During the first eight months of 2022, 15 million tourists arrived in Croatia, realising 86.6 million overnight stays, according to data from the eVisitor system.
This is 40 percent more arrivals and 27 percent more overnight stays compared to the same period last year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports said in a statement on Friday.
Compared to the record year of 2019, 91 percent of arrivals and 96 percent of overnight stays were achieved in the same period.
The most tourist nights were realised in Istria (24.7 million), Split-Dalmatia (16 million) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar (15.3 million), followed by Zadar County (12.8 million overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (6.2 million) and Šibenik-Knin County (5.7 million).
Looking at the results of the destinations, the most overnight stays since the beginning of the year were achieved in Rovinj (3.5 million), Dubrovnik (2.8 million), Poreč (2.8 million), Medulin (2.6 million), Umag (2.4 million ) and Split (2.4 million).
Looking at the markets, since the beginning of the year the largest number of overnight stays was achieved by foreign guests from Germany (19.8 million), Slovenia (8.8 million), Austria (6.5 million), Poland (5.7 million), the Czech Republic (5 .2 million), Italy (3.7 million), Slovakia (3 million), the Netherlands (2.9 million) and the United Kingdom (2.8 million).
According to the type of accommodation, the most overnight stays were in household facilities (33.9 million), campsites (17.6 million) and hotels (17.2 million).
“I congratulate the entire sector on these outstanding results, and apart from tourist traffic, which is almost at the level of 2019, we can be especially satisfied with the financial results, which are even better. As was shown at the very beginning of the year, when already in the first quarter we achieved higher revenues from foreign tourists than in the record year of 2019, this continued and in the current part of the year we achieved almost 600 million more in the value of fiscalised invoices than in the whole of 2019. The announcements for the postseason are very good, and I believe that such results will be achieved at the level of the whole year,” said Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac.
“The tourist traffic results achieved so far, as well as the financial indicators, confirm that this year’s season has been well prepared despite all the challenges and circumstances caused by the pandemic and the unfortunate events in Ukraine. The achieved 96 percent of results in overnight stays at the national level is practically equal to the results from 2019, while certain regions and destinations even exceeded the results from the pre-pandemic period. We have entered September, for which the projections are excellent, especially in the nautical and business travel segment, and we will also carry out a series of activities and campaigns, especially in the markets of Slovenia, Hungary, Italy and Germany, with which we will encourage further tourist traffic throughout the post-season,” said Kristjan Staničić, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board.
In August, 32 million overnight stays were achieved
During August this year, there were 4.6 million arrivals and 32 million overnight stays, i.e. 6 percent more arrivals and 4 percent more overnight stays than in August 2021. Compared to July 2019, 92 percent of arrivals and 97 percent of overnight stays were realised in August 2019.
According to the data of the Tax Administration, from the beginning of the year until August 30, a total of 28 billion and 931 million kunas were taxed in tourist activities, that is, 64 percent more than in the same period last year.
Compared to 2019, by August 30, 2022, invoices with a value 38 percent higher than in the same period of 2019 were fiscalised.
In the whole of 2021, the value of the account amounted to HRK 25.3 billion, while in the whole of 2019, the value of the account was HRK 28.4 billion, that is, in the first eight months of this year, both amounts have already been exceeded.