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Dubrovnik wraps up 2018 with a record number of tourists

Written by  Jan 02, 2019

Dubrovnik has once again broken all tourism records in 2018 with 1.27 million tourists arriving in the city throughout last year. According to details released by the Croatian Tourist Board from the 1st of January to the 31st of December 2018 there were 1,271,657 tourist arrivals in Dubrovnik, which is an increase of 8 percent over 2017. And there were 4.14 million overnight stays which is 4 percent more than 2017.

Breaking down these results by category there were 687,555 guests stayed in one of the 51 registered hotels in Dubrovnik, an increase of 6 percent compared to 2017. And of the 4.14 million overnight stays last year hotel accommodation accounted for 2.19 million, or over half the total amount.

In 2017, there were 436,349 guests in private accommodation, an increase of 12 percent compared to 2017, and 1,478,742 overnight stays, which is 9 percent more than in the previous year. These figures just how important private renters are to Dubrovnik’s tourism industry.

The most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik in 2018 came from the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, France, Spain, Croatia, Australia, Italy, Finland and Canada. Tourists from the UK have been the most numerous in Dubrovnik for a number of years, however with the uncertainty of Brexit hanging over the UK the travel plans for Brits this year might change meaning that less tourists visit Dubrovnik. It is also interesting to see the rise of tourists from more far flung destinations in 2018. Three of the most numerous nationalities in Dubrovnik last year had to change flights at least once to reach the city. For example, American tourists were the second most numerous in spite of the fact that there were no direct flights from the States to Croatia in 2018. This will change this year when American Airlines introducing flights from Philadelphia.


According to the system of registration of tourists, eVisitor, there were 5,088 tourists in Dubrovnik for the New Year period. The majority of these guests came from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Italy, USA, Germany, Portugal and Canada.

During the whole of December 2018, tourist arrivals were approximately at the level of the previous year, ie 20,961 tourist arrivals and 48,176 overnight stays. In December, most guests were from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, USA, Korea, Austria, Albania, China, the United Kingdom and Japan.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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