Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Tired of Working From Home? Rent a Luxury Mobile House on Krk!

October 7, 2020 - Imagine leaving the walls of your home and doing your job sitting on a terrace overlooking the Adriatic Sea. It seems impossible, but this is exactly what the Valamar tourist chain offers. You can now rent a luxury mobile house on Krk for a month (or more).

The coronavirus pandemic brought many changes, so many were forced to bring their jobs from the office to their home. For those who are tired of working from home in the past few months, Valamar offers a solution.

"Move to the island of Krk and spend the autumn and winter of your dreams," is their new slogan, which offers guests monthly rent of luxury cottages with excellent internet connection for all digital nomads who wish to work from the Croatian coast.

"Mediterranean greenery and the endless blue Adriatic Sea are the best motivation to move your office to your green haven on the island of Krk this fall or winter," reads their website.

The mentioned houses are part of the 4-star Ježevac Premium Camping Resort near the town of Krk, the number of which is limited, and the minimum stay is 30 days. Monthly rent costs from 450 to 550 euros, depending on the size of the house.

 

 

 

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Looking at this offer, the question arises – why would such accommodation capacity be available for rent only during the summer? Tourism is unquestionably the most affected sector during the coronavirus pandemic, so tourism workers must constantly find new ways to attract guests, especially in the offseason.

Also, for people who want to travel and visit tourist destinations even during the pandemic, the important thing is a sense of security, and digital nomads are looking for one – a perfect lifestyle, whether it is a house overlooking the sea or the mountains.

Valamar very quickly recognized the need to strengthen products and content outside the main summer season, so these cottages can be rented from September 30, 2020, to March 30, 2021.

And so that visitors can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Ježevac Premium Camping Resort offers a holiday without cooking and going grocery shopping with free delivery of fresh local products and delicious dishes through the online store Valfresco.

There is also a Multimedia Game Lounge, a fun area with video games, as well as a multi-purpose sports field. Pets are also welcome at the resort, whose stay costs 2.5 euros per day.

 

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Friday, 2 October 2020

Novigrad-based Aminess Expanding Business on Island of Krk

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 1st of October, 2020, the Novigrad-based Aminess, a well known and successful Croatian tourist company, has expanded its business to Njivice hotels and a camping resort on the beautiful island of Krk, which start operating under the Novigrad-based Aminess brand on October the 1st, 2020.

Aminess Magal Hotel (formerly Hotel Beli Kamik), Aminess Veya Hotel (formerly Hotel Jadran), Aminess Gaia Green Villas (formerly Marbera Flora Green Villas) and Aminess Atea Camping Resort (formerly Camp Njivice) are new members of the Novigrad-based Aminess portfolio, which will jointly contribute to the company's additional growth and strong development in the competitive Croatian tourism sector.

"We're extremely pleased that the Njivice resort and camp have become part of the Aminess family and we will now have the opportunity to create great results together and contribute to the further development of Njivice and the island of Krk. We believe that the synergy of these two companies, Aminess and Hotel Njivice, will be a great success and mean stronger market visibility. We're convinced that we will further strengthen the fantastic story we have been creating with our employees and the guests in Novigrad, Orebic and on the island of Korcula for years with our new colleagues in Njivice on the island of Krk,'' said Zrinka Bokulic, President of Laguna Novigrad, which owns the Aminess brand.

The Novigrad-based Aminess already has a very rich portfolio, boasting the hotels Aminess Maestral 4 * and Aminess Laguna 3 *, the camps Aminess Sirena 4 * and Aminess Maravea Camping Resort 4 * located in Novigrad, while hotel Aminess Lume 4 * is located on Korcula, and Aminess Grand Azur 4 * is located on the picturesque Peljesac peninsula.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Season Continues on Kvarner Islands: "Germans Staying, Czechs Coming in Off-Season"

August 25, 2020 - While many tourists rushed home last weekend to beat new rules announced by their countries, the season is still in full swing on the Kvarner islands.

Croatia was a dream this summer with no overbookings and undercrowded tourist destinations. However, an increase in the number of coronavirus cases earned the country a spot on the red list of the Netherlands, the UK, Slovenia, Austria, and regionally, the most loyal Germany.

The coronavirus pandemic reduced air travel, which always benefited the most visited Istria and Kvarner, but Dubrovnik, predominantly an air destination, ended at the back of Croatian tourist regions in August, somewhere alongside Lika-Senj County. The Kvarner islands, however, achieved results above their expectations, and the island of Rab is a corona-free zone, reports Glas Istre.

"We have more tourists, and it feels like the tourist season is still going. There are mostly Germans, but there are also Slovenes and Italians. The novelty this year is that Czechs and Hungarians are increasingly coming to us and booking the post-season period," says the director of the Rab Tourist Board Ivana Matusan. However, the City of Rab, for example, had 11,800 tourists on Thursday, 10,900 on Friday and 8.5 thousand on Sunday, which is 55 percent of overnight stays compared to the same day last year. Looking at August, the City of Rab is at 75 percent of last year's results.

There are currently 4,470 tourists in the Municipality of Lopar, which is 56 percent compared to last year, and a thousand fewer guests than on Thursday last week. Most of them were Austrians and Slovenes. In the previous part of August, Lopar achieved almost 73 percent of last year's results.

"We can be satisfied with the results of the tourist traffic, considering the pessimistic announcements at the very beginning of the tourist season, when we planned traffic at the level of 35 percent compared to last year.

Traditionally, Germans made up the biggest number of tourists here, and it is interesting that after the Germans, most are Czechs, about 10 percent, and Croats, also 10 percent. Austrians and Slovenes, who usually participate in tourist traffic with about 10 percent, currently make up 2 percent each. Announcements for September are good, although the San Marino resort is likely to close earlier than planned. There are a lot of cancellations of reservations and the uncertainty is great, because the situation is changing from day to day," the director of the Lopar Tourist Board Marin Musco said.

There are currently 11,000 guests in the town of Mali Losinj, which is 47 percent compared to last year.

We can see a drop in guests since the introduction of special measures of entry into Italy, Austria, and now Slovenia; every day, we have a thousand fewer guests. For example, on August 14, we had 19,631 registered guests. Currently, the island of Losinj has the largest number of German guests, 3,415, followed by guests from Croatia (2,342), 1,616 Slovenes, 1,042 Italians, 510 Czechs, Poles… and now there are 1,600 of them with a tendency of further decline, considering the departures on Monday before the mandatory 14-day quarantine measures," says the director of the Mali Losinj Tourist Board, Dalibor Cvitkovic. He also points out that during August, they realized 413,612 overnight stays, which is 68 percent of last year's result, with the index being 74 in the first 15 days of August.

And the 'golden island' Krk is nearing the end of the season...

"Following the new situations from last week with the introduction of new measures of individual countries, a number of cancellations have started, which will certainly affect the post-season, as well as the further course of the season. Booking has almost stopped, but tourist traffic is still moderately intense, although the decline in traffic is very noticeable. For example, on August 23, 25,410 overnight stays were registered on the island of Krk, which is 49 percent compared to 2019.

In total, there were slightly less than 4,000 arrivals on Krk on Sunday, August 23, which is half of last year's result," says the director of the Krk Island Tourist Board Majda Sale and estimates that the post-season will depend primarily on the epidemiological situation, but also on the weather.

"Domestic guests increased in statistics, in July in arrivals by 20 percent, and in overnight stays by 3.8 percent, while in August they broke into third place with a share of 12 percent. In the first half of August, Slovenes came in second place, and in August, it was customary for the Italians to be in the first place. The Germans, who are also the most represented in terms of the number of arrivals and overnight stays, kept the share of 35 percent, for example, in July, guests from Germany had only 2.6 percent fewer arrivals than last year and 8 percent fewer overnight stays than last year. It is also noticeable that the guests stayed longer on the island of Krk, compared to last year, 6 days on average, and for the most part, they came individually, as many as 83 percent of them.

By the way, about 2.3 million arrivals and 17.6 million overnight stays have been made in Croatia so far in August, which is 67 percent of last year's result achieved in the same period in terms of tourist overnight stays. The highest number of overnight stays in the same period was realized in Istria, which recorded 4.3 million overnight stays, in Kvarner 3.5 million overnight stays, in Split-Dalmatia County 3.4 million overnight stays, Zadar 3.2, Sibenik-Knin 1.4 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva 999 thousand and Lika-Senj County 636 thousand overnight stays.

In the current part of August, most tourist overnight stays were realized from the German market, about 4.3 million, which is 90 percent of last year's result. The domestic market follows with 3.3 million overnight stays, which is the result of last year's level in the same period, the Slovenian market with 2.6 million overnight stays, which is 94 percent of last year's result, and the Polish market with 1.8 million overnight stays, an increase of 5 percent over the same period last year. From January 1 to August 22, a total of 8,855,337 overnight stays were realized in Kvarner, which is 61 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

VIDEO: Rijeka Fans Light Up Krk Bridge with 222 Flares for Operation Storm

August 5, 2020 - 222 defenders were killed in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County during the Croatian War of Independence. 222 torches are traditionally burned in their honor on Krk Bridge to commemorate Operation Storm.

Operation Storm, a strategic victory in which the Croatian Army liberated Croatia, began on this day in 1995. It is considered the most important military offensive of the Croatian War of Independence. 

Index.hr reports that during the Croatian War of Independence, from 1991 to 1995, 222 defenders were killed in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, and 222 torches are burned in their honor on the Krk Bridge. The traditional torchlight procession has been organized since 2017 by the NK Rijeka fan group 'Armada', the 'Vavik Vjerna Kirija' fan association from Crikvenica and members of the 'Blue and White Island' fan association from the island of Krk.

Take a look at the scenes from the Krk Bridge below.

"There is no surrender! Honoring the dead does not allow a delay, not for anything, let alone for the rain!" pointed out the Armada fan group, answering the question if the adverse weather on Tuesday would disrupt the torchlight procession on the Krk Bridge, by which fans pay tribute to the fallen veterans from Primorje-Gorski Kotar County that gave their lives for an independent Croatia.

"On this day in 1995, the victorious Storm started. How would it be if the operation was postponed because very high temperatures were announced, if they delayed the action for a more pleasant situation? We cannot retreat, there will be 222 torches for the heroes from Primorje-Gorski Kotar County whose lives were lost for our freedom in the Homeland War.

Several inquiries arrived in the last few hours about whether the traditional Armada torchlight procession would take place. The reason for concern can be seen with the naked eye, just by looking out the window and the announcement of more torrential rain over Rijeka, including in the area of Kraljevica during the torchlight procession. Delaying this is out of the question and there is no surrender. Get dressed and go to Kraljevica, Oštar, Voz, Črinjševa," said the members of the Armada before the torchlight procession.

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

First Virtual Camino Krk Pilgrimage to Be Held on 21-26 April

ZAGREB, April 18, 2020 - The Camino Krk project, developed by the City of Krk Tourism Board and the Croatian Confraternity of St. James which is the member of the archconfraternity of Santiago de Compostela, will be held virtually on 21-26 April, due to the lockdown imposed because of COVID-19.

Last October, the first edition of the Camino week on the Croatian island of Krk was held.

The second edition of the pilgrimage along the 107-kilometre-long route was scheduled for 21-26 April this year.

However, following confinement measures imposed due to the coronavirus infection, local authorities are calling on pilgrims to go on virtual pilgrimage and the itinerary includes the following towns as destinations throughout this northern Adriatic island: Krk, Porat, Omišalj, Dobrinj, Vrbnik, Baška and Kornić.

Following the tradition of Croatian Confraternities of St. James that have been helping pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela since 1203, the Croatian Confraternity of St. James has started with the revitalization of medieval pilgrimage routes leading to Santiago de Compostela, according to the information available on the project's website.

"The island of Krk has been chosen as the first section of the Croatian Camino route to be officially marked with yellow arrows (customized with a Croatian traditional symbols)," it was also stated.

During the pilgrimage, participants can enjoy "spectacular natural scenery, forests, hills with amazing view, old castles and churches, abandoned villages, small medieval town, gorgeous beaches" and "each day offers a unique opportunity to find inner peace, a chance to reflect, to discover that special kind of 'Camino experience'."

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

Krk Island Presents Virtual Tour of Croatian Camino Route

April 18, 2020 - From April 21-26, experience the Camino Krk route through your computers, mobile phones, or tablets thanks to a virtual tour provided by the Krk Tourist Board.

HRTurizam writes that Camino Krk is a great new tourist product as well as a motive for arrivals in the pre and post-season. It is an event commemorating the Croatian Camino Route following the medieval pilgrimage routes on the island of Krk. The Camino Krk themed route also joined the European network of St. James pilgrimage routes, and created the preconditions for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism on the island.

However, since we are all in isolation at the moment and as tourism has literally stopped, the Tourist Board decided to organize a virtual Camino Krk that brings the experience of the Way of St. James directly to everyone's homes.

Although it is difficult to connect the island of Krk with the famous 'Camino' pilgrimage at first, it is further proof that there are hundreds of phenomenal and authentic stories in Croatia that we need to put together, brand and tell. It is this content that we are chronically missing.

So, how does the island connect with the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James?

The Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James is a network of pilgrimage routes leading to the Spanish Sanctuary of Santiago de Compostela - the last resting place of St. James the Apostle, patron saint of pilgrims and travelers. From northern Norway and the Baltic countries, signposts lead to Santiago de Compostela, with over 320,000 people traversing the Franco-Spanish section of the route as long as 800 kilometers each year. In 1987, the Council of Europe awarded Camino the longest street in Europe, while in 1993, UNESCO declared its Spanish and French parts a World Heritage Site. Although the network of Camino routes stretches across Europe, Croatia was almost the only European country that, despite its rich pilgrimage tradition, until recently had no route to Santiago.

In Croatia since 1203, the Fraternity of St. James organized pilgrims who then walked from Croatia to Santiago de Compostela and back. The present-day Brotherhood of St. James, based in Samobor, inherits this tradition. They are a member of the St. James in Santiago de Compostela, the central institution that brings together the associations and fraternities of St. James from all over the world. They publish the Croatian pilgrimage passport - Credentil, officially accepted as a pilgrimage certificate with which in Santiago de Compostela, a diploma of completed pilgrimage is obtained.

Last October, at the initiative of the Krk Tourist Board and the Brotherhood of St. James, medieval Krk pilgrim routes were marked as a Croatian contribution to the European network of pilgrim routes of St. James.

Camino Week on Krk is a project that lays the foundations for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism in order to extend the season and develop tourism following the principles of sustainability and preservation of tradition.

As the first in a series of Croatian Camino routes, Krk proved to be an ideal choice. The island, which, due to its natural and material treasure, rightly prides itself on the epitome of Croatian history and culture, is an ideal backdrop for a spiritual journey, thanks to its old castles and churches, abandoned villages, small medieval towns and beautiful beaches. It is not disingenuous to say that the interior of the island gives the impression of an outdoor cathedral.

"The situation that has spread around the entire world has made it impossible for much of the planned activities, including the holding of the second Camino Week. We have therefore decided to provide the interested audience with a part of the experience with the help of digital tools and hold a Virtual Camino Krk Week, which will be available on our Facebook pages. At the moment, most everyone is spending time in isolation and quarantine, and digital media in the true sense has become their only window into the world. Perhaps this particular story from the island of Krk will embellish our days," said Natasa Jurina, director of the Krk Tourist Board.

Camino Krk is a circular route Krk - Porat - Omisalj - Dobrinj - Vrbnik - Baska - Kornic which covers the whole island. It is about 107 kilometers long and is advised to walk through using the six-day program. Trails are marked between the cities listed, and one is passed each day. Camino Krk also has its own special sign, which with the recognizable symbol Camino bears the Glagolitic script - the oldest Slavic script specific to Croatia and Krk.

The first Camino Week in Krk was held in October 2019, and at the end of April, the second guided tour of the Camino Krk route was to take place.

As this is not possible now, the Krk Tourist Board decided to approach part of this experience virtually. Over the course of six days, you can experience part of the Camino experience virtually through:

- multimedia story for every single day through pictures, video, voice-over, music
- an online photo exhibition with Camino de Santiago with different subjects
- interactive description of daily routes
- attractions and descriptions of individual places, natural and cultural sights along the route
- testimonies of pilgrims who passed Camino Krk
- the messages and thoughts of the day about what can be learned on the Camino

The tour will also include e-stamps, or an e-passport for pilgrims, and at the end of the six-day virtual tour, all "travelers" will receive an e-Composel, while the original Compostela will be able to be picked up at the Krk Tourist Board live when possible.

"This is a new experience for all of us, we are doing it for the first time, and we apologize in advance if the production is not flawless due to the short preparation time. However, we have a strong desire to provide you with some of the experience you have been deprived of because of the current situation and we want to do the best we can. Join us and be part of the first virtual Camino Krk adventure. Thank you to everyone who will join and contribute," concludes Natasa Jurina.

The project was designed by the Krk Tourist Board and the digital marketing agency Smartingo.com, and the great news is that all tourist boards on the island of Krk have joined the project: Tourist Board of Omišalj and Njivice, Tourist Board of Malinska, Tourist Board of Baška, Tourist Board of Dobrinj, Tourist Board of Punat, and the Krk Island Tourist Board.

From April 21-26, experience Camino Krk through your computers, mobile phones or tablets on the City of History and Culture's Facebook page.

Find out more about the whole project HERE

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Gifts from Krk: Praiseworthy Project Promoting Local and Authentic Souvenirs

January 16, 2020 - Gifts from Krk is a project of the Krk Tourist Board, which has proven to be the most successful in the Croatian market when talking about defining and encouraging the creation of authentic souvenirs for a tourist destination.

HRTurizam writes that it is essential to emphasize that this project focuses on quality and not plastic souvenirs from China. This year, the Krk Tourist Board announced the ninth consecutive tender to apply to be an official souvenir, which will be marked with the ‘gifts from Krk’ stamp.

The souvenirs can be works of art and art objects, arts and crafts and gastronomy, clothing and usable items, and graphic materials and multimedia [photographs and video materials]. The solutions must be of high-quality artistry made of environmentally friendly materials, the competition states.

This year's competition will give preference to souvenirs that interpret the cultural and tourist values of the city in different ways, taking into account its historical heritage, the richness of architectural, sculptural, and artistic heritage, and the specialty of natural surroundings.

The tender is guided by the most renowned Krk manifestation ‘Camino Week’, which began at the beginning of October last year, following the medieval pilgrimage routes of the island of Krk, the commemoration of the official Croatian Camino route as part of the European network of pilgrimage routes of Sv. Jakov. Thus, the emphasis is placed on accepting creative challenges that are stimulated by the lives of saints related to the city and island of Krk, their specific iconography and related symbolism, added the Tourist Board.

Gifts from Krk is a stamp that is given to a souvenir as a kind of presentation of the city, thus reflecting the continuity of its artistic, cultural and historical heritage, while also presenting its material, intangible and natural heritage.

You can find the souvenirs thus far labeled as a gift from Krk here, while you can find more details about the competition here

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Friday, 10 January 2020

Krk Recognized Among 10 Energy Sustainable Islands in European Union

January 10, 2020 - The Clean Energy Secretariat of the EU Islands ranked Krk among the top ten best practices in the whole of Europe related to the transition of energy.

Novi List reports that the island of Krk is one of the Croatian leaders in the efforts to implement programs related to ecology, energy efficiency and the transition to clean sources. Thus, it has been recognized as one of the ten best examples of good practice across Europe.

Namely, Krk is "seen, monitored and recognized" in the EU capital for their efforts to make their island clean, that is, green and (energy) sustainable.

In addition to the island of Krk, which is the only Croatian island to be included in the prestigious list of European energy-transition islands, the Dutch island of Ameland, the Irish Aran Islands, the Portuguese Azores, the Isle of Gigha, the Swedish Gotland, the Spanish Menorca, the Italian Pantelleria, the Danish Samso and the Greek Tilos are also on the list of good practices. 

Recall, in 2012, the people of Krk adopted the "Island with 0 percent CO2 emissions" strategy, aiming to make the island the first CO2 neutral and energy self-sufficient island in the Mediterranean.

In the meantime, Krk has also done a study on wind farm development and solar power plant integration.

The use of LED technologies has reduced electricity consumption from 1.02 million kWh in 2010 to 734,864 kWh in 2018.

In order to reduce emissions, that is, carbon dioxide, which comes from traffic in 53 percent of the island's total emissions, they have also worked on an electromobility program by building 12 charging stations for electric vehicles, and more recently eight charging stations for 80 electric bikes (which should soon come into use through a bike-sharing system).

The island of Krk also has an energy cooperative (founded in 2012), and two energy transition management companies have recently been established - Island Krk Energy (which will coordinate the process production and transmission of clean, solar energy from the future solar power plant Barbičin), but also Smart Island Krk, which, according to the intention of its founders from local self-government circles, should focus on smart processes and digitization.

Island Krk Energy develops a plan for the construction and operation of a 5 MW solar power plant, which should rise above Baska already this year. According to the plan of representatives of local self-governments and utilities, co-ownership in this project (and facility) should also be made available to all islanders, or island companies.

The same document published by the Clean Energy Secretariat of the EU Islands also recalls that local authorities in Krk adopted an updated version of their "Zero Emissions Development Strategy" in 2018 as an impetus for integrated and sustainable island development.

These efforts introduced a long-term socio-economic development model, with a particular focus on energy savings by increasing energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy sources (wind, solar and biogas).

The strategy envisages about 36.8 MWP of new photovoltaic installations (on roofs), as well as an additional 4 MWP of photovoltaic installations on the earth in the near future.

In addition, the plan also targets 25.2 MWP of wind power and 250 KWP of biogas plants.

The investment, whose total value is estimated at 89.65 million euros, is expected to make Krk completely energy independent in the coming decades.

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Thursday, 9 January 2020

Croatia Kvarner Region Tourist Traffic Up 50 Percent in 10 Years

Kvarner's tourist traffic numbers continue their upward trajectory. The Kvarner region, located in Northwestern Croatia, finished 2019 with 3.1 million arrivals and 19.1 million overnight stays. Compared to 2018, there were 2% more arrivals and 1% more overnights. Overnights also increased by 3% compared to 2017, 13% compared to 2016 and 50% compared to 2010.

During peak season, overnight stays remained at last year's levels, with an average occupancy of 25 days, and 30 days at hotels. That means that there wasn't a lot of room for growth during the the busiest season of the year, according to MorskiHR on January 8, 2020. Therefore, it is important to emphasize that overnight more stays increased by 1% during pre-season, while the post-season overnight stays increased by 4%. The increase in overnights during pre and post-season is more significant when compared with results from 2010, and it shows that overnights during these times of the year increased by 90%, according to the tourist board.

Germany Traditionally Strongest Market

In 2019, 630,000 German guests visited the Kvarner region, resulting in almost 4.7 million overnight stays. This figure has certainly been influenced by the large number of promotions directed toward the German market.  In addition to Germany, three more markets have reached more than one million overnights: Slovenia (3 million), Austria (1.8 million) and Italy (1.3 million). The share of foreign traffic for these four countries is nearly 70%.

Kvarner’s inclusion on group tour routes which take guests from distant markets to Europe has also resulted in a large increase in traffic from these markets. In the last 3 years, guests from China have almost tripled their number of overnight stays while US citizens have increased their overnights by 50%.

Guests from the United Kingdom are also worth mentioning. They spent 137,000 overnights in Kvarner which is 25% increase from 2018, and 44% increase from 2016! Foreign tourists account for 85% of overnight stays and domestic tourists 15% (3 million nights, an increase of 5%). 

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Mali Lošinj

Most Guest Overnights on Island of Krk

Among the subregions, the island of Krk is in the lead, with an increase of 1% and 7 million overnights (and has a 36% share of total overnights in Kvarner).

The Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera ranks second (3.2 million) followed by the island of Losinj (2.4 million). The number of overnight stays continues as follows: the Opatija Riviera and the island of Rab (2.2 million), the island of Cres (1.1 million), the Rijeka area (925,000) and Gorski Kotar (110,000). The highest percentage increase in overnight stays (14%) was recorded in the Rijeka area.

Mali Losinj (2.4 million nights) and Crikvenica (2.2 million nights) are among the "best" destinations.

Guests Prefer Croatia Family Accommodations

Family accommodations accounted for 40% of recorded overnight stays (7.7 million). Campsites and hotels recorded almost the same number of total overnights: 3.7 million each with individual shares of 19%. 

The highest increase in overnights was recorded in upper-category accommodations:

  • Hotels generally realized 1% more overnights. However, 4 and 5-star hotels enjoyed a 6% increase.
  • All family accommodations experienced a 1% increase in overnight stays, but 5-star family accommodations enjoyed a 38% increase!
  • A similar scenario applies to campsites: there was an overall 1% decrease in overnight stays, but overnights at 5-star camps are up 22%.

Regardless of the type, 5-star facilities have seen 15% increase in overnight stays during the past year and 70% increase overnight over the last 3 years!

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Cres

Nautical Tourism Overnights Up Thirty-Two Percent

These figures do not include 24,500 arrivals and 156,000 overnight stays due to nautical traffic, which in has increased by as much as 32% the last year alone. There are about 20 nautical tourism ports in Kvarner, and Marina Punat alone accounts for more than half of nautical overnights.

Kvarner Third to Istria and Split-Dalmatia in Accommodation Capacity

As of 2019, there are 190,000 permanent beds available for tourists in Kvarner which represent a 17% share in accommodation capacity within Croatia. The Kvarner region ranks third in terms of total available accommodation, which is behind Istria and Split-Dalmatia counties in Croatia. 

Irena Peršić Živadinov, Director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, emphasizes that the primary goal is to strengthen the pre and post-seasons, because one cannot always count on a record “peak” season.

Kvarner Tourist Board Expects Long-Term Increase

“In recent years, the Kvarner region has definitely succeeded in strengthening the pre and post-seasons. Compared 2010 to 2019, we have seen a huge increase in overnight stays during both seasons - almost 90%! Over the past 10 years, we have invested in the quantity and quality of the regions’ offerings. We have also focused on joint branding and activities and recognized our strengths regarding products and offerings."

“These steps probably won’t yield immediate results but will take a longer time to have an effect. Taking that into consideration, for example, 12.7 million overnight stays were recorded in 2010, it is clear that in a period of 9 years we have realized 6.3 million more overnights, or the total number of overnights in Kvarner ha increased by almost 50%,” Peršić Živadinov points out.

 

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Thursday, 9 January 2020

VIDEO: Sunken Greek Boat Peltastis Goes from Tragedy to Attraction

Have you ever heard about the Greek vessel Peltastis which sunk near Krk?

As Morski writes on the 9th of January, 2020, members of the Neptune Diving Centre from Silo, with the support of the Dobrinj Municipality Tourist Board and others, continued the tradition on Tuesday the 7th of January of commemorating the eight sailors killed during the sinking of the Greek ship Peltastis just off the coast of Krk.

The Greek ship Peltastis was built and launched at the Kremer Sohn shipyard in northern Germany in late 1952 in order to be handed over to its client early in 1953. It was an 874 tonne cargo vessel initially bearing the name Alsterpark after the name of its parent company P/R Alsterpark in Hamburg.

It was a motor boat which was just over sixty meters long, intended for coastal navigation. After fourteen years of service the ship changed owner, more specifically in 1967. The new owner was the Greek company CHR M. Sarlis & Co. from Piraeus, which changed the vessel's name to Peltastis. But unfortunately the ship did not sail for long in the hands of its new owner, writes the Otok Krk portal.

On the night of January the 8th, 1968, one of the greatest maritime tragedies in the area of ​​Krk occurred. At 03:50 in the morning, the Peltastis ship sank about halfway between Silo and Klimno, taking down with it seven crewmen and Captain Theodoros Belesis. The day before, on the 7th of January, in the afternoon, the ship was loaded with wood and was sailing towards Rijeka. Captain Belesis heeded the port captain's warning not to set sail due to a strong storm. Unfortunately, the Greek captain underestimated the strength of the storm, which started getting worse during the night with hurricane force winds.

Neither the ship's engines nor the anchors thrown in the direction of the storm helped Peltastis in its attempt to protect itself from drifting towards a rugged and unforgiving shoreline. Peltastis met its fate and sank during the early hours of the morning. Seven crew members and a captain drowned, and four managed to survive the tragic incident with serious injuries.

The ceremony of laying a wreath for the seamen who went down with Peltastis began back in 2005 with the head of the Neptune Diving Centre, Boris Jelenović, who keeps some interesting documents on the premises of the centre, including a photograph of the body of the ship's captain found after ten months.

''One can clearly see that this is a person and he was found by Austrian divers. Unfortunately, both the command bridge and the rest of the ship was messed around with by those very same divers. People like to take souvenirs, but today the situation is different. We, as well as other centres that visit the wreckage, are careful not to remove anything,'' Jelenović told Croatian Radio Rijeka.

''As for the surviving crew, four of them survived but with serious injuries. They had to undergo amputations, and interestingly, none of them contact the people who rescued them later on, so we have no knowledge of their further fate. It's probably too late for that now...'' he added.

The laying of a wreath to commemorate the lives lost on board Peltastis has been going on for a while now, and the main message it provides, alongside respect for the dead, is that the sea must always be respected.

Today, Peltastis remains in relatively good condition, lying at a depth of eight to thirty metres, and is an attraction for many interested divers. The bow of Peltastis faces the coast of the popular island of Krk and the ship lies almost perpendicular to the direction of the shore. The top of the bow is at a depth of fifteen metres, while the deepest part of the boat lies at a depth of 33 meters. Due to its low level of depth, the wreck is ideal for all categories of divers to go and visit. Although souvenir hunters have sadly taken increasingly valuable items from the ship, the ship is exceptional in terms of its excellent preservation in spite of the passage of time.

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