Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/WCC The Cougars tacked on a seventh run the following inning, again with no hits and thanks to another LMU error. With runners on first and second, the Lion shortstop attempted to complete the double play but the throw went awry, allowing Carson Matthews to continue from third to home. Cluff was intentionally walked and stole second, then Austin Deming walked to load the bases. The Cougars took advantage of another LMU error when the Lion catcher threw a potential pick-off throw over the first baseman, allowing McIntyre and Cluff to score to bring the Cougar margin to 6-3. Player Highlights Danny Gelalich: 2-4, R, RBIJarod Lessar: W (3-1), 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 KBlake Inouye: S (2), 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H Written by Game Summary FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES – No. 25 BYU baseball evened up the series with LMU, defeating the Lions 8-5 in game two on Friday at Page Stadium. BYU and LMU play the third and final game of the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT on TheW.tv, BYU Radio and ESPN 960 AM Different inning, same result for BYU in the eighth when Hill reached on a single, but the throw to first got away from the fielder, allowing Gelalich to score. Six of BYU’s eight runs were unearned due to four LMU errorsFreshman Ryan Sepede hit a single in the ninth for the first hit of his BYU careerWith the win, BYU broke a four-game losing streak to LMU, getting its first victory over the Lions since a 5-4 win in the 2017 WCC Tournament “Our guys fought hard tonight,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We kept the pressure on them all night and capitalized on their mistakes.” May 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Evens Series with LMU Coming into the game ranked 21st in the nation in double plays per game, BYU turned two more on Cluff-to-Deming connections, including an inning-ending play to end a threat in the seventh. Down 3-2 going into the fifth, BYU had a unique inning, scoring four runs on no hits. Noah Hill and Brock Hale reached on a walk and hit by pitch, respectively, before Mitch McIntyre laced a ball between the Lion first baseman’s legs. The ball went all the way to the wall, allowing Hill and Hale to score and McIntyre to reach third on the error. Jarod Lessar came on to earn his third win of the year, pitching 2.1 innings in relief with three strikeouts and no runs. With the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, Blake Inouye came in to draw out a pop up to end the game and earn his second save. A quick solo home run put LMU on top in the first inning, but the Cougars answered back to take the lead in the top of the second. Jackson Cluff singled and Ryan Sepede walked, then both runners advanced to get in scoring position. Danny Gelalich cashed in one run with a single up the middle and a Carson Matthews groundout scored another to give BYU a 2-1 lead. Robert Lovell
Home » News » Agencies & People » Is there a future for online agents? Howsy CEO makes his case previous nextAgencies & PeopleIs there a future for online agents? Howsy CEO makes his caseCalum Brannan says there may be questions over online sales agents, but claims lettings platforms like his have a ‘bright future’.Nigel Lewis25th June 201901,699 Views Industry speculation about the future of online agents has been rife following the demise of eMoov, Tepilo and Hatched and the well-documented challenges facing HouseNetwork and Purplebricks.But although each of these have claimed different reasons behind their troubles, one online agent continues unperturbed by the challenges of its stable mates.That agency is Howsy, formerly known as NoAgent. The Negotiator asked its CEO Calum Brannan how he sees the online agency sector developing, and why he thinks his online agency is different from the others.“When it comes to the online space, I think it’s very important to differentiate between the sales and lettings market,” he says.“Lettings is much more sustainable for online businesses due to the repeat transactions that come through tenancies.“The sales market is more open to macro-economic impacts of the housing market in general.Deeper relationships“More importantly, technology allows online lettings agents to build deeper relationships with landlords and tenants.“Unlike most other online providers, Howsy is leveraging innovation to ensure that the focus is not just on the single transaction (and subsequent renewal), but on developing longer term relationships, which is a more robust business model.“Easing the friction between tenants and landlords, not just at the viewing and contract stage, but for the duration of the tenancy, helping with everything from rent collection to repairs, is something that only digitally focused companies can build at scale.“While there may be question marks around online sales agents, I believe the online lettings space is only just getting started, and so the future looks very bright indeed.”Howsy online agencies callum brannan June 25, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
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BowTie finds its roots in the chemical industry course notes for a lecture on hazard analysis given at the University of Queensland in 1979. The exact origin is unclear but the mainstream use started in the aftermath of the Piper Alpha disaster with Royal Dutch/Shell adopting the methodology as the company standard for analysing and managing risk. It is widely regarded as a suitable visual tool to keep an overview of risk management practices, rather than replacing existing processes or systems.With the publication of RA 1210 Issue 4, Operating Duty Holders (ODH’s) have been given more latitude in the way in which they choose to record and document risk within their area of responsibility allowing the scope to incorporate and develop good practice. For several years, the majority of ODH’s have been developing risk management systems that embrace the BowTie risk assessment methodology as it is believed that, when used correctly, it can provide an easier to interpret and more holistic view of overall risk exposure. For this reason, BowTie has found utility in many high-risk sectors from Oil and Gas, Chemical safety and mining through to the rail industry and Aviation sector (both civilian and military).Of the 6 ODH’s that cover UK military flying, 5 have made a commitment to using BowTie within their respective Air Safety Management System (with the 6th now developing a capability). Early adopters have been working on its implementation for several years and are continuing to make significant developments in the way BowTie is utilised and how the software is implemented. There has been a significant investment in the translation of current risks from the traditional risk register into the BowTie format, and training key personnel in a revised way of working. The MAA has intentionally remained at arm’s length, in order to encourage the development of good practice by the user community, whilst keeping a Regulator’s oversight to ensure that the work implemented remained within the bounds of RA 1210.Up until 2017 all ODH’s maintained suitable Platform Risk Register’s to meet the intent of the MAA Regulatory Publications, but in early 2017 Air Officer Commanding (AOC) 2 Gp made the decision to move completely from risk registers to using BowTie as the sole method of recording and presenting risks and risk management. The decision was made once the Gp’s SMEs were content that the BowTies were sufficiently developed to ensure no degradation in the risk picture presented.AuditXP. Photo: CGE Risk Management Solutions B.V. – all rights reserved.The BowTie user group has made progress in agreeing a common approach to BowTie creation and produced a pan ODH level BowTie Standard Operating Procedures complete with a description of what a BowTie consists of and the taxonomy that is to be used. This has aided with configuration control and allows for easier analysis across all areas as the picture will look the same. This document continues to evolve as more functionality is included within the BowTies. The choice was made to use the standard taxonomy for BowTie to allow for shared learning from industry and to reduce training cost for personnel involved in the development. Therefore, risk terminology was changed to fit with the barrier (vice mitigation) based risk management model. Rather than dealing with the traditional risk based approach each BowTie deals with a hazardous situation and loss of control and can cover multiple risks.These elements can then be embellished with additional information to allow for easy viewing of barrier effectiveness, owner, manager and importantly the evidence that underpins that assessment. The inclusion of Air Safety Information Management System data will allow for interrogation of the BowTies to further refine the effectiveness assessment of barriers and will generate a huge amount of quantitative data for analysis by Front Line Command and the MAA alike. There is no automatic process that updates the effectiveness rating and human interpretation is required before a change is made. Additionally, a currently unused but being explored capability is the generation of questionnaires allowing for targeting questioning of personnel to understand how a barrier is functioning.IncidentXP data close up. Photo: CGE Risk Management Solutions B.V. – all rights reserved.BowTies are never truly complete as they are subject to continual review and as such are a living document. As the existing documents are further developed more of the existing functionality with the software will be utilised and additional tools will be delivered to increase the synergy between occurrence reporting and the risk management process. As to where we go next, there is significant interest from the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) community to communicate hazards in the correct language for the ODH risk assessment model, without the need for translation. The DE&S Airworthiness Team via the ASPIRE project, is investigating the viability of transitioning DE&S to BowTie methodology. All ODH’s have been consulted and have agreed that the project is a step towards fully integrating the risk management process.There is still more work to be done to ensure that the taxonomy used is acceptable by both the equipment and operating stakeholders. Along with this, many of the user groups are starting to use BowTie for functional safety with a clear interest in its ease of interpretation.This year will see the reinvigoration of the legacy BowTie User Group (BUG). Previously this was a large meeting with representation from a wide cross section of stakeholders attending, each having particular issues to raise.To improve upon the quality of the information exchanged, the BUG will be rebranded the BowTie User Forum and will have comprise of a periodic symposium that will include topical discussion and Q&A sessions and the creation of a dedicated BowTie SharePoint portal with a discussion board and wiki pages. It is within the dedicated BowTie SharePoint portal that the most current and up to date information regarding BowTie and its development will be found. Training availability will be advertised with links to application forms in addition to how to get a software or BowTieServer licence. Introductory training is provided currently through the MAA Air Safety Risk Analysis & Management Practitioners (MASRAMP) course held at Centre of Air Safety Training (CoAST) and there is a desire to include a bespoke BowTie training course for more advanced users as part of the Safety Training for Error Prevention (STEP) contract.
Bassist Les Claypool is set to pull double duty at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 16th, as he’ll be performing with Primus and special guest, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, for a night of mayhem at the famed Morrison, CO venue. It seems that both bands will be performing throughout 2017, as Claypool now has dates scheduled for each unique act this year.The show will start with the psychedelic style of Claypool Lennon, fusing Claypool’s funky offbeat bass with Sean Lennon’s otherworldly guitar playing. Fans will then get to hear a full set of Primus music, placing Claypool within the outfit that he’s led now for over 25 years. Primus will also hit the intimate Fox Theatre on May 15th, treating fans to an evening of their music ahead of the big Red Rocks event.Tickets and more information about the show can be found here, and you can see the artwork below.
Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity and Vermont Tech Launch Weatherization Quality Control TrainingRANDOLPH CENTER, VT – The Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the Technology Extension Division (TED) at Vermont Technical College and the Center for Sustainable Practices (CSP) at Vermont Tech launched the first of several distinct weatherization certificate trainings this week aimed at improving and enhancing Vermont’s weatherization workforce.Eleven participants from OEO, four community action organizations and one HomeOwnership center received certificate training December 9 – 11 to become certified Weatherization Quality Control Inspectors. Certified inspectors examine the work completed by weatherization contractors to determine whether the end result accomplished what was initially proposed.Graduates of the program will meet the growing demand from lending institutions for qualified inspectors who are capable of certifying that weatherization efforts supported by loans are both completed and effective based on the original specifications offered by the contractor.”The number of weatherization and home energy contractors in Vermont is growing rapidly,” said OEO Director Tony Morgan, “and along with that, the need for trained inspectors capable of assuring that the weatherization efforts we support are effective.”Jay Paterson, Director of the Technology Extension Division at Vermont Tech stated that “this is the first of several weatherization certificate trainings we will offer in collaboration with OEO and the Center for Sustainable Practices and we’re pleased to be playing a role in helping to ensure the quality of weatherization installations in Vermont.”Leading this week’s training were G.H. Runevitch and Jamie Marshall from the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD), a national leader in weatherization training.The collaborative will be offering a Weatherization Installer certification training in January, 2009 and has additional certificate training sessions planned throughout the coming year. For more information please contact Phil Petty, Interim Director, Center for Sustainable Practices at Vermont Tech at 802-728-1208 or via email at [email protected](link sends e-mail)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A West Babylon man admitted Friday to killing his 32-year-old wife last year.Kerwyn Jaggernauth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder at Suffolk County court.Police have said the 32-year-old man killed Sonja Williams in the couple’s Sheffield Avenue home, where he was found suffering from self-inflicted wounds on Feb. 20, 2016.He faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced March 29 by Judge Richard Ambro.
As your credit union works to navigate the fallout of COVID-19, it’s important to remember the value that your marketing and advertising team can add to your efforts. Through a well-timed, socially responsible advertising campaign, your credit union can help support and comfort your members during this time of uncertainty, while also positively positioning your brand in the communities you serve. Over the last few weeks, we have seen many brands step up and take action against the spread of coronavirus with the launch of COVID-19 related ad campaigns. Overall, the carefully planned response by these brands has been well received by consumers, who have helped many of the ad campaigns go viral. In one of the most popular social media campaigns, Nike was able to harness its brand power to release a public service announcement alongside many of the worlds’ most famous athletes. The ‘Play Inside, Play for the World’ ad campaign is a great lesson in crisis marketing and messaging that credit unions can learn from and apply to their current and future advertising efforts. Through their creative efforts and thoughtful ad placement, Nike was able to balance COVID-19 awareness efforts with their brand messaging, all while avoiding coming off as insensitive or opportunistic. Another instance of a well-planned and timely ad strategy is Guinness’ ‘St. Patrick’s Day Message’. The video reinforces Guinness’ legacy and commitment to its consumers, while also addressing the safety concerns surrounding one of the company’s most profitable and brand-associated holidays. It’s an inspiring and responsible commercial that aligns perfectly with Guinness’ mission/tagline – ‘beer made of more”. Guinness really hit the mark here by staying true to their brand identity and values. Other great examples of brands stepping up to use their advertising and influence to encourage people include: Ford’s ‘Built to Lend a Hand’ television commercial The ‘Chipotle Together’ campaign featuring celebrity hangouts on ZoomCoca-Cola’s Time Square billboard advertisementThe ‘Snack Sized Adventures’ campaign from Nature’s BakeryBud Light’s Dive Bar Tour: Home EditionA primetime television commercial from Sam’s Club IKEA Israel’s coronavirus instructions map PSAThe World Health Organization’s partnership with ‘dude with a sign’ Aviation Gin’s ‘#TipYourBartender’ donation campaign Snapchat and the Ad Council’s ‘Here For You’ mental health featureAs you contemplate your credit union’s marketing strategy going forward, it’s important to remember that while the vast majority of consumers don’t think brands need to stop advertising as a result of COVID-19, according to a new global study by Ace Metrix, they do expect those same brands to be considerate of their overall tone and messaging. That being said, what inspiration and lessons might your credit union take away from the above brands during this time of fear and isolation? How might your credit union repurpose its messaging in a way that is both respectful and helpful, while also communicating your values? Just remember to be empathetic and useful in your marketing and advertising, while also being prepared to switch up your strategy as trends change, consumer sentiment shifts, and/or new details emerge surrounding COVID-19. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jackson Bolstad Details
About 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.
This 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. 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 action