An innovative new destination concept is taking shape on a private island off the coast of Croatia. Untouched for ten years, but once known as ‘the island of youth’, Obonjan island is now being reimagined to introduce a summer-long fusion of art and culture, music and entertainment, food and wellbeing within a carefully curated creative programme that will grow and expand with each year of operation.
easyJet has today announced it will launch a new route to Dubrovnik from London Luton Airport. On sale today it will operate twice a week throughout the summer with the first flights commencing on May 24th, 2016. The route is expected to be popular amongst leisure passengers searching for summer sun and easyJet is expected to fly 21,000 passengers annually between Luton and Dubrovnik - commonly known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ owing to its beautiful coastline and rich cultural heritage.
The Croatia National Tourist Board has released its 2015 tourism data, revealing it received 14.9 million arrivals last year, an 8.5 per cent increase on 2014. There were 80 million over-night stay, an increase of 6.9 per cent on the previous year. The figures also revealed its increasing popularity among UK holidaymakers, with UK arrivals increasing 13 per cent in 2015, to 500,822 and overnight stays increased 12.5 per cent to 2,599,142.
Goldcar has announced its entry in the Croatian market through the launch of its new offices at Zagreb airport, Dubrovnik and Split. In addition to these locations, Goldcar has also opened a new office in Greece (Thessaloniki), thereby reinforcing its commitment to the Greek market, where there are already four existing rental points in Athens, Rhodes, Chania and Heraklion.
Croatian Tourist Board has launched a new multi-channel marketing campaign designed to boost visitor numbers by showcasing the diversity of the destination. The ‘Full of Life’ campaign focuses on the rich and varied activities and experiences on offer throughout Croatia, from historical hotspots to fine wines and world-class music festivals.
The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has unveiled itself as a ‘city of festivals’ with the announcement of the 2015 Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Midsummer Scene Festival programme. Dubrovnik has enjoy a successful start to 2015 with 63,917 overall arrivals since January, an increase of 13 per cent compared to the same period in 2014. Dubrovnik is most popular with UK visitors with 2,464 arrivals since January, a year-on-year increase of 17 per cent.
The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has announced record breaking 2014 arrival figures as the Mediterranean destination continues to entice visitors from around the world. Dubrovnik received 851,311 arrivals between January 1st and November 30th 2014 – a 12 per cent increase on the same period the year before.
The Croatian National Tourist Board formally unveiled its new pre- and post- season campaign to the UK market this week, aiming to increase the number of all-year-round visitors to the country. Named Croatia 365, the campaign will showcase how Croatia’s cultural, eco-gastronomic, adventure, wellness and MICE offerings make it the perfect tourist destination throughout the year.
Ivan Trifonov has gained his fifth Guinness World record by becoming the first man alive to accomplish an underground hot air balloon flight, supported by the Croatian National Tourist Board. Trifonov, a seventy-year-old Croatian national originally from Austria, descended to the bottom of and successfully exited the 206 metre deep Mamet Cave (Jama Mamet) in Croatia in an unprecedented venture.
According to September figures released by the Croatian National Tourist Office, 74,027 Brits enjoyed an early autumnal break in the country, up a massive 27 per cent on the same period in 2012. So far this year, 374,674 UK tourists holidayed in the Mediterranean hotspot, a boost of 25 per cent on last year’s figures.
According to figures released by the Croatian National Tourist Office, some 94,845 Brits holidayed in Dubrovnik between January-September 2013, up an impressive 15 per cent on the same period in 2012. The Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which among other destinations includes Cavtat and the islands of Mljet and Korcula, also reported a year-on-year boost of 16 per cent with 131,167 Brits visiting the region between January-September 2013.
With Croatia joining the European Union today its already booming tourism sector is expecting a boost as the borders open to a potential market of some 450 million visitors. Here Breaking Travel News reporter Tom Edwards heads to the world-famous resort of Dubrovnik, on the southern coast of Europe to find out what might greet these visitors.