Minister says HGK statistics will show impact of more guests on GDP

BJELOVAR, 9.9.2011.

Croatian Tourism Minister Damir Bajs has said that he still does not know whether 550,000 more guests in Croatia in the first eight months of this year, in comparison to the same period last year, would also make a positive effect on the Gross Domestic Product, adding that figures on revenues of hoteliers, tour operators, camps and the retail sector are positive.

Minister Bajs said on Friday that the figures which the Central Bureau of Statistics would compile for the third quarter of 2011 would show the impact of the higher number of tourists on GDP.

During his visit to an agricultural show in Gudovac near Bjelovar, the minister said that it was important to have an increasing number of tourists and he pointed out that the number of employees in the Croatian tourist trade increased 14% this year as against last year. (Hina)