“Croatia and China want to expand their cooperation in the tourism sector, which will require introducing direct flights between the two countries, services tailored to Chinese tourists, and simplified visa procedures, Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli and Chinese Ambassador Zhaoming Hu said ahead of the China+16 conference in Dubrovnik.

The conference will be held on September 18-20, and will bring together about 100 participants, including tourism ministers and other officials from most of the 16 Central and Eastern European countries included in the China + 16 platform, as well as representatives of the Chinese tourist industry headed by Culture and Tourism Minister Luo Shugang.

The China +16 platform, launched in Budapest in 2011, aims to boost cooperation between 16 Central and Eastern European countries and China in tourism, energy, industry, infrastructure and transport.

The countries included in this initiative are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.” (N1)