Aurora Cannabis, other pot stocks surge as marijuana legalization spreads in the US

first_imgEmployees tend to marijuana plants at the Aurora Cannabis Inc. facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.Jason Franson  | Bloomberg | Getty Images Five states legalized some form of marijuana use on Tuesday, including Arizona, New Jersey and Mississippi, according to NBC News. Voters in Oregon also chose to remove jail time as a punishment for small possession of some other drugs, including cocaine.- Advertisement – Traders may also be betting that Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who took the lead in Pennsylvania on Friday even as the presidential election remained uncalled by NBC News, would be more willing to legalize marijuana on a federal level. Biden said during the campaign that he supported decriminalization but did not endorse full legalization.The spike for pot stocks follows a dramatic decline for much of the year. Even with Friday’s jump, Aurora shares have lost roughly 60% of their value this year. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Cannabis stocks continued their post-election rally on Friday after American voters in several states approved expanded use of marijuana.Aurora Cannabis led the way with a furious climb of more than 68% on Friday, bringing the stock’s gain since Election Day to over 115%. Tilray and Canopy Growth surged by roughly 33% and 13%, respectively, on Friday.last_img read more

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Is a Dive Bar Still a Dive Bar WIth Covid Safety Measures?

first_imgTwo gloves, a dustpan, a onetime-use broom and some cleaning solution: In Chicago, that’s what the Health Department refers to as a vomit and diarrhea cleanup kit. And until a loathsome regular named Covid sidled up to the bar, Scott Martin, the owner of Simon’s, a beloved Scandinavian dive in the Windy City’s northern reaches, thought a vomit and diarrhea cleanup kit was the most extravagant thing he was required to have on hand in order to keep his very old watering hole in the government’s good graces.Suffice to say, he no longer feels that way.- Advertisement – As Dr. Davidson, who became enamored of this specific type of ultraviolet light when he observed how effective it was in the tuberculosis wards of Philadelphia, explained, the fans suck the air that customers exhale straight toward the ceiling.Should any of those customers unknowingly have the coronavirus, the UV-C lights stop it from spreading, protecting patrons and staff alike. (Such lights are also being used to as a safeguard against the coronavirus in hospitals, schools, restaurants and subway systems, including New York City’s.)Yet for as confident as Dr. Davidson is in UV-C lighting’s ability to slay the coronavirus, he remains a staunch advocate of mask wearing as a means of “source control.” It just so happens Seattle has an indoor mask mandate, something Mr. Meinert’s employees aren’t shy about enforcing.“One of the good things about the 5 Point is people have always gotten thrown out of here,” he said. “We’re not like, ‘The customer’s always right.’” Yet if you think you know that, you don’t know dives. All around America, they’re trying to survive — by letting the light in (or out), for a change.At Simon’s, Mr. Martin moved some of his bar stools into the parking lot and set them up at high-top tables. But that was summer; autumn’s now. He hopes to continue to attract patrons by setting up a large tent with propane heat lamps and fleece blankets, but his real cold-weather draw is glogg, a traditional Swedish concoction that contains red wine, cinnamon, sugar, cloves, oranges, ginger, raisins and bourbon or vodka (take your pick).“You can stay outside and drink glogg and stay fairly comfortable — until you’ve had too many gloggs and then you’re freezing,” said Mr. Martin, who rang in his 60th birthday by wrestling with a bar patron who repeatedly refused to wear a mask. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – While Simon’s was, until recently, able to offer limited seating indoors in addition to its evolving outdoor space, such a plan simply wasn’t feasible for My Brother’s Bar, which, at 167 years of age, is Denver’s oldest continuously operating house of libation.“The building is extremely old with zero ventilation,” said Danny Newman, the owner, adding that his “summer solution” — picnic tables in the parking lot — ”was great.” But now that it’s gotten chillier, Mr. Newman has set up plastic igloos, equipped with heaters and exhaust fans, for single-party groups of up to six people.At first there wasn’t a cap on how much time patrons could spend in the igloos, but after a handful of six-hour hang sessions made it apparent that some imbibers planned to use them as second homes, Mr. Newman instituted a 90-minute limit. While “dive bar” is mostly a term of endearment these days, even the upper echelon of such dark, dank drinking establishments has never been regarded as particularly preoccupied with sparkling tabletops.Dive bars are lived in, died in, rode hard and put away wet in, laughed and cried in a stranger’s arms in, at once fully yourself and completely anonymous in. They’re where folks go to drink, to lie, to love, to sigh, to put Keith Sweat on the jukebox and have no one ask why. Before the pandemic, dive bars were an endangered species in many cities, what with skyrocketing rents and the attendant hoity-toity-ness of pencil-panted transplants. And some people assumed that the coronavirus would make all the great dives descend into dirt. – Advertisement – Mr. Newman added that a nearby restaurant has transformed tiny greenhouses into two-tops so customers can eat outdoors without being bombarded by the elements. Lest anyone wonder whether Colorado’s robust legal marijuana industry has something to do with the ready availability of see-through structures reminiscent of grow houses, Mr. Newman said it was.One of the oldest bars in Seattle, the 5 Point — slogan: “Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929” — has also constructed a cozy, heated outdoor area for its patrons. But now that the wind and rain are whipping around, owner David Meinert doesn’t expect the allure to last long. That’s why he recently upgraded his heating, venting and air-conditioning system with Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) filters to improve air circulation. With the help of Dr. Bruce Davidson, a pulmonary physician and the former president of the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association, he installed fans and UV-C lights — not to be confused with retina-singeing UV-A and UV-B lights — on the bar’s ceiling.last_img read more

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TRING 6-in-1 multifunctional phone grip includes a ring stand » Gadget Flow

first_imgThe TRING 6-in-1 multifunctional phone grip is more than just a phone ring: it’s an always-there gadget useful for all situations. Milled from high-alloy heat-resistant chromium steel, TRING is designed with a mindset to provide you with unprecedented and convenient control over your device. With 360° rotation and 180° flip features, it ensures an adjustable viewing angle for convenient texting, reading, and watching videos. Use this 6-in-1 multifunctional phone grip to cut boxes, tape, cardboard, stretch wrap, and banding. Furthermore, it includes various wrenches and screwdrivers ready to loosen nuts and bolts. Additionally, with TRING, you can easily loosen jar lids and open any bottle or box of your favorite beer. Coming with a sharp blade, TRING works in any situation: a car accident, a camping trip, or a hike. Take your smartphone with you on any adventure. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Covid: Michigan and Washington State clamp down as US cases pass 11 million mark

first_imgCovid cases have now topped 11 million in the US, with daily cases rising by more than 100,000. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

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No BSE found in first week of expanded testing

first_img The USDA has authorized 12 laboratories around the country to conduct rapid testing of cattle samples for BSE. But so far only five labs have been actively testing, according to McNally. The five labs are among the first seven the USDA said were authorized to run the tests; the other two labs haven’t participated so far because of other priority projects, McNally said. The department plans to test more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months to determine how many more BSE cases, if any, exist in American herds. The decision to expand BSE testing followed the discovery of the nation’s first BSE case in Washington state last December. About 20,000 cattle were tested last year. She said the rapid tests being used are highly sensitive, and any inconclusive results from those tests will trigger confirmatory testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. “We’d report any inconclusive results on the [Web] site and in addition to that we would do an announcement,” she said. The five additional labs that the USDA has authorized to conduct tests will play more of a backup role, according to McNally. “At this point the ones we have up and running are more than sufficient for what we’re doing,” she said. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) posted the test results on its Web site. Andrea McNally, an APHIS spokeswoman in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News that plans call for posting the results every Monday. The expanded program began Jun 1. An estimated 35 million cattle are slaughtered in the United States annually. USDA officials have said that testing 268,000 animals during the expanded surveillance program would make it possible to detect one case of BSE among 10 million cattle with 99% confidence. McNally said she had no data yet on how many cattle from each of the above categories have been tested so far. Jun 8, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says 1,127 cattle were tested in the first week of its expanded testing program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and were found free of the disease. See also: The USDA has said the testing will focus on cattle deemed at increased risk for BSE, including nonambulatory cattle, those with signs of central nervous system disease, emaciated and injured cattle, and cattle that die on farms. Plans also call for randomly testing about 20,000 healthy-appearing cattle over 30 months old. Mar 30, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “Seven state labs to conduct BSE testing”last_img read more

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Europe sees little risk of avian flu from wild birds

first_imgAug 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – European veterinary experts who met in Brussels today concluded there is little immediate risk that wild birds will spread avian influenza from Russia into Europe.Accordingly, the experts determined it is not necessary to follow the precaution taken by the Dutch this week of banning the raising of poultry outdoors, according to a statement from the European Union (EU) Commission. But the group did call for increased surveillance of migratory birds.The Brussels meeting was triggered by the recent spread of H5N1 avian flu into Kazakhstan, parts of southern Siberia, and as far west as the southeastern flank of the Ural Mountains, which divide Siberian from European Russia.The veterinarians said it is not clear whether, or to what extent, wild birds have caused this expansion of the virus’s range.”Taking into account the existing knowledge on the migratory routes of the species proceeding from central and western Asia and that might pose a risk of spreading the H5N1 avian influenza virus into the EU, the immediate risk of introduction of AI [avian influenza] via these birds is probably remote or low,” the EU statement said.”It would not be proportionate to the current risk of disease introduction from Asia, including Russia (Siberia) through migratory birds to implement a generalized ban on keeping poultry outdoors,” the statement added.However, authorities called on member countries to step up testing of migratory waterfowl along flyways that could pose a risk of introducing avian flu. They also advised countries to:Encourage farmers to improve biosecurity measures and be alert for avian fluReview and update contingency plans for dealing with avian fluCarefully enforce regulations on importing birds and bird products into the EUIn contrast to the EU’s official optimism on the immediate risk, the president of the British Veterinary Association said the spread of avian flu to Britain is inevitable, according to press reports.BBC News quoted Dr. Bob McCracken as telling the gathered European vets, “Wild birds that have migratory pathways over Europe and the UK will become infected. It is inevitable that bird flu will be carried to this country by migrating birds.”McCracken further said, “The majority of our reared birds are still intensively reared and bred in large houses that are wild bird–proof. The danger is to free range birds and to backyard flocks.”In the Netherlands, where a highly pathogenic H7N7 avian flu virus forced the destruction of about 30 million poultry in 2003, farmers were told to keep all poultry indoors starting Aug 22. The order affects about 5 million free-range poultry, along with 80 million birds already kept in buildings, according to an Agence France-Presse report today.But experts who were quoted in a Canadian Press story yesterday expressed doubts about the effectiveness of keeping poultry indoors to protect them from avian flu.Dr. Karen Becker, a vet with the US Department of Health and Human Services, said there are no data to support the measure and commented that infectious diseases often sweep through poultry flocks that are confined indoors. And a British Columbia health official said chickens kept indoors were more vulnerable than those outside during the province’s outbreak of H7N3 avian flu last year.In other developments, Russian officials yesterday reported signs that the H5N1 outbreaks in southwestern Siberia were calming down. The government lifted quarantines at 12 locations in five regions where the virus had been found or suspected, according to a Reuters report.One place where the quarantine was lifted was the province of Kalmykia, near the Caspian Sea in European Russia, where the disease had been suspected but was never confirmed.However, the Reuters report also said avian flu had been detected in a wild duck in a previously unaffected part of Siberia, the Altai Republic. The republic is separate from the Altai region, where H5N1 avian flu was confirmed previously, the story said.The government of the republic said samples from the duck had tested positive for avian flu “of the fifth type,” but didn’t specify whether the strain was H5N1, Reuters reported.last_img read more

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After Split, the first study of gastronomy was opened in Zagreb

first_imgDue to the growing needs of the labor market for this staff in continental Croatia, Aspira College decided to start after Split with its, already extremely successful, study of Gastronomy in Zagreb. The need arose due to the growing tourist expansion, but also more and more demanding guests and employers.It is a well-established program with top domestic and foreign lecturers, all well-known names such as Andrej Barbieri, Tonči Drlja, Denis Galić, Dino Galvagn, Vincenzo Guarin (Michelin star holder), Antun Nišević, Michael Noss, Branko Ognjenović, Ivan Pažanin, Brothers Sanjin, Hrvoje Zirojevic and others. “What Aspira does is proof of the planned education for tourism and gastronomy, which is why more and more tourists come to us, so for example they come to Istria on weekends in autumn to enjoy food, but it would be good if restaurants in Adriatic destinations were open in winter. not to close the door when summer is over”Cappelli pointed out at the opening of the studio in Zagreb.The study of Gastronomy is designed to teach students the importance of gastronomy and oenology in creating a complete tourist experience, introduce them to the techniques and history of cooking different world cuisines and ways to design a top gastronomic product, world culinary trends and how to apply everything learned in practice. Upon completion of their studies, our students become managers in gastronomy because, in addition to culinary skills, they also acquire knowledge in the field of marketing, financial management, human resource management and are fully qualified to create a business plan. All this is a great base for those who want to open and run their own restaurant.The most modern kitchen practicum at the Aspira High School in Split provides students with quality practical classes. Namely, each student works on a fully equipped, separate work unit, while they can follow the lecturer’s mentor through a monitor, in order to make their learning as interesting, simple and high-quality as possible. Also, with the opening of studies in Zagreb, students who enroll at the faculty in Split will have the opportunity to spend one semester in Zagreb and vice versa.The importance of dual education A large part of the student internship consists of study trips, in which students have had the opportunity to visit, among other things, the Monte restaurant Đekić family, restaurant Pelegrini where they were hosted by Rudolf Štefan, winery Kozlović, restaurant Zigante and chef Damir Modrušan and participate in interesting workshops in AZRRI (Agency for Rural Development of Istria).last_img read more

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The 6th Forum of Lošinj landlords “Innovative private” was held

first_imgAbout a hundred landlords, along with a dozen exhibitors and numerous participants in the panel discussion and educators, gathered in Mali Lošinj at the sixth Forum of Lošinj landlords “Innovative Private”The Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, in cooperation with the City of Mali Lošinj and partners, organized a two-day forum from 19 to 20 March 2018 to present tourist novelties to renters. During the first day of the forum, an interactive panel discussion was held with the participation of the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gari Cappelli, the Mayor of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić, the representative of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia – Tax Administration Marijana Vuraić Kudeljan, the Director of the Kvarner Tourist Board Irena Peršić Živadinov of the City of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković, as well as the director of Lošinj Hotels & Villas Rikardo Hesky, then the director of Lošinj usluge doo Daniel Kljaić and board member of Komunalna usluge Cres-Lošinj doo Neven Kruljac, and the landlords had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss topics of interest.The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli, pointed out that the Ministry of Tourism is currently working on the adoption of the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, the Law on Tourist Tax and the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards, which aim to enable more competitive and efficient tourism. community and decentralization.Minister Cappelli also commented on the importance of transforming the tourist system and raising the quality of services to a higher level required by the market, especially visitors staying in private accommodation. “Family accommodation, which makes up the majority of accommodation capacities, is of great importance for Croatian tourism. That is why the Ministry of Tourism is working on a new Law on Hospitality, which will, among other things, define the conditions for recategorization of existing private and family accommodation. Our goal is to harmonize according to a single Ordinance, which should result in an equal position of renters and caterers in the market and greater consumer protection. The goal is by no means to reduce the number of beds or demolish buildings, but to rebuild existing ones in accordance with market requirements. For this purpose, the Ministry, in cooperation with the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, also provided financial support through the Microcredit Program for Private Landlords and a credit line with a favorable interest rate, which will be available in the second half of the year. It is important to emphasize that those renters who have old solutions, and do not want to invest and harmonize quality with regulations, will not be left without registration of accommodation, but their apartments, rooms or houses will receive as many stars as they really deserve according to regulations. said Minister Cappelli.On the first day of the forum, in the foyer of the Bellevue Hotel where the event took place, numerous exhibitors (shops, local producers and others) presented the benefits they prepared for renters, while on the second day three educational workshops were held. Aleksandra Jovanović spoke about social networks in the promotion of private accommodation, while Ivan Budišin presented the Airbnb platform. The last workshop covered the current topic of the new system of collection and collection of municipal waste, which was explained to the audience by a member of the Management Board of Komunalna usluge Cres-Lošinj doo Neven Kruljac and technical manager Antonio Viskić.Director of the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković presented the activities of the Tourist Board, such as co-financing marketing activities of renters, various courses, gifts for longtime guests, distribution of seedlings, making cards for renters with benefits in stores and the like, which is carried out by the Tourist Board. He also announced a series of events in 2018 on Lošinj, and one of the biggest is the upcoming extreme downhill bike race Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj, from 21 to 22 April 2018 on Lošinj.The importance of numerous investments in infrastructure such as new bicycle paths, sewer widening, desalination project in Susak and Unije, landfill rehabilitation project, pier reconstruction in Mali Srakani and Susak and state roads on the sections Osor – Nerezine, as well as Mali Lošinj – Veli Lošinj and various other renovations and projects that seek to raise the quality of life on Lošinj to an even higher level, said the mayor of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić. “We are all here today because of our private renters, to encourage even stronger cooperation of all institutions and partners and to offer information in one place, but also ways to further enhance the offer. You, the landlords, are the best promoters of our destination and we are glad that you are satisfied and informed. ”IKucic snapped.A novelty for all renters and guests of the Lošinj archipelago is a new offer in cooperation with the Association of Tourist Guides Lošinj. This is a free tour of Mali Lošinj (Fragrant Island Garden, Parish Church of St. Mary, Croatian Square, Apoxyomenos Museum) for all guests of the Lošinj archipelago every Tuesday (from March 20.03 to October 15.10.2018, XNUMX). In order for the landlords to be able to recommend a free tour of the city to their guests through the historical view of Lošinj through the centuries, the landlords also participated in the organized tour that took place as part of this year’s forum.By the way, out of a total of 2.334.390 realized overnight stays on Lošinj in 2017, 18,1% were realized in private accommodation (household facilities and other types of accommodation). This is a significant share of private accommodation in total overnight stays in the destination.last_img read more

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Rijeka has a new tourist guide – Time Out

first_imgAs of this year, Rijeka has a new tourist guide in English as part of the world’s most famous tourist franchise guide Time Out.The edition dedicated to Rijeka has just been published and is available at newsstands with over 100 pages dedicated only to Rijeka and the European Capital of Culture.Time Out Rijeka offers a handful of stories about Rijeka and the European Capital of Culture that will present us to many tourists and readers. And not only in the print edition that is available at newsstands, but also in online advertising activities, new videos and in the application that is being prepared. In addition to distribution in kiosks in Croatia, the magazine is available in selected foreign markets, all with the aim of further raising the international profile of Rijeka with the promotion of cultural, tourist and development potentials of the city.Time Out Rijeka is a joint tourist guide of Rijeka and the European Capital of Culture, which was realized with partners by the Tourist Board of Rijeka and Rijeka 2020. By the way, Time Out is an international media magazine for tourism, culture and gastronomy present in 108 cities and 39 countries. and has a monthly audience of 242 million readers worldwide. Time Out media includes magazines, websites, newsletters and mobile applications and has a reach of 2,5 million tourists who come to Croatia every year.last_img read more

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Boris Žgomba, Uniline: The period of hyper-demand for Croatia is over, but it is not time to wait but for concrete and prompt action

first_imgThis tourist year will be one of the most challenging in a couple of years, when Croatia achieved double-digit record growth in arrivals and overnight stays from year to year. “If we compare the state of reservations for the entire tourist year 2019 with the state of reservations for 2018, the current sales results are really slightly weaker than expected. ” Boris Žgomba, President of the Management Board of Uniline, the leading destination management company in Croatia, points out, and adds: “The fact is that hotel capacities, in general, are less well filled in some segments for the time being, with the fact that the backlog of hotel bookings so far is smaller than in private accommodation and camps.” But perhaps the most important issue of the current development of tourism still concerns the legislation that our tourism, despite all the efforts of the private sector, still strongly holds at the bottom of the competitiveness scale, and concerns primarily the amount of VAT in tourism. Web Croatia eeeds Boris Žgomba has a similar opinion, emphasizing that domestic tourism should not be viewed solely through the prism of prices. “My personal opinion is that we often make mistakes when we look at domestic tourism exclusively through the prism of prices. Price is just one of the competitive factors. The most important competitive factor is what and what value we give for money and whether we have a buyer who is willing to pay that price. It is also true that in the period of hyper demand, the prices of some accommodation capacities and non-board, especially restaurant offers, grew at a faster pace than expected. The time to come will show how justified this was or not, and I think that in the foreseeable future there will be some price adjustments, and downwards, for some of the bidders, who have jumped out of the market acceptable limits.”Says Žgomba. “The end of the double-digit percentage increase in the number of guest arrivals has come to an end, and now we are fighting for each guest. Those who follow Croatian tourism know that I personally warned about this already in the reviews for the tourist year 2018. I am sure that many in the Croatian tourism sector were well aware that trends in such dynamic demand cannot last forever. Less interest in Croatia is the result of redirecting and strengthening the interest of some guests from key emitting, especially European markets, to other destinations in the Euro-Mediterranean area such as Turkey and Greece and African countries closer to the Mediterranean or the tendency to spend their holidays at home”Žgomba points out and adds that the motive for coming is a key factor in choosing a destination and that is what we must focus on through a quality offer of content throughout the tourist year. On the other hand, we cannot have a record tourist season every year, and most importantly, Greece and Turkey must not be our direct competition because these are different tourist products. There is an opportunity for Croatia to differentiate the tourist product through authenticity and focus on quality. For a long time we had to stop counting only arrivals and overnight stays, and use this “fruitful” year for our tourism to position ourselves and make that clear distinction from the competition. Personally, I think that unfortunately we did not succeed, so we wake up late again. “There is no doubt that the CNTB budgets, both at the national and county and local levels, must find funds for these additional activities. The activities and campaigns, which were planned within the annual work program and operational action plan for 2019, are subject to changes in both content and scope as it is now clear that key market circumstances have changed. Funds within the system certainly exist, it is necessary to rebalance them on the fly and redirect them to more efficient content and channels. The concrete additional involvement of the Government of the Republic of Croatia with additional funds for national tourism promotion is to be expected, since the success of the tourism sector significantly depends on the filling of the state budget. This is not a time to wait but for concrete and prompt actionŽgomba emphasizes and warns. On the other hand, we can no longer talk about how Greece and Turkey will wake up, but they have also woken up and proactively “attacked” the market with much better prices. Although there is no reason to panic or reduce the price, just focus on quality, authenticity and value for money. center_img The period of hyper-demand, which we had in Croatian tourism from 2016 to 2018, has passed, Žgomba emphasizes, adding that the causes should be sought in increasing the supply of competitive receptive capacities in the Mediterranean and their more intensive marketing efforts accompanied by significant price benefits. in the atmosphere of the announcement of the recession in a number of European countries had a significant impact. The focus must be on niche and quality, not quantity. When asked how, Žgomba points out that it is necessary to continue to act more directly and proactively towards key stakeholders in foreign emitting tourist markets, especially when it comes to tour operators, travel agencies and other holders of organized and selective arrival programs. “This is unquestionable and I emphasize once again that right now and without waiting, a way and means must be found to further intensify and accelerate the dynamics of reservations and speed up booking for Croatian destinations. The Croatian National Tourist Board is actively preparing activities and measures to provide concrete support to tour operators, both for our strongest European emitting markets and for the growing Far Eastern ones. The focus at the moment should certainly be on European markets, which, as we know, traditionally fill a significant part of the total domestic accommodation capacity, especially when it comes to camps and family accommodation. pointed out Žgomba. Last week, the CNTB secured an additional ten million kuna for marketing and PR activities abroad through redistribution. These are funds that will be directed to the organization of promotional activities and events, advertising in the media, marketing projects with domestic and foreign tour operators and agencies, and workshops, education and presentations with buyers in the country and abroad, in 16 emitting markets: Germany, Great Britain, Austria and Switzerland, Italy, France, Sweden and Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. What is positive, at least in the media space, is finally no longer the emphasis only on the mere counting of arrivals and overnight stays, and therefore the fundamental success of the season, but the focus on quality, content and tourist year, not season. Thus, this year, according to Minister Capelli, growth is expected to be around 3 percent compared to last year. So, we can no longer expect high growth from year to year, and the fight begins for each guest. In the end, Žgomba points out that we are still uncompetitive in relation to the Mediterranean countries and that it is high time for a lower VAT rate in tourism. “Croatia remains uncompetitive with Mediterranean countries in terms of fiscal levies. It is high time to finally reduce the VAT rate in tourism to the level of our competing Mediterranean destinations and adequately regulate the special procedure of taxation of travel agencies, which still puts agencies in an unequal market position”Concludes Žgomba. Although this is a reaction and an increase in the advertising budget, it is certainly not enough, and it is necessary to further focus on promotion. Especially the mentioned amount is not large when we look at the European frameworks and the market, as well as the budgets of the competitors. But when you are “small” (in the context of a budget) then you have to be proactive, creative, innovative and think outside the box in order to position our message as well and clearly as possible and jump out of the crowd. As the time of tourist fairs has begun, and the most important one for Lijepa naša, the ITB fair in Berlin, is currently underway, the question arises as to the situation on the ground and the interest in Croatia. What was quietly talked about on the sidelines, proved to be true, and that is that reservations and interest are still lower than last year. Žgomba: This is not a time to wait, but for concrete and prompt actionlast_img read more

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