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Double-Digit Tourism Growth in Croatia in October

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Evidence that Croatia is slowly becoming a year-round tourist destination and not just a place to visit during the summer as statistics for October were released.

In October 2017, 878,000 tourists visited Croatia, which is 12% more than in October 2016. There were also 3.1 million overnight stays last month, up 13% from the same month last year.

From January 1 to October 31 Croatia has welcomed 17.9 million tourists, 13% more than in the same period last year. Overnight stays totalled 100.3 million in the first 10 months, which was 12% more than last year.

For the first time in history Dubrovnik recorded more than 4 million overnight stays this year.

“I’m very excited about the significant growth of tourist traffic in October, but also for the whole post and pre-seasons. This is proof that Croatia is increasingly attractive to guests outside the summer months, that is to say, that we have become a year-round destination,” said Minister of Toursim Gari Cappelli.

Record numbers this year in Dubrovnik

Out of the total 878,000 tourists in October, 732,000 were foreigners. Germans led the way (668,000 overnights), followed by Brits (260,000 overnights), Austrians (220,000), Slovenes and Americans (99,000).

Split-Dalmatia County was the most popular County in October for tourists, followed by Istria, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Kvarner, and Zagreb.

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