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Croatia's Tourism Sees Strong Recovery with 9% Growth in Arrivals and 3% Growth in Overnight Stays Canva

Croatia's Tourism Sees Strong Recovery with 9% Growth in Arrivals and 3% Growth in Overnight Stays

Written by  Nov 07, 2023

According to the preliminary data from the eVisitor system, which encompasses tourist traffic in both commercial and non-commercial establishments, as well as nautical charter (eCrew system), Croatia has recorded over 19.8 million arrivals and more than 105.8 million overnight stays from January to the end of October, or during the first ten months. This marks a 9% increase in tourist arrivals and a 3% increase in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. These results essentially equal the record year of 2019.

"We are nearing the end of yet another very challenging tourist year, but the dynamics and intensity of tourist traffic, which continue to unfold in our country, are the best indicators of Croatia's increasing recognition as an attractive year-round tourist destination. We are still highly active in promoting our country on numerous foreign markets. Currently, a campaign to promote nautical tourism is ongoing, with plans for a subsequent campaign aimed at encouraging new bookings for the upcoming year. I would also like to remind you of Croatia's presence and representation at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London, one of the world's most important tourism fairs, where 23 co-exhibitors, representing Croatian tourist entities, will be presented at the HTZ stand," stated Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board.

When observing arrivals by counties, during the first ten months, the highest number of arrivals were registered in Istria (4.9 million arrivals, +5% compared to 2022), Split-Dalmatia County (3.8 million arrivals, +11% compared to 2022), Kvarner (3.1 million arrivals, +5% compared to 2022), Zadar County (2 million arrivals, +6% compared to 2022), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (2 million arrivals, +18% compared to 2022), Šibenik-Knin County (1 million arrivals, +3% compared to 2022), and Lika-Senj County (752 thousand arrivals, +14% compared to 2022). In Zagreb, there were 1.1 million arrivals, representing a 21% increase compared to last year, while in the rest of the continental regions, there were more than a million arrivals, a 15% increase compared to last year.

Activities have already begun on all markets to prepare for the new tourist year

"These excellent post-season results confirm that Croatia is increasingly recognized as a year-round destination in the market. This is a clear indicator that we must continue to develop our tourism in this direction. The Government of the Republic of Croatia has created all the prerequisites for our tourism to remain competitive in the future through a strategic and legal framework and secured financial resources for a new investment cycle. Activities have already begun on all markets to prepare for the new tourist year," emphasized Nikolina Brnjac, Minister of Tourism and Sports.

Regarding destinations, the highest number of arrivals during the first ten months was recorded in Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split, Rovinj, Poreč, and Zadar. Looking at source markets, the highest number of arrivals during the first ten months came from Germany (3.3 million arrivals), Croatia (2.5 million arrivals), Slovenia (1.6 million arrivals), Austria (1.6 million arrivals), and Poland (1.1 million arrivals).

In October, there were 1.1 million arrivals and 3.6 million overnight stays in Croatia, according to eVisitor data. This represents a 13% increase in arrivals and an 11% increase in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

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