During the first 10 days of July, Croatia welcomed 600,000 international visitors: almost half of last year in those days. However, the hospitality sector recorded 4.4 million overnight stays, around 53% of last years numbers. During times of COVID, Croatia is betting on close-proximity tourism – foreign visitors were mostly from Slovenia, Czechia, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Among those visitors, the most popular destinations were Istria, Primorsko-Goranska County and Zadar, followed by Split-Dalmatia, Šibenik-Knin and Dubrovnik-Neretva region.
The director of Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristijan Staničić, responded on their visitor base: “The largest tourist numbers have been recorded from those markets where we have carried out the most intensive promotional activities aimed at positioning our country as an interesting but above all a safe tourist destination”.