The nautical sector in Croatia achieved 75 percent of last year's result in July, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) announced.
As the season progresses, Croatian nautical numbers are getting better, especially in July. Excluding data on mini cruisers, the total decline since the beginning of the year is 59 percent, while in the seventh month it was only 25 percent, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.
President of the Association of Accommodation Providers on Boats - Charter of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Pasko Klisovic points out changes in the structure of guests. According to him in the area of Sibenik the nations that 'disappeared' are Americans, English, French and Scandinavians, but there are many more Croats, Slovenes, Austrians and Germans.
According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the total number of charter guests fell by 65 percent, and 112,810 "charterers" visited Croatia in the first seven months of this year, while in the same period last year that number was 317,700.
At the same time, the decline in more northern marinas such as Punta or Marina Veruda is at the level of 54 percent, while Dubrovnik or Agana have a decline of 85 percent. Central Dalmatia (Sibenik and Zadar) hold 45 percent of last year's turnover.
From the beginning of the year to July 30th, 28,400 foreign yachts and boats arrived, which is 67 percent compared to the same period last year (42,700). For yachts longer than 20 meters, better results were achieved - 669 arrivals in 2020, which is 83 percent compared to 2019, when 780 arrivals of such yachts were recorded.
On the other hand, small multi-day cruise ships had 48,587 guests in the first seven months of 2019, and only 2,690 guests in 2020, a drop of almost 95 percent.
As for the development of the situation until the end of the season, Klisovic is cautiously optimistic.
-Announcements for August and autumn are acceptable, unless there are more situations like with the Dutch who put us on the orange list. All the numbers are falling, but it's certainly better than we feared - Klisovic concluded.