Tuesday, 19 October 2021

23rd Biograd Boat Show to Begin at 10:00 on Wednesday!

October the 19th, 2021 - The 23rd Biograd Boat Show is set to begin on Wednesday morning, more precisely at 10:00. The much loved Zadar County spectacle will bring together lovers of all things nautical and once again place Croatia firmly on the nautical map.

As Morski writes, this year's Biograd Boat Show will confirm the status of Biograd na moru as a leading international nautical fair and Croatia as a fantastic nautical tourism destination. The entire exhibition space was sold out with more than 300 exhibitors and participating companies.

The nautical industry has had a successful year in Croatia, and this year's exhibitors have generally improved the quality of their exhibits. Visitora can expect to see hundreds of boats ranging from 2 to 20 metres in length, with numerous international and Croatian premieres present, as well as an impressive range of products offered for direct sale.

The Biograd Boat Show is the best opportunity to see the largest selection of boats in the wider region and to ensure the best delivery terms and prices. There will be many demonstrations and maritime tests and challenges, as well as the opportunity to cruise on one of the most luxurious event vessels in all of Croatia, the multifunctional event boat "Nada", owned by Ilirija.

The event is also known for its gastronomic and entertainment offer with good food offered in many places, as well as with selected suppliers of local products and food at the Festival of Originality, on top of that, there will be a very rich entertainment programme every night after sunset.

This year's Biograd Boat Show will prove to the maritime world that the Republic of Croatia continues to be the leading force in the challenging nautical world, and that Biograd na moru near Zadar is at its very centre. This nautical manifestation is otherwise one of the leaders in the development of business to business relations, through Biograd B2B, which includes the Croatian Charter Expo, one of the world's leading yacht charter events, as well as the 5th Nautical Days of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with an impressive nautical congress programme boasting leading companies from the nautical industry.

Although all the exhibition space is now sold out, nautical companies can still participate by registering on the Biograd B2B business to business platform and have full access to the fair and the online Biograd B2B Directory, where they can present their products and services to other participants and schedule meetings in advance.

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Friday, 10 September 2021

DroneDays 2021: All About Drones in Biograd na Moru

September 11, 2021 - The DroneDays 2021 event will turn Biograd na Moru near the popular city of Zadar into an aerial robotics mecca from October 4-5.

Airplanes are fun, but unless yo're a pilot, you can only passively enjoy the stunning aerial view as you travel the beaten path managed by the captain in a cockpit. No control, no say on the height or the direction of the above ground observing experience.

Although providing that exciting sense of freedom of flying on a screen only, drones are much better options for those who want to take control of an aerial space. For those who want to learn more about drones, October 4-5 needs to be marked in the diary for DroneDays 2021, a Croatian conference on all things related to drones.

''DroneDays 2021 is a two-day workshop focused on unmanned aerial vehicles, which will be held on 4th and 5th October 2021 in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. The programme consists of keynote lectures, an exhibition area, and is focused on unmanned aerial vehicle applications and end-user industries. It will serve as a meeting place for experts from the industry and academia, end-users, as well as regulatory bodies from the region,'' reads the official website of the event.

DroneDays 2021 will be held at the Ilirija Resort at Biograd na Moru, and 14 speakers have confirmed their arrival at the event at the time of writing this article, with more invited. The confirmed names include drone experts from across Croatia and abroad, from academics from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) to foreign universities and even NATO.

DroneDays 2021 promises an exciting two days for drone lovers in a more theoretical approach with conferences hosting presentations from keynote industry leaders to more practical opportunities. These include exhibitions (open for the public) where visitors can have face-to-face meetings with leading industrial companies from across the region, showcasing their latest products and services. In addition, there will be a flying area where you can participate in live demonstrations of the latest technological achievements in aerial robotics, and there is also a B2B event where you can meet new partners who share your love for aerial robotics.

Much like drones, the event isn't free. Would-be participants must register on the website and buy a 10 euro ticket. That ticket includes two-day access to the whole programme as well as accreditation, a registration package, workshop materials, and coffee breaks.

With the discussion of order and freedom at large, the debates concerning the legal frame of operating drones in Croatia may well be the most interesting topics of this year's edition of DroneDays.

As TCN previously reported, drone regulations in Croatia have two levels of authority, one that is national and the other concerning EU Drone Regulation that came into force back in 2020.

After the conference in Biograd na Moru, why not hop to nearby Zadar? Learn more in our TC guide.

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Sunday, 10 January 2021

200 Years of Croatian Lighthouses Exhibited in Biograd na Moru

January 10, 2021 – After the initial opening in Umag in 2018, on the 200th anniversary of the lighthouse services on the Croatian coast, the exhibition "More than light and salt – 200 years of Croatian lighthouses" will open in Biograd na Moru.

The exhibition opens on January 12, 2021, at the Homeland Museum Biograd na Moru, regarding Saint Anastasia's feast and a city day. It was also organized regarding the 200th anniversary of the lighthouse service on the Croatian coast, which officially began with the commissioning of a dedicated facility in Savudrija in 1818.

Today, the lighthouse in Savudrija is a protected cultural asset. After two centuries, it testifies to the rich Croatian maritime tradition and the challenges of being a lighthouse keeper, a very rare profession.


Savudrija Lighthouse / Copyright Romulić and Stojčić

To mark this significant anniversary, the exhibition was organized in April 2018 in the Umag City Museum, showing objects from the history of the lighthouse service, documentaries, marine lighting technology, and photographs from private collections.

After the initial opening in Umag, in partnership with the Croatian Maritime Museum Split and the Maritime Waterways Institution Plovput d.o.o., the exhibition was organized in numerous museums along the Adriatic coast – Rijeka, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Split. The last exhibition was held in February 2020 at the Technical Museum Nikola Tesla in Zagreb.

Visitors have the opportunity to see Croatian lighthouses from the period of the countries that once ruled the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. For example, the Austro-Hungarian postcards from the collection of the prominent collector, the late Luka Dragičević, and photographs from the extraordinary little-known album of the Croatian Hydrographic Institute.


Lighthouse Veli Rat, Dugi otok / Copyright Romulić and Stojčić

The exhibition touches on questions about how lighthouses' construction changed the locations where they were built and how the lighthouses themselves changed through wars, modernization of technology, and man's abandonment due to automation.

In addition to exhibits that testify to the long list of duties of today's extremely rare profession of lighthouse keepers, a documentary material is presented that provides valuable information about lighthouse keepers' activities throughout the last century: living and working in almost unimaginable conditions.

The significance of this vocation in the 21st century is thematized on the example of today's Savudrija lighthouse keeper Mario Milin Ungar, who is the fifth generation of lighthouse keepers in his family.

The exhibition dedicated to Croatian lighthouses will be open until February 28, 2021, and the opening event will be held in compliance with prescribed epidemiological measures.

Source: Biograd na Moru

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Tuesday, 9 June 2020

New Mystery in Biograd: Whose Bodies Were Found Under 115-Year-Old School?

June 9, 2020 — Two skeletons found beneath Biograd na Moru’s old school are reviving local tales of unsolved century-old murders.

Workers building the BioSfera Center for Sustainable Active Tourism in Biograd discovered the remains on the south side of the school’s basement, between a stone outcrop and the external walls.

The structure’s 115-year history left many Biograd residents speculating how the bodies ended up in the soil, reviving local lore of secret century-old murders.

The city called conservationists and archeologists to take over the exhumation and study of the remains and to also confirm their age.

Archeologist and historian Marko Meštrov told Zadarski List the bones date back to the 16th or 17th centuries.

Employees of the Ministry of Culture’s Conservation Department in Zadar continuously work with representatives of the City of Biograd in order to avoid potential risks that accompany large infrastructural work in historical zones. They mostly focus on protecting the underground archeological heritage of the city, which needs to be preserved as much as possible.

The restoration and repurposing of historic buildings in well-worn areas present a constant danger of unearthing some forgotten history. Many recently-erected buildings along the Dalmatian coasts were delayed significantly by similar discoveries, which inevitably freeze all work until researchers and archeologists fully excavate, catalog and move any artifacts or remains.

The two bodies found in the old school may just be the beginning.

“Locals were buried in the old town of Biograd,” Meštrov said, suggesting there may be more skeletons under the school.

Work on the HRK11.3 million BioSfera in Biograd project stuttered from the outset after it began in early 2020. First, the coronavirus pandemic hit shortly after work began, creating a minor speed bump.

The work was stopped again with the discovery of the remains.

The project should be completed by Easter of 2021, according to Danijel Katičin, the director of the Vrana Lake Nature Park which is overseeing the project. Other partners include the City of Biograd, the Cluster for eco-social innovation and development CEDRA Split and Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. It’s mostly financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

The BioSfera project will promote active, cultural or gastro tourism offerings within the area while raising awareness of protected. It ultimately hopes to make Biograd na Moru an active tourism destination.

The old school building is a piece of the Biograd na Moru's architectural heritage, protected in the Register of Individual Cultural Heritage as immovable cultural property. The old, 114-year-old building with an attic is laid along the main road leading to the Biograd waterfront. The building has a basement, ground floor, first floor and attic.

Due to the need to improve education, the building began to be built in 1905 thanks. It was completed in 1906, and school classes began immediately.

The newly opened mixed elementary school had three classes. The school at that time had parquets and a ventilation system, which made it one of the most modern schools in Dalmatia.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Biograd na Moru Looks to Health Tourism, Wants Leading Gerontology Center in EU

September 21, 2019 - Could Biograd na Moru be Croatia's next big health tourism destination?

HRTurizam writes that the last session of the Biograd City Council discussed the strategy of developing medical tourism in Biograd na Moru.

The Strategy of Development of Biograd na Moru has defined tourism as one of the main drivers of economic development, especially health tourism, where Biograd na Moru sees a great opportunity. The backbone of all is the Biograd Special Orthopedic Hospital in the heart of the Adriatic, with an ideal climate according to the Koppen classification.

As Biograd na Moru points out, the proposal for a Decision on adopting the Strategy for the Development of Medical Tourism in Biograd na Moru was presented by a Ph.D Branko Vitale, MD. 

“Biograd has an ideal climate for climate therapy and medical-rehabilitation tourism, which includes a gerontology and geriatric center. The project is being prepared for an international competition in Norway, and we have a lot of support from the Ministry of Health and the Association of Croatian American Professionals (ACAP), an association of American professionals from Croatia,” said Vitale, who launched the Biograd Initiative for the Medical-Tourism Center project.

Namely, the US mega clinic Cleveland Clinic, which is led by Croatian Tomislav Mihaljevic and employs over 60,000 people, has 7.5 million patients and annual revenues of about $10 billion. The annual ACAP conference will be held on September 21, which will present the Biograd project of medical-rehabilitation tourism within a 15-minute presentation. 

“Biograd na Moru, with its health and tourism facilities, has all the preconditions to develop into the leading gerontology and geriatric center of the European Union, by providing a fully-rounded medical-rehabilitation, tourism, and cultural center. All these activities additionally ensure the use of all quality accommodation facilities and thus year-round employment, not only in Biograd, but also in the wider region,” says Vitale, pointing out the construction of a large retirement village not far from the Adria Hotel.

Vitale adds that the center will be operated according to the Scandinavian model. Moreover, the Orthopedic Hospital is the backbone of the development of Biograd, and in four years, it must be at the EU level, or it will not be, according to Vitale.

The climate therapy and medical-rehabilitation tourism project, which also includes the gerontology and geriatric center in Biograd, is supported by the Association of Croatian American Professionals (ACAP), an association of American professionals from Croatia, whose members represent all sides of the international professional community, such as scientists, doctors, engineers, lawyers, artists, journalists, business executives, accountants, and more.

The newly reconstructed system of the hospital as an integral part of the cluster envisages the Center for Geriatric Orthopedics, the first Croatian Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, the Rehabilitation Center, the Specialist Counselling Center and the Education Center.

"We have potential investors, primarily Norwegians. We have already been to Norway, and they will come to Biograd twice by the end of the year, so that we can receive lessons for applying for an international competition to the Government of Norway and the University Hospital in Oslo for the construction of a gerontology and geriatric center in Biograd. The Germans are interested in Red Harbor for their health needs, mainly respiratory diseases and asthma. Here, as in the Adria Hotel, there is excellent accommodation for the patients of the gerontology and geriatric center. A retirement village will be built near the Adria Hotel, which will accommodate over 500 people, and a tourist complex with thousands of beds will be built on the island of Pasman. These are all potential users of the Gerontology and Geriatric Center, and flight connections with Norway, America, and other countries will be established,” says Vitale, adding that it is necessary to form a Dalmatia cluster to enter the world market in cooperation with Kvarner.

The mentioned medical content is aimed primarily at the treatment of diseases of the third age, which requires a lot of professionals, emphasizes Vitale, and concludes: “The project of the medical-tourist orthopedic-rehabilitation center in Biograd is bound to succeed. We have Norwegians and Americans, and the City of Biograd. We also have good personal relationships with people who want to help Biograd and Croatia. All heads should go under one cap. We in Biograd, Zadar County and the Republic of Croatia must be unique in this project of the century. If there is a setback, the project can slow down but not stop.”

Finally, it should be noted that the Decision on submitting a letter of intent to exercise the founding rights and obligations of the Special Orthopedic Hospital was made at the City Council of Biograd na Moru.

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Biggest Croatian Fun Park to Get Water Attraction Worth 45 Million Kuna

As Novac writes on the 10th of August, 2019, the Croatian park ''Fun Park Biograd'', located near Biograd na Moru close to the popular city of Zadar in Dalmatia, was modelled after some of the world's famous adrenaline entertainment centres.

So far, this Croatian park has seen investments amounting to around 115 million kuna, and the park has now announced a new, huge investment worth an additional 45 million kuna. This staggering amount, according to the local Zadar newspaper Zadarski list, has been allocated for the construction of a water park, or an aquapark, which will extend to and cover 10,000 square metres.

''As we've got some free space on the south side of the car park, we're constructing a big, new attraction. The largest theme-amusement park in Croatia with its new water park and the existing Fun Park Biograd will be called Dalmaland. It will be an ideal symbiosis of attractions both in water as well as on dry land,'' stated the ambitious Stipe Tabak, the general manager of Fun Park Biograd.

The works, as Tabak said, are expected to last until mid-spring 2021 and the water attraction will open in time for the summer of that year. The main investor is, just as it was before, Mirnovec Pyrotechnics, from the continental Croatian town of Samobor, just a short distance from Zagreb.

Such amusement parks, as he says, have to be constantly updated with new facilities, which means that there is a need to constantly keep investing in them. The goal is to cover the costs of the loan raised for its landscaping over the next ten years, as was explained by Franjo Koletić, director of the Mirnovec Group, in his interview with the popular Globus.

Biograd Fun Park currently employs ninety full-time staff, students and seasonal workers, and last year they recorded about 80,000 visitors, seventy percent of whom were foreigners.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Biograd Boat Show Smashes Records!

The Biograd Boat Show does it again!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

20th International Nautical Fair: Biograd Boat Show, Bigger and Better Than Ever?

Will you be paying a visit?

Friday, 28 September 2018

Croatian Robots to be Presented at International Workshop in Biograd na Moru

Croatian robots are set to aid marine research.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Biograd Marks Hiroshima and Nagasaki Anniversary

August 6, 2018 — Biograd na Moru will hold its 9th annual commemoration services marking the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The ceremony on Monday is part of a global effort to abolish the world's nuclear arsenal.

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