By raising the flag Libertas with verses Hymns of freedom last night, the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival was officially opened in front of the Church of St. Blaise.The most prestigious cultural event in Croatia will traditionally be held until August 25, and in 47 days, at 20 ambient locations, approximately 2.000 artists from around the world will perform about 60.000 drama, music and dance performances in front of an international audience of 80 domestic and foreign visitors , folklore and other programs.The Zagreb Philharmonic, the WDR Children’s Choir from Dortmund, the Pro Musica Academic Choir from Mostar, the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir, the Libertas Mixed Choir and the FA Linđo Women’s Choir performed as part of the opening ceremony, directed by Saša Božić and conducted by maestro Tomislav Fačini. Traditionally, the Folklore Ensemble Linđo participated, as well as the Festival Drama Ensemble, whose representatives this year were Nataša Dangubić, Nikša Butijer, Ozren Grabarić, Nika Lasić, Izmira Brautović and Krunoslav Šarić, who spoke the verses. Hymns of freedom. Students of acting and dance of the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb also participated. Luciano Capurso – Luči with the hit of the Dubrovnik Troubadours caused special enthusiasm of the audience that sang with him. The music of the night.”The financial plan envisages a total budget of HRK 14 million, of which public funds are slightly less than HRK 9 million, and own revenue and ticket revenue amount to HRK 2 million, while sponsors and donors have supported us this year with almost HRK 3 million. The increase was primarily due to the donation of the Caboga Stiftung, but also to the increased sponsorship of Adriatic luxury hotels, with which we prepared two music festival programs in the Vala Beach Club of the Palace Hotel. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal sponsors Mastercard, Hrvatska elektroprivreda, Tele2, Kraš, Ford, Croatia osiguranje and Croatia Airlines, as well as all other partners, sponsors and donors without whom the realization of such a large festival would be impossible.”Said the director of the Games Ivana Medo Bogdanović looking back at the stable financial construction of the 69th Games.The evening ended with spectacular fireworks, which celebrated the beginning of the new festival season, which will present approximately 25 artists from around the world at 20 ambient locations in the city of Dubrovnik until August 2.000.69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival with a new visual identityThe visual identity of the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the work of designer Maro Pitarević in collaboration with the Šesnić & Turković studio, and shows the Gate of Ploče with two palm trees and the setting sun in neon colors, reminiscent of the entrance to a nightclub and as such provoked numerous reactions from the profession. but also the citizens of Dubrovnik.By the way, the programs of the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival were seen by approximately 60.000 visitors, acFor the program of this year’s 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, see websites.
HUT AND HUP APPEAL: URGENTLY MAKE A DECISION TO INCREASE QUOTAS BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WORKERS AND THE SEASON IS IN DANGER At the end of the price list it says: “Croatia full of life. A small country with big taxes” In addition to 15.611 approved quotas for workers and 1.600 available domestic workers on the list of the Croatian Employment Service, Croatia currently lacks as many as 5.000 workers, he points out. Marin Medak, President of the Independent Association of Caterers and adds that the reason for this is the constant emigration of a capable workforce, for which various political options have failed to find an adequate solution. “It seems to us that due to preferential prices in the government restaurant, the Prime Minister lost his compass and forgot that 108 people employed in the hospitality and tourism sector, or 000% of the total number of people employed in Croatia, earn 8% of Croatia’s total GDP annually. Instead of the ruling party only talking about demographics, I suggest that returnee emigrants be provided with a tax relief of HRK 22 over the next ten years. Let the Government finally show that it is ready to withdraw some concrete measures. “, Medak emphasized. Source. Facebook Photo: Cover photo Pixabay.com / FB The price list of the restaurant says: Croatian caterers are facing a business collapse that will have far-reaching negative consequences for Croatian tourism, all due to the lack of support and understanding of the Government in finding the much-needed workforce, the Croatian Hospitality Coordination said in a statement. VAT and consumption tax are included in the price! VAT 25%, Consumption tax 3%, Income tax 36%, Pension contribution 15%, Health contribution 16,5%, Regos contribution 5% ” At the end of October 2018, the coordination of Croatian caterers during the consultation on the needs of quotas for the import of foreign workers requested the required quota of 17.955 people. This figure was proposed on the basis of the then demographic situation of the Republic of Croatia, which is even more devastating today than a year ago. Croatia full of life. A small country with big taxes Tourism is one of the most important components of the Croatian economy, generating over 20% of GDP. If the tourist season fails, the government will have to face the exodus of thousands of families who survive precisely thanks to catering and seasonal work, Medak points out. Such a negative trend continues, just before the tourist season. It also calls on the Government of the Republic of Croatia to address the seriousness of this situation and to urgently decide on an additional 5.000 quotas in the tourism and hospitality sector. If the competent institutions do not react promptly, the end of the potentially unsuccessful tourist season will bring incalculable damage to the Croatian economy, which will be almost impossible to mitigate. A photo of the price list of a Croatian restaurant is being shared on the Internet, which in an unusual way clearly shows guests how much the tax burden is in Croatia. I don’t know if this is an actual price list or just an illustration, but one thing is for sure – it’s just part of the tax burden, without the other levies and levies that every entrepreneur pays each month. The Coordination of Croatian Caterers appeals to the Ministry of Labor and Pension System and the Croatian Employment Service to send the 1600 available workers on the coast to work in tourism and catering to the nearest tourist and catering facilities in order to open a dialogue for employment. RESPONSE OF THE MINISTRY OF LABOR AND PENSION SYSTEM TO THE EMPLOYER’S APPEAL IN TOURISM: EMPLOYERS CONTACT CES RELATED NEWS: WILL WE FINALLY INTRODUCE THE SLOVENIAN MODEL FOR IMPORTING FOREIGN WORKERS FROM NEXT YEAR?
Photo: Pixabay The HGK survey showed that two thirds (66%) of Croatian companies already feel the negative consequences of the coronavirus situation in their business, and more than half of them (53%) stated that their turnover has dropped. Source: HGK When asked what specific types of problems bother them, most companies (30%) reported difficulties in concluding new jobs, completing contracted jobs (29%) and performing existing jobs (28%). The most affected are travel agencies and companies engaged in providing accommodation, preparing and serving food, and so far small and medium-sized companies feel a greater negative impact than large companies. Survey results You can take a look at the following connectors. As far as expectations for the future are concerned, the most pessimistic are travel agencies that expect the strongest consequences for long-term business. As many as 92% of them state that they expect strong and medium negative consequences on long-term business, 62% on short-term. They are followed by companies from the activity of providing accommodation, food preparation and serving (hotels, resorts, camps, other accommodation, restaurants, catering, cafes), among which 76% expect a long-term and 71% short-term strong and medium negative impact on business. Side dish: Travel agencies (69%), accommodation, food preparation and serving (62%) and transport and storage (51%) have strong and medium consequences for the current business. Questionnaire – you can fill out business difficulties due to coronavirus on this one connectors In the first two days alone, more than 1000 companies participated in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce survey, and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce called on entrepreneurs to continue to report business problems. pages of the Chamber.