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Over 110,000 foreign tourists visit Croatia in April, 23,000 in first weekend of May

Over 100,000 foreign tourists visit Croatia in April, 23,000 last weekend


ZAGREB, 3 May 2021 – More than 157,000 tourist overnight stays were achieved in Croatia in the first weekend of May, the Croatian National Tourism Board said on Monday.

According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic generated in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in Croatia during the first weekend in May, in the period from Friday, April 30 to Monday, May 3, 2021 there were 41,400 tourist arrivals and more than 157,000 overnight stays registered. 

Out of that, foreign tourists made up almost 23,000 arrivals and 112,000 overnight stays. 

During the weekend, most tourist overnight stays were realised in Istria, Kvarner, Split-Dalmatia County and Zadar County, and when it came to destinations, most overnight stays were realised in Rovinj, Zagreb, Poreč, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Mali Lošinj and Split. 

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Zagreb (Photo credit: M. Gašparović/Zagreb Tourist Board)

In terms of markets, during the weekend the largest number of overnight stays was realised by domestic guests, followed by guests from Slovenia, Poland and Germany, and in terms of type of accommodation most overnight stays were realised in hotels, camps and household facilities.

During the first four months, more than 2 million tourist overnight stays were realised in Croatia

In the period from 1 January to the end of April, there were 592,000 arrivals and over 2 million overnight stays in Croatia (which is 90 percent of arrivals from the same period last year), of which foreign guests made almost 203,000 arrivals and more than 1 million overnight stays. 

Most overnight stays were realised in Istria, Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County, and looking at destinations in Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Zadar, Poreč, Opatija and Dubrovnik. Most overnight stays were realised by tourists from Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria and the USA.

Looking at April alone, there were 239,000 arrivals and 846,000 overnight stays in that month, of which foreign guests made more than 111,000 arrivals and more than 523,000 overnight stays.

“Despite the still present pandemic circumstances, we have four successful months behind us with more than 2 million tourist nights. Croatia is recognised as a responsible and safe tourist destination, which is a confirmation of all the efforts we invest in creating optimal conditions for tourists and our fellow citizens. By synergising the activities and cooperation of the entire tourism sector, through the Safe stay in Croatia project, vaccinating the tourism sector and setting up additional points for testing tourists in tourist centres, we have shown that Croatia is fully prepared for a bigger start in tourism. Interest of guests from Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovenia. I believe that this positive trend will continue, with a favourable epidemiological situation,” said Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac.

“This weekend was also the first weekend in this tourist year in which we had more than 50,000 tourists on a daily basis in the country. We can be satisfied with these results, especially when we remember the same period last year when, due to the lockdown and the measures that were in force, we almost did not realise the tourist traffic of guests. These are positive trends that will be optimistic towards the main summer part of the tourist year, but also towards the upcoming feasts of Ascension and the Feast of Pentecost and Corpus Christi, in May and June, when we expect guests from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Poland and France,” said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.

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