What the state should have done was done by HUT - epidemiologically mapping and looking at each Croatian county individually.
The Croatian Tourism Association has launched a website www.croatiacovid19.info with the aim of timely and accurate informing the public about the number of COVID-19 cases in Croatian regions.
On the map, Croatia is divided into four regions: North Coast (Istria and Kvarner); South coast (Dalmatia); Central Croatia (Zagreb and surroundings) and Eastern Croatia.
"We hope that this corona region tracker will help in planning a vacation for all guests coming to Croatia”Point out from HUT.
The main story is that the private sector could no longer wait, in this case HUT, and reacted and I made a platform, which was to be made by the state.
Unfortunately, if the public system, primarily MINT and CNTB in cooperation with HZJZ, epidemiologically mapped and set up the same platform for each county, especially because of tourism on which 20% of GDP depends, we would have a much more positive image of Croatia as a safe tourist destination. destinations. And the situation we now have with the Netherlands would certainly be avoided.
Interestingly, precisely with the diplomacy of our Government, Slovenia started to epidemiologically map and look at each Croatian county individually, which was great news for our tourism. Because if it were the opposite due to the epidemiological situation, the whole of Croatia would already be on the red list. And that should be publicly praised.
But unfortunately again the whole system is slow and sluggish and we are late with reactions and communicate poorly. The profession has been talking about epidemiological mapping of regions for weeks, and in this crisis situation and "media and political war" we have to and had to react much faster and more efficiently for every guest.
While we play “ping pong” for days on whether we sent all the information to the Netherlands or not, instead of picking up the phone and resolving the situation, tourists cancel reservations. Instead of reacting strongly, filing a lawsuit, asking for denials, etc.… according to the German television RTL, which published last year's old footage from Zrće, introducing how in Novalja during covid19 allegedly scandalous partying, we are silent, and who knows how many tourists cancel reservations. One should not be too clever that any negative news in this situation, the same day blocks new bookings.
As Nedo Pinezić recently pointed out: “Croatia is a "thorn in the side" due to its high attractiveness and age of accessibility to individual guests. Hence the organized "media chases" towards our country. We are in a position to defend ourselves, but we are doing it quite clumsily. ” We are simply lost in this crisis situation, and we have to admit it to ourselves, so that we can react better tomorrow.
Well done to HUT, but it is a pity that the system itself did not react much earlier, especially to the wave of diplomatic success in the context of Slovenia. Communication and proactivity are always, let alone in crisis situations, extremely important, in fact, as we see in the example of the Netherlands, and crucial.
Yes, some play dirty and hit below the belt. As it has been known since the beginning of the crisis, every state will want to keep its citizens within its borders, in order to start the economy and keep consumption within its states. But we must react quickly and efficiently to all fires, because as we know, it is too late to put out a fire when the whole house catches fire.
This has nothing to do with politics, but the market, and here we unfortunately fall because of the poor political selection of people who make decisions and the sluggish system. This whole crisis has shown how the public system has failed at all tourism levels with late reactions and poor communication, honoring positive examples. I hope that we will learn something from that, and that we will start to deal more with market development, because this is how everyone loses.
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