13 million tourists stay in commercial accommodation in Croatia in 2021

ZAGREB, 12 March 2022 – Nearly 13 million tourists stayed in commercial accommodation in Croatia in 2021 and generated 70 million overnight stays, representing increases of 82.5% and 72.1% compared to 2020, while compared to the 2019 record, the number of tourist arrivals was down 35% and that of overnight stays by 23%, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

The number of domestic tourists in commercial accommodation increased by 47% compared to 2020 to reach 2.1 million and the number of overnight stays increased by 36% to reach 7.4 million. Compared to 2019, the number of tourists decreased by 3.5% while the number of overnight stays increased by 3.6%.

The number of foreign tourists increased by 92% compared to 2020 to reach 10.6 million and they generated nearly 63 million overnight stays, up 77.6%. Compared to 2019, the number of foreign tourists is down by 38.7% and that of overnight stays by 25.3%.

Among foreign visitors, the Germans are the most numerous (2.7 million, +85%). They generate nearly 20 million overnight stays (+70%), or nearly 32% of all foreign overnight stays in commercial accommodation. They were followed by Poles, Slovenians, Austrians and Czechs, all of whom generated more overnight stays than in 2020.

By region, the county of Istria recorded the highest number of tourists and overnight stays – 3.4 million and 21.7 million respectively, representing increases of 94.2% and 90% compared to 2020. It was followed by Split-Dalmatia County (2.3 million tourists, 13.5 million overnight stays) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (2.2 million tourists, 12.4 million overnight stays), which increased to the two counties.

By type of commercial accommodation, the largest number of nights was spent in holiday and short-stay accommodation (including private households) – 37 million, an increase of 50.1% compared to 2020.

Campgrounds follow with 17.5 million overnight stays (+91.5%), while 15.7 million overnight stays were spent in hotels, twice as many as in 2020.

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