''You all have a big role in the promotion of our country. Beautiful stories and personal experiences are the best recommendation for those who haven't discovered the beauties of Croatia yet'', the Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli thanked foreign diplomats at a reception that was attended by fifty ambassadors, consuls and other diplomatic personnel.
On this occasion, Cappelli also revealed his ambition for Croatia to be among TOP 20 tourist countries in the world by 2020, and emphasized the good start of this tourist year, with 15 percent more overnight stays than in the same period in 2016.
''We expect an increase of 20 percent; April will be extremely busy due to Easter holidays. The new season is beginning, planes are landing at Dubrovnik and Zagreb Airports...’’, said Cappelli who is expecting the latest data to confirm that the tourism industry in Croatia in 2016 earned 9,5 billion Euros.
The fact that Croatia is a safe destination was confirmed by Mate Granic, the envoy and special adviser of the Croatian president, who reminded that Croatia was one of the most safest countries in the world and that the country ''in the light of threatening migrant crisis cooperates very well with its neighbours and the EU countries in overcoming this challenge''.
Many foreign diplomats have already got to know the tourist aspect of Croatia. For example, the Japanese ambassador to Croatia Keiji Takiguchi noted that more and more of his fellow citizens were recognizing Croatia as an attractive tourist destination.
''I have already visited the regions of Zadar, Split and, of course, Dubrovnik. I am very impressed with nature and the country's rich historical heritage'', commented Takiguchi.