HTZ Distributing 50,000 Water Bottles at Border Crossings on Saturday

Daniela Rogulj

On the first big Saturday for Croatian tourism this summer where thousands of tourists will intensify the borders crossings in the country, the Croatian National Tourist Board, or HTZ, has decided to help travelers cool off upon their arrival with a welcome water bottle, announced their official website on June 14, 2019. 

Namely, the action will take place on Saturday, June 15, at the border crossings of Bregana, Macelj, Plovanija, and Rupa and the Lučko toll station. The water bottles will be distributed with the message “Croatia’s crystal clear waters are yours to discover! Welcome to Croatia and Discover more at” along with a special tag that promotes the Croatian islands. The Croatian Tourist Board will distribute a total of 50,000 water bottles on Saturday morning at the specified border crossings. 

“The goal of this action is to further promote Croatia as a country of friendly and good hosts and express gratitude to numerous tourists who have chosen Croatian destinations for their holiday. The crowds and the heat are heightened this weekend, and with this gesture to our guests, we want to make the wait as easy and pleasant as possible,” said Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.

While this action is admirable and awfully generous, we do wish that the Croatian Tourist Board considered the environmental impact of a single water bottle. Namely, it can take up to 1,000 years for one plastic water bottle to degrade! So, if you’re one of the thousands receiving a water bottle from HTZ on Saturday, please dispose of it properly. 

But that doesn’t mean that other Croatian companies aren’t joining the anti-plastic movement. Recall, Croatia Airlines recently announced that they’re trading plastic cups for paper on board all of their flights.

“In line with current trends and legal requirements in the area of environmental protection, Croatia Airlines is discontinuing the use of plastic cups on all flights as of today. The use of paper cups will additionally raise the quality of our services, as well as promote a positive relationship towards the environment,” the airline announced on their Facebook page

Thus, by switching to paper cups, Croatia Airlines will remove around 26 tons of plastic waste annually. 

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