Tourist minister says arrivals, nights in September up y-o-y

ZABOK, 10.10.2010.
Croatian tourism saw a continuation of positive trends in September, with arrivals going up three and nights six per cent on the year, despite relatively poor weather, Tourism Minister Damir Bajs said in Zabok on Sunday.

Speaking to the press, he said 1.1 million tourists vacationed in Croatia in September, generating 6.6 million nights, while the January-September 2010 period saw 9.8 million arrivals and 59 million nights, up three and six per cent on the year, respectively.

The Zadar, Sibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia coastal counties recorded the best results. Bajs pointed to a higher number of arrivals from Germany, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, and the Czech Republic, while arrivals from Italy continued to decline.

He said Croatia was getting ready for 2011, announcing its participation at the World Travel Market in London early next month.

Asked about this year's revenue from tourism, Bajs said figures on arrivals and nights were the best in Croatia's tourism to date and that it would be good if revenue was equally good. The minister said the goal for 2011 was to retain the national share in European tourism of a little over two per cent and to attract domestic tourists, adding special measures were being prepared. Bajs said it was important to develop continental tourism, adding castles held big potential. (Hina)