Croatian Firms Make Deloitte’s Fast 500 for 2017

Six Croatian firms have made the Deloitte 2017 Technology Fast 500™ for EMEA which was announced today. Deloitte’s Fast 500 is a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The highest-ranked Croatian firm on this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 500 was electric car and parts manufacturer Rimac Automobili in 101st spot with 1,059% growth, followed by:

229. Code Consulting – 545% growth

Code Consulting provides services including software test automation and development, mobile applications development, support, and business process implementation and optimisation.

321. Hangar 18 – 368% growth

Mobile phone manufacturers and tech firm Hangar 18 are based out of Koprivnica.

340. Gauss – 347% growth

Osijek-based software developers Gauss are a design and development software agency with an extensive experience in delivering solutions of various complexities.

378. Infinium – 315% growth

Mobile and web software design and developers Infinum are based in Zagreb and also have offices in the US.

401. Nanobit – 288% growth

Nanobit specialise in developing and delivering mobile applications and games, including calorie tracker app Tap and Track which had success in the US.

“Congratulations to this year’s Fast 500 EMEA winners on their achievements,” said Paul Sallomi, Deloitte global technology, media & entertainment, and telecommunications industry leader. “As technology continues to transform every aspect of how we live and work, innovative, high-growth companies will continue to be at the forefront of bringing new ideas to the marketplace. I look forward to seeing this year’s winners make a positive impact on our world for years to come.”

The fastest growing company on the list was UK firm Deliveroo with 107117% growth.

TOP 20 World Tourism Locations of the Future

Croatia has been ranked 7th on fDi’s inaugural ranking of global tourism locations with the best potential for investment. The first edition of the Global Tourism Locations of the Future 2017/2018 for fDi Magazine, the Intelligence division of the Financial Times, was topped by Thailand, with Croatia ranked in 7th place out of 43 destinations around the world. Croatia was one of three nations which also received the ‘Editor’s Choice Award’ for countries punching above their weight when it came to investment in tourism potential. Thailand, whose tourism sector increased by more than 200% in the last 5 years, was ranked No.1 for the best potential for investment in tourism. “The number of five-star hotels on offer in the country has increased by 44% in the six years to 2016, while the number of four-star hotels went up by 71%. During the same period, the number of two-star establishments decreased by 29%, thus improving the quality of accommodation on offer. Croatia boasts 61 marinas with more than 20,000 berths available on the country’s famous islands – a distinguishing feature that earned it the Cruise Industry Investment award.” fDi says that Croatia is becoming increasingly important as a filming location for both TV shows and films, including HBO’s Game of Thrones series and more recently Robin Hood. “Some 250,000 tourists are believed to have visited as a direct result of the Game of Thrones franchise, helping the country win the Film Industry specialism award,” fDi writes. The Maldives was second, while Hong Kong was No.3. “The country has been making progress on infrastructure to support increasing tourist numbers (international visitors increased at an average annual rate of more than 6% in the five years to 2015). The reconstruction and extension of its airports, which includes a new €300m terminal building at the Franjo Tuđman International airport in Zagreb, the reconstruction of airports in Split and Dubrovnik, as well as plans to construct the 2.5-kilometres-long Pelješac Bridge connecting the mainland to the Pelješac peninsula, helped Croatia win the editor’s choice award for Infrastructure Upgrades. Croatia also won the award for Accommodation Upgrades. It saw the opening of 40 new or refurbished hotels in 2016, a figure set to rise to 50 in 2017,” fDi writes. To create a shortlist data using specialist online tools, destinations were determined using the following parameters. Countries with at least 10% of GDP derived from tourism receipts; and/or countries with at least 10% of all FDI projects in the tourism cluster. Countries scored up to a maximum of 10 points for each data point, which was weighted by importance to the FDI decision-making process in order to compile the overall ‘Tourism Locations of the Future 2017/18’ ranking. In addition, surveys were collected under a sixth category, FDI Strategy, for which there were nine submissions. For these, the judging panel awarded bespoke Editor’s Choice awards.

Istria Pronounced Best Olive Oil Region in the World

The Croatian region of Istria has for the third year in a row been named the best olive oil region in the world by leading guide Flos Olei. Flos Olei, which is the first international extra virgin olive oil guide, have this year included 75 Istrian olive oils in their latest 2018 guide which was presented in Rome today. That number is the most out of all the nations featured in the Flos Olei 2018. The guide, which comes in Italian and English editions, presents the best 500 olive oils from 50 countries in 5 continents based on a panel of expert tasters. The detailed cartography includes both the best olive areas and the ones protected by names of origin. One Croatian olive oil from Istria also features in the TOP 20 in the 2018 guide. That honour goes to extra virgin olive oil from O.P.G. Enio Zubin in Umag. Istria, which had the highest number of olive oils in the 2017 guide (61), is once again the region with the most in the guide and named the best olive region.

Croatian Innovation is Creating a Unique Hospitality Solution

How Croatian innovation merges different global technologies to create a unique hospitality solution. Croatia is a very attractive, demanding and expanding country for hospitality investments with some extra large projects on the Adriatic coast and islands like Hvar already announced. Hotel chains like Marriott, Four Seasons, Accor and RIXOS are just a few names out of many interested in expanding their business in Croatia. Nowadays, guests demands and hotel operations workflow requires a lot of technology to be used, which in such a large constructions could be a big challenge.

More about it in Miki’s story:

It is very difficult to invent something new or different nowadays in the technology, design or any known solutions, and almost impossible to be unique even at the idea level. So having some new or unique idea or solution which is not invented or used worldwide is more than a challenge. This is a reason because I am so proud and happy realising that my idea with a solution named ‘FULL IP SMART ROOM’, I am working on it for the last few months, is not listed or found on GOOGLE search which means that it is unique. Because as we know ‘If it is not on Google – It does not exist’. What is ‘FULL IP SMART ROOM? It is a concept to connect all hotel room devices like IPTV, IP Phone, WiFi AP, Fix internet, and IP room controller to one switch (very often WiFi AP) which needs only ONE uplink cable to floor or core network for all listed devices. One cable per room. Taking into consideration prices of optical networks today, there is even another level of making infrastructure more simple: using a GPON network. With GPON network room concept remain almost the same. All devices are connected to one switch, with optical passive network replacing copper cables, active Ethernet network components, and passive cooper floor cabinets components at all. This is dramatical simplification not only for the hotel guest rooms infrastructure but for all other hotels spaces using the same or similar concept. The aim is to share one network for few hotel room devices like IPTV, IP phone, and WiFi AP was invented and presented before, because WiFi APs with an integrated switch in one box is the perfect hubs for such idea for a long time. BUT, the idea of ‘FULL IP SMART ROOM’ has not been invented because of two simple reasons: There was no IP room controller integrated with smart hotel guest room door lock – There was no a person who will think how to interconnect all of this benefits. With INTEREL IP smart room controller integrated via ZigBee or Bluetooth with smart electronic lock, the platform for this new revolutionary concept was born, and I just started to think. So ‘FULL IP SMART ROOM’ means not only many networks thru one cable, but means ‘ON LINE NETWORK’ for hotels guests rooms access control with smart electronic locks. And many more, because as I explained there is a plenty of other services possible to integrate into the same infrastructure, like Time attendance, Asset tracking, Back of house access and monitor control, and finally Mobile Access; the crucial trigger for guest mobile application usage. So, there is plenty of details to describe here, but, of course, I am not going to do that. If you are a project company, or hotel investor, planning to build new hotel infrastructure, interested in smart ideas and concepts, feel free to call.


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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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