As many as 60,210 tourists, of whom 44,390 were foreigners, were registered in Croatia by the evisitor system on Sunday morning, that is on the first day of the new 2017 year, the Tourism Ministry stated on Sunday.
Croatians and foreign tourists converged in cities squares throughout the country for New Year Eve's parties in the night between Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a festive holiday and local cuisine, braving freezing temperature in the interior of Croatia.
A ceremony of menorah lighting in Zagreb's Main Square on Saturday evening was held to celebrate this year's eight-day Hanukkah holiday in Croatia, with the president of the Jewish organisation "Menora", Rabbi Pinhas Zaklos, and Mayor Milan Bandic kindling together the eighth light.
A huge "fritaja", a Mediterranean Croatian dish, was made from 2017 eggs and 50 sausages at noon on Saturday by the local authorities in the city of Pula and the fritaja meals were served to local residents and guests who gathered in the centre of this largest Istrian city.
Some 7,000 local residents and tourists gathered in the central square of the northern coastal town of Novi Vinodolski for a Friday noon celebration at which those revellers saw off the old year and welcomed 2017.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has said in his New Year's message that Croatia is entering 2017 with many challenges and also with restored optimism, emphasising that the main task of his cabinet, inaugurated on 19 October 2016, would be to ensure further economic growth.
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has said that 9 January will be marked in Banja Luka with a high-profile celebration and a parade of local police officers, despite the fact that in 2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina's Constitutional Court declared that holiday of the Serb entity to be in contravention to the Constitution, and nullified a referendum held by the local authorities in Serb-populated areas this past September on that topic.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective presidency chairman, Bakir Izetbegovic, who is the Bosnian Muslim leader, said on Sunday that Bosnian Serb entity president Milorad Dodik and others engaged in the holding of the unlawful referendum on the entity's holiday would have to face the consequences of that "anti-constitutional and illegal act".
Croatia is the most desirable destination in the world according to a comprehensive analysis of Google data, reads an article titled "Mapped: Where the world wants to go on holiday" in the on-line edition of Britain's The Telegraph newspaper.