Croatia's tourism industry thriving

Croatia is anticipating yet another super year for its tourism industry despite of losing non-European tourists since they have joined the European Union. While speaking to a leading daily, Croatian tourist board director Meri Matesic told that it would be quite easier for people from the EU. They would not require passports anymore and with this Croatia would effectively become a domestic market for half a billion people.

But European Union membership means that they have to pose visa regime on countries like Turkey that may become an unwelcome change for the increasing number of tourists in their country. A tourist from Turkry told a news paper that he had to wait more than a week to get a visa for a week holiday and that made him very angry.

Ercan Abitagaoglu, an employee of an tour agency in Istanbul, the Turkish capital, told that he anticipates the number of tourists that visit Croatia would decrease by 80 percent.

The Croatian national tourist board stated that previous year, Croatia welcomed around 52000 people from turkey, which was twenty percent increase from 2011.

Overall, last year Croatia welcomed 12.3 million tourists, which an increase of five percent when compared to the year 2011. In 2013 the Croatian tourist board will boost the Croatian hinterland in an effort to brand the nation as more than just a "sun and sea" place.

Matesic told that one of their main targets is to entice travelers to perceive their country as a year round city break place. And the they are also expecting that this year they would also see the same number of tourists like previous year.