Tourism in Croatia

Tourism in Croatia

Croatia recorded a total of 17 million tourists in 2018, ranking 24th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Croatia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 4.1 tourists per resident, Croatia ranked 17th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 3rd.

Croatia generated around 12.08 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 19.99 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 648 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Croatia spend as much as 754 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Croatia from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Croatia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 14 countries in Southern Europe.

Tourists per year in Croatia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 1.35 billion USD, or about 6.0 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 1.49 million tourists at that time and roughly 908 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 12.08 billion USD, accounting for 19.80 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 725 USD for his holiday in Croatia.

Tourism receipts in Croatia per year

All data for Croatia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
19951.49 m1.35 bn $6.0 %908 $
19962.91 m2.01 bn $8.5 %691 $
19974.18 m2.52 bn $10.59 %604 $
19984.50 m2.73 bn $10.75 %608 $
19993.81 m2.60 bn $11.10 %682 $
20005.83 m2.87 bn $13.19 %492 $
20016.54 m3.46 bn $14.87 %529 $
20026.94 m3.95 bn $14.71 %569 $
20037.41 m6.51 bn $18.79 %879 $
20047.91 m6.95 bn $16.73 %878 $
20057.74 m7.63 bn $16.81 %985 $
20067.99 m8.30 bn $16.47 %1,039 $
20078.56 m9.62 bn $16.00 %1,124 $
20088.67 m11.62 bn $16.48 %1,340 $
20098.69 m9.30 bn $14.84 %1,070 $
20109.11 m8.30 bn $13.88 %911 $
20119.93 m9.60 bn $15.39 %967 $
201210.37 m8.91 bn $15.78 %859 $
201310.95 m9.72 bn $16.73 %887 $
201411.62 m10.08 bn $17.49 %867 $
201512.68 m9.02 bn $18.21 %711 $
201613.81 m9.82 bn $19.03 %711 $
201715.59 m11.13 bn $20.12 %714 $
201816.65 m12.08 bn $19.80 %725 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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