The latest numbers show that as a holiday destination Croatia is very attractive to the charter industry. The great potential of nautical tourism in Croatia can be attributed to almost a thousand nautical miles of the beautiful Adriatic coast (including 1,185 easily accessible islands) and a mild Mediterranean climate that allows for at least a six-month period for comfortable sailing and cruising.
The charter business is one of the most prosperous tourism sub-sectors in Croatia and one of the fastest growing industries in Croatia generally.
The number of tourists in marinas and overnight stays has last year increased by 11% and 13% respectively comparing to 2006. Nautical tourists accounted for 8% of the total number of tourists. According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce the turnover of ports for nautical tourism in Croatia is increasing every year.
The latest statistics survey which included 56 marinas and 38 other ports accommodatingcharter yachts and boats show that the turnover in charter industry increased by 6% in comparison with 2007. The total number of berths in Croatia for leisure boats is all marinas and ports is estimated to be around 30,000, which is proving to be insufficient to satisfy growing demand and finding a berth during the peak season can sometimes be challenging.
There are presently over 200 yacht charter companies in Croatia, with over half of them with only one or two vessels. Of the nearly 2,800 registered charter vessels, over 75% are sailboats.
No other Mediterranean destination has experienced such dynamic growth in charter vessels, with over 200% increase since 2000, when just over 1000 vessels were operating.
The present situation has resulted in supply exceeding demand, providing good opportunities for both charter agents and consumers.
Source: UK Trade & Investment