Reception to celebrate the introduction of the direct flights of American Airlines from Philadelphia (USA) to Dubrovnik was held at the residence of the US Ambassador W. Robert Kohorst for about 70 representatives of the tourism sector.
The US ambassador, Mr. Kohorst, welcomed and thanked the Minister of Tourism, Garri Cappelli, the director of the Dubrovnik Airport, Franko Luetic, and the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic. The ambassador emphasized many links between the United States and Croatia, and especially Dubrovnik, which is a very strong Croatian tourist brand on the American market.
Director of American Airlines for the EMEA area, Tom Lattig, expressed satisfaction with the business decision of the company to introduce a direct flight from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik, pointing out that American Airlines is the largest US airline company and that Philadelphia is the base, where more than four hundred aircrafts land daily and it is an excellent hub for this flight.
After many years of negotiations by the Dubrovnik Airport, this important line for Dubrovnik and Croatian tourism was confirmed.
The first flight is scheduled for June 7th 2019, and the rotation will take place three times a week by the end of September.
The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has started with a marketing campaign in the USA, in cooperation with American Airlines, and the duration of the campaign is from March to August. In the very end, in August, Dubrovnik will be on the cover of the American Way magazine. It was also agreed to record video that will be the main video during the month of August on all screens and social networks of the airline, after which it will remain in the video system on aircrafts for the next twelve months. The representatives of American Airlines discussed the organization of a joint announcement for the most significant US media and the organization of the arrival of the inaugural flight.
This seasonal line is just the beginning of excellent long-term cooperation.
In 2018, a total of 137 783 tourists from the United States visited Dubrovnik, or 24 percent more than in 2017, with 383 801 overnight stays, an increase of 20 percent compared to the previous year.