first_img“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:center_img 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.last_img read more

first_imgFinally, it would certainly be wise and much more efficient for the CNTB to start the campaign as soon as possible, no later than September 01, to start selling and promoting the autumn now, and for the campaign to last intensively for at least a month. While others dealt with us, we boasted of tourist numbers, we managed to fend off all the media attacks and the tourist season so far has been better than anyone could have expected. This is far from a successful season (we need to know that it was not pre-season, that costs were much higher and that accommodation prices were never lower) but unfortunately the current epidemiological situation is not in our favor, which led us to a situation where we were put on red lists in Italy, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and partly in Germany. There is no conspiracy theory here, we blame ourselves for the bad epidemiological results, whichever way you turn it. The launch of the “Vacation Week Worthy” campaign is also planned for the autumn, of course if the epidemiological situation is stable, which is certainly great news. Basically, get involved and join the promotion in the same wave. Again, together all always stronger, both in foreign and domestic market. To participate in the “Vacation Week Worthy” campaign, you must first register, and when registering, you must enter your contact information as well as basic information about the business entity you are applying for. Also, you must put your tourist offer in a certain category, from accommodation, food and drink, active vacation, rural tourism onwards… “Everything you need for a unique trip: top accommodation, top quality food and drinks, tastings, attractions, gifts and a unique ISTRIA.”, point out in the announcement of the prize game. The award is given by six famous Istrian families who run top companies and guarantee an unforgettable trip and a real gastronomic experience. ROXANICH Wine & Heritage Hotel Motovun is giving away: SUPERIOR STAY EXPERIENCE,Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil donated by: EXCLUSIVE TASTING OF GRAND,AurA Distillery presents: Experience DISTILERY,Frankovic wines donated by: Franković tour and tasting,San Rocco – Boutique Hotel presents: ISTRIA GASTRO SANJANJE,Karlić Truffles presents: A unique experience of hunting truffles In this article I will not analyze whether we reacted well or badly, where we made a mistake and where we scored, there will be time for analysis, but now the most important thing is to look for an answer to the question how and what next?  That is why I sent an inquiry to the Croatian National Tourist Board, whether a promotional campaign towards the domestic market is planned, and what is the “Vacation Week Worth” project that was canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic. As they point out in the CNTB, the promotion of the project starts in the fall, it would be good for the tourism sector to be included in it. It costs us nothing, except a few minutes of time to fill in the data, and it is a free promotion. Especially continental destinations. Just remember the crowds in Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park, regardless of whether it was the moment of opening or leaving the quarantine. “The Croatian National Tourist Board will certainly include the domestic market in its promotional activities throughout September, especially the post-season, where we will emphasize nautical, health and continental tourism in terms of communication, from which we have achieved this extremely demanding and never more difficult tourist year 83 percent of last year’s result, while only in the previous part of August from the domestic market we are achieving a growth of tourist traffic, measured by arrivals, of a large 19 percent ” stand out from the CNTB. An excellent example this year is the cooperation and synergy of partners in Istria through the project Wonders of Istria. center_img All tourist economic entities can join the action: hotel houses, private renters, restaurants, nature parks and national parks, museums, galleries, adrenaline tourism, activities, etc.. Be sure to look to unite in the destination, synergy is key and create an interesting tourist product and motive for coming, not that each is for itself again. Also, you do not have to give a discount on accommodation, but you can on some other services. Mostly you have room to play with the offer, and it’s definitely a lot better when there are more of you in the whole story. Apart from the fact that accommodation is not a motive for coming, when there are more of you, then complete the story. As you can see, the key word is rounded content and synergy. Smart all clear. On this occasion, I would like to highlight the island of Pag with my new great outdoor story. “Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend”, Zagreb County with the project”Holidays are never closee, Međimurje with the project “Međimurje gives more”As well as Karlovac, which published a new beer story this week”For a beer in Karlovac”. One of the options is certainly to take the domestic market more seriously. Let me remind you that in Istria, domestic tourists saved the pre-season, and with a smaller number of arrivals than usual, generated better tourist spending. Many hoteliers and restaurants were pleasantly surprised this year by the domestic consumption, and as they say, they did not regret addressing the domestic guest. A domestic guest is more than a good guest – one hotel manager told me. Of course it is difficult to generalize and nothing is black or white, but as I spent 60 days this summer along the Adriatic coast, from Istria to the Makarska Riviera, in conversation with many tourism workers I can say with certainty: A domestic guest is a good guest. “Through the fall, we plan to activate the campaign” A week worth of vacation “which aims to encourage domestic consumption in the off-season, and the use of tourist services in the country at reduced prices. The mentioned campaign is ready, however, at this moment we can say that it will be realized if the epidemiological situation in the country allows it, ie if the epidemiological picture in the country is stable. The health and safety of all our citizens and tourism workers is a priority for all of us “, conclude from the CNTB. PS 2 I also had a rapid drop in traffic, a failed conference and various projects this year, it took me back at least three years and I don’t know how I will survive until the spring of 2021, and I didn’t have a season. I don’t whine, I fight and push forward and I still write 5 news stories every day. Also, I personally think that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports should launch the Cro card project in the off-season, since the project is almost ready for activation, regardless of the current situation. Although the story of Cro cards was unfortunately activated at a bad time, due to the crown of the crisis, I personally think that this is a good project, if it is included in a broader platform for the promotion of domestic tourism. In any case, it takes at least three years for the project to come to life, ie to prove successful or not on the market, any positive campaign for our tourism in the off-season, and especially for continental tourism is very welcome. Soon a little more discussion about Cro cards, let’s return to the project “A week of rest worthwhile”. The situation is as it is, but that certainly does not mean that the tourist season is over. No, not at all. Adjust, change focus and move on. This season is simply extraordinary, in which there is no long-term planning, but the situation is changing day by day, and so must we. From the beginning of the epidemic, it was known that when the borders are opened, a media and political “war” begins because every country will want to keep its citizens within its borders, in order to start its economy. Logically and naturally. Read all the conditions of participation in the project HERE PS No, this is not a promo article of the CNTB. Open your eyes and fight. Or don’t, but then don’t whine. This year is literally a fight for every guest. The struggle that continues, there is no surrender. That’s the least we can do, try to do everything in our power and be proactive.last_img read more

first_imgThere will be 2020 members in the Assembly of the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč for the term of office 2024-18. Pursuant to the Law and the Statute, the duty of the President of the Assembly is performed by the President of the Association, ie the Mayor of the City of Poreč – Parenzo.  After the appointment, the newly elected members of the Assembly adopted the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and appointed representatives of the Tourist Board and representatives of the Tourist Board of Porec in the Assembly of the Tourist Board of Istria, concluded the Tourist Board of Porec. At today’s election session of the Assembly of the Tourist Board of Poreč, chaired by the Mayor of Poreč-Parenzo Loris Peršurić, an election session of the Assembly of the Tourist Board of Poreč was held at which new bodies of the Association were elected in the 2020-2024 term. Also, the current and new members of the Assembly and the Tourist Council were dismissed and appointed. In the newly elected Assembly of Poreč Tourist Board, Plava laguna dd has 6 representatives, Valamar Riviera dd has 4 representatives, travel agencies have 3 representatives, private accommodation has 3 representatives, shops 1 representative and other activities directly related to tourism 1 representative.center_img Pursuant to the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism and the Statute of the Tourist Board, the number of representatives of Community members or the number of representatives of individual groups of Community members in the Community Assembly is determined in proportion to the share of each member of the Community. an individual member may have a maximum of 40% of the representatives in the Assembly. As a share of the Community’s income, the membership fee and 25% of the tourist tax paid by an individual member or a certain group of members to the Community in the year preceding the elections are calculated. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

first_imgYes, of course, Americans are dreamers.But he should finish the thought.For most dreamers, the United States is the only country they know.Dreamers are U.S. soldiers, high school valedictorians, the young couple living next door.Yes, Americans are dreamers — and dreamers are Americans.If only we had a president who understood as much.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump seemed intent on burying any chance of enacting legislation to protect the “dreamers.”Instead of reaching out to Democrats to fashion a readily achievable compromise, the president injected more ethno-nationalist venom into a debate he already has done much to poison. Eleven million immigrants are living in this country without legal documentation, but the vast majority of them are otherwise law-abiding.In fact, they are overwhelmingly employed, long-term residents who contribute to their communities in all manner of ways.That is especially true of the dreamers, young people brought to this country as children by their parents.Very few Americans want to see the dreamers rounded up and deported, so you’d think a president would search for common ground to prepare the way for their eventual path to citizenship.Instead, Trump chose in the most inflammatory way possible to associate immigrants with a horrific crime committed by a vicious gang.Rather than reminding Americans of their common roots as immigrants and stressing that immigration is the cornerstone of the American story, Trump vilified them.He would have Americans believe that compassionate treatment for unaccompanied minors who cross the border, often fleeing violence and poverty, or family-based immigration is somehow akin to acquiescing in the homicidal nihilism of MS-13.center_img Trump could have sought a constructive way forward.He could have urged Congress to forge a straightforward deal – a shield for the dreamers in return for border security.Some Democrats would be reluctant to give the president his “beautiful wall”; some Republicans would balk at “amnesty” for dreamers.But if Trump embraced the deal, so would Congress.Instead, he attempted to expropriate the grief of four of his guests in the gallery: parents still mourning the brutal 2016 murder of their teenage daughters on Long Island.That won’t earn him the moral high ground, but it may well deepen the nation’s divisions and further complicate the fate of nearly 2 million young immigrants about whom Trump has said, “I love these kids.”Maybe the saddest moment of the speech came when Trump tried to knock the dreamers off their sympathetic perch with the cleverly contemptuous line, “Americans are dreamers, too.”last_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In an election year where the only real wisdom may actually come from the animated movie, “Despicable Me,” it’s been almost refreshing to hear and read (in your paper) about the ongoing saga regarding school tax exemptions for veterans.While, for most school districts, this issue would appear on the surface to be a slam-dunk no-brainer favoring our vets, I have to applaud former Duanesburg school Superintendent Christine Crowley for her insight and willingness to stand up for the larger interests of the district. It is wise to fully consider the effect of such a benefit on the whole of the tax base.For my part, it’s a head scratch, since I’ve never really viewed prior military service as a financial handicap generally, although I have great respect for those who have served and have personally helped some vets who have needed it. Perhaps it’s not really about the money and just an effort to take full advantage of available benefits. That’s hard to argue against, I guess.Regarding the upcoming election (or is it choice of a degree of evils), I’ve never been much of a minion and had hoped for a much better Republican option. I’ll go with the only one who understands what a Democratic republic is. Yeah, it’s not Trump.Jeff Schworm DuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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