Croatian tourist pearl Dubrovnik was declared the best cultural destination for 2019 by many readers and users of the popular American tourist platform AFAR. Growth of arrivals and overnight stays from the USA “This award at the very end of the tourist year is an additional confirmation of the popularity of Dubrovnik, but also of Croatia as a whole in our extremely important and large American market. I extend my sincere congratulations to all Dubrovnik tourist workers, as well as to the citizens of this city, which for many tourists is the main motive for coming to our country.”, said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that during the next year intensive work will be done on the realization of all the potentials that our country has in the American market, which is why next year the CNTB will open an office in Los Angeles. “Cultural and historical heritage, excellent tourist infrastructure and high quality service make Dubrovnik a tourist city for all seasons. Of particular importance in the overall offer is the cultural offer, from the very significance of the city, which next year marks 40 years of UNESCO protection, to numerous festivals, concerts and other cultural events that our guests are happy to visit. Thus, the AFAR award for the best cultural destination is the best confirmation of the quality and well-balanced cultural offer, both for domestic and foreign visitors. “, commented Romana Vlašić, director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. “As one of the most desirable destinations in Europe, Dubrovnik captivates many American tourists with a combination of history, culture, natural beauty, gastronomy and mild Mediterranean climate., said the director of the CNTB Representation in New York Ina Rodin, saying that this recognition AFARA further confirms the popularity of our country in the US market, but also the fact that promotional activities and numerous projects have significantly contributed to the popularity and visibility of Croatian destinations. This is an award given by this organization within the category of destinations, and it was Dubrovnik that won the most votes of many American travel lovers in the selection of over 100.000 voters. Side dish: Travelers’ Choice Awards: The Top Destinations for 2019 In Croatia, from January to the end of November this year, there were about 580.000 arrivals and 1,6 million overnight stays from the US market, which is an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. The list of the most popular Croatian destinations that American tourists prefer to choose is led by Dubrovnik, where more than 140.000 arrivals and about 410.000 overnight stays of American tourists were realized.