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Croatia notches up 1 million tourist arrivals in 2021

Croatia notches up 1 million tourist arrivals in 2021

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ZAGREB, 1 June 2021 – One million tourists have visited Croatia so far in 2021, the national tourist board reported on Tuesday. 

According to data from the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realised in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter, more than 1 million arrivals and 3.9 million overnight stays were realised in Croatia between 1 January – 31 May. 

This is growth of 42 percent in arrivals and 38 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

Of the total arrivals and overnight stays, foreign tourists realised more than 516,000 arrivals and 2.5 million overnight stays.

Looking at May alone, there were 451,000 arrivals and 1.9 million overnight stays in that month, which is an increase of 412 percent in arrivals and 256 percent in overnight stays compared to May last year. At the same time, foreign guests made more than 312,000 arrivals and more than 1.5 million overnight stays.

“The realisation of tourist traffic so far shows that Croatia is positioned in many markets as a safe, quality and well-prepared destination. Currently, more than 100,000 tourists stay in our country every day, and for the first time this year we exceeded that number on Friday, May 28th. We have now entered the month of June in the calendar, in which we expect further strengthening of tourist traffic, while the largest number of tourists is expected in the main summer months of July and August, for which we have very good announcements,” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.

During the first five months, most overnight stays were realised in Istria (1.2 million overnight stays), Kvarner (609,000 overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia (516,000 overnight stays) and Zadar County (398,000 overnight stays), while in the continental parts, together with the city of Zagreb, realised more than 712,000 overnight stays. 

Looking at destinations, most overnight stays during the first five months were realised in Zagreb, Rovinj, Poreč, Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik.

Most overnight stays were realised by tourists from Germany (782,000 overnight stays), Slovenia (315,000 overnight stays), Austria (180,000 overnight stays), Bosnia and Herzegovina (160,000 overnight stays), Poland (154,000 overnight stays) and the Czech Republic (117,000 overnight stays). 

The highest number of overnight stays so far in the year was realised in hotels (1.2 million overnight stays), private apartments (one million overnight stays) and camps (682,000 overnight stays).

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