Three new ordinances came into force, relieving the tourist system

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has issued three ordinances aimed at relieving the tourist system, ie mitigating the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourist system. Regulations are ...

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports passed three ordinances aimed at relieving the tourist system, ie mitigating the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourist system. The ordinances were published in the Official Gazette and entered into force today.

"Our goal is to keep the tourist system stable, ready to continue this year, but also as resilient as possible for the future. Through these changes, we have relieved the system with a total of more than 118 million kuna, which will certainly contribute to the easier operation of hotels, camps, private renters, family farms, as well as the nautical sector., pointed out the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac on the occasion of the adoption of three ordinances.

By the Ordinance on exemption from payment of tourist tax in 2021, persons who provide catering services in the household or on a family farm, are exempted from paying half the annual lump sum tourist taxes for the main bed, accommodation unit in the camp and camp rest area and according to the capacity in the Robinson accommodation facility and in its entirety for extra bed, for 2021. Persons who, until the entry into force of the ordinance, have been determined to cease to provide catering services in the household or on the family farm or to reduce the capacity of the accommodation facility, and in 2021 did not have a single overnight stay according to eVisitor, the annual lump sum payment is exempt tourist taxes for 2021. There are also payments of the annual lump sum tourist tax for 2021 liberate persons as well whose accommodation facilities are marked as unusable due to the earthquake in 2020 (red mark) or temporarily unusable (yellow mark), provided that they have no previously outstanding liabilities on the basis of tourist or sojourn tax. From part of the tourist tax persons are also released who use the service of overnight stays in the accommodation facility in which the catering activity is performed, according to the proposal given by the regional tourist boards for the areas of their counties. It is estimated that the total release will on the basis of tourist tax for household facilities and family farms that provide accommodation services amount to about 105 million.

Ordinance on exemption from payment of tourist tax for persons using the service of overnight stay on a nautical tourism vessel (sailors), from paying part of the tourist tax the owners of the vessel and the persons who use the overnight service on the nautical tourism vessel (sailors) are released, namely 20% of the flat rate of the tourist tax which is paid according to the length of the vessel and the time period of stay on the vessel. For the tourist tax paid in the period from 1 January 2021 until the entry into force of the ordinance, boaters are exempt from paying part of the lump sum tourist taxes and extends the validity period paid tourist taxes for 20% of the time period for which the tax was paid, if the time for which the tax was paid has not elapsed before the entry into force of the ordinance.

Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the annual lump sum membership fee for persons providing catering services in the household and on the family farm and on the TZ forms for paying membership fees to the tourist board, in 2021, to persons providing catering services in the household or on the family farm, the amount of the annual lump sum membership fee to the tourist board is reduced by 50% per bed or accommodation unit, while for extra beds exempts from paying membership fees. The amount of tourist membership fee paid per registered bed is HRK 45,00, with the stated exemption of 50%, in 2021 this amount will be reduced to HRK 22,50 per bed. Total release on the basis of tourist membership fees for household facilities and family farms that provide accommodation services will amount to more than 13 million.

Source: Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Croatia

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