Sunday, 4 September 2022

LIFE SUPport - Project for Croatian Griffon Vulture Protection

September the 4th, 2022 - The LIFE SUPport project, which seeks to protect and make the life of the Croatian griffon vulture (bjeloglavi sup) easier, is a praiseworthy one to say the very least.

As Morski writes, the LIFE SUPport project, worth a massive 2,159,598 euros in total, 60 percent of which is financed from the LIFE programme of the European Union (EU), will improve the protection of Croatian griffon vultures as well as their nesting and living conditions in the country.

These utterly magnificent birds that used to nest all over the country, from Eastern Croatia all the way to the Adriatic coastline, has unfortunately been found nesting only on the Kvarner islands of Cres, Krk, Prvic and Plavnik over more recent decades. This year, after more than a hundred years, they have finally extended their nesting area to the Ucka Nature Park.

There are currently around 120 breeding pairs of Croatian Griffon vultures, and the LIFE SUPport project aims to strengthen their population and enable them to return to their historical nesting grounds in the mainland part of the country as well. The project, which starts in January 2023, will offer solutions to the most important threats to Croatian griffon vultures: a lack of food, disturbance during nesting, poisoning and electrocution.

''Everything we'll do during the five years of the LIFE SUPport project will have long-term consequences, as the Croatian griffon vulture is a long-lived species that takes five years to reach reproductive age. That's why we expect to see some of the results of the activities we'll carry out only in the next decade, but beyond it,'' said Zeljka Rajkovic, the executive director of the BIOM Association.

The need for the urgent implementation of such a project was determined by the expert basis for the proposal of the griffon vulture management plan alongside an action plan.

''Since these vultures lack food in nature, we intend to expand our network of feeding stations. A new feeding ground will be built on Krk, and this feeding ground, along with the existing ones on the island of Cres and in the Ucka Nature Park, would improve the needs of the current Croatian griffon vulture population and strengthen their population. During the project, we will develop cooperation with local shepherds and hunters. In the future, we need to prevent the accidental killing and poisoning of Croatian griffon vultures. The use of lead-free ammunition will be promoted among hunters, and we'll encourage the protection of herds of sheep with the use of fences and guard dogs,'' said Karla Skorjanc, the manager of the Krk Agricultural Cooperative.

The electric power infrastructure will also be improved, thanks to the participation of HEP, so that Croatian griffon vultures aren't placed in danger by electric wires. Measures to protect birds from electrocution will be applied to 200 medium-voltage poles on the Kvarner islands and in the Ucka Nature Park, and as many as 60 employees of energy companies will be educated about the importance of improving the energy network in order to protect these vultures.

''Among the main goals of the project is the decrease in the mortality of young birds by reducing the level of disturbance in their nests and by improving the work of our visitor centre and recovery centre for the vultures. We've got great cooperation with the local population in rescuing vultures that fall into the sea during their first flights from their nests on the island's cliffs. During the project, boat owners, fishermen and tourists will also be additionally educated about desirable, but also mandatory, behaviour in the vicinity of Croatian griffon vultures,'' pointed out Irena Juric, the director of the Priroda (Nature) Public Institution, which manages the visitor centre and recovery centre for these birds.

Ten young Croatian griffon vultures are currently being cared for at the recovery centre, and when they've been rehabilitated, they'll be returned to nature.

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

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Tourists Return to Dubrovnik Walls as Post-Pandemic Success Grows

September the 4th, 2022 - Tourists visiting Croatia's tourist Mecca, the southernmost city of Dubrovnik, are making a return to walking the mighty Dubrovnik walls. The first normal tourist season following two coronavirus pandemic-dominated ones has so far yielded excellent results.

As Morski writes, the imposing medieval Dubrovnik walls are one of the most visited tourist attractions in Dalmatia and indeed in all of the Republic of Croatia. After two years of being dogged by the unprecedented global public health crisis, most of the country's tourism results are back to normal. The same can be said for the Dubrovnik walls, as this year the city sold twice as many tickets to those wishing to walk them as they did last year. At the same time, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities is busy continuing with numerous renovation projects.

There are few tourists who visit Dubrovnik and do not visit and walk the incredibly well-preserved city walls. While there is a marked increase of visitors, there are no off-putting pre-pandemic crowds and congestion that used to be such a common sight. The 1,940-metre long walk can take hours, with many stopping for panoramic images of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area that are otherwise impossible to obtain. As touched on above, during the first eight months of this year, twice as many tickets to walk the Dubrovnik walls were sold as last year. That is 60 percent of the tourist traffic from the record, pre-pandemic year of 2019. In the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, they aren't really focused on records and numbers but instead on sustainable tourism. That said, they are still very much satisfied with this season so far, not to mention the encouraging financial results.

''Compared to 2019, this year the entrance fee for the Dubrovnik walls was slightly higher, it was 200 kuna, and now it's 250 kuna, so these financial results are greater than the number of tickets sold,'' emphasised Vedran Kosovic, the president of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities.

The money from the tickets to the Dubrovnik walls is invested in the restoration of the monumental heritage in the area of ​​the former Republic of Dubrovnik - from Orebic all the way down to Konavle, located just before the Montenegrin border. The development of less attractive tourist areas is also being started, and Dubrovnik is having life breathed back into it after two stagnant years.

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

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Zagreb County Tourist Board: Green and Sustainable, Like Us, is the Way

September 4, 2022 - Director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board, Ivana Alilović, spoke in the Novi Dan program of N1 television about the tourist season in her county. Zagreb County as a year-round destination, she said, has exceptional results.

As Index writes, they reached the level of 89 percent of 2019 as far as arrivals are concerned, but they have exceeded overnight stays by one percent.

She pointed out that the camps proved to be good destinations to go to. She cited the example of Sveta Nedelja, as well as the area of ​​Velika Gorica, which has the most hotels, and Plešivica proved to be a good combination not only for the wine story, but also for a safe stay in nature.

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Zagreb County Tourist Board

Alilović added that more than 90 percent of arrivals are individual. She highlighted the arrival of tourists from Scandinavian countries.

Not a mass destination

"More and more tourists are coming looking for green and sustainable, and we have that. We try to capture the element of sustainability with the activities and European projects we implement. We are not a mass destination and I don't think we will ever be".

"The coexistence of our residents is important to us, what they can invest and get out of it. We will try to nurture the tradition found here," said Alilović. She added that they are moving towards offering quality to every guest and creating sustainability. "This is a big difference compared to previous years. It is important that we stand behind what we offer," she emphasised.

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Zagreb County Tourist Board

They are promoting the project "From farm to table". There are more than 14 thousand OPGs in the area of ​​Zagreb County. She believes that all those who taste Zagreb dishes will return. Via Vino, Alilović added, is an award-winning event which opened the the doors of the county's wineries for the second time. In order to become an attractive destination, they also introduced attractive events such as a movie theater under the stars in the vineyards.

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

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Looking for a Job in Croatia? This Week's Top 10 from Posao.hr (September 4, 2022)

September 4, 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 latest edition of this feature.

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WEEKLY SELECTION OF JOB LISTINGS

Aston Consulting Partners d.o.o. is hiring a SMM – Manager / Online blogging specialist (m/f) in Rijeka! If your English is great, you know how to multi-task, and have some videography/photography skills, this is a great position for you! Apply by clicking here by Sep 29th.

Gi Group Staffing Solutions is looking for a Sales Representative (m/f) in Slovenia for their client, Mecalux! If you would like to work in an international group; with plenty of opportunities for new skill development and career advancement; a company car, mobile phone, and laptop, apply via this link by Sep 15th!

PLIVA Hrvatska d.o.o. zapošljava Istraživača – analitičara (m/ž) za rad u Zagrebu. PLIVA Vam nudi suradnju s vrhunskim stručnjacima iz brojnih područja, rad u inovativnoj i poticajnoj sredini te rad na najsuvremenojoj opremi i tehnologijama – zato se prijavite do 6.9.2022. na linku ovdje!

STRABAG BRVZ d.o.o. sucht einen Senior Backend- / ERP-Entwickler:in (m/w/d) in Spittal/Drau, Villach, Linz, Wien, Köln und Zagreb! Bewerben Sie sich bis zum 9. September über diesen Link.

The Embassy of the United States of America is looking for a Consular Assistant (m/f) in Zagreb. All the details about the position can be seen by clicking this link, and you have until Sep 6th to apply!

Tus i Gržić odvjetničko društvo d.o.o. zapošljava Odvjetničkog vježbenika (m/ž) u Zagrebu! Ako imate završen pravni studij i natprosječno poznavanje engleskog jezika u govoru i pismu, prava ste osoba za ovu ulogu. Prijaviti se možete na linku do 10.9.2022.

Workforce Ljudski Potencijali d.o.o. is hiring a Group Parts Analyst (m/f) for their client Teknoxgroup in Zagreb. They are offering simulative compensation, constant training and career development, and dynamic work in a well organized, positive, and creative international environment. You can apply by Sep 16th via this link.

Središnja agencija za financiranje i ugovaranje programa i projekata EU – SAFU na području Zagreba zapošljava na više pozicija – Viši stručni savjetnik (m/ž), Viši stručni savjetnik – specijalist (m/ž) i Stručni savjetnik (m/ž) za kontrolu provedbe građevinskih projekata, kontrolu javne nabave te javnu nabavu / nepravilnosti. Više detalja provjerite klikom na link, a natječaji su otvoeni do 14.9.2022.

Falkensteiner Hotelmanagement d.o.o. is looking for a Head of Marketing / Commercial Lead Camping Division (m/f) in Zadar. They are offering a competitive salary, an all-inclusive onboarding process with a buddy program, cross-exposure to other Falkensteiner hotels, and much more! Click here to see more detail, applications can be submitted by Sep 26th.

Oglasnik d.o.o. is looking for a Senior JavaScript Developer (m/f) in Zagreb (remote work). If you would like to work in a challenging and dynamic workplace, a positive working environment, with a possibility of additional training and education apply by Sep 6th via this link.

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For more career options and job listings, visit posao.hr.

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Saturday, 3 September 2022

EuroBasket: Croatia Convinces Against Greece and Great Britain

September 3rd, 2022

The Croatian national basketball team is able to convince so far during the EuroBasket 2022 group stage in Milano. Yesterday coach Mulaomerović's team was able to come close to a sensation (85:89) against the highly favored team from Greece and today they made sure to put Great Britain in its place (86:65) to maintain all chances to reach the next round from group C.

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After the missed qualification for the World Cup next year, the Croatian Basketball Association decided to naturalize American Guard Jaleen Smith and so far that decision seems to bring the desired results for the team. The checkered team beat Poland and Switzerland during the pre-qualifier for WorldCup 2025 and now remains on track in Milano.

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Yesterday, newly added Smith had to take on the big favorites from Greece around former NBA champion and MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The US-American eventually ended up being both the most effective player for Croatia and also top scorer with 23 points. Greek coach Dimitrios Itoudis on the other side was able to count on the "Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo not only to deliver 27 points during the entire game, but also to have two sensational blocks in the last 37 seconds of the game to stop two of Croatia's last three offenses and with that any hope for a big sensation. The game that seemed already lost at half- time 30:46 went to Greece 85:89 despite a strong second half by Croatia (55:43).

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Today against Great Britain the Croatian team playing in red showed slight fatigue during the first half but kept the upper hand (37:31) against highly motivated opponents who had lost their opener against Ukraine 90:61. However the third quarter was a display of what the Croats around their leader and NBA player Bogdanović are capable of. A very convincing defense led to easy baskets up front and then eventually broke the Britons spirit when back-to-back alley-oops, fast-break dunks and three-pointers started. Dominic Mavra ended the 35-9 run with a triple point shot to beat the buzzer at the end of the quarter.

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The game ended 86:85 with plenty of time for the Croatian bench players to soak in the large tournament atmosphere on the court. Unfortunately Karlo Matković had to leave the game injured at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Sarić, Žubac, Bogdanović all shared the top scores with 15 points each. Miles Hesson scored 18 points for Great Britain. 

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Next games (all in Milan) for Croatia will be:

Estonia on Monday Sep. 5 at 14:15 

Italy on Tuesday Sep. 6  at  21:00

Ukraine on Thursday Sep. 8 at 14:15 

All games will be televised live on HRT 2 and FIBA's YouTube channel

 

Results by quarters: 

Croatia vs Greece 16:24, 14:22, 32:24, 23:19 

Croatia vs Great Britain 20:17, 17:14, 35:9, 14:25

 

Box Score:

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Saturday, 3 September 2022

Swimming For All, Now Surfing: A Wild Boar Spotted on the Danube

September 3, 2022 - You’ve seen tourists of all nationalities, you have even seen a deer swimming in the Adriatic. Move over everyone, wild boars have got places to be. The summer might be on its way out, and the humans and animals visiting the Adriatic coast are enjoying the final weeks of sunny beach days. The Adriatic is not the only body of water where you can have some fun, though. It has never occurred to us before, but is looks like the Danube might be good for surfing. At least this wild boar thinks so.

And it is not only the Croatian Danube that hides many gems. This time in Serbia, in Belgrade, a wild boar went surfing on what looked like a wooden board. As reported by Espreso, the pictures were taken by random passers-by and shared on Facebook in the group Beograd bez maske (Belgrade without a mask). It was then shared on Reddit, in r/AnimalsBeingGeniuses, by u/djukanovics27. Head on there for some random Saturday entertainment.

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Facebook Group Beograd bez maske

So boars are turning out to be fairly interesting with a diverse range of interests. With the ability to swim for up to 12 hours straight, this beneficial physical activity seems to be quite high on the scale of their preferences. One even made a lengthy journey from Brač to Split.

Last, but not least, as previously written on TCN, a deer was spotted going for a dip in the Adriatic, at the Pokonji Dol beach on Hvar. It ran down the beach, tested the water, and jumped in for a plunge! It was a hot day, after all. 

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Nada Kordic Bezic

Who knows, maybe this is the dawn of a brand new series on TCN? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, for more, make sure to check out our dedicated Lifestyle section.

Total Croatia News: Reduced Service Ahead of October Relaunch

September 3, 2022 - TCN is in a period of transition. An update from CEO Paul Bradbury, and a reduced service ahead of a very new-look TCN in October.

One of the things that has been very true since I started the Total Project with a laptop and a cold one sitting at Caffe Splendid on the main square in Jelsa back in October 2011 was that I have always tried to live up to the name of the project. 

Total.

For years, I was writing six articles a day just about the island on our pilot project, Total Hvar. So much did I write, in fact, that the 9,000+ articles make me the most prolific writer in the history of that marvellous island. 

Total Croatia Wine covered the whole country in a way never done before, with wine roads for all the regions, as well as the first online database and map of over 800 Croatian winemakers, from Istria to Baranja. 

And our flagship project, Total Croatia News, which has been consistently putting out 25 articles a day, covering politics, sport, business, travel, lifestyle, digital nomads, diaspora, gourmet, and entrepreneurship. 

Total indeed.

It has been an extremely fun ride, and I am very proud of what we have achieved since TCN launched in July, 2015. The core team has been beyond magnificent, and I am very grateful for so many excellent contributions from so many other writers as well. 

But TCN is evolving, and perspectives change. The obsession with being Total and trying to cover everything has been exhausting for all of us, and I think it is fair to say that the quality has not always been what it could be on occasion. Yes, we covered politics, for example, but many of the articles were extremely short and not particularly well-written. 

Is it worth compromising on quality to remain Total?

After a lot of thought, I decided that perhaps it was time for some changes. Soon after that decision, COO Daniela Rogulj, who has been beyond incredible since joining TCN in May 2016, decided to step down from her role to focus on sports journalism and building her solo career. Something I fully support, and I am delighted that Dani will continue as sports editor, as well as help us as TCN enters the video age, of which more below. 

With so many other things going on, I have decided that I want to focus less on being Total moving forward, and more on quality and niche areas that we find interesting, useful, and which are under-represented. 

So I have decided to turn TCN away from being a 'Total' news portal which publishes 25 stories a day into TCN, the online magazine with 2-3 news stories a day and around 50 quality articles a week. 

We are currently working with our web developer and I expect the new site will be live sometime in October. My aim is to make it free of advertising apart from the occasional sponsored banner. 

I can tell you a few things that the new site will and won't have.

There will be a much-reduced politics section, as we have decided to pause our partnership with HINA, which for many years has been the main source of political information for TCN. A Croatian friend once told me that you can immerse yourself in the daily snakepit of Croatian politics and get consumed by it. Or you can check in to see what is happening every six months, and find that nothing has changed in that time. 

There will also be a reduced sports section. Dani wrote an incredible 708 sports stories last year, including about sports I had not heard of - a truly comprehensive job. She will continue her levels of excellence, but with less frequency and focusing on the main sports, as well as the occasional interesting feature story.

There will also be a much-reduced travel section, and what remains will focus on lesser-known regions such as eastern Croatia, where Katarina Andjelkovic in Vukovar is doing such a good job with her Croatian Danube series. Although I am known primarily for writing about Croatian tourism, I strongly disagree with the direction it is taking, and there is only so much you can write about the one-dimensional approach of our official tourism gurus. We will still maintain a travel section, but it will be more focused articles. We will also be bringing Total Croatia, our tourist information site, within the new TCN structure, so there will be plenty of excellent tourist information. And there will also be a focus on medical tourism.

Now that you are aware of what there will NOT be in the new TCN, what's left, and what is coming? I plan the following:

Croatian news - 2-3 daily, covering the important events.

A weekly editorial.

An expanded business and entrepreneur section, including a new feature, Croatian Entrepreneur of the Week.

A real estate section, both listings as well as news and hot topics. If you are a real estate agency and would like to work with TCN (we already have partners in Split, Zagreb and Istria), please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject Real Estate TCN.

A reduced travel section, but the addition of the Total Croatia portal.

A weekly interview.

A new section - How to Croatia? How to get an OIB, find a dentist, open a bank account, meet people etc. 

A quirky blog with around 10 articles a week - free reign to the creative minds of Iva, Lauren, Katarina, myself, and anyone else who wants to contribute (if you do, please contact me on the email above, Subject Contribute).

A weekly feature from our CROMADS platform.

Integration and expansion of our Total Croatia Wine portal, with a focus on wine moving forward. 

We will also be trialling TCN audio, to offer you select articles in audio format. If the trial works, we will make this standard with each article. 

And there will be a TCN shop, offering products we believe in and endorse. 

And video.

I have been many things in life and done many jobs, but being a 53-year-old YouTuber is not something I expected. But it is a direction that we must head in order to stay relevant in the new world order. 

You may have seen some of my initial videos (they are embedded here), My 5 Favourite Words in Croatian, Croatian Really iS Logical But Why I Stopped Trying, and Dalmatia: Paradise Revealed in a Sentence. The first one has had almost 50,000 views and was featured in the media in four countries, an encouraging start. We will be launching a dedicated channel, Paul Bradbury Croatia & Balkan Expert next month, where these videos will be published at the rate of 1-2 a week. If you want to subscribe, you can do so here.

We also have big plans for the TCN YouTube channel, which we have not really utiilised yet. We are still working on the final details and I will publish the plan as soon as we have agreements in place. You can subscribe here

We will also have a TCN video podcast once a month, meeting the unusual characters who make this land so amazing. One of the first ones will be with Steve Gaunt, the dour Yorkshireman in Vinkovci, with his own English pub in a field in the middle of nowhere. Steve will be reflecting on his 30 years in eastern Croatia, starting with his decision to volunteer to fight for Croatia against the Serbs back in 1991. It will be a fascinating chat. And as a little teaser, here is the great man enjoying life in his lovely pub, below.

And for anyone interested, I am also putting my book, Around the World in 80 Disasters, onto YouTube, where I will be releasing a video chapter a week, starting next week. The first two are Homeless in the Soviet Union: Hitchhiking from Manchester to Moscow (1991), and Getting Arrested in My Childhood Bathrobe at St Petersburg Train Station (1992). You can see the teaser and subscribe below. 

Before that book is written, however, Croatia, a Survival Kit for Foreigners needs to be finalised. The book, which I am co-writing with TCN editor, Lauren Simmonds, will be published in October. If you would like to pre-order please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject 20 Years TCN. It will be available in English and Croatian, an ideal Christmas gift.

In order to deliver on that, Lauren and I need to focus, so we have decided to operate a limited TCN service until the relaunch next month. We thank you for all your support and interest over the years, and we ask you for your understanding. 

TCN will be a much better product when we relaunch, of that I am convinced, and I am very excited about the book, the new YouTube direction, and TCN the Online Magazine. Hope to see you on the other side. 

Cheers!

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Saturday, 3 September 2022

Crikvenica Riviera Among Most Popular Destinations for Croatian Tourists

September the 3rd, 2022 - The Crikvenica riviera is among the country's most popular destinations to visit for Croatian tourists keen on getting away from where they live and taking time to relax within the country's borders.

As Morski writes, the Crikvenica Riviera is one of the favourite tourist destinations for Croatian tourists, with the most numerous among them living in and coming from the wider Zagreb area and from Eastern Croatia.

Throughout the main summer tourist season, Croatian tourists tend to choose to spend their summer holidays off work in various destinations situated along the Crikvenica Riviera, where there are foreign visitors, but far less of them in comparison to Dubrovnik, Split, or parts of Central and Southern Dalmatia. The proximity of the continental part of the country, the Northern Adriatic, including the Istrian peninsula and Kvarner, is one of the reasons Croatian tourists love this part of the country so much.

Croatian tourists keen for a break by the coast have always loved Crikvenica, and they are second in terms of the amount of number of overnight stays and number of arrivals realised here,'' said Mariana Biondic, the director of the Crikvenica Tourist Board. While some come to this part of the Croatian coastline because it tends to boast more affordable accommodation facilities and slightly lower prices, Crikvenica also offers more luxurious accommodation for those with deeper pockets.

''In this way, we attract a large number of Croatian tourists easily, given the proximity to excellent transport connections. We have one hotel that works all year round, which is excellently recognised by local guests,'' said Lucija Jukic, the director of sales and marketing at Jadran Crikvenica hotels and camps.

As HRT writes, the global coronavirus pandemic has well and truly changed the habits of everyone, and Croatian tourists are no exception. Interest in tourist destinations within the borders of this country has grown throughout recent years, because unfortunately for many, coming to the Adriatic coast in the heart of the hot summer season is an unrealisable and extremely costly dream reserved solely for foreign visitors.

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

Saturday, 3 September 2022

Receipts Issued During August 2022 5.1 Billion Kuna Higher Than 2021

September the 3rd, 2022 - Fiscalised invoices, bills and receipts issued across Croatia during the month of August are very encouraging, exceeding August 2021's amount by a very impressive 5.1 billion kuna more.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Jadranka Dozan writes, while various statistical indicators of Croatian economic activity typically arrive with a greater or lesser time lag depending on the sector we're talking about, the first figures on the movement of consumption measured by fiscalised traffic, which really means physical indicators of the tourist season, are publicly available practically immediately.

That means that even though we've only just entered the month of September, we can see that all taxpayers (from all activities listed within that system) in August issued receipts worth 31.6 billion kuna, which, when compared to the same month last year, is a figure higher by almost a fifth (19.3%) that is, by 5.1 billion more kuna. During the summer months, there is an increased focus primarily on tourism, catering and hospitality activities, as well as those heavily influenced the tourist season, from trade to transportation.

Stronger growth in the hospitality industry

Enterprises working in the provision of accommodation, catering and hospitality reported 8.4 billion kuna in fiscalised turnover in August 2022. Compared to last August, this is 1.6 billion kuna or 16 percent more. Slightly more than half of last month's turnover refers to accommodation (4.3 billion), but year-on-year comparisons show that stronger growth was recorded in the hospitality sector.

Cafes, restaurants, bars and other companies operating within the segment of food and beverage preparation/service during the month of August of this year issued less than 4.1 billion kuna's worth of receipts, which is almost 30 percent or 930 million kuna more than last year, while the aforementioned turnover in accommodation represents an increase of 18 percent or about 660 million kuna.

To a large extent, the growth percentages, of course, reflect increased prices caused by ongoing inflation. This naturally means that companies have had to deal with unusually high operating costs of their own to remain above water, but that's another story for another time.

Be that as it may, the cumulative data shows significantly higher growth rates of fiscalised traffic in the tourism, hospitality and catering sector. In terms of accommodation, the 8-month turnover reached 12.1 billion kuna, thus exceeding last year's 8 billion kuna by a very significant 51 percent. At the same time, almost 16.1 billion kuna was reported in the hospitality industry since the beginning of the year, which is as much as 70 percent more than last year's 9.5 billion kuna, which can partly be attributed to the lower seasonality of that segment and the fact that in the first part of last year, the impact of epidemiological restrictions was still considerable.

Among the activities that rely quite heavily on tourism during the summer months is the transportation and storage category.

Croatian companies operating within that branch reported almost 540 million kuna in fiscalised turnover in August 2022, which is 36 percent more than last August. A significantly larger 80 percent of the increase in the value of issued bills and receipts was also recorded through the fiscalisation system in Administrative and auxiliary service activities (435 versus 242 million kuna).

In the retail trade (excluding that of motor vehicles), bills worth a total of 12.7 billion kuna were issued last month, which is about one hundred million more than in July and 1.55 billion kuna or almost 14 percent more than in August 2021. At the same time, more than half of that turnover refers to supermarkets and hypermarkets, i.e. non-specialised stores mainly selling food, drinks, tobacco and household products, where the increase in August's turnover stood at a slightly higher 17 percent (6.9 against 5.9 billion kuna recorded last August).

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

Saturday, 3 September 2022

CBS: Croatian Industrial Production Slowed Down in July 2022

September the 3rd, 2022 - Croatian industrial production slowed down during the scorching summer month of July this year according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Inflationary pressures, the Russia-Ukraine war and economic downturn all pose continuing threats.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Josipa Ban writes, back during July this year, Croatian industrial production increased by 2.9 percent on an annual basis, while it fell by 1.9 percent on a monthly basis, data from the CBS shows. Growth experienced back during July was slower than it was one month earlier, when Croatian industrial production increased by 3.8 percent on an annual basis.

When referring to this CBS report, analysts from Raiffeisenbank Austria (RBA) have pointed out that the growth of industrial production, along with the growth of retail trade, is a continuation of the favourable trends for the third quarter. This, they say, indicates solid domestic economic growth in the period from July to September.

As for the sectors involved, production growth in July was recorded in four of them. The most, standing at 14.1 percent, lies in the production of capital goods. Following that with 10.5 percent is the production of energy, while the production of durable consumer goods increased by 4.3 percent, and non-durable consumer goods increased by 1.2 percent. Only the production of intermediate products fell - by 3.1 percent in total.

However, RBA analysts have also made sure to warn the public of negative risks alongside this seemingly completely positive news.

"The adverse impact of the current geopolitical conflicts (referencing the Russia-Ukraine war and the spiralling inflation we're all experiencing) has a negative impact on the recovery of foreign demand due to the dependence of some of the Republic of Croatia's most important trade partners on Russia. Likewise, strong inflationary pressures and problems in supply chains will act in a negative direction and reduce potential stronger achievements,'' they concluded.

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