The Croatian National Tourist Board is participating in the largest annual meeting of the North American Tour Operators Association “2018 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace”, which is being held in its 40th edition this year in Phoenix from November 27 to 30. In addition to the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb, the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik are also participating in this important gathering. Croatia is one of the fastest growing destinations on the American market, said the director of the CNTB Head Office, Kristjan Staničić, and added: “It is a very important and important gathering which, in addition to North American tour operators, ie active members of the USTOA, also attracts many other associate members and representatives of tourist offices and the tourism industry of countries from around the world. This was also an opportunity to meet key partners such as TravelZoo, Collette, Holiday Vacations, Cox and Kings, The Travel Corporation and Stride Travel. “, said director Staničić, PWC / Off the Beaten Track TOP 5 The excellent status of our country in the large American market is confirmed by the results of market research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), whose representatives were one of the speakers at the forum. According to the research, Croatia is included in the top five “Off the Beaten Track” destinations, right after Iceland and Cambodia, and before Colombia and Vietnam.CNTB: We expect growth from US trafficThe CNTB expects the continuation of double-digit growth in traffic from the USA in 2019, in which the new direct flight of American Airlines on the route Philadelphia-Dubrovnik will significantly contribute. According to the eVisitor system, 578 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays were made from the US market so far this year, which is an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Top destinations for American tourists by overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Hvar and Rovinj. Related news:FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USACOMING SOON WITHOUT VISA AND DOUBLE TAXATION WITH THE USA?