UK Holidaymakers’ Love of Croatia Expected to Continue in 2020
By Saron Lease, 10th November 2019
Croatia’s Ministry of Tourism, when speaking at the World Travel Market’s (WMT) opening day in London this week, based on several recent announcements from the likes of EasyJet and other international airlines flying into Croatia, the Croatian Tourism Minister announced the country’s expectation that Britons will continue to enjoy holidaying there in 2020 and beyond. This expectation was echoed by UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Tourism, Helen Whately, who was keen to stress the UK’s determination to continue the close long-term cooperation with partners in the EU, including Croatia.
New five-year contracts were signed at the WTM with British airline EasyJet to increase the number of flights to Croatia as of next year, including a contract with Pula Airport.
Pula Airport director Svemir Radmilo and EasyJet’s UK manager Nail Slaven said the contract was excellent for both sides and that they expected the number of passengers to increase from the current 150,000 to 250,000, benefitting not only the City of Pula and Istria County but other destinations in Croatia as well.
Despite Brexit, Croatian Tourism officials are confident the visitor numbers will be at least the same as this year when, by early November, close to 900,000 British tourists arrived, generating 4.5 million nights, a growth of 4% and 3% from 2018.
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