Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli paid an official visit to the Split-Dalmatia County at the invitation of County Prefect Zlatko Ževrnja, the Ministry of Tourism said, and the meeting was held in Imotski, given the real tourist boom that has been happening in the destination in recent years.”With little original income but a lot of good will and motivation, the public sector helps, informs and motivates local people to renovate old houses, build new villas with swimming pools and help them attract grants, so Imotski “withdrew” 10 percent of the total approved grants. funds for the construction of a swimming pool from the program Competitiveness of the tourism industry of the Ministry of Tourism”, emphasized the prefect of Ževrnja.The Ministry of Tourism in Imotski has invested more than 2015 million kuna in the last two years (2016 and 1,5). Tenders for the Competitiveness of the Tourist Economy program, which also includes a measure for the construction of a swimming pool for private renters, will be announced by the end of February, so a good response is expected this year as well. “Compared to 2006, the number of tourist nights in this part of the County has literally doubled, which means that the tourist product is well managed. The Ministry of Tourism will certainly help in the further development of the destination, both through grants, but also through education that is necessary to adapt to modern trends, which are changing very quickly in tourism.” Cappelli pointed out.On this occasion, the Minister and the County Prefect signed an agreement on co-financing additional medical assistance teams in tourist destinations in 2017, which is organized by the County in its area due to the increased number of tourists during the tourist season. The support of the Ministry of Tourism amounts to HRK 306.600,00. “The safety of tourists in our country is extremely important to us, and for that reason Croatia is perceived on foreign markets as a safe country, as shown by all relevant research. In addition to medical assistance teams, we are also financing the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service and the Red Cross, and in the future these amounts will be even more generous.”, Minister Cappelli emphasized during the signing of the contract.In 2016, the Ministry of Tourism invested almost HRK 9 million in the Split-Dalmatia County, HRK 3 million and 644 thousand through the Tourism Development Fund for public sector projects and HRK 4 million and 475 thousand through the Tourism Economy Competitiveness program for private sector projects. Also, professional associations, promotion of tourist professions through scholarships for pupils and students and additional medical assistance teams were financed.
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