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article imageCanada to connect with Zagreb, Croatia with direct Toronto flight

By Paul Bradbury     Dec 9, 2014 in Travel
Zagreb - Croatian tourism is becoming more accessible internationally, and inaugural direct flights from Canada is the latest piece of good news.
The rising North American interest in tourism in Croatia was given a boost on December 9, 2014, with the announcement that direct flights between Toronto and the Croatian capital of Zagreb will start in 2015, according to a report from news portal Croatia Week.
According to the portal, the news came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following discussions between Ambassador to Canada, Veselko Grubisic, and representatives of SkyGreece Airlines, which will operate the route. The first flight is scheduled to start on June 22 and continue up to October 15, thereby covering the peak season in one of Europe's hottest tourist destinations.
In addition to the large Croatian communities in North America, interest in Croatia from America and Canada has increased significantly in recent years, and high profile exposure of Croatia as a destination, such as the now legendary Anthony Bourdain episode about Croatia on his 'No Reservations' show (see below), has brought the former Yugoslav republic onto the North American tourist radar.
The announcement is the latest in a stream of good flight news for Croatia, which is trying to diversify its traditional sun and sea summer tourism with a new shoulder season initiative called Croatia 365, highlighting the attractions of the country away from the beach.
The first commercial direct flights from the Middle East started in October, with Zagreb connected to Doha via Qatar Airways three times a week, while Fly Dubai launches the first direct flight from Dubai next week, while rumours of direct flights from China are getting ever stronger.
Croatian tourism officials are actively looking beyond Europe for new markets, with tourism minister Darko Lorencin in South Korea last month to explore ways of building on the surge of Korean tourists, and the good flight news into Croatia has also been mirrored by exciting developments within the country.
The launch of the first scheduled seaplane service in modern European aviation history by European Coastal Airlines in August has added additional flexibility to tourist itineraries, with the island of Rab now accessible from the Middle East in just 8 hours, for example.
The seaplane network, which currently consists of Jelsa on Hvar, Split Airport, Rab and Zagreb, is set to significantly expand in the coming winter months, with the addition of Pula, Korcula and the Italian coastal town of Ancona, to name but three. The dual expansion of increased international routes and expanding seaplane services ensures that the 2015 tourist season in Croatia promises to be one of the most exciting yet.
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