Quarter of a million tourists visited Zagreb in 2018
Even though the peak of the tourist season hasn’t yet come, Zagreb’s tourism is booming in the first four months of 2018 with the latest data released. From 1 January to the middle of April 2018, 254,632 tourists visited the Croatian capital with close to 500,000 overnight stays, which is 13% more than in the same period last year which was a record-breaking year.. Tourists from America, Germany, Italy and China created the most overnights. Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said Zagreb was the most visited destination in Croatia for tourist arrivals and was a positive example of a year-round destination. A big part of Zagreb’s rise in popularity as a tourist destination has been the number of international events the city has organised, as well as the hugely successful Christmas Markets which have been voted the best in Europe for three years running. “The Ministry supports the activities of the Zagreb Tourist Board, our co-operation is directed towards common goals and interests, and how much tourism is significant for the entire economy and acts as a driving force for all other industries, evidencing data on total realised income from tourism. Zagreb is a positive example of a destination that lives on tourism throughout the year, “ Cappelli said.
Peljesac bridge building contract signed in Dubrovnik
After years of negotiations and planing, Chinese consortium China Road and Bridge Corporation have signed a 2.08 billion kuna worth contract for the construction of Peljesac Bridge and access roads with the Croatian road operator Hrvatske Ceste in Dubrovnik. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic was joined by ministers Damir Krstičević, Gabrijela Žalac, Oleg Butković, Goran Marić and Lovro Kuščević at the signing with executives of China Road and Bridge Corporation. “This is a project that makes Croatia unique. This project is of strategic, long-term importance to the whole country. We are all aware of how important it is to build in this bridge and thus include the south of Croatia into the motorway infrastructure network. This is important for all our fellow citizens in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County,” the prime minister said at the signing. The deadline for building the bridge is in three and a half years, six months ahead of planned schedule. The Pelješac Bridge will connect the Croatian peninsula of Pelješac, and through it the southernmost part of Croatia including Dubrovnik, with the Croatian mainland and it will stretch 2.4 km.
WhatsApp to raise minimum age limit to 16 in EU
Popular messaging service WhatsApp is banning under-16s from using its platform in the European Union. Users must currently be at least 13, but the firm is changing the rules ahead of the introduction of new EU data privacy regulations in May.The app, which is owned by Facebook, will ask users to confirm their age when prompted to agree new terms of service in the next few weeks. It has not said how the age limit will be enforced. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May, will give people much more control over how companies use their information. They will also have the right to have personal data erased and it also includes specific rules to protect children from having their personal data collected for marketing purposes, or to create user profiles. However, the app plans to keep its age limit at 13 in the rest of the world. Most social media apps – including Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Musical.ly and Reddit – are restricted to those aged 13 and over. This is in part because a US law – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule(Coppa) – bans online services from collecting personal information about younger children.
Amazon starts to deliver packages to your parked car
Amazon is now offering delivery service to your car. The online retailer introduced Amazon Key In-Car, a delivery service that drops off packages into people’s cars without the need for the owners to be present. The new delivery option is free for Amazon Prime members and available immediately in 37 cities across the U.S., with more cities rolling out over time. The service is an extension of Amazon Key, which Amazon introduced last November as a way for delivery people to enter customers’ homes using keyless access. The program has received mixed reviews. With Amazon Key In-Car, customers with compatible vehicles download the Amazon Key App, then link their Amazon account to it. They select the “in-car” delivery option at checkout, and get notifications from the app once their package has been delivered. The cars must be parked in a publicly accessible location in order to receive packages, which will be placed either in the trunk or inside the car itself. Some customers were skeptical. The service is available for compatible vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac with an active OnStar account no older than 2015, as well as customers with a 2015 or newer Volvo vehicle with an active Volvo On Call account and more models and makes will be added over time.