Croatian National Tourist Board is presenting Croatia's tourist offer at the 26th MITT fair, which is being held in Moscow until March 14th. This is the largest tourist fair in the Russian Federation, which is among the top 5 tourist fairs in the world. Around 2000 companies and representatives of two hundred international tourist destinations are attending this year's fair, and it is expected that the fair will be visited by about 30,000 visitors. Within the Croatian stand, there are five co-exhibitors including Zagreb Tourist Board, Atlantis Travel, Istarski dvori 2, Lošinj Hotels & Villas and Croatia Yachting.
Among the numerous world delegations present at the MITT fair, there is also the Croatian government led by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism,Tonci Glavina and the Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office in Russia Rajko Ruzicka, who met with the most important partners on the Russian market on that occasion.
-Russia is a significant emission market for Croatia, which, among other things, it’s confirmed by the daily consumption of Russian tourists, which is by 50 percent higher than the average. It is important to continue good tourism cooperation and to strengthen our recognizability in this market. I am extremely pleased that the biggest Russian tour operators have recognized our ongoing work on quality improvement, and they have created additional offers for Croatia - Glavina said.
Director Ruzicka emphasized that on the basis of the first information and the 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.
-Positive growth in arrivals, which should be higher than 20 percent according to the announcements, except from Russia, is also expected from the Ukrainian market. This is the result of numerous promotional activities that we carry out during the year, with the greatest attention given to the presentation of health and nautical tourism, which are among the Russians most recognizable segments of our tourist offer - said Ruzicka.
This was also confirmed by representatives of TUI led by Mahmut Kansu, director of development of foreign markets. TUI announces a 20 percent increase of Russian guests, and are very pleased with the cooperation with Croatian hoteliers and the available capacities this year. The Croatian delegation also met with representatives of the tour operator PAKS, whose director and co-owner Vitaljy Cizikov announced a growth of 15 percent, and stressed that a significant part of their offer relates to the Croatian destinations.
-Russian tourists in Croatia spend most of their nights in Istria, Split-Dalmatia County and Kvarner. Our goal is not only the growth of tourist traffic, but also the positioning of the Croatian continental offer on this large and potent market - said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that during the last year there was more than 135 arrivals and over 932 thousand overnight stays by the Russian tourists.