Whereas many destinations in Croatia, especially the northern Adriatic coast, have seen encouraging tourist figures in spite of the travel chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubrovnik has been hit the hardest. As many tourists have decided to hop in their cars and drive to Istria and even Split, especially tourists from Slovenia, Austria and Germany, the southernmost city in Croatia has been off their radar.
Figures just released by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board are testament to the shock waves that the pandemic has sent through the county’s tourism sector. In August, traditionally the busiest month of the year, the absolute height of the season the county saw the number of overnight stays drop by almost half. In August 2020 the whole county achieved 1.17 million overnight stays, which is only 54 percent when compared to the same month last year. And hotels across the county were the hardest hit, with 637,857 overnights stays this August, or just 41 percent of last year’s numbers.
From the beginning of the year to the end of August, there were 416,006 arrivals with 2,465,719 overnight stays, which is 35 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
Since the beginning of the year, most overnight stays were realized by domestic tourists, followed by tourists from Poland, Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and France.