Ministry looking to ease restrictions on hotel occupancy

Ljubljana – The Economy Ministry supports the proposal from hotel operator representatives that the limit for the number of rooms that may be open in an individual establishment is not expressed in the absolute number of 30 units but as a percentage. It hopes it will get relevant approval from the expert advisory group next week.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday about the proposal from the Association of Hotel Operators, State Secretary Simon Zajc said that it “makes sense” and added that he was optimistic about the advisory group approving it next week.

This comes after the government permitted the opening of up to 30 rooms in accommodation facilities, regardless of their size, under the condition that guests produce a negative coronavirus test or a certificate of convalescence or vaccination.

The association, which operates under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce (TGZS), commented by saying that hotel operators did not have enough time to prepare themselves for the re-opening and that many find it unfeasible under these conditions.

It has proposed that the limit of up to 30 rooms remains for facilities with up to 60 rooms, while larger facilities could open up to 70% of their rooms. “In this case it would pay off [to open],” TGZS director Fedja Pobegajlo told the STA.

Zajc meanwhile also announced that the inter-ministerial coordination of an emergency bill aiding the hospitality and tourism sectors was nearing completion, and that it would be sent for discussion in the government and parliament after that.