Bravo for the move of the city of Umag. The purpose of tourism is to focus the newly generated tourist spending on a better quality of life for the local population. For whom to develop tourism if not for the local economy and the local population, which must directly benefit from it. Also, as there are large crowds in the city during the summer months due to the arrival of tourists, the quality of life of the local population is much lower. For example, going to the store, post office, clinic and other primary needs of the local population is sometimes not a possible mission. That is why the decision of the city of Umag on free parking in the city center is extremely important and an excellent example of the direction in which tourism should be developed. Namely, as they point out from the city of Umag, from June 1, 2016, all citizens residing in the Umag area and a traffic permit issued by the Umag Police Station, use free and unlimited large parking on the coast, 365 days a year. However, as Umag, as well as its population in the center and settlements is rapidly developing and growing, another decision was made that will greatly delight the people of Umag and which definitely puts Umag on the list of rare cities that provide free parking in the city center. , at as many as 5 locations. Photo: Google maps Umag thus became the first city in Croatia to have an organized parking payment system, but also organized free parking for its citizens in the city center, at 5 locations. Citizens of the City of Umag, more precisely natural persons with permanent or permanent residence in the area of Umag, are entitled to free parking on the parking lot of Šetalište Vladimira Gortana (coast), Šetalište Vladimira Gortana – at the gas station, Ulica Ernesta Miloša, Ulica 154. brigade Hrvatske vojske (in the part not reserved for tenants of POS apartments) and in the parking lot in Ulica žrtava fašizma. To exercise the right to free parking, you need proof of residence or permanent residence in the City of Umag and a valid traffic license for a personal vehicle in your possession. Find out how to get an e-vignette for free parking here After the introduction of a new and modern parking payment system “ParkWallet” in early June, which allows parking from a smartphone with a credit card, the City of Umag at a recent session of the City Council provided all its citizens with free use of four large parking lots. makes 5 free parking spaces in the city center.