On Sunday, 24 February the Zagreb Fair saw the closing of the Zagreb Boat Show, Hotel&Gastroteh, Hunting and Fishing Days and Olive Festival.
"All 10 pavilions and the Congress Center have been booked for the fairs. More specifically, more than 450 exhibitors from 32 countries will present their products and services at a space covering 25,000 m2", said Mrs. Dina Tomišić, Zagreb Fair Director at the official opening ceremony.
The fairs were inaugurated by the Mayor, Mr. Milan Bandić, who among other things emphasized that in 2019 the Zagreb Fair celebrates 110 years of its continuous business activity.
"I am glad that the Croatian market is active and that at the 28th Zagreb Boat Show we have the opportunity to see the comprehensive nautical offer with the Croatian innovative and high-quality signature, which is ultimately to further contribute to the competitiveness of Croatian tourism”, emphasized the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Gari Cappelli in his speech.
The fairs were attended by 26,144 visitors.
This year's edition of the Zagreb Boat Show was the largest in this decade. There was an increase of 8% in the exhibition segment and 11% in the number of displayed vessels as compared to the last year's edition. Three world and 11 Croatian premiere vessels were exhibited. We would also like to highlight the rich offer of the equipment and accessories for boats and yachts, diving and fishing gear, nautical clothing and footwear.
Due to a large interest of exhibitors and visitors, the Hunting and Fishing Days were held again after only four months. The fair was visited by many hunters and fishermen who could see and buy the latest equipment, whereas all interested visitors were able to try shooting with an air gun, laser, bow and arrow.
Within the scope of the Hotel & Gastroteh fair, the leading exhibitors from the HoReCa sector were presented and the traditional culinary competition CRO TOP 10 was held. The winner was Zlatko Novak, a chef from Bedem restaurant in Varaždin. Despite fierce competition, he managed to defend his double title and to win for the third time in a row. Apart from CRO TOP 10, many presentations of culinary skills were featured as well.
The Olive Festival was organized within the same term, during the weekend. This event has become the traditional annual winter gathering of Zagreb citizens with olive and olive growers and an excellent opportunity for bringing together the best olive growers from Croatia and the neighboring countries to present their best olive oils.
Winners of the main prizes are Rina Podrekar from Maribor (SurfStepper Hobie) and Branimir Curl from Cres (weekend cruise for 6 on the MIRAKUL 30 Hardtop yacht).