The interlocutors agreed that the two countries maintain close, friendly and excellent political relations, which are continuously sought to deepen in areas of common interest. Tourism is mutually recognized as one of the sectors in which it is possible to strengthen further cooperation. It was signed at the meeting Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of the Republic of Bulgaria for strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism, and which should result in mutual cooperation through the exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices in the field of all forms of tourism. Photo: MINTS This year, which will not be remembered as a reference year due to the coronavirus epidemic, in the first nine months of 2020 we recorded a decrease in arrivals from the Bulgarian market of 76,3% (13 863) and a decrease in overnight stays of 62,2% (46 078) compared to the same period last year. The new EU instrument aimed at the recovery and resilience of the economy to the crisis caused by the coronavirus will be of great importance for further measures, the interlocutors concluded. “We need to maintain that recognition as our permanent trademark. Developing a diverse supply and stimulating demand are a prerequisite for the year-round tourism we strive for. Today we signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Bulgarian side with the aim of expanding tourism cooperation. This Memorandum will enable cooperation through the exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices in the field of all forms of tourism, and especially valuable for Croatia are the Bulgarian experiences in the fields of winter and health tourism., said Minister Brnjac. Minister Brnjac added that such positive results of the tourist season would be difficult to achieve without the existing Government measures to support the tourism sector, but also those that are planned for the coming period, primarily in order to preserve jobs. Bulgaria ranks 39th among emitting markets Brnjac: We can learn from Bulgaria about the development of winter and health tourism The decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia to ensure the sustainability of the tourism sector and quality work of the Civil Protection Headquarters by making the necessary epidemiological decisions contributed to positioning Croatia as a safe destination, said Brnjac and added: Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac held a bilateral meeting with Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Marian Nikolova during her working visit to the Republic of Croatia. According to eVisitor, in 2019 we had an increase of 3% in arrivals (65) from the Bulgarian market and 862% in overnight stays (5), compared to the year before, while this year these figures are declining. Bulgarian tourists mostly visited Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Istria and Kvarner, and most of them mostly stayed in hotel accommodation. In 2019, Bulgaria ranked 39th among emitting markets.