As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, there are currently around three and a half thousand guests staying in the wider Kvarner area, which is a very good number for this time of year. The announcements are good for spring and summer across nearby Istria as well.
However, there are more and more warnings that we have to change the trends within the Croatian tourism sector. Overcrowding is an issue nobody enjoys and which is increasing, the real estate business is booming, and the prices of both accommodation and services are rising. And it won’t stop there…
Winter is coming to an end and this country’s most faithful guests of all, the Germans and Austrians, are busy warming up after the cold. Owing to that, gorgeous little Opatija, a favourite of both the Germans and the Austrians, is never empty.
“We’re happy that in just the first two months of this year we achieved even 40 percent more overnight stays than we did back during the record year of pre-pandemic 2019. But that’s a trend where, for a decade or so now, we’ve been see an increase in the number of arrivals outside of the main summer season from year to year,” stated Irena Persic Zivadinov, the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board.
Kvarner’s many hotels have prepared various arrangements and packages aimed at attracting guests for the Croatian 2023 tourist season, but they’re now more expensive, writes N1.
“Considering the input costs, of course the situation is very uncertain for the entire market. We’re really trying to be flexible here, but we’re also working in accordance with the rate of inflation on the entire price policy. In accordance with the rate of inflation, there will probably be an increase in prices, but again, we’re doing our best to be fair,” Ivan Sarajlic, the spokesman of a hotel group, stated.
Impressions from the largest tourist exchange which was recently held in the German capital city of Berlin are still settling in. The Germans traditionally love Croatia and have been among the country’s most faithful and most frequent visitors of all for many years, but even they are raising their eyebrows at some of the prices nowadays.
“Now some other countries in Croatia’s immediate neighbourhood are already seriously competing with us, such as Montenegro, which is fighting for Western tourists after losing Russian and Ukrainian tourists, and there is also Albania with its beautiful coast, which is very competitive both in terms of quality and values. The Germans are saying Croatia has become too expensive,” warned tourist consultant Nedo Pinezic.
Both expensive and overcrowded, warned Istria County’s prefect, as the Croatian 2023 tourist season rapidly approaches.
“I think that, when we talk about quantity, we’ve reached that certain maximum. Istria has 468,000 registered beds. If 200,000 of us live there and take into account the number of unregistered facilities among that, the question is to what number we can go? Has Istria exceeded its limit in this sense? I think it has,” said Boris Miletic.
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