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Croatia generates record €10.1 billion from foreign tourists in 2018


30 March 2019 – 19.7 million tourists visited Croatia last year, which was a new record in Croatian tourism history.  

On Friday, the Ministry of Tourism revealed that for the first time in history revenue generated by foreign tourists passed €10 billion. 

Citing data from the Croatian Central Bank (HNB), the ministry revealed revenues generated by foreign tourists in 2018 reached close to €10.1 billion. This represented growth of 6.4% from the previous year. 

Minister Gari Cappelli said that even after the record year in 2018, data looked strong so far in 2019 with growth in tourism turnover. 

“This is a prerequisite for increasing competitiveness and generating even higher revenues on the annual level, encouraging the entire economy”, Cappelli said.

Dubrovnik was the most visited destination (Photo credit: Bracodbk under CC)

According to the HNB, foreign tourists generated nearly €892 million in the last quarter of 2018, up 5.6% on the year.

Istria was the most popular region this year, followed by the Split-Dalmatia county, Kvarner, Zadar and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties. Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin were the most visited destinations in 2018.

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