The city of Hvar will dedicate all of 2018 to celebrating 150 years of organised tourism in that city on this southern Adriatic island with the expectation that this will contribute to the continuation of investment and tourism trends recorded in 2017 when 198,000 tourists visited the city, an increase of 15% on the year. The local celebrations will be held from 10 to 15 May because it is on that date in 1858 that the first tourist community was established.

There will be numerous exhibitions, concerts and other programmes and all with an international character.

Hvar city authorities will combine that with the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the meteorological station on Hvar, one of the oldest in Europe and the 160th anniversary of the birth of the inventor of dactyloscopy, Ivan Vucetic of Hvar, which is also the year that we intend to open the renovated historical Arsenal building with the oldest public theatres in Europe, an opportunity to present Hvar in its true light.

Hvar city authorities also said they would do additional infrastructure and landscaping works in the city next year and promote it as a desirable place to live.

They will put an emphasis on culture and continue to promote Hvar culinary services, active holidaying, congress destination, health tourism and so on, as well as quality accommodation with the addition of the first five-star hotel in Hvar.