Property Prices Rise 2.3% in Croatia Last Year
Real estate prices in Croatia in 2017 rose 2.32% compared to the previous year of 2016. Apartment prices increased by 4.83% last year, whilst house prices were up 2.5%. 2017 was the second year in a row in which real estate prices went up in Croatia after prices were stagnant in 2015, and dropped in 2013 and 2014, HRT reports. According to annual price indexes, there was above average growth in property prices in the capital Zagreb, Pula, Split and Zadar. Rijeka, on the northern Adriatic coast, saw prices rise below the average for the country. In Zagreb, in 2017 the price of apartments went up 8.3%, whilst house prices only increased by 0.3%. However, when comparing apartment prices in Zagreb today with those back in 2011, they are 2.24% lower today. House prices are 17% lower in Zagreb today than they were in 2011. The suburbs in the capital which saw the biggest rises in 2017 were Kruge and Zapruđe where prices rose 24% and 23% respectively. Novi Zagreb – east recorded the biggest jump in house prices last year – 15%. The biggest Croatian city to record the biggest jump in square-metre prices for apartments was Pula in Istria where prices were up 11% last year compared to the year prior. Currently in Pula the average price per square metre for an apartment is 1.485 euros. In the east of Croatia in Osijek, the average price per square metre for an apartment is 927 euros, 1.8% down from 2016. Dubrovnik is still the most expensive city for property in Croatia. In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the average price per square metre for an apartment is 2,494 euros, whilst the average price per square metre for a house is 2,100 euros.
Game of Thrones Back Filming in Croatia in 2018
Hit HBO series Game of Thrones will be back in Croatia in 2018 to continue filming. Game of Thrones will return to Dubrovnik to film for the final Season 8, which will not hit screens until 2019, The Dubrovnik Times reports. Another six months of filming is still required and that will be done in 2018. According to the report, the Game of Thrones production team and some of the cast will be in Dubrovnik in February to shoot the last scenes there for Season 8. The Dubrovnik Times states that the creators of the show and production crew were spotted in Dubrovnik in November scouting locations around the city. HBO released an official statement on Thursday announcing the Season 8 finale of Game of Thrones would hit the screens in 2019. Production of this last season started back in October 2017 and will last until August 2018. Dubrovnik has been used as the location for King’s Landing since Season 2 after Malta was originally used. According to a study made in 2017, 244,415 tourists visited Dubrovnik between 2012 and 2015 due to Game of Thrones using the city as a filming location. Around 60,000 people have visited the Dubrovnik region annually, solely because the series was shot there. The analysis says that those motivated to visit Dubrovnik because of Game of Thrones have spent 126 million euros from 2012 to 2015.
Rovinj Makes TripAdvisor’s 10 World Destinations On The Rise
The world’s largest travel site, with over 500 million unbiased traveler reviews, has included one town in Croatia in its TOP 10 Top World Destinations on the Rise. TripAdvisor today announced the Travelers’ Choice® awards for Destinations on the Rise with the Istrian town of Rovinj coming in at No.8 on the list. The awards were based on measuring the year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveler review ratings for accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, as well as an increase in search and booking interest. “The Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise award winners are a great source of inspiration for travelers interested in going somewhere exciting that’s emerging in popularity,” Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor, said. “These winners were based on destination feedback and interest from the TripAdvisor community, and a common thread is that they all have outstanding accommodations, wonderful restaurants and exceptional attractions for every travel budget.” Ishigaki in Japan was No.1, whilst the small Hawaiian town of Kapaa, located on the island of Kauai ranked No.2.
Here’s the following list of Top 10 World Destinations On The Rise:
1. Ishigaki, Japan
2. Kapaa, Hawaii
3. Nairobi, Kenya
4. Halifax, Canada
5. Gdańsk, Poland
6. San Jose, Costa Rica
7. Riga, Latvia
8. Rovinj, Croatia
9. Nerja, Spain
10. Casablanca, Morocco
Nokia Install Croatian Smart Bench at HQ in Hungary
Finnish multinational communications company Nokia has installed a Croatian smart bench in front of their main office in Hungary. Nokia Hungary installed the first Steora smart bench, produced by Solin-based company Include, in front of their main office in Budapest. “This solar-powered Steora Standard model provides USB and wireless charging, a free Wi-Fi hotspot, street light at night, cooling system for summer days, 15 sensors that are tracking everything around the bench (e.g. meteo data) and a Dashboard – web application that collects data from every bench in real time,” Include said. The new smart bench at Nokia’s main office in Hungary means that the small Croatian company has now placed more than 450 benches in 23 countries, impressive for an idea that was started by young entrepreneur Ivan Mrvoš in his hometown of Solin near Split in 2015. Currently, the benches, which are manufactured in Croatia, can be found in all corners of the world, including Australia, Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, USA, Portugal, Qatar, and Dubai. Recently include presented Steora® Urban – described as the most advanced street bench in the world and designed for highly frequented areas such as city streets, squares, and other urban locations. The highlighted feature of Steora Urban is a 19” super-bright LED display, which can be used for showing ads, videos, pictures or various info to the public (e.g. weather forecast).
International Interest in Borovo Boots
Croatia’s oldest shoe manufacturer is to produce another series of boots made famous by soldiers during the 1990s Homeland War after interest in them from abroad. Vukovar-based company Borovo is to produce another series of their yellow ‘Zenge’ boots after they received a number of requests from Germany, Canada, Australia and the United States. Borovo’s Zenge boots were worn by soldiers as they defended Vukovar in the early 1990s, and were brought back into the limelight when Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic wore them during a procession on Vukovar Remembrance Day. “After (she wore Zenge), and the media reports that followed, there was a lot of interest from all of Croatia, as well as from the diaspora, in the boots. We had requests from Germany, Australia, Canada, USA…Because of that we have made space in our production line to make another limited series,” said Marija Rušnov from Borovo, Poslovni.hr reports. Borovo will manufacturer both men and women models in the latest series, which will go through 60 pairs of hands during the manufacturing process. The waterproof boots will have Vukovar’s famous water tower stamped onto the side of the boots in the new series. Borovo says they are planning in future to continue manufacturing yellow boots85. which they first started to produce in 1985 after an order from American company Royce Shoes.