National Park Krka is expected to reach their millionth visitor this year on October 1, making this the best annual attendance for the park since its declaration as a National Park in 1985.
The public institution National Park Krka has had a constant increase in attendance, with the exception, of course, during the Croatian War of Independence. Over the last 10 years, there has been an average annual increase of 6-7%. A sudden jump happened in 2015 when the national park was visited by 951,106 visitors, which represented an increase of 18% compared to 2014. This year, with the one millionth visitor expected tomorrow on October 1, will show a 12% increase from the same period last year.
It is interesting to note that all the infrastructure intended for visitors at National Park Krka occupies only 5% of the total area of the park, which stretches over 109 km2. Visitors follow marked trails under the watchful eye of staff and supervision by park rangers. Each visitor to the park is familiar with the rules of conduct in the protected park area, and the nature conservation contributes to the environmental awareness of the visitors themselves.
Each purchased ticket is a contribution to the permanent protection of the park, preservation, and promotion of Krka and its wider area. The increase in attendance results in an increase in funds, which are then invested in conservation projects, inventory and monitoring, reconstruction and development of infrastructure, creation of new content, collaborative projects with the local community, maintaining firebreaks and the like.
The increase in attendance also provides intensive promotion, presentation, and sale of local products through direct sales or in souvenir shops at NP Krka.
Source: HR Turizam