He said it was very hard to make any forecasts right now considering the Ukraine crisis and its impact on present and future tourism trends. “Unless the situation in Ukraine stabilizes soon, it is realistic to expect that the crisis will start to spill over to countries in its immediate vicinity and then to the rest of Europe,” he added.
Staničić said that this year Croatia could hardly count on visitors from remote markets, such as the United States, Canada, and China, who see Europe as a single destination. On the other hand, Croatia could benefit from the fact that it is primarily a car destination, easily accessible by road, which in the present circumstances is a comparative advantage.
Staničić relayed today’s statement by the European Travel Commission, of which he is vice-president, in which the representatives of national travel organizations condemned the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
“ETC strongly condemns this violation of international law and calls for all parties to work towards a peaceful resolution,” Staničić said, adding that all ETC members and partners were called upon to help by providing transport, shelter, and food to those in need.
ETC believes that the conflict will have a negative impact on the travel and tourism sectors in European countries, which are slowly beginning to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Staničić said.
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