HRTurizam reports that the recently published optimistic results of the third phase of testing two vaccines against COVID-19 and Germany’s announcement that it could vaccinate 70 percent of the population by the summer of next year have brought optimism among tourism workers around the world, including Croatia.
This news is especially important for our country, where the arrival of guests from Germany in large numbers is crucial for a successful season.
Announcements about the vaccine inspire optimism that tourism could begin to recover in the second quarter and then approach the numbers before the pandemic in the second half of next year, said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association, adding:
“We must be careful and continuously monitor the situation to be able to make appropriate decisions, both in terms of the market and in terms of the organization of work in accommodation facilities and destinations.”
As a review of expectations for next year, Ostojic points out that it will be marked by last-minute reservations as well as an increase in online reservations.
“In any case, it is to be expected that next season will have the characteristics of last-minute reservations, an increase in online reservations, increased interest in higher category facilities that guarantee greater isolation of guests and that the key criterion for choosing a destination will be security in the broadest sense. Croatia’s advantage is that it is an auto-destination and has a significantly smaller population compared to other countries,” commented Ostojić.