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First tourist train from Czech Republic arrives in Croatia since COVID-19 outbreak

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First tourist train from Czech Republic arrives in Croatia since COVID-19 outbreak

A train with 550 tourists from the Czech Republic arrived in Croatia’s coastal city Rijeka on Wednesday morning, the first of its kind since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the two countries months ago.


The Czech tourists were welcomed by the Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Capelli and Rijeka Mayor Vojko Obersnel before going to numerous tourist spots by the Adriatic Sea where they will spend the summer.

At the border, the epidemiological services checked the health condition of the passengers, and upon the arrival of the train in Rijeka, special teams made disinfection.

The tourist train of the Czech company RegioJet will take tourists from the Czech Republic to Croatia three times a week during July and every day in August. The price of a return ticket is between 22 and 30 euros.

So far, 30,000 tickets have been sold. The train departs from Prague, with a stop in Bratislava and Ljubljana.

According to statistics released by the Croatian National Tourist Board on Wednesday, around 1.6 million tourists visited Croatia over the first six months of 2020, generating 7.6 million overnight stays, down by 70 percent from the same period last year. The numbers also include domestic tourists, who accounted for 31 percent of overnight stays.

(XINHUA)

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