Camping is Croatian Tourism Leader, Congress Hears

By 10 December 2021
Camping is Croatian Tourism Leader, Congress Hears
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ZAGREB, 10 Dec 2021 - Camping is the leader of Croatian tourism this year with 90% of the nights generated in the record year 2019 as well as in terms of quality and possibilities, even during a pandemic, and market announcements indicate the results will be even better in 2022, a camping congress heard on Thursday.

The 15th congress of the Croatian Camping Union in Tuhelj brought together over a 100 professionals and campsite representatives from across Croatia as well as their guests from the German, Dutch, and Italian auto clubs.

Assistant Tourism Minister Robert Pende said HRK 2.2 billion was earmarked for tourism in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, with HRK 1.2 billion going to the real private sector, including campsites.

Representatives of the German ADAC auto club and the Dutch ACSI said the "boom" in arrivals of their campers to Croatia would continue next year, adding that Croatian campsites, like those in Italy, are among the best in Europe, some even the best.

ADAC members and others love to camp in Croatia, said Uwe Frers of ADAC, and more and more will arrive because during the pandemic they saw quality firsthand. They were also impressed by the high level of hygiene and other coronavirus rules, he added. "The pressure from Germany on your campsites will certainly be even stronger in 2022."

Ramon van Reine of ACSI said the next camping season in Croatia would be the best to date in terms of Dutch arrivals.

2021 was excellent too, he said, adding that the Dutch love Croatia and that a new group of tourists is joining in and would like to come from April through September.

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