This year, the Croatian National Tourist Board organized a presentation of the all of the best of the country as a tourist destination at the prestigious New York Times Travel Show, which was being held in New York from the 25th to the 27th of January. More than 560 exhibitors attended this leading travel fair, including 170 representatives of national tourism organizations from all over the world and more than 30,000 potential travellers and representatives of the tourism sector. The Croatian stand was also visited by the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, and various other tourist boards took part in the event including the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
"In the US market, Croatia is among the top five emerging destinations, which confirms the strong growth of tourist traffic from the United States over the last few years. The information we have received from all our partners points to another excellent tourist year. Namely, certain projections show a rise in US market turnover this year at a rate of between 15 to 20 percent, " commented Staničić. Adding that last year Croatia received more than 580,000 tourist arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays from the USA, which was a massive 22 percent increase in tourist arrivals compared to 2017.
Due to the favourable economic situation in the US more travellers are expected to arrive in Europe this year. And Croatia, which for the first time in years will have direct flights from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik, is extremely interesting on the US market. The growing populartity can be seen in the fact the Croatia has recently won three prestigious Travvy Awards. There have also been numerous travel reports in the various publications, from the New York Times to specialised travel magazines.
"The Affluent Traveller Collection (ATC) results show that Croatia, along with Island, South Africa, Japan and Italy, is on the list of the most desirable destinations in 2019. Studies among USTOA members, however, indicate that our country, along with Island, Cambodia, Colombia, Vietnam, Portugal, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burma and Ethiopia is on the list of the fastest growing destinations, "said the director Croatian National Tourist Board in New York, Ina Rodin.