UHPA is requesting a change in the decision to ban the entry of cruisers with more than 200 passengers into Croatian ports

first_imgThe necessary changes are supported by statistical data, as it is evident that the introduced prohibition measures directly affected the reduction of the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in the period from January to May 2020, the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports decreased by 86,0% compared to the same period in 2019.  / / / In the first six months, 15 cruises of foreign ships were realized Modification of the decision to ban the entry of cruisers with more than 200 passengers into Croatian ports is extremely important for tourist results and the rescue of travel agencies “Changing the permitted number of passengers is crucial to ensure that Croatian ports are included in the programs of shipping companies. Without increasing the number from 200 to 1000 passengers, we are preparing a scenario of elimination from the entire series of navigation programs this year. Bearing in mind that cruises are the only way for destinations in the south, such as Dubrovnik, to recover at least partially after the extremely poor results caused by the pandemic, we sent reasoned requests and a proposal to the relevant ministry, ” points out Tomislav Fain, president of UHPA.center_img Aware of the importance of home travel, our competing destinations are making great efforts to find their place in the announced sailing programs, adds Fain and concludes that it is extremely important that Croatia follows the same example and that they expect a quick reaction from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Civil Protection Headquarters. a change in the decision on which will largely depend not only the tourist results by the end of this year but will also significantly affect tourism trends in 2021 and the continued operation of a large number of travel agencies and related service providers. The Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) sent a request to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to urgently amend the Decision on the necessary measure to ban passenger ships on international cruises to seaports and inland ports during the declared epidemic of COVID-19. last_img