first_imgNov 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – As the World Health Organization noted Thailand’s 20th human case of avian influenza, it offered details today of the circumstances around the 50-year-old woman’s infection.The woman, from Bangkok, visited her husband on Oct 23 in Nonthaburi province, north of Bangkok, where backyard chickens had started dying a few days earlier, WHO said. She experienced symptoms Oct 26 and was admitted to the hospital Oct 29. She is still hospitalized in satisfactory condition, the agency said.Investigators have not found any sign of respiratory illness among the patient’s close contacts. Her case is the third confirmed in Thailand in the last month.”These cases coincide with a recurrence of confirmed H5 outbreaks in poultry in six provinces, most of which are in the central part of the country, and point to the need to remain on high alert for the occurrence of human cases in all countries experiencing outbreaks in poultry,” WHO wrote.The WHO recently published suggestions to protect people from direct exposure to the H5N1 virus and, if needed, to protect people after exposure. Among the guidelines:Vaccinating people at risk for exposure to H5N1 against seasonal flu can reduce the chances for the virus to re-assort, which would allow the H5N1 avian virus to adapt more to people and could lead to easier person-to-person spread of the virus.At-risk agricultural workers should wear protective clothing, such as coveralls with an impermeable apron or surgical gowns with long, cuffed sleeves and an impermeable apron; heavy rubber gloves that can be disinfected; surgical masks (standard, well-fitted surgical masks can stand in if high-efficiency N95 masks can’t be found) with fit-testing and training in mask use; goggles; and rubber or polyurethane boots that can be cleaned or used with disposable foot covers.People at risk for occupational exposure may be protected by prophylaxis with oseltamivir. They should also check daily for 14 days after the latest exposure for signs of fever, influenza-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal symptoms.Suspected case-patients must be isolated and sampled according to WHO guidelines. Samples and viruses can be shipped to WHO labs for diagnosis. Serum samples and epidemiologic data also should be collected on exposed patients.At the federal level, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week outlined a number of measures to safeguard domestic poultry populations and track any avian flu viruses in the United States. In a technical briefing on avian flu on Oct 26 in Washington, DC, five people representing aspects of avian flu surveillance and prevention efforts spoke about the issues.The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has conducted an outreach campaign dubbed “Biosecurity for the Birds” to reach poultry industry members with protective measures for their birds. In addition, USDA’s collaboration with state agriculture departments allows it to monitor live bird markets in the northeastern US to stop any H5 or H7 virus subtypes found in those markets, said Dr. Ron DeHaven, APHIS administrator.If an unusual outbreak is suspected, USDA can get specially trained veterinarians to the site within 4 hours, DeHaven added. State-level teams are usually able to respond to a suspected outbreak within a day to cull, quarantine, and disinfect. APHIS also has avian flu vaccines for poultry, which can be used in some situations.”We do indeed have a (poultry) vaccine that is effective against the H5N1 virus that’s currently circulating in parts of Asia,” DeHaven added.Although H5N1 has not been found in North America, “the expanding global spread of H5N1 increases the likelihood that it will eventually be detected here,” said Richard Kearney, wildlife program coordinator at the US Geological Survey in the Interior Department.USDA is working with the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Service (AFWS) and the USGS to address that possibility, Kearney said. FWS and USGS biologists have been sampling migratory birds in Alaska for H5N1, which bolsters other ongoing avian flu studies. A program for 2006 will include more comprehensive surveillance and detection to provide an early warning if migratory birds carry H5N1 into North America.Dr. Richard Raymond, undersecretary for food safety at USDA, said the US inspection system ensures poultry is free from visible signs of disease.”If high-path avian influenza were to be detected in the United States, I want to assure the American public that the chance of that infected poultry ever entering the food chain would be extremely low,” Raymond said.See also: WHO news release on Thailand casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_01/en/index.htmlWHO news release on measures to stop the spread in new outbreakshttp://www.who.int/influenza/resources/documents/guidance_publichealthmeasures_h5n1_10_2005/en/index.htmlUSDA news release on US response to avian fluhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/10/0459.xmllast_img read more

first_imgMay 12, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women who have confirmed, probable, or suspected novel influenza H1N1 infections should receive antiviral treatment for 5 days, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a detailed report on three pregnant women who had the disease, one of whom died.In its surveillance of the novel influenza outbreak, the CDC has been gathering information on infections in pregnant women. As of May 10, 20 cases have been reported, including 15 confirmed and 5 probable cases. The CDC published its findings on the three cases in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Dispatch.Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director CDC’s science and public health program, said at a media briefing today that the CDC is singling out the cases to remind healthcare providers and the public that pregnant women are at higher risk for flu complications such as pneumonia and dehydration and that the agency is seeing some severe complications in pregnant women who have novel H1N1 infections.”We want to get the word out about prompt antiviral treatment,” she said.The first of three case reports in today’s MMWR Dispatch appears to describe the Texas woman who was recorded as the nation’s second novel H1N1 flu death. The 33-year-old woman was 35 weeks pregnant and had a 1-day history of myalgia, dry cough, and low-grade fever when she was seen on Apr 15 by her obstetrician. She had a history of psoriasis and mild asthma, but was not taking medication for the conditions.Four days later she went to the emergency department with worsening shortness of breath, fever, and cough. During the visit the woman had severe respiratory distress. Chest radiographs showed bilateral nodular infiltrates, and the woman was intubated and placed on mechanical ventilation. Her doctors performed a cesarean delivery, and the healthy baby girl was later discharged home.On Apr 21 the woman experienced acute respiratory distress syndrome. One week later, she began receiving oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and broad-spectrum antibiotics, but she died on May 4.During the woman’s hospitalization San Antonio health officials detected an untypable influenza A strain in the woman’s nasopharyngeal specimen and sent it to the CDC, which on Apr 30 confirmed the novel H1N1 virus.In the second case report, a previously health 35-year-old woman who was 32 weeks pregnant sought treatment at the emergency department on Apr 20 with a 1-day history of shortness of breath, fever, cough, diarrhea, headache, myalgia, sore throat, and inspiratory chest pain. Chest radiographs were normal and the rapid influenza test was negative. She received parenteral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, acetaminophen, and an albuterol inhaler, and was sent home.The next day her obstetrician obtained a nasopharyngeal sample and sent it for testing. She recovered fully and her pregnancy is progressing normally following her treatment with antibiotics, antinausea medication, and an inhaled corticosteroid. Influenza testing revealed an untypable influenza A strain, which was forwarded to the CDC and confirmed as novel H1N1.She had visited Mexico 3 days before she was seen in the emergency department, and several of her family members on both sides of the border had recently been sick with flu-like illnesses.The third patient, a 29-year-old woman who was 23 weeks pregnant, visited her family doctor for a 1-day history of cough, sore throat, chills, and subjective fever. She had a history of asthma but was not on medication. Her 7-year-old son was also sick and was also seen during the appointment. Another son, age 10, had been sick with similar symptoms the previous week. The family had not traveled to Mexico recently.The woman’s doctor was 13 weeks pregnant and began oseltamivir prophylaxis and did not get sick.The woman’s rapid influenza test was positive. Her doctor prescribed oseltamivir, her symptoms resolved, and the pregnancy is proceeding normally. The Washington State Public Health Laboratory identified the woman’s virus sample as untypable influenza A, and the CDC later confirmed it as novel H1N1.CDC experts note in the report that research has shown a higher risk for complications in pregnant women during seasonal flu outbreaks and previous pandemics. Cardiovascular, respiratory, and immune system changes during pregnancy are thought to contribute to the higher risk, and health officials have recommended that pregnant women receive annual flu vaccines.Though little information is available on antiviral use during pregnancy, the CDC says the benefits of treatment for the novel virus outweigh the potential risk to the fetus.Alongside its recommendation for 5-day antiviral treatment for pregnant women, the CDC recommends that pregnant women who are in close contact with a confirmed, probable, or suspected case-patient receive a 10-day prophylactic course of antivirals.Though both of the neuraminidase inhibitors can be used to treat or prevent the new virus, the CDC said oseltamivir is the preferred treatment, because its systemic absorption may provide better protection against mother-to-child transmission.”Beginning treatment as early as possible is critical,” the CDC states, adding that treating fevers with acetaminophen is important for preventing maternal hyperthermia, which can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes.CDC. Novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infections in three pregnant women, United States, April-May 2009. MMWR Dispatch 2009 May 12;58 [Full text]last_img read more

first_imgAt the annual conference organized by the tour operator TUI, Valamar Riviera was crowned with another award.Naime, već nakon prve sezone poslovanja TUI Family Life Bellevue Resort 4* osvojio je nagradu kao najbolje ukupno ocijenjeni novi hotel u konceptu FAMILY LIFE i za najbolji WI-FI među svim TUI FAMILY LIFE hotelima u svijetu, i to prema ocjenama iz anketa gostiju koje ovaj turoperater redovito provodi. Uz to, ‘Green & Grill’ a la carte restoran ovog Resorta nagrađen je kao ‘Best Practice’, odnosno kao najbolji primjer implementacije visokih TUI-jevih standarda, što su prepoznali i ovogodišnji gosti te mu također dodjelili visoku ocjenu u anketama.Family Life Bellevue Resort 4* otvoren je u lipnju ove godine te uz Valamar Girandella Resort  4*/5* predstavlja najveću ovogodišnju investiciju u hrvatskom turizmu. Priprema i realizacija projekta trajala je samo godinu i pol dana, a u razvoju projekta Valamar Riviera je ostvarila dva strateška partnerstva s najvećim europskim turoperatorima, TUI i Rewe grupom. U Family Life Bellevue Resortu u Rapcu se, temeljem ugovora s TUI-jem, u sljedeće tri godine očekuje 76.000 novih aviogostiju s britanskog i skandinavskog tržišta.The TUI Group is the largest travel company in the world, comprising a chain of strong tour operators, 1.500 agencies, six airlines with more than 150 aircraft, 300 hotels with more than 214.000 beds and 14 cruisers. More than 20 million guests use their services annually.last_img read more

first_imgThe Garden Resort in Tisno has been voted among the 10 best European festival locations by the influential The Guardian, gaining the support of major media outlets such as The Telegraph, The Independent, DJ Mag, with the support of local, national and regional media. Festival visitors come from all over the world, such as Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Iceland, and from all over Europe, to witness the unique blend of holiday with a musical background.The festival that was the first to place Croatia among the festival destinations and started an avalanche of young tourists from Great Britain, thus encouraging the arrival of Ryanair in Zadar. However, all this is not enough and relevant, and after six years The Garden Resort is leaving Tisno, and maybe even Croatia, announced Nick Colgan, the organizer of The Garden Festival.Reason? The classic Croatian problem – politics and petty interest of individuals.Because of politics, not markets. If we look from the market side, the Garden Festival has revived Tisno, each year attracting 20 foreign guests from more than 000 countries (a total of over 40 guests since Garden in Tisno) who spend about 120.000 euros per day and stay a minimum of 100 days, and this year’s budget of external promoters alone is approximately 7 million euros for the program part alone. After the arrival of the Garden in Tisno, the number of tourists increased by over 1,5%, and if we only roughly calculate 30 tourists x 120.000 euros x 100 days, we come to the exact number and tourist consumption generated directly in Tisno. And when we add the funds invested in the promotion of the destination and the fact that tomorrow, in a few years, when these same guests become parents, they will return to Tisno as another type of guest, it is quite clear how harmful the decision to leave the Garden Festival is Tisno and the whole region, including Croatia.Insane and out of every mind. But… always that but in Lijepa naša.Namely, this Monday, May 28, the Municipal Council of Tisno voted to re-issue the work permit to the Vortex beach bar, which was revoked last year due to illegal work right next to the location of the Garden Festival. What is controversial throughout the story is that the license allows Vortex to play extremely loud music between 07:00 and 12:00 in the morning from June 15 to September 1, thus preventing the festival guests from taking a morning break. “Based on the annual complaints of our guests and foreign partners, we have continuously warned about this problem. This decision of the Municipal Council of Tisno prevented us from doing business responsibly and fulfilling the contractual obligations we have assumed towards our guests. Following the above, The Garden team has been leaving Tisno since 2019, and with the support of international event organizers, we have started talks on a new location for 2019. ” Nick Colgan explained his decision.Interestingly, if it weren’t for the Garden Festival, there wouldn’t be a Vortex beach bar, but that doesn’t mean anything when our politics and petty private interests are involved in the game.Nick Colgan, host of The Garden Resort: It is amazing that it is the representatives of our friends from Tisno who make this decision”Although we are very happy in Tisno and still have a contract with Hostina, the owners of the location, this will be our last year as we will host international events in Tisno. We will be actively looking for a new location for the 2019 season and beyond and we already have several new locations in mind. The decision of the Municipal Council in Tisno, which allows Vortex to work right next to us and during our events from 07:00 to 12:00 with loud music, prevents The Garden from providing a comfortable environment in which our guests can sleep so that they will not return in the future. We offer a small percentage of beds for festival guests, and most of them stay in Tisno, Jezera, Betina and Murter. We are shocked by the Council’s decision and feel they are looking at things short-sightedly. It seems incredible to me that small particular interests stop a project that brings over 20 foreign guests to Tisno over eight weeks. The decision to leave Tisno was not an easy one, but staying in such an environment would permanently jeopardize the project in which we, together with our foreign partners, have invested a great deal of energy and financial resources. The inappropriately loud music of the local bar does not allow people to relax in the morning and guests no longer want to stay on site.This year we expect up to 20 visitors from more than 000 countries around the world who spend around € 40 per day and stay for a minimum of 100 days, and this year’s external promoters budget is around € 7 million for the program part alone. This is the best year so far, four of the six events are sold out in advance for this season, and we also have two new events planned for next year, as well as one smaller event in the preseason. This year we have additionally invested in mobile homes inside the camp site, but now these guests will be completely disrupted by the Vortex. In a conversation with other local government leaders, we will try to find a new destination for The Garden in Croatia. We feel responsible and we feel sorry for the many locals who have contacted us and in recent years invested in their accommodation facilities based on our guests. We believe that the Municipal Council has made a decision that is not well thought out and is harmful in the long run for the local population with whom we work extremely well. It is unbelievable that the representatives of our friends from Tisno make such a decision. “The noise that is created at their unofficial after parties leads to numerous complaints, inability to sleep which means that our visitors cannot rest, which then affects their commitment to our festival. It often ends up with hordes of visitors trying to sleep through the day which is neither ideal nor good looking. It is far from what we expect from our festival and for our community it is a serious problem. We had about 100-150 people who told us that because of that they would not return to the festival, and those are the only ones we know about. This has ruined our daily program, Vortex is obviously taking advantage of the hard work and investment of us, you and other festivals at The Garden Resort in Tisno. We can’t sell any camp accommodation options because people will only ask for a refund due to the noise level produced by Vortex outside normal hours, and this in turn has a real commercial impact on our ability for the festival to grow. Simply, if this presents us with further problems in 2018, we will have no choice but to look for alternative locations in 2019, which is far from our business strategy and desires because we love working with The Garden and trust them. And The Garden is one of the most beautiful locations in the world. We do not want to be evicted by an unofficial third party. That would be a terrible pity.”Nick Colgan said in a statement.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”How to explain such a Decision to someone normal, and especially to foreigners and foreign investors, as well as the whole way of doing business in Croatia, and especially in local areas where various local “sheriffs” make such decisions. Croatia chronically lacks a market economy, not a contract economy, which is the case here.Unfortunately, to date, there has been no reaction from the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB, but it is easiest to say that this is not their problem and distance yourself from everything. What image do we send outwards, both to guests and to investors? What picture am I sending about ourselves?This is a classic example of Croatian reality and the real situation on the ground. That is why we are in this situation in the country and that is why young people go to look for their future in other countries. So much for the strategic development of our tourist destinations and our tourism.One is politics and the other is market and strategic development that should be in everyone’s interest. Because of such things, tourist destinations are stagnating or developing too slowly, and the biggest losers are all. From hotels, landlords, restaurants, museums, etc.… all in a tourist destination. That is why it is necessary for everyone in the destination to unite and look for market changes and development, not political ones. Politics has nothing to do with it, at least it shouldn’t have, this is a matter of development and markets.Too much politics, and too little profession, strategic and market development.This has nothing to do with the market, but solely a political decision. Citizens of Tisno, if you are wondering why you are stagnant and there is no development, why you cannot live from tourism all year round, why your children are leaving, ask the people responsible for the development of the Municipality and tourist destinations in Tisno Municipal Council.And therein lies our whole problem in tourism. Smart enough.last_img read more

first_imgSURFACE CREATES NEW PROBLEMS Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinzeic.com The Ministry of Tourism is preparing another legal paradox. They want to stop the legalization of tourist traffic, that is, to enable the stopping of “categorization”. The reason is, allegedly, the load on the infrastructure in certain tourist destinations and the departure of residents due to tourism. Categorization? It is not a real means of regulating these problems. Flats are built and bought for someone to stay in. Temporarily, occasionally or permanently. They don’t build and they don’t buy to gape empty. If they are categorized then those staying in them will be registered as tourists and the owners will pay the tourist tax, income tax and tourist membership fee. In addition, the owners will be able to legally cooperate with travel agencies, cleaning and maintenance agencies, employ seasonal assistance… So they will create legal jobs in support activities. Such “categorized” accommodation is also available under the supervision of the Tourist Inspectorate, the Economic Inspectorate. If they will not be “categorized” then those who live in these apartments will be in the status of owners and their friends, tenants and their friends. If we want to be honest and objective then we have to look at what we are discussing from multiple angles. The basis of smart planning is (should be) related to the permanent population in a tourist place. If that were the case, then the spatial planning and the building permit would be related to the investor’s residence. The same applies to the purchase and sale of flats / real estate where homeless buyers (and anyone can register their residence in the place of ownership of the flat) would pay a significantly higher purchase and sale tax than resident buyers (Swiss model). Also, the construction of leisure houses (cottages) would be limited in space, floor, volume, design (as it was in the former state). Development and housing planning (I guess) should also take into account the employment opportunities of tenants in the real sector (unless everyone will be employed in the public sector, which can flourish indefinitely). If all this is gone, then what do we have? In the period of a decade and a half, every 7th job in Croatia “disappeared”. In that period, we lost 144.000 active residents. In Dalmatia alone, 60.000 jobs were “lost”. When we talk about the workplace, we mean “indefinite” employment. The number of permanent residents in the historic centers of tourist places will not increase due to the inadequacy of apartments for living by modern standards and due to the disappearance of jobs near the place of residence. Only residents who are tied to the same zone by work can live in the historic center of the tourist place, especially if they work twice, older people who do not have the opportunity or do not want to leave their home. Everyone else goes to the periphery where they can achieve a better standard of living. The chaotic situation in spatial planning, real estate trade and finally in the incompatibility of public infrastructure with approved, planned and built housing capacities. WHERE DID THE JOBS DISAPPEAR? The only benefit of reducing the number of categorized apartments will be for investors who will “open up” the possibility of building new, better, more beautiful tourist facilities instead of those that are “decategorized”. “On paper” there will be a lack of commercial tourist facilities.center_img At the same time, a new construction cycle will be launched, a new, large-scale “concreting” of the coast, emigration of the population and (dis) sale of Croatian “oil” (coast). They will not be registered as tourists, and the owners of these apartments will not pay fees, taxes, membership fees, nor will it be possible to supervise the tourist inspection in such apartments. And all other jobs related to such apartments will not be “visible” or recorded. Without such a status, a young man is incapable of credit, unable to pay rent, unable to provide housing. He can only be a “seasonal resident” of a tourist place employed in seasonal jobs in tourism with a stay in a “staff hostel”. All other possibilities disappeared in the whirlwind of war and postwar. The list of failed companies is impressive, and the “new industry” has not come to life. PEOPLE GO FOR BUSINESS Not to be outdone, the measure of “decategorization” is “throwing dust in the eyes.” This measure will not solve the targeted problems, in fact, new, even bigger ones will be produced. PERMANENT RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN LEAVING HISTORICAL CENTERS FOR DECADES This trend is happening in all cities, so there is a noticeable increase in the number of inhabitants in the peripheral settlements of cities such as Rijeka, which are not nearly “tourist” like Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik… Viškovo “on the edge of Rijeka” is the largest and youngest municipality in Croatia it is also growing. Historic towns in central Istria were abandoned long before the emergence of tourism in these places. Venice itself, its strict center, was abandoned by 40.000 inhabitants in the 60s. At the same time, settlements like Mestre-Marghera where cargo and industry have moved have increased… As many as XNUMX% of apartments in the historic center of Venice have been declared unsuitable for today’s standard of living. Dubrovnik’s historic core is also not exempt from this phenomenon. “CATEGORIZATION” OF APARTMENTS IS AN ACT OF LEGALIZATION OF EXISTING TRAFFIC IN TOURIST ATTRACTIVE PLACES The problem of depopulation is related to many other circumstances, tourism is the least “guilty”. Indeed, in one part it still makes its modest positive contribution. It connects people to a place where they can earn income from tourism. The question is until when? WE ABOLISHED PLANNING PROVISIONS FROM THE FORMER STATE AND SOWED A DISORDERlast_img read more

first_img“If we manage to catch that, plus the 10% from the last quarter, which is strong in the subseason at sea and on the continent, we could say that we will swim in not so much minus, but alive.”said Cappelli. “It has that horizontal part for the entire economy, but also this tourist part that was singled out in the amendments to the law. Among them are the sojourn tax and membership fee, which defer payment depending on how the tourist year unfolds. There is a possibility, when we see the results, to charge them only in part or even cancel them completely. In the horizontal part of the measures, which apply to the entire economy, and not only to tourism, there is a delay in the payment of income and profit taxes, as well as all contributions to wages. That part is postponed for three months with the possibility of postponement for another three months. In this way, all stakeholders in tourism, according to the new criteria, will be able to present their business during the months in which the impact of the coronavirus is felt. As early as next week, after the HZZO completes the formal part, it will be able to apply and submit a request for a minimum salary of HRK 3.250. That is the solution in three months, after which we will see how the situation develops. ” This morning, the Minister of Tourism was a guest on the HRT show Dobro jutro Hrvatska and additionally explained the measures adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia at its session yesterday. “The vast majority of measures concern tourism. There will be losses, we are currently in the red by about 12%. Until yesterday, we had about 8.000 tourists who are now leaving, and the facilities are closing. I repeat, in the first part of the season we realize about 5% of the total annual turnover in tourism, about 485 million euros, and in the first six months that revenue rises to about 27%, or about 2 billion and 700 million euros. We are therefore entering a more serious part of the year, and the minuses will be felt due to the Easter and May Day holidays. “, Cappelli emphasized and added that the next quarter should be overcome with the hope that we will catch the tourist peak, ie July, August and September, where about 64,5% of the total traffic, both physical and financial, is realized. “We have problems with booking platforms, such as booking.com or airbnb, which want to terminate contracts after a pandemic is declared. There are also agencies, TUI, for example, unilaterally canceled all contracts with the Republic of Croatia and other countries and will ask for a refund. These are the things we talk about with all stakeholders in tourism and associations like UHPA, an organization that brings together about 5.000 employees in agency tourism, and even hoteliers. We will see what to do in this segment, because our opinion is that the collection should be postponed and see what will happen from the seventh to the ninth month, because there is no need to return the money immediately for the whole year. We have to reach an agreement so that there are no lawsuits from both sides, because we don’t need that at the moment. “said Cappelli. In the next few days, according to Cappelli, a set of measures will be presented, which refers to the liquidity of working capital, postponement of loan payments and interest on loans, and which will be voted in Parliament. As for accommodation capacities, the Minister announced that several hotels on the sea will remain open, and he hopes that this will be the case in Zagreb as well, but under special measures. Today’s and tomorrow’s measures of the Headquarters are probably going in the direction of closing the catering facilities, except for those that can deliver food, and which will have the right to work. This group also includes restaurants that have not yet, but want to do delivery. Cappelli then returned to the problems in tourism:center_img According to the announcements of the Minister of Tourism, micro-entrepreneurs will be given loans with 1% interest or even no interest, and in this way they want to revive companies. The moratorium on loans and interest rates should last at least one or one and a half years, so the repayment of loans is expected only after the 2021 season. “It is certain that all other contracts between employees and employers in tourism will be corrected, but I again appeal to employers not to lay off employees, because our 3.250 kuna is guaranteed for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We have secured everything for the next three months, and now we are working on measures that will include banks, HBOR and the CNB, through which we ensure exchange rate stability, and we have secured funds for all measures. In these three months, everything will really stop, but we are preparing the possibility of raising funds for all those who will have problems in functioning, to give them one injection so that they can return to the market when everything is over. “, announces Cappelli. At yesterday’s session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, we remind you that 63 measures, about twenty laws and decrees were passed, which are being presented to the Parliament today. The measures should be voted on tomorrow, and published in the Official Gazette by the end of the week, so concrete actions that will help tourism and the economy could start next week. At the Government session, measures were adopted concerning seasonal workers, ie permanent seasonal workers, of which there are about 5.000 in Croatia. So far, they have been on vacation and received a compensation of 1.600 kunas. The new measures will extend their rights for the next three months and, if necessary, for another three months. The Government has provided HRK 11,5 million for this segment.last_img read more

first_imgFinally, it would certainly be wise and much more efficient for the CNTB to start the campaign as soon as possible, no later than September 01, to start selling and promoting the autumn now, and for the campaign to last intensively for at least a month. While others dealt with us, we boasted of tourist numbers, we managed to fend off all the media attacks and the tourist season so far has been better than anyone could have expected. This is far from a successful season (we need to know that it was not pre-season, that costs were much higher and that accommodation prices were never lower) but unfortunately the current epidemiological situation is not in our favor, which led us to a situation where we were put on red lists in Italy, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and partly in Germany. There is no conspiracy theory here, we blame ourselves for the bad epidemiological results, whichever way you turn it. The launch of the “Vacation Week Worthy” campaign is also planned for the autumn, of course if the epidemiological situation is stable, which is certainly great news. Basically, get involved and join the promotion in the same wave. Again, together all always stronger, both in foreign and domestic market. To participate in the “Vacation Week Worthy” campaign, you must first register, and when registering, you must enter your contact information as well as basic information about the business entity you are applying for. Also, you must put your tourist offer in a certain category, from accommodation, food and drink, active vacation, rural tourism onwards… “Everything you need for a unique trip: top accommodation, top quality food and drinks, tastings, attractions, gifts and a unique ISTRIA.”, point out in the announcement of the prize game. The award is given by six famous Istrian families who run top companies and guarantee an unforgettable trip and a real gastronomic experience. ROXANICH Wine & Heritage Hotel Motovun is giving away: SUPERIOR STAY EXPERIENCE,Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil donated by: EXCLUSIVE TASTING OF GRAND,AurA Distillery presents: Experience DISTILERY,Frankovic wines donated by: Franković tour and tasting,San Rocco – Boutique Hotel presents: ISTRIA GASTRO SANJANJE,Karlić Truffles presents: A unique experience of hunting truffles In this article I will not analyze whether we reacted well or badly, where we made a mistake and where we scored, there will be time for analysis, but now the most important thing is to look for an answer to the question how and what next?  That is why I sent an inquiry to the Croatian National Tourist Board, whether a promotional campaign towards the domestic market is planned, and what is the “Vacation Week Worth” project that was canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic. As they point out in the CNTB, the promotion of the project starts in the fall, it would be good for the tourism sector to be included in it. It costs us nothing, except a few minutes of time to fill in the data, and it is a free promotion. Especially continental destinations. Just remember the crowds in Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park, regardless of whether it was the moment of opening or leaving the quarantine. “The Croatian National Tourist Board will certainly include the domestic market in its promotional activities throughout September, especially the post-season, where we will emphasize nautical, health and continental tourism in terms of communication, from which we have achieved this extremely demanding and never more difficult tourist year 83 percent of last year’s result, while only in the previous part of August from the domestic market we are achieving a growth of tourist traffic, measured by arrivals, of a large 19 percent ” stand out from the CNTB. An excellent example this year is the cooperation and synergy of partners in Istria through the project Wonders of Istria. center_img All tourist economic entities can join the action: hotel houses, private renters, restaurants, nature parks and national parks, museums, galleries, adrenaline tourism, activities, etc.. Be sure to look to unite in the destination, synergy is key and create an interesting tourist product and motive for coming, not that each is for itself again. Also, you do not have to give a discount on accommodation, but you can on some other services. Mostly you have room to play with the offer, and it’s definitely a lot better when there are more of you in the whole story. Apart from the fact that accommodation is not a motive for coming, when there are more of you, then complete the story. As you can see, the key word is rounded content and synergy. Smart all clear. On this occasion, I would like to highlight the island of Pag with my new great outdoor story. “Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend”, Zagreb County with the project”Holidays are never closee, Međimurje with the project “Međimurje gives more”As well as Karlovac, which published a new beer story this week”For a beer in Karlovac”. One of the options is certainly to take the domestic market more seriously. Let me remind you that in Istria, domestic tourists saved the pre-season, and with a smaller number of arrivals than usual, generated better tourist spending. Many hoteliers and restaurants were pleasantly surprised this year by the domestic consumption, and as they say, they did not regret addressing the domestic guest. A domestic guest is more than a good guest – one hotel manager told me. Of course it is difficult to generalize and nothing is black or white, but as I spent 60 days this summer along the Adriatic coast, from Istria to the Makarska Riviera, in conversation with many tourism workers I can say with certainty: A domestic guest is a good guest. “Through the fall, we plan to activate the campaign” A week worth of vacation “which aims to encourage domestic consumption in the off-season, and the use of tourist services in the country at reduced prices. The mentioned campaign is ready, however, at this moment we can say that it will be realized if the epidemiological situation in the country allows it, ie if the epidemiological picture in the country is stable. The health and safety of all our citizens and tourism workers is a priority for all of us “, conclude from the CNTB. PS 2 I also had a rapid drop in traffic, a failed conference and various projects this year, it took me back at least three years and I don’t know how I will survive until the spring of 2021, and I didn’t have a season. I don’t whine, I fight and push forward and I still write 5 news stories every day. Also, I personally think that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports should launch the Cro card project in the off-season, since the project is almost ready for activation, regardless of the current situation. Although the story of Cro cards was unfortunately activated at a bad time, due to the crown of the crisis, I personally think that this is a good project, if it is included in a broader platform for the promotion of domestic tourism. In any case, it takes at least three years for the project to come to life, ie to prove successful or not on the market, any positive campaign for our tourism in the off-season, and especially for continental tourism is very welcome. Soon a little more discussion about Cro cards, let’s return to the project “A week of rest worthwhile”. The situation is as it is, but that certainly does not mean that the tourist season is over. No, not at all. Adjust, change focus and move on. This season is simply extraordinary, in which there is no long-term planning, but the situation is changing day by day, and so must we. From the beginning of the epidemic, it was known that when the borders are opened, a media and political “war” begins because every country will want to keep its citizens within its borders, in order to start its economy. Logically and naturally. Read all the conditions of participation in the project HERE PS No, this is not a promo article of the CNTB. Open your eyes and fight. Or don’t, but then don’t whine. This year is literally a fight for every guest. The struggle that continues, there is no surrender. That’s the least we can do, try to do everything in our power and be proactive.last_img read more

first_imgThere will be 2020 members in the Assembly of the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč for the term of office 2024-18. Pursuant to the Law and the Statute, the duty of the President of the Assembly is performed by the President of the Association, ie the Mayor of the City of Poreč – Parenzo.  After the appointment, the newly elected members of the Assembly adopted the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and appointed representatives of the Tourist Board and representatives of the Tourist Board of Porec in the Assembly of the Tourist Board of Istria, concluded the Tourist Board of Porec. At today’s election session of the Assembly of the Tourist Board of Poreč, chaired by the Mayor of Poreč-Parenzo Loris Peršurić, an election session of the Assembly of the Tourist Board of Poreč was held at which new bodies of the Association were elected in the 2020-2024 term. Also, the current and new members of the Assembly and the Tourist Council were dismissed and appointed. In the newly elected Assembly of Poreč Tourist Board, Plava laguna dd has 6 representatives, Valamar Riviera dd has 4 representatives, travel agencies have 3 representatives, private accommodation has 3 representatives, shops 1 representative and other activities directly related to tourism 1 representative.center_img Pursuant to the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism and the Statute of the Tourist Board, the number of representatives of Community members or the number of representatives of individual groups of Community members in the Community Assembly is determined in proportion to the share of each member of the Community. an individual member may have a maximum of 40% of the representatives in the Assembly. As a share of the Community’s income, the membership fee and 25% of the tourist tax paid by an individual member or a certain group of members to the Community in the year preceding the elections are calculated. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more