Minister Cappelli: The sojourn tax is not a tax, nor a parafiscal levy

first_imgAfter the entire tourist industry, from the hosts in the family accommodation and hoteliers, loudly rebelled against raising the sojourn tax, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board also reacted.MINT and CNTB: Tourist tax funds important revenue of the CNTB for the promotion of CroatiaThe funds collected by the sojourn tax are an important income of the Croatian Tourist Board aimed, among other things, at financing promotional activities, and the proposal of new changes in the sojourn tax is being worked on by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, as a result of coordination and agreement with all stakeholders. changing market challenges with the main goal – strengthening the competitive position of our country on the world tourist map, point out the MINT.The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli, points out that the sojourn tax is not a tax or parafiscal levy and the funds are not transferred to the state treasury, but to revenues that are returned directly to destinations through redistribution, cities, counties, CNTB and the Red Cross. “The sojourn tax is stated on a separate invoice and can in no way be part of the price of our accommodation offer. The amounts have not changed since 2005, when it was calculated at the level of 35 days of occupancy and the average price of 100 kuna in private accommodation. When you look at how many millions of people have searched our country these days thanks to the strong promotion for the historic success of our footballers at the World Cup, it is invaluable. I am sure that all our dear guests would be happy to contribute to the beauty, infrastructure, offer and promotion of destinations in the Republic of Croatia that they have chosen as their vacation spot.”, commented the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia and the President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli. Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić points out that the funds collected by the sojourn tax significantly improve the functioning of the entire system and enable the implementation of key legal tasks such as promotion, development of tourist offer, encouraging events in the destination and strengthening competencies and professionalization of employees. “We know that the sojourn tax is the most significant income of the tourist board system, and it is the amount paid by the guest and which, for example, through the model of joint advertising, event support, offer improvement and more is largely returned to the system. The competition does not stand still. More money from the sojourn tax means more money to promote the country. This would really help us to continue to follow in the promotional and marketing sense, but also to impose trends in order to strengthen the recognition of Croatia as a tourist destination on the international market.”, concluded the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.NEW REGULATION ON THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAXThe new Decree on the amount of sojourn tax, which should enter into force on January 1, 2019, determines the amount of sojourn tax paid by persons who spend the night in a catering facility from the group Camps, the lump sum of sojourn tax paid by citizens providing catering services in household and peasant household, the amount of the lump sum of the sojourn tax paid by the owner of the holiday home or apartment for himself and members of the immediate family (“weekenders”) and the lump sum of the sojourn tax paid by the owners or users of the vessel for themselves and for all persons vessel (sailors). The decree proposes to increase the amount of the sojourn tax for persons who use the overnight service in accommodation facilities where the sojourn tax is paid per night (except campsites) by 25% more compared to 2018. Therefore, the amount of this tax in a tourist place of class A in the main summer part of the season in hotels and similar accommodation would increase from 8 to 10 kuna. The regulation also proposes to increase the amount of the sojourn tax for persons providing catering services for accommodation in the household and on the family farm by 15% – it has not changed since 2005.These changes will apply only to A class and apply only in the heart of the tourist year, point out the MINT, adding that the amount of sojourn tax is not determined by location but by seasonal periods and the class of the tourist place. The amount of the sojourn tax does not change, ie it remains at the same level as in 2018 for people who spend the night in a catering facility from the group Camps (types of camps and camping rest areas), and for the owner of a holiday home and apartment and members of his immediate family who pay the sojourn tax in an annual lump sum. For household camps, the amount of the sojourn tax prescribed for private renters applies.RELATED NEWS:CROATIAN TOURIST INDUSTRY AGAINST RAISING RESIDENCE TAX BEFORE RESTRUCTURING THE TOURIST BOARD SYSTEMANNOUNCEMENT OF INCREASE IN RESIDENCE TAX AND TAX CAUSED AN AVAILABLE OF DISSATISFACTIONlast_img read more

Jon Bricks Establishes a Charity Organization

first_imgHailing from a country hard hit by poverty with fewer opportunities, if any, for the less privileged, international Liberian rap star Jon Bricks has established the Zama Plus Foundation International to help support the less fortunate in society.The Liberian HipCo rapper hopes that with this new organization, he will be able to give back to the same society that made him by creating educational opportunities for his compatriots.Upon his return to Liberia last year, Jon Bricks made a donation of food items valued at over US$500 to Orphan Relief and Rescue, a local NGO, and Francis Gaskin Rescue Home for Children, an orphanage. Concerned about this latest development LIB Life caught up with the star to talk about his new initiative.LIB Life: What inspired you to establish this NGO that intends to support the less fortunate?JB: I got inspired to establish a charity organization through my experiences back in Liberia, seeing the needs and aspirations of young unfortunate kids after traveling the 14 out of the 15 counties in 2008. I once told my self that I would one day fulfill this dream because I know what it means to be in need. LIB Life: How will this newly established organization get funds to support its projects?JB: The team aims to raise funds through solicitations, public means and personal contributions locally or internationally. The organization will first be launched on the 3rd show of my Diva Dream live concert along with Chinese super star Zheng Zheng in Liberia next month on February 14 on Bernard beach.I’m coming to Liberia for three shows, and 50% of the funds generated from these concerts will go toward implementation of the foundation’s future projects. The account number of the organization will be announced the same date of the launch so we can get donation from the public as well; we look forward to everyone’s support.LIB Life: Please tell us the services that Zama Foundation International will engage in?JB: We want to engage in providing food, clothing and shelter for these under privileged children. We also look forward to providing educational materials to these kids, if possible. We will also try to find sponsors for some of these kids to help them with their education and well being in the nearest future. We hope and pray that we get the support we need as time goes by. LIB Life: What’s the meaning behind the name Zama, and your vision for the foundation in the coming years?JB: Zama Plus Foundation International represents hope, love and peace; and doing charity is part of me because it’s stated in the Bible: “Blessed is the hand that Giveth.” In the next few years, we look forward to seeing more kids back in school, more kids having the requisite necessities like food, clothes and shelter. We hope to expand into more developments as we grow. I’m mostly known as Zama, which represents status positively, and the organization’s name came through the combination of Zama Records and Royal Plus International, that is run by my local manager. So we decided to call it Zama Plus Foundation International. LIB Life: Do you have an office space?JB: We currently have our office space in Paynesville on the Benson Hospital Road, fully equipped and ready to get started. Our teams are all set – myself, along with Prince Jallah and Bill Passaway and few others. LIB Life: To what extent has charity affected your career and how do you feel about associating with the less fortunate?JB: I’m still trying to move my career to higher heights but again I’m grateful for where God has taken me presently because I truly know both hard and good times.I’m grateful; therefore, I can’t pay him back for all the things done in my life. All I can do is to share the little I have with others that do not have. Giving back means a lot. It is not that I’m that rich guy but I honestly know what it means to have nothing. LIB Life: Thanks for the interview, anything else to add?JB: I would like to thank everyone for their continual support of my career, physically or morally; I’m grateful most especially to my loyal fans. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more