Croatian Tourism: Could August Traffic Exceed Our Expectations?

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

As Novac writes on the 3rd of August, 2020, finally, we have crowds and traffic heading towards the coast. Currently, there are about 800,000 tourists in the Republic of Croatia, of which 200,000 are German, 135 thousand Slovenian, 130 thousand are domestic, 74 thousand are Polish and 46 thousand are Czech tourists. A boost for Croatian tourism indeed.

Most tourists are currently staying on the island of Vir, followed by Rovinj, Medulin, Crikvenica and the Istrian city of Porec.

Back in May, the Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB/HTZ) said up to 30 percent of last year’s turnover was expected. However, Croatia has already reached 45 percent of its turnover compared to 2019, and July itself was above expectations.

Foreign tourists realised 2.13 million arrivals (50 percent of last July’s results) and 15.70 million overnight stays (58 percent of July 2019’s results), while domestic tourists realised 325,000 arrivals (91 percent of July 2019’s results) and 2.90 million overnight stays (81 percent of last July’s results).

If these trends continue, we could have an August with traffic which could exceed all previous expectations for Croatian tourism in 2020. In particular, if we take into account the following data: In July, the largest number of overnight stays was realised by the German market (4.43 million overnight stays, which represents 87 percent of the overnight stays realised last July), followed by Slovenian tourists (3.44 million overnight stays, 88 percent of overnight stays realised last July) followed by Croatian tourists (2.90 million overnight stays, 81 percent of the overnight stays realised last July), Polish tourists (1.60 million overnight stays, 79 percent of the overnight stays realised last July) and nationals of the Czech Republic (1.42 million overnight stays, 72 percent of the overnight stays realised last July).

“These are, given the circumstances, great results and a good announcement for the road ahead. Intensified promotional activities, both invitational advertising campaigns and those of an informative nature, will be carried out until the end of August on the markets of Germany, Austria, Great Britain and Italy, given the fact that these are very important markets for Croatian tourism, and these are countries in which Croatia is on the list of safe countries,” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic.

The leading destinations in July in terms of overnight stays were Vir (711 thousand), Rovinj (619 thousand), Medulin (553 thousand), Novalja (486 thousand) and Mali Losinj (475 thousand).

In the first seven months of this year, Croatia recorded 4.11 million arrivals and 26.34 million overnight stays.

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