Virtuoso, the leading organisation of the travel organisers in the segment of luxury tourism published their list of the nominees for the 2019 Virtuoso Awards.
On the list are the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ), along with the tourist boards of Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand and Slovenia. The winner will be announced on August 12th 2019, during Virtuoso Travel Week, one of the most significant tourism-business related events on the American continent. Virtuoso is the network of the best American tourist agencies dedicated to luxury travel. It includes over 17.500 advisers from all over the world, and more than 1700 partners including high-end hotels and resorts, tourist agencies, airlines etc. Their guiding principle is to provide carefully planned and unforgettable travel to their customers.
“Each nomination we get, and which is a result of the high quality of our work, makes us happy. Especially when it comes from such a renowned organisation such as Virtuoso. It’s a recognition of the work done by all of the people working at HTZ, but also by all of the tourist workers in Croatia. It also confirms the excellent positioning of Croatia on the large market of the United States.
Each year, the number of visitors from the US is increasing, and we expect an even more significant growth with the establishment of the direct Philadelphia – Dubrovnik route”, Kristjan Staničić, HTZ’s director said, adding that Croatia will be even more visible on the American market, when the second Stateside office of the Croatian Tourist Board opens in Los Angeles.
Croatia is among the top fastest-growing destinations on the American market: in 2018 Croatia received 585 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays from the US, which represented around 20% growth compared to 2017. The positive trend has been maintained this year, too, with the growth in the early months at around 14% compared to the same period last year. That makes the US market the biggest far emissive market for Croatia.