European tourists hotspot launching month of incredible discounts as restrictions ease

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The Croatian Tourist Board announced that the country would now celebrate ‘Croatian Tourism Month’. Throughout the month of October, foreign and domestic tourists can save at least 35 percent on participating dining, tourist attractions and experiences.

Croatia is aiming to promote the country as a year-round destination that can be visited outside of summer and British tourists are eligible for all the discounts.

A deluxe apartment for six at the four star Luxury Sunset Garden Place Resort in Istria will cost just 147 euros in October per night down from 226 euros.

Visits to the city of Dubrovnik’s creative district will have a 50 percent discount and cost just 25kr (£2.87).

A visit to the stunning Plitvice Lakes, the oldest and largest national park in Croatia, will be at a bargain price of 100kr (£11.49) per adult instead of 180kr (£20.68).

Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, said: “We invite tourists to take advantage of this opportunity to travel and experience at much more affordable prices.

“There are still close to 200 thousand tourists still staying in our country, and the post-season and autumn period are ideal for a short vacation and discovering new destinations.

“Due to the great interest in last year’s “Vacation-Worthy Week”, we have decided that this year, across the country, tourists will have available a range of services at special benefits and discounts of at least 35 percent throughout October.

“ I invite tourists, both domestic and foreign, to take advantage of the benefits offered to them and discover all the beauties of Croatia, which is beautiful year-round.”

Many restaurants are also offering discounts as part of the scheme and every offer can be found on the Croatian Tourism Month website.

Croatia is particularly popular with fans of the epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones, as the city of Dubrovnik was a central filming location.

Tourists in Dubrovnik can also walk the city’s famous walls and explore its many cultural and historical attractions.

Beach lovers should head out to one of Croatia’s islands for a visit to the gorgeous Sakarun Beach or Stiniva Beach. Swim shoes are a must at Croatian beaches as the beautiful coasts are known for their rocks and sea urchins which can cut beachgoers’ feet.

The Plitvice and Krka national parks have astounding protected waterfalls for tourists to marvel at and visitors can even bathe in the Krka waters.

Croatia has received praise from the European Travel Commission for its tourism work during the pandemic.

The President of the Commission, Luís Araújo, said: “ I notice better and better tourism trends, tourism is recovering, but we still have to reach the results from 2019, which was a record year for many European countries. We exchanged our experiences and knowledge, and Croatia is a great example of how to react in these circumstances.”

Croatia has said it already has 77 percent of the number of tourists it had in 2019 and expects to recover further in the winter months.

The UK Government states that all visitors to Croatia must present a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their vaccination status.

Tourists will not be permitted to do the tests on arrival so must have performed it before travelling.

Children under 12 are exempt from the testing rules but every traveller must complete an online entry form before travelling to Croatia.

Croatia will accept the UK NHS COVID-19 vaccination record as proof of vaccination according to the UK Government’s advice.

Scotland has also announced it will run a scheme of tourist discounts and is inviting attractions and hospitality venues to apply to the scheme. 

Ireland has created a scheme of offers and is running discounts on flights and hotels for tourists. 

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