One of the biggest contributors to Croatia’s GDP is the tourism sector. However, COVID-19 has hurt the industry, as numbers are a long way off from previous years.
Traditionally in Croatia the last weekend of July sees a massive turnover of tourists. And while numbers are down significantly this year due to the coronavirus, some congestion was registered at border crossings on Saturday. Traffic was up in airports on Saturday as well, with Split Airport alone expecting more than 20 thousand travelers over the weekend. Airport official Mate Melvan: "This is a big weekend, we expect roughly 23 thousand travelers, 135 arrivals and 135 departures over the next two days. If we compare this to last year it's about 30 percent of what we saw this weekend last year."
Meanwhile, in Opatija tourists and local alike can visit the "Bon appetite Empress Sisi" exhibit in the Swiss House, which features the one of a kind tableware used by Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Festival Opatija director Ernie Gigante Dešković: "As mentioned, previously we had dresses, formal dresses and clothes that belonged to Empress Sisi, so this time we decided to have something many people will find more interesting and noteworthy, the royal family's tableware, which has come here from the City Museum of Gödöllő."
Also, according to the Croatian Tourist Board's office in Austria, Austria has listed Croatia in the category of safe or stable countries with regard to the coronavirus. This means that Austrian tourists returning from Croatia will not have to provide a valid PCR test to return home.
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