The Croatian National Tourist Board has released tourism data, revealing a significant 36 per cent increase in UK overnight stays so far in 2016 compared to 2015.
According to official data collected by the National Statistical Office, between January and April this year Croatia achieved 28,080 arrivals and 97,111 overnight stays from the UK, compared to 21,292 arrivals and 70,952 overnights stays in the same period last year.
The total number of overnight stays in Croatia in the same period in 2016 reached 3,352,222, which is 6.1 per cent higher than in 2015.
With its sunny beaches and Roman cultural and historic sites, Croatia is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations and the coastal regions still remain the most popular.
During the first four months of 2016, the Adriatic regions of Croatia recorded 935,445 tourist arrivals, a 6.7 per cent growth compared to the previous-year period, which means 69.2 per cent of all visitors went to experience the coastal area.
The rolling hills of Istria were the most popular destination in the Adriatic, receiving 295,094 tourist arrivals.
Coming in second was continental Croatia which attracted 415,855 tourists.
The country’s capital, the city of Zagreb, placed third with 251,094 tourist arrivals.
“People from all over the world have long been aware that Croatia is always worth a visit in summer,” said Ratomir Ivicic, Croatian National Tourist Board director.
“However, our latest figures show that a substantial number of guests also appreciate our beautiful country during off-season, as this offers a fantastic opportunity to experience Croatia’s more peaceful, tranquil and relaxing side.”