Friday, 29 July 2022

Sunčani Hvar Hotels First in Croatia to Join UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge!

July 29, 2022 - Sunčani Hvar Hotels are the first group in Croatia to join the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge, or UNESCO's sustainable tourism program.

This program, promoted by UNESCO and Expedia, one of the leading online booking platforms, is the first of its kind created to promote sustainable tourism and heritage conservation on a global scale. Signatories implement sustainable practices in their business and encourage positive change in the travel and tourism industry.

Through this program, all Sunčani Hvar Hotels received the UNESCO "Sustainable Travel Pledge" certificate, which signifies their commitment to achieving international sustainable development goals. The aforementioned includes a whole range of activities such as supporting the local community and suppliers, energy saving through green renewable energy sources and advanced energy efficiency systems, implementing waste separation and disposal systems, implementing digital solutions for improved business processes, and minimizing the use of plastic packaging, to name a few. 

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"As a company, we are proud to be the first hotel group in Croatia to join the UNESCO sustainable tourism program. Green entrepreneurship is the future of business and is the key direction of the long-term development strategy of Sunčani Hvar. So this year, we opened an eco-hotel in the town of Hvar, Beach Bay Hvar, designed according to the principles of sustainability, which offers guests a unique, luxurious, and ecologically conscious vacation," said the President of the Management Board, Gordana Tomičić.

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Beach Bay Hvar Hotel is the first green hotel in the town of Hvar that strives to be environmentally friendly. It is located in a quiet bay in the center of Hvar town with carefully designed interior details and natural materials. One of the goals during the hotel's renovation was to achieve the hotel's energy independence, which was achieved by installing a solar power plant, the first of its kind on the island of Hvar. Through the efficient use of energy, water, and materials and by providing quality service, Beach Bay Hvar offers its visitors an environmentally conscious vacation based on natural resources.

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Friday, 29 July 2022

Famous Austrian Chef Paul Ivić Opens Pop-up Restaurant in Zadar

July 29, 2022 - Index.hr writes about a vegetarian pop-up restaurant opened in Zadar by chef Paul Ivić.

Paul Ivić is an Austrian chef, one of the most renowned chefs in Vienna, where his vegetarian restaurant Tian in the very center of Vienna proudly carries a Michelin star. In June, he opened a vegetarian pop-up restaurant Bistro Tian Am Meer in Falkensteiner's Resort Punta Skala, which is to be open until September 18.

Ivić says he has long dreamed of getting closer to Croatian cuisine - the cuisine of the country where his father was born and where he spent several weeks a year as a child. When the Falkensteiner Hotel in Zadar approached him with the idea of ​​opening a summer pop-up restaurant, he did not want to miss the opportunity. 

As in many other places, the desire for vegetarian food is growing in Zadar. Bistro Tian Am Meer really wants to attract locals. It is quite logical for Ivić: the Croatia of his childhood has the taste of fresh vegetables and fruits ripened in the sun, and meat was eaten only on special occasions - often on Sundays, always on holidays.

He visited the region around Zadar several times with his colleagues in order to find producers with the best quality local ingredients. Most of the food comes from small family farms (OPGs, as they're known in Croatia) that do not have international distribution partners and often do not even have a website. Many do not even know that they are growing old varieties, some of which are on the brink of extinction. They are not networked and do not engage in any kind of marketing. Ivić wants to teach them to appreciate what they have.

When he first discovered the common glasswort (the literal translation of the name in Croatian would be "the sea asparagus) in Nin, he started collecting it. That fresh smell of salt - that's what he wanted to serve to his guests in the evening. "We didn't want to come here and modernize Croatian cuisine," says Ivić. We want to stay true to Viennese Tian's cooking style, which means we don't serve mushroom-based vegetarian kebabs or similar dishes that imitate meat. Instead, there are reduced vegetable dishes where every ingredient has a chance to shine.

The bistro serves vegetable soup, olive oil emulsion and ajvar. Then, stuffed zucchini flowers, grown by the chef of the hotel's fish restaurant, as well as Sandra Babac's jams. The bread is from the Kroštula bakery in Zadar. Employees at the hotel were "super excited" after the trial run on opening day, even though many said they eat meat every day, Ivić said.

 

 

Friday, 29 July 2022

Swearing in Croatian: The Remarkable Diversity of the P Word

July the 29th, 2022 - Swearing in Croatian isn't quite the same as swearing in English. What makes you sound like an uneducated idiot with a poor grasp of proper vocabulary in the English language is quite the opposite in Croatian. Swearing in English is likely to make the pearl clutchers blush and the Karens come out in full force. Swearing in Croatian is much more acceptable, speaking generally of course, and it is used extremely creatively in many cases.

We're going to take a look, letter by letter, at some ways swearing in Croatian differs quite extremely from swearing in English, and try to explain (in the most politically correct way we can manage), what some of these mean, and in what type of situation they are usually used. 

First, let's delve into the P word. We've already looked at the J word in the past, with it being perhaps the most versatile of all Croatian swear words. P is a close second, but then again so is S, and so is K... but we'll look into them all in time. So, back to the P word... The P word is a term which centres itself around the female sexual organ, usually to refer to something bad happening, or as an expression of a negative emotion.

Pizdarija - This is used if ''netko je napravio pizdariju'' (if someone has well and truly f*cked something up) or when something going badly or something unwanted is happening. It can also be used to describe something toilsome that can't be dealt with or fixed very easily, or indeed the opposite of that. Context is your friend here.

A u picku materinu! - Oh God, what have I done?! Oh for f*ck's sake! It can even be ''Ouch!'' when you drop something on your foot. (I won't include the direct translation of this, it's much too vulgar. If you're curious, do Google it).

Ona picka materina - Something you're supposed to fix, deal with or do that you can't do now for whatever reason and the thought alone is irritating to you, particularly if you can't remember something about it.

Dobar u picku materinu - Something that is just great.

Pickotehnicar - A gynaecologist. 

Razbiti pizdu - When something collapses, falls, breaks or is in some other way destroyed.

Dobiti po picki - To be beaten up or to get into some sort of (usually) physical altercation in which you lost.

Pizdin dim or pickin dim - Something very easy. It can also be used to describe something useless, worthless, or of very little of either of the aforementioned. If you want to use the much more child friendly term, you could say that something very easy is ''macji kasalj'', which literally translates to ''a cat's cough.'' In British English, these terms would be ''a piece of piss'' (non child friendly) or ''easy peasy (lemon squeezy)'' (child friendly).

Ma idi u picku materinu! - In kinder terms (and if you're actually saying this to another person) it means to go back to wherever you came from, to get lost, to p*ss off, to go forth and multiply. If you're saying this to yourself, it can be an expression of surprise, or anything from ''holy shit'' to ''damn'' to ''f*ck me!'' to ''get out of here, no way!'' to ''jeez!''. Context, as ever, rules.

Mrs u picku materinu - Much like the above, this one has a much clearer intention as it is said to someone else. So, read the first line of the above explanation to catch my drift.

Pizdjen/a - To be in a foul mood, or in some other way defeated and not feeling very positive.

Pripizdina - A similar term to vukojebina, which is literally ''where the wolves f*ck'', meaning some God forsaken, middle of nowhere, rural area that nobody has ever heard of. It's commonly used when you really can't remember the name of the place you're referring to.

Pickarati - To be vulgar, unpleasant, to pout or be in a mood. This term originates from Rijeka, but is more widely used.

Pijan 'ko picka - To be extremely drunk.

Popizditi/Popickati - To lose your mind, to go crazy, to be extremely angry, to lose your sh*t.

Placipicka (sometimes plasipicka) - Someone who is easily scared or spooked. An anxious person who is always worried that something is going to happen to them, or that something bad is going to unfold in general. 

Popickatari se - To argue or get into a heated situation with someone, especially in a stupid and primitive way, with vulgar expressions and swear words (such as all of these) being used. 

Strasipicka - A coward.

Spickati se - This one has multiple meanings. It can be in reference to how someone has got dressed up (scrubbed up well), or if they've met some sort of misfortune, such as crashing their car into a road sign or falling off their bike into a puddle. 

For more letters and to learn more about swearing in Croatian, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Friday, 29 July 2022

Remembering Oliver Dragojević: Croatia Honors Iconic Singer on 4th Death Anniversary

July 29, 2022 - Oliver Dragojević lost his battle with cancer on July 29, 2018, at the age of 70. Four years later, we remember the region's most beloved singer. 

The famed and favorite Croatian singer forever closed his eyes in the early morning hours of July 29, 2018, following a tough battle with lung cancer discovered in August 2017.

Oliver Dragojević left behind his wife Vesna, sons Dino, Davor, and Damir, five grandchildren, and numerous bereaved colleagues and fans. The day of his death was proclaimed a national day of mourning, and for his final farewell in Split on July 31,  2018, tens of thousands of people paid their respects in a spectacle that will be remembered and recounted for many years to come.

Hajduk Split fan group Torcida said goodbye to the musician by lighting a flare with Oliver's image from the bell tower of Sv. Duje, and for the last time, Oliver embarked on his final journey to his hometown Vela Luka with hundreds of boats decorating the sea. Oliver was buried in Vela Luka on August 2, per his wishes, and locals paid their respects for days, leaving flowers in front of the home where he was born. 

Oliver's wife Vesna penned an emotional letter to the singer on the 4th anniversary of his passing:

"Our dear dida. We are all here. 14 of us. Your friends are also here today. Lots of them. Today is a day for songs, not for crying," she began.

"Everyone is contacting us, and your fans are coming. They are talking in all languages, and I nod my head; I assume they are praising you. You left us a big burden. Now they have shifted to me. You know I have been skillfully avoiding it.

I've painted more pictures of myself in one year than in my whole life. Today is a big concert. I know you'd enjoy playing and drinking, but they're doing it for you this time. Lots of young people and your old friends.

I know you don't like all this pomp about you. We're just observers, and we're not part of the organization. I know what you'd say, but I won't say anything. There's nothing new with us. We continued as we lived with you. If we ever meet, you'll pay us for this. We love you until the end of our lives," Vesna concluded.

Vesna and Oliver met in the summer of 1973 and married just ten months later, in March 1974. She stayed with him until his death. Oliver once even admitted that he would not have married Vesna if they had met after he became famous as he would have thought she was with him for money.

On July 29, the now traditional "Trag u beskraju" concert will be held on the Vela Luka waterfront to honor the Croatian singer. Many Croatian musicians will perform his most popular songs.

Schedule of events for July 29

09:00 Wreath-laying at the local Sv. Rok Cemetary
10:00 Recital at Sv. Josip Church
Performers: Matija Cvek & Ante Gelo & Sequentia Quartet
21:00 Concert "Trag u beskraju" on the waterfront in Vela Luka with a live broadcast on HRT1
Performers: Zorica Kondža, Doris Dragović, Tedi Spalato, Petar Grašo, Petar Dragojević, Eli Žuvela, Iva Ajduković, Jure Brkljača, Matija Cvek, Igor Drvenkar, Alen Đuras, Sabrina Hebiri, Dino Jelusić, Marko Kutlić, Stjepan Lach, Lorena Bućan, Josip Palameta, Dino Petrić, Bruna Oberan, Sequentia Quartet

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Friday, 29 July 2022

Croatia Airlines Spokesperson Talks About Summer Schedule, Results So Far

July 29, 2022 - Croatia Airlines spokesperson Davor Janušić talks about this year's summer flight schedule, Osijek routes, and the results achieved so far. 

In this year's summer flight schedule (March - October 2022), Croatia Airlines planes in domestic regular traffic directly connect Osijek with Split and Dubrovnik: flights to Split run on Fridays, and the Osijek - Dubrovnik route runs on Wednesdays (instead of on Thursdays). At the beginning of May, the year-round international line Osijek - Munich was introduced, with flights on Mondays and Fridays.

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Croatia Airlines continues to ensure the air connectivity of Croatian cities and regions with its regular domestic flights, which include flights between 7 Croatian airports (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek, Zadar, Pula, and Brač).

Summer flight schedule 2022 
"In this year's summer flight schedule, Croatia Airlines is expanding its network of international destinations, renewing part of the international routes that were not operated during the pandemic, and intensifying flights on existing routes in international and domestic traffic. It is planned to connect Croatia with 21 international destinations, i.e., 22 European airports, and Croatia Airlines planes will fly on 41 international routes. In that period, we plan to operate more than 16,000 flights and offer around 1,766,000 seats, which will allow the national airline to contribute to the quality of the Croatian tourist product and improve the transport infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia. We plan to connect Split Airport with a total of 18 European destinations, regular international flights are planned from Zagreb to 15 European destinations, Dubrovnik is directly connected with 6 European destinations during the season, and the seasonal line Rijeka - Munich is being re-introduced," says Davor Janušić, Croatia Airlines spokesperson. 

Croatian Aviation reports on Croatia Airlines' results so far this year: 

"Croatia Airlines, in the first half of 2022, despite the gradual recovery of demand for air transport services, and mostly due to the negative effect of the increase in the price of jet fuel on the financial result, realized an operating loss in the amount of HRK 170.3 million, which with the net result of financing gives a net loss of HRK 164.1 million. At the same time, it should be noted that in June of this year, the first positive monthly financial result was achieved since the beginning of the pandemic crisis.

From January - June 2022, a total of 10,054 flights were made, which is 85 percent more compared to the same period last year. The flight structure was adapted to traffic needs and circumstances, and the emphasis was on the use of the Q400 fleet in addition to increasing the use of the Airbus fleet.

Easing epidemiological measures and the recovery of market demand enabled the company to expand its network of international destinations, restore part of the international routes that were not flown during the epidemiological crisis, and intensify flights on existing routes in international and domestic traffic. From January - June, a total of 558,146 passengers were transported, i.e., 2.7 times more passengers compared to the same period in 2021, but still, 42 percent less compared to the 960,620 passengers transported in the same period in 2019.

In international regular traffic, 400,887 passengers were transported, almost three times more than in the same period last year, while in domestic regular traffic, 146,428 passengers were transported, i.e., twice as many as in the first half of 2021. In extraordinary (charter) traffic, 10,831 passengers were transported, which is 77 percent more compared to the same period in 2021. In the observed period, cargo transportation increased by 14 percent, and the passenger load factor (PLF) was 56.2 percent, which is 10.9 percentage points higher than in the first six months of 2021.

In accordance with the increase in turnover, significantly higher operating income and operating expenses were achieved compared to last year's first half. Total business revenues are thus higher by 93 percent compared to January - June 2021, and the largest share (80 percent) is related to revenues from passenger transportation, which are 2.6 times higher compared to the first half of 2021. However, the total operating income is still 25 percent lower than the same period in 2019 due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the company's operations.

Realized operating costs are 71 percent higher (+ HRK 303 million) compared to the realized costs of the first half of 2021, which is primarily the result of an increase in the number of flights (+85 percent), a large increase in the number of passengers (2.7 times more passengers) and a significant increase in fuel prices. The biggest increase in costs was achieved in flying costs (+134 million kuna), and it should be emphasized that the increase in jet fuel prices in the first half of this year had a negative impact on the financial result by 93 million kuna. Namely, the year 2022 can be said to be the most challenging year since the founding of Croatia Airlines in the segment of fuel procurement costs, which includes emission permits.

Air transport is still among the most affected economic sectors after the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the demand for air transport services continues to grow. During the year, therefore, further growth in demand is expected, but pre-pandemic levels, which are expected to be achieved by 2024, are still not expected. According to June estimates, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts a total loss of 9.7 billion US dollars for airlines in 2022.

During this year's season, Croatia Airlines directly connects Croatia with 22 international destinations, i.e., 23 European airports. The company's planes fly on 41 international routes, and in domestic regular traffic in seven Croatian airports. During this period, more than 16,000 flights are planned, and around 1,766,000 seats will be offered, with which the national airline is contributing to the quality of the Croatian tourist product and improving transport infrastructure in Croatia this year as well," reads the press release of the Croatian national airline.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Friday, 29 July 2022

Goodbye, Europe: Rijeka and Osijek Eliminated from Conference League in 2nd Qualifying Round

July 29, 2022 - Not the best night for Croatian football as Rijeka and Osijek were both eliminated from the Conference League in the 2nd qualifying round. A look at what happened on Thursday night. 

Rijeka

After Djurgarden celebrated 2-1 at Rujevica, the Swedish club beat Rijeka in the return match 2-0 (0-0), which concluded Rijeka's European dream in this season's Conference League 2nd qualifying round. 

Rijeka played better than in the first match, especially in the first 45 minutes in Stockholm, but it was too little to advance in the end. Djurgarden crushed Rijeka in the second half when both goals were scored. Hien scored in the 55th minute and Banda in the 84th minute.

The first half was aggressive on both sides, yet both teams were cautious, and Rijeka looked more determined compared to the first match at Rujevica.

Ampem and Frigan were the biggest threat to Djurgarden. In the 25th minute, Prince Ampem scored with his head. However, the Rijeka player was offside, and the goal did not count. Real chances on both sides were few and far between. 

Djurgarden opened the second half much better and scored in the 55th minute for 1-0. In the 84th minute, Emmanuel Banda made the final 2-0, which secured Djurgarden's spot in the next round. 

Osijek

Later that evening, Osijek played their Conference League 2nd qualifying round return match at home against Kazakhstani club Kyzylzhar SK. Osijek won 2-1 away in the first match.

Giorgi Ivaniadze scored for Kyzylzhar in the 61st minute and Moussa Kone in the 71st minute.

Osijek was a much better opponent in the first half and threatened the goal on several occasions. However, Kyzylzhar had the only possible chance in the first half in the 10th minute.

Everything changed in the 61st minute when Kyzylzhar unexpectedly took the lead. Ivaniadze scored just one minute after entering the game.

The conceded goal did not wake up Osijek. Ten minutes later, Kyzylzhar scored a second goal and secured the next round of the competition. 

After the second goal, Osijek coach Nenad Bjelica threw all his cards into the attack, introduced Beljo and Mance, and with three attackers, tried to score a goal that would take the match into extra time. However, even though there were more than 20 minutes left, Osijek did not create a likely scoring opportunity and deservedly said goodbye to Europe this season.

Nejašmić's incomprehensible own goal at the end of the first match when Osijek was leading 2-0 came back to haunt them. 

But there is still some hope for Croatian clubs. Hajduk will play in the 3rd qualifying round next week against the winner of Puskas Akademia and Vitória de Guimarães.

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Friday, 29 July 2022

Looking for a Job in Croatia? This Week's Top 10 from Posao.hr (July 29, 2022)

July 30, 2022 - Looking for a job in Croatia? A new weekly feature on TCN, in partnership with leading job site agency, Posao.hr, who present a selection of weekly job listings.

How hard is it to find a job in Croatia, and what is on offer?

We spoke to Ines Bokan, director of leading jobs site Posao.hr, who kindly took the time for this excellent interview overview.  

Ines has kindly agreed to work with us on a new weekly feature on TCN - a weekly selection of 10 job listings, as chosen by Posao.hr.  Details and links to the job opportunities below in the second week of this feature.

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Posao.hr selected specially for you

WEEKLY SELECTION OF JOB LISTINGS

Phobs d.o.o. zapošljava Business Development Managera (m/ž) u Dubrovniku. Ako imate jake komunikacijske i prezentacijske vještine, dobro poznavanje engleskog jezika, visoku razinu autonomije, tehnološke pismenosti i analitičnosti, ovo je posao za Vas! Prijavite se klikom na link do 08.08.2022.

Camaloon je u potrazi za Senior People Operations Specialistom (m/ž) u Zagrebu. Poslodavac nudi rad u proaktivnom i energičnom timu, internacionalno ograničenje i priliku za dodatnim profesionalnim rastom i razvojem. Natječaj je otvoren do 04.08.2022., a kako se prijaviti saznajte klikom na link.

Strabag BRVZ d.o.o. is looking for a DevOps Engineer (m/w/d) in Zagreb and Belgrade. If you have a degree in IT, advanced knowledge in English and practical experience in Linux, git and docker/swarm, this might be a job for you! See more details by clicking this link and submit your application by Aug 11th.

Lindström d.o.o. traži Rukovoditelja proizvodnje (m/ž) u Zagrebu. Ako ste komunikativna osoba sa željom za daljnjim rastom i razvojem sjajno ćete se uklopiti u njihov tim! Više informacija o uvjetima i prijavi provjerite klikom na link ovdje, a prijave su otvorene do 06.08.2022.

Lindner Montage + Service GmbH u potrazi je za Statičarom / Projektantom konstrukcija (m/ž) u Njemačkoj ili okolici Zagreba. Poslodavac nudi sveobuhvatnu obuku na poziciji, dugoročnu perspektivu, rad od kuće i dinamično radno okruženje. Prijave su otvorene do 21.09.2022., a više informacija dostupno je na linku.

die elisabethinen Graz zapošljavaju Osoblje zdravstvene njege / liječnika specijaliste ili liječnika asistenta za opću i gerijatrijsku psihijatriju (m/ž) za rad u Grazu u Austriji. Sve detalje o oglasu i detalje o prijavi možete provjeriti na linku ovdje, a natječaj je otvoren do 09.08.2022.

Salesianer Miettex GmbH is looking for a Project Manager AT/CEE/SEE (w/m/x) in Vienna, Austria. High-level German knowledge is necessary for this position and all the details are available by clicking this link. You can apply by Aug 24th.

Accenture Services Sp. z o.o., a leading global professional services company, is looking for a Junior Data Reviewer with English and Croatian / Bosnian / Serbian / Macedonian (m/f) for work in Warsaw, Poland. You can apply by Aug 18th by clicking this link.

Camaloon is looking for a Customer Support Specialist (m/f) for their Spanish market. Applications are open until Aug 13th and you can work remotely anywhere from Croatia! More details and requirements are available here.

Mamut Fortis d.o.o., poznatiji kao Arena bet & Casino, u potrazi su za novim djelatnikom na poziciji Voditelj marketinga (m/ž) u Zagrebu. Ako imate barem tri godine iskustva na sličnim poslovima, razvijene komunikacijske i organizacijske vještine i upoznati ste sa suvremenim poslovnim tehnologijama prijavite se do 31.08.2022. putem Brze prijave.

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Friday, 29 July 2022

New Serengeti Split Office Opens, Company Hires Local IT Experts

July the 29th, 2022 - The brand new Serengeti Split office has opened its doors and has been hiring local IT experts, a move which will hopefully further contribute to people remaining in Croatia and people from Dalmatia becoming employed in something other than tourism.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, after having opened offices in Zagreb, Bjelovar, Varaždin and neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as development centres over in Kenya and Serbia, the new Serengeti Split office has opened, where it sees great potential for further establishing the IT profession, developing innovative projects and attracting young experts from across the region; Cooperation with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Shipbuilding in Split is also planned through internships and scholarships.

Serengeti, one of the fastest growing Croatian software development companies, will start working at their new location on August the 1st, 2022, in their brand new office on the Riva in the very heart of the City of Split. Since its foundation back in 2007, Serengeti has grown organically in terms of revenue, number of employees and level of expertise, and is now one of the fastest growing Croatian IT companies for software development, with an average annual revenue growth rate of around 35%.

Serengeti's expansion further down towards the south of Croatia is motivated by the increasing volume of work in general, as well as work on projects for the global market, and it has all been planned since the beginning of this year. Serengeti recognised Split as one of the most promising Croatian cities with great potential for even stronger technological development. In addition, Serengeti wishes to motivate local young experts, software engineers, to stay here in Croatia. There are already seven developers working within the Split team, and by the end of the year they will employ a minimum of eight more people. Two and a half million kuna is planned for the salaries of these 15 employees this year alone.

As far as the further growth of the number of employees is concerned, cooperation with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Shipbuilding in Split is also planned in the form of professional internships, scholarships and employment of interns, as mentioned previously.

"We already have seven employees working in Split and they fit perfectly into our way of working. Since Split and the region where it is located are strong in terms of engineering personnel and there are excellent technical faculties there, we believe that we'll be able to significantly expand our engineering team and offer people work on large international projects. The new Serengeti Split office is an important pillar in our future development plans, which largely depends on the ability to attract and retain quality engineering staff," says Goran Kalanj, president of the board and founder of Serengeti.

Serengeti's developers in Split are currently working on the development of a tourist application (app) for one of the leading Croatian tourism companies, and in cooperation with colleagues from other offices, they'll also work on projects for other markets. With an already established position within the European Union (EU), Serengeti has been present on the American, Scandinavian and Israeli markets since last year, which is why this company is constantly growing in terms of the number of employees.

Thanks to challenging projects, expertise and experience from both domestic and global markets, investment in development and the family atmosphere that reigns in all Serengeti offices, the company is recognised as a desirable employer and will have more than 200 satisfied employees at all of its current locations by the end of the year.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated business section.

Friday, 29 July 2022

Arbona Analysis Reveals Croatia as 17th Most Googled Destination

July the 29th, 2022 - The Republic of Croatia is the seventeenth most searched (Googled) destination on the Internet, according to a recent Arbona analysis into the matter.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, during these more modern times when trips to the travel agent and watching teletext like a hawk are things of the past, almost every single holiday starts with the use of good old Google, so there is probably no more relevant current source for monitoring trends in global tourism than the data of the search engine that is used today by more than 4.3 billion people in the world for just about, well, everything.

A recently conducted Arbona analysis looked into global and local travel search trends on Google. The data was collected from the Destination Insights with Google platform, and the analysed period of trends was from the 1st of January, 2022, until July the 19th, 2022, in order to discover the trend of tourist interest for Croatia, to look into the most attractive Croatian destinations being researched for holidays, and how Croatia has positioned itself on the list of the most searched destinations across the world.

Some of the key insights the Arbona analysis discovered:

- Global searches for terms related to travel to the Republic of Croatia increased by 48% when compared to last year alone.

- Croats' interest in travel increased by 46%, while interest in travel within the country was 26% higher than it was just one year earlier.

- The most interesting Croatian destinations for foreigners in 2022 are Porec, Rovinj and of course, Dubrovnik.

- The largest number of searches for terms related to accommodation in Croatia came from the European countries of Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom.

- The Republic of Croatia has been positioned as the seventeenth most searched global destination for accommodation searches into international trips in the analysed period. It has as such overtaken major destinations such as Australia, Brazil and Indonesia, while Spain took first place.

- Users living in the Republic of Croatia mostly searched for accommodation elsewhere in Croatia, as well as in neighbouring Italy and Slovenia, while the most interesting cities to that group of users were the cities of Zagreb, Split and Rovinj.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Friday, 29 July 2022

Could Croatia Airlines End Up in Proverbial Aegean Airlines Basket?

July the 29th, 2022 - Croatia Airlines has been in troubled waters for some time now, and although the search process for a strategic partner (yes, it's still ongoing) of the Croatian national airline was completely stopped for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that preparations are still ongoing in the corporate world.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the very well known Greek company Aegean Airlines announced this week that it is interested in taking over several carriers in Southeastern Europe, including Croatia Airlines.

As reported by Exyuaviation, the Vice President of Aegean Airlines, Eftychios Vassilakis, said that on a broader plan, the Greek carrier intends to strengthen its regional role in Southeastern Europe through possible new acquisitions.

This airline bought a 51% stake in Romania's Animawings last October, and it is firmly on track to break even in 2022 and is operationally expected to experience a full recovery from the coronavirus pandemic with a record summer season under its belt. Aegean's further interest could potentially lead to a strategic partnership between the two Star Alliance members. Just before the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic, Aegean confirmed that it had indeed submitted a non-binding offer to buy the Croatian national carrier Croatia Airlines.

The next phase was supposed to include direct talks between the Greek airline and the Croatian Government. However, the process was halted in March 2020 as the global health crisis hit the aviation and tourism sectors hard.

Back in September last year, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic mentioned that the negotiations between the two carriers regarding the strategic partnership agreement would definitely be renewed, but that has yet to happen. Aegean Airlines also participated in the previous attempt to privatise Croatia Airlines back in 2015.

There are some similarities between the two carriers

The Greek company entered into the second round of negotiations with the then privatisation advisor, International Finance Corporation, but the privatisation project was interrupted by the change of government here in Croatia. As an airline registered in the European Union (EU), Aegean can buy a majority stake in the Croatian counterpart without an issue.

The two carriers share a similar fleet structure, with both Airbus A320 family aircraft and Dash 8 turboprop aircraft being used. Furthermore, both operate in similar and competitive seasonal (summer) environments.

The similarities mostly end there. Aegean was continuously profitable from 2013 until the COVID-19 crisis, recording a record profit of 79.5 million euros back in 2019. It employed around 2,900 people, carried 15 million passengers and recorded an average cabin load factor of 84.8 percent across its fleet of 64 aircraft.

On the other hand, Croatia Airlines has, as previously mentioned, in troubled waters for a long time and with a poor track record among its users who often complain of poor service and extortionate prices. It also recorded a loss of over ten million euros in the ''record year'' of 2019, had a mere 1,000 employees, transported a much smaller number of 2.1 million passengers in 12 aircraft with an average annual occupancy rate of 73.6 percent.

With the strengthening of the Irish carrier Ryanair in Croatia, especially at Zagreb Airport, things will likely continue to get even worse for Croatia Airlines until something very drastic alters, and quickly.

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