Zajednica poslovnog turizma Hrvatske gospodarske komore zatražila je od nadležnih ministarstava da stručne i znanstvene skupove uvrste u kategoriju događanja koja će biti dopuštena za održavanje u prvoj fazi mjera za pokretanje gospodarskih i drugih djelatnosti. Inicijativu da se omoguće stručni skupovi podržali su i Hrvatska udruga profesionalaca kongresnog turizma (HUPKT), Hrvatski liječnički zbor (HLZ – preko 150 liječničkih društava s ukupno 10.500 članova), Hrvatska udruga medicinskih sestara (HUMS – 33 stručna društva s ukupno 5.500 članova) i Udruga industrije medicinskih proizvoda (CROMED). The profession says that business tourism, given the currently very bad situation in the sector, ie almost one hundred percent losses in the spring season, will certainly not recover until the spring of 2021. Therefore, they are also seeking an extension of the measures to preserve jobs that are currently in force. President of HUPKT Ranko Filipovic naglašava kako su hoteli i konferencijski centri, kao i ostali dobavljači, spremni na uvođenje mjera zaštite i kontrolu pravila distanciranja te ograničenje broja korisnika s obzirom na preporučene norme. „We suggest that the general limit applies to 100 participants, however exceptionally in case the convention center and accommodation facility is able to provide the prescribed distance due to capacity, and more with the prior consent of the local or national Headquarters. Additionally, in the direction of encouraging Croatian companies to organize internal meetings, we request, at least temporarily, the abolition of the payment of salary contributions in kind for internal events.”, Said Filipović. Također, iz HUPKT-a predlažu i da se dopusti posluživanje hrane u zatvorenim prostorima (hotelskim restoranima) budući da terase nisu svima dostupne niti prikladne u slučaju lošeg vremena, naravno sve uz potpuno poštivanje preporuka epidemiologa. The letter to the ministries also outlined concrete measures that the organizers can take to ensure the highest prescribed hygiene standards, which guarantees the health safety of the participants. “The congress industry is an important segment of tourism, but also of the overall Croatian economy because its consumption and long-term stability is a significant generator of inflows to domestic hotels, congress centers, restaurants and transport companies that are most affected by this pandemic. We believe that professional and scientific gatherings are in a more favorable position than similar public gatherings, primarily because they are educations with a special emphasis on professional development and knowledge exchange where there is no place for entertainment. This is especially true for medical gatherings which, according to strict codes of ethics, are not allowed to have entertainment or have it to a very limited extent. “, pointed out the president of the Business Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Jasmina Bilać, noting that the average delegate spends significantly more on professional development than leisure tourists.
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