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Tourism in Croatia

Tourism in Croatia

Croatia recorded a total of 60 m tourists in 2019, ranking 9th 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 14.83 tourists per resident, Croatia ranked 11th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 3rd.

Croatia generated around 11.99 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 21.42 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 10 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southern Europe.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 175 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Croatia spend as much as 453 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in Croatia

Development of the tourism sector in Croatia from 1995 to 2019

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 bn USD, or about 6.0 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 16.10 m tourists at that time and roughly 84 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 11.99 bn USD, accounting for 19.73 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 200 USD for his holiday in Croatia.

Tourism receipts in Croatia per year

All data for Croatia in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201960.02 m11.99 bn $19.73 %200 $
201857.67 m11.32 bn $18.44 %196 $
201759.24 m10.53 bn $18.98 %178 $
201657.59 m9.21 bn $17.85 %160 $
201555.86 m8.21 bn $16.57 %147 $
201451.17 m10.08 bn $17.49 %197 $
201348.35 m9.72 bn $16.69 %201 $
201247.19 m8.91 bn $15.75 %189 $
201149.97 m9.60 bn $15.35 %192 $
201049.01 m8.30 bn $13.88 %169 $
200947.57 m9.30 bn $14.84 %195 $
200851.34 m11.62 bn $16.48 %226 $
200752.27 m9.62 bn $16.00 %184 $
200647.73 m8.30 bn $16.47 %174 $
200545.76 m7.63 bn $16.81 %167 $
200444.97 m6.95 bn $16.73 %154 $
200342.86 m6.51 bn $18.79 %152 $
200241.74 m3.95 bn $14.71 %95 $
200140.13 m3.46 bn $14.87 %86 $
200037.23 m2.87 bn $13.19 %77 $
199929.22 m2.60 bn $11.10 %89 $
199825.50 m2.73 bn $10.75 %107 $
199723.66 m2.52 bn $10.59 %107 $
199619.09 m2.01 bn $8.5 %106 $
199516.10 m1.35 bn $6.0 %84 $


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

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