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According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, in May 2022 there were 98,175 arrivals and 316,010 overnight stays in Dubrovnik, which is 548 percent more tourist arrivals and 590 percent more overnight stays compared to May last year.
During May, foreign tourists realized 92,117 arrivals and 301,929 overnight stays, while domestic tourists realized 6,058 arrivals and 14,081 overnight stays.
Compared to the record year of 2019, 66 percent of tourist traffic in overnight stays and 62 percent in arrivals was realized in May.
Most guests who stayed in Dubrovnik during May were from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Ireland, Croatia, the Netherlands, Poland and Canada.
According to the type of accommodation, in May there were 58,281 arrivals and 178,409 overnight stays in hotels and 28,483 arrivals and 103,121 overnight stays in private accommodation.
According to the latest data from the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, there are currently around 12,113 tourists in Dubrovnik, most of them from the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, France, Ireland, Croatia, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain and Italy.
From January 1 to May 31, according to the eVisitor system, there were 209,081 arrivals in Dubrovnik, 567 percent more than in the same period last year and 630,111 overnight stays, or 547 percent more last year.
Compared to the record year 2019 from the beginning of the year to the end of May, it is about 63 percent of the realized tourist traffic.
Since the beginning of the year, the most numerous tourists were from the United Kingdom, Croatia, the United States, Germany, France, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, the Netherlands and Poland.
Dubrovnik Airport had a turnover of 214,243 passengers in May, when Dubrovnik was connected to about 50 destinations and will be connected to about 60 international destinations at the peak of the season.
Dubrovnik Airport is connected to New York by United Airlines from intercontinental destinations, four times a week from May 28 to September 29. The first flight was last weekend and the occupancy of the flight was excellent and according to the feedback from the airline the demand in the summer months is very high.
Also, from intercontinental destinations, Flydubai will start flights from Dubai on June 23 to the end of October.
The purchase of real estate could be slowed by the growth of interest rates, Večernji list writes on Friday, emphasizing that the price of residential square metre has exceeded the 2008 peak by 12 percent.
For every hundred properties sold last year in Istria County, foreigners bought 42, in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County 30, Zadar County 29, Šibenik-Knin County 21, Lika-Senj County 23, Split-Dalmatia County 19, Split-Dalmatia County 19 and Dubrovnik-Neretva County 15 properties.
In all these counties, the share of foreigners among buyers has increased significantly compared to the pre-pandemic period, which must have affected the prices of apartments, suites and houses for sale.
In its analysis of the real estate market in 2021, the Croatian National Bank stated that 9 percent more residential real estate was sold last year than in 2019.
According to available data, real estate prices have continued to rise this year throughout Europe, but warnings are coming from America that the overheated market there could be among the first to collapse.
The attractiveness of real estate investments has increased with the reduction of interest rates, and the expected growth of interest rates in Europe could reduce the interest in this form of investment.
The number of purchase and sale transactions increased last year in the entire territory of Croatia, but it was especially pronounced on the Adriatic, so every third real estate sold last year was located in that area of Croatia.
The problem is that less is being built, so last year slightly less than 12 thousand new housing facilities were completed, of which about 3 thousand were in Zagreb. At the same time, total construction costs rose 10 percent last year alone.
In the last 24 hours, 34 new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
These are 15 people from Dubrovnik, nine from Metković, three from Župa dubrovačka and one from Blato, Dubrovačko Primorje, Konavle, Ploče, Pojezerje, Slivno and Ston.
40 people recovered in the past 24 hours - 23 from Dubrovnik, six from Metković, four from Konavle, two from Župa Dubrovačka, and one from Dubrovačko Primorje, Ploče, Ston, Trpanj and Mljet.
In the last 24 hours, 121 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 246,815 samples have been analysed.
Six people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.
Joining the Eurozone will strengthen Croatia's resilience to crises and external shocks, and bring many benefits to citizens and the economy, Croatian National Bank Governor, Boris Vujcic, said in a joint statement Thursday after meeting with European Commission Vice President, Valdis Dombrovskis.
The reason for the meeting was yesterday's report on the convergence of the European Commission and the European Central Bank, in which it is assessed that Croatia is ready for the introduction of the euro.
Vujčić said that the positive assessment of the European Commission on meeting the nominal convergence criteria brings Croatia one step closer to joining the euro area.
"This is the end of the road we set out on in 2017 and we are now bringing it to an end," said Vujcic, adding that it would mean a lot for Croatia and that there would be many more benefits from the introduction of the euro than costs, both for citizens and companies. Joining the Eurozone, the governor said, will make Croatia much more resilient to all the shocks and crises that there are many lately.
"It is certainly much better to be in the Eurozone at the moment than to be outside it," he said.
After Croatia's entry into the Eurozone, the Croatian National Bank will be fully integrated into the euro system, it will become a full part of that system, he said.
The sooner the entry into the Eurozone is better
He stressed that this is the area of the second most important currency in the world and that it will mean progress for us.
Regarding the technical implementation of the changeover to the euro, specifically the operation of ATMs in the transition period, he said that by 31 December most ATMs will be filled with euros, while by 15 January all ATMs will be filled with euros. Part of the ATMs, however, will be filled with Kuna during this transition period. This will be done according to the ATM schedule so that it is the easiest for the citizens.
Asked if this is the best time to introduce the euro, given the global crisis, Vujcic said it would be better if we entered the Eurozone earlier.
"The sooner the entry into the Eurozone is better, this is the best moment we can have and I think it is proof that at the beginning of the pandemic crisis we already had the support of the European Central Bank which would not be possible if we were not very close at that time. This helped us to overcome the pandemic crisis more easily,” said Vujčić, adding that now, unlike most EU countries that are not members of the Eurozone and where interest rates have already risen significantly after the war in Ukraine, interest rates in Croatia have remained the same.
Dombrovskis congratulated Croatia on what he said was a historic achievement, saying that Croatia had met all the criteria set before it, and that Croatia was expected to join the Eurozone after all the formal procedures ahead of us on January 1 next year.
Less than a month remains until the unique musical and stage spectacle in the Pula Arena – An Evening of Klapa music. It is a concert that marks the beginning of the music season in Pula. This traditional Croatian vocal music, which was included in the list of intangible heritage of Europe by UNESCO, will be performed at the Pula Arena on June 18. Klapa, or vocal groups, that will sing some of the most beautiful songs are one of the most famous in the country, including Klapa Cambi, the excellent Klapa Šufit from Split, the famous Klapa Iskon, the Dubrovnik Klapa Kaše, Sv. Juraj Hrm also from Split, Rijeka Luka and Vinčace from Novi Vinodolski.
"The voice is the most beautiful human instrument, and our Klapa singing has no competition, so it is extremely important to produce and promote such concerts and nurture Croatia's intangible cultural heritage," said Tomislav Kasljevic, producer of this Klapa spectacle.
This two-hour program under the leadership of Branko Uvodić will turn the Pula Arena into a small Mediterranean town, and take visitors on a musical journey through the Croatian musical tradition from Dubrovnik to Pula.
Tickets for this event can be purchased via this link
In the last 24 hours, 46 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
These are 19 people from Dubrovnik and Metković, five from Konavle and one from Kula Norinska, Ston and Župa dubrovačka.
39 people recovered in the past 24 hours - 23 from Dubrovnik, five from Župa dubrovačka, four from Konavle, two from Metković and one from Korčula, Lumbarda, Opuzen, Ploče and Vela Luka.
In the last 24 hours, 168 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 246,694 samples have been analyzed.
Eight people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.
According to a report on tportal, from next week the prices of all diesel fuels will go up by as much as 90 Lipa per litre, while gasoline prices will rise by about 70 Lipa per litre.
In other words, a full tank of 50 litres of diesel, which now costs about 650 Kuna, will go to about 700 Kuna. And a full tank of petrol will jump from 700 Kuna to 750 Kuna, or just under 100 euros for a full tank.
This week, let us remind you, on Tuesday the price of basic diesel increased by 22 Lipa per litre and now costs 13.14 Kuna, while the premium is sold at 14.51 Kuna.
So far, more than 6,800 children from war-torn Ukraine have arrived in Croatia, said the Minister of Labour, Family Pension and Social Policy, Marin Piletic, said on Wednesday during a visit to the refugee group. These are children aged 8 to 16.
"We thank everyone who helps the children we want to return them to their country as soon as possible, but we are also ready to integrate them into our society," said Minister Piletić. According to him, by accepting refugees from Ukraine, Croatia responded to the global action to help that country.
"The Croatian government stands by Ukraine politically, economically and emotionally because we know what we went through in the period from 1991 to 1995," said Piletić.
UNHCR Representative in Croatia Anna Rich thanked the Republic of Croatia for its efforts in setting up a comprehensive legislative approach to the reception and care of refugees from Ukraine.
"Most refugees fleeing Ukraine are women and children, and we urge you to remain vigilant about the risk of gender-based violence, human trafficking and other serious protection risks given the population profile and instability of the situation," Rich said.
She added that UNHCR supports the efforts of governments, including Croatian governments, to "increase prevention and protection measures against exploitation and abuse, including raising awareness and providing information to refugees."
The Ombudsperson for Children of the Republic of Croatia, Helenca Primat Dragičević, pointed out that the Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges all states to protect the rights of children, especially vulnerable groups such as children uprooted from Ukraine, due to the war.
18,899 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Croatia so far.