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Cash-Strapped Balkan People Skip Holidays

Around 70 per cent of Croats, Bulgarians and Romanians cannot afford a summer vacation, a new EU survey shows.

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Zagreb

Most Romanians can only dream about sunbathing on a beach at home or abroad this year, as 76 per cent cannot afford a holiday, according to a survey by the EU statistics agency, Eurostat.

Similar results were obtained in Bulgaria, where around 73 per cent are skipping a summer vacation.  

According to Eurostat, around 69 per cent of citizens in Croatia cannot stump up the cash for a break, either.

Ironically, although most Croats cannot afford to travel, more people are coming to Croatia then ever before.

The tourist season this year broke a new record, as 6 million more people visited Croatia in 2013 compared to last year.

Germans, who according to the Eurostat survey travel most, are also top of the list of foreigners who visited Croatia this year, followed by Slovenians and Austrians.

Croatia is also becoming more popular for holidays among people in the region. Data from the Croatian national tourist agency show that 40 per cent more Macedonians visited the Croatian seaside this year than last year, followed by Bosnians, with a 14-per-cent increase and Serbians with an increase of 10 per cent.

 

 

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