Friday, 15 October 2021

Spalato Spa, For a Quality Wellness Experience in Split

October 15, 2021 - Last night, the newly renovated Spalato Spa was presented to the Split public, where previous guests gathered, including numerous business partners, entrepreneurs, and athletes. It was an opportunity to see and get acquainted with the latest services and offers of the Spalato Spa at Radisson Blu, winner of the international recognition "World Luxury Spa Award 2021".

After the renovation of the spa & wellness center within the hotel and receiving the 5* category this summer, more than 250,000 passengers around the world voted for the newly renovated Spalato Spa and international recognition - "World Luxury Spa Award 2021" in the category of modern, luxury hotels ("Luxury Modern Hotel Spa Worldwide”). Choosing from hundreds of hotel wellness & spa centers worldwide, the award arrived in Split at the end of September thanks to a unique concept that, apart from the interior, is the basis of all treatments on offer that are performed with natural, organic products.

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The sea, stone, and fresh air are recognizable symbols of Dalmatia, transformed by the Jelena Radalj's JE'R architectural studio into the unique ambiance of the Spalato Spa, and top experts and therapists integrate the healing properties of rosemary, pine, and lavender to achieve an authentic experience of relaxation. Spalato Spa really is a unique, enchanting place that especially connects the ease of relaxation inherent in Split with the most modern wellness & spa industry achievements.

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Last night, Spalato Spa was presented to the Split public. Previous guests gathered, including numerous business partners, entrepreneurs, and athletes such as Taekwondo Olympians, Matea Jelić and Toni Kanaet, and sisters Ana and Lucija Zaninović.

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This is undoubtedly the highest quality spa experience in Split. On 2,600 meters, Spalato boasts a 23-meter heated indoor pool created for those who love swimming, then two hydrotherapy pools, a jacuzzi, two Finnish saunas, and a steam bath. There is also a cold fountain, Bucket showers, enough space to relax on comfortable loungers, and a quiet room.

All this, of course, with an open view of the sea so that during true relaxation, your view can wander freely on the horizon. For complete privacy and a personalized wellness experience for one person or a couple, there is an exclusive, private spa with a separate entrance while a large terrace and outdoor pool are a favorite among guests who choose to visit in the warmer months.

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"We believe that everything a person really needs can be found in nature, and we apply it in massage treatments, body rituals, Chinese therapy, and facial treatments with top brand products. Baths and relaxing treatments include various peels and wraps, a wide range of massages and aromatherapy, hot stones, and a wide range of Asian massages by certified therapists," said the experts from the Spalato Spa Center.

A big novelty in the offer is the most modern device for non-invasive facial skin rejuvenation - ICOON OxyJet with unique accessories for skincare around the eyes and lips, which slightly enlarges lips without needles and fillers, and ICOON body device, which is available at only a few addresses in Europe.

There are many active people among wellness lovers, so in addition to the gym and yoga room, there are also excellent instructors for private training. Split locals can expect several special packages and promotional offers so that many citizens can experience all the beauty of the exclusive wellness & spa in the center of the city.

Photos by Maksim Bašić

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Friday, 15 October 2021

Zagreb, Dubrovnik in Top 10 New Europe Congress Destinations, Hvar & Split Feature

October 15, 2021 - From Venice and Baku and Mosocw and Istanbul, where are the best congress destinations in New Europe in 2021? Many are in Croatia, it seems. 

After the devastation of the pandemic on the congress industry in 2020, events are slowly getting back to a semblance of what they were pre-pandemic, although there is obviously a long way to go. 

But it seems that Croatia is more than ready to meet the demand. The 2021 Meeetings Experience Index (MTLG - MEETAOLOGUE) was published recently, a comprehensive analysis of 118 congress destinations in 'New Europe', nad there was a very strong showing by a number of Croaita's congress destinations.

MTLG defines New Europe as:

The answer to this question is something of an unsolved conundrum. A clear definition of New Europe doesn’t exist, the most general definition being that these are the countries of Eastern Europe that were once behind the Iron Curtain. Technically, this means 24 countries of Eastern Europe, adding Greece and Turkey to them. In our Editorial, we include the fresh, energetic and lesser-known European destinations in New Europe.

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There was a particularly good showing for Zagreb and Dubrovnik. Zagreb was named 5th best destination overall, as well as third in the category of large congress destinations, with Dubrovnik coming in 7th. 

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It seems that Croatia's niche is perhaps in the medium sized category, where no less than 4 Croatian congress destinations featured. Dubrovnik topped the list, followed by Split in second, Opatija in 5th, Rovinj in 7th, and Sibenik in 8th. 

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And there was good news for the island of Hvar as well, which came second in the category of small congress destination. 

This is what they had to say about Zagreb:

A great congress future awaits Zagreb. It is well established in the international congress market and in addition to Ljubljana and Belgrade, it represents the future backbone of the continental meetings industry of the region. All three cities are progressing steadily on the charts of developed meetings destinations; the final breakthrough of the entire region is intertwined and dependent on the marketing of major regional congress cities in the international market.

About Dubrovnik:

Dubrovnik is the flagship of regional tourism and is commonly the first association of meetings organizers we meet daily. It is the closest in the region to renowned Mediterranean convention destinations Cannes and Monte Carlo. The modern and well-equipped centres at hotels such as Dubrovnik Palace, Excelsior, Bellevue, Grand Villa Argentina, Importanne Resort, Dubrovnik President, Valamar Lacroma and Radisson Blue are all great for hosting a variety of events. Well-developed is the entire conference infrastructure including destination management and creative agency scene. The city is safe and one of the tourist icons of the Adriatic and justifiably the most painted tourist skyline with unprecedented experiential diversity for conference guests.

About Split:

Among the Adriatic congress destinations Split has become serious competition to Dubrovnik in the last years. The main disadvantages of the destination are bad cooperation between the service providers, lack of air traffic connections to key markets and not enough destination marketing. If Split gets a real convention centre in the future, it could become one of the leading congress destinations in the Mediterranean. New and excellent hotel capacities, good road connections to Europe and wonderful surroundings, with islands offering numerous incentive programme opportunities, all bolster this proposition. Split is still one of the most unexploited congress destinations in the Mediterranean.

About Hvar:

None of the more than 1,000 Croatian islands has such karma and recognition as Hvar. Definitely, a “must” Croatian destination, right behind Dubrovnik. Distance from the mainland gives it a touch of boutique smallness. On the beauty of the island, reminiscent of the Garden of Eden, there is no point in wasting words, since there is no shortage of various urban legends and superlatives. Among other things, it used to be called Austrian Madeira. In Hvar, the urban has been coexisting with the rural for centuries.

About Opatija:

Opatija is without a doubt the ultimate meetings destination. Why? Because few destinations provide such a rich assortment of luxury accommodation in such a small area, whilst Opatija provides 33 hotels offering over 2700 rooms and more than 50 meeting and conference halls along the 3 km of the coastline. At the beginning and the end of the Opatija Riviera, there are two boutique hotels that contribute to the exclusivity of Opatija.

About Rovinj:

If at the destination you have owners who have clear goals and who look at congress tourism strategically, then in a short time you can do a lot. It is possible to revitalize the old factory premises and build a superior conference hotel. Maistra in Rovinj has undoubtedly left its mark. Taking into consideration the geographical location of Rovinj as one of the closest Mediterranean congress destinations for Central and Western Europe, the future of this industry is guaranteed. Missing is only a convention bureau, which would know how to step out of corporate governance of the destination and would be able to serve as attorney of the meetings industry. Otherwise, forecasts of mayor Sponza that Rovinj will be more exclusive than Dubrovnik, can be realized.

About Sibenik:

Šibenik very rarely raises any association with the meeting industry. In the process of transition from an industrial city into a tourist destination, it has not yet asserted its image among competing cities. Despite this, it is a fact that it has excellent conditions and is somehow considered to be a hidden jewel of the Croatian congress offer. For ease of accessibility, it may be a suitable location for small association conferences as well as a variety of incentive programmes.

Regarding the methodology, Kongres Magazine explained the criteria assessed:

The Meeting Experience Index is one of the most complex destination evaluations that is not only based on the number of congress events but delves deeper analytically. The methodology addresses all key meetings industry segments and thus all key MICE products. 75 evaluation criteria are used to determine the final destination score. That is why the Meeting Experience Index has become the bedrock for selecting destinations for meeting planners.

All destinations are evaluated based on fieldwork and thorough research of individual criteria with the objective to come as close as possible to the real situation. Moreover, the editorial board of Kongres Magazine strives to present up-to-date information that is objective and transparent. Each year, the destination scores are revised and corrected with timely information.

You can see all the results on Kongres Magazine's website.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Decisive Croatia-Russia World Cup Qualifier at Poljud: UEFA Sets Time, Tickets Soon

October 14, 2021 - The decisive Croatia-Russia World Cup qualifier at Poljud on Sunday, November 14, will be played at 3 pm. Tickets should be announced by HNS soon. 

In exactly one month, the Croatia national football team will play in Split, at Poljud Stadium, against Russia. Not only is it their final qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but the winner of the match will secure a direct spot at the next World Cup and avoid rather difficult additional qualifications. 

Russia and Croatia are in a dead race for first place in Group H, the only spot that leads directly to Qatar. After drawing against Slovakia in Osijek, Croatia will need a victory against Russia to take them directly to the World Cup. Any other result leads Zlatko Dalić's team to a tricky playoff round, and Russia directly to Qatar. This is, of course, assuming Croatia defeats Malta three days before the big battle in Split, on November 11.

Fans can be happy that Croatia plays against Russia on Sunday, November 14, meaning many do not have to take the day off from work. A full Poljud stadium is to be expected. 

UEFA has confirmed the date on its official website, as well as the time. Thus, Croatia and Russia will meet at 3 pm, which isn't as common as the 9 pm clashes we are used to watching. However, it should be taken into account that four groups will be playing final qualifying matches on that day.

Namely, Croatia, as well as its opponents in Group H, will start at 3 pm, Group J will be played from 6 pm, and Groups B and A from 8:45 pm. 

Tickets for the Croatia-Russia match are not yet on sale, though the Croatian Football Federation should soon announce the prices and when ticket sales will begin. It will be one match football fans won't want to miss. 

To follow the latest sports news in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

2021 Split Advent Program Coming to Life as Offers Begin for Holiday Houses

October 13, 2021 - As we get closer to the holiday season we get a better idea of what to expect in the 2021 Split Advent program as offers for holiday houses roll in around the city.

To experience the real Advent experience, Split residents will not have to travel to Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Makarska, but also other cities outside Croatia this year. This year's Split Advent peak will be on the Riva, at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer Park (Đardin), on the Cornaro ramparts, and in Mertojak, reports Dalmacija Danas.

The first round of the public invitation to exhibit, present and sell products and services at the 2021 Split Advent ended earlier this week. 

"Yesterday, at a public invitation, we received an offer for the Mertojak zone. With this offer, all zones were filled, except for one catering house on Đardin and several shops on the Riva. Therefore, tomorrow we will publish the second round of applications, and we hope that the little that is left will be filled," said the director of Žnjan d.o.o. Ante Šunjić.

Namely, OPG Ante Žigo submitted an offer for 8,000 kuna, Obrt za trgovinu Sirko and Naprid bili for 6,000 kuna, and Riba Dražin for 10,000 kuna. UO Ring sent a bid for a spot on the Riva (going for a little more than 51,000 kuna), and for 33,500 kuna, they will also sell their products in Đardin. They will be joined by BSRZ Naši ljudi in the park in the center of the city, who offered 33,600 kuna for their house.

Highline Cars, which offered HRK 50,013, will take care of the catering offer at Mertojak.

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This year, the Riva will feature eight trading houses and two ‘sweet’ houses. One of the eight trading houses is Hajdukova, meaning the Hajduk Fan shop will move to the Riva during this holiday period. 

The catering houses have been transferred to the Cornaro ramparts.

"Due to the current epidemiological situation, which may be better or worse, we are not able to set up catering houses on the Riva. However, visitors can expect ten houses, eight of which are commercial and two 'sweet' houses," said Šunjić.

He notes that the second round of applications for the exhibition, presentation, and sale of products and services at Split Advent starts today. There are several trading houses left on the Riva.

Đardin
This year, there will be a skating rink in Đardin, with two food and three ‘sweet’ houses.

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A real surprise for the people of Split is the food offer at Cornaro. The best bid of 160,013 kuna was made by the Festival Production Association, owned by Domagoj Petričević, otherwise the leader of the Association of Nightclubs and Bars.

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Residents of Mertojak can expect a skating rink and food offer.

“For the first time this year, we organized a zone outside the city center, on Mertojak below the church. There will also be a smaller skating rink and catering houses for all ages," added Šunjić for Dalmacija Danas.

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After a one-year break, the Žrvanj Association plans to organize another Christmas story in Žrnovnica in the center of Bašta in December.

For more on lifestyle in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page

Monday, 11 October 2021

Conference "IPA III: Connecting People Beyond Borders" Held in Split

ZAGREB, 11 Oct 2021 - Over the next seven years more than €14 billion will be available to Western Balkan countries as EU pre-accession aid to facilitate their integration into the European Union, a conference called "IPA III: Connecting people beyond borders" was told in the southern Croatian coastal city of Split on Monday.

"IPA III (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance) will be the most important tool for the European Union in its enlargement policy in the coming years. With a historic budget of more than €14 billion, the EU has reaffirmed its commitment to support the Western Balkan countries with their reform agenda and to progress on their European integration," said Croatian MEP Željana Zovko, vice-chair of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and co-rapporteur on IPA III.

She noted that these funds were very important for cross-border cooperation between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"It will be possible to use IPA III funding for the border areas of Split-Dalmatia County in Croatia and the neighboring three cantons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and now we have an opportunity to use these funds. It is up to us to prepare ourselves and that's why we organized this conference," Zovko said.

She said that the bulk of the money will go towards economic development and investment to create jobs, improve infrastructure and strengthen human and social resources. This will include education and youth employment projects to prevent further brain drain, she added. 

The conference was attended by the mayor of Split, the prefect of Split-Dalmatia County, and the heads of government of the three adjacent cantons in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, West Herzegovina Canton, and Herceg-Bosna Canton.

For more about politics in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Monday, 11 October 2021

Major Nomad List 2021 Survey: Croatia 2nd Most Liked, Zagreb in Top 5 Cities

October 11, 2021 - A major Nomad List 2021 survey of the travel and lifestyle habits of digital nomads has some encouraging news: Zagreb, Split and Croatia are officially hot.

Let's start with what the data is based on, as explained by Nomad List:

Remote work is now on an exponential trajectory and growing fast. With its growth, millions of people who are now newly working remotely from home, a cafe, or coworking space, will start to realize how mobile they've come and hit the road. In this report, we try to figure out who these nomads are, what work do they do, and how they spend their life based on data from tens of thousands of Nomad List members.

This page is generated live with data pulled straight from the database. Conclusions you can derive from this are always limited and merely indicative but possibly interesting. Nomad List is a paid membership community, which means there's a selection bias as people who do not or cannot pay are not in the dataset. On the other hand, free digital nomad communities, like on Facebook, require no commitment to join, therefore it's not clear if these people are merely aspirational or active nomads or not. On Nomad List we can confirm they are active based on their travel logs.

There are lots of interesting insights into the digital nomad lifestyle, which you can browse through on the link above.  

Before we get to Croatia, here are some interesting - at least to me - findings. According to the survey:

80% not religious

66% are single

66% earn between $50,000 and $250,000 a year

12% are vegetarian

13% are vegan

Favourite activities are hiking, fitness and running 

97% are vaccinated

88% had a happy childhood

The average stay in a country is 69 days

Only 7% of nomads stay in a location for a year, (which ties in with last month's TCN editorial Has the Croatian Digital Nomad Permit Been a Success So Far?)

And now, let's get to Croatia.

Most liked country - Croatia,number 2, after Japan. 

Most liked city in the world - Zagreb, number 5, after Tokyo, Taipei, Mexico City and Cape Town

Most liked city by male nomads - Split, number 9

Most visited country - Croatia, number 27

You can see the whole Nomad List 2021 survey here.

For more news and features on digital nomads in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section.

 

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Offseason Flights to Split Airport Continue Thanks to KLM

October 10, 2021 - Offseason flights to Split Airport are running by KLM until the end of October, though the Dutch airline has also announced winter flights around the Christmas and New Year holidays. 

Dutch national airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will soon conclude its summer flight schedule and suspend traffic Split and Dubrovnik airports. 

Since the beginning of the summer flight schedule, KLM has operated flights between Split and Amsterdam, running up to three times a day on this route during the peak season. 

KLM also has several weekly rotations between Amsterdam and Split in October, with two flights a day still available with B737-800 and B737-700 aircraft. However, from October 30, KLM will conclude operations to Split Airport in this year's summer flight schedule and pick up again this winter.

Namely, KLM will not wait until next summer to service Split. Like last winter, the Dutch airline will briefly establish a line between Amsterdam and Split, at a time of greatest demand - around Christmas and New Year.

Eight return flights have been announced between December 23, 2021, and January 2, 2022, one flight more than last winter season. Last year, KLM operated on this line in the same period, using smaller capacity aircraft, type E190, while this winter, aircraft type B737-800 will be used.

During the Christmas and New Year holidays, KLM will offer a total of 2,880 seats between Amsterdam and Split, making it an excellent option for tourists to travel to Split during the holidays, as well as for those who want to travel from Split for holidays abroad.

Flights have been announced on December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, and 31, and January 1 and 2.

KLM has only resumed traffic to Dubrovnik Airport this summer, so, as expected, there are no announced flights between Amsterdam and Dubrovnik in the upcoming winter flight schedule.

KLM continues to operate twice a day to Zagreb, which is the airline's only year-round route. However, after eight return flights to Split in December and January, this carrier will not return to Split until the end of April next year.

Source: Croatian Aviation

For more information about flights to Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section.

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Friday, 8 October 2021

IKEA Planning Studio at City Center One Split First in IKEA Southeast Europe Region

October 8, 2021 - The IKEA Planning Studio has started operating in Split. IKEA Croatia wants to make its solutions and services even more accessible to as many customers in Croatia as possible.

IKEA Planning Studio is located in City Center One and is the first such studio in the IKEA Southeast Europe region (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine). On an area of ​​more than 730 m2, IKEA Planning Studio offers customers IKEA experts in planning and organizing space to help them respond as simply, quickly, and easily to the biggest challenges in decorating any home - a practical kitchen, bathroom, and storage, reports Dalmatinski Portal

"IKEA Planning Studio is a place where customers will be able to be inspired in a comfortable and quiet space, close to their home or the place where they work. IKEA Planning Studio is also a place where we will offer them the professional help of IKEA experts to ensure an even better life in their homes," said Ekaterina Egorova, CEO of IKEA Southeast Europe, at the opening. 

IKEA Planning Studio will also be an exhibition space where customers will be inspired by the presented IKEA solutions and order the entire IKEA range that is sold in the IKEA Croatia market.

"IKEA Planning Studio will provide support for planning customized IKEA solutions for all key areas of the home. At the same time, it is an exhibition space with a selected IKEA range, so that people can touch and try our products. Moreover, the offer is fully adapted to local needs and housing conditions," added Nikolaos Migkianis, Market Director of IKEA Croatia.

In addition to the expert advice of IKEA employees, users of the IKEA Planning Studio will see the most suitable solutions for the essential rooms in their home, get inspired in beautifully decorated showrooms, and then select and order the desired products with the support of employees.

The working hours of the IKEA Planning Studio will be like other stores in CC1 Split - 9 am to 9 pm every day. Still, for the planning itself, which can take up to 3 hours to carefully consider all factors, it is necessary to schedule an appointment in advance.

Zrinka Crnjak from Split was the first to use the new IKEA Planning Studio.

"I recently moved into a new apartment with my future husband, and we must model the kitchen - where we spend a lot of time because we both like to cook - as beautiful and functional as possible. That’s why the new IKEA Planning Studio came to me at the best time. The professional approach, care for details, and time that IKEA employees dedicated only to me and finally the proposed solution, but also a beautifully decorated space with many examples that you can see and touch, ensure a top service," said Zrinka Crnjak enthusiastically.

IKEA Planning Studio is located on the ground floor of City Center One. Customers also have at their disposal the IKEA delivery center Split, which has been operating at the same address for a long time, in CC1 at level -1. In the IKEA delivery center, customers will still pick up products previously ordered through the IKEA online store or ordered after planning in the new IKEA Planning Studio.

For more on lifestyle in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page

Friday, 8 October 2021

Rectors of Six European Coastal Universities Meet in Split

ZAGREB, 7 Oct 2021 - The rectors of six universities from coastal cities which are members of the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) alliance met in Split on Thursday to discuss ways of advancing their cooperation.

Established in 2020, the SEA-EU alliance comprises six universities - the University of Cádiz (Spain), Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest (France), the University of Kiel (Germany), the University of Gdańsk (Poland), the University of Malta (Malta), and the University of Split (Croatia).

The Rector of the University of Split, Dragan Ljutić, said that the purpose of the meeting was to launch a joint programme of studies and ensure the acquisition of a joint diploma.

"'Six universities, one diploma', that is our common denominator because we are all located by the sea. These are maritime universities and the education of our students is primarily related to the sea. Each of these universities is linked to the sea," Ljutić said.

He said that the six universities were expanding their influence and that many universities from cities by the sea, not just the Mediterranean, but the Atlantic and beyond, wanted to join this alliance.

The Mayor of Split, Ivica Puljak, said that this meeting was very important for the city because the modern scientific world would be characterised by the unification of and cooperation between universities.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Earthquake in Dalmatia: 4.6 Quake near Split, Croatia

October 6, 2021 - A strong earthquake in Dalmatia north of Split shook residents of Split and the surrounding area around 22:00 this evening. Initial reports put the strength of the quake at 5.1, although this has now been revised to 4.6.

Initial reports placed the earthquake some 39 km from Split, the capital of Dalmatia, close to the town of Trilj, and 19 km south-west of the town of Livno.

Initial reports suggest the tremor lasted around 8 seconds. 

TCN colleagues in Split reported buildings rattling in Split, with the quake also felt on the islands of Brac and Hvar.

 

22:24 - The Croatian Seismology Service has reported that the quake was 4.6 in strength, and its location was on the border with Bosnia and Hercegovina near Lake Busko.

#potres (#earthquake) 06.10. u 21:57 na granici s BiH kod Buškog jezera, M4.6. Ako ste osjetili potres, molimo javite na https://t.co/RJDaIJlwpM
Link na službeno izvješće dat ćemo u komentaru kad nam stranica bude u funkciji.

22:40 - Index reports that there have been so far no reports of casualties or major damage. 

23:00 - The Trilj Fire Brigade, located in the town close to the epicentre, posted an update and a request: "Reduce calls to the emergency line, we understand that you are upset. You take the line if someone really needs help. Over 200 calls in a short time. So far we have no reports of any damage, except for a minor landslide on the Trilj-Bisko section. The road is busy."

This story will be updated as we get more information.  

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