Employers in tourism are asking for a postponement of the proposed increase in the sojourn tax

first_imgEmployers in tourism oppose the increase of the sojourn tax without first analyzing the efficiency of the system of tourist boards and the effects of existing financial resources from the sojourn tax and without ensuring the efficiency of collection and proportional burden of all forms of accommodation-tax payers.At the proposal of the Decree on determining the amount of the sojourn tax for 2018, they sent a negative statement to the Ministry of Tourism and HUP i CCC, and during the public consultation the key opinion was given by key associations of entrepreneurs in tourism: Association of Employers in the Croatian Hotel Industry, HUP-Association of Hospitality and Tourism, Association of Hoteliers at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian Camping Association, HUP-Association of the Nautical Sector, Association of Boat Accommodation Service Providers-charter at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Employers believe that before making a decision on any changes in the arrangement and increase the sojourn tax, it is necessary to analyze the existing financial income and fulfill the purpose and task of tourist boards. Only when the necessary changes are defined and the system of tourist boards is reorganized through the adoption of the long-announced new Law on Tourist Boards and the new Law on Sojourn Tax will it be possible to determine the financial needs of the system and define necessary increases of sojourn tax based on expected effects. In this way, the representatives of the tourism industry communicated with the relevant ministry during the preparation of the new Sojourn Tax Act, after which the Ministry of Tourism put into the procedure only a proposal to increase the sojourn tax through the adoption of the current Decree. Also, as they point out in their statement, the increase of the sojourn tax would be another unjustified burden for Croatian tourism after the increase of VAT and real estate tax. Namely, the sojourn tax, although not paid directly by employers but by tourists, is an integral part of the final cost of accommodation paid by the guest, ie an integral part of the total price of all accommodation services with which Croatia competes in the tourism market. Any additional burden reduces the competitiveness of the Croatian tourism sector, which is in stark contrast to the strategy for the development of Croatian tourism and the EU recommendations to reduce the fiscal and parafiscal burdens of the economy. Revenues from the sojourn tax are already growing significantly due to the growth of arrivals, so that the increase in 2016 amounted to 6%, or HRK 25 million. “Associations of employers in tourism do not oppose changes to the current model of residence tax, but our unique position is that the system should be regulated first, ie the long-announced new Law on Tourist Boards and the new Law on Tourist Tax, which will specify activities in more detail. carried out by each individual level of the system of tourist boards in the Republic of Croatia, as well as the precise, ie more transparent purpose of the funds collected on the basis of the sojourn tax We believe that the Ministry of Tourism will respect the position of key associations in the tourism sector and review the justification for adopting the current proposal to increase the sojourn tax and postpone the proposed changes to the sojourn tax for now. We are available to cooperate in all necessary analyzes in order to make the best decision together in the interest of stable growth and development of Croatian tourism. ” conclude employers in tourism.Related news: THE LAW ON RESIDENCE TAXES IS CHANGED. GET INVOLVED IN THE PUBLIC DEBATE!last_img read more

COVID-19: With no intervention, Jakarta predicted to run out of hospital beds by December

first_imgJakarta Health Agency data previously showed that daily isolation bed occupancy rates in the city’s 67 referral hospital began to gradually increase to around 50 percent after July 20. University of Indonesia epidemiologist Tri Yunis Miko said separately that increasing the number of beds was not the solution, insisting that eliminating sources of transmission was actually the key.Jakarta, which started the implementation of strict large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in April to contain the virus spread, decided to ease the restrictions in June to restore the economy.The relaxation of curbs has been blamed for the city’s soaring case numbers in the past few weeks, with the emergence of dozens of new COVID-19 transmission clusters.  The Jakarta administration decided on Wednesday to reimpose stricter PSBB measures starting Monday, allowing only 11 essential sectors to operate while other businesses and offices will have to reimplement work-from-home policies. (vny)Topics : The Jakarta Health Agency has predicted that the capital city will run out of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by December if cases continue to increase at the current pace and if no attempts are made increase hospital capacity. “Our existing hospital bed capacity will not be enough [to accommodate COVID-19 patients by December] if no interventions are made,” the agency’s head Widyastuti said on Wednesday. The agency, therefore, will intensify efforts to increase bed capacity and the number of medical workers for the COVID-19 response in the capital, Widyastuti added as reported by kompas.com. The Jakarta administration recently recruited some 1,174 health workers, most of whom came from other provinces in Java, Sumatra, Nusa Tenggara and Papua. The workers – comprising pulmonologists, internists, radiographers and nurses, among others – were selected from a total of 4,859 applicants. They will be deployed at number of health facilities spread across Jakarta, Widyastuti explained.Read also: Jakarta gears up for possible collapse of healthcare systemJakarta, the country’s epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has so far recorded 49,397 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is nearly a quarter of Indonesia’s total tally of 203,342 cases. On Wednesday alone, it saw a daily increase of 1,004 positive cases. last_img read more

Mikel Obi Announces Retirement from National Team

first_imgSuper Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from the senior national team after after 13 years of service.The 32-year old midfielder who was part of Gernot Rohr’s squad that won the bronze medals of the AFCON 2019 in Egypt for a record eight time announced on Instagram that he was glad ending his career in Egypt where it all began with the senior national team in 2006.“Egypt is a country where I have started and have finished my national career. In 2006, i played my first official Championship for my country. 2019 Africa Cup of Nations marks my last Championship for National Team with Super Eagles, Mikel posted on Instagram Thursday afternoon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram John Mikel Obi,last_img

Paniyiri in Brisbane

first_imgThe Paniyiri Greek Festival weekend will be held in Brisbane this weekend. “Take the Journey” is the theme of this year’s paniyiri, as it was in 1976. That year a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to share their cultural traditions with Brisbane and take the city on a journey; a journey of discovery, a celebration of dance and music, a gastronomical tour through secret recipe books, a voyage through history rich in colour and passion. Now some 36 years later, that journey has become a kaleidoscopic cultural explosion that is now legendary in the country’s North, with over 50,000 Greeks and honorary Greeks flocking to Musgrave Park, South Brisbane every year for the annual Paniyiri Greek Festival. More than 30 food stalls will showcase the tastes, recipes and secrets of food from all corners of Greece while on the main stage famous Greek dances the Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano and Sousta, performed to music on traditional Greek instruments including the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto are enjoyed by Greeks and non-Greeks alike in a wonderful cross cultural celebration. The Paniyiri Main Stage in Musgrave Park will host over 20 hours of entertainment over the weekend including the return of Greek Dancing with the Stars with special guests George Houvardas who plays Nick ‘Carbo’ Karandonis in Channel Seven’s Packed to The Rafters and Rob Palmer from Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens; a world record Zorba attempt; grape stomping, olive and honey puff eating competitions; Hellenic dancing and Zorba Till You Drop. The Greek Club will be a hive of activity with the popular Greek Cooking Demonstrations featuring Queensland’s culinary greats, plus the screening of cultural films. Just next door, the Greek Orthodox Church will conduct tours to the beautiful sounds of the Byzantine Choir. While the historic steps of the Acropolis may be some 15,000km from the grassy flats of Brisbane’s Musgrave Park, all the sights, sounds, characters and culture from the country which produced Homer, haloumi, honey puffs, Socrates, Plato and the famous Zorba will be celebrated in style during the much anticipated festival. Paniyiri is Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival. The event will be held from Saturday 19 May 19 and Sunday 20 May 20 at Musgrave Park and The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street in South Brisbane. Entry is $10 for adults, $2 for aged pensioners and children are free. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more