The Croatian capital Zagreb will have direct flights to Canada this year with the reintroduction of flights with Air Canada after a long 27-year break. Flights between Toronto and Zagreb will begin on the 2nd of June and will be operated by the Rouge airline, a subsidiary of Air Canada.
According to a report on the specialist airline website EX-YU Aviation the airline firmly believes that this new route will be successful and have already reported great bookings. Air Canada will fly four times a week to Zagreb and stress that they will “Offer the best market coverage of any carrier between Canada and Croatia.”
From the 2nd of June until the 7th of October the airline will maintain regular flights, and due to the high number of Croatian diaspora that live in Canada these flights should prove popular.
As the year begins publicity for Dubrovnik is coming thick and fast, and one of the most publications in the world, National Geographic, has featured Dubrovnik on its cover page.
The February/March edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine has an elegant cover photo of the sun flooding down the Stradun through the heart of the Old City with the headline “New Classics.”
The lengthy article was written by David Farley, who spent a great deal of time in Dubrovnik researching the nooks and crannies of the city, more fabulous publicity for Dubrovnik before the summer season.
The fast pace of travel, the world is becoming smaller at the slide of a thumb across a smart phone. Whereas years ago the classic high street travel agency was the place to find deals and book fortnights in the Mediterranean sun, those analogue days are well behind us. Today, with budget airlines, AirBnb and Uber, you can book your flights, your balcony in the sun and even the taxi to pick you up from the airport all online. And it would seem that more and more people are doing just that.
According to the tech and travel company, Sygic Travel, 85 percent of tourists planned their vacation on a smartphone or tablet in 2017, whilst just four years ago they preferred to do it with a laptop. Travel is moving from lap to app. In 2017 the most popular destination worldwide was London together with its famous Big Ben.
Statistics also reveal that Android users are more conservative while spending money on accommodation or tours via mobile devices than iOS users.
“Today, most of travel planning is done with the help of a smartphone rather than a computer. Our data shows that in 2017 travellers from the whole world planned 77 percent of their trips in the iOS and Android apps (plus 8% on iPads respectively) while just 15 percent used the web planner on a computer,” says Barbora Nevosádová, Sygic Travel’s Marketing Director.
The 10 most popular cities of 2017 according to Sygic Travel were in descending order London, Rome, Paris, Prague, New York, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest and Venice.
Although there are only two and a half months left until the end of the winter flight schedule, Dubrovnik will get one more winter line in March – Avioradar reports.
The Norwegian airline Norwegian Air Shuttle start operations from March 3rd with its seasonal Dubrovnik-Oslo flights. That is about a month before the start of the summer flight schedule. Four flights are scheduled every Saturday until March 24th. This winter line came like a surprise, without any notice, because in December last year the flights in March weren’t for sale.
Also, the seasonal Split - Oslo line will begin operations four days before the beginning of the summer flight schedule, or more precisely two flights are scheduled during the winter flight schedule - on Wednesday, March 21st and Saturday, March 24th.
Croatia is an “in” destination with Austrians this year. After the largest Austrian travel fair “Vacations 2018” was held from the 11th to the 14th of January in Vienna the feedback from the exhibition is positive.
The "Vacations 2018" Fair (Ferienmesse) is the largest and most visited tourist fair in Austria, and this year included 850 exhibitors from over eighty countries. Croatia was present with the Croatian National Tourist Board, along with twelve other tourist companies and organisations from Croatia, on a large stand.
"Croatia, Italy and Spain are in fashion this year," commented Helga Freund from the Vienna Tourist Office, marking the fair as a tourist barometer for this year. She added that "Initial reservations from the Austrian market to Croatia confirm the continuation of the upward trend and the interest of media, business partners and visitors was very large."
Croatia was visited by more than 1.4 million tourists from Austria last year, who realized more than 7.6 million overnight stays.
On this day, the 15th of January, 26 years ago the independence of the Republic of Croatia was officially recognised by the members of the European Union. This date is marked as the Day of International Recognition.
On the 15th of January 1992, Croatia was recognised by all of the 12 members of the European Union as well as by Austria, Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Malta, Norway and Switzerland. By the end of January that year Croatia was recognised as an independent country by a total of 44 countries.
Russia recognized Croatia in February, Japan in March, the United States in April, and India in May 1992.
The first country to recognise Croatia as an independent country was Iceland, on the 19 December 1991.
A remake of the 1987 film Masters of the Universe, starring Dolph Lundgren, has been in the planning for a few years and now it seems that it is back on track and filming will start this spring. Several sources state that the film will be directed by David S. Goyer, who directed Blade with Wesley Snipes, and that the film will be released in December 2019.
Dubrovnik could well be in the limelight as reports suggest that the city is in the running as a location for this latest Sony blockbuster. According to Movieweb Masters of the Universe will begin filming in April this year and “It isn't clear where the production will film at this time, but the report suggests Europe is a strong contender since Sony has recently filmed some of its recent larger movies there.”
The new movie is based on the popular Mattel toy line that originated in 1982 and spawned several animated series along with the 1987 action film. The film follows Prince Adam, who transforms into a warrior called He-Man and becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.
Sony and Goyer are believed to be in talks on making this remake and that a franchise could be built around a strong first movie. There are even rumours that Dolph Lundren could make a return to the movie, but not as He-Man rather his father King Randor.
“With Game of Thrones and The Last Jedi along with other productions have chosen Dubrovnik, Croatia, which could be a good spot to make Eternia come to life on the big screen,” quotes Movieweb.
So far this latest Dubrovnik based production seems to be on the level of speculation, but the Star Wars franchise certainly brought the city into the spotlight for Hollywood.
He-Man and Skeletor from the Masters of the Universe made a brief, and hilarious, return to the screens together for a range of popular commercials for a UK company last year.
The planned golf course on the Srđ mountain overlooking Dubrovnik is back in the spotlight after the Ministry of Construction and Spatial Planning granted a new location licence on the 21st of December. The licence allows for the construction of two golf course, one 18 hole and one 9 hole, as well as the building of an irrigation system and the reconstruction of the road that leads from the main coastal road to the top of the mountain plateau. The new location licence is valid for two years and covers an area of 310 hectares on the Srd plateau.
Whilst the decision was greeted with satisfaction from the investors several eco-action groups have opposed the news. Green Action from Zagreb and the Dubrovnik based “Srđ je naš” being the most forceful in their protests. “In February 2016 Green Action (Zelene akcije) along with Srđ je naš managed to cancel a location licence for this project. In spite of the previously rejected location permit a new license has been issued for the same project. We will not stop with our critics for this project and will again start a court case against this latest decision,” commented Enes Čerimgić from Green Action.
The Dubrovnik golf project on the Srđ Mountain was first added into the spatial plan in 2001, seventeen years later the golf course is still on hold.