Udaan to pro­mote Croa­tia

Pro­vid­ing more choice to In­di­ans, Udaan In­dia will pro­mote Croa­tia. Ra­jan Dua, MD, Udaan In­dia says they’ll pro­mote the des­ti­na­tion pri­mar­ily among MICE and FIT pas­sen­gers.

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So far, In­di­ans com­ing to Croa­tia have just been com­ing through an ar­range­ment with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries like Italy, Aus­tria and Hun­gary, but now the time has come that Croa­tia be­comes a des­ti­na­tion for In­di­ans. This state­ment by Amir Muharemi, Am­bas­sador of The Repub­lic of Croa­tia to In­dia, set the tone for the launch of Na­maste Croa­tia, an ini­tia­tive by Udaan In­dia, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Uni­line to pro­mote Croa­tia in In­dia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Talk­ing about Croa­tia’s po­ten­tial as a tourist des­ti­na­tion and the In­dia mar­ket, Muharemi said, “Croa­tia is a coun­try that caters to tourists and we wel­come In­di­ans to Croa­tia. We have very long coasts, Croa­tia is fa­mous for 1,247 is­lands, so as a tourist des­ti­na­tion it is one of the most beau­ti­ful coun­tries in Europe with tourists, tra­di­tion and ca­pac­ity. Who­ever comes from In­dia falls in love with Croa­tia. Un­for­tu­nately, so far we have not put in so much ef­fort, we haven't worked with tour agents and did not have or­gan­ised travel from In­dia. But now we in­tend to make ef­forts to bring In­dian tourists in an or­gan­ised way.”

Even be­fore the launch, Udaan In­dia has started get­ting queries for Croa­tia and Ra­jan Dua, MD, Udaan In­dia, is happy with this pos­i­tive re­sponse. He said, “Our key play­ers are MICE and FIT pas­sen­gers. There is a lot of un­tapped po­ten­tial, as In­di­ans are al­ways look­ing to dis­cover a new des­ti­na­tion. The coun­tries that have be­come popular among In­dian hol­i­day­ers in the last 5-6 years are des­ti­na­tions that weren't pro­moted in In­dia. Croa­tia’s ad­van­tage is that it is in Europe and be­cause of this also bookings will pick up. Also, it is a very safe des­ti­na­tion, the peo­ple are warm, the in­fra­struc­ture is su­perb, the her­itage cul­ture what they have main­tained is also very good. I don’t think the coun­try lacks any­thing.”

Talk­ing about visa is­sues, he said, “Schen­gen visa is valid for Croa­tia which is now a part of the Euro­pean Union. In the next 6-7 months time, they will be a part of Schen­gen, peo­ple who don't have a Schen­gen visa can ap­ply for a visa in the em­bassy of Croa­tia in Delhi, they also have an hon­orary con­sul in Mumbai.”

Schen­gen visa is valid for Croa­tia which is now a part of the Euro­pean Union. In the next 6-7 months time, they will be a part of Schen­gen, peo­ple who don't have a Schen­gen visa can ap­ply

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