According to the European Statistical Office, Croatia is in the group of EU countries whose inhabitants travel the least, he reports tportal.
Of the world's 45 most visited tourist destinations, Croatia has the largest difference between tourist revenues and costs. According to the statistics of the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2016, Croatian tourism earned 9.8 billion US dollars, while at the same time we left only 0.8 billion dollars in foreign countries. Regardless of the fact that the amount of income is 12 times higher than the money we leave elsewhere, this is an indicator of extremely low activity of Croats in terms of foreign travel.
Croatia thus found itself alongside Romania, where every fourth inhabitant spent a holiday outside their place of residence in 2016. The Portuguese, Bulgarians, Greeks and Italians travel the least, followed by Croatia. In Croatia, as many as 56% of the population stayed at home during their holidays. The main reason for these disappointing statistics is, of course, money. One of the 45 most desirable tourist destinations in the world has the biggest difference between tourist revenues and expenditures. More than half of the population of Croatia in 2016 did not leave their place of residence during their vacation.
Money and financial problems are a major barrier to all age groups, except in residents aged 65 and over, who primarily cite health problems as a barrier.
This problem is reflected in the type of accommodation and the structure of travel undertaken by the percentage of Croatians who leave their place of residence once a year as tourists and for several days. As many as 71,5% of them spend the night in unpaid accommodation, with relatives or friends and in their own cottages. In other words, this means that only 10% of citizens can afford paid accommodation.
Almost two thirds of the population, or 62% of them, can afford a multi-day trip once a year in the European Union. A third travel abroad, but most still spend their holidays in one of the domestic tourist destinations.
The most active tourist nations are the Finns, where only 8,6% of the population does not travel, followed by the Dutch, Luxembourgers, Czechs and Danes. Also, it should be noted that the EU average in terms of inactive population is 37,9%, and only a small proportion of respondents cited reasons other than lack of money, health reasons and business obligations for their inactivity.