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article imageCroatian Tourism: Strong Dalmatian Presence at Manchester Fair Special

By Paul Bradbury     Jan 15, 2012 in Travel
A strong Dalmatian presence is confirmed at the Manchester Holiday and Travel show, as Croatia looks to build on its record 2011 tourist season.
After a record tourist season in 2011, which saw 1.2 million more tourists than 2009, Croatia's tourism representatives are taking to the skies to promote the country further for what promises to be a busy 2012.
Strong Dalmatian presence in Manchester
The next stop is Manchester, and there will be a strong Dalmatian presence at the Destinations Show, sponsored by The Times, which will be held at Manchester's EventCity from January 19-22, 2012. Tourism officials from the cities of Zadar, Sibenik, Split and Dubrovnik will be promoting Dalmatia at stand E70, named as Dubrovnik & Neretva County Tourist Board in the official exhibition literature.
"We are trying to cover some of the exhibitions the National Tourist Board are not covering," Sara Salamunic explained to Digital Journal over a morning coffee yesterday in her home town of Jelsa, prior to her departure to England. "We have a long and happy tradition of British visitors, and the expansion of regional flights from northern cities has made Dalmatia more accessible for many British holidaymakers."
Attractions of Dalmatia
The main attractions of Dalmatia are well-known: Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic, needs no introduction, while the island of Hvar - named by Lonely Planet as its number 5 destination for 2012 - is likely to experience greater interest in the wake of the swimming pool antics of Prince Harry in 2011, as well as Beyonce's baby bump revelations at the Hula Hula Beach Club.
While Hvar and other islands, such as Brac, Korcula, Mljet, Vis and Solta are star attractions for any visit to Dalmatia, there is much more to the region that beaches, islands and stunning walled towns. One of the more successful and innovative tourism businesses in the region is Secret Dalmatia, a locally owned company which specialises in bespoke tours of the region, which focus on the heritage, nature and gastronomy of the region, much of which is inland away from the coast. The new official promotional video for 2012 (below) highlights the attractions of inland Croatia, as the country looks to diversify its tourism offer.
Dalmatia more accessible from regional UK airports
The expansion of flight schedules and destinations is certainly helping to make Dalmatia more accessible, with more routes to its three coastal airports of Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik being added every year. With not all flights yet announced, British tourists in search of some Adriatic sun this summer can currently choose departures from Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds/Bradford, East Midlands, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol and Luton, as well as the main London airports. The most updated information about 2012 flights to Croatia can be found on Visit Croatia.
With record winter tourism numbers reported this month by the Split tourist board, and the increased interest in the Adriatic, both in enquiries and new airlines scheduling flights, the future of Croatian tourism is looking very bright.
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