Ferragosto and the Italian stampede are approaching our coast

first_imgItaly is one of the most important emitting markets for the Croatian tourism sector, from which we made more than a million arrivals last year alone.Ferragosto (from lat. Feriae Augusti = Feast of Augustus) is the name for the Feast of the Assumption, which is celebrated every August 15 in Italy, and is considered one of the most important religious and family holidays. At that time, many Italians go on vacation, and most take advantage of the entire vacation. It is already traditional, in return Ferragostu Croatia is the focus of most Italian media, which emphasize that our country has preserved its authenticity, ambience and traditional way of life and that it abounds in quality eno-gastronomy, but also a very attractive festival offer suitable for young Italian guests.So far this year, over 450 arrivals and more than 1.7 million overnight stays have been made from the Italian market, and the CNTB points out that the improving transport connections between Italy and Croatia are a stimulating factor for the growth of tourist traffic from this market.   The popularity of Croatia among Italians is proven by numerous publications in the most popular Italian mediaThe tourist magazine “Marco Polo” dedicated its cover to Primošten and Šibenik-Knin and Zadar counties, while “Caravan e Camper” published the cover and the text “Return to Dubrovnik” which describes the tourist offer of the city. “La stampa” points out that Croatia is not alone sun and sea and that in addition to the rich natural and cultural heritage, it offers popular music festivals, and he also wrote about his favorite Italian “Vogue” about Croatia and Vis. “Cosmopolitan “explored our beaches, or ten places where you can find paradise in Croatia. The famous tourist magazine “Bel Europa” published a special article about Croatia, and the cover is adorned with the island of Vis. The magazine, which has more than 450.000 readers, especially emphasized the importance of Croatian tradition and culture. The Croatian lighthouse Porer appeared on the cover of “DOVE”, as part of which a report on Lošinj, Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Mljet, as well as the lighthouses Porer and Veli Rat, was published.”Italian media are great fans and friends of Croatia and are very happy to write about our destinations and tourist offer. We are especially pleased with the significant growth in the interest of key Italian bloggers and influencers who have a large number of followers and who want to visit Croatia. This type of cooperation will be in an even stronger focus when planning activities for 2019. “, emphasized Viviana Vukelic, director of the CNTB Representation in Italy.   Also, the Italian state television company RAI 2 visited Croatia with the aim of exploring the Plitvice Lakes and Kornati National Parks. The show “Natural Beauties of Croatia” will be broadcast in the autumn program scheme with the aim of attracting Italian guests outside the peak of the tourist year. On the RETE 4 channel, the show “Parola di pollice verde” was broadcast, dedicated only to Croatia, the islands of Pašman, Pag and Lošinj, and Zadar and Split. Good cooperation with RETE 4 continues in September when the representatives of the show “Donna avventura” will visit Biograd na Moru and Trogir and discover new and still undiscovered Croatian destinations for their viewers. Istria and Kvarner are the most interesting for tourists from ItalyAccording to the shares in the total traffic so far, when it comes to the Italian market, Istria dominated with 47% of Italian overnight stays, followed by Kvarner with a share of 26% and Zadar County with a share of 6%.Favorite Italian destinations are Rovinj, Medulin, Porec, Mali Losinj, Novalja, Umag, Pula and Cres. Most Italians, 74% of our destination visited in an individual organization. Italians are above average prone to travel to Croatia during the peak of the tourist year, as many as 61% of arrivals and 73% of Italians’ overnight stays are recorded during July and August.CROATIAN WINNER OF THE “WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP” IN SKYSCANNER SEARCH TRAVELInterestingly, the Italian travel search engine Skyscanner.it in the week of the World Cup finals analyzed the search results for flights from Italy to the countries that played in the finals of this year’s championship, Croatia, France, Belgium and England. The goal of the statistics, which also took into account Russia, the host country of the World Cup, was to find out the “winner” in the selection of Italian passengers. The cities that had a large increase in search are Zagreb, Pula, Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik.With a total of five out of ten cities in the search table, Croatia is, in the opinion of users of the Italian portal Skyscanner, the “winner” of the World Cup. By the way, Skyscanner is the world’s leading search engine that offers a free search and comparison service for flights, hotels and car rentals. Founded in 2003, it is available in 30 languages, and every month, through it, more than 70 million people plan their trip.See more about the emitting market in the attachment.PROFILE: Issuing market profile – Italylast_img read more


Valamar Riviera achieved double-digit revenue and operating profit growth in the first three quarters

first_imgIn the first nine months of 2018, Valamar Riviera achieved double-digit growth in business results.Total consolidated revenues reached HRK 1.921 million, which is an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period last year, primarily as a result of intensive investment in high quality accommodation facilities in the past period and exceptional business development in the pre-season. After several years of increased demand for Croatia, there was a stagnation in the growth of tourist demand in the summer season. Despite the unfavorable  In the first nine months of 2018, Valamar realized more than 6 million overnight stays for the first time, which is an increase of 4% compared to the same period last year, while the average price grew by 5%. The highest sales growth was achieved in high-quality accommodation facilities in which previously invested and in the first six  months as a result of the successful development of tourist products aimed at guests outside the main tourist season.    At the level of the business year, Valamar Riviera expects to achieve between 2018 million in 1.960  and HRK 1.980 million of operating revenues, ie an increase of 10 to 11 percent compared to last year. Revenue growth will be accompanied by growth in consolidated operating profit (EBITDA), which will reach between HRK 690 and 700 million annually, which is an increase of 14 to 16 percent compared to 2017. Valamar has increased operational efficiency with a simultaneous increase in salaries of over 11% and the introduction of a minimum net income of HRK 5.000,  thus intensifying investments in human resources, which were recognized as the biggest challenge for growth and development in the coming years. “In the past three years, as a result of the development strategy, we have invested about 2,4  billion in the development and expansion of the portfolio, created as many as 2300 new jobs, significantly increased wages and improved working conditions. This year we have successfully finalized the process of taking over the company Hoteli Makarska dd in Croatia and  the first Valamar hotel in Austria. We believe that we have laid a good foundation for continued investment in business growth and development. “, pointed out Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera.According to the previous consent of the Supervisory Board, Valamar plans to realize investments in the amount of HRK 2019 million in 752, which is a continuation of the company’s investment strategy in repositioning the portfolio according to high value-added offers and services.last_img read more


The latest sequel to the “Epic Week in Croatia” campaign has reached 11 million people

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board on social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has successfully completed the last fourth sequel to the excellent and very popular campaign “Epic Week in Croatia – Last call”. According to the CNTB, the campaign reached more than 11 million people, and more than eight thousand new fans began to follow the channels of the Croatian Tourist Board on social networks. More than 13.000 competitors took part in the prize draw itself, and the campaign achieved excellent results in the markets of Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Austria.The winner of the last prize draw is a XNUMX-year-old Angelo Elefante from Italy who uses his travels to explore and get to know the culture of the destination in which he resides. “By choosing the activities I would like to experience during my stay in Croatia, I had the opportunity to enjoy an imaginary trip and I was amazed at how much magic your country hides. Now I am happy that this trip will come true, and I will try to convey my feelings and impressions through numerous photos and anecdotes that I intend to experience in Croatia. “, he said Elephant, adding that the meaning of travel is to share one’s own experiences and discoveries with other people.  Angelo Elefante chose from the offered experiences to taste soparnik and Brač’s vital, a visit to Split, a photo of Brač’s “house in the house”, a visit to Starogradsko polje and a photo with a Dalmatian, a well-known Croatian breed. The goal of the Epic Week campaign is  strategic positioning of Croatia as a country with a rich and wide offer in which everyone can find interesting things for themselves. The concept of “Epic Week“The campaign allowed participants to create an ideal vacation. Thus, from the list of 218 activities, the participants chose exactly those activities that would make up their dream vacation. In addition to activities, they could choose locations, sights, cities, but also flavors that they would like to experience and taste during their visit to Croatia. The prize game was attended by all those who shared the selected activities on social networks, and those whose posts collected the largest number of likes entered the grand final. The main prize was won by the person who has the best argumentative description of why she deserves a trip to Croatia, and this year it was Angelo Elefante from Italy.last_img read more


Trainings for holders and organizers of tourist contents in nature

first_imgFind out the program with the lecture schedule, the dates of the trainings by ugliness, as well as the method of applying for the training HERE According to the Tourism Services Act (OG 130/17), all companies / crafts and other legal and natural persons providing active and adventure tourism services must employ or have an employee with an appropriate domestic or foreign certificate or certificate establishing the ability and skill level of performing a particular activity.  The certificate obtained upon completion of this training is one of the recognized certificates / certificates for performing certain activities from the list of activities that are considered tourist services of active and adventure tourism. For a complete list of active and adventure tourism services, a list of appropriate certificates or other conditions, see HERE. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) in cooperation with the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) organizes two-day education for holders and organizers of tourist contents in nature.center_img Training for holders and organizers of tourist content in nature will be held in Šibenik, Split, Rijeka, Zagreb, Otočac, Osijek, Požega, Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik. All providers of active and adventure tourism services are obliged to adapt to it no later than 3. December 2019.years. last_img read more


#onokad Spaček’s meeting attracts 12.000 visitors

first_imgThe more such individuals, such as the Croatian 2CV Citroën Club, and various various event organizers, the better for the destination. And every investment in its development is multiplied on the local economy through tourism spending on various industries. I constantly emphasize how to find a niche of your own, especially when we talk about hobbies, where people are extremely passionate and tend to travel to the end of the world, just to have an unforgettable experience. And the Spaček fan club is a real example of that. The arrival was announced by Spaček fans even from Australia and the Ivory Coast. So in the development of sports tourism, everyone focuses on football, which is a big mistake, especially smaller destinations. Yes, you read that right. The 23rd Spaček World Meeting will be held in Samobor, and it is expected to attract around 3.000 vehicles and more than 12.000 participants from over 30 countries. Thus, the 23rd Spaček World Meeting is being held in Croatia for the first time, in Samobor, from July 30 to August 4 this year. It is the most massive gathering of drivers and supporters of Citroën’s legendary 2CV car, popularly called the Spaček, which has been held continuously since 1975. The organizers of this great tourist story are the Croatian 2CV Citroën Club based in Samobor, which has been gathering drivers of the popular Spaček for 20 years, but also Dyan, Mehari and other favorite Citroën vehicles in which they have traveled an enviable part of Europe and the world. The club is a member of ACI (Amicale International Citroën), an international association of Citroën clubs around the world based in Paris. “Getting the organization of such an event is a huge recognition, but also a responsibility because spačekists from all over the world come to us and we want to present them not only Samobor, but also other specialties of our country”, Says Goran Skrbin, president of the Club So in this case, thanks to Spaček, 12.000 participants will generate tens of thousands of nights and XX euros / kuna of tourist spending during the five days of the event. Thus the impact of this story as well as tourism and the organization of events in general can be concretely measured. Also, as Samobor does not have enough accommodation capacity to accommodate all participants, this event will benefit hotels and other accommodation in Zagreb and the vicinity of Samobor. “The event will certainly contribute to even greater growth in tourist traffic, which in the first four months of this year recorded 15 percent more overnight stays and 14 percent more arrivals compared to last year. “, said the director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board Ivana Alilović.center_img It is an interesting story how a good part, mostly foreign owners of Spaček, will get to know a part of our wider tourist offer. Namely, the Croatian 2CV Citroën Club organized adventure rides after the match. Thus, 2CV Adriatic Raid will go through Gorski kotar, Lika and the coast ending in the vicinity of Split, while 2CV Continental Raid will pass through continental Croatia, through Hrvatsko Zagorje, Sisak, Lonjsko polje and Slavonia ending in the vicinity of Đakovo. “With this event, Samobor stands alongside European destinations that have hosted meetings in previous years, including De Steeg in the Netherlands, Salbris in France or Ericeira in Portugal, and which have the necessary infrastructure, people and enthusiasm to organize such a large gathering. Samobor will thus not only present itself as a city, but also the whole of Croatia as a desirable tourist destination. “, said Martina Paladina, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Samobor. An excellent example of the development of sports tourism last year was in Umag, where from 29.6. to 8.7. held the World Junior Karate Championship, where over 3000 participants, primarily athletes, delegates, judges and their companions from more than 100 countries realized 18 to 20 thousand overnight stays. Yes, 20.000 nights. Sports tourism is much more than football, in fact, there is a lot more space through “small” sports. Both through sports and the organization of tourist events and congresses can significantly generate arrivals and consumption, and thus create some foundations for the extension of the story. #onokad Spaček’s meeting attracts 12.000 visitors. Great story, isn’t it?last_img read more


Bolt launches a new delivery service in 6 cities – Bolt Delivery

first_imgAs we know, every crisis is also an opportunity. Many companies were created at the time of the previous and thus the last financial crisis. This is how Bolt, the leading European platform for providing on-demand transport services, saw its opportunity and introduced a new service – Bolt Delivery. Using Bolt’s existing app, the delivery option offers the opportunity for private and business users to send what they need to their friends, family or business colleagues and associates during a period of limited mobility. The Bolt Delivery service is ideal for shipments that need to be delivered the same day, and even within just one hour such as clothes, books, household items, game consoles, documents and everything you need to send.  As of today, Bolt is launching a new service in Croatia, Bolt Delivery, ie a delivery service in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar and Dubrovnik.  “We will use, on the one hand, the existing technology and a large network of partner drivers throughout Croatia and enable users to be safe inside their home, at a time when the majority of the population is forced to do so. On the other hand, we launched the Bolt Delivery service in order to provide our partners with the best support, secure business and revenue opportunity with our experience and efficiency in business and logistics. In addition to this service, we plan to soon introduce new delivery services that will help business customers”Said Tomislav Lukačević, Operations Manager at Bolt, Croatia. Shipments should be lighter than 20 kg and within the specified dimensions up to a maximum of 65x55x40 cm, and for security, the service will be available only to those who have a valid bank card entered in their application because cash payment will not be possible. The minimum delivery price is 20 kuna for all cities. Photo: Bolt, Illustration: HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more


Congress: Stick to budget for foreign travel

first_imgThese trips can serve valuable purposes — boosting the morale of troops, promoting commercial opportunities for U.S. businesses, evaluating foreign-aid spending.They can foster bipartisanship by offering a chance for Democrats and Republicans to spend time together (though the most ideological members mostly opt to travel with their own kind.)In recent months, senior lawmakers have mounted emergency missions to soothe the nerves of allies alarmed by President Donald Trump’s erratic foreign policy. Despite the benefits, the weak oversight of congressional trips lends itself to abuse.Overseas travel by members and their staffs must be approved in advance by committee chairs.But under a law dating to the 1970s, Congress doesn’t pay for its trips out of appropriated funds.Instead, the government is obligated to pay for any and all congressional travel expenses, with almost no strings attached. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following is an editorial from Bloomberg News: Responding to revelations of the Trump administration’s luxe travel habits, which have already cost one cabinet secretary his job, the House government oversight committee has opened an investigation.That scrutiny should apply to members of Congress and their staffs as well. By its own accounting, Congress spent 27 percent more on foreign trips last year than it did in 2015.The Treasury Department, which pays the legislative branch’s travel expenses, estimates that Congress spent a record $20 million on overseas trips in 2016.And that only covers commercial flights — Congress does not itemize the cost of flying on military planes, whose premium services are typically used by large delegations.Nor does Congress account for the costs borne by U.S. embassies to organize and host congressional delegations, which often include not just aides but members’ families, too.  Lawmakers thus have little incentive to limit what they spend. Some of the costs are eye-popping.In 2016, lawmakers and their staffers booked at least 557 commercial flights costing $10,000 or more.Last November, a six-day trip to Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines by three staff members on the House Armed Services committee cost more than $105,000 in airfare alone.Earlier this year, two Senate staffers flew commercial to South Africa on behalf of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Transportation costs were $48,460.24. The public deserves more transparency about what it’s getting.Senators and their aides don’t even have to disclose dates of travel and the numbers of days spent in each country.center_img They should, as their colleagues in the House do.All members should be limited to one staffer on foreign trips, a rule currently enforced only by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.And it’s more than reasonable that Congress establish and adhere to an annual budget for its international travel. Stricter limits on taxpayer-funded congressional delegations should also be accompanied by tougher disclosure requirements for overseas trips funded by private organizations, which totaled at least $4.4 million in 2016. Americans give their elected representatives considerable discretion to travel widely and engage with the world.Congress needs to be careful not to abuse that privilege. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more


Not enough good shows in cable deal

first_imgI looked forward to reading the results of the Golden Globe Awards in The Gazette. Perhaps there would be some great new winning shows that I could watch on TV. Unfortunately, most of the winners are not available to me because they are on HBO, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. Last month I paid Spectrum $189.00. Something is wrong with this picture — no pun intended.Joanne CoppolaNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img


Now is time to ban AR-15 assault rifles

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe NRA is a special interest group designed to spread fear and create profit for U.S. gun manufacturers. It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. We should ban AR-15 semi-automatic assault style weapons immediately. The U.S. Supreme Court has found that ownership of certain “banned” weapons under Federal Law 26 USCA 5681 doesn’t violate the Second Amendment.The current popular weapon of choice in school shootings and mass murders in the United States is the AR-15-style weapon. According to pro-gun survivalist website www.armsbearingcitizen.com, the AR-15 is the citizen’s weapon of choice because, “the caliber itself has a much higher velocity than the 22 Long Rifle. It’s used by most law enforcement agencies and the military for a reason. … [it] has stopping power for survival and urban warfare …”So, what does that mean? Wired magazine published a June 17, 2016, interview with emergency room trauma physician Peter Rhee. It goes into detail about the damage done to a human body from these weapons. The bullet from a handgun is slow compared to that of an AR-15. The AR-15 bullet “has so much energy that it can disintegrate three inches of leg bone, it would turn to dust…the exit wound can be …a jagged hole the size of an orange.”Finally, “…[a] wound from a handgun might require only one surgery, but an AR-15 bullet wound might require three to ten.”The AR-15 style weapons are easy to shoot, have minimal kickback, and are designed for maximum damage and death. There’s no reason in a sane society that these weapons should be available and legal to our citizens. The NRA pawns in Washington continue to have our children’s blood on their hands. It’s time to legally ban these weapons now.Michael WinnSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more


Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sep. 8

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAssault weapons are not what many thinkRegarding Virginia Newton’s Sept. 5 letter, “Assault weapons not for sport or defense.”With all due respect to the letter writer, she just doesn’t understand what she is saying. There are no assault weapons out there. That is the definition that the media gives to rifles that are black in color.Unfortunately, the uninformed follow like sheep and repeat what the liberal news media says. Once again, assault weapons are not used for sport or hunting or home defense. Assault weapons are for war and are used to kill as many and as fast as possible. Those are the weapons that we used in the Vietnam War and not the ones the letter writer thinks she speaks of.Also speaking about the NRA, myself and 5 million more members do not have assault weapons the liberal media speaks about. Please inform yourselves before the untrue lies about gun ownership spread faster than they are now.Rick SplawnikAmsterdam Teamwork leads to improvements in citySara Foss recently highlighted the positive impact that demolition of 16 Jefferson St. will have on the Front Street neighborhood.On behalf of the Capital Region Land Bank, I would like to thank Mayor Gary McCarthy and his staff for the work they do leading up to a Land Bank demolition project.The day an excavator demolishes an eyesore property follows months of work by the Land Bank staff working closely with the team at City Hall. The Law and Building departments work together to identify abandoned properties and obtain site control. The Water Department terminates connections. The Department of Development creates strategies for new uses for properties once they are demolished. The City Council provides the OK to transfer title to the property to the Land Bank so that demolition can occur.The partnership between the Land Bank, the county, the city of Schenectady and our community lending, renovation and foundation partners is essential in our efforts to fight blight and encourage new development in our neighborhoods.Behind every demolition is a much larger team working to improve our community every day. The adage, “working together works,” has never been truer.Richard RuzzoSchenectadyThe writer is chairman of the Capital Region Land Bank and a member of the Schenectady County Legislature. Pro-life Democrats need to speak upI would support pro-life Democrats. The problem is, they’re an endangered species. The abortion expansion law passed the New York Senate with only two Democrats voting against. It passed the state  Assembly with only seven Democrats voting against. All the Democrat senators and assemblymen in our districts, including phony Angelo Santabarbara, voted in favor of abortion expansion and denying care to abortion survivors.I sympathize with pro-life Democrats who with a heavy heart continue to pull the lever for their party. They vote out of habit and identity. It’s to these voters that I plea to please accept reality The Democratic Party will never change its stance on abortion. They believe it’s a fundamental right at any stage of development, including after the child is born. The Democrats keep moving the goal post on abortion to include older and older babies.There once was a time when voters could discuss pro-life views with Democratic lawmakers, but that time has long since passed. The Democratic Party bullies pro-life voters, telling them to get out of the party and get out of New York.Pro-life Democrats need to get over their identity crisis and stop being complicit in the murder of pre-born and just-born babies. Next fall, voters have a real choice: vote for the party of life or the party of death.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills Show more concern for global warmingIn this time of uncertainty about literally everything, there seems to be little in this world that doesn’t have a contradiction to it.But one thing that is certain is that our time on Earth won’t last much longer unless serious changes are made.But all the times are different/ Some scientists say that we have about 50 years to reduce carbon emissions; others say we’ve already gone over the edge. Action isn’t “not using straws” or “saving the turtles” because the main danger facing humanity is global carbon emissions, which have now exceeded 416 ppm.For comparison, global carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was on average 280 ppm in the 10,000 years leading up to the 19th century.Humanity isn’t concerned enough about global warming, and that is a serious issue.Kristian PowellAverill ParkRemind kids to look both ways on streetWith the start of the new school year, there has been much publicized awareness regarding people breaking the law by driving past stopped school buses.  I have yet to hear one specific aspect of school bus safety get mentioned on the news. No one seems to be reiterating the simple importance of looking both ways before crossing the street. Perhaps some people may think this goes without saying, but it can’t be said enough.I’m amazed when watching videos, or real-life experiences of kids getting on or off school buses. Many just dart out onto the street without looking to see if there is oncoming traffic. Parents, teachers, care givers and bus drivers should continually tell children to be aware of traffic before crossing the street. Look both ways, whether retrieving a ball or, yes, getting on or off a school bus.  There is too much credence given to the idea that school buses will give children a safe right-of-way when crossing the street.The school buses’ stop signs and flashing lights do not stop oncoming traffic; only the braking of the individual driving the passing vehicle does. Common sense precaution should take precedence over assumption when doing something as simple as crossing a street. Look both ways before crossing.Louis Restifo Sr.Burnt Hills More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more