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

Johan Sverdrup partners further lower development costs

first_imgNorwegian oil company Statoil has completed nearly 60 percent of the Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup project in the North Sea while further reducing the gross capital expenditure by NOK 5 billion to NOK 92 billion ($11.8B).Statoil is the operator of the project with 40.0267 percent interest. Its partners are Lundin Norway with a 22.6 percent working interest, Maersk Oil with 8.44 percent, Petoro with 17.36 percent and Aker BP with 11.5733 percent working interest.According to Aker BP’s statement on Monday, the Johan Sverdrup development passed the halfway mark over the summer, and is now nearly 60% complete, ahead of plan and below budget.Aker BP also added that, since the plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Johan Sverdrup field was approved by Norwegian authorities, planned investments for Johan Sverdrup Phase 1 have been reduced by a total of NOK 31 billion.Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. The field is being developed in several phases. The breakeven price for the full field development is estimated to less than $25 per barrel and the total resources in the Johan Sverdrup field are estimated to between 2.0 and 3.0 billion barrels of oil equivalent.This investment update for Phase 1 coincides with the assembly operation of the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform which is taking place these days in Klosterfjorden, near Haugesund in Norway. The drilling platform is one of four platforms which makes up the planned field center for Johan Sverdrup.Phase 1 is expected to start up in late 2019 with production capacity estimated at 440,000 barrels of oil per day.Phase 2 is expected to start up in 2022, with full field production estimated at 660,000 barrels of oil per day. Peak production on Johan Sverdrup will be equivalent to 25% of all Norwegian petroleum production. Concept decision for Phase 2 was made earlier this year and the selected concept consists of another process platform (P2), modifications to the riser platform and subsea wells.Alex Schneiter, CEO and President of Lundin Petroleum commented on Monday: “The world class Johan Sverdrup project is progressing really well and continues to get better and better. It is very encouraging to see that we have now passed the halfway mark in Phase 1 of the project and are ahead of schedule. It has been my long held view that costs will continue to come down and today we can announce that the Johan Sverdrup partnership has managed to lower development costs even further.”last_img read more

Leaders meeting in Ethiopia urged to end poverty

first_imgSome 190 nations hope to agree on ways of ending poverty and hungerWorld leaders are meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa  for a development financing summit looking to end global poverty and manage climate change by 2030.Now the key objective of the meeting is laying out the ground rules for a fairer world of inclusive, low-carbon growth.Leaders attending the summit will decide how to fill an investment gap in key sustainable development sectors for developing nations.The leaders have been called on to put aside “narrow self-interest” to break a deadlock over how to finance the United Nation’s bold new global development agenda, its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday at the opening of a financing conference in Ethiopia.Some 190 nations hope to agree on how to bankroll 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include ending poverty and hunger, combating climate change and achieving gender equality by 2030.“Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favour of working together for the common well-being of humanity,” Ban told thousands of delegates gathered for the four day meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.In a world where growth is slowing, foreign assistance budgets are shrinking, and scepticism towards aid and multinationals is growing, finding the resources to achieve the ambitious goals will be tough.The SDGs, expected to be adopted in September, are estimated to cost between $3.3 and $4.5 trillion a year, according to the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development.Multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as well as the International Monetary Fund on Friday signalled plans to extend more than $400 billion in financing over the next three years to help mobilise resources to achieve the SDGs.“We need trillions, not billions, of dollars to accomplish these goals, and the money will come from many sources: developing countries, private sector investment, donors, and international financial institutions,” Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group said in a statement.“By working together, we can help people build better lives with good education, quality health care, clean water, and proper sanitation.The U.N. chief said he was disappointed negotiators had been unable to come to an agreement despite lengthy talks in New York over the past month. He said new avenues of financing needed to be explored.“In a world in which both the global population and resource constraints are growing, development finance needs a reboot,” said Ban.Many advocacy groups are nervous about the strong emphasis on the private sector in funding the SDGs, while acknowledging that aid money alone cannot foot the bill.The main sticking point in Addis Ababa is a standoff over a push by the G77 developing countries to upgrade a U.N. tax body, which they hope would set new global rules to crackdown on tax dodging, mainly by multinationals.The proposal is fiercely opposed by the rich countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which drew up the current tax rules.The Secretary-General highlighted six areas where he hoped to see concrete policy commitments, including free social services for all, more aid for the poorest countries and new mechanisms for funding infrastructure and technology transfer.last_img read more

Friday marks final leaf collection in Batesville

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – The final date this year for leaf collection in Batesville is set for this Friday.City officials say trash items, including bagged leaves, will be picked up with a maximum limit of four bags per household.Following Friday, residents are asked to add bagged leaves to the normal trash collection.last_img

Gustin capitalizes on late-race opportunity for Dirt Knights Tour triumph at Kossuth County

first_imgOne thousand dollar feature winners at Algona were Devin Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Cody Nielsen in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Jared Boumeester in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.  Already on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Gustin now has a tour career best 12 feature wins. The Kossuth County show had been postponed a week because of inclement weather.  The Fairmont race will be the first in tour history held in Minnesota. Both events will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. A bobble with three laps left by Jeremy Mills opened the door for Gustin, who zoomed by to take the $1,500 checkers and his fourth win of the 2019 IMCA Modified tour. Mills ended second in the caution-free contest. Austin Wolf, Ryan Ruter and Corey Dripps completed the top five in the county fair show. Hard charger Cody Laney advanced 10 positions. Feature results – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 2. Jeremy Mills, Britt; 3. Austin Wolf, Algona; 4. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 5. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 6. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 7. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 8. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel; 9. Todd Shute, Norwalk; 10. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 11. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 12. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 14. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 15. Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder, Minn.; 16. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 17. Ben Schultze, Algona; 18. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 19. Jeff Feaster, Humboldt; 20. David Brown, Kellogg; 21. Al Hejna, Clear Lake; 22. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 23. Rob Hughes, Humboldt; 24. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif. Next up on the Dirt Knights schedule are $1,500 to win events Monday, Aug. 5 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer and Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Fairmont Raceway. Richie Gustin won Thursday’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour main event, during the Kossuth County Fair. The $1,500 IMCA Modified tour victory was his fourth this season. (Photo by Chad Meyer) ALGONA, Iowa (Aug. 1) – In the right place at the right time, Richie Gustin won Thursday’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour main event at Kossuth County Speedway. last_img read more

Walz unlikely for Irish date

first_imgGerman stayer Walzertakt is unlikely to take up an engagement in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger on September 13. The six-year-old son of Montjeu emerged as a surprise contender for the Group One at the Curragh after he defeated the well-regarded Bathyrhon by a short head in the Prix Maurice de Nieuil at Longchamp in July. But trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho would now rather prepare him for the Group Two Prix Kergorlay at Deauville later this month, with the Prix du Cadran on Arc weekend at Longchamp a conditional goal. Press Associationcenter_img He said: “There is a race at Deauville in August and I think that is where we will go with Walzertakt, instead of travelling to Ireland. “I want to end up running him in the Prix du Cadran so I think it will make a little more sense to stay in France. “It is only an idea, but that is what I prefer at the moment.” last_img read more

Motorsports News Mick Schumacher to make F1 debut for Ferrari in Bahrain test

first_imgBerlin : Michael Schumacher’s son Mick is set to make his Formula One debut behind the wheel of a Ferrari test in Bahrain next month.Auto Bild reported on Sunday that Schumacher, the 20-year-old son of seven-time world champion Michael, could appear at a young driver’s test in April.Teams will be obliged to test young drivers for two days at the mid-season test in Bahrain on April 2 and 3.On Monday, autosport.com reported that Schumacher will test the Ferrari SF90 on Tuesday 2 April, before taking the wheel for Alfa Romeo the following day.The Alfa Romeo team have close links to Ferrari, who signed Schumacher as an academy driver in January.Schumacher was crowned European Champion at Formula Three level with Prema last year and will make the step up to Formula Two this season. For all the Latest Sports News News, Motorsports News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

TENNIS : Syracuse wins final two matches to defeat Binghamton

first_imgAnd her teammates proved her right. Both girls were able to defeat their opponents and save the match for SU head coach Luke Jensen and his squad. Harman won the 12th game of her second set with BU’s Lauren Bates and finished her off 7-5 in the final set. In doing so, she defeated an opponent who had taken her down in straight sets a year ago. ‘It would’ve been easy for us to walk off the court, give up and say, ‘Oh, it wasn’t my day,” Harman said. ‘But that’s not how we work here.’ sebail01@syr.edu With the victory, Syracuse extended its home winning streak to 14. And Parra credited the clutch victories to the experience of both herself and Harman. Facebook Twitter Google+ ‘This team has a bulletproof mentality when it faces pressure,’ Jensen said. Parra edged the Bearcats’ Anna Edelman in a second-set tiebreaker to force a third set and took the final set 7-6. And with everything on the line Friday afternoon, Parra and Harman came through for their team. Published on February 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 And the two players left on the court for SU, Alessondra Parra and Emily Harman, were both trailing their Binghamton counterparts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Jensen tells the players to think of these matches as real ones against other teams. He tells them to get into a competitive mindset. And he tells them to play like ‘everything is on the line,’ Parra said.center_img Maddie Kobelt stared blankly at the wall opposite from her teammates who were still competing. Disappointed and clearly upset, the SU freshman lifted a tissue to her eye. ‘This is not new for us, even though it’s a challenge,’ Parra said. ‘We know to relax in tight matches like this and just let our best come out of us without forcing anything.’ This mental fortitude roots from extra hours in the weight room and conditioning. Every member of the Orange is required to run five miles in under 40 minutes each fall, Parra said. SU players are ready for these three-set matches, whereas some opponents clearly feel the strain of playing point after point.Harman prides herself on the team’s elite level of conditioning. Kobelt had just dropped her No. 2 singles match after winning the first set and holding a 4-1 lead in the third set. That loss left the Orange trailing Binghamton by one in the best-of-seven match format. ‘We work to win,’ Harman said. ‘End of story.’ Though coming into the season in shape is important, the work the Orange has done in practice is just as valuable. One of Jensen’s coaching philosophies is encouraging competition in practice. Players regularly compete in matches against their teammates. Comments While both Bearcat opponents looked rattled late in their respective matches, Jensen’s pair was cool, calm and collected. It’s a quality most of Syracuse’s players actively display on the courts. Jensen said this attitude is one of the signature traits of his team. ‘This team is one of the fittest in the country,’ Harman said. ‘I’m very confident in saying that. … I’d like to see another team do what we did today.’last_img read more

Best injury doubts persist.

first_imgIt’s being reported by a Northern Ireland paper that Rory Best will not be fit for Saturdays clash with South Africa at the Aviva.According to the Belfast Newsletter Best will not recover in time from his calf injury.If Best isn’t fit it means Sean Cronin will most likely start. Meanwhile the Irish Independent reports that Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne will be paired together in the centre.It had been thought either Henshaw or Payne would start beside Gordon D’Arcy.last_img

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers addresses relationship with former coach Mike McCarthy

first_img“I don’t need to respond to every pundit out there,” Rodgers told reporters Wednesday, via ESPN. “I don’t know (how) many times I’ve got to stand here and tell you, I don’t feel like I need to convince anybody about Mike and I’s relationship. It’s a close-knit relationship.”McCarthy guided the team to a 125-77-2 record, nine playoff appearances and a win in Super Bowl 45 during his time with the franchise. Rodgers said he and McCarthy bonded throughout their time together. Related News Mike McCarthy fired: Three highs and lows from his 12-year Packers run Rodgers, a six-time Pro Bowl player and two-time MVP, has completed 61.8 percent of his passes and thrown for 21 touchdowns and just one interception this season.The Packers will face the Falcons in Week 14 action Sunday. They’ve lost their last three games. Longtime Packers assistant Winston Moss fired after #12 tweetcenter_img Aaron Rodgers was close with former coach Mike McCarthy.The Packers, who have struggled to a 4-7-1 record so far this season, fired McCarthy on Sunday after a loss to the lowly Cardinals. Some have speculated there was tension between Rodgers and McCarthy — who was with the team for 12-plus seasons — but the star quarterback said that was not the case. “We would finish every time that we talked — whether it’s Monday afternoon up in his office or the Thursdays we used to spend in the team room or Friday upstairs or Saturday in the QB room — and we’d hug each other and tell each other we love each other,” Rodgers said.last_img read more