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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.

Hopes for 2015 for Dubrovnik tourism industry

The new sunny day is here, the boreas wind is gone and great hopes for the luxury segment of Dubrovnik tourism industry are ahead of us. What Dubrovnik needs is to enter the new era of investments in this sector. The great news is that Sheraton chain is entering the market but in order to attract the guests with the deeper pockets, more needs to be done to improve Dubrovnik’s tourism offer. Yacht moored near DubrovnikProject Golf Dubrovnik promises to do so as we have discussed it in our earlier posts. However, the much anticipated change needs to happen in the nautical sector where mega yachts need to be offered the adequate facilities for mooring in the Gruz marina. This part of the Mediterranean is not frequented by mega yachts for the lack of information captains receive but then again for the lack of facilities. We do not have Porto Montenegro here in Dubrovnik, such project would be the next yachting stop for all those yachts whose first port of call is Montenegro.

But what would happen in the longer run is that the building of a marina for mega yachts would keep the former moored there during Dubrovnik from birds eyethe winter time, this would create jobs for the local industries at the time when Croatian economy performance indicators are gloom for the year 2015.

When I spoke to a owner of a Turkish luxury chain of hotels, he could not believe it the sluggish reaction of the Croatian government when it came to attracting new investments in the tourism sector. He told me that Turkish government would do almost everything to grant building permissions to serious investors, in certain cases the land is offered free in exchange for employment quotas. I wonder would this be the case here in Croatia. Having read that the Croatian ministry of employment urgently needs more than 300,00 workforce to sustain the pension system, perhaps the answer lies in the government measures of this kind that is of course if they are approved by Bruxselles.

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.

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.

 

The importance of Adriatic Sea as a yachting destination in the Mediterranean basin, viewed by Srdj Portolan.

Srđ Portolan
Srdj Portolan on business trip in Monaco

Puerto Benus and Portofino, the first one near Marbella, the second one near Genova have been the playground of the rich and famous in the yachting world. Add the dosage of St Tropez and Sicily and the circuit of the yachting world for the rich and famous is closed. Srđ Portolan, a member of the Adriatic Yacht Services executive board explains that after the yachting season finishes around St Kitts and St Lucia and when another one starts in the Mediterranean basin, the Adriatic sea comes at the bottom end. Srdj Portolan, Darijan Portolan and Kristian Vrbanic, all three members of the Adriatic Yacht Services were shocked to realize Srdj Portolanwhen they went on their French Riviera business trip back in 2013 that the vast majority of the captains take the Italian coast route to Venice and back. Srđ tells us that lack of marinas and in particular the lack of super marinas for mega yachts prevented the captains to use Croatian coast on their way to Rovinj and making that last bit of trajectory journey to Venice.

Portolan stressed that captains are unsure of what to expect in Croatia, Srđ continues to tell us that he utterly understands their concerns. Srđ Portolan is among those who believes that one of Croatia’s most profitable state companies ACI Marinas, needs to privatize even larger slice of the share capital.

Srd Portolan
Srdj Portolan

Furthermore, Srdj believes that such measure would lead to the construction of mega yacht marina something Portolan and Co witnessed on their visit to French Riviera’s Billionaire Docks. Srđ Portolan states that the state’s involvement into promotion of Croatia as Europe’s next must visit yachting destination would play a primordial role in steering the captains’ attention towards Croatian marinas.

Srdj Portolan
Srdj Portolan, a member of Intercon’s management board.

Not everything is black as it seems to be as the Adriatic sea marina sector is growing rapidly. Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Montenegro is a typical example of the theory “ When there is a will, there is a way” In true adage of an ex-soldier Srdj Portolan concludes “Who dares wins”. Remains to be seen whether something like Porto Ragusino is on the horizon that in the eyes of many would turn Dubrovnik into new Monte Carlo. Watch out this space!