Osijek-Baranja County awarded grants to representatives of 29 family farms and rural households that provide accommodation services in the Osijek-Baranja County.
This is a category of business entities that are not covered by measures from the state budget to overcome the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic, and as the tourism sector is among the most endangered activities, Osijek-Baranja County approved financial support from its budget.
Support for individual family farms and rural households by accommodation capacity, ie bed is up to 5.000,00 kuna, and the total value of the contracts signed today is HRK 1,06 million.
The activities of the beneficiaries are catering services for the preparation and serving of food, beverages and beverages from agricultural products, mostly own production, accommodation services and other services in the function of tourist consumption.
Osijek-Baranja County began preparing for subsidies at the beginning of the year when it was clear that the pandemic would create huge problems in the economy, agriculture and tourism, said County Prefect Ivan Anušić, adding: "We waited for state aid to see who would get it and to avoid duplication and for the aid to come to the right address. The total amount of all subsidies we have given to entrepreneurs, craftsmen, farmers and those who work in tourism is 17 million kuna, of which 11,2 million is intended for the economy. The current granting of support, in the total amount of HRK 1,06 million to beneficiaries engaged in tourism and accommodation facilities, keeps continental tourism alive in the area of our county. The grants are of high quality and represent concrete help for the beneficiaries to overcome this crisis period and to continue the development of continental tourism in our area. We will continue with subsidies next year, not only financially but also through infrastructure, because we want tourism in Osijek-Baranja County to be one of the better industries.Said Prefect Anusic.
The head of the Administrative Department for Tourism, Culture and Sports, Tatjana Roth, pointed out that HRK 1,7 million had been provided for this type of support, and that family farms and households had expressed the need for the currently agreed HRK 1,06 million.
Namely, the condition for support was a reduced income of 30 percent in June this year compared to June last year, which also means that part of the family farms still operated relatively well. Currently, 55% of overnight stays and tourist arrivals are realized compared to the same period last year.
Photo: Baranja House