24% more spending compared to 2019!
July 5, 2022 – Croatia’s 2022 tourist season has been more than excellent so far, and tourist spending is 24% better than it was during the pre-pandemic peak year of 2019.
As Poslovni Dnevnik/Josipa Ban written, tourist traffic is slowly but surely returning to pre-crisis figures, and data from Croatia’s popular eVisitor system shows that in the first half of this year, 83% of arrivals and 94% of overnight stays were made compared to the record year 2019. The financial results of the Croatian tourist season 2022 are so far even better.
Data from the tax office shows that in the first six months of this year, issued fiscal year invoices/receipts amounting to a whopping 12.8 billion kunas were taxed, which is 129% better than at the same period last year and 24% more than during the same period. 2019.
“The current results we are getting are almost on par with those of 2019. The data so far is particularly important as it all confirms the growing demand for Croatia outside the main summer months and the results activities aimed at making Croatia recognizable as a sustainable and quality destination that can be visited and enjoyed throughout the year,” said Nikolina Brnjac, Minister of Tourism and Sports.
In the first six months of 2022, despite the outbreak of a war on European soil, due to which it was feared that the Croatian tourist season 2022 could be disrupted, Croatia was visited by 5.7 million tourists which achieved an impressive 24.7 million overnight stays. The share of foreign tourists in overnight stays is almost 87%.
Traditionally, customers from Germany (6.1 million), Austria (2.4 million) and Poland (1.3 million) make the most overnight stays in the country. Most of these nights were spent in hotels (7.5 million). A negligible number of nights were recorded in private apartments – 7.4 million, while campsites recorded 5.1 million nights.
Istria is the most popular destination of all so far in the Croatian tourist season 2022!
There have also been no significant changes in the attractiveness of the various locations, and in the first half of this year the highest number of overnight stays was achieved in beautiful Istria (7.9 million) and Split-Dalmatia County (4.2 million). The most popular destinations are Rovinj (1.3 million overnight stays) and Dubrovnik (1.2 million). This is followed by Porec (1.1 million), then Zagreb (909,000 overnight stays).
In June 2022 compared to June 2019, 89% of arrivals in 2019 and 98% of overnight stays in 2019 were made. Expectations are also very high for the first two tourist months, July and August.
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