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A Local "Fox" Can Show You Around Gorski Kotar
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 21:00

A Local

If you decide to explore around the "Green Heart of Croatia", as people sometimes call Gorski Kotar, you'll probably do yourself a favour if you opt for a local guide. And one of those, Jelena Holenko Pirc will be happy to introduce you to the region through the most amazing stories and give you a different perspective. (Srđan Brajković writes for dnevnik.hr)

Her business is called Lynx and Fox and you'll be able to hear the origin story behind the name when you come to Gorski Kotar and Jelena's tour. Jelena is from Delnice, still lives there and she says that her core business is designing tours and being a tourist guide, and that she enjoys that immensly. While Gorski kotar is a well-known name in Croatia, Jelena thinks that it's not promoted and developed as much as it deserves. It's a location with extraordinary natural beauty and a huge potential for tourism. She says that she's currently the only tourist guide working exclusively in the Gorski Kotar area, since everyone enjoys having a local guide to get as close as possible to a authentic experience. And she still enjoys researching new ideas, routes and places to show people who want to get to know Gorski Kotar. Jelena says that she has lived a part of her life abroad, and that it brought her a lot of good, first of all, a better understanding of how amazing her life in Delnice really is. She enjoys all the time she gets to spend outside, in the fresh air, and the cities, Zagreb and Rijeka are a short drive away on the highway.

The tours she usually takes her customers on are varied and are often tailor-made for a specific group. She works with families, groups, school trips, groups of retired people of business-people at their team building trips. Some of the popular places in Gorski Kotar include Zeleni Vir, Vrajži Prolaz, Golubinjak, Kupa spring, Petehovac, caves... But her favourite tours include nature combined with some other activities, such as tasting of the local products or a lunch at a local restaurant.

You can find Jelena at www.lynxandfox.com and on Facebook.


Meet Bruno Langer, Bass Player of Ex-Yu Rock Band Atomsko Sklonište
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 18:51

Meet Bruno Langer, Bass Player of Ex-Yu Rock Band Atomsko Sklonište

March 18, 2019 - Bruno Langer is the bass player of Atomsko SkloniÅ¡te (Atomic Shelter), a well known Croatian hard rock band from Pula.  Learn more about Langer, the band, the famous musicians he's collaborated with, the band’s legacy and its future in the interview below. 

To begin, tell us something about your beginnings, what the scene in the former Yugoslavia looked like at the time? As far as I know, you had trouble choosing between boxing and music – can you tell us how you decided to play music in the end?

I was in the same generation of juniors as Mate Parlov, we trained together, and in 1965 we were supposed to compete at the Junior Championship of Yugoslavia in Apatin, Vojvodina – M. Parlov as a Light heavyweight, and I was a Middleweight. I had to decide whether I wanted to pursue boxing or rock’n’roll. I had already given up on fighting, and never again went to the training, so that I had quit even before the trip, and decided to pursue rock’n’roll. Later on, when the boys were jogging on the Monte Zara hill, I would play guitar for them.

Atomsko Sklonište (also known as Atomic Shelter in the UK and the USA), one of the most influential rock acts in this region, evolved from the band Bumerang, which changed its name to Atomsko Sklonište after Sergio Blažić and lyricist Boško Obradović joined the group. Your stage-presence was profoundly strange: barbed wire, umbrellas, torn-up clothes, Blažević’s act as an alienated man and Obradović’s lyrics about war, psychosis, and the end of civilization. Where did you get the inspiration for the band-name and stage-props, and were there any troubles regarding the censorship in the Communist regime during the Belgrade concert in ’91?

Sergio sang and I played bass in Bumerang, but only thanks to Obradović did Atomsko Sklonište come to be. Sergio and I teamed up with Dragan Gužvan, who is one of the best guitarists in the region if you ask me, drummer Saša Dadić, and keyboard-player Eduard Kancelar. It's interesting to note that we all grew up on Monte Paradiso hill, except for Sergio, who lived in another part of town – Rude. Atomsko Sklonište was a multimedia, anti-war project. Obradović called me on the phone and proposed the name Atomsko Sklonište among many others. We hung out with poets, painters, artists. We gained recognition among Slovene photographers for our album artwork. The Slovene artist Kostja Gadnik is responsible for the cover-art of Atomska Trilogija.

As for the censorship during the Communist regime, there weren’t any problems regarding “unacceptable� songs, although we had songs like “Kinematograf Našeg Djetinjstva�, which criticized the state of affairs in the former state, but I would like to single out the song “Mutna Rijeka�, which is based on an actual event – the Militia threw a young man down from the second story of the nearby hotel Kontinental. I would also like to point out that the song features guest musician Mel Collins, the saxophone player of my favourite band, King Crimson. It was a real honour to me. When John Etchells brought him in, I was shaking because he was a world-famous musician.

Because our records were sold in Slovenia, which was liberal, by the RTV record company in Ljubljana (which was like a family to us), we didn’t have as much trouble with censorship and the “Shund-tax�. During the recording sessions for “U Vremena Horoskopa�, we used the biggest mobile-studio – the one The Rolling Stones and AC/DC used.

As for the ’91 Belgrade concert, it was called the Guitariad in Zaje�ar. There weren’t actually any problems. The airplane that we took from Belgrade to Ljubljana was the last one available from Belgrade, which inspired us to write the song “Posljednji let boing 707�. In Bosnia, the war started right after we played there, like in Savski Most, Jajce, Bihać – the war was right behind us wherever we went.

You have worked with many famous individuals, such as John Etchells, the producer of Queen, while Mel Collins, the saxophone player of King Crimson, was featured as a guest on the album “Mentalna Higijena�. Can you tell us more about that? What was it like to collaborate with such famous names, and is it true that you were the supporting band for Status Quo and Iron Maiden?

It’s true; we were supporting Status Quo, Iron Maiden, as well as Motorhead in ’98 – they even congratulated us after the show. As for Iron Maiden, that was at the concert on the Hypodrome ‘81’s Locomotive, Omega, a bunch of Yugo-bands, and we at the end. It's interesting to note that ten years after that show, Iron Maiden remembered us and mentioned in one newspaper article that the “Atomics� kicked ass.

Concerning Etchells, we often worked with him. We were great friends before the war started because he and John Peel, a famous British radio DJ, were best men at their weddings, and would often play our songs on BBC 1.

What is your opinion about the past and future of rock’n’roll? Has it still got the same importance today as it did before, and does it even have a future as a music genre and philosophy?

I chose rock’n’roll at 15, meaning that I have played for almost 55 years. Rock’n’roll is one of the most beautiful experiences of the 20th century, especially the hippie movement because it has a positive message, which is less talked about, and I’m happy that I was a part of it.

As far as the future is concerned, I’m sorry that young bands don’t have enough opportunities for gigs, while turbo-folk is around every corner. Were it not for biker-gatherings, I think that the rock-scene in Croatia would be dead – kudos to the bikers! I especially feel bad after remembering what a force of nature rock had been during the ’80s.

And for the last question, what are your plans for Atomsko Sklonište? Will you release a new album, and will we see you in Solin?

It all depends on whether or not we’re going to see a new Atomsko Sklonište record. We as a band and me as a bassist received a prize from Želimir Babogredac because we belonged to Croatia Records for over 25 years. We haven't been to Solin yet, but we were in Split a few times.

You can read the interview in Croatian here

To read more about lifestyle in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page


The Yacht Week 2019 – Phase one line-up announcement
Izvor:  Visit Croatia - a travel guide
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 17:12

The Yacht Week 2019 has announced phase one of its summer line-up of world-class DJs that will be appearing on its yachts in Croatia this summer. This unique ‘floating festival’ – the original one, no less – gathers together a flotilla of yachts full of party people seeking out adventures at sea. And it is only The Yacht Week that puts quality, credible music at the core of its offering – to give partygoers the chance to experience incredible house music and a party like no other. It has been sailing along Croatia’s Adriatic coastline since 2006 and is now set in six other destinations worldwide. But which DJs will be appearing in Croatia this summer? Read on below to find out who’s on the line up!

The Yacht Week 2019

The Buzz Boat

Weiss, Illyus & Barrientos, Mark Knight, and Offaiah will all be appearing on ‘The Buzz Boat’, a floating DJ stage, fully kitted out with a VOID Acoustic soundsystem. All in all, the Buzz Boat is a truly unforgettable experience.

The Buzz Boat
The Buzz Boat

Weiss was the breakout house music star of 2018, thanks to the phenomenal success of his track ‘Feel My Needs’. The sunset groover with luscious old school piano riffs brought him mainstream attention, but this British DJ / producer has already proved his credentials many times over with huge releases on Dirtybird, Toolroom, This Ain’t Bristol and more. Now heavily in demand at the world’s best clubs and festivals, Weiss is sure to bring the perfect vibes for The Yacht Week crowds during week 26 (22nd June to 29th June).

Weiss, The Yacht Week 2019
Weiss
Illyus & Barrientos, The Yacht Week 2019
Illyus & Barrientos

Also preparing to board The Buzz Boat for week 27 (29th June to 6th July) are Illyus & Barrientos, the Glaswegian pairing currently tearing up dancefloors with their raw, jackin’ cut, ‘Shout’, on Toolroom Records, a track which perfectly sums up their energetic, deep, and percussive approach to house music. With releases on Suara, Exploited Records, Glasgow Underground and many more, Illyus & Barrientos have a well-deserved reputation as one of the hottest DJ / production duos in the UK. 

There’s very little Mark Knight hasn’t achieved in the world of electronic music. The Toolroom Records boss is one of the most revered DJ / producers out there. His influence has shaped the sound of house music over two decades and provided him with a Grammy nomination, Toolroom Radio (broadcasting to millions), huge record sales, sold out Ibiza seasons, sold out world tours, and much more. Mark Knight taking over the VOID Acoustics soundsystem out on the waves will be an unforgettable experience. He appears during week 30 (20th July to 27th July).

Mark Knight, The Yacht Week 2019
Mark Knight

Also announced is Offaiah, who will be performing during week 31 (27th July to 2nd August). This Londoner has been steadily building a reputation for quality, bumping house music full of hooks you can’t shake off and perfectly crafted drops for the dancefloor. Since smashing his way into clubland consciousness in 2017 with his breakout hit, the gospel-tinged, ‘Trouble’, Offaiah has been busy; releasing tracks on Defected, arguably the most credible and established name in house music, kicking off his new label All Fire Records, and most recently, remixing Deadmau5’s new single ‘Hurricane’. Hugely talented and heavily in demand: The Yacht Week is in for a treat.   

The Yacht Week – Other Routes in Croatia

The Yacht Week experience is full of big nights and big DJs, alongside some more underground events supporting up and coming DJ talent. But all are designed to test the endurance of even the most committed clubbers!

If you’re thinking of attending the Ultra Festival in Split, why not combine that event with The Yacht Week?! The Croatia Ultra Festival Route includes tickets to Ultra Festival for the ultimate blow out. But when it’s time to recover, nothing comes close to The Yacht Week; guests can snorkel in secluded bays, try some seaside yoga, kick back at a beach lounge and enjoy freshly prepared lunch or dinner, and much more, before the night brings another dance floor.

The Yacht Week 2019

Book The Yacht Week 2019

A yacht for six friends with a skipper starts at just £493 per person. This includes 7 fun filled days of sailing and nights of partying, with plenty of boutique events and experiences (think: morning yoga, disco dodgeball; lavish lunches) as part of the mix.

Book online now at www.theyachtweek.com!


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The Yacht Week

More on The Yacht Week 2019

Find out all the info you need to know on the official website, and do also check out The Yacht Week on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.


The post The Yacht Week 2019 – Phase one line-up announcement appeared first on Visit Croatia.


Croatian Parliament Speaker Meets with Montenegro Croats
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 17:09

Croatian Parliament Speaker Meets with Montenegro Croats

ZAGREB, March 18, 2019 - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković met with representatives of Montenegro Croats in Kotor and Tivat on Monday, saying he was pleased with the status of the Croat minority and highlighting its contribution to local tradition and culture.

"Croats are loyal citizens of Montenegro but they also want to highlight their contribution to the cultural richness and tradition of this country. Croats are proud of what they created here through the centuries and they are an important bridge between our two states. The Croatian minority is a recognised minority here. They cultivate the Croatian identity and have Montenegro's support in that," said Jandroković, who is attending an Adriatic-Ionian Initiative conference in Budva.

"We talked about the status of Croats in Montenegro and there are always some things we can improve financially. Croats in Montenegro want recognition for their contribution to the cultural and spiritual legacy of this country," he said.

Asked by Hina about the inclusion of the Bokelj Navy on UNESCO's cultural heritage list, he said it was Montenegro's cultural heritage but that its legacy was Croatian. "Through talks with the Montenegrin side, we will try to have it recognised... by UNESCO."

Speaking of Croatian-Montenegrin relations, Jandroković said they were friendly. "Montenegro recently joined NATO, we are partners there and expect even more substantial relations in the future."

He visited the Croatia House cultural centre in Kotor which is owned by Croatia and which Croatia plans to start renovating this year and put to use soon. "I expect it will house the Croatian consulate."

Jandroković said he was impressed by the cultural, spiritual and material richness of the Croatian people in Montenegro. In Tivat, he also met with the Croat business community.

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


Rijeka Marks 300th Anniversary of Free Port Charter
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 17:05

Rijeka Marks 300th Anniversary of Free Port Charter

ZAGREB, March 18, 2019 - A ceremony was held at the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Coast in Rijeka to mark the 300th anniversary of a charter declaring Rijeka a free port, with Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković saying that the event had marked the beginning of the city's intensive overall growth.

The Port of Rijeka was granted a charter as a free port by Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI on 18 March 1719.

Addressing the ceremony, Mayor Vojko Obersnel said that the charter had been of critical importance for the city's development. Important events in that development were the construction of roads towards the country's interior in the 18th century and the construction of a railway in the 19th century, he recalled.

"The status that accompanied Rijeka at the time when it was part of Austria, Hungary, Italy, Yugoslavia and now Croatia, has made the city an important geographic point and opened it up to the world," said Obersnel, noting that Rijeka's turbulent and rich past had made it what it was today - an open and tolerant city with different ethnic groups, religions and cultures.

Speaking of projects to upgrade the port, Obersnel recalled one launched in 2003 with the support of the World Bank to modernise the port infrastructure. He said that the port development projects also included a plan to build a lowland railway, the D-403 road, a new container terminal and a ring road.

Noting that Rijeka has extraordinary economic potential, Minister Butković said a major investment cycle was underway involving seven port infrastructure projects worth 133 million euro, which, together with the road D-403, made total investments exceed 200 million euro.

Speaking of plans to build a lowland railway from Zagreb to Rijeka, Butković said that this year a tender would be published for the construction of the first section, running from Hrvatski Leskovac to Karlovac.

Rijeka Port Authority head Denis Vukorepa said that the container terminal at the port's Zagreba�ka Obala section was nearing completion, that possible investors had shown interest and that an agreement on a licence to operate the terminal would be signed in September.

He noted that all current projects would be completed in 2021 by which time the port would become a strong intermodal transport centre in the northern Adriatic.

Answering a reporter's question, Butković said that he expected Chinese partners, too, to be interested in the Zagreba�ka Obala terminal and the lowland railway, which is expected to be financed with EU funds as well as based on the concession model.

More news about Rijeka can be found in the Lifestyle section.


Croatian Mondays - Speaking, Talking, Telling and Saying
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 16:55

Croatian Mondays - Speaking, Talking, Telling and Saying
Maybe you've noticed that for some time now, I haven't written a single word about the Croatian language, Croatian life, Croatian ways... or about anything, to be honest. I must say that I was a bit taken aback by the fact that my emails weren't exactly cluttered up with fan mail inquiring about an obvious absence of my profound thoughts in the media!
 
I did get one complaint through email though... but that one was from my editor who was kindly inquiring if inspiration had paid me a visit yet and, perhaps more to the point, will it ever visit me again? So, I'm not entirely sure that that one counts. Either way, it's nice that someone notices that you're actually being quiet when you are.
 
Why didn't I write?  It's very simple. Believe it or not, I just didn't have anything wise to say.
 
I'm not one to keep quiet usually. You know that person at your workplace that everybody is always nudging with their elbows under the table to speak up at the staff meeting and to tell the boss that obvious thing everybody is thinking, but nobody wants to say out loud? Well, I am that person, at least I was. As the years have passed by, I have learned that sometimes I just have to keep my big mouth shut. Well, I'm still in the learning process anyway...
 
If we exclude the conversational conflicts in which the average Croat might confront his boss, we might say that Croats really like to talk. That's why, I presume, we have so many different verbs which describe talking itself. If you're learning Croatian, you might find yourself a bit puzzled and slightly irritated with the number of verbs that are in some way connected to such a simple thing, such as making conversation.
 
Govoriti / to speak, to talk
Reći, kazati / to say
PriÄ�ati / to tell a story
Razgovarati / to converse, to talk to each other
 
All of these verbs are pretty similar in meaning, but in standard Croatian, they aren't used with the same purpose. For example, the verb govoriti can be used to say: Ja govorim neÅ¡to, a ti me ne sluÅ¡aÅ¡ / I'm talking/saying something and you are not listening to me! which is a very useful and multifunctional sentence in parenting one-on one.
 
But, if you're talking to another person in the sense of holding a conversation with them, you need to use the verb - razgovarati. Ja razgovaram s prijateljicom. It is uncommon to say: Ja govorim s prijateljicom. In standard Croatian there's a difference beetwen the verb priÄ�ati / to tell a story and the verb govoriti / to talk, so it wouldn't be proper to say: Ja dobro priÄ�am hrvatski, (which many Croats wrongly say, just by the way), you should instead say: Ja dobro govorim hrvatski.
 
However, when you find yourself wandering through the Croatian streets or going somewhere on the tram, these verbs often do get mixed up, so, as mentioned, you will often hear people say: PriÄ�am s nekim, which is not proper, as well as: Razgovaram s nekim, which is correct, meaning: I am talking to someone. That is if you actually ever even happen to see anybody actually talking to each other on the tram and not writing an essay on their smartphones.
 
Croats like to converse, a lot, to each other. But even better, they like to talk to themselves or to an audience. Do you think I'm exaggerating? Try to walk through the streets of Zagreb on a busy Monday afternoon. Every few metres you will see a person vividly explaining to themselves why they didn't come for coffee yesterday or having an argument with their boss. Who is not at the street at that exact time.
 
Giving monologues to an audience in which the other person can just nod their head and slide in an occasional Mhm... Ma nemoj mi reći! / You don't say! is also a very Croatian thing to do. Just look at the back mirror of your car while waiting for the green light, usually there is a woman giving a monologue and the guy with a completely lost look in his eyes, just phlegmatically nodding his head during all the wrong times throughout the monologue.
 
We just love to have an opinion on everything, from the weather forecast to football, to Severina's new husband, to the national GDP, the current political situation in the Middle East... We have an opinion on everything and we are not afraid to talk about it. I'm guessing that is a consequence of all those political decades during which we weren't supposed to have (or share) our own opinions on anything relevant.
 
However, a strange thing happens to all those loud ''opinion providers'' if you remove them from their favourite coffee place and put them in a conference room instead. If you happen to see a bunch of Croats in a conference and the lecturer asks: Does anyone have a question? All you will hear is a mix of silence and that annoying fly buzzing around the light. The clock is slowly ticking, the lecturer is sweating through his shirt and then some poor soul from the last row raises her hand and asks something in a quiet and timid voice.
 
At that time, you'll see all of  the Croatian audience turning towards her with the same angry yet astonished  look in their eyes: How dares she? Who does she she think she is? Hah, I could have though of that stupid question myself! Not standing out in a group, keeping a low profile and being just the same as anybody else is part of the ''heritage'' of our colourful political history.
 
The verbs mentioned earlier are far from the whole selection of verbs connected to speaking or talking.  Let's see what else we have:
 
Nagovarati / to talk into
Pregovarati / to negotiate
Ogovarati  / to badmouth
Prigovarati / to nag / to make a fuss about
Dogovarati se / to agree on or arrange something
 
As far as that last one is concerned, it is one of the most commonly used verbs in the Croatian language and one of the favourite verbs of my mother.
 
Mum, can I go to the store with my sister and buy an ice cream? asked five-year old me with her eyes full of hope.
Dogovorit ćemo se! / We'll have to arrange it! / We'll sort something out! mum would reply with a conspiritive smirk on her face.
 
Mum, can I  go to the New Kids on the Block concert with my sister this weekend? (Yes, yes, New Kids on the Block was a huge hit when I was growing up, I know, I'm old, no need to remind me!) - fourteen-year-old me asked my mum, filled with a sense of naive hope and some tears, prepared just in case...
Dogovorit ćemo se! / We'll have to arrange it! she  gently smiled at me.
 
Mum, can I borrow your car on Friday night? 19-year old me ambitiously asked mum that hot summer afternoon
Dogovorit ćemo se! / We'll have to arrange it! mum answered patiently, grinning at me.
 
As time passed by, I realised that the answer dogovorit ćemo se! is a secret code for no way, kid! / nema Å¡anse, mala! I hated that sentence like nothing else. In time I completely forgot about it and all those promised arrengements with my mum which never took place, until one evening a few months ago, my daughter approached me asking: Mum, can I invite my friend for a sleepover this weekend? and I replied: Dogovorit ćemo se! She slammed the door and yelled: You always say that!
 
Later I realised that dogovorit ćemo se! is not only the favourite ''mum sentence'', but also a favourite sentence for any kind of meeting business deal. Every business meeting in Croatia ends with a handshake and those three words: Dogovorit ćemo se!  
 
And as for these other verbs like ogovarati, prigovarati, nagovarati - I don't think we should waste any time in writing about them! You see, we people in Croatia never badmouth eachother, we rarely ever fuss about things and we never ever let somebody to persuade us to do anything that we don't want to do, right? We'll leave that one up to you!
 
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Irving Stackpole, Elizabeth Ziemba Interiew Ahead of Zagreb Health Cluster Seminar
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 16:23

Irving Stackpole, Elizabeth Ziemba Interiew Ahead of Zagreb Health Cluster Seminar

March 18, 2019 - More international medical tourism expertise is heading to Zagreb to help grow the Croatian medical tourism story, as Irving Stackpole and Elizabeth Ziemba host a boutique seminar at Bagatin Education Centre in Zagreb next week. 

The number of international medical tourism experts passing through Croatia these days is really quite incredible. 

Although covering the health tourism industry is only a small part of what I do, it seems that every time I look at it, there is another global expert in town. I got to meet and interview Joe Sweet, International Patient Experience Director for the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic last week. Sweet was one of 22 international speakers at the 5th Annual Medical Tourism Conference in Zagreb, speakers which also included Irving Stackpole and Elizabeth Ziemba. You can read more about the conference here

I had already been in touch with Stackpole and Ziemba by means of an email interview ahead of their next visit to Zagreb, on March 26. 

While there are numerous conferences in the field of medical tourism in Croatia, there is even more happening in the background, with the Bagatin Education Centre in Zagreb holding a range of events. This is where I met medical tourism branding guru Ilan Geva at a recent workshop, and where Stackpole and Ziemba will be hosting a workshop on Taking Cluster Development to the Next Level: Changing the Course of Medical Travel.

1. It is great that you are coming to Croatia to share your expertise with local stakeholders. Tell us how the trip came about and anything else you will be doing while here.  

Well, we met Ognjen Bagatin at the World Health Care Congress in Washington DC in 2018 when we had an opportunity to discuss with him in detail the evolution of the health tourism markets in Croatia. Developing a workshop in Croatia came from that conversation.

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2. You come at a time when the Croatian medical tourism industry is starting to get organised. The recent Health Spot Croatia conference included all the major stakeholders. How would you assess the current state of the medical tourism industry here, and what is the potential?

Having been to Croatia only twice; once to Opatia and recently to Zagreb, it would be difficult to draw conclusions from that experience. There is ambition and a high level of interest; these are always good initial ingredients to success!

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3. What do you see are the competitive advantages that Croatia has in the global market?

There appears to be a high level of proficiency among the health and medical professionals in the country. We have not, as yet, had an opportunity to tour the health and medical services providers firsthand. Quality of the healthcare services is of course paramount.

4. You have vast international experience in medical travel and have both travelled the world. As Croatia takes its first small steps in the industry, which countries should it be looking to learn from, and why?

While there are easy comparisons among countries, the hard-learned errors of every country or region can be useful to Croatia. It is essential that Croatia develop its own „unique sales proposition“ based on its assets and differentiators. We will be focusing on this in our workshop.

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5. Your workshop theme is taking cluster development to the next level. Croatian health tourism has several clusters - Kvarner, Zagreb and Pannonia for example - but it is struggling to develop a national brand, which is surely the priority. How do clusters work together to strengthen the national brand while developing their own?

In our workshop, we will focus on what a cluster is and what it is not. All of the organizations calling themselves „clusters“ are probably not clusters but are types of marketing collaborations. The functions of successful clusters, such as collaboration, competition and measurement will be emphasized. And regarding the national brand of Croatia, it is unlikely that health or medical tourism will define this for the country. Rather, understanding the attraction of Croatia in the travel and tourism markets, the extraordinary loyalty of the diaspora and the underlying assets of the country – these will provide opportunities to leverage a health tourism brand for Croatia.

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6. Where do you see Croatian health tourism in 10 years, and what needs to happen to get it there?

We certainly don't have a crystal ball! There are 1000 small steps that can be taken to improve the markets for health tourism to Croatia. Based on the energy and commitment we have witnessed, it's clear that Croatia will take 1001.

7. For those thinking of attending the workshop, explain what attendees will take home from a day with you.

First and foremost, a clear and sober look at the international health tourism markets as they relate to Croatia. Second, a structured approach to the evolution of a cluster in Croatia which will further the goal of developing Croatia as a premier health tourism destination. Finally, the skills needed to create a unique sales proposition at the clinic or national level, which will improve your competitive position.

For more information about the seminar and to reserve a place, contact Bagatin Clinic

To follow the momentum of the Croatian medical tourism story, follow the dedicated TCN page


Biggest Croatian bakery chain opens first store in Finland
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 16:21

New Mlinar in Finland (Photo: Mlinar)

18 March 2019 – Croatia’s oldest and largest bakery chain has continued its global expansion by opening a store in Finland. 

The latest Mlinar bakery opened in Finland on the weekend in the city of Lahti, around 100 kilometres north-east of the capital Helsinki. The Mlinar bakery is loacted at Vapaudenkatu 13.

Mlinar in Finland opens (Photo: Mlinar)
New Finland store opened on Saturday (Photo: Mlinar)

A day earlier the bakery opened a new store in Sarajevo. 

Mlinar in Sarajevo opened on Friday (Photo: Mlinar)

Mlinar has over 230 bakeries around the world with the bakeries set out exactly the same as their Croatia bakeries with the same products.

Mlinar has rapidly expanded franchises internationally over the last two years, with bakeries opening in Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Slovenia, Dubai, Ireland, Slovakia, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.


Zlatko Dalić Announces Changes in Team Ahead of Euro Qualifiers
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 15:13

Zlatko Dalić Announces Changes in Team Ahead of Euro Qualifiers

The Croatia national football team begins their qualifications for Euro 2020 on Thursday. Zlatko Dalić gathered the team on Monday and spoke to the media about the changes he’ll have to make in the starting lineup, reports Gol.hr on March 18, 2019. 

The Croatia national team awaits their first qualifiers for Euro 2020 on Thursday and Sunday. Croatia's opening match against Azerbaijan is at Maksimir, while the following qualifier is in Budapest against Hungary.

Coach Zlatko Dalić has already had to make some changes to his initial list. Due to the injuries of Marko Pjaca and Tin Jedvaj, Dalić has activated backup players Bruno Petković from Dinamo and Karlo Bartolec of Danish club Nordsjaelland.

"There are a couple of things you already know: we have activated backup players Petković and Bartolec. Pjaca had an operation, and I wish him luck to return to the national team. Bartolec has been called up because we have a problem with Jedvaj, we'll see how it is today, but he probably will not be ready. Today there will be regenerative training because the guys played over the weekend, and two days of preparation for Azerbaijan. I again invite fans to support us, ahead of us are two tough games,� the coach said at the beginning of the press conference.

The biggest concern for Dalić is the defense, which is quite weakened compared to the World Cup.

"I'm constantly saying that I will not talk about the problems or look at the negatives, if we talk about who we are missing, we'll go in the wrong direction and look for an alibi. We don’t have it. I accept that we do not have it. Only Vida is available from the World Cup in the defence. Rebić was injured, Brozović has problems, but I believe I have the alternatives, and I think we can agree on a good team. The biggest problem is the defense; they have not played together long."

There is also a problem with Croatia's first goalkeeper, as Lovre Kalinić has not defended Aston Villa's goal for some time. 

"I said I do not like to change much, especially the goalkeepers, but in the last five games Kalinić did not defend, he had an injury, and Livaković has been constant and defended well in Europe.�

What about Jedvaj’s injury and Kramarić’s form?

‘’Jedvaj was injured last week from the snow-covered terrain, the club thought that he would be okay, but over the weekend he felt pain again. If it is a problem and a risk, we will not force it. And Krama is regularly scoring, is maybe in the best form of all the players who play forward. It makes me happy, and it will be good for us.�

How will Dalić play Croatia in these qualifications?

"We definitely have to change the style of the game since the World Cup. We are no longer in a position against Argentina, England, or France, to wait for the situation and need counter-attacks and semi-counter attacks, which we have perfected to the maximum. Now we are the favorite and we have to possess the ball. In that possession, we have to be serious and secure. The most dangerous situation will be when we lose the ball, then it is imperative that we quickly get the ball back. I've been thinking a lot about it. We have to be very patient when we are in possession. I said tiki-taka is out of fashion, but we're going to be forced to do it, keep the ball and possess it, but look for more vertical passes.�

Azerbaijan will probably come out with a dense block. Is Bartolec an option or will it be an experiment like Rog against Spain (right back)?

"We will try this option, and we have to find solutions. They have two fast players up top and the Brazilian Almeida who is good at finishing. But there are solutions; I have an idea and a vision, Bartolec is one of those ideas."

Does Dalicć see Bruno Petković in his plans?

"Petković is a type of player we do not currently have; he is good at the 16, he has a good jump and knows how to keep the ball. This type of player may be needed against such teams."

And thoughts on Azerbaijan?

"Nikola JurÄ�ević has invited several new players, five of them are playing outside of Azerbaijan, and the others are from two or three clubs from their domestic league. They know each other and have a constant. The Brazilian Almeida is a creative midfielder, a lot of things go from him, and they have two quick players up top. Their striker who plays in Russia has scored three goals in the last three matches; it's not a team to underestimate. I expect a full Maksimir. After the World Cup fans could enjoy Dinamo's autumn, and I hope that this synergy will continue. We need to go through these qualifications elegantly, but if we do not get serious, we will have problems,â€� Dalić concluded. 

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Zadar Wine Festival 2019 to be held in April
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Ponedjeljak, 18 Ožujak 2019 15:04

Zadar (Photo: Ivo Biocina/Croatian National Tourist Board)

18 March 2019 – The third edition of the Zadar Wine Festival will take place on 6 & 7 April 2019 at Arsenal in Zadar. Before the festival, ’10 days of Restaurants’ will be held from 27 March – 5 April.  

Zadar and the Zadar County is currently one of the fastest growing wine regions in Croatia, with more and more winemakers, international awards and big investments in wine production. This has led to the organisation of a top wine festival in Zadar, which for the third consecutive year brings together winemakers, those in the hospitality industry and wine lovers. 

The 2019 Zadar Wine Festival will be held under the patronage and support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zadar, the Zadar County, the Croatian Chamber of Economy, the Zadar Tourist Board and the Zadar County Tourist Board.

Zadar Wine Festival

The title of “the most serious wine festival in Dalmatia” was earned due to the excellent organisation, wine presentation and delicacies, as well as the rich festival programme.

“This region, throughout the year, but primarily during the tourist season, is a very important market for the sale of wines from small and large producers from all over Croatia, so this festival is a great opportunity for winemakers to present their region’s wines and varieties,” says Ivan Stiblik, organiser of the Zadar Wine Festival and commissioner of the Croatian Sommelier Club for Dalmatia, adding: “It is a well-known fact that those in the hospitality industry have a large selection of wines of different varieties on their wine cards, and this event will help them in their selection.â€�

Ivan Stiblik – Zadar Wine Festival

During the two festival days in a unique ambience at Zadar Arsenal, the 500-year-old monument of culture that attracts people from all over the world, visitors can expect a host of renowned exhibitors and quality music programme. 

At Almayer – Art & Heritage Hotel and the Bastion Hotel, there will be interesting and educational workshops, including Jo Ahearne lecturing on “Champagne and Prosecco”, a presentation of the autochthonous Moslavina variety Å krlet, presentation of the Festigia line by Vina Laguna, a workshop for pairing food and wine, and a presentation of the wines of the Hungarian Villány region.

Zadar Wine Festival

During the ’10 days of Restaurants’ from 27 March – 5 April, Zadar restaurants will take part by offering a three-course meal with a glass of wine from the Zadar region for 110 kuna. 

The festival will be open from 14:00 do 20:00 on 6 & 7 April. More details on the festival’s website or Facebook page

Zadar Wine Festival

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