Croatia has been ranked in 5th place, being named as one of the most desirable European destinations at the 21st ceremony of the prestigious Wanderlust Travel Awards organised by the British travel magazine Wanderlust.
According to a recent statement from the Croatian National Tourist Board, Croatia was ranked above Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany and Scotland. At the same time, its island Hvar was ranked in the 7th place in the category of the ten best island destinations in the EU, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In addition, the Croatian city of Dubrovnik was also announced as the most desirable tourist city in the EU in terms of prices.
Previously, Dubrovnik was chosen as one of the friendliest cities in Europe for this year, which also came in 12th position in the Wanderlust Readers’ Choice Awards. The world’s leading magazine considered this city one of the friendliest in the EU due to its architecture, history and art scene.
According to the Editor-in-chief and director of Wanderlust magazine, George Kipour, Croatia is a country of everything, as it offers travellers a great variety of experiences, from its impressive nature and beautiful islands to its historic cities and lively nightlife.
“Precisely because of this, it is quite natural that Croatia is in the top ten in almost all the main categories of our awards, including Dubrovnik, which was crowned as the most desirable city in Europe,” Kipour says.
Director of the CNTB Representation in London, Darija Reić, has also emphasised that the interest in Croatia amongst British citizens is growing yearly.
She added that since Croatia has established itself as a diverse and exciting destination, she feels happy that the Wanderlust magazine audience recognised this and confirmed Dubrovnik’s title as the pearl of the Adriatic.
“The Wanderlust award to Dubrovnik indicates that with our quality and recognition, we have won the permanent favour of the readers from one of our most important emissive market, and this prestigious recognition confirms that our destination has positioned itself highly on the tourist map of the world,” said Miro Drašković, the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
Previously, the Croatian authorities revealed that in August of this year, Croatia’s airports also received a total of 1,773,000 passengers, which is an increase of 41.8 per cent compared to the same period of 2021. During that period, only 1,250,000 were registered passengers.
Such data show that compared to pre-pandemic levels, in August 2019, when passenger traffic increased to 1,951 thousand passengers, passenger traffic in August this year is 9.2 per cent lower.
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