Croatia sees record visitor numbers

16.3 million visitors, 91.3 million overnights
Croatia had a record year in 2016, with 16.3 million tourists visiting the country, around 2.2 million more than the previous year.
A newcomer among many Nordic holidaymakers’ destinations, Croatia also saw a record number of overnight stays, at 91.3 million, 11 million more than in 2015.
Of the total 2016 visitor arrivals in this Balkan country with its famously long coastline, precisely 444,456 were nautical tourists.
“Next year we expect to extend the season and increase tourist spending,” claimed Gari Cappelli, minister of tourism. “Taking into account the development of new products and the construction of new hotel capacity, we expect tourist spending to increase by €800 million.”
The biggest number of stays was recorded in Istria (25 million), followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (17 million), Split-Dalmatia (16 million), Zadar County (11 million) and Dubrovnik-Neretva County (8.73 million).
Among specific destinations, Dubrovnik saw the most stays in 2016, followed by Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin, Umag, Mali Lošinj, Crikvenica, Funtana and Zagreb.
Germans were again the leading tourists in Croatia, followed by Slovenes, Austrians, Italians, Poles, Czechs, Ukrainians, Slovaks, Dutch and Hungarians. Germans, Austrians and Brits stayed the longest.
Out of season, Zagreb is top, with 249,529 arrivals in December, followed by Dubrovnik, Opatija, Split, Zadar, Rovinj, Poreč, Rijeka and Pula.
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