LEAP Summit Announces 2018 Zagreb Dates
Organization committee of one of the biggest international conferences in South-East Europe has announced the dates for LEAP Summit 2018. In 2018, LEAP Summit will be held from 15th to 17th of March. LEAP is also bringing more news in 2018. In 2017, the conference has gathered more than 2,000 participants from 33 countries and more than 60 world-renowned speakers from various industries who were talking about new technologies, changes, entrepreneurship, and innovations. However, LEAP is again leaping out of the box and bringing some fresh news. The venue for 2018 will be changed to Zagreb’s Fair Congress Center, which is bigger space suitable for increasing number of participants who are coming to LEAP Summit. Also, the Summit will host more speakers than last year and in cooperation with European Commission, organization committee expects hundreds of entrepreneurs and great speakers from all over EU. The Summit again brings parallel sessions, but next year on 5 paralleled stages, so everyone can find something useful. Moreover, there is bigger and better networking program which will bring together students, entrepreneurs, representatives of multinational corporations and investors. With increasing number of participants LEAP is ensuring truly international atmosphere with participants from 40 countries worldwide.
Welcome New Authentic French Bakery in Zagreb
More and more international cuisine options are popping up in the Croatian capital. The latest is La Marquiese – a French artisan bakery. La Marquiese has only been open for a few days, but it is already proving popular among locals looking for something a little different. La Marquiese, which is situated at 25 Rebar street, has been opened by French couple Celine and Sebastien Vermant. Celine and Sebastien have run French bakeries in France and the UK before they moved to Croatia earlier this year. “To be authentic, you must have the right ingredients and know exactly what flavors you have to achieve,” La Marquise told Plava Kamenica, adding they only use French butter and flour because of the quality needed. There are plans to open three more outlets around the city soon in the centre in Petrinjska street, in Maksimir, and at Bundek Center.
Property Prices in Croatia Are Going Up
Property prices are on the rise in Croatia, according to the latest data from October, reports 24sata.hr. Whilst property prices are up on average across the county by 2% from last year, they are still 1.75% down from 2011. According to portal Njuskalo, interest in buying and selling is also up, with 7% more searches last month compared to October last year. There were 162,000 properties listed on the popular site last month, with asking prices up 2% from last year. When looking at locations around the country, Dubrovnik continues to be the most expensive. Since 2011, house prices have risen by 9%, with the average price per square metre today 4,382 euros. The average price per square metre for apartments in Dubrovnik is 3,097 euros. Apartments in Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar are all more expensive per square metre than in the capital Zagreb currently. The price of apartments in Zagreb have risen 9% in the last year, with the current average square metre price 1,762 euros. House prices in the capital have fallen however over the past 6 years by 19%. The average square metre house price in Zagreb is now 1,270 euros, down from 1,560 euros in 2011. In Rijeka average square metre prices on houses are down 10% from 1,484 euros to 1,328 euros. Elsewhere in the country, in Slavonski Brod, today the average asking price per square metre for apartments is 804 euros, with houses 636 euros per square metre. Whilst property prices across Croatia on average are up, they have dropped in a number of counties over the past year, particularly in the east. In the Brod-Posavina County prices had dropped 6%, whilst in the Osijek-Baranja County, they were down around 5%.
New Croatia Tourism Promo Video Premieres
The Croatian Tourist Board has presented its new tourism promotional video which will be used to promote Croatia as a destination around the world. The premiere of the video was screened at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London on Tuesday. WTM, which is the leading global event for the travel industry, is taking place in London from 6-8 November 2017 for the 38th year in a row. WTM gathers more than 5,500 exhibitors from 180 countries around the world and is visited by more than 50,000 representatives from the tourist industry and today the video was presented by the Croatian Tourist Board. The promotional video features a number of recognisable locations around Croatia, as well as 10 famous Croatians from the world of sport and arts, including Luka Modric, Marin Cilic and 2CELLOS. Besides well-known Croatian destinations, the video aims to promote the country’s cultural and historical heritage, cuisine, active and nautical tourism offerings and other natural beauties Croatia has to offer.
First ‘Repair Cafe’ to Open in Croatia
The first ‘repair cafe’ in Croatia is set to open in the coastal city of Rijeka. Komunalno Drustvo Cistoca is to set to open a Reuse Centre at their new headquarters in Rijeka. The centre will be part of the repair cafes franchise, which were first founded in 2009 in the Netherlands and have been popping up around Europe, the US and Australia since. People will be able to bring broken household electrical and other appliances such as computers, bicycles, and clothing, to be repaired free of charge. The basic aim of the repair cafe is to reduce the amount of waste that would otherwise be discarded and which, with minor repairs, could be reused. Additionally, the concept allows active involvement of retired tradespeople and volunteer associations who are able to offer their skills and knowledge, Milan Zagorac from KD Cistoca told HRT. In Europe, there are around 1,000 repair cafes, and a further 200 in the US, Canada, Australia and India.