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A Record 14 Million Tourists Visit Croatia Last Year

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2015 is done and dusted and the statistics have been released by the Tourism Ministry…

According to the statistics presented on Thursday by Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin, a record 14,150,000 tourists visited Croatia in 2015, which was 8.3% more than the year previous (2014).

Foreign tourists made up 12,737,000 of the total number of tourists, which was 8.08% more than the year previous.

A total of 78,569,000 overnight stays were created by tourists in 2015, 6.8% more than 2014. The most overnight stays were recorded in the Istria region (23,600,000), whilst the region had just over 3.5 million visitors.

Split-Dalmatia County was next with 14,640,000 overnight stays and 2 million arrivals, followed by Kvarner (13.2 million overnight stays – 2 million arrivals), Zadar (10.7 million overnight stays – 1.5 million arrivals) and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 6.5 million overnight stays and 1.5 million arrivals.

Istria was the most popular region in Croatia in 2015

Istria was the most popular region in Croatia in 2015

Rovinj was the most popular destination in Croatia for 2015 with 3.2 million overnight stays, followed by Dubrovnik in second place and Poreč in third with around 3 million overnight stays. Medulin was 4th and Umag was 5th. The Capital Zagreb was the 7th most popular destination in the country last year.

Germans again created the largest number of overnights stay in Croatia in 2015 with 16.7 million, followed by the Slovenes, Austrians, Czechs, Italians, Poles, Slovaks and the Brits.

Besides a booming summer, there were also growth in the number of arrivals in December thanks to fantastic advent programmes around the country. In December there were 181,500 arrivals, growth of 16% on the year prior.

Advent in Zagreb helped boost numbers in December (photo credit/ztb)

Advent in Zagreb helped boost numbers in December (photo credit/ztb)

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