Croatia: seeking private investors for Brijuni Islands

Gov't aims to transform archipelago into luxury destination

03 January, 17:40

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, JANUARY 3 - Croatia is seeking private investors to upgrade the tourist infrastructure on the largest of its fourteen Brijuni Islands in the northern Adriatic Sea, Tourism Minister Darko Lorencin made known Friday.

    Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park.

    The concession valued at 200-300 million euros aims to transform the island of Veli Brijun (Large Brijun) into a luxury worldwide tourist destination. Environmental protection will remain under national park jurisdiction, the minister said. ''We intend to create a never-seen-before tourist product, a totally new concept aimed at the luxury tourism of the future that will incorporate tourism with the environment, history and the sea'', Lorencin explained.

    The future investor, who will be chosen by next fall, must come up with an investment plan for ''total modernization of existing infrastructure and new construction'', as the resort has not been upgraded in at least three decades.

    A holiday resort frequented by the German elite since the end of the 1800s, after 1945 the Brijuni Islands passed from Italy to Yugoslavia, becoming the summer residence of its late Communist ruler, Marshal Josip Broz Tito. He spent various months of the year on the archipelago, where he held cabinet meetings and hosted at least 100 international heads of state as well as movie stars such as Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, and Elizabeth Taylor. (ANSAmed).

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