Monthly Archives: November 2020

Business Roundtable will push for more stimulus, tariff relief under Biden

first_imgWILMINGTON, DELAWARE – NOVEMBER 16: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks about the U.S. economy during a press briefing at the Queen Theater on November 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden and his advisors continue to work on the long term economic recovery plan his administration will try to put in place when he takes office. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images The chairman of the organization is Doug McMillon, the president and CEO of Walmart. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, are among the Business Roundtable’s board of directors. The group’s members include more than 100 chief executive officers.“We are urging policymakers to enact phase four legislation now,” Bolten said during the briefing.On trade, Bolten specifically mentioned that they believe Biden should begin cutting back on the tariffs that have been implemented by the Trump administration on foreign goods. He did note, though, that even if the administration removes trade barriers, there are still hurdles to overcome when it comes to trade deals with China.- Advertisement – The move comes as companies start to hire lobbyists to prepare for the incoming Biden administration. The Business Roundtable had been in touch with Biden’s campaign before he was elected president.Bolten confirmed to reporters that the Business Roundtable has been holding discussions with Biden’s team and that, even on policy disagreements, the group is convinced it can work with the new administration.“We feel like that even on the areas where we may disagree on policy, we will have a fair chance on input and to make our positions known,” Bolten said. One area of disagreement is Biden’s campaign proposal to raise taxes on people making over $400,000, plus an increase in the corporate tax rate.At least one lobbyist working with the Business Roundtable has previous ties to Biden. Eric Rosen, a lobbyist at the firm Invariant, has Business Roundtable as a client and was once a Judiciary Committee counsel to Biden when he was part of the powerful Senate committee.Biden has been filling out his administration with advisors who have ties to the larger business community, including Ron Klain, who is the president-elect’s chief of staff, and Steve Ricchetti, who on Tuesday was named one of his counselors. – Advertisement –center_img The Business Roundtable, a large and influential group consisting of prominent corporate leaders, has decided on its key policy priorities under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration and a new Congress.Joshua Bolten, the CEO of the advocacy and lobbying group, told reporters Tuesday that it will start pushing policymakers on a slew of initiatives, including another coronavirus relief bill to help small businesses, the removal of tariffs, and police reforms.Congress is locked in a stalemate over another Covid-19 relief bill. Republicans in the Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, have pushed for a smaller, more targeted measure with enhanced unemployment benefits, and aid and protections for businesses. House Democrats, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are pushing a much larger bill that would include even more unemployment benefits, as well as aid to state and local governments, and direct payments to individuals.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

WHO chief issues H5N1 warning amid new deaths

first_imgJan 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Margaret Chan, the new head of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned today against relaxing the world’s defenses against a potential influenza pandemic, as two more human deaths from H5N1 avian flu were confirmed, one in Egypt and one in Indonesia.More deaths occurred in 2006 than in previous years combined, Chan said in her address to WHO’s executive board, according to an Agence Presse-France (AFP) report. She added that the fatality rate for H5N1 avian influenza rose to 70% last year, 10 points higher than the average since the current series of outbreaks began in 2003.”The message is straightforward: we must not let down our guard,” Chan said.The WHO confirmed today that a 27-year-old Egyptian woman from Beni Sweif governorate, about 62 miles south of Cairo, fell ill Jan 9 and died in the hospital Jan 19. Initial reports suggest there were sick and dead poultry in her home before she got sick. Egypt’s health ministry first announced that she had tested positive for H5N1 on Jan 18. Egypt has now had 19human cases with 11 deaths.Marking Indonesia’s sixth H5N1 case this year, the WHO confirmed today that a 26-year-old woman from West Java province experienced avian flu symptoms on Jan 11 and died in the hospital 8 days later. (Some media reports listed her age as 19.) Investigators said the woman had been involved in slaughtering sick chickens before she became ill. Indonesia’s H5N1 case count has reached 80, including 62 deaths.Seven patients who are suspected of having avian flu are being treated in an isolation room at Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, the Jakarta Post reported today.Chan voiced serious concern about the continued presence of H5N1 in birds as new outbreaks in poultry were reported in South Korea and Nigeria.”As long as the virus continues to circulate in birds, the threat of a pandemic will persist. The world is years away from control in the agricultural sector,” AFP quoted Chan as saying.Countries with widespread outbreaks in poultry flocks have failed to eradicate the virus, despite “heroic efforts,” Chan noted.After Vietnam experienced about a year-long lull in poultry outbreaks, the virus returned to the Mekong Delta in early December and has since spread to at least 8 provinces. The country had been widely hailed by international avian flu experts for its mandatory poultry vaccination program and strict disease-control efforts.Likewise, in South Korea avian flu returned to poultry farms in the towns of Iksan, Kimje, and Asan at the end of 2006 after a 3-year absence. Two days ago, South Korea’s agriculture ministry told the Associated Press it was preparing to slaughter 273,000 chickens in a fresh outbreak detected at a chicken farm in Cheonan, about 60 miles south of Seoul.In Nigeria, H5N1 avian flu has returned to poultry in Kano, the country’s northern commercial capital, a state health official said today, according to an AFP report. Outbreaks have been confirmed on at least 7 poultry farms in the city over the past 2 months, Shehu Bawa, head of Kano’s avian flu committee, told reporters.Tests on birds from two other northern states, Katsina and Sokoto, are underway at the national Veterinary Research Institute in Jos, according to the AFP report. Nigeria had its first H5N1 avian flu outbreak in birds in 2006; no human cases have been recorded.See also:Jan 22 WHO statement on Egyptian avian flu death 22 WHO statement on Indonesian avian flu death 22 news release on WHO Executive Board meeting read more

Iowa group bets on market to predict pandemics

first_imgMar 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Some professors at the University of Iowa think that a kind of betting system may help predict the timing and extent of the next influenza pandemic, and a large health foundation is betting they are right.The group last week unveiled the “Avian Flu Market” (AFM), a system designed to pool expert opinions from around the world about the probability of a human influenza pandemic sparked by avian flu. Participants in essence will bet on the probability of various pandemic-related events, and the “price” of a given prediction will reflect the number of participants favoring it.Prediction markets give experts a financial incentive to participate, facilitating the quick collection of views from widely dispersed specialists and translating them into probability estimates. The AFM doesn’t require participants to bet their own money, but those who make the most accurate predictions can win small educational grants.The market, now in a testing phase, is supported by a $245,685 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), according to a Mar 1 news release from the foundation.”It’s an experiment” of a kind that that has worked well in other fields, said Philip M. Polgreen, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, who is co-principal investigator on the project and also directs the Infectious Disease Society of America’s Emerging Infections Network.The AFM is patterned after the Iowa Flu Activity Market, which was set up in 2004 to help predict the behavior of seasonal flu in Iowa.”Using a small group of healthcare workers, less than 50, we’ve been able to predict when the [annual flu] season would start, when it would peak, and when it would end, 2 to 4 weeks in advance,” Polgreen told CIDRAP News.”Each one of those people [participating] has a different slice, different experiences, different amounts of information,” he said. “Unlike surveys, prediction markets allow people to register how strongly they believe” in a given outcome. “Every time someone makes a trade, we get a new price—it changes the probability.”Polgreen and colleagues described the Iowa Flu Activity Market in an article in the Jan 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID). The market tries to predict what level of flu activity (widespread, regional, sporadic, or local outbreaks—or none) will be measured in Iowa in any given week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In 2004-05, the market’s forecast by the end of the target week was correct 71% of the time (the CDC figures are released a week later), and the market forecast 1 week in advance was correct 50% of the time, according to the report. For comparison, forecasts based strictly on historical averages would have been right about 36% of the time.Participants in the AFM will be recruited experts, starting with the editorial board of ProMED, the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, the electronic disease-reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, Polgreen said. The ProMED board consists of about 20 people of various backgrounds in various places.After that, the plan is to add other ProMED participants. “We have funding to expand to about 100 volunteers,” Polgreen said. The aim is to make the group reflect the makeup of ProMED’s membership and eventually expand it to as many as 200 participants. They are expected to include physicians, veterinarians, epidemiologists, nurses, and public health workers.Polgreen said he and ProMED editor Lawrence Madoff, MD, of Harvard Medical School will evaluate the applications from potential participants. Madoff is a co-principal investigator on the AFM; the principal investigator is Forrest Nelson, PhD, a University of Iowa economics professor.Both the flu activity market and the AFM are spinoffs of the Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM), which were set up in 1988 and have focused mainly on elections. The markets have generally outperformed conventional opinion polls, according to Polgreen and associates.AFM participants will be asked to answer specific questions about avian and pandemic flu possibilities, with each question being the basis for a “market,” according to the RWJF news release. For example, one question is whether the World Health Organization (WHO) will raise its pandemic alert level to stage 4 by Jul 1 of this year, while another deals with how soon H5N1 avian flu will spread to the Americas.Another question, according to an Associated Press report published last week, is whether a human case of H5N1 flu will occur in Hong Kong before Jul 1. “Yes” contracts on that question were trading at 43 cents, meaning participants put the probability of the event at 43%, the story said.But Polgreen cautioned, “That’s not really representative of what ProMED thinks right now.” The market is in a beta (testing) phase now, with a small group of participants, he said. “Those prices are just from the beta market. Just to make sure the software worked, we’ve been running markets for the past 2 weeks just for this group.”When the market is up and running in about 2 more weeks, “anybody who wants to can go to the Web site and see the prices,” Polgreen said.Rather than putting up their own money, AFM participants will trade with virtual currency, and any payoffs will be in the form of grants for things like journal subscriptions, conference fees, and books, according to the RWJF. The worst participants can do will be to win no grants.Not everyone thinks the AFM is a good idea. “It really compounds uncertainty,” said Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News.”Right now the world’s best experts can’t tell you what’s going to happen, so having 100 people predict what they don’t know doesn’t add any more precision or intelligence to the issue,” Osterholm said. “It’s maybe not quite a gimmick, but it doesn’t give me any more reason to think we’ll be more informed about the next pandemic.”He added, “Whether you have a market or not, you still need good disease surveillance. This just seems like a glitzy way of doing disease surveillance.”David A. Halvorson, DVM, a veterinarian and avian health specialist at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, said he was “intrigued” by the AFM but had some reservations.He suggested that AFM participants might make predictions about questions on which they lack expertise. For example, veterinarians are not in a good position to predict when the H5N1 virus might start spreading from human to human, while physicians “would have no way to evaluate when it would spread from a bird to a human,” he said.In addition, he asked, “Does that make it a good study when you’re betting someone else’s money? I don’t know.”The architects of the AFM say it is not meant to replace disease surveillance. “Prediction markets will never replace traditional infectious disease surveillance; we view them instead as a potential supplement,” they said in their CID report. “If prediction market information is used in tandem with existing surveillance systems, it can guide the deployment of resources and increase the efficiency of professionals who are monitoring emerging infectious diseases.”The key advantage of prediction markets, proponents say, is that they collect the disparate information held by many participants. “People on the front lines have information they’re usually not asked about,” said Polgreen.See also:RWJF news release of Iowa news release PM, Nelson FD, Neumann GR. Use of prediction markets to forecast infectious disease activity. Clin Infect Dis 2007 Jan 15;44(2):272-9 [Full text]last_img read more

Pandemic vaccine proposal favors health workers, children

first_imgOct 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A federal interagency working group yesterday released a draft report detailing how the government would allocate limited vaccine supplies if a severe influenza pandemic grips the United States, offering a tiered approach that flags key health and public safety personnel and children as top priorities.The group presented the report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Vaccine Advisory Committee and posted it on the agency’s pandemic influenza Web site yesterday, along with a feedback tool for public comments. Today the group presented the report to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.”Once a pandemic starts, vaccine will come rolling off the line in lots, so there has to be a priority scheme on who would receive it first,” said William Raub, science advisor to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, as quoted in in an Oct 22 USA Today report.The report says the vaccine allocation plan is designed not only to save lives, but also to reduce the medical, social, and economic impacts of a pandemic. Vaccinations will be administered in tiers, which include four target groups: healthcare and community support services, critical infrastructure, homeland and national security, and the general population. For some of the target groups, the priority tier level would change depending on pandemic severity.Prioritizations were based on the most recent scientific research on pandemics and vaccines and on meetings with the public and stakeholders. The working group also sought the input of ethicists, including from the National Institutes of Health and a group from the Minnesota Center for Healthcare Ethics (MCHCE), which published its own vaccine allocation recommendations in October 2006.The highest-priority groups include deployed military and other critical national security personnel; emergency medical services, public safety workers, and key government officials; medical providers and public health workers; and pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.”Children are not only highly susceptible to influenza, children are also very good at spreading it. Protecting them also protects those in the population,” Raub said in an Oct 22 Associated Press report.In adjusting priorities for different levels of pandemic severity, the rationing plan marks a shift from the federal pandemic plan released 2 years ago, which assumed a moderate pandemic.Compared with the older plan, the new proposal changes the priorities for a number of groups. For example, the proposal puts elderly people and other high-risk adults in the fourth tier, whereas high-risk adults ranked second, right after medical and public health workers, in the older plan. Also, essential utility and communications workers are in the second tier 2 under the new plan, but ranked near the end of the line under the old one.Dorothy Vawter, associate director of MCHCE, told CIDRAP News that the working group’s recommendations represent a big step forward in pandemic planning. “They were willing to take on some tough issues, such as the age-based recommendations,” she said.”This is a great start to a communitywide conversation,” Vawter said. She expects that some disagreements with the prioritizations will arise out of the public comments and will probably prompt the group to fine-tune the report.Some people may be surprised to see the report’s focus on social roles and responsibilities, and questions may be raised about the status of students and people who are unemployed, she said.Vawter said one prioritization issue in the report that surprised her was a category in a lower tier that lumps young adults with health problems comorbidities in a group with people as old as 105. “There’s no distinction in that tier, and it seems like too big of a bucket,” she said, adding that it’s likely the group will make some adjustments in that category.Jeffrey Levi, director of Trust for America’s Health, a healthcare advocacy group based in Washinton, DC, called the report “logical” but said more refinements are needed on vaccine distribution and use in different populations, according to the USA Today report.The group said it will take public comments for 2 months and then revise the document, which will be considered a final interim report.See also:Draft Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine 31, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Pandemic vaccine rationing proposal favors the young”Nov 3, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Medical workers would get first pandemic flu shots”HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan read more

Nin Chocolate Festival as a great authentic tourist story

first_imgThe widely known and largest manifestation of the City of Nin is in front of us – an excellent, unique and most importantly authentic tourist story – the Chocolate Festival.Šokol is a unique and authentic Nin specialty for the preparation of which quality pork, Nin salt, spices are very important, but also the local herb “flavored” Nin bora – cured meat product with a recognizable taste. The pork neck is first placed in sea salt for a few days, then dipped in mulled red wine and seasoned with various spices. The rest is left to the action of smoke and bora, but also to recipes whose secrecy is guaranteed by being transmitted orally, without written traces. Therefore, winning the Nin Chocolate Festival is a matter of prestige, and the competition itself is very interesting and very tasty for tourists, and most importantly it tells a unique and our authentic story.You can try Šokol only in Nin, and it is great that the whole of Nin respects its tradition and identity, and you can try Šokol in almost every Nin restaurant. I would like to emphasize that we must respect ourselves, so that others can respect us, and you can see and experience respect when Šokol is served by Nin’s caterers. I also had the honor to personally try Šokol in Nin, an excellent gourmet indigenous specialty that is impossible to describe because it is unique. Simply Nin’s Chocolate.Precisely such authentic stories must be our main tourist product. So, first of all, we have to respect our history, identity, culture, gastronomy, etc.… Secondly, we have to be and sell what we are – Croats, because that is exactly what tourists want to meet, taste and experience. The meaning of tourism is to get to know new cultures and ways of life, and our biggest asset is precisely our incredible diversity. We have so many indigenous, authentic and authentic stories that we just have to tell tourists. We are full of amazing stories and experiences, we just have to pack them nicely and sell them to tourists through storyteeling. Tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. Let’s tell stories, our authentic stories.Tell your guests the story of Nin and Šokolijada, and I personally advise hosts in family accommodation from the Zadar County to visit it with their guests. Wherever you are in Zadar County, Nin is close to you, and just imagine the experience of a guest you invite and bring to Nin for the Šokolijada. Well that’s a real experience and that means being a good host.We must be aware and we must care about the guest, ie his overall experience of the destination. The motive for coming is not accommodation or hotel, but just a quality, diverse and authentic experience of a tourist destination. That is why guests must be offered our authentic facilities, because after all, the only thing that matters is whether the guest is satisfied with the tourist destination after seven days of vacation. If it is, it will come back again, it will come back to your accommodation. Tell and share this great authentic story, both on social media and to your guests. And it is best to experience it yourself, both with your guests and yourself.By the way, Nin is so small, and so big, important and significant for our culture, tourism, identity… and definitely a tourist destination that has the most unique, amazing, diverse and authentic tourist stories in Croatia.Let’s respect ourselves and our tradition, culture, identity – you respect and visit Chocolate. This year’s jubilee 15th Chocolate Festival will be held on July 15 and 16 with an entertainment and music program and fair events.last_img read more

Opatija takes over the management of public parking areas in Opatija

first_imgThe city company Opatija 21, after the expiration of the concession agreement (March 10, 2018), announced the takeover of the city’s public parking areas, according to the decision made by the company’s founder, the City of Opatija.The director of the city company Opatija 21, Igor Štok, explained that after taking over this duty, he made an analysis of the current situation and business, and presented the development plans for the next term to the press. The ways in which they will engage in the activity in the future have been defined, so that all those parts that are not the core business of the company will no longer be in its system, which is motivated by the intention to achieve savings in business.At the same time, as Opatija 21 plans to take over the management of parking lots, but the company is also in charge of building new facilities (the first in the plan are garages Gorovo, for which planning documentation exists in a high degree of construction, and garage in Črnikovica, for which construction is yet to begin planning documentation) and the employment of new employees is also planned.The company will be run in such a way that the citizens of Opatija feel that the management of parking lots has passed from the hands of the concessionaire to the jurisdiction of the city company, Štok repeatedly told reporters.The first hour free parking for citizens and touristsThus, citizens will be provided with one hour of free parking per day in public parking lots in Opatija, because the billing system will have this possibility of realization, with Opatija being the first city in Croatia to provide its citizens with free parking for one hour per day.After the recent session of the Supervisory Board of Opatija 21, which analyzed data from the company’s operations, it was determined that the price of monthly parking cards for the use of the garage within the sports hall for employees of city administration, city companies and institutions, as well as those working in state institutions near the sports hall to amount to 200 kuna, while the price of commercial and annual parking tickets does not change, and the monthly remains in the amount of 500 kuna, and the annual in the amount of 6000 kuna.Štok stated that the procurement plan was presented to the members of the company’s supervisory board and adopted, and includes the procurement of new equipment for parking lots, which will be carried out through a public procurement tender in a specific time procedure dictated by the public procurement procedure. .With the novelty that the citizens of Opatija when Opatija 21 takes over the management of public parking lots can use an hour of free parking per day, the practice of free parking on weekends out of season remains in force.Through the new parking payment system, which is in the procurement plan, the option will be introduced that parking users can pay the price of parking with credit and debit cards, in addition to coins. Through the Opatija portal, 21 citizens and tourists will be able to pay for parking, ie daily, weekly, monthly and annual tickets. In the area of ​​Opatija, 1150 parking spaces are currently managed by the concessionaire, while Opatija 21 manages the Gorovo parking lot where there are 70 spaces and the garage in the sports hall where there are 136 parking spaces.last_img read more

Croatian travel agencies urgently need technological progress

first_imgA recent survey conducted among UHPA members for 2017 shows that during the first months, almost 18% of travel bookings were made through online platforms, while 58% of bookings were made at agency outlets. This leads to the conclusion that most citizens prefer direct contact with travel advisors.Ivan Ilijašić, founder of the start-up company Orioles, which provides operators with everything from booking to payment and promotion, and his team conducted a survey on their user base (smaller organizers of trips, tours and activities) and compared the results with global trends. As an IT company dealing with tourism solutions, they are aware that the traditional way of booking travel still prevails in our country. But research neglects one very important detail, and that is not just the desire for additional consultation with an agent.It should be taken into account that the vast majority of domestic travel and excursion organizers do not offer the possibility of online booking through their websites. Consequently, online sales and own websites as a channel for faster and easier access to new customers are not sufficiently and adequately used.Most websites offer the ability to send inquiries for a single departure. As a reason why it is not possible to make a direct reservation or purchase, respondents stated the following:They do not have IT support to provide a real state of tour occupancy on their websiteDue to the lack of IT support, they are not able to track sales through agents and display the actual situation on the webConcerns about how to implement online billing (billing system, fiscalization, how to issue an invoice).On the other hand, there are customers and lovers of travel and excursions who have their own reasons why they buy through online channels. Here are their main reasons obtained by researching the Orioly marketing team:47% buy through websites if they are easy to use37% are used to shopping online30% believe that the price should be more favorable via the web28% believe that the website should contain the entire offer that is easy to view from your own armchair, without the need to go to an agency20% believe that during online booking they can find out additional information about the destination from several other online sources.Source: OriolesAnd while domestic customers may be inclined to make their reservations in direct contact, the increase in foreign guests seeking out-of-board offers must encourage domestic agencies, tour and tour operators to invest more in sales through their own website or various distribution channels such as Viator. , TripAdvisor, GetYourGuide or TourRadar. Here are some interesting facts that tell us why online booking is something that is necessary for any domestic organizer who wants to attract more foreign guests:Globally, 148 million people use the internet to book tours and accommodations, accounting for 57% of total bookingsIn the last 5 years, the number of online reservations has grown by 73%During the holidays, 24% of guests use their mobile devices to find additional non-board offer95% of online travelers ask for additional information on the Internet before buying and trust the brand more if it offers online booking59% of Asian travelers want to make a reservation whenever and however they can through online channels – source TnoozIt may seem that Croatia is lagging behind in technological progress and digital sales of travel and excursions, but previous research on the Croatian market is similar to global statistics:20% of service providers do not have any website90% of operators believe that email is the most effective way to receive booking inquiriesGlobally, 46% of tour operators offer the possibility of booking and booking confirmation, while in Croatia this number is much lower, somewhere around 20%52% of the world’s tour operators offer their services through agencies82% of organizers promote their offer through sites such as TripAdvisor.Let’s also take into account that today the vast majority of tourists have smartphones and that the global annual growth of searches via mobile devices is 66%. Here, then, we come to a situation where a foreign client expects a domestic travel organizer to be present on the web, has optimized websites and online booking on their site.As they conclude from the company Orioly, All of the above speaks in favor of the fact that everyone in tourism needs to invest more time and money in online sales and promotion channels because it is something that foreign tourists expect, as well as more technologically aware domestic tourists.last_img read more

Croatia is the first in the world to get the Run friendly hotel concept – Run hotel

first_imgLifeClass General Manager Sveti Martin na Muri, Branimir Blajić, continues Sokača: “The introduction of the Run friendly concept in our business is a continuation of our desire to brand the resort in the direction of a Healthness resort that encourages a healthier lifestyle in its guests through physical activities, local food and mind cultivation. After we were the first in Croatia to earn the Bike hotel certificate, we are extremely glad to be the first hotel in Croatia with a Run friendly certificate providing passionate runners, but also beginners, all Run firendly services throughout the year…. Međimurje…. ” says Blajic.Another fact shows that Blajić and Sokač are doing the right thing for Croatian tourism, this year over 300 marathons are being organized in China, where running is becoming a new “religion”. If we know that the number of Chinese tourists reached 135 million in 2017, and in 2021 it is estimated that 192 million Chinese will travel, connect two + two.Can we offer Croatia as a Run Friendly destination?We have a suitable climate and amazing natural landscapes, from sea, mountain to continental, authenticity and quality content, we just need to be proactive, creative, round out the whole story and offer it to the market. We have it all, I wonder if we can finally be first in something?The essence of the Run Friendly Eco system, ie the entire platform raised by the Run Croatia team with its partners, is that the system starts working for itself. To achieve this we need good content and diverse partners who offer a wide range of quality services and products for a specific target group, in this case for runners. Since Croatia is a tourist country, various partners enter the whole story, including the health clinic, in order to complete the entire offer and add new value. The first Run Friendly clinic will be the Bagatin Polyclinic, which are very active in the promotion of Croatia and the real ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Running and health tourism, definitely a great combination and a win-win for everyone.The President of the Management Board of the Bagatin Polyclinic, Ognjen Bagatin points out that if you want to differentiate your clinic and place it high in the growing market of healthcare demand, the Run Friendly concept is definitely a great way to do it. “We are very proud that the Bagatin Polyclinic is the first clinic to be certified as Run Friendly, all over the world. Run with the smile J , love the skin you are in… are just some of the programs we want to let our running clients, but also all other clients know that the Bagatin Polyclinic is their beauty destination, but also a place where they can find a balance between daily, often strenuous activities and their beauty and health. In addition to our already existing complete and individual approach to all clients, we are pleased to include the Run Friendly program in our network with the aim of promoting Zagreb as a destination 365 days a year.”Bagatin pointed out.We are creating a whole Run Friendly Eco system, where Croatia would become the first country in the world as a Run friendly destination, Sokač emphasizes and adds that if we look at runners we see the bigger picture through the healthy lifestyle segment, from cyclists to mountaineers we reach 120 million people in Europe who are better consumers, aware, eat quality and indigenous food, use hotel facilities from wellness and massages, etc.…But the whole story is just the beginning.Run Friendly hotels are the base of this whole ecosystem, because in order for a polyclinic to get the Run Friendly certificate, it needs to have a partnership with the Run Friendly hotel. Furthermore, Sokač and his team are also developing Run Friendly restaurants, which will be a gluten free segment, ie offering food that will satisfy runners, followed by Run Friendly plantations that deal with organic farming. “Run Croatia already has a partnership with two such plantations, Trešnja doo near Nin, which is the largest cherry plantation in Europe, and the Puškarić plantation near Ogulin, which grows chokeberry. Run Friendly hotels will have a direct supply channel from the plantation and will be able to communicate to their customers the origin of food that is of local origin, which in today’s world is highly valued and well charged. And the crown of everything is in the creation of eWallets, which we are talking to several banks, so that in the Run Friednly segment there would be the possibility of cashless payment through the blockchain 2.0 loyalty program, which will enable us to collect points and thus develop the entire network. emphasizes Sokac.Throughout this concept, it is quite clear that this is not a classic organization of a race, but an entire elaborated platform. “The argument we bring to the table is that we understand this market, we are runners and primarily business people who have a strong business background and know what the needs of runners are. We are working to transfer the Run Frinedly hotel categorization standard to the global map. We have a strong management behind us and we plan to make a top Croatian export product. “Concludes Sokac.Opportunities are all around us, we have everything and the only question is do we want to develop tourism strategically and sustainably? Do we want to extend the tourist season through the pre-season and post-season? The solution is simple, we must offer a diverse, rounded, different and authentic tourist product.Those who are the fastest, smartest, creative, innovative succeed in market competitionIva Hafner and Berislav Sokač, Run Crotia / AMBASSADORS OF CROATIAN TOURISM Run Croatia will surely manage to put all the dice together, because it is a great concept, the only question is whether it will succeed in Croatia or abroad. Will we keep such and all other great tourist stories and use them to be our tourist export product and promoters of Croatian tourism or to develop their ideas somewhere out there, where their ideas and projects are desirable.You have the opportunity to see an example of speed, dexterity, creativity and innovation in the market competition in the segment of sports tourism in neighboring Banja Luka, which had the fourth edition of the half marathon a month ago. The city center was closed to car traffic from 12 noon to Saturday night so that the energy of running could be lived. They made a three-day event with concerts, rafting on the river Vrbas. 10.000 people went through the events, 3600 children ran through the city streets, 26 nations gathered in the city over the weekend, more rooms were sought in hotel and private accommodation. EUR 250.000 was the budget of the race covered by the city and sponsors.In this whole great story, I can’t help but point out that Run Crotia, like many other great projects, currently have no background or support from the CNTB, ie the system, because they do not fit into their existing framework. Here we come to the question of when such a system will become more flexible, which is precisely the purpose of encouraging the private sector and quality development. It is the CNTB that should be happy to have such individuals and excellent tourist stories, to help them in their development, which is why the entire system from MINT, CNTB to the system of tourist boards serves.The system should be a development support, not an end in itself. We are witnessing millions of kunas being spent on various projects without strategically defined long-term sustainability, while such stories that are market-oriented and have added value have their doors closed for now due to an inflexible system that would adapt to niches. Only through the synergy of the public and private system can we develop in the long run and with quality. The system is not an end in itself, but precisely to help and encourage such and similar tourist stories.Synergy of all must be imperative. Let’s all remember the table because two heads are smarter than one. To conclude, as the world turns to running and electric cars, we should accelerate the creation of the image of an ecologically clean country which is a positive side of our industrial underdevelopment.Let’s stop looking at the opportunities we missed and stop talking about potentials, let’s realize the opportunities we have and turn those potentials into resources.Related news:OGNJEN BAGATIN, POLYCLINIC BAGATIN: HEALTH TOURISM CAN AND MUST BE ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS ON SEASONALITYBERISLAV SOKAČ: I WANT TO BRING A PART OF 50 MILLION RUNNERS TO EUROPE IN CROATIA Over 50 million people regularly run in the EU, and their annual consumption is estimated at 9.6 billion euros.Short and clear. Smart enough.So, it is quite clear that this is a great tourist potential, especially when we talk about the pre- and post-season, because when we do not have the sun and the sea as a motive for coming, we have to create something new, different. Berislav Sokač and his team have been working on this track for two years through the Run Croatia project. Through races, they promote Croatia as an ideal racing destination. The specificity of the Run Croatia project is that these are not classic races, but differ from other races through two main factors. The first is the organization of the race itself, which aims to organize races according to high European standards to which European runners are accustomed, and the second is the sale of experiences, ie the promotion of the Croatian tourist offer. Great rounded story and added value as a great symbiosis.As Berislav is a runner himself, he knows the needs of runners very well, and points out that running is not running but movement and a way of life. If you follow our and the world’s media just a little bit, it is quite certain that this is a global phenomenon, ie the running movement. It is this movement, ie the awareness of active and healthy life, that is becoming a lifestyle and is growing rapidly from year to year all over the world as well as in Europe. After all, Nike sneakers have built a brand for this lifestyle, and they haven’t sold sneakers for a long time, but the Just Do It philosophy, which encourages us to get moving and start running, ie to be active.”The idea from the beginning is that Run Croatia is not just running but movement. The goal is to move each location through the synergy of different industries through all the tourist aspects that the site offers. What foreign runners are looking for is an experience, an indigenous experience. When runners come to a place, they have not only come to run but want to get to know that place through all their senses. From gastronomy, history, culture, etc.… because running is not running but movement and way of life. Personally, I proactively encourage the local community to join our story as much as possible, from local restaurants to local indigenous entities. ” Berislav Sokač points out and adds that through the positive energy of running they combine gastronomy, culture, entertainment, ie the promotion of the Croatian tourist product.Since the founding of Run Crotia in 2016, Berislav Sokač and his team have organized over 26 races in Croatia. From the first race in Europe that started from a nightclub on Pag, the Calypso club to the race at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb, where runners raced to the top of the hotel, as a phenomenal blend of sports, business and tourism. Again, it is not just a race, after the race to the top of the Westin a business conference and networking of business people was held, at which new business collaborations were agreed and thus new added value was generated. “We are focused on recreational runners which is logically the most when we look globally. As many business people run, they are also the best consumers, and because of their passion for running, they also travel to races with their families. That is why we always look at a much broader picture and we have developed the concept of Run Croatia as a race that combines sports, business and tourism. This is evidenced by the concrete figures that tell us that runners stay in the destination for 3,4 days if they come for the race and bring 2,8 people with them. “By the way, everywhere in the world, hotel chains and the car industry are the biggest sponsors of races, they clearly have a good interest.” says Sokač and adds that running and running are the front behind which lies an innovative laboratory that connects and creates services for this segment.Aware of the fact that 55 million people live active lives and are actively involved in running as a way of life, as well as 27 million people in the USA, Run Croatia after success with organizing races made a special Run Friendly package for hotels, ie Run Croatia certification standard for racing hotels, target just runners as a target group.The first partner to recognize the potential was LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin, which became the first hotel in the world to specialize in runners 365 days a year.Run package includes high quality T-shirt, running map, various running tours from beginner to advance program, healthy offer of drinks and food in mini bar, energy bars, late checkout that you can take a shower after training, special massage program etc.… Full one added value to the existing hotel offer. ” The goal of the project is to provide a platform for runners as an added value to hotels through labeling, and our vision is for Croatia to be the first country in the world to have a platform for a run friendly package. So, when the guest books the accommodation, ie run friendly package. Also, the key is in the mini bar that has not changed for 30 years, the contents have remained the same, while consumer habits are totally different, especially today when you go more and more into niches. “Sokač points out and adds that they have made a book of standards and know-how for the certification of hotels as Run friendly and that we have the opportunity to set a new standard on the tourist map of the world.last_img read more

Advent in Zagreb generated 15% more overnight stays

first_imgAccording to the Zagreb Tourist Board, for the period of Advent and New Year’s events (November 30.11.2018, 06.01.2019 – January 11, 140.663) the number of arrivals is higher by 15% (271.244), and the number of overnight stays by 2017% (01.12.2017) compared to Advent and New Year’s events in 07.01.2018 (December XNUMX, XNUMX – January XNUMX, XNUMX). Namely, in the mentioned period there were 45.349 arrivals of domestic tourists (growth 10%) and foreign 95.314 (growth 12%), and, out of the total recorded overnight stays, domestic guests realized 82.402 (growth 14%) and foreign 188.842 (growth of 16 %). Most arrivals were from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Germany; while most overnight stays were recorded from: Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Source: TZGZ / Advent on Zrinjevac / Author: I. Nobilo Cover photo: TZGZ / Klovićevi dvori / Author: I. Alerićcenter_img In December, 10% more guests stayed in Zagreb (122.489), and 15% more overnight stays (232.057) were realized compared to December 2017. These are excellent statistical indicators, all thanks to Advent in Zagreb, which generated growth this year as well.  “Zagreb is an attractive destination all year round, and Advent in Zagreb and New Year’s events are the most demanding project that we are implementing in cooperation with the City of Zagreb and our public and private partners. The results we have recorded give us an incentive to make the next Advent in Zagreb even better, and we will continue to place emphasis on culture and cultural events that create a festive atmosphere and mood in the most beautiful way possible. “Said the director of the Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld. last_img read more