More Chinese Tourists to Visit Croatia

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Chinese tour operators say they will bring more tourists to Croatia.

Representatives of the leading Chinese tour operators, who have visited Croatia in recent days, said that more Chinese tourists would soon start arriving in Croatia, announced the Atlas travel agency, reports N1 on October 24, 2017.

“There are more and more Chinese tourists in Croatia. In the first eight months of this year, their number was the same as in the whole of last year. Globally, there are more tourists from China than from any other country, they spend around 750 euros per trip on average, and their main motive is to visit natural phenomena and cultural landmarks,” explained Atlas, which organized the visit of its Chinese partners, together with the support of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) and the local tourist boards of Zagreb, Istria and Split.

The Chinese tour operators said that direct flights between Zagreb and Dubai had opened new opportunities for growth in the number of arrivals from the Chinese market, with the year-round Emirates service on that route being especially important.

“For example, trips from Shanghai and Beijing are now available with just one change of flights in Dubai, which is an opportunity that many tourists have already used this year, so it is no surprise that Chinese tourists are coming to Croatia this year in numbers which are about 50 percent higher than last year,” announced the Atlas travel agency.

The Representatives of Chinese tour operators visited the tourist attractions of Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Istria and Split.

First deals have already been made so the first group of tourists from China, as a result of this visit, is expected to arrive as early in December, according to Atlas.

Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli also met with the Chinese tour operators. They told him there was a great interest in China for visiting Croatia and that Croatia needed to be promoted more intensively in the Chinese market. Cappelli said he hoped that the HTZ branch office in Beijing would be opened soon.

By 20 October, more than 143,000 Chinese tourists have visited Croatia, realising more than 213,000 overnight stays, which is 57 percent more arrivals and 49 percent more overnight stays than last year. Among the destinations in Croatia, they mostly visit Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Translated from N1.


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