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Vjeran Piršić, Eko Kvarner: The future of Croatian tourism lies in sustainable tourism where natural resources would be primarily respected, but also the natural possibilities of a certain environment

first_imgWhen asked how and where he sees the future of Croatian tourism, Piršić answers: “The future of Croatian tourism definitely lies in sustainable tourism, where natural resources would be primarily respected, but also the natural possibilities of a certain environment. But sustainable tourism alone is not enough. It is very important that we carry out the same tourism in a responsible way. That sustainable tourism does not work without responsible tourism can be best seen in the example of a Croatian eco-friendly resort that relied on renewable energy sources and environmental products in its business, but strictly forbade local events in its vicinity, which allowed tourists literally forced to spend within the resort”Says Pirsic.Piršić adds that he does not see the future in large resorts, but in changes in the current structure and change of roles in the tourism industry: “The ideal solution for sustainable and responsible tourism is private accommodation where tasteless apartments would turn into small hotels, renters become hosts and tourists guests. Through this type of accommodation, guests would be offered a bed and breakfast consisting of indigenous products, renewable energy sources would be used, and at the same time greater flexibility of hotel opening would be achieved throughout the year. “When asked if he thinks that Croatian tourism has the potential to offer its guests year-round facilities, Piršić answered with a dose of skepticism: “Private accommodation and small hotels are definitely the right way to expand the tourist season. However, a number of limiting factors should not be neglected, such as the climatic conditions in Kvarner, due to which our areas are abundant with rainfall from the beginning of November, then the beginning of the school year, which narrows the possibility of longer trips for many families. offer to guests”Concludes Piršić and adds that we are only 600 kilometers away from major centers such as Milan, Vienna and Munich, and sees weekend tourism as a realistic option on which to rest year-round tourism in our country.Source: Teklic.hr Encouraged by recent media reports, about the “cracking of tourism at the seams” in some tourist destinations, where mayors literally appeal to tourists to return in the fall or some other time of year due to congestion and large crowds, as well as their own experience where we are literally on the way to a resort stuck in a multi-hour, endless column of cars, and at the destination walking from terrace to terrace looking for a free chair, we decided to examine whether this kind of tourism has prospects for survival and what can be done in terms of long-term existence of Croatian tourism.Perhaps the answer to these questions lies in the following terms: responsible and sustainable tourism.A colleague from the Teklic.hr portal talked about this issue with a well-known Croatian ecologist, the president of the Eko Kvarner association, Vjeran Piršić, who points out large-scale tourism as a fundamental problem of Croatian tourism. “Today, large numbers of tourism are present in Croatia, which seems to be a likely path to ruin. There are two reasons for this – tourism in large numbers often leads to the devastation of destinations, and a picturesque example of this are Plitvice Lakes, where obviously all of us, due to congestion, this pearl turns from a national park into an ordinary park. The second reason is the “crowding” of tourist destinations, which in turn leads to a complete blockade of certain destinations at the peak of the season, as is the case in Dubrovnik burdened with cruising tourism or some smaller areas where the municipality of two thousand inhabitants the path to resource destruction, but also to demographic disruption, in the sense of facing a constant shortage of manpower”, Pirsic points out. Photo: Facebooklast_img read more

Major businesses split over lockdown, support social distancing

first_imgTopics : As officials scrambled to contain COVID-19, which has spread to at least eight provinces, infecting more than 130 and killing five, Jokowi stressed the government was “not leaning toward issuing a lockdown policy”.Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) executive director Danang Girindrawardana, who opposed a lockdown scenario, said the measure would require a thorough assessment as around 70 percent of the country’s economic activities needed to be done outside the home. He cited the supermarket, manufacturing, hotel and restaurant businesses as those that would be greatly affected.Read also: COVID-19: Government calls for limits to all tourist activitiesAside from causing an economic shutdown, he also feared that a lockdown could impact businesses’ ability to repay their debts to banks.“Lockdowns could affect debt repayments, so the government really needs to think about the impact on financial industries as well,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Slower repayments from the real sector could lead to bad loan ratios, which could lead to a financial crisis, he warned.Should the government decide to impose a lockdown, Danang suggested the introduction of incentives or relaxation measures to counter its likely adverse effects on businesses and the banking industry.Meanwhile, Indonesian Shopping Center Tenants Association (Hippindo) advisory board member Tutum Rahanta said on Monday a lockdown appeal would not only impact shopping mall tenants, but also online transportation services and informal workers who operate near shopping malls.“For now I think a lockdown needs to be an option, although the impact will be negative, especially on the mid- to low-earners, particularly those in the informal sector. Therefore, the government needs to thoroughly think about it,” Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia executive director Piter Abdullah.“The government should prepare for a worst-case scenario, plan ahead for the day when a lockdown is no longer an option but a necessity, so when the time comes the government is ready with a detailed plan.”The government announced last Friday that it would allocate Rp 120 trillion (US$8.1 billion) from the state budget to stimulate the economy by providing tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the pandemic. It also deployed two stimulus packages worth Rp 22.9 trillion and Rp 10.3 trillion each, with individual and corporate tax breaks and the relaxation of loan disbursements and restructuring requirements.The executive director of the British Chamber of Commerce (Britcham) in Indonesia, Chris Wren, said that while it was good to campaign for social distancing, there was only so much the government could do given that policing individual behavior was an impossible task.Therefore, it was critically important to educate the public about honest and relevant information so that people would discipline themselves and keep their loved ones safe, he said.Read also: COVID-19: Well-prepared emergency status, lockdown keys to protecting economy, economists say“We are in extraordinary times and these require extraordinary measures and will result in impacts.”Some members of the public have been calling for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a lockdown as the country braces for its worst pandemic in recent memory.The World Health Organization urged Jokowi to scale up the country’s emergency response mechanisms in containing the COVID-19 outbreak by declaring a national state of emergency.Jokowi has yet to do so, having only recommended that people distance themselves from others in order to slow the spread of the disease.Banten and Tangerang in West Java and Surakarta in Central Java did not wait for an order from the top. The three regions have all declared an extraordinary occurrence status, while Jakarta and Surakarta have closed schools temporarily. Major business players are split over the idea of a lockdown to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, they seem to support President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s push to limit face-to-face interactions by having people work, study and worship from home.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani said Tuesday that businesses would support the government’s recommendation for social distancing to contain the COVID-19 global pandemic, but cautioned that, if a lockdown was in place, businesses and low-income workers would need a cushion.The cushion, Rosan said, could come in the form of more and wider tax relaxations from the government’s first and second stimulus packages, which waived manufacturing workers’ income tax payments and deferred corporate income and import duty taxes for the tourism and manufacturing industries. The Financial Services Authority (OJK) also needed to relax rules on debt restructuring at times of crisis, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), he added.center_img Read also: Indonesia deploys second stimulus amid market, rupiah routs“We let the government decide [whether to impose a lockdown] so long as it conducts a thorough assessment. But the point is to prepare for [change]. For the business world to keep on running, [tax and debt-restructuring] relaxations need to be widened,” Rosan told reporters.“Every single industry is affected, be it imports, exports, consumer goods, tourism. Everything was hit.”The President said he would not impose a lockdown even though two of Indonesia’s neighbors – Malaysia and the Philippines – and several European countries have decided to take the drastic measure to slow the transmission of the disease.last_img read more

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first_imgSenior Jeremy Middleton pitches his club, Emergency Medical Services of USC, to Abby Stork, a senior majoring in biological sciences and French, at the Involvement Fair Wednesday. Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanStudent clubs and organizations handed out flyers and posters to hundreds of passersby in Alumni Park and on Trousdale Parkway during the biannual lunchtime event.last_img