August the 18th, 2023 – Istrian accommodation prices are very high this season, but despite that, it is breaking all records when it comes to the entire tourism picture and the numbers being achieved.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, there are currently more than one million tourists in the country, with most of them currently in Istria, where tourism is breaking records, reports HRT. There are mostly no vacancies in Istria’s hotels or campsites to speak of, but some can be found in private accommodation where the number of beds has been increasing rapidly every single year.
Istrian accommodation prices are the highest
In almost every Istrian town, tens of thousands of tourists are currently enjoying themselves. They don’t seem to be remotely put off by the high Istrian accommodation prices, believing that everything costs more nowadays anyway.
“I think Istrian accommodation prices are more or less normal, because everything’s been going up anyway,” said Christine from the Netherlands.
The recent rains only slightly slowed down the influx of tourists flocking to the utterly gorgeous Istrian peninsula, and even those slight minuses were quickly compensated for.
“From the beginning of the year, we’ve had 2.1 million overnight stays, which is one percent better than last year, and as much as three percent better than the pre-pandemic, record year of 2019. The private accommodation sector is performing slightly worse than it did last year, but that isn’t surprising considering the wide range of accommodation now on offer across Istria,” emphasised the director of the Poreč Tourist Board, Nenad Velenik.
More beds in Istria are always being sought
In Poreč alone, there are as many as 700 more beds registered in private accommodation than there were just last year, and those who have been involved in tourism for a long time aren’t complaining.
“We strive to be of high quality, we want our apartments to be clean and we aim to have a certain attitude towards the guests who come to us. We may have lost some guests due to increased prices, but I don’t think we’re missing out on a great deal, the guests who do come here are of a high quality”, said private landlord Adriano Mates.
Hotel companies also increased their prices, but only those who have pumped money into their businesses in the form of investments have increased their prices by over 10 percent. A new recreation area with animation and sports facilities has sprung up in one Istrian camp, making it truly ideal for families with children.
“It’s all very clean and very beautiful, and the sea is also wonderful,” said Alexander from Belgium.
“There’s really a strong demand for more beds, in Poreč alone, we can say that we’re at one hundred percent occupancy of our current capacities,” said the spokeswoman for Blue Lagoon/Plava Laguna, Eva De Zan Prusina.
Istrian accommodation prices may be high, but the offer provided by this beautiful part of Croatia is being constantly worked on. Aims to further extend the season is also a top priority, one such event is certainly the world-famous Ironman race.
“We intend to open three more hotels compared to October last year, the race is already sold out, fifteen hundred competitors together with their entourages are all coming to Istria,” added Eva De Zan Prusina.
The traditionally lower Istrian accommodation prices in autumn are expected to attract many individual guests as well, especially this year when household budgets are being much more closely monitored.