Soon the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the Center for Sustainable Tourism in Croatia


10. April 2024.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced that the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, will arrive in Croatia on Friday, who will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, on the establishment of the Center for Sustainable Tourism in Croatia.

"I would like to underline that this agreement was created as a result of the well-received Law on Tourism that Croatia adopted and prepared, and which was well received by the World Tourism Organization in the direction of sustainable policies in tourism, guidelines for development, knowledge transfer, and tourism management and destinations", said the Prime Minister.

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He also said that the Fitch agency confirmed Croatia's credit rating of 'BBB+' with positive prospects, which is the highest rating ever.

"This is a confirmation of quality crisis management, responsible management of public finances, achievement of strong economic growth, which is an additional continuation of the achieved goal of membership in the euro area and the European stabilization mechanism, the Schengen area", he said.

He also announced that on Monday the Government will receive the payment of the fourth installment from NPOO, worth 162 million euros, and at the same time send a request to the European Commission for the payment of the next installment in the amount of 822 million euros.

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"Last year, Croatia had a GDP growth of 2,8 percent, five times higher than the EU average", the prime minister asserted at the business forum 'Migration - labor market - administration' organized in Zagreb by the association of Bosnian Croats 'Prsten'.

He added that this was felt in tourism, in service activities, in catering, transport, everything related to tourism to the extent that in 2023 we reached the level of the record 2019 in terms of the number of arrivals and overnight stays.

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Income from tourism has grown to 80 percent in just 8 years, which requires quality service and enough workers for the ever-longer tourist season, he said.

"That's why we have to have enough manpower. We can no longer provide this workforce traditionally on our labor market, for example to our friends from Bosnia and Herzegovina or other countries in South-Eastern Europe, but we have to reach out much more widely", He said.

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The law on foreigners is under public discussion, which will regulate and structure the arrival of people with the necessary qualifications in Croatia and fill those jobs for which there are no longer enough people here, considering economic growth and demand, the Prime Minister said at the forum.

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Photo: Tourist Board of the City of Novi Vinodolski


10. April 2024.