Month: November 2020

Massachusetts issues new restrictions and a stay-at-home advisory.

first_imgEvent venues will be limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, Mr. Lamont said, and restaurants and churches will be limited to 50 percent capacity. Restaurants will be limited to eight people per table. The governor of Massachusetts announced on Monday a curfew and new restrictions on gatherings and nonessential businesses in an attempt to curb a spike in cases in the commonwealth.Gov. Charlie Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory for the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., beginning on Friday. The advisory urges people to “only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs,” such as emergency medical care or going to the grocery store. It also discourages gatherings at home with “anybody outside of your household.”- Advertisement – The order will shutter businesses like movie theaters, casinos, gyms and pools at 9:30 p.m. Indoor and outdoor events, as well as youth and adult sports activities, will not be allowed.- Advertisement – Mr. Lamont urged people to stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., adding that gatherings should end by 9:30 p.m. New cases per day in Massachusetts have increased by 92 percent over the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database. As of Sunday, there was an average of 1,306 new cases per day over the past week.Governor Baker also issued an executive order on Monday that requires certain nonessential businesses to close at 9:30 p.m., effective on Friday. Restaurants, bars and liquor stores must stop serving liquor at that time, and restaurants must end in-person dining, though they may continue takeout and delivery services. – Advertisement – A separate, revised order released on Monday by the governor put restrictions on private events, regardless of the time. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings will be capped at 25 people.At public event venues and other public settings, indoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people. Dependent on the community’s risk level, outdoor events in public will be limited to a maximum of 50 or 100 people.In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont announced similar restrictions at a news conference on Monday. Starting Friday, restaurants will be required to close at 9:30 p.m., he said, though takeout and delivery will still be allowed after that time.- Advertisement –last_img read more

US Election 2020: Who is Joe Biden?

first_imgKJoe Biden: Key moments that shaped five decades of ambition It is third time lucky for Democrat Joe Biden, who has won the race to become the US president.The well-known Democrat has almost 50 years of political service, and launched presidential runs in 1988 and 2008.- Advertisement – We take a look back at his life and career. Read more: – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img

Michy Batshuayi double seals Belgium comeback win – International friendlies round-up | Football News

first_img Highlights of the international friendly between Germany and the Czech Republic. preview image preview image Highlights of the international friendly between France and Finland 2:44 Highlights of the international friendly between Italy and Estonia – Advertisement – France 0-2 Finland– Advertisement – 3:18 Donny van de Beek put his Manchester United troubles behind him to score the equalizer as the Netherlands came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Spain at the Johan Cruyff Arena.Cristiano Ronaldo scored once in Portugal’s 7-0 rout of Andorra, moving a step closer to becoming the all-time top scorer for a national team.Ronaldo reached 102 goals with Portugal to sit seven shy of the 109 scored by former Iran striker Ali Daei, the only other male soccer player to surpass the 100-goal milestone for a national team. He made it 6-0 with a close-range header in the 85th minute after having squandered a few good chances. preview image preview image France geared up for their upcoming Nations League games with a 2-0 home defeat against Finland as their 12-match unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end.Lucas Waldschmidt’s early goal was enough for an inexperienced Germany to beat the Czech Republic 1-0.Joachim Lowe handed debuts to both PSV Eindhoven defender Philipp Max and Wolfsburg defender Ridle Baku and both were involved in the opening goal in the 13th minute. Baku brought the ball to the penalty area, where Florian Neuhaus let fly. Jir Pavlenka saved the effort, but Max set up Waldschmidt with an easy finish from the rebound. 2:55 Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Belgium came from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly ahead of their crucial Nations League clash against England on Sunday.Batshuayi took his tally to 13 goals in his last 13 international appearances with the double, which maintained Belgium’s four-year unbeaten run at home.- Advertisement –center_img Highlights of the international friendly between Portugal and Andorra 4:28 Highlights of the International friendly between the Netherlands and Spain He had replaced Wolves forward Pedro Neto, who was making his national team debut and opened the scoring for Portugal in the eighth minute. Joo Paulo added to the lead in the 29th and Renato Sanches scored in the 56th.Paulinho, who was also making his Portugal debut, scored in the 61st minute. An own-goal by Andorra’s Emili Garcia in the 76th made it 5-0, and Joao Flix closed the scoring in the final minutes. – Advertisement – Italy 4-0 Estonia Italy were also big winners against Estonia, winning 4-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence. Vincenzo Grifo sent a thunderous effort home to give the hosts the lead in the 14th minute but a similarly well-taken goal from Federico Bernardeschi doubled the lead not long after.Italy extended their advantage with two second-half penalties. The first was awarded when Roberto Gagliardini was tripped over by Georgi Tunjov, which Grifo dispatched. Riccardo Orsolini then stepped up for the second after he was fouled by Henri Jarvelaid to round off the victory. 3:56 Highlights of the international friendly between Poland and Ukraine 4:12 Admir Mehmedi put the Swiss ahead early on as Sebastiaan Bornauws attempt at a clearing header served only to set up Mehmedi to hammer the ball home.Four minutes into the second half, Belgium equalised after a Swiss pass was snapped up by Youri Tielemans, who quickly played it into Batshuayi who turned and finished with aplomb. He had looked offside when the pass was played to him but with no VAR, the goal stood.Belgium claimed the win when Dodi Lukebakio set up a chance from the left, which was played back into the centre by debutant Thomas Foket for Batshuayi, who was given space to thump the ball home from right in front of goal. Elsewhere, Poland beat Ukraine 2-0, Denmark beat Sweden 2-0, Austria won 3-0 in Luxembourg and Croatia drew 3-3 in Turkey.Other results from Wednesday’s friendliesGreece 2-1 CyprusAlbania 2-1 KosovoLithuania 2-1 Faroe IslandsMalta 3-0 LiechtensteinMontenegro 0-0 KazakhstanRomania 5-3 BelarusSan Marino 0-3 LatviaBulgaria 3-0 GibraltarSlovenia 0-0 Azerbaijan But the home team failed to build on its lead. Baku, Julian Brandt and Nadiem Amiri who came on for the injured Jonas Hofmann all missed chances before the break.Neuhaus came closest to scoring for Germany after the interval when he struck the crossbar in the 77th minuts before Kevin Trapp made a late save to deny Matej Vydra an equalizer.last_img read more

United Arab Emirates added to quarantine-free list for UK travellers | News

first_img– Advertisement – Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in mainland Greece, leading to ministers removing it from the current list of travel corridors.Following advice from the chief medical officer, the travel ban introduced on November 7th on Denmark will also be extended for a further 14 days. British Nationals, visa holders and permanent residents returning to the UK directly or indirectly from Denmark will need to self-isolate along with all other members of their household for 14-days from the date they were last in Denmark.- Advertisement – More InformationDubai is considered the Middle East’s Leading Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards, while Abu Dhabi has been voted the Middle East’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination. Find out more about sports tourism in the United Arab Emirates here. The changes take effect from 04:00 tomorrow morning.  However, holidaymakers returning from a number of Greek islands will now be expected to quarantine. People arriving in the UK from all of Greece apart from Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos will need to self-isolate for two weeks as the country is removed from the travel corridor list. – Advertisement –center_img The United Arab Emirates, including the tourism hotspots of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, are among a host of new destinations to have been added to the quarantine safe list in the UK. Travellers arriving from Qatar, Turks & Caicos, Laos, Iceland, Chile, Cambodia and Bahrain will also now no longer need to self-isolate for 14-days on arrival. – Advertisement – OlderQatar Airways adds new destinations to global networklast_img read more

FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Vaccine-rich states channel doses elsewhere

first_imgDec 16, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – When doctors in Maryland needed influenza vaccine for high-risk patients recently, they didn’t send a request to a private distributor. They turned to Minnesota instead.The state health departments in Minnesota and Nebraska are serving as brokers between local public and private providers with extra flu vaccine and those in other states who want to buy it. At least 56,000 doses of vaccine have been redistributed from those two states to groups in nine others.Minnesota has sent 50,000 doses to providers in nine states, said Kris Ehresmann, RN, MPH, manager of the immunization, tuberculosis, and international health section for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The recipients are in California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York City (which is obtaining vaccine independent of the state, sources said), Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.In addition, Nebraska has directly transferred or assisted in moving 6,000 doses to Missouri, said Leah Bucco-White, public information officer for her state’s Health and Human Services System.Giving up future allocationsMinnesota previously had reached all high-risk residents who sought vaccine and had expanded eligibility to include healthy people 50 years and older and healthcare workers, Ehresmann said. The state also told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it wouldn’t need its allotment of 81,000 doses in January.Utah and Maine also opted not to take the remaining doses earmarked for their states, said Paula Steib, a spokeswoman for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.When it became clear in Minnesota that most people who qualified and wanted shots had obtained them, MDH officials began talking with people outside the state, Ehresmann said. MDH employees were able to connect Maryland officials and others to Minnesota organizations, including clinics, with extra flu vaccine. Private providers in Maryland were able to buy directly from Minnesota groups with vaccine.Greg Reed, MPA, program manager for Maryland’s Center for Immunization, said yesterday that Minnesota is shipping vaccine within a couple of days after it is requested, which is much faster than it is possible to get vaccine from regional distributors designated by the CDC. He explained that the CDC selected about 18 wholesale medical supply distributors around the country to channel flu vaccine during the shortage.For example, an order that Maryland had placed with a distributor on Dec 2 still hadn’t been processed 13 days later, Reed said. The distribution centers have to check whether the provider has an account and then create an account if there is none, which can take a while, he explained.”We’ve been using Minnesota to cut through the red tape,” Reed said. “I’m at this point considering Minnesota to be one of my distributors.”To prevent wasting small amounts of vaccine that might not be practical to reallocate, CDC notified physicians last week that they could use greater discretion in deciding whom to vaccinate, said Bonnie Hebert, a CDC spokeswoman. That could include returning to the general recommendations for vaccinations, such as injecting those 50 years and older, instead of restricting shots to the most vulnerable groups, as recommended after the vaccine shortage emerged.Eligibility expanded as demand dropsWhile states such as New York and Maryland continue to see demand, some others, such as California, Minnesota, and Nebraska, have seen a decline. In Minnesota, officials announced yesterday that 78 of 87 counties had fully met vaccine needs, including for healthcare workers. As noted above, Minnesota expanded its vaccine eligibility guidelines beyond the high-priority groups.California expanded eligibility on Dec 14 to include those 50 and older, emergency service workers, and people in regular contact with others at high risk for serious complications from the flu, according to a state government news release.California is also telling counties that placed orders for the January allocation of 305,500 doses that they can get their vaccine early, said Nisha Gandhi, MPH, an adult immunization coordinator for the California Department of Health Services.”There’s no need to wait, because we have so much of November-December [vaccine] left,” Gandhi said. “All in all, demand has dropped off.”Nor is there much flu activity in California right now, Gandhi added. The same holds true nationwide.It’s possible that California, which previously anticipated vaccinating up to 11 million residents, will have extra vaccine without having reached all 11 million.”It’s a very difficult situation to be in,” Gandhi said. “All season long we’ve been dealing with high-risk people who have tried but who aren’t getting vaccine. Now we may be dealing with some wasted vaccine. That’s the sad part.”See also:California’s flu vaccination eligibility guidelines (Dec 14 news release) map of US flu activity read more

New vaccine approach relies on weakened Listeria

first_imgMar 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers have announced a new approach to making a vaccine for the foodborne illness listeriosis that may also bode well for fighting certain other infections, including salmonellosis and tuberculosis.All three infections involve bacterial pathogens that grow inside cells, according to a Mar 20 report by Reuters news service. Essentially, antibodies in the blood don’t recognize them because they are hidden within cells, according to a Harvard University news release.Listeria monocytogenes, which can grow on refrigerated meat such as deli meats and hot dogs, can cause serious illness in pregnant women, elderly people, and others with weak immune systems. In pregnant women the pathogen can lead to influenza-like illness, premature delivery, and stillbirth.A team led by Darren Higgins, associate professor of microbiology at Harvard Medical School, and H.G. Archie Bouwer, immunology research scientist at the Earle A. Child Research Institute and Portland (Ore.) VA Medical Center, published their findings last week in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The scientists made an attenuated strain of L monocytogenes that cannot replicate inside a host cell. The strain was readily killed in normal and immunocomproised mice, but it spurred the production of T-cells that generated an effective immune response when the mice were subsequently challenged with a virulent strain of L monocytogenes. Immunized animals were able to resist 40 times the normally lethal dose of Listeria.”It [the vaccine strain] does not cause disease in the animal models that we tested. But it stimulates these T-cell responses, so, now, if we come back and challenge that mouse with a disease strain of Listeria, that mouse does not get sick,” Higgins told Reuters.”For the first time,” he commented in the news release, “an attenuated strain of Listeria that does not replicate in an animal and does not require any manipulation of the bacterium or host prior to immunization still provides protective immunity.””This approach of directed antigen delivery suggests a general strategy for developing safe, intracellular replication-deficient vaccine strains for stimulating protective cellular immunity to intracellular bacterial pathogens,” the authors wrote in their report.They added that this strategy “stimulates protective cell-mediated immunity to native target antigens, alleviating the need to identify specific antigenic determinants relevant for each host, and does not require additional modification to the vaccine or host.”The recent work builds on a 2002 study in which the Higgins group developed killed Escherichia coli strains that served to deliver antigens to antigen-presenting cells in the body, according to the news release. The E coli-based vaccines protected mice from tumors after they were challenged with melanoma-producing cells.Bouwer HGA, Albert-Segui C, Berkowitz N, et al. Directed antigen delivery as a vaccine strategy for an intracellular bacterial pathogen. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2006;103(13):5102-7 [Abstract]See alsoHarvard news release overview of foodborne illness read more

HOW Festival program announced

first_imgThe second HOW Festival will be held on October 3-5.10.2018, XNUMX at Valamar Isabella Island in Poreč.HOW Festival is the only conference on hotel operations in Europe, and is being held this year October 3 – 5 at Valamar Isabella Island Resort in Poreč. The aim of the Festival is to present international trends in hotel operations and examples of good practice, facilitate the implementation of new products and services and provide entertainment and networking of participants, while the concept of the Festival is aimed at raising the quality of hotel business and services.Already in the first year, the HOW Festival gathered over 500 participants, mostly hotel directors, heads of operations and hotel departments, and positioned itself as the second largest hotel conference in Croatia. This year as well, the Festival brings vice presidents of operations of global hotel corporations who will discuss global trends with the participants, and for some of them this will be their first visit to Croatia.The topics of the program, chosen by hoteliers through a survey, are segmented into panel discussions and lectures for all participants, while in the second part of the Festival two workshops are held in parallel and are divided into the following hotel departments: food and beverage, human resources, sales and marketing, procurement, technical department and wellness.Just some of this year’s themes are:Data – how to know your guests (plenary lecture)Technology for communication within the hotel (plenary lecture)What kind of leaders will the hospitality industry of the future need (plenary lectures)What do 21st century guests want for breakfast? (F&B)Modern online employment (HR)Energy saving (Tech)How to increase revenue after booking and during the guest’s stay (S&M)Employee engagement and retention (HR)Creating a successful bar in seasonal hotels (F&B)In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The quality of the Festival is confirmed by the cooperation with Skift – one of the highest quality global tourism media and organizers of the conference, which is held on as many as 3 continents. In addition to excellent panel discussions and workshops, HOW Festival is organizing team building for hoteliers for the first time, and just like last year, a big party awaits all participants.The program was announced yesterday, and for that reason the early-bird registration fees have been extended until the end of this week. More information is available at the official website of the HOW Festival.last_img read more

Ten days of top music: the Umag tournament will be danced by the biggest local and regional stars and world famous DJs

first_imgFor the 29th year in a row, ATP Umag successfully combines sports and entertainment, and this year’s entertainment program will begin on July 14 with a spectacular concert Petra Graše with his most famous hits. “I’m looking forward to the concert in Umag, I played in the tournament about 20 years ago and I remember it was fantastic. I’m already getting a lot of inquiries from my fans and I’m sure the response will be great. We are preparing a program that is a cross-section of hits that have marked some moments of my life and the lives of my audience over these 20 years. It will be the greatest hits night!” pointed out Petar Grašo.Dance Arena will be danced on July 15 by a famous Slovenian group Mambo Kings, and a day later the legendary Croatian band will take the same stage Dirty theater. Until late into the night of July 17, the audience will be entertained Jelena rozga i Željko Samardžić. “Two years ago I held a concert at the tournament and it remained in my very fond memory, so I am looking forward to this year’s concert even more. I’m sure it will be great, that we will all have great fun, I will definitely do my best to make it so, and I hope that this time after the concert I will stay a little longer in the tournament” Jelena Rozga points out.Except the most popular regional contractors, the tournament has provided an enviable musical repertoire for electronic music fans, who will be able to enjoy the performances of world performers. The first to perform on July 18 will be a popular Australian DJ Timmy Trumpet whose fantastic mix is ​​sure to win over visitors, while a day later the stage is reserved for a DJ Quintina. He will perform on Friday, July 20th Michael Feiner, Swedish DJ and member of the famous Swedish House Mafia band. On Saturday, July 21, training will be taken over by an Italian contractor Rudeejay and a famous Swiss DJ Mike candys, and the last evening of the tournament, July 22, is reserved for the Istrian musician Goran Griff, which with its Zucchero tribute band will close the Blue Lagoon Croatia Open Umag.”Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag is one of the most visited events in Croatia and the region, and the music program is an integral part of it. This year, the most popular regional singers will perform, as well as world-famous DJs. We try to satisfy all musical tastes with the program and I invite everyone to come to Umag and not miss the best summer party this season on the Adriatic. ” pointed out Ronald Korotaj, president of the Organizing Committee of the tournament.More information about the entire program can be found at official tournament pagelast_img read more

Prestigious ANWB TOP 2019 Dutch Auto Club Award for Aminess Maravea Camping Resort

first_imgThe Dutch Royal Auto Club ANWB rated Novigrad’s Aminess Maravea Camping Resort with a maximum of five stars and awarded it the “ANWB Top Camping 2019″ award. With this international recognition, the Novigrad camp has once again confirmed its quality, but also its strong position among the best camps in the whole of Europe. In addition to the award given for a period of one year, Aminess Maravea Camping Resort it will be  further highlighted in the camping guide ANWB Campinggids 2019 and on the official guide website This award is one of the most significant indicators of the high level of quality of European camps for campers from the Dutch market. It is awarded by the renowned Dutch car club ANWB camps, which, thanks to the exceptional quality and range of their facilities and services, achieve the highest rating – five stars. The final evaluation of the camps arises from the defined quality evaluation system and the ANWB’s inspection tour of the camps, which with their high and demanding evaluation standard prove the value and quality of accommodation, content and offer.”We are guided by providing our guests with top service and the best possible experience, so we are extremely proud of any recognition that we consider a confirmation of our continuous work and effort. In addition, they are a motive to continue investing in improving the content and services to make guests as comfortable as possible”, said Giuliana Marunica Krulčić, director of Aminess Maravea Camping Resort.It is a continuation of the awards for Aminess Maravea Camping Resort, which recently won numerous other international awards, including the prestigious ADAC Superplatz 2019, 100 Best European Campings FICC by the World Association of Campers, DCC Europapreis 2019 by the largest camping association in Germany Deutcher Camping Club and the award Best Campsites 2019 Croatian Camping Union.This, as well as all other awards and recognitions except for the Croatian tourist companies, are a confirmation of the quality of our entire tourism.last_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism relented under pressure and offered a Solomonic solution: the tourist places will not be shut down

first_imgThe three tourism laws that the Government sent to the Parliament are a big reform and decentralizing step forward, because large funds and decision-making are left to cities and counties, said the Minister of Tourism. Gari Cappelli and said that these laws are aimed at making tourist boards (TZ) financially self-sufficient and more concerned with destination management. Google maps / Island of Murter TZ places will not be shut down, however  It is ridiculous that in the case of Dalmatia we have three counties and three strong cities, and yet there is no synergy. So, when we say Dalmatia, the perception of the brand in Zagreb and most residents is much higher than Split itself. Not to mention a foreign tourist. Today we have the Split-Dalmatia County, Zadar County and Šibenik-Knin County with three strong brands and tourist cities: Split, Šibenik and Zadar. The Tourist Board Act encourages the association of tourist boards, which is happening in the field even before the law is passed, for example in the Imotski region, and similar announcements are made from Gorski Kotar, Kvarner, Hvar, Makarska Riviera and elsewhere, which in Cappelli’s opinion is proof to go in the right direction. Solomon’s solution or status quo The ministry, however, relented under pressure and offered a Solomon solution Also, the minister said, ‘tourist boards in local self-government units may or may not exist, it is not an obligation. “I would also like to say that the existing 15 tourist boards will not be abolished, although there has been a lot of talk about it in recent days, but in the future it will no longer be possible to form in such a way.”, Said Cappell. According to the original proposal of the new Law on Tourist Boards, the abolition of a total of 15 tourist boards in Croatia was envisaged, of which as many as five were in Šibenik-Knin County; Brodarica-Krapanj, Zlarin, Grebastica, Jezera and Betina. In this case, we can and must talk about the tourist brand of the island of Murter. Also, it is mild to say that it is insane that one island of Brac, I repeat the island, has seven tourist boards that do not yet cooperate with each other, each develops a “tourist destination” nor do we have a common tourist product, and I repeat once again we talk about the island of Brac . On the other hand, let’s say the island of Krk, which also has seven tourist boards and another tourist board of the island of Krk, which was created with the aim of branding one island, and not each separately. The island is and must be one tourist brand, not seven. The Mayor of Tisno, Ivan Klarin, actively fought against this decision, and as an explanation he stated that the mentioned tourist boards are financially completely self-sustainable, and with the money from the sojourn tax they finance a number of actions in their place, all in the service of tourism development. This is how everyone develops their tourism strategy, their brand, their promotion, etc.… If we look from the perspective of branding, marketing, promotion, development… then the current situation is insane. One should look at the bigger picture, not individual interests. Especially since these are destinations that are an hour away by car. So many, if not more, foreign tourists in major cities travel to and from work every day. If budgets for destination promotion were pooled and if they had a clear strategy and communication then everyone would benefit. The pressures of the Municipality of Tisno as well as other cities and municipalities have borne fruit and according to the final proposal of the new Law on Tourist Boards, it was decided that the tourist places will not be closed, but will not be able to be formed in the future. RELATED NEWS: Personally, I think that Croatia must brand regions, such as Istria, Dalmatia, Slavonia… because it is insane that, say, one Slavonia has five county tourist boards and five different destination developments. What does Osijek-Baranja County or Vukovar-Srijem County mean to a foreigner, but as a tourist brand and a complete story – Slavonia, absolutely yes. By the way, we are currently working on the process of branding Slavonia as a tourist brand. Interpretation of CNTB tourist regions on the official website Regions need to be branded A solution that is not. Regardless of the arguments that the mentioned TZ places are self-sustaining, one should look at the bigger picture. We have 310 tourist boards in Croatia, which is more than insane and there is no business, logical or other argument for such a situation, except of course when we look at everything from a political angle. GET INVOLVED IN THE PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE MANNER AND CONDITIONS FOR OBTAINING CONCESSIONS ON TOURIST LAND IN CAMPSITES At the 150th Session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, it was adopted as a reform package of tourism laws. Isn’t it logical for it to be one tourist brand? To unite logistical and financial forces and development strategy into one strong brand – Dalmatia. We should look to the examples of Tuscany, Provence or Bavaria, as well as Switzerland and Austria, which are perfectly combined with various tourist products based not on the regions, and not on each tourist destination separately. Tourism is the first that knows no borders, and especially foreign tourists who come to us and are not really interested or feel the invisible borders of cities and counties, tourists are destined for Croatia and then Dalmatia, Istria, Slavonia, etc.… Today we live in a global “village” and I am fighting for my share of the tourist cake in open global market competition. And that’s where the market laws apply. Those who deal with and want market development are growing and developing. Whether we play the game or not, again, it’s all up to us. Through the tourist region / brand and joint promotion, we directly influence the overall satisfaction of tourists with our destination, because the guest will see and experience more. And the final judgment / review / impression of the destination tourists after the visit is the holy grail in tourism. If we have met or exceeded expectations then the guest will come back again and become our free ambassador. We also encourage an increase in tourist spending, because logically tourists will then spend more if they are mobile, rather than lying on the beach all day. And again we return to such an important content and offer, which is the cancer of our tourism, ie the lack of it. Win-win for everyone. Although someone will say that then smaller tourist places would lose in that match, but it is an illusion, I can only profit. Of course, it’s all about people, professional and market development, not politicking. On the other hand, isn’t politics, ie every city and county administration, aiming for growth and development? Budget increase? Better quality of life? Imagine what the brand Dalmatia, Slavonia, Istria has to offer… !? So much content and experience that it is not possible to see everything in seven days, in fact, the guest has to come back at least once more to pass and experience the region along and across. When I say brand, I mean it outwards, towards tourists and the market. And how we will internally arrange the system is also up for discussion. Personally, I think that the number of tourist boards is too large, and Croatia and our “regions” are small in size, and certainly one county or tourist board of the region can easily cover the terrain. Especially when they would be further strengthened in manpower and professionalized. To answer those who claim that we have various clusters that already “function” at fairs and promotions, which were again imposed by the CNTB a few years ago and which had a negative impact among county directors of tourist boards. However, as he imposed it as the only option, it was both declarative and “accepted”. Status quo or development? This is how everyone loses, from the state, cities to the private sector, because the tourist season is shorter and tourist consumption is lower. While everyone is looking only at themselves and their interest, there is no help or real development for us. I don’t know what argument can be that one island has more tourist boards, ie brands? I cycle through the whole island of Murtet in half a day. Also, destinations must promote each other. So Split has to promote Zadar and Šibenik, Zadar has to promote Nin, Osijek has to promote Vinkovci and Vukovar, Poreč has to promote Rovinj, etc. and vice versa. No city in Croatia has the power to keep a guest for more than three days, but the region certainly has. These are the final proposals of the law on tourist boards and the promotion of Croatian tourism, membership fees in tourist boards and the tourist tax, which the Government sent to Parliament. The system of tourist boards should definitely be changed because as it is at the moment it is inefficient, counter productive and ultimately there is no synergy of everyone in the tourist destination. How and in what direction it is for constructive discussion, but it is certainly more than clear how we must turn to development based through the concept of destination management company in accordance with all trends of the 21st century, which is one of the intentions of the new Law on Tourist Boards. . By the way, in the last year or two, the Ministry of Tourism presented important new laws and changes, which have been awaited for years, and now it is the turn of the law on tourist land.. Could it have been better and of better quality? He always can and must. But there was an open public debate where everyone could give their opinion and arguments. As it usually happens in Lijepa naša, everyone is ready and quick when it comes to commenting on social networks (they are all Facebook warriors), and when it was necessary to make a proposal for changes in the law, unfortunately there were very few comments. Which gives only one conclusion: How everyone agrees with the changes. I’m not talking about politics here, but about market changes. Now someone will say in context what my comment means? So, a hundred or a thousand comments means even more. Yes, it is called public debate or democracy. Are Šibenik and Zadar in Dalmatia? DRAFT PROPOSAL OF TOURIST LAW PACKAGESlast_img read more