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: