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Outstanding results - 2017 to be remembered as a historical year for Croatian tourism

By  Jan 15, 2018

According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and the nautical charter (eCrew system), from January to end-December in 2017 there was 18.5 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent). That are truly historical tourist results for Croatia, which confirmed to be one of the most popular tourist destinations.

Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the Croatian Tourist Board General Office, Kristjan Stanicic are pleased with these results and in 2018 they announce a stronger development of year-round tourism based on sustainable development and destination management.

Looking at the period from January to December, foreign tourists MADE 16.5 million arrivals (+14 percent) and 89.8 million overnight stays (+12 percent), while domestic tourists mad 12 million overnight stays, which is a growth of 14 percent. During the last year most of the overnight stays were made in Istria (28 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (19 million) and Kvarner (18.6 million). Following are Zadar County (13.7 million overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (8.5 million), Sibenik-Knin (7.1 million), Lika-Senj County (3.2 million) and Zagreb (2.3 million). There were 2 million overnight stays (+15 percent) on the continent, and most of the overnight stays were realized in Karlovac County (576 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje County (322 thousand) and Osijek-Baranja County (188 thousad).

When it comes to overnight stays, top destinations are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Medulin and Umag. Of the total number of overnight stays, most were realized in households (35 million nights), hotels (25 million overnight stays) and camps (19 million), while 3.2 million overnight stays were made in the nautical charter during the last twelve months.

According to the Croatian National Bank (HNB) data, in the first nine months of 2017 tourism revenues were 8 billion, 724 million Euros, which represents a growth of 10 percent compared to the same period last year or more precisely 822 million euros.

In the third quarter, or July, August and September of 2017, tourism revenues amounted to 5 billion and 992 million Euros from foreign visitors, representing a 10 percent increase over the same period last year or 533 million more.

In the first nine months, the share of travel-tourism revenue in total GDP at current prices was 24 percent, which is 0.9 percentage points higher than in the same period last year.