Since Plitvice was added to the SkyLine platform on 15 July, more than 52,000 people have watched live scenes from webcams installed around the lakes, the national park’s director Tomislav Kovačević said.
The park’s management is satisfied with this year’s tourist season.
“About ten thousand tickets are sold daily, which means that there are no crowds, all thanks to the implementation of the National Park Visitor Management Plan,” Kovačević said. He noted that if need be, those numbers can exceptionally be increased slightly but as a rule, their limit is set at ten thousand people.
Some new paths and circular movement have been introduced, so there are no more people colliding on the paths, except for one section at the grand waterfall. The Faculty of Civil Engineering has made a project for an additional path in that part as well, so people going towards the waterfall will use one path and those returning the other. The additional path is expected to be completed by next summer, explained Kovačević.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is doing very well financially, and the planned investments are going according to schedule, he said. He hopes for negotiations with the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) to be concluded successfully soon and for consent from the government so that work on the reconstruction of the hotels can start early next year.
All the investments planned are worth around HRK 550 million.
The Plitvice Lakes have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979.