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Newsletter No. 3 - 2021 EN

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Dear business partners, dear friends,
Even though the best time to travel is spring, which we are entering, the coronavirus epidemic is dominating tourist plans and preparations. Health safety is an absolute priority when it comes to travel, which is why all preparations in the Split-Dalmatia County tourism sector are about maintaining high epidemiological standards. Split-Dalmatia County is entering this season with optimism because we believe that the coming months will bring a much higher vaccination coverage of citizens in Europe and Croatia, which will create a favorable climate for long-awaited travel.
Since all guests want to know about the protocols in their host country before traveling, it is in the interest of the entire tourism sector to acquire the Safe Stay in Croatia label. This national label is awarded to all operators in the tourism and services sector who are willing to comply with the epidemiological safety standards in their business premises and facilities. This will allow us to justify the trust of travelers and guests in their safe stay, which is of the utmost importance in tourism 2021.
March in Central Dalmatia, and especially the pre-Easter period, is full of traditions, experiences and activities in nature that we believe our guests will enjoy. No matter how uncertain the circumstances of the tourist season, we keep in mind that good preparation of the destination, its content and events is a prerequisite for guest satisfaction. In addition to the efforts of creating destination programs, this spring our tourist places will offer a series of interesting things, from the gathering of the best olive growers, to master chefs and winemakers, but also cyclists. Particularly valuable are the events related to Easter traditions, which have been cherished for centuries and are now thoughtfully preserved and maintained.
In Central Dalmatia, the planned and announced gatherings are not changing their schedule for the time being, so we hope that a large number of religious, sports and cultural events announced for the coming period will be the best announcement for the more intense part of this season. It is in this spirit that we welcome our guests this year, convinced that their arrival in Central Dalmatia this spring will provide them with a safe holiday enriched with fun and enjoyment of tradition and culture.

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Joško Stella
Director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board

Prague–Rijeka–Split train

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The Czech railway company Regiojet has started selling tickets for this season's railway line from Prague to Rijeka, and as of this year, to the city of Split as well. This year, Regiojet is reintroducing its very successful railway line from the Czech capital. On the route from Prague via Bratislava, Regiojet trains will pass through Budapest and Zagreb and continue towards Rijeka and Split. The trains will start operating on 28 May and run until 27 September. In July and August, they will arrive in Croatia daily, and three times a week in May, June and September. Departures from Prague/Bratislava are on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays with their way back from Croatia on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Passengers in Rijeka, Gračac and Split will be picked up by buses, with which they will be able to reach all destinations on the coast. Explaining what the route of Regiojet trains will be this year, Aleš Ondruj, the spokesperson for Regiojet, said that the train will be split in Ogulin into a part going to Rijeka and a part going to Split. There the train will be split, with one part of the wagons, usually seven, continuing towards Rijeka, while eight of them will travel via Gračac on to Split. Moreover, upon return, the trains will be reconnected into one composition in Ogulin and the train will continue towards Prague, Ondruj explained. He underlined that the total capacity of the trains should reach up to 650 passengers per train, i.e., 15 wagons. Regiojet hopes that Croatian citizens will also take advantage of this opportunity.

Omiš gets new coast with promenade and 80 berths

omis 3 2021After the selection of the most advantageous bid in the public tender, the Split-Dalmatia County Port Authority will start work on the project “Reconstruction of the Port of Omiš – phase II of the construction”, co-financed from the budget of the Split-Dalmatia County Port Authority and EU grants. With the realization of this major project for the town at the mouth of the Cetina River, the entire coast of Omiš will get a new look. Thanks to this valuable project, Omiš will get a 440 m long promenade with about 80 seasonal berths, horticultural landscaping, new public lighting and cabinets for electricity and water, which is a significant step in view of the development of the town of Omiš, enabling new tourist development.

The island of Brač on the German-French TV channel Arte

arte 3 2021On 7 March, more than one million viewers had the opportunity to watch a program about the island of Brač by the journalist Marie-Christine Degen in the prime time of the German-French TV channel Arte and the online media library. Maria-Christina Degen stayed on the island of Brač and recorded a program on the Brač stone and the Pučišća School of Stonemasonry. It describes the long tradition of the School and emphasizes that interest in this special skill is growing among young women, presenting the work of one student – sixteen-year-old Vanesa Martinić – on a stone amphora. The author notes that the Brač stone was used in the construction of many famous and historic buildings, such as the White House in Washington and the Berlin Reichstag..

Our Stories from Bol at the ITB Festival in Berlin

itb 3 2021The Bol Tourist Board submitted a promo video (shorturl.at/clnFP) from the series Our Bol Stories (“Naše bolske priče”) in the City category to the 21st International Tourism Film, Print and MultiMedia Competition – the Golden City Gate. The awards for international tourism films are being given for the 21st time in a row. The winners are decided by an international jury of 45 members, experts from various fields of tourism. The Golden City Gate is part of the ITB International Tourism Fair, which is held every year in Berlin, but this year, due to epidemiological measures, it will be held virtually, from 9 to 12 March.
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Easter procession “Za križen” (Following the Cross)

zakrizen 3 2021On the island of Hvar, the more than 400-year-old procession “Za križen” will take place this year around Easter, in strict compliance with the coronavirus protection measures. For the time being, two groups of 25 may participate from each town from which the procession starts. This procession, which begins in the evening of Holy Thursday and lasts until the early hours of Good Friday, is a form of worshiping the Passion of Christ. The celebrations begin on Holy Thursday with a mass held simultaneously in six parishes: Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Vrboska. This is followed by a procession, crossing a 25-kilometer road until the early hours of Good Friday. As each pilgrimage group leaves its own church and moves in a clockwise direction, the groups never meet. Each group is led by a specially designated cross bearer.

16th International Culinary Festival “Biser mora” 2021 (Pearl of the Sea)

bisermora 3 2021From 13 to 17 April in Supetar, the International Culinary Festival “Biser mora” 2021 will host numerous figures of the domestic and foreign gastronomic scene. The project is designed as a competition of tourism and hospitality schools (secondary and higher) and professional chefs and has become one of the most prominent chef competitions in the Mediterranean, with a rating as a first-class gastronomic and tourist event in Croatia. This is supported by the fact that more than 1,000 chefs from 30 European countries have participated so far, as well as another 200 participants from secondary schools, lecturers and public figures, and many people responsible for the development of Croatian gastronomy and the gastronomy of partner countries. “Biser mora” is much more than just a competition for professional chefs and hospitality schools, as the rich and attractive program includes gastronomic exhibitions, oenological workshops, cooking shows, tastings, presentations of foreign and local cuisine, round tables, B2B meetings, workshops for professional chefs and citizens, gastronomic tours and entertainment programs. The festival is organized by SKMER – Association of Chefs from Mediterranean and European Regions and Svpetrvs hoteli d.d. Waterman resorts.

XCM bike marathon “Uvati vitar” (Catch the Wind)

uvati ritam 3 2021The bike marathon “Uvati vitar” will be held in Sutivan, on the island of Brač, from 14 to 16 May. It is a recreational race, meaning no license is required to participate. For those who like long distances, the organizers have prepared an attractive route bearing the windy name “Bura” (Bora), 70 km long. They claim that, with its attractive single-trail sections, rapid descents, challenging ascents and technical passages, it literally leaves you breathless. For advanced recreationists who are undecided whether to take a long ride or a slightly shorter route, the 40 km “Vitar” (Wind) trail has been prepared. The 20 km “Bonaca” trail is designed for all those who want a more leisurely ride “with a view”.
“Uvati vitar” has been a successful project from the very beginning, ranking among the TOP 5 bike marathons in Croatia. After the adults catch the wind on Saturday, the youngest and most eager participants have their turn on Sunday. On Sunday morning in the center of Sutivan, children can test their cycling skills in the Uvati Vitar Kids Race. Everyone is welcome, whether they ride bikes, are assisted by training wheels or their small ride-on toys. Every child who finishes the race will also receive a medal, and the fastest in each age group will also win special sponsor prizes.
The organizers point out that 200 entry fees have already been sold this year because they were carried over from last year's event. By the closing date for registration, 400 participants and more than a thousand visitors are expected, who will be presented with the gastronomic offer of the island of Brač, together with a rich lottery and entertainment program at a dinner for all participants.

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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