Reform package of tourism laws adopted

At today's 150th Session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, a reform package of tourism laws was adopted. These are the final proposals of the law on tourist boards and the promotion of Croatian tourism, membership fees in tourist ...

At today's 150th Session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the reform was adopted package of tourism laws.

These are the final proposals of the law on tourist boards and the promotion of Croatian tourism, membership fees in tourist boards and the tourist tax, which the Government sent to Parliament today.

The three tourism laws that the Government sent to the Parliament today are a big reform and decentralizing step forward, because large funds and decision-making are left to cities and counties, said the Minister of Tourism. Gari Cappelli at a press conference after the Government session and added that the mentioned laws are reform and go for the improvement of the system of tourist boards and its harmonization with modern trends.

Cappelli: The three new tourism laws are a major reform and decentralizing step forward

Cappelli also said that these laws are aimed at making tourist boards (TZ) financially self-sufficient and more involved in destination management. "This is one of the first steps to finally put everything in its place and to see if we manage destinations at all, if we do it well and how many tourists there are in a destination at all. An important role in this is taken over by the current CNTB Head Office, which is becoming practically a marketing agency, something like "Visit Britain", a German tourist organization, etc. "said Cappelli.

He also pointed out that the law on tourist boards encourages the association of tourist boards, which is happening in the field even before the law is passed, for example in the Imotski region, and similar announcements are made from Gorski Kotar, Kvarner, Hvar, Makarska Riviera and elsewhere. is, according to him, proof that it is going in the right direction.

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Regarding the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards, Minister Cappelli pointed out that the rate for calculating the membership fee was 28 to five, which relieved the economy of HRK 11 million. Also, 21 activities are exempt from paying that membership fee, while some new activities have been introduced, such as banks. 

"More will be encouraged through the fund for underdeveloped areas and the continent, for which 9 percent will be allocated compared to the previous 7,5 percent, and of these funds will be allocated to regional tourist boards that earn less than HRK 500 thousand of revenue per year, as a difference up to the amount of HRK 500 thousand. However, after the expiration of five years, the funds will be distributed to tourist boards and regional and local in these areas through a public tender", Explained Cappelli, adding that he wants to equalize everything so that they can 'start' equally.

The Law on Tourist Tax stipulates that in the future the amount will no longer be determined by a Government decree, but will be determined by county assemblies, and the Minister will prescribe only minimum and maximum amounts, for example from 10 to 15.

"We have introduced a 2 percent novelty in both membership fees and tourist fees for projects and programs of joint tourist boards, and an important thing about the fee is the introduction of charging options for cruisers in maritime and inland waterway transport, but the decision is left to city councils , if they want they can importSaid Cappelli.

The law on tourist land is coming soon

He also announced that a change was coming soon of the Law on Tourist Land, which is important for investments, as well as to prepare the development of a new strategy for the development of Croatian tourism from 2020 onwards, which, according to Cappelli, "this Government will pass the most important laws for tourism before the expiration of the mandate." 20 years, to encourage further investment and get a stronger, better and more efficient system needed in tourism, ”concluded Cappelli.

The laws are expected to be on the parliamentary agenda as early as next week.

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