Croatian September Tourism Looking Good as Post-Season Approaches

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, September is just around the corner and cooler weather is finally approaching as summer begins to wind down. Despite this, the season goes on and the Croatian September tourism announcements are very encouraging indeed.

With ferries which connect Split to the surrounding islands full, especially on the way back to the mainland, things don’t appear to be slowing down in Dalmatia.

“As for leaving the mainland, there’s a little less pressure than we’re used to so far, but we can’t say the season is over. Slowly, passengers are still arriving in a somewhat slower rhythm, but they’re coming,” said Jelena Ivulic from Jadrolinija.

As for the ferry to the Italian port of Ancona, more tickets are being purchased as travellers from across the Adriatic is neighbouring Italy end their traditional ferragosto, writes N1.

A young married couple from France have been cycling from northern Europe to the south since the beginning of August, and the icing on the cake, they say, is Croatia.

“If I had a second chance, I think I’d choose another period. In August there’s heavy traffic and a lot of people. It’s really hard for us on bikes. Now we’re going to Vela Luka, we will tour the island with our bicycles. It will be nice, there’s less traffic and we hope for some sun,” said Philip.

At Split Airport, a similar situation as the one with the ferry port can be seen. In August alone, this airport recorded over 400 thousand passengers, which exceeded the results from the previous July. This weekend, however, departures are taking over that previous figure.

“We have a constantly higher departure at this time of year, which is traditional, but the arrivals that are still coming into the country can’t be denied.” said Mate Melvan from Split Airport who is seeing for himself what the Croatian September tourism picture is likely to look like.

As some leave the country and others arrive, landlords renting out their private/family accommodation facilities can finally rub their palms together and breathe a sigh of relief after such hardships caused by the pandemic and the epidemiological meaures. Split’s renters are optimistic and have hopes for the continuation of the post-season too.

Of course, the epidemiological situation and the vaccination rollout not only here in Croatia but across the rest of Europe and the world remains key for tourism, but the fact is that we have, somewhat unexpectedly, approached the result from the record pre-pandemic 2019, which very few could have ever predicted.

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