BiH: Significant drop in tourist arrivals compared to 2019

BiH: Significant drop in tourist arrivals compared to 2019

A total of 71,589 tourists arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina in August, accounting for an increase of 50.9% compared to July 2020. The bad news is that the figure parallelly constituted a 65.0% tumble as compared to August 2019.

According to the data, tourists in BiH recorded 207,720 overnight stays, which represent an increase by 54.3% as compared to July 2020 and a decrease by 54.3% compared to August 2019. Domestic tourists made up for 75.2% of the total number of overnight stays, while foreign tourists’ share was recorded at 24.8%.

The number of overnight stays realized by domestic tourists increased by 39.7% as compared to July 2020, and by 60.4% as compared to August 2019. The number of overnight stays by foreign tourists went up by 126.5% in juxtaposition to July 2020, but dropped by 85.6% in relation to August 2019.

“Particularly regarding foreign tourists’ overnight stays, most of them (81.6%) derived from tourists from: Serbia (62.0%), Croatia (7.8%), Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates (4.3%) and Germany (3.2%). Tourists from other countries made up for 18.4% of overnight stays”, the BiH Agency for Statistics (BHAS) reports.

Regarding the average length of foreign tourists’ stays in the country, Japan tops the list with an average length of stay of 26.0 nights, followed by the Republic of Korea (15.0 nights), India (11.7 nights), South Africa (8.7 nights), Hungary (7.1 nights) and Malesia (6.0 nights).

Available rooms, apartments and camping sites for tourists in Bosnia and Herzegovina in August 2020 amounted to 16,234, marking a 24.3% nosedive compared to August 2019. The number of available beds was 34.892, dropping by 25.1% YoY.

In August 2020, the number of rooms and apartments available to tourists amounted to 14,718, which constituted a decrease of 20.6% compared to August 2019, while the number of available beds amounted to 30,191, a 21.1% drop YoY.

Net occupancy rate of permanent beds in August 2020 was 20.1%. According to the type of accommodation facility, the largest length of stay was recorded in hotels and similar accommodation, with a share of 93.8%. /ibna