Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Croatia Online - Cruising Guide and Time Out

Regular readers will no doubt be a little disappointed with the absence of any new postings since May, for which we apologise. Postings will continue to be sporadic for the next couple of months or so whilst Croatia Online’s Editor and her co-writer, John Nash, complete their long awaited Cruising Companion on the Dalmatian Coast. It’s been two years in the research and writing but all the chapters have now been drafted and so it’s down to selecting the photos, getting the charts done, editing and updating the earlier chapters and adding the finishing touches. It’s been a huge project, much bigger than originally anticipated by the publishers, but hopefully will prove well worth all the effort. Modesty aside, earlier guides suffer from having being ahead of their time when they were first published and, even with regular revisions, they can’t hope to keep abreast of the rapid pace of change in Croatia from long distance, or via periodic visits. So it should be, by far, the most up to date cruising guide of its kind in the bookshops, and is the only one, as far as we know, that has comprehensive contact details of onshore facilities – nautical, gastronomic and recreational – as well as the standard cruising information. The final editing and printing process obviously takes some time, so it won’t be out until towards the end of this year, but watch this space for news.

Time Out

As regular readers will be aware, we assisted Time Out with marketing and editorial for their two new publications, Croatia for Visitors Magazine and Time Out Croatia, the definitive and most up to date guide book on Croatia . The magazine is on sale internationally until the Autumn and is a very good read, as well as containing a host of information on what to do and where to go in Croatia. All the basic listings are there together with a host of features on issues such as buying a property, Croatian gastronomy, beaches, rural tourism and current affairs. The Guide Book has one of the best summaries of history and current affairs that we’ve seen, and the inside story on what’s really happening in contemporary Croatia – a breath of fresh air compared with other similar publications as well as being bang up to date on where to stay, what to see, the best restaurants, etc. Working with Time Out has been one of the most refreshing experiences we’ve had since coming to Croatia nearly four years ago and it’s great to see enlightened Croatian organisations taking advantage of the opportunities that Time Out offers to reach an affluent international audience. A special thanks to the following companies for having the courage and foresight to participate in the first Croatian editions, the acumen to recognise the power of Time Out and for being great organisations to do business with.

Dalmatia Charter www.dalmatiacharter.com
Marina Kaštela www.marina-kastela.com
BavAdria Yachting www.bavadria.com
Art Hotel www.arthotel.hr
Hotel Split www.hotelsplit.hr
Leisure and Land www.leisureandlandcroatia.com

We’ll be featuring each and every one of them in Croatia Online just as soon as the Cruising Companion has gone off to the printers!

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