Croatian museums have recorded millions in losses and a steep drop in visitors, the Museum-Documentation Centre (MDC) noted, writes Jutarnji list.
"As cultural tourism accounts for 40 percent of all tourism in Europe, it was to be expected that even in the period of the 'new normal', the declining trend in the number of tourists will have a strong impact on museum visits and revenues,” stated the MDC.
Adding that “Although we will only be able to determine the exact dimensions of the number of visitors at the beginning of 2021, data on the attendance of these five museum houses, which attract a third of all visitors annually, show that in the summer, tourist months of July and August, there is a decline of 79.18 percent. Dubrovnik museums in 2019 and July had 84,480 visitors, and this year 18,197, or a minus 78.4 percent. The Museum of the City of Split last year in two months in the heart of the season recorded 99,761 visitors, and in 2020 15,589, or a decline of 84.3 percent. The Archaeological Museum of Istria, the absolute champion of attendance for years, lost 55.6 percent of visits this summer and fell in the summer months from 247,344 to 109,687.”