November 18

Proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity – Statement of the Family Tourism Community

first_imgIn order to contribute to the adoption of the highest quality text of the law, which will regulate the manner and conditions under which legal and natural persons can perform catering activities, the Family Tourism Association consulted with members and based on the views of members highlights key issues identified during consultations. on amendments to the Law on Catering Activity:Article 5 – Restriction on the provision of food services The family tourism community points out that household service providers can only provide breakfast, lunch and dinner services to their guests, and by providing these services they do not compete with restaurants and small family hotels but increase the quality of service and satisfaction of their guests. These are simple facilities, limited comfort and services, which do not provide “a la carte” services, but a basic breakfast and dinner service based on the daily menu. This segment of guests wants to feel first hand the culture and customs of the locality, with direct contact with the hosts to enjoy the indigenous gastronomic delicacies of the region and will be more likely to choose a neighboring country than a nearby hotel if they do not find a suitable family accommodation with meals. The growing trend of interest in family accommodation largely lies in the offer of local cuisine that uses locally grown ingredients, and thanks to this Croatia manages to maintain the image of a destination of authentic flavors and aromas.Imposing additional conditions on natural persons to hosts, with the explanation that companies must meet much stricter conditions for providing half and full board services, will not relieve companies because this can only be done by deregulating the conditions for small family hotels and restaurants. It is also untrue that boarding houses do not pay VAT because by exceeding the limit of HRK 300.000 of income, the facilities automatically enter the VAT system and have the obligation to keep business books, have a fiscal cash register, etc.According to the draft law, service providers will have to establish a company or craft if they want to provide meals to their guests, which will lead to the loss of a large number of guests who come precisely because of the combination of accommodation and local cuisine. Furthermore, if the household owner qualifies for breakfast, then there is no reason not to meet the same for lunch and dinner as meals are prepared in the same kitchen, groceries are kept in the same refrigerator and the same utensils are used. The previous practice of serving meals did not endanger the guests in any way, but only emphasized their satisfaction and return.Valja istaknuti kako će  izmjene iznimno negativno utjecati na ponudu i zadovoljstvo gostiju u ruralnim dijelovima u kojima su restorani udaljeni od objekta te gost neće imati priliku probati domaću kuhinju i vrlo vjerojatno odabirati drugu destinaciju gdje uz uslugu smještaja kod domaćina mogu uživati i u autentičnim  obrocima. Ovome ide u prilog podatak da u većim turističkim mjestima i gradovima, poput Splita, Zadra, Dubrnovnika i Zagreba, ima neznatan broj pansiona, koji se uglavnom kategoriziraju u mjestima u kojima nema velike ponude restorana i potrebno je gostima osigurati mogućnost obroka. U konačnici, postotak turista koji biraju pansione ili polupansione u obiteljskom domaćinstvu nije tako velik da bi mogao ugroziti ili pak povećati zaradu lokalnih restorana.Članak 6. – Minimalni uvjeti za vrstu, uvjeti za kategoriju i posebni standardThe family tourism community agrees with the need to define minimum requirements for the type and conditions of categories, given the growing specialization in the offer of accommodation facilities.Article 15 – Powers of the tourist inspectorThe Family Tourism Community commends the introduction of Article 42a for the fact that a large number of citizens are directly or indirectly engaged in providing accommodation and catering services in the household and are not familiar with all conditions and obligations and do not meet all prescribed rules and obligations. With the introduction of this article, it is pointed out that the inspectorate serves not only for the purpose of punishment, but also for the purpose of law enforcement and pointing out omissions. Such legislation best indicates that the state is trying to help entrepreneurs to achieve better incomes, provide themselves and their families with better conditions and thus have a positive impact on the economic growth of the Republic of Croatia.Article 23 – Harmonization of standards of facilities with the valid Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the householdMembers of the Family Tourism Association believe that there is no need to comply with the current Rules of Procedure as travel trends clearly indicate that comments, ratings on online portals and household services are more relevant when choosing accommodation than the number of stars by which the facility is categorized.Harmonization of the standards of rental facilities that have obtained a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household by September 1, 2007 in accordance with the then valid Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities with the current Ordinance, which would harmonize the standard of catering facilities household services, it is not necessary because the Minimum technical conditions are determined only during the registration of activities and remain in force until the service or the holder of the solution for the provision of accommodation services is changed. The level of quality is assessed by the guest, and the Family Tourism Association proposes that stars be awarded by the profession based on market trends and needs, and that the competent ministry prescribe the MTU. Another possibility is, instead of obtaining a new decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household, it is necessary to obtain a new request to determine the category of accommodation (stars).The Family Tourism Community also considers that deleting Article 33, which stipulates the obligation to pay the sojourn tax for the stay of more than 15 persons who are not members of the immediate family in flats, apartments and holiday homes, in tourist places from 15 June to 15 September , enables the commercialization and realization of tourist income in non – commercial uncategorized facilities, and the control is very limited due to the protection of property rights.UKLJUČITE SE – SVE JE NA VAMA The deadline for giving an opinion is 02.06.2018.  te je sad vrijeme da argumentirano i konstruktivno iznesemo svoje stavove i mišljenja. Novi prijedlog Zakona do danas je komnetiralo SAMO 9 osoba, što je poražavajuće malo. Kasnije kada se Zakon usvoji nema više prostora za izmjene i Facebook “pametovanje”. Sada je trenutak da se čuje vaše glas i mišljenje.Attachment:REGISTRATION / In order to be able to comment and give your review / reasoned praise or criticism, you must first register HEREThe proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity is available HERElast_img read more

January 18

Businesses Face Flooding as Rains Set In

first_imgThe main road passing through Clara Town and Vai Town communities on the Bushrod Island, was once again flooded with water, which caused losses for businesses and hampered taxpayers’ movements.The situation forced RITCO, a wholesaler of alcoholic beverages and other businesses in those communities to shut their doors. Traffic was also at a standstill for most of the day as the water receded very slowly owing to poor drainage condition in those communities, which are affected every raining season.People in the affected areas, including vehicle owners, expressed concern over the situation. They wondered when the government will take  the drainage problem on the Bushrod Island seriously, as both communities along this major route get flooded every year.Some observers were heard saying that the government needs to take into account the fact that such flooding causes revenue losses and so it (government) must ensure that the situation is controlled and does not affect taxpayers in the process.“Is there any plan by government to tackle these kinds of situations, especially along this major route, which has some of the heavily populated communities and big businesses and National Port of Authority/Freeport?,” a gentleman, who was struggling to remove his car from water asked.Everyone with whom the Daily Observer spoke was frustrated at government’s handling of the situation and asked that GOL steps up to solve the drainage problem once and for all so that come the next raining season, it won’t be experienced again.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 6

Thai elite mourn Leicester City owner Vichai at elaborate funeral

first_imgProminent figures in Thailand’s music and sporting scene were also in attendance to honour the odds-defying life of Vichai, 60, who along with four others died in a helicopter accident moments after they departed the football club’s pitch a week ago.The tragic ending stunned Thais who had followed Vichai’s fairytale-like success and the days since have been filled with heartfelt comments from admirers, footballers, friends and relatives.Mourners from Thailand’s elite arrive at the Wat Thepsirin Buddhist temple for the funeral ceremony © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA“He’s now the leader of Thai football and leader of world football because he changed a lot of things when he took the chairmanship of Leicester City,” Thai football legend Kiatisuk “Zico” Senamuang told AFP outside the ceremony, his tone sombre.“Because Leicester can show they could be champion of the Premier League, that’s why anything in Thailand can happen in the future.”Vichai rose from having a single store in Bangkok to owning the duty-free King Power empire, whose shops are ubiquitous in Thailand’s tourist-heavy airports.Using the profits from his monopoly, he bought Leicester City and helped turn them from an unremarkable English club into the surprise winners of the Premier League title in 2016.Despite his business smarts Vichai owed his ascent to canny navigation of Thailand’s unpredictable politics and powerbrokers.His links to the monarchy were reflected in the name of his company and the former king’s act of royally bestowing a surname that translates to “auspicious and prosperous light”.– ‘Honour his name’ –The private funeral at Wat Thepsirin has regal touches, with an octagonal urn among the items given by the king and court musicians playing drums and flutes.Buddhist monks lay tributes by a photograph of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha outside the stadium in Leicester where his helicopter crashed moments after taking off from the pitch © AFP / Paul ELLISAfter the bathing rites Buddhist monks will recite prayers from religious texts and the body will then be kept for 100 days before cremation, though a date has not been set.Dressed in an official white uniform, Prawit, who is also the defence minister, could be seen in footage released later by King Power pouring water onto flowers at the ceremony. Members of the Leicester team including coach Claude Puel are due to fly to Thailand to pay their respects after what is likely to be an emotion-packed afternoon away match against Cardiff City Saturday.“We all spoke about … wanting to play, it’s what Vichai would’ve wanted and that’s what we are going to do,” striker Jamie Vardy told Sky Sports, adding that they would “honour his name” with their performance.Vardy, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan, are expected to travel to Thailand along with Puel and senior staff.Vichai leaves behind a wife and four children, two sons and two daughters.The private funeral at Wat Thepsirin has regal touches, with an octagonal urn among the items given by the king and court musicians playing drums and flutes © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHAAll five are on the executive board of King Power, which faces an uncertain future.Vichai’s youngest son Aiyawatt — better known by his nickname “Top” — said in an Instagram post this week that his father had “left me with a legacy to continue and I will do everything I can to carry on his big vision and dreams.”The four other crash victims were identified by British police as Nursara Suknamai — an actress and a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe in 2005 — and Kaveporn Punpare, both members of Vichai’s staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The week-long ceremony at the Wat Thepsirin Buddhist temple begins with three days of royally-sponsored bathing rites © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHABangkok, Thailand, Nov 3 – The elaborate funeral of Leicester City’s Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha began at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Saturday evening, as members of Thailand’s business and political elite came in mourning garb to pay tribute to the well-connected billionaire.The number two in Thailand’s junta Prawit Wongsuwan and CP group’s Dhanin Chearavanont, the richest man in the country, were seen arriving at the week-long ceremony, which begins with three days of royally-sponsored bathing rites.last_img read more