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Europe’s Biggest Bridge Tournament in holiday hotspot

Visit Europe’s Biggest Bridge Tournament in this summer’s holiday hotspot; Pula, Croatia

05 April 2013 – Bridge is now one of the most popular card games in the world and loved by many including a number of celebrities. An estimated 60 million people play bridge across the world and it is becoming increasingly popular, with younger players now joining in the action.  The International Pula Bridge Festival is now in its 52nd year and Croatian hospitality company Arenaturist, partly owned by PPHE Hotel Group, has many hotels and offers available for new and keen enthusiasts who wish to enter this renowned festival while enjoying the Istrian sunshine.

The festival welcomes over 100 teams, 270 pairs from over 40 countries with a number of direct flights into Pula available.  Accommodation is available in a number of Arenaturist properties through to the recently opened sea-front located Park Plaza Histria Pula.  Surrounded by history and beauty, Pula has many local delights to visit including the many gastro-wine tours on offer as well as the Roman amphitheatre, home to many musical and cultural performers including Tom Jones, Sting and Elton John.

Tournament entry costs from 15 EUROS per day with prizes available including cash prizes of 35,000 EUROS.   “The game for a lifetime” as it is known, encourages social interaction, is open to players of all standards and abilities.

Park Plaza Histria Pula is a contemporary resort in an unrivalled location, providing panoramic views of the Adriatic. The hotel boasts a brand new reception, lobby, restaurant, bar; cinema and conference centre holding 700 delegates, along with a spa and fitness area known as the comfort zone.  Each 368 rooms has WiFi, LCD TVs and air conditioning all included as standard.  

Arenaturist properties available for booking include the all-inclusive Hotel Park Plaza Histria Pula; right alongside the seafront and next to newly rebranded Park Plaza Verudela Pula.  Park Plaza Verudela Pula offers exceptional kids club facilities on-site, modern and well-equipped apartments and a newly opened sea-front located swimming pool.  Hotel Brioni Pula enjoys a superb location overlooking the Istrian Peninsula and guests can wander down to the seafront.

Verudela Beach houses a number of beach-front apartments which offer entertainment as well as the various shopping facilities of the nearby Park Plaza Verudela holiday resort.  Other hotels of choice include Splendid and Horizont – both ideal for groups and families offering self-catering facilities overlooking the Adriatic coast. 

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