May 15, 2020 – Welcome to the Island of Sun, and a happy 152nd birthday to organised tourism in Europe from Hvar Island.
On this day back in 1868, a new industry started in Europe on a beautiful island on the Adriatic.
For on that day, May 15, 1868, the Hvar Health Society opened its doors to offer recuperative services to Austro-Hungarian aristocrats in need of recuperation on a sunshine island with a temperate climate. It is credited as the birth of organised tourism in Europe.
The local of the initial premises reopened last year with the first 5-star hotel on Hvar, Palace Elisabeth, hvar heritage hotel, which is located directly opposite the oldest public theatre in Europe, which opened in 1612.
Yes, you have come to a very special place – Hvar island.
To celebrate the 152-year anniversary, the Hvar Tourist Board has just released a new promotional video – Welcome to the Island of Sun – Hvar Island.
“You might not be able to travel… but your mind can.
Dive into the new video created by the Hvar Tourist Board team and enjoy fully.”
And I can personally guarantee that Hvar island is really this gorgeous. Not only did I live there for 13 years, but I have been in lockdown here since the middle of March. And I can honestly say that I can’t remember a time when I have been in a place which is so magical and beautiful.
The Hvar Tourist Board was one of the early partners in the TCN project, Virtual Croatia, where we are trying to bring all the best virtual tools of Croatia’s destinations into one place, so that tourists of the future who have time and desire now can explore their future holiday with the best tools available.
You can learn more about Hvar Island in our Discover Virtual Hvar resource.