For those who are not familiar with Virtuoso, it is nothing more nothing less than a huge network of the best luxury travel agencies, with more than 17,500 advisors worldwide.
Virtuoso releases a luxury european tour report every year, in which displays what the travelers seek when looking for a perfect holiday destination. The report for this year, revealed that people are looking for pristine, unique and less-known destinations to visit.
In 2018, Croatia featured on the second place on list of top emerging destination, amongst Japan, Portugal, Cuba and Iceland.
If you think of Croatia, you instantly might think of the popular spots such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split and Rovinj. Although those regions are espectacular and have plenty to offer, the uniqueness and authenticity of destinations that are still not very explored and overcrowded are attracting the attention of tourists.
People coming from all parts of the world get impressed by the stunning and nearly untouched beauty of Croatia. This attributes surely bring people looking for a perfect holiday destination, in which case Croatia fulfills this requirement, but also impresses and attracts entrepreneurs and investments. Recently, around the 15th of October, The Croatian Employer’s Association organised a couple of meeting with the US delegation.
The delegation included outstanding guests
This delegation brought along Jeffory Blackard, who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blackard Global, Inc. A company that is the first firm in the world to advocate for the creation of modern-day villages. Before developing moder-day villages, Blackard Global, Inc developed over two billion dollars worth of real estate of varying kinds.
Jeffory Blackard is responsible for the completion of over 30 Master Planned Communities and 15,000 single family home sites. With almost 40 years experience, during various developments, he had his first experience with the country of Croatia.
You will find that plenty of the real estate Croatia opportunities are located in the overcrowded cities. And, if you have done some initial research on real estate investment opportunities, you will most definitely have heard of Njuškalo, the main and most known portal in Croatia.
This month, Njuškalo held a conference in Zagreb which the subjects approached were tourism, being the main industry in the country, combined with real estate investing. Together they have created a market with huge potential and definitely worthy of investing in.
During the conference, Robert Pakrovac, from Estre, one of the top banks in Croatia, said “ We’re an open book on which other sectors such as tourism, and ultimately the retirement of people in Croatia, lean on”
It is common to find real estate prices in overcrowded areas higher than in other locations. Due to the simple fact that there is more demand for these real estates. This is because many of these areas are popular destinations for both tourists and first time buyers who are less knowledgeable on Croatia and the real estate market.
However, recently more and more tourist and first time buyers are looking away from these popular areas and are in search for authenticity, privacy and unique experiences. These can be found in the lesser known regions of Croatia.
Croatia country has become a popular holiday destination in Europe. The climate, gastronomy and landscapes attract more and more visitors each year and for that, developments are necessary to keep this figure increasing.
Gari Cappelli, the minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia since October 2016, said: “ The achieved results of tourist traffic during the extended weekend mark the beggining of a good tourist year in Croatia. This year, we expect a billion euros of investment in tourism, through which, realisation, in addintion to the increase of traffic, will enable us to continue with the revenue growth that we generate from tourism, which is extremely important for the further developments of destinations”
If you wonder where to stay in Croatia, first you have to ask yourself what are you looking for and what you expect from your holidays in the country. If you would like to have a classy, refined and relaxing holiday, with quality stay and experiences one place you should definitely aim to Istria.
When arriving to Croatia, you might wonder where to go for a classy and refined experience. Istria has many of those places but one worth the visit is Opatija.
You won’t regret sightseeing this elegant city of Rijeka, 1 hour and a half driving from your Candy Brick luscious investment property, is a must go day trip to take your family or to relax on your own. The great thing about this city is that it can be delightful during the summer but also during the winter in Croatia.
China has a long term history with Croatia, 700 years to be more precise, but recently a smart investment from China opened the doors to Croatia. The potential that the country has for investing is for sure very attractive
Another aspect that raises interest from China in Croatia is its tourism, not only to invest in the industry but also to facilitate the arrivals of Chinese tourists to the country.
The statistics keep rising and showing that Istria is a prosper destination to invest in.
The reliable source found in Istria Tourist Board website, shows that Candy Brick chose the perfect location to initiate its project, the Candy Brick villas in Matelici, Marcana.
The data is analysed monthly. The months are compared in relation to last year’s, between May 2017 and May 2018.
The figures show, the amount of tourists that decided to choose Istria as their holiday destination, and how long their staying in the region lasted.
Based on those numbers shown, we can observe that more people are arriving to Istria, and those people are also staying much longer than they used to.
According to the table above, there was an increase of 33% of total arrivals, and the overwhelming total increase of the overnight stays by 1.1 million more than last year!
Istria is a prosper investment destination, but in particular, Marcana!
Another interesting factor, is that Marcana, where the modern Candy Brick villas are situated; in Matelici plot to be more specific, had the overnight stays increased by more than 100%, and the number of arrivals comparing to last year, increased by 300%!!! That is an incredible amount increase.
If we take as Marcana as a comparison to the other areas that received more tourists, we can notice that none of them had the same increase, not even close to 300%.
But why are high value tourists staying in villages like Marcana, and not the Central main areas?
As the great majority of the people that come to Istria, are from countries within a driving distance, for example; from Austria the driving distance takes only 5 hours. If a German tourist decides to leave, from the south region of Germany, for example Munich, to Istria, he or she will spend 6 hours and a half to drive the distance of 582 km. Those higher numbers are due to the area Istria is located.
The main and most known areas are becoming too overcrowded, there is too many people for not so much capacity of receiving those people.
The facility that tourists have to drive to Istria, is affecting and increasing the number of people that don’t necessarily have to stay in central areas. Therefore, there is no urge of staying in an area of easy access to public transport, for example.
Let’s take Marcana as an example again. The driving distance from Candy Brick Villas in Matelici to Pula, is 20 minutes, probably shorter than the period you would wait for a public transport to pass by, which makes the location of the villas really accessible to drive to the city or the sea if you wish.
There is also the factor of a high value tourist’s profile, the privacy of staying little bit further from main areas, in small villages and towns around, is much more unique and appealing. A luscious property, right in between the city and the sea, and not in a popular area is what they look for.
The Istrian culture is particular also.
The richness of the flavours in Istrian cuisine is unique. Olive oil, sea food and truffles are also things that high value tourists look for. Istria has got it, and in great quantities.
But, where do they come from?
Another interesting data that the Istria Tourist board website offers, is the tourists country of origin.
Istria is rising interest from a lot of countries. Even their own nationals are getting more attracted, and interested in the region. 8% of Croatians from other areas flocked to Istria in May 2018. Fourteen thousand new arrivals comparing to May 2017.
Austria for example, had 158 thousand residents that visited Istria this years generating 545 thousand overnight stays, is an exceptional number of tourists an average of more or less 3.4 overnight stays per person. Austria is responsible for 15% of the overall amount of tourists that visit Istria monthly.
Germany is the greater responsible for the amount of tourists visiting stria, 33.22% to be more precise. What is impressive about their numbers is not the amount of arrivals, but the amount of overnight stays generated with those arrivals, a total of over 1 million overnight stays 100% increase. The average period of staying is 6.2 nights per individual.
Having in mind that the whole Istria population amount is 206.344, all of those numbers are impressive and they keep rising.
Candy Brick will attract tourists, development, bring investors and quality to Istria!
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