According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of April, 1,9 million arrivals (+ 10%) and 5,1 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. (+ 9%). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 1,4 million arrivals (+ 11%) and 4 million overnight stays (+ 9%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 9% and in overnight stays by 6%.During the first four months, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (1,4 million overnight stays), Kvarner (791.000 overnight stays) and in the Split-Dalmatia County (664.000 overnight stays). They are followed by Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 611.000 overnight stays, Zagreb with 585.000 overnight stays, Zadar County with 328.000 overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 191.000 overnight stays and Lika-Senj County with 93.000 overnight stays. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 229.000 arrivals (+ 9%) and 501.000 overnight stays (+ 12%), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Krapina-Zagorje (105.000 overnight stays), Međimurje (54.000 overnight stays), Karlovac 53.000 overnight stays), Osijek-Baranja (52.000 overnight stays) and Varaždin County (49.000 overnight stays).”After a very successful first four months, within which we recorded an increase in tourist traffic, we are approaching the main part of the tourist year in a positive atmosphere. This is the result of intensive activities of the entire tourism sector and the Croatian National Tourist Board aimed at stronger promotion of the pre-season. Also, Croatia has so far hosted a number of exceptionally high quality events, such as the international cycling race Tour of Croatia, which attracted a large number of visitors, positively influenced the promotion of Croatian destinations around the world and successfully accumulated this year’s earlier Easter holidays. In this period, the affirmation of our city break destinations such as Zagreb, Split or Dubrovnik came to a special expression. Also, more than 70 new scheduled airlines connecting Croatia with emitting markets will be an important factor in further maintaining positive trends at the level of the entire tourist year.E”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.At the national level, during the first four months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Slovenia (565.000 overnight stays), Germany (559.000 overnight stays), Austria (435.000 overnight stays), BiH (298.000 overnight stays) and Italy (259.000 overnight stays). overnight stays in hotels (3 million overnight stays) and in households (888.000 overnight stays). “The achieved results of tourist traffic during the extended weekend mark the beginning of the peak of the tourist year in Croatia. This year, a billion euros of investments in tourism await us, through the realization of which, in addition to increasing traffic, it will also be possible to continue the growth of revenues we generate in tourism, which is extremely important for the further development of destinations.” pointed out the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, adding that the positioning of Croatia as an air destination in which 30 million kuna was invested is of great importance for attracting guests in the periods outside the summer months. “In addition to our traditional markets in Europe, we are systematically and systematically working on the best possible positioning of Croatia in distant markets such as China, South Korea and Japan, from which over 300 million tourist arrivals are realized annually. Distant markets are a great opportunity for Croatia not only because they are guests who visit us throughout the year, but they are also guests with above-average consumption. “, concluded Minister Cappelli.Positive trends maintained in AprilIn April, there were 987.000 arrivals and 2,8 million overnight stays in Croatia, which compared to April 2017 represents an increase of 3% in arrivals, while overnight stays were realized at the level of last year’s result. In April, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (821.000 overnight stays), in Kvarner (453.000 overnight stays) and in the Split-Dalmatia County (391.000 overnight stays), while in April 79.000 arrivals and 159.000 overnight stays were realized on the continent. Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje, Osijek-Baranja, Međimurje and Varaždin counties.More than a million overnight stays were realized during the extended weekend In the period from 27 April to 1 May 2018, ie during the extended May Day weekend, 369.000 arrivals and 1,1 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. Compared to the same period last year, ie compared to the results of the extended May Day weekend of 2017, there are increases in arrivals of 33% and 27% in overnight stays.During the extended weekend, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Slovenia (339.000 overnight stays), Poland (116.000 overnight stays), Austria (87.000 overnight stays), Germany (86.000 overnight stays) and Italy (75.000 overnight stays). Looking at destinations, most overnight stays were realized in Dubrovnik (65.000 overnight stays), Poreč (59.000 overnight stays), Rovinj (56.000 overnight stays), Umag (48.000 overnight stays), Medulin (34.000 overnight stays), Zagreb (34.000 overnight stays), Mali Lošinj (32.000 overnight stays). , Tara (30.000 nights), Pula (29.000 nights) and Split (28.000 nights).
Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah “is not available” for a January loan, according to QPR boss Harry Redknapp. Redknapp also said he had not even considered trying to bring in the Egypt international, scotching rumours linking QPR with signing the out-of-favour forward this month. The Hoops boss, who is still looking for another striker despite the arrival of West Ham’s Mauro Zarate, also rejected any fresh interest in Ajax forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, while confirming QPR were only looking at loan deals in the January window. Argentinian forward Zarate has made the switch from West Ham vowing to “show what I can do” after being snubbed by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. Allardyce said Zarate was “not good enough” after falling behind Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll in the Upton Park pecking order. Former Velez Sarsfield star Zarate is yet to deliver on high promise in a turbulent career that includes spells at Birmingham, Lazio and Inter Milan. Redknapp, though, said he had no qualms recruiting a player who had struggled for starts at West Ham, hailing the 27-year-old’s talent. “We hope he comes in and does well for us: he is obviously a player with bags of ability,” said Redknapp. “Sam has got Valencia, Andy Carroll and Sakho scoring goals for fun as well as Carlton Cole, so I could see what Sam was saying that they are flying so he couldn’t get in his side. “My situation is different, I have Charlie (Austin) and Bobby Zamora as two out and out strikers, so it’s different when they have four and we have two. “Hopefully he can come in and make an impact.” Driving rain flooded QPR’s Harlington Sports Ground training pitches on Thursday, but Redknapp sent his players out for training undeterred. “The groundsman is saying the pitch is all under water so we only have about a 10-yard strip to train on, so it is not easy,” said Redknapp. “We haven’t got anywhere else, it’s a problem. “It’s not ideal when you have pitches that flood when it rains heavily. “We will go outside and splosh through the puddles if we have to – we are training outside whether they like it or not. “We’ll go out there for sure.” Press Association “Of course I would take him (Salah) on loan but he is not available,” said Redknapp of the Egyptian, who has been limited to just seven Stamford Bridge appearances this term. “I don’t think Chelsea would loan him, I haven’t thought about him, he’s a good player but I don’t think Chelsea will let him go. “We’re only looking at loans really, a couple of loans, that’s where you’re at. “You can only take two loans from this country so we haven’t got an awful lot left up our sleeve, it’s difficult. “We’d like to have another (striker) if possible, it would help. “It was quite a while ago that we made an approach for him (Sigthorsson). “So there’s nothing happening there, no.” Redknapp admitted QPR’s tricky battle to boost their Premier League survival fight in the January transfer window when limited to loan recruits.
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