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Star Wars filming to bring
in €5 million to Croatia
Croatia’s oldest and largest bakery chain is set
to open franchise outlets in Australia and Sa-
udi Arabia in May this year, daily media report.
Mlinar, which has over 190 bakeries in Croatia,
Slovenia, Hungary and Germany, are to open fran-
chise stores in Australia and Saudi Arabia at the
beginning of May. The bakeries, which will open
in Sydney, Australia, and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,
will be branded and set out exactly the same as
they are in Croatia but will be run by franchise
Mlinar currently operate two franchise mo-
dels, the model which the Australian and Saudi
Arabia stores will operate under, and also a mo-
del which allows outlets to sell Mlinar products
but not in Mlinar branded stores.
Mlinar bakery products, such as bureks and
other pastries are already sold in cities across
Australia, but this will be the first Mlinar bakery
to open there.
Mlinar have big expansion plans. Recently they
opened in Munich, Germany and at the time said
that they plan to open a further 150 bakeries in
Germany in the next 5 years. Mlinar manage over
190 from their base in Zagreb.
Croatia’s oldest bakery to
open franchise in Australia
Croatian football club Hadjuk Split, whi-
ch has a cult following in the Dalmatia,
celebrates its 105th birthday on Saturday.
Hajduk Split fans will celebrate the big
day today by congregating on Poljud sta-
dium for Hajduk’s league match against
“The match won’t be easy, we highly
respect Slaven Belupo, they are a good
team but we want to make our suppor-
ters happy on the occasion of club’s bir-
thday,” said coach Damir Burić ahead of
the big day. Hajduk Split was founded by
a group of students from Split in a pub in
Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire. They went to the pub following a
match between AC Sparta and SK Slavia
and decided it was time their own town of
Split founded a professional club. The club
was officially registered with the authori-
ties on February 13, 1911. While trying
to come up with a name for the club, the
students went to an old teacher Josip Ba-
rač for advice, and according to accounts
he told them to take the name “Hajduk”
which symbolised “that which is best in
our people: bravery, humanity, friendship,
love of freedom, defiance to powers, and
protection of the weak. Be worthy of that
Zagreb organises ‘mass
kiss’ on Valentine’s Day
For the first time the Croatian capital Zagreb organised a mass ki-
ssing event on the city’s main square to celebrate Valentine’s Day
on Sunday. The event wasn’t not just for couples and Zagreb invited
everyone in love or looking for love to head to Ban Jelačić Square to
‘pucker up’. Mass Kissing event was started by Facebook group ‘World
Events’. There were also be 20 marked points across the centre, such
as Dubravkin put, Cmrok, Ribnjak, Strossmayer Square where couples
could express their love in public.
Couples could also ‘lock in’ their love with a symbolic locket on the
gate in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art or in the Old Town.
Tourist guides also got into the romantic spirit and organised ‘love’
tours around the city, showing off some of the city’s most romantic
spots and telling some historical romantic stories from Zagreb’s past.
Head of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Hrvoje
Hribar, has revealed to HRT’s Studio 4 that the
filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII will bring in 38 mi-
llion kuna (5 million euros) to Croatia.
On Friday Hribar finally confirmed the rumours
that Star Wars: Episode VIII will begin shooting in
Dubrovnik next month after weeks of speculation.
“It is one very beautiful deal for us and for Dubrov-
nik, filming will not last long but it will be the biggest
investment for filming (per day) ever. Investment of
38 million euros for those that like to count money. I
mention that for those who deal with the state bud-
get, who will benefit from this deal, as well of course
as Dubrovnik,” Hribar said.
It is still not clear which part of the film will be shot
in Dubrovnik, or which stars will arrive in town to
film. Dubrovnik’s stunning location and tax incenti-
ves have helped the city land major productions, in-
cluding HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.
“Dubrovnik is not the most beautiful city in the
world, but in the galaxy. There’s a wondrous planet,
somewhere in the backwater of the galaxy in which
there is this wonderful city and there’s a scene, a li-
ttle idyllic one, that is part of the story. Dubrovnik
goes in space and certainly for the reputation of all
of us engaged in the promotion of this tourist desti-
nation it is simply priceless,” Hribar added.
One thing that is not in doubt, with Game of Thro-
nes and Star Wars, it is priceless tourism promotion
for Dubrovnik and Croatia.
celebrates 105th birthday
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