Archive for: January 18th, 2013

Turks Heavily Investing In Croatian Marinas

Turkish corporation Dogus Group have become the second largest shareholder in the owner of Croatia’s largest chain of Marinas, Adriatic Croatia International (ACI) Club, after purchasing 7,685 ordinary shares valued at 25 million kuna (3.3 million euros), writes Slobodna Dalmacija.

The Dogus Group are reportedly focusing on a strategy to invest heavily in the nautical tourism industry and have currently invested around 150 million euros in Croatia as they work on developing the D-Marin brand of Marinas internationally. In Croatia there are two marinas in the Zadar region and 1 in Sibenik which carry the D-Marin brand.

ACI have a total of 21 marinas in the entire Adriatic.

Ivica Kostelic Enters Record Books After Podium Finish In Swtizerland

Croatian skier Ivica Kostelic has finished 2nd in the Super Combined race at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event in Wegen, Switzerland on Friday.

The podium finish puts Kostelic in the record books, the champion skier now holds the record for the most amount of podium finishes at Wegen.

“I am connected to this mountain. Like it gives me a special energy. I have so many nice memories,” said Kostelic.

Bollywood In Dubrovnik

India-based film production house Fox Studios have selected Dubrovnik on Croatia’s southern Adriatic coast to shoot a film for its huge Indian audience.

The Dubrovnik Times have reported that the Indian film company will shoot a remake of the American classic “Knight and Day” from the screenplay by Patrick O’Neill in Dubrovnik this coming May.

Fox Star Studios met with Dubrovnik Mayor Andro Vlahusic today to secure the deal. The film is expected to be viewed by more than 30 million viewers when it is released, says The Dubrovnik Times.

Paid To Party – Croatia’s Answer To Hollywood

It is common practice in the US for high-profile celebrities to get paid by nightclub owners just to turn up and “party” at their clubs to boost its profile. Probably the most well-known benefactor is hotel heiress Paris Hilton, who has been paid 6-figure amounts to “party” at hotspots around America. Now it seems Croatia has its own “Paris Hilton”, 32-year model Aleksandra Grdic (above).

Grdic however is attracting only 200 euros and not the 200,000 euros Hilton attracts to turn up to clubs. Daily newspaper 24sata reports that Grdic and fellow model Gianna Apostolski (below)  are currently getting paid 200 euros, plus accommodation to turn up to nightclubs around Croatia just to “party”.

“Croatian Photography Through The Eyes Of Peter Knapp” Opens In Zagreb

World-renowned photographer Peter Knapp, famous for revolutionising famous French fashion magazine “Elle”when he was the magazines art director, has opened his exhibition “Croatian Photography Through The Eyes Of Peter Knapp” in the capital Zagreb.

Knapp’s exhibition will feature the works of a number of Croatian photographers such as Mladen Tudor, Slavka Pavic, Ivan Faktor and Jelena Blagovic.

Knapp has also photographed for Vogue, Stern and the Sunday Times, as well as working alongside Andy Warhol. The Exhibition held at Zagreb’s Arts and Crafts Museum will be open to 3 March.

Modric’s Watch Croatia Maintain Unbeaten Record At Handball World Champs In Madrid

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric was on hand to watch his countrymen beat Egypt in his adopted city at the World Handball Championships in Madrid last night.

Modric and wife Vanja were happy after Croatia continued their unbeaten streak at the World Championships with a 24-20 win last night. Croatia are top of their group and now face a tough encounter next up against hosts Spain tomorrow night.

Croatian Models Armani In Milan

It is not only Croatia’s women who grace runways around the fashion world. Famous Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has engaged Croatian male model Mario Skaric to model its autum/winter collection for 2013/2014 at its latest revue in Milan recently.

Skaric, who is from the island of Rab in the northern Adriatic, was on the runway alongside some of the world’s best known models in Milan when he modelled Armani’s latest collection recently, and is becoming a popular face on the international model scene. Skaric recently shot an editorial piece  for well-known magazine “For Men”.

Finland Name Croatia As Most Interesting Foreign Destination

Croatia has been awarded the “Most Interesting Foreign Destination” at Finland’s Travel Awards.

“Croatia received this excellent accolade and promotion for tourism at the start of the fair which is held in Helsinki from 17-20 January, and is another confirmation of its growing popularity among Finish people and its neighbouring countries,” said the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ).

The HTZ representative for Scandinavia Paul Sikic was presented with the award at Finland’s largest travel fair “Matka Travel Fair” by the fair’s director Christer Haglund.