From Russians to Americans, What do Visitors Want from Croatian Tourism Offer?

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Suzana Varosanec writes, foreign tourists who visit the Croatian Adriatic coast sometimes have really specific and unusual requirements when booking their accommodation, revealed the travel company Croatia Luxury Rent. American tourists are typically looking for restaurants and bars, Austrians are primarily interested in table tennis equipment, of all things, as part of the accommodation package, the Poles want to play darts and pinball when on holiday, while the French place importance on their place of stay being close to bakery to eat croissants and the like for breakfast.

When deciding on booking some accommodation and looking at the Croatian tourism offer, the biggest factors for visitors are of course the combination of price, location and the quality of the accommodation. It is precisely these details that hold the most influence over the general decision-making when it comes to booking accommodation along the Croatian coast. The research of this tourist company says that it is difficult to predict precisely what the key factors in choosing accommodation will be, but it’s clear that it is mostly based on a recommendation or good evaluation of previous guests, the location, and the analysis of all available aspects leading to the final decision.

According to the company Croatia Luxury Rent, houses, especially those well equipped with additional facilities, have proven to be attractive accommodation capacities in addition to private apartments and camps in the Croatian tourism offer. There are amusing facts which come to light that indicate what nationality someone who books a stay might be, and emitting markets behave differently. Some have specific requirements that to some extent deviate from the established parameters when deciding on a reservation.

For example, the Germans, who are among the most frequent visitors to the Croatian coast, most often ask what kind of coffee machine is in the villa and whether the property is completely fenced off, since they usually bring their pets with them. Austrians check more often than expected if table tennis is available in the villa. In situations where it isn’t included in the offer of the villa, they require that the owners be asked to make it available to them.

Slovenians, Hungarians and Czechs are regularly interested in the distance from the nearest beach that is suitable for children. Polish tourists often come in large groups with children so they tend to ask what kind of entertainment the villa offers. Some of the more interesting desires are a pinball machine, dart boards or how much fun for hide and seek for their kids a house can provide. Slovaks often ask if there are enough sunbeds by the pool.

The British, on the other hand, choose villas with rich entertainment content, which includes a quality sound system with a bluetooth connection, a close proximity to liquor stores and a barbecue. The Dutch regularly inquire about the level of cleanliness in the villa and the hygienic conditions, such as how often the sheets and towels are changed on a weekly basis. When choosing a holiday villa, Swedes make sure that the villa offers a sauna or Turkish bath and gym, while Belgians, if the villa doesn’t have a tennis court, ask for information on the location of the nearest such sports fields. Italians often choose villas that are located directly by the sea and largely insist on an open-air summer kitchen. The Russians ask for dinners to be organised in the villa, the service of a private chef, and they are interested in half-day and one-day trips around nearby islands.

Americans have proven to be the least demanding group and seek only the recommendation of good restaurants and bars. Serbs love to spend time on the Adriatic, so the beaches, but also the rich offer of nightclubs are of great importance when choosing the perfect holiday villa. For the French, the option of heating the pool up is important, and an important role in choosing a holiday villa within the wider Croatian tourism offer is played by the jacuzzi, as well as the proximity of shops and bakeries.

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