July, the height of the tourist season, in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was yet another challenging month for the tourism industry with occupancy rates down 60 percent on last year. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Dubrovnik region the hardest, with flights severely limited and hotel rooms and private accommodation half full. Whereas other regions, especially the north of Croatia and Istria in particular, are seeing growing numbers of tourists Dubrovnik is still way down on numbers compared to previous years.
During July 2020, there were 132,173 tourist arrivals and 862,649 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, this means that across the county only 41 percent of the overnight stays, compared to July 2019, were achieved.
And without doubt the main reason for these less than impressive figures are the lack of guests from the county’s traditional travel markets, such as the UK, US, South Korea and Australia. In fact, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board stated that “Absence of tourists from the USA, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and other intercontinental tourists and tourists from a number of European countries such as Finland, Norway, Ireland (countries where Croatia is among the countries with mandatory fourteen-day quarantine upon return into the domicile country), strongly reflects on the tourist results in the Dubrovnik - Neretva County.”
There are currently, 36,624 tourists vacationing in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, of which 29,190 are foreign guests and 7,434 are domestic, which is 50 percent down when compared to the same day last year. The most numerous are domestic tourists, followed by tourists from Poland, Slovenia and Germany.
22,000 tourists are currently vacationing in private accommodation, or 53 percent of traffic since the beginning of August 2019, while about 8,000 tourists are registered in hotels, which is 39 percent compared to the beginning of August last year.