With one month remaining and still an influx of Christmas tourist expected, Croatia has set a new record for tourists in a year.
In the first 11 months of 2016 from 1 January to 30 November, Croatia recorded 16.6 million tourists, which was 10% more than in the same period last year, or 1.5 million tourists, the Croatian Tourist Board (CTB) announced today.
Overnight stays, which measures the number of tourist nights in the country, grew even more in 2016. 90.7 million overnight stays were recorded in the first 11 months, 14% or 11.5 million more than 2015, according to data from eVisitor and eCrew.
November has been a particularly successful month with 278,000 tourist arrivals, which is growth of 21% from November 2015. Overnight stays in the same month this year were up by 33%.
Most tourists in 2016 came from Germany, Slovenia, UK, Poland and Austria.
The record might be short-lived with all signs that 2017 could exceed 2016.
CTB Director Ratomir Ivičić says that early information from online and other tour operators suggests growth in slaes for April 2017, as well as for June. He added that based on the announcement of new flights, especially from France, Scandinavia, UK and Germany, further tourist growth next year can realistically be expected.