Croatia is growing nautical tourism, but the problem of lack of berths must be solved – are the conclusions of the meeting of nautical associations of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with relevant institutions in nautical, which took place yesterday as part of a two-day conference Nautical Tourism Days organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce at sea and communications on all important topics for nautical tourism. “With a fleet of more than four thousand chartered vessels, with more than 140 nautical tourism ports, 17.000 berths, then more than a million cruise passengers in 2018, Croatia is a nautical superpower and we are one of the most important nautical destinations, not only in the Mediterranean but and globally “, said the vice president for agriculture and tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Dragan Kovacevic. Last year’s revenues of nautical tourism ports reached 857 million kuna, while the average consumption of a guest on a charter boat is 183 euros per day, which is more than double the daily consumption of the average Croatian tourist. “Our expectations are to repeat last year’s results, when we had a decline in vessels in transit, which is attributed to the recession in Italy, then our price increase, and the reckless increase in sojourn tax. At the Marina Association, we will be satisfied if the results are at last year’s level. We are optimistic despite caution. We have become annoyed with ourselves as we repeat the problem of high VAT rates in tourism, and our competitiveness is further hampered by the awakening of some destinations such as Turkey and Greece.”, Said Sean Lisjak. The President of the Association of Service Providers on Boats – HGK charter Paško Klisović pointed out a number of problems encountered by members of this association. “Part of the problem can be solved by better promotion in some markets, especially in the US. We need to motivate Americans to come in greater numbers as far as our nautical tourism is concerned. Existing markets are stagnating because we have reached the limit on them. Last year, our fleet grew by seven percent, and the number of our guests increased by less than two percent. The fleet will grow this year as well, and we will be pleased if we repeat the past. We are a little worried about the fact that, as far as it is concerned booking, Greece has become the most sought-after charter destination. These are trends and the right moves need to be made”, Said Klisovic. Vice President for Agriculture and Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Dragan Kovačević The president of the HGK marina association, Sean Lisjak, said that it was very important for the members of this association to find out where they were stuck regarding the adoption of the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports because they promised that the law would start parliamentary procedure at the end of last year. “The money is spent not only on vessels, but also on all other forms of tourism, and more than 30 percent; from culture, sports, entertainment to eno and gastronomic offer”, Said Kovacevic, adding that these are all parameters that speak of nautical tourism in the Republic of Croatia as one that is becoming the most dynamic tourist product, just like in the world, and that it has huge potential, but that we need to make wise moves to direct its further development. “The Ministry of the Sea has started drafting three reform laws that define maritime affairs, two of which – the Law on Harbor Master’s Offices and the Maritime Code – came into force this year.”, Said Assistant Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Andjelko Petrinic and added that the third law – the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports (ZPDML) is ready, more or less all the objections of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Marinas and HUP have been adopted. we expect at the public consultation in June, ie its adoption in the fourth quarter of this year. In addition, he pointed to the problem of lack of nautical berths.