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Croatian silver national football heroes!

Yesterday was be all game of all games for the Croatian national football squad. In the exciting final game of the World Cup 2018 in Russia, at Luzhniki stadium, followed by the billions word wide on their TV screens, the French team won 4:2.

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Today, Croatian football heroes are expected to receive a glorious welcome back reception at Zagreb’s Jelačić square. Prior to this epic match, DLT’s team members were busy co-ordinating several private jet charter flights to Moscow for our clients.

 

In the same manner as Croatian National Tourist Office’s website received up to 250% higher number of visits, DLT’s office experience a rocket increase in the demand for private jets charter hire for the Croatian’s destination of the year: the city of Moscow.

 

The country experienced a fever of cheering on unity and our clients reported of the red and white chequered  euphoria at the finals. Croatians are extremely proud of their players  as the country of barely 4 million in population is the talk of the day  in the papers and digital media across the globe.

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Thank you Croatian “Furious”, you did us all proud!

Six Chinese policemen to patrol the streets of Croatia.

Yesterday morning, in front of St Blaise’s church in Dubrovnik and prior to the World Cup final where national teams of Croatia and France were to battle for the World Cup trophy, a ceremony took place whereby six Chinese policemen were incorporated into a project titled “Safe tourist season”

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This is the fist year that the Chinese policemen were to be shoulder to shoulder with their Croatian counterparts, making their presence known in three Croatian counties: Dubronik- Neretva, Zagreb and Lika-Senj, the last county being frequented by Chinese tourists because of Plitvice Lakes.

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The credit for the organization of this event goes to Intercon’s and DLT’s operation manager Kristian Vrbanić who acted in his capacity as a co – ordinator for the Chinese embassy. His excellency Hu Zhaoming, the ambassador of People’s Republic of China was present at the ceremony together with Dubrovnik’s mayor Mato Franković, Nikola Dobroslavić, Dubrovnik- Neretva Deputy Head and Frano Matušić, the secretary of state in the Ministry of Tourism

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The six Chinese policemen were welcomed by Dubrovnik’s police deputy commissioner Željko Prša who highlighted the fact that Croatia is the country with the rich tourist tradition and the tourism represents the pivotal part of the economic growth. Any country orientated towards its tourism industry sees safety as one of its important factors. As a result, Croatian police force took necessary steps to maintain a high degree of safety together with its foreign police forces representatives.

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It is also worth mentioning that the Chinese tourists’ visits to Croatia are following upward trends and the last year more than 100 000 Chinese tourists visited Croatia. With a prospect of a direct plane line to be established between Zagreb and Beijing and Dubrovnik and Beijing these figures are to grow considerably.

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Cook up experience starts from Croatia

Cook up is a new revolutionized cooking experience, a platform designed for the kitchen enthusiasts to share their experiences and equally aimed at those food lovers who want to indulge themselves in a gloriously prepared food. Based on the principles of cook, eat and share, the platform enables cook up chefs to prepare food, organize dining events or share knowledge thus making additional income. Equally, those interested in a quality prepared food are able to order food from cook up chefs, could eat at their place or could also hire a chef for special occasion. One can also make a social impact and help people affected by the world’s hunger problem by just using the app.

By using the blockchain, transparency , trust and inclusion are safeguarded enabling secure and automated transactions within the app through smart contract. Furthermore, chefs receive Chef tokens for their services which will be able to trade on exchanges or for that matter use within the app. All transactions of funds to charity organizations are carried out automatically through smart contract, making it fully transparent and free of banking fees. Almost two billion people without bank account can use the app. Also all user reviews will be written into the blockchain making them publicly available.

At the end of the day it is a very simple process for the world’s largest kitchen without the kitchen in a true sense of a world. By using your credit card, Ether ( ETH) or other crypto currencies you obtain a Chef token used for food ordering, video calls with Cook up chefs or for placing ads within application.

The team behind the Cook up project are the influencers from Mint Media Ltd, DLT’s long term partner.

Dubrovnik Luxury Travel VIP Fleet in Action.

Dubrovnik Luxury Travel VIP Fleet in Action.

Good news for Croatian tourism, recent Croatian Minister of Tourism visit to London has promising scope that this tourist season, Croatia will attract more British tourists. The fact that the major airline companies has direct flights to newly opened Dubrovnik Airport terminal speaks for itself.

Finally, the airport that city of Dubrovnik deserves. But this in turn is drawing a lot of small privately charted flights which is an excellent news. Dubrovnik Luxury Travel’s experienced agents are 24/7 at your disposal to organize you VIP Airport clearance and VIP Transportation to Dubrovnik Riviera.

It is interesting to note that the Croatian villa owners have recognized the needs of British clients. Konavle region, although it is not close to the sea, the villas have pools but also offer and oasis of peace, vineyards and are ideal for bicycle tracking. Not quite Toscany, one may ponder, but you could be easily mistaken. Gastronomy, wine drinking, closeness to the airport, modern stone villas, Cavtat, idyllic picturesque town that resembles Portofino at bird’s stone throw. In one word, ideal combo to switch yourself off on enjoy Croatia mode. Who knows maybe you fall in love with Konavle in the same way as one of clients did that returning back to London, he insisted on buying “peka”, a huge bell liked lid used to prepare lamb, veal and potatoes. He sprang a challenging task in front of our team members because some things are priceless but one lady decided to give her household peka to our client as a gift. Touching gesture but yet another display of Croatian hospitality at its best. No doubt that new Dubrovnik airport will show the same, even to the greater extent that it was the case before. In Croatia we love to push the boundaries.

Oscars 2017

Oscars 2017, what a performance. And these great “cock ups” can only happen in La, La Land otherwise known as Hollywood. The fact that the wrong card was read out by one and only Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, in my humble opinion speaks for itself. Oscars 2017 stole the show and became once again the world’s top news.

I have not seen neither Moonlight, Oscars 2017 Best Movie nor La La Land but the Oscars 2018 will belong to Robin Hood, The Origins as Dubrovnik acts out as Nottingham. The producers are mesmerized by the Old City’s look and transformation and I entirely cannot blame them for that eternal source of history that Dubrovnik retells each time it is featured on screen.

The association of the world cities with the film industry is an excellent move as long as it is carefully planned in a rather sustainable way. The merchandising of it, if not carried out in a somewhat controlled manner could have damaging consequences. The last thing any city authority wants is emergence of cheap shops displaying T-shirts of Robin Hood. The cultural merchandising is a way forward, promoting museums and location venues for concerts and cultural events alike.

Dubrovnik will never become Monaco as both places are unique and appealing in their own ways and more appropriately Dubrovnik must not become Monaco but it however must create a brand out of its cultural heritage and Croatian identity.

Dubrovnik Luxury Travel – Your gateway to Croatia luxury holiday!

Dubrovnik Luxury Travel offers a unique way of luxury holidaying in Dubrovnik region and the whole of Croatia. From the moment you touch the runaway, we offer a comprehensive service of organizing your clearance in, premium transfer service to your luxury hotel or villa destination, last minute luxury villa bookings and luxury yacht charter. Turn to us with confidence and contact our Operations manager Kristian Vrbanic on +385 (0)98 324 657 or kristian@intercon.hr

DLT – Your Luxury Getway to Croatia!!!

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Intercon proudly presents Mediterranean Yacht Agents

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Intercon, Dubrovnik’s travel and maritime agency has become the part of Mediterranean Yacht Agents’ network. Kristian Vrbanić, who represents Mediterranean Yacht Agents for Croatia has recently returned from the world famous Mediterranean & Adriatic Yachting Fair.

Q:Kristian, could you tell us your first impressions?

A:Well, I was surprised how little the area of the Adriatic is explored and therefore marketed among the yacht charter companies.

Q:Why do you think that is the case and do you believe that  this trend will change in the near future?

A:I believe that I can answer this second question. The world of the yacht charter is changing dramatically with the emergence of Porto Montenegro. May is the month of Cannes Film Festival and this is the time when Monaco shines. The mega yachts are emerging and after the festival are cruising towards Sicily. This is the crossroad, where they turn towards Turkey and Greece or they enter the Adriatic  at Porto Montenegro. Porto Montenegro is an appealing option as it offers tax free fuel and on the top of this Montenegro offers charter free contract if the passengers board then and there. This is where their Adriatic Yacht charter begins.

Q:And where does it take it from here?

A:From Porto Montenegro, they enter Croatia, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Vis, Hvar Split for a 10 day charter of they may continue all the way to Venice, for a fortnight charter exploring the beauty of Croatia’s 1000 islands.

Q:How about Turkey and Greece or Malta?

A:Unfortunately, it seems to me that due to the political situation, there will  be less traffic in these waters.

Please visit interon.hr for more info on your Adriatic yacht agent.

Business insider: Korčula on the 30 must see places list for 2016.

Business insider: Korčula on the 30 must see places list for 2016.

Business insider, business, technology and celebrity website has put the island of Korčula on the list of world’s 30 must see tourist spots for 2016. This online media has joined the ranks of New York Times and Huffington Post who have previously written about this rather unspoilt island full of vineyards and olive tree groves, beautiful bays and blue Mediterranean sea waters.

It has to be said that this island has a great potential in the development of the medical tourism as the county’s only medical rehabilitation center is situated right at the end of the island of Korčula. So this news should be welcomed as the business online publications are bringing the island to the attention of business population and general public alike and this may bring potential investors   in the game of re-development of the state run rehabilitation center. One has to reinstate the fact that the niche development of tourism sector and  in particular the openings in the medical segment of the Croatia tourism market has a great deal of potential. It must be the integrated part of any government strategy as the best know destination such as Dubrovnik may enhance the prospects of having rather successful pre and post season revenues.

The branding of Dubrovnik as a medical center of excellence also ought to be done as the project such as Golf Srđ have got the green light. Looking from the personal and professional perspective it is such a shame that little support and government funding has been geared towards the medical agencies. To my knowledge very few exist on the territory of Croatia, practically none in the city of Dubrovnik.

Beauty and know how are two ingredients which go together in any formula that has a happy ending to the story. When the opportunity knocks one has to recognize its potential and its general scope and the opportunity only gives you one shot so we better get the right one. 

Author: Srđ Portolan

 

Explore Croatia Tour

Explore Croatia Tour

So if you are shouting I must visit Croatia this summer, then you are reading the right blog. In the next couple of lines I am going to explain what are the best routes to take to explore this beautiful country of ours. If you have decided to book your own flights or through your agents then aim to reach Zagreb in the morning hours. The capital of Croatia is naturally the starting point of your Explore Croatia tour. If you happen to aim at the luxury end of the market, and you also happen to have luxury agent, this is mainly the case with the USA, please make sure that you do not get ripped off. More often than not your trip to Croatia is just transferred on the shoulders of Croatian agency partner which is doing all strategic planning and is getting paid a fraction of what you are paying to your longstanding travel agent “chums”.

We at Dubrovnik Luxury Travel, advise our potential clients to have faith and book directly your Explore Croatia tour with a Croatian travel agency. The majority of them do indeed start in Zagreb then move south towards Dubrovnik before flying out of Zagreb again. When you make a query it does make common sense to outline your budget and places of interest, are you inclined more towards gastronomy, nature or culture. This is how you show that you are a potential client and it is important that you are not in the business of just squeezing the info out from the agent. Believe me you would be sussed out and many agents would make you unrealistic offer just to get rid off you.

Croatian travel agents make their profits in the transport of the tourists and this is done by getting the best deal out of the guy that in the 90% of the cases is the owner of the subcontracted vehicle. The cost is not passed on to the client We at DLT happen to own our own mini van and are always at the disposal to make you a good offer. However, what tourists fail to understand is the empty work of the different type of vehicles during your visit Croatia tour. This is a one more reason to take up Croatian agent who knows the business. I’ll try to explain this. When visiting Croatia it is enough to engage just one agent who will ensure that the rest of your journey is taken care off. You plan to get Zagreb – Dubrovnik route by the combination of land and sea routes. You engaged Dubrovnik based agency as you will need them to get a custom tailored excursions to Korčula, Mostar and Montenegro. Dubrovnik agency engages its Zagreb partner to welcome you. The afternoon tour of Zagreb is organized for you. The following day Zagreb partner takes you to Split with a stopover at Plitvice Lakes . This is a day two of your tour. The third day is mainly spent on Split sightseeing and getting you from Split to Hvar by a speedboat weather permitting. The fourth day is a one day yachting experience of Hvar and Vis. The fifth day would count as the expensive one and it is your yachting transfer experience from Hvar to Korčula,Mljet Elaphiti islands. This sea routes counts as a huge memorable experience and any other way to reach Dubrovnik and many would say, we would get a ferry from Jelsa on Hvar to Makarska mainland, is just a huge miss. Why is it a bit expensive. It is because the agency needs to pay out the fee for bringing the yacht empty once you get dropped off in Dubrovnik. This is the catch of the so called empty work phenomenon. Day six Dubrovnik Old City sightseeing. Day seven a visit to Montenegro, Day eight a visit to Mostar. Day nine getting some rest and saying good bye to Dubrovnik and day ten flying out of Dubrovnik via Zagreb home wherever is home for you.

Author: Srđ Portolan

Tripadvisor Croatia Forum Q&A sessions.

Tripadvisor Croatia Forum is somewhat arguable the best source of information for the fellow travelers. One of the questions which is more often than not addressed is the island hopping in particular that from Split to Dubrovnik. Whilst it is possible during the peak season to organize this trip on catamaran, but in the end you may end up paying more rather than less. We at Dubrovnik Luxury Travel advise you to take up airliners approach to the issue of Split to Dubrovnik island hopping and get yourself booked a small yacht in the line of Jeanneau Prestige 36 Fly or even Sunseeker Camargue and with advance booking you can negotiate a fair deal price. This is an ideal yacht for a party of four. A fellow traveler asked on Tripadvisor Croatia Forum if he can hop from Brač to Hvar then onwards to Korčula and finally ending up in Dubrovnik without stopping at Mljet. And all this on foot by catamaran. For starters while Milna on Brač is picturesque you really want to go to Bol. You can only catch catamaran from Milna to Jelsa on Hvar which would leave you with two taxi journeys of which one is rather brutally tiresome, that from Jelsa on Hvar to Hvar on Hvar. If you have decided to hop the islands from Split to Dubrovnik then you might as well do it on a 7 day yacht charter. It is utterly pointless to spend 3 nights in Korčula if you are island hopping on a 10 days tour from Split to Dubrovnik without stopping on the islands of Vis, Mljet or Elaphite islands. Then you might as well can book a 10 day holiday on the island of Korčula and make one day outings in the direction of Split or Dubrovnik.

 

Carefully planned itineraries will save you money on the yacht journey as the fuel is never calculated into the price of the island hopping experience from Split to Dubrovnik and you can avoid paying for berths by the advantage of being moored off one of the islands in your yacht.

Author: Srđ Portolan