Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Croatia Welcomed About 290,000 Tourists Over the Weekend

Croatia hosted about 290,000 visitors over the weekend, marking already a 40 per cent increase in the number of tourists compared to 2020 figures, in which year travel was temporarily frozen due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Of the total number, 250,000 travellers were internationals and came mainly from European countries, such as Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, and stayed in the regions of Istria and Kvarner, according to the Croatian public television, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

If another wave of the virus does not affect Croatia, the number of tourists will further increase, according to the country’s authorities. The rise in the number of tourists would help the country recover from the financial losses caused by the virus, as the tourism industry contributes more than 20 per cent to the country’s GDP.

The Coronavirus outbreak caused a devastating situation to the county’s air traffic, which is very important for southern Croatia, especially Dubrovnik, the airport of which welcomes a large number of visitors. More than 15,000 travellers passed through Split Airport, or 5,000 more compared to last year’s figures.

“It is difficult to predict, but the air traffic will need several years to recover,” Mate Melvan from Split Airport pointed out in this regard.

On Saturday, nearly 200 visitors from Austria and Slovakia chose the train to arrive in Split from the Bratislava-Vienna-Split route. The route was opened specially for the tourist season.

In an effort to boost the number of tourists in the following months, the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) introduced cooperation with Lonely Planet and Culture Trip, both global travel platforms that will help promote Croatian tourism in other markets.

“Cooperation with such important global travel platforms, which are followed by nearly 20 million unique visitors a month, is important in promoting Croatian tourism and travel destinations. This will give us additional visibility in key European markets from which we expect the largest number of visitors this year,” HTZ director Kristjan Staničić pointed out in this regard.

While Lonely Planet’s focus will be on Croatia’s culture and gastronomy of Baranja and Slavonia, the Culture Trip will give more importance to rural tourism, boating, cycling, and cultural landmarks.

Last month, the Balkan country became among the first European states to lift most of its Coronavirus measures and permit tourists from the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the United States to enter its territory.

Croatian authorities announced that international travellers would be allowed to enter Croatia if they obtain a vaccination document, present a negative result of the Coronavirus or prove that they have fully recovered from the disease.

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