Month: November 2020

  • Coronavirus: Matt Doherty and James McClean test positive | Football News

    first_imgMatt Doherty and James McClean have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s final Nations League fixture against Bulgaria.The pair started Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Wales in Cardiff but have now been isolated from the rest of the group, which flew back to Dublin on Monday.- Advertisement – The development represents a fresh headache for manager Stephen Kenny, who has already lost Callum Robinson and Alan Browne to positive tests this month. “The rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of the flight back to Dublin this morning before the UEFA Nations League match against Bulgaria on Wednesday.”- Advertisement – A Football Association of Ireland statement said: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland defender Matt Doherty and forward James McClean have tested positive for Covid-19.“The players have been isolated from the group as per Covid-19 protocols, and the HSE have been informed of this development. Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCleanImage:Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean has also tested positive for Covid-19center_img With Seamus Coleman, Enda Stevens and John Egan missing through injury and James McCarthy having withdrawn from the squad for family reasons, Kenny’s resources were depleted further at the Cardiff City Stadium by Jeff Hendrick’s red card and the booking which will see fellow midfielder Jayson Molumby join him on the suspension list against Bulgaria.Ireland need to avoid defeat at the Aviva Stadium to ensure they do not finish bottom of Group B4 and suffer relegation.Scotland U21 staff member tests positive for coronavirus- Advertisement – A member of the Scotland U21 backroom staff has tested positive for Covid-19.The individual tested positive on Sunday and has not travelled to Greece for Tuesday’s qualifier.Another staff member has been identified as a close contact and will isolate for 14 days. The SFA say no other staff members or players have been affected.A statement read: “The Scottish FA can confirm that a Scotland Under-21s backroom staff member returned a positive test for COVID-19 on Sunday, 15 November.“The staff member had tested negative on three rounds of previous tests and has not travelled to Greece for Scotland’s latest Under-21s Euro 2021 Qualifier. They will self-isolate for 10 days.“All other playing and non-playing staff members have tested negative on this latest round of testing.“One other member of the backroom staff has been deemed as a close contact by the Scottish Government and will self-isolate for 14 days.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • WHO may redefine pandemic alert phases

    first_imgMay 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In response to concerns from various governments about the possible effects of declaring a full-scale influenza pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) will call on outside experts to consider whether to revise the agency’s definitions of pandemic alert phases, a WHO official announced today.The spread of the novel H1N1 flu virus in Mexico, the United States, and Canada prompted the WHO to raise its pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5 on Apr 29. Despite signs of possible community-level transmission in other parts of the world, such as Japan and Spain, the WHO has not raised the alert to phase 6, defined as sustained community transmission in more than one global region.At the WHO’s annual meeting last week, several countries, concerned about potentially causing undue alarm, urged the WHO to go slow on moving to phase 6. Noting that most H1N1 cases have been mild, they argued that the pandemic phases should reflect not only the geographic extent of the disease, but also its severity.Today Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and the environment, said the agency would call on scientists and public health experts to consider whether to change the phase definitions.”What we’re currently doing at WHO is trying to take a look at the interventions and see what kind of adjustments might be made to make sure the definitions really meet the situation,” Fukuda said at a news teleconference. “To do this, we will be asking scientists and public health people who really have a good perspective on the issues to help us think this through.”He said he hopes this can be accomplished within the next few weeks.Fukuda said the reasons for the WHO’s decision include not only the concerns expressed at the World Health Assembly last week, but also an earlier request from southeast Asian countries at the ASEAN meeting. Officials at that meeting asked the WHO to consider whether the criteria for moving to phase 6 should be adjusted.He commented that the alert phases were developed a tools to help governments prepare for a pandemic. The phases, he added, were fashioned “in the shadow of avian influenza H5N1,” which has caused rare but often lethal human cases, unlike the novel H1N1 virus, which usually causes mild illness.”The spread of this virus has really highlighted the fact that this is a very different situation than with H5N1,” he said.The WHO is looking very carefully at two questions: what level of transmission “really indicates you have spread in the community” and whether and how to deal with the question of an outbreak’s severity, Fukuda reported.Echoing his comments at a May 22 news briefing, he argued that the most important issue is not the pandemic phase definitions but whether proper public health actions are being taken in response to the disease.Reporters asked Fukuda why the WHO is so reluctant to go to phase 6, since it officially means only that the virus is spreading in more than one region and says nothing about its severity.”I think the answer is really almost another question—the question of what is to be gained by going to another phase?” he replied. “When we went from phase 3 to phase 4 and from 4 to 5, there were real gains for countries by doing that, in terms of focusing attention, in terms of implementing actions, in terms of bringing in resources and really focusing everybody’s attention on what had to be done.”He added that many countries are already responding appropriately to the epidemic, and that moving to phase 6 could cause unnecessary work and potentially lead to panic and cynicism.”If we go to phase 6 without very clear evidence that there’s a sort of change in the global situation, it can lead to extra work without much gain, it can lead to some level of panic, it can lead to some level of cynicism that something’s being declared but is not usefully producing something of public health benefit or gain,” he said.He further observed that the pandemic phase definitions have evolved to become simpler in response to feedback that the earlier versions were too complicated. But now the WHO has found that they don’t adequately capture the concerns of countries.In response to a question, Fukuda said the move to reconsider the phase definitions doesn’t necessarily mean the WHO won’t declare a pandemic if the epidemiologic situation changes while those deliberations are under way.”If in another country such as Japan or somewhere in Europe or in the southern hemisphere we begin to see activity that looks much like Mexico or in the US, very large outbreaks with large numbers of people, that in itself could well be enough to take us up to pandemic phase 6,” he said.When a reporter asked if the WHO move might engender cynicism because the agency will be seen as bowing to political pressure, Fukuda cited the swine flu episode of 1976, when the US government launched a nationwide immunization campaign in response to a feared pandemic that never materialized.Asserting that the most important question is what actions should be taken to protect people, he said, “Perhaps the single biggest lesson from that [1976] episode is to take stock, take a look at what reality is teaching you, don’t put yourself in a hole and leave yourself there.”Replying to another question, Fukuda said that even in an informal sense, apart from the official phases, it is premature to call the H1N1 situation a pandemic. He said the virus is clearly spreading but has not reached or taken root in all parts of the world.”I think it’s quite possible that it’ll continue to spread and it will establish itself in many other countries and multiple regions, at which time I think it would be fair to call it a pandemic,” he commented.In other comments, Fukuda declined to predict when the WHO might make a recommendation on starting production of an H1N1 vaccine: “Giving some indication from WHO in terms of H1N1 vaccine production will be important sometime during the summer, but right now I don’t think I can be much more specific than that.”See also: May 22 CIDRAP News story “WHO sticks with current pandemic alert phase”May 18 CIDRAP News story “WHO is urged to go slow on declaring pandemic”last_img read more

  • CDC finds patterns in novel flu hospitalizations

    first_imgMay 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In a first early look at trends in patients who have been hospitalized with novel influenza H1N1infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that all but one of a group of 30 patients presented with fever and that about two thirds of them had an underlying medical condition.The CDC’s review, based on California patients who were hospitalized from Apr 20 through May 17, appeared yesterday in an early online version of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director CDC’s science and public health program, said during a media briefing today that the majority of patients recovered without problems after short hospitalizations, though some had severe illness with prolonged complications and remain hospitalized.As of May 17, California officials have reported 553 confirmed or probable novel influenza cases. The 30 patients who were hospitalized are from 11 counties, most located in the southern or central part of the state. The age range was 27 days to 89 years, with a median age of 27.5 years.The report contains detailed clinical descriptions of four patients that represent a range of illness severity, including:A 5-month-old girl who was born premature, has multiple underlying health conditions, and apparently became infected with the new flu strain at the hospital, where she remainsA 29-year-old woman, previously healthy, who had pneumonia, was treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), and was discharged from the hospital after 9 daysA 32-year-old man with a history of obstructive sleep apnea who had pneumonia, was treated in the ICU, and was discharged from the hospital after 10 daysAn 87-year-old woman with multiple health conditions who remains hospitalized in critical conditionThe most common diagnoses at admission were pneumonia and dehydration. Of the 19 patients who had underlying health conditions, the most common were chronic lung disease, immunosuppression, cardiac disease, diabetes, and obesity. The most common symptoms were fever, cough, vomiting, and shortness of breath. “That’s unusual for seasonal flu,” Schuchat said.Five of the patients were pregnant. Two of the women miscarried—one at 13 weeks and the other at 35 weeks. CDC officials emphasized last week that pregnancy is a known influenza risk factor and that pregnant women who have suspected, probable, or confirmed novel flu cases should receive oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for 5 days.None of the patients had microbiological evidence of a secondary bacterial infection. Schuchat said that mirrors what CDC officials are seeing elsewhere, but she added that researchers are monitoring the situation closely. A previous report on Mexican patients who died from novel influenza infections also indicated that many had viral, not bacterial, pneumonia.Half of the patients received oseltamivir, and five were treated within 48 hours of symptom onset. Of the 15 who didn’t receive antiviral treatment, 6 sought medical care more than 48 hours after they got sick.Though the patients who needed prolonged intensive care were more likely to be very young, be very old, or have a debilitating underlying medical condition, the CDC emphasized that one 18-year-old patient who was relatively healthy and had only mild chronic lung condition required ICU treatment and a ventilator.Schuchat said the CDC recommends that all hospitalized patients be monitored carefully and receive antiviral therapy, even if they’re past 48 hours of symptom onset.CDC. Hospitalized patients with novel influenza A (H1N1)virus infection, California, April-May 2009. MMWR 2009 May 18;58(Early Release):1-5 [Full text]See also:May 12 CIDRAP News story “CDC urges vigilance for pregnant women with flu symptoms”last_img read more

  • The study of the VAT rate in tourism predicts 41% less investment and 71% less new employees by 2021

    first_imgAccording to the results of the study and estimates of the fiscal effect of the existing rate, the state will start earning less from 2019 according to the new rates than according to those from 2016. A VAT rate of 10% gives greater fiscal effects compared to the increased rate as early as 2025 due to the difference in investment intention and inflow of new accommodation. The economic effects of the current rate by 2021 compared to a rate of 10% mean 41% less sectoral investment and a loss of more than 2,5 billion euros of potential investment, 71% less new employees, 13% less value added and over 11.000 high quality accommodation units less.In order to ensure a further intensive development cycle in tourism and encourage the development of related activities, it is proposed to equalize the VAT rate on organized accommodation and catering at 13% from 1 January 2019 and reduce the rate to 10% in the next three to four years. “Regardless of the unfavorable business environment, hoteliers will continue to invest because raising the quality is necessary for survival in the market. However, in comparison with competing countries, the investment and development cycle of Croatian tourism is endangered because constant changes in the tax environment in the long run create distrust among investors and distance us from the higher value offer we strive for. Reduced VAT rates can contribute to more competitive prices, increased revenues and profits, job creation and higher wages, reduce the gray economy and encourage investment,”Said the president of the Association of Hoteliers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Ronald Korotaj.Side dish:Presentation summary / Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of the accommodation and catering industry in Croatia Complete analysis / Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of Croatian accommodation and catering activities With the current VAT rates, only minor positive effects on fiscal revenues are possible, while in the long run we can expect a smaller number of sectoral investments, a reduction in the number of new employees, lower gross value added and lower quality accommodation units., is the conclusion of the analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of organized accommodation and catering in Croatia, point out the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.The analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of the Croatian accommodation and catering industry, prepared by HD Consulting in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, includes an assessment of the direct economic and fiscal effects of different VAT rates on a cumulative five-year period. competing Mediterranean countries and the rest of the European Union. “The previous reduction of the VAT rate in tourism from 2013 to 10% resulted in the most intensive increase in investment and employment since Croatian independence. Today’s implementation of tourism policy is not in line with the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020, since one of the priority measures is a proactive fiscal policy and that VAT rates on organized accommodation and catering are higher than all Mediterranean competitors. This puts Croatia at the bottom of the business environment competitiveness scale. Compared to the 10% rate, this means 41% less sectoral investment by 2021 and 200 hotels less in the next 10-15 years,”Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Trade, Tourism and Finance of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Josip Zaher, commenting on the results of the study of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce “Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of accommodation and catering”, which was prepared on the initiative of the Association of Hoteliers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.As stated in the analysis, in order to ensure a further intensive development cycle in Croatian tourism in accordance with the Tourism Development Strategy, as well as to encourage the development of related activities, it is proposed to equate VAT rates on accommodation and catering with those in the Mediterranean – in two steps:from 1.1.2019. equalization of the VAT rate on accommodation and catering at the level of 13%within the next 3-4 years reduction of the VAT rate on accommodation and catering to 10%, thus establishing competitive conditions in the Mediterranean circle.In addition to the competitive VAT rate for accommodation and catering, other fiscal and economic measures should be introduced that will enable maximum synergy effects with tourism-related activities, the analysis points out, citing as one of the conclusions that Croatian tourism is in exceptional conditions. favorable situation for expansion and it is difficult to estimate how long that situation will last. If there is a change soon due to more favorable conditions of our competitors, or some unforeseen negative for Croatia, it is difficult to expect that we will soon find ourselves again in such favorable conditions for a strategic turnaround of the most important national economic sector.”If we look at the realization of investments from 2014 to 2017 of 2,1 billion euros, Croatian tourism does not achieve the goal of 7 billion euros set by the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020. In the European Union, 18 countries apply a rate less than or equal to 10% for hotels, and 17 countries apply a reduced VAT rate for restaurants. The rate of 25% on catering, along with Denmark, is the highest in the EU in Croatia”, Said the representative of the executor of the study HD Consulting Branko Bogunovic, presenting an analysis that took into account competing countries, strategic documents, previous performance of the sector and a survey of entrepreneurs to simulate the economic effects of changing VAT rates in organized accommodation and catering.last_img read more

  • Festival of wild plants as a great tourist story

    first_imgImagine walking with your family in a meadow in nature in the fresh air, green and colorful around you, picking flowers and making flower necklaces, and it is especially interesting that you collect wild herbs, and later make lunch, chocolate, tea, cosmetics or you arrange a herbarium with the children.A superb and unforgettable experience, isn’t it? Especially since you are finally no longer suffocated in the smog and gray of the big city and you are finally spending quality time with your family.It’s an experience, it’s tourism.You can experience this tourist story in Pristava as part of the 9th Festival of Wild Plants, which takes place from 28 to 29 April, and this year many visitors are expected to discover all the charms of wild plants from year to year.U proljeće, kada priroda postaje čarobni vrt u kojem ubiremo hranu, ali i lijekove, Kršan postaje središte biljnog svijeta ističe Ariana Brnetić, direktorica Turističke zajednice Općine Kršan te dodaje „I ove ćemo godine otkrivati tajne korištenja samoniklog bilja – u gastronomiji, kozmetici, aromaterapiji, te po prvi puta predavanje terapija hranom – prirodnom prehranom do zdravlja ljubimaca. Polaznike predavanja upoznat ćemo s preradom bilja, ali i skrivenim opasnostima. „ ističe Brnetić.This year’s workshops mentioned at the beginning of the story will give a special charm, the brother will plant herbs in the surrounding meadows, arrange a herbarium, make personalized cosmetics, prepare a delicious dish with wild plants, pair it with chocolate and much more.A picnic on a nearby meadow led by the Survivors Club and archery led by the Croatian School of Survival is provided for younger guests, while a Choco art workshop and bird watching are interesting for children. In the gastronomic part, local restaurants will offer dishes at promotional prices – those based on herbs, but also those in which herbs will not be the basic food. You can also take home an original souvenir in the form of a spice plant that you will, for example, plant in your own garden or balcony.The festival will also bring together numerous lecturers who will tell interested visitors the story of herbs and all the useful things that the proper use of herbs can do for us. This year, visitors will be able to learn how to combine raw foods and herbs and educate themselves about preparing meals and desserts. Excellent botanists and herbalists will teach them how to recognize wild herbs, how to use it to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and aromatherapists will show how to make a personalized preparation. Also, you can find out about the possibilities of breeding on farms in terms of encouraging the so-called. “Green entrepreneurship”.This is certainly a phenomenal tourist story and a complete tourist product that we can expand and add many more extensions, and such stories MINT, CNTB, Istria County Tourist Board and others must encourage, follow and help them grow into TOP events outside Croatia . Especially because it is about the pre-season and the rural area, ie the interior of Istria. The big ones no longer need incentives, they are strong enough to be market-oriented, such events that have great potential for expansion and growth should be encouraged.Kršan je srednjovjekovno naselje smješteno na istočnom dijelu istarskog poluotoka, a cijelo područje okružuju s jedne strane obronci planine Učke, njen najjužniji vrh Sisol, i rub Čepićkog polja, nekadašnjeg velikog jezera Čepić, a s druge strane Kvarnerski zaljev – sjeverni dio Jadranskog mora. Tako na površini od 124 km2 imamo priliku uživati u morskom, ravničarskom, ali i brdskom krajoliku, te upravo zato na tom području imamo veliku biološku raznolikost i autentičnost.Kršan center of wild plants at the European level, why not?See more about the 9th Festival of Wild Plants herelast_img read more

  • Croatia has chosen a pavilion for the EXPO 2020 World Exhibition in Dubai

    first_imgBy concluding contracts with the organizers of the World Exhibition EXPO 2020 in Dubai, the Republic of Croatia has rented a pavilion that will host Croatian businessmen in business promotion in front of more than 1 participating countries during the EXPO from October 2020, 10 to April 2021, 180.Croatia has chosen a pavilion in the thematic area “mobility” thus defining the theme of the concept of representation of the Republic of Croatia. Mobility is with “sustainability”I”possibility”One of the three sub-themes of the main theme of the World Exhibition:“ Connecting People, Creating the Future ”.In the fall, a competition for a conceptual solutionMinister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, as the National Commissioner of the Republic of Croatia for the World Exhibition, announced that a public tender for the conceptual design and arrangement of the Croatian pavilion is expected in the autumn. the world.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ” “EXPO in Dubai is an opportunity to promote the whole country, not only in terms of tourism, but to strengthen the competitive position of our country through trade and economic cooperation, promotion of culture, history, tourism. For me as a minister and president of the Croatian Tourist Board, this is a great challenge. Because EXPO is more than tourism. It is about branding the whole country, it will be a huge opportunity to present to exhibitors from 180 countries and 25 million visitors everything that our country has – from the best innovative projects, ideas, inventions and creative individuals, but also Croatian tourism potential in the Middle East market. East”Points out Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.It is important to emphasize that the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Dubai will be opened by the end of this year, which will certainly strengthen communication and economic ties with the UAE.last_img read more

  • 2018 continues the growth of the previous year according to the number of international arrivals

    first_imgAccording to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of international arrivals increased by 7% in 2017, which is the biggest jump since the record 2010. The growth of tourist visits also had a significant impact on exports generated by tourism. In 2017, it jumped to $ 1.6 trillion making tourism the third largest exporter in the world.Publication UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2018 Edition suggests that in 2017, 1.323 million tourists filtered the world, which is, by comparison, 84 million more tourists than in 2016. The sector has enjoyed a steady growth in arrivals for the last 8 years. The highest growth was recorded in the regions of Europe and Africa, which jumped from 8 to 9%.In 2017, the number of internationally issued invoices also increased by 5%. In addition to the $ 1.3 trillion that the destinations earned according to the records of issued invoices, international tourism generated an additional $ 240 billion through international transportation of foreigners. This raised total tourist exports to an impressive $ 1.6 trillion, or $ 4 billion per day. The latter corresponds to 7% of world exports.Such good results in the previous year are the result of continued demand for travel to destinations around the world, including those countries that have suffered in recent years due to security challenges. Strong demand was recorded in all virtual markets, and also good statistics contributed to the large return of the Brazilian and Russian markets.The leader in world consumption is again China. Last year, it spent 258 billion US dollars on international tourism, which is approximately one fifth of the total world tourist spending in 2017, which amounted to 1.3 trillion US dollars, which is 94 billion more than in 2016.Among the leading markets and destinations in the world in 2017, Spain stood out as the second most visited destination in the world in terms of the number of tourist arrivals. France leads Spain, while Japan has also established itself as one of the top ten destinations in terms of tourism earnings. According to the same criteria, Russia is in the eighth place of world consumers.Available information for 2018 confirmed the continued strong growth of international tourism, with an increase in arrivals of 6% between January and April.Side dish: UNWTO Tourism Highlights: 2018 Editionlast_img read more

  • The average price per square meter of a house is the most expensive in Dubrovnik and Split, and the cheapest in eastern Croatia

    first_imgThe square meter of the house is the most expensive in Dubrovnik and Split Dubrovnik is in a convincing first place when we look at the average prices per square meter of houses. There, you will have to pay an average of 4.623 euros for a square meter of a house with a yard, which is almost 5 percent more than a year ago. In second place in terms of average prices per square meter is Split, where you will have to pay an average of 3.029 euros per square meter. Although until recently the average prices of apartments in larger cities in eastern Croatia stagnated or fell, the end of the year brought an increase in prices there as well. The average price per square meter of an apartment in Osijek is 963 euros, which is 4 percent higher than in 2017. Slavonski Brod recorded an increase in apartment prices by 2 percent. There, the average price per square meter of an apartment was 802 euros. In the City of Zagreb, apartment prices increased by 10 percent last year, while house prices increased by 2 and a half percent. At the moment, the average price per square meter of an apartment in Zagreb is 1.961 euros, while the average price per square meter of a house with a yard is 1.296 euros. The annual growth in the number of visits within Njuškal’s Real Estate category is becoming more pronounced. “Thus, in 2018, as many as 11 percent more visits were recorded compared to 2017, and if we compare last year with 2016, there was an increase in visits of over 20 percent. There is a growing trend in the number of visits from abroad and last year the share of foreign visitors within the Real Estate category was over 12 percent. ” they point out from Njuškalo and add that most foreign visits were from Germany, BiH, Slovenia and Austria. Apartment prices in Croatia rose by almost 8 percent last year, while house prices rose by 4 and a half percent. If we look at the last two years, 2017 and 2018, apartment prices grew by as much as 13 percent, while house price growth was more than 7 percent. The largest increase in apartment prices last year was recorded in Dubrovnik, where the average asking price is 3.773 euros and is over 16 percent higher than in 2017. High annual price growth is also present in Krapina. There, the average asking price per square meter of an apartment is 1.068 euros, and it is almost 13 percent higher than the year before. In general, we can conclude that apartment prices grew the most in coastal cities, in Zagreb and surrounding cities. In Samobor, apartment prices rose by 12 percent, while in Karlovac the jump was somewhat less pronounced, “only” 8 percent. If we look at larger cities on the coast, in Split, the average asking price per square meter of an apartment is 2.792 euros, which is 11 percent more than in the same month in 2017. In Zadar, the growth of prices is even more pronounced, almost 13 percent, and at the moment the average asking price per square meter of an apartment there is 2.116 euros. Rijeka recorded a slightly smaller jump, “only” 4 percent, and currently the average price per square meter of apartments there is a little more than 1.520 euros. According to the final research of the Njuškalo.hr portal on a sample of more than 150 thousand real estates, in 2018 the turnover recorded a happy growth. Apartment prices in Croatia rose by 8 percent last year, and house prices by 4 and a half percent All this indicates a growing interest in real estate, and consequently higher real estate prices. The best house prices are in cities in eastern Croatia, so in Požega the average price per square meter is 510 euros, while in Slavonski Brod it is 637 euros.last_img read more

  • House of the Pannonian Sea is a new attraction of the Papuk Nature Park

    first_img16 million years ago, Papuk was an island in the Pannonian Sea where rhinos roamed and around which an extinct species of shark swam today. Numerous fossils of once living organisms, mostly marine animals, testify to the ancient past of this “Slavonian archipelago”, which in Velika, as part of the Papuk Nature Park, received a new, impressive exhibition – the House of the Pannonian Sea. This visitor-education center was opened at the end of 2019, it is part of the existing Visitor Center in Velika, and on an area of ​​158 square meters, in addition to exhibition halls, there are multipurpose lecture halls for interactive lectures, souvenir shops and outdoor classrooms. Požega-Slavonia County received another tourist asset, but also a modern educational center – the House of the Pannonian Sea, a unique place that testifies to the past of the “Slavonian archipelago”. This attraction certainly enriches the contents of the Papuk Nature Park, which recorded a record number of visitors last year. The arrangement and equipping of the “House of the Pannonian Sea”, worth almost five million kuna, is an important part of the project “Geo Stories of the UNESCO Geopark”, co-financed by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds. In addition to the House of the Pannonian Sea, the project procured electric and mountain bikes for rent in Velika and Jankovac Forest Park, an adrenaline park was built in Velika last year, and the first Duboka eco-park was opened three years ago, powered by solar panels. and which has its own recycling yard and biological water purifier. Thus, Požega-Slavonia County has become a top destination for all those who think about the environment, excursionists and recreationists. By the way, Papuk Nature Park had a record attendance in 2019, it was visited by 52.485 tourists – almost 50 percent more than a year earlier. There is no doubt that the House of the Pannonian Sea, as a testimony to life as it once was, will attract new visitors, especially schoolchildren who will learn about the geological story of this area in an original and technologically advanced way.last_img read more

  • The number of hotel investments in this part of Europe will continue to grow strongly in the coming years

    first_imgAdria Hotel Forum, the largest and only international hotel and investment conference in Southeast Europe, ended yesterday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Zagreb, where it reunited all relevant actors, including international experts, presidents and board members of the largest regional and global hotel companies, ministers , investors, institutional representatives, financial institutions, consultants, architects, lawyers and other professionals. On the other hand, the audience included prominent international hotel owners and investors, representatives of world management and hotel companies, as well as experts in the field of finance and consulting. The offer and investment opportunities in Belgrade, Ljubljana and Zagreb were then discussed Thomas Emanuel, director of STR as panel leader, David Jenkins, Vice President of Business Development at Radisson Group, Joseph Jutt Ferlan, President of the Management Board of Zagreb City Hotels and cluster manager for Hilton hotels in Zagreb, and Živorad Vasić, general manager at IHG. All three cities have a bright future, it was concluded, investments are being made in them and will continue to be invested. More needs to be done on infrastructure, such as increasing the number of direct flights in Croatia to make Zagreb more accessible. They then presented their new brands to conquer the market Ivona Meissner, Director of Hotel Development of the Central Europe Hotel Group BWH (Aiden), Frank Reul, Eastern European Development Manager for AccorHotels (greet), then Jordi Sanchis, Director of Development of Southern, Eastern and Central Europe in the Melia Group (INNside), Werner Bilgram, director of the Austrian company Family Select Hotels (Kinderhotels), and Milena Brajović and Mojca Ložar, managers of IHG (voco). Each of them explained the characteristics of their new brands, and the audience voted to choose “greet”, ie the brand of an economic hotel for traveling with family and friends, which is offered when renovating existing hotels. They are all very ambitious and have announced an increase in the number of hotels under these new brands in the next few years. He led the discussion on the challenges in choosing the model of hotel operations Branko Bogunović, a partner in Hotel & Destination Consulting. He was with him Joep Peeters, senior vice president for franchise and ownership of the EMEA region at the Radisson hotel group. They talked about franchises of famous brands and how to present them to investors. Namely, there are strong changes in the hotel market, so the advantages of hotel branding are explained. Radisson has announced expansion in the region, especially in larger cities and resorts on the coast. The critical factors of the lease agreement, as well as its opportunities, challenges and threats, were then discussed Marc Finney, Head of Hotel and Resort Consulting Office at Colliers International, Nikola Avram, President of the Management Board of Alpha Hotel Management, Elias Hayek, partner and leader in Global Hospitality and Leisure – Squire Patton Boggs, Nicolas Horky, transaction manager for Europe at Principal Real Estate Europe and Hylko Versteeg, Senior Vice President for Southern Europe Development at IHG. They talked about branded residences and their potential on the market of this region afterwards Ružica Herceg, partner in Hotel & Destination Consulting, Daniel Barloewen, Regional Senior Director of Mixed-Usse Development Europe at Marriott, Evgenios Dendrinos, director of real estate business in the company Temes – Costa Navarino, Alexander Yakovlev, head of real estate business at Allea Group Cyprus and Igor Kanjuh from the Zagreb management of Erste Bank. While in other countries branded resorts are already known and common, they are a relatively new product on the Croatian tourism market, with great potential for expansion in the future. Well-known world luxury brands have been present in this country for years, in which investors from all over the world invest heavily, and will continue to do so because the interest in this attractive country is not waning. In addition to its natural beauty, the incentives offered to investors by the Montenegrin Government are also highlighted. Davidović explained that the benefits for investors remain in the future, and that they are different for certain parts of the country. For example, in Podgorica, the state only supports the opening of five-star hotels. They have results, a hundred hotels have been opened in the last three years alone. Plans are numerous, but the main limit is a relatively short coast, so Montenegro is already considering supporting investors who would invest in the northern part, or in opening ski resorts in the mountains that cover most of Montenegrin territory. The last panel of the first day was called Focus on MAK – Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo, countries that have decided to develop tourism. The panel led Takuya Aoyama, vice president of acquisition and development at Hyatt International, and discussed Visar Bytyqi, Advisor to the Board of Directors of HIB Corporation, Ardiana Sokoli, Vice President of Balfin Group, Elvis Toci from ADXA Property i Dejan Knezovic, owner of the law firm Knezović & partners. How to find a balance between good and affordable design and a limited budget they discussed Alessandro Tedesco, Chief Operating Officer of FEBC International and Lucija Ivas, owner of the Forel project from Zagreb. Tedesco said there are no general rules, because it all depends on the state and even the region in which it is invested. He pointed out that the budget cannot be limited, but realistic. In order to achieve this, it is necessary for the investor to surround himself with a professional team of designers, consultants and contractors who will offer realistic frameworks, ie determine the realistic amount of the budget and construction deadlines. In addition, good planning is important for a successful investment. RELATED NEWS: ADRIA HOTEL FORUM: INVESTORS HAVE GREAT INTEREST IN INVESTMENTS IN CROATIA AND MONTENEGRO In the next five years, Montenegro plans to solve a major challenge, which is to reduce high seasonality, and become a member of the European Union, which, they believe, will bring them more new investments. Borivoj Vokrinek, partner, strategic advisor and EMEA research leader at Cushman & Wakefield, was a panel moderator discussing branded resorts, their strengths and weaknesses. They were with him Alan Mantin, Director of Southern European Development at Hilton, Dilek Sezer, Development Director for Southern and Eastern Europe at Accor HotelServices, Philip Rietz, portfolio strategy manager at tour operator TUI in Hanover and Jordi Sanchis, manager for Eastern and Southern Europe at the Spanish company Melia. All of them in turn highlighted the benefits of their brands that they offer to hotel investors and their expansion plans. They concluded that in this part of Europe the trend of growth in the number of branded resorts will continue. They all highlighted the potential of their countries, with the general conclusion that they do not want to be perceived as part of the Balkans with political instabilities. They have huge potential, especially Albania with 400 kilometers of coastline, and are a real opportunity for investors. And their governments are preparing with subsidies for foreign investors to attract them, and their main task now is to build infrastructure, especially airports and highways that will connect them with neighboring countries. After years of dealing with their own problems, all three countries are ready for strong tourism development, and at the same time for well-known international hotel management brands. They discussed how they recognize a good investment opportunity, how they research local conditions and laws, and other things that are important for starting an investment or negotiation. Foreign investors consider Croatia beautiful and attractive because of tourism, but difficulties are still being found, such as confusing land registers and unknowns about the valuation of tourist land. The message from foreign investors to local entrepreneurs is that they need to have a clear idea of ​​what they want to sell, without hidden information. The last panel at this year’s conference Adria Hotel Forum was dedicated to Montenegro, and the topic was “Can the market submit such an offer or is it already saturated in the luxury segment”. The moderator was Milovan Novakovic, general manager for Colliers International in Montenegro, and representatives of large investments in that country spoke Marc CA de Ruijter, general manager of The Chedi Luštica Bay project, Brennon Nicholas, Director of Sales and Marketing for Porto Montenegro, and State Secretary at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Tourism Damir Davidović. On the panel on the topic of negotiations for the purchase / sale of hotels, the moderator was Frederic Le Fichoux, a partner in Cushman & Wakefield, and participated Martin Edsinger, manager at KSL Capital, Gregor Famira, an international partner in the hotel company CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz i Oleg Uskokovic, Varaždin lawyer, owner of the investment company Auctor. last_img read more