analysis 06 Jul 16

Montenegrin, Croatian Tourism Surges as Visitors Shun Turkey

Croatia and Montenegro are seeing a spike in holidaymakers, as fears of terrorism drive visitors from old destinations in Turkey and North Africa towards the resorts of the Adriatic.

Dusica Tomovic and Sven Milekic
BIRN
Podgorica, Zagreb
Photo: Kotor/ Wikimedia, Ggia.

Montenegro and Croatia expect positive spin-offs in terms of extra holidaymakers, as visitors switch to those countries from now unstable Turkey, but also from Tunisia and Egypt.

The shift to the two countries comes as terrorist attacks in Turkey, and earlier in Tunisia and Egypt, and warnings from Western governments for their citizens to avoid travel to those countries, have led many seeking inexpensive beach holidays to look elsewhere.

Croatian tourism is recording bumper figures this year, with over 370,000 visitors coming to Croatia last weekend, booking over 1.7 million overnight stays, the Croatian National Tourist Board, HTZ reported on Monday.

The top destinations last weekend were the coastal towns of Rovinj, Porec, Dubrovnik, Medulin and Umag. The biggest number of tourists came from Slovenia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Austria.

HTZ reported that, according to their eVisitor site for registering tourists, Croatia received over 4.6 million tourists in the first six months of 2016 who made 18.3 million overnight stays.

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