Friday, 22 March 2019

"First Results Show that Croatian Preseason Will be Good"

T.portal reports on March 22, 2019, that Croatia is currently recording 14 percent more tourists and about seven percent more overnight stays than in the same period last year. The first results show that the Croatian preseason will be good and that we are preparing for a quality tourist year, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli pointed out in Vinkovci on Friday.

"I think we are prepared for a quality tourist year, and we expect figures equal to last year's or one to two percent growth,” Cappelli said about preparing for the upcoming season at a meeting with representatives of the tourism and related sectors.

Cappelli also said that even though tourism is returning to some countries in the Mediterranean, such as Turkey, Tunisia, and others, Croatian tourism will not be jeopardized, and that late bookings this year is noticeable for all tourist countries.

The tourism minister emphasized that this year, more attention is paid to tourism in the continental part of the country, especially in Slavonia where the Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in the autumn.

"When it comes to the Slavonia project, the first assessment says that we will invest 575 million kuna in tourism projects in five Slavonian counties. Nineteen million euro was also given for the tourist development of Slavonia from European funds and the first grant from these sources was already allocated,” Cappelli said.

The director of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ), Kristjan Staničić, pointed out that HTZ approved an additional 10 million kuna for the promotion and marketing in 12 markets.

“As part of its activities, HTZ is also conducting the promotion of continental tourism, and in Vinkovci, we are coordinating with the Slavonia cluster, in which there are five Slavonian counties. It was agreed, among other things, to create a new tourist brochure, fair appearances and joint campaigns for the pre and postseason,” Staničić said, adding that a strategy for the development of tourism in Slavonia will also be worked out.

According to all surveys, security is the second most crucial factor in the selection of a tourist destination, said Deputy Chief of Police Željko Prša in Vinkovci.

He also assessed that last year's security in Croatia was high and reminded that the MUP formed the Headquarters for the implementation of security measures in Zadar, which coordinated all activities with competent bodies and services.

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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Croatia Declared Best Business Tourism Destination

The Business Destinations magazine from Britain has selected Croatia as the best destination for business tourism in 2018. The Croatian National Tourist Board has won this award in the Europe category, which also awarded prizes for the best hotels, airports, airline companies, facilities and services that are part of the top-level offer of the business travel industry, reports Jutarnji List on March 21, 2019.

“This award is even more important for us because the nomination and selection of winners are carried out by the editorial board of the magazine together with their numerous readers and business service users from around the world. Namely, business tourism is an important tourist product since individual and group business guests represent a stable source of demand, which is, depending on trends, the most significant in the pre-season and post-season periods of the year. Also, surveys among hotel management show that business guests make up between 10 and 15 per cent of all hotel guests," said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the congress department was created last year within the Croatian National Tourist Board in order to further strengthen and develop the MICE tourism segment

The Croatian National Tourist Board is carrying out a series of activities aimed at promoting business tourism, such as marketing campaigns and participation at the most important specialised congress exchanges, such as IMEX Frankfurt, IMEX America, IBTM Barcelona and CONVENTA Ljubljana.

Business Destinations is a travel magazine and an online portal for business travellers, as well as for all employees working in the business travel industry. Combining interesting content, attractive photos and powerful networking among business entities, the magazine has positioned itself as a critical source of information and inspiration for business travel by covering a wide range of topics, from exclusive hotels, resorts and conference destinations to luxurious products and services.

Translated from Jutarnji List.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Tourism Development Strategy for Imotski Region Presented

On Monday, the Tourism Development Strategy of the Imotski region was presented until 2025, whose implementation should provide essential prerequisites to advance the region in tourism and open the entire area to even more segments of tourism demand, reports Dalmacija Danas on March 11, 2019. 

The presentation of this Strategy was attended by the Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli, Croatian National Tourist Board Director Kristjan Staničić, County Prefect Blaženko Boban and Mayor of Imotski and president of TZ Imota Ivan Budalić. The Strategy was developed by the Institute for Tourism for the Tourist Board of Imota, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board. On this occasion, the fundamental guidelines and goals were presented by the Director of the Institute for Tourism Dr. Damir Krešić and the project leader Ivo Kunst.

“Over the past years, the Imotski region has made great strides in the development of tourism products and promoting the offer. To fully valorize the whole region, and strengthen the brand and its recognition, the first steps were made through merging all the municipalities and the city of Imotski into the Tourist Board of Imota. This Strategy represents a new chapter for the entire Imotski region and gives clear guidelines to valorize all the richness of natural and cultural heritage fully and, in addition to creating new offers, stimulates not only tourism development but also the overall economic development of this area. Sustainability, responsibility and human capital are crucial for our tourism, as well as systematic long-term management following destination management, which we provide with a new legal framework,” Minister Cappelli pointed out during the presentation.

“I am pleased that today, a year after the establishment of the Imota Tourist Board, we present the Tourism Development Strategy for this area, which created all the preconditions for the complete implementation of marketing and other activities that will aim to have an even stronger market positioning of the Imotski region. Namely, this is a true example of destination management that served as an example and additional confirmation of the importance of the unification and joint actions with other colleagues in the area. Such a model of cooperation provides even better promotional effects, greater visibility and more systematic development of tourist infrastructure, taking into account sustainable development,” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.

The prefect of Split-Dalmatia County, Blaženko Boban, pointed out that the Imotski region is a pioneer in merging the tourist boards and hopes that all stakeholders will actively work on implementing guidelines and measures emphasized as crucial for further development, and strengthen the recognition of the Imotski region as a destination, which will contribute to the overall economic and demographic growth of this area.

This strategy will serve as a basic regulatory framework for the coordination and management of the activities of various economic entities, public sector institutions and all other stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in developing and improving the quality of the overall tourism product of this area until 2025. In this regard, and taking into account not only the need for enhancing the commercialization of the available natural heritage, ensuring its long-term sustainable use, but also the permanent preservation of material and non-material cultural heritage, the optimal use of available development space and strengthening the potential of this area for the development of sustainable and green tourism, the most important goal of this document is definitely the continuous increase in the quality of life of all inhabitants of the Imotski region.

Key objectives will thus include establishing a common vision, objectives, and concept of tourism development; creating a well-designed, market-recognized, diversified, but also complementary system of tourist experiences; identifying a number of priority development-investment and/or business-management projects in the private and public sector, through market (re) positioning of the entire project area on the tourism market in the function of strengthening its market recognition and desirability.

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

HTZ Launches First 2019 Preseason Marketing Campaign in 12 European Markets

The Croatian National Tourist Board, or HTZ, launched the first marketing campaign to promote this year's preseason in twelve European markets, reports HRTurizam on March 4, 2019. 

The target countries of this campaign are Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland. The campaign will be conducted on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as in the form of an advertising display, until April 15th.

"This year we continue to implement activities that significantly contribute to further positioning Croatia as a year-round tourist destination. In this sense, we are also conducting this marketing campaign for the promotion of the preseason in 12 key markets, specifically promoting nautical tourism, active tourism, culture, wine and gastronomy, and natural beauty. Namely, these are the products that represent the main motive for the arrival of tourists in the periods before the season,” said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian Tourist Board.


According to the Croatian National Tourist Board, they recently completed their first campaign this year, which was carried out in five important markets - Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Spain. The primary goal of this campaign was to raise Croatia's recognition as an attractive tourist destination, as well as to strengthen the national tourist brand.

During 2019, the Croatian National Tourist Board will carry out four major promotional campaigns as well as two promotion campaigns for both these two brand campaigns. The primary goal of these promotional campaigns is, among other things, a positive impact on tourism traffic, which in the previous year accounts for more than 525,000 arrivals and 1.4 million overnights, i.e., an increase of 11 percent in arrivals and 6 percent in overnights compared to the same period last year.

Croatia's Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Croatian National Tourist Board director Kristjan Staničić will be in Berlin for the ITB this week with around 30 other Croatian companies and tourist boards. 

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Croatia Hoping German Tourists Will Not Abandon It

ZAGREB, March 4, 2019 - Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli and the director of the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) Kristjan Staničić have said before departing to Berlin for the ITB travel trade show that they expect a similar number of German tourists this year, that is about three million, as in 2018.

The ITB Berlin, which takes place in the German capital from 6 to 10 March, brings together over 10,000 exhibitors from 190 countries, including Croatia.

The HTZ stand comprises 23 exhibitors – companies and local HTZ offices – and Staničić has said that the tourist statistical data in the first two months give rise to optimism.

Thus, in January and February, the e-visitor system registered 485,000 tourist arrivals in Croatia, which was 9% more compared to the corresponding period in 2018. The overnight stays rose 4% to 1.3 million.

Although at the global level a rise in the tourist industry is expected, some of the regions have more cautious forecasts ahead of the ITB Berlin show than in the past few years.

Such caution has been prompted by deceleration in bookings for the summer season, notably in Mediterranean destinations.

For instance, Spain and Portugal have experienced a decline in bookings, whereas in Croatia a slowed down rate of bookings has been noticed.

In this context, Minister Cappelli has called for patience. "I know that there is some nervousness due to deceleration in bookings on foreign markets. However, we should be patient and be recognisable on markets by quality without lowering prices," he said.

Deceleration in bookings is also due to the fact that there are now more capacities on the market than two or three years ago when migrants and political crises were in Turkey, Greece, Egypt and other north African countries, which are now more stable and tourists have now more options to choose, the minister says. He also believes that last-minute booking will be more pronounced this year.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Will Reduced Bookings Force Price Corrections in Croatian Tourism?

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli and the director of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) Kristjan Staničić, ahead of this week's ITB Berlin, pointed out that they expect a similar number of German tourists as last year, or about 3 million, and that despite somewhat slowed early bookings, they believe in a good overall annual result in Croatian tourism, reports on March 4, 2019. 

The largest international travel trade show ITB Berlin, which will be held from March 6 to 10, will gather more than 10,000 exhibitors from around 190 countries, including Croatia, whose tourist offer will be presented to a business audience from the German and other markets by the HTZ and more than 30 tourist companies and communities.

Hundreds of Croatian tourism professionals traditionally present at the ITB, who will negotiate concrete business deals with partners and hear about current trends in business and market interest for the tourist offer.

And while there should be international growth in tourist travel this year, for some regions, unlike the last two or three years, announcements ahead of this ITB are somewhat more cautious, with slower or smaller bookings for the coming months and summer, especially in the Mediterranean, which is one of the most visited tourist regions in the world.

For example, Spain, one of the strongest tourist countries in the world, recorded a decline in bookings in the first months of this year compared to the same period last year, especially from the British market, with Portugal and some other countries in the minus, while Croatia has also slowed down.

On the other hand, Turkey is pushing a great offer, has a price advantage and is investing in marketing, similar to Greece, Egypt and other countries in North Africa, who are seeking to attract as many tourists as possible since they lost them in the last two or three years due to political and other instability. 

"I know that there is anxiety because foreign markets are slower, but we need to be patient and impose quality without lowering prices, which I am against. Slower bookings are happening because now there is a lot more capacity on the market than two or three years ago when there was migrant and political turmoil in Turkey, Greece, Egypt and other countries in North Africa, which are now more stable, so tourists have more places to choose from and it is certain that this year there will be more prominent 'last minute' bookings, that is, they will wait for more favorable prices,” said Cappelli.

He is aware that those in the tourism sector are a bit nervous, but that the market will do its part. Nevertheless, Cappelli advises the sector to listen carefully to the market in the next two to three weeks, and then decide whether it is necessary to react with price corrections or other measures.

Cappelli also says that there is no panic from the big hotel houses, for the time being, and that summer bookings are now similar to last year, with slightly better pre-season bookings, which the Minister points out as more important, because “the peak season will work out last minute and come to the previous level, and there should be no problem here.”

"The ITB will show a lot, especially from the German market, for which we have already taken additional activities and investments in marketing actions. We anticipated 2.5 million kuna, which is the most for a particular market from the total, recently additionally allocated 10 million kuna for promotion from the HTZ budget for all markets. We expect Germany to keep the same figures as in 2018, and this can be confirmed by previous talks and information from our German partners, who said that Germany would not be reducing the number of trips this year,” says Cappelli.

Both Cappelli and Staničić recalled that Germany is still the most critical market for Croatian tourism, which in a certain way signals to many and what they should do.

“After the ITB, we will have clearer information about the status of bookings from the German market, from which almost 3 million tourists visited us last year. To further boost bookings and attract German tourists to Croatia, there is a large campaign on the 11 most popular German TV channels, and at the beginning of March, a pre-season campaign on 12 markets with an emphasis on the promotion of cultural, active tourism and eno-gastronomy,” Staničić.

At ITB, they will meet with representatives of numerous partners, such as TUI, FTI, Condor, British Airways, Eurowings, Jet2 and others, as well as representatives of the National Tourism Organization of Albania, and participate in the international the manifestation of the Danube countries “Donavausalon”, which this year Croatia is a partner country.

"At the HTZ booth at ITB we will have 23 co-exhibitors/companies and tourist boards, and we believe in a great presentation, as we believe that this tourist year will show good results. This optimism is thanks to the first two months of this year, where according to eVisitor, almost 485,000 tourists visited Croatia, which is 9 percent more than the same period in 2018. An increase of 4 percent was also recorded with 1.3 million overnight stays,” Staničić concluded. 

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Friday, 22 February 2019

Is Continental Tourism Croatia's Future? Zagreb and Slavonia Presented

The stand of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) with its 24 exhibitors is the largest at this year's Munich Tourism Fair, with the tourism potential of both Zagreb and Slavonia having special emphasis placed on them. Gari Cappelli believes that continental tourism is the future for Croatia's tourism offer.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 21st of February, 2019, through the variety of Croatian snacks prepared by famous Croatian chefs, master chef Branko Ognjenović and the chef of the Croatian football team, Tomica Đukić, numerous visitors to the International Tourism Fair 2019 - which, as we reported recently, is being held in Munich, Germany, from the 20th to the 24th of February this year, had the opportunity to get better acquainted with the gastronomic offer of Slavonia and the City of Zagreb yesterday at the stand of the Croatian Tourist Board.

The Slavonian gastro scene showcased Ilok cellars (Iločki podrumi), Kutjevo, Belje, Brzica and Feravino. The promotion of Croatian tourism also includes some of the legends of FC Bayern - Slavonia native Ivica Olić, Giovani Elber, and Andreas Jung.

The tourist fair is otherwise the largest and most visited tourist fair in Bavaria, stretching to over 88,000 square metres, and this year, boasting as many as 1,300 exhibitors from 70 countries across the world, it is bigger than ever before.

The Croatian Tourist Board's stand, with its 24 exhibitors, was the biggest at the fair. Unlike in previous years when Croatia promoted its popular destinations on the coast mostly, this year the often overlooked Croatian continent, more specifically the capital of Zagreb and the Eastern region of Slavonia, which both have a lot to offer to tourists, are taking the limelight. The promotion of Slavonia as a desirable tourist destination is an excellent move for the Days of Croatian Tourism, which is set to be held on 4th to 9th October in the Slavonian region of Osijek.

Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, and Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristijan Stančić participated in the presentation of the Croatian tourist offer along with the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, Martina Bienefeld, Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić and the domestic manager of the tour operator for Croatia, Selimir Ognjenović.

''Of the three million tourists coming to Croatia from Germany, 1.2 million of them come from Bavaria. So I can say that the Munich Fair is always some sort of indication for us to know what's going to happen this year in regard to tourism. The Germans are the type who appreciate the quality of Croatian tourism, because when those three million tourists return home to Germany, there's a lot to talk about.

Interestingly, we're not presenting the coast but the continent, because I think that's the future through health tourism, special forms of tourism, hunting, fishing, cyclotourism...'' Gari Capelli told Poslovni Dnevnik.

Nera Miličić, head of HTZ in Germany, says that there is a sense of pride in announcing the expansion of the Croatian tourist offer with "The most beautiful Croatian tourist secret" - Slavonia, and the triple winner of the most beautiful European advent - the Croatian capital city of Zagreb.

''We're especially delighted to have organised the largest presentation of the Croatian continent in Bavaria with our partners so far,'' noted Miličić.

''Given that for Croatian tourism, Germany is the emitive market from which we have the largest tourist turnover, we've created a rich and original event program at the Croatian stand that is attracting the attention of numerous visitors.

This is also the confirmation of a well-founded cooperation with FC Bayern Munich which gives us additional promotional value on the Bavarian market, where every other German tourist comes to us from,'' commented HTZ director Kristjan Staničić.

As a tourist destination, Croatia is a serious competitor on the German market. During these times of major changes, an increase in the amount of airline passengers from Germany to Croatia has been recorded, which has positioned Croatia among the most competitive destinations, alongside Spain, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Egypt and Tunisia, countries which many tourists seeking package deals are usually attracted to.

Although Croatia was otherwise perceived as a destination to drive to from Germany, through the country's camping and private accommodation offer, it has also entered into the package holiday segment (hotel, transfer, flight) which is sold through a tour operator network. All in all, the interest of German tourists for Croatia remains very high indeed.

Numerous tour operators are continuing to expand their programs, smaller operators have begun ''selling'' Croatia, and some airlines are continuing to announce new lines.

The Germans are still in the leading position when it comes to the number of overnight stays realised by foreign tourists in the Republic of Croatia. In addition, the largest number of tourists from Germany come from the regions of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bavaria, and Baden-Württemberg. However, the Germans typically enjoy more family oriented holidays, often bypassing potentially more ''specialised'' types of tourism on offer.

Therefore, the presence of Croatia's more specialised tourist offers at such fairs is crucial to boost the awareness of German tourists to the country's more numerous tourist offers, and in particular to awaken tour operators to Croatia's more luxurious package of arrangements,'' stated Dragan Kovačević, Vice President of Agriculture and Tourism at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), who is also representing Croatia's tourist offer in Munich.

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Monday, 11 February 2019

K. Staničić, Director of Croatian Tourism Board about 2019 Tourist Season

Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian Tourist Board, gave a lengthy interview to Globus weekly, about the prospects for the 2019 tourist season, interest thus far, rise of the competitors etc. We'll translate the most interesting highlights from the interview.

He starts off by saying that the numbers from the fairs that were held so far are comparable to last year's, but that it's still too early in the year to be making projections. Situation is optimistic, but now is the time to take promotional activities up one notch, in order to secure succesfull year. Croatia's visibility on foreign markets is continually rising as well, as the activities undertaken in that direction have shown results. The journalist asks Mr. Staničić about the first numbers for the 2019 tourist season on the German market, which are supposedly not too optimistic. Mr. Staničić, however, says that the numbers are very preliminary and that there's no reason for concern about the largest Croatian tourist market. He adds that there are no surprises on any other major markets either.

Asked about the destinations that have been making a comeback in the past two years, such as Turkey, Greece, countries in Northern Africa, the director says that their come-back is noticeable, because of the large investment into promotion, as well as the very low prices they are promoting. Croatian response to that needs to be in the further increase of the quality of our tourist offering, and insisting on the fact that the value for money is still amazing in Croatia. Comparing Turkish tourist strategy to Croatian, he says that in Turkey the guest is much more within resorts, with all inclusive deals, while in Croatia the tourists are much more in touch with the local folks and their authenticity.

He discussed markets that are a bit further from Croatia, saying that the guests from the far East, the US, Canada and Australia are very important, as they are less oriented towards the summer, sun and the beach; rather they enjoy pre- and post-season, which is very important for Croatia. He talks about the importance of attracting larger number of tourists arriving by plane, so he welcomes Ryanair's increased presence in Croatian airports. 



Saturday, 26 January 2019

Croatian Tourism Board Wins Award for Best Video at Madrid Travel Show

ZAGREB, January 26, 2019 - The Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) won an award for best promotional video in competition with 58 videos presented by 11 countries at the Fitur international travel show in Madrid on Friday, the HTZ said.

The video "Croatia, Full of Life" was promoted on the Spanish market under the title Los Embajadores del Turismo Croata, or Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism. It features footballers Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić, Mario Mandžukić, Dejan Lovren and Mateo Kovačić, tennis player Marin Ćilić, basketball player Dario Šarić, painist Maksim Mrvica and the duo 2Cellos.

The Grand Prix Fitur Award was accepted by Viviana Vukelić, head of the HTZ office in Italy, which covers Spain. The award was presented for the first time.

Awards were given in other categories as well, and the videos "We Love Zagreb" and "Dubrovnik Riviera" were shortlisted.

The Fitur fair is one of the largest travel shows in Europe. It opened on Wednesday and closes on Sunday evening. Eight Croatian tourism companies and travel agencies are present at this year's exhibition.

The number of Spanish tourists visiting Croatia increased by 14% in 2018 from the previous year, and their number is expected to continue to grow thanks to new flight services between the two countries and the popularity of Croatia after its national football team reached the World Cup finals in Russia last year.

Croatian destinations are becoming increasingly attractive to Spaniards, and all year round, the HTZ said. Last year, 290,000 Spanish tourists visited Croatia, up 14% over 2017, generating 641,000 bed-nights, which is an increase of 13%.

One of the reasons for the growth are flight services, as five airlines fly between the two countries - Croatia Airlines, Iberia, Iberia Express, Vueling and Norwegian Air.

"We expect a further increase in the number of tourists from the Spanish market, and not just Spaniards, but also visitors from Portugal and Latin America," said Jelena Babić of the Zagreb-based travel agency Abacus Tours.

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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Croatia Wins Big at Travvy Awards in New York City

Croatia and Croatian tourism have been awarded at the prestigious American travel awards, the ‘Travvy Awards’, held at Gotham Hall in New York City. 

Namely, Croatia won the silver in the category of the best European destination and bronze in the category of the world's best destination, while the Croatian National Tourist Board won the silver in the category of the best European tourist organization, HTZ reported on January 24, 2019. 

The awards were accepted by Croatian National Tourist Board Director, Kristjan Staničić.

“What the Academy Awards are for film and the film industry the Travvy Awards are in the world of tourism industry! This is exceptional news for the entire Croatian tourism sector as it is confirmation of the popularity and the excellent position our country enjoys on this extremely large and important market that is not easy to win. The awards belong to all Croatian tourists who, with much effort and love from year to year, raise the quality of services and content of Croatian tourism. I am particularly proud of the silver in the category of the best European tourist organization because this award confirms that the Croatian National Tourist Board is carrying out creative and innovative promotional activities recognized by American professionals. Namely, acknowledgments are even more important when you consider the fact that they are granted solely on the basis of the votes of US tour operators and travel agents, that is, by the profession. Our goal is to further strengthen Croatia's market position through the implementation of key promotional activities which will ensure the retention of the growth trends from America, which is the market where we have the largest tourist turnover when it comes to far-away countries,” said Staničić at the awards ceremony.


Marijana Marinović

In the category for the best European destination, Greece won the gold and England the bronze. In the category of the world's best destinations, Australia won the gold, Barbados the silver, and Croatia the bronze, while in the category for the best European tourist organization, Switzerland won the gold and Croatia (HTZ) the silver.

The Travvy Awards are presented annually within the organization of travAlliancemedia to highlight the best examples of excellence and achievements in the tourism industry and are awarded to various stakeholders such as national tourist organizations, destinations, travel agents, products, and more. This year, the awards were given on the basis of more of 120,000 votes which represents the largest base of independent American travel agents.


Marijana Marinović

“We are extremely excited to see our work, but also the position of Croatia, recognized by reputable representatives of the US tourism economy. This is a great start for us this year and additional motivation to market Croatia further on the American market. We will continue with the dedicated work in cooperation with colleagues from the Croatian tourism sector, who have made a strong contribution to winning these prestigious awards,” said Ina Rodin, director of the HTZ Representative Office in New York.

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