Nov 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The United States, Canada, and Mexico yesterday vowed to help each other during public health emergencies and outlined the types of aid they could provide and accept from each other in the event of a pandemic or other infectious disease outbreak.A memorandum of understanding was signed by health leaders from the three countries: Mike Leavitt, secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, Mexico’s secretary of health, and Tony Clement, Canada’s minister of health, according to an HHS press release from yesterday.The health ministers were meeting in Washington, D.C, with health representatives from the G7 countries, Mexico, and the European Union at the Global Health Security Initiative’s eighth ministerial forum, according to a press release today from Health Canada. Discussion topics included pandemic influenza and biological, chemical, and radionuclear terrorism threats.”As North American neighbors, we owe it to our citizens to work together whenever possible to minimize the spread and impact of an infectious disease outbreak or other public health emergency that may affect our nations,” Leavitt said in the HHS press release.The memorandum stipulates that all three countries agree to improve their public health emergency preparedness and response as they relate to border health, laboratory testing, diagnosis and treatment, epidemiological investigation, and infectious disease control, the press release said. The countries also agree to share laboratory information before and during an emergency, collaborate on the review and sharing of assay methods, reagents, and laboratory results, and participate in trilateral or bilateral exercises to test emergency response.In August, leaders from the three nations who met at a security summit in Quebec unveiled a North American pandemic influenza plan designed to share expertise, coordinate public health messages, and overcome anticipated obstacles at national borders.The memorandum of understanding the health leaders signed yesterday directs the three countries to implement protocols to share:Healthcare and public health personnelRegulated medical products from national stockpilesUnregulated medical supplies from national stockpilesSpecimens and reagents from each country’s national reference laboratoriesSee also:Nov 1 HHS press releaseAug 23 CIDRAP News story “North American pandemic plan takes shape”
Oct 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A flu vaccine manufacturer’s decision not to build a US facility has highlighted the perpetual mismatch between flu-shot supply and demand—and the reality that the mismatch may undermine plans for pandemic flu vaccines.On Tuesday, Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Marietta, Ga., announced that it was canceling plans to build a US flu-vaccine manufacturing plant, a $386 million project that Birmingham, Ala., and Athens, Ga., have been competing for. The plant would have made both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines—but at just about the moment when a final site selection was expected, the company announced that the economics of the two-year-old deal no longer make sense.Solvay Pharmaceuticals is the US subsidiary of a Brussels-based conglomerate that makes plastics, industrial chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, including an egg-based flu vaccine called Influvac that is sold in Europe and Canada but not in the United States. Solvay also makes flu vaccine by cell culture, a newer technique that does not depend on chicken eggs; the vaccine is made in the Netherlands and has been approved for sale there, though the plant where it is made is still undergoing validation.Establishing flu-vaccine manufacturing within the United States, especially cell-culture manufacturing, is a dearly sought goal of the federal government. Only one of the five manufacturers that sell into the US seasonal-flu market makes its vaccine within US borders. That has led to fears that, if a pandemic began, vaccines would not reach the US, because the countries where companies are based might hold back whatever is made there. The government has also been eager to develop domestic cell-culture manufacturing because it is not dependent on egg production, is not imperiled by viruses such as avian influenza H5N1 that are lethal to chickens and chicken eggs, and can be scaled up rapidly if necessary.Solvay received big HHS grantIn May 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services granted more than $1 billion to five pharmaceutical firms to develop cell-culture technology and manufacturing capacity within the United States. Solvay, one of the five, received $298 million for “the development and testing of new influenza vaccines including pandemic vaccines that are produced using cell-based technology and the development of a master plan to manufacture, formulate, fill and package annual and pandemic influenza vaccines in a new US-based facility,” the company said in a press release at the time.But while the grant covered development and design costs for the new plant, it did not in the end cover enough of the capital costs to make the facility worthwhile, Solvay spokesman Neil Hirsch said in an interview.”There are many drivers for us making the decision to not move forward with the US facility,” Hirsch said. “One of them has to do with the fact that the government was proposing a 40 to 60% cost-sharing, whereby the government would reimburse 40% of all costs for the facility rather than a full reimbursement.”In a normal business sector, bearing only two-thirds of the risk of a product line might seem like a good investment. But flu-vaccine manufacturing is not a normal business. While federal health authorities have labored to convince Americans to take the seasonal flu shot, millions of doses go unsold each year: 27 million of the 140 million made for the 2007-08 season, for instance, and 18 million of the 121 million made for the 2006-07 season. This year, 148 million doses are anticipated.While demand for the shot has risen slowly each year, it still remains far below health authorities’ hoped-for goals. The CDC announced last week that the highest rate of usage is 72%, among adults over 65, for whom the shot is universally recommended. But rates in younger adults range from 23% among healthy 18- to 49-year-olds to 54% among 50- to 64-year-olds who have medical conditions putting them at high risk for flu–related illness. And usage rates among children are even lower, from 22% among 6- to 23-month-olds to 16% among 2- to 5-year-olds.While it has not been spelled out, the uncertainty of the market for flu vaccine and the possibility that it is already overcrowded were clearly factors in Solvay’s decision. “When we started this process several years ago, the seasonal flu vaccine market was different,” Hirsch said, referring to years when fewer manufacturers sold in the United States. “That landscape has changed.”And a further factor may be the reality that, unlike its competitors, Solvay makes only flu shots. It does not make other vaccines that could make up for poor flu-shot sales, or that could be made in the new facility if flu-shots sales went awry again—possibilities that made the decision to fall back on its Amsterdam manufacturing plant seem less risky.Hard commercial realities”This should not be a surprise,” retired academic and pharmaceutical company executive Dr. David Fedson, an acute observer of the flu-vaccine market, said in an interview. “It indicates how fragile the notion you can expand vaccine supply is, and it indicates the hard commercial realities that drive vaccine-manufacturing companies.”Nevertheless, the Solvay decision deprives the United States of a domestic source for pandemic flu vaccine if or when a global outbreak begins. And by refusing to offer supply into an uncertain market, the company is challenging the central assumption behind US and global planning for pandemic-vaccine capacity: that demand for seasonal vaccine will provide companies with a rationale for making more vaccine than they now do.Federal health officials have asserted many times that demand will boost manufacturing capacity to the level needed for a pandemic. To reach that level, the World Health Organization’s 2006 “Global Pandemic Influenza Action Plan” calls for countries to boost their flu-shot usage to 75% of their populations, including countries where seasonal vaccine has never been used.No lack of warning voicesNumerous voices, though, have warned that this approach is unworkable. In 2005, David Johnson, director of scientific and medical affairs for Sanofi Pasteur, the only company making flu shots in the continental United States, warned the federal National Vaccine Advisory Committee of manufacturers’ discomfort with speculative “at risk” manufacturing. Britain’s Royal Society said in 2006: “It is not commercially viable for the vaccine industry to commit the necessary resources to scale up production in advance of a pandemic when there is no existing market, the threat of a pandemic may be years away and the risk in any single year may be considered to be low.”And apparently anticipating the Solvay decision, biotech industry members writing in the journal BioPharm International said last year: “In the US market alone by the year 2010 there could be a surplus capacity resulting from ‘building for demand’ for pandemic preparedness but ‘suboptimal utilization’ based on significantly lesser demand for seasonal vaccines.”Solvay spokesman Hirsch confirmed that the company intends to pursue licensure of its Dutch-made seasonal vaccine in the United States, though he declined to provide details in deference to Food and Drug Administration policies. But by canceling its US plant, Solvay appears to have provided clear warning to federal planners that protecting the United States against a pandemic requires vaccine manufacturers to take substantial risks—and that given the unreliable US market and the hard realities of the global economic downturn, those risks may be something manufacturers can no longer afford.See also: Solvay press release on HHS granthttp://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20060504005739/en/Solvay-Pharmaceuticals-Awarded-298-Million-Five-Year-ContractOverview of HHS pandemic vaccine plans in new GAO report:http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08671.pdfMay 13 CIDRAP News story “Flu experts try to ensure record vaccine doses get used”(Overview of flu-shot uptake problems)WHO Global Pandemic Influenza Action Planhttp://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/influenza/CDS_EPR_GIP_2006_1.pdfJohnson in NVAC minutes, Feb 8-9, 2005:http://www.dhhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/documents/NVAC20050208Minutes.docRoyal Society’s Pandemic influenza: science to policy.http://royalsociety.org/Pandemic-influenza-science-to-policy/Thomas A, Guldager N, Hermansen K. 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Sep 21, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The earliest results from testing of a pandemic H1N1 vaccine in children suggest that older children will get a good immune response with a single dose, but children younger than 10 are likely to need two doses a few weeks apart, federal officials said today.The early findings, based on blood samples taken just 8 to 10 days after vaccination, demonstrate a response “strikingly similar” to children’s responses to seasonal flu shots, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which sponsored the trial.Seventy-six percent of children between 10 and 17 years old had a “robust” immune response to one 15-microgram (mcg) dose of the injectable vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur, Fauci reported, calling the result “quite good.” That dose is what’s used in seasonal flu shots.But among 3- to 9-year olds, the proportion with a good immune response (hemagglutination inhibition titer of 1:40) dropped to 36%, and in children between 6 and 35 months old it was 25%, he reported.”The initial results are encouraging,” Fauci said at a press briefing this morning. “As we had hoped, in the children the 2009 H1N1 vaccine is acting just like the seasonal flu vaccine.”The data suggest that one dose would be enough to generate a protective immune response in 10- to 17-year-olds but that younger children may need two doses, depending on their health history, Fauci said.Advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on seasonal flu vaccination for children from 6 months through 8 years old is that they should receive 2 doses if they have not had a flu shot before or had only one dose the previous season.Fauci said no serious or unusual side effects were reported in the trial.The report comes less than 2 weeks after preliminary findings in other clinical trials showed that adults had a strong immune response to single doses of H1N1 vaccines made by Novartis, CSL Ltd., and Sanofi. Trial results for MedImmune’s nasal spray vaccine are still awaited.Federal officials have been saying that young children will probably need two doses of H1N1 vaccine. That raises the prospect of some young children needing two doses of H1N1 vaccine and two doses of seasonal flu vaccine this fall to be considered fully immunized, Fauci acknowledged today.Although trial results for the nasal-spray (live attenuated) vaccine have not yet been announced, Dr Jesse Goodman of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today, “I think it is likely that younger children may need a second dose with that vaccine as well.” The FDA last week approved the H1N1 live attenuated vaccine (LAIV) for children starting at age 2 and adults through age 49 (but not pregnant women).Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC said children could receive seasonal and H1N1 vaccine injections on the same day, if both are available, but the CDC does not recommend that they get nasal-spray versions of H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine on the same day.”It’s this question of how the immune system deals with a live flu virus,” she said. “This additional H1N1 we don’ think can be a separate one given the same day.””Seasonal flu vaccine is already available, so parents can start getting children vaccinated now,” Schuchat said. “I suggest starting now on seasonal.”The CDC predicted on Sep 18 that the first H1N1 vaccine doses to become available will be the MedImmune product, with 3.4 million doses expected to reach providers the first week in October. About 45 million to 50 million doses of vaccine, both injectable and LAIV, are expected to reach providers in mid October.For children getting two doses of H1N1 vaccine, the recommended interval between them will probably be 21 days, the time used in the clinical trial, Fauci said.He said the preliminary trial results showed no significant difference in immune responses to the 15-mcg and 30-mcg doses. “We have to remember that that was at 8 to 10 days . . . but at first blush there was not a significant difference.”The immune response to the vaccine will probably continue for several weeks following vaccination, the NIAID said.The trial involved a total of nearly 600 children, but because there are three age-groups and two dosages, the findings reported today are based on small fractions of the total, the NIAID said. For example, there were 20 children between 6 and 35 months old and 25 3- to 9-year-olds who received a 15-mcg dose.Officials did not say today whether they compared immune responses separately for those young children who had ever had a flu shot before and those with previous flu vaccinations. Online information about the trial says that children were excluded from the study if they had a flu immunization within the previous 4 weeks, but it does not mention excluding children with a less recent history of flu immunization.Another NIAID-sponsored trial is looking at children’s responses to H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines when given at the same time or sequentially. Fauci said it will probably take until November to get “meaningful” results from that trial.See also:Sep 21 NIAID press releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/Archive/2009/Pages/H1N1PedTrial.aspxAug 18 NIAID press release on launch of trialsClinicalTrials.gov description of trialhttp://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00944073
The Days of Jobs in Tourism event was held in Osijek on Wednesday, with the aim of ensuring better visibility of occupations in tourism and employment opportunities provided by the tourism sector.Last year, Croatia achieved historic tourism results, with 18,5 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent), and new investments in tourism have been announced for next year, and a daily growth of 10 percent is expected in arrivals and overnight stays. With excellent tourist results, there is a growing need for workers in tourism. This year, it is estimated that 15 to 20 thousand workers will be needed to work in the tourism sector during the tourist season, and the tourism sector has already started looking for new workers for the current tourist season. Thus, according to a survey by the Croatian Employment Service, which conducted a survey among 193.000 currently unemployed people, about 22.500 people expressed interest in working in the tourist season.Most tourism entrepreneurs point out the most valuable and best ones are in Slavonia, and in Osijek, as part of the Tourism Jobs Day, about 70 employers from the tourism sector presented their vacancies. Thus, supply and demand could be found in one place, and employers and the currently unemployed could get all the information about the conditions and way of working in tourism through a concrete connection.In 2017, the most sought-after workers in the provision of accommodation, food preparation and service are the data of the Croatian Employment Service, mainly waiters / waitresses, maids, cooks, salesmen, assistant cooks, cleaners kitchen workers / kitchen workers, assistant waiters / waitresses, receptionists. Thus, in Osijek at the Days of Poles in Tourism, the highest supply of jobs was for the professions of waiters, chefs, maids, support staff, but also animators in tourism, receptionists, sommelier, pizza master, gardener, and many others.As part of the Tourism Job Day, a competition was organized. “Be innovative – tourism offers you a job”With the aim of promoting occupations and education in tourism and hospitality for all high schools and universities with programs in the field of tourism and hospitality. The competition will be open from 15 to 29 January, and attractive prizes for study trips to the Basque Country, Austria and Croatia will be awarded at the fair in Split on 2 February. More information about the competition can be found on the website of the Ministry of Tourism.Job Days in Tourism are a joint project of the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Employment Service, the Croatian Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Chamber of Crafts, the Croatian Employers ‘Association and the Hotel Employers’ Association.Apart from Osijek, the event will be held in January and February in Zagreb and Split.The first specialist fair intended for pupils and students of catering and tourism schools and higher education institutionsAs part of the promotion of catering and tourism occupations and tourism as an attractive sector that provides employment opportunities, the Ministry of Tourism announced the organization of the first specialist fairs for pupils and students of catering and tourism schools and higher education institutions.The goal of specialist fairs is, through interactive lectures and workshops of leading experts and employers in the field of tourism and hospitality, to provide additional exchange of knowledge and experiences and strengthen the connection of students with experts from the same sector.The first specialist fair will be held in Vukovar, on Thursday, January 18, 2018, starting at 9:45 am in the Hrvatski dom hall, 20 Josipa Jurja Strossmayera Street, Vukovar, and in Bjelovar on January 23, 2018.
The Ministry of Tourism organized a conference “Establishment of centers of competence in tourism” where the concept of centers was presented with encouragement of networking and cooperation of founders and institutions of vocational education who expressed interest in appointing regional centers of competence in tourism, with businesses, chambers and associations, high colleges, vocational education institutions and other stakeholders operating in the tourism and hospitality sector. The emphasis of the conference was on connecting with the needs of the economy and the labor market, and in this direction economic entities are key partners in the process of establishing centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector.In accordance with the Law on Vocational Education, the regional center of competence is defined as a place of excellence in vocational education and training in which, in addition to the basic activity, which includes the implementation of work-based learning, training and advanced training and other activities that contribute to improving the quality of vocational education. training and its adaptation to the needs of the economy and the labor market.The conference was organized by the Ministry of Tourism as a level 1 intermediary body within the OP “Effective Human Resources 2014-2020”, in accordance with the published public call for founders to nominate vocational education institutions for appointment to regional centers of competence of the Ministry of Science and Education.Attachment:Establishment of centers of competence in tourism (introductory presentation)Presentation CEKOMEmployers’ analysis 2017 (CES)Online statistics (link)Answers to questions related to the Public Invitation to the Founders for the candidacy of VET institutions for appointment to regional centers of competencelink)More information coming soon.
With the support of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association, the competent inspections of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Tourism carried out coordinated actions to supervise tourist guide activities in the protected Vodice site of the Dubrovnik monument in the period from August 21 to 23.Inspections of foreign national guides were conducted by inspectors of the Dubrovnik Customs Office and the Tourist Inspection Sector of the Ministry of Tourism, Dubrovnik Branch, accompanied by police officers from the Dubrovnik Police Station and in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association and the City of Dubrovnik. from Zagreb.It was done in total 20 inspections of foreigners found in the provision of tour guide or tour guide services to groups of guests from other countries, mainly from South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, and in which it was found that in 19 cases no irregularities, that is, that groups of guests represent foreigners in cooperation with legal tourist guides of the Republic of Croatia hired by the tourist agency of which they are guests.In one inspection, it was determined that a citizen of the Republic of Korea provides the tourist service of a tourist guide illegally. A misdemeanor order was filed under the Law on Prohibition and Prevention of Unregistered Activity, a fine was collected and a decision on the prohibition of unregistered activity in the Republic of Croatia was issued. In addition, the police officers canceled the short-term stay of the party in the administrative proceedings because she did not use it for the intended purpose. Furthermore, a Taiwanese citizen who refused to provide police officers with a travel document or any other public document containing a photograph was issued is a misdemeanor order for the committed misdemeanor described in Art. 139. st.1. Of the Aliens Act.The City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association welcome the conduct of inspections, which, they believe, will have a repressive and preventive effect because illegal guiding is a big problem in the tourist guide, but also in the entire destination, and for additional reasons that illegal and thus often unprofessional guidance impairs the best experience of Dubrovnik for visitors.”The action is the result of cooperation between the Tourist Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Customs, MUP, the Association of Tourist Guides and the Guild of Guides at the Association of Craftsmen, the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik and the City, which helped implement the initiative by hiring the necessary professional translator. After all, these ongoing actions are part of the package of measures of the “Let’s Respect the City” program, said the Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepšić and added that the City of Dubrovnik is part of the project “Respect the City!” (Respect the City), launched a campaign against the activities of illegal “bookers”, which warns guests not to buy trips from illegal sellers and not to sponsor people who work against the law.The Society of Guides also appeals to its members to display their ID cards during each guided tour, and to have a printed or electronic guidance order at hand. If they have information about unauthorized guides, the time and place of the start of the tour, they are asked to inform the competent inspection services or the Guide Society without delay.
Imperial will pay a Christmas bonus and holiday pay in the amount of HRK 2.000 to all permanent employees. Christmas bonus and seasonal allowance will be paid up to the amount of 2.000 kuna, in proportion to the length of employment. Imperial will pay a special bonus of HRK 500 net to all employees with a salary for the month of July. “We are glad that the decision to increase the material rights of workers was approved and satisfied by the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services and SIKD, which is the result of mutual understanding and respect for the views of the social partners. We will continue such cooperation in the future. We are also satisfied with the fact that a large number of employees are returning to us, and this salary increase will be an additional motive for all Imperial employees. ” pointed out Vlado Miš, President of the Management Board of Imperial dd Imperial gives its employees, during the 2019 season, starting from May to the end of August, a guarantee of a minimum net income of HRK 5.000 for all employees who work a full monthly fund of hours. All other employees who have a net income of more than HRK 5.000 up to HRK 6.500 net, will be paid a bonus for the season, which will be applied in the period from May to the end of August, in the total amount of up to HRK 2.000 net. The best employees (permanent, seasonal or student) will be stimulated by additional net income per month. „Ovo je značajan napredak u cilju većeg zadovoljstva radnika i osiguranja dovoljnog broja sezonskih radnika. Smatram da smo svi svjesni da se sa povećanjem materijalnih i drugih uvjeta za radnike u turizmu treba nastaviti i u narednim godinama kako bi se zadržali postojeći radnici i osigurali novi za buduće razvojne projekte. Na tome je velika odgovornost poslodavaca ali i sindikata, a očekuje se i doprinos zakonodavca na dodatnom poreznom rasterećenju plaća“, said Stanisa Borovic, president of the STUH branch and president of the Imperial Workers’ Council. Imperial dd Rab, in agreement with the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia and the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia, provided its employees with new material rights in 2019. Imperial offers its employees excellent career development opportunities, with a developed system of internal and external education and training in cooperation with Valamar. Our employees, together with our guests, are always in the first place, and their satisfaction is important for long-term business success. Biserka Novotny, president of SIKD in Imperial, emphasized the importance of such measures, especially due to the problem of lack of tourist workers and the departure of young people outside Croatia: “Only with decent salaries and other working conditions can we keep the existing ones and attract new workers, and create additional motives for young people to choose tourism professions. In that direction, we will continue the constructive social dialogue with the employer so far” Imperial is in the phase of intensive development and this year, with 140 million kuna of investments, it is the largest investor in Kvarner tourism. This year’s investments of Imperial will ensure the creation of 60 new jobs, and this year Imperial will employ a total of 670 workers.
On that occasion, Međimurje and Rijeka family farms and Međimurje winemakers will present their local products. The First National Congress of Caterers will thus show in the best and most representative way that domestic products, tradition and knowledge are the best recipe for the success of tourism and hospitality in Croatia. It is a unique event that will bring together all important stakeholders who directly or indirectly operate in the gastronomic and tourism sector, with the aim of conducting a constructive discussion on current issues and devising solutions and visions for the future of this sector. The program of the first National Congress of Caterers will include three panel discussions. The first panel discussion will address presentation of the Kravata model in catering, which will classify the criteria for the use of Croatian products. It will be attended by businessmen and representatives of large companies such as Metro and Pika, representative of the Coordination of Croatian Caterers Marin Medak, and the participation of the Minister of Tourism is also expected Gary Cappelli. The Kravata model is conceived as a symbol of the recognizability of the Croatian catering offer and provides Croatian gastronomy with a clear identity and uniqueness with an emphasis on quality. Today, the City of Čakovec will host more than 300 caterers from all over Croatia at the first National Congress of Caterers, which will be held at the Cultural Center. Minister Cappelli emphasized that the intention of lower VAT in catering is not to lower prices, but to open space for salary increases and new investments. In addition to panel discussions, visitors will be able to choose from four interesting workshops. The first relates to the culture of behavior and behavior at the table and at the table and raising the quality of service in the hospitality industry, which will be implemented Damjan Miletić from the Business Academy Rijeka. He will present the mixology of cocktails at the second workshop Marin Nekić, and all about franchising in the food and beverage sector and the untapped potential of such a way of doing business at the third workshop will be presented by the franchise owner Surf’n’Fries Adria Andrija Čolak. The third panel discussion will address an important issue emigration, labor force and education of employees in the hospitality industry. The changes that follow and how to adequately prepare for the upcoming season will be discussed Petar Lovrić from the Association of Independent Entrepreneurs of Employers, project manager of Raise the Bar Coca-Cola HBC Croatia Filip Verbanac, director of Zarja Group Zvonimir Belić, owner of the company Posao u turizmu Nataša Kačar and President of the Dubrovnik Association of Caterers Ante Vlašić. The second panel discussion will address the issue tax burden in catering, that is, potential tax and administrative relief in catering and related activities, as well as the announced reduction of VAT on food preparation and serving. He will contribute to the panel discussion, among others representative of the Croatian Professional Accountants Initiative (IPRH), president of the Lipa association Davor Huić, President of the Association of Caterers of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Vedran Jakominić, and the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Economy is expected. “The first National Congress of Hospitals is conceived as a key event to be held each year, at which all key issues related to the hospitality sector will be discussed. We are facing a turbulent period – we are preparing to reduce the VAT rate for the preparation and serving of food in restaurants to 13 percent, and currently it is not entirely clear in what form and which facilities the proposed measures will cover. Also, we are preparing for the new tourist season and at all costs we want to avoid the situation in June, when we prevented a serious blow to all catering facilities, but also tourism as a whole, through a firefighting measure to increase quotas for foreigners. This is a unique opportunity to bring together all stakeholders in the hospitality industry, who will share their experiences and opinions on how the tourism and hospitality sector should develop.”, Said the representative of the Coordination of Caterers Marin Medak.
The National Civil Protection Headquarters as we know it yesterday announced new measures to reduce the possibility of transmission and protection against the spread of coronavirus. Vouchers for the delivery of food to citizens in isolation and the elderly, as one of the concrete solutions? Thus, as of today (next 30 days), a number of measures have come into force aimed at ensuring stricter measures of social distancing, in order to mitigate the possibility of the epidemic spreading. PROPOSAL OF THE NATIONAL CATERERS ‘ASSOCIATION: VOUCHERS FOR EVERYONE IN SELF-INSULATION AND THE ELDERLY But what exactly is it about and how would it work? Therefore, this measure will provide concrete assistance to at least one sector, ie catering facilities, and thus to the elderly and those in isolation. Also, many cities are currently trying to publish their measures to help the local economy, at least those measures that are under the jurisdiction of local governments, and in addition to various measures of deferral of payment, there is one specific measure that would really help in this situation help at least one sector – hospitality . Specifically, these are vouchers for food delivery to citizens in isolation and the elderly. Value vouchers would co-finance part of the bill up to HRK 20,00, and the difference would be paid by the clients, while caterers would create special offers up to HRK 30,40 and 50, the NUU suggests. Namely, last week the National Association of Caterers (NUU) proposed the introduction of vouchers for everyone in self-isolation, especially the elderly. Perhaps this is also an opportunity to ensure coffee delivery in the same way, although there is currently quite a bit of uncertainty as to what and how to act, in this case. One of the measures suspends the operation of catering facilities of all categories, but with the exception of the preparation and delivery of food. The mentioned exception is seen by some caterers as a “straw of salvation”, in order to still have a certain “cash flow”, ie income so that they do not have to lay off their workers, which is the main purpose of the proposed measures – to provide liquidity and jobs. Issuance of daily value vouchers in the amount of HRK 20,00, a total of HRK 600,00 per month, by the state and local self-government would be targeted at all residents who are in isolation and those over 60 years of age residing in the Republic of Croatia prepared to co-finance delivery, thermally determined foods from catering facilities. That’s right UJE Oil bar from Split, like many other restaurants, posted on its FB pages a special menu as well as the possibility of delivery. As Marin Medak, the president of NUU, points out, in this way, isolated citizens and the elderly, who are the most at-risk group, would have food delivered to their doorsteps, thus minimizing the need for their display. Also, this measure would also allow caterers to keep part of the workforce and business to a minimum, which will reduce the wave of layoffs and the decline of companies that are preparing given the current situation. Some restaurants have delivery in their organization, and some use food delivery services, such as: Pauza.hr, Dobartek.hr, Wolt.hr, Glovo etc.… If you have questions about the implementation of food delivery vouchers in your city or municipality, you can also send an inquiry to the National Association of Caterers: email@example.com Photo: Pixabay.com / Illustration: HrTurizam.hr