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Croatia Media Newsletter - November 2012

14 November 2012

ABTA Convention heads to Dubrovnik

The 2013 ABTA Travel Convention will be held in Croatia’s most popular city, Dubrovnik, from 21-23 October 2013. Bernard Shaw once described Dubrovnik as the Pearl of the Adriatic and with the city’s stunning architecture and views, it’s hard not to agree. Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, with its mighty walls surrounding monasteries, medieval churches and city squares.

BA restarts Zagreb route

British Airways will re-launch their service from London to Zagreb from December of this year. Daily flights will operate from London Heathrow to Zagreb Airport from December 9 2012.

Easyjet serves Dubrovnik

Easyjet has announced a new route joining Edinburgh and Dubrovnik in 2013. Prices start from £30.99 one way.

Ryanair to launch new UK route to Zadar

Ryanair will launch a new route from Liverpool airport to Zadar from 1 April 2013.

New Norwegian Air flights to Split and Dubrovnik

Norwegian Air has announced two new routes from London Gatwick to Split and Dubrovnik starting 6 April 2013. Prices start from £72 return.

Google Maps hits Croatia 

Google Maps has now captured images of Croatia. With Google Maps Street View, visitors can virtually stroll through Split, Dubrovnik and capital city Zagreb.

Hotel Excelsoir

Next year Hotel Excelsior will celebrate 100 years since its grand opening in July 1913. Dubrovnik's most luxurious hotel, with its own private beach and picture perfect views has played host to a number of A-List celebrities including Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Taylor and Sir Roger Moore. If their guests are anything to go by, the celebration will be nothing short of spectacular.

M&S stock Croatian wine

Since May this year, supermarket Marks & Spencer have stocked a new range of Eastern Mediterranean wines, including home-grown Croatian wine Pilato Malvasia Istarska. Made from one of Croatia's most widely planted white grapes, Istria's Pilato Malvasia Istarska is described as a 'graceful, floral wine brimming with tropical grapefruit characters and a gentle note of peach and kiwi'. Prices start from £12.49 per bottle.

Tourism Awards

Dubrovnik Sun Gardens wins Gold

The Residences at Dubrovnik Sun Gardens was recently awarded gold in two of the most prestigious categories at the Overseas Property Professional (OPP) Awards for Excellence, taking out the award for Best Developer, Europe and Best Global Developer. These accolades further cement the resorts reputation as a leading destination for second-home owners.

Up and Coming Short Haul Destination of the Year

Croatia was recognized in the Travel Agents Choice Awards 2012 as Up and Coming Short Haul Destination of the Year. Nominated by UK and Irish travel agents, the Travel Agents Choice Awards allow travel agents to recognize the achievements of the best travel providers and vote for their favorite travel products.

Outlook Festival, Best Rave Festival

The Sun rated Outlook Festival in Pula the best rave festival of 2012. The world’s biggest dubstep festival also ranked as one of the newspaper’s best eight festivals of 2012. Outlook Festival is held in an incredible abandoned fort in the ancient Roman city of Pula. Festival goers can escape the crowds and head inland to Istria’s pretty villages and rolling countryside, where some of the country’s best wine is produced.

Croatian wines recognised at Decanter World Wine Awards 

Sixty-five Croatian wines have received awards at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards, one of the most prestigious competitions in the wine industry. Regional awards went to Traminac Winery, Ilok (2009 Ledena Berba Misno Vino) and Zlatan Otok Winery, Hvar (Zlatan Posip 2010). Slavonia’s Kutjevo Winery received a Gold Award for their 2009 Graševina Ice Wine. Sixty-three per cent of the Croatian wines entered received an award. 

Wine tourism boost

A EUR 1.3 million Wine Tour project was launched in March of this year with the aim of boosting tourism in continental Croatia. Over the next 18 months, improvements will be made to existing wine tasting routes in the North East County as well the establishment of four mini wine museums and one larger regional wine museum.

New nautical village

A new nautical village is coming soon to Poljud Bay, Split. Works will begin on project “Splitorina” in early 2013 and will include 850 new berths, a marina for mega yachts, a new metropolitan harbour, a homeport for cruisers, commercial and hotel facilities, walkways, pools and other public facilities. It will also boast a new 5 kilometre promenade.  

Croatia welcomes new club

One of Ibiza’s most famous clubs is planning to open in Croatia in 2013. The popular house music venue will open on the Katarelac beach, Pag.

Rijeka re-launches

Big plans are underway to re-launch Rijeka as a tourist destination. Rijeka Gateway, a EUR 300 million project will transform the city into a more attractive destination. Plans include the construction of a mega yacht marina, 600 luxurious units and an impressive congress centre.

New hostel for Osijek

Osijek is to add a brand new hostel to its collection in 2013. Funded by EU funds of EU 4 million the project will see chic new accommodation open in Tvrđa Old Town.  

Varaždin under the stars

In 2013 the city of Varaždin will add a new venue for cultural and entertainment events to their collection of tourist attractions. The “Varaždin under the stars” project will see dramatic improvements made to the public walkway, Šetalište V. Jagića.

New Hotels

Hostel & design hotel for Zadar

A new design hotel Art Hotel Kalelarga and new Boutique Hostel Forum have both opened in the centre of Zadar, offering holidaymakers of all budgets a chance to visit the city. Four star hotel, Art Kalelarga boasts ten luxury rooms designed to encourage harmony; while quirky hostel Boutique Forum provides travellers with a hostel atmosphere and prices but their own privately curtained off rooms.

Villa Tripalo

Five star Villa Tripalo opened this year in Sinj, Dalmatia-Split. Based in the hometown of the famous Croatian Knight’s tournament Alka, the hotel is built as a memorial to the Croatian politician Ante Miko Tripalo. Seeped in history, this unique hotel offers a luxurious stay and with only 3 bedrooms and a guest house, it is perfect as family accommodation.

Royal Princess

Importanne Resorts opened their new five star hotel Royal Princess in July of this year. This hotel, a stone's throw from the historical town of Dubrovnik offers complete luxury with stunning views of the Adriatic sea and endless facilities including a virtual golf simulator, cruises, day trips and a spa centre.


An extravagent five star hotel, the Diocletian, is set to be built in the Trstenjak bay, Split. The newest addition to the Bluesun Hotel and Resort Chain boasts luxury accommodation and fully equipped congress facilties. Building work will commence early 2013.  


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