33,000 Tourists in Croatia ‘A Good Start’, Says Cappelli

Daniela Rogulj

Romulic & Stojcic

Romulic & Stojcic

June 3,  2020 – On Tuesday in Pula, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli assessed that the fact that 33,000 tourists are currently staying in Croatia is a good start, and that number is increasing day by day.

“If someone had told us two months ago that we would have between 30,000 and 40,000 tourists in early June, we probably wouldn’t have believed them. However, these figures are good and represent a good start, and we got this credit thanks to people from the Civil Protection and health workers,” Cappelli said on Slobodna Dalmacija, adding that Croatia, unlike other competing countries such as Italy, Spain and France, prevented the pandemic from spreading in time.

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Commenting on the information that the influential American magazine Forbes listed three Croatian destinations among the 20 safest and best European destinations for post-corona travel and tourism – Zagreb, Cavtat and Rijeka, Cappelli pointed out that Croatia created a great program and received ‘credit in tourism’.

“We have always been recognizable for the safety and nature in Croatia. Now it turns out that security is again the strongest asset of Croatia for this season and I believe that this is the main reason for coming to our country. Croatia managed to defend itself from this pandemic and organize very well,” Cappelli asserted.

He also spoke about the Croatian application for travelers, which he assessed as unique in Europe, because “you can make an announcement in advance and enter the country in five seconds”.

He also mentioned that Croatia is now at 12-13 percent in terms of tourist traffic compared to last year, and he believes that it will reach 30 to 35 percent in the second half of July and the beginning of August.

“It is interesting that in some continental counties we currently have 50 percent of the turnover compared to last year, because in these counties there are mostly domestic guests,” said Cappelli.

On Tuesday in Pula, the Minister of Tourism signed a contract with the director of the School of Tourism, Hospitality and Trade Orhideja Petković to award grants for the Regional Competence Center in Pula worth 44.7 million kuna, and visited tourist facilities in the municipality of Bale where he talked to investors and owners about the state of reservations and expectations from the tourist season after the resumption of tourist activity and the opening of borders.

He also visited the recently completed tourist investment at Villa Noble, worth 13.5 million kuna, and the Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery, where an investment worth over 35 million kuna in accommodation and other facilities was also recently completed.


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