ZAGREB, Nov 21 (Hina) – Sustainability is the key prerequisite for the development of Croatian tourism and Croatia’s islands should serve as an example of that, a discussion in the European Parliament on 150 years of tourism in Hvar on the Croatian island of the same name concluded on Tuesday.
Croatian MEP Davor Skrlec said during the discussion that the implementation of the sustainable tourism concept would enable the residents of Hvar to have a dignified life during the summer season and that the existing infrastructure could be balanced and utilised not only for the season.
The discussion and presentation of Hvar was organised by the town and Skrlec (Greens).
“Our islands have turned out to be the most progressive because they recognised the opportunities offered by the European Union’s public policies, which is how to smartly absorb EU funds for the development of sustainable tourism and one’s own energy potential,” Skrlec said.
A greater use of renewables leads to green energy transition, which encourages innovation and can create jobs in the future, he added.
Croatian Tourism Ministry state-secretary Tonci Glavina said tourism products need not focus only on the summer months and that Hvar was an example of how to utilise their potential all year round.
“Sustainable tourism and sustainability in any business segment is a necessity in today’s world as well as a formula for success,” he added.
Aurelio Cecilio of the European Commission’s regional and urban development department said connectivity today did not mean just physical connectivity and that one must not ignore the importance of digital connectivity.
Croatia has EUR 80 million from EU funds at its disposal for connecting islands. In 2016, HRK 1.7 billion was invested in islands, of which HRK 1.28 billion were grants, mostly in transport connectivity, the municipal infrastructure and the economy.