Adriano Palman, KUH: We strongly oppose the newly created category “Camp resting place – Robinson accommodation”
MINT proposed changes Rulebook on classification and categorization of objects which would enable the so-called Robinson accommodation in family farms and households.Regarding the proposal to amend the Ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities, according to which it is planned to provide Robinson accommodation in family farms and households, the Croatian Camping Association – KUH strongly opposes the newly created category “Camp resting place – Robinson accommodation, they point out in their statement, all with the intention of protecting the dignity of the camping itself and the desire to avoid abuse of the term and the institution of “camps”.”Camping rest area” has no connection with Robinson accommodation in terms of concept and logic, nor are these two concepts connected anywhere in Europe, points out Adriano Palman from KUH and adds that the camping rest area was introduced in regulations as a counterpart to German “Stellplatz” and Italian “Aree di sosta”. “, And implies only shorter accommodation of guests with their own mobile camping equipment. “This segment, in order to prevent abuse, needs to be further regulated rather than liberalized.Palman emphasizes.Given the existing experiences that are very often diametrically different ways of interpreting regulations and issuing permits for different types of facilities, it is necessary to unify and further regulate (standardize) procedures and interpretations around the issuance of permits. “The proposed new rulebook poses a real danger that any green area, meadow or bay, will turn into a facility that contains the word “Camp” in its name, which will also negatively affect the perception of HR camping abroad and in the country, and potentially lead to camping. a situation from about 20 years ago when it was unfortunately understood by the public as an “unwanted form of accommodation”. The development of Robinson accommodation facilities should be linked to the name “Robinson accommodation”, and not to abuse the term and institution of the camp. It must be a special category or special topic, regulated by a separate rulebook and not related to the institution of “camps”. ” Palman points outIn addition, in order to protect the image of the entire camping sector, manage the desired development, avoid unwanted phenomena and protect the space, KUH proposes to immediately launch additional initiatives:1. Introduction of the obligation that the categorization of all objects of the “camp” typology is performed exclusively by the Ministry of Tourism (both for hotels and camps), and not by local state administration offices.2. Revise and unify 3 different ordinances within which the same facilities of “camps” are always categorized.3. According to the principle of practice in the EU, and in order to avoid unfair competition and circumvent positive legal regulations, introduce additional regulations for camping resorts.Today, the Croatian camping product is very developed, covering as much as 25% of Croatian tourism and is the second highest quality in Europe, and in recent decades hundreds of millions of kunas have been invested in the development of camps. It is true that the camping sector has made great efforts to create a positive image of camping both abroad, and especially within the Republic of Croatia, where camps, which today in the context of quality accommodation are often called “outdoor hotels”, were unknown and often presented in a negative context. These efforts have resulted in camping today being understood in Croatia as a good and positive tourist product, and with the entry of new trends such as glamping, certainly an excellent tourist product.In the segment of Robinson accommodation, Palman emphasizes that it is not a “camping” product, and based on their development experience, propose the introduction of minimum control mechanisms to avoid natural events and uncontrolled development processes, and call on the Ministry of Tourism to take into account the following views:LGUs must manage this process (it is necessary to define the methodology, eg possible tools are spatial plan, standardization of required permits, defining the minimum plot area – etc. which ultimately allows management desired development).Enable development only outside the settlement (with the option to, for example, count in the quotas of maximum capacities / beds of the tourist zone outside the settlement; development is by no means possible within the settlement.Robinson accommodation must remain reserved for areas in the immediate vicinity (to define, eg 2 km) it is not possible to meet the requirements for categorization as a real camp (infrastructure connections, construction…).Categorization must be performed by the Ministry (as for hotels and camps), and not by local state administration offices.