Tourism Minister Darko Lorencin has announced that the Ministry will help finance 165 new swimming pools at private accommodations up and down the country as part of its ‘Competitive Tourism Economy’ programme.
“As part of the Croatia 365 programme, which aims to extend the tourist season in the country, the Ministry of Tourism in this way will help private accommodation owners to extend the tourist season. If we know that places with swimming pools have a 30% longer occupancy in the year than those without a pool, then this is a very concrete way to support to those private accommodation owners. We believe that by 2020 we will build more than 1,000 swimming pools, making Croatia a more competitive and attractive destination,” said Lorencin.
The Ministry will give 40,000 kuna grants or up to 50% of the total investment. The requirement to be eligible for the grant is that the swimming pool must be bigger than 30 square metres, with indoor pools larger than 20 square metres. For all pools built up to 50 square metres in size no building permits will be required as part of the incentive scheme.
The programme has been running now for the last two years and a total of 238 swimming pools have been co-financed by the Ministry.