Zagreb and Zagreb County have shown how tourism is developing today. A story from which Dubrovnik can learn a lot

first_imgLogical and natural cooperation, which is a win-win for both destinations. More on that in the attachment. / / / EXCELLENT COOPERATION BETWEEN TZGZ AND TZZŽ AT THE DESTINATION CAMPAIGN – AROUND ZAGREB Once again, praise for the synergy because Around Zagreb is a win-win, both for Zagreb and for Zagreb County. After all, tourists, like tourism, do not know our invisible borders of municipalities, cities and counties. Imagine that Dalmatia (Split-Dalmatia, Šibenik-Knin County, Zadar County) is one destination and one brand – Dalmatia. How much content does the whole of Dalmatia have, and how much more efficient would it be to communicate through one brand and one platform. That’s why it’s important to brand regions. From Slavonia, Istria, Kvarner, Lika, etc.… In order to prolong the stay, increase tourist spending, reduce overtourism (because in seven days every guest would certainly come to Dubrovnik for one day – smart and strategic tourism) and most importantly increase the overall experience of tourists throughout the destination. But unfortunately Dubrovnik is “soloing”, looking only at itself, and not seeing the bigger picture. At the same time it “drowns” in its own mud ( overtourism ) which he created himself, just because there was no vision, courage and strategic development of the destination’s tourism. This is a great example and story from which Dubrovnik can learn a lot. I sincerely hope so. We know how the video works best at the moment and gives a vivid picture and so important additional context and storytelling. A great example of what every travel website should look like. Also, the example of Zagreb should certainly be followed, if not already be the leader, Dubrovnik. Personally, I think that Dubrovnik should brand or sell the entire area around the city. Use your financial and communication power as well as the power of the brand to just spread the story to the entire region. From Ston (Ston walls are the second largest walls after the Great Wall of China, it is the story of the Dubrovnik Republic, it has a top delicacy – oysters), Peljesac (indigenous and top wine variety Dingač) Korcula (island of Marco Polo) Mljet, Neretva Valley, etc.… because that top and quality content that Dubrovnik needs. Also, it is an interesting web presentation of the tourist offer, which consists of a simple and modern web solution, with ideas for excursions, calendar of events, gastronomy, ideas for excursions and stories about what to do for three days… and all of course in several languages , eng, slo, njem). Also, there is the Around Zagreb video series, which brings various stories about tourist facilities in Zagreb and Zagreb County and gives a personal note and motive more for experiencing Zagreb County. Stories play a major role. And that is exactly where the key element of this story is. What Zagreb and Zagreb County recognized as a win-in situation. As for Zagreb, to offer quality content just half an hour or less from the city center, as well as for Zagreb County to finally position itself as the top green ring of the capital. And so, congratulations for the proactivity of the directors of the tourist boards, Martini Bienenfeld and Ivana Alilović, and for showing the way. It’s possible, it’s up to the people. “In the summer period of the campaign, notable results were achieved, so most visits to the site www.aroundzagreb.hr came from Croatia (40%), but also from the market where the campaign was conducted – from Slovenia (35%) and Austria, Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina (25%). It is interesting to note that we are also recording the interest of Americans, although no special promotion has been done in that market. This certainly shows that the topics of nature and outdoor living and active tourism are obviously interesting to the US market and represent a kind of guideline for future activities.”Point out from the Zagreb Tourist Board. Two months ago, the Zagreb Tourist Board and the Zagreb County Tourist Board launched an excellent partnership, promoting the capital and the Zagreb Green Ring through a unique destination campaign under the slogan “Near the city, close to the heart” / “Around Zagreb”. center_img The producer of the film is Mrs. Martina Miličević, whose video “Zagreb Wine Story” / “Winetasting Path Home” won third place in the world video competition of the highest circulation wine magazine. W. It is a great step forward that the film was made in English (so logical, but unfortunately also a rarity) with subtitles in Croatian, as well as that in the completed segments the film’s actors are foreign nationals, which cleverly and indirectly emphasizes that it is modern and urban. European city and more than interesting surroundings, which wants to attract tourists from around the world. A small but important detail. The joint campaign “Close to the city, close to the heart” was created with the aim of creating a year-round platform to promote the rich offer of the capital and its surroundings. In this sense, it is planned to address emitting markets throughout the year, and now represents an attractive autumn offer of Zagreb and its ring. Today it is part of a destination campaign “Near the city, close to the heart” / “Around Zagreb”, a special promotional film was published, which puts emphasis on greenery, staying in nature, recreation, as well as on the rich cultural and gastronomic offer of the capital and the Zagreb Green Ring. Explore the entire tourist story of Zagreb and Zagreb County at www.aroundzagreb.hr. The narrator in the film is again Mr. Rob Reider, a five-time American winner Emmy awards for her shows and musical compositions, with which TZGZ has already had a great collaboration on the film “Zagreb Loves You”. Also, another important element that is a rarity in the promotion of our tourism. More than a great start, platform and cooperation, which I hope will not only stop at a one-time promotion, but as a permanent strategic and tourism project.last_img read more

Survey reveals widespread pessimism on economy

first_imgChatib Basri, who served as Finance Minister from 2013 to 2014, said Thursday that support for delaying the new normal transition among elementary school graduates was lower, because most of them were informal workers, whom the pandemic hit disproportionately.The National Development Agency (Bappenas) reported that the pandemic affected trade, manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehouses, accommodation and the food and beverages sector. The proportion of workers with an elementary school background accounted for between a quarter and one-third of the total labor force in each sector, according to SMERU Research Institute.“The large-scale social restrictions is a policy biased toward the middle class if there is no social protection, as the majority of Indonesians are informal workers,” said Chatib.“Staying at home is a luxury,” he added. “It is more costly than going back to work despite the risk. And the lower class prefers to go back.”Rosan Roeslani, the chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), which oversees 200 business associations, said Thursday that the number of affected workers reached 6.4 million as of late May. The number is more than double the Manpower Ministry’s official tally at 3 million or 2.3 percent of the national workforce.He said most of them were furloughed and only 10 percent of them were laid-off, since firms could not afford the severance pay.“The survey is consistent with our observation,” said Rosan. “But businesses know that even if we ease the restrictions, it is still a long way to recover to pre-COVID-19 levels, because productivity will definitely decline due to physical distancing.”Topics : With the coronavirus restrictions hitting economically disadvantaged groups hardest, they showed greater support for the government’s policy to transition toward a so-called new normal, or reopening the economy while implementing health protocol.The share of Indonesians who said the country should transition toward the new normal right now stood at 83 percent among those with income below Rp 2 million (US$141.32), higher than among those with income levels above that.By educational background, the share of Indonesians who said the new normal transition should be delayed was highest among workers with a college degree at 22 percent and lowest among those with elementary school or lower background at 12 percent. The share of Indonesians who say the economy has worsened over the past year has reached a record high.Public opinion pollster Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) found that 92 percent of the respondents surveyed from May 12 to 16 believe Indonesia’s economy is worse than in 2019. That number reflects the highest negative sentiment since the survey began in 2003, or five years into Reform Era.The highest previous spike of such sentiment was 58 percent in mid-2008, when the global financial crisis unfolded.But the share of respondents with that bleak view slightly declined to 85 percent in the latest survey from June 18-20.“We can say that Indonesians’ optimism is now in its worst shape,” Ade Armando, the director of communication at SMRC, said in a virtual briefing on Thursday. “Now that it has reached 85 percent, there is a sign of more optimism in June.”The survey comes at a time when countries around the world are trying to re-emerge from lockdown as the pandemic prompted international institutions to keep revising down forecasts for growth globally, including in Indonesia.In its June forecast released earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected a 0.3 percent contraction of Indonesia’s economy this year. The fund also slashed the country’s growth forecast by 2.1 percentage points to 6.1 percent next year.With millions of job losses, the pandemic has slowed the country’s growth to 2.97 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, the lowest since 2001, as people lost their income and did not spend as much.SMRC described a similar picture. Only 34 percent of the respondents said Indonesia’s economy would be in better shape next year.However, that marks a slight increase in the share of respondents with an optimistic outlook from 27 percent during the record-low in May, as some provinces and cities started easing restrictions and reopening businesses.last_img read more

A Nerang property combines French Provincial style on an acerage property

first_img29 Country Crescent NerangThe mortgage broker who works from home describes the property as a place that feels a million miles away but is close to town. “Location was a big one for me,” Mrs Davies said. “The best way to explain the place is private. “There is land every which way you look.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMrs Davies, who was married on the back deck, said the property comfortably hosted a band and 90 wedding guests. 29 Country Crescent Nerang 29 Country Crescent NerangTHE GRAND entrance to this French Provincial style home at 29 Country Crescent is eye-catching, but for owner Lepa Davies it was the location she couldn’t resist.Poised on a picturesque 6474sq m block in Nerang, Mrs Davies bought the acreage home seven years ago. 29 Country Crescent NerangMrs Davies said the home had been extensively renovated. “The list is endless,” she said. “The kitchen and the bedrooms have been renovated to have a French theme.“The bathrooms were on my to do list but I didn’t get a chance.“I was meaning to add claw-foot bath tubs to finish the look.” 29 Country Crescent Nerang“The neighbours are friendly and they are all on acreage properties too,” she said. The five-bedroom home has three living rooms and a study.“I use one of the living rooms to work from home,” Mrs Davies said. “I do spend most of my time in the kitchen and on the back deck.”last_img read more

UK legacy schemes granted year to tackle problem of high fees

first_imgThe independent body tasked with tackling high fees levied by legacy UK defined contribution (DC) workplace pensions has told scheme providers to find their own solutions and agree remedial action by the end of next year.Campaign group ShareAction immediately slammed the proposals as shockingly weak, and the union umbrella group TUC responded by calling for strong action from regulators and government.The Independent Project Board (IPB) — which includes representatives of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Pensions Regulator (TPR) — made the proposals in its final report of a review into charges and benefits in legacy DC workplace pension schemes. The IPB was charged with the audit of old, high-charging contract and bundled trust schemes, following the now defunct Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) September 2013 study of the DC workplace pensions market.  In its study, the OFT also agreed a series of measures with government and industry including singling out poor-value schemes, improving transparency and bolstering governance.The IPB said it was writing to the provider of each scheme where savers were “potentially exposed to high charges”, recommending that they review their data, identify what action they could take to improve outcomes for savers and give this information to their relevant governance body — the new independent governance committees (IGCs) or trustees — by the end of June 2015.“The IPB recommends that governance bodies agree remedial actions and an implementation plan with their provider by end December 2015 at the latest,” the ABI said.On top of this, it said the IPB recommended the DWP and FCA jointly review the progress the industry was making with this, and report on it by the end of 2016.Carol Sergeant, chair of the IPB, said the audit had “highlighted the importance of understanding the impact of scheme design on individual savers and has shown that there is no ‘one size fits all’ charge structure that will ensure all savers get value for money all of the time.”The IPB said it had collected a comprehensive set of data on charges and benefits from providers. It found that around £900m (€1.1bn) of assets under management (AUM) in the DC schemes were “potentially exposed” to charges above 3%, although the majority — £42bn of the total £67.5bn of AUM — had charges of less than 1%.Schemes where savers were potentially exposed to the very highest charges were more likely to have complex charge structures, the report found.Most of the AUM with charges of more than 3% was held by savers who had pots of less than £10,000, it said, adding that more than 90% of this was held by savers that had stopped contributing.“For such savers the impact of monthly fees can result in a very high impact of charges,” it said.In its response to the report, ShareAction said the boards of the insurance companies — not the IGCs — should bear the responsibility to remedy the situation.“Independent Governance Committees will only come into existence in April 2015 and their effectiveness is not yet proven,” the group said.Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction, said: “Today’s report is shocking in terms of the scale of rip-off fees uncovered and the weakness of the action proposed in response.”The FCA needed to show it could take decisive action to protect consumers from “the worst excesses of a financial services industry which has been ripping them off for decades,” she said.“The government needs to set out clearly the steps pension providers need to take and what will happen to them if they fail to clean up their act,” Howarth said.Meanwhile, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said it was not good enough for the industry to be given more time to put its affairs in order. “The worst offenders need to be named and swift measures taken to end these shocking practices,” she said.“We need to see strong action from regulators and government to ensure that there’s no loss of public faith in the pensions system at the very time millions of people are getting their first pension savings, thanks to automatic enrolment,” O’Grady said.last_img read more

Fernandes: I can’t wait to play with Pogba

first_img The Portuguese midfielder arrived in January and has impressed in the Premier League and Europa League since then. But he has not played with Pogba, as the latter was injured for the majority of this season. Now both are fit and could play together when the league resumes in mid-June.Advertisement “Yes of course [excited], I think Paul is one of the best players in Manchester and in the world,” he said in an Instagram Live chat with former Macedonian international striker Mario Djurovski. read also:Fernandes appreciates Man Utd teammate Mata “He was injured for a lot of time. “The opportunity to play side to side with him is fantastic because you want to play with the best players you can.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United star, Bruno Fernandes, has said that linking up with Paul Pogba excites him.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Stoke encouraged by ticket sales

first_imgStoke chief executive Tony Scholes has been heartened by the increase in season ticket sales following the appointment of Mark Hughes as manager. There was a growing feeling of discontent among some fans towards the end of Tony Pulis’ final season in charge and Hughes’ succession left many supporters unimpressed. However, Scholes has reported increased sales since the former Wales boss was brought in after a recorded drop in the weeks previously, although the club are still below last year’s numbers. “We were 15% down on last year when the Early Bird sales period came to an end,” he told stokecityfc.com. “Whilst it was disappointing that we were down at all, to put it into context we had still sold 16,500 season tickets at that point and sold more than many people were expecting us to. Since going back on sale with mid-price season tickets, and following the appointment of Mark Hughes, we’ve had a very good response and have sold a further 1,000 tickets.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “We normally sell between 500-600 tickets during this period. We’re still down, like-for-like on last year, but whereas we were 15% we’re now 12.5% down. “We’ve been very encouraged by the recent increase in sales and it gives us great reason to be optimistic that once again we’re going to be playing in front of sell-out crowds next season.” Hughes is still settling in at the Britannia, having been appointed less than three weeks ago, but Scholes has confirmed the final say on transfers will be the Welshman’s even though he is working alongside technical director Mark Cartwright. “The media started reporting that the club was looking to take a ‘new direction’ and those suggestions seemed to gather some momentum,” he said. “As far as we’re concerned, there is no new direction; we’re very clear on how the club should be run. “Mark Cartwright’s job in running the recruitment department is to ensure that we have as much accurate information on the player market and what players may be available, in order to assist us and, in particular, Mark Hughes on what players we should try and recruit. “Fundamentally, it will be Mark Hughes’ decision on what players we recruit within the budgetary parameters that are set but there’s no change of direction. Every player that comes into the club will come in because Mark Hughes wants him to.” The changes at Stoke continue with Terry Robinson leaving his position as director of youth development after two years. Assistant manager Dave Kemp and other members of Pulis’ backroom staff Mark O’Connor, Paul Maxwell, Adrian Pennock, Dave Kevan and Gerry Francis have already left their roles. last_img read more

Martinez calls on familiar faces

first_img Press Association Just 24 hours after signing Arouna Kone from former side Wigan ex-Latics defender Antolin Alcaraz also moved to Goodison Park. And Martinez secured a third recruit as 23-year-old Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel Robles, whom the Spaniard had on loan at the DW Stadium last season, signed a five-year contract. “Atletico Madrid and Everton have reached an agreement for the transfer of Joel Robles to the English club,” said a statement on the Spanish club’s website. Everton manager Roberto Martinez is calling on some familiar faces to help him make the transition to his new club.center_img “The goalkeeper, who ended last season playing on loan at Wigan, will compete in the Premier League following the agreement reached between the three parties. In our club we wish him luck in this new stage of his career.” Robles displaced Ali Al Habsi as first-choice last season and played in the Latics’ FA Cup final victory over Manchester City. Alcaraz, who also played in the cup final, had a difficult time with injuries and missed six months with a groin problem. The 30-year-old Paraguay international, a free transfer after his contract expired, agreed a two-year deal. Until the manager sends out his first side there has been no indication whether he will introduce his three-at-the-back system he employed at Wigan. If he does not then Alcaraz is likely to be battling established first-choice central defensive pair Phil Jagielka, Toffees captain, and Sylvain Distin for a place. “There are always good players at every club. When you go to a new club you must work hard in training to get the opportunity,” he said. “Competition is always good – the more quality within the team the more you can improve yourself.” Alcaraz admits the chance to remain in the Premier League and work with Martinez again were the significant factors in joining Everton. “We talked to a lot of clubs but I was always interested in staying in the Premier League,” said Alcaraz. “I know him (Martinez) really well and he knows me very well also. We had a very good relationship in the three years at Wigan and I want to continue that. Nothing is going to change, he is very professional.” last_img read more

Cricket News I Observe Rishabh Pant’s Wicketkeeping Skills, Have Good Understanding: Wriddhiman Saha

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Wriddhiman Saha has been India’s first choice keeper in the current series against South Africa. The 35-year-old, who replaced Rishabh Pant in the side and who made a comeback to the Indian cricket team after being sidelined for a year due to injury, was in brilliant form in the Pune Test. Saha took two stunning catches and showcased why he is the best keeper in the country. Ahead of the Ranchi Test, Saha was seen working closely with Pant. In a chat with PTI, Saha said he had a good understanding with the Delhi keeper. “There’s nothing (mentoring) like that. We just discuss normally the way the wicketkeepers discuss. With Sridhar and Pant, we three jointly decide on how to go about our wicketkeeping on a particular type of wicket. We always observe each other’s wicket-keeping. We work hard in our practice sessions and have a good understanding and co-ordination among ourselves. We always try to point out each other’s mistakes. It’s been going well so far. Whoever plays in the team wants to contribute. As a wicketkeeper, I look to get sometime in the middle and if I get time I try to build a partntership and score a fifty or so. Everyone tries like that. Sometime it works, sometime it does not,” Saha said. Saha returns to the site of his finest knock during Ranchi’s first Test which was hosted in 2017 against Australia. Saha, along with Cheteshwar Pujara shared a record 199-run stand for the seventh wicket. Pujara blasted 202 and Saha made 117 as India nearly forced a win against Australia but Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh played well to force a draw. Saha remembered the knock fondly. “I have good memory of the last match. I made 117 in the last match. I remember how I approached the innings. I also remember the Steve Smith incident. If you see we drew it last time. We are 2-0 up in the series so this time we will try to make it 3-0 this time,” Saha said. The Bengal wicketkeeper said his entry in the Indian cricket team was due to strong performances in the domestic circuit. “I was out for a long time because of injury. I got a chance only after performing in the domestic and India A matches. I always continued the same preparation for batting and wicketkeeping and finally got and opportunity. I’m really happy to have contributed to the team,” Saha, who made a comeback in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s earlier this year,” Saha added.Also Read | India Eye 3-0 Whitewash, South Africa Eye Pride Ahead Of Ranchi TestSaha said the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as the new president of the BCCI will give Indian cricket a whole new direction. “He is aware of player’s demands and knows what goes on between them. It will be an added plus to the team and individual players. I hope players will immensely benefit after Dadi (Ganguly) takes up the new role, especially under the circumstances. He has represented the country for a long time and then went on to dominate Indian cricket first as a player then captain.  He can bring about a lot of improvements as he knows the game inside out. If something is not happening, Dadi can make it happen,” Saha said.last_img read more

Hartford meets UMass Lowell in America East quarters

first_imgYOUTH MOVEMENT: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their freshmen this year. Malik Ellison, Traci Carter and Hunter Marks have combined to account for 49 percent of Hartford’s scoring this season and 63 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For UMass Lowell, Christian Lutete, Connor Withers and Ron Mitchell Jr. have collectively scored 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 53 percent of all River Hawks points over their last five.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Carter has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Hartford field goals over the last five games. Carter has accounted for 19 field goals and 34 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: UMass Lowell is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 13-12 when scoring at least 62.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Hawks have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the River Hawks. Hartford has 43 assists on 75 field goals (57.3 percent) across its previous three matchups while UMass Lowell has assists on 43 of 83 field goals (51.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: UMass Lowell is ranked first among America East teams with an average of 74.6 points per game. Hartford meets UMass Lowell in America East quarters March 5, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 6 seed UMass Lowell (13-18, 7-9) vs. No. 3 seed Hartford (16-15, 9-7)America East Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Chase Family Arena, West Hartford, Connecticut; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UMass Lowell is set to match up against Hartford in the America East tournament quarterfinals. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 15, when the River Hawks shot 50 percent from the field and went 13 for 16 from the free throw line en route to a seven-point victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

The future of our cricket is good – Reifer

first_imgCMC – WHILE the West Indies did not live up to expectations at the ICC World Cup, head coach Floyd Reifer strongly believes the future of the team is in good hands.Reifer, a former West Indies captain, said an abundance of talent within the region meant the regional side would be a force to reckon with in the years to come.He pointed to players such Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell, as cricketers with much potential.“The future of our cricket is good. You know, we have a lot of young guys here. Hope, Pooran, Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas. We have young John Campbell, he was injured from early, so our future is good. I’m confident in these youngsters that going forward we can bring West Indies cricket back to where it belongs at the top.“Yes, it is unfortunate we didn’t get to the final four in this competition, but going forward I’m happy from what I have seen. Sheldon Cottrell had a very good World Cup, so we have a lot of young guys that we can mould and build a strong unit going forward,” Reifer said.The head coach said what was particularly important now was for those players to be moulded into leaders.“We have a group of guys that for us is to create leaders and that is something we have got to focus on in the Caribbean, as well as in our franchise and first-class cricket to create more leaders amongst ourselves,” Reifer pointed out.“We have a good young group of players. Like I said, Hetmyer, Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Pooran. Those guys are young players and we have young guys coming up as well, Keemo Paul.”So we have good talent in the Caribbean in the system. We have to make sure that we nurture that talent very well. When we get back to the Caribbean it’s important that we, you know, put guys in the environment and put them in a tough situation where they have to train and train hard and prepare and prepare well.last_img read more