More than 22,000 tourists are staying in Croatia ahead of Easter, including 17,000 foreigners, and although the number is expected to increase over the holidays, turnover is not expected to reach the pre-pandemic levels, National Tourist Board director Kristjan Stanicic said on Friday.
“Considering all the circumstances, we don’t expect for the coming Easter holidays the level of turnover from previous years and previous Easter holidays but, by adhering to all epidemiological measures and protocols, we expect tourism activities, with an emphasis on the domestic market,” he told state agency Hina.
Since the school spring break follows the Easter holidays, more domestic tourists are expected next week, alongside those from Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic, he said.
More than 130 hotels and 60 campsites are currently open and most tourists are staying in Istria County, the northern Adriatic Kvarner region and Split-Dalmatia County, Stanicic said, calling on all citizens and tourists to behave responsibly.
Earlier on Friday, German authorities declared Istria a coronavirus-risk area due to the recent surge in confirmed cases, so it remains to be seen whether this would have any effect on arrivals of visitors from that country.