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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

Srđ Portolan comments on the latest development in the yachting world, CADIA 45 E

Srđ Portolan views Croatian innovators’ role as crucial in the development of the first luxurious electric  yacht. Porotlan continues in his observation of the fact that Cadia executives have visited  Mate Rimac of Rimac Cars  to pick up the brains of the  Concept One, luxury speed electric car innovator. Srđ Portolan informs us that the first electric yacht is yacht is planned to be 10.2 m in length, maximum speed of 55,5 km/h. The  full load is up to 3 h/133 km at the speed of 44,4 km/h.  The boat is extremely light (3630 kg ) and manufactured with environmentally friendly materials.

Srđ Portolan welcomes crowfunding as the way of raising finances and believes that the new government ought to facilitate this way of raising capital. Portolan adds that a staggering amount of the 20 % stake in the Cadia company is to be raised by issuing shares to the ordinary public at 1 EUR per share, the minimum bundle is that of 50 shares.

Bearing in mind the fact that Croatia has a large number of innovators and quality IT solutions software developers,  Srđ  Portolan believes  that the new Government ought to offer tax incentives to the companies which are raising the funding capital in this way and as Portolan views it this move would definitely  attract more foreign investment and would make Croatian economy more sustainable.

Srđ Portolan cannot wait to see these environment friendly beauties sailing the Adriatic.

 

How to improve the development of medical tourism in Dubrovnik, Croatia by Srđ Portolan

Srđ Portolan in his capacity as Intercon Dubrovnik Travel & Maritime Agency managing director has taken an example of Singapore as world’s most desired medical travel destination. The success of Singapore story lies in clinics’ investment into modern day medical equipment, highly skilled labor force and readiness of Singapore National Tourist Board to invest into this segment of tourism in the sense that it has recognized its added values as means of attracting health care clients.

Srđ Portolan continues to highlight the fact that it is the added value which counts in promoting a destination. Cultural heritage of Dubrovnik Old City coupled with the areas natural beauty represents the biggest value added asset that Croatia has to offer. On the other side, Srđ Portolan adds, Dubrovnik has a fair share of clinics and one stands out in particular. Marin Med clinic and Dubrovnik private hospital not only that it has the ultra modern technology but it has the world renown doctors especially in the field of plastic surgery, orthopedics, spine minimal invasive procedures as well as yet to be introduced bariatric surgery.

Marin Med Private hospital is a unique of its kind as it offers the luxury of seven specially designed apartments, two of which are equipped to cater for seriously ill patients.

Another issue which can facilitate the development of medical tourism as far as Croatia is concerned as an EU member country is more transparent and if somewhat encouraged implementation of the EU directive on cross border health care. Portolan sees this directive as more of a political rather than economical issue. The political party in power in the countries like UK cannot admit the fact that their national health care systems are over burdened and that sending patients to other EU countries private clinics could be potentially viable solution for the UK tax payers.

The coming into effective functioning of EU directive on cross border health care can significantly improve the figures of Dubrovnik and Croatia’s post and pre season revenues.

How to choose a lawyer in Dubrovnik? By Srđ Portolan

I have written a countless number of blogs on luxury travel and luxury property but then again I have never tackle an issue of a foreign citizen who settles down in Dubrovnik and needs a legal aid. How they can choose a lawyer in Dubrovnik if they do not know the language and in particular the local mentality. I have posed this question to Viktorija Knezevic of Viktoria Knezevic & Marina Maslek Law Office which specializes in civil and commercial law.

Viktorija Knezevic admits that this may not be an easy task for a potential foreign investor who for instance does not have a domestic business partner. Knezevic continues that this is not really the question of listing through yellow pages or googling the net. Indeed, even if you take the alongside google search route, it does not reveal much. It will only show listings made in the business directories and this means nothing to you, who as a potential investor with a serious enough money with no connections to Dubrovnik want to know who is the person to whom you are going to be putting your trust into as your legal representative. Moreover the very same person is going to set up a limited company on your behalf and to him/her you will be granting power of attorney to represent your interests. Lawyer Viktorija Knezevic explains that Croatia has strict rules when it comes to advertising legal services. As far as Dubrovnik is concerned one does to live first in Dubrovnik and most probably the first recommendation they will receive is the one from an estate agent, Viktorija Knezevic of Viktorija Knezevic and Marina Maslek Law Office concludes. Another option is to network with people on various business functions and events and hear first account experiences, Business Cafe Dubrovnik being one of them. At the end of the day, the best marketing is the word of mouth one.

Dubrovnik Real Estate Market Trending? By Srđ Portolan

Srđ Portolan talks about digital millenial generation which on the international property markets is willing to take risks when it comes to investing into SEE markets. Portolan, in his capacity as a director of Spes real estate agency which is part of his Intercon Group of Companies, remarks that more younger professionals are ready to take on a challenge of entering the business property ladder in the Old City of Dubrovnik. What is more, Srđ admits that more often than not this is not an easy task, because it often means that by purchasing a run down house they quit their highly paid jobs in return for hard working, long term return yielding jobs of B&B owners. According to the well established Croatian property website Centar Nekretnine upward cost of renovation per sq/m in the Old City may come up to 1500 Eur. In spite of the former, Dubrovnik invasion of foreign property developers could be compared to that of Syrian and other refugees who are droving into Germany. The recent Deutsche Bank reports are announcing the stagnation of the German GDP. In Croatia and Dubrovnik as tourist season 2015 is coming to close, the Croatian Ministry of Tourism is announcing that tourist season 2015 was the record one in the terms of the net profits. Srđ Portolan concludes that this gives a boost to the Croatian economy at time when the GDP is expected to grow 1% by the end of the year.

Srđ Portolan also advises future investors to choose their legal representatives wisely. Srđ has been co-operating successfully with Viktorija Knezevic and Marina Maslek Law Office in Dubrovnik over the years. Portolan tells us is that what he likes about Viktorija Knežević who has accomplished herself as a successful read experienced civil and merchant lawyer is her direct approach and Viktorija’s tons of experience, primordial when purchasing your private or business property as what you really need to open your eyes about is property’s clean title. Yet another thing that Viktorija Knezevic and Marina Maslek Law Office in Dubrovnik can advise you about is which route to take while purchasing your property: private or business one. It pays to know that sometimes business route is the right choice when buying a private property.

Srđ Portolan is a director of Spes Real Estate Agency and the director of Dubrovnik Luxury Travel, companies which fall under umbrella of Intercon Group of Companies.

Viktorija Knezevic and Marina Maslek is a Law Office in Dubrovnik specializing in civil and merchant law.

Dubrovnik and its future perspective in tourism industry.

Before I embark on writing these lines I would to point out that by no means am I an expert in the field that is to say that I hold no masters degree in tourism management. What I do have is first class information, gathered through association with people who work in Dubrovnik tourism industry, present and those who have done so for the past 30 years.

The so called new economy has developed at the speed of light, accompanied with the new technologies and the internet has made the planet Earth a rather small globe.

As the author of these lines, throughout my life, I have lived in London, Barcelona, Aix en Provence and Moscow at the end of the last century. Every time when I was asked where did I come from and when I answered Croatia what would follow would be that famous question which would resonate for me in the annoying way : “where was that?”. On the contrary, when the answer was Dubrovnik what would follow were the nods of approval and smiles on people’s faces with that famous sentence.” Oh I was there”, “Beautiful city”. Say noDubrovnik Old City Carmen more I thought to myself as I was admiring the power of panel advertising on London Underground tube stations. Only these days at the beginning of the 21 century there are millions of Dubrovnik panels on the internet and with direct channels of selling planes, hotels, villas for holidays, the scopes are enormous up to the point that the people as far as Brazil jump on their planes and come holidaying to Croatia and Dubrovnik.

The opinion of the locals regarding the future of their city is divided. While some recognize the need for progress and see imminent the construction of new five star hotels, real estate villas and apartments others strongly oppose it. A typical example was a golf project on Srdj Hill overlooking Dubrovnik when the calls were being made that this was an eco genocide which had the makings of a luxury villa real estate project. For all I know the owners of the “pastures” were paid promptly, in other words someone invested their time and money and personal reputation not only to earn money but to bring money to Dubrovnik. Golfers are people with huge disposable income and they choose to stay in modern urban accommodation. Now when I think that there are only six golf courses in the whole of Croatia and four of them are in Istria my maths is telling me that we are lagging behind. Golfers are also highly educated business people and they more often than not choose to host their incentives and business conferences in places where they can play golf. I am not a member of golf lobby but I just follow the logic that arrival of rich clients would make space for quality content in the Old City. Think of all high quality restaurants, Dubrovnik Old City St Mary'sart galleries, clothes boutiques, jobs in the construction industry, jobs in the service industry. And let me get this straight to you. If anything we need high quality real estate projects if we are to sustain the development of our tourism industry in the future. As I have outlined above, times have changed. With the arrival of globalization and new technologies the competition has increased and people with high disposable income got used to being “pampered” around the globe. So even if they are to fall in love with views over the island of Lokrum and the Old city while they are staying in the hotels such as Excelsior, Argentina or villas such as Victoria, Agave, Glavic,Dubrovnik and Sheherezade these rich clients cannot purchase a modern urban villa so that they can repeatedly return to Dubrovnik and Croatia.

Dubrovnik Luxury Travel  has teamed up with Spes Estate, Dubrovnik’s most reputable real estate agency.

Srđ Portolan, DLT’s member of the management board has signed business co-operation agreement with Mr Frano Bezić of Spes Estate Dubrovnik. Mr Bezić stressed out that luxury travel and real estate go hand in hand as they complement each other. Clients arriving to view houses on sale and apartments on sale in Dubrovnik are serviced by the likes of Dubrovnik Luxury Travel and vice versa. Currently there is a huge land development in Dubrovnik’s most favourite quarter Ploce on sale, 52 000 m2 with planned construction of modern day villas. Mr Bezic stressed out that among luxury travel holidaymakers there are always successful businesspeople, potential real estate buyers and investors alike.

Croatian post war 1990’s baby boomers and how they shape Croatian outbound travel market?

 

Croatia is a country of approx. 4 million people, which generates a substantial part of its GDP through tourism. Croatian travel agencies are inundated with offers for business co-operation with destinations such as Maldives, India and Vietnam. In order toCroatian outbound travel understand Croatian outbound travel market one has to understand Croatian post war 1990’s baby boom generation. They are born during or straight after the war. Similar to millennials, they are digital generation and, as such, they have a huge influence on their parents and what is more they have a huge influence on their grandparents.

For the Croatian outbound luxury market, this means that if you have a luxury family villa in Costarica, in the terms of marketing content, you really ought to be targeting an affluent 25 years old young lady who is going to persuade her father, a successful businessman, to Croatian outbound travel costaricatake his family to Costarica. On the other hand if you want to sell senior cruises to Med, your marketing platform should definitely be mobile or tablet, since these young men and ladies were the ones who have persuaded their grandparents to purchase mobile phone and in particular tablets in the first place. They crave for adventure, but it must be safer adventure, as they have only heard of the war horrors but never experienced it. They strive for healthy lifestyle and align to brands with a purpose. They are interested in the term “different”, which could be culture, food, habits, societies, etc. Most of the time, these young people are extremely sophisticated, well affluent and educated. They are not burdened with the politics, so they cross Croatian outbound travel Costa mediterraneaborders easily. However, they are very patriotic as they show a great degree of respect towards their peers, especially as they have inherited moral obligation to represent their country in the best possible light wherever they go. Contrary to their parents who use e-mails and perhaps Facebook, Croatian boomers use heavily social media and are often different to their parents. This is where the element of “different” is highlighted. So, if parents use SMS, children use Viber. If parents use Viber, children will use What’s Up. For them, the image sharing and mobile platforms are essential tools when travelling, because when they come back home they want to show to their grandparents where they went and how people live elsewhere.

Understanding Croatian post war boomer will enable you to understand the patterns of Croatian outbound travel.

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.

Dubrovnik as bachelor and hen parties destination!!! Why not???

Dubrovnik Croatia is considered to be one of the world’s hotspots for the weddings because of its unprecedented beauty. It is not by chance that American socialites Fabiola Beracasa chose Dubrovnik srđ portolan bachelor and hento “fortify”her love to her husband Jason Beckham. We at DLT have been thinking of starting a new trend, organising bachelor and hen parties in some of our summer residency houses, setting everything up from catering to DJ entertainment. The idea as such sound appealing because in the post season months weather permitting you can still enjoy Dubrovnik Riviera and have a bit of fun. The idea started rolling out as some of our international investment bankers clients were so amazed by Dubrovnik and its Riviera beauty that they enquired regarding a possibility to organize a bachelor’s party in the summer residence Srđ Portolan summer residencehouse in Konavle region of Dubrovnik Riviera. We are hoping to attract the right type of a client who will not solely indulge in large quantities of alcohol ( no one wants the remake of the Hangover film scenes ) but who would also appreciate the cultural aspects of the region and even the neighboring countries, going on the individually tailored tour from Dubrovnik to Montenegro.

Dear blog and social media readers we would like to hear your ideas as well, how would you imagine your bachelor or hen night party. Perhaps you are put in charge of organizing someone’s party and right now you have come across this post. The idea of Croatia and especially Dubrovnik as bachelor or hen night party host is attractive because it combines culture,nature and fun. All you need to do is to sort out your getting to Dubrovnik transport issue and we would take care of the rest.

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.

Does Dubrovnik lack in high quality summer season event offer?

Srđ Portolan believes that Dubrovnik has a solid combination of cultural and entertainment activities during the summer season. Srđ continues to state that Dubrovnik Summer Festival, in itself is an srđ portolanestablished cultural brand which enables visitors to taste the unique experiences of the Old City summer open scene theatre combining Shakespeare and Držić ( Dubrovnik born renaissance writer of  black comedies ) or it is a chance to hear the echoing of Ivo Vojnovich’s famous Dubrovnik Trilogy ( pre-second war established writer ) who has so well described the fall of  the 19th century Dubrovnik Republic. Srđ Portolan believes that staging Dubrovnik born and bred writers and classical composers, Srđ gives an example of Luka Sorkočević, is one of the best way to promote local heritage in particular that of the Old City. However Srđ Portolan admits that perhaps Dubrovnik Summer Festival lacks modern day cutting edge touch and in this recession hit times visitors to Dubrovnik and the natives need a beauty to their eyes. Srđ Portolan elaborates that perhaps Miss Dubrovnik Summer Festival ought to be a regular feature. I laughed at first but then when I googled Miss America srđ portolan dubrovnik summer festival2014 I realized that Srđ was right and that his idea was not at all loony. Miss America is USA  and even world’s biggest non-profit organization sponsoring the education of women between the age of 17 and 24. Miss America 2014 winner Kira Kazantsev will opt out to become a law graduate. Srđ Portolan suggested that perhaps with the existing ACMT or the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology already in Dubrovnik and perhaps if the winner of such manifestation can get scholarship for ACMT that would be an excellent way of demonstrating where a cultural manifestation with the elements of beauty can have entertainment factors and be beneficial for the local community. The biggest sponsor of Dubrovnik  Summer Festival is VIP, Croatian telecoms company. Srđ Portolan believes that perhaps Dubrovnik Summer Festival ought to incorporate fashion show elements. Srđ believes that perhaps summer edition of CRO A PORTER could be an excellent opportunity to launch young Croatian fashion designers that would have an excellent channel of marketing, direct one where the visitors, the tourists can purchase their garments directly. Such manifestation would draw a larger number of competing sponsors and would raise not only the profile of Dubrovnik but Croatia on the whole. Srđ Portolan is of the opinion manifestations that bear the local character such as Dubrovnik’s famous “ each part of the town has its street party” type are important not only as the entertainment to the visiting tourists but also to the locals as well as they are integral way of maintaining local tradition. So next time when you are in Dubrovnik and you see posters advertising “Gruška Noć” or “Noć Uvale” rest assured that it is a party night ( noć ) to be remembered for.