The survey was conducted between April 8 and 15 on a sample of more than two thousand people, and respondents were asked if they were planning a trip after the coronavirus epidemic, and if so, where. Ivana Herceg, Director of the CNTB Representation in Hungary: In contact with partners from the tourism sector, but also according to the interest of the media, we can conclude that there is interest in Croatia There is interest in Croatia in Hungary, both according to the above survey and according to Herceg. “In contact with partners from the tourism sector, but also according to the interest of the media, we can conclude that there is interest in Croatia, as shown by a survey commissioned by the Hungarian Tourist Organization (MTÜ). According to the results of that survey, 51 percent of Hungarians will travel after the pandemic within Hungary, and 12 percent of respondents will travel abroad. Among foreign destinations, Croatia was the most common answer, along with Greece. The results of some other research show even greater interest in Croatian destinations, which is expected because Hungarians love Croatia, which is easily accessible by car, and we should take into account the fact that a large number of Hungarians in our country own real estate and ships.” Ivana Herceg, director of the CNTB office in Hungary / Photo: CNTB “This is supported by the proximity, the possibility of going on vacation by their own transport, the possibility of a quick return in case of any problems, but also the fact that Hungarians know our country well, consider it safe and feel welcome. The fact that a large number of Hungarians stay in private accommodation during their stay is also positive in this situation, compared to competing countries that mainly offer hotel accommodation. We are also supported by the information received from individual partners who informed us that the guests are asking for a change of destination, and that instead of the Greece they paid for, they are asking for a change for Croatia. ”Concludes Herceg. At the end of last year and the beginning of this year, the interest of Hungarians in Croatia increased, which is certainly a good indicator of the positioning of our beautiful country in Hungary. Currently, according to currently available data, the situation in Hungary (2942 colored and 335 dead) is slightly worse than in Croatia. When asked about the current epidemiological situation in Hungary “from within” and what are the announcements and the situation regarding the easing of measures in Hungary, Herceg points out that the situation in Hungary is below the European average in terms of the number of patients. Research data found that once the virus disappeared, 51 percent of Hungarians plan to travel home, and 12 percent of respondents plan to travel abroad. The fact that Hungarians know our country well and that many of them are “regular guests” of certain accommodation providers, will certainly play an important role in choosing this year’s destination for their vacation, Herceg points out and adds that the Hungarian media monitors the situation in neighboring countries. “Croatia is always mentioned as a positive example and in case travel is possible, we believe that part of the Hungarians will traditionally choose Croatia.” Hungarians ask for change of reservations – instead of the Greece they paid for, they are asking for a change for Croatia “Given the number of inhabitants, which is more than twice as high in Hungary than in Croatia, it is expected that there will be a larger number of infected people. Hungary has tested more than 70.000 people and at the moment the number of deaths is 31 per million inhabitants. This number is higher than in Croatia, and compared to the rest of the world, it is an average number of deaths. According to the map of Hungary with the number of infected people, most of them are in Budapest, but the western and southern part of Hungary, along the border with Croatia, are below average in terms of the number of patients. Contrary to the situation in other European countries, in Hungary the measures are still in force, they have even been tightened, so from Monday 27 April it is mandatory to wear a mask in public transport and shops, markets and when visiting institutions. The Prime Minister announced the announcement of a new situation regarding security measures on May 3, until that date leaving the homes is possible only for shopping and personal needs and going to work, but it is not allowed to leave the place of residence” As far as travel is concerned, the entire tourism sector is looking forward to new information, especially after the first inscriptions about the possibilities of the so-called “Tourist corridors”. It is not yet known when the borders will open and which protocol will be used to enter another country, but we are working on a travel protocol at the level of the European Union, but certainly how each country will independently negotiate with neighboring countries through bilateral relations. So is Croatia, and talks have already been opened with Slovenia, the Czech Republic and other countries. When it comes to traveling abroad, the most popular destinations are Croatia and Greece, while in Hungary, Hungarians would travel an average of 227 kilometers and would like an active vacation. “At the beginning of the year, it seemed that this would be another record year for Croatian tourism. In January and February, we achieved growth from the Hungarian market, after a number of years Croatia and Hungary were to be connected by airlines and new itineraries of the largest Hungarian tour operators were being prepared. During April and May, we planned to implement a number of prepared activities, which we had to cancel, and which were to promote different products and different parts of Croatia. Travel agencies are still mainly concerned with cancellations and refunds, but according to some partners, reservations for Croatia are canceled less than in other countries.” Although it is difficult to overlook anything, in case the crisis subsides and the borders open in the next two months, Herceg believes that Croatia could still be the first choice of the majority of Hungarians. Precisely on this topic as well as expectations for this summer season with the Hungarian market, I spoke with Ivana Herceg, director of the CNTB office in Hungary, which points out that Croatia, in the eyes of Hungarians, is justifiably one of the safest destinations, and in these special circumstances, our advantages are even more prominent compared to the competition. More than half of Hungarians are preparing for the trip, according to a survey commissioned by the Hungarian Tourist Agency and sent to us by the CNTB Representation in Budapest. Two-thirds of respondents currently plan to avoid organized travel after the epidemic. Also, what can benefit Croatia, both due to the fact that we are a car destination and positive perceptions of a safe country (reactions to the whole situation in the fight against coronavirus in Croatia), is that according to the survey 61% of respondents will consider which countries are more were affected by the virus in a future trip.