Austria to support any deal between Serbia and KosovoAdriatic Journal 6 November 2018
On an official visit to Belgrade and Priština, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that Austria will approve of any deal agreed between Serbia and Kosovo, including possible border correction and territorial exchanges. “Our position is clear. Austria will accept any agreement that can be reached between Kosovo and Serbia. Nobody will be entitled to contest that agreement”, Kurz said at a press conference with Hashim Thaci. He added this is a joint stance of the EU, even though the German Chancellor Angela Mrkel has been amadamant she is against any border correction. Kurz also told the Austrian news agency APA that his country will now support Kosovo’s efforts to be admitted to the Interpol membership, a reversal from the previous position. During the recent visit by Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić to Vienna, Austrian vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache announced that Austria will not support Kosovo’s admission to Interpol, nor to any international organisation, until a solution is reached between Belgrade and Priština. However, according to APA, Kurz has agreed with Strache and with the interior minister Herbert Kiklo that Austria will accept Kosovo membership.
Croatia has opened its first office of Croatian Natonal Tourist Board in China. The office was opened in Shanghai by the Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenković. “Our opening up to China and to Chinese tourists is a very important part of Croatia’s tourist promotion effort,” Plenković said at the opening. According to data published by Croatia’s eVisitor system, Chinese tourists accounted for aproximately 216,000 arrivals and 315,000 overnight stays in the first ten months of 2018, up 43% and 42% compared to the same period last year. Croatia is also climbing the popularity ladder amongst American tourists. According to a poll conducted by American global travel agency network and published in its Virtuoso Luxe Report for 2019, Croatia ranked amongst top ten most popular countries to visit. The poll included thousands of travel agencies dealing in luxury travel and Croatia ranked second among most popular emerging destinations (behind Japan), sixth most popular destination for Millenial travellers, and eights in its overall ranking of most popular places to visit in 2019.