Croatia's 121 boating ports generated a total revenue of HRK 753 million without Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2015, which was an increase of 5.1% on the year, with the highest increase in revenue being recorded in services at those ports, the State Bureau of Statistics (DZS) has reported.
Even though the major part of revenue or almost 70% referred to the rental of berths, last year revenue from rentals dropped by 1.6% y-on-y. Revenue from rentals in 2015 amounted to HRK 519 million.
Last year there was a total of 121 boating ports in Croatia, nine more than in 2014, with around 17,350 berths. Seventy of these ports were marinas while the remaining 51 were other ports.
On 31 December 2015 there were almost 13,400 vessels permanently berthed in Croatia, which was 3% less on the year. The flag state for a majority of these vessels (43.6%) was Croatia, followed by Austria (16.6%), Germany (15.2%), Italy and Slovenia (5.2% each) and the United Kingdom (2.3%).
The largest number of ports (36) were in Zadar County, followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (27) and Split-Dalmatia County (20), however, the greatest revenue, of almost HRK 195 million or 0.4% more than in 2014, was generated by boating ports in Sibenik-Knin County.
Commenting on the DZS figures, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) underscored that the trend of growing revenue from nautical tourism had been recorded since 2002, which, it said, could be explained by the growing number of ports.
"The increased revenue and number of boating ports in that period indicates a certain tendency in consumption of nautical tourists," the HGK said.
The number of vessels in transit in 2015 was 193,450, which is 6.7% more than in 2014.