Given all the activities and security measures taken in the country and the tourism sector, Croatia is ready for the tourist season, said the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac at the online seminar "Croatia-safe and attractive" of the European Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators-ECTAA on Tuesday.
The aim of the webinar was to present security measures and offers in Croatia for this tourist season, said ECTAA President Pawel Niewiadomski, recalling that Croatia and the Czech Republic were among the first countries to agree on tourist traffic before last summer.
The webinar was organized on the initiative of Boris Žgomba, the President of the Association of Travel Agencies at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Executive Board of ECTAA, and was attended by representatives of Croatian hoteliers and agencies, foreign tour operators and research companies.
"This is our common and urgent goal at the European and even global level, because people want to travel again, and it is our duty to provide all the prerequisites for a safe and comfortable trip, as well as predictable vacation planning. In that sense, Croatia is among the first, if not the first, European destination that already applies broader criteria for tourist visits, the same ones that should soon be applied at the EU level as well,” said the Minister.
She also pointed out that Croatia is participating in a pilot program for European digital green certificates and will be ready to implement this system even before the conclusion of the procedure at the EU level, in early June.
She also mentioned many airlines (180) that should connect Croatia with many destinations in Europe and the world this summer, including directly with the USA (New York), which means that airlines are counting on Croatia this year.
"Croatia also started with the organized vaccination of tourism workers three weeks ago, there is great interest in tourism, but also among other citizens, and we expect that more than 55 percent of Croatian citizens will be vaccinated by the end of June," she said. There are already more than 300 tourist testing points in tourist destinations in Croatia, and the Government will subsidize antigen tests for tourists.
"We remain very serious in terms of compliance with epidemiological measures and the implementation of our key project Safe stay in Croatia, and this label has already marked about 14 thousand different facilities in the country, which we are proud of," said Brnjac.
She also pointed out that the incidence of Covid-19 in Croatia has significantly decreased in the last week. "I believe that, after the measures taken, this good trend will continue. In fact, we had zero infections in Istria yesterday, and we also have positive experiences with our regional approach to epidemiological measures,” concluded Brnjac.