Saturday, 29 February 2020

Meeting Held to Join Tourist Boards of Inland Dalmatia

February 29, 2020 - A meeting was held in Sinj for the informal clusters association of the tourist boards of Inland Dalmatia.

Ferata.hr reports that the meeting was attended by State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonci Glavina, Mayor of Sinj Kristina Križanac, Mayor of Vrlika Jure Plazonic, Mayor of Dugopolje Perica Bosancic, Mayor of Klis Jakov Vetma, and directors of tourist boards of Vrlika, Trilj, Sinj and Dugopolje - Dijana Maras, Andriana Ivkovic, Monika Vrgoc, and Tomislav Balić.

The meeting discussed the model of merging the tourist boards of Inland Dalmatia into a single cluster, due to pulling funds from the Ministry of Tourism intended for underdeveloped tourist areas, as well as from funds intended for associated tourist boards through quality joint projects.

 The tourist boards of Inland Dalmatia have so far participated in a series of joint projects and would continue to do so in the official form with the new legislation. This is one of the first meetings on the informal association of Inland Dalmatia tourist boards.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Croatian Electric HEP: New Solar Power Plants on Adriatic Coast

Renewable energy sources are increasingly being harnessed on the Croatian coast, where there is ample wind and sun. In addition to wind power plants, which are multiplying every year, the construction of solar power plants is also on the rise.

There is one plant in Istria, which became operational in 2018, and three more will produce electricity in early 2020: on the islands of Cres and Vis and near Vrlika according to Morski on November 26, 2019. With investments of HRK 80 million, Croatian Electric Company (HEP) will add four new power plants to their network with a total capacity of 11.6 megawatts (MW). In the long term, they plan to complete solar power projects with a total power of 350 MW by the end of 2030.

The Kaštelir solar power plant has a capacity of 1 MW and an expected annual production of about 1.5 million kWh, which will meet the electricity needs of about 500 households. The power plant is equipped with solar panels manufactured by the Solvis company in Varaždin. This plant has been operating since December 2018. It has a contract with HROTE (Croatian Energy Market Operator) as a preferred producer within their incentive system. Here is an aerial video of the plant.

The location permit for the Cres solar power plant was obtained in June 2018 and that plant is being developed by the County of Primorje-goranska. The location of SE Cres is about 2 kilometers north of the settlement Orlec on the island of Cres. The power plant is 6.5 MW with an expected production capacity of 8.5 million kWh per year, which will meet the electricity needs of about 2,500 households. The total value of the investment is HRK 41 million. Preparatory work on the site is underway and the power plant will begin operating in 2020. Here is a simulation of the Cres power plant.

The Vis solar power plant will be located on the hill of Grizova Glavica, near the village of Žena Glava, about 3.6 kilometers southwest of the town of Vis and about 4.8 kilometers east of Komiža. HEP purchased the project from Končar-Obnovlji izvori energie (Končar Renewable Energy). The expected annual output is 4.2 million kWh, which will meet the needs of about 1,400 households. This investment is valued at HRK 25.3 million. The power plant is under construction and is expected to be operational by February 2020.

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The Vrlika Jug solar power plant represents the completion of the first phase of planned construction in the southern part of the Kosora working zone in the town of Vrlika. The power plant will have 2.1 MW of power and an estimated annual output of about 2.9 million kWh. Construction will be completed in the first half of 2020, according to HEP.

For more information on HEP solar plant projects, check out their website here.

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Monday, 14 October 2019

Untamed Dalmatia: Sinj, Trilj, Vrlika, Dicmo, Hrvace and Otok Conquer Tourism Together

October 14, 2019 - The future tourism development of the Cetina region will be based on the development of active and adventure tourism and untouched natural beauties. It will be presented under the slogan "Untamed Dalmatia". 

On Monday, the results of the promotional activities for the project 'Sinj u sridu', an integrated program financed by European funds, aimed at the reconstruction, renovation, and revitalization of cultural assets of the City of Sinj for their greater valorization, were presented at the Sinj City Hall. The project partner responsible for the implementation of the promotional activities was the Public Institution RERA S.D. for the coordination and development of Split-Dalmatia County (JU RERA S.D.). This resulted in a mobile application and web portal for the Cetina region and a promotional catalog of cultural heritage in Croatian, English, Italian, and German. The framework for these activities was provided by the Cetina Krajina Branding Strategy.

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The mobile application "Cetinska Krajina" and the web portal www.cetinska-krajina.hr have been developed to meet the needs of visitors who are motivated by the desire for new experiences and experiences, gastronomy and enjoying the beauties of natural heritage. The app is available for Android and iOS devices, and one of the special features is that visitors can use the navigation tool to create a tour route to their preferences. Nineteen cycling trails in the area of Sinj, Trilj, and Vrlika have also been integrated into the mobile application.

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The presentation was attended by the mayor of Sinj, Kristina Krizanac, Jozo Sarac, director of JU RERA for the Coordination and Development of Split-Dalmatia County, Feđa Milivojevic from Urbanex Ltd., creator of the branding strategy, Martina Horvat from Kocka d.o.o., in charge of developing the mobile application and web portal Cetinska krajina, as well as other representatives from the tourism sector in the Split-Dalmatia County region. 

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"The goal of 'Sinj u sridu' is to encourage stronger valorization of the natural and cultural heritage of this region and ultimately increase the employment and standard of living of our fellow citizens. We want Sinj not only alive in August when the Alka and the Assumption of Mary are held, but also the rest of the year. That is why the renovation project included the fortress Stari grad, Kamičak fortress, Palacina building and streets in the city center, and the Sinjska Alka Museum,” said Križanac.

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The director of JU RERA, Jozo Sarac, emphasized: "The final goal of implementing the activities defined by the Cetina Krajina Branding Strategy is to increase the arrival of tourists to this area." Sarac presented the Cetina Krajina Branding Strategy document to the representatives of municipalities and cities, that is, representatives of tourist boards as the bearers of tourism development in the Cetina region.

The branding strategy covered the cities of Sinj, Trilj, and Vrlika and the municipalities of Dicmo, Hrvace and Otok. The tourism potential of the area is articulated in the Branding Strategy, which also defines the visual identity of the Cetina region, the brand and communication strategy and the action plan for the implementation of the Branding Strategy. Future tourism development of the Cetina region should be based on the development of active and adventure tourism and untouched natural beauties. It should be presented under the slogan 'Untamed Dalmatia'.

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The 'Sinj u sridu' project, as well as the development of promotional materials and the implementation of promotional activities, were co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund and the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program 2014-2020. The total value of the project amounts to HRK 66,594,231.17, of which the European Union grant is HRK 55,597,793.26.

For more information, visit www.strukturnifondovi.hr.

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Saturday, 5 October 2019

Weekend Program Announced for Vrlika Day Celebrations

October 5, 2019 - Rožarica, or Our Lady of the Rosary, is a holiday that is especially marked in the area of Vrlika - and because of its rich program, it is not exclusively religious. It is a time when the people of Vrlika gather, who are traditionally very attached and proud of their region. And this time of year, they rush home to commemorate this holiday with fellow locals and their guests.

Seemingly only a small town in Inland Dalmatia, Vrlika is unusually rich in traditional amenities and a cultural heritage that is carefully guarded - whether it be indigenous desserts from Vrlika’s cuisine, such as the famous uštipak, or genuinely unique intangible goods, such as the emblematic comic opera “Ero s onoga svijeta”, which over time has become a true ambassador for Vrlika in the world.

There is no better time to experience this picturesque town and its surroundings. You can check out the program of events below. 

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Thursday, 12 September 2019

National Championship and Vrlika City Cup of Model Airplanes this Weekend!

September 12, 2019 - The Vrlika City Cup will be held on September 14, 2019, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in Vrlika (Kosore / Brzica), while the National Model Airplane Championship will be held on September 9, 2019, from 9:00h do 2:00 pm in Vrlika (Kosore / Brzica), organized by Aeroclub Split.

The Vrlika Tourist Board looks forward to a good time and invites all visitors to come enjoy this extraordinary event.

Friday, 19 July 2019

6th World Championship of Vrlika Uštipak on Saturday!

July 19, 2019 - The 6th World Championships of Vrlika Uštipak will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 19:00 at the Česma in Vrlika.

On the spot, contestants will mix the dough for the uštipak (the famous fry bread from Inland Dalmatia), which will then be evaluated by the jury.

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Apart from winning the Championship, the best will be awarded prize money, though it is no easy task for the jury - for how does one choose the best? Namely, the shape, appearance, color, fat, and salinity are evaluated.

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This gastro event is extremely important for Vrlika and was designed to preserve and promote uštipak as a traditional product of the area.

Friday, 12 July 2019

A Packed Weekend of Events Ahead in Vrlika

On Saturday, July 13, Vrlika has prepared a full day events for its citizens and visitors. 

The morning kicks off with a dog show organized by the Cynology Association ‘Vrlika’, which will be held under the shade of the Vrlika fountain. 

gulaš1.jpgIn the afternoon, the 4th competition of hunter’s goulash will be held, organized by the Hunting Association "Svilaja”.  The traditional foodie fest is already well-attended, and visitors will have the opportunity to taste delicacies from valuable chefs who will work hard all afternoon selecting different spices to make their goulash the tastiest for the jury. This event will also take place at the Vrlika fountain. 

The Vrlika Tourist Board invites everyone to join tomorrow’s programs, where the entrance is free!

Friday, 21 June 2019

Vrlika Cup Fly Fishing Competition this Weekend!

June 21, 2019 - The Sports Fishing Society “Šaran” from Vrlika informs all its members and lovers of the sport that on June 22, 2019, the fly fishing competition “Vrlika Cup 2019" will be held!

The competition will take place on the Cetina river at Begovac starting at 9:00 am, and applications for competitors must be received by 8:30 am. You can also register by calling the mobile number 0911222426.

After the contest ends, the party continues with a feast prepared by the Sports Fishing Society “Šaran” from Vrlika!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

2nd Rowing Mini Cup Regatta in Vrlika this Weekend!

June 6, 2019 - Need something to do this weekend? You should head to Vrlika!

Namely, the Tourist Board of Vrlika invites everyone to the Garjak Rowing Center on Saturday, June 8, 2019, where the 2nd Mini Cup Regatta of the Rowing Federation of Dalmatia! The event begins at 9 am.

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You can find the invitation below. 

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Vrlika Tourist Board Successfully Held English Course for Tourism Professionals

May 22, 2019 - The Tourist Board of the Town of Vrlika organized an English language course in the field of tourism for its renters and others who are engaged in providing tourists services in order to prepare better for the coming season. The course was attended by 10 people and lasted for 40 hours.

Education is essential in this sector and needs to be sustained on a continuous basis, and given the fact that Vrlika notes positive figures now, its effectiveness is not questioned. 

Vrlika has already recorded excellent results for the first quarter, which is 71% more arrivals than the same time last year and 12% more overnight stays. Of these figures, 39% were domestic guests and 61% foreign guests.

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