As Morski writes, Sibenik is also now becoming more and more of a desirable tourist destination during the post-season. As one of the very few cities in the world with two UNESCO monuments, this historic Dalmatian city has a lot to offer guests for whom sun and sea are far from the only reason for coming to this country. The Sibenik tourism sector is satisfied with the announcements of arrivals in the coming months, and just a cursory look at the city’s streets and squares confirms that tourists really do love Sibenik.
”It’s very nice here, we like it, the historic city is beautiful,” pointed out Petra, a tourist from Slovakia.
”This is the second time we’ve come here, we were here two years ago, and we’ve now come to the very centre of the city and we’re enjoying it,” added Lehnard, a tourist from the Netherlands.
Tourist statistics show that September is almost at the level of the record, pre-pandemic year of 2019, with things doing even better in the hinterland.
”The announcements so far are good, although the ‘last minute trend’ has been present once again throughout this whole summer season, even with hoteliers and private renters,” said the director of the Sibenik Tourist Board, Dino Karadjole. Regardless of trends, the season for private accommodation has been extended well into September.
”We’re staying for fourteen days and we’re really having a great time here, we have excellent accommodation, good hosts – oh, and this is a beautiful country,” said a tourist from Germany, Berharda. Tourists like to visit Sibenik even when the hot summer is over, and local hoteliers are satisfied with the announcements of things to come.
”We know, given that the agencies have filled the hotel quite a bit for September, that what’s left of September will be excellent, and October a little less than excellent, but the forecasts are still very good, we’re still at seventy percent,” said the sales manager of a Sibenik heritage hotel, Fabiano Baranovic.
”We have groups from Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and the first groups from the Asian market, we have five groups announced so far for the month of October and we hope that there will be more to come,” added hotel director Magda Lakos Mioc.
As for off-season guests, hoteliers are also adjust their offer in a much more targeted manner.
”Precisely because of them, in addition to our standard wellness offer and the fact that Sibenik and the Krka national park are very close to us, we’ve prepared special events, and from next month on we will continue with the traditional Olive Days manifestation,” stressed Katarina Tommasini Maric, the sales manager of a hotel complex.
Sibenik landmarks and this part of Dalmatia’s very rich history offer guests much, much more than the basic lure of sun and the sea that Croatia still leans far too much on.
”The beach is great for us, but it’s only a bonus on top of what Sibenik already has, our strongest resources and potential lie the old city core, the fortresses and the surroundings of the old town, along with events and gastronomy,” pointed out the director of the Sibenik Tourist Board, who is no doubt looking forward to the congress season which is rapidly approaching.
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