|CSEBA at 2018 China – CEEC Exchange Week in Ningbo|
|Author: Matej Balen|
|14th June 2018|
|NINGBO – Beginning of June is traditionally the week for international promotion of 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe in Ningbo, PR China.|
Dozens of events, forums, conferences and fairs have been organised from June 6th to 12th this year to promote international cooperation in trade, tourism, culture, investments and others.
CSEBA organised a 15-member Croatian delegation, led by the Ambassador, H.E. Nebojša Koharović, that participated in several events during the 4-day stay in Ningbo. At the 2018 China (Ningbo)-CEEC Tourism Exchange Week, Mr. Ernest Svažić, Municipal Prefect of Krapinske Toplice, gave the keynote presentation about Croatia and recent tourism results in front of 500 government leaders and tourism professionals. Four Croatian agencies participated in the B2B meetings and destinations presentations, including Coral Group (Zagreb), 3D Adventure (Split), Sky Travel (Zagreb) and Uniqat (Chongqing).
The delegation participated at the 2018 International Lake Leisure Forum, where the Counsellor from the Croatian Embassy in Beijing, Ms. Bisera Fabrio talked about Croatia’s experiences related to lake tourism, especially Plitvice Lakes, traditionally visited in high numbers by Chinese tourists. Mr. Ernest Svažić also presented the development of medical tourism in Croatia and recent investments in Krapinske Toplice during the 2018 China – CEEC Mayors Forum.
One of the main events in Ningbo was 2018 CEEC Expo, held at the Exhibition Centre, where Croatia’s producers had a chance to show their local products to the Chinese market. Dominating Croatian products that were shown were lavender, truffles, wine and olive oil.
During this exchange week, Ningbo and Zhejiang Province have shown their commitment to develop closer ties with the CEEC counties, especially in tourism and trade, as it was emphasised several times by Chinese government leaders.