The Croatian luxury tourist offer was presented at the ILTM fair of the luxury travel industry, which is being held in Cannes from 5 to 7 December. The fair enables networking with key partners specializing in the luxury segment of tourism, featuring 76 countries around the world, and was visited by about 1600 selected customers, 30 percent of whom came for the first time this year. This year, Croatia entered the top 10 luxury destinations according to the interest of customers, with a large number of them showing a concrete interest in our market.”In the last few years, Croatian companies specializing in luxury travel have performed independently at the International Luxury Travel Market Cannes, and this year for the first time the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in business cooperation with the Croatian National Tourist Board brings together 22 companies that participated in pre-arranged meetings. . The goal of the appearance at the fair is a stronger positioning of Croatia on the map of luxury tourist products”, Said Antonia Urlić, director of the Sector for Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The HGK stand presented a total of 45 domestic companies on an area of 2 m22, and each company had a pre-arranged set of 43 meetings that took place over the three days of the fair. Among them are Adriatic luxury hotels, Liburnia Riviera hotels, Calvados Club, Leonidas Travel, Potestas, Importanne Resort and Esplanade Oleander, and for the first time 15 hotels of the Stories group, which brings together unique luxury hotels of Jadranka hotels, Valamar Riviera, Maistra, Sunny Hvar, Villa Dubrovnik, Ecco-ing, Primizia, Sagrada Management, Boutique Hotels Zadar, Kazbek, Tatami Trade, Meneghetti, HI Dvorac, Lešić Dimitri and Dogus Marina Hotels.”This will be the eighth year in a row for the Adriatic Luxury Hotels at the ILTM fair in Cannes, which speaks volumes about the importance of this fair for us. In order to credibly show the rich offer of Croatia in the segment of luxury tourism, we consider it necessary that Croatian entities, with emphasis on careful selection of those who have really strategically opted for the luxury market segment, be active participants in this most famous global tourism exchange”, Said Katija Zvone Krmek, head of the reservation center in the Adriatic luxury hotels, adding that a strong interest in Dubrovnik was shown from distant markets, namely the countries of the American continent and Australia.Tomislav Milinović, director of the Calvados Club, emphasized that his company has been participating in the Cannes fair from the very beginning. “Although we have participated in almost all world fairs for luxury and experiential tourism, we consider this one of the most important for our business. ILTM Cannes follows the trends of modern luxury tourism and here we improve relationships with existing partners, but we also make new contacts with the absolute best in class, which ultimately gives excellent results”, Said Milinović.The President of the Stories Group – Croatian Unique Hotels, Nenad Nizić, said that their performance at this year’s ILTM Cannes is the right way to promote and position Stories Hotels in the premium segment of the hotel industry. “It is important to us that the world’s best luxury travel agents get to know our group and that in the coming years Stories becomes a recognizable world association of luxury hospitality. Most Stories hotels have already performed independently at ILTM Cannes in previous years, but this year we are performing for the first time under the Stories group, which we are especially proud of. “, concluded Nizić.Croatia in the top 10 destinations in the world according to Virtuos researchThe Association of Luxury Travel Agencies Virtuoso again this year conducted a traditional survey among its members – “Vituoso Luxe Report”. According to the survey results for 2018, Croatia is ranked among the top 10 destinations in three categories, with progress on the scale compared to the survey results for 2017. Thus, our country took a high 2nd place in the category of the most popular emerging destination, which is an improvement of one place compared to the survey for 2017, when Croatia took an excellent 3rd place in this category. In the category of the most popular international destination, Croatia took 8th place, which is also an improvement compared to the survey for 2017, when Croatia took 10th place in this category. Progress has also been made in the category of the most popular destination for the so-called millenials passengers, so in the survey for 2018, Croatia took 6th place in this category, which is an improvement of three places because in the survey for 2017, Croatia was ranked 9th in this category.<br />
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