Croatia is having a great year when it comes to tourism. Compared to the last year, there is an increase of 800 thousand guests and 1.5 million overnight stays. Every fifth foreign guest in Croatia for the past eight months has been German, followed by Slovenians, Austrians, Poles and Italians.
The family accommodation dominates in the number of overnight stays, with the largest number so far realized in family accommodation: 34.5 million. There were 19.4 million overnight stays in hotels and 6.2 million in campsites. That is the data of eVisitor, system for commercial and non-commercial objects and a nautical charter, for the period from January to the end of August. According to it, in this period Croatia made 16.5 million arrivals (five percent more) and 90.1 million overnight stays (two percent more) ). During the first eight months of 2019, the highest number of overnight stays was recorded in Istria (24.3 million), followed by the Split-Dalmatia County with 16.9 million overnight stays, while Kvarner recorded 16.2 million overnight stays.
The County of Zadar had 12.9 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva 7.2 million and Sibenik-Knin 6.2 million. In the County of Lika-Senj three million nights were spent and in Zagreb 1.7 million nights.
- The first half of 2019, as well as the previous two peak months, July and August, are in line with our expectations and plans this year. In addition to tourist traffic, the data from the Tax Administration is particularly pleasing, with the fact that since the beginning of the year the total value of HRK 20.6 billion has been fiscalized in the segment of providing accommodation and preparation of food and drinks, which is an increase of eight percent, or even 1.6. billion kuna more - said Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli.
August was the most successful tourist month this year, with five million arrivals and 33.1 million overnight stays in Croatia, an increase of eight percent on arrivals and three percent on overnight stays. In August, the highest number of overnight stays was recorded in Istria (8.7 million), while in Kvarner and in the Split-Dalmatia County, 6.3 million overnight stays were recorded. This is followed by Zadar County with 5.2 million overnight stays and Sibenik-Knin County with 2.5 million nights. 2.3 million overnight stays were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
-After a successful peak of the tourist year, we are entering the post-season, for which we launched campaigns in 14 European markets in mid-August. In September and October we expect a repeat of last year's figures or a further increase in arrivals and overnight stays, primarily from the US, China and Korea markets, but also from Russia and France – said Croatian Tourist Bord Director Kristjan Stanicic.
DUBROVNIK IS A TOP DESTINATION
When it comes to airports, Split Airport is an absolute hit when it comes to the number of passengers so far this season and during the peak season. 1,395 million passengers this July and August alone, and as many as 2.5 million passengers in eight months passed through Resnik. At the same time, Zagreb airport had 2.2 million passengers, Dubrovnik 2.1 million, Pula had 605 thousand passengers and Zadar 594 thousand passengers.
Top destinations in the first eight months by number of overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Split and Medulin. At the same time, the city of Split is in the first place in Croatia in terms of the number of nights spent in family accommodation in the past eight months in Croatia. In the family accommodation of Split there was was 1.34 million overnight stays, while Dubrovnik came second with 1.2 million overnight stays in family accommodation. In hotel accommodation, Dubrovnik is the first in Croatia with 1.6 million overnight stays in the past eight months.