There were fewer tourists from only 18 countries this year, when compared to the same period in 2013, meaning there was growth in arrivals from more than 60 countries so far this year, the Croatian Tourist Board said.
In the first seven months of 2014 there were 6.37 million, or 4% more foreign tourists than in the same period last year, whilst overnight stays were up 0.7% to 33.63 million. Out of the total 6.37 million foreign tourists in Croatia, 5.81 million were on the Adriatic coast, up 3.3% from 2013. The biggest spenders were once again the Germans, French, Brits and Italians.
There were some impressive growth in arrivals this year from a number of nations, including Korea with a massive 256.7% (150,000) more arrivals this year, China (41% up), Spain and Portugal (between 18 and 25% up) Australia, USA, Canada and New Zealand all with between 12 and 20% more arrivals this year, and Sweden, Norway and Finland up around 6%.
Russian arrivals were 11% down, whilst the number of Brazilians, which were up over 40% last year, saw a drop of 6% in the number of arrivals.