ZAGREB, Oct 11 (Croatia Sun News) – Some 300,000 Chinese tourists visited Croatia last year and about 500,000 have visited the country already this year, the Chinese Ambassador to Croatia, Xu Erwen, said during her inaugural visit to the coastal city of Zadar on Friday.
Her working meeting with Zadar County officials focused on investment opportunities, with emphasis on renewable energy sources and health tourism.
“This is my first visit to a county since I assumed my ambassadorial duties in Croatia. My impressions are very positive. This is a fascinating place for me and my associates, not just because of the rich history and cultural heritage, but also because people are friendly towards Chinese citizens. I am here to deepen our cooperation, and we know that considerable progress has been made in the past years, for which great credit also goes to County Prefect Longin,” Xu said.
She said she was encouraged by the cooperation, especially in infrastructure, seaport and air transport, clean energy, tourism, primary industry, education and culture.
“The Chinese premier visited Croatia in April for the 16+1 Summit, which has raised our relations to a new level. Our economic relations are making fast progress, investments are growing in many areas. The construction of the Peljesac Bridge is proceeding well, and many of our investors are encouraged by this project and are coming to Croatia. We are investing in wind farms, a solar power plant, and we are also coming to cooperate in the primary industry – milk, olive oil, wine and truffles are becoming increasingly popular on the Chinese market,” the ambassador said.
County Prefect Bozidar Longin thanked the Chinese ambassador for choosing Zadar County for her first official visit, noting that Zadar, along with Venice, was the only Mediterranean port included on the Maritime Silk Road.
“We secured that last year at the Boao Forum where I had the chance to participate in one of the panels,” Longin said, adding that the ambassador expressed her satisfaction that Zadar County had established friendly relations with Hainan Province, one of China’s most developed regions, whose development is mostly based on tourism.
Citing Zadar’s port of Gazenica and airport, Longin said that Zadar County wanted to become a strong transport hub, adding that during their visit to Hainan he and county officials had met with officials from Hainan Airlines.