Croatia hopes to attract 200,000 Russian tourists this year

ZAGREB, 22.1.2014.

Croatia's tourism was presented on Wednesday in Moscow where a workshop of Croatian and Russian tourist partners was held.

Croatian Deputy Tourism Minister Ratomir Ivicic underlined the importance of the Russian market from which Croatia hopes to attract 200,000 tourists this year and in several years up to 500,000 per year, read a statement issued by the Croatian Tourism Ministry, which said that Tourism Minister Darko Lorencin could not travel to Russia and Ukraine due to his engagements in the country and that the ministry was represented by Lorencin's deputy Ivicic.

The visit and workshops in Moscow and Kiev are aimed at actively promoting and advancing Croatia's position on the Russian and Ukrainian markets.

The workshop in Moscow brought together 180 Russian partners and media representatives whom Ivicic told he hoped Croatia would be a desired destination for Russian tourists this year as well.

He said Croatia this year would simplify the visa procedure and introduce multiple-entry visas that would last six months so as to facilitate the arrival of Russian tourists.

Last year, some 165,000 Russian tourists vacationed in Croatia and recorded 1.36 million overnights, down 22% from 2012 when approximately 200,000 Russians visited Croatia.