According to the Croatian National Tourist Board, tourist numbers were up 8% over the Christmas and New Year holidays thanks to nearly a quarter-million arrivals and over 600 thousand overnight stays.
The Tourist Board cited data on tourism turnover in the commercial and non-commercial sectors as well as nautical charters, taken from the eVisitor system for the period from 20 December 2019 to 6 January 2020.
The director of the tourist board Kristjan Staničić said in a press release that the results were beyond expectation and confirmed that Croatia was continuing to develop its year-round tourism.
"We have created attractive content and a rich Christmas market program that ushered in a positive atmosphere in 2020. We are faced with a very challenging tourism year ahead but we are optimistic about retaining our competitive position on the international market," Staničić said, adding that most overnight stays were generated by visitors from Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Germany and Italy.
The most overnight stays by destination were generated in Zagreb, Opatija, Poreč, Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Split.