Tourists have flocked to Croatia over the weekend to make the most of a few days off ahead of today’s International Workers’ Day holiday.
According to e-Visitor, 269,000 tourists arrived in Croatia over the weekend, creating 654,000 overnight stays. A large number have decided to take holidays this week to make the most of the 1 May holiday around Europe.
The largest number of tourists to arrive where those from neighbouring Slovenia. Slovenes created 211,000 overnight stays over the weekend with most staying on through this week. Austrians and Italians were the next largest groups.
When it came to destinations, the largest number of tourists decided to holiday on the northern Adriatic coast and in Istria. The Split-Dalmatia County was the next most popular. The most popular towns were Dubrovnik, Poreč and Rovinj.
Early indications suggest that last year’s record tourism year could be broken in 2018. So far in 2018, there has been 8-9% growth in tourist arrivals and overnight stays compared to the same period last year, whilst there was growth of 20% in the first three months.
18.5 million tourists visited Croatia in 2017, the most ever in a single year in the nation’s history. The record number of tourists was 13% more than the year previous.