Hainan Airlines could soon connect China and Croatia with a direct flight.According to the SeeBiz.eu portal, the Croatian delegation in Hainan held talks with the provincial government on a direct flight Hainan Airlines for Croatia. The talks on the Croatian side were attended by the President of the CSEBA Presidency Mario Rendulić and the Croatian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Nebojša Koharović.”We have updated the talks on the direct flight of Hainan Airlines from China to Croatia, most likely to Zagreb. The introduction of a direct flight would certainly greatly increase the number of Chinese tourists in Croatia. It is quite certain that the increased interest of the provincial as well as the central government can be attributed to the good news about the work on the Peljesac Bridge, which was given to the Chinese CRBC. ” said the President of the Presidency of CSEBA Mario Rendulić, for SeeBiz.eu. Ambassador Koharović and CSEBA proposed to the Chinese side a joint organization of tourism workshops. They also proposed the establishment of a special office for the exchange of goods and greater promotion of Croatia on this tropical island, for which, just like Croatia, the most important sector of the economy is tourism.By the way, Hainan Airlines has been flying from Beijing to Belgrade, via Prague, since September last year. On the other hand, the new Franjo Tuđman Airport has significantly increased its capacity, and can now have 5 million passengers a year.IN A FEW YEARS, CHINA WILL PROVIDE 100 MILLION TOURISTSA conference was held in Venice earlier this year “EU-China Tourist Year”, which marks the beginning of the joint cooperation between China and the countries of the European Union in the field of tourism through 2018, the Ministry of Tourism reports.The opening of the joint tourist year, which will provide new opportunities for investment and growth in tourism and the presentation of mutual cultures and values, was accompanied by the first EU-China Summit on Tourism, which brought together top officials of the European Commission and EU officials. China. The main goal of the “EU-China Tourism Year” is to jointly attract more Chinese tourists to Europe by promoting trans-European products and helping European operators to penetrate the Chinese market.Also, in the last few years, we have witnessed the entry of capital from Chinese investors, both in Europe and in Croatia, and it is precisely Peljesac Bridge will be built by one of the Chinese companies. Also, recently Uniline and Atlas opened offices in China, and also the Croatian Chamber of Commerce opened an office in China, more precisely in Shanghai. China is home to 20 percent of the world’s population, 2,6 times more people than the EU as a whole, and their standard and economy are constantly growing. Therein lies the huge potential for the placement of quality products and services that Croatia undoubtedly has, and also when we talk about tourism. That is why the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will work on strengthening the image and brand of Croatia and Croatian products within the new office, the Chamber points out.If we want to take a step forward, it is certainly that the direct airline is the only way, and this is exactly what CSEBA has been working on intensively for a couple of years in cooperation with MINT and CNTB. By the way, last year, a record tourist year, we recorded as much as a 53% increase in arrivals from the Chinese market, which is the largest growth of all markets.What is very important for our tourism is how Chinese tourists “discovered” Europe, so last year over 6 million Chinese tourists visited European destinations, making Europe the second most important market for Chinese tourists. Interestingly, as many as 46 percent of tourists come from eastern China, from the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Also, tourist spending by Chinese tourists during travel increased by 36 percent last year, CSEBA points out.The most popular months when Chinese tourists come to Croatia are late spring (May and June) and early autumn (September and October), which shows that unlike European visitors where the peak is in the summer months, Chinese tourists do not like to enjoy the “sun and sea” . Chinese tourists want an active vacation, lots of sightseeing, authentic experiences, natural and historical environment, and they are especially focused on UNESCO protected sites.Source: SeeBiz.eu / CSEBA / HrTurizam.hrRelated news:EU-CHINA TOURIST YEAR CONFERENCE HELDCROATIAN-CHINESE ECONOMIC FORUM: CHINA WILL PROVIDE 100 MILLION TOURISTS IN A FEW YEARSGREAT NEWS FOR CROATIAN TOURISM! UNILINE OPENS OFFICE IN CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA.