Thursday, 30 January 2020

Central Zagreb to Become Richer for Brand New Luxury Hotel

For many years, the Croatian capital of Zagreb was all but overlooked when it came to tourism. Foreigners much preferred the glitz and glam of the glorious Dalmatian coast and its rugged beaches and crystal clear sea, with only a handful here and there visiting central Zagreb for a dose of continental Croatian charm. 

Over recent years, that has changed, with more and more foreign tourists discovering the varied beauty of continental Croatia. Far from the sea, but steeped in history and full of rolling hills, mountains and gorgeous architecture which looks entirely different from that dotted along the coastline.

With continental Croatian tourism firmly on the up and visits to not only central Zagreb but far beyond, trickling into Zagreb County, Lika and indeed further east into neglected Slavonia, the hotel industry has stepped up its game, with its eye on central Zagreb in particular.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of January, 2020, the new hotel in central Zagreb will enhance the geographical spread of the Pula-based Arena Hospitality Group's already impressive portfolio, which is currently centrally positioned on the Istrian coast. The move will reduce seasonal exposure, a statement from the company claimed.

The Arena Hospitality Group announced on the Zagreb Stock Exchange this morning that they have signed a 45-year lease "for the purpose of developing and operating a modern branded hotel in Zagreb", which means that bustling central Zagreb will be richer for yet another gorgeous hotel in just a couple of years.

When finally complete, the new hotel will boast as many as 115 rooms and a restaurant, bar, a wellness centre and spa, a fully equipped gym, conference facilities and even parking. For those who know Zagreb well, they'll know that the parking part in itself is something to celebrate.

"This transaction is another important milestone for the Arena Hospitality Group in executing its strategy to strengthen its presence across Central and Eastern Europe. The new hotel in central Zagreb will enhance the geographical spread of the Group's portfolio, which is currently centrally positioned on the Istrian coast, and reduce seasonal exposure. This addition to the portfolio will also help strengthen the Group's profile in the high and lifestyle segments," the company stated.

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Saturday, 4 January 2020

Croatian EU Presidency Already Contributing to Filling of Zagreb Hotels

The Croatian EU presidency is now in full swing and the country will chair the rotating presidency of the bloc for the next six months, after having taken over from Finland. While numerous events are set to take place in Croatia, hotels, especially those in Zagreb, are already experiencing a boom in filling up their capacities, as we reported on recently.

As Barbara Ban/Novac writes on the 4th of January, 2020, the current Croatian EU presidency will unarguably contribute to the better occupancy of hotels in the capital city of Zagreb, however, the largest HUP hotelier in Zagreb, under whose cap operate highly popular hotels including The Westin Zagreb, Sheraton Zagreb, Panorama Zagreb, International, Adriatic and Zagreb, with a total capacity of 1,227 units, is not yet revealing any figures publicly.

During the Croatian presidency of the EU, the highest interest was recorded in hotels of the highest category, The Westin Zagreb and the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel, which are already very well filled and extremely popular among tourists and those in Zagreb on business alike.

''We believe that we will realise a better occupancy compared to the same period in 2019,'' reads a statement on the matter from Rovinj's Maistra, which after managing the sale of shares and strategic partnership between the Adris Group and HUP Zagreb, manages these hotels located in Zagreb today.

''The hotels have a solid team of experts in them who have hosted numerous international conferences and summits for many years, and our hotels, restaurants and conference halls are ready for the upcoming event. A special menu has been prepared for EU delegates to present the diversity of the Croatian gourmet offer. Namely, each region will be represented through the choice of traditional food and drink,'' they conclude from Maistra.

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Monday, 23 December 2019

Zagreb Hotels Expect More Guests Because of Croatia's EU Presidency

Croatia's upcoming EU presidency benefits those in tourism, particularly Zagreb hotels, as they will host 25,000 EU delegates. The political weight that Croatia holds when it chairs the Council of the European Union in the first half of next year also has a direct financial benefit.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Radmila Kovacevic/VL writes on the 23rd of December, 2019, the benefit's of Croatia's presidency of the EU will be primarily felt among those working in tourism, who will host about 25,000 delegates during the six months of Croatia's presidency. Zagreb hotels, which will be the venues for most of the official events, should see about 35,000 overnight stays realised.

The estimates also speak of 10,000 official lunches and 5,000 such dinners, and it should be noted that, in addition to prime ministers, ministers, diplomats and other EU officials, members of their families should certainly also be expected in one part.

The largest hotel group in Zagreb, Maistra's Westin, Sheraton, Panorama, International, Adriatic and Zagreb hotels with 1,227 accommodation units, say they're confident that they will realise a better occupancy compared to the same period in 2019. They also revealed that greatest interest during the Croatian EU presidency was recorded in the highest category Zagreb hotels, Westin and Sheraton, which are already very well occupied.

"The preparations are going well. The hotels have well-trained teams of experts who have hosted numerous international conferences and summits for years, and our hotels, restaurants and conference halls are ready for all of the upcoming events. We'll prepare a special menu for the EU delegates to showcase the diversity of our offering, and Every region will be represented by a choice of traditional food and drink,'' they say from Maistra.

The president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce's Hotel Association and the director of the Hilton Hotels in Zagreb, Josip Jutt Ferlan, estimates that the EU Council Presidency could bring Zagreb hotels 15 to 20 percent more overnight stays during the six months of Croatia's EU presidency than in the same period in 2019.

"In addition to the main events, there will be a number of smaller events held in the margins, all of which are great for our hotels. Many have already been booked, some rooms will no longer be available, but those six months will not only work for delegates but for other guests who are also coming to us,'' noted Jutt Ferlan.

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Friday, 27 September 2019

City of Zagreb Gets Third Hilton Hotel Worth 20 Million Euros

As Novac writes on the 26th of September, 2019, the Croatian capital of Zagreb has now received its third Hilton hotel which is worth a massive twenty million euros, according to Zagreb City Hotels, the company that manages Hilton hotels in Croatia's capital city.

Zagreb's brand new Hilton Garden Inn opened its shiny doors for the prestigious Hilton's 100th anniversary, and the four-star hotel is located on Radnička cesta (road), just a twenty-minute drive from Zagreb's Franjo Tuđman Airport.

The hotel boasts 153 rooms, a fitness centre The Shop, which is a small shop, and a self-service laundry room. In addition, on the eighth floor of the Hilton Garden Inn, there is a convention centre spanning 1,000 square metres, and within the complex lie five spacious multifunctional halls that can accommodate up to 1,000 people at any one time.

In addition, the hotel also has a restaurant on the ground floor, which, as they emphasised from Hilton using different terminology, can be adapted to different settings. It serves breakfast, a daily lunch and a la carte meals, yet this large space can also easily be transformed into an event space, house car promotions and other events which command a large space.

With the opening of this brand new Hilton hotel, according to the company, the increasingly popular City of Zagreb ''got a quality new offer for its tourist offer, a new, modernly equipped congress hall with a striking design overlooking the city and a modern restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel which will become new, very attractive places for organising weddings and other exclusive events.''

Hilton is the world's leading hotel company and commands respect from travellers the world over. It currently operates in 113 countries across the globe, with more than 5,600 hotels currently under its belt.

For images of the new hotel's interior, click here.

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Friday, 20 September 2019

Zagreb's New Hilton Hotel Saw Huge Investment from Zagreb City Hotels

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes on the 19th of September, 2019, after the DoubleTree and Canopy hotels, this is the third Zagreb hotel operating under the Hilton brand in Zagreb, it boasts a four-star categorisation, with Zagreb City Hotels investing a massive 20 million euros into it.

Although it only opened its doors this summer, the Hilton Garden Inn which opened on Radnička cesta (road) back in July is already full of guests, and Croatia's presidency of the EU Council already guarantees some good traffic for the first half of next year and beyond already, according to Josipa Jutt Ferlan, the director of the Hilton Hotel Cluster in Zagreb.

As previously mentioned, following the DoubleTree and Canopy hotels, this is the third Zagreb hotel to operate under the Hilton brand in the Croatian capital city, it has a four-star categorisation, and Zagreb City Hotels has invested 20 million euros in it through a desirable greenfield investment. The brand new Zagreb hotel features industrial design and a modern “easy” decoration concept, boasts 153 rooms, a fitness centre, a small convenience store, and a place to do self-service laundry.

The eighth floor convention centre is spread over 1,000 square metres, with five multifunctional halls that can accommodate up to 1,000 people in them, and along with other modern equipment, the halls have a built-in inductive loop for hearing impaired people.

The restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel is a polyvalent concept. It serves breakfast, daily fast-food and a la carte meals, the space can be turned into an event venue and is the only hotel space in Zagreb where cars can be parked. In addition to all that, the space is also suitable for promotions from the automotive industry.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Investment in Tourism: After Zagreb, Hilton Looks to Coast

After finding its place in the country's capital, Hilton is looking for further potential locations and opportunities along the Croatian coast for its Canopy hotels as Cappelli cites an investment in tourism for 2019.

As we reported yesterday, in a huge investment in tourism, Canopy by Hilton has found its way to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, but the search for possible hotel locations isn't over for the highly respected hotel company yet. 

As Marija Crnjak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 12th of November, 2018, the brand nurtures local culture, and this is Canopy by Hilton's very first hotel in continental Europe. After the opening in Zagreb, such hotels in desirable European capitals are set to open, including London, Madrid, and Paris.

Hotel Canopy by Hilton, a massive eight million euros worth of investment by Hrvoje Pezić's Zagreb City Hotels company, was opened on Monday in Zagreb's Branimir Centre.

The lifestyle brand is, as stated, set to take numerous other European cities. It nurtures local culture, and domestic designers, including Studio Franić and Šekoranja, as well as Croatian furniture manufacturers, who are engaged in decorating the Zagreb hotel, as pointed out from Hilton.

In the hotel itself, you can find various pieces of Zagreb's long history, from folklore to its rich scientific and industrial heritage, as well as some of the capital city's typical traditional dishes presented in a new, modern way at the ReUnion restaurant.

The hotel boasts 151 rooms, a restaurant and bar, a fitness room, a retreat room, a transfer room and two meeting rooms.

''After DoubleTree, we're opening Canopy, and we're expecting the opening of Garden Inn next year. We're exceptionally proud of this hotel and we're happy to have had such good cooperation. Croatia is an extremely important market for Hilton. It has a wonderful coastline and we're already looking to expand there and develop our hotels there, but the City of Zagreb is also of utmost importance because it's growing, and we also want to participate in that,'' stated Alan Mantin, Managing Director of Hilton for the development in southern Europe.

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli emphasised that this investment with the world-renowned brand will contribute to the even better positioning of Zagreb as well as Croatia as a destination which boasts a high quality offer.

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Click here for the original article by Marija Crnjak for Poslovni Dnevnik

Thursday, 11 October 2018

First Novotel Brand Hotel in Croatia Plans to Open Doors in Zagreb by End of 2020

Novotel is a hotel brand within the AccorHotels group which opened its first hotel in France in 1967. 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Mišković to Build InterContinental in Zagreb

A new addition on the way for the capital.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Canopy and Garden Inn by Hilton to Open in Zagreb in Next Two Years

Zagreb is upping their hotel game with the addition of new more hotels.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Hotel Sliško

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