ZAGREB, Oct 20 (Hina) – Zagreb’s tourism industry is suffering losses due to the coronavirus pandemic and the March 22 earthquake, with tourist arrivals and overnight stays at about 30 percent of last year’s figures, Hina has learned from the Zagreb Tourist Board (TZGZ).
In the year to the end of September, nearly 283,000 tourists visited Zagreb, generating 624,300 overnight stays, which is 26 percent and 31 percent of last year’s figures respectively. Most of the tourists were from Croatia, followed by those from Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Poland. Most of the overnight stays were generated by tourists from Croatia, Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the United States.
In the first two weeks of October, 15,700 tourists visited Zagreb, which is 22 percent of last year’s figures, and they generated 41,000 overnight stays, which is 33 percent of last year’s figures.
One of the big events on the tourist calendar, the Advent Christmas Markets, is also in doubt.
“Conditions for holding individual events have significantly changed this year, including outdoor events in the autumn and winter. We are finishing preparations for several autumn events that will once again reaffirm Zagreb as the most important cultural and tourist destination in Croatia, and we are also developing possible scenarios for the Advent,” TZGZ director Martina Bienenfeld told Hina.
She noted that special attention was being paid to the health and safety aspects of these events, adding that the TZGZ was in contact with the relevant city authorities and the national and local coronavirus response teams.