“Tourism is no longer the same as we saw up until three years ago. In Croatia, where quality has been improved in terms of the offer for tourists, there are no problems – and in Istria that is particularly evident,” Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli said after a meeting on Monday with authorities in Istria County.
He added that guest arrivals were increasing at almost every airport, and that an excellent post-season will follow because bookings for September and October are going quite well.
“I think that we will end the year with a mild growth, both financially and physically,” said Cappelli, who discussed the development potential of tourism in central Istria and a package of tourism bills with municipal head Mario Bratulic and his associates.
Asserting that the ministry wishes to attach importance to developing Istria’s interior, Cappelli said that the talks discussed projects in that area that will be possible based on a new law on tourist boards.
He said that he doesn’t believe that Croatia is expensive and that it is necessary to raise quality because that is the “key to success.”
Commenting on data from the Croatian Tourism Association, according to which reservations in hotels, camps and apartments have slowed down, Cappelli said that one could talk about a slowing down, but also about raising quality and prices.
Highlighting the importance of having a high quality offer for increasing revenues, Capelli said, “There will always be last minute bookings, but according to what I have heard and seen among many hoteliers, they aren’t complaining too much with regard to finances. Those who are at 75% capacity are generating financial results as if they were 100% full.”