According to research by the World Economic Forum, even 84,2 percent of the world's population is worried about the direction the world is moving.
The main risks of the modern world are the rising cost of living, environmental security, and geo-economic confrontations that can turn into conflicts and produce new tensions, said Dr.Sc. Vlatko Cvrtila, rector of Zagreb University VERN in the first presentation at Conference "Security and Tourism", which is organized by the Croatian Association of Security Managers and takes place on May 24 and 25 at the Olea Hotel in Novalja on Pag.
"The situation in the world requires continuous crisis management, the world is divided, tensions between key actors are growing, military power is multiplying, which is a challenge. Globalization and economic growth are behind us, and the likelihood of extreme events is increasing. In a fragmented world, there will be more power centers that may be in conflict, and the actors are not only states but also multinational companies. Tourist markets will also be diversified, and tourist flows will be increased by cooperation and partnership between countries. The decision to travel will depend on global security, with Croatia doing well as it ranks XNUMXth in the world in terms of security, ahead of Greece and Turkey. However, when the parameter of corruption and safety of foreign investments is measured, we fall sharply below the fiftieth place”, said Dr. Cvrtila, among others, in his presentation "Security challenges in Europe, regional similarities and differences, specificity of tourist regions", stressing that security is capital for destinations.
Alen Ostojic, the president of the Croatian Association of Security Managers ( HUMS ), opening the meeting, recalled the recent declaration of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, which the Croatian tourism sector coped with more successfully than other tourist countries.
"The project of the Ministry of Tourism "Safe Stay in Croatia", which above all promoted safety and health, proved to be successful, thanks to which tourists and visitors to Croatia received all relevant information about protocols and measures from all levels of the tourism sector quickly and transparentlyOstojić said.
Juro Martinović, the state secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Administration, arrived at the conference from a meeting with the US Department of Justice, with which an agreement was signed on the prevention of cyber crime, stressing that we need a quality legislative framework to create a security perception and an adequate social reaction when something happens.
This year's, the second conference on safety in tourism, is symbolically held in Novalja on Pag, a city known for its summer parties on Zrće beach, which pose a security challenge. Last year, Novalja recorded almost two million commercial overnight stays, while the city's population is only 4500.
"This year, in addition to the triage team that is constantly in Zrć, we will also have a Red Cross station with a scooter and rescue equipment. The Croatian fire brigade will have two video cameras from July 1, and during the season around sixty policemen from other places will also maintain order.", he said in his opening speech Ivan Dabo, mayor of Novalja. Josip Pavić, the state secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, added that the Ministry of Tourism will co-finance additional emergency teams not only in Zrć but also in other tourist places.
Ante Soljic, member of the Defense Committee of the Croatian Parliament and chairman of the Committee for Security in Tourism of the Croatian Association of Security Managers, spoke about security as a crucial factor in modern tourism and reminded that terrorist attacks have been growing rapidly since 1970 and that they have the greatest impact on the decline in demand in tourist destinations where they took place and in their vicinity, thus affecting the global movement of tourists.