With 2017 ending the final tourism figures for the year have been rolled out and they make pleasant reading for the countries tourism industry. Last year over 17 million tourists visited Croatia which is an increase of one million in comparison to 2016. A massive 100 million overnight stays were achieved, again an increase over 2016 and this time by just under 9 million. The Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, emphasized his delight in the strong growth in tourism over 2017 and commented that the indicators for 2018 were even stronger.
More importantly the growth in financial benefits from tourism in 2017 were larger than 2016. The minister estimated that in 2017 Croatia earnt a whopping 11 billion Euros from the tourism industry, which is a ten percent increase over 2016. These figures have yet to be confirmed, although data is available to show that in the first nine months of last year 8.7 billion Euros was recorded.
The magical number of 20 million tourist is expected in 2018, with a growth of 5 percent indicated. “Croatia is not just a sun and sea destination anymore, Croatia has recorded excellent results outside of the summer season,” concluded Cappelli.