Plenković says tourism results are good
ZAGREB, August 8, 2021 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenković attended the 306th Sinjska Alka tournament in Sinj on Sunday, saying it was “a beautiful event” for the region and Croatia because it was “our tradition, our heritage and everything. which embodies Croatia. identity.”
Speaking before the prick contest, he congratulated the people of Sinj and the Society of Knights of Alka for the 306th Sinjska Alka.
The tournament commemorates a victory over 60,000 Ottoman soldiers on August 14, 1715 by 700 Croatian defenders from Sinj, about 30 kilometers inland from the southern coastal city of Split.
The event features period-clad horsemen riding at a full gallop and pointing their spears at an iron ring, called the alka, which hangs from a rope above the race track.
It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010.
Members of the press asked Plenković to comment on the COVID situation in Sinj, whose mayor Miro Bulj has requested that hotel establishments be allowed to stay open longer for the tournament, a request rejected by the national management team. COVID crisis due to COVID rules.
The prime minister said the rules were the same for everyone and were adopted for, not against, citizens and tourists.
He said he didn’t see a problem, as more spectators would be allowed than last year, and that after 18 months it should be clear to everyone why bars were not allowed to stay open. after midnight, not just in Sinj.
Plenković went on to say that the tourist season was above all expectations, and that the state and all other segments of society had done everything to make it improve both in terms of the COVID situation and efforts to promote Croatia.
He announced on Tuesday a meeting of the tourism sector in Opatija in which six ministers will participate to examine what has been done during this year’s tourist season which, according to current estimates, will represent 65-70% of the results achieved in the record year. 2019.
“Considering our neighbors and the situation we were in, it’s great,” Plenković said.
He added that people should be more disciplined, wiser and more responsible to each other to make the season last as long as possible, so that the Croatian coastline is an orange COVID zone for at least two to three weeks of more, which, he added, would indicate a strong economic recovery.
He said the growth announcements for the second quarter were “brilliant” and that if the season continued like this they would also be “very good” for the third quarter. “This is what is most important to me as Prime Minister at the moment.”
Asked to comment on the confirmation by The Hague War Crimes Tribunal that Slobodan Milošević participated in a criminal enterprise against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Plenković said the Croats knew this very well and did not need to evidence.
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