Croatia tourism saw a record 20 million people visited the Adriatic Sea country this year.
The Ministry of Tourism said Friday in a statement this is the first time that so many arrivals have been recorded in one year in Croatia.
Croatia is a popular tourism destination because of its stunning Adriatic Sea coast and dozens of islands. Croatia’s coastal resorts are routinely packed during the summer season.
The ministry statement says tourism in Croatia has “flourished” in the past several years. It says the most popular destinations include the walled ancient city of Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec and Medulin on the northern Istria peninsula, as well as the central coastal town of Split.
Croatia became a member of the European Union in 2013.
Croatia tourism and economy promoted at China International Import Expo
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) and Croatian National Tourism Board (HTZ) on Thursday, presented Croatia’s economy and tourism at the Chinese international import expo, which is being held in Shanghai from November 5 to 10.
This is the 2nd edition of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) with more than 150,000 Chinese and foreign buyers and exhibitors from more than 100 countries and Croatia is participating in the expo with its “Croatia Day” exhibition which has enabled numerous contacts between Croatian companies and Chinese partners, HGK and HTZ informed on Thursday.
According to China’s national tourist board, 200 million Chinese residents are expected to travel abroad in 2020 and HTZ expects the number of tourists coming to Europe and Croatia to increase too.
He added that this year 483 Chinese tourist agents completed internet courses on Croatia’s culture, nature, gastronomy and adventure tourism.
The year 2020 will be a watershed for Croatian tourism because of a reform of the system, Croatia’s Council of the EU presidency and participation in Expo Dubai, the state secretary at the Tourism Ministry, Tonci Glavina, said at a Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) meeting earlier in the week.