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Portolan Srđ and some of his viewpoints on Dubrovnik luxury travel market

Portolan Srdj
Srdj Portolan, a member of DLT management board

In the previous blogs we have written a lot about Srđ Portolan and his viewpoint on the development of the nautical tourism in Croatia. Srdj for his part was fascinated by the so called “French” model who were among the first who have recognized the need for the construction of mega yacht marinas like the example of “Billionaire Dock” in St Tropez which Portolan Srđ in his capacity as a member of Dubrovnik Luxury Travel management board visited

Portolan Srdj
Srđ Portolan & DLT Management Team

back in March 2013 on the incentive trip Srđ took part in together with Portolan’s colleagues from DLT and its sister company Adriatic Yacht Services. Talking to some of the yachts’ captains Srdj was perplexed by the lack of the knowledge captains had about the Albanian, Montenegrin and Croatian side of the Adriatic and marina facilities that were available to them on their trajectory to Venice.

The importance of branding was another issue Srđ Portolan stressed about when Srdj talked about the development of luxury tourism in Dubrovnik as Croatia’s top destination within the destination itself. As Portolan Srdj junior learned from Portolan Srđ senior the recognition of the moment like in any business cycle curve prove to have been the secret ingredient in the winning formula of success in the story of Dubrovnik and for that matter in the wider context of Croatia’s tourism as well. Portolan Srđ prompted that the saturation of the rent-a-car market simply strengthen his belief that the servicing of luxury clients within the destination, providing that this service is of the highest possible quality, is the future of his brands positioning within the luxury segment of the market.Portolan Srdj

Even within this particular segment, Srđ sees the future in the close co-operation of the owners of luxury villa accommodation and the providers of the luxury services. For instance as far as Dubrovnik is concerned, the Old City will always attract visitors for its preserved beauty. However, for the luxury guests who are accustomed for the high level of service facilities Dubrovnik is not in the league of the top French Riviera destinations. On the other hand many would argue that it is not cost effective to invest in the so called additional value determinants. Portolan Srđ understands why entrepreneurs are discouraged to invest in the high class luxury villa accommodation

Portolan Srdj
Luxury Dubrovnik Villa

because it is difficult to achieve ROI let alone its reasonable rate. Portolan Srđ believes that this is due to short length of the season. That is why Srdj states many opt out to restoring residence houses and present them on the market as villas. We support Srđ’s theory as generally speaking everyone works in its full capacity in the tourism sector in Dubrovnik for the period of 60 days which is not enough to make it till the end of the year. Srđ is a firm believer that the short duration of the season is off putting the investors in general as for starters the opportunity cost is high. We understand Srdj’s statement as it does not make sense to open a luxury restaurant which is going to remain empty for the rest of the year.

Portolan sees strong MICE sector in Dubrovnik as Croatia’s top destination as something that might save the day. Furthermore, Portolan Srdj sees marketing issues as many travel agencies lack the adequate marketing funds to promote themselves on the exhibitions around the world. Srđ for his part realizes that the support of the airline industry plays a pivotal role in making the MICE story a success.

Watch out this space for Portolan Srđ views on the current developments in Dubrovnik and Croatia luxury travel market news.

Razvoj nautičkog turizma u Hrvatskoj; Srđ Portolan

Srđ Portolan
Srđ Portolan

Hrvatska kao iznimno poželjna turistička destinacija je u 2013., prema podatcima HNB-a ostvarila 7,2 milijardi eura prihoda od turizma što je prema podatcima UNWTO-a 0,62% od ukupnih 1159 milijardi eura koliko se u prošloj godini zaradilo od turizma na svjetskoj razini. Do domovinskog rata, turizam je bio pokretačka snaga hrvatskog gospodarstva koji je punio blagajne tadašnje savezne republike Jugoslavije. Početak domovinskog rata razlog je realizacije prednosti naših izravnih konkurenata Grčke i Turske na turističkom tržištu.

S godinama nakon rata, a uz pomoć državnih intervencija, Hrvatska je ponovo, zbog svojih prirodnih ljepota, kulturne baštine i gastronomije postala omiljena europska destinacija i jedna od onih koju svi žele posjetiti. Međutim, slično kao i kod svakog oblika poslovanja, za kvalitetan razvoj su potrebne misija, vizija i strategija. Zemlja s tisuću otoka trebala bi u razvoju nautičkog turizma tražiti svoju viziju i misiju, a time i strategiju. Primjer susjedne Crne Gore dovoljno govori. Stvorena je pozitivna klima za investitore i kao rezultat napravljenja je marina Porto Montenegro u Tivtu, jedna od najsuvremenijih marina na Jadranskoj obali.

Pitali smo Srdja Portolana, člana uprave Adriatic Yacht Services njegovo viđenje situacije u nautičkom turizmu. Srđ nam je rekao da bi za Hrvatsku bilo poželjno pratiti “francuski model”. Portolan je bio sudionik incentive putovanja koje je za svoje zaposlenike organizirala tvrtka Adriatic Yacht Services u Cap d’Antibu, u ožujku 2013. Srđ nam je naglasio da je bio pozitivno iznenađen kvantitetom ali i kvalitetom marina, a posebno marinom za mega jahte. Srđ u nastavku kaže da je organizacija francuskih marina tj. postojeća infrastruktura bezprijekorna. Srđ Portolan naglašava da je upravo to ono što Hrvatskoj nedostaje.

Srđ Portolan
Cap d’Antibe

Uzimajući u obzir postojeće kapacitete dubrovačkih marina kao i kvalitetu njihove infrastrukture, bojim se da smo već u startu zakazali. Naime, susjedna Crna Gora nakon što je privukla britansko-ruske investitore za gradnju marine Porto Montenegro u Tivtu, već je istupila korak naprijed te je omogućila investitorima iz Azerbejdžana gradnju još veće marine u okviru bivšeg vojnog kompleksa u Kumboru. Potrebno je naglasiti da Porto Montenegro sa svojom marinom, rezidencijskim kompleksom, restoranima, trgovinama luksuzne odjeće i obuće, luksuznim putničkim agencijam, mnogobrojnim zastupništvima za jahte i automobile ima sve ono što zadovoljava potrebe putnika na luksuznim jahtama.

Srdj Portolan
Porto Montenegro

Budući da je Crna Gora početna destinacija za luksuzna putovanja jahtama i mega jahtama Jadranskom obalom, logičnim slijedom Dubrovnik bi trebao biti prva luka posjete. Iz tog razloga moguće je zaključiti da su potrebni radikalni koraci kako bi se nautički turizam u Hrvatskoj razvijao u pozitivnom smjeru s obzirom da Dubrovnik a i mnoge druge marine u hrvatskom akvatoriju nemaju najosnovnije da bi zadovoljile potrebe putnika na luksuznim mega jahtama.

 

Srdj Portolan advises you on how to explore Croatia on budget and travel in luxury style.

Everyone talks about Croatia as this beautiful country with 1000 islands. Srđ Portolan, a member of Dubrovnik Luxury Travel

Srđ Portolan
Srđ Portolan

management board tells us that you do not have to be rich and travel in style. Srđ has recently worked with four Brazilian clients who wanted to have fun in the sun and to enjoy Croatian food and wine. Srđ has managed to include visits to Elaphiti islands, Korcula ( this is where Portolan surname originally comes from ) Hvar and Vis.

Interestingly enough Srdj who is a keen diver, managed to squeeze a diving session for the Brazilians off the island of Vis,

Srđ Portolan Vis
Srđ Portolan Vis

near the world famous Blue Cave. It was a lovely day out with a speedboat from the island of Hvar. Portolan explained to us that a common mistake that people sometimes make is to try to link their journey from starting point, Dubrovnik to Split via the ferry. Srdj Portolan continues to tell us that a journey from Dubrovnik to Korcula in a luxurious mini van is equally pleasant one and that on the way to Hvar you can

Srđ Portolan in Hvar
Srđ Portolan in Hvar

always go via Trpanj and then Drvenik to Starigrad on Hvar and continue your journey to Hvar Old City on the island of Hvar. We asked Srdj could this be a bit tiresome. He answered back that we should not forget the fact that the Brazilians had two days out with a speedboat, one on the Elaphiti islands and the second one on the island of Vis which proved a true winner because it was a unique opportunity to dive in the Blue Cave. Srđan told us that this itinerary included a visit to Krka National

Srdj Portolan NP Krka
Srđ Portolan NP Krka

Park, the town of Split and for the true lovers of oysters on the way back from Split, they stopped in the medieval town of Ston.

So we agreed this was the true luxury tour for a 7 days tour for a price of EUR 9980 for four people and considering that the accommodation was a five star one ( except Korcula and Hvar, an excellent four star one ) this is indeed a true winner.

Added value determinants in Croatia luxury market segment as viewed by Srdj Portolan

Dubrovnik is Croatia’ s the best known destination and as such it has a scope to achieve great potential in the luxury market segment. The appearance of added value determinants would have a huge impact on Croatia’s tourism industry at large. First we need to clarify what do we mean by added value and how does it translate in the terminology of the luxury market language.

Srdj Portolan Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik at night by Srđ Portolan

Firstly by basic definition this is a free bit that adds to the value of the actual service. To illustrate by example in the luxury market if we book a room with a five star luxury hotel, their courtesy car free airport pick up would be a classic example of something which has further justified the value, in other words the price of our booking. If each five star hotel in Dubrovnik is to employ such a service measure how would this affect the transportation companies in Dubrovnik ?

Srđ Portolan,  a member of Dubrovnik Luxury Travel management board states that five star hotels cannot offer such a service alone. Furthermore, Portolan believes that if hotels are to decide to subcontract those services to the transportation companies, this sector would be segmented accordingly. Srđ says that now there are transfer companies and agencies which do everything, luxury transfers and ordinary transfers in the same car but different price. Srđ continues to state that if luxury five star hotels are to offer a free excursion as a added value to the booking of their accommodation, the same applies and would lead to segmentation of travel agencies sector. Srđ Portolan states that in the luxury sector travel agencies must offer by default value added service. Srđ has devised DLT’s concierge service to the hire of luxury villas. Portolan has explained to us that free incentives are a must have service in the luxury market sector.

Srđ Portolan
Srdj Portolan at Antibe Port on the French Riviera

It appears to us that the introduction of added value determinants is a must when it came to the prosperity of Dubrovnik luxury travel sector.

Srđ Portolan is a winner of the Best Entrepreneur award for the year 2003, 2006 and 2013 according to Croatian Institute of Business Intelligence.

Srđ Portolan Award
Srđ Portolan The Golden Book of the Best Croatian Entrepreneurs

The most luxurious villa in Dubrovnik

Come July 10 and Dubrovnik summer scene becomes really heated as this is the opening night of Dubrovnik Summer Festival. For many of us who are associated with Dubrovnik Luxury Travel, this is when really things get to start crazy and our sister company Adriatic Yacht Services gets inundated with various queries from yachts and mega yachts ranging from clearance and provisioning to off shore concierge services which are naturally provided in the most efficient way by Dubrovnik Luxury Travel team.

The beginning of July marks the arrival of rich and famous in Dubrovnik. And one thing is for sure that luxury villas in Dubrovnik with top notch amenities and by this I mean the close proximity to the Old City with the pool facilities and the view over the Old Harbor and the island of Lokrum are difficult to get by. However, we at Dubrovnik Luxury Travel have worked hard to offer you the most exclusive villa in Dubrovnik and the whole of the Adriatic.You think we exaggerate. This is where the writing stops as photo speaks thousand words. Ladies and gentlemen may we proudly present you the world of luxurious bliss, style and everything which is in the slightest way associated with a word luxury in Dubrovnik in the range of luxury private accommodation in Dubrovnik.

Park View
Park View
Pool view
Pool view
Night View
Night View
Dubrovnik View
Dubrovnik View
Interior View
Interior View

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet me at Dubrovnik airport

Dubrovnik airport is by far the most sophisticated airport in Croatia. The drive from the Dubrovnik airport to the Dubrovnik city is a half an hour transfer. Dubrovnik Luxury Travel Darijan explained to me why is it better to make a pre-advanced booking. Buses are out of question as they are old and not consistent. There is no uniformed company that looks after the transport from and to Dubrovnik airport. Then there are taxi drivers. Unlike in the other European cities where taxis are easily recognizable this is not the case with Dubrovnik and what is more sometimes they can charge you an arm and a leg.Dubrovnik luxury travel transfer

With pre-booked transfer from Dubrovnik airport to your hotel destination you are met and greeted by your driver who follows Dubrovnik Luxury Travel philosophy of being always professional, speaking fluent English, discreet yet at your disposal. And there is a question of reliability because Dubrovnik Luxury Travel luxury transfer vehicles are reliable, safe so this 30 minutes transfer passes in no time. If you happen to visit Dubrovnik with a group of friends then there is no other solution but to book Dubrovnik Luxury mini van. However, Dubrovnik Luxury Travel flexibility comes at work especially when the top luxury clients are involved. On one occasion Darijan was supposed to meet a wealthy businessman from Macau and his wife. They were supposed to stay at one of Dubrovnik’s top boutique hotels. When they were met by Darijan the wife was not pleased at all. The husband explained to Darijan that she insisted to arrive to her hotel via the sea. Darijan was cool as a cucumber and said yes. He transferred the couple from Dubrovnik airport to Cavtat, took them to Cavtat’s top restaurant for a brunch and organized a sea transfer from Cavtat to this luxury hotel before you knew it.searay

So next time when you “meet me at the airport” do request to arrive to your hotel from Dubrovnik airport by a helicopter, Dubrovnik Luxury Travel team will ensure that your wish comes true.

Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik & Dubrovnik Luxury Travel Security Services

Rixos brand of luxury hotels is one of the fastest growing luxury accommodation brands in the world with plans to open 20 luxury hotels and villas worldwide by the year 2020. It already has 12 luxury hotels and villas in Turkey and it has recently opened premium luxury concept in its flagship hotels, Rixos premium Belek and Rixos premium Bodrum.

Luxury hotel accommodation
Luxury hotel accommodation

Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik is one of the pioneering hotels of Dubrovnik tourism. One of the first hotels in five star category built in the late 60’s it was pride and joy of Dubrovnik luxury accommodation and it was a well known congress centre, in fact it was the favourite conference centre together with five star luxury hotel Croatia in Cavtat. Both luxury hotels are specific in its own right.

Cavtat and Konavle region tour
Cavtat and Konavle region tour

Cavtat is a picturesque village in Konavli region of Dubrovnik and it is worth a visit for its authentic Croatian mode of living whilst Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik is ideally located, only 15 minutes walking distance from the Old city centre. However, Dubrovnik at war period reduced this pride of Dubrovnik luxury tourism to rubble and Libertas Dubrovnik was acquired by the Rixos group headed by charismatic and well respected Turkish businessman Fettah Tamince. Rixos group was loyal to the previous architectural concept which was in place and they implemented this concept having previously updated the hotel’s look to modern retro luxury accommodation.

It was indeed Mr.Tamince who turned to Dubrovnik Luxury Travel to secure his stay in Dubrovnik as he was hosting a formal opening ceremony for the hotel with more than 500 top VIP attendees.

Protection services in Dubrovnik
Protection services in Dubrovnik

So, when it comes to organizing logistics for top businessman, world leaders and actors, you mention the name of Kristian Vrbanic, even the president of Croatia will recognize this name. Who would not as this Dubrovnik Luxury Travel operations manager is a king in the Dubrovnik luxury market organisation world. Top Turkish politicians, businessmen, diplomats together with Saudi, Russian and European elite attended the official opening ceremony back in 2007. Kristian organized their smooth passage through the Dubrovnik airport. It was the first time that a fleet of luxury premium cars was allowed on the tarmac of Dubrovnik airport runaway thanks to Kristian’s organisation skills. He coordinated their arrival with Dubrovnik Luxury travel security team and Mr Tamince was more than happy. Job well done Mr Vrbanic.

 

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Dubrovnik Concierge Services

Dubrovnik luxury hotels have caught up with the modern age and time. The classic term of a concierge has disappeared from Dubrovnik luxury accommodation and it has been replaced by guest relation services. The world of luxury travel demands high standards, no hotel on Dubrovnik Riviera has concierge service that would fetch you a bottle of  your favorite eau de toilette if your hotel does not stock it. Dubrovnik luxury travel market attracts many wealthy and sophisticated clients.

Luxury Dubrovnik Transfer Service
Luxury Dubrovnik Transfer Service

The demand for a conventional shopping mall has not been met yet and wealthy clients are forced to take private tours from Dubrovnik to Split in premium luxury vehicles or for that matter private trips from Dubrovnik to Mostar. Some Russian clients are known to have taken a private shopping tour from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.

Private concierge service Dubrovnik
Private concierge service in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Luxury travel has this unique concierge service which is open 24/7, in other words if you are after a bottle of Lagavulin at 2 o’ clock in the morning or if your wife wants that dress from top Croatian designer Xenia design but the shop does not have the size, concierge services from Dubrovnik luxury travel will fix it.

It is comprehensive service as you will have private luxury car at your disposal or private speed boat, access to  top Dubrovnik boutiques and Dubrovnik top restaurants.  Finally Dubrovnik is catching up with the likes of Cannes, Puerto Benus and other top luxury world destinations. So next time when I see a dog walker in Dubrovnik Lapad peninsula, I won’t be surprised, that would be confirmation that concierge services in Dubrovnik have taken off. Recently, a client of Dubrovnik luxury travel had an early flight to a European capital destination. On the previous night he went out for a meal in Dubrovnik restaurant and he enjoyed his red wine, but funnily enough, the restaurant run out of his favorite Golden Plavac, a wine from the island of Hvar.

Concierge service Dubrovnik
We will go that extra mile

It was an early start in the season, and the client could not purchase it from the wine shop so he googled Dubrovnik luxury travel concierge services and guess what Darijan sorted it out before the client’s flight departure from Dubrovnik airport at 5 o’clock in the morning. The clients are recognizing the advantages of Dubrovnik concierge service convenience and we are certain that this unique service has a future. However, the concierge services offered by Dubrovnik Luxury travel are not only restricted to Dubrovnik but they are 24/7 available in other Croatian cities like Split, Zadar, Zagreb.So next time when you think of your favorite thingy which you miss on your holiday, think of Dubrovnik luxury travel concierge services.

 

Things to do in Dubrovnik when on luxury travel

A lot has been written on the topic of 10 things to do when in Dubrovnik. However what does Dubrovnik and its surrounding Dubrovnik Riviera offer for a luxury traveler?

Apart from the obvious the trips from Dubrovnik to Montenegro and the one from Dubrovnik to Mostar which are on offer in the luxury seaters and luxury premium cars there is very little on offer which is genuinely marketed as Dubrovnik luxury travel that is to say local luxury travel experience. Many would pose a question why would a  trip from Dubrovnik to Kotor or that from Dubrovnik to Mostar would be classified as a luxury travel just because it is on offer in the luxury vehicle without champagne and strawberries. The key lies in the choice of the route and the experience of the guide accompanying the tour. Almost all routes from Dubrovnik to Kotor would go through Boka Bay but very few have an organised boat visit to this magic island of the Lady of the Rocks which is situated off the little town of Perast. When it comes to the trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar many tours do not include the visit to this magical gem of nature that are Kravice watterfalls. The key concept of local experience plays also a key role especially in the world of luxury travel.

As for the Dubrovnik region a lot has been written about Peljesac region wines and oysters. A luxury traveler is quite often  a synonym for someone with a well paid job, well educated person who wants to experience the taste  of Croatia and Dubrovnik. But it is also a type of a traveler who wants to share a unique experience. A trip from Dubrovnik to Ston may offer you a visit to an oyster farm on a private boat trip, or share that unique experience that is a visit to the botanical garden and seeing the widest plane tree in Europe. And there is also a visit to Konavle region from Dubrovnik and that famous Dalmatian experience of “peka”, lamb  and potatoes specially prepared under a bell, yes quite really a metal bell, on the top of which is fire ash, a slow cooking process with a scrummy end result that are  mouth watering potatoes and juicy meat. And if you have visited Dubrovnik wine trail you would know that a bottle of rich flavored red wine Postup would go down well with this meal.

To summarize, luxury travel in Dubrovnik is all about that extra mile that Dubrovnik luxury travel companies are prepared to go, it is about offering that unique experience with special care and attention offered on that personal level.

Dubrovnik Vine Tour
Dubrovnik Vine Trail
Montenegro Tour
Montenegro Tour from Dubrovnik
Mostar tour from Dubrovnik
Mostar tour from Dubrovnik