Croatian Tourism Association Launches Corona Region Tracker

Daniela Rogulj

July 25, 2020 – The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), has launched an epidemiological map where you can monitor the number of coronavirus cases in each Croatian county.

Namely, HRTurizam reports that the Croatian Tourism Association launched the website to timely and accurately inform the public about the number of COVID-19 cases in Croatian regions.

On the map, Croatia is divided into four regions: Northern Coast (Istria and Kvarner); Southern Coast (Dalmatia); Central Croatia (Zagreb and surroundings) and Eastern Croatia.

“We hope that this corona region tracker will help in planning a vacation for all guests coming to Croatia,” said the Croatian Tourism Association. 

The main story is that the private sector could no longer wait; in this case, HUT. Thus, they reacted and created a platform, which should have been made by the state.

Unfortunately, if the public system, primarily the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Croatian Public Health Institute, epidemiologically mapped and set up the same platform for each county, especially because tourism is 20% of Croatia’s GDP, we would have a much more positive image of Croatia as a safe tourist destination. And the situation we now have with the Netherlands would certainly be avoided, writes HRTurizam.

Interestingly, precisely through the diplomacy of the Croatian Government, Slovenia started to epidemiologically map and look at each Croatian county individually, which was great news for Croatian tourism. Because if it were the opposite due to the epidemiological situation, the whole of Croatia would already be on the red list.

Croatian experts had spoken about epidemiologically mapping regions for weeks, and in this crisis situation and “media and political war”, we have to and had to react much faster and more efficiently for every guest. But unfortunately, again, the system was too slow and too late with reactions and communication.

As Nedo Pinezic recently pointed out: “Croatia is a ‘thorn in the eye’ due to its high attractiveness and accessibility to individual guests. Hence why the media is hunting Croatia. We are in a position to defend ourselves, but we are doing it quite clumsily.” We are simply lost in this crisis situation, and we have to admit it to ourselves so that we can react better tomorrow, HRTurizam adds.

Well done to HUT, but it is a pity that the system itself did not react much earlier, especially to the wave of diplomatic success in the context of Slovenia. Communication and proactivity are always, let alone in crisis situations, extremely important. And when looking at the example of the Netherlands, they are crucial.

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