Friday, 26 August 2022

The Telegraph and The Times Praise Pasjaca, Ropa Beaches

August the 26th, 2022 - The British publications The Times and The Telegraph are rarely shy when it comes to expressing their love and admiration for Croatia, especially the beaches and the coastline. Croatia has made it onto their ''must visit'' destination list once again.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the widely read British publications The Times and The Telegraph have both published reports on Croatian beaches and islands as unmissable global tourist destinations, as was announced the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ/CNTB), adding that this was the result of the cooperation of the HTZ Representative Office in London with the editors and journalists of the aforementioned publications.

As such, the British The Times, in an article entitled ''The 25 best secret beaches in Europe'', included two Croatian beaches - The absolutely stunning Pasjaca near Konavle in the extreme south of Dalmatia, and Ropa bay on the island of Mljet. The two Croatian beaches were placed next to the attractive beaches of Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Italy, as reported by Rijeka portal Novi list.

Describing these Croatian beaches, the British stated that these two hidden oases, both located within Dubrovnik-Neretva County, stand out for their authentic landscapes and clean waters, positioning themselves away from big tourist crowds. Pasjaca beach is described as an undiscovered oasis right next to the turquoise sea, while Ropa on the island of Mljet is highlighted as a heavily wooded habitat for the Mediterranean monk seal. The publication is the result of collaboration with Annabelle Thorpe, a journalist who has contributed to the perception of Croatia as a top tourist destination in the most prestigious British media The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail and others.

The editorial staff of The Telegraph, on the other hand, ranked the islands of Brac and Vis among the 20 islands in the Mediterranean that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. In the aforementioned publication, the island of Brac was included among the best island destinations for family holidays, with a special reference to the beauty of the very well known Zlatni Rat (Golden horn) beach in Bol. The island of Vis has been declared the best Mediterranean island for relaxation, which, thanks to its authenticity, turquoise bays and original eno-gastro delicacies, has been declared a tourist asset for all nature lovers.

Pula and Brijuni

In addition to The Times and The Telegraph, the British Financial Times (FT) and the Scottish The Sun also wrote about Croatia reently, shining the spotlight on the Dubrovnik coastline and Brijuni and its hidden beauty, cultural attractions and food and wine offer.

The Sun's award-winning and recognised travel journalist Heather Lowrie visited Dubrovnik, Ston and the Peljesac peninsula, while the article in the Financial Times (FT), which is followed by an audience with higher spending power, focused on the Istrian city of Pula and the colourful past and untouched beauty of the Brijuni National Park.

Darija Reic, the director of the HTZ Representative Office in London, pointed out that such announcements in the prestigious British media are extremely valuable for Croatia, as well as that Brits love Croatia.

"This is confirmed by the data of the eVisitor system, according to which the British have achieved 120,000 arrivals and almost 700,000 overnight stays so far in August, which represents a growth of 77 percent in arrivals and 100 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. The British seem to prefer the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Split-Dalmatia counties, and there are some great announcements for the upcoming post-season," said Reic.

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

The Times Publishes Lucie Grace's List of "Must Go" Croatia Locations

May the 21st, 2022 - The highly respected British publication The Times has published a list compiled by writer Lucie Grace on eleven ''must see'' Croatian locations.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the British The Times has published an article by journalist Lucie Grace in which the author reveals eleven beautiful locations across the Republic of Croatia that guarantee an unforgettable and authentic holiday without the crowds, according to Darija Reic, the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Office in London.

These are locations and experiences which are quite popular among the local population. The potential and specifics of Samograd bay on the Central Dalmatian island of Korcula, the source of the Ombla river near Dubrovnik, the Stari Fijaker restaurant in Zagreb and the Kozlovic winery in Istria are highlighted, as is the beauty of the Krka National Park's stunning waterfalls and the islands of Sipan and Mljet. The ferry ride from Orebic to Korcula, a tour of the Zagreb Cathedral, the Dragon's Furrow in Motovun and the Cingrija villa in Dubrovnik are also all recommended, writes local Dubrovnik portal, Dubrovacki.

“The recent publication in the Sunday Times, which included Croatia in the list of the best and most favourable destinations that provide quality conditions and low living costs, also contributed to Croatia's visibility on the British market. This is a publication created as a result of the cooperation of the CNTB Office in London with journalist Liz Rowlinson and Michael Freer, the director of Digital Nomads Associations (DNA) for Croatia, who lives and works in Kastela and who compared costs and lifestyle in Croatia and the United Kingdom.

By being included in this list, Croatia is being ranked next to Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey, and the greatest advantage of Croatia, with its low living costs, is the beauty and preservation of nature within which you can lead a pleasant, active and dynamic life, they stated from the CNTB.

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Friday, 13 November 2020

The Times Names Croatia among the World's Top Three Destinations!

November 13, 2020 - The Times names Croatia among the world's top three destinations!

HTZ announced that esteemed British newspaper The Times & The Sunday Times has awarded the world's best countries for many years. This time, Croatia was among the top three.

Namely, Croatia won third place among the world's best destinations in the "Best Country award 2020" category. Given the current epidemiological situation, the award ceremony was held virtually and attended by the Croatian National Tourist Board Director in the United Kingdom, Darija Reić.

"With its fantastic tourist offer and tireless promotion, Croatia unquestionably deserves the title of one of the best countries, and we are extremely pleased that the British public has recognized our quality. A visit to Croatian destinations is something that Brits like to brag about, to the extent that even going into isolation did not sway some of them to travel and enjoy our Mediterranean wealth. This success has strengthened the position of Croatia as a destination of beautiful landscape and diverse, high-quality tourist offer, and we will continue to maintain our reputation in the market through further promotional activities," said Reić.

The news of the award delighted the Croatian National Tourist Board, too

"According to Eurostat data, we took the leading position in the Mediterranean this season, and this is additional confirmation of the safe and stable position that our country enjoys on the international market. The United Kingdom is one of the most important markets for Croatian tourism. I believe that by stabilizing the situation, our loyal British guests will return in greater numbers," the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, said.

In this category, Italy was declared the best country globally, while second place went to New Zealand. The shortlist, which was awarded for the eighth time, also included some of the world's best destinations such as France, Turkey, the United States, Dubai, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Thailand.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

The Times and The Sun Nominate Croatia for Best Destination in World

August 11, 2020 - Croatia has been included in the selection for the prestigious Best Country award 2020, which is awarded by popular British newspapers The Times & The Sunday Times and The Sun to decide the best country in the world.

Awarded for the eighth time, the shortlist of nominees this year includes some of the world's best destinations, namely France, Turkey, the USA, Dubai, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Thailand, reports HTZ.

"We are extremely proud of this nomination by which we have strengthened the position our country enjoys in the UK market, while also confirming that our intensified marketing activities in the UK are yielding excellent results. I call on all Croatian fans to take the opportunity and give a voice to Croatia, which absolutely deserves to be on such an important list," said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.

Voting will last until the end of October, and the final winner will be decided by readers who can vote via the following link (VOTE HERE) and thus also participate in a prize game in which they can win exclusive prizes such as a holiday in Barbados and the Dominican Republic. In addition to the best country category, you can vote in 12 other categories such as the best city, airline and tour operator.

The award ceremony will take place in November, most likely virtually, given the current epidemiological situation. Recall, The Times & The Sunday Times are currently the best-selling print newspaper in the UK, read by almost three million people a day, while The Sun is one of the most popular newspapers with a monthly reach of over 37 million readers.

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Zadar and Pula Featured in The Times’ List of 30 Great Bargain City Breaks in Europe

Popular news portal The Times has recently published a list of 30 affordable European cities great for a weekend getaway in autumn.