October 23, 2019 – Camps in Croatia have been named the second-best in Europe, just behind the Netherlands, according to the German ADAC.
T.portal writes that the aim is to become the leading camping destination in Europe, which was concluded at the 13th Croatian Camping Congress held in Sveti Martin na Muri, organized by the Croatian Camping Union (KUH), the association said.
The Congress was inaugurated by Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and was attended by Sandra Herman, Deputy Mayor of Međimurje County and Rudi Grula, Head of the Tourist Board of Međimurje County.
“Investing in the quality of the tourist offer is correlated with the increase in the consumption of guests, and in the camping segment this year alone, we have 15 newly categorized campsites, namely high categories. The future of camping is certainly in an eco-friendly approach, which is also in line with our strategy, which emphasizes sustainability,” said Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli.
Croatian tourism camps account for as much as 23 percent of the capacity and 22 percent of overnight stays. They have a capacity of 248,522 guests, generating approximately three million arrivals and nearly 20 million overnight stays. Of these, almost two-thirds are small family campsites and the rest are medium and large campsites, holiday campsites. Today, around 39 percent have a standard 4+ stars, while in 2007, it was just nine percent. In addition, they now achieve 45 percent more overnights than in 2007.
“The results of this season show that Croatian camping is stabilizing and retaining one of the key places in Europe, although a slight decrease of 0.4 percent is recorded. Repeating these results will only be possible with additional investments, and the involvement of all stakeholders – from the local to the national community, employers, producers and employees in the sector – is important for attracting them. We have the potential to become a leading Mediterranean camping destination, and we believe that through a common approach to development, we will succeed,” said Veljko Ostojic, President of the KUH Executive Board.
The experts discussed the results of this year’s camping season, the problem of tourist land, trends, opportunities to promote and attract tourists from the Polish and Slovenian markets, as well as the opening of new ones.
They also discussed the methodology and procedure of inspection and the possibilities of using cryptocurrencies in camps. In the fair, visitors could see the best practices and trends that await us in the future of camping – from the latest mobile homes and glamping tents to a variety of equipment and services.
Falkensteiner Premium Camping Resort Zadar and Lavanda received special recognition for their quality by Croatia’s Best Campsites, and Val Vidal, Terme Jezerčica and Vita received OK mini-camps awards.
Slovenian Naj Kamp Adria 2019 awarded the quality large camps Valkanela, Čikat and Straško, and small camps Polidor, Mali and Slanica.
This year’s laureates who have made a special contribution to the development of camping in Croatia are Sonja Brocca-Nastić, from the Arena Medulin Camp Group, Arena Stoja and Arena of India, Liviano Kocijančić from Istraturist and Petar Perković, a long-time KUH member.
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