Today, the Minister of Tourism and Sports presented a part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which refers to the development of sustainable, innovative and resilient tourism, for which 2,2 billion kuna is planned. This is potentially the largest package of direct support to the tourism sector so far.
Today in Rovinj, the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac presented the draft of the subcomponent "Development of sustainable, innovative and sustainable tourism ", which is part of the Economy component in National Recovery and Resilience Plan.
The aim is to increase the resilience and sustainability of the tourism sector through green and digital transition, to contribute to the recovery of the tourism sector from the crisis caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, and to increase the added value and indirect effects of tourism on other industries.
"By investing in the environmental, economic and social sustainability of tourism in Croatia, we preserve existing resources and build tourism in the long run - because in the future we want to be an even more successful tourist country. Funds have been provided in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, and it is up to us to implement reforms and strategically direct the development of this important sector.", Said Minister Brnjac.
The reform of the tourism sector and the implementation of investments is a precondition for the tourism sector to use the projected amount of HRK 2026 billion in the period until 2,2, whereby the aid intensity per project can reach the amount of 100% co-financing.
"We want to focus primarily on solving the challenges we face in the coastal zone in summer, but also encourage the development of year-round forms of tourism with high added value throughout the Republic of Croatia. Funding will be available to everyone, on the coast and the continent, micro, small, medium and large entrepreneurs, which we consider a great success and the right way to ensure the recovery and resilience of Croatian tourism., said Minister Brnjac.
The amount of HRK 2.2 billion will be allocated on the basis of public calls issued by the Ministry after the adoption of the Plan, whereby 60% of the allocated funds should be intended for entrepreneurs with the aim of direct investment in the private sector. The remaining part of the funds is intended for investments in public tourism infrastructure, but they can also be used by private entrepreneurs within a public-private partnership and thus contribute to the recovery of the economy as a whole.
All projects must be linked to the reform of the tourism sector, contribute to the green and digital transition and be an example of excellence in sustainable design, as well as sustainable technological solutions. One of the criteria for selecting projects will be the tourism development index, according to the Ministry, adding:
"Tourism sector reform and investment are aligned with the strategic framework and policies defined by the Government Program, the National Reform Program and the National Development Strategy. As part of the reform of the tourism sector, the development of the Strategy for the Development of Sustainable Tourism until 2030 and the National Plan for Sustainable Tourism has already been launched, and for the first time a Strategic Environmental Assessment will be conducted. We are facing the process of adopting a Recovery and Resilience Plan. Following the harmonization and evaluation procedure, the EC issues an evaluation within two months of the submission of the Plan, followed by the approval of the Council.. "