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(E) Croatia Sees Bumper Tourist Year
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  11/5/2004 | Tourism | Unrated
(E) Croatia Sees Bumper Tourist Year

 

Croatia Sees Bumper Tourist Year

World Markets Analysis
November 04, 2004

Valerie Mason

Croatian Tourism Minister Bozidar Kalmeta said yesterday that the country had received 8.3m tourists in the first nine months of 2004, a 5% year-on-year increase and the most since it declared independence in 1991. The year-end tourist figure is expected to be over 9m. 'Croatia has stabilised and earned the image of a safe and organised tourist destination,' Kalmeta told parliament, according to French news agency AFP.
Significance: Although this is a post-2001 record, the increase in tourism is now levelling off slightly. However, it has re-established itself as a significant part of the Croatian economy. The increase in overnight stays was up only 2% year-on-year, suggesting a possible increase in short breaks or visits from neighbouring countries.

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