Mayor Bajs called out the Government for neglecting continental tourism

first_imgPrecisely with the aim of developing tourism, the Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board will announce Public call for bids for advertising and promotion of tourist entities and products from the area of ​​Bjelovar-Bilogora County with the aim of encouraging domestic and foreign tourists to spend their holidays on the continent.  The development of family farms focused on tourism in Bjelovar-Bilogora County started from a modest 2 family farms in 2010 to today’s 50. In the past decade, thanks to family farms, the number of tourist arrivals increased by 171%. and the number of overnight stays by 354%, while most are only domestic guests. “The crisis also brings an opportunity, and that is the effective connection of family farms with the subjects of continental, primarily rural tourism.”Concluded Bajs. At the press conference, symbolically held at the agritourism “On a small hill”, the prefect Damir Bajs emphasized the importance of family farms for the tourist development of Bjelovar-Bilogora County.  Photo: SalajLand “Our family farms provide a unique experience of relaxing in beautiful nature, getting to know the heritage and enjoying local gastronomic products. We have a weekend ahead of us with a favorable weather forecast and I invite all Croatian citizens, now that the epidemiological measures have subsided, to visit some of the family farms in Bjelovar-Bilogora County and support our hardworking people who live from the fruits of their labor. ”, Said Bajs. COUNTY BAJS CALLS ON GOVERNMENT FOR NEGLECTING CONTINENTAL TOURISM The mentioned Public Invitation will also refer to the packages of travel agencies which, in addition to accommodation, must also contain the entire experience of the destination, and which includes: wellness offer, eno-gastronomic offer, active vacation, cultural offer and other facilities. “Since the Government has abolished the promotion of continental tourism, and the Croatian National Tourist Board intends to promote exclusively sea tourism, the Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board will itself provide promotion to tourist entities in the county., said the prefect of Bjelovar-Bilogora County Damir Bajs. Photo: Bjelovar-Bilogora County The ban on holding events has severely affected the tourism of the continental part of Croatia, including Bjelovar-Bilogora County, said Bajs, adding that continental tourism shows great potential for further development of Croatian tourism and the overall tourist offer throughout the year, but its share is only 3% of tourism revenue. “In the conditions imposed by the current crisis, limited movement and social distance, continental tourism will gain in importance and increase revenues through weekend trips and longer stays, primarily of domestic tourists. In addition to natural and cultural sights, the key factor in the success of continental tourism are family farms, which in addition to their primary activity of food production, are also engaged in catering.”Said Bajs. The press conference discussed the Government’s measures to help entities affected by the coronavirus epidemic in the tourism sector, and on that occasion, Prefect Bajs called out the Government for neglecting continental tourism.  But let’s go in order. Yesterday, a press conference was held at which the prefect of Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Damir Bajs, spoke about measures to help continental tourism and called on the Government for neglecting continental tourism.  · In the case of continental tourism, this is a completely different approach to development, but so far this is not noticeable through the activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, said Bajs and added: “I expect the Government to extend measures to preserve jobs according to the ‘3 plus 3’ model, especially for family farms, in order to ensure liquidity and survival of tourism entities on the continent. VAT for all branches of tourism needs to be reduced to a single rate of 10 percent, especially for agency arrangements, which are extremely important for continental tourism. All entities in the tourism sector, especially family farms, should have access to interest-free lending for working capital and investment. These are necessary measures if we want the sustainable development of tourism on the continent in order to attract domestic and foreign guests “, emphasized the prefect Damir Bajs. In Bjelovar-Bilogora County, more than 50 family farms provide tourist services, and in total there are more than 500 of them engaged in the production of honey, jams and marmalades, fruits and vegetables, cheeses, brandies, fruit liqueurs and other products that strengthen tourism. offer. Continental tourism is mainly based on a large number of one-day tourist arrivals at events, and the biggest drivers of tourism in Bjelovar-Bilogora County are events such as the Christmas story of the Salaj family, Terezijana, Vinodar, Bjelovar Fair, which together generated over half a million domestic arrivals. and foreign guests. “From assistance measures to an emphasis on communication, Croatian tourism is viewed exclusively through maritime tourism, while neglecting almost all aspects of continental tourism, especially rural tourism, which is carried out by family farms. Such an attitude is evident in promotional materials, such as CNTB videos, in which Croatia is presented exclusively through destinations and scenes of the coast and coast, while the continental part of Croatia is given a minor space. There is a consensus that MINT and CNTB should be much more actively involved in the development and promotion of continental tourism, bearing in mind the foundation of the success of the tourist story, which are family farms that create synergies with cultural and historical heritage and natural beauty.”Byce points out. Cover photo: Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Boardlast_img

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