Opatija Tourism Records Broken in First 3 Months of 2022, Domestic Tourists Increasing

Daniela Rogulj

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Excellent tourist results marked the first quarter of this year in the ​​Opatija area. In the first three months, Opatija surpassed the record-breaking 2019 number of overnight stays. A total of 45,530 tourists stayed in the city, and 115,854 overnight stays were recorded. Compared to the last pre-pandemic year, overnight stays increased by 4 percent, reports Novi List.

At the same time, Opatija had the greatest support among domestic guests, who recorded 43,744 overnight stays, or an increase of 18 percent in overnight stays. Foreign guests recorded 72,110 overnight stays, or 97 percent of the results achieved in the first quarter of 2019. With this result, Opatija is the most successful destination in Kvarner for the third month. When looking at overnight stays at the state level, Opatija is the fifth destination in Croatia in total overnight stays. In terms of overnight stays in hotel accommodation, it is in a high third place, reported the Opatija Tourist Board.

After domestic guests, the most represented were guests from Austria, Slovenia, the USA, Germany, and Hungary. The dominant choice of accommodation was hotels, where 85 percent of total overnight stays were recorded. With 98,254 recorded overnight stays, hotel accommodation has a growth of 3 percent compared to 2019.

“The results achieved in the first three months of this year give us reason to be happy and optimistic in anticipation of the main season. We expect the positive trends to continue, which is in line with the announcements of hoteliers about reservations for the extended Easter weekend. Although the beginning of the year was marked by challenges, from the war in Ukraine to inflation, which also affected vacation planning, we believe that Opatija, with its quality positioning and promotion in this and previous years, has created the status of a safe destination for a quality vacation throughout the year, as well as a lasting relationship with visitors and potential guests. We try not only to attract guests but also to fill their time in Opatija with unique and unforgettable experiences by decorating the city, atmosphere, and numerous events so that they can become ambassadors of Opatija tourism in the world,” said the director of Opatija Tourist Board Suzi Petričić.

After Advent, Valentine’s Day, and March, where the emphasis was on wellness, sports, and recreation, Opatija welcomes its guests in a special edition in April. In addition to decorating the city with the symbols of Easter and spring, a colorful program of cultural, sports, music, and entertainment activities has been prepared.

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