Croatia - the Most Desirable Destination in 2006 for American Travelers
According to the recent survey of the USTOA, the hottest new tourist destination for 2006 is Croatia! National Geographic Adventure also awarded Croatia as The Best Destination for this year.
Followed by the last yearâs great success after it was proclaimed No. 1 destination by the Lonely Planet, this year should definitely bring new record numbers for the Croatian tourism.
2006 the Year of Croatian Inventors
One of Croatiaâs most well-known and world-renowned scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla, was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan, a small village near Gospic, in the region of Lika.
Croatia will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth with numerous manifestations, scientific meetings, lectures and other festivities.
Slavoljub Penkala was holder of over 70 patents among which in 1906 he created the first mechanical pencil, which became known as ballpoint pen; 2006 is a 100 year anniversary of this invention.
City of Rijeka â January and February Reserved for the Carnival
Rijeka is all the more affirming itself as a city of culture, Carnivals and fun.
The 3rd biggest international Carnival in the world takes place every year in Rijeka with over 10,000 masqueraders and carnival groups. They all come to follow the Carnival events, characterized by a particular blend of Europeâs urban and rural carnival traditions. The jam packed program starts at the beginning of January and lasts up to the end of February.
Many hotel facilities in Rijeka, like completely renovated Hotel Jadran, await its guests. The hotel now offers 66 rooms and three suites with the vast majority of which have seafront views. The hotel is located directly adjacent to the sea, its foundations being in fact dug deep underwater and its view extends to the neighboring Kvarner Bay. Four star rating placed Hotel Jadran at the head of Rijekaâs hotels.
This is one of the oldest hotels in the city that opened back in 1914. Reconstructed faÃ§ade and the walls look exactly the same as they did decades ago, so hotel again looks truly luxurious outside as well as inside.
For those who enjoy good maritime cuisine and appreciate a great view, Arca Fiumana ship anchored in Rijeka city harbor is the place to go.
This will in near future be Croatiaâs first floating hotel. For now it features restaurant and a pub that became a guarantee of good time in Rijeka.
For more info visit www.tz-rijeka.hr
Newly Refurbished Westin Hotel in Zagreb
City of Zagreb welcomed 2006 with a newly renovated Westin Hotel.
This luxurious five star landmark hotel is a part of the world-renown Starwood Hotels & Resorts chain. Its 378 rooms are all equipped with legendary âHeavenly Beds and Showersâ and a total of 13 congress halls in the city core will provide memorable experiences for both business and leisure travelers. For more info visit www.westin.com/zagreb
Small and Family Run Hotels
Over the past few years Croatia has seen especially intense growth in the Small and Family Hotels sector.
Some 150 of these hotels, most gathered under the umbrella of the Association of Family and Small Hotels of Croatia, offer an atmosphere, comfort and quality that reflects the local color and blends tradition with family setting. Given the dynamics of their growth over the past few years, estimates say their number in Croatia may grow by 50 to 100 small hotels a year. For more info visit www.omh.hr
Zagreb - Romance in the City of Hearts
The Regent Esplanade Zagreb brings back tradition spiced with contemporary luxury with its special âRomance in the City of Heartsâ package.
The package consists of: Two-nights in a luxurious double room, breakfast served in the room, bottle of champagne, bouquet of roses, welcoming relaxing bubble bath, sightseeing tour of Zagreb by limousine and a romantic candlelit dinner. For more info visit www.regenthotels.com
Substantial Capital Investment in Cultural Heritage
Croatian Ministry of Culture announced large capital investments in order to increase the number of cultural facilities in the country.
Three new museums will open this year and another five will be constructed. Many of the existing museums, public libraries, theatres and castles will get capital investments that will improve the overall appearance of the Croatian cultural treasures. For more info visit www.min-kulture.hr
Moderna Galerija Zagreb
The Moderna Galerija Zagreb (Modern Gallery Zagreb) is open once more after the 11 year closing and its total reconstruction. It reopened on December 29, 2005 with the slogan â100 years of Modern Gallery, 200 years of Croatian Artâ.
This slogan was chosen because up to now nowhere in Croatia was there an exhibit which covered 200 years of Croatian art.
The new exhibition celebrates the Croatian Art with 153 paintings, sculptures, photography and videos. It is a must see Gallery in Zagreb.
Croatia a Growing Destination for Cruise Ships
The appeal of Croatia as a tourist destination has found further confirmation in the growing number of cruise ships making stops here.
There were more than 450 ships in 2005, which is up around 11% over figures from the last year. Total of around 500,000 passengers sailed on these ships.
Top destinations was Dubrovnik, followed by Korcula, Hvar, Split and Sibenik.
British Airways - Top Recognition for Dubrovnik Airport
British Airways has recently awarded Dubrovnik Airport a special recognition for top results in flight and passenger arrival and departure services. Out of 65 international airports to which British Airways flies, Dubrovnik Airport got top marks.
The airport was monitored over an 18 month period during which time Dubrovnik Airport recorded top marks deservedly winning the recognition. For more info visit www.visitdubrovnik.hr
Sljeme for Skiers and Hikers
Sljeme, the highest peak on Zagrebâs Medvednica highlands will this coming February see the re-opening of the Old Scouts House now completely redesigned and converted into a four star apartment facility that will operate under the name of Snjezna kraljica (The Snow Queen).
It will feature one eight-bed and 16 four-bed suites catering to skiers and hikers. Besides its lodgings the building will have a large restaurant featuring traditional local cuisine, as well as small wellness center with sauna and whirlpool.
With the runs outfitted with snow canons, ski season on Sljeme lasts at least to the end of March. For more info visit www.sljeme.hr