Minister of Tourism: “There’s No Danger for Tourists in Split Area”

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Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli adressed the tourists, asking them to keep following instructions of local authorities.

As we reported yesterday, the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board issued a statement saying there were 40 thousand tourists in the area that was affected by the fires in Dalmatia, but that everything in the tourism sector was running smoothly and there haven’t been any cancellations.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the large number of tourists currently staying in the area aren’t showing any intent to leave early nor to cancel their arranged bookings. They are, of course, rightfully worried about current events, but believe the situation will soon be resolved smoothly.

Professionals working in tourism and representatives of tourist offices in Split and surrounding towns all made it clear there was no panic about the fire among the tourists, who followed the same instructions of the Crisis Staff as the local residents. The wider Split area, including Omiš and Trogir, is seeing an oustanding number of tourists; the success is probably due to Ultra Europe and the beginning of high season. According to the data available on the eVisitor system, there are 170.000 tourists currently staying in the Split-Dalmatia County.

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli expressed his regret to all local residents and tourist staying in the affected area, followed by thanking the fire brigades, volunteers and others who are putting in immense efforts to fight the blazes. “According to the information I was given, the system is working smoothly and all possible actions are being taken in order to stop the fires. We’re in contact with all local tourist offices, and at this point, we don’t have any information on cancellations of bookings. I want to tell all the tourists they should keep following clear instructions of the Crisis Staff, and ask them for understanding and patience when it comes to the current situation, as I believe it will soon be resolved”, said Cappelli.

He also made it clear that even though the fires still haven’t been put out entirely, but according to the information from the field, there is no immediate danger for tourists staying in the area.

During the night and the morning, multiple embassies in Croatia have adressed their citizens on social media using the hashtag #Split. Embassies of Sweden, Ireland, Finland and other countries informed their citizens about the serious fires in the region of Split and asked them to follow information about the fire in the media and to act in accordance with the instructions of local authorities in Croatia.




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