Croatian tourist board appoints former airline vice president

An ex Croatia Airlines vice president has been handed the place of chief of the country’s tourist board in Ireland and United Kingdom. Tonko Rilovic has become Ireland and United Kingdom's director for the Croatian National Tourist Office on the back of a 24 percent rise in United Kingdom travelers to Croatia previous year to 332801 over 2011’s total number of tourists.

This year, the target is to beat the 500000 figure that was last achieved in the year 1990. Rilovic takes over the charge from Meri Matešic, who spent around 5 years with London's CNTO and has been promoted to director in Zagreb's tourist office.

This appointment comes ahead of the Abta’s Travel Convention that will take place in Dubrovnik in autumn. Tanko told that 2013 is set to be landmark year for Croatia tourism, mainly with their long expected entry into the European Union in July, 2012.

He added that is it really great to see that more and more Britons are coming to spend their holiday in Croatia and he is looking forward to working with their partners to reach their record breaking visitor figure of 500000 in 1990. This year, their target is to carry on to develop a sustainable visitor economy. They would do this by extending Croatia’s appeal to include their range of home grown gastronomic delights and adventure tourism across their 8 national parks.