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Croatia to start campaign to woo Indian tourists

Croatia said Bollywood too will be invited to explore the best of the Mediterranean country.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 18:28 IST

To woo tourists from India, Croatia is launching an aggressive publicity campaign and the Bollywood too will be invited to explore the best of the Mediterranean country.

"We are launching this campaign in a very big way. After Chandigarh, we will soon be taking this campaign to Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai," Croatian Ambassador to India Dino Debeljuh told reporters in Chandigarh on Saturday after flagging off a group of Indian tourists to his country.

He said that out of nine million foreign tourists which Croatia receives annually, only about 500 were from India.

"This figure from India is too low and we want that more and more tourists from the country should visit us," he said.

On an average, a tourist visiting Croatia spends about a week there, an indication that tourists simply fall in love with the place which has the combination of sun, snow and the best rock beaches in the world apart from pollution-free environment. The best time to visit is from May to September," he said.

About plans to invite Bollywood, Debeljuh said, "we will provide them the best of facilities and concessions. Film producers can discover Switzerland at very cheap rates in Croatia."

The Ambassador said Croatia was also very keen to increase bilateral trade which stands at $43 million at present.

He said Indian exports to his country were mainly cotton fabric while light engineering machinery was exported from his country to India.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 18:28 IST