Are you planning a trip to Croatia? The country continues to soar in popularity among American tourists, who appreciate its coastal charms, cuisine, and heritage. Here’s a new hotel project that we’re keeping tabs on. An 18th century castle in Slavonia—one of the country’s historical regions, also including Dalmatia and Istria—will be converted into a five-star hotel following a renovation that’s expected to cost 40 million kuna ($6 million). As reported by Total Croatia News, the construction work kicked off in May 2017 and is expected to last two years.
Situated in the east of the country, the agricultural, inland territory of Slavonia was once controlled by the Ottomans followed by the Habsburg monarchy. Today Slavonia’s rich cultural traditions are manifest in festivals and the arts. Here in the village of Suhopolje, an estate that once belonged to the Jankovic dynasty has spent years in a state of ruin. Until now. The castle owners, Virovitica-Podravina County, are betting on the hotel project to fill a void in a region where tourism is rapidly expanding. There are currently only 300 hotel beds in the county, and the converted castle—in addition to its luxury hotel—will also have a visitor center.
What’s more: The castle hotel will serve an important role in the hospitality industry, as some of the staff will be students training to be professionals in tourism and hospitality. As reported by Total Croatia News, this initiative also encourages youth to stay in their homeland, with specialized skills in a booming job market.