Overpriced Accommodation for Ultra Weekend a Thing of the Past?

Daniela Rogulj

You may not have to opt for a tent on a balcony during this year’s Ultra…

According to data from the eVisitor system, 289,010 tourist arrivals and 734,436 overnights were realized in Croatia in the first half of 2018, which is a 21 percent increase in arrivals and a 20 percent increase in overnight stays compared to last year, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on July 4, 2018. 

During the first half of the year, most guests were from the United Kingdom, the USA, and Germany. According to all the announcements, the continuation of a successful tourist year is ahead of us, and some of the attractions drawing travelers to Croatia are the numerous manifestations that will satisfy the tastes of all ages and interest groups of visitors, says the Split Tourist Board. 

One of the events that should fill the tourist beds in Split will definitely be the Ultra Europe music festival, held this year from July 6 to 8 at Poljud. In the past years, huts and tents were rented on balconies for 100 euros per night during the event, and the price of an overnight stay in a three-star apartment was about 250 euros.

However, overpriced accommodation seems to be a thing of the past, and this year, Split will see many empty beds during this enormous electronic music festival. To be clear, this is not because there will be fewer visitors to Ultra, but because the number of beds in Split and the surrounding area has far exceeded the demand for them. On the bright side, this is why you’ll see a considerable drop in the price of accommodation.

Namely, Split currently has 33,201 tourist beds, which is about 4,000 more than the same time last year – and the number of beds in family accommodation has increased to 23,000. Additionally, the number of newly registered facilities for the provision of household services is increasing at the speed of light – and there are almost 170,000 beds in them!

Apart from a surplus of beds, weaker bookings are also partly due to the fact that this year’s Ultra is held a week earlier than usual, during the well-known “July tourist hole” period – and do we have to mention the obvious World Cup?

Even so, on Booking.com just two days ago, 464 objects were available during Ultra, or 10 percent of the advertised accommodation capacity on the internet platform. After searching for accommodation for four people from July 5 to 9, a diverse and quality offer including a wide range of prices was found. 

Such an arrangement at the Radisson Blu Resort in Trstenik would come to about 30,000 kuna, while private accommodation ranges from 3,000 to 6,000 kuna depending on the layout and location of the premises.

There are still more vacant beds on Airbnb during Ultra – and up to 14 percent! The average overnight rate is 134 euros, though for 80 euros, you can find excellent apartments in the city center, which was impossible in previous years. Moreover, festival-goers can rent a tent for two near Poljud at a ridiculous price of 25 euros per night! 

If you’re still scrambling to find a place for this year’s Ultra, don’t fret. 


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