Monday, 22 August 2022

River Cruises on Danube, Drava, and Sava Coming Back in Style

August 22, 2022 - The trend that saw continuous growth before the pandemic, river cruises, seems to be coming back in style. From this year, all Croatian river tourism piers will welcome guests with a uniform visual identity.

As SiB writes, from this summer going forward, Croatian river piers will have a common visual identity. A logo, six identical masts, and seven flags were created for the Danube ports of Aljmaš, Batina, Vukovar and Ilok, the Drava port in Osijek, and the Sava ports in Slavonski Brod and Sisak.

The project is worth slightly less than HRK 92,000 and was fully financed by the Croatian Tourist Board, and was realized with the cooperation of the project holder, the Tourist Board of the Vukovar-Srijem County, and the regional tourist boards of Osijek-Baranja, Brod-Posavina, Sisak-Moslavina and the competent port authorities of Vukovar, Osijek, Slavonski Brod, and Sisak.

“With this joint project, our goal is to raise the awareness and interest of the tourism sector in the area of ​​nautical tourism of river cruises. The common visual identity and its application at all seven river piers promotes and strengthens the visibility and position of the Croatian Danube and the Sava River on the market of organised tourist traffic for river cruises”, said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian Tourist Board.

Before the pandemic, river cruises recorded continuous growth, and this year that trend has returned. Additional infrastructure investments on the Danube and Sava will make river tourism in Croatia more attractive.

“This is a rapidly growing product and market within which the Croatian Danube area has taken a significant position. According to data from the Port Authority of Vukovar, 339 dockings at Vukovar pier and 89 at Ilok pier were announced for this year. 75 dockings were announced in Batina, and 62 in Aljmaš, a total of 565 dockings only at the piers on the Danube. For comparison, in pre-pandemic 2019, a total of 557 river cruise ships docked on the Danube”, points out Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board.

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Monday, 11 January 2021

TV Show 'Croatia Along Waters' on French-German TV Channel ARTE

January 11, 2021 – After the French travel show "Echappées Belles" recently dedicated one episode entirely to Croatian beauties, the France-German TV channel ARTE continued with promoting Croatia by showing the rich Croatian river heritage in a TV show named "La Croatie au fil des eaux "(Croatia along waters).

As reported by Danijela Mihalić Đurica, the Croatian National Tourist Board Director in France, the TV show "La Croatie au fil des eaux" (Croatia along waters) was broadcast on the famous and watched French-German TV channel ARTE, which specializes in cultural programs and documentaries about nature and travel.

In a show produced by the Croatian production company Šafarek, for 45 minutes, the richness of the biological diversity of Croatian regions and the beauty of Croatian national parks and nature parks are revealed to the French and German audience.

From the Drava across the Danube, Gacka, Zrmanja to the Neretva delta, viewers can enjoy Croatian natural river heritage diversity. They can learn more about almost 300 different species of birds in the Nature Park Kopački rit or the European storks' village Čigoč. Besides, the show also mentions the "kingdom of bears" in Gorski Kotar, the impressively large trout of Gacka river, the "temple of birds" in the Neretva delta, and "the cascades that line like pearls on a necklace," as the show describes the cascades of the Skradinski Buk waterfall in the National Park Krka.

The author of the show, well-known Croatian biologist and photographer Goran Šafarek, pointed out that he made the film in an effort to promote Croatian nature, as well as Croatia itself. "I tried to show many hidden gems of our country, which can certainly enrich the tourist offer outside the main tourist destinations," Šafarek said.

More than 800,000 viewers watch the popular ARTE channel, and in addition to Germany and France, the show will be broadcast in Italy and Spain.

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