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Dubai: Arrival of Omani tourists to Croatia has jumped by 119%



Dubai: Arrival of Omani tourists to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital has jumped by 119 per cent, a senior official of the Croatian National Tourist Board has said.

Speaking to the Times of Oman, CEO of Zagreb Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld, said that the rise in the number of Omani tourists arriveing in Zagreb was amazing.

“Despite (it) being a popular destination with European travellers, Omani tourists have only recently begun to explore the possibility of a leisure break in Zagreb and indeed Croatia as a whole,” she said.

Croatian National Tourist Board representative Jelena Slavujevic said, “Income from foreign visitors to Croatia totalled $7.8 billion in 2014, a growth of 2.8 per cent over 2013. However we have already witnessed a 24 per cent increase in the number of arrivals during the first quarter of 2015, so we are confident our tourism receipts this year will eclipse our 2014 earnings.”

Direct routes

Slavujevic attributed this increase in the number of Omani tourists in part to new and direct routes between Muscat and Zagreb via Dubai operated by flydubai.

“Besides that, Qatar Airways has also announced it will introduce two additional flights in July to the Croatian capital taking its tally to seven weekly direct flights from Muscat via Doha,” she said.

Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa already operate seven weekly flights to Zagreb from Dubai via Istanbul and Germany.

“The GCC market, including Oman holds great potential for us, notwithstanding Croatia’s stunning natural beauty, our heritage and our cultural similarities, the real game-changers now are the increased number of direct flights to Zagreb. Many people may not realise that we are little more than six to seven hours away from Muscat,” added Slavujevic.

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