Over the past few years however, Croatia has started to enjoy even greater recognition as a safe and popular tourist and holiday destination in the Mediterranean. Not only with the Europeans, but also with visitors from around the world. See more info about this on Croatia page.
The #1 holiday destination in 2005
In 2005 the Lonely Planet guidebooks company named Croatia as the 'No. 1 Destination' for the year 2005. The Lonely Planet also published its first ever travel guide to Croatia in 2005. Croatia was at no. 4 on the Lonely Planet list for 2006.
Peter Jon Lindberg, in his Croat D'Azure article (travelandleisure.com), said about the Dalmatian Coast in 2005, '...the islands of southern Croatia are—among a certain group of people—the premier destination in the Mediterranean region.'
One of the top six holiday destinations for 2006
In 2006 Croatia had gained further recognition, with CNN web site naming Croatia as one of the '2006 hot spots', calling it 'the cheap alternative to the Italian Riviera'. It names the city of Dubrovnik as one of European holiday destinations arousing interest among American travellers.
USA Today in its mid January 2006 travel article, reprinted from SmarterTravel.com, lists Croatia amongst the top six destinations to watch for 2006. Giving it a "hidden gem" status, it quotes United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA): "Croatia began experiencing a boom in tourism in 2005, one that is likely to increase even more over the next few years."
It goes on to say that: "This Mediterranean country has plenty of things to offer visitors, from its capital city, Zagreb, to the islands scattered along the Dalmatian Coast, and the old city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com) refers to Croatia's Dalmatian region as: '101 Dalmatias: Adriatic coast of Croatia displays endless variety of sights and experiences.'
One of the growing holiday visitor groups to Croatia are the travellers from the Scandinavian countries. In the 2006 Croatia was the 2nd most popular tourist destination mentioned in Scandinavian papers.
Overall, more than 10 million tourists visited Croatia from numerous countries in Europe and around the world in 2006, spending over 6 milliards (6 billion) of Euros on their Croatia holidays.
The year 2008 was another bumper season for Croatian tourism, with some 11,1 million visitors spending 7,5 milliards (7.5 billion) of Euros on Croatia holidays.
Despite the recession, it's expected that 2009 will be similar to 2008 in terms of numbers, or perhaps slightly less people will holiday in Croatia than last year. The trend seems to be towards last minute bookings, fewer nights on holiday, but with more money spent on shopping.
Whatever the case, book your holiday this year in Croatia and experience the travel adventure for yourself!
Site updated on 13. April 2019
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