Easter is traditionally the start of the tourist season in Croatia, and after two years of almost inactivity all eyes were on this Easter period to see if the tourism industry was back on track. Although the weather might not have helped, the grey clouds didn’t stop thousands of tourists from coming to Croatia for a pre-season break.
According to first data from the Croatian National Tourist Board a massive 135,000 tourists stayed in Croatia during the Easter holidays from April 15 to 18. A total of 493,000 overnight stays were achieved over Easter, which is 346,000 more than from the same period last year. It would seem that tourism is back on track.
During Easter most tourists were in Istria, about 188 thousand, and in Kvarner, more than 90 thousand, followed by the Split-Dalmatia County, more than 55 thousand, and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, more than 43 thousand, while Poreč, Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split, Umag and Zadar had the most overnight stays.
The most numerous tourists, in terms of nationality, were from Germnay, followed by guests from Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Slovenia.
Commenting on these first data, the Croatian National Tourist Board director, Kristjan Staničić, said that Croatia has the opportunity to enter the main part of the season with extremely favourable results and trends.
"Apart from the excellent results during the extended Easter weekend, we are also pleased that around 145,000 tourists stayed in Croatia on Saturday alone. Making that Saturday the day with the largest number of tourists this year, and we expect positive trends in the continuation of the pre-season, during May and June,” said Staničić.
Since the beginning of the year, 95 percent of overnight stays from the same period in 2019 have been realized.
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, pointed out that the number of 3.6 million tourist nights in Croatia has been exceeded since the beginning of this year, which is 120 percent more overnights than in the same period last year, but also 95 percent of nights from the same period in 2019.
"The results are a confirmation of strengthening the recognition of Croatia as a year-round destination of added value, which is our strategic commitment,” said Minister Brnjac.