A review of the business of private renters in Split-Dalmatia County in the pandemic in 2020 and news in family accommodation and preparation for the upcoming season were the main topics of last week's online session of the Family Tourism Section of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce - Split County Chamber.
Presenting the numerous activities of the Community Section in the past year, primarily related to the impact of this sector on the coronavirus pandemic and proposing mitigation measures, the head of the Section Gordana Piteša stated that in the Split-Dalmatia County in the past period the number of private renters decreased by 11 percent, and in the city of Split by almost 15 percent.
A safe epidemiological environment is a prerequisite for the arrival of guests, so she recommended the Safe Stay in Croatia label to all stakeholders in tourism, which can be crucial for guests when choosing. “At the moment, there are a small number of reservations ", concluded Piteša and recommended to renters to put emphasis on sales, to be present on several networks.
"A lot of work has been done by the National Community of Family Tourism, some of our proposals have been met and it is the importance of the Community that on the one hand allows us to communicate with ministries and relevant institutions, and on the other gives private renters the opportunity to propose measures to facilitate and improve business”, Said the president of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Martina Nimac Kalcina.
Nimac Kalcina reminded of the proposals of measures to facilitate business for private renters that the Community sent to the relevant ministry at the end of February, such as exemption from paying the first installment of the annual flat income tax to private renters due on March 31 this year, exemption from tourist tax and membership fees. 2021 for all those who deregister their accommodation capacities, provided that they did not have registered guests, ie finding a way to lend to private renters based on business in 2019, or on the basis of providing guarantees or interest rate subsidies (using the already existing HABOR credit lines for private renters with the possibility of reprogramming for fixed costs).
The session also discussed the need to organize additional testing points, speed up testing, a more appropriate price of tests for guests and generally facilitate the procedure for the same, which will continue to insist because these are items on which tourists will make decisions about choosing a destination and which is why we need to be competitive with other countries. The possibility of putting the categorization on hold, for example, for a year, was also discussed.
These, but also other topics of importance to private landlords in the Split-Dalmatia County, will soon be discussed at the traditional regional Family Accommodation Forum, which will be held online this year, March 17, due to the epidemiological situation.
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION LOSED 14 THOUSAND BEDS AND THREE THOUSAND TENANTS LAST YEAR
Data from the Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) show that about 608 thousand beds were registered in household facilities in January last year, while this year their number dropped to about 594 thousand, so it can be seen that 14 thousand beds were lost in private accommodation.
In addition to the reduction, the number of beds also decreased the number of registered private renters, which is about 3 thousand less. At the beginning of the year, about 96 were registered. Find out more HERE
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