Domestic tourists realized 94 thousand arrivals and 193 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of arrivals by 14,7% and an increase of overnight stays by 10,0% compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists realized more than 170 thousand arrivals and 357 thousand overnight stays, which is 24,3% more arrivals and 15,1% more overnight stays compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists realized the most overnight stays in the City of Zagreb, 83 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 11,7% overnight stays compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists, except in the City of Zagreb, realized the most overnight stays in Dubrovnik, Rovinj – Rovigno, Podgora , Split and Opatija, which is 55,7% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists. In February 2019, domestic tourists spent the most nights in the City of Zagreb, 33 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 20,1% overnight stays compared to February 2018. This is followed by overnight stays of domestic tourists in Opatija, Split, Dubrovnik, Rovinj – Rovigno and Rijeka, which is 39,3% of the total overnight stays of domestic tourists. Tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the most overnight stays The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in February 2019 was realized by the City of Zagreb, 60 thousand arrivals, which is 22,6% of the total arrivals and 116 thousand overnight stays, which is 21,1% of the total tourist overnight stays. Compared to February 2018, there were 12,4% more tourist arrivals and 14,0% more tourist nights in the City of Zagreb. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (10,1%), Germany (8,0%), Italy (6,0%), the Republic of Korea (5,9%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (5,7%), USA (4,3%) and Serbia (4,2%). In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, more than 26 thousand rooms and suites were available to tourists (which is 50,9% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 51 thousand permanent beds (which is 43,2% of the total number of available permanent beds). The average occupancy of rooms was 33,4%, and permanent beds 28,6%. The City of Zagreb also has the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in February In February 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 370 thousand overnight stays, which is 67,4% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to February 2018, the number of tourist arrivals in hotels increased by 19,8% and the number of overnight stays by 12,9%. In February 2019, more than 264 thousand tourist arrivals and 550 thousand tourist nights were realized in commercial accommodation facilities. Compared to February 2018, there were 20,7% more arrivals and 13,3% more overnight stays, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Most rooms and permanent beds available in the group Hotels and similar accommodation In February 2019, tourists from Slovenia realized the most arrivals and overnight stays of foreign tourists, 31 thousand arrivals and 72 thousand overnight stays (18,3% of the total number of foreign tourist arrivals and 20,2% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists). Compared to February 2018, tourists from Slovenia increased their arrivals by 22,0% and the number of overnight stays by 18,1%. In February 2019, tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the highest number of overnight stays, 106 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,2% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group 25-34, 97 thousand nights spent, which is 17,7% of the total number of nights. Slovenian tourists with by far the most arrivals and overnight stays Most nights spent in hotels The city of Zagreb is a favorite tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists In February 2019, 52 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 118 thousand permanent beds were available to tourists.
The SER has been assessing a new pensions contract for three years, and is currently assessing two alternatives, comprising a target contract and individual pensions accrual and both with some degree of collective risk-sharing.Although the Pensions Federation – the trade body for the Netherlands’ pension funds – has concluded that both variants would be potentially viable, it said additional research for improvements was needed.According to the FD’s sources, however, the debate within the SER is still ongoing and many decisions still need to be taken.Among the hurdles is the fact that the unions don’t like the concept of individual pensions accrual. Opinions also differ on the degree of risk-sharing with the varying effects on pensions accrual and workers’ generations.Another tricky issue is the transition to a new pensions system. The costs of replacing the current average pensions accrual with an age-related “degressive” one, as the current cabinet wants, are estimated at up to €100bn.Corien Wortmann-Kool, chair of the €382bn civil service scheme ABP, recently expressed the sense of urgency in the sector by stressing that the discussions should not get bogged down in a tug of war about details.“Rather an [actual] eight out of ten than a theoretical nine, which is unlikely to be scored,” she said.“It is important to come up with a framework now and do the work under the bonnet later,” echoed Kees Goudswaard, chairman of the SER’s pensions committee.Meanwhile, calls have started from within the pensions sector to keep the current system, albeit with improvements.Albert Akkerman, former chief executive of the €19bn pensions provider and asset manager SPF Beheer, noted that “time and time again, we have seen that new alternatives are not really better than the current system”.In an opinion piece in IPE sister publication Pensioen Pro, he argued that a new system wouldn’t increase pensions.Akkerman said that, among other things, participants needed convincing that a pension was no guarantee but a target, and to increase the options for pensions saving for the more than 1m self-employed. The Social and Economic Council (SER) is unlikely to come up with the long-awaited blueprint for a new pensions system ahead of the elections for parliament on 15 March, according to Dutch financial news daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD).The FD quoted “insiders” as saying that the representatives of employers and workers in the SER aimed to present their plan for a new pensions contract ahead of formation talks for a new cabinet.This way they aimed to prevent a new government from developing plans for a new system that aren’t aligned with the sector’s views, according to the paper.Based on recent polls, a new coalition would need the co-operation of four, and possibly even five, political parties – all of which have different views on pensions.