Quick Croatian Tourism Recovery Solution Sought, Council Formed

Lauren Simmonds

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Dugi otok, Croatia
Dugi otok, Croatia

December the 6th, 2020 – Croatian tourism recovery, and a recovery that comes as quickly as possible for this most important segment of the domestic economy, is necessary. The ongoing pandemic has dealt the sector, which makes up 20 percent of the country’s GDP, an extremely heavy blow. Owing to that, a council to work on rapid Croatian tourism recovery has been formed.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Minister of Tourism and Sport, Nikolina Brnjac, made a decision recently on the establishment of the Council for Recovery and Development of Tourism, the implementation of tourism in 2021 and improving the tourism offer that brings together all relevant stakeholders in the tourism sector to better prepare Croatian tourism for the upcoming period.

The main tasks of the council will be to consider the most important issues related to the tourism sector, such as the implementation of tourism in 2021 under the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, the most effective promotion of Croatian tourism, providing tourism and hospitality services in accordance with all epidemiological measures and strategic planning, programmes and operational plans for Croatian tourism recovery. 

On top if that, attention will need to be paid to investments and reforms related to the Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy for the period until 2030, the National Plan for Sustainable Tourism Development from 2021 to 2027, the National Reform Programme, the Operational Plan for Recovery and Resilience and the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.

“Joint cooperation is extremely important for us to find the best solutions to ensure Croatian tourism recovery. In addition to the financial support we provide with the aim of preserving jobs, the Programme for the allocation of state aid to the tourism and sport sector is also being prepared. We have important years ahead of us in which we’ll need to create new foundations for tourism development with new strategic frameworks for tourism. The work of the Council will be aimed at finding answers to the questions of adapting Croatian tourism to the consequences of the crisis caused by the pandemic and the most successful way out of this difficult situation,” said Minister Brnjac, who is also the President of the Council consisting of 31 members.

The Council consists of a representative of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport, a representative of the Croatian Tourist Board, then as representatives of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the Association of Hoteliers, the Association of Marinas, the Association of Charter Accommodation Providers, the Association of Travel Agencies, the Association of Catering Activities luxury hotels, Hostel Association, Tourist Shipping Association, Cultural Tourism Association, Business Tourism Association, River Tourism Association, Adventure Tourism Association, Diving Tourism Association and Health Tourism Association, and a representative of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts – Guild of Tourist Workers, Croatian Employers’ Association, Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia and members of the Social Council for Tourism, Croatian Tourism Association, Croatian Hotel Employers Association, Croatian Camping Association, National Association of Family and Small Hotels, Association of Croatian Travel Agencies a, the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides, the Croatian Rural Tourism Association, the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association, the National Association of Caterers, the Croatian Association for Tourism and Rural Development “Village Members Club” and the Croatian Holiday and Hostel Association.

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