Drop in Croatian Private Rental Numbers as Result of Coronavirus Pandemic

March the 7th, 2021 - The number of Croatian private rental owners has seen a decrease as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the stringent leisure travel restrictions that have come with it. Their Association is seeking measures to ease things for those in this business.

As Novac/Jozo Vrdoljak writes, in Split-Dalmatia County, the number of Croatian private rental owners decreased by as much as 11 percent, and in the City of Split itself, by almost 15 percent. This information was presented at the online session of the Family Tourism Association Section of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce - Split County Chamber.

Gordana Pitesa stated that a safe epidemiological environment is a prerequisite for the arrival of guests from abroad, and as such she recommended the Safe Stay in Croatia label to all stakeholders in tourism, which can be absolutely crucial for guests when choosing a place to stay.

At the moment, there are only a small number of reservations, said Pitsa, recommending that Croatian private rental owners place more emphasis on making sales and being more present on social media.

"A lot of work has been done by the national family tourism board, some of our proposals have been met and the importance of the board is that on the one hand it allows us to communicate with ministries and relevant institutions, and on the other gives Croatian private rental owners the opportunity to propose more measures and things in regard to doing business easier and better for them,¨ said the president of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Martina Nimac Kalcina.

Nimac Kalcina reminded Croatian private rental owners of the proposals of measures to facilitate the business of private landlords that were sent to the relevant ministry at the end of February, such as the exemption from paying the first installment of the annual flat income tax private landlords must pay which due on March the 31st this year, the exemption from paying tourist tax and other such membership fees for the year 2021 for all those who deregister their accommodation capacities, provided that they did not have registered guests, accessing loans and more.

The session also discussed the need to organise additional coronavirus testing points for visitors, the need to speed up testing, the setting of a far more appropriate price for PCR tests for guests and the better facilitiation of the procedure, which they will continue to insist on because such things will govern tourists´ decision making when it comes to where to go and where to stay. The possibility of putting the categorisation process on hold, for example, for one year, was also discussed.

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