HGK: Tourism increases food and beverage consumption

ZAGREB, 30.7.2017.

Istria County is expected to record the highest increase in the number of "temporary" residents at the height of the tourism season when food and beverage consumption increases five times compared to out-of-season consumption, a study carried out by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) shows.

The situation elsewhere along the Adriatic coast is similar, HGK said.

According to 'very conservative' estimates, the number of bed nights has increased by 5% on the year and based on the 2011 population census, in August the population will increase by 38% in Split-Dalmatia County, 51% in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 54% in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, 58% in Sibenik-Knin County, 62% in Zadar County and 123% in Istria county.

According to data by leading retail chains in Croatia, retail and hospitality consumption is 70% to 130% higher in the peak season (August) in the three main tourist counties - Istria, Split-Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar, compared to the average monthly turnover.

The Institute for Tourism's data indicates that during the summer months tourists spend about 66 euros daily, of which 55% is for accommodation, 18% or about 12 euros for food and beverages, and 27% for other needs.