Sanja Cikopan Korotaj, Pula Tourist Board: By the end of the year, we anticipate 2 million overnight stays

first_imgPula is July 30th. In 2017, it recorded its first millionth overnight stay, which is ten days earlier than last year, or 28 days earlier than in 2012.So it is in Pula until 31.07. 212.932 tourist arrivals were recorded, which is 24% more than last year, and 1.024.381 overnight stays with an increase of 25%, while in the first six months of this year in Pula there were as many as 30% more arrivals and 35% more overnight stays compared to same period last year. Year after year, Pula breaks the records of overnight stays and attendance and becomes an increasingly important place on the tourist map of the world. As a city with over a thousand events a year, Pula is aware that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but just quality, diverse and authentic content. And the content is more and more from year to year, from various events, concerts, and a lot is invested in the development of new tourist products.The successful positioning of Pula, not only as a holiday destination, but also contributes to the excellent numbers City break destinations, believes Cinkopan Korotaj and adds that Pula was a candidate for the Most Successful City break destination. “The fact that a million overnight stays this year were recorded 10 days earlier than last year, with the fact that we had a record 1,8 million overnight stays last year, is optimistic. For one Pula that has been a strong industrial and military center for years, these are remarkable numbers. Pula continues to develop not only as a holiday destination but also as a City break destination and has applied for the most successful City break destination. An increasing number of events throughout the year, an increasing offer of various cultural and entertainment facilities as well as a growing number of accommodation facilities in the city center and other offers support this candidacy.”Points out Cinkopan Korota.The new Pula mega-rotor has become a water-light installation and a new attractionThe fact that Pula is connected to a large number of European cities by the airport, which is connected to a large number of European cities, also contributes to the great tourist results. Thus, in June, Pula Airport recorded 94.603 passengers (arriving and departing) and 1.418 air operations, which represents a growth of 40 percent. After three extremely successful airlines connecting London with Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, British Airways has launched the fourth direct flight connecting Pula with Heathrow Airport in London. As of this season, Pula is so connected with the entire big European quartet, which, in addition to London Heathrow, also includes Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.In 2016, Pula recorded a record 1,8 million overnight stays, and 2 million overnight stays are expected by the end of the year. As the director of the Pula Tourist Board, Sanja Cinkopan Korotaj, pointed out, Germans are on the rise this season by as much as 47% more overnight stays, and Austrians, Slovenes, Italians and Britons are also recording a large increase compared to last year.Excellent tourist results in the first seven months are expected in the off-season, when it is planned to organize various sports and festival events. “In Pula, we are more than satisfied with the numbers so far, but we also have a great post-season ahead of us. We start at the end of August and the beginning of September with the festivals Dimension and Outlook, Croatia bike week, and we continue with the sporting event Ironman 8 9. and the first and largest in Croatia festival of light Visualia 70.3.-17.9. As part of Visualia, there will also be a 21 km night race Pula X-ica. All of the above, but also many other smaller sports, recreational and cultural-entertaining events, lead to a good post-season in Pula. ” concluded Cinkopan Korotaj.last_img read more

DONEGAL GIRL RUBS SHOULDERS WITH HOLLYWOOD STARS AT FILM PREMIERE

first_imgLETTERKENNY girl Mollie MacGinty was the special guest at a top movie premiere in New York this week.And the Colaiste Ailigh student, 15, wasn’t just the guest of anyone – she was the guest of top actor Martin Sheen!The Way premiered on Wednesday night at the School of Visual Arts in New York and transition year student Mollie was joined by her mum Edel. The film stars Martin Sheen as Tom, an American doctor who goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey.What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his “California Bubble Life.”Yorick van Wageningen, Deborah Kara Unger and James Nesbitt also have feature roles in the movie.The premiere and after party were well attended. Guests included former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Wyclef Jean, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster, Luis Gonzalez-Bunster, Ivanka Trump, Donna Karan, Deborah Kara Unger, Scott Harrison, Dhani Makalani Jones, Crystal Hunt, Phillip Bloch, Marisa Noel Brown, Angel Sanchez, David Alexanian, Sonja Magdevski, Shari Liu, Alex Grimaldi, Ramon Estevez, Dhani Makalani Jones, Geena Rocero, Marissa Sackler, DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen, John Sloss – and of course Mollie MacGinty! Proceeds from the night went towards the Walkabout Foundation.Mollie’s dad Michael said: “She got invited to spend a few days with Martin Sheen in New York as work experience. Her mother worked in the film business and her grandad is in the US for 8 weeks on this promotional tour for The Way with Martin who is a personal friend.“Martin heard about her school results and recent academic achievements so he asked her Grandad if she would attend the Premiere with him as his guest. Michael Gibbons, principal in Colaiste Ailigh agreed to her making the trip.”Pix: Edel MacGinty with Martin Sheen above. Top: Mollie is all smiles with her mum.DONEGAL GIRL RUBS SHOULDERS WITH HOLLYWOOD STARS AT FILM PREMIERE was last modified: October 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colaiste Ailighletterkennymovie The WayPremierelast_img read more