ZL Rijeka threatened the tourism sector and the season in Kvarner with a reckless move

Certain service prices jumped up to 700%. Foreign tour operators have already announced their withdrawal.

Author  Goran Rihelj

4. May 2024.

On the initiative of domestic and foreign tour operators, travel agencies, carriers who have been bringing guests to Kvarner for years, with the participation of representatives of UHPA, the Chamber of Crafts PGŽ and TZ Kvarner, today, May 3, a joint meeting was held regarding the new parking price list for high-frequency users parking space at ZL Rijeka for the year 2024, which includes the prices of services extremely highly magnified. 

Namely, on April 3, 2024, the director of Rijeka Airport brought a new parking price list for high-frequency users of the parking space at ZL Rijeka for the year 2024, with the same effective date, and without prior notice extremely high price increases.

Raising the price for the current year is the first and basic rule that is not done in tourism, in order to be picturesque it is learned in "primary school" because the prices of agencies according to other tour operators and all other tourist packages have long been defined and sold. 

Although the new price list was published at the beginning of April, that fact alone is already crazy, the information was only sent to all relevant stakeholders on April 18, 2024.

Thus, some prices jumped over 300%, and some even up to 700%. Absolutely unheard of in the tourism sector, at least according to my knowledge. 

The parking price list for high-frequency users of the parking space in ZL Rijeka for 2024 was not only adopted overnight, but the price is several hundred percent higher than it was in 2023, he points out. Tomislav Fain, the president of UHPA and adds: 

"For example, last year's monthly subscription for shuttle and/or occasional carriers was 160,00 euros. The new price list for the monthly subscription introduces categories according to the number of seats in the vehicle, from 690,00 euros to 1.290,00 euros, which is an increase of 330% i.e. 700%. Such an increase is unacceptable for tourist agencies who sold their arrangements according to the old price list. Making such changes only ten days before the arrival of the first flight is unprofessional and unacceptable solved this problem, which has serious consequences for the tourism sector and the reputation of Croatia as a tourist destination", Fain stated.

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"This price list, which significantly increases costs for our local businessmen, does not take into account the real economic conditions in which they operate. Therefore, we coordinated with the aim of abolishing this price list and creating more acceptable prices. We emphasize the need for transparent and timely adoption of price lists, so that our craftsmen and entrepreneurs can adequately plan their business, and we stand for the preservation of the interests of our destination and the protection of the rights of all users." he pointed out Emil Priskic, president of the Chamber of Crafts of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, and called on all relevant stakeholders to urgently deal with this issue.

Foreign tour operators have already announced their withdrawal 

Irena Peršić Živadinov, the director of TZ Kvarner states that the Tourist Board of Kvarner in cooperation with local tourist boards, tourism industry, LGUs, PGŽ and HTZ has been pooling money for years, which amounts to 20% of the annual budget of the Tourist Board of Kvarner and serves to advertise the destination with avio carriers in order to encourage the arrival of air guests to Kvarner.

"This is the largest investment in a tourist product, which ultimately results in the arrival of only 2% of the total number of guests. Unfortunately, after this decision of Rijeka Airport, foreign tour operators have already announced the withdrawal of our region from their arrangements, and local agencies have expressed the impossibility of bringing guests via Rijeka Airport. Such moves will further reduce the efforts of the tourism industry to increase the arrival of air guests to Kvarner and damage the competitiveness of Kvarner tourism and the reputation of the entire tourist destination." concludes Peršić Živadinov.

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At the meeting of domestic and foreign tour operators, travel agencies, carriers, he sent requests for abolition Price list for high-frequency users of the Rijeka, Krk Airport parking space for the year 2024, i.e. return of prices to the height according to the price list from 2023. year as well as conditions according to the rulebook from 2023

Also, it is suggested to the owners of Rijeka Airport that at one of the next sessions of the Company's Assembly, they should put on the agenda the issue of management, i.e. the work of the Rijeka Airport Authority, as well as the organization of an urgent meeting of the participants of the coordination with the bodies of the Rijeka Airport Company and all relevant stakeholders.

Attached are parking price lists for high-frequency users of the parking space from 2023 and 2024, in which the differences, i.e. increases in the price of ZL Rijeka services, are clearly visible.

Side dish: Parking price list for high-frequency users of the parking space in 2023.

Side dish: Parking price list for high-frequency users of the parking space in 2024.

Photos: JÉSHOOTS, Pexels.com / Illustration: hrturism

Author  Goran Rihelj

4. May 2024.