ZAGREB (Croatia), January 2 (SeeNews) - Total tourist visits to Croatia's coastal town of Dubrovnik increased by 13% to 1.44 million in 2019, while total tourist overnights rose by 6% to 4.4 million, the country's tourism ministry said on Thursday.
Tourists from the United Kingdom represented the largest number of tourists visiting the Adriatic town last year, followed by citizens of the U.S., Germany, France, and Spain, the ministry said in a press release.
The number of people who stayed in hotels in Dubrovnik rose 18% year on year to 815,000, while the number of overnights in hotel accommodation grew by 6% in the review period. Tourists who stayed in private accommodation numbered 480,000, up 10%, as they spent 8% more overnights when compared to 2018.
In 2018, the total number of tourist visits in Croatia increased by 7.1% to 18.6 million.
Tourism is a key driver for the economy of the Adriatic state of some 4.1 million people, contributing some 20% of Croatia's GDP.