According to the initial data from the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic in commercial and non-commercial facilities as well as nautical charter (eCrew system), Croatia recorded more than 375 thousand arrivals and 941 thousand overnight stays in November. This represents a growth of 13 percent in arrivals and 1 percent in overnight stays compared to the same month last year.
"The Croatian tourism sector has successfully maintained the upward trend in traffic during November, and we have entered the last month of the year in a very positive atmosphere. Our country is currently hosting attractive and interesting Advent programs, so we expect increased tourist traffic in December with numerous domestic and foreign guests, especially those from our neighbouring markets such as Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and others. Our goal is to further strengthen Croatia's tourism results in December, both in terms of tourist traffic and record-breaking revenue," said Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, adding that the promotional campaign to encourage bookings and new reservations for 2024 has just started in the emitting markets.
Has Croatia developed winter tourism?
Looking at the counties, during November, the most overnight stays were recorded in Istria (150,000), Kvarner (148,000), and Split-Dalmatia County (129,000). Regarding destinations, the most overnight stays in November were recorded in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija, and Zadar.
"The tourism results we have achieved throughout this year confirm that we are achieving the strategic goals of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in terms of developing year-round and regionally more balanced tourism. Considering the beautiful holiday events throughout Croatia, I am confident that we will conclude this year extremely successfully. Alongside the successful completion of this tourism year, a series of preparatory activities for the next one has already been implemented, from participating in fairs to presenting in various markets, and I believe that we will enter 2024 with an even stronger positive trend in the development of our tourism throughout the year," emphasized Nikolina Brnjac, Minister of Tourism and Sports.
In November, the most overnight stays were made by guests from Croatia (314,000), Slovenia (87,000), Germany (64,000), Austria (63,000), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (56,000). Looking at the type of accommodation in November, the most overnight stays were recorded in hotels (532,000) and private accommodation (190,000).
Cumulatively, there were 9 percent more arrivals and 3 percent more overnight stays. According to eVisitor system data, from January to the end of November, a total of 20.2 million arrivals and 106.8 million overnight stays were recorded in Croatia. This represents a growth of 9 percent in arrivals and 3 percent in overnight stays compared to last year, while compared to 2019, it represents an equalization of results.