With more than two million overnight stays in 2016, the return of the famous bronze statue of Apoxyomenos and the opening of the unique Apoxyomenos Museum, Lošinj – a destination of health and vitality, achieving another successful tourist year and ranked among the leading Croatian destinations with the most overnight stays.Thanks to the natural resources, diverse offer, numerous investments, but also the responsibility and creativity of the residents who help raise the quality of the offer and the common vision of the archipelago through daily cooperation, in 2016 Lošinj achieved a total 287.582 arrivals (36.964 domestic, 250.618 foreign) and 2.203.155 nights (289.273 domestic, 1.913.882 foreign) and thus surpassed the previous 2015 s 4% more arrivals i 2% more nights. This winter, Lošinj shone in a new Christmas and New Year environment, while offering a rich program of events full of surprises for islanders and visitors. With many animation, entertainment and sports events, cultural sights, restaurants and unique museum institutions have opened their doors to many visitors. Only in the period from December 23 to January 2 on Lošinj was it realized 2.722 arrivals i 8.849 nights.Traditionally, winter on the island has mostly attracted Austrians (52,7%), Slovenes (14,1%) and Croats (12,1%), Germans (10,9%) and Italians (7,2%), and other guests were in a slightly lower percentage (3%). This winter, guests stayed in hotels (2.253 arrivals, 6.487 overnight stays), but also in private accommodation (169 arrivals, 675 overnight stays) and camps (285 arrivals, 1.361 overnight stays) and other accommodation facilities (15 arrivals, 326 overnight stays). “Extremely satisfied with last year’s results, we are entering 2017 optimistically, with a focus on priority products: cultural and health tourism. Also, activities on the implementation of destination brand management continue, such as continuous coordination, development of new products, education and thematic presentations for renters, but also other activities on the ETIS project, and Total quality management, which in addition to quality management in all segments, contributes to quality the lives of our inhabitants. ” said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.Photo: Lošinj, Siniša GulićAlso, based on a 120-year tradition of health tourism, quality destination management and many years of dedicated work and effort, the Island of Vitality is a proud holder of numerous projects and events, but also a winner of world and European awards. Thus, in October, the City of Mali Lošinj was awarded the annual Croatian tourist award for the most successful health tourism destination in the destination category of the year, and the Apoxyomenos on the Island of Vitality project was awarded the Innovation of the Year award. As part of the conference ‘World Green Destinations Day’, Mali Lošinj received the prestigious ‘Top 100 Sustainable Destinations of the World’ certificate in 2016. He is an example of the best practice for quality management in Croatia, and he won the award of the European System of Sustainable Development Indicators (ETIS), ie the award for the breadth and depth of knowledge gained on sustainable tourism practices on the island, in April 2016. “In addition to all the above, new products are being introduced, such as the project for the restoration of the Lošinj camp – Mala barka 2, which was accepted as part of the Mala barka 2 program, ie Interreg Croatia-Slovenia from EU funds for the restoration of historical maritime heritage and cultural labeling project” Kucic concluded.Lošinj is the winner of numerous other international tourism awards based on highly creative quality of work, projects, development programs, tourist presentations and numerous programs that overall contribute to the prosperity, vision and quality of visitors and residents.