Photo: Importanne Hotels & Resort Royal Blue ROYAL PRINCESS The contagion has been successfully stopped and we are now starting to restart the business, which is excellent, said the president of the Association of Hoteliers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Joseph Jutt Ferlan but stressed that they already know that the tourism sector will be the biggest loser in this crisis and that the recovery in some segments will be extended for a period of one year.”Therefore, we demand an urgent opening of borders to encourage tourist travel and the continuation of measures to preserve jobs for another three months because hoteliers will still not generate sufficient income over the next three months, which could independently cover the salaries of their employees. It is extremely important that we preserve jobs in this sector, because it is difficult to find new and quality employees”, Said the president of the Association of Hoteliers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Joseph Jutt Ferlan. The Association predicts that larger hotel companies will open one to two of the possible ten hotels, while the rest will face a complete suspension of operations. They emphasize that tourism has a large share in GDP and that the hotel industry is a strategic carrier of its quality. They therefore urge that their suggestions be taken into account so that they can return to normal work as soon as possible. The letter sent to the Government also emphasizes contactless business as an imperative, especially when registering guests. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to urgently finalize the Ordinance on check-in and check-out of guests in accommodation facilities in a way that clearly defines the possibility of applying “digital check-in” guest registration, which would give them an additional sense of security. The Association of Hoteliers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the Government requesting the mandatory continuation of measures to preserve jobs for another three months as well as the urgent opening of borders.