Sunday, 19 December 2021

Split Centenarian Institutions Gather for First Meeting on Hotel Park's 100th Birthday

December 19, 2021 - Numerous clubs, institutions, societies, associations, companies, and individuals have contributed to the development of modern Split, but only a few have worked for more than a century. The first meeting of Split centenarian institutions was held on Hotel Park's 100th birthday this week.

"We will leave the memories that are created with the great festival that befits our jubilee for some safer times, and now in this holiday season, we want to celebrate in a small circle, with 'our generation,' clubs, and institutions celebrating 100 years and more. They are all mostly considered symbols of Split," said Daria Schirmann, director of the cult Hotel Park before the start of the dinner, which symbolically started at 19:21.

Friendly and business cooperation, exchanging experiences, and mutual support and assistance are just some reasons why the meeting of Split centenarians at Hotel Park will become a traditional event.


"This idea is great, and I'm glad we got together for the first time. Gusar is one of the largest sports clubs in Croatia and the world. The club is a hotbed of talent, and what determines it the most is the upbringing and development of young people, most of whom graduated from college. When they grow up, they always return to their club and help," said Ivica Botica, president of HVK Gusar, which turned 107 this year.

Emin Sarajlić, president of the Cultural and Artistic Association Jedinstvo, which has existed for 102 years, said that the first 100 years were challenging. Then a pandemic caught them and limited their work: "We have a bright future ahead of us, we had a ban on rehearsals and performances for almost nine months, but when everything opened, on the first day of June, 70 members came to us for that first rehearsal, and we were thrilled. Young people are full of enthusiasm, and that is why we can say that Jedinstvo, like Hajduk, lives forever," said Sarajlić.

One year younger than KUD Jedinstvo is the Jadran Sports Association. President Srđan Kovačić pointed out that Jadran has finally returned to where it belongs, considering that it has been playing in the Champions League for the last few years, and reminded of the upcoming anniversary of the first European gold medal in Croatia: "In two months it will be 30 years. The first European medal in Croatia was in February 1992, when we won the European Championship, and Croatia was recognized a month before that," he said.


At the first joint gathering of Split's 'institutional' centenarians, HNK Hajduk was represented by a member of the Management Board, Ivan Matana, who, after congratulating Park and wishing to remain a recognizable symbol of the city, expressed hope that Split's centenarians, including sports, will bring a lot of joy to Split. "Next year, Hajduk will celebrate its 111th birthday. It is a symbolic number; there are a lot of units, so we'll see, maybe that means something," Matana answered the question about the chances of Hajduk winning the championship next year.

In the company of centenarians is Photo Club Split, boasting 110 years, whose president Maja Prgomet pointed out the merits of great colleagues and a team of people who volunteer on numerous projects for the end of this and next year.

The club of proud centenarians from Split, whose representatives took part in the gathering at the Hotel Park also included the Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum in Split, the Croatian National Theater, and the County Chamber of Commerce, whose official year of foundation is 1852.

The construction of Hotel Park in 1921, according to the project of architects Vjekoslav Ivanišević and Fabjan Kaliterna, coincides with the time when Split became a sought-after tourist destination, and even then, the hotel was an unavoidable place for social events. It has maintained this status and is part of the collective memory of generations of Split citizens. Numerous historical events and meetings have taken place at Hotel Park in the last 100 years, the most famous being the signing of the capitulations of fascist Italy in 1943.

The first meeting of Split's institutional centenarians is undoubtedly an event that will mark the hotel's history. 

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Split's Hotel Park Carries On in Corona Crisis: "We Worked in All Wars; We Haven't Closed in 100 Years"

March 17, 2020 - Hotels all over Croatia have started closing their doors, many of them small establishments. But one hotel in Split has decided to carry on during the coronavirus crisis - Hotel Park. 

Slobodna Dalmacija reported that Hotel Katarina in Dugopolje is no longer receiving guests, and when searching for offers on, they were not the only ones.

Slobodna added that Heritage Hotel Life Palace in Šibenik said that it is also locking its doors this week. The situation is similar in Zagreb, where Art Hotel explained that they usually have a capacity of twenty-five rooms, but are not currently open.

However, a slightly different story comes from the Split’s Hotel Park, which said that closing is not an option.

“Hotel Park has not closed in a hundred years of its existence, and it will not close now. We worked during all the wars, and we will continue to work. Concerning the coronavirus, we are fully equipped,” said the famous Split hotel, whose occupancy is currently at less than ten percent, with cancellations until the middle of May.

“If the situation continues like this, it is certain that the whole season will be questionable. We have sent a proposal for measures to assist the relevant tourism associations treated through the Government. We have come up with concrete proposals that are enforceable immediately,” emphasized Director Silvia Jelavic about the seriousness of the situation they are currently in, and explained the measures they have taken to continue receiving guests.


“We bought the suits on time while they were still cheap and while they were on the market. We also have masks, gloves, and shoe covers. We held an exercise that explained what to do in a crisis. A quarantine is ready. All equipment is ready, we have disposable utensils, procedures are in place, and the staff is trained. We are ready for the coronavirus. Our staff is mostly young, and those who are older will be sent on vacation so that we can protect them,” Jelavic added, emphasizing that the people of Split have recognized the gravity of the situation.

“People visit us for coffee, but they enter the terrace only from the outside,” Jelavic concluded. 

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Michelin Star Chefs Come to Split for Gastro and Enotourism Workshop!

Why not join a unique gastro and leisure tourism workshop in Split?

Monday, 27 March 2017

Meet the Top Luxury Hotels in the Split Region

The Split region is already the picture-perfect destination for luxury - boasting an Adriatic coastline coupled with pebbled beaches, rich greenery, and the carefully crafted culinary creations of the Mediterranean cuisine. As if this area could be any more deluxe, today we bring you some of the best luxury hotels where you can rest your head like royalty.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County and Google Croatia Present a Free Google Workshop

The Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia and Google Croatia invite you to a free Google workshop which will be held on 14.11.2016. at 10:00 am at Hotel Park in Split, Hatzeov perivoj 3.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Split to Host the First of the Free Internet Marketing Classes Tomorrow

The Tourist Board of Split - Dalmatia County has organized, in cooperation with the agency AdProfis, a cycle of free education classes in order to increase the sales of tourism products with the help of Internet marketing. The trainings are designed for travel agencies and small family hotels.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Split to Host Free Internet Marketing Courses to Help the Tourism Sector

Speakers Tanja Vuković and Marina Kovačević, experts in Internet advertising with over 10 years experience, are to hold a series of classes in an effort to enhance the tourist offer of Split-Dalmatia County.