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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

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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Luxury travel through Croatia & how to plan your holiday in Dubrovnik?

So, you are coming to Croatia for the first time and you want to maximize your stay as you have heard all these things about Dubrovnik and its city walls, you have heard about Plitvice Lakes, Split, the magical islands of Hvar, Brac, Vis, Lastovo. But then again, there is the island of Korucla . Questions, questions, questions! What are the answers?

Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes

Well, from my local experience angle, there are three types of luxury travelers There are those who opt out for a private luxury tour starting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes and then continuing from Plitvice Lakes to Zadar and then from Zadar to Split. From Split one would normally take the old picturesque road route to Dubrovnik passing through Makarska Riviera before reaching their final destination, the city of Dubrovnik. This is what I call a luxury roadie, someone who would strictly move on the road. Other type of luxury roadie is the one who is not that impressed by the guide reviews. It is the type who would be after unique local experience. In  ssence, his trip from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes would extend to Opatija.

Brioni islands Istria Croatia
Brioni islands, Istria – Croatia

From Opatija which would serv as his hub, one would expect him to go on one day shore and boat excursions to Pula, Rovinj and Brioni. He or she has heard of Istria and its magic cuisine especially when the tartuffe season is on. The semi roadie luxury traveler is one who would opt for a journey from Zagreb to Split via Plitvice Lakes and they would charter a private boat from Split to Hvar and continue their private cruise in the direction of Dubrovnik stopping at Korcula. For those who simply love sun and sea, they would charter a private boat from Dubrovnik and go on a cruise along Dalmatian coast visiting Elaphiti islands, Korcula, Hvar, Vis, Kornati islands. Couple of words of advice. If you start your road trip from a fly in Zagreb airport try to arrive as early as possible. This would give you more time to explore Zagreb region. Have you ever heard of a picturesque town of Samobor. Well it is situated in Zagreb region. The same goes for Trakoscen castle which is situated in hilly region called Zagorje around Zagreb. If you are to be semi-roadie then  hoose Split as your hub port. Some people have this wild desire to visit Mljet or Korcula en route from Split to Dubrovnik.

Peljesac wine trail
Vineyards Matuško – Pelješac

For Dubrovnik Luxury Travel everything is possible yet for yourselves it could be a bit time consuming and tiring. There is always a  possibility to charter a boat from Dubrovnik or perhaps go on a wine trail tour of Peljesac from Dubrovnik and cross with a private boat from Orebic to Korcula. So if you happen to have questions, please ask us freely, will be glad to be at your disposal.

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