A draft proposal for a package of tourism laws was presented at the Ministry of Tourism

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism presented a draft proposal for a package of tourism laws: Law on Tourist Boards and Promotion of Croatian Tourism,  The Law on Tourist Tax and the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards, which are from September 19, 2018. at a public hearing. Proposals and comments from the public will be collected through the e-Counseling portal until October 18, 2018.These are draft laws aimed at increasing the overall efficiency of the system of tourist boards, especially at the regional and local level, ensuring all the preconditions for the systematic implementation of destination management  and securing a sufficient source of funding.  CAPPELLI: By decentralizing the system, more funds will be received and managed by the local levels”This whole reform package of tourism laws has common goals: to decentralize the system, depoliticize it, professionalize it and contribute to balanced development. The existing legislative framework once corresponded well to the needs, but now this is no longer the case and has become a limiting factor for the overall development of tourism in the Republic of Croatia and strengthening the competitiveness of our country in terms of tourism. We are bringing the system exactly where it needs to be, in the 21st century. Our tourism should be the impetus for the development of the entire economy of the country, all other activities, as well as generate new jobs. I especially emphasize the decentralization of the system where larger funds will be received and managed by local levels, while the role of the National Tourism Organization will be focused on the foreign tourism policy of the Republic of Croatia in terms of promotional activities.” stressed the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gary Cappelli.STANIČIĆ: CNTB becomes a national marketing institution Calling on all interested citizens and stakeholders in the tourism sector to join the discussion and point out possible further improvements and changes with their constructive proposals, all in order to maintain the competitive position of Croatian tourism and organize the system of tourist boards, said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.The proposed legal framework contains changes aimed at developing and strengthening destination management at the local and regional level, redefining the tasks of all levels of the tourist board system, and the CNTB seeks to position itself as a national marketing institution with key tasks aimed at strengthening brand recognition in the international market. Also, in order to ensure quality implementation of tasks according to the new model, a different distribution of revenues of the tourist board system is envisaged, with emphasis on strengthening the financial resources of regional tourist boards, as well as encouraging the association of tourist boards in joint projects and tasks.”Photo: MINTLess TZ, focus on DMC / New revenue distribution in the tourist board systemRegarding the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, we remind you that the existing system has 310 tourist boards of various levels, tasks and powers that are pyramid-shaped. The most comprehensive changes to the reform of the existing system relate to  establishing a system of tourist boards according to the principle of destination management with an emphasis on depoliticization, rationalization and encouraging consensual association. The new system leaves the pyramid structure due to the changing tasks of the tourist boards themselves and ultimately so that all the set goals can be met.  CNTB, which represents the National Tourist Organization, leaves the care of tourist boards in terms of supervision and coordination and focuses on promoting our country outside the borders of the Republic of Croatia in eminent markets in order to better position the country in the world tourism market.  The tasks of regional and local tourist organizations are now more precisely defined and the scale has been raised when we talk about what is expected of them, Stanisic points out and adds that in order for the system to fulfill new tasks that are much more demanding, it was necessary to redefine the distribution of sojourn tax and membership fees. .Thus, according to the new model, regional tourist boards will receive 15% of revenues from the tourist tax and membership fees, which is five percent more than before. According to the new distribution, the Croatian Tourist Board NTO will receive 20 percent, which is five percent less than before, and local tourist boards in the percentage remain at the same level as before – or 65 percent of total revenues.The goal of the new Law on Tourist Tax is decentralizationRegarding the proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax the main goals of the system reform are decentralization, strengthening the development potential of tourism and supporting underdeveloped areas.  The reason for the changes is the large disparity in the tourism development of the maritime and continental counties to the Adriatic counties, which generate higher revenues from the sojourn tax, while for the continental counties the membership fee is the basic income. Decentralization is manifested in the fact that the decision on the amount of sojourn tax will no longer be made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia at the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism, but by the County Assembly, ie the City Assembly of Zagreb, for each city / municipality.  “Of course, for this, the necessary framework will be set within which the amount of the sojourn tax will have to move. In this way, the counties are given the authority to decide on the amount of the sojourn tax in accordance with the tourism development of individual cities and municipalities, and the development strategy, and thus influence the amount of income for their area. ” stand out from the Ministry of Tourism.The new draft law also establishes a new distribution of funds from the tourist taxThe novelty is the Fund for United Tourist Boards, which was mentioned earlier, and the new distribution, which gives regional tourist boards five percent more. Regarding the distribution of tourist tax in nautical, so far the distribution of funds has been based on the model that 40% of funds were paid to the tourist community in which nautical traffic is realized, 10% to national parks and nature parks in which nautical traffic is realized, and the remaining 50 % CNTB.The new key implies new proportions, 65 percent to the tourist board, 15 percent to the national parks and nature parks in whose area nautical traffic is realized, and the remaining 20% ​​to the Croatian Tourist Board. In addition, during the drafting of this law, special care was taken of all assisted areas which, after classification by classes, in the new proposal are classified in the first to fourth groups for which the tourist tax can be determined in the amount reduced by up to 30%. development.The law on membership fees in tourist boards no longer has to be paid by all entrepreneurs Regarding the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards, According to the Minister of Tourism, the guiding thread in drafting this Act was certainly to reduce the administrative burden on entrepreneurs, craftsmen and all private renters and a fairer model of coverage of taxpayers as well as the distribution of funds paid from membership fees.With the new proposal, banks are obliged to pay membership fees in the part for income in the balance sheet from the group “income from fees and commissions” – given that their income in this business segment increases significantly during the heart of the tourist year. With a new proposal the number of membership fee rates is reduced from the current 28 to 5 and part of the membership fee is deleted: activities such as sea and coastal transport of goods, operation of sports facilities, computer programming, information services, translation and interpreter services, artistic creation, hairdressing salons and beauty salons.  In relation with  administrative relief, it is crucial to point out that the membership fee for private renters and family farms will be paid with the new model in a lump sum, ie per bed – thus the Ministry of Tourism points out that they simplify the membership fee model for these two groups of entities. more just. In the draft, special care was taken about assisted areas where the membership fee is 20% less than prescribed.Get involved in a constructive discussion because it is about your future. Now is your chance to give your suggestions, criticisms, advice and loud reflections.Attachment:1.Proposal of the Law on Tourist Boards and Promotion of Croatian Tourism2. Proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax3. Proposal of the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boardslast_img read more