The Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, met today, at the Banski dvori, with representatives of employers in the Croatian hotel industry. In addition to the Prime Minister, the meeting was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Martina Dalić, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of State Property.
The meeting discussed the development potentials and competitiveness of Croatian tourism, improving the quality of the tourist offer and products, and the planned investments in tourism in 2017, which should amount to 800 million euros. They also touched on key issues regarding the application of the Law on Tourist Land and Real Estate Tax.
Prime Minister Plenković expressed full support for the tourism sector, explaining that he appreciated the contribution of tourism to the overall Croatian economy, with a share of 18% in GDP. He added that tourism has a multiplier effect on other economic activities, from construction to agriculture and is one of the generators of growth and development. ,,The government sees hoteliers as partners with whom it will work together on further branding and strengthening Croatia as a five-star destination. The new large investments we are making in tourism mean, among other things, the creation of new jobs", Said Prime Minister Plenković.
Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli assessed today's meeting as good and high quality, saying that all current problems that afflict hoteliers have been considered. He emphasized the importance of tourism with its 18 percent impact on the GDP of the Republic of Croatia. In that context, he emphasized the importance of hoteliers as organized investors, who are investing around 800 million euros this year with the public sector, reminding that the renovation or construction of about 50 hotels is planned. He said there was also talk of local taxes and real estate tax problems, as well as the problem of tourist land. "We got extra input which are very important to us for the preparation of the law in the third quarter", Said the Minister, taking as an example the law on tourist land. "We looked at how to solve the issue of tourist land and the tax package, which is applied from 1.1.2018. years", He added. Finally, the Minister emphasized the Prime Minister's full support for tourism and the opportunities it provides to Croatia at the international level.
Ronald Korotaj thanked on behalf of employers in the hotel industry for the opportunity to present the problems that afflict them and suggest possible solutions: "I would like to say that we are extremely grateful as the Association of Employers in the Croatian Hotel Industry and other associations operating in the hotel industry, at this meeting where we had the opportunity to say on behalf of the largest employers in tourism in Croatia what bothers us most at the moment. We are especially pleased with the fact that we all see this as the first step in a new partnership view of tourism, and further development of both tourism and the Croatian economy, in conjunction with the public, the Government of the Republic of Croatia, as well as us employers. ”Korotaj said that in several key problems, from taxes, tourist land, concessions and others, lies a distinct potential for improving what is already being worked on. “At the moment, the macroeconomic circumstances are favorable, that there is a strong demand for Croatia on the market and that tourist companies are stable. There are no obstacles to jointly finding models for the continuation of the development cycle, in order for Croatia to position itself in a new place on the list of desirable destinations in the Mediterranean and Europe and raise the quality of its offer, ie perception. " concluded Korotaj
In 2017, the amount of private and public sector investments in tourism amounts to EUR 800 million. The value of investments in the hotel industry in 2017 is 511 million euros. This year, the need for labor in the hotel industry is almost 59 thousand people, of which 25 thousand seasonal workers and about 34 thousand full-time employees.