Natural phenomena – added value of the tourism sector

first_imgTonight is one of the most beautiful celestial “events” of the year. It is, of course, the rain of Perseids, better known as the Tears of St. Lawrence. What exactly is it about?In the orbit of comet Swift-Tuttle, there is a cloud of debris composed of particles that emit the said comet in its 133-year orbit. Most of the debris in the cloud floats for about a thousand years, while there is also a relatively young layer of stardust formed in 1865 that allows night sky observers to witness indications of the phenomenon the day before the peak of the rain. Meteor rain has actually been visible since mid-July with the peak of activity between 9 and 14 August. During the peak, observers can witness a spectacle of 60 or more meteors per hour that can be observed from all over the world despite the fact that at this time of year the constellation Perseids is located in the northern hemisphere.It smells like a good bait for tourists, but also other lovers of celestial phenomena and the starry sky. What’s the story behind the meteor shower?Among the Croatian population, the name Suze sv. Lawrence. Lovro was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome, and also a victim of the great persecution of Christians in 258 under the baton of no more and no less than the native Cibala Valerian. Where did the connection with the Perseids come from? The memorial of the saint’s martyrdom is traditionally from 258 BC. marks on the date of the 10th of August. Taken aback by the unusual celestial phenomenon and during the unstoppable process of Christianization, Catholics explain the meteor shower as the saint’s tears for which the earth, precisely because the place of his martyrdom and murder, is unworthy of falling on it. Logical. Except of course that one time a year.From infancy to the present day, religion has been the standard-bearer of actually good tourist stories because in its effort to explain the world, it has nurtured a tendency toward trivialization and a spectacle that can ultimately be packaged into a concrete product. Let’s just remember St. John’s bonfires and the longest night of the year.Also, another legend about Tears comes from the Mediterranean area which means it doesn’t bypass us again. Namely, as the saint was allegedly burned alive at the stake, by pure analogy these shooting stars then became sparks of the mentioned fire, but the story goes a step further and warns that after the night from the 9th to the 10th of August, a chilled fire can be found. on the ground under the plants.As there was a speech on the occasion of the feast of St. John and traditional St. John’s bonfires, this phenomenon can be capitalized on. In addition, it benefits from the fact that it happens regularly at the same time every year. However, it is completely free and can be seen literally from everywhere so at this point we can find the origin of the lack of initiative. But it’s not all in the money and we shouldn’t look at everything through numbers. It is true that certain locations, due to their exclusivity and uniqueness, can afford to pick up the cream from the mentioned phenomenon, but in order for that to happen, first of all, efforts must be made to map the space as exclusive.However, what we want to emphasize with this is not the financial benefit or the relative possibility of the same, but the immeasurable benefit from the marketing potential of the meteor shower.Fortunately, we are a tourist destination, our “sun and sea” are attracting enormous masses of people from all over Europe, but also from the rest of the world. Croatia fascinates and has an audience – an audience eager for content, something newer and fresh. Let’s suggest the following, the Croatian National Tourist Board starts shooting another promotional video, only this time – in addition to the beauties advertised by footballers, it proposes a selection of the most beautiful natural and untouched locations with excellent predispositions for watching parachutes. Then let’s think a little about the impact of such a promotional message on the average tourist and step up broadcasting times three, as can be done with much more banal things. And all this under the slogan – let’s investigate unexplored or similar.Once again, we have an example of an event with a far-reaching cultural-historical tradition and tourism potential which, although it cannot be viewed through the prism of financial gain, can certainly give a large share in the added value of the domestic tourism sector. And once again we have everything served on a platter: a natural phenomenon (meaning we can concentrate on attracting an audience at the start), a good story (for everyone: sky watchers, religious tourism stakeholders, adventurers, travelers…) and a record tourist season (meaning that Croatia is overloaded with various people).Instead of convincing us of the reasons why to use something, it might be better to answer the question – and why not? What are the concrete and well-founded reasons for the further lack of initiative ??last_img read more

Taylor enjoys winning return

first_img Taylor received a raucous reception at the purpose-built boxing arena which was filled to capacity on a night on which 15 national men’s and women’s champions were also crowned. It was the kind of low-key comeback favoured by Taylor, who has admitted struggling with the fame foisted upon her since she underlined her status as her nation’s favourite sports star with victory in London. Taylor was caught by a couple of counters in the second round but soon found her range with her clubbing left hand, and seemed to relish the chance to work off the rust that had gathered from her six months out of the ring. Another booming left at the start of the third prompted the referee’s intervention to issue Graczyk a standing eight count, and Taylor’s relentless accuracy and range of shots soon had the referee interrupting again. The Pole’s sparse shots seemed almost feeble in response, with every Taylor strike jolting her opponent back, and Graczyk did admirably well to make it all the way to the final bell. It was the start of a busy weekend for Taylor, who is scheduled to fight again in Dublin on Sunday as she builds up to her competitive return, which is likely to come at the EU Championships in Hungary in June. Earlier, Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan claimed his third straight national title at flyweight, easing away for a comprehensive 20-9 win over Chris Phelan. Beijing silver medallist Ken Egan announced his retirement after suffering his third straight finals defeat to Joe Ward at light-heavyweight, taking a standing count en route to a 25-5 defeat. The 31-year-old Egan was bidding to become the first man to win 11 Irish senior titles and brought everything, but was simply outgunned by the sustained ferocity of an opponent 13 years his junior. Olympic champion Katie Taylor marked her return to action for the first time since her gold medal triumph last August with a 28-5 win over Poland’s Karolina Graczyk at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday night.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Critics Tackle Proposal to Replicate Detroits Grand Bargain in Other Midwest Cities

first_imgShare5TweetShare1Email6 SharesDetroit Institute of Art ~ Diego Rivera Mura / VasenkaPhotographyMay 6, 2016; Bloomberg BNA and Forbes, “Opinion”Does the “Grand Bargain” that rescued Detroit from bankruptcy provide a way forward for other cities struggling with similar and huge economic problems? Howard Husock, vice president for research and publications at the Manhattan Institute, suggests that it could for cities “straining under the burden of ‘legacy costs’ and a paralyzed politics that’s been unable to deal with them, even as city services erode.”Due to an underfunded municipal pension system, a stagnant local economy, a shrinking tax base, and an inability to adequately provide city services, Detroit became the first major American city in modern times to declare bankruptcy. The Detroit agreement allowed Detroit to eliminate $7 billion of accumulated debt, reinvest more than $1 billion dollars into neglected public services, reduce its pension obligations to retirees, and cut payments to bondholders.What made the Detroit solution unique—though, as Husock believes, perhaps replicable—was the key role the philanthropic community played. Initially motivated by the looming loss of $1 billion of city owned artwork, twelve major Detroit-based foundations stepped forward and committed $268.7 million (net-present-value dollars, 2015), motivating the state government to contribute $194.8 million and retirees and unions to agree to $1.33 billion in reduced pensions. In an interview with NPR News in November 2014, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, described the motivation for the foundation’s intervention:We’re not in the business of solving bankruptcies, but we do solve big problems and work with leaders at the city level and the community level, public and private sectors, to help solve community problems. […] This was a complicated $20 billion bankruptcy with thousands of creditors and many contested issues. But our focus, which was on saving the Detroit Institute of the Arts and ameliorating the situation for the workers of the city, particularly those retirees under the pension fund…that was what we were able to help accomplish.Key to the deal was the privatization of the world-renowned Detroit Institute of Arts, which the city essentially sold to a private nonprofit established to run it. The funding for purchasing the institute came from large foundations such as Kresge and Ford, and the proceeds contributed to the pension bailout. The Manhattan Institute said that there are sufficient philanthropic assets in Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Buffalo to achieve the same result.From Husock’s perspective, other cities should study Detroit’s model carefully because their foundations have the necessary resources to make a significant contribution to a “bargain.” However, Bloomberg News reports that academics and attorneys specializing in municipal finance doubt that the public pension overhaul proposal by the Manhattan Institute based on that model could remedy the significant retirement liabilities. The experts also disagreed with the Manhattan Institute’s claim that regional and national foundations would be willing to be a “piggy bank” for cities’ public-sector pension debts.Christopher R. Berry, director of the Center for Municipal Finance at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, told Bloomberg that the Manhattan Institute’s analysis reflects a misunderstanding of Detroit’s experience. He said the pension portion of that grand bargain included new funds from outside sources, cuts in pension benefits, and a “long-term bet” on the city’s capacity to recover, reducing its pension contributions for 10 years while it focused on economic recovery. He calls the model “uncertain.”“The Grand Bargain was a way out of bankruptcy. It wasn’t a grand solution to the pension problem,” he told Bloomberg.Some experts are saying that the initial analyses of the state of Detroit’s pension systems since the approval of the bankruptcy plan in 2014 aren’t encouraging: “The problem is the hole is getting bigger,” said one.The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation also dismissed the Manhattan Institute’s call for philanthropic organizations to play a role in resolving Chicago’s $20 billion pension crisis, saying, “A long-term solution to the fiscal challenges in Chicago will require significant political compromise and legislative action that demonstrably are not possible in the context of the current intransigent stalemate in our state capital.”—Martin Levine and Larry KaplanShare5TweetShare1Email6 Shareslast_img read more