In 2016, there were 15,594,157 arrivals and 78,049,852 overnight stays in tourist accommodation in Croatia.
Thus, there was an 8.7% increase in arrivals and a 9.0% increase in overnight stays in 2016 when compared to 2015, says the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS) as a summary of the record-breaking season in Croatia. HRTurizam reports the details on February 10, 2017.
Of the total number of tourists, foreign guests made up 88.5% of the arrivals, while domestic guests made up 11.5% of the arrivals. A 7.6% increase was recorded in the arrivals of domestic tourists, while there were 8.9% more foreign tourist arrivals in 2016 compared to 2015.
Foreign tourists achieved 92.5% of overnight stays and domestic tourists made up 7.5%. The number of overnight stays by domestic tourists increased by 2.0% in 2016, while the number of foreign tourists increased by 9.6%.
Foreign overnights were realized by tourists from Germany (23.7%), Slovenia (9.9%), Austria (9.0%), Italy and Poland (both at 6.9%), Czech Republic (6.6%), the United Kingdom (4.2%), the Netherlands (3.7%), Slovakia (3.6%) and Hungary (3.5%), totaling to 78.0%. Tourists from other countries realized 22.0% of the overnight stays.
In the structure of overnight stays, most overnights were recorded in the following counties: Istria (29.6%), Split-Dalmatia County (19.1%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (17.9%), Zadar (10.5%) and Dubrovnik-Neretva County (8.7%), totaling to 85.8%. Other counties realized 14.2% of the overnight stays, and all of these counties saw an increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays in 2016.
The most arrivals were recorded in these following counties: Istria (11.7%), Dubrovnik-Neretva (10.8%), Split-Dalmatia (10.7%), Zadar (5.6%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (4.9%). The most overnights were recorded in the following counties: Split-Dalmatia (12.0%), Dubrovnik-Neretva (11.3%), Istria (10.3%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (7.0%), and Zadar (5.0%).
Dubrovnik achieved the most overnight stays in 2016, with 3,371,075 overnight stays in tourist accommodations.
Domestic tourists made up their overnight stays mostly in the City of Zagreb, Crikvenica, Šibenik, Mali Lošinj, Zadar, Opatija, Dubrovnik and Vodice, which amounted to 27.4% of total overnight stays. The most overnight stays by foreign tourists were made in Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin, Umag, Mali Lošinj, the City of Zagreb and Split, which amounted to 25.5% of total overnight stays by foreign tourists.