July 7, 2020 – So who is visiting Croatia this summer? A look at the top 20 countries by number of visitors for the month of June, according to the official statistics.
There is no point in comparing statistics with previous years with the extraordinary year that 2020 has become .But where are the tourists from who made it to Croatia in the month of June?
Official statistics released by the tourism chiefs show that there were 722,565 foreign tourists in June 2020, compared to 2,851,865 at the corresponding time last year. Here are the top 10.
1. Slovenia – 206,652 – Border fully open since May 28
2. Germany – 203,537 – Border fully open since May 28
3. Austria – 71,762 – Border fully open since May 28
4. Czechia – 65,889 – Border fully open since May 28
5. Italy – 31,968
6.. Poland – 31,297 – Border fully open since May 28
7. Hungary – 23,963 – Border fully open since May 28
8. BiH – 17,396
9. Slovakia – 14,277 – Border fully open since May 28
10. Switzerland – 9,826
11. Serbia – 5,874
12. Belgium – 3,066
13. Romania – 2,713
14. UK – 2,379
15. France – 2,265
16. Ukraine – 2,080
17. USA – 1,853
18. Russia – 1,785
19. Lithuania – 1,401 – – Border fully open since May 28
20. Latvia – 1,195 – – Border fully open since May 28
With a reported 110,000 Slovenians owning holiday homes in Croatia, coupled with their proximity to Croatia, it is no surprise that Slovenians arrived in the greatest numbers, followed by Germans, who were keen to get to the beach after the lockdown.
Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by the 10 countries whose borders were fully open since May 28, with only Estonia not making the list.
Switzerland’s position in 10th is worthy of mention. Despite being high-spending tourists in a destination which is accessible by car and direct flights, it was not included in the ‘The Vacation You Deserve is Closer than You Think; campaign. That campaign was launched to just 7 countires – Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia.
Serbia and BiH have long been large markets for Croatian tourism, although Serbia is no longer considered a strategic market. So much so, in fact, that despite Croatia being the main sponsor of the Belgrade Tourism Fair as recently as 2011, the Croatian National Tourist Board no longer has a stand at the region’s biggest tourism fair. Serbian and Bosnian numbers would have been higher for June, had temporary quarantine restrictions not been introduced.
It is also interesting to note that despite the fact that EU external borders were officially closed, three of the top 20 countries were from outside the EU, among them the United States.
Expect July’s numbers to increase significantly and to also be introduced much more by something which was largely absent in June from many countries – flights.
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