Ljajic: Inflow from tourism EUR 1.3 billion
Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic, has said that 2018, according to the first estimates, will be the record-breaking year in terms of tourism in Serbia with 3.4 million tourists, foreign currency inflow of more than 1.3 billion euros and about 9.5 million overnight stays.
„It is estimated that, based on the results in the first 10 months, it can already be concluded that 2018 will be a record-breaking tourist year.“
Compared to 2017, we expect about 12 percent increase in the number of tourists, about 15 percent growth in the number of foreign tourists, about 14 percent increase in the number of overnight stays and about 13 percent growth in foreign currency inflow, Ljajic said in an interview with the Beta agency, noting that official data about the number of tourists and overnight stays will be known at the end of January, and data about foreign currency inflow at the end of February.
Ljajic stressed that all the results achieved in 2018, apart from foreign currency inflow, were in the projection of the Tourism Development Strategy, but they were achieved two years before the plan.
„It is also important that the number of domestic and foreign tourists is equal for the first time,“ Lajic said, stating that the voucher distribution campaign helped increase the number of domestic tourists, after it had been declining since 2007.
The highest number of foreign guests last year, about 1.7 million of them came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, followed by Turkey and China, Germany and the countries of the region.