With the Croatian Tourist Board reporting a rise of UK holidaymakers in 2017, which saw the numbers of Brits heading to the Eastern European country rise eight % and a 26% increase the year before – TUI has launched has introduced two new Croatian services to take advantage of the trend.
Flying to Rijeka – Croatia’s most hash-tagged destination on Instagram this summer — from Manchester and London Gatwick the weekly routes will begin operations from the 23 May in 2019.
Ivona Grgan, director of the Croatian National Tourist Office, UK & Ireland said: ‘’Croatia’s multiple offering championed by its natural beauty boasting over 1,000 islands, coastlines, peninsulas, mountains and continental urban flair offers something for every discerning traveller.
Unsurprisingly, a variety of locations in the coastal, mountain and continental regions dotted with the National parks and UNESCO sites, provided an ideal film-set for a number of recent films, most notably Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again which, after the premier, is witnessing a rush of UK visitors to the farthest inhabited island of central Dalmatia, island of Vis, marking 16% and 17% rise in arrivals and overnight stays. Croatia’s tourism fuelled by films is another boost to the country’s prospects in the UK market and enhanced visibility.”
TUI customers will also have the option of taking a ferry to nearby Rab, location of TUI’s new adults-only concept resort TUI Sensimar Carolina.
Mark Hall, director of product at TUI UK, said: “We are excited to launch yet another interesting and different destination to our customers. We are committed to offering holidaymakers the best travel experiences around the world and we know that Croatia is proving extremely popular with UK customers so we are positive this new addition to our portfolio will be a success.
Adding a TUI branded hotel to one of the islands shows we continue offering customers even more choice and flexibility when it comes to adults only holidays.”