Croats The Most Numerous Guests on Hvar This Year

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Source: Hvar Tourist Board
Source: Hvar Tourist Board

Source: Hvar Tourist Board

August 6, 2020 – For years, Hvar has been too expensive to be a popular holiday destination for domestic tourists. This year, the lower prices and general accessibility have attracted an increased number of domestic guests on Hvar.

Traditionally, the largest number of tourists on Hvar were from the USA and the UK. According to Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board, “the main reason for the increase in domestic guests in Hvar Town is, unfortunately, COVID-19, which affected the sense of security of local guests who may have spent their holidays outside Croatia, as well as the general accessibility of Hvar for domestic guests.”

For the past five years, domestic guests have accounted for 8 percent of the total arrivals. From the beginning of this year to the end of July, their share was as high as 18 percent.

All tourism workers have well estimated that prices are the factor that will attract domestic guests. 

Discounts and service customization

However, significant changes in prices and services have made Hvar more accessible to all guests this year, not just locals. In some private accommodation, prices have been reduced by up to 50 percent, while in hotels, the service itself has been increased.

After several years in Hvar Town, hotels have once again introduced half board possibilities, rooms of a higher category were awarded free of charge (in the sense of free upgrades), and excursions were offered included in the price of the room,” explains Razović.

Catering facilities have introduced discounts for domestic guests between 10 and 20 percent.

Source: Hvar Tourist Board

In addition, this year, the prices of motorways, catamarans, and ferries haven’t changed, which are all essential to arrival on the island of Hvar. However, on the other hand, there is a problem with parking in Hvar Town, because this year most tourists, both domestic and foreign, are coming by car, and not by plane as usual. 

Comparisons with previous years

Director Razović compares 2020 with the 60s of the last century when Hvar had a unique marketing strategy all over the world where guests could get various discounts. Free overnight stays were offered for rainy and snowy days because Hvar has always been promoted as the island with the highest number of hours of sunshine in the world.

If we look at the recent past, today, Hvar Town is recording the same tourist results as in 1996, so it’s easy to compare the impact of COVID-19 with the Croatian War of Independence,” describes Razović. 

Plans for the future

The number of domestic guests in the future will mostly depend, of course, on price fluctuations, and the Tourist Board will continue to promote Hvar on the domestic market.

Domestic guests will be invited to mostly visit Hvar in the pre-season and post-season when they can enjoy cultural events (the Za Križen procession, Hvar Theatre Days, the Lavender Festival), sports events (the Hvar Half Marathon), as well as agricultural activities such as organised grape and olive picking.

They also plan to open hotels and private accommodation earlier, which will offer guests additional facilities.

Razović says that he is “convinced that prices will still be at this year’s level and that domestic guests will opt for their vacation in places that gravitate to the city of Hvar, namely Milna, Sveta Nedjelja, Jagodna, Bojanić Bad, Velo Grablje, and Brusje. “

Source: Hvar Tourist Board

Hvar’s prices have dropped drastically, local guests decided to take advantage of that and spend their holidays on Hvar, which might not have otherwise been the case. Thus, Hvar has finally become more accessible to domestic guests who want to enjoy a quality and safe holiday in their own country.

For Hvar, the rule has always been that you have to visit it at least once and enjoy all its charms.


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