On the occasion of marking Croatian Statehood Day, Niagara Falls was lit up in the colours of Croatia for the first time in history, twice during the evening of May 29.
“A beautiful night illumination in red, white and blue lasted from 9:00pm to 9:15pm and again from 10:00pm to 10:15pm American time, which in Croatian time falls on the Statehood Day itself, on May 30 in the early morning hours. The Croatian National Tourist Board broadcast this unique experience via live streaming on its social networks Croatia Full of Life, which is followed by millions of audiences around the world,” reported the Croatian National Tourist Board.
This attractive event, which will further draw attention to Croatia as a desirable tourist destination and certainly on the radar of Americans this year, was realized at the initiative of the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in New York with the support and engagement of the Croatian Tourist Board.
The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States Pjer Šimunović, the Mayor of Niagara Falls Robert Restaino, the Military Envoy of the Republic of Croatia to the United States Brigadier General Tomislav Galić, the Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Los Angeles Renee Pea, the Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Chicago Sanja Laković, pastor of the Croatian Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Bistrica, Lackawan, New York Rev. Christopher Ćorić and other members of the Croatian community from the state of New York.
"This special event is important in promoting our country as an attractive tourist destination in the US market. The interest of Americans in our destinations is growing from year to year, which is confirmed by the two newly introduced direct flights that connect Dubrovnik and New York this season, which connects us to the United States better than ever before. We have achieved more than 80,000 overnight stays from this market so far this year, and numerous announcements from our partners suggest that good trends from the US market will continue in the coming period", concluded CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić.