Istria County Tourism Committee Hosts First Session about Opening Borders

Daniela Rogulj

April 28, 2020 – At its first session on Monday, which was held through a conference call, the Istria County Tourism Committee stated that the priority is to prepare Istria for opening the borders and the arrival of guests. reports that members of the Committee unanimously stated that an agreement was needed between the public health system, i.e., the epidemiological and tourism experts, which should enable the protection of health and realizing part of the tourist year. As stressed at the session, tourism stakeholders are in the final stages of preparing their business in new circumstances, but expect the epidemiologists’ instructions so that they can start opening facilities from May 11 and welcome foreign guests after the borders open.

In support of this, the Committee adopted four conclusions, the most important of which is the need to define epidemiological conditions under which tourism and catering activities (hotels, camps, family accommodation, restaurants, marinas) can be performed, with all its contents, and with the coordination of the Civil Protection Headquarters and tourism professionals.

The second conclusion relates to inquiries made to the National Civil Protection Headquarters on opening borders, that is, the date and conditions for opening borders of the Republic of Croatia.

“If it is not possible to define the exact date of border openings yet, then we will request at least a date when this information can be expected. Also, for the necessary preparations, information on opening borders of the most important markets for Istria County, such as Slovenia, Austria, and Germany, is necessary,” said members of the Istria Tourism Committee.

The third conclusion relates to preparing a promotional campaign that would target the most significant markets for Istria County and would further promote Istria as an auto-destination, while the fourth conclusion relates to cooperation with Istrian units of local self-government, which refers to defining specific measures for the use of beaches, squares and other public spaces, which have been places of mass gatherings of guests in recent years.

To actively monitor the further development of the epidemiological situation and achieve maximum results in the realization of this year’s tourist season, it was agreed that the Committee would meet at least once a week, Istria County said.

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