China and Croatia have in recent years moved ever closer, with links in business, tourism and investment and now it seem that these links could become even closer with direct flights in the pipeline. Speaking to the specialised website, EX-YU Aviation, a Chinese businesswoman, who is currently purchasing a hotel in northern Croatia, stated that flights between the two countries would start in earnest soon.
Yu Jiang said at a press conference on the occasion of the purchase of Hotel Zagorje in Kurovec that “One of the issues for Chinese tourists is that they have to transfer through other airports in order to get to Croatia. We are currently negotiating with several airlines over the introduction of nonstop services from China to Croatia. We have six carriers that are interested and I believe that we will be able to announce the first nonstop flights between our two countries very soon."
In 2018 almost 234,000 Chinese tourists visited Croatia, an impressive increase of 47 percent over 2017. Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes, Zagreb and Split are all on the radar for Chinese tourists who tend to enjoy a tour of the country as opposed to being fixed in one destination.