Archive for: January 2nd, 2013

British Daily The Guardian Suggests Croatia As The Place To Go In 2013

 The promotion and advertisement of Croatia by the wold media just keeps rolling on. This time British national daily newspaper The Guardian have suggested to its readers that Croatia is an ideal destination for a holiday in 2013.

The popular newspaper has published an interactive holiday calendar, giving its readers three suggestions for each month of 2013.

The Guardian suggests its readers to go to Croatia’s spectacular coast and to the capital Zagreb in its picks for July. Check out the calendar here.

First Croatian Smartphone Being Developed

Croatia’s largest computer manufacturer M San Group is currently developing the first Croatian smart phone, similar to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy, which will work on Android, reports poslovni dnevnik.

It is expected that the first Croatian touch-screen smart phone and tablet will hit stores later this year under the Vivax brand.

A team of 6 experts are currently in Zagreb working on the new product, together with an M San team in China who are on the search for components for the phone and tablets.

Australian-Croat Shocks World Number 1

Australian-Croat Bernard Tomic has caused a huge upset by beating world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets to give Australia a 1-0 lead over Serbia in the Hopman Cup in Perth today.

Tomic, who was born in Germany to Croatian parents, was the better player and ran out the winner 6-4, 6-4 to record the win of his career. World number 52 Tomic represents Australia after moving there with his family at the age of three. The win is the perfect warm up for the upcoming Australian Open held later this month.

Great Start To 2013 Tourist Season – Dubrovnik 3% Up

If the first couple days of the year are anything to go by, then Croatia is in for a bumper 2013 tourist season.

The amount of tourists in the southern Dalmatian hotspot of Dubrovnik in the first day of 2013 was up 3% from 2012, says the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

Tourists from Turkey led the way, followed by local Croats, Bosnians, Slovenians, Albanians, Bulgarians and French. 17 hotels are open in Dubrovnik and they all say that were particularly pleased with the start to the new year.

Exports Outgrow Imports In 2012

Exports grew at a higher rate than imports in Croatia in 2012, say the Department for Statistics.

Croatia exported 66.8 billion kuna (8.9 billion euros) worth of goods from January to the end of November last year, 2.8 percent more than the previous year, whilst imports only grew 0.8 percent from the previous year with 113.1 billion kuna worth of goods (15 billion euros).

260,000 Croats Heading Off Abroad Skiing

More than 260,000 Croats will head abroad on holiday this week to skiing destinations, 30% more than last year, reports daily newspaper Jutarnji list.

Last year 200,000 set off in the first week of January, a traditional ski holiday period for Croats, and this year is set to be busier than last.

“Sales compared to last year are up about 30%. Skiers don’t really take advantage of last-minute deals and they book in advance. This year almost everyone is going between 5 – 12 January,” say travel agents Kompass.

Austria is still the most popular destination for families. Around 60 percent will head there this year. Italy is a close second, followed by Slovenia and France.

Croatia Defender Vida Set To Join Dynamo Kiev

A medical stands in the way of Croatia and Dinamo Zagreb defender Domagoj Vida joining his fellow Croatia team-mates Niko Kranjcar and Ognjen Vukojevic at Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev.

Portal 24sata report that Vida is about to sign a deal worth 6 million euros and will make his debut against Bordeaux on 14 February.

Vida signed for Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2011 from German side Bayer Leverkusen for 2 million euros. Before that Vida was with Osijek in the Croatian first division.

20 Croatian Counties To Introduce Serbian Cyrillic Signs

Official signs on public institutions as well as street names and squares in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar are set to become bilingual, with the introduction of Serbian Cyrillic on all signs. The decision has angered many, including the war veteran’s association, but Public Administration Minister Arsen Bauk says the matter is not up for debate.

“The introduction of official bilingualism is not a matter for debate, It is in fact a direct application of our laws,” said Bauk. 34.8 per cent of Vukovar’s population is made up of Serbian nationals.

Bauk says that the government wont just stop with Vukovar and will introduce Serbian Cyrillic signs on public institutions, police stations, post offices, streets and squares in at least 20 other counties where there are Serbian minorities.

The introduction of bilingualism is in accordance with the Constitutional Law on National Minorities, and also the Helsinki Charter, which guarantees the rights of members of minorities to use and display their own language and script, reports Jutarnji list.

Valerija Sestic Taking The Modelling World By Storm

Swiss born Croatian model Valerija Sestic (17) is currently one of the hottest properties in the fashion model world. Sestic was selected recently by famous American designer Marc Jacobs, out of hundreds of girls to be the star of the show when he presented his latest collection.

Sestic’s career in the world of modelling begun when she was spotted in Zagreb, Croatia by modelling agent Tihana Harapin-Zalepugin whilst she was visiting her grandparents. Since then she has gone on to model at Fashion Week in New York and shoot campaigns for some of the most famous fashion houses and designers in the world such as Dolce&Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Tony Burch, Rodarte and Oscar de la Renta. Sestic also graced a huge billboard on New York’s 5th Avenue when she done an advert for Armani Exchange.

Born in Bern, Sestic says that her favourite fashion designer is Versace and hopes one day to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine.