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Croatia could receive more visits from Russian tourists this year compared to the year before, given that some Turkish and Egyptian destinations have closed down so Russian tourism operators and travel agencies are showing more interest in Croatia.

These trends have been indicated at a recently held workshop, organised by Croatian and Russian tourist partners in Moscow. Croatian National Tourism Board director for Russia Rajko Ruzicka said the workshop had a record number of visitors. "This is most definitely one of the most important indicators that the interest of Russian tourists in Croatia is a lot higher than in previous years and we hope that the results of this year's tourist season will confirm that," Ruzicka said.

"Given that Turkey and Egypt are closed to Russian tourists indefinitely, it is expected that Russians will travel to Mediterranean destinations -- Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Croatia and Montenegro. Given that Montenegro does not require visas for Russians, that destination is clearly very interesting to them, but this does not mean that Croatia will not record good results on that market," Ruzicka said.

According to figures provided by the National Board of Tourism, a total of 113,000 Russian tourists visited Croatia last year and generated 866,100 overnights, which is 24.5% and 27.2% percent less than in 2014.

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