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Croatia has relinquished to Slovenia the top billing as the favored destination for Czech tourists, according to news last week. With more than eight hundred and thirty thousand travellers from Czech Republic in 2015, Slovenia slid into the number one spot, according to the Czech Statistical Office.
In previous years, Croatia’s stunning seaside powered it to the top position for Czech tourists, but after 2014 those numbers declined. Petra Báčová, spokeswoman for the Czech Statistical Office, noted several factors mitigating the change. Chief month them, were lower prices of fuels, which encourage Czechs to travel to the neighbouring countries, including Germany and Hungary. Also bearing on the shift, crises in the Middle East, and further shifts in travel trends affected Czech traveler choices.
More than four million Czech tourists travelled abroad for longer stays too, while short stay trends seemed to maintain for 2015. Average costs of holidays went down as well, reflecting once again on a trend to localized tourism.
Increasingly, Croatia depends on tourism as part of the country’s overall growth potential economically. Projections from the World Travel and Tourism Council (PDF) predicted that the direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP is expected to grow by 4.5% pa to HRK57,924.6mn (16.8% of GDP) by 2025.
Croatia also depends almost 90% on EU tourists as of 2013, so the Czech tourism decline is not the best news for their economy.
A bit of bad news for Poland and Slovakia, a referendum vote from the Polish city of Krakow carried out May 26 tells of citizens in the Polish city wanting to withdraw a bid for the Winter Olympic Games in 2022, part of which was to have taken place in Slovakia.
According to results from the exit poll, conducted jointly by Gazeta Kraków and officials there reflected 1,050 people in the exit poll voting down the Olympics by a 67.6 per cent margin. Slovak Education Ministry spokesman Michal Kaliňák told reporters:
“Slovakia and the town of Poprad weren’t applicants but only Krakow’s partners in the process.”
Last month, bid Committee President Jagna Marczułajtis-Walczak resigned over allegations her husband offered to pay journalists to write positive stories about the city’s bid.
Slovakia was supposed to organize the alpine skiing and the ice-hockey events of those games. Now only four cities remain in the running for the games. Almaty (Kazakhstan), Beijing (China), Lviv (Ukraine) and Oslo (Norway) still vie for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic of 2022.
The Košice Music Spring is the biggest classical music festival in Slovakia. Held in Košice, the music fest is a one week affair for 2014 from April through dates in May. Founded in 1956, the festival is one of the oldest music festivals in Slovakia and is considered the highlight of Kosice’s concert season.
This year visitors can thrill to fabulous performances by the Slovak Philharmonic, the Prague Baroque Orchestra, the choir of the Rzeszow University, and many other marque performers and groups. Various chamber ensembles, as well as guest appearances such as famous violinist/cellist Michaela Fukacová (video below) are scheduled.
For more information readers may contact the Košice State Philharmonic at +421 55 622 45 09, or via this link.
Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia, will host one of the most interesting events of the Fall: DonauFEST 2013.
The event will begin, on the waves of Jazz, Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 16:30 local hour. With stellar concerts, and the participation of the mayor of Bratislava, the first day will introduce to the public the participating Danube Region countries.
Friday, September 6, the festival will continue with a presentation of the traditional gastronomies of the Danube countries, and tasting events. For kids, there is a special programme at the Stilts Theatre. There’s even a workshop devoted to the Balkan traditional dances at 20:30, that invites audiences to participate.
On Saturday, the festival continues with a stand-up paddle show on the Danube, a rally and even a marathon. Concerts and culinary delights remain on the programme.
The final day of the festival will bring an interesting cooking class for children and adults, and the closing ceremony with fireworks and surprises.
Participating countries include Slovakia, Austria, Serbia and Hungary. The event takes place at EUROVEA Galeria, in Bratislava.
Still going on in Slovakia, the annual Košice Day celebrations have been extended over nine days up until May 8th. This, the 19th year of the eastern Slovakian city is highlighted by the folklore, history, gastronomy, sport, and culture of this fascinating place.
Also this event is to be followed by the Days of Pentapolitana festivities organised by the European Capital of Culture Košice 2013 (ECOC) and the Day of Europe. Some of the popular spectacles and events visitors can look forward to include; the Košické Benátky / Košice Venice boat contest, a massive goulash cook-off, the Cassovia Retro vintage car parade, and the traditional Maypole dance.
For more information we suggest readers follow this link to the official website, or call: +421 55 69 64 279 for more details.
For visitors to Bratislava an exhibition now showing at BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children offers a playful take on food and eating. S JEDLOM SA (NE)HRÁME is an unusual conduit to telling kids about cooking, dining history, and traditions that actually help humans maintain a healthy body. Rudding through May 9th, the event is but one in the wonderful venue dedicated to children.
For those undaware, BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children is situated in the center of Slovakia’s capital. As far back as 1987, BIBIANA has offered exhibitions inspired by ideas from children’s books.
The intention of this most recent interactive exhibit is to illustrate for kids the phenomenon of food and eating in a non-traditional and playful way. In the end children will better obsorb, perhaps, the importance food plays in their lives from basic nutrition and healthy lifestyles, to world hunger and the importance food traditions have on a global scale.
For those interested in this exhibition or in other events coming to BIBIANA, we recommend their website or Facebook profile here.
Visitors to Bratislava, Slovakia have an opportunity to catch pop diva Beyonce Knowles in concert this evening. The legendary star landed this morning in the capital in her private jet.
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Starring BEYONCÉ comes to the capital of Slovakia at the Ice rink Andrew Nepelu starting at 8:00 PM. This is the third stop on Beyonce’s world tour. She began the Europe segment in Serbia, then Croatia, and following tonight’s performance she heads to two performances in Amsterdam followed by one in Paris.
The video below from Beyonce is a tease for this evening’s performance.
The top restaurants in Slovakia, offer their best to local customers and visitors including traditional family recipes.
The Winter Food Festival takes place this January 15 and February 15, showing off the top restaurants in Slovakia’s guide, Gurmán na Slovensku ( Gourmet in Slovakia). The festival presents restaurateur talents in atmosphere, professionalism, and of course, the extraordinary food of the country.
Over 30 restaurants partake in the Winter Food Festival. The Chef at each of the restaurants will prepare three types of meals, using one or all of them, to serve to tasters. The chefs prepare the three types of dishes according to, their specialty, the traditional recipes, and the region’s best from whence each chef comes. For the region’s best category, each dish is prepared using spices and methods from that particular region of Slovakia.
Festival organizers have set up 4 routes, the small Carpathian, Ponitrie (Nitra region), and Gourmet castles. Two of these routes will whisk visitors to restaurants in Bratislava, where visitors will sample these new culinary delights, and meet the chefs who created them.
The Food Fest is a big deal for Slovakia’s gastronomy. Here, the best cooks, managers, and Gurmán winners all join in the festivities . The list of these extraordinary hospitality specialists include; Jaroslav Zidek (Restaurant Albrech), Marián Filo from Chateau Cerenany, Peter Skripko (Restaurant Camelot Kosice), Luboslav Blaho (Restaurant Fou Zoo), and Thomas Vysvader (Sommelier of the Hotel Kempinski River park).
A Slovakian masterpiece, this year’s Winter Food Fest treats visitors to new and exquisite tastes, at exquisite prices, and in doing so, helps promote regional development and tourism in Slovakia. The Festival is partnering with the Slovak Tourist Board this year. For more info readers can visit the prescribed links, or contact the organizers directly at: 02/5443 0478
The Slovakian city of Kosice has kicked off the beginning of its year as “European Capital of Culture 2013” with a host of activities taking place to mark the occasion this weekend.
Festivities kicked off early on Saturday morning with an event that organizers dubbed a “literary breakfast”, which saw dozens of coffee shops across the city hosting readings from some of Slovakia’s best known literary legends. Also on Saturday saw the opening of several major exhibitions at museums and art galleries around the city, while the celebrations culminated with an exclusive gala held at the Kosice State Theater, followed by the “Grand Opening Ceremony” in the city’s main square.
Organizers said that the aim of these festivities is to show the world that Kosice has a lot more to offer than just its reputation as a major steel works, and hope that they can project a different image of the city in the minds of Europeans.
Jan Sudzina, Kosice’s Culture Capital Project Director, told AFP that he hoped the next 12 months would lead to big changes in the city:
“We want to transform Kosice from a heavy industrialized city to one focusing on creative industries. We hope the European Culture Capital project will boost small and medium-sized businesses and help overcome the region’s dependence on one company.”
Officials stated that they expect to see a dramatic increase in the number of foreign visitor arrivals in Kosice over the next 12 months – and privately they’re hoping that its year in the spotlight will boost the city’s popularity beyond 2013 as well.
To realize this dream, officials have undertaken a number of projects aimed at revitalizing the city, funded by a €60 million grant that comes with European Capital of Culture status.
Tomas Cizmarik, spokesperson for the Capital of Culture project, said that the main focus was to revitalize old industrial facilities and military bases. The city to give these facilities “a new function”, by transforming them into concert venues, galleries, museums and the like.
These efforts are being backed by the Slovakian government, which has pumped in a further €10 million.
It’s all a much welcome and timely boost to Slovakia’s second largest city, which has long ranked as one of the poorest urban centers within the Eurozone. In addition, Kosice has suffered far worse than most other European cities during the current recession, and now struggles with unemployment levels of 10%.
For more information about the events and goings-on planned for 2013, check out the official Kosice European Capital of Culture 2013 website.
Image credits: Kosice 2013 on Facebook
As the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) is a European initiative, the Košice project aims to foster though creative cultural and economic initiatives. The Košice staff motto is: “We support creativity.” Košice, a city already known for its rich history and developed industry, plans to “also become the centre of creativity and a new future for young, creative people who wish to live and work in our city, which is their home.” The city established the non-profit organization, Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013.
In March 2010, the Government of the Slovak Republic approved a sizable investment for Košice – ECOC providing 60 million €. In the same year, the project team worked on organizing engaging cultural events. Such initiatives included the PENTA POLITANA project based upon reviving cooperation between five East Slovakia towns – Košice, Prešov, Levoča, Bardejov and Sabinov, and linking Košice to the international White Night/Nuit Blanche arts festival; over 10,000 visitors attened this event for the first time and to view over 32 artistic installations.
The Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013 project team is striving to increase cooperation among all interested subjects in local and regional administration, the private sector and universities to develop creative sectors in Košice and surrounding regions. The Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013 project has already started to create an environment in Košice, which supports talented people, their creativity and the development of new and actionable ideas. Košice staff believe: “The city of Košice therefore has a new vision and perspective. Thanks to the Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013 project, the city is on its greatest journey to becoming a major city of creativity and prosperity.”
Does the thought of sitting on the beach for a week sound like a nightmare? Would you rather swap your bikini and sun cream for a jump suit and quad bike? If so then this article is for you! Adventure holidays are extremely popular, especially amongst young couples and families as they provide memories that last for a lifetime! Let’s take a look at 3 European destinations that are great for adventurers!
Known as the ‘outdoor capital of Europe’, Scotland is not only one of the best adventure holiday destinations in Europe but in the world too. With such stunning mountains, lochs, glens and castles you will find no shortage of exhilaration in this neck of the woods. One very popular activity at the moment is canyoning. Yes, I do mean splashing through rivers, jumping off rocks into pools and navigating rapids with just you and a wet suit! The highland town of Fort William and its surrounding area has some wonderful waterfalls and rivers which make it ideal for this sort of activity. Whilst in bonny Scotland you could also try your hand at abseiling, rock climbing, zorbing, mountain biking and sea kayaking. I’m tired just thinking about it all!
Want to visit one of the most mountainous countries in Europe? Love the exhilaration of winter sports? If you answered yes to these two questions then Slovakia is the perfect destination for you. The Tatra mountain range is simply stunning and offers some of the best skiing and snow activities in Europe. One activity that you must try is dog sledding with a local guide. Have a go at guiding your own sled through the beautiful white landscape and have fun getting to know the majestic dogs that take you on this magical ride. You could also have a go at snowboarding, sledging and swimming in a thermal pool. Brrrrr sounds chilly!
Probably not a destination that immediately springs to mind for this kind of holiday but the Cappadocia region is beautiful and offers activities that are particularly family friendly. The region has a number of underground cities which are very exciting to explore. They were used as hideouts from the romans by early Christians. Try Kaymaklı underground city for a tour with a real difference! Hot air ballooning is extremely popular in this area too and is one of the best ways to see the landscape and all its monuments and ancient building ranges. You can also enjoy horse riding, river swimming and mountain biking if you have any energy left!
Our guest author, Vicky, works alongside the Altnaharra hotel who offers fishing holidays in Scotland. She loves to travel, experience new cultures and undertake exciting challenges!