Could tourism in the extreme south of Croatia still develop despite the lack of flights?
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February 20, 2021 – Could tourism in the far south of Croatia grow despite persistent problems with leisure travel and lack of flights? The extreme south of Croatia remains, until the completion of the Peljesac Bridge, cut off from the rest of the country by Neum, the only coastline of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as such has always been, primarily, a destination for flying.
As Poslovni Dnevnik / Suzana Varosanec writes, regarding tourist accommodation in luxury villas, after almost experiencing the coronavirus crisis last year, the forecasts are now even better, and the Zadar agency Croatia Luxury Rent (CLR), one of the strongest players in the market with around 420 villas across the Adriatic, anticipates further growth in the number of arrivals of customers with higher purchasing power.
It started last summer: These clients could not travel to their usual more distant destinations, so they decided to spend their summer holidays in various destinations across Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia.
Some sort of acceleration in bookings is expected during the spring, and customers remain cautious, according to CLR owner and manager Josip Stulic, until travel conditions and border regimes are more clearly defined, that is, an improvement. in the overall epidemiological situation. He believes that the best provided accommodation and holiday homes will be in Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Istria counties, then Zadar, Sibenik-Knin county and finally Split-Dalmatia county.
“The far south of Croatia, at least in the context of the total number of arrivals in the coming season, is expected to grow steadily and will certainly not fail at the level of private accommodation, although it is evident that destinations like Dubrovnik have attracted arriving customers. by air for years now, and their numbers will be significantly lower in the years to come.
Private accommodation, along with nautical tourism and camps, is the base that should be the cornerstone of the success of the seasons to come in terms of income and number of arrivals. Unfortunately, for a while yet we will not be so enriched by the arrival of air tourists, which will be present in the form of stagnation not only in our country but also globally, but because of this, the number of places. welcoming guests who drive here along our coast will grow, ” explained Stulic.
With an occupancy rate of 86% of the CLR last year and after the completion in 2020 of all domestic tourism, it is expected that the tourist season for 2021 is expected to be more successful than expected.
The great advantage of Croatia as a destination is its geographical position, which, as he pointed out, should lead to good results in the future, assuming that the situation with the coronavirus will stabilize in the coming months. , mainly due to the vaccination process underway across the country. world.
“Considering the aforementioned fact that Croatia is brilliantly positioned and extremely well connected to the region’s source markets, this information is to be expected to become crucial. All of the above should happen if there is not no unforeseen geopolitical events that could change that, ” Josip Stulic said.
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