ZAGREB, 8 January 2020 – A record 21 million tourists visited Croatia in 2019, which was 5% more than in 2018, according to data from the Croatian Tourist Board’s eVisitor system.
According to the data, there were 108.6 million overnight stays recorded in Croatia last year, which was also a record and 2.4% more than from the year previous.
It was the first year in Croatian tourism history that more than 20 million tourists visited. The previous record year was in 2018 when 19.7 tourists visited the country.
Foreign tourists made up 90% of all arrivals and overnight stays in 2019. Foreign tourists made up 18.2 million of all arrivals, which was 4.4% more than in 2018. They also contributed almost 95 million overnight stays, which was 1.7% more than the year previous.
Private accommodation leading the way
39 million overnight stays were recorded at private accommodation last year, which was 3% more than in 2018. At hotels, there were 25 million overnight stays recorded (+1.7%), whilst there were 19 million overnight stays at camp sites.
Istria top again
In the nautical segment, there were 3.5 million overnight stays recorded (+11.1%).
The Istria county recorded the most overnight stays in 2019 (29 million), followed by Split-Dalmatia (20.4 million), Kvarner (19.2 million), Zadar (15-1 million), Dubrovnik-Neretva (9.2 million) and Sibenik-Knin (7.3 million).
The most-visited destinations in 2019 were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split, Medulin, Umag, Zagreb, Vir, Mali Lošinj and Crikvenica, Tportal reported.