A Survey Investigation of International Tourist Motivations and Impediments in the Republic of Croatia

Authors

  • Joel I Deichmann Global Studies Department Bentley University
  • Brittani Murphy Valente Research Assistant Bentley University

Keywords:

International Tourism, Tourist Motivations, Croatia

Abstract

International tourism is an essential component of Croatia’s economy, representing more than one-tenth of total GDP. This survey research identifies factors that motivate and those that inhibit foreign tourists in their decision to visit Croatia, then examines traveller satisfaction in an effort to inform policy. Our findings reveal that the most important motivations for travel include Croatia’s architecture, “sun & sand”, food & wine, and natural landscapes. Factors that impede inbound tourists include the cost and duration of flights, as well as language barriers. With regard to satisfaction among tourists, Croatia’s attractions, friendliness, tidiness, and security environment tend to score highest, with public transportation, value for money, and souvenir offerings leaving more room for improvement.

Author Biographies

  • Joel I Deichmann, Global Studies Department Bentley University
    Joel I. Deichmann is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Global Studies Department at Bentley University in Greater Boston, USA. His research focuses upon international tourism, foreign direct investment, and economic convergence, with special interest in Central and Eastern Europe. He teaches courses on World Regions, Tourism and Transportation, and Contemporary Europe, and has led more twenty university short-term programs abroad.    
  • Brittani Murphy, Valente Research Assistant Bentley University
    Brittani Murphy is a Pricing Analyst at Travelers Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She is a 2018 graduate of Bentley University with a BS in Economics-Finance. Her work on this research was funded through the generosity of the Valente Center for Arts & Sciences. 

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2018-09-01

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“A Survey Investigation of International Tourist Motivations and Impediments in the Republic of Croatia” (2018) e-Review of Tourism Research, 15(6). Available at: https://ertr-ojs-tamu.tdl.org/ertr/article/view/262 (Accessed: 13 June 2024).

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