Leisure http://ttgbalkans.com Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:23:25 +0000 en-gb Porto Montenegro adds 150 berths to portfolio http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1064-porto-montenegro-adds-150-berths-to-portfolio.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1064-porto-montenegro-adds-150-berths-to-portfolio.html Porto Montenegro adds 150 berths to portfolio

Porto Montenegro recently celebrated the opening of its marina extension, which has incorporated a further 150 berths into its offering, following customer demand.

The marina now offers a total of 400 berths with capacity for 100 superyachts up to 180m.

Marina director, Porto Montenegro, Tony Browne commented on the news: "This new berth mix will appeal to all ends of the market but especially for super and mega-yachts, which will soon be supported by a nearby state-of-the-art maintenance and refit facility. We are also particularly excited to now offer a rare 180m berth."

Director of design and construction, Adriatic Marinas, Tony Scholes added: "The completion of these works is another significant step forward for Porto Montenegro, firmly placing it as the leading mega yacht marina in the Mediterranean. In turn, expansion of the marina will induce growth across the whole site, attracting further businesses to and generating more employment in the area."

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Leisure Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:04:17 +0000
Croatia showcases a host of seasonal festivals http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1057-croatia-showcases-a-host-of-seasonal-festivals.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1057-croatia-showcases-a-host-of-seasonal-festivals.html Croatia showcases a host of seasonal festivals

With the closing of the month-and-a-half long Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Croatian National Tourist Board is also promoting various festivals being hosted in the country.

Having begun August 25, until August 30, 2014, this year's Vukovar Film Festival in its eighth edition will present a record number of 87 new films in seven different locations, including winners of some of the recent prestigious international film festivals.

August 27-31, 2014 sees the Dimensions Festival return to the Punta Christo fortress in Štinjanu, near the city of Pula for the third year running.

All the while, beginning the very next day, from August 28-31, the Renaissance Festival is the largest event of its kind in this part of Europe, bringing together lovers of music, dance and food of that period.

In September 4-8, for film fans, Kinookus food film festival (Kinookus FFF) is an international film festival that promotes open-air cinema culture and aims to preserve cultural and environmental awareness in young people.

And for youngsters, or the young at heart, from September 3-7, visitors can attend the city of Pula hosting the Outlook festival, the largest European bass and sound festival which takes place on the Punta Christo fortress in Štinjan, near the city of Pula.

For those who are more traditionally inclined, September 12-21 will see the Vinkovačke Jeseni festival in its 49th edition will present the rich history of the Slavonia region under the theme of 'Wide Slavonian Meadow'.

And finally, from 18-21 September, the international lace festival promotes the tradition of the value of lace as ethnographic treasure and it has been taking place since 1997.

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pmarkides@ttgmena.com (Panayiotis Markides) Leisure Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:37:39 +0000
Discover King's Landing in Dubrovnik http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1051-discover-king-s-landing-in-dubrovnik.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1051-discover-king-s-landing-in-dubrovnik.html Discover King's Landing in Dubrovnik

Chosen as the location where much of the US' hit TV series, Game of Thrones, has been shot, the capital city of Croatia, Dubrovnik, is now welcoming fans to enjoy a taste of life in the fictional Seven Kingdoms through a specially designed package by Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik.

The property has launched an experiential package whereby guests are provided with luxury accommodation in a classic sea view room for two and a welcome amenity upon arrival, including a bottle of Croatian wine, illustrating the love for the alcoholic beverage made evident throughout the TV show.

In addition, guests are given a replica of the 'key to the city' of King's Landing along with an all-access Dubrovnik City Card, which unlocks all doors to the top museums, galleries and experiences in the Old Town.

Daily breakfast feast for two at Vapor restaurant, or in-room dining, also comes as part of the special package alongside airport transfers fit for the King or Queen of the Iron Throne in a BMW 7 series or Mercedes E class.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Leisure Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:10:11 +0000
Select Croatia launches adventure package http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1044-select-croatia-launches-adventure-package.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1044-select-croatia-launches-adventure-package.html Select Croatia launches adventure package

Travel specialist, Select Croatia recently unveiled a brand new, five-day package from Venice, for travellers wishing to experience Croatia's cuisine, landscapes, medieval villages and hospitality.

In recent years, Istria, Croatia (only a few hours from Venice), has received a lot of media attention for its multifaceted touristic offering. Select Croatia's Istria Experience kicks off with a two-hour private chauffeured transfer from Venice to Umag, a picturesque fishing village situated in the north-western part of the region, for a stay in the five-star Melia Coral. The day after, guests will be granted the opportunity to explore some of the historical towns of Pula, Rovinj and Porec.

The third day can be spent enjoying hotel amenities or going on various excursions. The final day is reserved for a truffle hunt in the hinterland of Istria. Following the last night at the Melia Coral, a private driver will conclude the experience.

Commenting on the package was director – Croatia and Mediterranean, Yacht Charter, Maja Gudelj: "This is a great package for all those looking for something different as a pre- or post- cruise option from Venice or even the other parts of Croatia.

"Istria is close enough to Italy to be a convenient addition to any trip, and it is a whole other world that travellers can discover, from the amazing food enhanced by high-quality white and black truffles, to the stunning landscape and fascinating history. It is a region yet to be discovered and is an oasis of rich culture and peaceful landscapes in which to rest and relax for a few days."

The package comprises four nights at the Melia Coral; tours and tastings accompanied by certified English speaking guides; transfers from and to Venice with an English speaking driver; breakfast and dinner every night at the Melia Coral; and all entrance fees and taxes per itinerary.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Leisure Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:42:37 +0000
Belgrade Beer Fest to offer diverse music programme http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1034-belgrade-beer-fest-to-offer-diverse-music-programme.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1034-belgrade-beer-fest-to-offer-diverse-music-programme.html Belgrade Beer Fest to offer diverse music programme

Inviting guests to quench their thirst over the summer months and enjoy a varied line up of artists from the music industry, the 12th Belgrade Beer Fest is to soon launch, from August 13 to 17, 2014 at Ušće.

The festival, which usually attracts 500,000 people over the five days, has free entrance, an exceptional music programme, and a wide range of foreign and domestic beer brands.

This year's festival is set to include major names within the music industry such as CeeLo Green as well as a major star from the region, Parni Valjak. Furthermore, two DJs from the world music scene will be attending, Felix Da Housecat and Darren Emerson.

The following four nights of the festival will also feature top musicians from the country and the region including Bajaga i instruktori, Plavi orkestar, Van Gogh, Hladno pivo, Goblini, Bad Copy, YU grupa, among others.

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nhami@ttgmena.com (Nataly Hami) Leisure Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:30:51 +0000
Belgrade Waterfront to be developed in Serbia http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1022-belgrade-waterfront-to-be-developed-in-serbia.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1022-belgrade-waterfront-to-be-developed-in-serbia.html Belgrade Waterfront to be developed in Serbia

Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić recently announced the master plan of the $3.3 billion Belgrade Waterfront, a brand new city hub along River Sava, developed by UAE-based private investment company, Eagle Hills.

At a ceremony held in Belgrade, Vučić unveiled the key components of Belgrade Waterfront, which is designed to energise the local economy by creating a smart, tech-savvy 'city within the city'.

"This project means a new birth for Serbia. Belgrade will become the regional centre, and Serbia a country that attracts the greatest number of tourists and investors in the region. We are going to build something that Serbia will be proud of. The project will bring progress for the entire country – it will advance our industry, HoReCa (hotel/restaurant/café), tourism, and most of all, our construction industry," he declared.

Belgrade Waterfront, developed with the support of the Serbian government, will span an area of one million m². The project will be identifiable by Kula Belgrade, an iconic tower that overlooks River Sava, standing tall at over 200m.

Belgrade Waterfront is set to comprise The Belgrade Mall, with a gross construction area of over 140,000 m²; residences; commercial hubs; eight premium and affordable value hotels; educational institutions; healthcare amenities; as well as a range of leisure attractions.

The project has the potential to create over 20,000 jobs in its development and a similar number following its launch.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Leisure Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:22:04 +0000
Figures reveal surge in arrivals to Romania http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1019-figures-reveal-surge-in-arrivals-to-romania.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1019-figures-reveal-surge-in-arrivals-to-romania.html Figures reveal surge in arrivals to Romania

Tourist arrivals and overnight stays increased by 9.8 per cent and 12.6 per cent respectively, according to recent figures released by the National Institute of Statistics in Romania.

Furthermore, in comparison to May 2013, customs registered an increase in both the arrivals of
foreign visitors at 0.4 per cent and in the departures abroad of the Romanian visitors of 6.0 per cent in May 2014.

Most of the foreign visitors came from European countries (91.0 per cent), while 61.9 per cent of the total arrivals of the foreign visitors to Romania were from European Union Member
States – out of which most arrivals were from Hungary (29.1 per cent), Bulgaria (24.9 per cent), Germany (9.6 per cent), Italy (7.6 per cent), Poland (4.8 per cent) and Austria (4.2 per cent).

The figures also revealed that between January and the end of May, 2014, compared to the same period last year, arrivals increased by 6.2 per cent and overnight stays rose by 9.9 per cent.

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nhami@ttgmena.com (Nataly Hami) Leisure Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:00:43 +0000
Belgrade introduces sightseeing on scooters http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1017-belgrade-introduces-sightseeing-on-scooters.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1017-belgrade-introduces-sightseeing-on-scooters.html Belgrade introduces sightseeing on scooters

Visitors to Belgrade, Serbia, can now enjoy a unique way to explore the city of Belgrade.

Tourists are now offered the opportunity to sightsee while riding their very own scooter.

The tour, beginning at 13:00 lasting a total of four hours, includes the rental of a scooter (for those with a valid driving licence over the age of 21), a driver (optional) and a headset for communication. Leading the way will be a tour guide, who will guide the group through the city's many attractions and landmarks.

Tickets are available for booking and purchasing at the tourist information centre in Knez Mihailova 5.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Leisure Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:26:34 +0000
Optimistic figures released for Greece’s tourism http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1014-optimistic-figures-released-for-greece’s-tourism.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1014-optimistic-figures-released-for-greece’s-tourism.html Optimistic figures released for Greece’s tourism

Greece's tourism industry is on the up with tourism receipts for April 2014 having risen by 35.8 per cent, compared to the same month last year, according to figures released by the Bank of Greece recently.

The figures highlighted that in April 2014 tourism receipts reached €411 million whereas in April 2013, they reached €303 million.

A breakdown of the figures pointed to the fact that an increase of 39.6 per cent in tourism receipts came from residents of the 28-member EU countries. There was also a 34.7 per cent rise from visitors of non-EU countries.

A 50.9 per cent rise in arrivals from Germany and an 8.4 per cent from France were highlighted. Furthermore, the figures stressed an extraordinary 61.3 per cent surge in arrivals from the UK compared to the same time last year.

According to the press release, the surge in tourism receipts is a result of a rise in arrivals as well as the average expenditure per trip by 30.6 per cent and 5.3 per cent respectively.

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nhami@ttgmena.com (Nataly Hami) Leisure Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:17:49 +0000
Lone Bay Beach Concept launched at Hotel Monte Mulini, Croatia http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1005-lone-bay-beach-concept-launched-at-hotel-monte-mulini-croatia.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1005-lone-bay-beach-concept-launched-at-hotel-monte-mulini-croatia.html Lone Bay Beach Concept launched at Hotel Monte Mulini, Croatia

Croatia has welcomed the opening of a brand new luxury beach club, the Lone Bay Beach Concept, launched by hotel company Maistra at boutique hotel, Hotel Monte Mulini.

Situated in Rovinj, Istria, the contemporary beach club comprises a waterfront lounge bar complemented by view of Love Bat and the Golden Cap Forest Park.

The beach bar offers a selection of Croatian and Mediterranean dishes and cocktails, and resident DJ's provide an ambient atmosphere for visitors. Adding to this, guests can enjoy personalised service, beach concierge, hostesses, changing facilities and showers, sun beds and much more.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Leisure Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:55:52 +0000