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Russian tourist influx expected this year in Croatia

Written by  Mar 14, 2018

According to the latest news from the Russian tourist market, it seems that Croatia can expect a significant increase of Russian tourists in 2018.

The Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) is currently participating at the Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT), which is being held at Expocentre in Moscow from the 13th to the 15th of March 2018.

Apart from the HTZ as the main exhibitor, five more co-exhibitors are representing their offer at the fair such as the Zagreb Tourist Board, the National Park Plitvice Lakes, Lošinj Hotels & Villas, LifeClass Sv.Martin and Atlantis Travel.

Held annually, MITT is one of the top five travel exhibitions in the world and is highly valued by the international tourism community. The fair attracts more than 23,000 visitors and more than 1,900 companies from 187 countries and regions.

Rajko Ružička, the director of the HTZ branch office in Russia, emphasized that based on the first information and held meetings, it can be concluded that there is a great interest for Croatia, which is why the continuation of positive trends and the growth of tourist traffic is expected.

‘’The results of the early booking are very good and we expect the continuation of good arrangement sales that include Croatia. Earlier announced investments in Croatian tourism have great importance for the growth of tourist traffic especially in the segment of hotel accommodation which is highly sought after on the Russian market’’, concluded Ružička.

Considering the fact that airline connections are the key factor in the continuation of positive trends, air carriers such as S7, Aeroflot, Red Wings and the Croatian air carrier Croatia Airlines have already announced the introduction of new flights and confirmed operations on the existing ones between Russia and Croatia.

Last year, Russian tourists realized 133,000 arrivals and 955,000 overnight stays in Croatia or 12 percent more in arrivals and 10 percent more in overnight stays compared to 2016.

The year 2016 was a milestone for Croatia in terms of stopping the negative trends from the Russian market. The tourist growth, which was recorded last year, is expected to continue this year.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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