MasterIndex research reveals: Half of Croats plan to spend the winter abroad

first_imgA significant majority of those planning winter trips will pay them with some form of non-cash payment, and only a quarter (28%) with cash. Thus, 43% of them intend to use debit, 26% credit cards, while 16% will use internet banking for payment. Only a quarter of those who will pay for their trips with debit cards will decide to pay in installments, while the number of those who will do so using credit cards is still higher – exactly half. In addition, the survey results show an increase in travel payments by debit cards by 5% compared to last year and a decrease in cash payments by 8% in the same period.As for spending on overseas travel, research has shown that cash is still the dominant form of payment. It is mainly used for shopping (55%), for paying in restaurants (70%) and fast food chains (72%), buying tickets for tourist attractions and attractions (65%), nightlife (70%) and paying for local public transport (68%). Most respondents buy foreign currency in Croatia before going abroad – 36% do so at a bank and 32% at an exchange office. Only a few decide to do so abroad, either at an exchange office (5%) or at an ATM (7%). Nevertheless, the share of those who buy foreign currency in the bank before going on the road decreased by 9% compared to last year, while in the same period the share of those who do so in the exchange office increased by 5%. When it comes to cards, only 7% of respondents use them exclusively abroad. However, the results still show an increase in their use – on trips outside Croatia, they are mostly used by 19% of respondents, which is an increase of 6%. “Although card payments are not yet dominant on foreign trips, as many as 93% of cardholders carry them with them outside the country. Thus, cards on foreign trips are widely used for shopping (57%), paying for accommodation (45%) and paying in restaurants (33%). Ultimately, over half (52%) of cardholders pay more than 40% of their overseas costs with their cards, using debit cards more often than credit cards., “Said Gea Kariž from Mastercard. As for the consumption itself, as last year, the average consumption on a trip abroad was almost 6.000 kuna. In addition, respondents aged 30 to 39 were found to spend slightly more than average. With the arrival of the winter months, many are planning trips and excursions outside the borders of Croatia. This includes Advent trips and New Year’s Eve in European capitals, but also going to popular ski resorts. The number of those who intend to travel abroad this winter is revealed by a new MasterIndex survey conducted last month.The results showed that almost half (46%) of Croats plan one-day trips and multi-day trips abroad. On the other hand, a quarter (27%) of respondents do not plan such trips, while the remaining quarter (28%) are undecided. Of those who intend to spend the winter abroad, as many as 60% are planning an Advent trip or a trip to one of the European cities, while almost a quarter (23%) will spend the New Year’s Eve in one of the nearby European destinations. Among them, there is a smaller number of those who plan a different trip (18%) or a ski trip (16%). On winter trips, most respondents intend to spend up to a week. At the same time, most skiers (61%) plan to stay on vacation for 5 to 7 days, while the majority (53%) of those who go on Advent trips, plan to spend one to two days abroad. This is not a surprise because, as research shows, Croats most often visit nearby European capitals when traveling abroad. Thus, the most visited destinations among the respondents in the past year were Ljubljana (29%), Sarajevo (19%), Budapest (19%), Vienna (18%), Munich (15%) and Belgrade (14%). By the way, most Croats most often travel within the country, either for business or leisure. In the past year, as many as 63% of business and tourist trips were within the borders of Croatia, and approximately a quarter within the euro area. It was only about ten percent of the trip outside. When it comes to booking accommodation on winter trips, the majority (82%) of respondents intend to book it online, through the booking pages or pages of travel agencies and accommodation providers, and only 13% in the office of the travel agency. On the other hand, only a few (16%) claim that there is no need for a reservation.The average consumption on a trip abroad was almost 6.000 kunalast_img

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