If you are planning a holiday to Croatia, you may need to book early judging by the latest statistics. The number of tourists visiting Croatia staying in commercial accommodation rose 6.2% y/y in September to 1.9mn the statistics office said on November 8. The Adriatic country also registered an increase in the number of nights spent in the country during September increasing year on year by 2.6% to 9.9mn. Out of the total number of overnight stays made in the country, 9.4mn were foreign tourists.
Tourism is one of Croatia's key economic sectors and an important contributor to the country's GDP. The industry is benefitting from political uncertainty and security issues in rival destinations, such as Turkey and Egypt.
The number of tourists arriving at tourist accommodation establishments in Croatia previously increased 8.7% to 15.59mn in 2016.
The majority of foreign tourists staying in Croatia in September were from Germany (32% of the total) and Austria (10%). In September, there were 345,000 rooms, apartments and camp sites in Croatia available to tourists, compared with a total of 909,000 hotel rooms.
In the first nine months of the year, the number of tourists visiting Croatia rose 13% y/y to 16mn. The number of overnight stays rose by 11% y/y in January- September to 82mn. The number of foreign tourists went up 14% y/y to 14.5mn.
Croatia’s revenues from tourism increased by 11.6% y/y to €2.7bn in the first half of the year, according to data from the central bank, the tourism ministry announced on October 2.
The Croatian government expects a 3%-4% overall y/y increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2017, while it expects investment in tourism to increase to €800mn, including €500mn worth of private and €300mn worth of public investments, up from €670mn in 2016, Tourism Minister Gari Capelli has said.
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