Kvarner newsletter / no 13

Kvarner in 2009
Even more extensive offer

Kvarner has been preparing for visitors in 2009 with numerous investments aimed at improving the quality of services and facilities to make your stay here even more delightful. Our brief tour of the region will reveal only some of the news about how new dimensions are being added to the hospitality and recognisability of the Kvarner region.

Let us start this overview with the news that will help visitors reach their destinations more easily: in October 2008, the completed Rijeka – Zagreb – Budapest motorway was opened in the length of approximately 500 kilometres, making a drive from Rijeka to Budapest shorter (it only takes about five hours now), more comfortable and, of course, safer. The investors announce that the 9-km-long south roadway of the Rijeka Bypass should be ready by the beginning of June. 
Numerous novelties await visitors in their destinations: new wellness centres in Admiral and Excelsior hotels, renovated Medveja campsite with new bungalows, rooms and sanitary facilities.
The nearby town of Kastav will get its first boutique hotel, which is at the present being constructed by the owner of the famous Kukuriku Restaurant. The 4-star hotel will be located in the old town and will include five apartments and ten luxury rooms, wellness centre, saunas, restaurant, café and wine cellar. Another hotel in the historic centre of Kastav should be finished by 2010. Good news for the visitors to this area is also the planned construction of the Kastav Centre, which will be located above the Adriatic Gate service area and include three shopping centres, hotel, congress hall, bars and restaurants, entertainment and recreational facilities etc. Further planned activities in Kastav include renovation of the town walls, construction of the sports hall and much more. One thing is certain: this beautiful small town 6 kilometres away from Opatija is entering a new tourism era.
Lots of news in the town of Rijeka too: the Kantrida swimming pool complex, which was constructed in 2008, is now being enriched with numerous sports and recreational facilities, including a new beach with numerous services and amenities scheduled to open to public already this summer. The renovation of the Neboder and Continental hotels will enrich the hotel offer of Rijeka, now an increasingly popular tourist destination. In the renowned holiday resort of Crikvenica, several hotels should be renovated or opened in 2009. Planned activities include the extension of the Hotel Mediteran and the construction of a congress hall and a corridor that will connect it to the Thalassotherapia hospital. Let us also remind here that recently a new hyperbaric chamber was put into operation and the first Hyperbaric Medicine Polyclinic was opened. Novi Vinodolski is also preparing for visitors in 2009 with many new services and facilities, most notably the Novi Spa Hotels & Resort with the largest wellness centre in Europe and a congress hall. Further investments are planned with the aim of extending the tourism offer of this holiday resort. Planned investments in the Municipality of Vinodol include the construction of 15 rural houses and villas with pools, renovation of Frankopan castles, and opening of the Klović Museum in 2010. Hotel Koralj and Ježevec campsite will also be renovated, as well as the Hotel Dražica, whose kitchen will be organised according to HACCP standards. The resort of Malinska on the island of Krk, which this year celebrates 100 years of tourism, will soon (Easter 2009) receive a new holiday village, Byder Resort, with 250 beds and a wellness centre. The quality of services in the marina in Punat is continuously being improved. This year will also mark the beginning of construction works for the new Spa Hotel Punat hotel complex, which should be completed by Easter 2010. The town of Mali Lošinj on the island of Lošinj is ready to welcome visitors with the renovated Family Hotel Vespera, whose quality standard has been improved to the 4-star category and extended with new services and facilities. Let us also mention that by the end of 2009, a museum is scheduled to open in the Kvarner Palace, which should permanently display Apoxyomenos, the antique bronze statue of a young athlete that was found at the sea bed in the waters off Lošinj. 
The island of Rab is preparing to welcome visitors with renovated hotels Carolina and Padova, which will be upgraded to a 4-star standard. Several new camp trailers will enrich the offer in the Padova campsite, and the visitors will now have the chance to stay in the new Tamaris and Barbat family hotels, as well as in the Pio guesthouse. Hotel Lopar was completely refurbished and now includes a hall for congresses and business meetings.
Lots of news in the continental part of the region: Delnice will soon receive several sports and recreational facilities, including the Adrenaline Park in Japlenški vrh forest park. Hotel Risnjak awaits visitors with a mini wellness studio, saunas and other services. At the end of 2008, the new Goranka sports and business centre was opened in Ravna Gora.
The list of investments is not nearly finished – much is being invested in accommodation facilities, services and infrastructure, with the aim of wishing our visitors a very warm welcome to Kvarner in 2009!