The first half of the current year shows that the announcements of market challenges and turbulence from the beginning of the year were correct. In the conditions of economic uncertainties from emitting markets and growing competition in the Mediterranean, the struggle for each guest intensifies, especially in the main season. The final outcome of the ongoing tourist season cannot be predicted with certainty even at this time. The pace of bookings has slowed down, and the volume has decreased compared to last year, while signs of optimism are recorded only in companies that have invested in increasing the quality of service. The biggest challenge in Croatia is the business environment, both domestic and international, which is significantly improving in competing countries. This is one of the key reasons for the return of competition, which, along with signs of recession and uncertainty about Brexit, is one of the biggest negative factors affecting the market prospects of Croatian tourism. – is the conclusion of the presentation of the second edition of the Tourist Impulse, a review of the tourist trends of HUT. From 3 percent to 7 percent lower volume of hotel reservations HUNGARY PLANS TO REDUCE VAT ON ACCOMMODATION FROM 18 TO 5 PERCENT FROM NEXT YEAR “In competing countries, intensive and continuous work is being done to improve the business framework of the tourism sector, and this is one of the key reasons for their recovery and return to the scene. Croatia has the highest VAT in the Mediterranean, while Austria and Hungary are reducing VAT in tourism in order to strengthen the competitiveness of this sector. Add to that one of our biggest competitors – Greece – which will reduce VAT on catering services from 2020 percent to 24 percent from 13, and on hotel accommodation from 13 percent to 11 percent in order to attract investment, make business easier for entrepreneurs and raise competitiveness. tourism, then it is clear that we are facing an increasingly difficult struggle for each guest. In addition, the general economic situation – that is, the continuous reduction of its growth forecasts in Europe, which is our most important emitting market – further burdens optimistic forecasts.”Concluded Ostojic. Attachment: Tourist impulse Q2 A higher level of optimism about the market prospects of Croatian tourism is in companies that have invested in product improvement, which will be offered at higher prices and for which stable employment is expected, while in the part of the sector where there was no investment, prices are expected to fall. occupancy. Veljko Ostojic ,. Photo: Borna Filic / PIXSELL Apartment settlements stand out, in which the majority of respondents confirmed a negative deviation compared to last year, but also camps that in mid-June achieved a smaller volume of reservations for 2019 compared to last year. In June this year, the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) conducted a survey on market prospects this season among 15 leading tourism companies that assess the season as uncertain and market prospects the same as last year, but with the need to constantly carry out the necessary marketing and sales activities. Photo: HUT / Tourist impulse Q2 In Turkey, VAT in tourism is 8 percent for accommodation, and in catering 18 percent, while Austria has reduced the VAT rate on accommodation services from 1 percent to 2018 percent as of November 13, 10. Explore the full Tourist Impulse Q2 report in the attachment. The first half of the year shows that the announcements of market challenges and turbulence from the beginning of the year were correct – the tourist season will be the most challenging in the past few years, and the biggest challenge is still the business environment, both domestic and international. In Croatia, it is extremely unfavorable for the tourism sector, said Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT. RELATED NEWS: Most respondents confirm that in all types of accommodation capacities the pace of reservations is slower, and the total volume is lower compared to the same period last year. HUT / Tourist impulse Q2 Respondents mostly expect an increased number of ‘last minute’ bookings and invest additional sales and marketing efforts, so most estimate that the same level of bookings for the main season and post-season will be achieved this year as last year. The range of percentages of lower volume of reservations compared to last year ranges from 1 percent to as much as 20 percent, and the most common number of responses ranges from 3 percent to 7 percent less booking volume which was realized for the whole of 2019 until mid-June (compared to the same period last year). Veljko Ostojić, HUT: The tourist season will be the most challenging in the past few years In this, the second edition, Turistični impuls brings the final business results of the entire accommodation and hospitality sector in Croatia in 2018, as well as the assessments of the leading Croatian hoteliers on the market success of the current year. It also provides an overview of current economic and market developments in Europe and the Mediterranean, with the activities of competing countries in terms of creating a favorable business environment.
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