According to data from the eVisitor system that contain tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), tourist traffic in Croatia in the first six months of 2017 recorded a significant increase in comparison to the same period last year.
The data show that 5,7 million arrivals and 22,9 million overnight stays were achieved in the first half of this year, i.e. 22 percent more in arrivals and 23 percent more in overnight stays compared to the first six months of 2016.
Foreign tourists realized 4,8 million arrivals and 20 million overnight stays, up 24 percent in both categories, whilst domestic tourists also realized a significant increase in arrivals (14%) and overnight stays (20%).
Most overnight stays were achieved by tourists from Germany (4,9 million), Austria (2,2 million), Slovenia (almost 2 million), the UK (1,3 million) and Poland (1,1 million).
When it comes to tourist traffic by Croatian regions, the most successful was the Istria County with 6,8 million overnight stays, followed by Kvarner (3,9 million) and the Split-Dalmatia County (3,9 million).
As far as Croatian destinations are concerned, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Dubrovnik, followed by Rovinj, Porec, Zagreb and Split.
When it comes to accommodation facilities, out of the total number of overnight stays achieved in the first half of this year, most of them were realized in hotels (8,72 million), household facilities (5,48 million) and camps (4,24 million), whilst over 890,000 overnight stays were recorded in the nautical charter.
''The results of tourist traffic in the first six months of this year only confirm that Croatia has become a year-round destination'', commented the Croatian Minister of Tourism Garri Cappelli.
Cappelli also added that apart from traditional tourist markets such as Germany, Austria and Slovenia, Croatia’s tourist industry also achieved excellent results on the markets of the United Kingdom, Poland and the US, with a growth of over 30 percent. ''Numerous new flights that have been introduced this year have significantly contributed to these great results'', said Cappelli.
Furthermore, high growth in physical tourism indicators Croatia also recorded in June, when 2,7 million arrivals and 13,5 million overnight stays were recorded by the eVisitor system i.e. 32 percent in arrivals and 33 percent in overnight stays more compared to the same period last year.
Out of the total number of arrivals and overnight stays in June 2017, foreign tourists realized 2,4 million arrivals and 13 million overnight stays, or 34 percent more on an annual level, whilst domestic tourists recorded a rise of 18 percent in arrivals and 28 percent in overnight stays.
Most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (3,45 million), Austria (1,24 million), Slovenia (1,18 million), the Czech Republic (795,000) and Poland (789,000). In June, the most successful Croatian region in terms of overnight stays was the Istria County with 4,26 million overnight stays followed by Kvarner (2,49 million) and the Split-Dalmatia County (2,39 million).
In addition, the Croatian Ministry of Tourism also published data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB) , according to which tourism revenues in the first three months of this year amounted 395,9 million Euros, or 2,3 percent more than in the same period last year.