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Croatia Media Newsletter - October 2012

11 October 2012

Destination update

UK visitors flock to Croatia

The first nine months of 2012 have seen an impressive number of UK visitors holiday in Croatia. 299,155 UK visitors travelled to Croatia between January and September of 2012, up 22% on the same time last year, proving the destination continues to be a favourite with holidaymakers.

Game of Thrones returns to Croatia

The award winning HBO series, Game of Thrones, returns to Dubrovnik this month to film the third season. Filming will include several locations in Dubrovnik including the Dalmatia’s oldest arboretum, Arboretum Trsteno.

First Bed & Breakfast Studio opens in Zagreb

Zagreb’s first ever bed and breakfast, Studio Kairos, opened last month. While the style of accommodation is popular in parts of Croatia, this is the first B&B to open in the capital city.  The studio can accommodate 12 people in its four rooms, each decorated to reflect Zagreb’s history. Book your stay here.  

Croatia recognized for high quality service

Croatia has been named the best for customer service in the region. The study was conducted by mystery shoppers visiting 800 different facilities within the six different countries; Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia. The mystery shoppers focused on the basic elements of good service. Second place was awarded to Slovenia, last year’s winner.

One of Croatia’s deepest caves reopens to visitors

Newly renovated Lokvarka Cave, one of the deepest caves in Croatia, has reopened to visitors. Lokvarka Cave attracts over ten thousand tourists a year and was declared a protected natural monument in 1961 to preserve the cave’s diverse and rich decorations. The cave reaches depths of 120 meters.

Memorial dedicated to Croatian innovator

The Faust Vrančić Memorial has opened in Prvić, dedicated to the Croatian inventor, engineer, linguist and bishop. Vrančić is considered to be one of Croatia’s more important constructor and technical writer at the turn of the 16th and 17th century. Inspired by the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Vrančić is wildly believed to be the first man to build and test a parachute.

Events and Festivals

October 2012 - Chestnut festival

Throughout October, Lovran and Kostajnica take part in the Chestnut Festival, where visitors share dishes made of baked and boiled chestnuts. Visitors are encouraged to take part in this festival and enjoy the local music and folk dancing. More information here.

Until 4 November 2012 – Days of Truffles

Come autumn, the whole of Istria celebrates the Days of Truffles. Until November 4 visitors and locals can savour the wealth of truffles in every possible combination of flavours.  Truffles are the trademark of Istria with locals securely guarding the recipes specific to their peninsula. More information here

5 – 8 November 2012 – World Travel Market (Stand: EM1250)
Croatia Media Update: The ultimate foodie destination…

Hear the latest news from Croatia’s Minister of Tourism and learn about how wine and gastro tourism are attracting more and more UK holidaymakers to this beautiful country. The Croatian National Tourist Board’s Annual WTM Press Conference will also feature an introduction to Croatian wine by renowned wine expert, Joe Wadsack.

16:00-17:00, Monday 5 November 2012

Platinum Suite 6 at the Press Centre

World Travel Market, ExCel

To register contact teamcroatia@rooster.co.uk


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