Ivana Kolar: Croatia should be a country that tourists do not choose because of the lowest price but because of the top service and authenticity of life

first_imgThe first conference on year-round tourism held in 2017 was extremely successful, presented the experiences and thoughts of about 30 eminent experts in domestic and regional tourism and attracted almost 300 participants – representatives of hotels, spas, travel companies and crafts, travel agencies, tourist boards and cities.Slowly but surely, the time has come for the second edition of the conference Can HR Tourism 365? – Step 2! , which will be held on September 25.09.2018, XNUMX at the Sheraton Hotel in Zagreb.This year’s conference will be international (HR, A, SLO, HU, BiH), one-day, dynamic, organized in the form of short lectures by experts and examples of good practice and panels that will discuss and create potential solutions for the development of year-round destinations and opportunities season extension. “This year, our goal is to present and discuss the potentials, opportunities, positive practices and solutions for the development of year-round tourism in Croatia and to develop proposals on how to encourage and develop year-round tourism. We will emphasize the necessity of destination development as a precondition for extending the season and the importance of creating new products, and one of the topics will be cultural tourism, given that we are in the year of cultural heritage.”Points out Ivana Kolar, from the company Julius Rose as the organizer.Do we need a clear strategy for the development of year-round tourism? How to attract serious investors? What can local self-government do and can each of us be the bearer of the development of year-round tourism? Do we have enough knowledge for that? How to ensure the required quality and modernity to follow world trends?Why doesn’t tourism work in Croatia during all 12 months? Why don’t we develop the offer all year round? Why do we accept such a situation and what can we do to change it? Who can be the initiator of changes and how to achieve them? How to achieve a successful and attractive year-round season and are we ready for that?- are just some of the questions that the conference Can HR Tourism 365? – Step 2! try to get answersThe aim of the conference is to identify potentials, opportunities, positive practices and solutions / recipes for the development of year-round tourism in Croatia, to learn about successful experiences and practices of neighboring countries, to develop a proposal for a Croatian concept of continental tourism development experts from the region (Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Serbia) and present solutions to ensure the required quality and innovation at the global levelIvana Kolar: Croatia should be a country that tourists do not choose because of the lowest price but because of the top service and authenticity of lifeIvana Kolar, Julius RosePoliticians, tourism workers and everyone involved in tourism have been saying for years that the tourist season needs to be extended. Experiences and tourism results of neighboring countries show that tourism 365 days a year is something we should strive for.But is this really possible in Croatia as well, or are these dreams we want to believe in? “Croatian tourism achieves top results, but only in 80 summer days. The rest of the year most of the tourist facilities are unused. In the coastal area of ​​Croatia, we realize 86 million overnight stays, while in the whole of continental Croatia only 4,5% of overnight stays are realized, of which 2% in the City of Zagreb. Numerous potentials remain untapped, facilities unorganized, resorts undeveloped, and only a few tourist oases show that the continent can do well, all 365 days a year. ” says Kolar and adds that neighboring countries, such as Austria and Hungary, achieve successful tourism results throughout the year, and some others that until recently we did not consider seriously competitive in tourism, such as Slovenia, show how the hidden potentials of each destination can be developed. we still have many challenges.Croatia is rich in natural resources and potentials and we could say that it is destined for tourism. Tourism is our destiny. But why do we realize it only in certain destinations and only in certain months? “Tourism is happening in Croatia. And when it happens, it has very high results. These results are so good that we often wonder if it pays to invest much more effort for a much lower income in another part of the year. The main motive for coming to Croatia is still the sun and the sea. When this is not the case, the motive for coming should be built and invested in. What can be the motif besides the sun and the sea? Are they: health, culture, authenticity, diversity, content and are only large tourist entities capable of that? Do we need huge investments for that? What obstacles to the realization of our potentials really exist and do we need them? Today’s tourists are travelers looking for new authentic experiences, not mass tourists looking for a unified offering in any part of the world. Croatia should be a country that tourists choose not because of the lowest price but because of the top service and authenticity of life, which Croatia as a destination can certainly offer. ” concludes Ivana Kolar.last_img read more

Take a look inside Jason Taumalolo’s Townsville home

first_imgSome of Jason’s biggest achievements are on display in his Townsville home. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I love being in the sun and in water, so getting outdoors on my days off is a favourite. A good afternoon watching movies, or a good TV series is also a go to after a busy week. Jason: Play PlayStation for sure. Q: Do you have any holidays/trips planned this year that you are looking forward to? When not training, playing or sleeping — there’s nothing like a game on the PlayStation to relax. Liana: Just over a year and a bit now. We built a duplex with Martin Locke Homes. We both had never built a home before however Martin and his team took us under their wings and made the process a very smooth one. Jason: It was the first time we had both built a home and were initially quite nervous. Martin Locke Homes made it so simple, we didn’t know it could be such an easy process. Q: How would you describe you style? A family photograph of Jason and his brother. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Photos of family, friends and the best of memories make anywhere feel like home. Hand me down recipes and home cooked dinners. Oh, and our dog Theo! Jason: My PlayStation and a roast on Sunday Q: Who does the cooking and household chores? More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Keeping it simple. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I wouldn’t say we are very “stylish” people but I guess you could say modern would describe our style best. Jason: What she said (laughs) Q: Do you have a favourite space around you home? The couple love nothing more than quality time spend with each other, as well as family and friends. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: We are both quite busy with Jason always playing here or away and I work shift work, so our schedules can make it difficult to always entertain. Normally when Jason is away, I always have my friends visit or stay for the weekend which I always look forward too. Jason: Normally close friends and mum and dad At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Super friendly and always keeping an eye out for each other. We have been lucky enough to meet and make good friends with a lot of our neighbours at our local dog park. Jason: Everyone has been super welcoming of us into their community and everyone is willing to lend a hand. Q: How long have you lived there and who build your dream home? Bedroom bliss. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Outside with my dog! Or the lounge room with my favourite TV series. Jason: Our bedroom for all the mornings I am able to sleep in. Q: Name five items that makes your home, feel like home. center_img At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Convenience definitely was a stand out for myself. It takes just over five minutes to get to work. Willows and Canon Park is minutes away, and all our friends and family livewithin 5 minute drives. Jason: Location was also a big one for myself. It only takes me five minutes to get to training in the morning; so I am able to always have a sneaky sleep in. Q: What do you love about your local community? There’s no place like home for Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Q: Why did you choose Brookstone on the Park to build your fist home? Modern and functional. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I do all the cooking, however Jason does help prepare. I am a neat freak, so I naturally do a lot of household chores whenever I have a spare minute. Jason is always ready to help(sometimes with lots of prompting). Jason: Me! (laughs) Q: What do you both like to do to relax? At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. PICTURE CREDIT: Josephine Carter PhotographyJASON Taumalolo is living life in the fast lane following his $10 million signing with the North Queensland Cowboys, making time to spend at home with partner Liana and fur-child Theo even more precious. The couple recently celebrated their one-year anniversary at Brookstone on the Park in Condon, where they built their first dream home together. Their three-bedroom, two bathroom home, is one of two duplexes on the 718sq m block. The Townsville Bulletin caught up with Jason and Liana this week for a quick Q & A and an exclusive look at their modern, yet modest home. Here is what they had to say. A home is not a home without a dog. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Potentially heading to Tonga with Jason and his family and possibly a stop in Fiji at the end of the year. Jason: Going back to the Kingdom of Tonga for a family reunion. Q: Do you like to entertain at home and who would you normally spend time with? last_img read more

USC to take on Arizona in Pac-12 quarterfinal

first_imgFreshman forward Onyeka Okongwu was beat out by Arizona’s freshman forward Zeke Nnaji for the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) The biggest question for USC, as it has been for the regular season, will be regarding its consistency on both ends of the floor. Players like Mathews and redshirt senior guard Daniel Utomi must continue to hit shots when it matters most, and the Trojans will need to improve their abysmal 41.7% free-throw percentage from the win over the Bruins, as there is a good chance the game will be closely contested in the final minutes. Like all conference tournaments, the Pac-12 Tournament is being played at a neutral site — but that has not normally stopped USC, Arizona and other basketball fans from traveling across the country for the action, until now. Meanwhile, the Trojans are coming off a wildly competitive win at Galen Center over crosstown rival UCLA capped off by a game-winning 3-pointer from senior guard Jonah Mathews. The Santa Monica native became USC’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals that afternoon as well. USC will also need to rely on its leading scorer, shot-blocker and rebounder per game in Okongwu if it wants to strengthen its case for a higher seed in March Madness. Okongwu, who is averaging 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, has been USC’s anchor on offense and defense and is expected to play a huge role against the Wildcats on both ends of the floor. Despite Enfield’s prior struggles in February and postseason play, USC has won at least one game in the past five Pac-12 Tournaments and will look to increase that number against Arizona. USC beat Arizona in last year’s tournament, but the Trojans’ win over the Wildcats was led by forward Bennie Boatwright and guard Derryck Thornton, neither of whom remain on USC’s roster. The USC men’s basketball team will take on Arizona in Las Vegas Thursday in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal. The Trojans, who earned a first-round bye, will battle the Wildcats after they beat Washington 77-70 Wednesday. “We’re excited to advance and have a chance to play USC,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said. “They’re a very good team.” Regardless, the matchup between two All-Pac-12 First Team freshmen forwards Onyeka Okongwu for USC and Zeke Nnaji for Arizona will be watched closely, especially as Nnaji was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year over Okongwu Monday. USC will tip off against Arizona Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena. The winner will go on to face the winner of No. 1-seeded Oregon and No. 8 Oregon State in a Friday semifinal matchup at 6 p.m. Nnaji recorded 11 points and nine rebounds against the Huskies Wednesday, but the Wildcats’ efforts were led by freshman guard Josh Green, who dropped 19 points on 50% shooting from the field. The performance helped Arizona set the stage for a rematch with USC after the two teams split the season series 1-1. “We were 15-2 at home this year and we were 8-1 in the league,” head coach Andy Enfield said per the Los Angeles Times. “I think if you look around the country, the home court means a huge advantage … There won’t be any advantage for any team. So the schools that usually draw a lot of fans … it will be a big difference.” Thursday’s game will be played in a desolate, fan-less T-Mobile Arena. The NCAA announced Wednesday that March Madness will be closed to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Pac-12 followed suit hours later.last_img read more

GFA delegation visits, mourns with Gyan family

first_imgA high-powered delegation of the Ghana Football Association visited the family home of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan on Wednesday to console the family following the death of his mother.The delegation led by the President of the GFA Kwesi Nyantakyi met elders and extended members of the family to mourn the death of Madam Cecilia Love Amoako.Gyan’s mother passed away at the Ridge Hospital on Tuesday following a motor accident in Accra.Several members of the Executive Committee including George Afriyie, Felix Ansong, Leanier Addy, Zida Salifu as well as Premier League Board chairman Welbeck Abra Appiah were part of the delegation.The General Secretary of the GFA Emmanuel Gyimah, Technical Director of the GFA Francis Oti Akenteng as well as Black Satellites management committee member Alhaji Hearts were also part of the delegation.Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu, team manager Sabahn Quaye and kit manager Ishmael Hamidu also visited the family home to mourn with them. Family elder Opanyin Kojo Ofosu thanked the GFA for their support since the death of Madam Amoako and the visit to officially mourn with the family.“We the family are grateful to the GFA and its President Mr Nyantakyi for helping us since the sad incident occurred,” Opanyin Kojo Ofosu told the delegation.“You were with us at the hospital and you were instrumental in getting doctors to attend to our late sister Madam Amoako. You also helped us to arrange for quick autopsy and many other things.“You did not stop there. You have come to our home to mourn with us and console the family which shows that you truly care about us. We can’t reward you enough for what you have done.”Nyantakyi paid tribute Madam Amoako, whose other son Baffour Gyan also played for the Black Stars. “She will always be remembered. She was a great person and a great teacher and I think everyone will agree she was an even better person and she will definitely be long in the memory of all of us,” Nyantakyi said.last_img read more