Monday, October 02, 2006

Croatia Online - Tourism News

We spotted a couple of interesting articles on tourism in Croatia over the weekend.

The first, from the South African Independent, reports that the Croatian government are pushing for the development of inland tourism by providing grants for the construction of family hotels. It expects about 500 to be built over the next 3 years, offering a number of different activities such as agrotourism and mountain climbing. The Independent also reports that an estimated 7.9 million tourists visited Croatia in the first eight months of this year.

Tourism accounts for about 25% of Croatia’s gross domestic product but is increasing much more gradually now that existing facilities are almost saturated. One also has to wonder just how complete the official statistics are with the ever present grey market. However, hopefully, lengthening the season and capitalising on the intrinsic assets of inland areas will enable Croatia to grow tourism without compromising too much on the natural unspoilt beauty of the coast.

For the full article, go to South African Independent - Croatia

The second article appeared in The Times and focuses on the merits of the Istrian Peninsula, and the Kvarner Region in northern Croatia. There’s some great detail on Poreč, Rovinj, Opatija, Lovran and Pula, as well as some interesting insights into the Istrian cuisine.

For the full story, go to Times Online - Croatia

For those who missed Croatia in the summer, there’s still time. The weather at the moment is lovely and the sea is still warm enough for a refreshing swim. Even better, the beaches are pretty well deserted!

Today's photo is of Livno, about a couple of hour's drive inland from Split

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