Tuesday, 22 October 2019

13th Croatian Camping Convention Starts Today

ZAGREB, October 22, 2019 - The Croatian Camping Union (KUH) is organising a convention in the northern spa town of Sveti Martin na Muri on October 22 and 23 to discuss current results and industry trends.

The event will bring together all relevant sectoral and institutional stakeholders, and will also feature an exhibition of equipment, mobile homes and glamping tents.

The convention kicks off on Tuesday with lectures and workshops on visitor response from several markets and technological possibilities for campsites to increase their revenues, including the use of artificial intelligence.

The opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday and will be followed by a discussion on this year's results, the impact of climate on the camping and tourism industry and other topics. The convention will close with the presentation of awards to the best campsites.

So far this year the Croatian camping sector has recorded a 0.4% drop in the number of overnight stays compared to last year.

Speaking to Hina ahead of the convention, KUH director Adriano Palman said he was satisfied with this year's results given that initial projections indicated a decline of as much as 5%.

"Considering the achievements this year, when the camping sector in most Mediterranean countries was in a worse situation than Croatia's, and the excellent results of the Croatian tourism industry in recent years, we cannot be dissatisfied with this year," Palman said.

Palman said that the quality of the camping services in Croatia had been improved considerably in recent years, noting that the German automobile association ADAC, which publishes a travel guide to Europe's campsites, ranked Croatia second, after the Netherlands. He said that the Croatian camping industry had the potential to become the most competitive in the Mediterranean.

More news about camping in Croatia can be found in the Travel section.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Number of Croatia's Inland Campsites Has Increased Twofold over Decade

ZAGREB, August 12, 2019 - This summer Croatia got two new campsites in the interior of the country: one within the Terme Tuhelj spa and the other at Vrhovine in the mountainous region of Lika – which increased the number of inland campsites to about 30.

The director of the National Association of Camps (KUH), Adriano Palman, has told Hina that the number of inland camping facilities has risen twofold over the past 10 years.

In Croatia there are a total of 785 campsites with accommodation capacities for 248,500 people.

Of them, some 30 are in the interior of the country and they can cater for 4,500 guests.

Although those figures are relatively low, inland campsites can be regarded as valuable investments and Palman praised those private initiatives, explaining that those inland facilities are usually family-run businesses.

A majority of those campgrounds are places where visitors can set up their tents or stay in their camp trailers.

A smaller part of the capacities at those sites include camping chalets, tree houses or glamping tents.

Palman underscore the role of the KUH in efforts to develop inland camping tourism and in this context, he mentioned the association's cooperation with the Tourism Ministry in the organisation of workshops for potential owners of inland campground facilities and in promotion of this type of the tourist trade.

More news about camping in Croatia can be found in the Travel section.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Slavonian Tourism Presented at Caravana International Camping Fair in Leeuwarden

The largest and most-visited camping fair in the Netherlands was held from 17 to 22 January 2019. One of the more than 400 exhibitors was the Slavonian tourism cluster, which brings together five county tourist boards from the eastern Croatia (Brod-Posavina, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Virovitica-Podravina and Vukovar-Srijem counties), in cooperation with the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ).

Leeuwarden (West Frisian: Ljouwert) is a town in the north of the Netherlands, and it is the capital of the province of Friesland. In 2018, it was the European Capital of Culture. It is also known as the birthplace of Mata Hari (Margaretha Geertruida Zelle).

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The Netherlands is known as a camping nation, and Caravana was a great venue to represent four Slavonian camps. These were two camps from Požega-Slavonia County (the Zlatni Lug camp located in the Požega suburb of Emovački Lug, and the Duboka camp located in Velika in the Papuk Nature Park), and the Familiy camp in Kopačevo and the Suza Baranje cyclo-tourist camp in Suza.

At the HTZ stand, the Slavonian cluster was represented together with the Camping Association of Croatia, the Rovinj naturist camp Valalta, and the Hadria company, headquartered in Novalja on the island of Pag.

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In addition to the camps themselves, the entire tourist offer of Slavonia is presented. The Papuk Nature Park, with the Duboka campsite located at its southern edge, attracted the attention especially thanks to its protected areas, such as the Jankovac Forest Park, the Rupnica geological nature monument, and the Old Oaks special forest preservation area, and with the cultural-historical heritage (the medieval Velički-Grad, the Ružica-Grad and Kamengrad), as well as with tourist facilities (cycling trails, the Orahovica Lake recreational area, the Sokoline sports climbing facility).

The visitors were also introduced to the Kopački Rit Nature Park, as a sizeable inner delta of the Danube river and part of the "European Amazon", with its unique biodiversity, including more than 300 species of birds, making it an ideal destination for birdwatching.

The Virovitica-Podravina County was presented as an area of Slavonia with part of the Mura-Drava Regional Park and the Papuk Nature Park. In-between these two protected natural areas, there is a vast plain ideal for cyclo-tourism. The "Drava Story" information and education centre in Noskovačka Dubrava is the starting point for exploring the Mura-Drava Regional Park, while the Jankovac Forest Park and the near-by mountain shelter serve the same function for the Papuk Nature Park. Thanks to the renovation projects of the Janković palace in Lukač and castles in Virovitica and Suhopolje, the county is becoming an exciting destination for cultural tourism as well.

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Požega-Slavonia County, which includes the Golden Valley and the mountain peaks surrounding it, was presented as "Golden Slavonia", and the attention of visitors was especially drawn to the fact that the wine industry in this area exists since at least 1232, when a wine cellar and the Valis Honesta de Gotho abbey in Kutjevo were first mentioned. Special attention was paid to the Flavours of Golden Slavonia brochure, featuring the restaurants Čiča Mata from Velika, Schön Blick from Vetovo, Stari Fenjeri from Turnić, Zlatni Lug from Donji Emovci and Grgin Dol from Požega, as well as traditional dishes such as the vineyard kebab, fish goulash, “čobanac”, carp on a fork...

Brod-Posavina County was presented as a border area that for centuries defended Europe from the Ottoman Empire, as testified by the Brod fortress. This county includes fascinating natural heritage, such as the Pljuskare canyon and Ljeskove Vode, as well as cultural heritage such as the eco-ethno village of Stara Kapela and the above-mentioned fortress in Slavonski Brod.

Vukovar-Srijem County was presented through stories about the Vučedol culture, the oldest European calendar – the Orion – found in Vinkovci, and Ilok – the land of wine and antiquities.

Osijek-Baranja County, given its four wine areas (Baranja, Erdut, Feričanci, Đakovo) and the fact that two EuroVelo corridors meet in the Baranja village of Draž, was presented as an excellent wine-and-dine and cyclo-touristic destination. The town of Osijek is the urban centre of Slavonia, confirmed by events such as the Pannonian Challenge, and it is the centre of the wine rectangular, and at the same time the town with the longest beer-making tradition in Croatia.

The joint representation of all five Slavonian counties under one brand – Slavonia – will undoubtedly result in synergy and contribute to making Slavonia into a recognisable tourist destination in the foreign markets as well.

Read more stories about Slavonia.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Glamping Trend Spreads to Another Campsite in Istria

Arena One 99 Glamping is a new part of the tourist offer.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

5% Fewer Tourists at Croatian Campsites

Many wonder whether there will be any tourism growth this year at all.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Valamar Invests 300 Million Kuna in Lanterna Premium Camping Resort

The resort is visited daily by over 10,000 tourists.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Ježevac Premium Camping Resort on Krk Gets an Upgrade

This is the largest investment on the island of Krk this year.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Camping in Istria: A Dash of Waterfront Luxury at Aminess Park Mareda in Novigrad

March 3, 2018 - A new season approaches, and a rather impressive hotel company in Istria is expanding its quality offer, as the latest Aminess upgrade in Novigrad is unveiled. 

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Major German Award for Croatian Campsite

ZAGREB, February 25, 2018 - The Čikat campsite on the Croatian island of Lošinj has received the Deutscher Camping-Club (DCC) Europapreis 2018 award at the Reise & Camping fair in Essen, Germany.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Glamping Comes to Murter

The new luxury campsite has 20 designer mobile homes next to the beach.

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