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Cappelli: Tourist industry not heading towards mass tourism, but sustainabilityThe Croatian tourist industry is not heading towards mass tourism, but integral development, sustainability and quality, which is why there is growing demand for Croatia, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli told Hina in an interview. "This year we expect a 7% increase in tourism turnover over 2017 and tourism investment to increase to nearly a billion euros. This will certainly further improve service quality, in which we have been making progress every year, especially with regard to high-category hotel accommodation," Cappelli said. He said that Croatia was becoming increasingly interesting to investors, so that about 40 new or newly-renovated hotels were expected to open this year, much like last year. 09.04.2018. | News
Susan Bennett, voice of Siri, says: Don't forget your humanity and use your brainUsers of smartphones, voice assistants and other digital services and applications should not forget their humanity in the digital age and should use their brains in problem solving, Susan Bennett, the globally famous voice behind the digital personal assistant Siri, told Hina in an interview ahead of her visit to Croatia for the Communications Days in Rovinj on April 12-15. The Communications Days, the national festival of market communications, is organised by the Croatian Association of Communications Agencies (HURA) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Croatia. This year's event is expected to bring together more than 2,500 participants, including prominent marketing, advertising and communication experts such as Susan Bennett. Bennett is coming to Croatia with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board, whose director Kristjan Stanicic believes that her visit will contribute to the promotion and positioning of Croatia as an attractive and interesting destination and attract new visitors to the country. 08.04.2018. | News
Over 70 new regular flights introduced from March to OctoberBetween March 25 and October 27, Croatia has over 70 new regular flights, while the total number is 15% higher than last year, over 34,400, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) said in a press release on Thursday. HTZ director Kristjan Stanicic says one of the key goals is to position Croatia as an attractive year-round destination with very good transport connections and that flights are key for extending tourist turnover in the shoulder seasons, the press release said. Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli believes flights are important also for expanding demand in markets with the highest growth potential and that they make it possible for Croatia to become an even more competitive and interesting destination. 05.04.2018. | News
CN Traveller includes Croatia among seven European countries best for beach vacationCN Traveller, the online edition of a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine published by Condé Nast, has listed Croatia among seven European countries for best beach holidays, recommending that tourists explore and visit beaches on distant Croatian islands. In the article headlined "The Best Beach Holidays in Europe" CN Traveller said that Europe is blessed with some of the world's most sensational coastlines and that "few tropical paradises can compete with the magnetic culture of Europe's seaside enclaves: the barefoot-chic island attitude, the boho lifestyles, wild and free." The article recommends seven European countries for best beach vacation -- France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. 04.04.2018. | News
​Croatian coastal counties involved in Mediterranean cycle route projectA workshop was held in Dubrovnik last week as part of the EU Mediterranean cycle route project. The Mediterranean cycle route for sustainable coastal tourism, or MedCycleTour, runs through 11 countries, from Cadiz in Spain, via France, Italy and Croatia to Greece and Cyprus. It is considered one of the routes with the largest tourism potential. All seven Croatian coastal counties are included in the project, as the Mediterranean cycle route will run the entire length of the Croatian Adriatic coast. The value of the project is 2.58 million euros, of which 278,000 is intended for Croatia. 02.04.2018. | News
TUI increases its capacities for 2019 summer destinations in CroatiaTUI has considerably increased capacities for 2019 summer programmes in Turkey, Greece and Croatia, describing them as summer destinations sought-after by travellers, according to the TTG magazine. In an article headlined "TUI's summer 2019 programme boosts Turkey, Greece and Croatia offering", that prominent tour operator says "its summer 2019 programme is its 'most ambitious' yet boasting 720,000 more seats, 40 new routes and 16 new resorts". 01.04.2018. | News
Croatia expects to welcome 120,000 guests during Easter weekendCroatia's tourism ministry and National Tourist Board whose acronym in Croatian is HTZ assess that the number of guests visiting the country for this Easter weekend will be approximately the same as during Easter holidays in 2017 when 120,000 visitors were registered. "We believe that this Easter tourist turnover will be  at least approximately the same as last Easter's turnover, however, one should have in mind that Easter was two weeks later then," Minister Gari Cappelli has said. 30.03.2018. | News
Cappelli: 2017 revenues best proof of progress in Croatia's tourism sectorTourism revenues in 2017, when 9.5 billion euro was earned from services provided to foreign guests, are the best proof of how much the Croatian tourism sector has advanced, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said on Friday. In his comment on statistics released by the Croatian National Bank on 9.5 billion euro revenues from foreign visitors, a 10% (nearly EUR 860 million euro) increase from 2016, Cappelli said that the number of foreign visitors last year increased by 14% to 16.5 million and their overnight stays by 12% to 90 million year-on-year. 30.03.2018. | News
​2017 current account surplus EUR 1.9 bn euros; record tourism revenue of EUR 9.5 bnLast year Croatia achieved a surplus in the current account balance of payments of 1.9 billion euros, which is HRK 695 million more than in 2016, and despite a big deficit in foreign trade, the surplus was mostly a result of positive trends in the services account, particularly tourism, which generated a record revenue of 9.5 billion euros, the latest data released by the Croatian National Bank (HNB) indicate. According to the information HNB released on Friday, the surplus in the capital account last year amounted to 237 million euros so that balance of the current and capital account indicates a surplus of 2.14 billion euros. 30.03.2018. | News
European parliament recommends establishment of financial line for tourismThe European Parliament has made a recommendation to the European Commission's Economic and Financial Committee for the establishment of a special financial line for tourism in the next multi-annual financial framework, Croatia's Tourism Ministry reported on Thursday, considering this to be a sign of support for Croatia and Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli's initiative for setting up such a financial line. "In its report the European Parliament has recommended to the European Commission Economic and Financial Committee to form a special financial line for tourism in the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period after 2020. The EP emphasised the importance of a single European tourism policy, underscoring that it can significantly contribute to growth and job creation in the EU," the ministry said. 29.03.2018. | News