Croatia Tourism Trends Positive in most markets
ZAGREB, July 19, 2021 – Croatia’s tourism trends are still positive in most foreign markets, with good forecasts for July, August and September, but tourism turnover will depend on the epidemiological situation and compliance with measures , the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) said on Monday the director.
Respond to Hina’s questions if reservations are canceled or demand drops in any market due to the entire Croatian coast being placed in the orange zone on the COVID map released by the European Center for Prevention and Control. Disease Control (ECDC), the HTZ Director Kristjan Staničić said the trends were still positive and Croatia was positioned in many markets as a safe, well-prepared, quality and organized tourist destination.
There are currently around 740,000 tourists vacationing in Croatia, 90,000 more than on July 19, 2020, and most of them, 640,000, are foreign tourists, including visitors from Germany, Slovenia , Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic, he said.
Since the start of the year, Croatia has seen a 50% increase in tourist arrivals compared to the same period in 2020, while July has so far seen a 43% increase this year.
British travelers generate more overnight stays, difficult to predict
When asked if there would be more visitors from Britain after all measures were lifted there on July 19, Staničić said the British were not able to travel at all until May 17. and that the situation remained uncertain even after that. , but when Croatia became a green zone on the ECDC map (end of June), the number of bookings started to increase.
“A total of 17,000 tourists arrived from the UK market to Croatia from the start of this year to July 18, representing 73% of last year’s result for this period, while their 87,000 overnight stays indicate an increase of 8%” , said Staničić, adding that it is difficult to forecast tourism figures for this market, which will depend on the epidemiological situation in both Croatia and the UK, as in all markets.
Considering the best air link between Croatia and the UK this summer, and given that they are lifting almost all COVID-related restrictions, there is some hope this year for this market.
In order to keep the guests arriving, Staničić called on everyone to refrain from organizing large-scale events and to ensure the safety of everyone, both the local population and tourists who plan to visit the area. Croatia in the coming weeks.
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