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article imageFull of Life, Croatia PM, 2 ministers open new road on Hvar Special

By Paul Bradbury     Feb 17, 2015 in World
Jelsa - A high-level delegation from Zagreb flies into Croatia's premier island of Hvar to open the latest infrastructure change in Jelsa.
With the inauguration of Croatia's new president over and an election year in hand, a high-level government delegation from Zagreb arrived on the island of Hvar on February 17, 2015, for the opening of the latest implemented infrastructure project on Croatia's premier island of Hvar, a 5 km stretch of road in Jelsa.
On board the European Coastal Airlines flight from Resnik near Split Airport were Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin and Minister of Transport Sinisa Hajdas Doncic. The 13-minute flight is the same as the inaugural scheduled seaplane flight in modern seaplane aviation history, and the Prime Minister had a productive chat with ECA CEO Klaus Dieter Martin on the flight, as the seaplane operation looks to expand its services to connect the islands and mainland of Croatia as never before.
The Zagreb delegation was met by dynamic Jelsa Mayor Niska Peronja, who has been a driving force for change since his election less than two years ago, and the new road is part of a concerted campaign to return Jelsa to its status as the best destination in former Yugoslavia in 1983.
The party continued their day with a visit to Hvar Town, before continuing with a visit to the island of Lastovo, while Jelsa itself embraced the new official tourist slogan, Croatia, Full of Life, by preparing for the afternoon's carnival celebrations.
A look at the prime ministerial visit in pictures, with commentary:
The new Jelsa waterfront is just part of a huge infrastructure upgrade for that was former Yugoslavi...
The new Jelsa waterfront is just part of a huge infrastructure upgrade for that was former Yugoslavia's top destination in 1983.
Modern Europe s first scheduled seaplane service carries Croatia s Prime Minister  Minister of Trans...
Modern Europe's first scheduled seaplane service carries Croatia's Prime Minister, Minister of Transport and Minister of Tourism from Split to Jelsa on Hvar.
European Coastal Airlines
European Coastal Airlines welcomed the Prime Minister with a buffet from Me and Mrs Jones restaurant...
European Coastal Airlines welcomed the Prime Minister with a buffet from Me and Mrs Jones restaurant, including wines from Andro Tomic, whose wines were also served at the Presidential inauguration in Zagreb on Sunday.
A relaxed destination full of tradition  the Prime Minister was able to experience the fishing tradi...
A relaxed destination full of tradition, the Prime Minister was able to experience the fishing traditions of Dalmatia on his walk around the harbour.
Prime Minister Milanovic (left) was treated to a walking tour of the Jelsa waterfront upgrade by Jel...
Prime Minister Milanovic (left) was treated to a walking tour of the Jelsa waterfront upgrade by Jelsa Mayor Niksa Peronja.
PM Milanovic stopped to buy a 10 kuna ($US1.70) lottery ticket for a dried ham  prsut  for the carni...
PM Milanovic stopped to buy a 10 kuna ($US1.70) lottery ticket for a dried ham 'prsut' for the carnival later in the day.
Having driven the new stretch of road with Jelsa Mayor Niksa Peronja  Prime Minister Milanovic emerg...
Having driven the new stretch of road with Jelsa Mayor Niksa Peronja, Prime Minister Milanovic emerged from his car to meet local people.
Practicality over scenery. The new road replaces a winding coastal descent into Jelsa.
Practicality over scenery. The new road replaces a winding coastal descent into Jelsa.
The 5km stretch of road is the latest  upgrade on what was until recently known as the worst nationa...
The 5km stretch of road is the latest upgrade on what was until recently known as the worst national road in Croatia.
The Jelsa welcoming committee inluded KUD Jelsa in traditonal dress  serving local delicaces.
The Jelsa welcoming committee inluded KUD Jelsa in traditonal dress, serving local delicaces.
Local wines with great international repuations were served at the official opening  including Caric...
Local wines with great international repuations were served at the official opening, including Caric Bogdanusa, Tomic Beleca and dessert wine Hektorovich Prosek.
Prime Minister Milanovic enjoys the opening of Croatia s latest new road with a glass of Tomic Prose...
Prime Minister Milanovic enjoys the opening of Croatia's latest new road with a glass of Tomic Prosek, the dessert wine which caused a stir prior to EU entry over its alleged consumer confusion with the Italian sparkling Prosecco.
Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin interviewed by Radio Split.
Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin interviewed by Radio Split.
Prime Minister Milanovic gave a press conference at the road opening  flanked by Jelsa Mayor Niksa P...
Prime Minister Milanovic gave a press conference at the road opening, flanked by Jelsa Mayor Niksa Peronja.
Digital Journal drove the new road  which is a welcome improvement on the winding coastal alternativ...
Digital Journal drove the new road, which is a welcome improvement on the winding coastal alternative.
An excellent new road  as well as offering some new views of the island s stunning beauty. An inviti...
An excellent new road, as well as offering some new views of the island's stunning beauty. An inviting Adriatic above the former Belgrade Health Resort.
Croatia  Full of Life is the official new tourism slogan  and no sooner had the politicians departed...
Croatia, Full of Life is the official new tourism slogan, and no sooner had the politicians departed than preparations for the Carnival began.
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