Croatian, Israeli tourism ministers on cooperation

ZAGREB, 26.6.2012.

Croatia-Israel tourist cooperation and cooperation in investments were some of the topics of talks Croatian Tourism Minister Veljko Ostojic held with his Israeli counterpart Stas Misezhnikov in Zagreb on Tuesday.

Ostojic and Misezhnikov told a news conference that potentials were great for developing cooperation, adding that Israeli tourists were increasingly interested in Croatia as a vacation destination.

The two minister also talked about possibilities of investing in Croatia's tourism.

There are several projects in Croatia's tourist sector that are being developed in cooperation with potential investors from Israel, Ostojic said.

He stressed that the Israelis were informed of possible investment projects regarding the privatisation of the hotel sector as well as of greenfield investments.

Misezhnikov confirmed Israel hotel owners were interested in investing in Croatia.

Ostojic said he accepted Misezhnikov's invitation to visit Israel.

According to the national statistics bureau, over 34,000 tourists from Israel visited Croatia in 2011, up 4.6 percent from 2010. The Israeli tourists made 86,3000 overnight, an increase of 7.5 percent. (Hina)