The region of Kvarner, on the northern Adriatic Sea near the Istrian peninsular had more than two million tourists visit in the first 9 months of 2012, creating 11.7 million overnight stays. Compared with the same period last year, there were one percent more tourists and three percent more overnight stays, according to data from the Kvarner County Tourism Office.
Domestic tourists accounted for nine percent and foreign tourists accounted for 91 percent of the overnight stays, up four percent on 2011 figures. The islands in the region were by far the busiest making up close to 85 percent of tourist numbers.
The island of Krk was the most popular, followed by Mali Losinj. Opatija and Crikvenica Riviera on the mainland were close behind.
From the overnight stays, tourist from Germany led the way, making up 29.5 percent of the total, followed by Slovenia (15.7 percent), Austria (11.9) and Italy (11.2).