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Croatia and Slovenia together promote their tourism services in China

ZAGREB, 21.5.2010.
Croatia and Slovenia will present together their tourist sectors in Beijing and Shanghai next week, hoping to attract more Chinese tourists, who in 2009 were the fourth biggest tourist spenders in the world, with US 43.5 billion.
 
This was stated at a news conference held at the Croatian Tourism Ministry on Friday by the leading people of the Croatian and Slovenian tourism sectors.
 
The presentations to be held in Beijing and Shanghai on May 25 and 27 will include business workshops organized by Croatian and Slovenian travel agencies and their Chinese partners, meetings with Chinese officials, and dinners.
 
The Shanghai presentation will coincide with the international tourism fair in that city (held on May 27-29) and the already opened World Exhibition EXPO.
 
Croatian Tourism Minister Damir Bajs said that tourism services developed together by Croatia and Slovenia could be interesting to the Chinese market, as well as to some other distant markets such as Japan, India and the United States.
 
The head of the Slovenian Tourism Directorate, Marjan Hribar, said that Croatia and Slovenia could be competitive on the Chinese market if they cooperated well. The Slovenian government supports this cooperation and last week it named tourism the most important sector of the national economy, said Hribar.
 
The head of the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ), Niko Bulic, and his Slovenian counterpart Dimitrij Piciga said that the coming visit to China was part of a joint promotional strategy which had been discussed for some time, and that this year the two countries expected a boom in arrivals from the Chinese market.
 
A Croatian Tourism Ministry delegation will be visiting China from 23 to 30 May.
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