Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Let's Go to the Countryside: New Project Aims to Promote Rural Tourism in Zagreb County

August 21, 2019 - A new tourism project hopes to bring life to the Zagreb County countryside. 

“Visit farms around Zagreb and enjoy fine wines, local produce, and culinary workshops. Book an overnight stay in the countryside and take a break from the bustle of the city,” reads the message of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association, which, in cooperation with the Zagreb County Tourist Board and other partners, organizes the Zagreb County Rural Tourism Week with the slogan“ Let's go to the Countryside", writes Goran Rihelj of HRTurizam.

The project aims to popularize rural tourism in Zagreb County, promote overnights in the countryside, and exhibit local products.

“Since the founding of the Association, we have been committed to promoting and popularizing rural tourism and going to the countryside as an excellent motive for spending free time. With a homemade gastronomic offer, healthy living, nature and fresh air and other active tourism offers throughout the destination, Zagreb County is a great break from the city bustle, just a few kilometers from Zagreb,” said Aleksandra Kuratko, Head of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association.



As part of the project, which runs from September 2 to 8, 2019, in Zagreb County, a 30% discount on products and services will be offered to members of the Association of Rural Tourism of Croatia, such as overnights, wine tastings, sales of local products and culinary workshops of traditional Žumberak cuisine. For a list of partners involved in this great project, check out the website here.


“Rural tourism is a synergy of agriculture and tourism, which, through its multiplier effect, directly promotes stable and lasting economic growth as farmers introduce tourists to the local gastronomy, culture, and customs through the placement of their products,” said Ivana Alilović, director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board, adding: "Tourism trends are changing at a high speed. Experiences are more important than ever, and people are looking for experiences that will change them and enrich their lives. I see great potential precisely in the popularization of products in rural areas and the idea of ​​staying in the countryside. Therefore, I am very proud of the project "Rural Tourism Week of Zagreb County", because in the surroundings of Zagreb, away from the daily hustle and bustle, in the peace of the greenery, our hosts of rural estates await their guests. I am sure that with the familiar hospitality and a full table of delicious specialties of the indigenous, local cuisine of Zagreb County, the expectations of both young and old will be fulfilled. Not only during the "Rural Tourism Week of Zagreb County" but throughout the year,” said Alilović.

Rihelj writes that when it comes to continental and rural tourism, there is a chronic lack of promotions and tourist offers. In this segment, although it is only the first year of the project, this is an extremely important step forward, solely because of the positioning and promotion of rural tourism in Croatia. The primary prerequisite is precisely communication and focusing on the target group. Because if we do not invite tourists to visit Croatia through promotion, they will not come. Rihelj adds that the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourism Board should be more actively involved in the development of continental tourism, as well as its promotion, since it is a totally different type of tourism than the sea, and it requires a different approach.

Zagreb County is a great weekend destination for all Zagreb residents, especially since it is just a short drive away and offers the great outdoors. And as it is the largest domestic market, this campaign and project have hit the right motive - a move away from the bustle of the city, only a few kilometers from the Croatian capital.

A list of all partners in this action, which includes 30 percent discounts, is available at

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Zagreb County Companies Enjoy 61 Percent Rise in Earnings

As many as 8,589 companies with 60,182 employees have their seats in Zagreb County. Last year, they enjoyed revenues of 54 billion kuna, and profits of 1.9 billion kuna.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes on the 13th of August, 2019, the Lidl retail chain, the PIK Vrbovec meat industry and the retailer of medical equipment, Medical Intertrade, were the largest revenue generating companies in Zagreb County last year.

Namely, according to the data taken from the Financial Agency (Fina) in 2018, according to the number of processed annual financial statements, 8,589 companies employing 60,182 workers had their seats in Zagreb County, which is a 6.3 percent increase when compared with the previous year.

Zagreb County's companies generated total revenues of 54 billion kuna last year, marking a 10.6 percent increase when compared to 2017, and net profits of slightly less than 1.9 billion kuna, marking an impressive 61.3 percent increase.

Gross investment in new fixed assets increased by 13.1 percent when compared to the previous year. Imports increased by 8.6 percent, and exports increased by 9.3 percent, with a trade deficit of 5.4 billion kuna. The average monthly net earning was 5,646 kuna, which marked a welcome increase of 4.2 percent.

In comparison with other counties across the country, Zagreb County ranks an impressive second in total ''entrepreneurial'' income and third in net income, according to the labour productivity indicator measured by the ratio of net income to the number of employees, and by the labour productivity indicator measured by the ratio of total income to the number of employees.

According to the number of employees it is in fourth place, and according to the number of companies, it takes fifth place. Velika Gorica, Samobor, Sveta Nedelja and Stupnik are among the top twenty Croatian cities and municipalities at the national level in terms of total income and net profit of companies.

Lidl Croatia (Lidl Hrvatska), with its headquarters in Velika Gorica close to the City of Zagreb, generated 5.2 billion kuna in the largest revenue, numbers which saw it take first place in terms of the generation of both profit and revenue among the companies with their headquarters in Zagreb County. Lidl is the leader in terms of profits, boasting 281 million kuna and 2,060 employees.

PIK Vrbovec, with 1,757 employees and a profit of 86 million kuna, came in second place by the number of employees and third place in terms of profit. Medical Intertrade enjoyed 1.7 billion kuna in revenue, while it remained outside of the top ten in terms of profits and number of employees.

Major players among the companies in Zagreb County include Fliba, Santa Domenica, Zubak Group, Ikea, DIV Group, Hospira, Fero-Term, HKZP, KMG, KIK, Production MK and Oso, MZLZ Land Services.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Jakovlje Castle and Sculpture Park Organizes Welcoming Event

Jakovlje Castle is located in Jakovlje, a village north of Zagreb, on the other side of the Medvednica mountain, 30 km by road from Zagreb.

One of the most prominent structures in the village is the Jakovlje Castle, originally built in the 16th century, and destroyed and then rebuilt numerous times during the past four centuries. There were fires, there were earthquakes, there was neglect, but finally in the 2000s, the castle was somewhat completely restored.

Since the 1970s, the castle and the park around it have been owned by the Croatian Association of Artists and the Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts, and many artists have their studios in the castle. The art colony that was organised there for years produces numerous sculptures, and many of them found their permanent home in the castle's park, where they were originally created. Over sixty sculptures by Croatian and international artists are exhibited there, and the Croatian Association of Artists is organising an event this week to present the project that has been being carried out at the sculpture park and Jakovlje Castle since 2013, as well as to present their plan of activities until 2021.

The event has a very artistic name, Na zemlji od oblaka, loosely translated as Down to Earth, Made of Clouds.

They want as many people to come so that the general public would see what they've been doing and what their plans are. They also want more people to see the amazing park and the castle that appears to be a ramshackle, which adds to the romantic feel of the place.

The 63 sculptures located in the historic park should be visited by lovers of art, and some of the sculptures were given a new look recently, as they were (re)painted. The park is a perfect place to spend a day surrounded by greenery, and it's probably going to be more pleasant than the asphalt of Zagreb on yet another hot early-summer's day. So, make a picnic basket, get your family or friends together, your pets, and spend a day in the art park of Jakovlje Castle this Saturday, July 6th. 

In the evening, at 6 pm, you will be able to enjoy a concert by Darija Zlokić, a flute player, and Mirjana Krišković, a harp player, both members of the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra.

Monday, 27 May 2019

South Korea Ready to Cooperate with Zagreb County

ZAGREB, May 27, 2019 - A delegation of the South Korean province of Chungcheongnam-do on Monday visited the Zagreb County to discuss cooperation in areas of common interest, and the two sides signed an agreement on cooperation.

Zagreb County head Stjepan Kožić said that the meeting was organised to explore possibilities for joint projects in the economic sector, including tourism.

The two regions have already been cooperating, Kožić said and in that context noted that the number of overnight stays and arrivals of South Korean tourists in Zagreb County in 2018 was 113% higher than in 2017.

South Koreans recognise Zagreb County as a tourist destination, Kožić said, adding that he hoped the number of visits would continue to grow.

He recalled that some ten days ago an 80 million euro agreement was signed between the South Korean car maker Hyundai and Croatia's Rimac Automobili.

The president of the assembly of Chungcheongnam-do province, Yoo Byung Kook, said that South Koreans loved Croatia and were interested in cooperation in culture, economy, tourism, medicine and other areas.

During their stay in Croatia, the South Korean delegation will also visit a special hospital for rehabilitation in Ivanić Grad.

More news about relations between Croatia and South Korea can be found in the Politics section.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Zagreb County a Hit with Tourists

After the record tourist results in 2018, Zagreb County continues with positive trends in the tourist sector, as the number of tourists continues to increase. Thus, in the first four months of this year, Zagreb County recorded as much as 15 per cent more overnight stays and 14 per cent more arrivals than in the same period last year, reports on May 25, 2019.

Out of a total of 43,115 overnights, foreign guests realized almost 27,000. Zagreb County seems to have become a hit destination for tourists from Asian countries. There is a noticeable increase in the number of tourists from all parts of Asia, especially from China. Data for Italy, Bulgaria and Germany follows a similar trend.

The number of tourist arrivals increased to more than 24,000, with foreign guests realising more than 15,000 of them. The most visited towns in the first four months were Velika Gorica, Samobor, Ivanić-Grad, Sveta Nedelja and Zaprešić.

“The reasons for the positive results are the new programmes for tourists that have been developed in the Zagreb County tourism sector. The main projects are city breaks, cultural tourism, wine and dine, health tourism, cyclo-tourism and adventure tourism,” said Ivana Alilović, director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board.

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“More and more guests want to live in a healthier and more dynamic style. They want to have new authentic and traditional experiences, try local wines and food, spend a lot more time in nature, and this can be very much done in the green ring surrounding Zagreb,” added Alilović.

Zagreb County continues to invest in the development of tourism in its area. The authorities financially support different tourism projects. Currently underway is a competition to award a million kuna grant for events that are significant for the tourism industry, as well as a 1.5 million kuna public call for co-financing of the development of public tourist infrastructure, such as congress centres, playgrounds, ice rinks, amusement parks, promenades, and cycling trails.

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Another tender for entrepreneurs in tourism is expected soon. It will award a million kuna of non-refundable funds to increase the quality standards of hotels, camps and other establishments offering accommodation services.

In 2018, Zagreb County recorded nearly 129,000 tourist arrivals, which was 41 per cent more than in the same period of 2017, when the number was slightly higher than 87,000. The number of overnight stays increased by 33 per cent, from 154,000 to nearly 205,000.

Translated from (reported by Jelena Pišonić Babić).

More Zagreb County news can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Five Star Outlet Opens in Old Europatrade Building in Sesvete

Get your wallets and credit cards ready as something new opens its doors Sesvete near the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, breathing life into an old building and potentially the local economy, too.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 17th of April, 2019, the brand new Five Star Outlet has officially opened its doors in the place of the former Europatrade building and has a great many leading international brands in its rich assortment.

Otherwise, Sesvete's new Five Star Outlet is the very first cosmetics outlet in the Republic of Croatia, covering 1200 square metres of space in total.

Customers from Sesvete and beyond will now be able to purchase products designed for all generations and all kinds of needs in just one place, and the assortment of offered items for sale in the new centre will be constantly changing and being updated so that all the necessary supplies can be obtained at the lowest possible price at any given time without any deteriorated quality in any of the available segments.

Sesvete's new shopping outlet will be the new home to very many hugely popular leading international brands such as Loreal, Nivea, Max Factor, Vileda, Make Up Revolution and Rossman, a high quality and extremely popular German brand that will be found for the first time on the shelves of some Croatian stores.

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Children's Hospital Project Finally Begins in Blato, Zagreb

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 13th of April, 2019, the national children's hospital project is now finally entering a much more serious phase, and the Croatian Ministry of Health and the City of Zagreb, which are partners on this strategic project, will finally present it to the public in full, according to a report from Vecernji list, citing an international public bid to draw up a feasibility study for the huge project in Blato, Zagreb.

The feasibility study is necessary for this project because it will properly specify the requirements of the architecture, the urban planning, the ecological impact, the traffic situation, and all of the other parameters which need to be carefully considered and constructed, and one of the feasibility study elements would be the preparation of medical documentation.

Fifteen of the major international bidders are expected to report their segment-based studies, each within its own respective scope, and therefore a comprehensive study will ultimately define just what will go where, and where exactly to begin with construction. The start of work on feasibility studies from the project's partners, the Croatian Ministry of Health and the City of Zagreb, will be presented on this coming Monday, as was confirmed to Večernji list by Vili Beroš from the Ministry of Health.

"We received 42 million kuna from the Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 - 2020 project, which is now a European project, and its initial presentation is common within such projects," explained Beroš.

The announcement of this tender was preceded by an electronic public consultation with all interested parties.

The core of Croatia's brand new national children's hospital would be the current Zagreb Children's Hospital, Klaićeva.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Zagreb County Best Wines Review Coming on 25 March

Zagreb County is inviting all interested winemakers from its area whose wines are sold in bottles to apply and take part in the 2nd edition of the review of the best wines of the Zagreb County, which will be held on March 25 at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb, reports on March 4, 2019.

This is an opportunity for the best winemakers from the county to gather in one place and present themselves to wine experts, caterers, hoteliers, tourist officials and wine fans with their high-quality wines and thus promote the "Zagreb Green Ring" as an exceptional wine-growing region.

Zagreb County, as the organiser of the 2nd best wines review, will provide the exhibition space with tables, tablecloths and chairs, glasses, water and pouring pots to all those who sign up.

In addition to tasting top quality wines and their pairing with local cheeses produced at the Zagreb Region Cheese Road, as well as with the meat products, which are both brands of Zagreb County, all visitors of the review will be able to participate in topical workshops and guided wine tastings.

To apply for this unique wine event, winemakers should fill in the application form published on the official website of the Zagreb County.

Last year, the 1st edition of the review brought together wines with a protected designation of origin produced by some 30 winemakers from nine wine areas of Zagreb County. Visitors had an opportunity to taste more than 150 international and autochthonous wine varieties and several types of high-quality cheeses made by producers from the county.

With its five million vines, planted on more than 900 hectares, Zagreb County is at the very top of Croatia by the number of winemakers, wine labels, wine roads, and winemaking and wine projects in general. Some of the most successful projects are the county brands – such as the Kraljevina Zelina and the Portugizac Pleševica, as well as the wine promotion project with the Wine Queen which have been continuously crowned in the County since 2003.

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More news on Croatian wines can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

27 Tourist Facilities in Zagreb County Receive “Cyclist Welcome” Mark

Cyclists truly feel welcome at these venues.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

20.2 Million Kuna for Zagreb County

Excellent news for Zagreb County as numerous tenders are currently going on.

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