Star Wars Episode VIII film crew and actors have invaded the Old City of Dubrovnik. After successfully appearing in the Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik Old City’s main street Stradun has been transformed for the Star Wars Episode VIII movie set. This will significantly boost the city’s tourism industry which may become new rising star of the film tourism industry. Great news for local businesses too so it was a great pleasure for my part that Intercon got involved with Disney production of the movie, catering for the transportation needs of film crew and actors alike.
Dubrovnik Old City’s unprecedented beauty and that of its surroundings are rather attracting for movie location hunters and this has even prompted the major of Dubrovnik to build a film studio. Does this mean that Dubrovnik is moving in the direction of Hollywood ? Could we possibly witness the sign resembling that of Hollywood seeing the day of light on Srdj Hill above Dubrovnik? Why not say I. Film industry is great for the luxury real estate business and perhaps this is just what Dubrovnik needs to improve further its status as the most luxury destination on the Adriatic coast.
And with the projects such as Gruz Marina, currently being undertaken and that of Golf Srdj Hill about to start, Dubrovnik is starting to resemble the European luxury destinations. What would be the icing on the cake for Dubrovnik’s prosperity is the establishment of tax haven in the city itself. This in itself would bring the investments and would open a whole range of new opportunities.
2014 has been yet another successful year in the Croatian tourism industry and once again the Croatian tourism has been a shining star of the Croatian economy. Dubrovnik has performed rather well thanks to the influx of tourists from Great Britain and the Far East, in particular from South Korea. Apart from the fact that Dubrovnik is on everyone’s must see list because of its astounding beauty, it is amazing to learn the fact that the filming of Game of Thrones in the city is also to”blame” for the increase in popularity of this unique city.
As for the luxury segment of the market the new trends contributed to this sector’s good performance, particularly villa rentals. I am extremely glad that this trend is rising and more and more quality villas both in design and decor are being built. This trend has complemented the increase in yacht charters and exclusive private excursions.
The Russian political crisis has partly this season affected Dubrovnik and Istria’s luxury markets but not to the extent of 2013 when some of the Istrian top luxury hotels were half empty during the peak season. Also, Croatia’s joining the EU has to my disappointment shut its door to the Turkish market due to the visa regime. Well, I have also heard this silly unbelievable story that if you are from Dubai and you are willing to come to this beautiful country of ours that you need to apply for your visa in Cairo, Egypt as Croatia does not have a consulate in Dubai.
However, I would like to end this post on the positive note and as I write these sentences, boreas is blowing the sunny streets of Dubrovnik and I am getting warmed up for the celebration of the new 2015 in the most stunning open stage in the whole of the world; Stradun.
Forget Times Square, Trafalgar Square,Red Square, come to Stradun and shout Celebrations after all Let’s celebrate and have a good time!!!
The author of this article is Srđ Portolan, a founding member of Intercon Group of Companies, a board director at Spes Real Estate and Dubrovnik Luxury Travel.
After the HBO’s cult series The Game of Thrones, hugely successful Indian film industry Bollywood which hails its name from its center of Mumbai and makes the important piece of the Indian Hindi language based industry is coming to Dubrovnik. According to the article which has been written in today’s Croatian daily “Jutarnji list” one of India’s most popular actor Shah Mukr Khan is set to star in the movie titled “Fan” The shooting has already started in Mumbai and is set to continue in Dubrovnik in the year 2015. Indian outbound tourism industry is becoming increasingly popular and this move will boost Croatia as a destination onto the Indian Travel market. The sources from the Croatian daily “Jutarnji list” claims than on every one hundred employees from the movie industry comes another two to three hundred in the building, travel, tourism and hospitality sectors.The film segment of the tourism market itself is set to net 60 million HRK alone in the forthcoming year and this is without extra revenue generated from tourism and hospitality sectors.
We at Dubrovnik Luxury Travel welcome the arrival of Bollywood glamor and look forward to service Bollywood film crews be it regarding their Dubrovnik accommodation, Dubrovnik transportation, Dubrovnik yacht charter needs or perhaps finding new exotic Dubrovnik film locations.
The author of this article is Srdj Portolan, a founding member of Intercon Group of Companies, a board director at Spes Real Estate and Dubrovnik Luxury Travel.
When the cult series The Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, yes folks you have heard it right, The Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik to the delight of many locals who made some extra “bob” appearing in the series as extras. But to my disappointment, Dubrovnik Luxury travel did not manage to sponsor the series. Just joking here as I know that Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the city major welcomed the production house HBO as we are all aware and most certainly proud that our town was chosen as the set location and that of the benefits that the filming would bring to the tourism industry in Croatia and that would once again put Dubrovnik on the world map of must visit destinations.
However, there is another map I want to talk about, equally important as it involves one English king. That is of course Dubrovnik Luxury Travel Treasure Hunt map. This team building exercise is a clever invention of the guy who happens to be the owner of the boat rental agency in Dubrovnik, called Exclusive Charter Dubrovnik. Zlatko or Zlaja is so passionate about team building that he invented this unique team building exercise, Dubrovnik Treasure Hunt and he got involved professional actors from Dubrovnik Theatre Company so that the team building treasure hunters get even greater pleasure in this intriguing game. Dubrovnik Luxury travel was more than honoured when Zlaja chose this company to co-operate so that Dubrovnik Luxury travel became exclusive provider of this service.
I am almost certain that Zlaja lived in Dubrovnik Old town in his previous life as the head of one of Dubrovnik families who succeeded to persuade Richard the Lion Heart to build Dubrovnik’s second cathedral. Now where does island of Lokrum fit into this story. Well, my dear team building treasure hunters or for that matter families and friends who are visiting Dubrovnik, book Dubrovnik Luxury Travel Treasure Hunt to learn more. Dubrovnik Luxury travel guarantees you bundle of fun in this “ Game of Thrones”