Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Monday that China's constructive role in the international community contributed to the further development of relations between Croatia and China and that the two countries' "committed friendship" was important in today's world that was faced with a growing number of challenges.
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.
Europe was gearing up for New Year's Eve celebrations on Saturday after Australia kicked off the party with a dazzling fireworks display, with police and event organizers across the globe boosting security in response to recent attacks.
Celebrations in Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific region kicked off a night of revelry on Saturday under stringent security as partygoers elsewhere round the globe geared up to ring in the new year.
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.
The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is making preparations for a splendid open-air New Year Eve party to usher in 2017, however, discussions on a ban on alcoholic beverages in the square that will be the venue of the New Year Eve concert have cast some doubts on the organisers' assertion that this will be the most spectacular outdoor New Year party in the wider region since the war.
The terror alert in Munich was lifted Friday as investigators puzzled over the identities of potential attackers implicated in an intelligence tip-off that prompted the closure of two train stations on New Year's Eve.
Several thousands gathered in Zagreb's central square for an open-air New Year's Eve party where local pop and rock bands played. The Croatian capital also organised a fireworks display like those in major cities in the world.