Love Child follows a ‘secret’ family as they flee Iran, after an illegal affair

first_imgSix years in the making, Love Child documents their journey across borders and through the immigration system. The BBC’s Alex Stanger spoke to Leila and director Eva Mulvad about the documentary, which is available on streaming services. – Advertisement – When Leila met Sahand they were unhappily married to other people. The pair started an extra-marital affair, an illegal act in their homeland, Iran. When Leila had a baby she knew they had to flee. – Advertisement –last_img

Novak Djokovic clinches sixth year-end No 1 ranking to equal Pete Sampras | Tennis News

first_img In September, Djokovic also overtook American Pete Sampras, who ended as No 1 for six straight years between 1993 and 1998, for the most weeks overall at the top ranking and will begin his 294th week in first spot on Monday In September, Djokovic also overtook American Pete Sampras, who ended as No 1 for six straight years between 1993 and 1998, for the most weeks overall at the top ranking and will begin his 294th week in first spot on Monday

Inside a Democratic campaign—Hot takes?

first_imgThere are some truths that aren’t just hot takes.When someone comes to the table with actual math, data, or knowledge, that isn’t so much a hot take as it is information about what happened inside a campaign. So, for example, if members of a campaign staff or party apparatus were to come out and say: “Okay, we don’t know about the rest, but we know this one part really did go wrong, and here is what we think” that avoids just the blanket statements that make big assumptions. In many states, you are going to have races that can be quickly summarized: a candidate didn’t work. They didn’t raise any money. They didn’t have the prerequisite desire for the position. Those things can all be done in a way that leaves a path forward and says: okay, here is how we fix things.- Advertisement – I look at the Kansas map and one race that stands out to me is House District 70. Here, the same two candidates have faced off multiple years. They faced off in 2016, 2018, 2020. In the first two years this Republican district went, well, Republican. With the Republican representative receiving roughly ~5,400 votes. In 2020? There were 8,186 votes for the Republican—almost a three thousand vote bump this year. I’ve observed similar trends in a lot of red states where looking at the data, it was often Republicans who didn’t normally turn out who came to the ballot box. I have some theories on that—but until we start seeing better data, all we can do is say: wow, that is interesting and start listening.UGHIt is often easiest to blame everyone but the campaign itself. To say: hey, it was a vendor. It was a national trend. It was the environment. It was any other reason. All of those things have an impact. That, however, doesn’t mean that every campaign can’t learn a little bit every cycle. Campaigns can run in absolutely unwinnable districts and still come back to the table and say: okay, what went right? What went wrong? Be candid with yourself. Don’t start yelling and screaming and blaming, but start openly assessing the things that were under your control that you wish you had done differently.- Advertisement – When I talk to campaign staff and candidates, most will tell you they are open to a postmortem, a reconsideration, second-guessing, even some blame if it is due. If you are going to state your opinion though, keep it directed and specific items that you can address or are things that can be rectified. Saying: “We need a better long-term investment strategy into party infrastructure, and that may not pay off for years” is different than saying: “our party sucks.” There are, in fact, bad county and state organizations. Throwing bombs at them though has to come with a combination of truth and solution. Before you pronounce problems, see if you can find out solutions and talk to those who know if there was ever any attempt at solutions to problems you see, and how those worked out. Your criticism can help make organizations better if you do it productively—and if you decide yourself to take on that change, just do it, run for your own local party office, whether it is a county chair or a position on a state committee.Most precinct-level data isn’t available … yet.It will be some time before complete precinct-level data is back that can be matched with voter targets and ballot returns. Before we know how many of our voters actually came out and voted, or how successful our voter contact plan was, keep in mind we don’t know the entire universe of the election just yet.- Advertisement – Being willing to do that makes you better—every single cycle. Part of the growth you want to have as a volunteer, a campaign worker, or a candidate is to sit back and say: hmm, I liked this, and I didn’t like this item in our campaign. Hindsight is always 20/20. Even if it would have made no difference in the outcome of your race, looking back at those decisions can give you something to pass on to the next candidate to run or to yourself if you run again. Too many candidates say: “wipe it from your mind, just pick up and move on.” While you don’t want to dwell on a loss, taking some time to plot back through it is often comforting and can help you think about your race from a new perspective.If a take can be summed up in 140 characters or by people who don’t live by  you … it generally sucks.It takes a lot more time to develop a really informed situation. There are a lot of people who will want to make assessments about your county, campaign, state, or district who have absolutely no idea what your district looks like. Value those closer to the situation far more than people far away. They have a better understanding and they have institutional knowledge that just can’t be gained from a big board. – Advertisement –last_img read more

ACIP endorses flu shots for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds

first_imgFeb 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory committee recommended yesterday that children aged 2 through 4 and their household contacts and caregivers get annual influenza shots, a move that increases the number of people included in official flu-immunization recommendations by more than 16 million.Since 2004 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended flu shots for children aged 6 to 23 months. Yesterday the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend expanding this recommendation to include ages 24 through 59 months (2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds), the CDC announced. ACIP recommendations are routinely adopted by the CDC.The expanded recommendation will cover about 5.3 million children and 11.4 million household contacts and caregivers, the CDC said in a news release.”This new recommendation takes into consideration a broader view of the burden of illness than the earlier recommendation for vaccination of children, which was based upon the prevention of hospitalization among children 6 months to 23 months old,” the CDC said in a news release today.Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Immunization Program, commented in the release, “Vaccination of children 24 to 59 months old will likely reduce the risk of influenza-related complications for all children in this age group, not just those identified as those with the highest risk of complications from influenza.”CDC officials at a flu vaccine conference in Atlanta last month had said they expected a decision this year on recommending flu shots for 2- to 6-year-olds. But a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described the ACIP vote as a “surprise move” that followed a little more than an hour of debate. The panel had planned to vote on whether to “encourage” flu shots for 2- to 5-year-olds, a move that would have no regulatory impact, the story said.The ACIP heard reports that children 24 to 59 months old with flu are nearly as likely to visit physicians and emergency rooms as children 6 to 23 months old, the CDC said. The committee was told that “rates of medical outpatient visits for influenza-related illnesses are high in all childhood ages.”The Journal-Constitution said the panel was told about unpublished research showing that 1 of every 1,000 children under age 5 is hospitalized for flu each year and another 60 to 164 per 1,000 visit an emergency department or clinic.The ACIP also seemed to be moved by emotional testimony from Families Fighting Flu, a group of young parents of children who died of the illness, the newspaper reported.The recommendation will become the standard of practice for physicians caring for young children and will signal insurance programs to pay for the vaccinations, the story noted.The ACIP continues to “strongly” recommend vaccination of children who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, or weakened immunity, the CDC said.The panel will continue to consider new flu vaccination strategies, “including the possibility of expanding routine influenza vaccination recommendations to the entire US population,” the agency said.The CDC said manufacturers have indicated that they plan to produce between 100 million and 120 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2006-07 season.Besides 6- to 23-month-old children, people for whom the CDC already recommends flu immunization because of an increase risk of flu complication include those aged 50 and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions, nursing home residents, children and adolescents on long-term aspirin therapy, and pregnant women. Immunization is also advised for healthcare workers and household contacts and caregivers of people at increased risk for flu complications.See also:Feb 23 CDC news release flu vaccination recommendations for current season (2005-06) read more

How to keep the world working during the H1N1 pandemic: Key takeaway messages from CIDRAP’s 3rd national summit

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – We face real uncertainty about the future of the H1N1 pandemic. No one knows today if the virus will mutate or reassort into a more effective killer or cause milder illness over the next 4 to 6 months. Even if the genetic makeup of the virus remains unchanged, the days ahead will not be easy. Globally, there will substantial increases in illness and even deaths among people younger than 60 years old, and that includes your workforce, as well as others you rely on to conduct business.What’s more, we know that healthcare systems around the world will face unprecedented challenges, particularly in providing intensive care. For some of the world, the H1N1 vaccine will have a positive impact. But the billion-dollar question is this: Will the vaccine be too little, too late for this new wave of illness in Northern Hemisphere countries like the United States?I may not have answers to questions about what the virus will do or the ultimate impact of the H1N1 vaccine. But I have discovered in no uncertain terms something quite remarkable after spending 2 days last week at CIDRAP’s third national summit. Given half a chance to learn from each other, planners from public and private sectors will not be deterred from finding effective and timely ways to respond to the current pandemic. And that’s good for business.The candor, collegiality, and quality of information exchange between some 250 participants and presenters from organizations of all sizes and ilk exceeded my expectations. I invite you to check out the wealth of summit resources now available on the CIDRAP Source Web site from Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations, which was held in Minneapolis Sep 22 and 23. You’ll find dozens of PowerPoint slides, handouts, tips, and tools to help you enhance and benchmark your efforts today.Meanwhile, let me address five key takeaway messages that emerged during the summit about the realities we face right now.1. As goes healthcare, so go our communitiesIf you want a bellwether of the impact of the H1N1 pandemic, look no further than our vulnerable healthcare systems. We are fortunate that to date the vast majority of people who become ill with H1N1 pandemic influenza recover just fine. But certain groups of people get very, very sick, so sick that the care they need is already pushing the limits of our intensive care capacity.It won’t take much to push this system to a breaking point. The tipping point will occur if we start losing patients who could have lived if they could have accessed our highest-tech medical care, including respiratory equipment that is in limited supply. And if that happens, we can expect 24/7 media coverage and a community response much different than what we’re seeing now. While I don’t believe we will fall into community chaos, I do think it’s likely that we’ll see fears about being in public places and becoming infected drive up absenteeism.2. Can you make it possible for sick workers to stay home?It sounds like a paradox, but keeping some workers from coming to work may be your best tactic for holding down overall absenteeism. Most employees who get H1N1 illness will get better in several days. And if it’s possible for them to stay home when they’re sick without being penalized, they’re less likely to infect other employees. Once they have been free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (such as aspirin or acetaminophen) they can come back to work.Some summit participants said their organizations consider making extra sick days available a far better option than dealing with the headaches and costs of worker safety complaints and other legal or administrative issues. Also, it’s clear that expecting workers to document their illness is not reasonable. Now is the time to suspend (at least temporarily) policies that require employees to bring a physician’s note either to document the illness or prove they can come back to work. Such notes will be hard to come by in a seriously stretched healthcare system. And you’re likely to keep employees away from work much longer than necessary.3. A clarion call for flexibility, communicationYou don’t like it, and neither do your employees, but the fact remains that we cannot predict how this pandemic will continue to unfold. Uncertainty is simply a given right now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that organizations plan for two contingencies: (1) the severity of the pandemic remains at a level like what we saw when it began in the spring and (2) the severity worsens, absenteeism rises, critical supply chains break down, and business continuity is threatened. Are you prepared to scale up your response? Are your employees? In scenario two, the CDC says it is prepared to call for travel restrictions and measures that limit close contact.Strong communication efforts take center stage as key to dealing with uncertainty. Keeping in close contact with local public health authorities will help your organization stay informed about any changes in pandemic severity, availability and access to vaccine and antivirals, and emergency actions (such as school closures) that affect your ability to operate. A recent poll pointed out the dismal numbers of employees who even know their organization has a plan. Presenters and participants emphasized the importance of “throwing information at fear,” making plans transparent, and communicating to families as well as employees. They also stressed using different formats (not just relying on Web sites) and accommodating cultural differences and multiple languages.4. When it comes to supply chains, ‘the government trumps all’Outsourcing may be an asset during nonpandemic times, but right now it clearly is a liability. International government actions, including border closings, that are completely out of your control could put parts if not all of your supply chains (and thus your operations) in jeopardy. Fortunately, the US government says it will not close borders, but other countries might, particularly in Asia. Will workers who make parts that your enterprise depends on have access to government-acquired vaccine in India or China? And what if absenteeism rises and government actions cause manufacture of items you need to be delayed or shut down? Unfortunately, your plans need to account for these possibilities.5. Uncertainties about vaccines and antiviral drugsIt’s one thing to make a vaccine that provides protection; it’s another to actually get the vaccine into the people who need it. It’s also been quite some time since our federal or state governments rolled out a massive campaign to vaccinate adults. Already, access to seasonal influenza vaccine is problematic. Expecting that (a) distribution of vaccine will go smoothly and (b) people will actually line up for it is questionable at best, folly at worst. And at this time there seems to be no coordinated national strategy to more effectively get antiviral drugs into the hands of persons at high risk for serious illness should they become infected (eg, pregnant women, obese persons, and people who have asthma).Bottom line for organizationsWe’re in the midst of a pandemic, and we have no idea what will happen next. We don’t even know what we don’t know yet. Still, many of us are learning through the execution of plans that we’ve worked hard to develop. Many excellent tools and resources have been developed, and it isn’t necessary to reinvent them if we share them.The good news is that the 2009 CIDRAP summit made possible valuable sharing, and the CIDRAP Business Source has captured and made these resources available to you. I encourage you to keep talking to and learning from each other. It’s the only way we can protect employee health, operations, and customer relations. And we’ll do our part to share with you what we learn and tools we develop or find that may help your response efforts. Stay tuned.last_img read more

The 6th Forum of the Croatian Congress of Industry has been announced

first_img11:00 – 12:30Topic: COOPERATION BETWEEN MEDICAL AND CONGRESS INDUSTRIES IN THE ORGANIZATION OF SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS· Croatian Medical Association (HLZ)· Association of Employers in Healthcare (UPUZ)· Health Tourism Community at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce· Innovative pharmaceutical industry (IFI)· Medical equipment (CROMED in the establishment) 10:30 – 11:00Annual awards ceremony AMBASSADOR OF CROATIAN CONGRESS TOURISM 09:50 – 10:00Review of the Ambassador Program 09.00-09.30Registration The Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT) is organizing the sixth in a row CROATIAN CONGRESS INDUSTRY FORUM 2017 – annual gathering of the profession of business (congress-incentive-event) tourism, which will be held on Tuesday, 5. December 2017. in Hotel DUBROVNIK, in Zagreb. The forum will also be an opportunity to award the prize AMBASSADOR OF CROATIAN CONGRESS TOURISM.The forum is open to all colleagues from business (congress-incentive-event) tourism and participation is free with mandatory registration via link. More information at 12:45 – 13:30Review of the Minister of Tourism on the Forum 13:30Closing and socializing with a reception 10:00 – 10:30Refreshment breakcenter_img CROATIAN CONGRESS INDUSTRY FORUMHotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 XOpening of the Forum 12:30 – 12:45Presentation of a new project for 2018 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM 09:35 – 09:50Review of HUPKT activities in 2017 and Work Plan for 2018 CERTIFICATION OF PROFESSIONALS IN BUSINESS TOURISMCertification programs for professionals in the convention industry are nothing new. The most famous in the world – CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) and CMM (Certified Meeting Manager) – are very demanding and can bring you certain advantages if you are oriented to the international market. There are no individuals holding these certificates in Croatia yet, so it is Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionalsa (HUPKT) since 2015 has developed its own certification program called CCMEP (Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional). Already two generations of professionals have successfully completed the certification program, so 58 colleagues received the certificate. The list of certified colleagues has been published on numerous foreign and domestic professional portals and is also available on the website natural persons, participants from the congress-incentive-event industry, with a minimum of two years of experience in the MICE sector can apply for certification. The certificate is valid for five years, after which recertification is done based on the collected educational points, by participating in educational events organized by HUPKT. Certification brings additional competitiveness and a certain guarantee to customers that their service provider is a professional, who approaches each project according to the rules of the profession. It was recognized and accepted and supported by the Faculty of Economics Zagreb – Department of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Sector for Tourism and the European Federation of Congress Organizers – EFAPCO. HUPKT is also Preferred Provider za Events Industry Council (EIC) who recognized the value of the program and awarded it certification points, and collecting points is one of the steps towards CMP certification.HUPKT will organize certification for the third time this winter: first round 5-6. December 2017 and the second round in late January 2018.Related news: The Croatian Medical Association and the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals have signed a cooperation agreementlast_img read more

The announcement of an increase in the sojourn tax and taxes caused an avalanche of dissatisfaction

first_imgRecent announcements of an increase in the amount of sojourn tax and income tax for next year for household accommodation service providers have triggered an avalanche of dissatisfaction.The system of the Croatian Tourist Board from year to year “collects” higher revenues based on increasing capacity and traffic. Thus, in 2015, HRK 410 million was earned, in 2017 HRK 463 million, and in 2018 it is planned to “take” HRK 540 million. But even that is not enough, so new increases in the sojourn tax are planned for 2019. How is that money distributed? How does he return to the guest? Which of these money has a real function of “improving the living conditions of tourists”? Numerous unanswered questions arise. On the other hand, the eVisitor records lack more than 100 non-commercial tourist facilities – apartments and holiday homes, “cottages”. With this title alone, the system loses more than 000 million kuna in fees annually.Every kuna of sojourn tax should be used for the benefit of the guest who pays it, both in commercial and non-commercial accommodation. waste disposal is not at the required level of development, so they often collapse during the peak tourist season. Huge allocations for sojourn tax, income tax, for utilities obviously don’t end where it should. But that is why new price increases are announced “because tourism is doing well”.Increase in feesThis is a classic spin: “We haven’t raised your tax for a long time, so we have an excuse to do it now. “. However, with each increase in the tax burden, in addition to the calculation of higher revenues, the proposer is obliged to answer some more questions for taxpayers.People who pay taxes have the right to know how that tax is spent, how the tax increase will affect the improvement of the social standard in the community, and finally, how that tax money will be returned to them. To some, tax contributions seem ridiculous, but it is not at all ridiculous that citizens paid HRK 140 million to the state treasury last year on the basis of personal property, and the same amount to the CNTB system. In the last few years, we have been paying 10 to 15 million kuna more into these “cash registers” every year.What did we get from that money?New restrictive laws, abolition of boarding houses in the household… This year there are not even symbolic incentives for the construction of swimming pools. Finally, the old rule “less is more” is known for taxes, ie a milder tax burden has a positive effect on the legalization of activities and thus on an increase in the volume of total tax revenues. And vice versa.Otherwise, the average number of beds in family accommodation is 6,6, the average income per household is 50.000,00 kn. For comparison, the average civil servant has an annual income from a net salary of HRK 84.000,00 and his gross salary and various allowances “cost” taxpayers HRK 120.000 per year. Thus, for one annual salary of a tax bureaucrat, the annual income of almost three households of family accommodation is required.Whose taxpayer money is it?Obviously, our society is still not at the level of democracy when the government manages public finances for the benefit of the people and under the mandate of voters-taxpayers. Our politicians live in a “parallel universe”, completely separated from the people. Eventually they see a statistical average and those who “stick out” above the average. As 50% of the population really lives, 2/3 of the citizens of the service provider are accommodated in the household – they have no idea. That is why this exodus of the population is happening.Tax policy makers should finally “bite the sour apple” of structural reforms. They are constantly revolving around tax reform with the main task of feeding the (too) bulky state, public apparatus. The public apparatus is completely inefficient. Croatia is losing its permanent population, reproductive and working population at such a pace that we are left without 100.000 inhabitants a year. All measures taken should have the priority effect of halting the demographic erosion of society. Raising the tax pressure on a small man who is bigger with one leg outside Croatia is certainly not a good move. Unless the goal is exactly that – to free a beautiful country from (superfluous) population.Non-commercial tourist facilities out of controlAccording to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Croatia has 180.000 weekend facilities on the coastal belt and islands. According to the average capacity of 4 beds, the total capacity of these facilities is 720.000 beds (data from 2016). This is significantly more than categorized accommodation. Despite the legal obligation of the owner of a weekend facility to register and deregister persons staying in such a facility via the e visitor system, last year a total of 12 million overnight stays in weekend facilities or 16,6 overnight stays per bed were recorded. This means that weekend facilities are used for an average of 2 weeks. Having in mind the amount of investment in such facilities, this information is not very credible.Considering that the legal obligation for each owner of the facility and members of his family is to pay the sojourn tax reduced by 70% and for each user, friend who stays with the owner of the regular tax per night, it is clear what the loss of income for all levels of the tourist system local government in this way creates. It is not clear in what way the obligation to report non-commercial tourist facilities to the visitor is created? Categorized accommodation is entered according to the legal obligation based on the categorization. And the cottages?Law on catering activity that produces damageThe Law on Hospitality is in complete contradiction with the incentive measures of demographic renewal. It directly affects the most vulnerable parts of society. People living in economically and humanly devastated areas. This law prevents them from providing food service with accommodation. That is, they are forced to enter an unfavorable system that requires significant investments, appropriate spatial planning prerequisites and creditworthiness.At the same time, Croatian citizens are still insulted that they are not sanitary, untidy, that what we prepare in their homes, in their kitchens is a danger to the health of tourists. But it doesn’t matter if we are a health threat to family members, neighbors, friends than when a tourist appears in the role of a consumer then we become a health threat and that is unacceptable. It is only acceptable if we provide breakfast service. Tourists. Then we are not a threat to health either.The law also forces the poorer sections of the population to borrow from banks if they want to provide accommodation services according to the criteria of the Ministry of Tourism. Not by guest criteria, but by MINT. In general, the very reason for changing the law is unacceptable, unargued, misdirected, in complete conflict with the principles of free market competition. In a word, backward. And all this at a time when we are declared the best hosts of family accommodation in the world, when we have the best holiday homes in Europe, when our guests love us, praise us, recommend us and gladly come back to us.One wonders who is shaping Croatian tourism policy? And at whose expense?Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.comlast_img read more

Digitization of the Krk Island Tourist Board – new mobile applications of the island of Krk

first_imgThose who follow trends, who are proactive and who care that tourism does not happen, are growing and developing, and the Tourist Board of the island of Krk is one of those who have gone the furthest with digitalization. Through their website, they offer a lot of information, most of all tourist boards in Croatia, and now they have set the bar high through the production of various mobile applications. The whole focus is on the mobile phone, whether we like it or not, because logically, the mobile phone is always with people, so I can get all the information in the palm of one hand, of course if you provide it to them.And the Tourist Board of the island of Krk makes a great effort to offer the content of the entire island of Krk through its website and mobile applications. After creating a unified map of hiking and biking trails on the island of Krk, and outdoor catalogs to support the development of programs and outdoor activities, the Tourist Board of the island of Krk presents free mobile applications KRKhike i KRKbike .Application KRKhike is a new mobile application for Android and IOS operating systems, and allows you to search for hiking, MTB, hiking trails, and GPS navigation routes, and select walks along your own preferences, weight, location. The application can be downloaded from the web pages of the Tourist Board of the island of Krk, as well as on the web pages of the tourist boards of the island of Krk with which this application was developed in joint cooperation.KRKhike and KRKBike applicationsCultural Heritage of the Island of Krk applicationExcept development outdoora , The Tourist Board of the island of Krk wants to acquaint visitors with the rich cultural and historical heritage of the island of Krk, valuable cultural facilities, which in recent years printed a tourist map of cultural sights, made a digital map and its presentation in an interactive and multimedia way (www.visit., and this year presents the content of a digital map adapted for mobile phones.The historical heritage of the island of Krk with this project includes the period of antiquity, historical towns-castles, centers of Glagolitic heritage, the island of Krk is the cradle of Croatian literacy, the seat of the Frankopan princes.The whole project  Cultural heritage of the island of Krk started in 2016, continued in 2017 from the very beginning in collaboration with Center for Industrial Heritage, University of Rijeka.  The project unites the cultural and artistic heritage of the island of Krk and enables its presentation with modern technologies – multimedia and interactive. The digital map includes about 50 localities and catalog units of cultural heritage have been created and presented on the website of the Tourist Board of the island of Krk at, and from now on they can be downloaded by mobile phone and tour routes according to your wishes. It is possible to follow churches, places, monasteries, forts, with a guided and independent tour with confirmation of the location. “Our goal, especially in this year, which was declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage, is to bring cultural events closer to guests and lovers of history, but also to strengthen and enrich the cultural identity of the island of Krk, using the possibilities of modern technology.”Point out from the Krk Tourist Board. The application Cultural Heritage of the Island of Krk can be downloaded at The Tourist Board of the Island of Krk has prepared a virtual walk around the island of Krk in 360 degrees as a new modern, innovative and interactive visual display of destinations and surroundings from the air using the latest web VR technologies.”We want to offer visitors a new and different experience of seeing the offer of the island of Krk and presenting attractions with the possibility of orientation through natural, historical, cultural and gastronomic sights. The virtual walk can be used on all types of devices from a PC to a smartphone or tablet with the additional possibility of viewing through VR glasses. ” conclude from TZ Krka. You can also view virtual walks on the portal to the Tourist Board of the island of Krk who set the bar high and showed the direction of website development and digitalization for all other tourist boards.Related news:Definitely read the story about the portal that brings the calendar of all events on the island of Krk / ALA SHU – EXCELLENT CALENDAR OF ALL EVENTS ON THE ISLAND OF KRK THAT ALL HOTELS AND RENTERS SHOULD USElast_img read more

The Croatian hotel market is stagnating in the development of the offer, shows the global report of Horwath HTL

first_imgMost of the leading domestic chains have become involved in the portfolio branding process by increasing the total number of domestic brands in the market. This trend is in line with developments in the European market, but the motives for these processes are not yet entirely clear (for example, portfolio sales or regional expansion). The report showed that the Croatian hotel market is stagnating in the development of the offer mainly because the current market is favorable for the development of private accommodation (low taxes, regulatory environment), but also because of low incentives for hotel development, which is the key reason for dominance of domestic hotel chains – 9 percent of hotel companies generate 85 percent of total industry revenue. The annual global report of the consulting company Horwath HTL on hotel chains “European Chains & Hotels Report 2019” covers 22 European countries, including Croatia. Domestic chains as the main drivers of growth The hotel market still relies on the summer season Although Zagreb is on the rise (with three new internationally branded projects planned), the majority of projects are based on coastal areas (as much as 75 percent) and well-known destinations (Hvar, Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec). Key statistics for Croatia / Horwath HTL Domestic chains were active in the investment market where the largest hotel chains opened at least one new property in 2018. The top five hotel chains have opened eleven properties, or 2,5 new rooms on the market. Others were primarily based on the development of small hotels. In 2018, growth was recorded, however, with the risk of slowdown that occurs due to the recovery of the Mediterranean region, but also development strategies aimed at earning money without a significant increase in value-added supply, competitiveness begins to lose. On the other hand, pre- and postseason offers significant growth potential that can be captured by smart initiatives and management. In Zagreb, as the only continental destination on the rise, three new hotel chains were opened in 2018, and three are planned. Ranking by degrees and size / Horwath HTL High seasonality and the current level of business in Croatia (ranked 58th and 159th in terms of issuing building permits) remains a major obstacle for international investors, especially in terms of taking development and ownership risks. But there are still positive examples in the market that can boost investor confidence. Horwath’s report to 22 countries cites information that in 2018, there were a total of 146.600 hotels on the market, or over six million rooms. France had the most hotels within the hotel chain, as many as 3885, while Albania had the least branded hotels. Attachment: HORWATH HTL / European Chains & Hotels Report 2019 The report showed that the main potential is off-season offers. In Montenegro, great potential has been recognized due to the favorable conditions it offers to investors and the encouragement of a luxury tourist product. Greece is back in the top 15 world tourist destinations. In 2018, they opened 150 new luxury hotels, which contributed to the fact that one in five Greek hotels falls into the category of four or five stars. And, although on shaky ground over Brexit, the United Kingdom has invested almost € 4 billion in its hotel sector. Ratio of international and domestic brands / Horwath HTL New brands of domestic chains Ranking by destinations / Horwath HTLlast_img read more