Jadrolinija Passes 12 Million Passengers for First Time in History
2017 has been the best year in history for Croatia’s leading transport company Jadrolinija.
On Monday Jadrolinija welcomed its 12 millionth passenger in 2017, the first time ever the ferry company has passed that mark in a calendar year.
“We have reached a historical record in the number of passengers. We have transported 12 million passengers and three million vehicles. We are happy that we have managed to do all this in accordance with the highest security standards,” Jadrolinija CEO David Sopta said.
There was also a record on Monday at Split port for Jadrolinija when the 5 millionth passenger arrived. Alfred Dominis was Jadrolinja’s 12 millionth passenger and Vesna Kurtić was the 5 millionth. Both had arrived from the island of Brač.
Jadrolinija, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, had a bumper summer. From May to October, Jadrolinja transported 8.6 million passengers and 2.1 million cars, which was 6% more than during the same period last year, which was a record year at the time for Jadrolinija.
Jadrolinja, which employs 1,700 people and has a fleet of 50 boats, operates 34 lines in Croatia and four lines internationally connecting Italy, and Montenegro.
The overall capacity of the fleet is around 30,000 passengers and 4,000 vehicles, making Jadrolinija one of the TOP 10 passenger liners in the world.
2 New Hilton Hotels Opening in Zagreb
Zagreb City Hotels, which runs the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Zagreb, are to open two new hotels under the Hilton brand, the company confirmed on Wednesday.
Canopy by Hilton, which is Hilton’s 12th brand and first opened last year in Iceland, will open at Branimir Centre, near Zagreb’s downtown train station, next year.
The second Hilton-branded hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, will open in 2019 in Radnička street.
10 million euros has been invested in fitting out each hotel, Josipa Jutt Ferlan, Zagreb City Hotels Director & Cluster General Manager for all Hilton hotels in Zagreb said.
Canopy by Hilton is an upscale lifestyle brand with a fusion of international and local standards. The brand is positioned just after luxury brands Waldorf Astoria and Conrad.
Zagreb will be the second location in Europe to have a Canopy by Hilton hotel, with more than twenty properties currently under development in the United States and Europe.
Hilton Garden Inn is a chain of upscale, mid-priced hotels by Hilton with the Zagreb hotel set to be 8 floors high and have a congress centre with a capacity of 400 people.
“With regards to the three mentioned hotels: DoubleTree by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn, we are focused on three different market niches, the total capacity of approximately 460 rooms will be highly marketed. Canopy and Garden Inn, like Doubletree at the time, are very innovative in their concept, market-accepted and are therefore successful in business. It is certain that by entering this market, we will improve the hotel industry not only in Zagreb but also in Croatia,” said Ferlan, Poslovni.hr reports.
Ivan Rakitić Invests in IntelStats Software & Croatian Football Development
Croatian international Ivan Rakitic has extended his business portfolio by investing in and becoming a co-owner of IntelStats.
IntelStats, which has offices in Zagreb and London, is today’s most advanced and powerful computerized system providing football IT analysis solutions to improve player performance, team statistics, and smart scouting.
The majority owner of IntelStats is football analyst Ivan Ilečić, who has been working on this software for several years, visiting more than 30 European clubs and their analysts, with the application inspired by the essential data and parameters used by coaches such as Jurgen Klopp, Pepe Guardiola, Joachim Löw, Maurice Pochttin and clubs such as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Leverkusen, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Real Madrid and others in Germany and England.
“We are currently analyzing Champions League matches, certain Premier League and Bundesliga matches, Serie A and the complete Croatian first division and all the players in it as well as the Croatian national team and its opponents. Unlike the competition, IntelStats offers static parameters and analysis that are essential for player progress, a simple tool to use through an iPad application that will allow you to reach all the match data as well as cut-off clips of each game match in a very short time prepared for the game and the next opponent. Today, auxiliary coaches or analysts spend too much time watching full games and cutting picks because they do not have the right tools to do it for them,” Ilečić said, before adding.
“If you know how to use the analysis it can be of great benefit before the match, after the match and of course about the opposition. If this helps you 3-5%, that percentage can sometimes be 3, or 6 points, which means you may be second or third or relegated out of the league. Therefore, there is no need to underestimate every detail that can contribute to a better game or a result.”
New co-owner Rakitic is a user of the software himself.
“I use Intelstats on a regular basis like I did other applications at various other clubs. IntelStats analysis Barcelona and Croatia matches, as well as Champions League games fo it i excellent to see my analysis after the match on iPad,” Rakitic said, before adding.
“Ivan does something extra and sends me some clips after the match, which for me, like every player, is handy when you want to see what were the good and bad things you done in the match.
Ivan, of course, has a little fun with me with those clips and the data that he sends me after the match, but that is how it is, however he is an expert on this and it allowed to. But without doubt that part he knows very well how to do and that is one of the reasons why I invested in IntelStats,”
Ivan also worked with us in the national team and prepared us for the upcoming matches and when I saw how sophisticated that system he was doing, and I have gone through a lot of clubs and saw a lot of systems, I said this is the future and well done as it is necessary for a player’s progress,” Rakitic said.
Rakitic says that the software will soon be presented to the Barcelona Youth Academy, La Masia, as well as other European clubs.
“I would be the happiest if all the Croatian clubs and their coaches and players in the youth system, as well as the seniors, have the IntelStats tool on the palm of their hand. Football is unimaginable today without technology and it is clear to everyone now if you do not have it, you are losing more and more ground on the competiton.
“We all know the financial situation with some of the Croatian clubs, so Ivan and I agreed to provide those Croatian first division (HNL) clubs who are not able to pay for analysis and their coaches have shown interest in it, to provide it for free. We also will try and meet with HNS to try and find a model so that Croatian coaches in youth schools can be equipped with technology on the level of German and English clubs as we believe that with talent, which is not in doubt in Croatia, of course, conditions for work and facilities, the parameters are a very important developmental link to make our players even better,” Rakitic told Sportski Novosti.
Sheraton Hotel Set for Opatija
A dilapidated hotel in a prime location in Opatija is set to get a luxury 5-star makeover.
Hotel Belvedere, situated along the attractive seaside Lungomare promenade in Opatija, has been closed since the summer of 2017 and will re-open in the summer of 2018 after receiving a luxury transformation.
“Hotel Belvedere will open by 1 July 2018 and is set to become the first Sheraton brand hotel in Opatija,” investor Edin Delibegović told daily Jutarnji list, adding the hotel will have 5-stars.
Delibegović says that Belvedere will change its name and become part of the international Sheraton franchise.
A contract has been agreed with Marriot, who manage more than 30 international hotel brands, including Sheraton, JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Westin, and Le Meridien.
According to the report, investment of around 20 million euros will be put into the new hotel in Opatija, which is set to have 195 rooms, an indoor pool and wellness centre at seafront level, an outdoor pool on the terrace, a fully furnished beach, underground garage, three restaurants, and a champagne and wine bar.
The hotel will be open all year long with a casino planned to open in the neighbouring building already in March 2018.