4.5 Million Tourists Already Visit Croatia in 2017

There seems no doubt that last year’s record tourist year will be beaten in 2017.

From 1 January to the middle of June 2017 around 4.5 million tourists have visited Croatia, which is 22% more than the same period last year, Croatia’s Minister of Tourism has stated.

Whilst arrivals were up 22%, overnight stays, a key measure in the tourism sector, were up 24% with 16 million created up until the middle of June 2017.

Last year over 16 million tourists visited Croatia, which was the most ever in a calendar year, but all signs are pointing to 2017 to eclipse it.

“There are encouraging signs for bookings for the post-season, in October and November, and it is forecast that there should be overall growth of between 3-4% from last year,” Minister Gari Cappelli stated.

The Germans were still the nation’s number one tourists, creating around 4 million overnights in the first half of the year. Austrians, Slovenians, Brits, and Italians also arrived in large numbers.

First Theme Park in Croatia Opening on 15 July

The first theme park built-in Croatia will open its doors to the public next month, daily Vecernji list reports.

Fun Park Mirnovec, which is located 2 km south of the Dalmatian town of Biograd na Moru, will open on 15 July and will operate with reduced capacity in the first five days.

“We are planning to sell a limited number of tickets for the period from 15 to 20 July. The park will operate with reduced capacity during that period, and tickets will range between 100 and 120 kuna and will be available on 5 July only via our website. Starting from 20 July, we will start to work with full capacity with a ticket price of 130 to 190 kuna depending on the type of ticket,” Fun Park Mirnovec Director Boris Kovaček said.

The first theme park in Croatia took 1 year and 2 months to complete and is based on Gardaland in Italy, and theme parks in Florida and Orlando.

Fun Park Mirnovec, which is located 2 km south of the Dalmatian town of Biograd na Moru, will open on 15 July and will operate with reduced capacity in the first five days.

“We are planning to sell a limited number of tickets for the period from 15 to 20 July. The park will operate with reduced capacity during that period, and tickets will range between 100 and 120 kuna and will be available on 5 July only via our website. Starting from 20 July, we will start to work with full capacity with a ticket price of 130 to 190 kuna depending on the type of ticket,” Fun Park Mirnovec Director Boris Kovaček said.

New Boutique Hotel Opens in Heart of Zadar’s Old Town

A new exclusive art boutique hotel has opened in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast.

Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel is a small, friendly boutique hotel located in the attractive location of Kampo Kastela, the historic Zadar district in the heart of the Old Town.

Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel has only nine exclusive accommodation units, an attractive “secluded garden” and a hotel bistro named Corte Vino & More.

This romantic four-star jewel, surrounded by the green oasis of a nearby park and protected cultural monuments, is in close proximity to all the city’s sights, the ancient forum, the sea and Zadar’s waterfront, as well as the famous architectural installations of the Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun.

Croatia’s Population to Drop to 2.5 Million, Says Latest UN Report

The world’s population will pass the 8 billion mark in 2023, next year the number of over 60s will top 1 billion, and Croatia’s population is set to fall by 15%, according to the latest findings and forecasts from the United Nations annual population survey.

The UN’s ‘World Population Prospects 2017’ report shows that Croatia currently has a population of 4.189 million people, of which 2.019 million are men and 2.170 million are women, but in ten years time, the population will drop below 4 million.

The report suggests that in 2050 the population will be just under 3.5 million, whilst in 2100 it will drop to just over 2.5 million people. The average life expectancy in Croatia in 2100 will be 88.8.

The report reveals that apart from Croatia, a number of Eastern European nations will likely to be particularly badly affected by population trends, with numbers likely to drop by more than 15% also in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine.

More than half of the global population growth by 2050 is set to come from sub-Saharan Africa, the UN predictions released last week showed.

Dario Šarić Creates Croatian History as he is Named in NBA All-Rookie First Team

Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Šarić has created Croatian history by becoming the first player to be named in the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Šarić who averaged 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds per game and had 106 3-pointers in his first NBA season, was a unanimous choice in the NBA All-Rookie First Team which was named ahead of the NBA Awards in New York tonight.

The 23-year-old Croatian also had 10 doubles-doubles and 14 20-point games during the 2016-17 season.

He also featured in the Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star Weekend and was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in February and March.

Šarić was also a finalist in the NBA Rookie of the Year award, however, that title went to Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcom Brogdon.

 

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Patricia Bingula bivša je studentica Pravnog fakulteta, a od ove godine brucošica Ekonomskog fakulteta u Zagrebu i novopečeni član Managerova tima. U slobodno vrijeme trenira odugovlačenje s učenjem, a ponekad i odbojku. Radi kao konobarica u kafiću blizu faksa i u zagrebačkom noćnom klubu. Glazbu smatra bitnim dijelom svog života pa ćete je u većini susreta vidjeti kako kasni negdje, ali nikada bez slušalica. Osim toga, voli sve što vole mladi.

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