The introduction of direct flights between Warsaw and Dubrovnik this winter has opened up a new market both for locals looking to explore Poland and for Polish tourists seeking a weekend break on the Adriatic. Being one of the very few airlines with winter connections to the city LOT Airlines have a monopoly over the promotion of the lines and this was highlighted when a special business workshop was organised in Warsaw.
The Croatian Tourist Board's Representative Office in Warsaw, on Wednesday, 14th November, organized a business workshop for travel agencies and hotel and agency representatives from Croatia.
The opening speech was given by the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board for Poland, Agnieszka Puszczewicz, who expressed satisfaction with the strengthening of the link between Croatia and Poland and the increase of the number of Polish tourists in Croatia. On behalf of the Croatian Embassy in Poland, participants of the workshop were welcomed by Tihac Dabac-Golubić.
The airline's presentation was attended by a representative of LOT Polish Airlines, Agnieszka Cyganik Lucic, and presented the introduction of a new direct winter line Warsaw-Dubrovnik.
Sandra Milovčević, Tourist Communications Manager at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, presented the tourist offer of Dubrovnik and held an educational presentation with an emphasis on the Dubrovnik Winter Festival and the excellent connection between Dubrovnik and Warsaw during the winter with direct flights from LOT Polish Airlines.
The workshop was attended by 30 Polish travel agents and 15 Croatian hotel representatives and travel agencies. The following tourist companies were present from Dubrovnik: Hotel Rixos Libertas, Hilton Imperial Hotel, Valamar Riviera d.d. and the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik.
Poland is an interesting tourist market for Dubrovnik, especially in the winter period thanks to the introduction of flights from LOT. Dubrovnik and Warsaw are connected for the first time by direct flights four times a week during the winter months. LOT Polish Airlines has excellent air connections over Warsaw with many destinations in the Middle East, the Far East, the US and Canada, and this new direct line connects Dubrovnik not only with Poland but with the rest of the world.
In 2017, 13,906 Polish tourists visited Dubrovnik (14 percent more than in 2016) and realized 50,554 overnight stays (7 percent more than in the previous year). The presentation of Dubrovnik in Warsaw will surely contribute to the increase of tourist visits from the Polish market.