Blair Joins Jet Set Holidaying on Croatian Coast
By Sven Milekic
Croatia’s Adriatic coast is maintaining its image as a hot tourist destination, with Britain’s Tony Blair joining various other well-known personalities soaking up the sunshine.
With the recent visit by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Croatian Adriatic coast has once more proven itself a destination for well-known figures from all over the world.
Croatian dailies reported on Sunday that Blair was staying in the newly-opened Brown Beach House hotel in the coastal resort of Trogir, where both police and his own security service were ensuring his safety.
With its tourism centred on the long coastline along the Adriatic Sea, with over a 1,000 islands and islets and architecture dating back to Roman times, Croatia is a magnet for both celebrities and regular visitors.
Many celebrities have visited the Croatian coast lately, including international football stars Sergio Ramos and John Terry, NBA basketball star Slovene Goran Dragic and the science fiction novel writer Erich von Daniken.
Although they officially divorced in 2009, British jet-set couple Slavica and Bernie Ecclestone have been seen together on a yacht cruising the coast. Over the years, both Slavica and Bernie have individually visited the country.
Chinese real estate billionaire Sam Li — sometimes referred to as Jimmy Lee — has meanwhile been spotted on the island of Hvar, known as a hot spot for the jet set, with his fleet of four yachts.
Besides Trogir, Hvar and other islands, one of the best known Croatian destinations remains Dubrovnik, the poet Byron’s “Pearl of the Adriatic”, which draws huge crowds to its old town.
In recent years the city’s image has been boosted by the fact that hit TV series Game of Thrones and the blockbuster movie Star Wars were in part filmed there.
This year’s tourism figures are pointing towards another bumper year. The Croatian National Tourist Board, HTZ, reported earlier this month that Croatia had received over 4.6 million tourists in the first six months of 2016 who made 18.3 million overnight stays.
Nikolina Frklic, from one of the leading Croatian tourist agencies, told BIRN in July: “The tourist season in Croatia this year will definitely be very good, judging by the bookings made and the trends,” expressing hopes that 2016 could set a record.
Originally published at www.balkaninsight.com on August 2, 2016.