Croatia records over 3m overnight stays in Q1

ZAGREB, 2 April (Hina) – In the first quarter of 2024, Croatia registered 1.1 million tourist arrivals and over 3 million overnight stays, which are increases of 16% and 15% respectively compared with the same period in 2023, the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) said on Tuesday.

Citing initial data from the eVisitor check-in and check-out system covering commercial and non-commercial facilities and the boat charter sector, the HTZ said that 2.2 million overnight stays were generated in Adriatic Croatia (+20%) and 415,000 overnight stays in continental Croatia (+7%). The City of Zagreb recorded 440,000 overnight stays, an increase of 5% compared with Q1 2023.В

The largest number of overnight stays was reported by Istria County (772,000), followed by the Kvarner region (534,000) and Split-Dalmatia County (333,000). The leading destinations were Zagreb, Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija, Porec and Zadar.

The largest number of overnight stays was generated by Croatians, followed by Slovenians, Germans and Austrians. Broken down by type of accommodation, the largest number of overnight stays was reported by hotels, ahead of household facilities and campsites.

The initial eVisitor data also reveal that during the Easter weekend, from 29 March to 1 April, 120,436 tourist arrivals and 380,970 overnight stays were recorded and were mostly generated by tourists from Croatia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Slovakia. The leading destinations were Porec, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Rovinj and Split.

“In the first quarter of the year Croatia recorded stable, two-digit growth, which is a direct indicator of our total offer getting stronger in the pre-summer season and of Croatian destinations becoming increasingly recognised as year-round and attractive destinations,” HTZ director Kristjan Staničić said.