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Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

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Rental Cars in Croatia

Complete range of rental cars in Croatia through Car Hire AssistantTo get the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car rental in Croatia (Europe), then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, not just local hire, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are confident that we can present you with the best prices and range of options for you hire car in Croatia (Europe). Of course, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

The service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true, well not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in Croatia (Europe) should be as painless as possible, therefore we provide you with a wide range of options, clear pricing, great prices, a simple, 3 stage booking process. 

Don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in Croatia (Europe), if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.Complete range of rental cars in Croatia through Car Hire Assistant

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in Croatia (Europe), or where it is most convenient to collect your hire car, be this at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. There really is every possibility we will be able to accommodate your wishes. 

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that laws and regulations are different in every country and this, would of course, include Croatia (Europe). Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. 

We offer a wide range of vehicles in Croatia (Europe), however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes (E Class, S Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series etc) and four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin etc).


About Croatia

The Republic of Croatia is situated in central Europe and has borders with Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia-Montenegro and shares a sea border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. It has a land mass of some 56,414 square kilometres (35,054 square miles) and a coastline on the mainland measuring 1777 kilometres (1,104 square miles). There are also over 718 islands in Croatia, covering a total area of about 3,300 square kilometres (1,300 square miles). Of the 718 islands, just 48 are classed as inhabited. Whilst Croatia has had many border changes, most of its borders are some of Europe's oldest, in particular the northern and western borders. Borders with Serbia (Vojvodina) and Bosnia and Herzegovina are centuries-old historical borders, established for the most part after the wars with the Ottoman Empire in 1669 and 1718. The main industries on the islands are agriculture, fishing and tourism. Croatia's population numbers 4,483,804, of which, as estimated 122,410 reside on the islands (last census 2001).

Most people speak Croatian (96%), whilst the other 4% includes Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak and German.Croatia is classed as an acceding state of the European Union, with full membership expected in July 2013. It is also a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, NATO and the World Trade Organization. Tourism is a significant source of revenue during the summer months, with over 11 million foreign tourists annually. Croatia's sucess is in no small part due to the increasing number of budget airlines that have added Croatia to their destinations, these would include Easyjet which flies to Split and Rijeka. Tourism generates revenue in excess of €7 billion (around 15% of GDP) with Croatia ranked the 20th most popular tourist destination in the world, just behind Portugal, but ahead of the Netherlands.

The top 15, largest cities and towns in Croatia, based on urban population are; the capital Zagreb (686,568), Split (165,893), Rijeka (127,498), Osijek (83,496), Zadar (70,674), Pula (57,191), Slavonski Brod (53,473, Karlovac (46,827), Varazdin (38,746), Sibenik (34,242), Sisak (33,049), Vinkovci (31,961), Velika Gorica (31,341), Dobrovonik (28,311) and Bjelovar (27,099). Croatia is divided into 20 counties which are;

Croatia has a number of localities on the Unesco World Heritage list and these include; The Dubrovnik Historical Old Town, Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, Diocletian's Palace in Split, the Sibenik Cathedral and the city of Trogir. Bjelovarsko-Bilogorska, Brodsko-Posavska, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, Istarska, Karlovacka, Koprivnicko-Krizevacka, Krapinsko-Zagorska, Licko-Senjska, Medjimurska, Osjecko-Baranjska, Pozesko-Slavonska, Primorsko-Goranska, Sibensko-Kninska, Sisacko-Moslavacka, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Varazdinska, Viroviticko-Podravska, Vukovarsko-Srijemska, Zadarska, Zagrebacka andGrad-Zagreb.

The following airlines fly into Croatia; national carrier Croatia airlines, Easyjet, Thomson flights, Monarch airlines, Jet2, Ryanair, British Airways, WizzAir, Flybe, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, GermanWings, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, SAS, Iberia, Aeroflot, TAP, Transaero Airlines, Finnair, Blue1, Air Berlin and Skywork. Depending on airline, the following cities receive visitors at their respective airports, Zagreb (Pleso Airport - ZAG), Split (Split Airport -SPU), Dubrovnik, (Dubrovonik Airport - DBV) Zadar (Pleso Airport - ZAD), Pula (Pula Airport -PUY), Rijeka (Rijeka Airport - RJK), Bol (Bol Airport - BWK) and Osijek (Osijek Airport - OSI).

The most popular holiday resorts in Croatia are; Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Labin, Lopud Island, Opatija, Orasac, Orebic, Porec, Pula, Rabac, Ravni, Rovinj, Stikovica Zaton, Trpanj, Trsteno and Zaton Mali. While the best beaches by region are said to be in Istria, Kvarner, North Dalmatia, Central Dalmatia and South Dalmatia and include the beaches of Valeta and Crinka, Borik, Brulo, Girandella, St. Andrea, Laterna, Jezevac, Koralj and Cava.

Croatia has two climates. The coast has a typically Mediterranean climate consisting of hot, dry, sunny weather during summer and relatively mild weather in winter, although this can be accompanied by rain. Average temperatures in the summer will be in the mid to high 20's°C, often rising well above 30°C. During winter month the temperature rarely falls below 5°C. The interior of Croatia has a continental climate which means that winters can be cold, with temperatures often falling below 0°C often accompanies by snow during the winter. However, in the summer months, temperatures are often in the mid to high 30's°C. The best month to visit Croatia for hot weather is September, although the weather in May is said to be a much more comfortable experience.

General information

According to the Croatian Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development, around 300,000 British nationals visit Croatia every year. The FCO advises that land mines are still a danger in some more isolated areas in the mountains and countryside and advise visitors to use the services of an experienced guide if they intend to hike away from roads and paved areas. These areas would include; Eastern Slavonia, Brodsko-Posavska County, Karlovac County, areas around Zadar County and the more remote areas of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. In addition, there have been reports of hikers getting lost in the mountains when they have gone out alone, without expert guides and left marked paths. Tick borne encephalitis is common to parts of Croatia, especially in the summer months.

Croatia has a low crime rate and violent crime is rare, however, pickpockets are known to operate in busy tourist areas. Carry your passport at all times, because it is the only officially recognised form of identification. Unless staying at a hotel or official tourist accommodation (hostels, campsites or registered private accommodation), foreign visitors are required to register with the local police or the local town tourist centre within 48 hours of arrival. When entering Croatia, visitors may be asked to produce evidence of the financial means necessary to cover subsistence during their stay. The daily subsistence rate is currently fixed at one hundred Euros per day. A credit or debit car is usually accepted as proof of funds.

Croatia has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK where British nationals will be given emergency treatment and any other follow-up treatment, but will be expected to pay 20% of the cost of the treatment. However, it should be noted that, the Croatian state requires every foreigner to have a valid health insurance or travel insurance that covers the costs that might occur during their stay in Croatia with regards to the repatriation costs due to health reasons, urgent medical assistance and/or urgent hospital treatment. The lowest insured sum must be equivalent to €30.000.

A UK driving licence is valid for up to six months from entry into Croatia. You do not need a Green Card to drive in Croatia (not necessary for a hire car). However, if you are driving to or through Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the 20km strip of coastline at Neum on the Dalmatian coastal highway, ensure that you have a Green Card that includes cover for Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is mandatory to carry a fluorescent vest in the car whilst driving in Croatia. The vest must be in the car and not in the boot. The vest must be worn whilst attending to a breakdown such as changing a tyre. All passengers must wear seat belts and special seats are required for infants. Children under the age of 12 may not sit in the front seat. Use of a mobile phone when driving is illegal.

Road conditions in and around Zagreb and the larger towns are considered to be of a good standard. However, caution should be exercised around other road users who may unexpectedly overtake repeatedly in slower traffic. Minor roads are usually unlit at night.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.


The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.

British visitors to Croatia are up 23% compared to the same period last year, with 241,443 British visitors arriving this year.

Figures released by the Croatian National Tourist Office (CNTO) reveal a significant increase in visitors choosing the destination.

“It’s fantastic to see more Brits than ever choosing Croatia as their summer holiday destination. This year we’re on target to reach 300,000 UK visitors, which clearly shows that we can return to our record-breaking figure of 500,000 in 1990,” says Meri Matesic, UK & Ireland Director of the CNTO.

“I’m confident that the UK and Irish markets will continue to grow in 2013, especially with the introduction of more flights, new routes and holiday packages from providers like Jet2, giving UK travellers greater flexibility and choice when booking a holiday to Croatia.”

This week also sees the launch of the second wave of the CNTO’s 2012 marketing campaign which will run across UK newspapers. The campaign will encourage even more Brits to experience a Croatian city break this autumn/winter.

Renting a car in Croatia and finding the best deal has never been easier. Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site can compare up to 550 suppliers, which cover 175 countries, including Europe. With a promise that nothing is added to the rental price and that there are no hidden fees or charges, Car Hire Assistant should be the first choice for travellers seeking a rental car in Croatia

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The Croatian tourism industry has managed to build on the momentum achieved during a record-breaking 2011 by realizing 6.66 million arrivals and 35.87 million overnights in the first 7 months of 2012.

The tourism statistics, released by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism ( www.mint.hr ), show that Croatia realized a 3.8 percent increase in arrivals and 5.4 percent increase in overnights in the period January-July 2012 compared to the same period last year. Foreign tourists made 5.8 million arrivals (5 percent increase) and 31,.9 million overnights (6.6 percent increase).

The total profit for the first 5 months this year has surpassed last year’s results as well with a 4.2 percent increase. Croatian Tourism Minister, Mr. Ostojic, stated during a press conference held in Zagreb, Croatia, on August 7, 2012, that the forecasted earnings increase for this year is 3-5 percent, and should the results remain on track as so far, that should be a reachable goal.

Further, outstanding results were achieved from the USA and Canada markets for the January-July period 2012, reported the Croatian National Tourist Office New York.

Both arrivals and overnights results for the 7 months from the USA and Canada to Croatia recorded a double-digit increase – a total of 125,282 arrivals, a 14.88 percent, increase and 354,669 overnights, a 14.3 percent increase.

“We were expecting solid results due to reports from the American and Canadian travel agents and tour operators selling Croatia, but this is a larger increase than expected. We remained conservative in our forecasts due to overall economy, but more than anything the airfares this summer. This is an excellent result, and I would like to thank all the hard-working travel agents and tour operators who helped us promote Croatia, but also the American and Canadian media who have been more than supportive as well. Now we are looking into the fall and preparing for next season,” said Mrs. Andreja Cvitkovic, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Office New York.

The Croatian National Tourist Office New York is a part of the Croatian National Tourist Board, the field office in charge of the USA and Canada markets.

The Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) is a national tourist organization founded with a view to promoting and creating the identity, and to enhance the reputation of, Croatian tourism. The mission also includes the planning and implementation of a common strategy and the conception of its promotion, proposal, and the performance of promotional activities of mutual interest for all subjects in tourism in the country and abroad, as well as raising the overall quality of the whole range of tourist services on offer in the Republic of Croatia.

Need Car Hire Croatia? If you want to explore Croatia and need an inexpensive rental car, look no further than Car Hire Assistant. We can compare local and national suppliers in Croatia to find you the best car hire deal. 

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Mura-Drava-Danube, Croatia/Hungary The biosphere reserve includes Central Europe’s largest floodplain system, as well as areas that were part of the floodplain before river regulation. The areas along the course of both the Danube and the Drava form a continuous stretch of habitats extending across the state border. The Mura-Drava River also has a variety of typical plant and animal communities. It contains a variety of wet habitats, including those that are among the most threatened in Europe (alluvial forests, wet grasslands, gravel and sand bars, oxbow lakes, abandoned riverbed…).

One of the major functions of the biosphere reserve is to provide a possibility for the revival and modernization of floodplain management, which would ensure an extra source of living for local people, and help preserve the natural values of the floodplain region. Major activities in the area are agriculture, forest management, sand and gravel extraction, industry (diverse types), and ecotourism.

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Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to...


Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.


Heathrow passengers are the first in the world to use an revolutionary technology as component of the airport’s drive to further enhance the passenger experience. Terminal 1 passengers are being asked to participate in a 2 month ‘self-boarding’ trial in collaboration with South African Airways, which makes use of biometric data to help them board their flights quicker and more efficiently.

Once passengers arrive at the ‘self-boarding’ gate, they pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infrared scan of their face. This data is verified against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. When the 2 sets of data scans are successfully met, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight. The technology means that a passenger’s identification only needs to be checked by airline staff once during the whole departure process, minimising the amount of time it takes for passengers...


Dubai International has broken another monthly record by receiving, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose by 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 for the same period in 2012.

It is also acknowledged that most markets improved in January through a combination of holiday traffic and visitors to the ever popular Dubai Shopping Festival. In addition, flight links continue to be widened between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012.

For example in the course of the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh while flydubai expanded its network to include Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also introduced flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair introduced links...


South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented...


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