On December 14, the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce opened a joint office in Vienna, where their representative office in Austria will operate.
The official opening was attended by, among others, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, the director of the HTZ Representation in Austria Branimir Tončinić and the Croatian ambassador in Austria Danijel Glunčić. At the opening, among other things, the importance of joint action aimed at promoting Croatian tourist and economic potential, as well as Croatia's recent entry into Schengen and the Eurozone, was highlighted.
Apart from the fact that by achieving these goals, Croatia becomes more attractive for investments, our export potential grows, especially for Europe. According to the HGK's analysis, in the industrial sector, electrical machines and parts and pharmaceutical products are the most promising goods for strengthening Croatian exports to Austria, and prospects also exist in the domain of service exports. In the first half of this year alone, the value of providing services reached almost EUR 530 million.
Director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić he emphasized the importance of being present on the Austrian market, which is traditionally in our top 5 emission markets, from which we achieve the best tourism results. The popularity of Croatia in Austria is confirmed by the figures from the system eVisitor according to which the Austrians in the current part of the year in Croatia achieved more than 8 million overnight stays which, compared to the record year 2019, represents a growth of 6 place.
"After the first joint office opened in China, market conditions clearly indicated the need for joint representation on European markets as well. By opening a joint office in Austria, we show how important the Austrian market is for the Croatian economy as a whole, and especially for tourism, since Austrians, along with Germans and Slovenians, are our most numerous and loyal guests. I believe that the joint presence of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Vienna will further strengthen the position of our country on the Austrian market, and I believe that the number of guests from Austria will further increase in the coming years, especially in the pre- and post-season periodsHe said Stanicic.
President of HGK Luka Burilović he emphasized that it is imperative for a successful entrepreneur to enter foreign markets today, with the support of HGK. Austria is currently our sixth export market and the fifth most important foreign trade partner, and Croatia's entry into the Eurozone and Schengen will only deepen Croatia's economic ties with the EU and Austria.
"In the year in which we mark 170 years of activity of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, we have in a certain way completed our return to where we have always belonged, in the circle of European nations and countries that have centuries-old cultural, political and economic ties. I am convinced that the opening of the representative office of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Austria will be an additional wind behind the economic and other forms of cooperation between our two countries." said the president of HGK Luka Burilović at today's ceremonial opening of the Representation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Austria.
"Although we are all part of the single EU market, exchange is largely limited by bureaucratic and administrative obstacles. Finding reliable partners, information and distribution channels is not an easy task, especially for companies that are just growing and have limited budgets. This is precisely the role of the representative office, through facilitating access to information, representing our members before relevant stakeholders in Austria and opening new business opportunities.," concluded the director of the HGK Representative Office Daniela Reinisch.