Robert MacIntyre says he ‘struggled mentally’ in lockdown | Golf News

first_imgThere weren’t any hugs or embraces, but Robert MacIntyre was at least able to enjoy some virtual celebrations with his family after winning the Cyprus Showdown Robert MacIntyre revealed he had struggled to deal with the “mental” challenges of lockdown after winning his first European Tour title in Cyprus.The 24-year-old birdied four of the last six holes to secure a brilliant win at the Cyprus Showdown.He had made a positive start to 2020 with a top-10 finish at his first event of the season in Dubai – having also won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award last year – but admits he found life tough after the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.“I struggled mentally from about eight, 10 weeks after lockdown, almost when it opened up slightly – it felt like you were getting released into the open but you were still getting told what to do and that was tough for me.“The first nine, 10 weeks were fine. I had things to do – I was trying to lose weight, become stronger, I had set myself goals. I was doing it alongside another person from my area and we were on Peloton almost every day, so there was a target.“When that finished, there was nothing for us to do. I was like, ‘I’m wasting time, I’m wasting away here’ and I just started to struggle. “I struggled mentally from about eight, 10 weeks after lockdown, almost when it opened up slightly – it felt like you were getting released into the open but you were still getting told what to do and that was tough for me.” Last Updated: 08/11/20 5:32pm – Advertisement – Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland – Advertisement – There weren’t any hugs or embraces, but Robert MacIntyre was at least able to enjoy some virtual celebrations with his family after winning the Cyprus Showdown 0:52 – Advertisement – – Advertisement – 4:05 Highlights of the final round of the Cyprus Showdown at the Aphrodite Hills Resort Highlights of the final round of the Cyprus Showdown at the Aphrodite Hills Resort “But everyone knows that my family are right behind me and the support that I get from them is huge. I spoke to my mum and she guided me in the right directions.“I went to see Paul, a psychologist, who has helped me, helped me in a huge way. I was coming down the stretch there just knowing what to do – just take your time and be yourself.”MacIntyre showed signs of form last weekend at the same course as he finished in a tie for third at the Cyprus Open.He says he’s had the “smile” back on his face over the last fortnight having rediscovered his motivation.“It was in the back of my mind that I’d lost my game a little bit,” he said. “When I put work in, I know my game will come back.“I didn’t have the motivation for a wee while, I wasn’t wanting to play golf and wasn’t enjoying it. I finally got the bug back and it’s what happens. You start practising more, enjoying it, you could see the smile on my face last week, never mind this week.“Mike [Thomson, caddie] was giving good chat, everything was good and we’re finally back to where we’re meant to be.”last_img read more

FDA still weighing steps to prevent produce contamination

first_img No increase in inspectionsA spokesman for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) told CIDRAP News that work on the Lettuce Safety Initiative was slowed because many of the same investigators who were to explore conditions at growers and producers in the Salinas Valley were dispatched to work on the spinach probe. “They had to react and do extensive product tracebacks,” he said. The outbreak in 2006, blamed on contaminated fresh spinach from California, caused 205 illness cases and three deaths. Before the outbreak, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was already concerned about levels of E coli O157:H7 contamination in leafy greens, which had been rising in recent years. The agency said it had confirmed 22 outbreaks linked to the strain in 12 years. Investigators from the FDA and the state of California traced the E coli O157:H7 strain implicated in the outbreak to three possible sources: cattle feces, wild pig feces, and surface water. However, officials still aren’t sure how the bacteria contaminated the spinach. Sep 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A year after the United States’ largest produce-related Escherichia coli outbreak, federal officials are still weighing their options for preventing produce contamination, and it’s not clear if self-regulation measures quickly adopted by growers will prevent future outbreaks. Mar 23 CIDRAP News story “FDA releases final report on spinach E coli outbreak” Instead, the majority opted to allow the state of California and the produce industry to establish a voluntary marketing agreement that allows food products to carry an official seal if they come from producers and processors that have followed good food-safety procedures. The producers must agree to undergo safety audits by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). California public health inspectors do not have the authority to spot-test processing plants that handle fresh greens, the story said. Many of the FDA’s efforts in the wake of recent disease outbreaks linked to fresh greens and tomatoes have been aimed at fact-finding. The agency held two public hearings on fresh produce safety—one in Oakland, Calif., in March and one in College Park, Md., in April—to solicit feedback from consumers and produce industry representatives. See also: Despite widespread concern over contaminated produce, federal officials have not increased their inspections of leafy greens, according to a Sep 12 Associated Press (AP) report. A review of data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showed that the FDA inspects salad-green growers and processors only once every 3.9 years, the AP said. Apr 12 CIDRAP News story “CDC says some foodborne illnesses rose in 2006” The produce expert said the FDA is still working with California officials to determine how the spinach in last year’s outbreak became contaminated. Also, she said the FDA is looking at where research gaps exist, which could help officials focus their prevention efforts on high-risk practices. The spinach outbreak, followed closely by an E coli outbreak linked to lettuce served at fast-food Mexican restaurants and a Salmonella outbreak traced to tomatoes, prompted calls from consumer groups for more federal regulation of produce safety. Congress members have sought the testimony of federal food safety officials at committee hearings, and some, such as Rep. Rosa De Lauro, D-Conn., have pushed for requiring the FDA to regulate the produce industry. Three weeks before the FDA issued its first warning about the contaminated spinach, the agency had launched a safety initiative to investigate the causes of the recurring outbreaks traced to leafy greens. Many of the incidents were linked to California’s Salinas Valley, which has been called “the salad bowl of the world.” FDA sifts public commentsFDA officials are still reviewing all of the public hearing comments and submissions as they weigh regulatory options, a produce expert from CFSAN, who requested anonymity, told CIDRAP News. She said some industry officials called for government mandates and produce standards, while others preferred that the FDA continue providing guidance on good agricultural practices (GAP) while monitoring growers’ use of those practices. Kevin Reilly, DVM, deputy director of prevention services with the California Department of Health Services, told lawmakers last November at a US Senate hearing that initial results from the Lettuce Safety Initiative last summer raised some real concerns. “Preliminary findings on the farms showed that many growers were not implementing GAPs, and several were not aware of recommended GAPs,” he said, according to a transcript of the hearing. Jul 19 CDFA press release And yesterday, Dole Food Co. recalled bagged lettuce mixes after testing revealed E coli contamination in a sample from a grocery store in Canada. The company said no illnesses had been reported. The salad mixes contained romaine, green leaf, and butter lettuce grown in California, Colorado, and Ohio, according to an ABC News report. The contamination was found in random testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, agency spokesman Garfield Balsom told CIDRAP News. About 99% of the leafy greens industry in California has signed on to the marketing agreement, according to a Jul 19 press release from the CDFA. Does voluntary system work?In California this summer, legislators shelved three pieces of legislation that would have set standards for irrigation water, established a state inspection system for leafy greens, and reduced fecal contamination on farm fields. Sep 17 Dole news release about bagged-salad recallhttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2005/ucm112276.htm Two investigators from the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs were assessing a grower in the Salinas Valley as part of the Lettuce Safety Initiative when they received an emergency call about the E coli outbreak related to spinach, according to an FDA Consumer magazine report. They immediately drove to Natural Selection Foods, the spinach producer that was the focus of the initial recall, to review spinach washing and packaging procedures and collect information about where the company’s crops were grown. Nov 16, 2006 US Senate hearing testimony of Kevin Reilly, DVMhttp://help.senate.gov/old_site/Hearings/2006_11_15/Reilly.pdf Aug 31 CIDRAP News story “Spinach recall renews debate over produce safety” However, it’s not clear how effective the marketing agreement will be at preventing produce contamination. In late August, Metz Fresh, a California spinach grower, recalled 8,000 cartons of fresh spinach after finding Salmonella in routine testing; no illnesses were reported.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Flu update, pandemic guidance for cleaning vehicles, meningitis in India, Salmonella in sprouts

first_imgMar 13, 2009Flu called widespread in 35 statesThirty-five US states reported widespread influenza activity in the first week of March, four more than a week earlier, and four of nine regions had an increase in medical visits for flu-like illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. However, the agency said the overall level of flu activity was about the same as in the previous week. Influenza A/H1N1 viruses continued to predominate, although the proportion of influenza B viruses increased. Most H1N1 viruses tested continued to show resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) but remained sensitive to other flu drugs. The CDC said five more flu-related deaths of children were reported, in Illinois, New York, Texas, and Utah, bringing the season total to 26. The percentage of all deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu remained below the epidemic threshold.[Mar 13 CDC flu update]HHS offers pandemic guidance for cleaning transit vehiclesThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released seven guidance documents on cleaning of transportation vehicles and facilities during an influenza pandemic. The recommendations cover trucks, aircraft, passenger and cargo ships, transit stations, passenger rail cars, port-of-entry detention facilities, and ambulances. The aircraft guidance, for example, spells out which parts of the airplane should be cleaned and disinfected after a passenger has arrived in the United States with a potential case of pandemic flu.[HHS guidance]CDC warns travelers of meningitis outbreak in IndiaThe northeastern Indian states of Tripura, Meghalaya, and Mizoram are dealing with a bacterial meningitis outbreak, making vaccination important for travelers planning to visit the areas, the CDC said this week. The three states have had 230 deaths and 2,000 possible cases of meningitis recently, the CDC said on Mar 10. The states are in the part of India bordered by Bangladesh on the west and Myanmar on the east. Travelers bound for the region should receive a meningococcal vaccine at least 10 days before departure, if possible, the agency said.Salmonella outbreak linked to sprouts approaches 100 casesA five-state Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that surfaced in Nebraska and is believed to be related to sprouts is approaching 100 cases, recent news reports and health department statements indicate. An Associated Press (AP) report published yesterday cited 45 cases in Nebraska, 21 in Iowa, and at least 5 each in Kansas and South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Health [SDDH] yesterday reported 24 probable cases in addition to 5 confirmed ones reported earlier. Cases in Missouri have also been mentioned, but the number is unclear. An epidemiologic investigation has linked the outbreak to sprouts, but tests have not yet confirmed them as the source. SunSprout Enterprises of Omaha has recalled three kinds of sprouts as a precaution.[Mar 12 SDDH statement]last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Second wave in China?, on-campus cases multiply, vaccination in Britain, vaccine protest in Germany

first_imgChina showing signs of second pandemic flu waveChina appears to be entering its second wave of the novel H1N1 pandemic, said an epidemiologist at the country’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention who was quoted yesterday in China Daily. Cases are increasing rapidly, and the virus is spreading to small and medium-sized cities. China has had 26,300 known cases but just two deaths, the story said. The World Health Organization reported last week that the seasonal H3N2 flu virus was co-circulating in China with the pandemic H1N1 strain.http://english.cctv.com/20091020/103952.shtmlOct 20 China Daily storyFlu cases increase on US campusesFlu-like illnesses on college campuses rose modestly last week, with schools in the mid Atlantic region reporting increases, while those in the Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and Southwest still cited robust activity, the American College Health Association (ACHA) said today. The report for the week ending Oct 16 says infections may have already peaked in the Southeast and Northeast. The incidence of flu-like illnesses on member campuses was 20.9 per 10,000 students, 9% higher than a week earlier.Oct 21 ACHA weekly surveillance reportH1N1 vaccinations begin in BritainBritain today became the latest European country to roll out nationwide shots against H1N1 flu, beginning vaccination of front-line health care workers and high-risk hospital patients. High-risk patients in the community will begin receiving shots Oct 26, Reuters reported. Other European Union countries have already begun campaigns, including France, Italy and Sweden, with Germany expected to begin Oct. 26.http://www.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUSLL4304520091021Oct 21 Reuters reportGerman vaccine roll-out sparks protestA press outcry and political objections are following news that Germany’s H1N1 vaccination campaign plans to use two different formulas: Baxter’s cell culture-based Celvapan for politicians and essential workers and GlaxoSmithKline’s egg-based, adjuvanted Pandemrix for the general public. To defuse the protest, Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to receive the GSK vaccine from her private doctor, Agence France Press reported. The story said Celvapan has fewer side effects than Pandemrix.H1N1 found in Japanese swine herdPooled samples from 10 pigs on a 1,000-head swine farm near Osaka, Japan, were positive for H1N1 flu during routine surveillance, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). None of the pigs died or showed signs of illness. The farm, which raises pigs from birth to slaughter age, is under limited movement control. The finding marks the first identification of H1N1 flu in swine in Japan.Oct 21 OIE reportArgentinean report cites high rate of lung disease in H1N1 casesAn unexpectedly high rate of lower respiratory disease (8%, 166 of 2,135 patients) was found in adults with flu-like illness who were treated at a tertiary hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the H1N1 outbreak in June and July, says a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Although other pathogens were not ruled out, the authors say the finding suggests that “a unique pattern of virulence, pulmonary tropism, or both” may characterize 2009 H1N1 cases.http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/15/12/pdfs/09-1062.pdfEmerging Infectious Diseases letter reportlast_img read more

Boris Žgomba: There are no weak markets, only less good ones

first_imgYesterday, the 2nd session of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held, at which the current course of the 2017 tourist year was discussed, as well as further expectations, the workforce in tourism and ongoing activities.This is a great tourist year with good prospects for the post-season, said Boris Žgomba, president of the Association of Travel Agencies at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and vice president of TPV, adding that there are no weak markets but only less good ones. “Fires in the Adriatic do not affect the arrival of guests nor are there any cancellations of arrivals. The year-on-year increase is expected to be between 10 and 12 percent. The space for growth is in the pre- and post-season, the motive for the arrival of guests and the infrastructure””The course of this year’s tourist season so far is marked by strong growth in demand, high growth rates in the number of arrivals and overnight stays of guests. By July 17, the growth of arrivals is higher by 19% or 1,3 million guests, and the number of overnight stays by 20% or 6,32 million overnight stays. All markets are positive with high growth rates, with Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States, South Korea, etc. leading the way. “, Said the director of the Sector for Market Research and Strategic Planning at the CNTB Igor Borojevic and added that family accommodation recorded the largest increase with 31% more arrivals and 27% more overnight stays, camps 18,7% growth in arrivals and 20,8% overnight stays , nautical 15% more arrivals and 17,8% more overnight stays and hotels with 12,2% growth in arrivals and 10,3% overnight stays.President of the Association of Catering Activities at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Ivan Bogović he mentioned, in addition to the issue of VAT in the catering industry, the problem of labor as well as the issue of the obligation to inform the Tax Administration about the working hours of the restaurant. “The growth of the camps is cumulatively 21% and we expect that the camps will be the first to return to the pre-war tourist results, which is also contributed by the extension of the tourist season,” said the president of KUH. Tihomir Nikolaš. The adoption of legislation is necessary for the further development of marinas and increasing capacity, said Fr.President of the Marine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Sean Lisjak. President of the Health Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Marcel Medak he emphasized that the figures and trends are positive, and that this tourism industry is facing significant investments that will raise competitiveness in health tourism.Dijana Katica from the Club of Members “Village” and HF Eco Ethno Group pointed out that tourism on the continent is also growing, but family farms have a problem with a small number of accommodation facilities, and have a significant unused space for tourism. Vice President of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Danijela Cavlovic she pointed out that it is necessary to implement branding, introduce a quality label and conduct active marketing.Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism Barbara Mesić pointed out the overview of numerous activities that the Ministry of Tourism is working on, including the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism, Ordinance on Classification and Categorization for Certain Forms, more transparent way of CNTB operation with a new model of joint advertising. regulations in the field of tourism such as the Law on Tourist Boards, the Law on Tourist Tax. She added the need for destination branding, and emphasized the work on the development of Croatia as an air destination, especially in the pre- and post-season.The director of the Tourism Sector of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Leila Krešić-Jurić, pointed out that Croatia is lagging behind all Mediterranean competitors due to the tax treatment of the sector. “In terms of the impact of taxation on employment and investment incentives, Croatia is at the bottom of the competitiveness scale – 132nd and 130th out of 136. The reduced VAT rate for accommodation is applied by 25 EU member states, of which 18 countries are less than or equal to 10%. the new VAT rate on catering is, along with Denmark, the highest in the EU. The examples of Ireland, Sweden, France and Germany indicate that lowering the VAT rate strongly encourages job creation and investment growth, and the most intensive increase in investment and employment in tourism occurred in Croatia in 2013, when the VAT rate was reduced to 10%. The study on VAT conducted by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is in the final phase and we expect that it will indicate that the current VAT rate may have smaller positive fiscal effects in the short term, but significantly less investment and new employees.”, Krešić-Jurić emphasized.The shortage of manpower in tourism was highlighted several times during the session. “HUP together with HGK and UPUHH warns of the situation of lack of quality workforce and solutions are continuously proposed, but unfortunately the proposals are not accepted. We welcome the efforts of the institutions that are working on that, but that is not enough”, Said the director of the Association of Hospitality and Tourism of HUP Natali Komen Bujas.”The problem of lack of quality workforce should be discussed with the relevant institutions and appropriate solutions should be found as soon as possible.”, Said the president of TPV Franco Palma.last_img read more

A new Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism has been adopted

first_imgA new one was published in the Official Gazette Law on the provision of services in tourism.The basic issues regulated by this law are the manner and conditions under which legal and natural persons may provide services in tourism. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce plans to hold trainings for member companies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce on the application of the new Act in the coming period, and will additionally report on the exact dates and cities in January, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce points out.The main changes made by this Law, in relation to the previously valid Law, are:alignment with Directive (EU) 2015/2302 on package travel and associated travel arrangements, thus achieving better and more effective consumer protection;reduction of administrative barriers to starting, but also continuing entrepreneurial activity – in order to increase the competitiveness of Croatian tourism by relieving the burden on entrepreneurs;prescribes which services are considered to be tourist services of health tourism – services of organizing and / or mediating transport, transfer and accommodation services, as individual services or as organized travel, which are provided to users of health services of health tourism; the circle of providers of tourist services in health tourism is expanding, so in addition to special hospitals and health resorts, the provision of these services is also enabled to other health institutions, companies for performing health activities and health workers who independently perform private practice, in accordance with special regulations governing health care , for users of their health services;Tourist services in congress tourism are additionally regulated, as services of conceptual design, planning, consulting, promotion, registration of participants, and content and technical organization and implementation of meetings and events, and when they include accommodation, transport, transfers, excursions and other services. in tourism to participants of gatherings and events and persons accompanying them; it prescribes who can provide them in addition to travel agencies, that caterers may provide services in their catering facility and the organization of meetings and events that include accommodation services, that the organizer of congresses, events or similar gatherings may organize transportation, accommodation and meals without hiring a travel agency. for participants, if the cost of their participation is covered by the organizers or sponsorship, donations and the like, without charging fees and other costs from participants, provided that a participant of the congress, event or similar such meeting can not bear the costs of their participation through personal sponsorship, donation or similar; it is also stipulated that the provision of tourist services in congress tourism is not the organization of congresses, events or similar gatherings, which do not include the offer of accommodation, transport, transfers, excursions and other tourism services to participants of gatherings and events and accompanying persons;the provision of car rental services (rent-a-car), with or without a driver, and who can provide them and under what conditions are regulated;tourist diving is regulated – diving intended for tourist divers for the purpose of recreation and sightseeing of the seabed, who can provide them, the services covered by tourist diving, and the conditions under which this service is provided;the transfer service is defined and who can provide it, including caterers for the needs of their guests to whom it provides accommodation services;allowing churches and religious communities to organize pilgrimages and other trips to promote and manifest their faith, for a maximum of two days including one night, with the written approval of the religious community body responsible for issuing such a certificate, under conditions prescribed for trade unions and associations;additional regulation of the provision of tourist services of active and adventure tourism, prescribing greater obligations regarding the service provider (organizer) of such activities, but also the persons hired by service providers to perform these activities, all related to safety and consumer protection, and thus service providers;the professional exam for a tourist guide is prescribed in such a way that it consists of a general part for the territory of the Republic of Croatia and a special part for protected units (localities) by counties;the provision of tourist guide services to citizens of another Contracting State to the Treaty on the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation on a temporary or occasional basis is regulated in such a way that it can provide tourist guide services in the Republic of Croatia, except in or in protected areas; this equates the position of the above tourist guides with Croatian tourist guides who have passed only the general part of the professional exam:Authorization is given to the Minister of Tourism to prescribe, with the prior opinion of the Minister responsible for culture and nature protection, a rulebook for a list of protected sites (localities) which would be narrower than the current list of tourist sites (localities) by counties, and which would not include public areas, city squares, forests, parks and the like;raises the level of knowledge of a foreign language for the provision of tourist guide services – level B2 according to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference in Comprehension and Speech;raises the level of knowledge of foreign languages ​​for the manager – knowledge of at least one world language level B2 according to the degrees of the Common European Framework of Reference in Comprehension and Speech and knowledge of another level A2 according to the degrees of the Common European Framework of Reference in comprehension and speech;the obligation of the travel agency to employ at least one business manager is prescribed, thus reducing the cost of doing business;the organization of seminars and taking professional exams for branch managers at higher education institutions is abolished, and only taking the professional exam for business managers before the examination commission of the Ministry of Tourism is introduced, according to the learning outcomes prescribed by the Minister of Tourism;the issue of the space in which the travel agency operates is regulated in such a way that it usually operates in the business space, and in the residential area exceptionally if it operates only in a way that provides its services through websites or similar online sales system, including telephone service, and without the simultaneous physical presence of the service user in the space in which the tourist agency performs its activity, provided that the space must meet the conditions of safety and protection at work prescribed by special regulations;prescribing the obligation for travel agencies to publish the following information on their websites, in order to protect consumers: company and registered office, name and surname of the manager, business capacity and authorizations, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, and working hours in which it is possible to establish direct contact with employees of the travel agency, the number of the court or other public register in which the travel agency is registered, and information on the register, tax number if taxpayer, details of the competent authority whose official supervision is subject to activity travel agencies, clear instructions on how to file a complaint, ie how to resolve consumer complaints, general business conditions for the services it provides, or general business conditions of the travel agency whose services it sells and / or mediates, in Croatian and the languages ​​in which offers its servicesthe number of ordinances authorized by the Minister is being reduced;reduction of the amount of misdemeanor fines;the mitigation of the treatment of tourism inspectors towards service providers of offenders is introduced by applying the principle of opportunity, ie by prescribing the possibility to eliminate irregularities and deficiencies identified in inspections without punishment; This decision will meet the expectations of caterers and their professional associations and chambers, which, in addition to proposals for reducing misdemeanor penalties, have repeatedly proposed similar solutions.The consequences of the adoption of the Law are expected to be increasing diversity and developing the tourist offer, facilitating business operations, greater professionalism and raising the quality of services, easier implementation of legal provisions and more effective suppression of the gray economy, better consumer protection, higher employment and access conditions. favorable financing of projects that include the provision of some of the tourist services covered by the Act, all with the aim of strengthening the overall competitiveness of Croatian tourism and more efficient communication with the market.Side dish: NARODNE NOVINE / New Law on Provision of Services in Tourismlast_img read more

Matulji, Ičići, Mošćenička Draga, Lovran and Opatija under one brand – Opatija riviera

first_imgAt the 21st session of the Tourist Board of TZG Opatija held in the Tourist Office of TZG Opatija, the Report on the execution of the work program and the Financial Report of the Tourist Board of the City of Opatija 2017 were presented and adopted.Thus, in 2017, 403.373 guests stayed in Opatija, who realized 1.254.420 overnight stays, which is 2% more arrivals and 5% more overnight stays compared to 2016 and the best result of Opatija’s tourist traffic since the independence of the Republic of Croatia. The top list of the strongest markets in 2017 is led by guests from Austria who achieved 63.326 arrivals (2% less than last year) and 224.806 overnight stays (1% less than last year), followed by guests from Germany with an increase of 7% arrivals and overnight stays. of 9% (40.574 arrivals and 204.184 overnight stays). In third place are domestic guests who achieved a higher number of arrivals of 1% and an increase in overnight stays of 3% (62.442 arrivals and 143.932 overnight stays), followed by guests from Italy with 3% fewer arrivals and 2% fewer overnight stays (37.311 arrivals and 95.349 overnight stays) . In fifth place, a significant increase in tourist traffic was recorded from the Hungarian market, in arrivals by 7% and in overnight stays by 9%.In 2017, revenues in the amount of HRK 8.517.781,05 were generated, which is at the level of planned revenues and 1,6% less than the revenues generated in 2016 (in 2016, the rate of calculation of tourist membership fees was reduced by 15% , and in 2017 by an additional 5%), while expenditures were realized in the amount of HRK 7.820.264,99, which is 8,07% less than in the 2017 plan.BRANDING OF THE OPATIJA RIVIERA: Four local self-government units from the area of ​​Liburnia and five tourist boards are determined that together we must sell ourselves on the market under the brand Opatija Riviera. The Mayor of Opatija and the President of the Assembly of the Tourist Board, Ivo Dujmić, announced some news in tourism considerations. Namely, Dujmić informed that an agreement has been reached with the mayors of the Liburnian local self-government and their tourist communities on the joint branding of the Opatija Riviera, which must focus more on health, gastronomic and sports-recreational tourism, writes Novi List.”Four units of local self-government from the area of ​​Liburnia and five tourist boards are determined that together we must sell ourselves on the market under the brand Opatija Riviera. We will soon hold an initial meeting on this topic, at which we will agree that there will be no overlap of events. We also plan to hold a round table to finally talk concretely about all the ideas that exist in terms of improving our destination, including the improvement of nightlife in Opatija. We need to coordinate better and work more on the common, Opatija RivieraIvo Dujmić told Novi List and added that the vast majority of Opatija’s events, which fill hotels and restaurants, are financed by the City of Opatija, which is a unique practice that will no longer be sustainable.So, I sincerely hope that the only logical and natural thing you should have been at the start, and especially when we talk about branding in tourism, Matulji, Ičići, Mošćenička Draga, Lovran and Opatija will be under one brand – Opatija Riviera.TOMAS Summer 2017: The average guest in Opatija is 46 years old, and spends an average of 105 euros a dayPhoto: Marin Ćuk VurnekThe session also presented the results of the research Attitudes and Consumption of Tourists in Croatia TOMAS Summer 2017, conducted by the Institute of Tourism in Zagreb. The tenth survey was conducted during four summer months in seven coastal counties and several tourist boards of cities, one of which was the Tourist Board of Opatija. The average guest in Opatija is 46 years old, the primary motives for his arrival in Opatija are a vacation at sea and new experiences. He is loyal and has been to Croatia 6 or more times. He is highly educated and his household income is more than 3.000 euros, and he usually comes to Opatija with his family. He spends an average of 105 euros a day, which is 33% more than the average tourist in other coastal counties.Grants for events in the amount of HRK 350.000,00 The Tourist Board of the Opatija Tourist Board has passed a Decision on the award of grants to tourist events in 2018 for 49 events in the total amount of HRK 350.000,00. The decision was published on the website of the Opatija Tourist Board, and which events received the support of the Opatija Tourist Board, see HERE  read more

Tourists from Luxembourg, Malta and Austria spend the most on travel to the EU

first_imgTourists from Luxembourg spend the most per trip to the EU, more precisely 811 euros per trip, followed by tourists from Malta (645 euros) and Austria (606 euros).Interestingly, according to Eurostat calculations, tourists from Croatia spend 270 Euros per trip, tourists from Slovenia spend 252 Euros, and the least in the EU tourists from Lithuania and Romania spend 124 Euros per trip. When looking at the average data at the EU level, tourists from the EU spend an average of 335 Euros per trip, according to data for 2016, which he published a few days ago. Eurostat.In 2016, according to Eurostat, the population of the European Union spent a total of around 428 billion euros on tourist trips. Of that, a small majority is spent on trips abroad, more precisely 235 billion euros, while they spent 193 billion euros on domestic trips.The data show that almost half of tourist consumption is still generated locally, while in Croatia this segment is extremely weak. It is domestic guests that should be the first and main base for the development of continental tourism, and the best example of this is Bavaria, where thousands of Germans spend weekends in nature, local food and active tourism.On the other hand, most of 84 percent of this spending went to travel within Europe, or 79 percent to travel within the European Union. Thus, EU citizens like to spend their annual within Europe, so 79% of travel is generated in Europe, 7% in America, 6% in Asia and 5% in other European countries outside the non-EU.Also, when viewed at the level of all EU countries, on average tourists spend 70 Euros per day. According to TOMAS Summer 2017 According to a survey conducted by the Institute of Tourism, the daily consumption in Croatia is 79 Euros. Most of the tourist consumption is logically accounted for by accommodation, a total of 37%, while the cost of travel accounts for 32%, and the rest of 31% for other costs.Read the full research in the attachment / EUROSTST: In 2016 EU residents spent an estimated EUR 428 billion on tourism trips, mostly on trips abroad (55%).last_img read more

Požega-Slavonia County encourages the growth of accommodation capacities

first_imgStep by step, but the tourist focus is slowly turning to Slavonia. Last week, for example, about eighty cyclists from Bavaria stayed in that part of our country, many of whom until recently did not differentiate between Slavonia and Slovenia. The Požega-Slavonia County is also looking for its place on the tourist map of Croatia, which, thanks to its agility and ambition, is also on the route of the mentioned Bavarian guests. Požega-Slavonia leaders, aware that the lack of accommodation capacity can be a major constraint on all tourism plans, have decided to support investments in accommodation facilities throughout the county. Therefore, the Požega-Slavonia County has adopted a Decision on encouraging investment in the development of tourism in the county for the period 2018 to 2020, based on which a public call was published for those interested in investing in tourist accommodation.Today Požega-Slavonia County has 52 accommodation facilities with 1061 tourist beds. Photo: Požega-Slavonia County Tourist BoardThis is a significant increase considering the fact that just four years ago this county had 449 beds. This year, 11 new facilities were opened, but the County has serious ambitions in tourism and wants more than that, and the county budget has been provided with 300.000 kuna for that.Director of the Požega-Slavonia County Tourist Board Maja Jakobović Vukušić,  is satisfied with the growing trend in the number of tourist beds in the last three years. “In order to encourage not only the increase of accommodation capacities but also their qualitative level, the public call also has certain criteria. We encourage accommodation with at least three stars, or three suns for family farms. We want to offer the guest quality in our area and we believe that this is the minimum standard. Some local government units, such as Lipika, Kutjevo and Pleternica, have already made decisions on co-financing accommodation during the year. We do not rule out that some more cities and municipalities from our area will join them by the end of the year”, Said the head of the county tourist board.By the way, according to the model chosen by the Požega-Slavonia County, each newly opened accommodation facility, which is co-financed through the measure of its local self-government, will receive a difference of up to five thousand kuna from the county budget. In local self-government units where there are no such incentives, the County will give five thousand kunas for each facility. “Thus, we equalize the co-financing rate with all local self-government units, whether incentives from the local level or not. The decision refers to a three-year period and this opens the space for the County to encourage the development of tourism through other models in the coming years. For example through rural or eno and gastro tourism “, says the director of the Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County.Attachment: Request for granting support for investment in increasing accommodation capacity in the Požega-Slavonia CountyRELATED NEWS:”THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CROATIAN SECRET” THIS DAY IS DISCOVERED BY NEW GERMAN GUESTSlast_img read more

The Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in Kvarner was signed

first_imgAfter the presentation of the Operational Plan, the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation in the Implementation of the Operational Plan for the Development of Cycling Tourism in PGC with the standards took place. Two days ago, the 4th meeting of prefects with mayors and municipal mayors from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (PGŽ) was held in Rab, at which the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in Kvarner was signed. The Operational Plan is based on the Action Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism of the Republic of Croatia from 2015, the Strategic Plan for the Development of Tourism in Kvarner and the Strategic and Operational Marketing Plan for the period 2016-2020. as well as all other national and county strategic documents (EuroVelo and regulations of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure) that in their segments recognize cycling tourism that has potential for development in the Republic of Croatia, said Melita Raukar, head of the Board for Tourism, Entrepreneurship and Rural Development. “The operational plan aims to achieve the recognition of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County as a cycling tourist destination and to contribute to the branding of Kvarner as a desirable destination for active holidays. The development of cycling tourism contributes to a higher content of the County’s tourist product, prolongation of the tourist season, increase of tourist arrivals / overnight stays and contribution to branding Kvarner as a desirable destination for active vacation “, said Raukar. Attachment: Operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in PGC Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, as the client of the Operational Program, aims to achieve the recognition of PGC as a cycling tourist destination, contribute to branding Kvarner as a desirable destination for active vacation, increase the content of the County’s tourist product, extend the tourist season, increase tourist arrivals / nights, add value to mountain and rural areas Counties, and connect cycling tourism with the rest of Kvarner’s offer. Home Photography: TZ Kvarner The agreement was signed by the prefect Zlatko Komadina, the head of the PGŽ Tomislav Dizdar, representatives of the local self-government from the County, the director of the WUC Georg Žeželić, Silvana Sorić from Hrvatske Cesta and Vedran Kružić, the director of the county regional development agency. Operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in PGC, more in the attachment The agreement creates conditions for the implementation of the objectives defined by the Operational Plan for Cyclotourism Development, in order to have a positive impact on rural areas and create and improve new tourist products, increase the overall tourist offer and increase consumption in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. RELATED NEWS: GRANTS AWARDED FOR THE CYCLOTURISM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ON THE CONTINENT IN 2019last_img read more