July Tourist Figures in Croatia: 3.7 Million Arrivals, Most Overnight Stays in Istria

Daniela Rogulj

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In July 2021, there were 3.7 million arrivals and 25 million overnight stays in Croatia, i.e., 47 percent more arrivals and 33 percent more overnight stays than in the same period last year. At the same time, foreign tourists realized 21.6 million overnight stays, while domestic tourists realized 3.3 million overnight stays, reports Index.hr.

These are the first data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system). Compared to the results in 2019, in July this year, 80 percent of arrivals and 81 percent of overnight stays were realized in July 2019.

Most tourist overnight stays were realized in Istria (6.7 million), Split-Dalmatia (4.7 million), and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (4.7 million), followed by Zadar (4.3 million overnight stays), Šibenik-Knin (1.9 million), and Dubrovnik-Neretva County (1.5 million) County. Observing the results of destinations, the highest number of overnight stays in July was realized in Rovinj (909,000 thousand), Vir (856,000), and Poreč (734,000). Looking at the markets, in July, the largest number of overnight stays was realized by foreign guests from Germany (4.4 million), Slovenia (3.7 million), Poland (2.4 million), the Czech Republic (2 million), and Austria (1.9 million). According to the type of accommodation, most overnight stays were realized in household facilities, camps, and hotels.

“The results so far in 2021 are an indicator that despite the pandemic, with good preparation and cooperation of all stakeholders in tourism and beyond, Croatia can be a safe and successful tourist destination. The trends are outstanding and are a great announcement for August and the off-season. Namely, in the last week of July, we achieved 90 percent of those we had in the record 2019 July.

In July this year, we achieve even better results from some markets, such as Poland and the Czech Republic, than in July 2019. This gives us the right to be optimistic, but also cautious and responsible; we adhere to epidemiological measures and thus maintain the status of the safest destination in the Mediterranean,” said Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac.

“Excellent results and trends in tourist traffic in July, but also so far this year are the result of excellent preparation of the season by the entire tourism sector, but also the fact that our country is the safest tourist destination in the Mediterranean. Compared to the record 2019, we are currently at about 63 percent of the results, and the announcements for August and September are also very good. However, further flows and results will mostly depend on ourselves and the epidemiological situation in the country, so we call on everyone to continue responsible behavior and adherence to the prescribed epidemiological measures to ensure the smooth flow of tourist traffic in the weeks ahead,” said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.

In the first seven months of this year, 6.3 million arrivals and 36.9 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia, i.e., 51 percent more arrivals and 39 percent more overnight stays than in the first seven months of 2020. Guests from Germany (6.8 million), Slovenia (5.2 million), and Poland (3.3 million) spent the most nights in Croatia. Most tourist overnight stays were realized in Istria (10.3 million), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (6.8 million), and in Split-Dalmatia County (6.6 million), while the most popular destinations were Rovinj with 1.6 million overnight stays, Poreč (1.2 million) and Vir (1.1 million).

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