Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac visits Bavaria to discuss tourism cooperation
ZAGREB, June 15, 2021 – Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac met with Bavarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy Hubert Aiwanger on Monday in Munich to discuss ways of increase cooperation in the tourism sector.
Brnjac said Croatia and Bavaria will continue to exchange experiences and best practices in the digitization of tourism services and the development of cultural and rural tourism, his ministry said in a press release.
“Croatia and Bavaria place great emphasis on the development of sustainable tourism and their cooperation in many areas of common interest has lasted for around 50 years in the Bavarian-Croatian Commission,” said Brnjac.
She noted that half of German tourists visiting Croatia come from Bavaria, which is why it is very important for Croatia to convey information about the activities that are being undertaken so that Croatia is recognized as a pleasant and safe destination.
Bavaria supports Croatia’s candidacy for Schengen membership
Aiwanger said there was plenty of space for cooperation between Croatia and Bavaria in the tourism sector, stressing that Bavaria supported Croatia’s accession to the Schengen area next year as a condition important prerequisite to facilitate the movement of tourists.
The working meeting also took place in the presence of the vice-president of the automobile association ADAC for tourism and finance, Karlheinz Jungbeck.
Brnjac and Jungbeck discussed preparations for the summer tourist season as well as expectations and plans for future development. Brnjac said that cooperation with ADAC, which has 22 million members, has ensured Croatia’s greater visibility in the German market, adding that today’s meeting established a framework for future institutional cooperation. .
According to ADAC, there is a growing interest in visiting Croatia, especially in the camping segment. This year, ADAC included 134 Croatian campsites in its list of the best European campsites, the same number as in 2019, and 13 of the campsites were classified ADAC Superplatz 2021.
Around 42,000 Germans are currently on vacation in Croatia, mainly in Istria. Last year, German tourists generated 1.6 million arrivals and 12.7 overnight stays, or 60% of overnight stays in 2019, when a record 21.2 million overnight stays were generated by German visitors . Last year, the 12.7 million overnight stays made by German tourists accounted for 23% of total overnight stays in Croatia.
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