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Newsletter No. 5 - 2021 EN

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Dear partners, dear friends,
The development of the epidemiological situation in Split-Dalmatia County, which points to a gradual improvement, gives rise to optimism on the part of tourism professionals, who are awaiting the arrival of the first larger groups of guests. The increasing number of vaccinations among citizens and tourism operators who are in contact with guests create a positive image of us as responsible hosts who do everything possible not to endanger the health, safety and peaceful holidays of our guests. The first of May holidays have already shown how our regular guests have used their first days off for a short holiday in Central Dalmatia to come back in summer and in the off-season.
As the circumstances of doing business in tourism have changed and the pandemic has brought with it new rules of conduct, we have planned ways, in cooperation with the Split-Dalmatia County Teaching Institute of Public Health, to offer our guests quick and inexpensive Covid-19 tests at a number of locations throughout the County. Thus, eleven testing locations have been set up so far on the coast and islands of our County, and depending on tourist activity and guest needs, their number and distribution will increase, about which the Croatian Tourist Board offices abroad will be informed in time.
Simultaneously with the organizational work on the best possible reception and testing opportunities for our guests upon arrival and before returning from their holiday, preparations are underway for increased promotional activities in the most important markets of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. We all know that a struggle for every guest awaits us in the coming period, for the outbound countries will try to keep their citizens within their borders, and all the Mediterranean countries will try to win over the Europeans.
However, in Central Dalmatia, after a pause in investment due to the pandemic this late spring, the doors of new hotels and accommodation facilities are opening, existing ones have been renovated, infrastructure is improving, and the number of flights to Split shows the confidence of business partners in a large number of visits to Central Dalmatia in early June. Outdoor events are becoming more and more interesting, bicycle races are held, the most expensive yachts are exhibited, blues music is played at a festival, and professional women tennis players are gathering for a big tournament on the island of Brač. There are more and more outdoor activities in pleasant weather, and all this creates an atmosphere of optimism and hope for a good tourist year ahead.
We are ready to offer every guest who trusts us and comes to Central Dalmatia in the coming months a quiet, safe and pleasant holiday with the attention of a good host.

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Joško Stella
Director of Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board

Virtual presentation for the German market

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The Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board office in Germany and the German tourist media FVW.de, held a virtual presentation of the tourist offer of the County and the City of Split, intended for sales representatives of travel agencies, tour operators and representatives of the German media. After the presentation of the tourist opportunities and novelties in Central Dalmatia, the participants asked many questions expressing their interest in visiting Central Dalmatia and the conditions of staying there during the pandemic.
On this occasion, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board office in Germany Romeo Dragichio and the head of the Croatian Tourist Board office in Munich Nera Miličić presented the Safe Stay in Croatia project. Communication with agents to date and all research has shown that a good epidemiological picture of the destination they are coming to and the implementation of health and hygiene measures will be the final decision-making criteria for potential guests.
After Poland and Germany, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board is planning a presentation for the markets of Austria and Switzerland on 12 May in cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board office in Austria.

Tourist testing location near Split Airport

covid 5 2021From the end of April, near the passenger terminal of Split Airport along the state highway D409 with access for pedestrians and cars, it will be possible to conduct SARS-CoV-2 tests for passengers using two methods, depending on their needs, that is, the type of test required for travel to a particular country. The result of the rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test will be available within 30 minutes. The result of the PCR SARS-CoV-2 test will be available within 24 hours. Prior to travel, travelers are required to check the travel conditions and restrictions of the country to which they are traveling and the type of test required.
The Teaching Institute has prepared special arrangements, that is, mobile field teams, when testing is required for groups of 10 or more. All interested parties whose groups number less than 10 can be tested at the existing Teaching Institute locations, explained Dr. Željka Karin.

Flights from Split to 25 cities by early June

airport 5 2021Recent announcements state that Split Airport will be the busiest airport on the coast this May, as well as throughout the summer season. According to the latest announcements, Split will have scheduled flights to 25 destinations in the country and Europe from the end of May this year. Croatia Airlines will have the largest number of destinations from Split to Zagreb, Osijek, Frankfurt, Rome, Munich and Zurich. All routes are already in operation, except for the Split–Zurich–Split route, where Croatia Airlines will operate the first flight of this season on Saturday 22 May. German Eurowings already flies on two routes to Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, and as of 22 May three more will be added – to Hamburg, Cologne and Dortmund. From May 22, the well-known low-cost carrier EasyJet, which currently has three routes to Split (Basel, Berlin and Geneva), will connect Split with the London Luton Airport. In addition to these airlines, the Dutch KLM will continue to connect Split with Amsterdam, LOT with Warsaw, Austrian Airlines with Vienna, Lufthansa with Munich and Frankfurt and Smartwings with Prague.

ASTA Destination Expo – Croatia awaits the arrival of 150 American agents

asta 5 2021ASTA Destination Expo is an international business event and meeting of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and agents, which will be held this year in Dubrovnik from 10 to 13 June 2021. This meeting is held in a different country each year so that members can meet and interact with the tourism stakeholders of the destination they are visiting. For ASTA Destination Expo 2021, the organizer expects the arrival of 150 agents and members of the Society and 100 Croatian participants. The Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board is the sponsor of the trade show, during which the TB director Joško Stella will give a presentation of the tourist offer of Central Dalmatia for American agents and travel advisors. The official organizer of the event is AmCro Travel (amcrotravel.com), and the event program can be found on the official ASTA website. The company HIT Dalmacija, based in Split, is a partner in the organization of the business part of the event, the fair and the B2B workshop.
Applications: www.hitdalmatia.com

The new Heritage Hotel Fermai started operation

fermai 5 2021Heritage Hotel Fermai, housed in a historic building in the immediate vicinity of the historic center of Split, opened its doors in early May. In July, it will join the international MGallery chain of boutique hotels as a result of a franchise agreement between the world's leading hospitality group Accor and Quatro company, becoming the first MGallery hotel to open in Croatia. Housed in a 100-year-old building, the hotel is a masterpiece of Croatian architect Petar Senjanović, who brought Viennese Art Nouveau to Split. The hotel has 35 luxurious, modern rooms, the Fermai Café and a garden terrace. The historic building has been reconstructed and restored with great attention to detail and local heritage. Particular attention has been paid to Art Nouveau elements that have been preserved in their original state, such as stone staircases with iron and wooden railings and a wall with a geometric pattern and simple geometric joinery. It is another exquisite small hotel of high category in the historical center of Split.

Heritage hotel Santa Lucia and Café Central opened their doors

central 5 2021Hotel Central and the newly renovated Santa Lucia Hotel, in the southeastern part of the Narodni trg square, the popular Pjaca, have opened their doors and have been in continuous operation since the 1770s, when the first Split café opened in the building on the northeast corner of the square. During Split's turbulent history, the café and the hotel were the center of the city's social, political and cultural life in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. “The hotel building has been preserved in its existing dimensions, and it is important to mention that all the joinery and facades of the hotel correspond to those from the 19th century because the Hotel Central from that period won the prize for the best interior in Eastern Europe awarded in Vienna. It was a challenge to keep the authenticity and the history and to transform the whole thing into something modern. We believe that this project is of great significance for all citizens of Split and for the city in general. Much of the city's history is preserved under the vault of this building. The hotel now has 35 rooms and suites,” said hotel manager Nevena Čikeš.

Visitor Center of Marjan Park Forest opened

marjan 5 2021The public institution Marjan Park Forest has opened its Visitor Center at Trumbićeva obala, next to Botić's stairs (Botićeve skale). In the Information Center, visitors can receive professional and relevant information about the Park Forest through direct contact, but also through an info telephone line, e-mail and other means of communication. They get to know this symbol of Split through interactive multimedia content, receive information about visitor programs to Marjan and organized educational programs for children, as well as walks accompanied by a guide. As part of the promotional program, souvenirs and publications were prepared. The Center will also serve as a starting point for trips that will take visitors on electric buses through the protected area of Marjan Park Forest.

Exhibition Five Centuries since the First Printing of Marulić's Judita (1521–2021)

judita 5 2021As the central secular event of the Feast of St. Domnius, the exhibition Judita 500 was opened in the renovated Old Town Hall on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the first printing of Marulić's epic poem. In the large exhibition, four of the first five editions of Judita published in Venice are on display for the first time, while the third edition from 1523, which is kept in the State Library in Munich, is shown as a cover reprint. “The first and only complete edition of Judita, preserved by the Franciscans of the Friars Minor Dubrovnik Monastery, has been digitized and is available for browsing, while the City Museum of Split has printed a facsimile edition of the first edition from Dubrovnik,” said the Museum staff. The exhibition is organized by the City Museum of Split in cooperation with the Marulianum Center and the Marko Marulić City Library. The exhibition is open until 22 May 2021 and can be visited on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..

Croatia Bol Open women's tennis tournament

bolopen 5 2021WTA 125K Series Croatia Bol Open 2021 is the fifth edition of the professional women's tennis tournament, which will be held in Bol on the island of Brač from 7 to 12 June. It is the biggest sports event for women in the whole Southeast Europe, which takes place in the Bluesun Tennis Center Zlatni Rat. Besides the best Croatian women tennis players, some of the most talented young TOP 100 tennis players in the world have also announced their participation. Depending on the epidemiological situation shortly before the start of the tournament, the organizer will decide on the sale of tickets for spectators.
In addition to top-class tennis, Croatia Bol Open has positioned itself as an excellent lifestyle destination, and Bol has become a recognizable tennis destination since it began hosting the WTA Croatian Bol Ladies Open tournament in 1991. After the expected improved epidemiological situation in Split-Dalmatia County, especially on the islands, the WTA Croatia Bol Open 2021 tournament will be an excellent introduction to the tourist season and an international indicator that Croatia is a safe country that knows and can offer security to foreign guests planning their visit.

Days of Cycling Tourism and Outdoor Podgora

ciklo 5 2021Days of Cycling Tourism 2021, the largest and already traditional professional event of all stakeholders involved in the development of this fast-growing tourism sector, will be held in Podgora from 26 to 28 May. Under the motto “From Zero to Hero”, the conference held at Medora Hotel will bring together all entities which contribute or are interested in contributing to the development of cycling tourism as a significant product for developing tourism in Croatia. It was launched by the brand Trail – Full Cycling Experience, and the basic idea is to gather once a year, each time in a different Croatian destination, all the entities related to cycling: ministries, the Croatian Tourist Board, agencies, local self-government units, clubs, equipment manufacturers, etc. According to the organizers, the slogan “From Zero to Hero” was chosen as a symbol of the creation of something new and valuable, that is, the opportunities that Croatian tourism has in developing outdoor programs and conquering new markets after an extremely demanding year and in the uncertain present.
Immediately after the Days of Cycling Tourism 2021, from Friday 28 May to Sunday 30 May, Podgora will host a new and unique outdoor sports festival called Outdoor Podgora with a Gran Fondo cycling race, trail run races and sea kayak races as the program bases. During the Days of Cycling Tourism and Outdoor Podgora, this successful tourist destination will be the center of outdoor and active tourism in Croatia, and both events will significantly activate tourist resources in the pre-season and show the possibilities that active tourism can offer.


trill 5 2021From 2 July 2021, Trilj will become the capital of blues. The Blues Festival complements the program of the Trilj Summer and enriches the cultural and tourist offer of the town of Trilj and the entire Split-Dalmatia County. On this day, the Thrill Blues Festival begins, bringing the biggest names in the world of blues to the Cetina region. Besides enjoying good music, there is also something to see for all guests arriving in this town on the Cetina River. On the first day, Friday 2 July, blues fans can attend the Blues at School workshop, an educational blues class where children and all interested participants will hear a lecture on the beginnings and evolution of blues. A chocolate record presentation awaits the visitors in the evening, while a “Welcome jam” will take place in the evening. On Saturday July 3, the main program will take place at Trilj City Park beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free for all blues fans. All those who want to spend the whole day in Trilj and experience it in all its glory can try rafting, horse riding, cycling and get to know the cultural heritage of Trilj and its surroundings in the following places: the Nutjak Fortress, the Fort of Čavina, Grabske mlinice watermills, Tilurij.

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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