About 70 percent of Norwegians want to travel abroad this year, and Croatia, along with Greece, is their most desirable summer destination, according to a survey by one of Scandinavia's largest tour operators, Apollo.
"Airlines from Scandinavia, and even Norway, are otherwise very careful in setting up routes, but for this season they are planning a significantly higher number of flights to Croatia compared to last year. So now, from several Norwegian cities, the airlines SAS and Norwegian are planning flights to Split and other Croatian airports on the Adriatic ", stated Vedran Sušić, the director of the Scandinavian office of the Croatian National Tourist Board. He considers such plans as showing the trust they have in Croatia as a safe destination in Norway, but also the desire of Norwegians to visit Croatia.
"If the Scandinavian countries allow their citizens to travel abroad, in Croatia we can expect a significant number of tourists from Norway this season, but also from all over Scandinavia," said Susic, adding that good forecasts are based on survey results and answers of 1,500 respondents.
Apollo additionally reports that their bookings are growing day by day, and they are most are interested in foreign trips related to the sun and the sea, accommodation in private accommodation or a small family hotel and package deals that offer a money back guarantee and additional security conditions. Unlike in previous years, this year only 15 percent of respondents said they wanted to travel in an independent arrangement, the statement said.
According to the Croatian National Tourist Board only about 4,000 tourists came to Croatia from Norway last year. Until the pandemic, the Norwegian, as well as the entire Scandinavian tourist market, was growing for Croatian tourism, and in Norway alone in 2019 about 185 thousand tourists came to Croatia.