Subsequent history

In more recent history, as part of Yugoslavia after World War II, Split experienced substantial growth as government investment in the city saw factories built for a number of different industries. Split had a large shipbuilding industry that saw Yugoslavia become one of the top countries in the world in that field; the city also became an important port. Split did not suffer much damage during the war that broke out in 1991, despite the Yugoslav Navy and the Yugoslav Army’s coastal district being based there. Since Croatia’s independence, Split has suffered as its once strong industry entered into decline although it has recovered somewhat in recent years. Split has a big focus on tourism. From being just a transition centre, Split is now a major Croatian tourist destination. Many new hotels are being built, as well as new apartment and office buildings.