Editorial

Burning Dollars in Zagreb: From Cancelled Conferences to Health Tourism Reports

March 5, 2019 - Last month it emerged that the Zagreb Tourist Board spent 29,000 euro on a tourism conference which disappeared. This month's story looks at a US$50,000 investment in a health strategy document. Oh dear.  I love living in Croatia, I really do. And as I have written previously, life in The Beautiful Croatia is addictive, and I genuinely don't think I could live anywhere else; a little like malaria, once Croatia gets under your skin, there is no escape.  It used to be a blissful and happy existence, living on an idyllic Dalmatian island and blogging about…

Belgrade Tourism Fair: Is Serbia a Croatian Wine and Tourist Market, or Not?

February 26, 2019 - Croatia's strange tourism relationship with the Belgrade Tourism Fair, the region's largest, continues. Wine but not tourism? I first came across the Belgrade Tourism Fair last year. Having launched Total Slovenia News a couple of months before and with Total Montenegro News about to go live, the prospect of finding every significant tourism business and organisation in one room for four days was too hard to resist, and I headed to the Serbian capital with great anticipation.  I could not have found a better scenario. Montenegro had the largest stand of all, all the main Slovenian tourism…

Could Croats Ever Unite If They Were Not Under Attack?

November 11, 2018 - Croats in adversity are the most united and determined nation on the planet? So why can't they come together for simple things when nobody is attacking them? Having been fortunate to have visited almost 100 countries and lived in ten, I have come to the realisation that nobody beats the Croats when it comes to coming together in times of adversity, and when there is a celebration of victory, Croats know how to party like no other nation on Earth.  The scenes in Zagreb with some 550,000 people on the streets waiting to welcome home their heroes…

Croatian Tragedies, Facebook Haters, Agents of Change: Which Croat are You?

November 6, 2018 - Croatians like to complain and protest in various ways, from lamenting Croatian tragedies over coffee and venting on social media, while a tiny few try to make change. Which type of Croat are you? A couple of years ago, I was contacted by someone working in the private tourism sector who I respect very much and invited to come to a meeting in Zagreb. Several like-minded tourism professionals who wanted to make concrete positive change had the idea to come together and brainstorm for ways to improve tourism in Croatia.  There were three of us at the…

Lessons from Slovenia: Are Croatian Officials Serious About Foreign Investment?

The 2nd Adriatic Health Tourism Investment Forum concluded in Zagreb on October 12, 2018 - a thought-provoking event on many levels for this long-term resident of Croatia.

Instead of Being Counted as Sheep, Will Croatians Ever Stand Up to Be Counted?

August 4, 2018 - Sporting success brought 550,000 Croats onto the streets of Zagreb to welcome home their World Cup heroes last month, but when it comes to protesting, they rarely bother. Why?

I Like This New Happy Croatia: How To Use It to Bring Change

July 17, 2018 - As the euphoria of Croatia's World Cup success looks set to continue for some time yet, how to channel the national happiness into a longer-term positivity?

It is Time for Croatia to Claim its Nikola Tesla Heritage

24 June, 2018 - With the electric car revolution gathering pace, it is time for Croatia to take advantage of its greatest unused branding tool - the birthplace of Nikola Tesla. 

When Will Croatia Begin to Recognise and Support Its Entrepreneurs?

May 31, 2018 - With its economy in dire trouble, Croatia continues to hinder, rather than help, one sector that could put things back on track - its entrepreneurs. 

Welcome to Total Korčula!

May 23, 2018 - TCN is delighted to announce the launch of its latest website promoting the gorgeous island of Korcula. 

In The Beautiful Croatia, All Animals are Equal, But Some are More Equal than Others

May 4, 2018 - A snapshot of how modern Croatia works for the chosen few, and how the direction of a destination can be quietly changed to suit those chosen few. 

Of Hostels and Superyachts: What Kind of Tourist is Croatia Trying to Attract?

April 6, 2018 - Another bumper tourist season awaits on the Adriatic coast, but what kind of tourism is Croatia trying to attract?

Glasovi iz Lude Kuće: Promjena Smjera za Total Croatia News

12. ožujka 2018. – Novosti na portalu Total Croatia News.

Voices from the Asylum: A Change in Direction for Total Croatia News

March 10, 2018 - Some changes at Total Croatia News.

Here Be Dragons, a Croatian Tourism Private Partnership Blueprint

January 6, 2018 - Unlocking the potential of Croatian tourism - how much more could be achieved by engaging the private sector? A Game of Thrones case study with Here Be Dragons and the Enchanted Village at this year's Advent in Zagreb. 

Total Croatia News 2017 in Review: 25 of the Best Articles

A 2017 Croatia in Review with a difference on December 21, 2017. No timeline here, but some of the highlights of the year through the keyboards of TCN writers all around Croatia and further afield. 25 of my favourite articles on TCN this year, from no less than 19 different writers.

Developing Gourmet Tourism in Croatia: It is Time

Despite its fascinating wine story with some 130 indigenous grape varieties and a rich, healthy and diverse regional cuisine which consistently impresses tourists, Croatia lags far behind France, Italy, Spain and Germany in gourmet tourism. It shouldn't. 

Reflections of a Foreigner After 15 Years Living in Croatia

August 16, 2002, an auspicious date for this correspondent in Croatia. It was 15 years ago that the decision was taken to buy a house in Croatia on a flying visit from Sarajevo. Some reflections on the mostly full-time Croatian living experience since then. 

Is it OK to Laugh at Tourists Sometimes? Just a Little Bit?

It is hot, peak season, and passions are running as high as the temperatures. Is it ok for a tourist country to express the occasional negative feeling or have a little fun at their guests' expense? 

Record Numbers, Infrastructure and Quality: 2017 a Defining Year for Croatian Tourism?

As the Croatian coast 'enjoys' a record tourism summer, has the current tourism capacity of the coast reached its peak? A look at the pressure points - and the alternatives - to the current tourism strategy on July 14, 2017. 

Welcome to Total Croatia Sailing!

TCN is delighted to welcome a new baby into the family on June 1, 2017. Meet Total Croatia Sailing!

From Culture to Party: The Sad Change in Hvar's International Image and Branding

Hvar Town is in the international media again, for all the wrong reasons, on May 30, 2017. A town in danger of losing its cultural identity for the quick buck. 

Some Changes at Total Croatia News, and Meet the New Editor

As TCN continues to grow, some changes, including a new editor who starts on May 3, 2017.

The Transport Revolution on the Croatian Coast (And It is Not Just Uber)

Technology is here, and so are a growing number of committed businesses committed to excellence. How transport and tourism on the Croatian coast are changing. 

Welcome to Total Dubrovnik!

The latest baby of the Total Croatia family is born on March 27, 2017. Meet Total Dubrovnik.

5 Ways HGK Can Learn from Serbia, BiH, Macedonia, a Fat Brit and Swaziland

There was an impressive response from the Croatian Chamber of Economy to our recent article pointing out some failings of the institution recently, with changes to the official website made within an hour of publication (and on a Sunday too). We continue our constructive criticism on March 9, 2017, by taking a look at how the chambers of economy in the region - and as far away as Africa - can give useful lessons for their Croatian counterparts to implement, so that the Croatian Chamber of Economy can better serve its members and the Croatian business message internationally. 

Welcome to Uhljebistan: the Croatian Chamber of Economy, Beyond Useless

The Croatian Chamber of Economy is the international face of investment and business. TCN takes a closer look on February 26, 2017. All is not well. 

Online Trolls, and Who is Total Croatia News Aimed At?

A look at some of the gems in the TCN inbox on January 15, 2017, and some thoughts on our target audience.
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