SeaHelp started successful online petition:
Drastic increase of visitor’s tax for skippers in Croatia
The message stroke like a drum beat: Croatia is planning to drastically increase the visitor’s tax for skippers in 2018, according to the current scaling for boat’s lengths an increase of more than 600% is being planned. The legal basis for this measure that will seriously affect some skippers, is provided by section 15 and section 20 paragraph 7 of the Visitor’s Tax Law (Code of Law NN 152/08, 59/09 – corrected version and 30/14). During the sitting on August 4, 2017, the legislative proposal for increasing the visitor’s tax for skippers for the year 2018 passed and was initially adopted.
Almost at the same time, the responsible associations all over Europe unleashed an indignant storm of protest against this measure which was widely considered as quite exaggerated. And also many SeaHelp members expressed their concern about this touristic development in “their” Croatia. Due to public pressure, SeaHelp decided to launch an online petition. And the petition was signed by more than 600 skippers within the first 24 hours, so Croatian television and newspapers as well as the entire German-speaking water sports print media reported about SeaHelp’s activities. In the meantime, SeaHelp was contacted by a large number of foreign associations also supporting the petition. In total, there were more than 2,400 skippers criticising this drastic increase as unjustified. Last but not least it was the aim of the SeaHelp petition to ease hardships.
A good many conversations with our members brought out that there existed actually no resentments against the equal treatment with “normal” tourists staying at hotels, private accommodations or camping sites with reference to charging a visitor’s tax. Nevertheless, a general assessment with reference to potential sleeping cabs on board was outright considered as unjust and a massive disadvantage for skippers in Croatia.
The petition has been presented to the Ministry of Tourism in Zagreb by now but, nevertheless, there has been no reaction up to now which is also to some extent due to the Croatian Christmas holidays.
According to unconfirmed rumours, a statement of the Croatian Ministry of Tourism with regard to the visitor’s tax increase is to be expected at the “boot” in Düsseldorf. SeaHelp will continue to keep its members informed about the developments.