The Croatian Camping Association (KUH), which brings together the most important representatives of the camping sector, said that the course of the tourist season so far is very good as there has been an increase in overnight stays in camps of 65 percent compared to 2020, while compared to the same period in in the reference year 2019, 70 percent of overnight stays have been achieved so far.
From the beginning of the year until this Monday, July 26, Croatian camps realized 6,62 million overnight stays, and most guests in Croatian camps are from Germany, followed by Slovenia, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic. Only in July, from 1.7. to July 26.7, 4 million overnight stays were realized, which is 38 percent more than in the same period last year.
KUH estimates that the announcements for the rest of the season are currently extremely promising, and if the season continues without worsening the epidemiological situation and additional problems, there is a possibility of achieving an excellent final result.
KUH: To save the season, it is important to respect all measures. Otherwise, we are threatened by last year's disastrous scenario!
The KUH Executive Board instructed application and appeal to the competent authorities and the public to respect and, if necessary, further adjust measures related to ensuring a good epidemiological situation, in particular measures related to mass gatherings. It is necessary to strengthen testing and controls, and in practice to apply sanctions for violations of measures, emphasize the KUH.
Just over 900.000 tourists stay in Croatia on a daily basis
Slightly more than 900.000 tourists stay in Croatia on a daily basis, according to eVisitor data. About 450.000 new guests arrived last weekend alone, which is 20 percent more than the same weekend last year.
In July, tourist traffic was realized at the level of 80 percent of the results from the record 2019. Since the beginning of the year until today, more than 5,3 million guests have visited Croatia, who have realized more than 30 million overnight stays.
Most guests came from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, while the most visited destinations are Porec, Rovinj, Vir, Mali Losinj and Medulin.
According to the Istria County Tourist Board, 240.000 tourists stayed in Istria last weekend, which is 30 percent more than the same weekend last year and 18 percent less than the same weekend in the record year 2019. As for the situation on the Makarska Riviera, in July the numbers exceed the expectations of hoteliers, and the capacities are more than solidly filled, the local tourist office confirmed. In the resorts on the Makarska Riviera, according to the local tourist office, more than 48.000 domestic and foreign guests spend their holidays, which is almost 70 percent compared to the record time of 2019.
According to the number of tourists, Makarska leads where 12.800 guests stay, most hotels in the city are full and the recommendation is to book accommodation in advance. There are 10.200 tourists in Baška Voda, 6.600 in Tučepi and 5.500 in Podgora. In the area of the city of Split, tourist figures in July show an increase of 94 percent in arrivals and 80 percent in overnight stays compared to 2020.
Accommodation of high categorization, especially the 5-star one, records a very high occupancy rate. Five-star hotels are currently at a occupancy rate of about 95 percent, while campsites are 100 percent full, and reservations are already being filled in September and October.
"Hotel houses have very big pluses compared to last year and according to the number of reservations are approaching the daily realizations of 2019, and some forms of accommodation, such as camping, nautical, holiday villas and especially high-end hotels, have almost reached these numbers ", said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association.
Last weekend, a record was set in traffic on Croatian motorways.
Nearly 843 thousand vehicles passed through the motorways under the jurisdiction of the Croatian Motorways (HAC) last weekend, or 39 percent more than at the same time last year, while compared to the record year of 2019, there were only three percent fewer vehicles.
Photo: Aldeen Li, Arena One 99 Glamping