The visitor center “Dravska priča” passed the eligibility check phase

first_imgAt the beginning of April last year, the Virovitica-Podravina County announced that in cooperation with local development agencies it had applied for three tourist projects from which they expect a lot and with which they want to position themselves as a tourist paradise in the center of Slavonia. Slowly but surely, the whole story becomes a reality.It is open first information-educational center hostel “Dravska priča” and now the Visitor Center “Dravska priča” has passed the phase of eligibility check and has been sent to the third phase which refers to the check of expenses.The project called “Visitor Center” Drava Story “- an interactive, innovative and accessible experience of nature” was reported in the amount of about 13,7 million kuna, of which 85% is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The project was submitted in cooperation with the Public Institution for Management of Protected Areas and Ecological Network of Virovitica-Podravina County, VIDRA Development Agency, Virovitica-Podravina County and the Tourist Board of Virovitica-Podravina County, and these organizations are also project partners. Collaborators in the project are the Faculty of Science in Osijek, the Department of Biology and the Association of Persons with Disabilities Slatina.The Mura Drava Regional Park is the main backbone for the development of interactive facilities within the Visitor Center, which will present the flora and fauna of the Regional Park in an unprecedented way and educate visitors about them, Virovitica-Podravina County points out, and the project plans to arrange the surrounding parks. center and most importantly the interior and exterior of the center will be adapted for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. A winter garden will also be built in the attic of the building where the aquatic habitats of the Mura Drava Regional Park will be presented.In addition to infrastructural interventions, the education of guides and the development of various programs of the school in nature and field teaching are of significant importance in the project, for which the necessary equipment will be additionally procured. In order for the Drava story to be “told” to the desired target groups, significant funds will be invested in its branding and promotion.Related news:VIROVITICA-PODRAVA COUNTY BECOMES A TOURIST PARADISE IN THE CENTER OF SLAVONIA WITH THE HELP OF EU FUNDS INFORMATION-EDUCATIONAL CENTER HOSTEL “DRAVSKA PRIČA” OPENEDlast_img read more

Chefs from Plava Laguna taught children to cook in Umag

first_imgThe chefs of Plava Laguna arrived at the Italian kindergarten “Vrtuljak” Umag to prepare a small show together with the principal and educators and popularize their profession.”In kindergarten, we have been focused on a healthy diet for years. After many years of cooperation with a local company for catering and tourism, we use the opportunity to introduce children to the culinary profession and to interest them in catering. Encouraged by numerous culinary shows in which the chefs of the TV star, we decided to organize a famous culinary show in kindergarten “321 – cook!” In which the children had the task of preparing a fruit salad. 60 children divided into six groups of 10 competed to cut the fruit better and season the fruit salad, “Points out the director of the Italian kindergarten” Vrtuljak “Umag Ondina Šimičić.In doing so, they learned about what is healthy food, how to eat healthy, what part of the day what to eat and how to prepare healthy meals. All the knowledge was shared with them by the chefs of Plava Laguna, Mladen Fabić and Gospava Bačić, as part of the company’s socially responsible business. Namely, there is already a traditional cooperation between Umag kindergartens and Umag hotels, which continued this year as well.Over the past few months, Hotel Sol Garden Istra has been visited by more than a hundred children enrolled in Croatian and Italian kindergartens, and in the next few weeks, Blue Lagoon chefs will visit kindergartens and thus contribute to the popularization of their profession from an early age. We are also facing the final gala party for all preschoolers. “This kind of collaboration is really great. For many, this is their first contact with a hotel, and for many, someone in the family works in Umag’s hotels, camps, apartments. That is why building a quality relationship from an early age is very important to us because we want to be strongly present in the community in which we operate. In addition, in the time in which we live, it is important to emphasize that dealing with tourism and hospitality is a valuable and important profession, and with effort and work on yourself, can be very attractive.”, They point out from the Blue Lagoon.Tourism is much more than earnings, especially in the context of a positive impact on the local environment. Well done to the Blue Lagoon, and I hope that such a positive example will be followed by other tourist companies.last_img read more

Veljko Ostojic elected director of the Croatian Tourism Association

first_imgVeljko Ostojic has been appointed director of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), the largest association in the Croatian tourism sector, founded in May this year. Elected by the Board of Directors of the association, Ostojic will be in charge of its operational management. HUT President Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Maistra, has already been elected at the Founding Assembly.HUT was established to address the strategic issues of Croatia’s most important industry, which accounts for 18 percent of GDP and more than 10 percent of employment in Croatia. By uniting the largest associations of the Croatian tourism sector – the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association and the Croatian Camping Association, together with the leading tourism companies operating in the country, HUT is focused on uniting all interested hotel and tourism companies and professional associations in hospitality and tourism. to ensure the further development of Croatian tourism, primarily in the context of raising competitiveness, increasing employment and the overall positive contribution to the Croatian economy. The founders of HUT generate about 70 percent of the total revenue in the sector, and in accordance with the Statute of the association is open to new members for the purpose of cooperation and active creation of the business future of the tourism sector.The Croatian Association of Tourism and the Croatian Association of Employers are organizing a round table “How to encourage investment through tax reform” tomorrow, July 5, at 12 noon in the premises of HUP (Radnička 52), which will open a discussion on the effects of announced tax changes on growth and development of the domestic economy. and will raise the issue of VAT changes that would stimulate investment growth, employment growth and GDP growth, and strengthen the international competitiveness of the domestic economy.In addition to Davor Majetić, director of HUP and Veljko Ostojić, director of HUT, the round table will be attended by Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić, owner of Sunce Concern and member of the executive board of HUP Jako Andabak, partner in HD Consulting Branko Bogunović and professor with Faculty of Economics Boris Cota.last_img read more

Cappelli: Croatia will have 12 billion in tourism revenues this year

first_imgMinister of Tourism Gari Cappelli held a working meeting with the leaders of the Zadar County, the City of Zadar and their Tourist Boards at the Tourist Information Center in Zadar.Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli pointed out the problem of the workforce in tourism and emphasized that we urgently need to educate the best possible staff, and use winter for education. “There will be a fierce match next year. We have good players but we will need a lot of money. You asked me a lot about the residence unit, we will have to invest twice as much compared to this year to keep this year’s resultCappelli pointed out, he writes local.vecernji.hrReferring to other topics of conversation, the Minister stated that one of them was the support that would go to connecting with the sea with joint advertising. “By connecting the two coasts, the Italian and Zadar and the surrounding area, we would make a step forward in air transport, we have invested 30 million kuna this year, now we will 60 million kuna”Said Cappelli and added that Croatia is currently growing by 5-6 percent, both overnight stays and tourist stays this year.”The law on catering services, which is now in the second reading in the Parliament, will be recategorized. Many have complained about this because we have about 20.000 facilities registered in the 70s, a large part of them have not been recategorized, and they have three stars. We will go into these facilities, recategorize them and get a fairer picture of how much of that gray market there was. There will be no new employments in the inspectorates, but only changes from a certain part of the administration that will go to the inspection services. We should definitely work harder and better because Croatia is losing some of its money in this gray market. Croatia will have 12 billion in tourism revenues this year, about 10 percent more than last year, but there is still room for growth ”Concluded the Minister.For a successful season, in addition to tourist promotion, the safety of the destination is equally important. So far, we have had 14 million tourists in Croatia, more than 70 million overnight stays, so it can be said that this is a successful season in terms of security, according to the relevant ministry.last_img read more

Deadline has expired: In most cities and municipalities the lump sum remains at the same level as before

first_imgThus, all cities and municipalities made decisions on the amount of the lump sum, at least as far as the editorial office is aware, and there was no case that someone did not react on time (until January 31, 2019), which according to the new law would lead to a lump sum automatically amounts to HRK 750,00 per bed. Tourism is much more than the number of overnight stays, so it is not one industry, but directly and indirectly and vertically and horizontally connects various industries. And that is why, as in everything, and especially in tourism, we have to deal with strategic and sustainable development. The market, in every form and meaning, is the best regulator and will clearly show and separate the successful from the less successful. As through the income of the city, more or less the number of tourists, increasing the tour. consumption, more or less emigration, companies in the city, etc.… It’s all up to us, and capital as well as the life paths of each individual go where they can develop stably, safely and well and where they see their future. Also, I support all those who did not change the amount of the flat tax, as well as those who held meetings and workshops with landlords, to make a decision on the same together. First of all, it is unacceptable to change the terms of business in the calendar and financial year in which that business takes place. Dialogue and communication, market development, and without politicization, a decision for the future period is needed. That is why the decision of the city of Split is correct, in my opinion, regardless of the fact that the whole thing was politicized. Regardless of whether a lump sum will be raised in Split next year, time is currently bought for constructive discussion, dialogue and market analysis, not political. I personally support the change that according to the New Law on Amendments to the Law on Income Tax, the Decision on the amount of flat tax for landlords is no longer made by the Ministry of Tourism but by the representative body of local self-government units. and the direction in which it seeks to develop. Also, the flat tax is the revenue of the local government unit and that is very important. The only thing left in dispute is that the flat tax is seen as an income tax and not as a utility tax. Thus, the collection of the same will be viewed according to the place of residence of the landlord, and not according to the place where the real estate is, which is contradictory and does not make sense. I repeat, the flat tax is the income of the local self-government unit. The city of Split also planned to increase the lump sum to 750 kuna and more zones, but in the end it was decided that the lump sum will not change this year, so the lump sum remains at the same level as before, and the discussion for the lump sum in the future extended to September this year. The deadline for determining the amount of the flat tax per bed expired yesterday. In the vast majority of cases, cities and municipalities have not changed the current amount of the lump sum per bed, while some have made decisions on a slight increase to 345 kuna. Of the larger tourist destinations, only the city of Dubrovnik has significantly increased the flat tax, which is distributed in three zones. Thus, in the first zone, the lump sum will be HRK 750, in the second HRK 525 and HRK 375 in the third zone. In the end, the tourist destination is responsible for its development, not the Ministry of Tourism and CNTB, which are certainly important because they provide certain frameworks, but ultimately each city develops according to its vision of development and is responsible for its future. All that’s left is an upgrade. Every year, and especially the last few years, we have witnessed our destinations cracking at the seams, due to the excessive load on the entire infrastructure. The main reason for this is precisely that we are not dealing with strategic and sustainable development, but with inertia and politicking. Also, both in everything and in this case, the trust of citizens / renters in the city and municipal authorities is extremely important. If the field does not show that money is being spent wisely and systematically on the arrangement of the city, improvement of infrastructure, new facilities, etc.… then every kuna is too much. Certainly no one would be against an increase in any compensation to see development from year to year and that there is dialogue and transparency. Everyone has an interest and benefit for the city or municipality to develop from year to year, including renters. At least where a city development plan is defined that is adopted through citizen dialogue and where it is known where the problems are and how to solve them. It has nothing to do with politics, but with market development. No one is against development, of course if it is really seen on the ground. Dake, without dialogue and strategic development there is no success. Although the decision on the amount of the flat tax was seen more by the public and the media as a political decision, because which mayor would like to resent his voters, it is certainly a bad message and way of thinking. last_img read more

Google Maps introduces new advertising options at the end of the year

first_img“With more than a billion users, Google Maps is a service platform similar to Google Search, and in our opinion remains the lowest monetized factor we cover”, It was mentioned in the research. Launched in 2005 in the United States, Google Maps now offers navigation services in over 240 countries and territories, and has become an almost indispensable tool for Western consumers. And when new advertising products see the light of day in the next few months, Google Maps will enter a new phase of serious monetization. Source / photo: Shift; Pexels Despite billions of users, Google Maps is constantly struggling with increasing earnings. But according to research by Brian Nowack, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, all that should change soon. Namely, some new advertising products on Google Maps are expected to come out of beta in the fourth quarter and early 2020, which will increase Alphabet’s revenue by 64 percent to $ 4,86 billion next year, reports Skift. New tourism products, as well as augmented reality (AR) options and promoted pins, “it is likely to further increase the usefulness but also the monetization potential of Google Maps”, It is stated in the research. The research states that sponsored content will be a key element in Google Maps revenue growth. “This will allow large companies, brands and local businesses to reach potential customers in their geographical search environment (for example: ‘search a pastry shop near me’).”center_img Morgan Stanley believes that Google Maps will earn large sums of money through advertising, even if they do not plan to “bombard” users with advertisements. Ads are projected to show on about 45 percent of search queries. With sponsored content, promoted location tags, augmented reality features and other new navigation options, the monetization of Google Maps is expected to accelerate, the survey said. But it is not specified what these new navigation options will be. And that’s just the beginning. Morgan Stanley estimates that Google Maps revenue, from local computer search ($ 1,23 billion) and mobile ($ 9,82 billion), will be more than $ 2023 billion by 11. Skift estimates that Google Maps is a multibillion-dollar business that is becoming a comprehensive navigation utility, public transportation options, and search for hotels, restaurants and shops “near me.”last_img read more

Varaždinski klipič became the 27th Croatian product with a protected name in the European Union

first_imgThe European Commission announced in the Official Journal of the European Union on 6 October 2020 that “Varaždin Klipič “ received a European trademark geographical origin. “Varaždinski klipič” is a handmade wheat milk pastry made from smooth wheat flour, milk, sunflower (or vegetable) oil, yeast, sugar and salt, which is used to make a thin dough which is then stretched, cut into strips and rolled into sticks. at least 25 cm which must have 4 folds on each side. The surface of the sticks is coated with egg and sprinkled with cumin seeds. Baked “Varaždinski klipič” has a crispy, lactic-sour taste that initially gives the impression of softness on the palate, and then melts in the mouth. The outside is dark yellow to golden in color, smooth and firm in consistency, while the inside texture is white in color, soft and loose.  You can see the product specification “Varaždinski klipič” here.  Thus, “Varaždinski klipič” was entered in the register protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and is protected throughout the European Union, and the consumer is guaranteed a purchase authentic product. The Republic of Croatia now has 27 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as protected designation of origin or protected geographical indication. center_img The process of protection of the name began in February 2017, when the Association of Chefs of Varaždin County submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture a request for protection of geographical indications called “Varaždinski klipič”, and the production area includes the geographical area of ​​Varaždin County. In addition to the now registered name “Varaždinski klipič”, other already registered products are: Krk prosciutto, Extra virgin olive oil Cres, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto, Drniš prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljannik Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin cabbage, Slavonian kulen / Slavonian kulin, Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica, Slavonian honey, Lika lamb, Istria, Pag salt, Zagorje mills, Pag cheese, Bjelovarski kvarg Brač varenik. Photo: Varaždin County Tourist Boardlast_img read more

Panel discussion “SMARTMED – challenges and opportunities for the development of smart tourism in Croatia” announced

first_imgIt is a panel discussion that aims to present the SMARTMED project and the concept of SMART tourism and answer the questions about the challenges and opportunities that await Croatia in the further development of this branch of tourism.   PROGRAM panel discussion “Smartmed – challenges and opportunities for the development of SMART tourism in Croatia” This event is an important part of creating an analytical basis for the development of a business model and pilot project within the SMARTMED project, and aims to detect challenges in the field and in management and identify key areas for the development of smart tourism in Croatia. On-line panel discussion “SMARTMED – challenges and opportunities for the development of smart tourism in Croatia” will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 15:00 p.m.., and all interested can apply for participation via links. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, in the role of the leading partner of the SMARTMED project and in cooperation with the consulting company Apsolon, announces an online event “SMARTMED – challenges and opportunities for the development of smart tourism in Croatia “, which deals with the development of conditions for smart and sustainable tourism and innovation in tourism in the Mediterranean. center_img At the event, which is open to all stakeholders in tourism, interesting panel discussions on four topics are expected: Sustainability, Cooperation and participation, Human capital te Technology and IT in which representatives of leading tourism companies, institutions and destinations will exchange their experiences. Those gathered will be addressed via the network Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac which will further emphasize the importance of the SMARTMED project prepared under the PANORAMED initiative, the Interreg MED program. It is a project worth three million euros (22.5 million kuna) that connects 13 partners from 9 Mediterranean countries (Croatia, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina)  which together, based on the specific needs of each of the countries, develop a business model for smart and sustainable tourism and innovation in tourism in the Mediterranean. The event will present the results of an analysis of the current state of skills and competitiveness in the Mediterranean and examples of best practice from the eight countries involved in the research. You will be able to find out which of the four (Sustainability, Cooperation and Participation, Human Capital and Technology and IT) is the worst in Croatia and the Mediterranean, why the regulatory framework has the lowest overall average score among all thirteen topics analyzed, and which are examples of good practices from Portugal and Barcelona, ​​the countries ranked best. Of all the areas, Croatia is the best in the field of “Sustainability”, and in general all areas have better ranked practices compared to the strategic and regulatory framework, with this difference being most visible in “Cooperation and Participation”. last_img read more

Kneeling not always a sign of disrespect

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why is kneeling during the National Anthem disrespectful?Many people kneel in their house of worship and when praying. Should this also be considered disrespectful? Maybe we should start thinking for ourselves instead of subscribing to herd mentality, which is dubious.Carol AccorsiMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Women’s marchers exercising democracy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 5 letter,  “Media must start providing quality”: I read the writer’s skewed YouTube view of the Woman’s March. I will tell you about my nine hours experience on the Mall and marching down Pennsylvania Avenue.All these “demented” marchers are your Ballston Spa neighbors. We are your nurses, waitresses, teachers, doctors and store clerks. We are grandmothers, mothers and daughters concerned about the chaos and hateful rhetoric of an inexperienced man occupying the most powerful office in the world.The people I marched with were polite, helpful, peaceful and totally committed to having a voice in our democracy. My favorite chant from that day is: “This is what democracy looks like.”This march inspired us. It cemented our determination. Many of us returned home and maintained active participation in our representative democracy. Ordinary women like me are calling Congress, showing up in congressional offices, writing these letters and, most importantly, voting.What is demented is the division constantly sowed by Donald Trump.Janet PalitschRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more