ZADAR, 2 September 2019 – The Dalmatian city of Zadar has had a good tourist season this year with a double-digit increase in visitors, the Zadar Tourist Board said on Monday.
According to statistics released today, from 1 January – 31 August 2019, Zadar has welcomed a today of 467,044 tourists, this is an increase of 43,106 or more than 10% compared to the same period in 2018.
The city recorded 1,678,535 overnight stays in the first 8 months of the year, which is 120,901 or 8% more than in the same period last year. The statistics did not include nautical traffic into the city.
The average length of stay for a tourist in Zadar was 4 days, whilst 67% of tourists arrived on their own accord and 33% via organised agency tours.
The Zadar Tourist Board said that in August, there were 128,907 arrivals and 586,585 overnight stays recorded. Comparing this to August 2018, arrivals were up 9%, and overnight stays up 7%.
Tourists from Germany have created the most overnight stays in Zadar, making up 18% of the total. Next were tourists from Croatia (11%), Italy and Austria (9%), Poland (7%) and Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary and France (5%). Local guests from Croatia contributed with 61,741 overnight stays in August, whilst foreign visitors made up 524,844.
When it came to the organisation of holidays in August, 81% of guests came individually, whilst 19% came via agencies.
In Janaury this year, The New York Times put Zadar on its 52 Places to Go in 2019 list, whilst Zadar also featured earlier in the year on Lonely Planet’s list of the best cities to visit in 2019.