Zagreb, Croatia is an incredibly entertaining and amusing city to visit. The capital of Croatia has a population of approximately 900.000 inhabitants, and offers plenty of activities. The Festival of Lights in Zagreb is only one of the many events that take place in the city, and it is definitely worth a visit.
Zagreb gets a “warm” atmosphere during Christmas. The Zagreb Christmas market, which won the title of best Christmas Market in Europe or three years in a row will surely enchant you. However, you don’t need to wait for Christmas to experience the beauty of Zagreb lit up.
Market in Europe or three years in a row will surely enchant you. However, you don’t need to wait for Christmas to experience the beauty of Zagreb lit up.
Spotlights At Croatia’s Spring
The Festival of Lights in Zagreb lasts for four days, on the 20th till the 24th, from 6 pm till 11 pm. And it concentrates mainly on the historic centre of Zagreb.
The lights used on the Festival of Lights in Zagreb are cutting-edge lighting solutions that uses the the latest lighting technologies. The lighting creates a stunning contrast between 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture and the city’s modern life.
This year was the third year that the light festival took place in Zagreb. And to honour this time of the year, the theme of the Festival of Lights in Zagreb was spring.
Croatia is known for its warm and sunny weather, achieving high temperatures that form the perfect environment for tourists to enjoy the heat and the marvellous coast the country offers. However, unlike many countries in Europe, Croatia starts to warm up early during the spring, making it extremely pleasant for tourists to enjoy.
The spring in Croatia is particularly beautiful, making it the perfect theme for this year’s Zagreb Festival of Lights. Other cities in Europe that also do such an event are Lyon, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Prague, St. Petersburg or Berlin.
Croatia attracts millions of tourists yearly looking for a place to relax and spend their holiday. However, recently, Croatia is not only showing an increase in holiday seekers but also, business tourism. The beauty and peacefulness of Croatia enchants any tourist that visits the country, regardless the trip purpose.
According to the Business Destinations magazine, Croatia is attracting more and more business conferences and meetings yearly. The tourism infrastructure the country currently has in place, accommodates and receive this subgroup of visitors.
Constant developments and investments are constantly improving the infrastructure, in order to provide and attend all the needs that a business tourist might encounter during their stay.
Zagreb Business Hub In Croatia
The main cities of Croatia are considered the conference hubs for business tourism. Zagreb, for instance is becoming increasingly popular with MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourists. The new passenger terminal of the “Franjo Tuđman” officially opened on the 19th of March 2019, giving it more options for business tourists to reach the country’s capital. The airport also introduced Emirates Airlines, giving the possibility of over 150 new connections to other countries.
Burj Khalifa is known for being nothing more, nothing less than the tallest skyscraper in the world. And this month, this magnificent architectural piece was proudly enlightened with the Croatian flag.
Burj Khalifa is also known as Khalifa Tower, received the name in order to honour the president back at the time. Burj Khalifa has an impressive 162 floors and a height of 830 metres.
The act of enlightening Burj Khalifa with the Croatian flag, was undertaken in honour to the mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić one day after his arrival to Dubai. The reason for the mayor’s trip was to meet with Dawood Abdul Rahman, the director-general of Dubai Municipality. Who holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and construction technology. Started his career at the same year as a town planning engineer in the Planning Department.
Revolut was launched in 2015, having in mind that people nowadays either people are too busy to manage and control their finances by going to the bank. Or they are not settled in one place, but having business or based in many different places.
Revolut is backed by some of Europe’s most well-known investors. They’ve invested in household names like Facebook, Dropbox and Skype.
The good news is that apart from other infrastructure, real estate and tourism development that Croatia has been showing. Now it is time to improve and revolutionise the Croatian banking experience with internet banking.
Blockchain technically started around 8 years ago, but the technology really took off around 3 years ago.
The fact that a number of investors are buying cryptocurrency and chit chatting about them on social events more often, is a proof of this increase.
Why Is Blockchain Attractive?
What is attracting investors to make this move into the blockchain is the idea of not having corporations intermediating transactions and publicly transparent proof of each transfer of units made in the blockchain.
Also, the fact that the blockchain technology eliminates any fees and interest you would have to pay to a bank for example. Reducing bureaucratic procedures also sounds good to the majority of population.
Coming for a Croatia vacation sounds perfect in every way. Regardless if you are planning on reaching the country by car, ferry or train. If you are coming to Croatia by plane, then you will have two more options to land in this beautiful paradise.
Air Serbia Opens New Doors
This year, Air Serbia, is providing two new routes to the ones who wish to come for a Croatia vacation. The lines will operate from Belgrade, both to Rijeka and Zadar.
Flights During The High Seasons in Croatia
Air Serbia already have flights operating during the high seasons, bringing visitors to Croatia during the warmest months of the year to Dubrovnik, Split and Pula. The most common itinerary, is for visitors to visit Croatia during the summer months.
If you once came to Croatia, you know that the country is one of the most wonderful holiday destinations in Europe, perfect for a Croatia road trip.
If you live near and are lucky enough to reach this wonderful country by car, then the news is even more exciting for you.
Large developments and investments, were towards the improvement of the motorways in Croatia, making them pleasant to drive on and keeping them well maintained.
Large Investment On The Main Istrian Motorway
A significant investment of €165 million, to go ahead and improve the motorways in Croatia, happened last year in 2018, in the Istrian peninsula with the Istrian Y.
The Istrian Y motorway is fundamental for the access and mobility in the peninsula. It is responsible for the connection of Istria, with international motorways.
Istria attracts a great amount of tourists that decide to visit the country. Investments in Croatia and improvements easing the access to the region, are extremely important for the overall picture.
The concession of Istrian Y was extended to Bina-Istra till the year of 2032. With the actual motorway improving, the way of payments and charging the users of those motorways are also looking to a future improvement in Croatia.
Croatia has a massive potential for new technologies and is home of a few major startups that are now global, attracting the interest of angel investors.
For example Infobip, the first to be mentioned. Started in 2002 by a group of friends and developers in Vodnjan, they fully recognized its potential after it made its first business deal for delivering 14,000 SMS greeting cards to the entire city in 2003.
Currently, Infobip is a global IT and telecommunications company that provides cloud services for business with more than 50 offices worldwide, although one of the headquarters is still in Vodnjan.
Rimac has also a huge role on Croatia’s technology sector development. It was founded in 2009 in Zagreb, by Mate Rimac.
In the next year of its foundation, Rimac designed an electric vehicle that outpowered convencional cars on a race, after that Rimac focused on implementing the technology on supercars and that was the creation of Concept-One model.
The wave of investments in Croatia, didn’t stagnate on the last year. This year 2019, the company INA, which is a medium-sized European oil company, with a leading role in Croatian oil business and a strong position in the region, plans to invest heavily, around 4 billion kunas or more, in order to improve and modernize the largest refinery they own, and turn the second largest into an industrial plant.
The investment is going to be placed in Rijeka. A charming Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea.
It’s known as a gateway to Croatia’s islands. The city is captivating with plenty to do during the day, and a energetic and active nightlife.
From 2019 to 2023
Despite the fact that “The final investment decision is planned for 2019, provided all preconditions assuring return on investment are met,” INA said. The modernised refinery should be ready to operate in 2023.
If you have a business mindset, think ahead or are looking for an investment opportunity in Croatia, you are looking at the right place and perhaps right time too.
In 2019, Darko Horvat, who is Founder and Owner of Aktiva Group and serves as Head of Energy Directorate at the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Entrepreneurship, Croatia.
Presented measures, in order to reduce or eliminate some consuming administrative procedures that are currently in place. Domestic entrepreneurs, are the ones to be benefiting from this improvement first.
The first move, is to eliminate around 314 administrative processes. Apart from improving and speeding those bureaucratic processes up.
The advantage and good news are also that, it consequently reduces misunderstandings or unnecessary payments, that usually or can occur when an individual is presented, or doesn’t completely understand the whole process, or what exactly those payments are for.