destinations to keep on your radar for 2006
By Jessica Labrencis, SmarterTravel.com (Posted 1/11/2006 3:38 PM)
the latest country in Europe with "hidden gem" status. However,
according to the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), Croatia
began experiencing a boom in tourism in 2005, one that is likely to
increase even more over the next few years. This Mediterranean country
has plenty of things to offer visitors, from its capital city, Zagreb,
to the islands scattered along the Dalmatian Coast, and the old city
of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
At the time of publication,
mainstream vacation-package providers had not yet begun offering many
Croatia packages. However, booking airfare and accommodations separately
allows for greater freedom in traveling the country and selecting hotels.
As an added benefit, Croatia is not in the European Union, so prices
in the Croatian kuna may not be as expensive the prices listed in euros
in other European countries.