International Mediterranean Tourism conference in Tel Aviv
Croatia and Slovenia: Israeli tourists wanted
Delegations from Croatia and Slovenia are visiting Israel as part of the International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) conference, held this week in Tel Aviv.
Both delegations said that their visit was aimed at promoting bilateral tourism between Israel, Croatia and Slovenia.
The numbers of Israeli tourists travelling to Slovenia and Croatia are growing in recent years, peaking especially in the summer. According to the Slovenian Tourist Board, approximately 28,000 Israeli tourists visit the central European country annually. The number of Israelis in Croatia in 2011 was 34,000.
The two countries have also teamed on a promotional event – "Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia," where Croatian and Slovenian tourist companies will meet with Israeli tourism operators and travel agents.
Slovenia is bordering the Alps and offers a variety of historic sites, Natural reservations, ski sites and spas. The leading tourist attractions are the vacation towns Portoroz and Piran, and the largest in Europe karst caves in Postojna and Skocjan.
Slovenia is also known to host international cultural, sporting, and other events. This year it will host European Capital of Culture in Maribor with several festivals and cultural events.
Croatia, neighboring Slovenia, stretches between the mountains and the Adriatic Sea, and offers an array of activities for tourists and travelers. Bordering the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is nearly three times the size of Israel. Thousands of islands and rocky lagoons spread out almost across the entire length of the coastline, most of them rocky and uninhabited.
Croatia is also home to the city of Dubrovnik, which is a UNESCO world heritage sites. The old city walls hide within them beautiful alleyways and many cultural treasures.