A report in Slobodna Dalmacija last week noted that 19 hotels are open so far in the Dubrovnik region, already welcoming tourists for the spring months. This follows some healthy recent statistics from the Dubrovnik tourist office, which revealed that over the first weekend in March, 2,000 holidaymakers enjoyed the delights of the town. (Most were from Bosnia & Hercegovina, Croatia, Albania & Bulgaria.)
The Dubrovnik Carnival Fest, which took place over five weekends from 4th February through to the 6th March, drew in good numbers of visitors (and groups taking part in the carnival, of course) meaning that for the month of February, Dubrovnik recorded 17,041 overnight stays in total, up 25% on the same month last year. The most numerous tourists during February 2011 were Croatian, then British, Bosnian, Japanese and Turkish. This increase in the number of nights stayed is particularly promising as February is considered one of the worst times of year for attracting tourists.
The Director of Dubrovnik Airport, Roko Tolic, says that air traffic at the airport has increased this January and February over last year although the overall increase for the year is only expected to be around the 3% mark, due to capacity limitations in accommodation on the Dubrovnik Riviera.
Only two airlines operate at Dubrovnik Airport in the off-season – British Airways and Croatia Airlines – whilst the end of this month, March, sees airlines reverting to their summer timetable, meaning a jump in the number of flights. There will also be new routes this summer connecting Dubrovnik with Venice, Athens, Belgrade, Lisbon and Moscow.
Source: Slobodna Dalmacija