An agreement between the island’s custodians Grad Šibenik, and Sunčani Hvar and Projekti Šibenik, has been signed after nearly two years of negotiation, and the new investors are keen on turning the quiet island into a hit party destination, focusing on hosting the best music, art, and gastro events.
Local investors and foreign partners say that the first tourists will arrive in the summer of 2016, and expect 120,000 overnight stays in the first season.
Some of the investors in the Obonjan Riviera project include Leading British music promoter Sound Channel, who have an impressive music project portfolio, which includes organising Hideout and Unknown music festivals, national tourist operator CMT and service company Gratiosus.
“Obonjan has outstanding natural beauty, which we will enrich with necessary infrastructure, modern and luxurious accommodation, quality food and creative, artistic and musical events,” said Sound Channel director Dan Blacklidge, adding that from 2017 they envisage the tourist season on the island to run from May to October thanks to a range of quality events.
“Croatia till know is recognised as a destination for families, and this project will put it up there with world trends, as an urban and modern destination,” said project promoter Kristijan Gržetić.
Some serious investment will be pumped into the project, which will help to turn the unknown island into a strong tourist brand, and investors say that Obonjan will be the first island destination in this part of the world with specialized infrastructure designed to create and the provide the modern tourism experience focusing on art, music, sustainable living, wellness, gastronomy and technology, for tourists from around the world.