Željko Franjak Although we constantly emphasize that we need to move away from just counting arrivals and overnight stays, and that statistics are not the only measure of success, in the case of continental tourism, any increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays is still significant and important. The German emitting market has traditionally taken the leading position with an absolute number of overnight stays (96.404) and arrivals (46.346) at the same level as last year. In second place are domestic guests with an increase in the number of overnight stays (57.872) by 13,1% and arrivals (28.098) and 16, 1%, while third place according to overnight stays belongs to Dutch guests who prefer adventure forms of tourism (49.197), and are very close to them and Italian guests (44.177) who prefer hunting, fishing and gastronomic forms of tourism. Thus, two days ago (October 21.10), two weeks earlier than last year, Karlovac County marked 600.000 tourist nights. James Faulkner as Randyllo Tarly in the GOT series / Photo: HBO Active vacation, rural tourism, hunting and fishing and cultural tourism – are the main and primary tourist products of Karlovac County. The largest number of overnight stays was realized in household accommodation facilities – private renters (223.517) and camps (155.846), only then in hotels (113.067) which are growing every year in the structure of overnight stays, while the largest increase in the number of overnight stays compared to last year recorded in the accommodation capacities of rural tourism on family farms (16,18%). Cover photo: FB TZ Karlovac County As part of the celebration of the record season, a gathering of tourist workers was organized for the first time, and in honor of the most successful tourist season, Karlovac County presented its results in tourism and promoted its most attractive tourist product – active vacation and adventure tourism. tourism, after the city of Zagreb. However, Faulkner did not come to Karlovac County by chance. The famous actor arrived in this area for two weeks to shoot a new war film on the slopes of Petrova Gora, and although he did not reveal much information about the entire project, the film could potentially celebrate Karlovac County. The tourist opportunities of this part of Karlovac County and some new joint initiatives encouraged by the establishment of the Tourist Boards of the Four Rivers and the Tourist Board of the Kupa area, which paved the way for the joint creation of micro tourist destinations in rural tourism of Karlovac County. “This year is extremely good, although in previous years we have had almost double-digit growth in the development of tourism in the Karlovac County. This gives us the strength to continue investing in tourism. It can be seen in the budget of Karlovac County that the funds allocated for tourism are increasing significantly. This year we are talking about a total of ten million kuna, and these funds will be invested in the development of tourism in Karlovac County. What makes us especially happy is that most of these funds will come from the European Structural and Investment Funds, the Ministry of Regional Development and the Ministry of Tourism. ” said the head of the Administrative Department for the Economy, Željko Fanjak, and added that they expect to realize more than 630.000 overnight stays by the end of the year. The Queen of Fortune shuffled the cards so that the 600th night was made by a guest from Great Britain, and it is a renowned actor James Faulkner who was watched by millions as Randylla Tarly in the globally famous Game of Thrones series and Uncle Geoffrey in “Bridget Jones’s Diary” with Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. A famous actor from GOT in Karlovac County is making a film In the first nine months of this year, compared to the two-year period (2017/2019), the number of arrivals increased by 13% and the number of tourist nights by 14%. Also, this year the Karlovac County Tourism Strategy until 2025 was drafted, which emphasizes the vision of Karlovac County to be the leading tourist region of active vacation in continental Croatia, and as a kind of goal, in Karlovac County they set themselves to achieve by 2025 and the first millionth overnight stay per year.