Komiza – With No Cases of Infection, Hopes for Tourist Season Continue

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

The coronavirus pandemic has dragged Croatian tourism to its knees. Despite some surprisingly good tourists figures so far, especially in comparison to the dire predictions from before, there are still some being left behind. Komiza on the beautiful island of Vis hopes for a decent tourist season despite all of the many obstacles.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 15th of August, 2020, the SDP mayor of Komiza, Tonka Ivcevic, explained that the argument for spending a holiday on this remote Croatian island is the isolation and the fact that no one, all these months, has been infected with the new coronavirus on it.

“We have very big announcements for both August and September. We’re sure that we might have a tourist season at the level of last year’s if there are no cancellations,” explained Komiza’s mayor.

She is conditional in her expression, however, as she is more than aware of what has been happening with the epidemic throughout Croatia over recent days, especially in Dalmatia, and it is no coincidence that at that same time, Austria changed its stance, asking Austrian citizens not to travel to Croatia.

“I’d agree that some decisions taken by the National Civil Protection Headquarters were delayed, because this doesn’t create a good image for our county, and it could lead to cancellations.” However, at least as far as she knows, there have been no major cancellations for Komiza so far.

“Komiza has become a hit destination this season. Vis is seen by people as a more isolated place, as an island where you have a place to get lost… You can stay all over the island, in many family farms, in many taverns,” she added when in conversation with N1.

The advantage of not only Komiza but Vis as a whole is the fact that the island doesn’t have a large capacity, there are only about 4000 beds, which, together with the guests, means a relatively low number of inhabitants in a relatively large area.

“If we add up the boaters, there are currently about 4,000 guests on the island. We don’t have any bigger clubs, we don’t have any bigger indoor spaces for guests. People have a place to get lost, we hope to remain a coronavirus-free destination,” Komiza’s mayor concluded.

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