Friday, 16 October 2020

Vacation-Worthy Week Campaign Begins: 400 Offers in Croatia for 50% Off

October 16, 2020 - Tourist services and experiences within the Vacation-Worthy Week campaign of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport and the Croatian National Tourist Board begins today until October 25. Travelers can enjoy a minimum of 50% off!

Thus, HRTurizam reports that all Croatian citizens and foreign guests in Croatia in that period can experience about 400 different tourist services in all parts of Croatia at promotional prices, which can be found on the official website

As we know, the project's goal is to increase tourist traffic in the pre- and post-season periods, as well as the further development of domestic tourism. Through this action, tourists will have the opportunity to visit different parts of Croatia with a 50% discount for many tourist products and services, from accommodation, transportation, cultural, historical, natural sights and tourist attractions to catering services and various experiences.

"I am glad that we have decided to launch this completely new project in times of crisis, in the days when we all need to move away from the news and enjoy nature with our loved ones. I hope that this week will arouse optimism in all of us and the will to get to know the whole of Croatia better and that we will truly enjoy the charms of the off-season in several destinations, with numerous benefits. With projects like this, we open the way and promote the offers and services of tourist entities and small entrepreneurs, family farms, farmers, caterers, craftspeople, and all other valuable people who are the foundation of the success of Croatian tourism. Thanks to the excellent response of providers and all tourists who have already confirmed their reservations, I am sure that this week will be the first of many. Let this week be a worthwhile holiday for you," said the Minister of Tourism and Sport Nikolina Brnjac.

"We note the excellent response of many tourism service providers involved in this action, without which a worthwhile holiday would not be possible, and we are pleased with the information that many tourism entities have already sold out their offers and services. I invite as many domestic guests as possible to take this opportunity and discover Croatia at much better prices, of course, adhering to all prescribed epidemiological measures. We are pleased that, despite this demanding moment, we have launched this project, which will continue in the coming years," said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.

Numerous national parks and nature parks are participating in the project, including the Mljet National Park, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, offering half-off ticket prices, and Plitvice Lakes National Park, whose director Tomislav Kovačević emphasized that this year the park is celebrating the 71st anniversary of the proclamation of Plitvice Lakes as a National Park and the 41st anniversary on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

"To celebrate our 41st birthday with our visitors, we are participating in this project with much better ticket prices and more favorable menus in the restaurants Jezero, Poljana, and Korana. We are proud to be a part of this story; we invite everyone to visit us and see why millions of tourists from all over the world have come to Plitvice Lakes National Park in recent years," said Kovacevic.

Otherwise, the action will be organized twice a year, during the Easter holidays and in October.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Discover the Colours of Croatia: Croatian Tourist Board Launches New Campaign

October 14, 2020 - The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a new promotional campaign, "Discover The Colours of Croatia," in seven European markets, namely Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom.

HTZ announced that this autumn campaign especially promotes natural beauty, culture, nautical and eno-gastronomy, and will be carried out until the second half of November through thematic articles on online portals, print ads and advertising on social networks with the hashtag #DiscoverTheColoursOfCroatia.

"Although the current epidemiological situation in Europe, as well as the current restrictions for travel that vary from country to country, do not allow the greater realization of tourist traffic, in this part of the year it is very important to maintain Croatia's visibility in our most important European markets. It is with this goal that we launched this campaign in which we want to further position our country as a safe destination with a rich, quality, and attractive offer in the post-season period. Our goal is for Croatia to be positioned in the minds of many as a destination that guarantees safety and quality vacation with numerous activities and facilities," said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, reminding that the action Vacation-Worthy Week is starting soon, through which domestic and all foreign guests who find themselves in Croatia will be able to use numerous tourist services in the country at 50 percent lower prices.

Activities within the "Discover The Colors Of Croatia" campaign will be carried out through the social networks Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, through the placement of articles on the most read and most famous portals in certain markets such as oe24.at, DerStandard.at and Krone.at in Austria, Gazeta .pl in Poland and novinky.cz in the Czech Republic, as well as on the specialized portals MarcoPolo.de and Holidaycheck.de in Germany, within which special HUBs, i.e., micro-websites with content dedicated exclusively to Croatia, have been created. All promotional materials created for advertising are linguistically adapted for all seven markets.

The campaign is also implemented through print advertising, and cooperation has been launched with the travel platforms Lonely Planet and National Geographic, through which all tourist products included in the autumn campaign will be promoted and visible to millions of their users and followers on social networks.

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Saturday, 10 October 2020

340 Offers Presented in Vacation-Worthy Week Campaign Encouraging Domestic Tourism

October 10, 2020 - The Ministry of Tourism and Sport presented the Vacation-Worthy Week campaign earlier this week. From October 16 to 25, domestic and foreign guests are offered various tourist services and experiences at 50 percent off.

HRTurizam reports that the Vacation-Worthy Week online portal contains about 340 valid offers (of which 159 offers are for accommodation) and services at 50 percent off from different parts of Croatia, from the coast to the continent, and an additional 70 applications are being processed.

"This is a long-term project that will be organized twice a year, during the Easter holidays and October. We are glad that the project has aroused the great interest of tourism service providers who are our main partners, and without whose cooperation, this action would not be possible. Through the project, we want to positively influence the increase of tourist traffic before and after the season and the further development of domestic tourism. Through this action, tourists will have the opportunity to visit different parts of Croatia at 50% off for many tourist products and services, from accommodation, transportation, cultural, historical, natural sights and attractions to catering services and various experiences," said director Stanicic, inviting all travel lovers to take advantage of the week of favorable prices, but also all tourist entities to get involved in the action with their offers.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac also commented on the campaign and said: "I am pleased with the large number of tourist entities and service providers who joined the Vacation-Worthy Week action. We are launching this action because we want to offer domestic tourists the adventure of discovering the riches of autumn in Croatia, and at half the price. Meet, explore, and enjoy Croatia in the off-season and, at the same time, create a story of year-round tourism development with us."

Among the registered entities whose offers are on the portal are, for example, national parks and nature parks such as Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Paklenica, Risnjak, Kopački rit, Papuk, Lastovo archipelago, Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje and Vrana lake, hotels such as Valamar Riviera, Arena Hospitality Group, Marina Punat hotel & resort, Hilton hotels Zagreb, Coronaro hotel, Hotel Petrčane, Importanne resort Dubrovnik, Thalassotherapy Crikvenica, Grand Hotel Lav Split, and others. Travel agencies such as Adriagate, VAL, Terra Travel, Obzor putovanja, etc., also offered their package deals. All lovers of culture, art, but also tourist attractions at significantly reduced prices will be able to enjoy museums such as the Natural History Museum of Rijeka, Croatian Maritime Museum Split, Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding, Museum of Trilj, Archaeological Museum of Narona, but also other facilities such as are Aquatika - Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac, Glavani Park, Solana Nin, Segway city tour Zagreb, Quad Gorski Kotar, and more.

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Monday, 28 September 2020

Time To Reflect, As Loyalty Not Luxury Saves 2020 Croatia Tourist Season

September 28, 2020 – The tail end of 2020's unparalleled summer offers opportunity for pause, contemplation and appreciation, as it's loyal and not luxury guests that have saved this year's Croatia tourist season.

In this day and age, things always have to get better. There's no room to sit still. Life without improvement is deemed a failure. Nowhere is this more true than the Croatia tourist season.

The numbers of overnight stays in the Croatia tourist season sometimes seem to be the only measure by which its success is judged. Year after year, the numbers must rise. Any decrease is unthinkable. At the same time, hungry eyes still want more. Some want to reposition themselves. A new class of guest is wanted, from faraway nations. They must be of a better quality. They must stay longer, in more expensive dwellings. They must spend more.

Incredible initiatives are undertaken to turn this want into a reality. But, at the end of the 2020 Croatia tourist season, perhaps it's time to pause and reflect. For this year, it is undoubtedly loyalty and not luxury that's saved the Croatia tourist season.

In the year the coronavirus pandemic hit, arrivals by charter plane and cruise ship were seriously curtailed. So much for the flying visits of premium guests from far-flung lands. Instead, the tourists who came were from much closer to Croatia.

The English language that most on the coast are so familiar with was this year useless. On the beaches of Istria and northern Dalmatia, it was Slovenian, Polish, Czech, German, Slovakian and Italian that was heard. The packed bars of Makarska echoed with the familiar call of 'Đe si, bolan?' (where are you, bro? - in Bosnian dialect). Many of those who came drove to Croatia. And many do so every year.

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Sighs and light-hearted jokes about some of these guests persist in some places. “That family come every year, but they only ever order one pizza to share between the four of them.” The choice of footwear of some German-speaking and Czech visitors frequently draws chuckles, in particular, the classic sock and sandal combo. But, just where would the 2020 Croatia tourist season have been without the 60,000 Czech and Slovak visitors who this year arrived by train?

Just two days ago, Jutarnji reported on phenomenal numbers of Polish visitors this year. Would anyone else really have taken the place of the returning family of four sharing a pizza? Just what would the season in Makarska have looked like without bolan?

Croatians are famously very appreciative hosts. On the ground, there's no doubt that such loyal guests are warmly welcomed and thanked each year by accommodation renters, restaurateurs and others. They greet returning visitors with smiles of familiarity and reserve for them their favourite place. In September 2020, gratitude to such guests was echoed by The Croatian National Tourist Board as they launched a new campaign 'Thank you', directed at the tourists who this year chose Croatia.

Perhaps it is time to ensure that this gratitude extends into any grand new initiatives for growth in the Croatia tourist season? Such loyal guests should not be taken for granted, nor forgotten.

Initiative within the Croatia tourist sector is vital. The unlocking of continental Croatia's potential is simply a must. That too of the Dalmatian hinterland and inland Istria. The exploitation of world-class Croatian assets such as nature, agriculture and health and wellness services are also perfectly on-point. The desire to attract a better class of bigger-spending visitor to luxury holidays on the Croatian coast should surely be a lower priority. After all, eyes that covet can all too frequently fail to appreciate that for which they should already be thankful.

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Lead image adapted from an original photograph by © Marco Verch

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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Get to Know Croatia with 50% Lower Prices on Numerous Tourist Services this October

September 19, 2020 - The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Croatian National Tourist Board has organized a discounted holiday week, which will last from October 16 to 25, 2020, for locals and visitors to get to know Croatia better. This is both an opportunity and an invitation for all tourism sector entities to register their services.

24 Sata reports that after the successful completion of the tourist season, a new campaign is underway in which we will all be able to holiday with 50 percent lower prices. This holiday week is the valuable action of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Croatian Tourist Board, lasting October 16 to 25, 2020, which aims to encourage domestic travel and raise the level of tourist activity outside the summer months. Through the action "Vacation Worthy Week," all citizens of Croatia and all those interested in visiting can get to know different parts of Croatia at 50 percent lower prices for numerous tourist services; from the accommodation, transport, sights to catering services and various experiences.

Owners of hotels, motels, transfers, restaurant owners, and anyone in tourism who offers services, now is the right time for you to get involved in the "Vacation Worthy Week" campaign. These businesses will display their offers on the website created specifically for this action - tjedanodmoravrijedan.hr, which will soon be activated for service users. All business and private entities from the tourism sector such as hotels, private renters, travel agencies, restaurants, bars, health and spa tourism, national parks and nature parks, museums, galleries, carriers, rent-a-car, boat renters, and more can apply to participate in the action. 

"This project is an initiative by which we want to present to our citizens all the beauties and richness of offers that Croatia has throughout the year. In this corona tourist year, domestic tourists have made a great contribution to tourist traffic. Our wish is that domestic tourists in the rest of this year and the years ahead make an increasingly significant part of demand and explore numerous offers across our continent and coast. During the week in October, numerous promotional offers will be featured in one place, and we intend to continue this action and hold it regularly for most of the year," said Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac about the campaign. 

The director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, says that this project aims to encourage domestic tourist traffic in the pre- and post-season periods and in which tourism service providers participate who will create very attractive and more affordable offers for all Croatian citizens.

"It was the domestic market that made a strong contribution to the results achieved in this challenging year, with a high share of 20 percent in total overnight stays. I believe that the project will be very well received in the coming years and that it will have a positive impact on increasing tourism spending within the country," the director concluded.

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Friday, 18 September 2020

VIDEOS: Amazing New Google Project Shows Croatian Culture to the World

September 18, 2020 - Incredible new video series explore Croatian culture, its natural assets, and the country's rich traditions, a collaboration with Google

Steeped in history and tradition, Croatian culture is incredibly diverse. Recognised as being of high value to the country's appeal and its understanding of itself, many items from this rich heritage appear on the protected UNESCO list.

The Croatian National Tourist Board has teamed up with Google Arts & Culture and partners The Museum of Arts and the Museum of the Sinjska alka to produce an incredible series of videos that explore this cultural heritage.

From arts & crafts to music and dance, natural assets and architecture, the new videos show off the rich menu of traditions assets that make Croatia such an incredible country. With so many items included on the protected UNESCO list, there's always something more you can learn about Croatia, no matter how many times you visit.

Lace-making, costumes of folklore, ancient instruments, time-honoured recipes, beloved festivities and distinct, regional styles of music are just some of the facets of Croatian culture explored in the videos. Now, people from all over the world can explore Croatian culture and heritage before they even arrive. The menu of videos and accompanying media is presented in both English and Croatian.

Some of the videos in the series are not new, but they have been selected by the Croatian National Tourist Board for inclusion as they are the best at showcasing their particular aspect of Croatian culture. Alongside the video presentations, there are a wealth of photographs and informative texts. You can view the whole new collaboration with Google Arts & Culture here

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Monday, 31 August 2020

310,000 Tourists in Croatia, Great Results in August

August 31, 2020 - There are currently about 310,000 tourists in Croatia, of which 240,000 are foreigners, and 106,000 came during the last weekend of August, the Croatian National Tourist Board revealed on Monday, whose director Kristjan Stanicic assessed the results in August as extremely good given the circumstances.

"August is behind us, in which we have achieved extremely good results given the circumstances. Our further strategic and marketing activities will primarily depend on the epidemiological picture of Croatia and the surrounding countries, and uncertainty in this regard requires flexibility and readiness for rapid and continuous adaptation. We are witnessing that some countries in the region have started to close, which we also consider when defining activities in the off-season," Stanicic said for HTZ at the end of August.

Stanicic presented eVistor data according to which slightly more than a million overnight stays were realized on the weekend of August 28 to 30, of which 319,000 were realized by German tourists, followed by Poles (109,000), and Slovenes (83,000).

Over the weekend, the highest number of overnight stays was again in Vir (52,000), followed by Rovinj and Crikvenica. Vir and Rovinj, according to eVisitor data, are the top two destinations in the total number of overnight stays for the whole of August - Vir with 756,000, and Rovinj with 651,000.

Medulin, Porec, and Crikvenica are among the top five destinations per night in August.

A total of 2.6 million tourists came to Croatia in August, more precisely until August 30, with 20.7 million overnight stays, which is 64 percent of last year's result in the same period.

The German market maintained its leading position with 5.2 million overnight stays, followed by domestic tourists with almost four million overnight stays. Slovenia is third with 2.7 million overnight stays in August, while Poland and the Czech Republic are fourth and fifth with 2.2 and 1.3 million overnight stays, respectively.

By counties, most overnight stays in August were realized in Istria County - slightly more than five million, while in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, there were 4.1 million overnight stays, in Split-Dalmatia County 3.9 million, in Zadar County 3.7 million, and Sibenik-Knin County 1.6 million overnight stays.

Noting that complete statistics of arrivals and overnight stays for August and the first eight months of this year can be expected in the first part of September, the Croatian National Tourist Board adds that given the pandemic, they have prepared several different communication concepts to apply depending on the market and circumstances.

"If the situation allows, in the autumn we plan to launch a campaign 'A week's vacation is worth it' for domestic tourists and encourage their consumption in the off-season by using tourist services in the country at lower prices," announced Stanicic.

In conclusion, he emphasized that "domestic tourists have a share of 20 percent in the total result of the current part of the tourist year, which is an important share, and that their contribution is expected in the off-season with shorter and weekend trips."

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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Croatian Tourist Board to Focus Post-Season Campaign on Continental and Nautical Tourism

August 27, 2020 - A coordination meeting of the Croatian Tourist Board was held with the tourist boards of Lika-Senj and Karlovac counties at the Jezero Hotel in Plitvice Lakes.

Along with the director of the CNTB Kristjan Stanicic, the coordination meeting was attended by the director of the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board Ivan Radosevic and the director of the Karlovac County Tourist Board Dina Begic and 17 representatives of tourist boards of cities and municipalities from these two counties. The meeting was also attended by Tomislav Kovacevic, director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, announced HTZ.hr.

The meeting was opened by Ivan Radosevic, who emphasized that the situation in Lika-Senj County is very good, especially if the initial projections from the beginning of the year are taken into account.

"In August, we achieved an excellent 67 percent of last year's result in the same period, and in terms of the cumulative period, i.e., from the beginning of the year until today, we are at about 54 percent of last year's result in the same period," said Radosevic. At the moment, there are guests, mostly from the markets of Germany, Croatia, and Poland. Dina Begic pointed out that at the moment, they are achieving 30 percent of last year's tourist results and that this year they are recording an increase in domestic guests who have a share of 30 percent in the total tourist traffic of Karlovac County.

CNTB Director Kristjan Stanicic said that the tourist results achieved so far, with a favorable epidemiological picture on the basis of which Croatia opened its borders to tourists in May, are a consequence of focused marketing and information campaigns conducted in key European markets, which ultimately generated the largest tourist traffic.

"Given the circumstances, we are extremely satisfied with the summer part of the tourist year, where only in August we recorded 67 percent of tourist traffic compared to last August. We have prepared campaigns for the post-season where we have put continental tourism, nautical, but also eno-gastronomy in the foreground, and we will focus on the markets in our immediate surroundings. In the domestic market, in October, we plan to implement the project 'A Week's Vacation is Worth It'. At the same time, we are preparing a plan for the next tourist year, which we know will be extremely demanding and in which we will rely on enhanced marketing and PR activities in selected markets and especially on advertising on digital communication channels," said director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, adding that in this tourist year, we will surely have two more months of tourist traffic if we adhere to the prescribed measures and recommendations and if the epidemiological picture in the country is stable.

Stanicic also presented future activities that will, among other things, refer to the adoption of new bylaws and regulations that will further improve and regulate tourism processes. The Ordinance on Underdeveloped Areas and the Ordinance on Associated Tourist Boards were discussed, as well as the future of the country's tourist board system, given the new circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced revenues, but also the new law on tourist boards and the promotion of Croatian tourism, which came into force in early 2020. Topics included the further development of the tourist board system with an emphasis on the tasks and roles of tourist boards at the local and regional levels.

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Saturday, 15 August 2020

820,000 Tourists Currently in Croatia, 68% of Last Year's Numbers

August 15, 2020 - There are currently around 820,000 tourists in Croatia, and there has been no noticeable decline in tourist traffic related to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, Croatian National Tourist Board director Kristjan Stanicic said on Friday, announcing an increase in tourists this weekend.

Slobodna Dalmacija reports that tourists are currently making up about 68 percent compared to the same day last year when there were 1.2 million. Most of them, about 200 thousand, are in Istria County, followed by 160 thousand in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, while Split-Dalmatia County is accommodating 150 thousand, and Zadar County about 145 thousand.

Stanicic states that according to the destinations with the most tourists, today, the top five are in Istria and Kvarner - Rovinj, Medulin, Porec, Umag, Crikvenica and Mali Losinj.

Asked if he expects increased visits to shrines to the Virgin Mary on Saturday, Stanicic said that this could certainly be expected because the celebration of the Assumption of Mary also includes visits to shrines.

"However, in the general atmosphere of reduced travel, precautions and restrictions introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic, there may be fewer believers in Mary shrines for the holiday this year, including tourists, than in previous years," Stanicic believes, adding that this visit is difficult to formally quantify because it is mostly a one-day trip or only a few hours, and as there are no overnight stays, they are not recorded in the eVisitor system.

As this holiday this year coincides with the third weekend in August, after which, even in the best years for tourism, there was usually a slight decrease in tourist arrivals and overnight stays, this can be expected this year as well. August has so far surpassed all forecasts with about 70 percent of last year's overnight stays.

He emphasizes that the results of August so far have exceeded all forecasts and believes that by the end of that month, provided that the current market conditions remain unchanged, the achieved total arrivals and overnight stays of about 70 percent of last year will continue.

"Obviously, the coronavirus pandemic is still very much present and it is a crisis with an uncertain outcome and it is almost impossible to predict anything. The figures so far have already shown that this year's tourist results vary depending on the destination or individual types of facilities, so in this sense, the information from the field is different.

However, it is important to remember that this is a very challenging year for everyone, including tourism, in which the main goal is to achieve the best possible results to create a healthy basis for preparing and implementing the next tourist year, which will also be very challenging," Stanicic said.

On the other hand, it is difficult to predict what September and the entire postseason will bring, but he believes that in such circumstances, communication activities with the markets are important as one of the extremely significant elements of influencing travel decisions.

"We constantly communicate with the directors of our representative offices, and they with their partner markets, the media and others about the situation in Croatia. We fight certain blows, but we also react quickly, deny wrong information, hold meetings with partners, and cooperate with other institutions, primarily with diplomacy and the national headquarters," reveals Stanicic.

He also estimates that the good tourist figures from the markets of Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are also the result of intensive marketing and information campaigns, noting that the results still mostly depend on the epidemiological situation, necessary and strict adherence to all prescribed measures and recommendations of the national headquarters by all tourism service providers.

Commenting on the new measures by the Italian government, according to which testing is obligatory for everyone who comes to Italy from Croatia, Malta, Greece and Spain, Stanicic says that he sees a reason for that partly in the safety of his citizens, but also because of the Ferragosto period in which they travel.

"The countries included in this list are the direct and biggest competitors of Italy. There are currently about 45,000 Italian tourists in Croatia, but this Italian decision will certainly affect traffic from that market later in August. Despite this situation, the CNTB office in Italy still receives a huge number of inquiries about the arrival of Italians on vacation in Croatia - and they want to come," added Stanicic.

In the case of Slovenia, he says that there are no official decisions yet and believes that Croatia will remain on the current list, which enables Slovenian citizens to return to Slovenia without presenting a test or going to quarantine.

"Slovenia is one of our most important markets, many of their citizens own real estate in our country, and currently there are about 115,000 of them in Croatia," says Stanicic.

He also spoke about the Dutch market, where the CNTB is also in constant contact with partners, agencies and tour operators, as well as relevant institutions.

"It remains to be seen what the final decision of the Dutch institutions will be, but we believe that by all parameters, we can return to their list of safe destinations, which already includes some countries that have a worse epidemiological situation compared to Croatia," Stanicic said. Good cooperation with Croatian diplomacy is also important, which through its activities, contributes to maintaining the current position of Croatia as one of the few tourist countries in which significant tourist traffic takes place.

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Monday, 10 August 2020

Over 320,000 Tourists Arrivals in Croatia from August 7-9

August 10, 2020 - Reports of tourist arrivals in Croatia this August are anything but grim. Just last weekend, Croatia reported more than 323,000 arrivals and 2.3 million overnight stays!

According to the preliminary eVisitor data, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, more than one million arrivals and 7.2 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia so far in August (from August 1 to 9), which is about 70 percent of last year's result achieved in the same period, the Croatia National Tourist Board reported.

They add that most overnight stays in the same period were achieved in Istria (1.7 million overnight stays), Kvarner (1.4 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia (1.3 million overnight stays), Zadar (1.3 million overnight stays), Sibenik-Knin County (578,000 overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (392,000 overnight stays) and Lika-Senj County (271,000 overnight stays).

"After an excellent July, in which we achieved about 60 percent of last year's result, we recorded even better tourist trends in August and are currently at about 70 percent of last year's result. The markets that reacted best are territorially closer markets for which Croatian destinations are easily accessible by road routes, such as, for example, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary.

We directed our promotional and information campaigns towards these markets all the time, communicating that Croatia is a safe and well-prepared tourist destination. Also, with the increase in the number of airlines, tourist traffic in the southern parts of Dalmatia has intensified," said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, adding that, for example, Dubrovnik and London are currently connected with 44 flights a week.

"It is extremely important that we all continue to act responsibly and that we adhere to the prescribed epidemiological measures, because this is currently a prerequisite for the realization of tourist traffic in the country," concluded director Stanicic.

In the previous part of August, most tourist arrivals came from the German market, about 225,000, which is an increase of 6 percent compared to the same period last year. The domestic market follows with 178,000 arrivals, an increase of 18 percent, the Slovenian market with 133,000 arrivals, an increase of 10 percent, and the Polish market with 109,000 arrivals, an increase of 16 percent, compared to the same period last year.

Looking at the destinations, so far, in August, most arrivals were made in Rovinj, Porec, Medulin, Crikvenica, Umag, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula and Novalja.

The Croatia National Tourist Board adds that during the last weekend (from August 7 to 9), there were more than 323,000 arrivals and 2.3 million overnight stays in Croatia.

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