Vukovar water tower attracts record number of visitors
- by croatiaweek
- in News
Vukovar Water Tower – a symbol of Croatian unity – was restored and officially opened in 2020. The water tower has been increasingly attracting visitors, and last year it had its best year yet with over 111,000 visitors.
Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava and his deputy Filip Sušac visited the Vukovar water tower and, together with director Mirela Janković, presented the results of its operation in 2022 to the public.
“In the third year of operation of the Vukovar water tower, we are pleased to inform the public about the positive results of its work. Today, it employs 23 people, and the revenues of HRK 5.7 million in 2022 and the realised profit of HRK 2.5 million show us that the direction of its renovation was a good choice, not only in a symbolic sense but also from the aspect of tourism the attractiveness of Vukovar, but also of the Croatian Danube region, and the profitability and business of private individuals, accommodation and catering facilities in the area of Vukovar and its surroundings,” said Penava, who thanked everyone who participated in any way in its reconstruction.
Regarding further investments in the Vukovar water tower, Penava pointed out that a public procurement for a new souvenir shop worth HRK 3 million has been announced. “I am sure that the Vukovar water tower will continue to delight its visitors in the future, and their good reactions are an excellent indicator of the correctness of our vision,” concluded Penava.
A total of 210,128 visitors have visited the Vukovar water tower since its opening back on October 30, 2020. In 2022, the Vukovar Water Tower was visited by 111,133 visitors.
During the year, the Vukovar water tower was the site of numerous events, and the content it offers to its visitors is getting richer every year.
“We have a successful business year behind us. Compared to 2021, visits increased by 30%, and accordingly, revenues grew by 20%. Since our visitors keep coming back again and again, we try to introduce new content, so we have installed boards with QR codes where all visitors can see how the water tower looked like before the renovation. Also, 2 projects are underway; ERASMUS + project and the project of augmented reality, and for all visitors who are not able to visit us, there is also the possibility of a virtual tour,” explains Mirela Janković, director of the Vukovar water tower – a symbol of Croatian unity d.o.o.
“From February 1 this year, the citizens of the city of Vukovar have the option to buy an annual ticket and use it 10 times a year. Several times a year we offer free entry for all our visitors, and 3,500 visitors have taken advantage of this opportunity since opening. Numerous positive Google reviews, of which there are more than 5,000, testify that we are doing well, and they are also good guidelines for even better work in the future,” Janković said.