Croatian region Kvarner pleased with the increase in the number of tourists from Russia
At a press conference for travel agents, Rajko Ruzicka, director of branch offices CTB in Russia, said that only the Kvarner region recorded an increase visits of Russian tousists- 3% more than last year.
Kvarner region includes resorts such as Opatija, Crikvenica, Krk, Mali Losinj, Rab, Lovran, Njivice, Malinska. However the number of tourists did not exceed 40 thousand, with the number of overnight stays of 110 thousands.
This year, our mission, among other things, will be an increase in tourist traffic from Russia despite the downward trend the number of Russians traveling abroad. Focus is on promoting tourism opportunities, Croatia will focus on Moscow and Moscow region. The list of capital events – scheduled for February 26th workshop on health tourism, Croatian enogastronomy week in March as well as Workshop dedicated to yacht tourism in May, and others. We will particularly work on the development of short urban trips. In April, the regional workshops will also be held in St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk.
Rajko Ruzicka announced changes in the strategy of promoting Croatia for 2015 and rebranding it in Tourist destination. “The second innovation will concern the development of tourism in the offseason, because Croatia is still perceived as a place of summer, mostly beach holiday” – said Mr. Ruzicka. He presented to the public a pilot project entitled «Croatia 365 – visit Croatia year round”, already operating in six countries. The main objectives of the project: increasing brand awareness, familiarization with authentic products and opportunities outside the main summer season. “I hope that Russia will join in September to the number of these countries”.
According to him, Croatia offers a lot of interesting things for tourists from Russia, and is in addition to the traditional seaside holiday. The key areas of the project were the Culture Enogastronomy, cycling, leisure, health and wellness, business tourism. He also hopes to raise issues of pricing and the frequency of flights to Croatia from Russian air carriers. Expansion of the flight program, especially in the low season, would not only reduce the cost of tickets, but also increase competitiveness.
Head of the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic in Russia Carmen Florshits drew attention that the national visa can be obtained not only by the Office, but also through a travel agency accredited to the embassy, but only if they are traveling for tourism. Now multiple national tourist visa is issued for a period of 6 months or more. Also, you can enter the country on a valid Schengen multivisa, as well as double or multiple national visa issued by the Republic of Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania. Travel agents can be confident that all their customers with a passport used semiannual, Croatian visa consulate put a visa for 12 months, and those who had previously issued annual resolution – for two years. “Until March 15 travel agencies have the opportunity to be accredited in our embassy,” – recalled the consul.
Source: Rata News
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