dubrovnik, croatia

The tourism figures for the New Year period for Dubrovnik are in and they are encouraging. According to theDubrovnik Tourist Board a total of 4,472 tourists welcomed in the New Year in Dubrovnik which is a 17 percent increase over New Year’s Eve 2015.

Due to the lack of winter flights into Dubrovnik the vast majority of guests came from countries within driving distance of the city. The most numerous tourists were from Croatia followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Albania, Portugal, Germany, USA, Montenegro, Spain and Italy.

The number of tourists in Dubrovnik rose by 8 percent in 2015 compared to 2014 and the city achieved 3.3 million overnight stays, an increase of 6 percent on 2014. Once again tourists from Great Britain were the most numerous, followed by guests from the US with German tourists in third place. Breaking down the tourism statistics for Dubrovnik for 2015 even further it is clear that the city is a hit with middle-aged travellers. The majority of tourists fell into the age group of between 41 and 60, whilst in second place were tourists over 60 years old.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has released figures that of the total number of guests in Dubrovnik last year 589,597 stayed in hotels and 235,709 in private accommodation. Over the past few years the number of tourists choosing to stay in private apartments, villas and rooms has been booming. In 2015 the number increased by an impressive 24 percent compared to 2014.

Overall 2015 was another record breaking year for Dubrovnik tourism. Last year the city saw 932,621 tourist arrivals, which when added to the number of cruise ship passengers brings the number of tourists in Dubrovnik in 2015 close to 2 million.

2016 looks like being a busy year for Dubrovnik Airport too with more new flights and more passengers expected. According to reports in the specialised website, Ex-Yu Aviation, Dubrovnik Airport is expecting to welcome 1.8 million passengers next year.

As usual the summer season will be the far and away the busiest time of the year, with airlines, such as Volotea, Air Berlin, Niki, easyJet and Transavia, offering extra flights through the warmer months.

The airport expects that passenger figures in 2016 will grow by between five and six percent compared with 2015.

This year has also been a successful one for the airport with 1.67 million passengers passing through the airport up to the end of November. This impressive figure makes Dubrovnik the third busiest airport in Croatia, after Zagreb and Split, and is an increase of 6.4 percent over the same period from 2014. Hardly surprisingly the largest number of passengers through Dubrovnik Airport were international, almost 87 percent of the total.  And a grand total of 67 airlines operated between Dubrovnik and over 50 destinations in 2015.

As far as routes are concerned the most popular was the London – Dubrovnik connection, accounting for almost 14 percent, followed by Paris, Helsinki, Barcelona, Rome and Manchester. Croatia Airlines was the busiest airline operating out of Dubrovnik, followed by the budget airline easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomson Airways, British Airways, Vueling Airlines, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines.