Support for employers in tourism through existing measures, and especially through support for job preservation, must be provided in the coming months, until the end of the year, especially in these conditions of uncertainty about the start of the season and the beginning of more serious tourist traffic.
Safety and certainty are now key in preparing for the season when travel companies need to invest significantly, in order to be ready to welcome guests. Therefore, tourism workers emphasize the need to change the current practice of the Government, according to which the measures are extended from month to month, without specific communication on how long these measures will last.
"We do not see why employers and employees would be exposed to stress every month, given that the same type of measures has been extended for several months in the last days of the month according to the same criteria. We demand that the measures be simply extended until the end of 2021, and that a single criterion be set according to which they will be awarded, which is already being used for their approval. " said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association.
The tourism industry has suffered huge losses since the beginning of the pandemic, and travel agencies are in by far the most difficult situation of all activities. The same is confirmed by the data of the Tax Administration and the Central Bureau of Statistics, according to which the average decline in activity continuously during 2020 was above 85%.
President of the Association of Travel Agencies at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Boris Žgomba points out that he sees no reason not to extend the measures until the end of the year, and the Ministry of Labor said that the measures are adopted in the short term.
UHPA requested from the Government of the Republic of Croatia financial compensation of travel agencies by reimbursement of fixed costs, as well as extension of measures for retaining jobs. "From the very beginning of the pandemic, travel agencies have been hampered in their work by various restrictions at the national and international levels. Aware of the bad position of travel agencies, EU member states have adopted certain state aid measures intended for travel agencies and tour operators, and UHPA is also asking the Government of the Republic of Croatia to do the same. In addition to financial compensation, I believe that we can be greatly helped by providing conditions for the continuation of work. We introduce security protocols into our business, just like our partners and suppliers. Cruisers are just one of them and I am glad that we have the support of the relevant ministry in our efforts“States the president of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies, Tomislav Fain.
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