Referring to tourism in 2011, Andreja Cvitkovic, director USA & Canada of the Croatian National Tourist Office in NY said, “Croatia reported increases beyond expectations in 2011. There were 11.5 million tourist arrivals recorded, an eight percent increase over 2010 results. North American and Canadian markets have had a stable increase over the past couple of years. Last year we welcomed 200,000 Americans and Canadians to Croatia, which was a 13 percent increase over the previous year.”
And it is no wonder. Once your clients have decided to go to Croatia, the next dilemma is deciding which of the unique cities and destinations they want to visit. Travel to Croatia is affordable, and offers a beautiful landscape, friendly citizens, and a wealth of vacation opportunities of every type. There are many destinations additional to those mentioned here. For the most current and detailed travel information, visit the official website of the Croatian National Tourist Office at www.croatia.hr
the many cities of croatia
Dubrovnic is a pedestrian only city, located within 14th century ramparts Views from city walls are awe inspiring, from the blue Adriatic sea waters to white buildings with terra
Foodies should consider a trip to Istria, known for its famous truffles. It is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, so also offers a variety of beach vacations.
Located on the coast of the city of Zadar is a sea organ built into marble steps. Pipes below these steps fill with Adriatic Sea water, resulting in harmonic musical sounds. Built by the architect Nikola Basic, the site was opened in 2005. From Zadar, clients can take boat rides to the many Croatian islands.
The city of Split offers the largest coastline of any city in Croatia. A must-see destination here is Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage monument. It was built by a Roman Emperor in anticipation of his retirement at the turn of the 400th century AD.
Zagreb, the county’s capital, is also its largest city. It is known as the cultural center of Croatia, featuring a number of museums, the Croatian National Theatre, cobblestone streets and beautiful parks. The outdoor Dolac Market offers fresh foods and other delicacies to the city’s one million inhabitants, and also to its
Near Dubrovnik, Mljet, the county’s southern most island, offers reefs for scuba and snorkeling as well as opportunities for hiking and enjoying all nature has to offer. Its waters are crystal clear, and offer great visibility.
The Plitvice Lakes found in Plitvice National Park in the Lika region of Croatia are surrounded by mountains and green forests. The waterfalls and lake waters take on different colored hues of blue and green from the sunlight, truly a sight to behold.
Hotels, TOURS and Air
Developments in hotels and accommodations in Croatia include a five star hotel Lone in Rovinj (www.lonehotel.com) with 248 accommodation units, fine dining restaurants and bars, a jazz club, conference facilities, wellness and sports center.
The Zadar region has a new four-star hotel Iadera (www.falkensteiner.com/en/hotel/iadera) and another a four-star hotel Lafodia (www.lafodia.com) recently opened in the
The Belvedere Resort in Vrsar (www.maistra.com) is located just a few minutes walk from the old town of Vesar. The luxuriously decorated rooms and suites are arranged in pavilions which are situated on a mild slope with landscaped gardens and from each accommodation unit there is a wonderful view of the Vrsar Archipelago.
There are many tour operators who offer a variety of Croatian vacations. Kompas Holidays (www.kompas.net) can provide travelers with cruises and tours in Croatia and surrounding countries. Jett Service, RI Tours (www.jettservice.hr) can offer travelers complete tourist services while in Croatia.
Croatia is easily accessible from all of the major European hubs. Croatia Airlines offers flights via Copenhagen to New York and Washington, in collaboration with SAS.