Dalmatia Readies for ‘Vacation-Worthy Week’ Campaign in October

Daniela Rogulj



October 5, 2020 – Designed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Croatian Tourist Board, the Vacation-Worthy Week campaign encourages domestic tourists to travel around Croatia for half the price, from October 16 to 25, 2020. 

If you were always hesitant to take a relaxing weekend at a hotel or a nice apartment because it was too expensive for your budget, this October might be the right time for you.

Slobodna Dalmacija writes that from October 16 to 25, domestic guests can enjoy the perks of tourism half-off thanks to the Vacation-Worthy Week campaign designed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Croatian Tourist Board.

Across these 10 days, domestic guests can treat themselves to a trip, extended weekend, or week around Croatia where they will enjoy tourist products at half the price, from the accommodation, transport, and sights to catering services and various experiences.

Although there are only a few weeks left until the campaign begins, everyone who wants to offer their services to domestic guests at a discount can sign up until October 15.

The action already includes numerous hotel houses, private renters, restaurants, nature parks, national parks, museums, galleries, adrenaline tourism, outdoor activities, boat renters, and health and spa tourism facilities.

According to the Ministry of Tourism’s propositions, the minimum discount amount is 50 percent, but it can also be higher. The exception is the transport category, in which a discount of less than 50 percent is allowed. As things stand now, there are interested parties on both sides – companies, and individuals who will offer their services at lower prices, but also guests who would like to end this stressful year by taking a beautiful wellness or nature holiday.

“We planned to work all October in the hotel, and we joined the action with lower prices for domestic guests. We calculated that the prices would be half of what they usually are in September, so it is quite affordable. The hotel facility is in operation, and we would like local guests to come at the end of the season and discover some new beauties during a short vacation at affordable prices. In terms of earnings, this year is lost in that sense, so why not give the locals a chance to rest a bit?” says the director of one Dalmatian island hotel.

As large hotel facilities prepare for closure, smaller accommodations and family homes will certainly work much longer. They could have more guests because they offer specific services and can dedicate themselves to the guests.

“We are very ready to participate in this action because every day we can work is important to us this year. With us, guests will be able to have half-board in a four-star hotel for 30-40 euro a day and numerous excursions, sightseeing, and activities that are available to them because we are close to nature parks. All of that would be twice as expensive on some other October days. And in nature, the prices will be half the price for tickets and tours, so when everything is added up, the family can enjoy a lot for much less,” says the owner of a small family hotel in Zadar.

On the other hand, family renters will find it easiest to prepare for domestic guests because they are practically always ready to offer them accommodation.

However, as they halved their prices in September, it is not expected that they will continue to lower them, so an apartment for four people can be rented for 30 euros a day. Other renters do not see any profit in that, and have chosen not to participate.

“It doesn’t pay to clean the apartment, change the bed linen, and disinfect everything for 30 euro a day. I spend so much on electricity, water, labor, and detergents. My lowest price can be 50 euro a day, and I don’t make any money with it either. But for less than that, I will not work. I would like to have guests in October, I will sign up for this action, so we will see if there will be interest from local guests,” says one landlady from Split.

As planned, October should be marked by domestic tourists if they decide to enjoy cheaper tourist offers. How important domestic guests are for the overall tourist result is best shown by the eVisitor data. Last year, domestic tourists recorded 2.4 million tourist arrivals and 13.8 million overnight stays, or about 12 percent of total arrivals.

In the current part of the 2020 tourist year, this result has almost doubled. Domestic tourists have achieved 1.3 million arrivals and 9.6 million overnight stays, which is about 20 percent of total tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2020. 

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