Over 17 Million Tourists Visit Croatia in 2017
With just hours remaining in 2017, Croatia’s Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli has expressed his delight in what has been a record year for tourism in Croatia. More than 17 million tourists visited Croatia in 2017, nearly 1 million more than in 2016 when 16.3 million tourists visited Croatia in what then was a new record for Croatian tourism. Over 100 million overnight stays were recorded in 2017, compared to 91.3 million in 2016. Cappelli, talking to HRT, says that whilst final data will not be confirmed until January, it is estimated that revenue from tourism will be €11 billion. Earlier in the week, the ministry released data which showed that in the first 9 months of 2017, €8.7 billion had been generated. If the expected number of €11 billion is hit then it will be an increase of 10% from 2016, Cappelli says. He says that in 2018 tourism growth of 5% is expected with 20 million tourists visiting next year. One of the main objectives in 2018 is to make Croatia an aviation destination. This means starting in March with flights that otherwise begin in April and May and the season to be extended. “Croatia is not just sun and sea anymore, Croatia has excellent results now outside the summer season,” he said. He emphasized that according to the strategy of tourism development until 2020, Croatia intends to become one of the top 20 most recognisable tourist destinations. An emphasis on the stronger development of tourism in continental parts of Croatia, like Slavonia and Lika, is part of the plan, including investment in cycling tourism, rural, health, cultural, adrenaline and river tourism. “Promotion and marketing activities of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) in 2018 will go mostly in the direction of even better positioning and branding of Croatia in the global market, wherein 2017 Croatia has already been marked as one of the most popular growing destinations, with respectable double-digit growth in arrivals and overnight stays in 2017 of 13% and 12% respectively, which is among the highest in Europe, ” HTZ Director Kristijan Staničić. HTZ will also be present in Asia and America with the opening of offices in Los Angles, along with the existing office in New York, Shanghai, Seoul, and Rome.
Croatian Molecular Biologist Igor Stagljar Reveals Lung Cancer Drug Now Ready
Croatian-Canadian molecular biologist Igor Stagljar, who is one of the world leaders in the field of proteomics and systems biology, has said that a revolutionary lung cancer treatment he has been working on is now ready to be used. Stagljar, who is a Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at Donnelly Centre at the Medical School of the University of Toronto and co-founder of Dualsystems Biotech Inc, one of the world-leading companies in the field of interactive proteomics, was a guest on Croatian television last night when he announced the news. “We have come to the stage that the drug is ready for use and we will start applying it in Croatia as well, starting next year. We are cooperating with KBC Jordanovac (Clinic for Lung Diseases) in Zagreb and we will start final clinic research in Canada very soon, as well as in Croatia. It was my wish to complete the final clinical research in Croatia, my gift to the country I was born in”, Stagljar said on HRT show U svom filmu. Stagljar has led a team of international scientists from the University of Toronto uncovering novel drug targets that might be used to rein lung cancers that have become resistant to available therapy for the past 8-10 years. Four years ago Stagljar and his team discovered a new biomarker for lung cancer. “This is a smart drug that selectively destroys tumor cells and leaves healthy cells intact,” Stagljar explained in 2014, saying then that his team was then on the verge of the final findings of the drug for lung cancer, the deadly disease which claimed more than 9 million people around the world last year. Stagljar pointed out they may never find a way to beat tumors. “Tumors are a disease of the past, the present, and the future. Maybe we’ll one day understand them at the molecular level, but we will never beat them. Tumors are very clever, they evolve. When we treat them with a given drug, they become resistant. We must always be prepared to have a battalion of new drugs that we will be able to produce after the mutations are discovered in patients. The whole tumor research is that we can treat them as chronic diseases for the next 20-30 years,” he said. “Genes plays a small part in what causes cancers, only 9 percent. The remaining 91 percent comes from the environment. Forty percent of all cancers can be prevented by ourselves so we need to be careful about what we are eating and drinking, not exposing ourselves to infections of the virus and bacteria, and not to smoke”, he stressed. Stagljar was born in Zagreb in 1966 and received a B.A. from the University of Zagreb before getting a Ph.D. in molecular biology from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He then moved to Canada and has lived in Canada for more than 12 years. Stagljar is probably best known for the development of the split-ubiquitin Membrane Yeast Two-Hybrid (MYTH) and Mammalian Membrane Two-Hybrid technologies, powerful tools for the identification of proteins associated with proteins that are localized to various cellular membranes. This has led to many groundbreaking discoveries and the elucidation of functions of various membrane proteins involved in human health and disease.
Croatian Hotel Named World’s Best Heritage Hotel
One Croatian hotel has picked up a prestigious World Luxury Hotel award. Heritage Hotel Antique Split, located in the heart of Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, has won a World Luxury Hotel award in the Heritage Hotel category, beating a number of impressive heritage hotels from all over the globe. A number of hotels from Croatia were nominated in various categories in the global awards, but only the family-run Heritage Hotel Antique Split was a global winner. The 8-room heritage boutique hotel has its classical interiors set in the 4th-century building on a street tucked inside the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace. Views from the street-facing rooms look out to the spectacular St Domnius Cathedral and overlook Peristil. “We are very honored with the award, and of course we were surprised by the nomination itself. We received the nomination at the end of September from the Manager of World Luxury thanks to the excellent ratings on TripAdvisor,” Jakov Milun, owner of Heritage Hotel Antique Split, told Slobodna Dalmacija. Split is home to one of the few heritage hotels in the world located within the walls of a 4th-century palace, giving guests the chance to taste a bit of Roman history.
500 Student Scholarships on Offer for Croatians Abroad
The Central State Office for Croats Abroad will allocate 500 scholarships to students with Croatian heritage living outside of Croatia. 100 of the scholarships will be for studies in Croatia, with the other 400 for studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Those eligible to apply for the scholarships include students with Croatian nationality who are resident outside of Croatia and enrolled at a higher-learning institute in Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina. The scholarships awarded on a points system based on grades, studying and social and material status. This is the first time that registration to apply for the scholarships is online with the closing date for applications being 29 January 2018.
Hvar Celebrating 150 Years of Tourism All of 2018
The city of Hvar on the Dalmatian island of the same name will dedicate 2018 to celebrating 150 years of organised tourism there. Although there will be organised events all year to mark the 150th anniversary of organised tourism in Hvar, the main celebrations will be centered around the month of May. Big celebrations are planned in Hvar from 10-15 May 2018, which was the date back in 1858 when the first tourist community was established. It was in 1858 that the first hotel, with 13-rooms, opened in Hvar. There will be numerous exhibitions, concerts, and other entertainment programmes during the course of the year, and all with an international character. “We will combine that with the occasion of the 160th anniversary (2018) of the meteorological station on Hvar, one of the oldest in Europe and the 160th anniversary of the birth of the inventor of dactyloscopy, Ivan Vucetic of Hvar, which is also the year that we intend to open the renovated historical Arsenal building with the oldest public theatres in Europe, an opportunity to present Hvar in its true light,” Hvar Mayor Rikardo Novak told Hina, before adding. “We hope and are doing a lot so that the positive tourism trends continue and believe that the 150th anniversary of tourism in Hvar will be an additional or new driver for people to visit our city and our island,” Hvar Mayor Rikardo Novak said. In the first 10 months of 2017, 197,000 tourists visited Hvar, which was 15% more than the same period the previous year. Novak says there are big plans for Hvar in the pipeline. “We will do additional infrastructure and landscaping works in the city next year and promote it as a desirable place to live. We will strengthen the emphasis on culture and continue to promote our culinary offer, active holidaying, congress destination, health tourism and so on as well as quality accommodation with the addition of the first five-star hotel in Hvar.”