The award for the most successful sustainable tourism destination is just one of the indicators of a successful tourist year 2022 for Međimurje County. However, the confirmation of quality, both by the market and by the profession, did not come overnight, but is the result of efforts made over the past ten years.
"We use tourism in Međimurje as a tool, not in order to make some big profit, but in order to achieve the greatest possible satisfaction of our local community, our people who live and work here and invest their time and capital", pointed out the director of the Međimurje County Tourist Board Rudi Grula.
As one of the important achievements achieved in 2022, Grula pointed out the result of the legal changes that were implemented, which refer to the professionalization of the system of tourist boards.
"Međimurje County now has six tourist boards that have all the necessary conditions for work, and the cooperation between Međimurje County and all tourist boards is at the highest level, and the planned strategies and planned annual work programs are implemented in high coordination", Grula added.
When it comes to the results achieved last year, the numbers testify that the Međimurje County is in a great development momentum in terms of tourism. Tourism in Međimurje in 2022 has returned to the period before the coronavirus, which is confirmed by numerous indicators.
"During the past year, we recorded 208.871 overnight stays, of which 106.901 overnight stays were related to foreign guests. For comparison, in 2019, we achieved 200.928 thousand overnight stays, and our goal was to achieve more than 200 thousand overnight stays last year, but we achieved even 8 more overnight stays. Compared to 2021, 58 more overnight stays were recorded, and this is not only an increase of 38 or 36% in overnight stays or arrivals, but it is one of the biggest increases when looking at the counties, especially the continental ones.", said Prefect of Međimurje County Matija Posavec.