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 July 11.1 million arrivals (+6%) and 56.3 million overnight stays (+6%) were registered in Croatia. Of this, foreign tourists made 9.8 million arrivals (+6%) and 49.8 million overnight stays (+6%), whilst a growth in arrivals by 7% and overnight stays by 6% was also noted amongst domestic tourists.
“I am extremely pleased with the tourist traffic so far, in July of this year we reached earlier a million overnight stays in one day, and the data tells us that guests are staying longer and generating greater consumption in the destinations. Although we are in the very heart of the tourist year, we are currently focused on the post-season from which we are also expecting a lot. Campaigns are underway in eleven global markets such as Germany, Great Britain, France and Spain where we are promoting wine-gastronomic, nautical and cultural tourism, as well as active holidays. We are also continuing with the promotion of Croatia via our celebrated football players and this is by the online channels where we are connecting the Blazers (Vatreni) with the destinations from where they originate. Visually and communication-wise we have joined Slavonski Brod and Mario Mandžukić, Donji Miholjac and Domagoj Vida, Zadar and Luka Modrić, Omiš and Ivan Perišić, Imotski and Ante Rebić, Karlovac and Dejan Lovren and others”, announced the Director of the Croatian National Tourism Board, Kristjan Staničić.
The Minister of Tourism Gari Cappeli emphasised the importance of the positioning of Croatia as an all-year-round destination. “We are building an image of an all-year-round destination, and in fact, this year’s results from the tourist traffic also show this, as well as the achieved income from tourism which in the first three months is 14% greater in relation to the same period of last year. We are strengthening the tourist demand for the country in new emerging markets such as China, Japan and Korea, and it is satisfying to see that in the data in this period in relation to the two years before we have noted a growth in tourist traffic of over 50% in the distant markets. Through further projects our wish is to stimulate the increase of tourist traffic even more outside of the tourist months, which will ultimately contribute to an increase in income, the employment possibilities for a longer period and, apart from the tourist sense, to encourage the economic growth of all of the destinations”, said Minister Cappelli.
During seven months, the most overnight stays were made in Istria (15.6 million), whilst in Split-Dalmatia County 10.5 million stays were registered, in relation to the 10 million overnight stays that were made in Kvarner. Then followed Zadar County with 7.5 million overnight stays and Dubrovnik-Neretva with 4.7 million overnight stays. In Šibenik-Knin County 3.7 million overnight stays were made, in Lika-Senj County 1.7 million overnight stays, whilst in Zagreb County, 1.4 million overnight stays were registered. On the continent, excluding Zagreb, 597,000 arrivals (+9%) were registered and 1.2 million overnight stays (+7%), whilst looking at the counties the greatest number of overnight stays were made in Karlovac (295,000), Krapina-Zagorje (195.000), Osijek-Baranja (108,000), Međimurje (106,000) and in Zagreb County (105,000).
On the national level during the first seven months the most overnight stays were made by tourists from the German market (10.5 million), from Slovenia (6.1 million), Austria (4.3 million), Poland (3.5 million) and the Czech Republic (3.2 million), whereas looking at the accommodation sectors the most overnight stays were made in private accommodation (19.6 million), in hotels (14 million) and campsites (10.4 million). The top destinations in the first seven months by criteria of registered overnight stays were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin.
In July, 2 per cent more overnight stays were registered
In Croatia, in July there were 4.6 million arrivals and 31 million overnight stays registered which in comparison with July 2017 represents a growth of 2 per cent in overnight stays. In July, the most overnight stays were made in Istria (8.1 million), Split-Dalmatia County (6 million) and in Kvarner (5.8 million). Zadar County follows with 4.9 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 2.3 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva with 2.1 million, Lika-Senj with 1.1 million overnight stays and then Zagreb with 288,000 overnight stays. In July, on the continent, 145,000 arrivals were registered and 290,000 overnight stays, of which the most overnight stays were made in Karlovac County (122,000), Krapina-Zagorje (36,000), Zagreb County (25,000), Međimurje (24,000) and Osijek-Baranja County (17,000).