Cappelli: Situation in fire-affected areas under control

ZAGREB, 18.7.2017.

Tourists holidaying in the Split area share the concerns of local residents about the raging wildfires in the outskirts of the city and hope they will be put out as soon as possible, but are not leaving or cancelling their arrangements, local tourism officials said on Tuesday, stressing that there has been no panic among the tourists.

According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, about 40,000 tourists are currently staying in the Split area and about 170,000 in Split-Dalmatia County.

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli told Hina that his ministry was in close contact with all local tourism boards. "Right now we have no information about tourist arrangements being cancelled. I advise all tourists to follow the clear instructions from emergency response teams and to have understanding and patience for the present situation, which I am confident will be dealt with soon," he said.

Firefighters are still battling the fires, but there are no major threats to tourists in that area, and the situation is under control, the minister said.

"All night, morning and day we have been receiving queries from tourists, and in cooperation with tourism workers, hoteliers, private accommodation providers and campsites we have found alternative accommodation for those from affected areas, most of whom have already returned to their original accommodation. We have provided advice and information on the situation at our information centres and on our Facebook page," the head of the Split Tourism Board, Alijana Vuksic, said. (Hina)