Expectations from the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board system
The fact is that in the past four years, family accommodation has had no luck with the line ministry. Let us remember the constant negative announcements and threatening announcements that were supposed to "blacken" and disparage family accommodation. An impressive reminder could be compiled from the archives.
There are some threats realized: household pensions were abolished, recategorization according to construction parameters was introduced, aid for swimming pools was abolished, income tax, tourist tax and tourist membership fee were significantly increased. Communication with representatives of family accommodation was interrupted for three and a half years, the "National Plan for Improving Family Accommodation" was not implemented, and annual gatherings at the national forum, which were once supported by both the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, were closed.
At the county level, projects to improve family accommodation from "Domus bonus" in Istria, through "Kvarner family" in Kvarner, "Blue & green homestay" in Lika-Senj County to "Welcome" Zadar and "Like Home" Šibenik-Knin have also been stopped. counties.
They are interrupted regional landlord gatherings under the listed brands. In fact, there was no more talk, it was not advisable to mention family accommodation. It's been four years the most massive and most visited accommodation was "blacklisted." Prizes for the most successful have ceased to be awarded, and even the candidacy of the best at European level has been left to private initiatives without any media coverage. All those who previously followed the development of family accommodation, once, as per the decree, completely turned their backs on the hosts of family accommodation.
Persecution of family accommodation
Institutes and faculties tried to prove that Croatia does not need such an activity, that it should be additionally taxed. They even blamed family accommodation for the lack of enrolled students in some studies…
A new minister, a new hope?
The tourist season of 2020 depended entirely on family accommodation. Faithful guests were the first and most massive "Covid 19 returnees". For statisticians, it is a "grop in the throat" when they look at numbers that are more than ever on the side of family accommodation.
The new Minister of Tourism and Sports also seems to see what others could not or should not have seen. Minister Nikolina Brnjac has a chance continue what ministers Ostojic, Lorencin and Kliman started. Improveand popular segment of tourist accommodation offer - accommodation with the host, was a strategic decision until 2016.
That plan was logical in response to world trends. In these trends, accommodation with Croatian hosts regularly took the position among the 5 best in the world. This continued this Covid-19.
Next week - decision week
What decisions will be made regarding assistance to households, will the dialogue with representatives of family accommodation continue? We will get the answers to these questions very soon.
We keep our thumbs up for the better.
Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com / Photo: HRT