With the desire to attract as many tourists as possible to Croatia in this uncertain period of the pandemic this season as well, the famous Croatian blogger Paul Bradbury has launched a campaign Virtual Croatia, a project that brings together local tourist boards in one place with the aim of virtually promoting domestic destinations now, to later turn them into actual visits during the season. The most widely read Croatian portal in English, Total Croatia News, allows tourists to explore our beautiful country from the comfort of their home and plan in advance which locations they will visit soon, thus joining tourist destinations around the world devising new business strategies facing the new reality of coronavirus. The owner of the portal, whose texts are read by more than three million users a year, believes that there is no time to lose. “Local tourist boards know their destinations best and have promotional materials available, and with the support of Total Croatia News, Croatian destinations will tour the world. Little by little, I think we could do a lot together for this, as yet uncertain, tourist season“, Says Bradbury. Photo: Vivian Grisogono Anyone interested can send their materials by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, called Virtual Croatia and add the name of the destination (for example Virtual Croatia Split) with links to all available online materials. “Nikad nije bilo boljeg vremena za strateško promoviranje turizma, jer dvije su stvari sigurne – ljudi i dalje imaju očajničku želju za putovanjem (a što je bolje od hrvatske plaže jednom kad sve ovo završi, koja je k tomu jako blizu za sve one koji u Hrvatsku mogu doći automobilima?) i upravo sada imaju jako puno vremena dobro istražiti kamo žele pobjeći i putovati čim im se ukaže prva prilika. A ta je kombinacija izuzetno dobra za promociju turizma. Trenutačno imamo prilike vidjeti mnoge turističke kampanje diljem svijeta, koje prikazuju primamljive destinacije uz poruke poput Ostanite kod kuće, putujte kasnije. Takve su poruke sasvim razumne i dobrodošle, no ne daju onaj dodatni impuls koji stvara stvarnu želju za putovanjem” says Bradbury. Paul Bradbury invites all local tourist boards to join him and send him all the online promotional materials and stories about their destinations, and he will publish them completely free of charge on his portal and so present the best of our country to tourists around the world. These stories can then be shared through all the channels available to tourist boards. The campaign is designed as a series of articles on destinations throughout Croatia, which will provide future tourists with more information about a particular location, but also the opportunity to virtually explore and fall in love with it, until they can travel again. Two articles have already been published, promoting virtual tours and visit planning Zagreb https://bit.ly/VirtualZagreb i Hvar https://bit.ly/VirtualHvar. Total Croatia News – najčitaniji hrvatski portal s vijestima na engleskom jeziku ponovno postavlja trendove u turističkoj promociji naše zemlje i kroz svoju Virtualnu Hrvatsku nudi svim turističkim zajednicama besplatnu platformu kojom dosežu desetke tisuća posjetitelja dnevno. Paul Bradbury is an Irish writer and blogger who has lived in Croatia since 2002. He is the winner of the FIJET Marco Polo tourist journalism award in 2014 and runs and edits the largest and most visited Croatian news portal in English, Total Croatia News, which carries the adjective “The most reliable source of information on Croatian destinations in the world”. Numerous domestic experts and analysts write for the portal, and its success is evidenced by the fact that it is used as a source of news from Croatia by many reputable world media such as the Huff Post, Washington Post, Guardian, Independent, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, New Scientist, Herald, Lonely Planet News and many others. Find out more about TCN at www.total-croatia-news.com.
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