Before the fourth plenary session of the Coordination Committee of Ministers of the Republic of Croatia and the Italian Republic, Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac and Minister of Culture and Media Nina Obuljen Korzinek held an online bilateral meeting with Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism Dario Franceschini.
Minister Brnjac proposed the establishment of a Joint Working Group for Tourism, which would hold periodic (online) meetings on topics of common interest, with the aim of even more successful cooperation between Croatia and Italy in the field of tourism. Also, the Minister pointed out that during the Croatian presidency of the Council of the EU, a quality discussion was initiated among the member states in the tourism sector, during which a constructive discussion identified the need to find a common plan to overcome the crisis
-In the extremely difficult circumstances that have hit tourism this year, it is especially important to exchange experiences on the use of EU funds, encourage public-private partnerships, and interregional and intersectoral cooperation to ensure recovery and resilience, but also further development and growth of the tourism sector – Minister Brnjac emphasized.
-Although the Initiative for Better Positioning of Tourism within the EU countries, presented by the Republic of Croatia in 2018, aroused great interest and support from both Italian and other EU member states, we believe that further work is aimed at emphasizing the importance of tourism and its better positioning on the European Union agenda is still needed, especially to boost growth and employment. Therefore, Croatia expresses its commitment to further cooperation - said Minister Brnjac.
-We also recognize the wide opportunities for cooperation through the exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices in the field of special forms of tourism, with special emphasis on cultural, then ecological, eno-gastro, cyclo, congress, health, active and winter tourism – Minister Brnjac added.
Croatia is also open to the possibility of joint performance and promotion with Italy in third markets, as well as to offer the transfer of knowledge and experience on the technological, legislative and organizational aspects of our unique and award-winning eVisitor system.
The Ministers agreed that education in tourism is key to strengthening and further developing the sector, and that the exchange of knowledge and good practices in the field of training in tourism and hospitality is very beneficial for both countries.