Guests from the cruise will be transported by low-floor buses to Pila

first_imgAt the end of last year, Dubrovnik took the right step in the context of reducing the excessive influx of tourists into the city from cruise ships, and agreed with cruise companies that a maximum of two cruisers would sail into the most desirable cruise destination in the Mediterranean, bringing a maximum of 5000 visitors. The plan to introduce the so-called cruise fees were presented to the new president of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Adam Goldstein, and his associates at a working meeting in Berlin during the ITB trade fair in early March. “They expressed full understanding for the introduction of the fee and thanked us for informing them of this intention in a timely manner. I would like to point out that CLIA are our true partners in our project “Respect the City” because they, like us in the city administration, want the best destination experience for their guests, or we want satisfied guests regardless of arrival, but also satisfied citizens. Only through balance and through cooperation can we achieve this”Says Franković. One of the measures and novelties is the introduction of cruise guest transport to Pila and back by low-floor articulated buses. This will take over the shuttle transport from JGP Libertas, which will significantly reduce congestion on city roads. As the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mate Franković, points out, these measures will establish full control and organization of berthing of vessels on cruises, all with the aim of achieving the highest level of service provided. “We are pleased that in cooperation with the Association of Cities we managed to get the possibility of collecting the sojourn tax from one-day guests included in the proposal of the new law and that the Ministry accepted it. It was agreed that the payment still goes by ship, and talking to our partners from the CLIA, they also agreed that this is the best model. ” points out Mate Franković, the mayor of Dubrovnik. The City of Dubrovnik has recently harmonized the rules with the representatives of shipping companies and the CLIA association for season 2020. which will include additional improvements in terms of the number of guests visiting the City at the same time, all with the aim of achieving the highest level of service provided for guests and citizen satisfaction. Also, at the initiative of the City of Dubrovnik, the Ministry of Tourism, when amending the Law on Tourist Tax, introduced the collection of tourist tax for passengers on cruises. center_img Its introduction will be decided by the destinations themselves, ie local self-government units, and will be implemented at the beginning of 2021. In Dubrovnik, a sojourn tax per ship will be introduced from 2021 onwards, although the first considerations were that a sojourn tax be charged for each guest on a cruise ship. From 2021, tourist tax for cruisers as well Finally, Franković points out that the additional income from the sojourn tax for cruisers will be spent on improving the city’s communal infrastructure. “The funds will be spent on investment maintenance of roads and transport / communal infrastructure in order to increase the overall communal standard, the development of which, unfortunately, in recent decades has not followed the development of tourism and it is up to this city administration to change that.” Thus, throughout the week, from Monday to Sunday, a maximum of two cruisers a day stay in Dubrovnik. This year, there was only one problem with the blockade of the entrance to the City, due to the mooring of the MSC Sinfonie in Gruž earlier than planned. As the MSC reacted in a statement, the omission occurred as a result of unfortunate and unplanned circumstances. “Due to the earlier arrival of the ship in Dubrovnik, the unfavorable weather conditions at sea were the main reason for it, due to which Sinfonia missed the berth in Mykonos on the way from Venice and headed directly to Dubrovnik.”Stressed from MSC Cruises apologizing that this event was an exception caused by external factors.last_img read more

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European pensions-tracking service must add value ‘without legislation’

first_imgA European pension tracking system must be low-cost and offer sufficient “added value” to entice providers to join rather than rely on statutory underpinning, the European Commission has been told.Compiled by the TTYPE project – short for Track and Trace your Pension in Europe – the report concluded that a not-for-profit entity partially funded by the Commission should be launched to coordinate a European tracking system (ETS), which would build on existing tracking services put in place by member states.The report comes two years after the Commission asked the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK), Denmark’s PKA and four pension managers from the Netherlands – PGGM, APG, Mn and Syntrus Achmea – to investigate the feasibility of an ETS, building on their experience with national tracking systems.TTYPE urged the Commission not to use legislation to establish the ETS, pointing out that a “bottom-up” voluntary approach had received broad support among the stakeholders with which it consulted. “However, it cannot be ruled out that, in some countries, legislative measures can be helpful or even necessary to enable providers to connect to the ETS,” the report added.It suggested that any such steps should be decided by individual member states.To ensure support for the project in the absence of a legal framework, the report proposed it adhere to four principles.With an eye on data-protection concerns, it was suggested that the ETS draw up a privacy policy but also ensure that the individual controlled the use of personal data shared through the portal.The proposed ETS would not retain any data on individual pension entitlements but rather use each provider’s method of authentication to request the information each time a user logged in to the ETS.Matters of data protection were previously raised by the Actuarial Association of Europe as a potential stumbling block.In a recent paper, the organisation noted that the unique identifier used in many countries to track pensions could only ever be used by a government-controlled entity.Additionally, it would be made clear to users that any data displayed through the ETS was only to be used for information purposes rather than as the basis for a claim, with the responsibilities of both provider and the ETS laid out in a binding contract.The report further proposed that the governing body, called STEP, would include representatives from unions, pension providers, existing tracking services and the Commission on its board to ensure ongoing support.It said that, in instances where a national tracking service was not in place – such as Spain, Portugal or Italy – the ETS could either take the place of a national provider or assist in the launch of a national system.The report accepted that while it hoped it had presented a feasible solution, this was not the same as one that could be successfully implemented.“In the end, the success of the ETS will be measured in terms of its usage, finding lost beneficiaries or raising mobility figures, rather than in terms of functionality,” it said.It speculated that, even if it only captured workers who had already worked in a second member state, it would cover 8m people.Steven Janssen of the Belgian tracking system SIGeDIS previously cautioned the Commission that it should not be overly ambitious in its plans for an ETS.last_img read more

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