by Robert Bralić | August 14, 2020
Travel and tourism circumstances in Croatia
Welcome to another dose of monthly news from tourism, but without sensationalism. As we assumed in our last post, the number of arrivals in Croatia has been growing steadily and is still on the rise this weekend. But a drop is expected from next week, as we approach the fall season.
The numbers from the end of this week say there are over 820 000 visitors in Croatia, predominantly in the northern coastal regions of the country.
For this set of news, we decided to take a walk through Split in the evening hours, just to feel the vibes of tourism under these circumstances; perhaps grab a bite on our way.
As the increase of flight arrivals continued since July, this weekend, we`ve had visitors coming from London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Amsterdam, Dublin, Belfast, Frankfurt, Paris and many other destinations (more information on Split-airport arrivals website here). The situation on other airports is somewhat different, especially in Zagreb where there are no intercontinental arrivals, with only ten landings on this day.
It feels very reassuring to see tourism workers acting very professionally, being able to keep high standards in maintenance of the measures and recommendations brought by our National Institute of Public Health.
Although Croatia has been placed on higher risk lists of some countries like the Netherlands, and more recently – Italy, other countries are still considering Croatia as a safe destination, with occasional expression of concern arriving from some countries diplomacy.
When all the data from tourist arrivals are taken into account, as objective as we can be, we can say that we have achieved satisfactory tourist results so far; Although it is very noticeable that the age group of travellers remains to be under 55-60 years of age.
Coronavirus in Croatia
From ongoing news in this section, we point out the recent ban of work for night clubs due to some cases of the virus outbreaks, along with additional restrictions and recommendations that can be followed daily on this link. We have had many reports of younger travellers being careless and inconsiderate towards recommendations and measures of Croatian Institute of Public Health, from social distancing to wearing masks and hand sanitation. We cannot shake the impression that the virus is less of a threat than indiscipline.
Following that conclusion, the number of infected people started to grow from earlier this week. However, the growth is still not exponential because county officials are enforcing the usual measures, i.e. from quarantine and hospital care to tracking contacts and putting them in self-isolation. Since the Fall is around the corner, the number is expected to grow even further.
According to our last conclusion (quote: people will probably shift between the two modes, depending on the influence of media and eventual new outbreaks), we notice local people being more strict and careful when news headlines report higher numbers. Surprisingly, only day or two with reports of lower numbers is enough to make people lowering masks on their chin, or not wearing them at all.
Since recently we have had significant social events and holidays such as the Sinj Alka, or today`s holiday of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can say that Croatian people have successfully balanced between traditions and health risks. Because of the awareness of the risks involved and caution measures enforced, there were no reports of the virus outbreaks connected to these or any other festivities which were held. However, there were outbreaks related to weddings, baptism celebrations and similar events.
Tourism, virus and sustainability
Currently, there are a lot of tourism-related topics in Croatia and beyond, surely even more virus-related; but what about sustainability….? Unfortunately, sustainability in tourism seems to have fallen on the scale of importance. Moreover, for now, the most important thing seems to be how to return to the previous, unsustainable situation. As for our part of the sustainability story, we continue to include CO2 offset in all our travel packages for the following seasons, in accordance with our sustainability policy. More about our sustainability policy and mission you can find on this link.
That is all for this month`s set of news from tourism. We are very much looking forward to our September post-tourist season travel updates. Until then, stay safe…