At the beginning of December, a plenary session of the Family Tourism Association Section for the Istria County was held at the Pula County Chamber of Commerce, at which the current President of the Section Miroslav Pretula from Degra doo was confirmed for the next four years, while Astrid Glavičić, the owner of the accommodation units in Labin and Rabac. It is on this topic that we spoke with Miroslav Pretul, President of the Family Tourism Association for the County of Istria at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the Family Tourism Association for the Istrian County at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce through the Initiative would be to raise the quality of accommodation, Pretula points out, adding that they have now taken the first step towards the county to investigate whether they are interested in investing in this tourism industry. Photo: Istria Tourist Board Cover photo: Nirvana Apartments and Rooms, Motovun / Source: Booking.com The topics of the session were this year’s tourist season, preparations for the next and preparations for the Regional Forum of Family Accommodation for the Istrian County, which will be held in 2019, and a proposal was sent to the Istrian County for interest subsidy program on loans for household accommodation providers. By the way, last year the County of Istria focused more on the grant program intended for private renters for the Eco Domus program, ie Eco Friendly accommodation as well as for Istra Bike & Bed. ISTRIA BED & BIKE BOARDS AWARDED TO HOSTS IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATION That this measure proved to be a complete success is shown by the fact that in 2018 the trend of demand for higher category accommodation in Kvarner will continue. The increase in family accommodation is 4%, but family accommodation with 5 * achieved as much as 26% more overnight stays. We sent an inquiry to the County of Istria as well as the Tourist Board of the County of Istria to the reaction regarding the Initiative for loan subsidies for hosts in family accommodation, but we did not receive an answer to the inquiry until the publication of the article. When we receive the answers, we will pass on the news about this important topic for Istrian hosts in family accommodation. By the way, in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, a couple of years ago, they were the first to start with a subsidy for loans to renters, which is related to the Kvarner family quality label. Thus, the hosts in family accommodation with an interest rate of 1 to 2% had the opportunity to raise the quality of family accommodation, in which 40% of overnight stays were realized in Kvarner last year, ie 7,6 million overnight stays. “As the current topic of recategorization is, I believe that many will want to raise their capacities to that higher level. This does not mean that this incentive would be given only to those who recategorize their facilities, but would serve in general to raise the quality of accommodation of renters. This form of incentive works in cooperation with commercial banks, and of course depends significantly on them and their basic interest rate for renters as well as the limits that the county would have. ” Pretula points out. RELATED NEWS: Asked whether, according to the proposal of the initiative, the subsidy for loans for hosts in family accommodation would be tied to the Domus Bonus quality label, as in Kvarner, Pretula pointed out that for now the basis of this subsidy would not be tied to Domus Bonus renters. “This would limit us to only a small fraction of our hosts. Domus Bonus as a brand has been around for quite some time, but the truth is that it has been noticed that there has been less talk about it in public lately and it is not among the main topics for us renters. Kvarner family as a counterpart to the quality of the Domus bonus branches in several directions (Pet friendly, Hiking friendly, Bike friendly) which is easy for foreign guests to understand and recognize, and foreign guests make up the vast majority of the total number of nights. I believe that at this moment he is achieving much better results. In my opinion, the orientation of the Istria Tourist Board in the last few years is more towards Istra Bike and I believe that it is now a stronger brand than Domus Bonus and many renters are turning to it as much as I personally. I can’t say that the Domus Bonus doesn’t carry a certain level of value for renters. Each of our specializations and demonstrations of quality level raises the value of our personal brand to a higher level. The only question is whether and to what level the end users in this case will recognize our foreign guests – tourists. ” concludes Pretula. According to the latest information, there are currently a total of 92 Bike & Bed facilities in Istria, of which 67 are small private Bike & Bed facilities, 13 Bike hotels and 12 Butique Bike hotels, which are classified into four categories: Bike & Bed, Bike hotels, Bike camps and Boutique bike hotels. as well as 11 private renters bearing the Eco Domus label. On the other hand, they were the first in Istria to start branding family accommodation through the Domus Bonus quality label, but in the last few years the impression is that the Domus Bonus quality label has not justified its market status and has declined in development and growth. The conclusion is clear. The better the accommodation, the better the occupancy, and thus the earnings from tourism. And that is why the visionary project of investing in raising the quality of family accommodation through subsidized loans proved to be a complete success. ISTRIA COUNTY AWARDS FIRST 11 CERTIFICATES FOR MARKING ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION ON KVARNER, TREND DEMAND FOR MORE ACCOMMODATION. THE HIGHER NUMBER OF STARS, THE HIGHER EMPLOYMENT
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