Danube, Drava and Sava river cruises return in style

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August 22, 2022 – The trend that saw continuous growth before the pandemic, river cruises, seems to be coming back in style. From this year, all Croatian river tourism quays will welcome visitors with a uniform visual identity.

As SiB writes, from this summer Croatian river piers will have a common visual identity. A logo, six identical masts and seven flags have been created for the Danube ports of Aljmaš, Batina, Vukovar and Ilok, Drava port in Osijek and Sava ports in Slavonski Brod and Sisak.

The project is worth just under HRK 92,000 and was fully funded by the Croatian Tourist Board, and was carried out with the cooperation of the project holder, the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board and regional offices tourism of Osijek-Baranja, Brod-Posavina, Sisak-Moslavina and the competent port authorities of Vukovar, Osijek, Slavonski Brod and Sisak.

“With this joint project, our goal is to raise awareness and interest in the tourism sector in the field of nautical tourism of river cruises. The common visual identity and its application to the seven river piers promote and strengthen the visibility and position of the Danube Croatian and Sava in the market for organized tourist traffic for river cruises,” said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian Tourist Board.

Before the pandemic, river cruises saw continuous growth, and this year that trend has returned. Additional investments in infrastructure on the Danube and Sava will make river tourism in Croatia more attractive.

“This is a rapidly growing product and market in which the Croatian Danube region has taken a significant position. According to Vukovar Port Authority data, 339 moorings at Vukovar Pier and 89 at Ilok Pier have been announced for this year. 75 moorings were announced in Batina and 62 in Aljmaš, making a total of 565 moorings only at the Danube quays. For comparison, in 2019 before the pandemic, a total of 557 river cruise ships docked on the Danube,” points out Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board.

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