Korean police help their Croatian colleagues in tourist centers
ZAGREB, July 5 (Hina) – Two Korean police officers will cooperate with their Croatian colleagues in July and August as part of the Interior Ministry’s Safe Tourist Destination 2022 project, carrying out joint patrols in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, the Zagreb Police Department (PUZ) reported on Monday. ).
“The two Korean policemen will work in Korean police uniforms without official weapons and without using police powers, and their task will be to assist Korean tourists as well as Croatian policemen with the aim of ensuring the best possible communication with the Korean visitors to achieve their goal of maximum security,” PUZ chief Marko Rašić said.
He recalled that Korean police officers were in Zagreb in 2019, when positive experiences were reported and a better sense of security for Korean tourists and better communication with them was achieved.
Junghyun Park, Vice Consul of the South Korean Embassy in Croatia, expressed his satisfaction that his country continued to participate in the project to help Croatian police and Korean guests after a two-year break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Croatia is one of the most popular destinations for Korean citizens and this year we expect an increase in the number of Korean tourists arriving in Croatia. Our government’s priority is to ensure the safety of our citizens, Park said, thanking the Croatian police for the invitation to cooperate.
The Safe Tourist Destination 2022 project also includes the Zagreb Tourist Board, whose director Martina Bienenfeld welcomed the continuation of the initiative launched in 2019.
Korean tourists’ interest in Zagreb and Croatia intensifies
Tourism turnover in the capital is stabilizing and picking up as we would like. Since the beginning of the year, we have seen modest results from South Korean customers, with 2,400 arrivals and 4,500 overnight stays, but the number of arrivals and the interest of Korean customers in Zagreb and Croatia are intensifying, Bienenfeld said.
PUZ prevention service chief Velimir Tišma said Chinese police officers are also coming to Croatia and will patrol the streets of Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik together with their Croatian colleagues.
The Safe Tourist Destination project was started in 2006 on the initiative of the Croatian police and police forces from other European countries who send foreign police to Croatia during the tourist season.
Around 910 police officers from 18 countries and 20 police departments have participated in the Safe Tourism Destination project over the past few years.