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Outgoing Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Sinisa Hajdas Doncic and Korean Ambassador Hyung-won Suh on Wednesday signed an agreement on air traffic facilitating the establishment of a regular direct flight service between the two countries, the ministry has reported.

The agreement will enable the introduction of direct flights between the two countries, which will boost further growth in tourism arrivals. Over the past few years Korea has become Croatia's most dynamic tourist source market, with the most tourist arrivals from outside Europe, a press release says.

In the first ten months of this year, more than 300,000 Koreans visited Croatia and before the year's end that number could be more than 350,000.

Korean media and tourism web sites describe Croatia as a small central European country with cozy beaches and picturesque Mediterranean towns and affordable prices, the ministry reported.

"Today's agreement is the result of strong interest in further advancement of exceptional bilateral relations and economic growth between the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Korea and sets an international legal framework in the area of civil aviation between the two countries and facilitates the establishment of transport connections and the movement of passengers and goods," the ministry's press release says.

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