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Newsletter No. 2 - 2021 EN

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Dear friends and business partners,
The improving epidemiological situation in Croatia, which is a precondition for achieving a significant tourism activity, gives reason for optimism and creates a positive atmosphere at a time of more intensive preparations for the start of the new tourist season. The anti-epidemic measures of recent months that are yielding results are closely monitored in our outbound markets and are directly related to the number of reservations and the interest of guests in Split-Dalmatia County. But only the ongoing vaccination coverage of the population should create the preconditions for the normalization of international tourism activity.
These days, information is coming in from all levels of international tourism institutions, officially declaring last year to be the worst year in the history of tourism according to all processed data. At the same time, even though 2021 began with major epidemiological problems in most EU countries, foreign tourism partners of Split-Dalmatia County are informing of new inquiries and reservations slowly arriving in addition to those transferred from last year to this year. Accordingly, airlines are announcing their planned flights to Split Airport this year, but always with the caveat that all such plans will depend on the epidemiological picture of our county.
These days, potential guests are reminded of the quality of tourist services in our county by numerous awards and recognitions coming from around the world right now for our facilities, content and quality of service provided to guests in the difficult pandemic year of 2020, which will certainly contribute to the growth of interest in arrivals in the coming months. The national safety label “Safe stay in Croatia” should also contribute to the interest of guests, which will guarantee the responsibility and safety of tourists in Croatia, the implementation of which is underway because this year safety will be the main prerequisite for choosing a vacation spot.
While already planned activities, events and shows in our county are taking place online in accordance with the anti-epidemic measures, we are using the time until the arrival of our first guests this year to better prepare and plan all health and safety conditions for their stay as we want to welcome them responsibly and provide them with a pleasant and carefree holiday.
Welcome to Central Dalmatia!

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Joško Stella
Director of Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board

Split and Brač airports expecting a recovery in air traffic

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In 2021, the beginning of the recovery of air traffic is expected, the intensity of which depends on the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Croatia and on the outbound markets. All airlines that have flown to Split Airport so far want to keep their historically acquired slots, which undoubtedly shows interest in future cooperation, they say at Split Airport. An amendment to EU Regulation 95/93 has been announced, which would encourage airlines to make decisions for the 2021 season without consequences for the acquired rights from the pre-Covid time. Clearer information is expected from airlines regarding specific destinations and the number of flights by mid-March 2021.
In its 2021 business plan, Split Airport expects to generate 1.3 million passengers, which is double its 2020 traffic and 40% of the traffic in the record-breaking 2019. The plan may be revised in the event of a worsening epidemiological situation, vaccination problems and a lack of a common protocol for testing air passengers at the EU level.
This year, Brač Airport expects to maintain two Croatia Airlines routes between Zagreb and Brač, which operate twice a week during the summer flight schedule. On its long-term Graz-Brač charter line, Croatia Airlines plans to resume traffic from mid-May to early October. German Sundair plans charter flights from Berlin and Düsseldorf from early May to late October. Charter flights from Bern and Graz will be operated by Great Dane Airlines in the off-season, i.e., from September to October. Negotiations are currently underway with Luxair, and the airport hopes that Luxair will make a decision on the reintroduction of the Luxembourg-Brač route as early as this summer.
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Airport Brač

Plaža Duće Hotel won the HolidayCheck award

hotelduce 2 2021The renowned Swiss travel portal HolidayCheck, the largest independent travel web portal in the German-speaking area, has once again awarded the prestigious HolidayCheck Special Award 2021 this year. Two Croatian hotels were among the 607 awarded hotels. According to the authentic reviews of more than 420 thousand users of the portal, the best and most successful hotels in as many as 35 countries were selected, and in Croatia, the award was given to the Plaža Duće Hotel and the Miramar Hotel in Opatija.
– We are pleased with this recognition as it is a great free promotion for our hotel and everything we have tried to provide to guests in a difficult year behind us. Our only goal is a satisfied guest, and with this recognition we have managed to achieve that. Most guests were from Germany and Austria. Last year, we generated 55 percent of the 2019 turnover, and we were open from the beginning of June to the beginning of October – says Domagoj Tomasović, the owner of the four-star registered hotel equipped and offering a five-star hotel service. This year they plan to open the hotel for Easter, and all their plans depend on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The HolidayCheck portal allows users to book and view numerous offers based on authentic reviews, almost 10 million of which have been published on the portal for hotels alone. The portal also provides a range of important and up-to-date information about destinations around the world, placing the greatest emphasis on the reviews of travelers who have stayed in a particular location.
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Dinara is the 12th Nature Park in Croatia

dinara 2 2021The Dinara massif (Dinara, part of Troglav and Kamešnica), the source part and the upper course of the Cetina River and the karst fields (Hrvatačko, Paško and Vrličko) along the Cetina were unanimously declared the Dinara Nature Park by the Croatian Parliament. Dinara Nature Park covers an area of almost 63,000 hectares in Split-Dalmatia County with a share of 63% of the land area and Šibenik-Knin County, making Dinara the largest nature park area after Velebit Nature Park.
Dinara Nature Park is significant for its preserved original natural values, rich geodiversity, numerous wild species of flora and fauna, endemics and the overall diversity of natural and semi-natural habitats, indigenous breeds and rich cultural and historical heritage preserved in numerous archaeological finds, as well as cultural and historical locations.
In the area of the Nature Park is the highest peak of the Republic of Croatia – Sinjal (1831 m). The proclamation of a nature park opens up the preconditions for the tourist development of this area through the possibility of accommodation and gastronomic offer that would include local food producers.

Winter adventure on the most beautiful bike trails in Croatia

bracbike 2 2012With this title, Red Bull, as one of the biggest promoters of active holidays, invited readers on its website to visit those parts of Croatia that are ideal for lovers of mountain biking, but also of cycling in general. Among them, in the area of Central Dalmatia, they singled out the marked bicycle paths on the island of Brač, which have been used by a large number of recreational and professional cyclists since 2018 and where several bicycle races are held every year. Thus, cycling tourism and arranging the infrastructure for cycling tourism proved to be important for the development of year-round tourism on the island of Brač.

Screening of “Bliss” begins

bliss 2 2021In July 2019, Hollywood stars Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson were in Croatia, filming the movie “Bliss”. A trailer for the movie has also been released, which is available on Amazon Prime from Friday, 5 February. “Bliss” is a sci-fi drama with realistic stories of love and father-daughter relationship. Among the beautiful movie locations, the screenwriter and director of the film Mike Cahill has set part of the plot in Split and Dubrovnik, and the shots from Croatia can already be seen in the first trailer of the movie. Split Riva, the Meštrović Gallery, the restaurant and lookout point on Marjan can be seen – and they look fabulous. The trailer of the movie will certainly be a great promotion for Split and Croatia.

The Hvar Arsenal in European Diplomacy & Economics Online Magazine

hvar 2 2021On the occasion of receiving the prestigious European Heritage Awards 2020, the renowned European Diplomacy & Economics Online Magazine published a long article about the famous Arsenal, the most important public building in Hvar. The publication is a result of cooperation between the CNTB Representation in Austria, the Hvar Tourist Board and the magazine's editorial board. The article states that the Arsenal is the winner of the Europa Nostra Award, the most prestigious European heritage prize awarded by the European Union since 2002. This year, the award was given to 21 projects from 15 countries, and the Arsenal is the winner in the conservation category. The award was given for the restoration and strengthening of the load-bearing structure of the Arsenal, and in the light of the current situation with the coronavirus, this year's award ceremony was held virtually for the first time. The Arsenal building, located in the center of Hvar, the island's most important port, was carefully restored and successfully turned into a living cultural center for visitors and the local community. European Diplomacy & Economics is a magazine intended for professionals in the field of diplomacy, but also for a wider audience throughout the European Union, as it covers the fields of economics and culture.

Recognition of the World Federation of Tourist Guides for “Diocletian's Chest”

skrinjica 2 2021The project of the City of Split and the Split Tourist Guide Association, “Diocletian's Chest”, received great recognition from the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA). The World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, based in Vienna, brings together national associations from 80 countries and represents over 150,000 guides. On the occasion of the International Education Day, which is celebrated on 24 January, the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations inaugurated this project called “Children – the guardians of our heritage” as a great example and a desirable model of how to bring the importance of historical and cultural heritage closer to children through education. In addition, this international organization invites other countries to join the project from Split and to apply the same model of education and presentation of historical heritage in their cities.
As a reminder, “Diocletian's Chest” is a long-term project through which children and young people are educated on the importance of Split's cultural heritage. They are taught not only to respect and represent this heritage, but also to preserve the great historical and civilization heritage of the city under Marjan for centuries to come. The “Diocletian's Chest” project has been active since 2012. It involves 1,700 students, more than 70 teachers from all primary schools in Split, school coordinators, as well as a large number of tourist guides.

Fifth Solin Winterfest online

winterfest 2 2021In recent years, the Solin Winterfest event has attracted the attention of Solin residents and tourists through various topics and events, since the Solin Tourist Board wants to position the city of Solin as a year-round destination through this project. It is a winter festival project that shows all the cultural, natural and religious heritage of the city of Solin to its fellow citizens, but also to visitors from the surrounding cities and tourists through 4 different topics. Due to the current epidemiological situation, this year's Solin Winterfest will be organized in a virtual environment. One of the new activities this year is the interpretive walk “Royal Stories from Solin” which shows the reign of Queen Helen the Glorious on Our Lady's Islet (Gospin took) as well as the story of King Zvonimir and his wife Helen the Fair in the church of St. Peter and Moses, better known to the people as the Hollow Church, and the story of Prince Trpimir in Rižinice. In addition to the royal stories from Solin, as part of the Winterfest, visitors will be able to “walk” through the Salona, the largest archaeological park in Croatia with Don Frane Bulić, longtime director of the Archaeological Museum in Split. Through his story, they will learn interesting facts about the early Christian cemetery of Manastirine, the Tusculum Museum, the Episcopal Center and the Amphitheater.
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Applications for the 21st Split Marathon on 26 September 2021 open

maraton 2 2021SThe Split Marathon is an event originating from the Split Half Marathon organized by the Marjan Marathon Club, which has existed and operated as an association since 2000, and Maratonist j.d.o.o. The Split Marathon is a volunteer project which, thanks to running enthusiasts, gathers a record number of participants today. The preparation and implementation of the event throughout the year is led by the Organizing Committee of the Split Marathon, with the support of the Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County and the Tourist Board of the City of Split. In 2021, it opens with a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5 km race and children's races at 650 m, 1,250 m and 2,500 m. By participating in the races, the youngest ones want to be given the opportunity to develop a competitive spirit and love of sports, and to emphasize the importance of solidarity and care for the sick and needy from an early age. During the 21st Split Marathon, some participants will achieve top sports results, some will break their own record, some will run their first marathon or half marathon, and many will simply enjoy it and make a humanitarian contribution to the whole event.

Information published in the Newsletter considered accurate and reliable at the time of their publication. The Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County warns that this information should not be considered as the basis for making important personal or business decisions and that you agree to not consider Split-Dalmatia County TB responsible for possible failure of your expectations. Split-Dalmatia County TB fully disclaims all liability for any user action use or misuse of the contents of this newsletter for any damages that may arise for the use or any third party in connection with the use or misuse of the said content.








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Split and Dalmatia County Tourist Board
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