ZAGREB, Aug 15 (Hina) – The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) has warned that giving up on the tourist season in the current economic situation due to recommendations by some neighbouring countries restricting travel to Croatia would be irresponsible towards the tourism sector and citizens.
“The foundation of this year’s season has been a good epidemiological situation, and in the month and a half that we have had a favourable epidemiological situation across the country, we have shown that we can be winners in the Mediterranean,” HUT director Veljo Ostojic told Hina on Saturday.
Statements that can be heard lately about the need to give up on the tourist season because of the imminent start of the new school year “are simply unacceptable to the tourist sector,” said Ostojic.
“Giving up on the tourist season in the current economic situation would be irresponsible, not only towards those who work in that sector, which generates around 20% of Croatia’s GDP but to all citizens. We believe that urgent action is needed to communicate facts through all available channels and to adopt measures to reduce the number of new infections,” Ostojic said.
He noted that the situation in Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties is still more favourable than in many European countries, including the countries which generate the most tourist arrivals in Croatia.
“That fact should be constantly stressed in our communication with those key markets, including through diplomatic channels and the media,” he said.