10th Split Bicycle Tour Organized for European Mobility Week and Car Free Day

This year’s European Mobility Week aims to raise awareness of sustainable urban mobility with the motto “Moving sustainably! Let’s stay healthy!” and promotes behavior changes in favor of active mobility, public transport, and other clean, intelligent transport solutions.

“To celebrate European Mobility Week and Car Free Day, the Sunce Association is organizing the 10th Split Bike Tour. Given the restrictions to which public events are subject due to the epidemiological situation, we will mark the Split Bike Tour in a slightly different way, without a public event and a joint ride through the streets of the city as in previous years. Nevertheless, we want to see as many citizens as possible on a bicycle and jointly send a message about possible improvements to the cycling infrastructure and ways to encourage active mobility.

We invite you to ride your bike to work, to your favorite cafe, to the beach, or just for recreation from September 16 to 22 and to record all the problems, but also good already implemented solutions, and your suggestions related to the cycling infrastructure and thus participate in changing the image of the city.
The Sunce Association will award the best announcements with over 20 different awards from our sponsors and partners, and we will convey your suggestions and compliments to the working group “Strategy for the Development of the City of Split until 2030”, of which we are a part. In order to be eligible for the prize, images or recordings need to be shared as a post on Facebook or Instagram with the Sunce Association tagged.

We are officially starting the Mobility Week by setting up the Sunce Association stand on September 16, from 5 pm to 7 pm, at Marjanski vrat, where our volunteers from the European Solidarity Force will distribute fruit to all cyclists present.

On the spot, the remains of the fruit will be prepared for composting in biowaste containers and, in addition to the brochure, will educate all interested parties about the use of compost and various methods of composting.

We will end this year’s Split Bicycle Tour on Car Free Day, September 22, when participants will be able to pick up their prizes at the Sunce Association stand set up on the Split waterfront, at the bottom of Marmontova Street, from 5 to 8 pm.

At both events, all interested citizens will be able to get acquainted with the work of the Sunce Association, become a member, donate and thus contribute to the work of the association.

We invite all interested citizens to join us at the Sunce Association’s 10th Split Bicycle Tour and in this way mark this important environmental date,” said the organizers.–

Over 70 Flights from Germany to Split Airport in September

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Split Airport has announced several weekly flights to German airports in the second half of September, reported Croatian Aviation.

Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa, Eurowings, EasyJet, Wizz Air, and Condor will operate on regular routes from German airports to Split. From mid to late September, more than 70 return flights on 16 routes have been confirmed.

The largest number of weekly operations and routes will have the German low-cost airline, Eurowings, connecting Split with Stuttgart, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, and Berlin. Eurowings will run daily to Stuttgart and Dusseldorf, six times a week to Cologne, five times a week to Hamburg, four times a week to Dortmund, and once a week to Berlin. On a weekly basis, Eurowings will have 30 return flights on six scheduled flights to Split, thus offering more than 9,000 seats per week.

The second in a row in terms of the number of routes and weekly operations between Split and German airports is Croatia Airlines, which offers eight weekly flights to Munich, seven weekly flights to Frankfurt, and one weekly flight to Berlin.

Lufthansa will operate 14 times a week to Split from Munich and Frankfurt, its two main hubs. Eight weekly flights from Munich and six weekly flights from Frankfurt have been announced.

EasyJet will continue to operate four times a week between Berlin and Split and is their only line from Germany to Split Airport. Wizz Air will operate twice a week from Split to Dortmund in the second half of September.

Condor Airlines operates on three routes to Split this summer season; from Dusseldorf and Frankfurt twice a week, and once a week from Munich.

A total of 71 return flights a week will be available between the mentioned German cities and Split until the end of September, so Split will have a regular connection with eight German cities in the off-season. By the end of the month, the mentioned airlines will offer more than 25 thousand seats a week. 

One-Millionth Passenger Recorded at Split Airport

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Split Airport has welcomed more than a million passengers in the first 8 months of 2021. Just before the end of August, the one-millionth passenger was recorded. 

Split Airport is the only Croatian airport that has reached one million passengers this year. No Croatian airport reached this figure last year, meaning Split is the first since 2019 to manage to welcome one million passengers.

Almost half a million passengers passed through Split Airport in August alone, or 494,240 of them! Compared to 2020, this is an increase of 220,000 passengers, but also 178,000 passengers less than in August 2019.

In January, February, and March this year, Split Airport had a smaller number of passengers compared to the same months in 2020, which is not surprising given that the three months mentioned last year were still without passenger restrictions and the virus has not yet been widespread in Europe. In April 2020, there were almost no passengers in Split, and relatively low numbers were recorded in both May and June. it was only in July and August that there was a slight recovery.

This year, Split reversed the result and the recovery began in April, which continued in the following months. In August this year, almost half a million passengers passed through Split Airport, while in July there were more than 350,000.

Consequently, in the last days of August, Split recorded its millionth passenger, while all other Croatian airports (primarily Dubrovnik and Zagreb) are still not even close.

The numbers are still far lower than in 2019 when Split already had 513,706 passengers in June, and an additional 723,048 in July, and 672,262 in August.

This year, 352,857 passengers in July and 494,240 passengers in August are a clear indication that Split Airport is on the road to recovery. 

Split Film Festival 25th Anniversary Program Announced!

The complete program of the Split Film Festival / International New Film Festival has been released. This year marks the 25th anniversary of its existence.

The festival will be held from September 16 to 21 in a hybrid form. The Festival opens on September 15 at the Karaman cinema with the film ‘Zero Landscape’ by Split’s Bruno Pavić. It will be the only film screening inside a cinema this year.

The films in the program are available online at ondemand.splitfilmfestival.hr, so film lovers and film professionals, no matter where they are, can watch exceptional films, carefully selected from international productions. Part of the program is free.
The backbone of the festival this year is the international competition of feature and short films, films never shown in Croatia. In the long film competition, there are eight top films from Tunisia, Georgia, the Netherlands, Thailand (two titles), India, Kosovo, and Spain.

There are a total of 33 films from various countries in the international short film competition, including two Croatian short films.

In the accompanying program (Forum, Focus, Frame Extended) there are 14 feature films, which stand out with a variety of treated topics that haunt the world.

All films in the program are Croatian, and some European and world premieres.

In addition to the already mentioned feature film at the festival’s opening, there are 8 other short films by Croatian authors in the Croatian film program. All Croatian films compete for the Ivan Martinac Film Award.

For the 26th year in a row, the Split Film Festival has been promoting works created in deviation from the ruling canons of film and video production. This year, in the Special Program, the festival remembers the ‘alternatives’ who were indebted to the festival – Ivan Martinac, Tomislav Gotovac, and Ladislav Galeta. 

Apart from the recent world and domestic productions, the audience remembers the festival for a series of retrospectives, workshops, lectures, and presentations by leading experts. This year, in addition to three interactive AR installations, a video conference on ‘The Future of Moving Images’, a streaming program, will be organized.

August Tourist Traffic in Split-Dalmatia County Exceeds Expectations

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In August, Split-Dalmatia County tourist traffic approached the best pre-pandemic years and significantly improved the overall result of the previous part of the year. Thus, according to the eVisitor system, there were 812,896 guests in commercial accommodation in Central Dalmatia in August, who realized 5,216,639 commercial overnight stays.

Compared to last year, it is an increase of 59 percent in arrivals and 45 percent in overnight stays. Compared to August 2019, almost 93 percent of overnight stays were realized in that best business year. The largest number of overnight stays was made by guests from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and France.

As a result, the largest increase was in the city of Split, which recorded 149,584 arrivals and 578,394 overnight stays, which is an increase of 210 percent in arrivals and 81 percent in overnight stays compared to the same month last year. With 69,410 arrivals and 444,358 overnight stays in August, Makarska recorded a growth of 61 percent in arrivals and 55 percent in overnight stays, followed by Omiš and Baška Voda in terms of arrivals and overnight stays.

All eight tourist months of this year in physical traffic are above expectations. In the first eight months of 2021 in commercial accommodation in Central Dalmatia, there were 1,853,430 tourists who realized 11,082,182 overnight stays. Thus, there was an increase of 65 percent in arrivals and 52 percent in overnight stays compared to last year. Throughout the course of the tourist year, in all eight months, the structure of the most numerous guests remained the same as in August, so most guests in the current part of the year came from Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France.

August was especially successful in nautical tourism. According to eCrew, the County had 39,361 arrivals (growth of 26 percent) and 312,847 overnight stays (growth of 46 percent) compared to August last year. The largest number of arrivals and overnight stays was realized in Marina Kaštela, ACI Marina Split, and Marina Trogir. The most numerous guests are from Germany with 5,634 arrivals and 44,495 overnight stays, followed by Austrians with 3,588 arrivals and 25,567 overnight stays and boaters from the USA who recorded 3,433 arrivals and 25,868 overnight stays.

“We are satisfied with the current tourist traffic in the county. In August alone, Split Airport reached almost 500 thousand passengers, a total of one million passengers have already been crossed and this is an outstanding result in this difficult and stressful year. All announcements and reservations say that September and part of October should have a very good attendance if the travel conditions do not change significantly. It is known that Central Dalmatia is always at the top in terms of attendance in the off-season. According to information from hoteliers, camps, family accommodation, and marinas and the announcement of Split Airport traffic, September could be at 60 percent of 2019 traffic. Guests from Germany and Poland marked this year’s season in our county, and we are especially pleased with the number of Americans in nautical tourism,” said Joško Stella, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board director.