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article imageSplit leading the way in tourism boom on the coast of Dalmatia

By Paul Bradbury     Jul 8, 2014 in Travel
Split - The story of Split's transformation from Gateway to the Islands to Croatia's fastest expanding resort continues in the latest official figures.
Just days after winning gold for its promotional video, The Heart of Adriatic, at the Baku Film Festival, there was more good news for the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, as the latest official tourism figures showed that the Dalmatian capital Split was the fastest growing destination in Croatia, according to a report in Croatia Week on July 6, 2014.
The article refers to a report by Nova TV, which stated that tourist revenues in Croatia were up 15 percent for the first five months of 2014, compared with the same period last year, earning revenues of some 1.07 billion euro in the process.
Split reported the biggest growth in that period, with 24 percent more arrivals, and 23 percent more overnight stays. These impressive numbers continued throughout June, according to the latest figures released by the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board yesterday.
The 47, 392 June arrivals represented a 20% increase on June 2013, while overnight stays were also up 6 percent.
These are good times for Split, which has only recently come into its own as a destination, having been more of a transit point for Dalmatian islands such as Hvar, Brac and Vis, which earned itself the nickname "Gateway to the Islands." Times are changing and more tourists are spending time in the city, whose prize attraction is the 1,700 year-old Diocletian's Palace on the waterfront.
July's numbers are almost certain to be impressive as well, with the second Ultra Europe Music Festival taking place on July 11-13. An estimated 60,000 fans are expected to attend the three-day event, which last year took place over two days in Split, before heading to the island of Hvar for a VIP beach party (see video below).
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