At the 66th meeting of the Commission for Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), held in Athens, Croatia was elected a member Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization for the period 2021 - 2025
The Republic of Croatia has been a member of the UNWTO since 1993 and we actively participate in its work as a member of numerous committees. The task of the Executive Council is to take all necessary measures, in agreement with the Secretary General, in the period between the two sessions of the General Assembly, to implement its own decisions and resolutions of the General Assembly. The Council meets at least twice a year. The main role of the UNWTO since its inception and even today, is to serve as a global forum for tourism policy and other issues related to tourism.
"We are extremely proud that Croatia has been elected a member of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization, which confirms the value of Croatia not only as a destination but also as a leader in world trends in tourism management and development. Through our work in the UNWTO Executive Council, we will continue to work on promoting sustainable tourism development, protection and valorization of cultural and natural heritage, digital transformation and, above all, greater added value of tourism for local communities.", Said the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac, referring to the results of the elections of the new member states of the Executive Council.
The 66th meeting of the Commission for Europe discussed the importance of tourism for economic recovery, with an emphasis on sustainable development to ensure the long-term success of tourism in the world. The current situation in the tourism sector and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of tourism were also discussed, especially taking into account the results during the first quarter of 2021.
Namely, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the arrivals of international tourists decreased by 83% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year.
Between January and March 2021, destinations worldwide welcomed 180 million fewer international arrivals than in the first quarter of last year. The Asia-Pacific regions continued to suffer the lowest levels of activity with a 94% drop in international arrivals during the three-month period. Europe recorded the second largest decline with -83%, followed by Africa (-81%), the Middle East (-78%) and the Americas (-71%).
We would like to remind you that, according to data from the eVisitor system, Croatia has had 1,1 million arrivals and 4,3 million overnight stays since the beginning of the year, ie an increase of 52 percent in arrivals and 46 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.
On that occasion, Minister Brnjac presented a number of activities carried out by Croatia in order to ensure the highest quality business in tourism and set high safety standards such as the Safe stay in Croatia project, setting up additional points for testing tourists, co-financing tests and vaccinating tourism workers. . In addition, the Minister pointed out that Croatia has already started using EU digital Covid certificates, emphasizing that a uniform certification system is a prerequisite for the faster establishment of tourist flows.