Croatia is among the most sought-after tourist destinations at the New York Times Travel Show in New York, according to the Croatian National Tourist Board, confirmed by the results of market research and the announcement of bookings by major tourism associations.
“The presentation of the Croatian tourist offer at the New York fair is of strategic importance especially if we know that the US market for Croatia represents one of the most important distant markets from which we get the largest tourist traffic. The continuation of American Airlines flights between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik will further stimulate US tourist traffic this year, and the ultimate goal we are intensively working on is stronger US-Croatia air connectivity," said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristijan Stanicic.
He noted that 655,000 Americans visited Croatia in 2019 and achieved more than 1.8 million overnight stays, which represents an annual increase of 12 percent.
Croatian delegation in New York - Photo HTZ
Otherwise, major trends in Americans' travel last year are multi-generational travel, discovering new destinations and authentic experiences, or "Live Like A Local" experience, "transformational" travel, responsible tourism, active tourism, and cruises. Americans in Croatia especially love visits to natural and cultural attractions with a focus on UNESCO sites, nautical tourism, active holidays, and especially visits to locations where the famous HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed, as well as one-of-a-kind gastronomic experiences. The most visited cities in Croatia by American tourists are Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb.
The New York Times Travel Show is visited by more than 35,000 visitors who view the offer of more than 700 exhibitors from 175 countries around the world, making this fair the largest tourism fair in North America. And with more flights from America expected this year in Dubrovnik, with American Airlines announcing a daily service to the city, even more US tourists will be welcomed this year. American tourists in 2019 were the second most numerous in terms of nationality.