According to data from the eVisitor system which contains tourist traffic realised in commercial and non-commercial facilities and in nautical charter (eCrew system), during the month of November nearly 380,000 arrivals and 955,000 overnight stays were recorded in Croatia, which compared to the same month last year represents a high increase of 20 percent in arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays.
The Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, pointed out that good results are consequence of a well-thought-out strategy. “We are approaching the end of the calendar year and we can be proud of our overall tourist year which was marked by a positive tourist traffic trend, followed by the indicators about tourists’ spending, that is achieved revenues. This is the result of our well-thought-out tourist policy of responsible and sustainable tourism which will also play an important role in our future plans and the Tourism Development Strategy until 2025 which we will be launching. The attractive tourist offer is particularly enriched during the holiday season, with famous and well-visited Advent events which additionally attract guests from all over the world, but also encourage domestic movements”, stated Minister Cappelli.
"We are looking forward to the growth of tourist traffic which we maintained also during these winter months. We expect a very positive impact of the Advent season on the whole tourist year, and for this reason we are carrying out now a special Advent promotional campaign on eight key European markets including Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, France, Hungary and Great Britain. In addition to Advent, which represents one of the key motives of arrivals during the winter season, we promote also other tourist products, so it is underway a promotional campaign for business tourism which aims at extending the season”, stated the Director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, and announced the imminent start of a promotional campaign for nautical tourism which will be carried out until mid-January of next year on nine European markets.
During November, most overnight stays were recorded in Zagreb (166,000 overnight stays) and in Istria (149,000 overnight stays). They are followed by Kvarner region with 132,000 overnight stays in November and Split-Dalmatia County with 120,000 realised overnight stays. Dubrovnik-Neretva County achieved 97,000 overnight stays, Zadar County 87,000 overnight stays, while Šibenik-Knin County recorded 35,000 overnight stays. In continental areas, excluding Zagreb, most of overnight stays were recorded in Krapina-Zagorje County (27,000), Osijek-Baranja County (18,000), Vukovar-Syrmia County (14,000) and Međimurje and Varaždin counties with 13,000 overnight stays.
The top markets form which most of overnight stays were achieved in November include Slovenia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Italy, Korea and the USA, while the top destinations which recorded most of overnight stays are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Opatija, Split and Rovinj.
6 percent increase in arrivals from January to end of November
In the period from January to end of November 19.4 million arrivals (+ 6%) were recorded and 105.2 million overnight stays (+ 4%). Of this overall number, foreign tourists realised 17.3 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 92.6 million overnight stays (+ 4%), and domestic tourists also recorded an increase of 9% in arrivals and 5% in overnight stays.
During the eleven months, most overnight stays were recorded in Istria (28.3 million), while Split-Dalmatia County achieved 19.8 million overnight stays, and the Kvarner region had 18.9 million overnight stays. They are followed by Zadar County with 14.5 million overnight stays and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8.8 million overnight stays. Šibenik-Knin county achieved 7.1 million overnight stays, Lika-Senj 3.3 million overnight stays, while Zagreb recorded 2.3 million overnight stays. In continental areas, excluding Zagreb, most of overnight stays were recorded in Karlovac County (611,000), Krapina-Zagorje County (323,000), Zagreb County (191,000), Osijek-Baranja County (188,000) and Međimurje County (176,000).
At the national level during the first eleven months most of overnight stays were from the markets of Germany (21.1 million), Slovenia (10.5 million), Austria (7.7 million), Poland (6.3 million) and the Czech Republic (5.5 million), and the top destinations according to the generated overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin.