After yesterday's very successful presentation of the Croatian tourist offer during the first day of the ITB travel fair in Berlin, numerous promotional activities and important meetings with key international partners were held today during the second day of the largest world tourism fair.
The Croatian delegation was led by the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, and with the Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, and they met Sebastian Münzenmaier, the President of the German Bundestag Tourism Board, who visited the Croatian booth and praised the new design and concept of the Croatian Tourism Association and added that Croatia is a very popular and sought after destination among German tourists.
During the first two days of the fair, numerous meetings were held with key partners including Jet2com, TUI, Federal Tourism Association (BTW), Expedia, Olimar, Germania, Eurowings, Condor, Thomas Cook Germany and others.
Staničić pointed out that all of the key partners had concluded last year with excellent results, which is why they announced the extension of the 2018 program. "Croatia is a very sought-after destination in the German market, and in line with the plans presented by the largest partners in the German market, we expect to keep positive trends in 2018,” said the Director of the national tourist board.
Adding that airlines have a key role and announced that new flights from major airlines would be introduced as well as the increase of the rotation of existing flights. New flights to Zadar, Rijeka, Pula, Split and Dubrovnik have been announced by a number of airline companies such as easyJet,Eurowings, Ryanair,Lufthansa, Condor and many more. Minister Cappeli emphasized that tourism is the driver of the economic system because of the opportunities it creates for new investments and softening diplomatic ties. "Such events are a great opportunity for meeting different stakeholders in tourism, from tour operators and airlines to representatives of political institutions for tourism, as well as for holding meetings with interested foreign investors,” commented the Minister.
Jet2com'srepresentatives stressed that they have more than 40 flights a week to Croatia, and that they have achieved excellent results and increased traffic over the past year to destinations such as Dubrovnik (+ 26%) and Split (+ 36%).
Condor's representatives presented new lines from Frankfurt to Zadar and Rijeka, and from Dusseldorf to Split, which will also connect with Hannover. Eurowings in the summer of 2018 will boost operations from Germany to Dubrovnik, from Düsseldorf, Hannover, Berlin, Cologne (Bonn), Munich and Stuttgart. There is easyJet's new line connecting Zadar and Berlin, and although they already have a line from Berlin's Schönefeld airport to Pula, they are introducing a new line linking Pula to another airport - Tegel.
Lufthansa announced a new line in Zadar - Frankfurt in 2018, as well as an increase in operations to Pula, while Ryanair has announced earlier three new lines from Frankfurt to Pula, Rijeka and Zadar and the Zadar - Bremen line.