Croatian Tourism Faring Better Than Hoped in Face of Coronavirus Crisis

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Some very encouraging data indeed for the Croatian tourism sector, as almost 70 percent of the traffic achieved in the first nine days of August 2019 is achieved in the first nine days of this month. In August so far, there has been growth in arrivals from the markets of Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland, reports the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ).

As Marija Crnjak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 10th of August, 2020, according to the eVisitor system, in the first nine days of August 2020, a total of more than one million arrivals and 7.2 million overnight stays were realised in Croatia, which is about 70 percent of last year’s result achieved in the same period. The highest number of overnight stays in the same period was also realised in Istria (1.7 million overnight stays), Kvarner (1.4 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (1.3 million overnight stays), Zadar (1.3 million overnight stays), Sibenik-Knin County (578,000 overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (392,000 overnight stays) and Lika-Senj County (271,000 overnight stays).

“After an excellent July in which we achieved about 60 percent of last year’s result, in August we’re recording even better tourist trends and we’re currently at about 70 percent of last year’s result. The markets that reacted best are territorially closer markets for which Croatian destinations are easily accessible by road, such as Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. We’ve directed our promotional and information campaigns towards these markets throughout this time, communicating that Croatia is a safe and well-prepared tourist destination. In addition, with the increase in the number of airlines, tourist traffic in the southern parts of Dalmatia has intensified,” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, adding that, for example, Dubrovnik and London are currently connected with 44 flights per week.

In the previous part of August, the highest number of tourist arrivals came from the German market, around 225,000 of them in total, which is an increase of 6 percent when compared to the same period last year. This is followed by the domestic market with 178,000 arrivals, marking an increase of 18 percent, the Slovenian market with 133,000 arrivals, an increase of 10 percent, and the Polish market, with 109,000 arrivals, an increase of 16 percent when compared to the same period last year.

Looking at the destinations, so far in August, most arrivals were realised in Rovinj, Porec, Medulin, Crikvenica, Umag, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula and Novalja. They also say that during the last weekend (from August the 7th to the 9th), there were more than 323,000 arrivals and 2.3 million overnight stays recorded in Croatia, providing a much needed spring in the step of the Croatian tourism sector during these trying times.

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