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The Rise of Rijeka as a Tourist Destination


After an excellent first 8 months and summer season, Croatia’s 3rd largest city, Rijeka, continues to break tourism records…

According to statistics from the Rijeka Tourist Board, between the period of 15 June to 15 September, the city saw a rise of 21% in the number of arrivals, and 25% in the number of overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

There were 49,942 arrivals and 104,442 overnight stays in the 3-month summer period. A fantastic result for the port city. It was not just the international arrivals that were on the up, local tourists also created 11% more overnight stay compared with the same period in 2014.

Italy supplied the largest number of tourists to Rijeka in that period, followed by Germany, Spain, France and Poland. Data from 15 years ago show how Rijeka has steadily increased as destination of choice in Croatia. Back then in 2000 there were 64,554 overnight stays.

Located on Kvarner Bay, Rijeka has a population of 128,624 people. Its strategic position means that it is an excellent deep-water port and the city relies heavily on maritime transport and shipbuilding.

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