After being last year’s champion of tourism, the island of Vir is optimistic about having another great year.
As Večernji List daily newspaper reports, without having any organised events, Vir recorded 87% of last year’s numbers in January alone. Speaking of last year’s numbers, Vir was a well-deserved champion indeed with its 2.3 million overnights, over 100.000 tourist arrivals, and 87% of traffic from 2019. Vir Tourist Board director Srđan Liverić says he expects this year to be even better.
„We expect a good season, but we are aware this will depend on the situation in the world and travel possibilities. Due to the coronavirus crisis, we didn’t show up on markets where we were present for more than 10 years and so we are waiting to see what will happen in spring”, said Liverić for Večernji List.
He adds that one of the key advantages of Vir is that it is a real-estate tourism destination. In other words, almost half of all estates on the island are owned by foreign citizens who reside on Vir year after year. They also invite their friends and families to join. The other half is owned by domestic, Croatian tourists who go there over weekends because the island is easily accessible by car
With good results in January, February also kept the island happy with a 16% increase. Mate Čulina, manager of the Vir Turizam tourist agency, told Večernji that while reservations remain in small numbers until the warmer months, Villa Lanterna already has 60 days fully booked in July, October, and September. Last year, Villa Lanterna had 100 days of filled capacities, and other luxury accommodations did similarly.
Vir Tourist Board also showed strong support for local renters, presenting them on their redesigned webpage.
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