According to data of the eVisitor system, which contains information about tourist traffic in commercial and non-commercial premises and nautical charter (the eCrew system), in the period from January until the end of May 3.6 million arrivals (+19%) and 11.6 million overnight stays (+24%) were registered in Croatia. Of this foreign tourists made 2.9 million arrivals (+22%) and 9.9 million overnight stays (+27%), whilst a growth in the arrivals (+10%) and overnight stays (+7%) of domestic guests was also noted.
“We are pleased with the results of this year’s pre-season in which we have achieved a double-figure growth in tourist traffic. This confirms that our digital campaigns, marketing and PR activities placed on foreign markets and implemented with the aim of positioning Croatia as a year-round destination have been very well accepted. We will continue cooperation with key foreign and local partners in attracting guests outside the summer part of the tourist year, which is one of our strategic goals”, said the Director of the Croatian National Tourism Board Kristjan Staničić.
“Croatian tourism has achieved a growth of over 35 per cent in tourist traffic in relation to the same period of two years ago and everyone in the tourist system should be proud of that. This is proof of how our activities so far have accomplished excellent results, but also of how tourism does not happen by itself, but how alongside the continuous work in improving the quality and the creation of new offers, great steps forward can be made. I believe that these results will also be reflected in the continuation in the growth of income from tourism and will be encouragement for everyone so that together we continue to build upon the success of Croatian tourism”, said Minister for Tourism Gari Cappelli.
During the first five months the most overnight stays were registered in Istria (3.4 million overnight stays), whilst in Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County 1.8 million overnight stays were made. Then followed Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1.4 million overnight stays, Zadar County with 925,000 overnight stays, Zagreb with 820,000 overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 498,000 overnight stays and Lika-Senj County with 243,000 overnight stays. Excluding Zagreb, on the continent 334,000 arrivals (+17%) and 693,000 overnight stays (+15%) were registered, and looking by counties the most overnight stays were made in Krapina-Zagorje County (132,000 overnight stays), Karlovac County (102,000 overnight stays), Osijek-Baranja County (73,000 overnight stays), Međimurje County (65,000 overnight stays) and Vukovar-Srijem County (64,000 overnight stays).
On the national level during the first five months the most overnight stays were made by tourists from the German market (2.5 million overnight stays), from Austria (1.1 million overnight stays), Slovenia (913,000 overnight stays), the UK (643,000 overnight stays) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (421,000 overnight stays), whereas looking at the accommodation sectors the most overnight stays were made in hotels (5.6 million overnight stays and in private accommodation (2.2 million overnight stays).
In May 30% more guests than last year!
In May 1.7 million arrivals and 6.5 million overnight stays were registered in Croatia, which in comparison with May 2017 represents a growth of 30% in arrivals and as much as 39% in overnight stays. In May the most overnight stays were made in Istria (2 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (1.1 million overnight stays) and in Kvarner (1 million overnight stays), whilst on the continent in May 104,000 arrivals (+19%) and 189,000 overnight stays (+16%) were recorded, of which the most overnight stays were made in Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje, Osijek-Baranja, Zagreb and Vukovar-Srijem counties.