Croatia is in for a record tourist year. According to official statistics from Tourist Boards along the Adriatic coast and in Zagreb, from January – April 2015 there were 1.1 million tourist arrivals, 8% more than in the same period last year…
Whilst arrivals were up 8%, overnight stays were up 6% to more than 3 million. Foreign tourists accounted for 845,000 of the total 1.1 million arrivals, and 2.4 million of the total overnight stays, which was growth of 8% and 5% respectively. The number of local tourists in the first four months of this year had grown 8% on last year, whilst overnight stays by local tourists were 11% up.
“Growth of 8% in arrivals in the period between January and April, and 6% in overnight stays, is a very good result which indicates that it will be a good season. We are happy that the number of tourists from our traditional markets are continuing to grow, such as Austria which was up 3%, Bosnia and Herzegovina (14%), France (1%), Hungary (14%) and Slovenia (19%). We are also happy that with the results from markets far away as there were 34% more Japanese tourists, 20% more Canadians, 78% more Chinese and 24% more from the United States,” said Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin.
The most popular parts of Croatia in the first four months of the year with tourists were Istria (267,000 arrivals), Zagreb (219,000) Kvarner (200,000), Split-Dalmatia (131,000), and Dubrovnik-Neretva (131,000).