Croatia Most Sought-After European Travel Destination, According to Chinese
Croatia has been named the most sought-after new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018 at the China Travel Awards-World Best Awards.
The ‘Most Sought-After European Destination’ award was based on feedback from readers of the Chinese edition of the US-based Travel+Leisure magazine, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) reported on Thursday.
Bisera Fabrio from the Croatian Embassy in China accepted the award on behalf of the Croatian National Tourist Board at the awards ceremony in Shanghai.
The awards have been held for the last 12 years by the magazine which has readership in excess of a million people.
To find the winner the magazine asked readers to name their favourite new European destination which they would like to soon visit with Croatia being named No.1.
“Winning this award is extremely rewarding for us especially in the year that was declared the EU-China tourist year. The award also confirms the excellent potential of Croatia as a tourist destination on a large and extremely important Chinese market. It is also confirmation of our decisions to enhance the presence of Croatia in China through the implementation of additional promotional activities, as well as through the opening of the HTZ representative office in Shanghai. Encouraged by last year’s results during which we achieved a high double-digit increase in tourist traffic from the Chinese market, with 57 percent in arrivals and 48 percent in overnight stays,” HTZ Director Kristjan Staničić said.
Besides Croatia, award winners in ‘new destination’ categories also included Argentina, Tahiti and Mynmar, whilst Australia, Japan and Thailand were winners in ‘old destination’ categories.
Award-Winning Olive Oil & Tourism Promotion Get Together
Chiavalon Olive Oils Gift Packaging inspired by traditional architecture and contemporary art of Istria
The Chiavalon Family from Istria is doubtlessly the most awarded producer of extra virgin olive oils in Croatia.
Their Ex Albis Olive Oil has been listed among the top 25 organic extra virgin olive oils globally. Similarly, their packaging design is rarely left unnoticed by the international community of experts.
In view of the worldwide reputation earned to date, the Chiavalon Family came to a conclusion that their brand should promote Istria, which is why they have recently launched a special gift edition in an interesting souvenir format. Every bottle is clad in a miniature traditional Istrian house adorned with art inspired illustrations.
“We create in Istria, pursuing an idea of putting old traditions, the latest technology and art together as a vision for the future,” says Tedi Chiavalon. He highlights that a blend of specific historical heritage and art permeating Istria in every corner was therefore perfect guidance for the packaging design.
“For example, over the past years a small Istrian town Vodnjan has distinguished itself by its vibrant art scene and murals adorning the walls of its houses, which inspired the packaging design. In addition to the murals, the packaging illustrations also depict film and music as arts Istria is well-known for,” says Nebojsa Cvetkovic, Art Director at the Bruketa&Zinic&Grey Agency that can be credited with the idea, whereas Sanja Rotter was responsible for the product design.
Besides helping to disseminate the story of Istria worldwide, they hope the packaging could become a new Istrian souvenir as well.
Curic Twins Unite Fashion & Environment to Create New Designs
New York-based Croatian fashion designers Marija and Ivana Curic have launched another project connecting fashion with an honorable cause.
Curic & Curic is a new fashion brand uniting fashion and the environment to create new designs.
C&C are identical twin sisters from Croatia, who after modeling and working in fashion, started their own eco-friendly fashion line called Curic&Curic.
C&C’s main concern while designing is to minimize the waste. The Curic twins did an extensive research what would be the best way to help the industry, but still design unique pieces?!
After learning the fact that the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world…second only to the oil industry, the Curic twins decided to recycle old denim and leather pieces and make it new.
How does it work? It is simple, send them your old denim or leather item, pick the wanted design and they will send you a brand new design.
Every design is unique and handcrafted with eco-friendly and recycled materials by their team.
“Our team spends hours working on each item. The supposed waste is a new material,” Marija Curic, Creative Director and Co-Founder of C&C, says.
“Let us preserve your denim,” adds Co-Founder Ivana Curic.
Croatia Home to the World’s First Chocolate with Rice
Croatia has introduced the world to a number of inventions, from the tie, torpedo, and parachute, to the mechanical pencil and speedometer.
Another lesser-known creation was the chocolate made with rice or rice chocolate. That invention was made by leading Croatian confectionery manufacturer Zvečevo.
Based still today in the western Slavonian city of Požega, Zvečevo has a very interesting company history which dates back nearly 100 years.
After the chaos that arose in the wake of the First World War, Požega was selected as the perfect place for a factory to start boosting the economy.
The Stock Cognac Medicinal Company was opened in 1921, producing alcohol, mainly spirits and various types of brandy.
In 1934, Swiss company Nestlé offered Stock a ten-year contract for plant rental, in order to produce chocolate bars and candies. The offer was approved by the Ministry and Royal Vice-Regal Administration in Zagreb, and in 1936 Nestlé was thus granted a license to start manufacturing chocolate and chocolate products.
The factory employed 350 people, mostly from Požega, and they were assigned to eight major departments – cognac and other spirits; chocolate bars and bonbons; cocoa powder and cocoa butter; pralines and filled chocolate; candies; hard candies and caramels; marmalade and fruit syrups; waffles and fine desserts; rolling tea-leaves.
The factory motto was ‘Be honest’ and it was written on one of the factory buildings. Like a good ghost, the motto united all the employees and management, and thus a library, singing society and orchestra were founded within the factory.
Ten years later, in 1946, production was continued in the nationalized factory, and the factory started to operate under the name of Zvečevo in 1951. In the years to follow, Zvečevo was to undergo major changes: in 1958, Zvečevo system was joined by a dairy, in the 1960s the unprofitable production of fruit juices and flour was discontinued.
The company focused on the production of cocoa products, spirits and milk processing into powdered milk. And then something happened that would truly change everything. A few enthusiasts, directors, masters and female employees designed, in 1963/64 the first chocolate with rice in the world.
It was made of expanded rice and 90-percent milk chocolate, made of milk from its own dairy. Mikado – the Japanese earthly and heavenly ruler will always be the synonym for chocolate with rice; food for people and gods as is one of the companies leading brands.
Nestlé and Zvečevo signed a contract on long-term business cooperation in 1970, and Zvečevo conquered both local and international market. In 1987, Zvečevo started flour-based production – waffles, and since 1994 it has been doing business as a joint-stock company.
14th ZagrebDox Programme Presented
8 days, 14 programme sections, 125 films, ZagrebDox Warm-up and ZagrebDox Travels events.
This year ZagrebDox is opening its doors for the 14th time, taking place from 25 February to 4 March at Kaptol Boutique Cinema in Zagreb and from 2 to 4 March at CineStar in Osijek and Rijeka and CineStar Joker in Split.
A peculiar and multi-faceted line-up of the 14th ZagrebDox festival was presented at a press conference by the festival director Nenad Puhovski, producer Lucija Parać and Sanja Milinović, manager of the Direct Market Approach and E-business Department with the Croatian Telecom, the festival’s general sponsor.
This year’s international competition consists of 21 documentaries. A total of 17 documentary films are competing for the Big Stamp in the regional competition, this year including two Croatian titles and three documentaries with Croatia was a minority co-producer. ZagrebDox traditionally features a series of popular official sections: Biography Dox, Musical Globe, Happy Dox, Controversial Dox, Masters of Dox, State of Affairs, Teen Dox and ADU Dox.
Special programmes include Restart’s School of Documentary Film, a cross-section of Restart’s successful training project evolving in the past several years, and In Focus: New Europe. This year’s retrospectives are dedicated to French director Claire Simon and the Croatian documentary filmmaker and cinematographer Boris Poljak, also the chair of this year’s international jury.
“For the upcoming festival edition, we saw 1386 films and selected 125 titles to be screened in 14 sections. This year we relaunched the ZagrebDox Warm-up event, taking place 16-18 February at Kaptol Boutique Cinema and including six films: three prominent titles from the last year’s programme and three of this year’s.” said the festival director Nenad Puhovski.
ZagrebDox Pro platform includes a series of workshops for chosen creative documentary projects at different stages of development and production, a pitching forum and several masterclasses by renowned documentary filmmakers, among which is the masterclass by the prominent master of documentary film Claude Lanzmann, a case study of the films Communion by Anna Zamecka and Of Fathers and Sons by Syrian director Talal Derki.
For the first time, a part of the festival line-up will be screened outside Zagreb. From 2 to 4 March in Osijek, Rijeka and Split, at CineStar and CineStar Joker cinemas, local audience will get a chance to see films from the ZagrebDox Warm-up line-up; Split is screening all the six films and Osijek and Rijeka three.
The fans of documentary films unable to attend the festival screenings will have a chance to see select titles exclusively in MAXtv’s Videoteka. The films will be available immediately after their last screening at Dox, and previous MAXtv users can also enjoy these contents with MAXtv’s new platform, offering many new interactive digital TV features.
Ticket prices for festival screenings are 25 kuna for day screenings and 28 kuna for evening screenings. Teen Dox ticket price is 20 kuna. On the last day of the festival, traditionally, The Best of Fest – on Sunday, 4 March, at a price of 45 kuna, visitors will be able to see all the award-winning films.
As always, ZagrebDox takes place with the support of the City of Zagreb and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and ZagrebDox Pro with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-programme. General sponsor of ZagrebDox is Croatian Telecom.