19:14 / 30.06.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Government expects strong results from tourist season

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Foto: Patrik Macek / PIXSELL

The tourism sector is by far the single strongest contributor to Croatia’s GDP. According to data from the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), the tourism balance over GDP in Croatia was at 16.8 percent in 2019.

The focus of Thursday’s session was on the economy, specifically the tourist season, which Prime Minister Andrej Plenković expects will rival that of 2019, which remains Croatia’s best year on record: “With regard to tourist arrivals we're at 83% of 2019 numbers, while overnight stays are at 94% of 2019 numbers. We expect these very strong results to continue, especially when it comes to revenues, a few days ago fiscalization was 25% higher.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić announced tax breaks that should make it easier for employers to hire students and retirees and in this way resolve the problem of a lack of workers in the tourism sector. Marić also commented on fuel prices, which could go up yet again next week, saying that it is too early to state publicly how government will react.

At Thursday's cabinet session, government also initiated the process of signing an accession protocol for Finland and Sweden's NATO membership. All NATO member states must sign an accession protocol, and then the decision must be ratified in their respective parliaments.

Source: HRT

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