As part of his official visit to Spain, the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, held a bilateral meeting yesterday with the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism María Reyes Maroto Illera.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, during the meeting Minister Cappelli presented to the Spanish side the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union within the tourism sector related to advocating responsible and sustainable development policies with an emphasis on promoting the diversity of tourist offer and the development of underdeveloped tourist areas. He also stressed the importance of using information and communication technologies and digitalisation of the tourism system and the need to establish a common European regulation for digital platforms for the provision of tourism services.
The Minister also presented Croatia's initiative to establish a European tourism brand for joint promotion of Member States in distant markets, and called on Minister Reyes Maroto Illera to support the promotion of tourism in European policies and institutions. In addition, Cappelli stressed that joint efforts should be made to strengthen the withdrawal of funds from EU funds for the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in tourism.