In April, a decrease in arrivals and overnight stays in commercial accommodation was recorded. But it is a small "anomaly"

In commercial accommodation facilities, 5,5% fewer arrivals and 8,8% fewer tourist nights were recorded compared to April 2023.

Author  HrTurizam.hr

8. June 2024.

According to the data Central Bureau of Statistics, in April 2024 there were one million arrivals and 2,8 million overnight stays of tourists in commercial accommodation facilities, which is 5,5% fewer arrivals and 8,8% fewer tourist overnight stays compared to April 2023. Of the total of 2,8, 16,8 million overnight stays by tourists, 83,2% by domestic tourists and XNUMX% by foreign tourists.

Domestic tourists achieved 218 thousand arrivals and 465 thousand overnight stays in April 2024, which is 1,3% less arrivals and 5,9% less overnight stays compared to April 2023. Foreign tourists achieved 813 thousand arrivals and 2,3 million overnight stays in April 2024, which is 6,5% fewer arrivals and 9,3% fewer overnight stays compared to April 2023.

Tourist overnight stays 2021 2024 dzs
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics
Arrivals and overnight stays of tourists dzs
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics

Tourists from Germany made the most overnight stays

In April 2024, tourists from Germany achieved the most overnight stays of foreign tourists, namely 359 thousand, which is 15,5% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists. Compared to April 2023, tourists from Germany spent 23,1% less overnight stays. They spent the most nights in Istria (37,4%), followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar (17,5%) and Split-Dalmatia County (16,6%). 

The following are overnight stays by tourists from Slovenia (14,1%), Austria (8,4%), Poland (7,1%), the United Kingdom (7%), France (5,6%), Italy (5,2%) and the USA (4,3%). In April 2024, compared to April 2023, tourists from France, Poland, the United Kingdom and the USA achieved an increase in overnight stays, while tourists from Austria, Italy and Slovenia achieved fewer overnight stays.

In the County of Istria in April 2024, the highest number of overnight stays by tourists was achieved

In April 2024, the highest number of overnight stays by tourists was realized in the County of Istria, 766 thousand, which is 27,6% of the total overnight stays of tourists in Croatia. Domestic tourists in April 2024 achieved 115 thousand overnight stays, which is 2023% less overnight stays compared to April 7,9. Foreign tourists in April 2024 achieved 651 thousand overnight stays, which is 27,9% less overnight stays by foreign tourists compared to April 2023.

It is followed by Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 432 thousand tourist overnight stays, which is 15,6% of the total tourist overnight stays in Croatia, and Split-Dalmatia County with 424 thousand overnight stays, which is 15,3% of the total tourist overnight stays in Croatia. In Dubrovnik-Neretva County, in April 2024, compared to April 2023, there was an increase in the number of overnight stays by both domestic and foreign tourists, namely domestic by 5,2% and foreign by 18,9%. In Split-Dalmatia County, in April 2024, compared to April 2023, foreign tourists achieved an increase in overnight stays by 2,4%, while domestic tourists had a decrease in overnight stays by 7,3%.

In the Hotels and similar accommodation group, the highest number of overnight stays by tourists was achieved

In the Hotels and similar accommodation group, in April 2024, the most overnight stays by tourists were realized, namely 1,5 million, which is 54,2% of the total realized overnight stays. Compared to April 2023, in the Hotels and similar accommodation group, there were 6,4% fewer overnight stays by tourists. In the Hotels and similar accommodation group, according to the size of the accommodation facilities, with regard to the number of rooms, the most overnight stays by tourists were realized in large accommodation facilities (hotels and similar accommodation facilities with 100 or more rooms), namely 1,1 million overnight stays, which is 76,3 .XNUMX% of overnight stays by tourists from the total overnight stays of tourists in the Hotels and similar accommodation group.

The following are the overnight stays of tourists realized in the group of Resorts and similar facilities for short vacations, namely 862 thousand overnight stays, which is 31,1% of the total realized overnight stays. This group of accommodations had a 3,7% drop in overnight stays compared to April 2023.

Arrivals and overnight stays according to the size of the facility
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics

In April 2024, there were 529 permanent beds available to tourists

In April 2024, tourists had at their disposal 206 rooms, apartments and camping sites with 529 permanent beds.

In the Hotels and similar accommodation group, tourists had at their disposal 68 thousand rooms, apartments and places for camping (which is 32,9% of the total number of available rooms, apartments and places for camping) with 140 thousand permanent beds (which is 26,5 % of the total number of available permanent beds). In April 2024, the average occupancy of rooms in the Hotels and similar accommodation group was 45,9%, and 41,5% of permanent beds.

Tourists aged 35 to 44 spent the most nights

In April 2024, tourists between the ages of 35 and 44 spent the most overnight stays, 471 thousand (which is 17% of the total overnight stays). They are followed by tourists between the ages of 45 and 54 with 446 overnight stays (which is 16,1% of the total overnight stays).

In the first four months of 2024, 2,2% more overnight stays by tourists were achieved

In the first four months of 2024, there were 2,1 million arrivals and 5,4 million tourist overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is a 4,7% increase in arrivals and a 2,2% increase in tourist overnight stays compared to the same period in 2023.

In the first four months of 2024, domestic tourists achieved 640 thousand arrivals and 1,4 million overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 4% and an increase in their overnight stays by 3,1%.

In the same period, foreign tourists achieved 1,5 million arrivals and 4,0 million overnight stays, which is 5,0% more arrivals and 1,9% more overnight stays compared to the same period in 2023.

The most overnight stays by foreign tourists were made by tourists from Germany (625 thousand overnight stays, which is 15,5% of the total overnight stays by foreign tourists). They are followed by overnight stays by tourists from Slovenia (14,6%), Austria (10,7%), Italy (6,0%), Poland (4,9%) and the United Kingdom (4,8%). All the mentioned countries except Poland and the United Kingdom had a decrease in tourist overnight stays in the first four months of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023.

But since Easter was earlier this year, on March 31.03, to be exact. thus, a good part of the traffic flowed into the month of March, and not into April. So we can say that it is a market anomaly. 

That's how it was recorded an increase in tourist arrivals by 26,5% and an increase in overnight stays by 34,5% in March 2024 compared to March 2023.

Source: Bureau of Statistics
Author of the cover photo: Manuel Paljuh

Author  HrTurizam.hr

8. June 2024.