WTM 2015: 'This is the biggest year for Croatia', claims tourism chief

WTM 2015: 'This is the biggest year for Croatia', claims tourism chief

Tourism in Croatia shows no signs of slowing down, with visitor numbers reaching record levels.

During the first nine months of 2015, there were 75.7m overnight stays and 13.1m arrivals, exceeding tourist figures for the entire year of 2014.

Director of the Croatian National Tourist Office, Tonko Rilovic, said: “This is the biggest year for Croatia and one of the biggest for the region. In particular, Istria is doing very well.”

Asked if the refugee crisis had any impact on the industry, he said: “There have been no negative effects on tourism in Croatia. When it started there were some questions but so far there has been no effect at all.”

Rilovic said they would be targeting tourists from large catchment areas for 2016, including London and Manchester.

Jet2 will be introducing two more flights from Manchester to Pula and Dubrovnik for 2016 and easyJet will launch two more routes from Bristol to Dubrovnik, while more than €331m is being invested in a new terminal at Zagreb International Airport due to open in March 2017.

New promotional material will be available for the trade in mid-January, including new logos and videos for each region.

More fam trips are also planned but no dates have been confirmed.

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