Monday, 18 April 2022

WRC Croatia Rally 2022: Zagreb Fair to Become Center of Motorsport World

April 18, 2022 - Easter weekend marked the peak of preparations for the World Rally Championship - WRC Croatia Rally 2022, the largest sporting spectacle and one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, which will take place from April 21-24, 2022

About 250 trucks will equip the competitors and the Service Park. In addition, more than 300 people will stretch and install over 6 km of cables, 7 km of fences, and over 800 m of water installations. The expected total electricity consumption will be about 1.2 MWh, which is needed to turn the Zagreb Fair into a Fan Zone of the WRC Croatia Rally 2022 Service Park, the center of the motorsport world next week.

The organizers are aware of their significant impact not only on economic activity and consumption but also on the environment, so this year with the help of scientists from the Faculty of Transport Sciences and the Hrvoje Požar Energy Institute, they will find ways to maximize their efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

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As the organizers of this year's WRC Croatia Rally announced, visitors can expect rich content along the track and in the Fan Zones. The largest Fan Zone Service Park (Zagreb Fair) will be the first to start operating on Tuesday, April 19, and will be open for six days until April 24, when the final party is expected in the evening. There, visitors will be able to see a real small town built by the teams of the best rally drivers of today, cars and service areas of top competitors, and observe their final preparations and maintenance of cars during the competition. As part of the accompanying program, motorsports fans will be able to buy Croatia Rally souvenirs and swag from the top teams and the WRC, enjoy the food offered, DJs, and famous music performers, and try their skills on game consoles and simulators. In addition, drivers participating in the Croatia Rally 2022 will sign autographs on Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20, and hold Meet the Crews on Thursday, April 21, Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, during which they will give statements on the big stage for the audience. You can download the detailed program via the link https://rally-croatia.com/hr/gledatelji/sluzbeni-program.

Tickets for all six Fan Zones with the best views of the most beautiful passages are on sale via ulaznice.hr/web/. In all Fan Zones, visitors can expect a rich food offer and varied all-day entertainment with sports, watching the entire race on large video walls with comments and explanations from the program's host. A complete four-day package that includes accommodation for €215 and up can be purchased through the Btravel agency: https://www.btravel.pro/en/wrc/.

Due to the limited number of parking spaces at the locations and possible crowds that could affect the race and the organizers' efforts to minimize their impact on the environment, the organizers ask visitors to connect with friends, relatives, and acquaintances wherever possible. They arrive at the location together, at least 3 hours before the start of the competition. Access to speed tests from both directions, start and finish, will not be possible even on foot in the last 30 minutes before the start of the speed test.

About the WRC Croatia Rally
WRC Croatia Rally will be held from April 21-24 at 20 attractive special stages through five Croatian counties - Zagreb, Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, and Varaždin. The ceremonial start and finish and the driver's park will be located in Zagreb. This year, a record number of spectators is expected at a sporting event in the country. Namely, according to the organizers, special fan zones and the track will be followed by more than 350,000 people, whose arrival is expected from Europe and many countries. At the competition in April, fans of octane attractions will be able to see the revolutionary new generation of hybrid Rally1 vehicles, first presented at the beginning of the season. Thanks to the excellent organization of the race and its features, including environmental protection, Croatia has been mentioned many times as a real surprise in the WRC calendar. The event is supported by numerous partners, local governments, tourist boards, and other institutions, including the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Zagreb.

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Monday, 14 March 2022

No More Vaccinations at Zagreb Fair, New Locations Announced

March 14, 2022 - The Zagreb Fair, which from the beginning was the main mass vaccination point in the Croatian capital, will no longer fulfill these functions, according to the "Dr. Andrija Štampar" Institute, which also announced new vaccination points and schedules.

The Institute of Public Health "Dr. Andrija Štampar'' informed on Monday that the point for mass vaccination at the Zagreb Fair will no longer be operational, and the working hours of vaccination places in health centers are also changing, reports Večernji List.

The Zagreb Fair, located on Dubrovnik Avenue in Novi Zagreb, was the main point of mass vaccination in the Croatian capital to this day.

According to the new working hours, the vaccination sites of the NZJZ "Dr. Andrija Štampar", without prior order, will be at two locations: Mirogojska cesta 16, Great Hall, will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 16 to 19 hours. While Avenija Većeslava Holjevca 22 at the Health Center Zagreb - Center, will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m.

Vaccination is available, according to "Andrija Štampar", other days of the week in the Vaccination Clinic of the Epidemiology Service, Mirogojska cesta 16, with a mandatory pre-order by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vaccination points at the Health Center Zagreb - East (Sesvete, Ninska 16) and the Health Center Zagreb - West (Prečko 2a) will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 pm to 6 pm. Vaccination is also possible at the vaccination point organized by HZJZ and ŠNZ Andrija Štampar (Rockefellerova 4), on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Drive and testing at NZJZ “Dr. Andrija Štampar” (Mirogojska cesta 16) will be open from Saturday to Sunday, March 12, from 8 am to 11 am, with prior ordering via the platform.

For more information, visit the official website of the NZJZ Andrija Štampar.

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Friday, 5 November 2021

Interliber 2021 Bringing 230 Exhibitors from 14 Countries to Zagreb

November the 5th, 2021 - The much loved Interliber, which has always been traditionally held at the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam), is finally back after being banned under coronavirus-induced epidemiological measures. The Zagreb Fair also played and still plays host to those coming to be vaccinated against the novel virus. What does Interliber 2021 have in store?

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, this year's 43rd International Book Fair, Interliber 2021, will be held from November the 9th to 14th at the Zagreb Fair, as was announced on Wednesday by the president of the Association of Publishers and Bookstores (ZNK), Slavko Kozina.

The three pavilions will be filled by about 230 exhibitors from 14 countries for Interliber 2021, to which many book worms are looking forward. Kozina pointed out that two years without the fair would have set the entire book and publishing industry backwards, and he assessed that the current situation is significantly better than it was four years ago, when there was a big problem with the collapse of the Croatian publishing and bookstore network.

He also mentioned that the number of points where you can buy books has been reduced at Interliber 2021, as a small number of publishers gave up on the idea of showing up physically.

Assistant Director of the Zagreb Fair, Zoran Usuric, emphasised that admission to the fair for Interliber 2021 will be free of charge and possible only upon presentation of a valid Covid certificate proving the holder's vaccination status, recovery, or a valid negative PCR test result (no older than 72 hours), or a negative rapid antigen test result (no older than 48 hours).

Entrance to Interliber 2021 at the Zagreb Fair will be possible at the box office at the South Entrance with the presentation of the aforementioned Covid certificate, and visitors will receive a disposable bracelet and a ticket with which they'll pass through mechanical barriers and enter the space itself.

The wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing will be mandatory on the premises for the duration of the fair.

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Monday, 1 November 2021

Want to Get Vaccinated at Zagreb Fair? City Publishes Some News

November the 1st, 2021 - If you want to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus at the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam), which is something that has been on offer since the beginning of the Croatian vaccine rollout, the City of Zagreb has some important news for you.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Zagreb City Administration announced on Friday that mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, at the Zagreb Fair will be transferred to the other two pavilions from Tuesday the 2nd of November.

"Vaccination against coronavirus with some of the available and approved vaccines from November the 2nd, 2021, will be possible at the vaccination point at the Zagreb Fair in Pavilions 8a and 9, instead of the current Pavilion 6," reads the notice issued by the city administration.

The Zagreb Fair can be visited for those wishing to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 08:00 to 12:00, and then on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 14:30 pm to 19:00.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the first dose of vaccination and the second dose of vaccination with all available types of vaccines and will be normally continued, and on Mondays and Wednesdays, the third dose will be being administered to immunocompromised persons and those with underlying chronic diseases which make them more vulnerable to a worse clinical picture should they contract the disease.

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Thursday, 21 October 2021

Ambienta Furniture and Interior Design Fair Opens

ZAGREB, 21 Oct 2021 - The furniture, interior design, and related industries fair Ambienta, featuring 125 exhibitors from nine countries, opened at the Zagreb Trade Fair Centre on Thursday.

The event, to last until Sunday, is the first one to be held at the Zagreb Trade Fair Centre after an 18-month ban on fairs, introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ambienta will be followed by the Interliber book fair.

Admission is free but visitors have to show an EU COVID-19 certificate or a negative test.

Opening the event, Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković said that the value of the wood-processing sector and furniture industry in Croatia was around HRK 14 billion and that it was a very important strategic industry.

Around 11% of workers in the manufacturing industry work in the wood-processing and furniture industries, she said, noting that despite the globally unfavourable conditions, export indicators were still positive.

The foreign trade balance in the sector in 2020 was €375 million, she said, adding that this was owing to the government's prompt action as well as a number of sector-specific measures.

She pointed to increasingly close cooperation between designers and furniture manufacturers, which, she noted, was the best way to increase added value and export competitiveness.

Attending the opening of the fair was also Deputy Mayor Luka Korlaet, who noted that the fair was one of the most important national events for the Croatian wood-processing industry as well as for the national economy as a whole.

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Saturday, 18 September 2021

Zagreb Fair to Finally Restart Events! Decision on Interliber Awaited

September the 18th, 2021 - The Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam) has been the ''place to be'' over the last few months to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. A ban issued by the National Civil Protection Directorate on the holding of events and fairs put a dampener on everything the facility was previously used for. That is all finally set to change as the Zagreb Fair begins playing host to the fair and event industry once again.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, following the recently made decision from the Croatian Civil Protection Directorate on lifting the ban on the holding of business fairs and indoor events, which came into force yesterday, finally lifting the eighteen month ban on this activity, the Zagreb Fair announced that in the coming days they will announce the schedule of this location's events until the end of the year.

"Following the decision, the final dates for various fair/event projects of the Zagreb Fair until the end of 2021 will be announced in the coming days. In order to safely hold fairs and protect the health of all participants, the Zagreb Fair has prepared the organisation of upcoming projects with the epidemiological measures currently in force in mind, including the implementation of recommendations for health and safety according to the instructions of the National Civil Protection Directorate and the Croatian Institute of Public Health,'' they announced from the Zagreb Fair.

According to unofficial announcements from their website, this year, Inova, Art Fair, CroAgro and the Fair of Food and Healthy Living will all be held there.

It has been announced that they're also prepared for the wildly popular Interliber to take place, which draws visitors from all over the country, but concrete details on that are yet to be revealed.

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Vaccine Information For Those Who Got First Dose at the Zagreb Fair

May 5, 2021 - People in Zagreb are getting their vaccines against the novel coronavirus, and the ‘‘Dr. Andrija Štampar’’ Institute has some vaccine information for them.

The vaccination process is continuing across all regions of Croatia to combat the novel coronavirus, even after a few weeks of uncertainty marked by problems with the vaccination portal cijepi.se. One of the vaccination points in the capital is at the Zagreb Fair, and those in charge have vaccine information about both doses for those who attend this vaccination point.

According to Our World in Data, as of 4 May, 944,398 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Croatia, with 734,556 people receiving the first dose and 209,842 receiving both doses.

As reported by tportal.hr, the "Dr. Andrija Štampar" Institute wants to inform all citizens of the City of Zagreb who have been vaccinated with the first dose at the vaccination point at the Zagreb Fair that they have been referred for vaccination with the second dose. The term of vaccination with the second dose was defined in accordance with the recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Citizens can check the exact date for their second dose of vaccination at the Fair via the e-Citizens system, by calling the toll-free number 0800 8804 or via their selected family doctor (GP).

The "Dr. Andrija Štampar" Institute has also noted that the second dose of vaccination at the vaccination point at the Zagreb Fair is being organised exclusively for people who have already received their first dose of vaccine at that point. People without an referral term will not be vaccinated there due to limited organisational capacity.

In addition, "Stampar" has asked citizens to strictly adhere to the referral deadlines in order to avoid unnecessary crowds and for the purpose of more consistent adherence to epidemiological measures and recommendations.

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Sunday, 25 October 2020

New Zagreb Coronavirus Testing Site With Good Parking Capacities Opened

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 24th of October, 2020, a new Zagreb coronavirus testing site was opened in the eastern parking lot of the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam) this Saturday. The opening was attended by the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, and the director of the Andrija Stampar Institute, Zvonimir Sostar.

This new Zagreb coronavirus testing location was made possible by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, the Andrija Stampar Institute and the Dr. Fran Mihaljevic Clinic for Infectious Diseases in order to reduce the crowds on Gupceva zvijezda and in Rockefellerova and Mirogojska streets, because in this new Zagreb coronavirus testing location there is a large car park sufficient for everyone who will come for testing.

Testing at the new location will be conducted every day from 08:00 to 11:00, according to a report from N1. Capak said the flow at the new testing site will likely be much higher, meaning there will be less hanging around and crowding.

"Please tell people come here, not to Mirogojska and Rockefellerova. The samples taken here go to the laboratory in Rockefellerova anyway. Feel free to just come here, we'll try to deal with all the swabs that come within 24 hours. Currently, HZJZ has a slightly reduced capacity because we have several positive employees and several of them are now in self-isolation. We have the capacity to cover both this space and the space in Rockefellerova,'' said Capak.

Sostar thanked the Zagreb Fair for meeting the needs for this location and also thanked Krunoslav Capak, who, as he says, organised to put this new Zagreb coronavirus testing location into function as quickly as possible.

"This isn't a joke, nor is it a game. Coronavirus has now also entered our homes for the elderly and infirm. We have reason to worry and as such, we should act accordingly. There are no foci, the virus spreads horizontally. We have more and more families becoming infected. Epidemiologists are working from 7 in the morning until 1 in the morning,'' warned Sostar.

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Thursday, 20 August 2020

Fate of Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam) Remains in Question

As Darko Bicak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of August, 2020, Autumn is the traditional time of large fair exhibitions at the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam), and when it comes to just what will happen with the numerous planned events due to the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, no one knows, not even those in charge.

Poslovni Dnevnik didn't receive a concrete answer to their inquiry about the Zagreb Fair's business plans due to the coronavirus drama, which could worsen in the autumn. Unofficially, it has been learned that something more precise will be known at the beginning of September, but that everything will depend on the epidemiological situation. For now, the Zagreb Fsir is obviously continuing according to plan.

For this year, as many as eleven fair events are planned. While most of them are intended for a small circle of people, some of them are mega-popular fair exhibitions that are also a kind of 'tradition' for the Zagreb Fair. Although the Zagreb Auto Show took first place for a long time, its one-time revival a few years ago, after a ong break, fell somewhat flat in comparison to past glory.

However, for years now, the Interliber book fair has been a regular and well-attended book fair, which has become a kind of social and cultural event of the year in Zagreb and in Croatia as a whole. As tickets aren't sold for this fair, it is difficult to estimate just exactly how many visitors there typically are, but the numbers go up to 150 thousand.

Specifically, last year, 300 exhibitors were presented during the six days of the book sales exhibition, and the Zagreb Fair estimates that more than 130,000 people visited Interliber. Interliber should take place from November the 10th to the 15th, and there is no information about its fate, and it seems that everything will depend on the epidemiological situation and the measures and recommendations of the National Civil Protection Headquarters.

Last year, 481 exhibitors from 28 countries exhibited at Ambienta, and the Zagreb Fair placed particular emphasis on the growth of business visitors by 15 percent when compared to 2018.

The first announced fair is the International Dental Fair Dentax which is announced for September the 24th. As this is a specialised fair which brings together a very narrow circle of professional visitors, its holding in accordance with very strict epidemiological measures might even be conceivable. For a slightly wider audience, the next beauty and hairstyles fair is “Beauty & Hair Expo Zagreb” which should last from the 25th to the 27th of September.

What follows is a popular exhibition of furniture, interior design and its accompanying industry, Ambienta, from the 14th to the 18th of October. Last year, 481 exhibitors from 28 countries exhibited at Ambienta, and it was visited by 21,259 visitors. Last year, the Zagreb Fair especially pointed out that they were happy with the growth of business visitors by 15 percent when compared to the year before. The Art Fair Zagreb art fair is also planned this year.

There should be several more fairs held at the Zagreb Fair before 2020 draws to a close. Additionally, three fairs for 2021 have already been announced.

Back in June, the Global Framework for the reopening of trade fairs and B2B events after the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic was presented, prepared by the Global Fair Industry Association (UFI), which states that after the blockade due to the crisis, trade fairs must only open under tightly controlled conditions.

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Zagreb Fair and Celje Fair Sign Memo of Cooperation

ZAGREB, June 5, 2019 - The Zagreb Fair and the Celje Fair from Slovenia on Wednesday signed a memorandum of cooperation and understanding, which marked the opening of an international conference, "Exhibition Industry - Disruptor or Disruptee", at the Zagreb Trade Fair Centre.

The document was signed by Zagreb Fair director Dina Tomšić and Celje Fair Management Board chair Franc Pangerl.

Noting that the global exhibition industry amounted to around 167 billion euros, Tomšić said that in the past three years the exhibition industry in Croatia had almost been invisible.

"After 11 years of negative business results, the Zagreb Fair has started to achieve positive results. We are only halfway to the industry's recovery and its full recovery requires investment in digitisation, new competencies and a new congress centre," said Tomšić.

Pangerl said that he expected the two fairs and countries to step up their cooperation. "We plan to hold meetings at our autumn fair. We hope for good cooperation at our energy fair in April next year. We have several good global projects which are financially interesting and we can share all of that through cooperation on successful projects," said Pangerl.

Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić, who attended the conference, said that a new congress centre would be built on the premises of the Zagreb Trade Fair Centre, which would be revamped.

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