Director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić will pay an official visit to the USA and France from November 27 to December 5, 2017, during which he will meet with numerous partners in these markets and discuss current cooperation and opportunities for further improvement of joint cooperation in the coming period, according to the CNTB.During his visit to the United States, Director Stanicic will attend a conference of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) in Miami, where he will meet with USTOA President Terry Dale. A meeting with representatives of the leading travel agency Kompas International USA is planned; and representatives of the Gate 1 Travel travel agency for European river cruising trips and personalized trips. In the continuation of the program, director Staničić will also meet with representatives of the association of travel agencies Signature Travel Network and representatives of associations of travel agencies Virtuoso specializing in luxury travel, with whom they will discuss activities and cooperation for 2018.During his official visit to France, Director Staničić will visit the Croatian stand as part of the nautical fair “Salon nautique de Paris”, which takes place from 2 to 12 December in Paris. As part of the fair, a business workshop will be held where the director of the CNTB will meet with representatives of numerous French tour operators and companies such as the airline Volotea, from which they are announcing three new flights to Croatia. The meeting will also be held with the largest French tour operator CLUB MED and the world leader in online boat rental Globsailor. Director Staničić will meet with representatives of Thalasso Numero1 and OVoyages, the largest French tour operator specializing in wellness tourism; Sansail, one of the world’s largest charter companies; representatives of Bemex tours, the only French tour operator that specializes in Croatia, and representatives of Voyamar, which will open production in Croatia next year.According to the eVisitor system, in the current part of the tourist year, 470.000 arrivals and 1,3 million overnight stays were made from the US market, which is a 35 percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays, while more than 540.000 arrivals were made from the French market. an increase of 9 percent and 2,1 million overnight stays, an increase of 5 percent.Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Austria at the workshop of tour operator FTIThe Croatian National Tourist Board in Austria again participated in a large “road show” organized by one of the largest Austrian tour operators FTI. As part of this event, from 20 to 23 November, the hosts were the cities of Salzburg, Eagles, Hohenems and Linz, who hosted more than 500 agents.Regarding the representation of Croatia, in addition to the CNTB representation, the Kvarner Tourist Board also participated in the program this year. In addition to the general importance of participating in the program, performances in the provinces of Tyrol and Voralberg were especially important, where the Croatian tourist offer is growing from year to year, which in some parts has already overtaken the traditionally most sought after destination Italy.So far this year, according to the eVisitor system, 1.4 million arrivals and 7.6 million overnight stays have been made from the Austrian market. This is an increase of 8 percent in arrivals and 7 percent in overnight stays. Austrian tourists spent the most nights in hotels (2.8 million), and looking at destinations, they spent the most nights in Rovinj, Poreč and Umag.