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Croatia Media Newsletter - February 2013

15 February 2013

Destination update

Visitors to Croatia Soar in 2012
Over 332,801 Brits chose to holiday in Croatia last year, a boost of 24 per cent compared to 2011.


Thomson doubles Croatia capacity

Thomson has increased its flights to Istria from Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick to twice-weekly.

Jet 2 increases UK regional flights to Pula

Jet 2 has doubled its Croatia product for 2013, with more regional flights to Pula from Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds.


Croatia’s Eurovision singers confirmed

Six male artists with powerful voices will perform a traditional Klapa song called Mižerja at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. The six artists, who are all from different klapa's in Croatia, will make their first official appearance on Tuesday 14 May. Please click here to listen to a snippet of Croatia’s song for Eurovision 2013.


Programme to boost wine tourism kicks off

Croatia’s Ministry of Tourism launched an education programme for wine makers involved in the tourism sector last week. The education programme is part of the 1.25 million Euro Wine Tour project announced in 2012, which aims to promote and develop wine tourism in Osijek-Baranja County. The project will also see the creation of a new wine museum in the region.  For more information, please click here.


New Strategy for Croatian Tourism launched

The Croatian Government has approved a new strategy for tourism development in Croatia, which outlines plans for the sector up to 2020. The strategy aims to increase the competitiveness of Croatia in the international market, making it one of the 20 most competitive tourist countries in the world. The Croatian government also plans to increase the number of jobs in the tourism industry by 30,000, with the majority of investment expected to go into the hotel industry. For more information, please see here.

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel wins Travellers’ Choice Award 2013

The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel has won a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice award for the best hotel in Croatia in all three categories in 2013: the best hotel, the best service and the best luxury hotel in Croatia. Originally built in 1925 to accommodate passengers from the Orient Express, the hotel is ideally located in the heart of the capital and has been praised for its old-world charm, large rooms and impeccable service.


Introducing Croatia’s newest music festival - Unknown

Croatia adds another feather to its live music calendar with the new Unknown Festival. Brought to life by the creators of Hideout Festival, The Warehouse Project and Field Day, Unknown Festival already has an eclectic line-up confirmed consisting of Django Django, Four Tet, TEED and Jessie Ware. Set in the beautiful city of Rovinj from 10-14 September, this festival aims to combine bespoke design projects and dj sets for a music festival to remember. For more information about Unknown festival, please see here.

Events and Festivals

24 February – 3 March 2013 - ZagrebDox, Zagreb

ZagrebDox is an international documentary film festival in its 9th consecutive year. It is the biggest festival of its kind in South East Europe and will showcase over 180 recent and award-winning documentaries from over 30 countries. Last year’s ZagrebDox welcomed over 26,000 visitors and this year the programme is set to attract even more film lovers with a screening of one of the most controversial films of the decade, The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer. The eight day festival will take place in the Cineplexx Kaptol Centre, with tickets costing between 20-25KN. For more information, please see here.


8 – 17 March 2013 – Restaurant Week, Zagreb

Visitors and Zagreb residents will be spoilt for choice this March as top restaurants across the city are offering a three course meal with a glass of wine from £12pp. The festival provides a great opportunity to try out Croatian gastronomy and local delicacies at affordable prices for over a week. The complete list of the participating restaurants, their locations and the special menus on offer during Restaurant Week, can be found here.


15 – 17 March 2013 – International Wine Tourism Conference, Zagreb

The 5th Annual International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) will be held for the first time in Zagreb, Croatia. There will be over 30 talks, presentations, panel discussions and workshops to discuss this fast growing tourism sector and business opportunity. There will also be the chance to sample fine wines from India, Italy, and Thailand as well as award-winning Croatian wine. For more information about the event, please see here.


23 March 2013 - Pablo Picasso Art Exhibition, Zagreb

The Klovićevi Dvori Gallery in Zagreb will host the largest exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work ever displayed in Eastern Europe this March. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see over 56 of Picasso’s paintings and sculptures, as well as a special exhibition dedicated to Picasso’s Croatian muse, Dora Maar.


29 June – 10 July 2013 - World Art Games, (Zagreb, Vukovar, Ludberg and Umag)

Croatia will host the first ever World Art Games (WAG), which will take place in Zagreb, Vukovar, Ludbreg and Umag. The first ‘Art Olympics’, will bring together over 1,000 artists from over 50 countries worldwide and will showcase all forms of art including, ceramics, photography, film, theatre, fashion and design. The World Art Games is the brainchild of Croatian-Israeli painter Petar Weisz and potential host countries for 2015 and 2017 have been named as Korea, Turkey, New Zealand and Mexico. Admission is free and more information can be found here.


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