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CROATIA NEWS

Istria and Croatia are receiving a lot of media attention worldwide.

Below is a look at various articles, announcements and recognitions from around the world which showcase trends and results in the real estate and tourism sectors, the beauty of Croatia, the variety of noteworthy aspects of the country and interesting happenings.

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December 2017

The real estate market in Croatia going into 2018. What’s hot? An analysis by Tom Thiele
See https://web.facebook.com/TopAdriaCroatia/photos/a.10150407400478895.377165.257259908894/10155882997633895/?type=3&theater

September 2017

Based on an analysis of the asking prices for flats and apartments advertised on the Croatian real estate portal Crozilla, the average price per square metre in Pula, the capitol of Istria, rose by 9.1% compared with August 2016, to 1,421 Euro. This was the biggest price increase among all markets in Croatia. Pula is among the top 5 locations in terms of demand in general and among potential foreign buyers. The most expensive market for flats and apartments however is Dubrovnik, with an average asking price of 3,796 Euro per square metre, 2,7 times higher than in Pula! 

August 2017

The Croatian Prime Minister Plenković has announced that the planned implementation of a property tax has been delayed until further analyses has been performed.
http://www.poslovni.hr/hrvatska/plenkovic-o-porezu-na-nekretnine-odgoda-ce-biti-najbolje-rjesenje-330910

Happy birthday*, TopAdria Real Estate Croatia! *8.8.2008

Asking prices for flats and apartments advertised on the Croatian real estate portal Crozilla have increased in July by 0,5% by month and 4,6% per year. In Pula they are now at around 1,384 Euro per square metre, up 1,4% from June 2017. The priciest flats are on offer in Dubrovnik, averaging 3,796 Euro / sqm, followed by Opatija with 2,933 Euro / sqm and Split at 2,332 Euro / sqm. In terms of who is searching, neighbouring Bosnia is leading the pack, followed by Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Slovenia. They were mostly interested in apartments located in Zagreb, Pula, Makarska, Split and Umag.

June 2017

2017 is so far exceeding the record results in tourism from 2016 even further. From January to May this year 14% more arrivals and 11% more overnight stays were recorded by the eVisitor system (reports HRTurizam). Most of the 9.3 million overnight stays happened in the Istria region with 2,56 million (almost twice as many as in the next popular region, Split-Dalmatia). Croatia this year is so far again most famous among Germans followed by Austrians, Slovenians, Brits and Italians. Bookings for the remainder of the year are very high as well.
http://hrturizam.hr/tijekom-prvih-pet-mjeseci-ostvareno-vise-od-9-milijuna-turistickih-nocenja/

April 2017

Very high scores for Croatia compared with 136 world economies in terms of tourist service infrastructure (rank 5!), health & hygiene (rank 19 - ahead of many Western countries; UK ranked only 49 and US 56), natural resources (rank 20 ahead of New Zealand), environmental sustainability (21), safety and security (24) and tourism competitiveness (32). Very low scores for the business environment, though (114).
Source: 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.
http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TTCR_2017_web_0401.pdf

Property prices in Istria stayed fairly similar in March 2017 to the previous month and to 2016. Based on an analysis of 166,000 property ads on the portal Njuškalo, real estate in Istria was on average 1,7% higher than last year with an average of 1,573 Euro per square metre. Holiday homes are listed in Istria for an average of 1,630 Euro per square metres. The highest average house prices are again in the Dubrovnik region with an average of aver 2,500 Euro / sqm.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/prosjecna-cijena-vikendice-u-istri-1-630-eura-po-kvadratu-548625

March 2017

Construction activitiy in Croatia is sharply increasing! The number of building permits issued in 2016, 8018, was up 26.7% compared with the previous year. Flats and apartments were even issued 35.2% more building permits than in 2015. The total value of construction reached 23.3 billion Kuna (approx. 3.1 billion Euro). 80% of the permits were issued for buildings, 72% of those for residential buildings. The other permits went to pipelines, communication and power lines as well as industrial and transport infrastructure. 68% of all permits were for new construction, 32% for reconstruction.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/izdavanje-gradjevinskih-dozvola-u-porastu-546784

February 2017

Real estate prices in Croatia have increased slightly in January '17 compared with '16 (based on an analysis of 164,000 property ads in the portal Njuškalo). While prices are generally rising along the coast, inland they are still mostly falling. Average prices per square metre are the highest in the Dubrovnik region (2,166 Euro/m2) followed by Split (2,023 Euro/m2) and Šibenik (1,650 Euro/m2) which had the largest increase, 4,2%. Istria had the second largest average price increase of 3,13% (to 1,577 Euro/m2) while almost all other regions saw prices decrease, all the way to 444 Euro/m2 in Slavionia.
http://www.vecernji.hr/kompanije-i-trzista/cijene-nekretnina-u-hrvatskoj-blago-se-oporavile-evo-u-kojim-je-gradovima-bila-najveca-potraznja-1146732

January 2017

Even more flights to Pula, Istria, this summer! Eurowings has added earlier and later flights from Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart, additional flights from these airports AND new routes from Munich and Duesseldorf, reports Avioradar. See all flights offered to Pula by Eurowings here:
http://avioradar.hr/index.php/hrvatska/405-eurowings-pojacava-svoje-operacije-za-pulu

Croatia is even more "on the map" as Emirates, the world's largest international airline, will launch year-round daily flights between Dubai and Zagreb.
http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/01/emirates-to-launch-zagreb-service.html

4 beaches in Croatia are among Europe's 50 best in 2017 according to the UK's The Times.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/europes-50-best-beaches-7ztds087p

Lonely Planet ranks Northern Dalmatia one of the top 10 regions in Europe for 2017.
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-europe

New Year. New Laws.

As reported previously, most new laws in 2017 affect home buyers. The sales tax has been reduced from 5 to 4% of the purchase price of a property as set in the sales contract (whereby the tax authorities still have a right to set a different value of the property). This tax from now on also applies to first time home buyers. For them subsidies on loan instalments are expected to be introduced later this year. 
Public notaries and courts are now obliged to inform the tax authorities of the change in ownership of a property instead of the new property owners themselves.
The biggest change affecting property owners is still in the works and will likely be introduced in the spring of 2018: a real estate tax which will take into account the size, age and quality of a property. 
Currently there are approximately 165,000 properties offered for sale in Croatia.
http://www.vecernji.hr/hrvatska/kupoprodaju-nekretnina-poreznoj-prijavljuju-biljeznici-ne-vise-gradani-1139908

December 2016

Croatia's economy is expected to grow significantly in 2017! The European Commission and the Croatian National Bank forecast a 2.5% expansion, while the Institute of Economics in Zagreb estimates that the GDP growth will reach 2.7 percent. The most optimistic forecast comes from the newly elected Croatian government which predicts a plus of 3.2%. In a special issue just released entitled "The World in 2017", the Economist is less optimistic but still assumes a 2.2% growth, mostly due to consumer confidence. This compares with an average growth of 1.1% in Western Europe. 
http://www.poslovni.hr/hrvatska/ugledni-britanski-poslovni-tjednik-prognozira-hrvatskoj-rast-bdp-a-od-22-posto-321359

November 2016

Huge investments in tourism are happening all over Croatia, some declared "projects of strategic interest". In Istria Adris will begin construction of the new 5* plus Park Hotel in Rovinj soon. The 320 hectare mega project "Eco Golf Resort Matalda" on the island of Cres has received the "go ahead". In Zadar, the Turkish Dogus Group will build the first Hyatt hotel. TUI plans to enter the Croatian market with its new luxury brand TUI Blue. Zagreb will get the four-star Le Premier Hotel in early 2017 and 2 further hotels, mostly likely under the Marriott brand.
http://www.poslovni.hr/hrvatska/nicu-hoteli-vrijedni-43-milijarde-kuna-gradi-se-od-istre-do-dubrovnika-321081

New real estate tax laws will come into effect in 2017. The tax on real estate transactions will be lowered from 5 to 4 percent of the purchase price of a property. The same holds true for real estate inheritance tax. The tax break for buying a first property will be discontinued, however. The changes in the law are made to comply with European directives which state that all buyers of real estate should be in the same position. Approximately 30,000 apartments and houses are sold in Croatia every year. Real estate transaction tax supplies the state budget about 900 million kuna (approx. 120 million Euro) each year. Croatia does not have a property tax but the current government is evaluating introducing an annual real estate taxation based on the value of property, possibly in place of a lower or no real estate transaction tax.
Source: http://www.vecernji.hr/hrvatska/kupnja-prvog-stana-od-50-m2-poskupljuje-22-tisuce-kuna-1125913

October 2016

Real estate prices in Croatia have increased by 0,38% in September '16 compared with '15 (based on an analysis of 169,000 property ads in the portal Njuškalo). While prices are generally rising along the coast, inland they are mostly falling. Average prices per square metre are the highest in the Dubrovnik region (2,053 Euro/m2 for houses and 2,337 Euro/m2 for apartments). In Istria asking prices for houses average 1,508 Euro/m2 and for apartments 1,570 Euro/m2. In terms of the largest cities, Dubrovnik is the priciest with an average square metre price of 3,184 Euro, followed by Split (2,278 Euro) and Zadar (1,672 Euro). The most searches happen for apartments, in September over 5.3 million. The most searches for houses happen in the following regions: Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Zagreb, Zadar and Istria.
http://www.poslovni.hr/nekretnine/sto-otkriva-najnovije-istrazivanje-o-cijenama-nekretnina-u-hrvatskoj-318689

In its autumn forecast, the International Monetary Fund estimates that the Croatian economy will grow 1.9 percent in 2016, confirming their forecast from April this year. In 2017, the economy should grow slightly more, by 2.1 percent.
http://lider.media/aktualno/biznis-i-politika/hrvatska/mmf-potvrdio-rast-hrvatskog-gopodarstva-od-19-posto-u-2016/

September 2016

August real estate asking prices dropped by 3% compared with July due regional differences, reports Crozilla. In Pula, Istria, apartments were being offered for an average of 1,302 Euros per square metre in August while in Dubrovnik for 3,047 Euros.
http://www.poslovni.hr/nekretnine/najveci-pad-cijena-stanova-biljeze-pula-i-dubrovnik-317414

August 2016

‎Croatia‬ is the most desirable destination in the world according to a comprehensive analysis of Google data!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/mapped-where-the-world-wants-to-travel/

July 2016

Tom Thiele, owner of TopAdria Real Estate Croatia, wrote an article describing the real estate market in Croatia in 2026:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/croatian-real-estate-market-2026-tom-thiele?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish

Harper's Bazaar (a leading fashion magazine with millions of readers) ranks a beautiful beach in ‪Croatia‬ among the Best Beaches in the World! 
http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/travel-dining/g3820/worlds-best-beaches/

Watch the leading travel publisher Rough Guide's "Best of ‪Croatia‬ in a minute" video and see what top places like ‪Pula‬, ‪Rovinj‬ and ‎Zagreb‬ have to offer!
https://www.facebook.com/roughguides/videos/vb.25761832136/10154920970827137/?type=2&theater

The UK's The Guardian lists a hotel in ‪‎Rovinj‬ among "The best new affordable boutique hotels in Europe".
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jul/09/best-new-boutique-hotels-europe-affordable?CMP=share_btn_tw

Extra virgin olive oil "Ex Albis" made by Chiavalon from ‪Vodnjan‬, ‪Istria‬ was named one of the top 20 olive oils in the world by the "World Best Olive Oils" organization. The famous guide to olive oils, Flos Olei, recently named Istria the world's best olive region.

‪Croatia‬ again best destination in the world. CNN finds the riviera around ‪Dubrovnik‬ in the ‪Dalmatia‬ region better than any other worldwide! Here's why:
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/05/travel/croatia-dubrovnik-riviera/

June 2016

Even more flights to and within ‪‎Croatia‬! Easyjet offers extra flights from London Stansted to ‪#‎Dubrovnik‬ in ‪‎Dalmatia‬ and London Gatwick to ‪‎Pula‬ in ‪‎Istria‬. Wizzair added flights from Luton to ‪‎Split‬. Tradeair will begin flights between ‪‎Osijek‬ and ‪‎Zagreb‬, ‪‎Rijeka‬, ‪‎Zadar‬, Split and Dubrovnik on July 4th.
http://avioradar.hr/

May 2016

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide publisher in the world, has rated Northern ‪Dalmatia‬ in ‪Croatia‬ among its Top 10 Destinations in Europe for 2016.
http://www.travelbook.de/europa/best-in-europe-lonely-planet-die-besten-reiseziele-in-europa-fuer-den-sommer-773837.html

Based on an analysis of 167,000 properties advertised on the property portal Njuskalo, property asking prices in Croatia have remained virtually unchanged in April 2016 compared with the same month last year (-0.5%). This is largely due to a drop in property prices in the Croatian "hinterland" while the coastal regions are scoring higher average prices. The biggest price increases are happening in Split while the highest prices are on islands Brač and Hvar as well as in Dubrovnik and Zadar. Houses in Istria were sold in April 2016 at an average of 1,495 Euro per square metre, apartments at 1,586 Euro / sqm. In Opatija property prices are above 3,100 Euro / sqm on average, followed by Vrsar, Rovinj and Sv. Lovreč at around 2,100 Euro / sqm.
http://blog.njuskalo.hr/novosti/761

April 2016

Croatia‬ voted 4th best country to visit in Europe by the participants in the 2015-16 Telegraph Travel Awards.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/galleries/the-best-countries-in-europe/

Business Insider recommends the island ‪‎Korčula‬ in ‪Croatia‬ as one of the top 30 places worldwide to visit this summer.
http://www.businessinsider.com/where-to-travel-this-summer-2016-4

March 2016

Real estate prices in Istria have slightly increased (by 0.25%) in February 2016 compared to one year ago, with an average of 1,527 Euro per square metre (based on an analysis by the Croatian property portal Njuskalo). At the national level, prices have decreased slightly (0.36%). In the capitol of Istria, Pula, average prices for a house have remained steady at around 1,330 Euro. The most expensive locations in Istria are Vrsar (2,148 Euro), Rovinj (2,116 Euro) and Opatija (3,113 Euro), which belongs to the Kvarner region.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/u-vrsaru-i-rovinju-najskuplje-nekretnine-521984

February 2016

Another big boost for Croatia as the Financial Times ranks its capitol, Zagreb, 4th Best European City for Human Potential and Quality of Life (ahead of cities like Frankfurt and Stuttgart!), and 9th Best Future Direct Foreign Investment City in Southern Europe, in the 2016/2017 European Cities & Regions of the Future ranking. http://www.fdiintelligence.com/Rankings/European-Cities-and-Regions-of-the-Future-2016-17?ct=true

The Travel Channel recommends visiting the "10 Sexiest Beaches in ‪Croatia‬". The Channel's shows are available to over 90 million pay television households in the United States.
http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/croatia/articles/croatias-sexiest-beaches

The 2 large construction projects in ‪#‎Pula‬, ‪#‎Istria‬ ‪#‎Croatia‬ are well within their project timelines, with completion dates set for later this year: The new Pula hospital, located next to the (very) old one, already has its finished size. Just 500m away along Santoriova Ulica the "TC Pula" shopping centre is quickly shaping up. It will be the first mall this size in the capital of Istria. Roads to the shopping centre and hospital are also being built.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/objekti-novog-trgovackog-centra-vec-pod-krovom-521539

Among the Financial Times' Top 10 Micro Cities in Europe are Jastrebarsko and Ivanec in ‪Croatia‬, showing the best strategy designed to attract foreign investment. In the major cities category London ranks #1 followed by Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt and Munich.
http://www.jastrebarsko.hr/download/european-cities-and-regions-of-the-future-20162017-rankings_16_02.pdf

European Commission Forecasts Higher Economic Growth for Croatia 2016 and 2017
In its latest economic forecast published on February 4, 2016, the European Commission expects that Croatian GDP will grow by 2.1% both this and next year, which is higher than the 1.4% and 1.7% the EC predicted in its previous forecast in November last year.
Further details here.

January 2016

Croatia is among the top 20 green countries in the world (#15). The latest Environmental Performance Index (EPI) compiled by Yale University rates 180 countries on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems.
http://issuu.com/2016yaleepi/docs/epi2016_final/1?e=23270481/32968129

December 2015

Croatia‬ is one of the world's best countries for retirement according to Forbes. "Croatia contains beautiful scenery, a good climate, ancient cultures, a low-cost of living and tax breaks for retirees."
http://www2.forbes.com/investing/20-best-foreign-retirement-havens-for-2015/8/

November 2015

The Croatian economy has grown by 2.8% in the third quarter of 2015 (July to September) compared with the same time frame last year, announced Deputy Prime Minister Branko Grcic. The last time such strong growth was recorded in 2008. This result marked the fourth quarter the Croatia economy has expanded again after years of recession. Private consumption and exports grew by 8 percent.
http://dnevnik.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/bdp-u-trecem-tromjesecju-rastao-za-2-8-posto---417825.html

Croatia‬'s economy is out of the 6 year long recession, is expected to grow by 1.1% in 2015 and forecast to grow by 1.4 % in 2016, according to the just released European Union Autumn 2015 forecast. Details here:
http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/eeip/pdf/ip011_en.pdf

October 2015

‎Croatia‬ is again named one of the top places to retire...
http://www.everythingoverseas.com/23/10/2015/20-shades-of-grey-the-top-places-to-retire-overseas/

Winners at the Days of Croatian Tourism held in ‪‎Poreč‬, ‪‎Istria‬ until yesterday included ‪‎Rovinj‬ as the Best Summer Destination and ‪Opatija‬ as the Best Health Tourism Destination in ‪‎Croatia‬. Several awards went to ‪‎Dalmatia‬ including to ‪‎Bol‬ named Best Authentic Coastal Destination 2015. 
http://www.hrt.hr/303149/vijesti/dani-hrvatskog-turizma-u-porecu

As Croatia announces more record results from tourism in 2015, big airlines are expanding their service to ‪‎Croatia‬ in 2016. Ryanair just added a Berlin to ‪Zadar‬ flight, bringing their total Croatian destinations to 13. But also small airlines offer new choices, such as the new Croatian company Sea Air which connects ‪Osijek‬ in Slavonia with ‪‎London‬ Stansted.
http://www.poslovni.hr/hrvatska/ryanair-najavio-let-zadar-berlin-po-cijeni-od-1999-303229

The world's best places to live according to 20 property pros...‪Croatia‬ is one of them, of course!
http://www.everythingoverseas.com/13/10/2015/my-best-advice-20-property-pros-reveal-the-worlds-best-places-to-live/

Property prices in Croatia have increased by 2.5% during the second quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter and by 3% compared to the same quarter in 2014. If the trend continues this year could be the first year of recovery after seven consecutive years of falling real estate prices. Source: Eurostat
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7022057/2-08102015-AP-EN.pdf/e55fd937-ee75-4fa5-8415-a5e7c724f6c4

September 2015

Istria is the most popular region in Croatia. 7 of the top 10 most popular destinations in Croatia during the first 8 months of 2015 are in Istria, reports the Ministry of Tourism.
1. Rovinj, Istria (2.731 million overnight stays, +3%)
2. Porec, Istria (2.468 million overnight stays, +8%)
3. Dubrovnik, Dalmatia (2.312 million overnight stays, + 5.7%)
4. Medulin, Istria (2.069 million overnight stays, + 2.2%)
5. Umag, Istria (1.923 million overnight stay, + 10.6%)
6. Losinj, Kvarner (1.583 million overnight stays, + 2%)
7. Tar-Vabriga, Istria (1.339 million overnight stays, + 0.5%)
8. Vir, Dalmatia (1.287 million overnight stays, + 7%)
9. Funtana, Istria (1.285 million overnight stays, + 6.13%)
10. Pula, Istria (1.275 million overnight stays, + 7.7%)
http://www.poslovni.hr/hrvatska/ovo-je-10-najpopularnijih-turistickih-destinacija-u-hrvatskoj-301447

Croatia posted record tourism results in August and during the first eight months of 2015! 5.5 percent more arrivals and 4.7% more overnight stays were recorded this year in August and a total of 8% more arrivals and 6.5% more overnight stays during the first eight months of 2015, the Tourism Ministry said on Monday. So far over 11.5 million tourists have visited Croatia. In August Istria was again the most popular region with more than 1 million visitors. Arrivals from Germany were the largest in August, followed by Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Holland and France. A busy September is also forecast raising hope that 2015 will be the best year ever in Croatian tourism.
Details here

Istria, Croatia, to become even more protected and to have 17 golf courses. The draft amendments of Istria's (Croatia) next spatial plan call for 30% more protected areas (then covering 26% of the entire region), 17 golf courses (instead of 23) and no new construction zones since 47% of the existing zones are still vacant. Details see here: 
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/umjesto-sadasnjih-23-predvidjeno-17-golf-igralista-508374

August 2015

Tom Thiele's article "5 Reasons Why Few Properties are Selling in Croatia" got published in Total Croatia News.
http://www.total-croatia-news.com/business/525-5-reasons-why-few-properties-are-selling-in-croatia

Discover ‪‎Croatia‬ and its islands by seaplane! European Coastal Airlines now also offers ‪flights‬ from ‪Split‬ harbour, for example, a 12 minute flight to the island of ‪Hvar‬. ECA already operates other routes such as from ‪Pula‬ and ‪‎Losinj‬ and is expanding its network of routes.
http://www.ec-air.eu/en/

Charter boom in ‪Croatia‬. “I think Croatia has always been the top destination in the summer season here in the Mediterranean".
http://www.superyachtnews.com/business/23468/croatia.html

While articles describing Croatia as an amazingly beautiful country and one of the top destinations worldwide keep coming, the property market is characterized this summer mostly by potential buyers hunting for bargains. Croatia still has an image with many foreigners as being a low cost country due to its history as a former part of Jugoslavia. But just as the cheap Yugo cars have virtually all disappeared from Croatian roads, so have properties with prices from 30 or so years ago...

July 2015 brought 3,411,000 tourists to ‪Croatia‬, 11% more than last July. So far this year, 9% more tourists have been visiting than in 2014, 7,591,000 total. ‪‎Istria‬ had 12% more arrivals. Overnight stays are up 7% during the first 7 months this year, totaling 40 million, announced the Ministry of Tourism. 
http://www.novilist.hr/Vijesti/Hrvatska/Lorencin-ocekuje-zaradu-8-milijardi-eura-Broj-turista-u-Hrvatskoj-ove-godine-veci-9-posto

July 2015

So far this year Croatia has already been rated one of the world's top destinations 2015 more than 10 times according to various aspects and by various sources...

Based on an analysis of the asking prices of properties advertised in June 2015 on the Croatian portal Crozilla, Dubrovnik is again the most expensive housing market with an average of 3,448 Euro per square metre. In Pula asking prices for houses were on average only 1,404 Euro/sqm, apartments were 84 Euro "cheaper" per sqm. The most property searches were recorded in June for Dalmatia and Zagreb.
http://news.crozilla.com/stanovi-skuplji-od-kuca/

US News & World Report recommends ‪Istria‬, Croatia‬ as one of the best 15 regions in Europe to retire and invest in real estate ! "Diversifying your portfolio into European real estate is a better idea now than it has been in more than a decade. Croatia borders the Adriatic Sea and offers two appealing retirement lifestyle options: coastal and inland. Istria is a region of meadows, vineyards and olive groves. Istria is a fairy-tale land...In Istria, both nature and man have worked together over many centuries to create something very special, almost magical. In fact, the ancient Romans referred to Istria as Tierra Magica."
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/on-retirement/2015/07/14/15-places-to-retire-in-europe

The number of foreign tourists has increased by 7% to 4.18 million during the first six months of 2015 compared with the previous year. Overnight stays (16.8 million) were up 5%, according to official statistics. Foreign tourists made up 3,619,000 of the total number of tourists, local tourists grew by 10%. Istria had 1.2 million arrivals (up 6.6%). Dalmatia recorded 1.7 million arrivals (up 5.5%), whilst the Dubrovnik-Neretva County had 490,000 visitors (up 6.3%) and Zagreb City 428,000 arrivals (12% growth). Germans are still Croatia’s number one tourists (22%), followed by Austrians (10%), Slovenes (9.6%), Czechs (5%) and Italians (4.7%).
http://www.poslovnipuls.com/2015/07/07/lorencin-zadovoljni-smo-turistickim-rezultatima-bitno-je-da-smo-konkurentni/

June 2015

Property prices in Croatia have increased 1% in June compared with May 2015 based on an analysis of 154,000 properties on the portal Njuškalo. Opatija now offers the most expensive real estate in Croatia with an average of 3,043 Euro per square metre. Compared with last June average property prices are 2% lower. In Istria they have remained virtually unchanged.
Note: There is no analysis of prices in the different markets in Istria which would yield a much more insightful picture.
http://www.poslovni.hr/nekretnine/cijene-nekretnina-u-hrvatskoj-298300

"‪‎Croatia‬, with its indented coastline and more than a thousand islands — many offering pristine waters for swimming and sailing — should be firmly on the radar of overseas homebuyers. But the country is still some way from realising its potential..."
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/80c93c80-1511-11e5-9509-00144feabdc0.html

Interest in ‪Croatia‬, especially ‪Dalmatia‬ and ‪Istria‬ keeps soaring...and so does what is being offered here.
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/croatia-from-music-festivals-to-coastal-cruising-10344112.html

"There are countless reasons why Croatia is so hot right now!" For Elite Daily, The Voice of Generation Y, ‪#‎Croatia‬ is a new hotspot for young travelers. Here are the top 10 reasons:
http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/croatia-is-a-hotspot/1044936/

"The world needs to know about Croatia, a little gem of the Adriatic Sea". Readers of one of the world's busiest websites, BuzzFeed, put ‪Dalmatia‬, ‎Croatia‬ in the top 10 of "23 Underrated Vacation Spots Around The World To Visit Before You Die".
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jonmichaelpoff/underrated-vacation-spots-around-...

Recession in ‪Croatia‬ finally over after 6 years!
http://www.neweuropeinvestor.com/news/croatian-recession-officially-out-10374/

Tourism in ‪‎Croatia‬ in 2015 is well on track for another record year. The best performing region so far is ‪‎Istria‬ with 15% more arrivals (603,000) and 18% more overnight stays (2.4 million) than during January to May 2014.

May 2015

Read the article "Don't be fooled by statistics of real estate prices in Croatia!", published by Tom Thiele, owner of TopAdria Real Estate Croatia, for up to date insights on actual property prices and trends in the Croatian real estate market 2015.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dont-fooled-statistics-real-estate-prices-croatia-tom-thiele?trk=hp-feed-article-title

Real estate prices in Istria rose significantly in some markets in April 2015 (i.e. Grožnjan 36%, Gračišće 24% and Svetvinčenat 21%) compared with one year ago while the average dropped slightly by 1.4% to EUR 1,542 per square meter. Vrsar is currently the most expensive market in Istria with an average of EUR 2,196/m2, slightly above Rovinj. Dubrovnik fetches the highest average property prices in Croatia as a whole, EUR 3,089/m2, with Opatija following close behind. The stats are based on a sample of 153,000 properties. Source: Njuškalo.
http://www.njuskalo.hr/3d/test/Njuskalo-Cijene_nekretnina_u_Hrvatskoj_Travanj_2015.pdf

1.1 million tourists visited ‪#‎Croatia‬ during the first 4 months of 2015, a growth of 8% over 2014. ‪#‎Istria‬ was the most popular region with 267.000 arrivals. The most growth came from countries far away such as the U.S., Japan and China.
http://www.vecernji.hr/gospodarstvo/htz-u-prva-cetiri-mjeseca-ostvaren-porast-u-dolascima-od-8-posto-1004044

Croatia‬ is the 30th best place in the world to be a mother (ahead of the U.S.) according to Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report that was released this week. The survey rates 179 countries based on maternal and child health, children’s access to education and women’s political and economic status.
http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.8585863/k.9F31/State_of_the_Worlds_Mothers.htm

April 2015

Price reduced 151,000 Euro for this new exclusive villa with pool and sea views located 100m from the sea in ‪‎Pula‬, ‎Istria‬ (‎Croatia‬).
http://www.topadria.de/realestate/top-quality-new-villa-with-sea-views-and-pool-in-an-exclusive-location

NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY (GOOD) REAL ESTATE IN CROATIA! Why? Property prices are currently on average like in 2004 BUT property prices for GOOD PROPERTIES IN GOOD LOCATIONS are beginning to increase! One reason for the low average is the recession but more important is the fact that many (actually most) Croatian properties are not at all appealing to foreign buyers! Those propreties that are of interest tend to be in nice locations along the Adriatic Sea and on the islands. Here average real estate prices are already around 4,000 Euro per square meter (such as in Dubrovnik and Opatija) and around 3,000 Euro on Brac and Hvar as well as in other top places like Rovinj in Istria. Property prices for good properties in good locations in Croatia are going to increase in the future because there is more demand than supply! Prices for "poor" properties in other regions will still drop, influencing the average and how the property market looks overall. That picture is deceiving...because it will look like one can buy top real estate at the low average prices.

2014 another record year for tourism in ‪Croatia‬!
Revenue from foreign visits to Croatia totaled 7.4 billion Euro, up 2.8% from 2013 (based on data released by the Croatian National Bank (HNB). The best tourism year Croatia ever had so far was in 2008.
http://www.index.hr/…/prihodi-od-turizma-2014-d…/810852.aspx

Bloomberg Business lists Croatia among the top 20 "Most-Promising Frontier Markets" 2015. The ranking is based on a country's overall investment potential through 2016 using ecomonic data from Bloomberg, MSCI, FTSE, Standard & Poor's and JPMorgan, financial indicators and political and social measurements including the Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index score, the EIU's political risk score, the World Bank's ease-of-doing-business score and the adult literacy rate..
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-11/gulf-nations-defy-oil-rout-to-top-list-of-best-emerging-markets

PPHE Hotel Group, operator of the Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts brand in Europe, has announced the opening of its fifth hotel in ‪Croatia‬ under the contemporary brand. Park Plaza Arena Pula will be located within the Verudela resort, close to Park Plaza Verudela Pula in the historical, coastal city of ‪Pula‬, ‪Istria‬.
http://www.hftp.org/index.cfm?feedItem=http%3A%2F%2Fhftp2.hsyndicate.com%2Fnews%2F4069749.html

February 2015

Croatia‬ is again ranked number 1 destination in the world! Based on the most common queries from the up to 20 million page views per month between 2013 and 2014, Fodor's.com has listed Croatia the most popular and up-and-coming destination 2015.
http://www.fodors.com/news/where-do-travelers-want-to-go-in-2015-11157.html

January 2015

Lošinj is 1 of the top 3 finalists for the 2015 World Tourism Organization (WTO) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism thanks to ‘The Fragrances and Tastes of Lošinj’ project presenting Lošinj as an island of vitality...
http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2014-12-22/unwto-awards-finalists-innovation-tourism-announced-0

Istria will have a second huge water park opening this summer (besides Istralandia which opened 2014). The Aquacolors is set to open May 16, 2015 near #Porec and will be one of the largest water parks in south-east Europe!
http://aquacolors.eu/index.html

Istria again among the world's top 10 regions for 2015! Istria was voted one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015 by the famous portal Wine Enthusiast along with Loire Valley in France, Finger Lakes in the United States, Piedmont in Italy, Hawkes Bay in New Zealand, the Rhone valley in France and other top regions for the "wine obsessed". 
http://www.winemag.com/Web-2014/10-Best-Wine-Travel-Destinations-2015/index.php/cparticle/11

December 2014
Various new flights to Croatia have been added by several airlines for 2015. Flydubai will connect Zagreb from its base 3 times per week. Air Serbia will operate two daily flights between Belgrade and Zagreb. airBaltic have announced the introduction of a new connection between Riga (the capital of Latvia) and Dubrovnik. New flights during the warmer months of the year also include Easyjet's flights to Split from Belfast, Manchester, Newcastle and London-Luton as well as from Amsterdam to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik will also be offered by Thomsonfly from Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow. British Airways have added a London Heathrow connection with Split as has Jet2.com (for more info see www.jet2.com) and Germanwings from Amsterdam. Split is also popular with Thomsonfly, adding a flight from Manchester. The same airline will also fly from East Midlands to Pula, as does Jet2.com (for more info see www.jet2.com)and First Choice from Bristol. Thomsonfly and First Choice will also add Dubrovnik to their offer. SkyGreece Airlines will offer a connection between Toronto (Canada) and Zagreb. A charter flight from the Southwest Chinese city of Chongquing will fly to Zadar on the Dalmatian coast three times per month. In addition 2015 will have the first seaplanes connecting various destinations. European Coastal Airlines will offer Šibenik to Jelsa on Hvar and toMali Lošinj and Korčula in addition to Rijeka to the islands of Rab, Cres, Krk and Lošinj. Direct flights from Pula to Lošinj and to the Italian destinations of Ancona, Ravenna and Venice are also in the pipeline. More new connections are also expected from other countries.

Istria again the most popular region with visitors to Croatia during the first 11 months of 2014!The month of November saw another record result in the number of tourists visiting Croatia. Compared with the same month 2013, 10% more arrivals were recorded. The biggest increase came from Asian countries with 290% more South Koreans (10,000) and 78% more Chinese visiting. For the first 11 months of 2014 Croatia had 4.6% more tourists than during the same time 2013, 12.6 million, which resulted in 73.17 million overnight stays. The capital Zagreb had the biggest gain (12%), followed by the Split-Dalmatia county which had 2.3 million and Dubrovnik-Neretva with 1.4 million tourists (both up 9%). Istria had the highest number of visitors by region, 3.2 million, which was a modest increase of 2% over last year. Kvarner actually had 1% less visitors during the 11 months, 2.2 million.
http://www.dzs.hr/

November 2014
Tourist visits were up 12% in October 2014 compared with the same month 2013. Overnight stays were 4.3% higher in the same month. Results for foreign visitors were even higher, up 15.2% from October 2013 and overnight stays 5.8% higher. Foreign tourists accounted for 82% of all arrivals and 86% of overnight stays. For further details see the web site of the national statistical office DZS:
http://www.dzs.hr/

Several Croatian restaurants have received very high marks by the famous international restaurant guide Gault & Millau. The 2015 guide gave restaurant Monte in Rovinj the highest rating in Croatia with 17 points (out of 20 possible), followed by restaurant Damir & Ornella in Novigrad and Villa Meneghetti near Pula / Vodnjan (16 points), Johnson in Mošćenička Draga, Kukuriku in Kastav, Marina in Novigrad, Pepenero in Novigrad, Wine vault in Rovinj and Zigante in Livada (all 15 points).
http://gaultmillau.at/suche/restaurants?

October 2014
Renting of private accommodation has become the fastest growing sector of tourism in Croatia. The capacity in Istria alone has been growing by 22% this year. The Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Ratomir Ivičić, released statistcs yesterday showing that approximately 60,000 people in Croatia rent private accommodation, offering some 500,000 beds which results annually in 22 million overnight stays and 1.3 billion Euro in revenues. By 2020 revenues are estimated to double thanks also to new projects such as the recently launched "Croatia 365".
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/smjestaj-u-domacinstvu-godisnje-popunjen-tek-15--475188 


The European Commission's Eurostat office reports that property prices in Croatia have increased by 0.6% in the second quarter of 2014 over the first quarter of this year. This is the first increase in the "house price index" in Croatia in several years. Compared with the same quarter 2013, average prices were still 2.9% lower. The EU as a whole had an increase of the average property price index of 0.9% in 2Q14 and the same price index as in 2Q13.
Comment: The index is based on all properties, however, there are large variations based on region and type of property in Croatia.
http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Housing_price_statistics_-_house_price_index

September 2014
Russian controlled Croatian company Titan Real Estate, a subsidiary of Russian company Inteco, has set its eyes on 23 large scale tourism projects in Croatia. Inteco used to be owned by Jelena Baturina, the wife of former Moscow Mayor Yuir Luzkov, who sold it in 2011 to Russian banker and owner of B&N Bank, Mikhail Šiškanovu. Titan Real Estate has expressed interest in investing in 23 out of 100 properties owned by the Croatian State and offered via public tender. Some of the projects are using very large former military installations along the coast of Croatia such as in Split, Zadar, Mali Lošinj and Pula, other projects target large former villas and properties not only along the Adriatic Sea but also in Zagreb. Among the  well known projects are the 140 hectar Kupari near Dubrovnik valued at over 100 million Euro and the 430 hectar Brijuni Riviera near Pula. A complete list of the projects can be seen in the article by Jutarnij List below. Titan has already invested in large residential and commercial projects in Croatia during the past 10 years, including the largest solar power plant in Croatia and 2 hydro power plants, while Inteco is a large player in Russia and was also one of the main investors in the Winter Olympic games in Soci.
http://www.jutarnji.hr/oligarsi-zele-23-turisticka-projekta-u-hrvatskoj/1223007/

European Coastal Airlines (ECA) will commence a daily seaplane service from Split (Resnik) to the island Rab on October, 01, 2014 with 4 flights daily in each direction. From the future hub on Rab, flights to Pula and Zagreb will follow. In the future, ECA plans to also connect all major Croatian islands with Zadar, Zagreb and Dubrovnik on the mainland, and Italian cities such as Brindisi, Bari, Foggia, Ancona, Rimini, Ravenna, Bologna, Padova, Trst and Venice. Further information on the ECA website here:
http://www.ec-air.eu/en/home/

An Austrian investor is planning to build a large multipurpose center in Opatija. The project entitled Riviera Center will offer a shopping mall, offices, restaurants, a hotel, conference rooms, medical health and wellness facilities, as well as entertainment areas on 40,000 sq m of land located between Volosko and Matulji.
http://www.riviera-center.hr/

Preliminary results from the tourism sector in Croatia show that 2014 will most likely generate the best results in the history of tourism (23 years)! With high growth in August arrivals in Croatia as a whole and in Istria during the first 8 months this year ended up around 4.9% higher than last year, making up for lower results during the 2014 World Cup and relatively "poor weather" at times. Post season results are equally strong.
http://dnevnik.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/turisticka-sezona-je-spasena-unatoc-losem-vremenu-4-9-posto-vise-turista-nego-lani---351372.html

August 2014
Discover Croatia! That's a new part of Google Maps in Croatia which allows a virtual exploration of national parks, beaches and many other tourist attractions. Examples are Plitvice Lakes National Park, Dubrovnik’s old town, historical Trogir and the UNESCO protected St. Jacobs Cathedral in Sibenik. Try it out here.

Tom Thiele, co-owner of TopAdria Real Estate Croatia has been interviewed by the German language Croatian portal Croati.de about the real estate market in Croatia. The entire interview (in German) is here:
https://www.kroati.de/kroatien-infos/interview-tom-thiele.html

Readers of USA Today and 10Best have voted Croatia as the 5th best wine region to visit worldwide. Interestingly Croatia got even higher votes than Napa Valley, California and Tuscany, Italy. For the complete results see:
http://www.croatiaweek.com/usa-today-croatia-among-worlds-top-5-wine-regions-to-visit/ 

Highest number of travellers at Pula airport ever in one month: July saw 94,656 passengers which is 14 percent more than the same period last year. This despite the number of visitors from Russia decreasing by 35 percent and Ukrainians by 50 percent due to visa restrictions. For the year 2014, until July 31st a total of 214,520 passengers arrived which is up 9.9 % from 2013. Norwegians, Swedes and Danes currently make up more than 60 percent of incoming guests, while Russians dropped from 40 to 20% during the last 2 years. Pula airport is now serving more than 30 cities in Europe with new markets becoming increasingly important. Approx. 30,000 passengers alone have arrived from Ireland this year thanks to new connections.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/u-srpnju-kroz-aerodrom-proslo-90-tisuca-putnika-462644

Read what a British wine expert working for the Decanter World Wine Awards has to say about this year's Croatian wine entries.
http://www.decanter.com/dwwa/dwwa-coverage/586937/dwwa-2014-croatia-insights

One of the world's richest people and a member of the Saudi royal family, Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud, has arrived in the Croatian capital Zagreb on board his private Boeing 747, along with an entourage of around 50 people or so. It is believed that Al-Waleed, who is a business magnate, investor and philanthropist is scouting for investment opportunities. The Saudi Prince is 59 years old and is estimated to have a wealth of 28 billion USD which makes him the 30th richest person in the world. Al-Waleed owns 95% of the Kingdom Holding Company which invests in some of the world' best known companies within various sectors such as banking and financial services, hotels and hotel management companies, mass media, entertainment, retail, agriculture, petrochemicals, aviation, technology, and real estate.
http://www.vecernji.hr/hrvatska/jedan-od-najbogatijih-ljudi-svijeta-princ-od-28-milijardi-dolara-u-zagrebu-954233 

The "Hotspot Croatia Programme" is en route to the target of 550 Wi-Fi locations around the country. The Ministry of Tourism reported that, following the great interest in hot spots and Wi-Fi locations, additional funding was approved for 32 new points of free Internet access in 21 places in ​​inland counties. In 2013 270 access points were created and in 2014 a further 242 added. Following the trend of increased tourist interest in locations away from the coast and their huge potential, the Wi-Fi spots play a growing role in promoting and creating the image of the destination, according to tourism Minister Darko Lorencin.

July 2014
The Ministry of Tourism, Darko Lorencin, published an analysis on its official website which shows that tourism in Croatia grew by 7.3% during the first half of 2014. With these results Croatia is scoring the same as Spain and better than Italy, France, Tunisia, Egypt (with the highest decline), Cyprus, Turkey and Slovenia during the same time this year but trailing behind Greece (which is recovering from a big drop in tourism during the recent years), Malta and Portugal.
http://www.mint.hr/default.aspx?id=16730

The first hotel in Croatia, the Vitality Hotel Punta in Veli Lošinj, has been certified by the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) as being a "hypoallergenic hotel". This means that, among other things, all foods prepared, all products and services offered at the hotel have been adapted to people prone to allergies. The ECARF operates within the Department of Dermatology, Allergology and venereologist at the University School of Medicine in Berlin, Charite, and is administered by the "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft".
http://www.losinj-hotels.com/en/accommodation/hotel-punta

Summer time is also VIP time in Croatia. Serena Williams is preparing for the US Open in Istria and staying at a private villa near Pula. Among other well known people enjoying their time in Croatia are Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and former wife of Prince Andrew. Other celebrity which have already been spotted having a good time in Croatia this summer are Catherine Zeta Jones, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Ellen DeGeneres.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/serena-williams-aces-croatia-wimbledon-meltdown-article-1.1873327

Another low cost airline will be flying to Croatia! flydubai.com has announced that it will start flights from its Dubai base to Zagreb from December 8th 2014.
http://www.flydubai.com/en/#

CNN names Rovinj, Istria, the "best romantic summer getaway" 2014 in the world. 
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/15/travel/best-romantic-summer-getaways/

Real estate prices in Croatia fell on average by 9.7% during the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter last year. This represents the largest decline in property prices among all EU member countries. Compared with the last quarter of 2013, house prices in Croatia changed by -2.7%. During the second quarter of 2013 Croatian property prices had dropped by nearly 20%, the biggest decrease since the property crisis started in Croatia in 2008. In the European Union as a whole, property prices increased slightly in the first quarter of 2014 (1%), reports Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/2-10072014-AP/EN/2-10072014-AP-EN.PDF

During the first half of 2014, 6.6% more tourists vacationed in Croatia than in 2013...when all previous records were broken. 15.96 million overnights from January to June 2014 meant an increase of 4.7% over last year. Istria alone had over 1 million visitors so far, with 5.2 million overnight stays (up 5.4% and 4.3% respectively). Above average of all nations were arrivals from Italy, the UK, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Tourism Minister Darko Lorencin announced these results at a news conference in Pula.
 
Croatia has been nominated as one of the 20 world's best wine regions 2014 by USA Today's and 10 best.com. This nomination puts Croatia into the same league of top wine producing regions such as France, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Spain, Chile, California and South Africa. During the next 4 weeks, readers from around the world are invited to vote for their favourite wine region. The winners will be published in USA Today on August 8th.
Further details and where you can register your vote: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wine-region-to-visit/

After 7 years of planning and a 60 million Euro investment in land purchases, Swiss investor TFI Holdings will build an entire new part of the town of Šibenik in Dalmatia. The project is set to cost around 1.5 billion Euro and will include apartments and flats for 2,500 residents, hotels, villas, a marina, a medical clinic and a kindergarten. It is expected that the project will enable tourism in Šibenik to take place year round. Construction is expected to start by the end of this year. Further information and a video of the project can be found here:
http://vijesti.hrt.hr/u-zablacu-nice-novi-grad-svicarski-investitori-ulazu-15-mlrd 

Dubrovnik has again made it on a list of the top places in the world. The Huffington Post selected Dubrovnik on its list of "The Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime".
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/minube/the-top-50-cities-to-see_b_5547308.html

"Konoba Batelina" in Banjole near Pula was named the best restaurant in Croatia 2014 by the Croatian magazine "dobra hrana" (good food). On a regional level the top 10 restaurants in Istria are 1. Batelina (Banjole), 2. Plavi podrum (Volosko), 3. Johnson, Moscenicka (Draga), 4. San Rocco (Brtonigla), 5. Wine Vault (Rovinj), 6. Marina (Novigrad), 7. Bevanda, (Opatija), 8. Draga di Lovrana, (Lovran), 9. Monte (Rovinj) and 10. Kukuriku (Kastav).
http://dobrahrana.jutarnji.hr/top-10-restorana-u-hrvatskoj-u-2014/

The "The Heart of the Adriatic" produced by the Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County and the Dream Team Production Division, won the Golden Award as the best promotional video in the category short promotional films and commercials among 68 entries from 20 countries at the Baku International Tourism Film Festival. Watch the clip here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqhXqlwqQl0&feature=youtu.be

June 2014
As of June 28th, Triest Lines is operating a hydrofoil line until September 01, with weekend departures from Triest, Italy, stopping at Piran (Slovenia) and Rovinj (Istria, Croatia) and the final stop in Pula (Istria, Croatia) before returning the same route to Triest. The entire journey Triest to Pula takes about 2:45 hours. Weekdays connections exist depending on the day of the week between different ports at different times. See the destinations and schedule in detail here:
http://www.triestelines.it/eng/index.php

Croatia was ranked the 26th most peaceful country in the world out of 162 nations on the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP) 2014 Global Peace Index. Croatia moved up 2 places from last year and is now behind Singapore and followed by Spain. For comparison, Germany is the 17th most peaceful country. The ranking system is based on 22 indicators assessing the absence or the fear of violence. For a full report see:
http://www.visionofhumanity.org/sites/default/files/2014%20Global%20Peace%20Index%20REPORT_0.pdf

Croatia's first waterpark, Istralandia, is now open near Novigrad in Istria. The park's theme is "The funniest water in Istria" and took over 10 years to realize. Istralandia boasts 4,500 square meters of water surface, 1.2 kilometers of water slides, the largest swimming pool along the Adriatic Sea with 2,500 square meters, a 900 sq m spa pool for adults, a large amphitheater with 500 seats for various events and 5 restaurants.
http://www.istralandia.hr/en/

Tourist arrivals in Istria from Italy are up 39% and overnight stays 38% higher in the first 5 months of 2014 compared with 2013. Especially May was very popular with Italians, with 89% more Italians visiting Istria this year. Their only complain is that Croatia does not accept Euro as legal payment...
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/talijanske-goste-muci-sto-ne-mogu-placati-eurima-457167

Hotel Sol Umag is the first hotel in Istria which has received Halal certification, adhering to specific standards which are in accordance with Islamic regulations and meet the quality attributes of food according to the Islamic faith.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/sol-umag-prvi-hotel-u-istri-s-halal-certifikatom-457124

TripAdvisor's Top World Landmark Traveler’s Choice Attractions Awards 2104: Dubrovnik's ancient city walls voted world's 10th best landmark (on a list of the top 25). A landmark is defined as a historically, architecturally or culturally significant attraction.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cLandmarks-g1

A team of the Spanish cooking channel "Canal Cocina" visited Istria and Zagreb to taste and record material about Croatian and Istrian foods and wines which will be shown to an audience of 400 million viewers in Spain and on a new channel in Latin America.
http://canalcocina.es/television

Famous New York Blogger, fashion agent, consultant and photographer Natalie Joos, wrote an article titled "Because Everyone Wants a Game of Thrones Wedding" and posted spectacular pictures inspired by a visit to Dubrovnik in early June of 2014 and four days in the company of 300 hundred most distinguished guests to the glamorous wedding of dynasty heiress Hearst, Fabiola Beracasa and investment banker Jason Beckman.
http://talesofendearment.com/because-everyone-wants-a-game-of-thrones-wedding/

Tourist arrivals from Sweden in Croatia are up 21% so far this year. 2013 Croatia had 28% more arrivals and 29% more overnight stays from Swedish tourists. In addition, a new travel magazine called RES Travel was launched this month in Sweden which has a story about sailing in Croatia, further promoting Croatia as a holiday destination.
http://res.se/

Laurus SlowSPA Wellness at Hotel Aurora in Mali Lošinj one of the top 10 spa hotels in the world, according to award-winning American travel magazine Premier Traveler.
http://www.losinj-hotels.com/files/press-EN/premier-traveler-2014.pdf 

Average asking prices of flats along the Adriatic coast dropped slightly (0.5%) in the first quarter of 2014 to an average of €1,600 per sq. m. Demand for real estate is governed by Germans who account for around 55% of foreign buyers. Istria is the most popular Croatian region for foreign buyers  (33% of foreign-owned properties),
http://www.globalpropertyguide.com/Europe/Croatia/Price-History

The opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil between Brazil and Croatia will be watched by over 1 billion viewers. The game will bring more than the Croatian soccer team to the homes of people around the world, it will draw attention to Croatia as a country and tourist destination as well. Reason enough for Brazil's Record TV, to spend 10 days in Croatia filming a travel documentary which will be shown on prime time TV "Jornal de Record" in Brazil. Brijuni National Park will be one of the attractions showcased, reports the Croatian Tourist Board.
http://press.croatia.hr/hr-HR/Najave-i-Priopcenja/07-lip-2014/Ekipa-brazilske-televizije-Record-u-Hrvatskoj-snima-seriju-reportaza?bmlcMzA0OCxwXDE1Mw%3d%3d

Croatia's biggest windfarm has started operation. The "Danilo" wind park is located near the Dalmatian town of Šibenik and is set to provide clean energy to around 22,000 households.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/06/croatia-windpower-idUSL6N0ON21620140606

According to the newly appointed Croatian Minister of Finance, Boris Lalovac, the introduction of a property tax (set to be introduced in 2015 by his predecessor) will happen later than 2016. Boris confirmed that a tax on savings would come into effect next year.
http://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/biznis/336155/Porez-na-nekretnine-uvodit-ce-see-puno-sporije-nego-je-Linic-planirao.html

The Croatian Minister of Business and Trade, Goran Maras, said he "guarantees that Croatia will come out of recession this year". Maras also announced the availability of 800 million Euro worth of low interest loans to small businesses.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/maras-hrvatska-ce-ove-godine-izici-iz-recesije-454976

So far less than 10% of the 24,411 applications for the legalization of properties in #Istria have been resolved since they were submitted before the deadline at the end of June 2013. Over 800,000 cases exist in Croatia.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/legalizacija-zupanija-za-kasnjenje-krivi-drzavu-454970

May 2014
Demolition of the former glass factory Badel in Fažana is underway, making space for a hotel, office and residential complex with over 16,500 sqm. This is the largest remaining seafront property in Fažana. It had remained undeveloped for the last 20 years after the factory seized operation.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/fazana-pocelo-rusenje-badela-i-staklare-454673   

Booking.com has expanded its Croatian operation with new offices opening in Poreč and in Dubrovnik. Along with the regional centre in Zagreb, booking.com now employs 63 people in Croatia. In 2013 Booking.com processed more than 800,000 reservations for accommodation in Croatia. 

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has awarded Croatia Blue Flag status for 97 beaches and 20 marinas. Together with Cyprus and Malta, Croatia has the cleanest bathing water in Europe.
http://www.blueflag.org/menu/awarded-sites/2014/northern-hemisphere/croatia

"Histria Aromatica", a park featuring native medicinal and aromatic plants along with a multifunctional building, has opened near Bale/Vodnjan in Istria. The investment totaled 3 million Euro and took 10 years to realize. Holiday accommodation and a restaurant are also in the works at this beautiful location with views towards the Adriatic coast.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/bale-u-lipnju-se-otvara-park-histria-aromatica-454423 

Fodor's, one of the world’s leading travel information providers, has named the southern Dalmatian town of Cavtat in its list of "10 Places to Go this Summer…"
http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-places-to-go-this-summer#!4-cavtat,-croatia 

Construction of a new terminal at Zagreb airport has begun and is supposed to be completed by 2016.
http://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/biznis/333709/Za-30-mjeseci-Francuzi-otvaraju-novi-terminal-na-Plesu.html

Dubrovnik nominated for Best Destination UK Cruise International Awards 2014.
Vote here: http://cruise-international.com/place-your-vote-here/ 

New low cost airline to offer flights between Croatia and China. Last year 43,000 Chinese tourists visited Croatia.
http://www.cseba.eu/en/news/240/cseba-is-founding-a-new-airline 

ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP HOTELS IS IN ISTRIA, CROATIA!
Villa Meneghetti located near #Vodnjan and #Pula in #Istria was selected on the "Best of Booking’s Best" list of the 10 highest rated hotels worldwide based on the reviews of people using booking.com, one of the world’s biggest online booking sites (with 550,000 room nights reservations DAILY)
http://www.thebookingtruth.com/reviews/bookings-best-hotels/villa-meneghetti-bale-hungary/ 

Korčula Island, Croatia, one of the 5 most popular European destinations for summer beach holidays.
http://www.tourismlink.eu/2014/04/5-of-the-best-european-beach-holidays/ 

More and more Istrian restaurants and taverns are included in the top European 2014 restaurant guides, such as GaultMillaut (Austria), I Ristoranti d'Italia (Italy) and Magnar Ben (Adriatic Region). The highest scores got San Rocco from Brtonigle followed by Wine Vault at Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/istarski-restorani-uz-rame-s-najboljim-europskim-452189 

European Commission Spring 2014 Outlook: Croatia RealEstate undervalued by up to 20%. Croatian property prices fell 17.8% last year. 2013 fifth year in recession. 2015 modest recovery. These facts and much more here:
http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/eu/forecasts/2014_spring_forecast_en.htm 

The Ministry of Tourism has issued a second tender for awarding incentives for tourism projects valued in excess of 1.000.000 Euro as part of a tourism fund which will expire October 31.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/novcem-od-turistickog-zemljista-do-novih-sadrzaja-452032 

The largest marine aquarium in Croatia has opened in Vranjic near Solin just north of Split.
http://www.aquariumsplit.com/ 

EARLY SIGNS OF A PROPERTY MARKET RECOVERY?
#Croatia #property asking prices in April up 0.2% from March and 0.5% from April 2013 along the #Adriatic Coast. Average asking price for a house on the coast in April 1,572 Euro/square meter, for an apartment 2,011 Euro/square meter. Source: CentarNekretnina
Excellent under market value offers still available at http://www.topadria.de/ 

Newly renovated Hotel Belvedere reopened in Medulin. Other major hotel investments in Istria on schedule for completion before 2020, adding 4000 beds, reports Tourism Minister Lorencin.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/lorencin-kupari-i-brijuni-osigurat-ce-2-500-kreveta-451099 

Arrivals up 20% and overnight stays up 19% in #Pula during the first four months of 2014. April the most successful in the history of Istrian tourism, according to Denis Ivošević, the director of Istria Tourist Board.
http://www.glasistre.hr/vijesti/pula_istra/travanj-mozda-najbolji-u-povijesti-istarskog-turizma-450918 

Zlatni Rat on the island Brač in Croatia on Tripadvisor list of "10 unique beaches you need to see to believe"
http://www.tripadvisor.com/TripNews-a_ctr.uniquebeachesEN4 

"It really is wonderful country"...Embark on a walking tour of Istria with the UKs Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/croatia/10792463/Croatia-walking-tour-ignorance-is-bliss-in-the-hills-of-Istria.html