Monday, 29 November 2021

HTZ Launches New Promotional Campaign "Croatia: Winter Wonderland"

ZAGREB, 29 Nov 2021 - The Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) has launched a new campaign, called Croatia - Winter Wonderland," to promote the winter beauties of Croatian destinations and tourism-oriented products such as local cuisines and wines, culture and wellness, the HTZ announced on Monday.

The campaign will run until 10 January 2022 and will cover 14 foreign markets, namely Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Sweden, and Norway. It will be conducted via social networks, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Pinterest, using the tags #CroatiaWinterWonderland and #MagicalCroatia.


Croatia Full of Life on Facebook (Photo: Zoran Filipović)

"The promotional campaigns we conducted this year have positioned our country as a high-quality, safe, and well-prepared destination. That we were very successful in this was confirmed by the European Travel Commission, which highlighted that the Croatian National Tourist Board was the most active European tourist organization on the portal and social networks Visit Europe during its autumn campaign, and as such, a great example to tourist organizations in other countries," HTZ director Kristjan Staničić said.

The winter campaign will also focus on the Christmas markets in Croatia and will include traditional recipes and customs, and the best locations for taking winter photos.

If epidemiological conditions in the country and in the key markets allow, the HTZ will organize a trip for international influencers to Rab island, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik to experience the winter magic in these places for themselves.

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Monday, 29 November 2021

Global Tourism Up in Q3 But Recovery Still Fragile

ZAGREB, 29 Nov 2021 - Croatia, Mexico, and Turkey were the closest to achieving their tourism results of 2019 among the larger destinations in the world, which saw an increase of 58% in international tourist arrivals in July-September 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, which indicates a certain but still fragile recovery, the latest data from UNWTO shows.

Noting that the pandemic is hampering recovery and the pace of recovery remains slow and uneven due to unbalanced vaccination rates and new variants of the contagion emerging, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation on Monday released its latest barometer of international tourist arrivals in Q3, 2021, noting that the results were encouraging but still 64% below 2019 levels and that there were imbalances between world regions.

"In light of the rising cases and the emergence of new variants, we cannot let our guard down and need to continue our efforts to ensure equal access to vaccinations,  coordinate travel procedures, make use of digital vaccination certificates to facilitate mobility, and continue to support the sector," UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvil said.

Europe and Mediterranean best performers

Europe recorded the best relative performance in the third quarter, with international arrivals 53% down on the same three-month period of 2019. In August and September, arrivals were at -63% compared to 2019, the best monthly results since the start of the pandemic.

Southern and Mediterranean Europe saw its best performance in Q3 2021, according to available data, with arrivals coming close to, or sometimes exceeding, pre-pandemic levels.  Croatia (-19%), Mexico (-20%), and Turkey (-35%) posted the best results in July-September 2021, according to the information currently available.

The uplift in demand was driven by increased traveler confidence amid rapid progress on vaccinations and the easing of entry restrictions in many destinations. In Europe, the EU Digital Covid Certificate has helped facilitate free movement within the European Union, releasing significant pent-up demand after many months of restricted travel.

However, in other regions recovery was uneven due to uneven vaccination rates.

Gradual improvement in revenue in all of 2021, similar to 2020 results

UNWTO notes that revenues from international tourism receipts show a similar improvement in Q3 2021. Mexico recorded the same earnings as in 2019, while Turkey (-20%), France (-27%), and Germany (-37%) posted comparatively smaller declines from earlier in the year.

According to the latest UNWTO data, international tourist arrivals are expected to remain 70% to 75% below 2019 levels in 2021, a similar decline as in 2020.

For more, check out our dedicated business section.

Monday, 29 November 2021

Foreign Nationals Have Purchased 60,000 Flats in Croatia in Last 10 Years

ZAGREB, 29 Nov 2021 - The proportion of foreign nationals among property buyers in Croatia was 14 percent in 2010, while last year one in four real-estate buyers was a foreigner, Večernji List newspaper wrote on Monday. 

In the last 10 years, 314,000 residential properties have been sold, with the number of flats and holiday apartments sold ranging from 23,000 in 2020, which was their lowest number, to nearly 40,000 in 2010.

Foreign nationals have an increasingly important role in the real estate market as they have purchased 60,000 flats and holiday apartments in the last 10 years. While the proportion of foreigners among buyers was 14 percent in 2010, last year every fourth buyer of a flat or a holiday apartment was a foreign national, Večernji List said.

In 2020, foreign nationals bought four in ten properties sold in Istria County, three in ten in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, one in four in Zadar County, one in five in Dubrovnik, and Šibenik, and 16 percent of the properties sold in Split-Dalmatia County.

In continental Croatia, the proportion of foreign nationals among real-estate buyers was around 2 percent in Međimurje and Varaždin Counties and was negligible elsewhere.

The eastern Slavonia region expects to see a surge in the number of foreigners after July 2023 when the ten-year ban on the sale of agricultural land to foreign nationals expires.

Last year, about 34,000 agricultural plots were sold for slightly less than HRK 1.5 billion, at the average price of about €3,300 per hectare. The price of farmland per hectare in Croatia is six times cheaper than in neighboring Slovenia and 13 times cheaper than in Italy. A hectare of arable land costs about €4,700 in Hungary and about €5,000 in Romania, the newspaper said.

"Whoever buys land in Slavonia, not for speculative reasons but to engage in agricultural production, will face the problem of labor shortage, because we do not have enough people even to pick apples," Željko Lovrinčević, an analyst at the Zagreb Institute of Economics, was quoted as saying.

He said that many people have become experts for grants and are adjusting to the tender terms in order to invest as little as possible and get as much money as possible without considerably increasing production.

For more news about Croatia, click here.

Monday, 29 November 2021

Zagreb Mayor Condemns Racist Attack on Rimac Automobili Employees

ZAGREB, 29 Nov 2021 - The Mayor of Zagreb, Tomislav Tomašević, has strongly condemned a racist attack on employees of the Rimac Automobili company, which occurred in central Zagreb on Friday night, saying that there should be no place for violence in the city.

"I strongly condemn the racist attack on employees of Rimac Automobili. There must be no place for violence in our city, especially not for violence motivated by hatred of those who are different on any grounds," Tomašević wrote on his Facebook on Sunday evening.

"An attack on people of different color is an attack on all of us. That's why I expect the police to identify the attackers and punish them for this hate crime. Despite the hateful individuals, Zagreb will remain an open and hospitable city," the mayor said.

The owner of Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac, said on Saturday that a group of young men had assaulted his colleagues near the Croatian National Theatre on Friday night. He said that the attackers first verbally abused his employees and then physically attacked them, as a result of which one of them suffered a broken nose and another a mild concussion.

The police are investigating the incident.

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Monday, 29 November 2021

Croatia Tops Italy for Davis Cup Semi-final Spot!

November 29, 2021 - Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić secured Croatia's Davis Cup semi-final spot in Turin on Monday! 

In the first singles match of the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Turin on Monday, Borna Gojo defeated Lorenzo Sonega 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-2, and Croatia took the lead against Italy (1-0). Marin Čilić, on the other hand, lost to Jannik Sinner 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the second singles match, leaving the doubles to decide who would book a spot in the Davis Cup semifinal. 

Borna Gojo (ATP-279) brought Croatia the first point, although his opponent was the 27th tennis player in the world and a big favorite in this match. However, Gojo managed to surprise his rival with brave play to bring Croatia closer to the semifinal.

The 10th tennis player in the world, Italy's Jannik Sinner, won the second singles match, topping Marin Čilić, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 3-6 to bring Italy and Croatia even (1-1). Čilić failed to take Croatia to the semifinals, although he served for the match in the second set. This was the first meeting between Čilić and Sinner. 

Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić faced Fabio Fognini and Jannik Sinner in the doubles match that concluded the quarterfinal meeting. The Croatian duo and best doubles team in the world this year won 6-3, 6-4 to take Croatia to the Davis Cup semifinal! Croatia will play either Serbia or Kazakhstan in the semifinal. 

Croatia has played in the semifinals of the Davis Cup four times so far and has won two titles.

In all three previous clashes between these two national teams, Italy had 3 wins to Croatia's 2. Only in Rome in 2001, the decision fell before the fifth match. In Dubrovnik in 2008, Mario Ančić defeated Simone Bolleli 3-2, and in Turin in 2013, Fognini was better than Ivan Dodig after five sets.

Croatia, as the last winner of the 'old' Davis Cup in 2018 against France, could not repeat their success in Madrid two years ago. In a difficult group against Spain and Russia, they lost both matches 0:3. 

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page

Monday, 29 November 2021

London-Rijeka Flights Return Next Summer, Flydubai Dubai-Zagreb Flights Boosted

November 29, 2021 - The latest flight news as London-Rijeka flights are scheduled for next summer thanks to Ryanair, and FlyDubai boosts Dubai-Zagreb operations this winter. 

Low-cost airline Ryanair is selling tickets between London and Rijeka for next summer, binging the Irish airline's second line to Rijeka next summer, reports Croatian Aviation. Recall, Ryanair also announced it would renew the Brussels and Rijeka line next summer.

Along with Brussels, Rijeka will again be connected to London by a regular line next summer. Traffic resumes on March 27, 2022. Two flights a week have been announced, every Thursday and Sunday, until late autumn - October 27, 2022.

On 62 return flights, Ryanair will offer 23,436 seats next summer between Rijeka and London. In addition, Rijeka will be connected to Stansted, an airport an hour bus ride away from central London. 

In the meantime, Ryanair has announced ten more new lines to Zadar for next summer, and several more interesting lines to the Zemunik airport are expected soon.

Croatian Aviation also announced that Flydubai is increasing the number of weekly operations between Dubai and Zagreb in the second half of December. 

After a long break, Flydubai returned to Zagreb Airport on September 23 this year. The airline has since operated between Zagreb and Dubai only twice a week. However, the airline will increase the number of weekly flights between the two cities in December.

From December 27, FlyDubai will increase the number of weekly operations between Dubai and Zagreb from the existing two to four flights per week. In addition to flights on Thursdays and Saturdays, Flydubai will additionally operate between the two cities on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Four flights a week are on offer until the end of May next year, and according to current announcements, Flydubai will operate on this route in the summer flight schedule. Emirates has permanently withdrawn from Zagreb Airport.

An increase in weekly flights had been planned earlier, but the company canceled certain departures.

The Zagreb flights are mainly operated by B737 MAX8 aircraft, which have a capacity of 166 passengers. As Flydubai and Emirates work closely together, Zagreb passengers can easily change flights via Dubai and continue their journey to several destinations.

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

Monday, 29 November 2021

Croatia, Second Safest European Country for Walking Alone at Night

November 29, 2021 - Based on statistics made by Numbeo, and compiled by the Landgeist web portal, Croatia is considered the second safest European country for walking alone at night, narrowly behind Slovenia, and ahead of Switzerland by more than three points.

There are things one must see or experience to confirm something that is said. About Croatia, I have already been able to corroborate almost immediately the turquoise color and transparency of its waters, as well as many of its customs and traditions. But being a person who by will has stopped going out constantly at night, it was difficult for me to take for granted the security that one has when walking at night in Croatian cities and towns. Even more to consider Croatia as the second safest European country to walk alone at night.

I remember when I was living in Rijeka and studying the Croatian language, my teacher asked the class to survey locals about life in their country. I did not know many people back then, as I had just arrived just a few months ago, in 2019. I had recently joined a film club at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities, and curiously I was the only male in the group. I asked three questions and emailed them to each one of the girls in my group. One of those questions was: ''What do you consider the most positive thing about living in Croatia?'' I may be wrong, but I remember almost with absolute certainty that all the answers to that question revolved around the safety of going outside and walking alone.

I know very well that historically, answering the question about safety on the streets can vary if the person surveyed is a woman or a man. I don't like talking assumptions, but living 24 years in Lima, Peru, I know that the reality of walking alone at night is uneven. My biggest fear was being mugged, but for a woman, it was being mugged, kidnapped, harassed, and more than it costs me to continue writing. I believe that the value of living in a place where you feel safe to walk alone at night greatly reflects the level of security in your country or city. Unfortunately, crime rates are measured differently and one thing is how safe you feel on the street and another is how safe your country really is.

Although the statistics to be presented in this article are prepared based on numerous factors and yield general results, it was enough for me to know the responses of my colleagues from the film club, as well as to see my 7-year-old neighbor returning home from school at 9:00 p.m., or walking with my cousins from the City Center One Mall in Split to the highway for us to wait for the bus almost at midnight, and many other experiences in these last two years, to confirm that walking alone at night through the streets of Croatia is safe indeed, and to be considered the second safest European country is not an exaggeration at all.

Regarding the Numbeo crime statistics published on November 15th of this year, and subsequently represented on a map and shared by Landgeist three days ago, the web portal commented the following:

''How safe one feels to walk alone on the streets at night, doesn’t necessarily say anything about the crime rate in the country. But it does give a very good sense of how safe people feel in their country. Although both are probably closely related, having a low crime rate doesn’t necessarily mean that people will also feel safe. Crime rates can give a skewed view in countries where crime is under-reported or people have lost faith in law enforcement and don’t report crimes anymore.

Apart from crime, there are other factors that can affect one's sense of safety, such as the presence of dangerous animals or poor urban planning that makes cities feel less safe than they are.

Of course, this statistic can vary from city to city and even between neighborhoods. Not just that, it can also vary depending on the demographic you ask. Data on these detailed statistics are non-existing for most countries. So keep in mind that this map only gives a very general view of how safe people feel to walk the streets alone at night per country.

Regardless of whether you think crime rates and how safe people feel are closely connected or not, let’s have a look at the map. Which will just give us an idea of how safe people feel to walk the streets alone at night.


Landgeist map, which shows Croatia as the second safest European country for walking alone at night with a score of 77.4.

We recently looked at how safe people in Asia feel to walk alone at night. As you can see, this map of Europe shows much smaller contrasts than the Asian map. No country in Europe scores over 80, but there are several countries in Asia that do score over 80. On the other hand, there is only one country in Europe that scores below 40. In Asia, there are quite a few countries that score below 40.

At the bottom end in Europe, there is one country that scores far lower than any other country: Belarus (32.3). The next 2 countries also score much lower than others: France (40.3) and Moldova (41.3). Sweden, the UK, Belgium, Ukraine, Ireland, Italy, and Greece also don’t score very well.

The highest scores can be found in Slovenia (78.4) and Croatia (77.4). The only ones to score over 75. Switzerland, Iceland, and the Czech Republic also score very well. The majority of the European countries seem to be scoring fairly OK, with most of them scoring between 50 and 70''.

For some, it may be one more curious fact. But Croatia is a country that from Zagreb, Slavonia, Istria, and even Dalmatia, can boast enviable numbers of tourism throughout the year. Nightlife is an important aspect of that reality, whether it is coming home from a rave, a nightclub, a bar, or a soccer game. Being the second safest European country for people to walk alone on the street at night cannot be overlooked, and it reinforces the idea that Croatia could be promoted as a safe destination for all, but it is a question of whether those who are to charge of showing the country to the rest of the world consider whether it is something important or not. We'll see.

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Monday, 29 November 2021

The Wheel of Fortune: First Balkan Anime Visual Novel Releases December 1st

November 29, 2021 - The Wheel of Fortune is coming on December 1st to Steam and itch! It features three Slavic vixens to woo, multiple endings to find, and over 40 beautifully illustrated scenes for your enjoyment. 30+ turbo-folk-infused songs and remixes complement the visual splendor with authentic ex-Yugoslavian melodies.

The Wheel of Fortune is developed by Takujin software. Takujin software is a small group of like-minded unhinged individuals: the premiere Balkan pioneers of visual novels, interactive fiction, and responsible alcohol consumption. As such, they are rather unique in the region. Inspired by the greats such as Hirohiko Araki, Kemal Malovčić, Crippling Millennial Depression, Macintosh Plus, and more, they strive to provide their users with infinite amounts of questionable interactive text for their mutually useless amusement.


Play the role of a deadbeat internet junkie who wants to turn his life around. Lady Luck is a fickle mistress to you: after years of unlucky breaks, fate has brought three women into your life. Will you take hold of destiny's reins and start a new life with a hot Balkan waifu, or are you doomed to wallow in post-Soviet depression for the rest of your girlfriend-free days?

The Wheel of Fortune features three Slavic vixens to woo, multiple endings to find, and over 40 beautifully illustrated scenes for your enjoyment. 30+ turbo-folk-infused songs and remixes complement the visual splendor with authentic ex-Yugoslavian melodies, perfect for smashing glasses while intoxicated. Watch the trailer below!

A unique feature of The Wheel of Fortune is, well, the Wheel itself! Every in-game day, the Wheel spins and decides your luck at random. The spin will impact the events of the following day: terrible luck might leave you without dialogue choices or charming opportunities, while the elusive lucky spin may unlock secrets otherwise unknown. Your luck can change every playthrough, even with the same choices!

As this is the first Balkan visual novel, the developers at Takujin Software have taken great care to make it as authentic and representative as possible. Never before has the gaming intelligentsia seen such a detailed and true-to-life adaptation of the Slavic NEET life! In an effort to stay pure to the source material of Balkan lifestyles, The Wheel of Fortune features uncensored illustrations, politically incorrect dialogue and has absolutely no shame in exploiting the Balkan setting, just like a true Illyrian would do! Combined with the globalized appeal of imageboards and internet culture, Wheel of Fortune is an unstoppable force of Balkan anime domination!


The Wheel of Fortune is a one-man passion project made by the disputed chief of Takujin Software, VAISKO, fueled by years of unmitigated anime consumption and questionable life choices.

The Wheel of Fortune will be available on Steam and itch for 7.40 euros on December 1st. You can already add the game to your Steam wishlist!

Disclaimer: This game contains sexually explicit content, profanity, and references to drug use and self-harm. The contents of this game are fictional and all similarities to real-life events and people are pure coincidence. All characters depicted in this game are above the age of 21. GAMER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

For more information about The Wheel of Fortune, be sure to check Takujin Software's official sites on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their official website.

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Monday, 29 November 2021

First Winter Land Rover Velebit Raid Will Take Place From December 17 to 19

November 29, 2021 - Another Land Rover fan event is coming, as the first winter Land Rover Velebit Raid will take place from December 17 to 19, and participants will be able to enjoy not only good company but also spectacular landscapes typical of the Velebit and Paklenica National Parks, as well as the rich history of Lika-Senj County.

The first winter Land Rover Velebit Raid abounds in rich contents. Participants will see two National Parks, Northern Velebit and Paklenica, springs and mills on the river Gacka, will visit two Museums, visit JNA bunkers, see the locations where the film Winnetou was shot, ride on a masterpiece of architectural heritage, the Master Road from 1832, enjoy the homemade food of authentic Lika in the 100-year-old inn Godača and authentic sub-Velebit stone houses with open fireplaces.

They will drive 300 km of wild and untouched nature, and there will be some night driving as well. The weather forecast will be followed and if there's snow to be expected, then driving will go around the mountain in the direction of Gospić - Gračac - Obrovac - Paklenica.


The point of it all is the promotion of lesser-known tourist locations, socializing, driving, meeting, and connecting owners and fans of Land Rover vehicles. There is no doubt that these are just the beginning and that the future will bring many more similar trips across the Balkans, but also those to other continents.

The Land Rover Balkan team and Total Croatia News invite you to support their love for good and adventurous driving as well as to promote lesser-known tourist locations. The itinerary is as shown below:

FRIDAY (December 17th)
- From 12:00 - Gathering of participants in the village of Sinac (8 km from Otočac) in the 101-year-old inn "Godača"
- Excursion to Tonković and Majer's spring and mills on the river Gacka (distance 3 and 7 km)

SATURDAY (December 18th) - 200 km

- 09:00 start from Sinac towards the Velebit village of Krasno 800 m above sea level. and a visit to the House of Velebit - 23 km
- 11:00 h Northern Velebit National Park - Krasno - Štirovača - drive through a pine forest on an asphalt road - 34 km
- 13:00 h - Middle Velebit - Off road, stone tunnels, serpentines, sea views, Štirovača - Baške Oštarije 926 m asl - 40 км
-15: 00 h Baške Oštarije - Gospić - Sv. Rock - 60 km
- 16:30 - South Velebit - Master Road (built in 1832, architectural heritage, off road, Tulove grede - location from the movie Winnetou, magnificent sea views - Paklenica - 40 km
18:30 - 19:00 - Hotel Rajna in Paklenica with a member of the group Marin Marasović


SUNDAY (December 19th) - 100 km

- 10:00 - NP Paklenica (entrance 3 euros), Underground town JNA bunkers built from 1950 -1953 or cafe by the sea
- 12:00 - Start Paklenica - Karlobag - Baške Oštarije - 66 km
- 14.00 - Lunch in the hostel Baška Oštarija
- 15.30 - Start of Baška Oštarija - Smiljan - Nikola Tesla Museum - 25 km

Those interested can find more information about the first winter Land Rover Velebit Raid through the organizers' email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and telephone number (+091 766 5479).

For more about the National Parks of Velebit and Paklenica, be sure to check Total Croatia's guide to Croatian National Parks here. Now in your language!

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Monday, 29 November 2021

Croatia Logs 1,031 New Coronavirus Cases, 67 Deaths in Past 24 Hours

ZAGREB, 29 Nov 2021 - In the past 24 hours, Croatia has registered 1,031 new cases of coronavirus and 67 COVID-related deaths, the national COVID response team reported on Monday.

There are currently 29,891 active cases, including 2,598 hospitalized patients, 308 of whom are on ventilators, while 21,971 people are self-isolating.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a total of 604,347 cases of coronavirus have been registered and the death toll has climbed to 10,826, while a total of 563,630 people have recovered, including 5,399 over the past 24 hours.

A total of 3,437,227 tests have been conducted to date, including 3,466 in the past 24 hours.

As of 28 November, a total of 4,115,040 doses of a vaccine has been administered, with 53.62% of the total population or 63.99% of the adult population having been vaccinated.

A total of 2,176,068 people have received at least one dose, while 1,931,878 have been fully vaccinated, which is 57.06% of the adult population.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.

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