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

August 19

Internet by light promises to leave WiFi eating dust

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Connecting your smartphone to the web with just a lamp — that is the promise of Li-Fi, featuring Internet access 100 times faster than Wi-Fi with revolutionary wireless technology. French start-up Oledcomm demonstrated the technology at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile fair, in Barcelona. As soon as a smartphone was placed under an office lamp, it started playing a video.The big advantage of Li-Fi, short for “light fidelity,” is its lightning speed.Laboratory tests have shown theoretical speeds of over 200 Gbps — fast enough to “download the equivalent of 23 DVDs in one second,” the founder and head of Oledcomm, Suat Topsu, told AFP.“Li-Fi allows speeds that are 100 times faster than Wi-Fi” which uses radio waves to transmit data, he added.The technology uses the frequencies generated by LED bulbs — which flicker on and off imperceptibly thousands of times a second — to beam information through the air, leading it to be dubbed the “digital equivalent of Morse Code.”It started making its way out of laboratories in 2015 to be tested in everyday settings in France, a Li-Fi pioneer, such as museums and shopping malls. It has also seen test runs in Belgium, Estonia and India.Dutch medical equipment and lighting group Philips is reportedly interested in the technology and Apple may integrate it in its next smartphone, the iPhone7, due out at the end of the year, according to tech media.With analysts predicting the number of objects that are connected to the Internet soaring to 50 million by 2020 and the spectrum for radio waves used by Wi-Fi in short supply, Li-Fi offers a viable alternative, according to its promoters.“We are going to connect our coffee machine, our washing machine, our tooth brush. But you can’t have more than ten objects connected in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi without interference,” said Topsu.Deepak Solanki, the founder and chief executive of Estonian firm Velmenni which tested Li-fi in an industrial space last year, told AFP he expected that “two years down the line the technology can be commercialized and people can see its use at different levels.”‘Still laboratory technology’Analysts said it was still hard to say if Li-Fi will become the new Wi-Fi.“It is still a laboratory technology,” said Frederic Sarrat, an analyst and consultancy firm PwC.Much will depend on how Wi-Fi evolves in the coming years, said Gartner chief analyst Jim Tully.“Wi-Fi has shown a capability to continuously increase its communication speed with each successive generation of the technology,” he told AFP.Li-fi has its drawbacks — it only works if a smartphone or other device is placed directly in the light and it cannot travel through walls.This restricts its use to smaller spaces, but Tully said this could limit the risk of data theft.“Unlike Wi-Fi, Li-Fi can potentially be directed and beamed at a particular user in order to enhance the privacy of transmissions,” he said.Backers of Li-Fi say it would also be ideal in places where Wi-Fi is restricted to some areas such as schools and hospitals.“Li-fi has a place in hospitals because it does not create interference with medical materials,” said Joel Denimal, head of French lighting manufacturer Coolight.In supermarkets it could be used to give information about a product, or in museums about a painting, by using lamps placed nearby.It could also be useful on aircraft, in underground garages and any place where lack of Internet connection is an issue.But Li-Fi also requires that devices be equipped with additional technology such as a card reader, or dongle, to function. This gives it a “cost disadvantage,” said Tully. Facebook Commentslast_img read more