Croatia's tourist industry remains the country's most lucrative sector.
By Ksenija Jurkovic for Southeast European Times in Sibenik -- 29/12/11
Croatia's 2011 tourism season proved the country continues to be a hotspot. [Reuters]
Croatian tourism concludes 2011 by welcoming 1.2 million visitors more than in 2009 -- at the breakout of the economic downturn. Croatia's Minister of Tourism Damir Bajs reported the results at the opening of the "Days of Croatian Tourism".
"As the figures the Croatian National Bank and the Central Bureau of Statistics show, it is clear that in the second quarter, Croatian tourism, with an increase of 14% in total revenues and an increase of 1.8% in GDP share, virtually pushed up GDP by 0.8%."
The 2011 tourist season not only exceeded expectations, it also achieved all three government objectives -- Croatia defended its market share in Europe, performed twice as well as the competition, and increased the number of preseason and after season visitors.