ZAGREB, Oct 6, 2020 – A total of 536,000 tourists visited Croatia in September 2020, which is 76.5% less than in September 2019, and they made 4.8 million overnight stays, a drop of 62%. In the first nine months of this year, there were 49% fewer overnight stays than in the same period of 2019, data from the e-Visitor system shows.
Of those tourists who visited the country in September, most or 397,000 were foreigners, a drop of 81.1% from September 2019, and they generated 3.6 million overnight stays, a fall of 68.1%.
There were close to 142,000 domestic tourists, who made 1.2 million overnight stays, a drop of 23.5 and 16.1% respectively compared to September 2019.
Istria reports most overnight stays, Koprivnica-Krizevci County only one to report increase
In the first nine months of this year close to 7.4 million tourists vacationed in Croatia, which is a drop of 60.7% compared to the same period of last year. There were 52.4 million overnight stays in that period, a drop of 49.1%.
Of that number, 5.9 million were foreign tourists, who generated close to 42 million overnights stays, a decrease of 64.4% and 53.6% compared to the first nine months of 2019.
Domestic tourists accounted for 1.4 million arrivals and 10.4 million overnight stays, a drop of 27% and 16.3% respectively.
Istria County reported the most overnight stays, 13.1 million, a drop of 53.6%, while Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was second, with 10.7 million overnight stays, a drop of 42%. Zadar County was third with 9.4 million overnight stays, a fall of 35%.
Dubrovnik County saw the biggest drop in overnight stays, of 67.1%, with 2.7 million overnight stays in the first nine months, while Lika-Senj County had the least overnight stays, 1.8 million, a drop of 45%.
The capital city Zagreb saw 624,700 overnight stays in the first nine months, which is a 68.5% drop from the same period of last year.
All the continental counties reported 941,000 overnight stays, a drop of 51.7% from the same period of last year.
The biggest surprise in terms of overnight stays is Koprivnica-Krizevci County, which saw an increase in overnight stays of 15.1%, to 35,000.
Family-run accommodation facilities most visited, Germans make most overnight stays
Broken down by the type of accommodation chosen by visitors, family-run accommodation facilities had the most visitors in the first nine months, reporting 21.7 million overnight stays, 43% less than in the same period of 2019.
Camping sites follow with 8.7 million overnight stays, a drop of 53%, while hotels had 6.5 million overnight stays, a drop of 71.3% compared to the first nine months of 2019.
Germans were the most numerous guests, with 12.5 million overnight stays, 38.4% less than in the same period of last year.
They are followed by Slovenians, with 8.1 million overnight stays, a 23% drop, and Poles, with 4.5 million overnight stays, a drop of 25.4%.
The Czech were fourth, with 3.5 million overnight stays, a decrease of 34.3%, and Austrians were fifth, with 2.4 million overnight stays, a drop of 66.6%.
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