(Photo: Grgo Jelavic/PIXSELL) (Photo: Grgo Jelavic/PIXSELL)

Despite a surge in coronavirus cases at home and abroad, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said that there have been no large-scale cancellations of existing reservations, adding it was a sign of trust that Croatia is a safe and secure country.

So far this month, 575,000 tourists have visited Croatia, resulting in 3.4 million overnight stays. But compared to the same period last year, this represents a 73% and 77% drop respectively, when 2.5 million tourists generated nearly 12 million overnight stays.

"As of next week some 80 flight connections with Croatia will be reintroduced from across Europe. This will increase tourism numbers in Split and Dubrovnik, where turnover now is still relatively low. Currently, those destinations are recording around 26% of the turnover seen last year in June," explained Minister Cappelli.

Meanwhile, despite the fragile situation, Istria and the northern Adriatic has around 50% of the turnover seen at this time last year.

Source: HRT