This year, about 400 exhibitors are exhibiting at the Biograd Boat Show, who will present themselves with numerous vessels and nautical equipment, and European and world premieres of new vessels will be held, which will be in the focus of interest of the world media. As part of the first Croatia Charter Expo, a new two-day Business to Business event, charter companies will meet with agents, brokers and suppliers. Kovačević emphasized that these data clearly outline the potential and importance of the development of nautical tourism for the overall development of the Croatian tourist product. “That is why we must protect our coast and sea, but also remove obstacles, especially legal ones, for stronger investment and competitiveness of the nautical sector. The key is in the urgent procedure of adopting the Amendment to the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports, in order to create legal security, which is a precondition for new investments and development.”, Said Kovacevic. Attachment: ISTRAŽIVANJE – TOMAS NAUTIKA JAHTING 2017. “Hrvatska je nautička velesila i jedna smo od najznačajnijih nautičkih destinacija ne samo na Mediteranu već i na globalnoj razini. To jasno potvrđuju i brojke – imamo flotu od 4.300 plovila, više od 140 luka nautičkog turizma s preko 17.000 vezova i milijun putnika na kruzerima. Prosjek potrošnje nautičkih turista je 126 eura dnevno, a u čarteru 183 eura po danu. Više od 30 posto tog novca se troši na druge oblike turizma, od kulturnog do vinske i gastronomske ponude“, pointed out the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Dragan Kovacevic at the opening of the Biograd Boat Show and the third Nautical Days of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. In the coming period, everyone in tourism will have to invest significantly more effort than in previous years in attracting guests, including charter, which has had a significant increase in capacity relative to demand growth. Therefore, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce organized a panel as part of the Nautical Day program “Is Croatia still the leading charter destination in the world?”, in which the Assistant Minister in the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure participated Andjelko Petrinic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina, Head of the CNTB Market Research and Strategic Planning Department Sasa Popovac, President of the Association of Accommodation Providers on Boats – charter HGK Paško Klisović, Director of Sales and Marketing of one of the world’s leading boat rental platforms, MMK Systems Martina Hršak and editor-in-chief of Magazine More Braslav Karlić. Glavina said that charter is a particularly important segment of our overall tourist offer because we hold almost 40 percent of the world’s charter fleet. “With the continuous growth of income, there is a growing interest of investors for the Croatian coast, including the construction of new marinas and the expansion of the nautical offer. Our goal and common task is to continuously raise standards in the quality of content and service. We also focus on sustainable development in order to be not only an even more competitive tourist destination in the future, but also to preserve our natural heritage, “said Glavina. Organizer and host of the Biograd Boat Show and President of the Management Board of Ilirija Goran Raznjevic stated that the company is a pioneer of nautical tourism in Croatia. “Our further contribution to the development of nautical tourism is reflected in the organization of the fair, which in these twenty years with its continuous growth and development has grown into the days of Croatian nautical and congress of the nautical industry, which significantly contributed to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce”, Said Raznjevic. At the first fair in 1999, only 5 exhibitors exhibited, and today it has grown into one of the leading nautical fairs in Europe. This is the 21st Biograd Boat Show, which takes place from October 17 to 19 in Biograd na Moru. As part of the event, sessions of professional associations of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will be held: tourist shipping companies, small shipbuilding, marinas, ports, charters and adventure tourism, as well as numerous professional presentations. By the way, Zadar County is an important Croatian nautical center, which is confirmed by the awards of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board at this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, where Zadar was named the best nautical destination and Olive Island Sutomišćica the best marina in Croatia. Also, Sukosan’s D-Marin Dalmacija was named the best in the category of large marinas, while Ilirija’s marina Kornati, where the fair takes place, was a finalist of the same category, and charter company Angelina from Biograd was a finalist for the charter company of the year. Klisovic cited significant fleet growth as the most significant challenges at the moment, with an increase in operating costs, mainly through an increase in the cost of connections. “There are measures and tools to achieve and maintain moderate growth through licensing of charter companies or at least the implementation of the existing regulations on charter operations, planning and construction of new berths and a stronger presence in insufficiently processed emitting markets. The intention is to open these topics through professional events on the BBS, agree on key problems and possible solutions, and launch the system in that direction, “Klisović explained. State Secretary in the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Josip Bilaver said that nautical tourism stimulates the economic growth of the Zadar region, but also the entire country. “In addition to the already known tourist benefits of this type of tourism, it should be noted that the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure takes care of the development of nautical tourism ports, as well as the protection and preservation of the marine environment. Preservation of the sea and marine resources, safety of navigation and protection of human lives are the backbone of our work. Due to all the above, we are recognized as an excellent and safe nautical destination. “said Bilaver. As the manufacturer of the largest yacht charter booking system in the world, MMK Systems has data on 620 fleets and 8.500 vessels from all over the world that use this booking system. Hršak points out that these data clearly show the dominance of Croatia as the top destination for yacht charter in the world. “S obzirom da mi u MMK-u imamo flote iz preko 35 država, primjećujemo da je, što se tiče razvijenosti industrije i uređenosti samog poslovanja, Hrvatska tu također lider s obzirom na jasna pravila oko boravišnih pristojbi, fiskalizacije, crew lista i sl., što u ostalim destinacijama često nije slučajShe asserted.