As one of the most important tourist destinations on the Mediterranean Croatia boasts a long tradition in tourism and favourable developmental opportunities. In 2001 tourist arrivals grew by 10% and tourist overnight stays by 11%, and it is estimated that they will continue to grow at a rate of 5-10% in the forthcoming period. International tourism revenues amounted to 2.9 billion USD in the first nine months of 2001.
Croatia offers 160.000 hotel beds and beds in tourist facilities, 306.000 beds in private accomodations, and 180.000 places in camps. There are 48 marinas with 13,000 berths along the entire coast. The advantages of the Croatian tourism offer are primarily a well-perserved natural environment, cultural and historic heritage, a mild Mediterranean climate, safety and its vicinity to European markets.
Croatia possesses all the prerequisites for the further development of tourism: one of the most beautiful coasts with more than 1,000 islands, well-preserved natural riches including 8 national parks (Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica, Risnjak, Northern Velebit, Kornati, Mljet, Brijuni and Krka) and 10 nature parks, cultural and historic heritage with numerous cultural monuments (Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the towns of Trogir and Dubrovnik, Euphrasian’s Basilica in Poreč) being protected by UNESCO. Due to a mild climate, the Croatian coast is attractive for tourists throughout the entire year.
Croatia offers diverse forms of tourism, including summer and winter tourism, nautical tourism, congress tourism, ecology tourism, health tourism, hunting and fishing, or tourism related to family farms and pleasure cruising. Croatian tourism regions have shaped their specific offer in accordance with global trends and their own tradition. The most important regions are Istria, Kvarner, Dalmatia, Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik area, Zagreb as the Croatian capital and the continental part of Croatia.Croatian Chamber of Economy