“If we manage to catch that, plus the 10% from the last quarter, which is strong in the subseason at sea and on the continent, we could say that we will swim in not so much minus, but alive.”said Cappelli. “It has that horizontal part for the entire economy, but also this tourist part that was singled out in the amendments to the law. Among them are the sojourn tax and membership fee, which defer payment depending on how the tourist year unfolds. There is a possibility, when we see the results, to charge them only in part or even cancel them completely. In the horizontal part of the measures, which apply to the entire economy, and not only to tourism, there is a delay in the payment of income and profit taxes, as well as all contributions to wages. That part is postponed for three months with the possibility of postponement for another three months. In this way, all stakeholders in tourism, according to the new criteria, will be able to present their business during the months in which the impact of the coronavirus is felt. As early as next week, after the HZZO completes the formal part, it will be able to apply and submit a request for a minimum salary of HRK 3.250. That is the solution in three months, after which we will see how the situation develops. ” This morning, the Minister of Tourism was a guest on the HRT show Dobro jutro Hrvatska and additionally explained the measures adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia at its session yesterday. “The vast majority of measures concern tourism. There will be losses, we are currently in the red by about 12%. Until yesterday, we had about 8.000 tourists who are now leaving, and the facilities are closing. I repeat, in the first part of the season we realize about 5% of the total annual turnover in tourism, about 485 million euros, and in the first six months that revenue rises to about 27%, or about 2 billion and 700 million euros. We are therefore entering a more serious part of the year, and the minuses will be felt due to the Easter and May Day holidays. “, Cappelli emphasized and added that the next quarter should be overcome with the hope that we will catch the tourist peak, ie July, August and September, where about 64,5% of the total traffic, both physical and financial, is realized. “We have problems with booking platforms, such as booking.com or airbnb, which want to terminate contracts after a pandemic is declared. There are also agencies, TUI, for example, unilaterally canceled all contracts with the Republic of Croatia and other countries and will ask for a refund. These are the things we talk about with all stakeholders in tourism and associations like UHPA, an organization that brings together about 5.000 employees in agency tourism, and even hoteliers. We will see what to do in this segment, because our opinion is that the collection should be postponed and see what will happen from the seventh to the ninth month, because there is no need to return the money immediately for the whole year. We have to reach an agreement so that there are no lawsuits from both sides, because we don’t need that at the moment. “said Cappelli. In the next few days, according to Cappelli, a set of measures will be presented, which refers to the liquidity of working capital, postponement of loan payments and interest on loans, and which will be voted in Parliament. As for accommodation capacities, the Minister announced that several hotels on the sea will remain open, and he hopes that this will be the case in Zagreb as well, but under special measures. Today’s and tomorrow’s measures of the Headquarters are probably going in the direction of closing the catering facilities, except for those that can deliver food, and which will have the right to work. This group also includes restaurants that have not yet, but want to do delivery. Cappelli then returned to the problems in tourism: According to the announcements of the Minister of Tourism, micro-entrepreneurs will be given loans with 1% interest or even no interest, and in this way they want to revive companies. The moratorium on loans and interest rates should last at least one or one and a half years, so the repayment of loans is expected only after the 2021 season. “It is certain that all other contracts between employees and employers in tourism will be corrected, but I again appeal to employers not to lay off employees, because our 3.250 kuna is guaranteed for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We have secured everything for the next three months, and now we are working on measures that will include banks, HBOR and the CNB, through which we ensure exchange rate stability, and we have secured funds for all measures. In these three months, everything will really stop, but we are preparing the possibility of raising funds for all those who will have problems in functioning, to give them one injection so that they can return to the market when everything is over. “, announces Cappelli. At yesterday’s session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, we remind you that 63 measures, about twenty laws and decrees were passed, which are being presented to the Parliament today. The measures should be voted on tomorrow, and published in the Official Gazette by the end of the week, so concrete actions that will help tourism and the economy could start next week. At the Government session, measures were adopted concerning seasonal workers, ie permanent seasonal workers, of which there are about 5.000 in Croatia. So far, they have been on vacation and received a compensation of 1.600 kunas. The new measures will extend their rights for the next three months and, if necessary, for another three months. The Government has provided HRK 11,5 million for this segment.