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The tourist boom in the Dalmatian city of Split continues. In the first half of 2012 the city again achieved 10 per cent growth in the number of tourists, compared to the same period last year, reports website Tportal.
The boom in tourism to the city, which has also seen a record number of cruisers sail into Split's port, has seen a new trend take off - the mass renting of apartments, with a vast number of Split residents moving out of their homes to rent them to tourists.
It was common for those who had spare rooms or empty apartments to rent them out to tourists, but a new trend is developing, seeing families uprooting to stay with friends or at holiday homes outside the city so they can rent out their places.
"In a tourist sense, Split has seen 10 per cent growth year on year for a while now. This year though there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of beds in private accommodation, people in mass are renting out their own homes becomes of the high unemployment" said director of the Split Tourist Board Vedran Matosic.
In the first six months of this year there were 71,638 foreign and 22,933 local tourists visiting Split. There has been a 40 per cent increase in the amount of tourists from Germany, Holland and Japan and a 25 per cent increase in guests from the USA. All together, tourists from more than 70 countries around the world have visited the Dalamatian city.
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