Published on : Friday, October 18, 2019
On 16th of October, 2019, Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes that at the ITB Asia fair 2019, the leading tourism fair for the Asia-Pacific tourism industry, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) has been presenting the Croatian tourism offer, that brings together international exhibitors from the holiday and corporate segment. It is taking place in Singapore and started from yesterday, i.e. October the 16th to the 18th. The three-day program of the fair is organized at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands.
“Participation in ITB Asia 2019 is a continuation of the Croatian National Tourist Board’s activities aimed at a very important Asian market, given that Asian tourists mainly travel in the pre- and post tourist season periods and have a great influence on the continued affirmation of Croatia as a year-round tourist destination. The focus of this year’s work is to introduce the entire Croatian tourism offer to distant markets such as Australia, USA, China, South Korea and Singapore because our goal is to reduce the dependence of Croatian tourism on traditional European markets,” said HTZ Director Kristjan Staničić.
As mentioned, so far, Croatia has seen a ten percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays from the Asian market, compared to the same time in 2018. Asian tourists choose an average of two to three overseas trips every year, with one ‘long haul’ trip lasting between 10 and 21 days. They majorly come to Croatia in June and their favorite destinations are Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.
Staničić disclosed that the significant tour operators are Holiday Tours & Travel Singapore, Pacific Leisure Group, Globe Travels and C&D Global Tourism Group, Inspiring Vacations, and Wings Away Travel, which have confirmed already an increased interest in Croatia in 2020.
As part of the fair’s first day, Staničić also held meetings with Kristian Brumby, Director of International Partnerships, OTT’s renowned online travel learning platform world over for travel destinations, which is the primary source of knowledge for travel professionals worldwide.
It is used monthly by over 20,000 tourism professionals who choose from 200 offered courses. Also, a meeting was held with Gianluigi Bazzini, commercial manager of Skyscanner, one of the most famous travel searches for airline flights, accommodation, car rental, travel agencies in the world with over 100 million individual visits on a monthly basis. The possibility of future co-operation was talked about since from 2016, Skyscanner has been part of Ctrip, the largest agency in China and the second largest travel agency in the whole world.