“I am pleased that our initiative has been recognized in the EU, and for it we have the strong support of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the Government of the Republic of Croatia. In the economy of the European Union, tourism provides 24 million jobs, that is, every 11 workers are employed in jobs directly related to tourism. In addition, given that tourism is one of the fastest growing economic activities in the EU with a major impact on growth, society, development and employment, and that the contribution of tourism and travel to EU GDP is around ten percent, the premise that tourism deserves better position within the institutions of the European Union, which will ultimately be extremely important for tourism in all EU member states, including Croatia, said the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gary Cappelli. So far, 14 of the 28 member states have supported the Croatian initiative. Namely, this is an initiative for better positioning of tourism within the EU institutions, which was launched at the beginning of the year by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gary Cappelli. For the first time, the European Parliament has proposed a special budget line for tourism worth 300m euros. In mid-December, the 1-month program of the EU Council for the period from 2019 January 30 to 2020 June XNUMX was confirmed in Brussels, a program prepared by Romania, the Republic of Finland and the Republic of Croatia, as the so-called future Trio of EU Council Presidents. cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and the European External Action Service in parts within their competences. The inclusion of tourism in the program of the EU Council is a confirmation of how Croatian lobbying and emphasizing the importance of tourism for the entire economy was justified, both in the country and at the EU level. This work program explicitly mentions tourism for the first time, within the chapter Union of Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness, where the need for better positioning of tourism at the EU level is stated, especially in order to stimulate growth and employment. In addition, the European Parliament, as one of the EU institutions that most strongly supports the tourism sector, adopted the Interim Report on the Multiannual Financial Framework 14-2018 (MFF) at its plenary session held on 2021 November 2027, which will serve as the EP’s position. to reach a final agreement on the MFF. With this document, the European Parliament calls on the European Commission to prepare the legislative framework needed to establish a sustainable tourism program that would be part of the Single Market Program.
“Varaždin County, in cooperation with HŽ Putnički prijevoz, was the first in Croatia to launch a project for free transport of bicycles by train with passengers. Citizens thus, in addition to purchasing a transport ticket for a passenger, also exercise the right to free transport of bicycles in trains running in the area of Varaždin County.”, Said Martinčević. By combining transport by bicycle and train, tourists who visit Varaždin County, but also the local population, get wider travel opportunities, which results in a better and more meaningful offer. Better accessibility of the beauties of our County, and practicality in performing everyday tasks, result in an increase in the quality of life, strengthening the development of a new tourist offer, but also better sustainability of the transport system. “Varaždin is currently the last point on one of the most beautiful and longest cycling routes from the source to the mouth of the Drava. Over 200.000 bicycles pass through this route and a good part of them use integrated transport, which enables their much wider radius of movement. This is important news for tourists, but also for the local population”, Said Miran Bojanic Morandini, director of the Tourist Board of Varaždin County. This is one of the many measures implemented by Varaždin County in order to achieve sustainable transport. Some of the goals are to increase the share of bicycle transport and to increase the share of rail passenger transport. This opens up new opportunities for sustainable travel for our citizens and tourists, which greatly contributes to reducing pollution, but also traffic safety. Source / photo: Varaždin County Tourist Board At the railway station in Varaždin, the chairman of the Tourist Board Natalija Martinčević and the director of the tourist board Miran Bojanić Morandini presented a unique project – free transport of bicycles by train. “In the two years of our mandate, through projects, we have provided more than 1.700.000,00 kuna for the development of cycling tourism and bicycle routes in Varaždin County. Varaždin County is one of the three counties in Croatia that has introduced the quality standard Cyclist Welcome Quality, and as many as 30 accommodation and catering facilities from the area of Varaždin County have become part of it.”, Natalija Martinčević, the chairwoman of the Tourist Board of Varaždin County, emphasized at the end.