November 12, 2020 – Great news for the Mali Losinj Tourist Board, which has been recognized for responsible tourism management during the COVID-19 pandemic.
HRTurizamHRTurizam reports that the Responsible Tourism Partnership has been awarding the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards for years as part of the World Tourism Fair in London.
Among the prominent this year was the Mali Losinj Tourist Board for responding to the challenges caused by COVID-19.
Thus, the Mali Losinj Tourist Board received recognition, in cooperation with the City of Mali Losinj, the Epidemiological Service, and other stakeholders in the destination, for the protocol it devised in the event of COVID-19 infections.
The plan envisages a kind of “Insurance Policy,” i.e., monetary compensation for renters of private accommodation and the guest’s self-isolation costs, quick coordination of the authorities in case infection is suspected, as well as safe return to the home country.
Also, the award was given thanks to the unique FERRY FREE action in which everyone participated – from large tourism organizations to small renters. All guests who stayed on the island of Losinj for more than seven nights in commercial accommodation in September received a reduction in the final accommodation bill in the value of a return ferry ticket.
“Responsible tourism is what we do together in a destination to achieve a goal. The term ‘sustainable’ is too often used only in an abstract sense. Sustainability is an ambition, and responsibility requires us to show what we are doing to make tourism better and to be more transparent in what we achieve, together,” said Dalibor Cvitkovic, director of the Mali Losinj Tourist Board.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the award ceremony was held online and maintained virtually for the first time in 40 years. The fair itself took place from November 9-11. Encouraged by the situation, the judges decided to commend the companies and destinations taking responsibility during COVID-19 and addressed the many challenges of this pandemic.
“The Mali Losinj Tourist Board is recognized as a driver of change that leads to making tourism more sustainable by taking responsibility for reducing the negative and increasing the positive effects of tourism,” concludes Cvitkovic.