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Newsletter No. 4 - 2021 EN

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Dear business partners, dear friends,
In the pre-season, when tourism activity stagnates worldwide due to travel bans and strict safety and health measures for passengers returning to their countries, Split-Dalmatia County tourism shares the fate of all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but we believe that the coming months will boost tourism activity. In the tourism sector, the start of more intensive arrival of guests seems to be as safe as possible for guests and hosts from an epidemiological and health point of view, so the forthcoming launch of vaccination of tourism workers who are in direct contact with guests will be a big step. Also intensively discussed are new testing points for guests, their seasonal organization and functioning, with the County Tourist Board as a serious epidemiological partner in the interest of tourism.
Hoping to be good hosts to our guests again soon, as such statements come from major outbound markets and airlines announcing flights, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board is taking advantage of the booking delay to get organized and educated on how to do business, promote its services and be a better host in the very specific post-Covid months that follow. The tourist staff of Split-Dalmatia County is extremely interested in all the trainings, lectures and workshops that we organize in collaboration with leading experts, which is the best proof of the desire, eagerness and readiness of the entire sector to enter the season better prepared and following the current tourism trends.  
As it is equally important that a clear message about all our efforts in the coming months reaches those we want to reach, we communicate daily with our tourist partners abroad, as well as the Croatian Tourist Board offices. In online communication, we maintain a constant presence of the offer and benefits of tourism in Central Dalmatia via social networks, but we are aware that the best promotion of our tourism will be a quality epidemiological situation and a successful end to the pandemic.
This April, Central Dalmatia has much to offer those seeking a sunny spring holiday, activities, fun and relaxation in nature. Tourist and cultural events are organized online or in open spaces, in compliance with the epidemiological measures in force. All of this is our contribution to even better tourist numbers in the months to come.  
Welcome to Central Dalmatia.

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Joško Stella
Director of Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board

Virtual presentation of the tourist offer of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board in Poland

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Organized by the Croatian Tourist Board and its office in Warsaw, as part of the Get2gether project, an online presentation of Split-Dalmatia County was given for Polish partners, agents, tour operators and media representatives. In addition to the beauties and motives for coming to Central Dalmatia, the presentation focused on the measures for a safe stay in the destination. The director of the Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board Joško Stella introduced to the participants Central Dalmatia as a region where guests enjoy the crystal clear sea, preserved and unique nature, the excellent oenological and gastronomic scene, rich cultural heritage, historical towns. The tourist assets of Makarska Riviera were presented by the director of the Gradac Tourist Board Davor Andrijašević. During the presentation, the beauties of Central Dalmatia and the novelties offered were introduced through promotional films, with special emphasis on new agency programs designed for smaller groups with special interests. Agnieszka Puszczewicz, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board in Poland, presented the national label of safety Safe Stay in Croatia and the measures implemented to ensure the safe stay of tourists in Croatia.

A show filmed in the waters of Central Dalmatia broadcast in the USA

bravotv 4 2021The popular and most-watched American reality show Below Deck Sailing Yacht, filmed in Croatia last summer, has been on American cable television Bravo TV for a month. Below Deck airs on Bravo TV, one of America's most-watched cable television networks with 427 million on-demand views and 222 million live streams.
It has been on the air since 2013. Part of the show's concept is to observe the professional and personal lives of the crew and their guests on mega yachts. The new season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht 2 – CROATIA was filmed in the waters of Split in July, August and September 2020. For the filming, the sailing yacht Parsifal III was used, which was anchored in front of the Le Méridien Lav Hotel in Podstrana.
As this was the first such production to be filmed outside the USA in the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic, the participants in the spectacle had to work closely with the Teaching Institute of Public Health in Split, which determined the manner and conditions of the project.

Airlines return to Split Airport

asplit 4 2021Split Airport informs that so far in 2021, airlines have canceled only a part of their flights until May, so the Airport has flight announcements from 43 airlines from 25 countries to Split as of May. According to current announcements, planes from 73 European destinations are to land in Resnik. The realization of these announcements will, of course, ultimately depend on the epidemiological situation in Croatia and our outbound markets. The rules which countries lay down for the travel of their citizens will play an important part in this, and in particular the conditions which they must fulfill when they return to their country.
The COVID-19 epidemic paralyzed almost all European airports last year and significantly reduced passenger traffic, including Split Airport, which operated 40 percent of flights compared to 2019, with an average aircraft occupancy rate of 50–60 percent of available seats.

Welcome desk at Split–Kaštela airport

welcomedesk 4 2021If the epidemiological situation permits, from mid-May at Split Airport in Kaštela, the Welcome Desk – information desk will be reopened, where guests will be able to receive all the necessary information regarding the tourist offer of Split-Dalmatia County immediately upon arrival at the airport. The Welcome Desk was established on the initiative of the Kaštela Tourist Board, with the support of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, the City of Kaštela and the Airport. Located opposite the international arrivals hall, it offers guests various brochures, maps and information sheets, as well as the most basic information on bus, ferry and train timetables and car hire services. In addition, guests can obtain information about the specifics of the tourist offer of the area they intend to visit, including gastronomic recommendations, sightseeing suggestions and all relevant information for Split-Dalmatia County. Due to the epidemiological situation, guests can also find out more about COVID-19. The Welcome Desk will be at the Airport until November and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., i.e., depending on passenger demand and frequency.

First train with tourists from the Czech Republic to arrive on 28 May

regiojet 4 2021More than 15,000 Czechs have already bought their train ticket that will take them on summer vacation to Croatia this summer. Just like last year, the train organized by the RegioJet agency will run between the two countries, but now, in addition to Rijeka, passengers will also travel to Split.
Also, as of now, domestic passengers can board the train in Zagreb. The train will run three times a week during the months of May, June and September, and daily during the high season, and everything will be organized in cooperation with the Croatian Railways and the Croatian Tourist Board. This year the capacity and target is 100 thousand passengers.
– We are very optimistic despite the pandemic. We expect that the situation surrounding the coronavirus will calm down, since in the Czech Republic the numbers are already decreasing, and in Croatia safety is guaranteed by the Safe Stay in Croatia label, which is awarded to tourist facilities that implement safety measures. People are showing great interest in Croatia and we think the demand will increase even more. Young people are mostly buying tickets, while families are opting for tourist packages, which we also offer – said Aleš Ondrůj from RegioJet. Last year the train ran with 12 wagons, this year there will be 15, carrying 650 passengers each. In Ogulin, the composition will be split into two parts, with seven wagons continuing towards Split and eight towards Rijeka. Passengers will be picked up at their destinations by buses, which will then transport them to their final destination, from Istria to Dubrovnik.
– The train arrives in Zagreb early in the morning and is in Rijeka at 10 o'clock, while the return trip is in the evening, so that the locals can use it for a short trip as well – says Ondrůj. RegioJet monitors changes to border regulations and handles all the paperwork – collecting certificates of tests or vaccinations from passengers and delivering them directly to the Ministry of the Interior. The price of a one-way ticket is 22 EUR, and in the event of complications, passengers will get their money back.

Austrian Federal Railways introduce a night line to Split

obb 4 2021Austrian Federal Railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen – ÖBB), in cooperation with its Slovakian counterpart (ZSSK), is expanding the offer of its nightly EuroNight trains, connecting Bratislava, Vienna, Graz and Split twice a week from 18 June to 11 September 2021. According to ÖBB, night trains will run twice a week on the Bratislava–Vienna–Graz–Split route. On the way back, the EuroNight 1252 train will depart Split on Wednesdays and Saturdays and reach Bratislava via Graz and Vienna on Thursday and Sunday mornings.
The price for a night train ticket is 29.90 EUR in the seating car and 69.90 EUR in the sleeping car. Tickets can already be booked on the ÖBB website. The press release states that passengers will soon be able to travel to the Croatian coast at night in a climate-friendly and comfortable way, and the transport of cars and/or motorcycles is also planned.

Biokovo Nature Park and Skywalk open for visitors

skywalk 4 2021Biokovo Nature Park and the Skywalk observation deck are officially open to visitors as of 1 April. The price of the ticket, which is charged at the reception, is 60 HRK per person. The Park is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Skywalk from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last entry to Biokovo Nature Park via the Biokovo road is at 6 p.m.
As the COVID-19 epidemiological measures are still in force, the Park should be visited according to the instructions of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Institute of Public Health, respecting all measures of physical distancing and hygiene standards.

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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