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Place2Go travel show opens in Zagreb ArenaThe seventh international travel show Place2Go opened in the Zagreb Arena on Friday, attracting over 200 exhibitors from Croatia and 20 other countries. Opening the show, State Secretary for Tourism Frano Matusic emphasised the importance of exhibitions like this for promoting cooperation in the tourism sector and learning about new trends, innovations and new destinations. The organiser Damjana Domanovac said she was pleasantly surprised by a considerably larger number of exhibitors than last year, adding that she expected more than last year's 15,000 visitors. 17.03.2018. | News
Croatia launches initiative to establish EU tourism fundCroatia's Tourism Ministry has issued a declaration proposing the establishment of a European Union tourism fund, and to that end, Bulgarian and Maltese tourism ministers are likely to come to Zagreb in two weeks' time to co-sign the declaration and to put it forward to other EU member-states. Croatian Minister Gari Cappelli's adviser Barbara Mesic said in Zagreb on Thursday that the European Commission currently does no have either a directorate or working group exclusively for tourism, although tourism accounts for up to 10% of the Union's GDP. 15.03.2018. | News
Excellent announcements from Russian market for Croatia's tourismPositive indicators and good announcements for tour operators from the Russian market are promising a good year for Croatia's tourism and it is estimated that 2018 could see 15% more guests from Russia, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) said in a press release on Tuesday, following a presentation at the 25th Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT), held on 13-15 March. MITT is Russia's largest and longest running travel exhibition, attracting representatives of the tourism industry from Russia and other regions of the world. With over 1,972 participating companies presenting international destinations, it is the key meeting place for the industry and an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and clients. Along with the HTZ as the main exhibitor, also presenting at the fair are the Zagreb Tourist Office, the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Losinj Hotels & Villas, LifeClass Sv. Martin and Atlantis Travel. 13.03.2018. | News
ITB Berlin tourism fair: Minister says Croatia's proposal for EU tourism fund receiving supportCroatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said at the ITB Berlin tourism fair on Thursday that his proposal to set up an EU fund for tourism had already been supported by Bulgaria, Malta, Italy, Austria and Germany. "We have discussed that initiative here at the ITB Berlin tourism trade fair with the chair of the Bundestag Committee on Tourism, Sebastian Munzenmaier, who said that he would have the proposal discussed by the committee. He liked the idea since a certain amount of money from that fund would be set aside for programmes and investments in tourism, notably in cases of floods or some other emergency situations," said Cappelli. 09.03.2018. | News
Croatian minister says Chinese visitors interested in Slavonia as tourist destinationTourism Minister Gari Cappelli said at the international tourist industry trade fair ITB Berlin on Wednesday that five eastern Croatian counties were planning to form an association of the Slavonia region as a Destination Management Organisation to boost tourism development. "The Chinese are interested in Slavonia and tours that last several days and we are talking to China about a joint conference on tourism, possibly this summer when we will be opening a Croatian National Tourism Board (HTZ) office in Shanghai," the minister said. Cappelli was talking to reporters at the HTZ stand at ITB, which was opened this morning. 07.03.2018. | News
EIB signs loan agreements with Valamar, HBOR and Regional Development MinistryThe European Investment Bank (EIB) on Tuesday signed loan agreements with the Croatian Bank for Regional Development, Croatia's leading tourism company Valamar Riviera and the Regional Development and EU Funds Ministry. The agreements were signed by EIB Vice-President Dario Scannapieco, Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Gabrijela Zalac, Natasa Beres of Valamar Riviera, and HBOR management board president and board member Tamara Perko and Hrvoje Cuvalo, respectively. The loan agreement with Valamar Riviera is worth EUR 16 million. 06.03.2018. | News
Croatia reports two-digit increases in tourist arrivals and overnight stays in Jan and Feb 2018Some 443,000 tourists visited Croatia in the first two months of 2018 and generated 1.2 million overnight stays, which are increases of 12% and 11% respectively compared to the same period in 2017, the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) said on Monday, citing data from the eVisitor and eCrew tourist registration systems. The data combines the number of tourists who stayed in commercial, non-commercial and nautical accommodation. Most of the arrivals and overnight stays were generated by foreign tourists. Their number increased by 15% to 267,000 and the number of overnight stays made by them rose by 15% to 755,000. 05.03.2018. | News
3 restaurants with Michelin stars and 55 with Michelin spoon and fork symbol in CroatiaThe Pelegrini restaurant in the coastal city of Sibenik and the 360º restaurant in Dubrovnik have recently been awarded a Michelin star and an additional 24 restaurants throughout the country have become "Spoon and Fork" Michelin-rated restaurants, the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) has reported. The Michelin company awards stars to restaurants for the quality of service and cuisine. One star means "a very good restaurant", two stars designate "excellent cooking", and three stars acknowledge "exceptional cuisine". In 2017, Michelin inspectors visited restaurants around Croatia. 04.03.2018. | News
Project to revitalise Kopacki Rit nature park presentedConsidering its resources and potential, Kopacki Rit Nature Park has a central place in Osijek-Baranja County's tourism strategy and in the period ahead, the park's historical, cultural and natural heritage will be revitalised after it was devastated in the 1991-1995 Homeland War, the park's director and county officials said recently. 01.03.2018. | News
8th HTI conference starts in ZagrebEurope is turning more and more to health and medical tourism as it sees this sector as an opportunity to compensate for the decline in international tourist arrivals in Europe caused by stronger arrivals in other regions, notably Asia, it was said at the 8th Health Tourism Industry (HTI) conference in Zagreb on Thursday. The 8th HTI Conference, being held in Zagreb on 1-3 March, brought together more than 350 participants from 50 countries. HTI (Health Tourism Industry) is the leading platform for doing health tourism industry business in Europe, and organiser of the HTI Conference, the largest European event that gathers top health tourism professionals from Europe and world-wide. Eight years ago, it has been created as a private initiative reinforced by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK). 01.03.2018. | News