Croatia has had a successful tourist season, as 91% of arrivals and 96% of overnight stays of 2019 levels have been achieved so far this year.
According to data from the eVisitor system, 15 million tourists arrived in Croatia from January to August 2022, spending 86.6 million nights, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In August alone, there were 4.6 million arrivals and 32 million overnight stays, 6% more arrivals and 4% more overnight stays than the same period in 2021. However, compared to July 2019, 92% of arrivals and 97% of overnight stays were achieved.
The number of arrivals in the country has increased by 40%, while overnight stays have increased by 27% compared to last year, as the Ministry of Tourism and Sports recently noted in a press release.
“As was shown at the very beginning of the year, when already in the first quarter we achieved higher income from foreign tourists than in the record year of 2019, this has continued and in the current part of the year, we achieved almost 600 million more in the value of taxed invoices than in the whole of 2019”, said Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac.
Moreover, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, noted that the tourist season has been positive, with 96% of pre-pandemic levels reached, while in some regions and destinations the number of nights spent per tourists even surpassed 2019 levels when no travel restrictions were imposed.
Most nights were spent in Istria with 24.7 million nights, followed by Split-Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar with 16 million and 15.3 million respectively.
A total of 12.8 million overnight stays were recorded in Zadar County, while in Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Sibenik-Knin County there were 6.2 million and 5.7 million respectively. nights spent.
On the other hand, since the beginning of the year, the highest number of overnight stays has been recorded in Rovinj, with 3.5 million overnight stays, followed by Dubrovnik and Porec, with 2.8 million each. Additionally, since January, tourists have spent around 2.6 million nights in Medulin and 2.4 million in Umag and Split each.
The majority of tourists came from Germany – a total of 19.8 million, followed by visitors from Slovenia (8.8 million), Austria (6.5 million), Poland (5.7 million), Republic Czech (5.2 million), Italy (3.7 million). ), Slovakia (3 million), the Netherlands (2.9 million) and the United Kingdom (2.8 million).
By type of accommodation, the highest number of nights was recorded in household facilities (33.9 million), followed by campsites and hotels, with 17.6 million and 17.2 million nights spent respectively.