At the 9th edition of the conference, cooperation agreements were signed with Osijek-Baranja County and representatives of South Korea. In front of Chinese tourist agents, Tatjana Roth, Head of the Administrative Department for Continental Tourism, presented the tourist offer of Osijek-Baranja County with the aim of more active Chinese travel agencies and stronger attraction to eastern Croatia, especially Kopački Rit, historical and cultural heritage of Osijek, natural beauties of Baranja and gastronomic and oenological offer. Source / photo: Osijek-Baranja County The organizers of the conference and the highest representatives of the tourist associations of Zhejiang Province and the city of Jiaxing, announced a visit to Croatia in the second half of the year to intensify this cooperation. Zhejiang Province, with a population of 57 million and a GDP of $ 850 billion, is one of the richest Chinese provinces destined to develop tourism cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Tourists from China, in addition to the sun and the sea, are increasingly looking for facilities that Slavonia abounds in. Kopački rit Nature Park, often called the European Amazon, Eugene of Savoy Castle in Baranja, Gutmann Palace in Belišće, Prandau Norman Castle in Valpovo, Pejačević in Našice and Osijek and Mailath in Donji Miholjac, exude history preserving the century-old tradition of the region. And in order to celebrate the Croatian-Chinese Year of Culture and Tourism, Osijek-Baranja County will organize a three-day Silk Road Festival. “From Jiaxing we bring only positive impressions through friendly hosts, and in the next visit we will prepare concrete projects for cooperation. They expressed interest in Croatian wines and natural environments. The visit of Chinese tourists to Croatia, after the success of our Vatreni at the World Cup in Russia, increased by 300%. They are more and more interested in tourist tours of continental Croatia, where our advantage is. We invited them to visit Slavonia during the Days of Croatian Tourism, which are being held on the continent for the first time this year.”, Concluded the prefect Anušić. “With a working visit to this part of China, we want to encourage the raising of investment activities in our county and support cooperation in tourism. We signed a cooperation agreement between the Tourist Association of Zhejiang Province, the Tourist Association of Jiaxing City and Osijek-Baranja County”, Said Prefect Anusic. “After the signing of this agreement, we expect that the tourist cooperation between China and Croatia will increase and that the tourist exchange will grow day by day. We have already communicated more concrete plans. Now it is about tourism, and the next topic will be the expansion of mutual economic cooperation, for which we have agreed on another meeting by the end of the year.” A three-day “International Conference on Cooperation in Tourism Jiaxing City 2019” was held in the Chinese city of Jiaxing, with the participation of a delegation from Osijek-Baranja County led by Prefect Ivan Anušić. The aim of this traditional tourism conference is to encourage cooperation in tourism between Chinese and foreign tourism agencies, government institutions and associations active in the tourism sector.