Lonely Planet Writer

Croatia is significantly raising its tourism tax in 2019

Croatia has quickly become one of Europe’s most in-demand destinations, with travellers from all over the world flocking to the coastal country, which boasts turquoise waters and plenty of islands to explore.

The old town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by old, solid walls. Image by ©John and Tina Reid/Getty Imagessite

But with that surge in popularity, the country is looking at ways to help maximise the benefits it receives from all the eager travellers. In response, the Croatian government has decided to raise its tourist tax by 25% in the peak season next year. The tourism tax is applied to each person in all accommodation types, excluding campsites, around the country. However, the daily increase will be a small impact on travellers, as it will rise from eight kuna (US$1.25 ) to 10 kuna ($1.57).

While the slight per person increase might not make much of a different to travellers’ pockets, it is hoped that it will bring a boost in revenue to the country. The funds raised will go to the tourism board to promote Croatia as a top destination for travellers.

Water cascading into one of Plitvice’s upper lakes. Image by ©Mark Read/Lonely Planet

In recent years, Croatia has been one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in Europe as travellers flock to enjoy its stunning coastline, temperate climate and amazing cuisine. Some of the interest – particularly for travellers heading to Dubrovnik – has been its role as King’s Landing in Games of Thrones series, which has led to tours to the filming locations of the hit HBO series becoming a common offering in the city. There’s also the impact of cruise ships that arrive in the city, which has led to fears of over-tourism and efforts to limit the numbers of visitors in the historic Old Town.

Destinations around the world have existing tourist taxes and many spots are mulling increases to better offset the impacts of mass tourism. New Zealand recently accounted that its new tourist levy will be enforced in mid-2019, meaning international visitors will pay NZ$25 to $35 when they visit.