Boris Žgomba, Uniline: I appeal to the Government of the Republic of Croatia to finally resolve key issues for tourism and the work of more than 1000 tourist agencies in Croatia
‘There is no survival without growth, and growth without development. At a time when the period of hyper-demand in tourism in Croatia is definitely behind us, we continue to monitor changes, think and make timely moves,”Concluded Žgomba. This sets an extremely high scale for 2019, which should be successfully skipped despite a series of turbulences in foreign markets, but this marathon will not be able to run objectively if business conditions are not regulated, said Boris Žgomba, CEO of Uniline, after announcing business results in 2018 Uniline points out that the business result in 2018 is a reflection timely recognition and adaptation to change te diversification of tourism products i markets outside Europe, especially in Asia and North and South America, ie the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries, and larger investments in the Indian market are planned. “These regulations provide a more even starting position compared to competitors of the Mediterranean tourist country, where such burdens are usually twice lower or in the case of a special procedure of taxation of travel agencies do not even exist, as well as investing in higher salaries for employees, leading to competitiveness. which will be increasingly important in the coming periods and the constant technological improvement of the quality of business at all levels.” Boris Žgomba, Uniline: Timely moves should be made in today’s tourism “We appeal to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, ie the competent ministries, primarily finance and tourism, to finally resolve several key issues for tourism and in our business area for more than 1000 travel agencies in Croatia – from lowering VAT to a competitive level with Mediterranean countries to regulation special procedure for taxation of travel agencies in accordance with European practice “, stressed Žgomba, pointing out the two main problems plaguing travel agencies. What is required is the same starting position on Mediterranean countries and fair market competition, because with competition from the Mediterranean, tax and other burdens are much lower, which puts our tourism in an unequal position. Last year for Uniline, it was more than successful. Thus, in 2018, a historically record business result of Uniline was achieved. The increase in the number of arrivals in 2018 compared to 2017 is recorded from all markets by about 20%, for example from China over 25%, Singapore about 20% and Korea by about 20%. As a regional leader among tour operators and travel agencies, Uniline annually serves more than 390 thousand guests in Croatia and the region thanks to its business headquarters in Pula, office in Zagreb, sister companies in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and offices and representative offices in South Korea, China, Japan and Thailand. He is the exclusive holder of the Europcar franchise for Croatia and manages the vehicle fleet, which in 2019 increased to 1500 vehicles. Unilline’s total revenues in 2018 amounted to HRK 416 million, which is an increase of 2017% compared to 11, as well as an increase in profit before tax by 16%, while the number of employees grew by 10%.