ZAGREB, Oct 21, 2020 – The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) on Wednesday welcomed the government’s latest jobkeeping measures and amendments to eligibility criteria with regard to a decline in turnover in the second and third quarters of the year.
In the association’s (HUT) latest issue of “Croatia Tourism & Travel”, HUT director Veljko Ostojic underlines that the continuation of the government’s job retention measures and changes to eligibility criteria with grants in proportion to the fall in turnover in Q2 and Q3 compared to the corresponding period in 2019, has expanded the number of enterprises that will apply for the measures.
“That is the key to keep workers in the tourism sector. Since the outbreak of the pandemic we have stressed that this is the most important link in the chain to keep jobs and in that regard, the survival of enterprises. We welcome the government’s decision to continue implementing its measures until the end of the year in the belief that they will be extended to 1 April 2021 or the start of the tourism season,” said Ostojic.
He believes that the recovery of the tourist trade is the key to Croatia’s economic recovery and that it is essential to avoid laying off workers because that would have a negative impact on Croatia’s overall recovery.
ADAC: Italy and Croatia most popular destinations for Germans
Apart from that, HUT released the latest analysis by Germany’s ADAC automobile association on travel by Germans this year noting that Croatia is just a step away from Italy in being the most popular foreign tourist destination for Germans in 2020 as 14.3% of Germans chose Croatia as their holiday destination while 14.9% opted for Italy.
However, according to the survey, Croatia once again surpassed Italy with regard to camping tourism with Istria chosen as the most popular camping region for Germans while Dalmatia ‘jumped’ from fifth to second place among most favorite regions.
“The results of this survey and the hugely positive step by Croatia’s Istria and Dalmatia regions in the eyes of German tourists provides us with a clear direction for Croatia’s tourism promotion and communication for next year,” said Ostojic.
He added that ADAC’s survey showed that Croatia’s campsites recorded the best improvement in quality in Europe, including those in Istria which scored an average of 4.2 points on a scale of 1 to 5.