For the last year and a half, Dubrovnik, Croatia, has been striving to become one of the top destinations for digital nomads. To help speed up the process, the city invited local economic and public service entities to propose new offerings designed to benefit digital professionals.
The Administrative Department of Tourism, Economy and Sea recently issued a public call asking companies and public service agencies in the city that create businesses for digital nomads which include accommodation, food, transport, commerce, social activities, tourism and much more.
Interested parties must provide information about their company or organization and declare their intention to offer benefits to digital nomads.
Officials hope these offers will encourage more foreign remote workers to come to Dubrovnik.
In January 2021, Croatia introduced a special visa that allows digital nomads to stay in the country for up to one year and exempts them from paying income tax. The initiative was launched to tap into the world’s growing population of remote workers and help the country’s economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourism accounts for about 20% of Croatia’s economy. In 2019, 21 million travelers visited the country, but that number dropped to just 7 million in 2020.
Likewise, the tourism industry generated more than €10 billion in 2019, but revenue dropped to just €4.8 billion in 2020.
Croatia has the resources to become a major player in the digital nomadic market. Located at the crossroads of Central and South-Eastern Europe, it has a Mediterranean climate, lots of European charm and stunning natural landscapes.
As for Dubrovnik, it’s a safe, comfortable and tech savvy city that is doing everything it can to attract digital nomads and become a year-round tourist destination.
In 2020, the city launched the successful “Dubrovnik Digital Nomad In-Residence” program, signaling its intention to become a teleworking powerhouse.
The city’s decision to ask local businesses to join its mission reiterates its commitment to digital nomads and is likely to lead to more exciting remote work initiatives.
Dubrovnik has already enjoyed a tourism resurgence in 2021, with thousands of visitors crowding the city’s beaches and the medieval quarter of the Old Town during the summer months.
The renaissance, which was stronger than experts predicted, gave a big boost to Dubrovnik’s tourism industry.