Croatian Private Renters Could Experience 70% Revenue Drop in 2020

Lauren Simmonds

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

The tourist turnover for Croatian private renters, at least when judging by the current state of reservations, could be at the level of a mere 30 percent of last year’s turnover this season.

As Novac writes on the 25th of May, 2020, as predicted by Nedo Pinezić, the owner of the Quanarius tourism consulting company and provider of household accommodation services in Malinska, the recovery of tourism in Croatia will begin only next year and will be long-lasting.

”Family accommodation is good because we have a lot of loyal guests. There have also been new inquiries, reservations and announcements, and a lot of those arrived from Italy. The will to travel hasn’t subsided,” said the family tourism expert in the show “TNT” which is aired on N1 television.

He added that it would be very helpful for tourism workers to classify European regions into red and green zones, and it is important that tourists know exactly which protocol smust be followed when visiting a particular country. The instructions and recommendations, he says, can never be stressed or made clear enough.

”We receive dozens of emails with the same content in them. Tutorials on YouTube would be very helpful, to illustrate how to prepare accommodation and deal with things after guests’ departure. There are a lot of unknowns in this,” he pointed out.

We must, he says, be ready for the situation of a tourist getting sick, and we must have a clear protocol for dealing with and repairing possible damage. These are questions that are more than likely playing on the minds of Croatian private renters as tourism begins to gradually and cautiously wake up again.

”We all remember the situation with hotel and the cruiser when everyone was quarantined because of a few infected people. I’m not entirely sure we’re aware enough of such a possibility. Such an incident would take us back to the beginning of this whole story, back into the negative zone. Formally, all tourists are covered by an insurance policy. If tourism is important to us, and it is, then we need to talk openly about such issues. People want to know what awaits them,” concluded Nedo Pinezić.

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