British tourists to Croatia on the rise in 2012, impressive figures from Croatian National Tourist Office revealed

by William ASTON on September 18, 2012

The number of visitors from the UK to Croatia has increased by nearly a quarter in 2012, according to the Croatian National Tourist Office’s latest figures.

The eastern European country received 241,443 Britons in total from January to August this year, a rise of 23 per cent when measured against the same period of 2011. While the figure is impressive, it still has some way to go to the 1990’s year-end record of 500,000 British visitors.

Veljko Ostojic, Croatia’s tourism minister, last week predicted that his country is well set-up to enjoy a record-breaking year if the figures for 2012’s  first eight months are anything to go by. A whopping total of 9.82 million foreign visitors have so far enjoyed holidays in the country,  an increase of over four per cent when compared to the same months of 2011.

Mostly, tourists headed to spots along the Adriatic coast and on the country’s islands after arriving at international airports in cities such as Zagreb and Split. Tour operator Prestige Holidays has enjoyed an increase of 200 per cent in bookings made for holidays to Croatia this year, and revealed that Dubrovnik has proved to be the most popular destination.

With the likes of Jet2 and BA announcing new air routes to Pula and Zagreb respectively, visits to the country are expected to increase.

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