March 28, 2020 – The Croatian Tourism Affiliation (HUT) has drafted measures that may assist protect employment and companies within the tourism sector.
Dalmacija Danas experiences:
“As vacationer visitors is at a halt, with utterly closed lodging and catering services throughout the nation, and rising uncertainty all through the principle vacationer season, the biggest home tourism firms assembled within the Croatian Tourism Affiliation (HUT) have drafted measures that may assist protect employment and companies in a sector that generates almost 20 % of Croatia’s whole GDP.
Beneath these situations, within the struggle towards the pandemic brought on by the coronavirus, it’s fairly sure that a good portion of tourism income will likely be lacking this 12 months. In such situations, and due to the distinctive seasonality of Croatian tourism, which in 4 summer time months generates 85 % of whole visitors, it’s reasonable to anticipate that the tourism sector may have enterprise issues till spring 2021.
At HUT, we strongly assist the Authorities’s main purpose expressed within the presentation of the primary set of measures to help the financial system, which is to avoid wasting jobs and companies in these excessive situations. We expect that is mandatory as a result of solely on this approach can we make a fast return as quickly because the well being and market situations are created.
The proposal for tourism measures is split into 4 teams.
1. The primary precedence is to maintain jobs till subsequent spring. For this, we want formal and materials assumptions, and we suggest the pressing formalization of the ‘ready employees’ institute, which realistically displays the current place of the overwhelming majority of hospitality employees. Whereas on maintain, employees ought to obtain a minimal wage of 60% of their internet wages, which is in any other case the unemployment profit, and employers wouldn’t pay taxes and contributions since employees don’t work. The measure must be secured by subsequent spring once we anticipate the normalization of enterprise to start.
2. The second group of measures pertains to the cost of taxes and contributions and numerous charges.
We suggest that taxes and contributions and people charges and obligatory membership charges (communal, maritime property, vacationer land, water price…) usually are not paid till the catering services are operational. After work begins, particularly, with the opening of 50% of the obtainable capacities, the talked about charges are paid within the quantity of 30-50% to allow the beneficiaries of those advantages “survive” and have the means completely for the mandatory functioning. This cost system is legitimate till 01/05/2021.
That’s, we’re all conscious that this 12 months’s vacationer turnover will likely be considerably lowered and it’s solely logical for employers to be exempt from paying such taxes. The delay in cost itself doesn’t make sense, since it’s already apparent that there will likely be no risk of cost, however it’s essential to protect employment and enterprise methods till the total enterprise is restarted.
3. The third group of measures pertains to the financing of liquidity and the preparation of the subsequent vacationer season, subsequently, we suggest to offer grants and/or to offer favorable loans via HBOR and industrial banks for this objective.
4. The fourth set of measures pertains to reprogramming current credit score obligations for all entities which might be mandatory for enterprise survival. We have now additionally despatched the measures to the Authorities and we anticipate them to be thought-about and adopted via the introduced new financial help bundle, which is critical for the survival of the general financial system.”
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