Croatian Nautical Tourism Sector Enjoyed Excellent 2022 Pre-Season

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatia is the first on many lists, and that can be either good or bad. It’s the record holder for people leaving the homes of their parents and becoming independent last, but it’s also very often the first when it comes to beach rankings. We suppose its up to you to decide whether to see a glass which is half full or half empty.

Maybe you didn’t know, but Croatia has the most boats for rent in the entire world, reports RTL. The country boasts about 4,500 yachts and other vessels for rent in the fleet – which ensured Croatia the title of the world’s nautical superpower.

The Punat marina on Krk has 850 moorings in the sea and 500 on land – and this is where the largest amount of nautical traffic within the Croatian nautical tourism sector in all of Kvarner is realised.

A couple from Austria chose it as their base: “In earlier years, I rented a boat in Croatia. I saw this area and the marina and I really liked it! Now we bought our own boat and decided to come to this marina,” recounts Nadine Walcher.

This marina continues to record some truly excellent results, even though we’re only at the beginning of the peak summer season. “The marina is full, we’re already doing better now as far as 2019 is concerned in terms of occupancy and when we’re talking about it financially,” explained Robert Skomersic, an employee of the marina in Punat.

A Slovenian family has been loyal to Krk’s Punat marina for years. They stay there until the end of July, but they come regularly from spring to autumn! “Slovenia is close and there is a sea like this… it doesn’t exist anywhere else,” said Gregor Preseren.

Of all the charter vessels in the world, i.e. those that are for rent, 40 percent are here in Croatia, making this country a world superpower in that segment. Since the beginning of this year, the Croatian nautical tourism sector has achieved one million and one hundred thousand overnight stays.

“This year, the pre-season has already achieved significant results, which we’re satisfied with. Within the entire ACI system, which includes 22 marinas across the Adriatic, transits, i.e. daily berths, are at the level of what was recorded back in the record year of 2019,” said the head of corporate communications of ACI marina, Adriana Miskovic.

Along with the extreme south of Croatia, Kvarner is also becoming more and more popular when it comes to Croatian nautical tourism. In the last five years, there has been a 65 percent increase in the number of overnight stays being realised by boaters, and the revenue is also growing.

“Guests from within the Croatian nautical tourism sector are also the type of guests who spend more than the average guest does, about 130 euros per day, or 170 if we’re talking about a charter, and the total earnings in the ports within the Croatian nautical tourism umbrella last year amounted to around 160 million kuna,” says the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Irena Persic Zivadinov.

For more on the blossoming Croatian nautical tourism sector, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.


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