|Chinese business delegation from Chongqing visiting Croatia|
|12th December 2014|
|ZAGREB - Minister of Tourism Mr. Darko Lorencin and director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Mr. Ratomir Ivičić, in cooperation with the Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA), AAR d.o.o. and DC Travel Agency, received the delegation of the General Tourism Office of the Chinese city of Chongqing.|
The main topic of the meeting was the possibility of starting direct charter flights from Chongqing to Zadar. The meeting was attended by representatives of Croatia Airlines, CEO Mr. Kresimir Kučko and member of the Board Mr. Zlatko Širac.
Minister Lorancin stressed out that the extension of the touristic season is one of the main objectives of the activities carried out by the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board. The Minister stressed out the importance of the Chinese market for Croatia and emphesizes that Chinese tourists are always welcome. As he said, during the last month's visit of the Croatian delegation's to Republic of China and participation at the CITM fair in Shanghai, all Chinese partners have expressed great interest in Croatia, in particular regarding the direct charter flights.
Director of Croatian National Tourist Board Mr. Ratomir Ivičić confirmed that Croatian National Tourist Board as part of the joint advertising in foreign markets has reserved funds for Chinese companies to participate in the direct presentation of Croatia in the Chinese market. Among other things, Director Ivičić stressed the importance of finalizing the date of commencement of charter flights from the Chinese side, mostly because of the planning of marketing activities and incentives that Croatian National Tourism Board plans for projects of this type.
The first man of the Chinese delegation, Mr. Luo Yonggang used this occasion to expressed his desire to establish direct flights as soon as possible, he also mentioned that the beginning of cooperation depends on the airlines or their offerings and fares. As he said, it directly affects the price of the tour package being offered to Chinese tourists, and thus the number of passengers.
Head of the Chongqing department for international marketing of the tourist office and a member of the Department of Civil Aviation Agency, g. Yunlin, introduced the participants about the main information about the city of Chongqing, which has more than 38 million inhabitants and a total area of 82,300 km². Yunlin stressed out that he believes the interest in Croatia as a new tourist destination is extremely large. In addition to that, he confirmed that the competent authorities and the Civil Aviation Agency will support this project in order to meet the legislation reqirements as soon as possible.
The CEO of Croatia Airlines, Mr. Krešimir Kučko presented our national airline and stressed that the Croatia Airlines is ready to cooperate with the Chinese air carriers in by offering Croatian destinations, as well as other European destinations.
DC Travel, AAR d.o.o. and Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA,) as carriers of this project, gave answers to Chinese side questions about the modeling package tours, offers diversity in the off season and the willingness of Croatian travel agencies and Zadar airport for the reception of Chinese tourists. It was concluded that DC Travel, AAR d.o.o., CSEBA and Chinese partners will have the next meeting in Chongqing in order to sign the main contract on cooperation with the airlines, as soon as possible and determine the starting date for flights.
This was the third meeting of representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Tourist Board, AAR d.o.o., CSEBA and DC Trave with senior representatives of the city of Chongqing, which is a continuation of intensive activities aimed at improving cooperation between China and the Croatian regarding future joint projects.