50% growth in Croatian tourism even without “Covid passports”
July 3, 2021 – Even without the controversial “Covid Passports” which only became available relatively recently, growth in Croatian tourism is encouraging to say the least. With 50% better results for Croatian tourism growth in the first six months of 2021, things appear to be improving.
As Poslovni Dnevnik / Marija Crnjak writes, despite announcements of the fourth wave of the pandemic potentially approaching, tourist interest in Croatia vacations is not waning, and results for the first half of this year confirm that the vaccination program has heightened optimism . In the first six months of 2021, 2.6 million arrivals and 11.8 million overnight stays were made in Croatia, i.e. 54% more arrivals and 53% more overnight stays than in the same period. last year. At the same time, foreign tourists achieved 9.1 million overnight stays, while domestic tourists achieved 2.7 million overnight stays.
German tourists are the most numerous
Most overnight stays were made by foreign guests from Germany (2.4 million), Slovenia (1.5 million), Austria (987,000), Poland (866,000) and the Czech Republic (681,000).
Depending on the type of accommodation, most overnight stays were made in domestic / private facilities, hotels and camps, the Tourism Ministry reported yesterday.
“We are extremely satisfied with the results of the tourism year 2021 so far and the announcements for the coming months. At the moment, 425,000 tourists are staying in Croatia, approximately 100,000 more than in the same period. last year. In the coming weeks, the peak of the season awaits us, and we must all be aware that the prerequisite for the pursuit of such results is a favorable epidemiological situation in Croatia. The recognition of Croatia as a safe destination for which tourists choose our country gives us the opportunity to achieve better financial results and the continuous development of tourism, and therefore a faster economic recovery, ” said Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac .
As is known, Covid certificates entered into force throughout the EU and Croatia from July 1, combined with new measures that will be more flexible for holders of these certificates, and will allow people with digital certificates of the EU to participate in various events without limiting the number of participants or the time spent.
Direct flights to boost Croatian tourism growth
As has been written previously, the situation of freedom to travel within the EU is unlikely to be quite as expected or hoped for due to the penetration of the Delta strain virus in some countries like Portugal. At the same time, a lot is expected from direct flights from the United States to Croatia.
The two main US airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, are launching their connections between New York and Dubrovnik this week.
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