According to the data of the eVisitor system, which contains the tourist traffic registered in commercial and non-commercial premises and nautical charter (the eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of October 19 million arrivals (+6%) and 104.3 million overnight stays (+4%) were registered in Croatia. Of this, foreign tourists made 17 million arrivals (+6%) and 92 million overnight stays (+4%), whilst a growth in arrivals by 9% and overnight stays by 6% was also noted amongst domestic tourists.
Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasised that the achieved results are the proof of the successful positioning of Croatia as a quality all year round destination. “The growth of tourism in October, as well as throughout the year is an excellent example of the change of the perception of Croatia as a tourist destination on the global tourist market, in other words, our increasingly better positioning as an all year round destination. I am especially pleased that during the previous month amongst the most numerous guests have been those from the USA, China and South Korea. This is one more confirmation of how our present activities and programmes aimed at the strengthening of our presence on distant markets and the improvement of air connections have given excellent results, and additional interest in Croatia also been shown by many the air travellers at the London tourist fair. This winter Croatia will be connected to more than 100 destinations throughout Europe and the world, and for the following year we will invest 40 million kunas in the existing air travel programme which I believe will contribute to even better results", said Minister Cappelli.
“During the first ten months, most of the tourist traffic was registered in commercial accommodation properties which achieved a part in the overall achieved traffic of a high 85%. In the structure of commercial accommodation, however, with a share of 43%, traffic achieved in family accommodation was dominant, followed by hotels with 27% and campsites with a 21% share in the overall achieved traffic in the commercial sector. In fact this is why the further strengthening and raising of the quality of the accommodation offer is a strategic goal, which will in combination with a focused promotion of selective forms of tourism and the opening of new markets of Croatian tourism ensure further growth and sustainable development”, emphasised the Director of CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that the implementation of two promotional campaigns is undergoing, one for health tourism which is being carried out in six markets from 6 December, and other which is focussed on the promotion of MICE tourism and which is being implemented until the end of December on markets such as the USA, France, Germany, Austria and the UK and others.
During ten months the most overnight stays were made in Istria (28.2 million), whilst in Split-Dalmatia County 19.7 million stays were registered, in relation to 18.8 million overnight stays that were made in Kvarner. Then followed Zadar County with 14.4 million overnight stays and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8.7 million overnight stays. In Šibenik-Knin County 7.1 million overnight stays were registered, in Lika-Senj 3.3 million overnight stays, whilst in Zagreb 2.1 million overnight stays were made. On the continent, not including Zagreb, the most overnight stays were made in Karlovac County (600,000), Krapina-Zagroje (295,000), Zagreb County (178,000), Osijek-Baranja County (170,000) and Međimurje County (163,000). On the national level during the first ten months the most overnight stays were made by visitors from the German market (21 million), Slovenia (10.4 million), Austria (7.6 million), Poland (6.3 million) and Czech Republic (5.5. million), and looking at accommodation segments the most overnight stays were in private accommodation (37.8 million) and in hotels (24.4 million) and campsites (18.9 million). The top destinations in the first ten months by criteria of registered overnight stays were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin.
13% more arrivals in October
In October 997,000 arrivals and 3.4 million overnight stays were registered, which in comparison with October 2017 represents a growth of 13% in arrivals and 9% in overnight stays. In the same month the most overnight stays were made in Split-Dalmatia County (668,000 overnight stays) and in Istria (610,000 overnight stays) and in Dubrovnik-Neretva County (575,000 overnight stays). Next is Kvarner with 484,000 overnight stays, Zadar County with 378,000 overnight stays, Zagreb with 224,000 overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 195,000 overnight stays and Lika-Senj with 73,000 overnight stays. On the continent in October the most overnight stays were made in Karlovac County (30,000), Krapina-Zagroje County (29,000), Osijek-Baranja County (22,000), Zagreb County (18,000) and Međimurje County (15,000). The top destinations in October by criteria of registered overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split, whilst the greatest growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays in October were noted in people from the markets of China, Ukraine, Russia, the USA, Canada, France and Germany.