On the second day of his official visit to Russia, the Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli participated in a meeting of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) and Russian Travel Agencies (ATOR), where he also met with Alla Manilova, the deputy Minister of Culture in Russia, in charge of tourism.
During the meeting, Cappelli presented the status of tourism in Croatia in 2017, with an emphasis on health tourism and investments in the tourism sector as a significant contribution to the further strengthening of Croatia's tourist offer and services in the country.
On this occasion, Maja Lomidze, the director of ATOR also participated in the meeting as well as representatives of TUI Russia, Coral, Paks, and Russian Express who presented booking figures and interest in Croatia for 2017 to the Croatian Minister Gari Cappelli. Most tour operators have recorded an increase of early bookings by 20 to 35 percent for Croatia this year, and praised the excellent cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) in Moscow. They also pointed out that one of the competitive advantages of Croatia is that it is perceived as a safe destination.
Furthermore, the Tourism Minister Cappelli informed the representatives of the tour operators about new investments in the Croatian tourism industry, emphasizing the development of year-round tourism and stronger support to tour operators who bring tourists in the off-season period.
According to data, Russian tourists achieved 119,700 arrivals (+7%) and 879,100 overnight stays in 2016, most of which were realized in hotels and household facilities. The most visited Croatia’s counties by Russians were the Istria County (328,700), the Split-Dalmatia County (192,000) and the Primorje-Gorje County (102,000), whilst the most popular cities were Porec, Umag, Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Opatija.