Tourism

Green. Safe. Inspiring: Croatia, Slovenia tourism reveal 2019 goals

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

Croatia and Slovenia’s tourism boards have revealed their goals for 2019, with keeping it green and expressing culture high on the list.

Addressing the media at the Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia briefing on Friday in Sydney during its week-long roadshow to Australia and New Zealand, a combined tourism executive presence from Slovenia and Croatia revealed the countries objectives for the year.

For Slovenia, that means promoting the country’s recognisability as a green, boutique global destination for visitors seeking active five-star experiences, under its I feel Slovenia brand. And by ‘active’, Slovenian Tourist Board project coordinator Živa Vincetič said that means getting outside.

“In Slovenia, all the best things happen outdoors,” Vincetič said, adding that the country had been recognised as the green heart of Europe.

In fact, Slovenia is the world’s first country to be declared a Global Green Destination, owing to:

  • more than 60 per cent of the country being covered in forest (with around a third of it protected)
  • eight UNESCO listings of natural, cultural and intangible heritage
  • more than 10,000 caves, and
  • connections between the Alps and Mediterranean, and the Karst and Pannonian basin.

Moreover, the country’s capital Ljubljana has also been recognised for its sustainability by being awarded Europe’s Greenest Capital in 2016.

Other accolades for the country include the title of European Region of Gastronomy 2021.

“Everything you love about Europe is waiting for you in Slovenia,” Vincetič told Travel Weekly.

The country continues to grow in popularity, with 18 per cent more travellers visiting last year.

For the Croatian National Tourist Board, who presented officially in Australia for the first-time last week, the goal for the year ahead is to improve tourist offerings all over the country under its Full of Life brand.

Croatia received nearly 20 million tourists last year, with 90 per cent coming from Europe. Out of the remaining 10 per cent of non-European visitors, Australians accounted for 243,000 arrivals and more than 745,000 overnight stays.

This was a 15 per cent increase in arrivals and 12 per cent increase in overnight stays from the previous year.

“People are looking for new experiences, new destinations,” Croatian National Tourist Board general director Kristjan Staničić told Travel Weekly, adding: “There are may destinations outside of Dubrovnik improving and becoming high quality.”

Of these new, high quality destinations and attractions is Rijeka – Croatia’s third-largest city – an art and music hub, and the European Capital of Culture 2020. Another more time-sensitive attraction for the coming year is the Zagreb Christmas markets, voted the best Christmas markets in Europe.

When it comes to great food experiences, Staničić’s personal recommendation is to visit the nation’s best, Slavonija, which is home to generous hospitality, top-notch wine produced in the area’s fertile lowlands and amazing local dishes like čobanac and fiš paprikaš.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Wholesalers

A&K takes over Cox & Kings’ UK business – is Australia next?

by Huntley Mitchell

Abercrombie & Kent is expanding its luxury wholesale presence in the UK by acquiring a rival. Could we see something similar here in Australia?

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

“Fiasco da Gama”: engine alarm triggers cruise ship blackout

Passengers onboard the Vasco da Gama were left without power and water, with some saying they are thankful the ship didn’t sink.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Fury over newspaper cartoon depicting travel agency, mocking Samoan measles deaths

A Kiwi newspaper is in damage control after it published a cartoon that mocked the recent deaths of more than 60 Samoans.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

STUDY: The top 10 destinations to celebrate New Years

Just in case you’ve got a last-minute jaunt overseas on your mind for New Years, we’ve got just the thing to get you on your way.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Wholesaler Wrap: A&K’s cheap flights, Trafalgar plants thousands of trees, free nights in Sri Lanka + MORE!

Wrap your head around all the latest deals from your fave wholesalers! Get it? Wrap because it’s a wrap? We’re pretty proud of that one.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Zimbabwe drought sees people, animals and tourist attractions suffer

Do you know a colleague who is a bit of a climate change denier? Prove them wrong with this.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel Associates forms inaugural advisory board

Flight Centre’s premium leisure agency network has formed an advisory board. However, no word on whether it was advised to do so by advisers.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Jetstar strikes set to disrupt tens of thousands of holidays over summer

by Ali Coulton

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly staff are engaging in a strike of our own after our boss threatened to cut our Tim Tam supply in half.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Destination Wrap: ‘Tom Cruise’ to appear at Visit USA expos, ‘Philausophy’ campaign update + MORE

Do you count Top Gun, Jerry Maguire and Vanilla Sky among your fave films? This week’s Destination Wrap is sure to have you jumping about on your office couch.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Virtuoso reveals hottest hotel openings of 2020

Does your idea of a fantastic Monday include scrolling through pictures of hotels you’ll never be able to afford? Click this way.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Wendy Wu reveals new visa “inventions” for China

by Huntley Mitchell

Wendy Wu Tours’ supremo was in Australia recently to spread the travel love and announce some whizz-bang new enhancements to the wholesaler’s offering.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruise captain charged over tourist boat tragedy

After causing the deaths of 28 passengers on another vessel, the captain faces a nine-year jail sentence after being charged with criminal misconduct.

Share

CommentComments