The director of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ), Kristjan Staničić, revealed that Croatia’s tourism trends are heading in the right direction as he predicts a good summer season in July, August and September.
However, he added that tourism income will always depend on the country’s epidemiological situation and restrictions related to the coronavirus, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
As Croatia has been placed in the amber box of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), concerns have been expressed about the possible decrease in travel bookings and demand. Nonetheless, Staničić said the country continues to record positive trends as Croatia has been placed in many markets as a well-prepared and safe tourist destination.
According to the director of HTZ, more than 700,000 tourists are currently spending their summer holidays in Croatia, most of them coming from Austria, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.
Based on these figures, it was reported that 90,000 additional tourists visit Croatian territory during this period compared to July 19, 2020. Thus, since the start of 2021, Croatia has registered a 50% increase in arrivals of tourists compared to the same period last year.
“In the first six months of this year, there have been around 2.6 million arrivals and over 11.7 million overnight stays in Croatia, which is an increase of around 55% compared to the same period last year, and for the moment we are satisfied with what has been achieved ”, said Staničić.
On the other hand, figures for July showed that tourist arrivals during that month increased by 43% compared to the same month in 2020.
Regarding arrivals from the UK, which lifted most of its COVID-19 measures on July 19, when asked if Croatia is expecting more British visitors, Staničić said 17,000 tourists have arrived from the UK to Croatia from the start of this year until July 18. .
“Their 87,000 overnight stays indicate an 8% increase,” he added.
Based on figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), so far Croatia has identified 361,759 cases of COVID-19 and recorded 8,243 deaths. As for the vaccination campaign, as of July 21, the country has administered around 2,948,798 doses of the vaccine, which means that 39.3% of the population received at least a single dose, while 33.2% were fully vaccinated.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that the European Union’s Home Affairs Committee, Ylva Johansson, wanted Croatia to join the Schengen area.