Croatian minister happy with tourist trade results

ZADAR, 9.9.2014.

Croatia saw a 5% rise in tourist arrivals and a 2.3% increase in bed/nights in the first eight months of 2014 compared to the corresponding period in 2013, Tourism Minister Darko Lorencin said on Tuesday presenting the year-to-date figures in tourist trade.

Thanks to an excellent August whose results have offset previous poorer results, Croatia can expect a 2-3% rise in tourism revenues by the end of this year, Lorencin said in the coastal city of Zadar.

Lorencin expects good results to continue in the remainder of the year, too.

The Croatian Adriatic region and the capital of Zagreb registered 3.7 million tourist visits and 25 million overnight stays in August, a 7% and 4% rise respectively compared to August 2013.

All coastal counties, except the region of Kvarner, in the wider Rijeka area saw an increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays, and Split-Dalmatia County was the best performer.

In the January-August period, 10.64 million tourists and 62.1 million overnight stays were registered in Croatia, up 5% and 2.3% respectively, according to statistics collected by local tourism boards.

In the first eight months of this year, the number of foreign tourists visiting Croatia rose 5% to 9.6 million, and their bed/night statistics increased 2% to 56.6 million. The most frequent foreign guests were Germans, Slovenians and Austrians.

The number of domestic guests visiting tourist destinations and their overnight stays rose 1% to 976,000 and 5.5 million respectively.