Croatia shows huge growth in tourism

Published on : Wednesday, September 11, 2019

From Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, a total of 16.5 million tourists visited Croatia, which is five percent more than the same time in 2018, the Ministry of Tourism announced. The number of overnight stays increased 1.7 percent to 90.1 million, Trend reports citing Xinhua.


International tourists made up 14.7 million of all arrivals (+5 percent) and 79.1 million overnight stays (+1 percent). Also, the number of local tourists grew by 10 percent and 7 percent in overnight stays.


Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli explained on Tuesday that the outcome of the results for the initial eight months is in line with expectations and future plans for this year. He emphasized the positive trends regarding financial results.


“According to the Tax Administration, a total of 20.6 billion kuna (3.1 billion U.S. dollars) has been realized in the segment of providing accommodation and serving food and drinks. It is an increase of eight percent or 1.6 billion kuna (240 million U.S. dollars),” Cappelli explained.


In July and August, at the time of high tourism season, the recent results show a small backlog of tourists in July (-0.7 percent) but very successful August (+8 percent). In total, there were 333,000 more visits and 476,000 more overnights stays compared to the same two months of last year.


On Tuesday, Kristjan Stanicic, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, stated that they anticipate a repeat of 2018’s figures in September and October and a further rise of arrivals and overnight stays from the long-haul markets such as the U.S., China, and South Korea.


As per the Croatian Tourism Ministry, the number of Chinese tourists in Croatia is still growing. In the first eight months this year, 181,532 Chinese tourists have visited Croatia (+31.1 percent) and there were 271,933 overnight stays (+31.7 percent).

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