Speaking to the press in Pula, he said arrivals and overnights in the first seven months of this year were at 60% of those in the corresponding period in 2019, a record year for tourism.
“2020 can’t be a reference point of comparison as it would turn out that we were 200% better. In July alone, in the first 20 days, we recorded 90% of the arrivals and overnights recorded (at the same time) in 2019.”
More tourists than the domestic population in Istria
Miletić said 236,000 tourists were currently staying in Istria, which has a population of 209,000, adding that 38% were staying in private accommodation, 38% in campsites, and 24% in hotels.
“In any case, we have to be maximally responsible because tourists don’t want big parties and big gatherings, but to spend their annual vacation normally,” he said, adding that he hoped responsibility would be evident at all levels so that this tourist year could be much better than the last.
Miletić said big gatherings were not necessary, except for various festivals like the ongoing Pula Film Festival. He added that big outdoor gatherings were a problem because it was difficult to control that many people and impossible to ban someone from coming.
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