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The Swiss Chocolate Named after the Croatian City Popular as Ever

ragusaOne of Switzerland’s most successful chocolate products, which is named after the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, is still going strong after seven decades…

For centuries now Cammile Bloch’s ‘Ragusa’, which is the Italian name for the city of Dubrovnik, has been a favourite of chocolate lovers in Switzerland and around the globe. The traditional recipe from 1942 is still in use today, unchanged. The combination of hazelnut filling, enriched with crunchy hazelnuts, between two thin layers of dark chocolate is still as popular as ever. So how did it get its name?

Company founder Cammile Bloch spent time on holiday in Dubrovnik in 1942 and obviously was impressed enough to name their latest product after the stone-walled city, writes (photo / Cammile Bloch)

More Cheap Flights From Germany to Croatia Thanks to Germanwings

Germanwings1Budget airline Germanwings are to increase its services to Croatia this summer…

The Croatian cities of Zagreb and Rijeka are to benefit from the airline’s decision to increase its operations in Croatia.

From July – October a Duesseldorf to Rijeka service will operate twice weekly (Thursdays & Saturdays), whilst a Hamburg – Zagreb route will be introduced between 22 July and the end of August. Germanwings already flies to Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. The Germans were once again Croatia’s biggest visitors last year.

Norwegian Air To Connect Dubrovnik With Madrid & Barcelona

NorwayMore and more connections to Croatia are popping up as the summer season approaches, the latest announcement is that of low-cost carrier Norwegian Air…

This year Norwegian Air will operate direct services to the popular Croatian coastal destination of Dubrovnik from the Spanish cities Madrid and Barcelona. Norwegian Air will fly twice weekly (Tues, Sat) to Dubrovnik from Madrid from March to October. Promotional tickets are already on sale for the Barcelona – Dubrovnik flight (36.80 euros one way), which will operate from June to October.

There were 18% more tourists from Spain last year in Dubrovnik. (photo / Dmitriy Pichugin – via Wikimedia Commons)

Travelling by Road in Croatia? Then This is the App You Want

AppIf your planning any trip by road in Croatia then it just got a lot easier thanks to a new interactive app from the Croatian Auto Club (HAK)…

HAK’s new interactive map of Croatia accurately calculates all travel costs for drivers doing a trip in Croatia and also Europe. In addition it also estimates for the trip the cost of fuel at current fuel prices, mileage and precise calculations for all toll roads. The helpful map also now calculates the cost of ferries in Croatia for all types of vehicles and passenger combinations (adults and children).

The map, which is also available as an app on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets, allows users to select between 3 maps – Mireo, Google Maps and Bing Maps and comes in four languages – Croatian, English, German, and Italian.

SkyGreece Airlines Gets Licence for Zagreb – Toronto Direct Service

SKYA new direct service linking the Croatian capital with the Canadian city of Toronto set to launch this summer just got a step closer to be being realised after the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) gave SkyGreece Airlines the green light to start commencing flights last week…

“The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements. Accordingly, the Agency approves the application for a licence to operate scheduled international services between member states of the European Union and Canada”, said a CTA statement.

A direct flight service between Zagreb and Toronto will start on 22 June 2015, and continue through the tourist season until 15 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed after a meeting recently between Croatia’s Ambassador to Canada Veselko Grubišić, and SkyGreece Airlines representatives. A Boeing 767-300ER aircraft will be used for the route.

A joint marketing campaign between SkyGreece Airlines and the Croatian Tourist Board is set to start promotion of the new service next month. SkyGreece Airlines, founded by a team of Greek-Canadian entrepreneurs, is headquartered in Athens, and has its main base at Athens International Airport.

SkyGreece Airlines will release its summer timetable shortly.

Swingers Cruise to Swing By Croatia

BjBbkNMCYAEPafN.jpg largeThe famous 1970’s television series the Love Boat ‘promised and delivered – something for everyone’. Well this summer a Love Boat of sorts will cruise into Croatia, with the arrival of a swingers cruise boat this September, reports portal Total Split

‘Unleash your fantasies…A wildly sexy dare awaits you’ – is how SDC is enticing tourists to their 9 day -8 night erotic lifestyle cruise which will visit Venice, Kotor in Montenegro and Zadar, Split and Hvar Town in Croatia in September. Check out their advert below.

Croatian Makes UK’s 50 Most Powerful Part-Timers List

linkdenA 39-year-old Croatian-born woman has made the 3rd annual Power Part Time List of the 50 most powerful people in the UK who take a flexible approach to working…

Split-born Karla Hrabar, who is the health & beauty sales manager (Tesco Team) at consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble, has managed to make Timewise’s annual list of the most powerful part-timers in the UK. Karla works four days a week (8:30am – 5:30pm) and is in charge of a team of 13 people which turns over millions of pounds every month. She said her change to work fewer hours came with the birth of her daughter.

“After Maya was born I spent one year on maternity leave, but when I came back to work I asked to work part-time because I thought it was more important to spend more time with my girl in those key years of her development,” Karla, who has worked at Proctor & Gamble for 11 years, told Slobodna Dalmacija, adding that being named on this year’s list was overwhelming.

“I see it as a great personal success, but I hope that it is also a good example to others that people working part-time can also achieve results just like those working full-time.”

So what does Karla think are the qualities a good manager needs?

“I think a good manager always needs to support people in their team in every step of their career. A good manager must have a close relationship with their workers, know their desires and aspirations, and also their problem and worries so in spirit and unity they can help them achieve their highest productivity and aspirations. If employees have faith in their manager, if they believe in their support, then they will do everything for that person, which will produce successful results for both sides,” said Karla, whose team was voted Proctor & Gamble’s team of the year in the UK.

To get a place on the list Hrabar had to meet Timewise’s criteria, which includes holding a certain position in the organisation structure of a company, achieving outstanding business results and being an inspiration to others. One of Timewise’s main aims is to help persuade as many employers as they can to open up to becoming more flexible with working models for men and women in different industries and in different positions they occupy in companies.

New €25 Million Water Park Opening in Croatia in May

Aquacolors1Last summer the first water park in Croatia – ‘Aquapark Istralandia’- located in Brtonigla, in the north-western part of Istria, opened its doors, now the region is set to get another with the 25 million euro Aquacolours set to open in May…

Located 2 kilometres south of Poreč, Aquacolors will be one of the largest water parks in south-east Europe. Built on a 10 hectare site in an attractive location, the 25 million euro investment will be a good boost to the area. The new water park will feature 17 various water attractions and slides, heated pools, kids activities, restaurants and a relax-zone.
“Our aim is to offer a high quality service in combination with a great experience. Our absolute priorities are quality and safety. Our water park will be one of the most modern in Europe, we will offer new attractions and we will be an excellent addition to the tourist offering in Istria,” said Aquacolors project manager Jaroslav Krucky.

Construction is moving full steam ahead with more than 70 people working full-time on site. Aquacolors, which will have a capacity for 5,000 visitors per day and will create around 100 new jobs during the season, is expected to open on 16 May.

Croatian Parliament Unanimously Votes to Fix Swiss Franc for 1 Year

swiss-franA special sitting on Friday has seen the Croatian parliament vote unanimously in favour of amending a consumer credit law which will see the Swiss Franc fixed for the next 12 months…

85 MP’s voted in favour of the law change, whilst only 1 MP voted against. The Swiss franc will now be fixed for 12 months at a rate of 1 CHF = 6.39 HRK.

The amendment will apply to all those with mortgage loans in the Swiss franc, as well as anybody who has a loan in the Swiss franc worth more than 1 million kuna (113,000 euros).

To recap, Switzerland recently removed the cap on its Swiss Franc to the euro which saw the currency rise 17% against the Croatian kuna in 24 hours. The rise spelt bad news for the large number of homeowners with mortgage loans in the Swiss franc. Around 8% (60,000) of Croatian mortgage loans are in Swiss francs. One Swiss franc is currently 7.66 kuna.

Swiss franc loans were for a long time the best credit deal around and a large number of Croatians, Poles and Hungarians in particular took advantage of it in the early 2000s when the franc was weak and interest rates were lower than those for loans in local currencies.

Prime Minister: No More Mortgage Loans in Foreign Currencies

Croatia53Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović says that he will press for a law change that will make mortgage loans in foreign currencies not possible…

Speaking on Thursday at a government sitting, Milanović said that Croatia needed to make changes to the law following the Swiss franc debacle.

“In the future we will go towards all mortgage loans – which we can regulate with special laws – being in the Croatian kuna currency. We have put it on the agenda and we need to start working on making the decision. Some will say that it is a populist move, but I say that it is necessary and inevitable,” said the PM, adding that Croatia is one of only two or three countries in the world where the syndrome of people faced with growing mortgage repayment rates, whilst the value of the property which they purchased falls, exists.

Milanović said that the banks will not be affected, “but will have to bear the burden of social responsibility”.

“One day we will be part of the eurozone. I can say, whilst I am Prime Minister, that we will not rush into it. We will take our time to see what is good, and what is not. We have had the Croatian kuna for 20 years and we are acting like it is not our currency,” he said.

On Friday parliament is expected to pass a law which will see the rate of the Swiss franc frozen for one year at 6.39 kuna.

Around 8% (60,000) Croatian Swiss franc mortgage loan owners were hit hard when Switzerland removed the cap on its Swiss Franc to the euro which saw the currency rise 17% against the Croatian kuna in 24 hours last week.

Swiss franc loans were for a long time the best credit deal around and a large number of Croatians, Poles and Hungarians in particular took advantage of it in the early 2000s when the franc was weak and interest rates were lower than those for loans in local currencies.