since October 2016.
Housed in a former 1913 royal villa and built to take full advantage of a west-facing view of the glorious Old Town of Dubrovnik, Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik opened again after its fist major renovations since 2008.
Croatian architect studio BF, together with Franić Šekoranja studio, were commissioned for the project to revamp the famous hotel.
Just a five-minute walk from the City Walls, Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik has attracted a number of famous guests over the years, including Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor.
Croatian Olive Oil Wins 22 Awards in New York
Two Croatian olive oils were declared the overall winners in their categories, whilst another 20 olive oil producers picked up gold and silver medals at the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC).
More than 800 olive oils from 26 countries were competing at this year’s awards which were held from 24-27 April in New York.
Vergal Frantoio from Novigrad was proclaimed the finest in the class of delicate mono sortal oils in the northern hemisphere, whilst M’ Olive Oil from Rovinj was judged the best in its class of blends, writes plavakamenica.hr
Crolander Wooden Keyboards from Croatia
Crolander produces unique homemade wood mechanical keyboards and wood stands for Apple iPad and Samsung tablets, as well as other products.
“Six years ago I saw a wooden keyboard on the Internet and wanted to make one for myself. I was not able to as I did not have the machine to do it. Three years ago I constructed a CNC machine so I could make the keyboards I always wanted,” Crolander founder Milan Majstorović told Tportal.
Based in Karlovac, Crolander makes exclusive personalized homemade wooden products, including keyboards, tablet and mobile phone holders, and wooden jars, from oak, cherry and pear wood.
The keyboards are decorative because as they look great on wooden tables, and at the same time, they are functional.
“The first one was made two years ago. Over time, it changed its appearance to what it is today,” said Milan.
The Crolander wooden keyboard with mechanical switches, which is made from 30-year-old oak, is sold for around 289 euros (plus packaging) on the international market on Etsy.
New April Records Set in Zagreb and Dubrovnik
Zagreb and Dubrovnik Airports have both registered their strongest Aprils on record.
Zagreb Airport handled 240,168 passengers in April, the most in any April in its history. Last month’s number were 18.7% more than in April 2016.
Since 1 January 2017, Zagreb Airport has welcomed 756,168 passengers through its doors, up 6.3% from the same period last year. The new Zagreb terminal, which only opened last month, hopes to handle more than 3 million passengers in 2017.
A number of new connections will launch this summer to Zagreb, including a new Emirates flight to Dubai, and Croatia Airlines routes to Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, and Bucharest.
Meanwhile, Dubrovnik Airport, which also opened recently after expansion, recorded its strongest ever April. Last month 143,912 passengers came through the door, which marks a massive 52.1% growth, compared to April 2016.
Since 1 January 2017 Dubrovnik Airport has handled 219,888 passengers, which is 26% more than the same period last year.
New connections to Dubrovnik from airlines such as Eurowings, Jet2.com, Monarch Airlines, easyJet, and Thomson Airways, means the airport is expecting to handle over 2 million passengers in 2017.