Frodon heads to Aintree for Many Clouds Chase | Racing News

first_imgFrodon is back up to a joint career-high rating of 169 after his latest victory.Nicholls added: “He has gone up another 5lb for that win at Cheltenham, so handicaps are now out of the question.“He is off a rating that should make him competitive back in Graded races.”- Advertisement – Nicholls is still considering the best path to the blue riband at Prestbury Park next March, and views the Grade Two event on December 5 as a suitable next step.He said: “I want to discuss things with Paul (Vogt, owner), but there is a possibility of going for the Many Clouds at Aintree next.“He has come out of Cheltenham very well and he seems good at home. He recovered very quickly from that race.”- Advertisement – Paul Nicholls has earmarked the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree as a potential next target for the popular Frodon.The 2019 Ryanair Chase hero produced a tremendous weight-carrying performance on his reappearance at Cheltenham last month under regular partner Bryony Frost, after which the 11-time champion trainer confirmed a tilt at Gold Cup glory as the ultimate aim this season.- Advertisement – Frodon is a general 25-1 shot for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Germany and Sweden removed from UK quarantine safe list | News

first_imgPassengers arriving in the UK from Germany and Sweden will need to self-isolate for two weeks before then following domestic rules after changes in government Covid-19 restrictions. Arrivals from the two countries will need to self-isolate from 04:00 on Saturday. – Advertisement – Germany and Sweden have been removed from the travel corridor list following an increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus. Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in both destinations, leading to ministers removing these from the current list of travel corridors.There has been a consistent increase in Covid-19 cases per 100,000 of the population in Germany over the past four weeks, with a 75 per cent increase in total cases over this time period.- Advertisement – This means people can no longer travel to take holidays, or travel internationally – unless for work or other legally permitted reasons. The FCDO has updated its travel advice to reflect this.DenmarkAt the same time, Denmark has been immediately added to the quarantine list, with passengers arriving from the country expected to stay at home for two weeks from today. “I understand that this will be concerning for both people currently in Denmark and the wider UK public, which is why we have moved quickly to protect our country and prevent the spread of the virus to the UK,” explained minister for transport, Grant Shapps. “Health authorities in Denmark have reported widespread outbreaks of coronavirus (Covid-19) in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to some local communities. “The chief medical officer has therefore recommended that, as precautionary measure, all those returning from Denmark should self-isolate for 14 days.” NewerMiami Beach leads 2020 North America World Travel Awards winners – Advertisement – In Sweden, new cases per week have increased by 34 per cent over the same time period.People currently in Germany and Sweden are encouraged to finish their trip as usual, following the local rules and checking the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice pages for further information.In England, everyone must currently stay at home, and may leave only for a very limited set of reasons, including for work or education. – Advertisement – OlderFood District to open at the Pointe next weeklast_img read more

Barr Hands Prosecutors the Authority to Investigate Voter Fraud Claims

first_imgThe memo is unlikely to change the outcome of the election but could damage public confidence in the election results, Justice Department prosecutors warned, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. They said that the public posturing by the department also gave Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, a tool to refuse to acknowledge Mr. Biden as the president-elect.Mr. McConnell and Mr. Barr met on Monday afternoon. Representatives from both of their offices declined to comment on what they discussed.Mr. Trump faces a steep battle in his attempt to change the election results. Mr. Biden declared victory on Saturday after several news media organizations declared him the winner based on tabulated election returns.While Mr. Trump’s campaign lawyers have filed a dozen or so legal challenges to the results in battleground states, none appeared to be gaining traction in the courts. And none were likely to give the president an edge in the votes he would need to change the outcome of the race.Justice Department investigators are looking into a referral from the Republican Party in Nevada, which claims over 3,000 people who live outside the state voted in its election, the department official said. The official would not say whether the department had opened a full investigation. A federal judge dismissed the claim in court last week. More covert investigative steps, like an investigator going undercover, are allowed but require the permission of a career prosecutor in the department’s Criminal Division. Updated Nov. 9, 2020, 7:57 p.m. ET But critics of Mr. Barr immediately condemned the memo as a political act that undermined the Justice Department’s typical independence from the White House. – Advertisement – “It would be problematic enough if Barr were reversing longstanding Justice Department guidance because of significant, substantiated claims of misconduct — that could presumably be handled at the local and state level,” said Stephen I. Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.“But to do so when there is no such evidence — and when the president’s clear strategy is to delegitimize the results of a proper election, is one of the more problematic acts of any attorney general in my lifetime,” Mr. Vladeck added.Mr. Pilger, a career prosecutor in the department’s Public Integrity Section who oversaw voting fraud-related investigations, told colleagues he would move to a nonsupervisory role working on corruption prosecutions.“Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications … I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch,” he wrote. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Mr. Pilger’s message.Justice Department policies prohibit federal prosecutors from taking overt steps, like questioning witnesses or securing subpoenas for documents, to open a criminal investigation into any election-related matter until after voting results have been certified to keep their existence from spilling into public view and influencing either voters or local election officials who ensure the integrity of the results.“Public knowledge of a criminal investigation could impact the adjudication of election litigation and contests in state courts,” the Justice Department’s longstanding election guidelines for prosecutors say. “Accordingly, it is the general policy of the department not to conduct overt investigations.” Mr. Barr said he had authorized “specific instances” of investigative steps in some cases. But he made clear in a carefully worded memo that prosecutors had the authority to investigate only “substantial allegations” of irregularities, warning that “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.”Mr. Barr’s directive ignored the Justice Department’s longstanding policies intended to keep law enforcement from affecting the outcome of an election. And it followed a move weeks before the election in which the department lifted a prohibition on voter fraud investigations before an election.center_img The department is also reviewing a sworn affidavit written by a postal worker in Erie, Pa., alleging that post office officials devised a plan to backdate mail ballots in the state, the official said.The local postmaster has denied the allegations and said that the accuser has been disciplined multiple times in the past. That affidavit was sent to the department by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who is a close ally of the president.In the days after the election, Mr. Barr faced pressure from Mr. Trump and his aides to intervene to help the president. Conservative commentators have criticized Mr. Barr’s lack of action, saying that he was looking the other way.Mr. Barr had been silent about voter fraud in recent weeks after previously issuing unsubstantiated warnings of widespread fraud because of the large number of mail-in ballots cast in this election. Voter fraud is rare and no major instances of it have emerged in the election.At the same time, the department has made it easier for prosecutors to pursue voter fraud cases and publicized details from the investigations that generated headlines that helped Mr. Trump, prompting sharp criticism from Democrats and civil rights advocates. Mr. Barr’s memo allows U.S. attorneys to bypass that career prosecutor and take their requests to his office for approval, effectively weakening a key safeguard that prevents political interference in an election by the party in power. WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr, wading into President Trump’s unfounded accusations of widespread election irregularities, told federal prosecutors on Monday that they were allowed to investigate allegations of voter fraud before the results of the presidential race are certified.Mr. Barr’s authorization prompted the Justice Department official who oversees investigations of voter fraud, Richard Pilger, to step down from the post within hours, according to an email Mr. Pilger sent to colleagues that was obtained by The New York Times.- Advertisement – A Justice Department official said that Mr. Barr had authorized scrutiny of allegations about ineligible voters in Nevada and backdated mail-in ballots Pennsylvania. Republicans have circulated both claims in recent days without any evidence emerging to back them.Mr. Barr did not write the memo at the direction of Mr. Trump, the White House or any Republican lawmakers, the official said.Mr. Barr has privately told department officials in the days since the election that any disputes should be resolved in court by the campaigns themselves, according to three people briefed on the conversations. He has said that he did not see massive fraud, and that most of the allegations of voter fraud were related to individual instances that did not point to a larger systemic problem, the people said.- Advertisement – “Given that voting in our current elections has now concluded, I authorize you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions,” Mr. Barr wrote.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Pro Tipped to Feature a QHD+ Display With 120Hz Refresh Rate

first_imgThe Mi 11 Pro in the new series is also expected to support Xiaomi’s 80W fast wireless charging that it unveiled in October and is capable of charging a 4,000mAh battery wirelessly in just 19 minutes.OnePlus 8 vs Mi 10 5G: Which Is the Best ‘Value Flagship’ Phone in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. – Advertisement – Mi 11 Pro display specifications have been leaked by a tipster. The new Xiaomi flagship is said to have a QHD+ display. This is unlike the Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10T Pro that both come with the lower full-HD+ display. The Mi 11 Pro is also rumoured to have an upgraded refresh rate to offer a smoother viewing experience over the existing Mi-series flagships. The Mi 11 Pro is likely to debut alongside the Mi 11 early next year.As spotted by Android-focussed blog PlayfulDroid, a tipster posted on Weibo that the Mi 11 Pro will come with a 120Hz display that will feature the QHD+ resolution on top. The reported refresh rate is higher than the 90Hz rate available on the Mi 10 Pro. This is, however, topped by the Mi 10T Pro, which has a refresh rate of 144Hz.- Advertisement – Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at [email protected] Please send in your leads and tips.Morecenter_img According to the tipster, the Mi 11 Pro will also come with a single selfie camera sensor that will be visible at the top-left corner of the screen. The phone is also rumoured to retain the curved display design that was featured on the Mi 10 and Mi 10T series earlier.The details about the Mi 11 Pro come just days after the Mi 11 surfaced on benchmark site Geekbench with a model number M2012K11C. Both Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro are speculated to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC and run on Android 11 with a new MIUI skin on top. The Mi 11 in the new series is also said to have a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera sensor at the back with a pixel size of 0.8 microns.Xiaomi has not yet even started circulating the initial teasers for the Mi 11 series. But nonetheless, if we look at the company’s historical records, the new smartphones could debut sometime in February.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Federal officials warn of dengue threat to the US

first_imgJan 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The United States could be the next country to experience an epidemic of dengue illnesses if the disease keeps aggressively expanding, senior officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) warned this week.The range of mosquitoes that serve as vectors for dengue—Aedes albopictus and A aegypti—has expanded globally at an alarming rate, wrote David Morens, MD, NIAID’s senior scientific advisor, and Anthony Fauci, MD, director of NIAID, in a commentary that appears in the Jan 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors said A albopictus was first seen in the United States in 1985 and has since spread to 36 states, and A aegypti has been found in several southern states.Severe dengue epidemics are already occurring in US tropical territories and commonwealths such as Puerto Rico, the authors pointed out. In August, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that dengue fever is gaining a firmer foothold in south Texas, where an outbreak of the disease in Brownsville in 2005 sent 25 patients to the hospital, 16 of them with dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), the most dangerous form of the disease.Global health officials haven’t pinpointed exactly what drives the expansion of dengue disease; however, some theories include global urbanization, increased air travel, or climate change.Dengue fever is a flu-like illness that typically involves headache, rash, cramps, and back and muscle pain. DHF, a potentially deadly complication, is characterized by high fever, bleeding, thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet levels), increased vascular permeability, and, in the most severe cases, circulatory failure. Dengue shock syndrome (DSS), another dangerous complication, is characterized by capillary leakage of intravascular fluids and other effects such as pleural and pericardial effusions and decreased blood pressure. DHF and DSS primary occur with second dengue infections. No effective treatment or preventive vaccine is available.Morens and Fauci are calling for more research to understand and combat dengue. “The formidable challenges of understanding dengue pathogenesis and of developing effective therapies and vaccines must be met to effectively fight this important reemerging disease,” they wrote.However, they highlighted several challenges researchers and public health officials face as they work to control the spread of dengue. For example, they wrote that the complex relationship between viral phenotype, virulence, and host immunity make it difficult to develop vaccines and vaccination strategies.”A key remaining question is whether vaccines will elicit antibodies that decline over time to the point at which they no longer protect from but may enhance infection,” they wrote.In recognizing the public health threat from dengue fever and its complications, NIAID allocated $33.2 million in fiscal year 2007 for nearly 60 dengue research projects, according to a Jan 8 press release from NIAID. The projects range from basic research on dengue, DHF, and DSS to clinical vaccine trials.NIAID said its dengue research priorities include:Developing animal models to study basic infection mechanisms and perform initial tests of vaccines and treatmentsDesigning and testing vaccines and treatmentsUnderstanding how dengue viruses elicit antibodies that help them infect host cells and exacerbate diseaseLearning why capillaries leak plasma when patients have DHF and DSSUnderstanding genetic factors in people and the virus that influence disease severityIdentifying biological markers that can predict if an individual is protected from dengue viruses and if a patient with dengue fever will likely develop DHF or DSSMorens DM, Fauci AS. Dengue and hemorrhagic fever: a potential threat to public health in the United States. JAMA 2008 Jan 9;299(2):214-6 [Abstract]See also:Jan 8 NIAID press release 9, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Dengue fever expanding its foothold in Texas”Sep 10, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Chikungunya fever gains foothold in Europe”last_img read more

Study “Branding of Vinkovci as a desirable tourist destination” made

first_imgPhoto: Roman Days, Vinkovci Tourist Board The Tourist Board of the city of Vinkovci has completed the process of branding Vinkovci as a tourist destination.The aim of the project is to raise the level of recognizability of Vinkovci in the tourist market and give guidelines for creating an offer that will ‘revive’ the brand and attract more guests, and the document analyzes the current state of marketing in the destination, As pointed out by the Tourist Board of Vinkovci, all analyzes and workshops have led to the conclusion that the brand concept is: Continuity of life of over 8 years and a culture of life and work.The Institute for Tourism is in charge of drafting the branding project, which has so far been involved in drafting various documentation in Vukovar-Srijem County, as well as in drafting the Master Plan for Tourism Development in the city of Vinkovci. The need for branding was also recognized by the CNTB, which, according to the CNTB’s Public Invitation, granted support in the amount of 80 percent for tourist communities in underdeveloped areas, and 20% was provided by the City of Vinkovci. The total value of the project was HRK 97.500,00. The first research is related to the attitudes and opinions of potential guests – respondents from the area of ​​Zagreb, since Zagreb is the largest potential domestic market forcontinental destinations. The survey was conducted in October 2017 on an online panel. The results showed that the first associations in memory of Vinkovci: Vinkovci Autumns, Slavonia, Slavonians, East and the song “Come to Vinkovci”, Shorty.  The first three associations (among those offered) are: Vinkovačke jeseni, Slavonija and NK Cibalia. The statements with which they agree the most are: Vinkovci is a city of tradition and customs; Vinkovci is an experience of Slavonia and Vinkovci is a city of rich cultural and historical heritage.The motives for attracting them are: the gastronomic experience of Slavonian cuisine, Vinkovci on a tour of Slavonia and cultural and entertainment events. The colors associated with Vinkovci are: gold, green and yellow. “In order to reach the desired goal, it is necessary to implement 26 programs and projects in the period 2015-2020/2025. These are mostly projects related to infrastructure and superstructure, but projects related to destination development management as well as promotion and sales are also included. Each of them is a different level of priority and they are intertwined and complementary. ” points out Martina Matković, director of the Vinkovci Tourist Board.The second research analyzed the activities and appearance of Vinkovci on websites and social networks, which today are the main tool in creatingrecognizable image of the destination. The results of online visibility are as follows: over 80% of posts are in Croatian, followed by English with 13% of posts, 70% of posts are made on the website, and the rest on social networks.Photo: Vinkovci Autumns”It is up to us to implement this brand, ie that the guest during the entire travel cycle has a clear and complete picture of Vinkovci that meets his expectations in all segments. This means that indeed in every building, but also in the open space of the city, one should see this continuity of life. Every individual, every company, including the city itself, can and should, in its own unique and business-friendly way, determine how it will “tell the story” or how the brand will be implemented in its space. When we have more such content, tourist stories or specific products that travel agencies will offer on the market, then we can work more meaningfully and safely on promotion. The tourist board has the task of promoting the destination for which it was founded and in accordance with the stories and offer developed so far, we are working on the best possible presentation of the city”Points out Martina Matković, director of the Vinkovci Tourist Board and adds that all interested parties will be involved in the implementation of the brand and facilitate the process, and this year will be held training on marketing activities based on this project.Side dish: STUDY OF BRANDING THE TOWN OF VINKOVAC AS A DESIRABLE TOURIST DESTINATIONlast_img read more

Labor shortages need to be addressed at the system level

first_imgFor the next tourist season, Croatian tourism will lack about 15 thousand qualified employees. The situation with the lack of workers in the strongest Croatian industry is all the more absurd since this year the students chose mostly vocational occupations when enrolling in the first grade, but the available number of places was not in line with the interest of students. So this year more than 3.800 students wanted to study to be a chef, and only 1.200 were enrolled. 705 students will be educated for the profession of waiter, but the interest was much higher compared to the available quotas, a total of 2160 students. The needs of employers, successful European models of vocational education and the current situation in tourism in terms of labor force were discussed at the Croatian Tourist Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce on the topic Human resources – challenges of Croatian tourism, which was held today as part of the Croatian Tourism Day in Hvar. Although the discussion presented temporary solutions and measures that employers themselves apply in order to attract and retain labor, the forum participants concluded that for a long-term solution to the shortage of skilled labor it is necessary to implement a dual model of vocational education. In Austria, students spend 80% of their time on the bang Photo: HGKDirector of the Austrian Foreign Trade Office (WKO) Sonja Holocher-Ertl presented a model of dual vocational education in Austria, more precisely a set of measures developed by the Chamber of Education based on the needs of employers. In Austria, medium-sized companies have the greatest difficulty in finding skilled workers, especially in tourism. “In our model, the practical part, ie the time the student spends in the company, makes up 80% of the education. Students become an employee of the company by being selected by the company, in return for their work. It is usual to spend four days a week in a company and one in a school, while in the case of tourism this is adjusted according to the season. Only one third of the curriculum is dedicated to general knowledge,“Said Holocher-Ertl, noting that 81% of students who graduate according to this model continue to work in tourism.The German model was presented by an education expert at the German-Croatian Chamber Ramona Neuse. Through bottom-up Approach companies are involved in curriculum development. They invest not only financially in the student, but also with knowledge in the development of the program itself.State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Franjo Matušić noted that the need for labor will be even higher than expected for next year given the new investments, with 20 thousand workers for tourism. He presented six centers of competence for tourism in Zabok, Osijek, Pula, Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik, which will be used for teacher training and cooperation with business people, but whose sustainability will be shown only after some time. “We really wanted to achieve that business people can also establish centers of competence, but we managed to define it in this framework. The weakest point here is the current teaching staff in these centers, but thanks to foreign partners, they will also receive additional education., “Said Matusic.Silvija Baričević, Director of Human Resources of the Hotel Jadranka presented internal trainings for employees of the hotel group. “In our company we have internal small centers of competence that we believe are necessary to provide quality service to guests. We invest over 2 million kuna annually in internal education, namely, our employment needs are currently much higher than what the market provides us., “Baricevic emphasized.Photo: HGKNevena Tolanov, the head of the human resources department at the hotel company Valamar Riviera expressed concern about the small capacity of schools and the fact that interest is being generated more in the schools of continental Croatia. “Iwe have intensive campaigns all over Croatia in all schools to present occupations in tourism and attract students from continental schools to come and work on the coast, which still means a major life change. More than 70% of our scholarship holders are students of continental schools, but the problem is how to ensure such a student to do an internship with us, “Said Tolanov.With the problem of enrollment quotas, the head of the Department of Education of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Božo Pavičin he noted that it is not only the essence in quantity, but also in what skills these students have when they enter the labor market and whether this is what the economy needs. “The problem is that our legislation does not allow a smaller number of students to enroll in a course because a class cannot be formed. In Austria and Germany, with the dual model of vocational education and the mediating role of the chambers, this is not the case, but the company announces a competition and on that basis enrolls in the school. At the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, we are committed to solving this at the system level, and not through a few bright examples of individual companies. The Chamber has these capacities to meet the needs of the economy for labor through such a model,Said Pavicin.last_img read more

Cappelli: Decentralization, better and more even distribution of the whole system is important

first_imgBy the end of the year, we can expect 19 and a half million tourists, 106 million overnight stays and over 12 billion euros in revenue, which is a billion more than last year – these are the expectations we could hear as part of the Croatian Tourism Day event on Hvar.Since the beginning of this year, there have been more than 18,8 million arrivals and about 104 million overnight stays, and 100 million overnight stays this year were realized a month earlier than last year. Arrivals are up 6 percent and 4 percent overnight stays, which is realistic more than great in line with last year’s big growth, and on the other hand it has finally started to be said that the numbers themselves are not important, but quality and sustainability.”This year, our country has won numerous awards, better than ever ranked on the world tourist map and connected by air with the whole world. We are ranked among the three most desirable destinations in Europe, Croatia has been crowned the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists and was named the best tourist destination in Quebec, Canada. Behind us is almost ten months of a tourist year that has been challenging and exciting, and I believe that the positive results will continue in the last months of this record year. This success is the result of the work of all tourism workers, all hosts and those who make tourism better, “, Pointed out the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and added that Croatia is connected with more than 70 new scheduled airlines this year, which has led to an increase in the total number of rotations by 15% compared to last year.Package of tourist laws sent to the parliamentary procedurePhoto: FacebookAt the session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in the town of Hvar, a reform package of tourist laws was passed, namely 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.According to the proposed law, 2,5 percent of the paid tourist tax will be allocated to the special CNTB account for development projects and programs in underdeveloped tourist areas, according to the proposed law. and 2 percent to a special account of the Croatian National Tourist Board for projects and programs of associated tourist boards.Of the remaining funds, 65 percent will go to the local tourist board, of which 30 percent will go to the municipality or city in which the local tourist board was established, 15 percent to the regional tourist board and 20 percent to the CNTB. “Decentralization is important, better and more even distribution of the entire system, both on the continent and on the Adriatic”, The Minister of Tourism emphasized.”We need to return to some realities, to 2016 – a more concrete, more organized market, higher quality and greater responsibilities”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli after the session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on Hvar, when asked about the perspective of the next tourist season. He added that he is always for fewer tourists who spend more, but warned of the Croatian specificity: “Croatia has a more diverse situation – it has all the capacities, from two, three stars onwards, regardless of the type of accommodation – whether it is a hotel, camp or private family accommodation.”He commented on the increase in the number of private apartments, saying that we cannot regulate the market by law, but the market will recognize the quality and only regulate itself. “All four- or five-star facilities in any accommodation facility, anywhere – on the sea or on the continent, are filled about four weeks more than others. So, the reality is that what is quality, and even expensive – always has its pass”, The Minister pointed out.Cappelli pointed out that a certain relief has been done in the tourism sector and noted that he will advocate lower VAT. “We did one relief. That was those 300 million when we took off the food tax and staff accommodation. Of course we also consider VAT”, Said the Minister, announcing, in the next two years, six laws that will be made by this Government, and which have not been made, as he said, for more than 20 years.Speaking about investments in tourism, he said that investors recognize the potentials here, so that investments of around one billion euros are expected or have already been realized this year. Of that, EUR 628 million refers to investments in the private sector, and EUR 311 million in the public sector, which is an increase of about 15 percent compared to last year. By the way, since the beginning of this year, 42 new hotels, 31 new campsites and 26 hostels have been registered.CNTB office in China soonAt the moment, China has an increase in turnover compared to last year by almost 50 percent, which are excellent indicators of how justified the focus is on the Chinese market. Accordingly, the CNTB will open an office in China. “Following the world markets, we are focusing on new distant markets – China, Japan, Korea, USA, Australia, Canada “, said the Minister of Tourism and announced that the Prime Minister would open a new office of the Croatian Tourist Board in China in a few days.At the end of the year, the Minister announced an extensive study, ie a precise tourist satellite balance, with accurate data on the impact of tourism on the entire economy, which will show the impact of Croatian tourism on the entire economy.last_img read more

Continuous increase in tourist travel in the European Union through 2017 and 2018

first_imgDemand from Japan showed a mixed picture in which 20 of the 30 destinations reported an increase. Turkey recorded a significant increase in arrivals (+70 percent), as well as the Baltic and certain Balkan countries. Malta’s efforts to consolidate its position as a destination for 365 days a year are being realized (+15 percent). Increase in the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities 2000-2017 / Eurostat Arrivals from China increased to 24 out of 30 European destinations. The growth from this market has been driven by the expansion of the middle class in China with greater purchasing power, improved air connectivity and visa procedures. European hotels fared well compared to other regions of the world, with rising occupancy rates of 1,2 percent and an average daily room rate (ADR) of 2,3 percent, resulting in a 3,5 percent increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR). Tourism in Turkey continues to recover (+22 percent). The growth of tourist arrivals is driven by a wide range of source markets and a favorable exchange rate, according to data from the European Tourism Commission (ETC) for the fourth quarter of 2018. Latvia is the only destination in Central and Eastern Europe that recorded a double-digit increase in arrivals (+10 percent). In 2017, Spain retained first place (471 million overnight stays, + 3,6% compared to 2016), followed by France (431 million, + 6,6%), Italy (425 million, +5,4 %) and Germany (400 million, + 2,7%). These estimates include nights spent for business or leisure purposes. In absolute numbers, Spain recorded the highest number of overnight stays by non-residents in tourist accommodation establishments (307 million overnight stays, or 19 percent of the total number of non-residents spent in the European Union). Serbia still benefits from Chinese tourists who do not need a visa to travel to Serbia (+15 percent). According to a report by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, in 2017 the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities in the European Union reached over 3,2 billion, which is 5,1 percent more than in 2016. European Union tourism results for the fourth quarter of 2018 Montenegro has achieved solid growth (+14 percent) thanks to promotional activities carried out in priority markets (Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Poland and Russia) and good air connections. In the European Union, the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation by non-residents increased faster (+6,9 percent) between 2016 and 2017 compared to overnight stays by residents (+3,5 percent). Almost every member state of the European Union recorded an increase in the number of tourist nights of non-residents, except for the already mentioned Luxembourg (-0,6 percent, or 15 thousand nights). Spain is a major destination for foreign tourists The largest increase in total tourist overnight stays was recorded in Latvia, Slovenia and Croatia The number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation in 2017 increased in almost all Member States for which data are available, with the largest increase recorded in Latvia (+12 percent), Slovenia (+11,3 percent) and Croatia (+10,6, 8 percent). They are followed by Portugal (+7,7 percent), the Czech Republic (+7,3 percent) and Cyprus (+1 percent). On the other hand, the only slight decline was recorded in Luxembourg (-28 percent, or XNUMX thousand overnight stays). Overnight stays in tourist accommodations 2017 / Eurostat During 2018, the U.S. dollar strengthened against the euro and the British pound, making Europe a more affordable destination for U.S. travelers. Slovenia (+56 percent), Cyprus (+47 percent) and Turkey (+33 percent) recorded the highest growth rates of arrivals from the United States. Since 2009, there has been a steady increase in the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities in the European Union, mainly due to the increase in overnight stays by foreign tourists. As we can conclude, from 2017 to the end of 2018, there was a constant increase in tourist arrivals across the European Union. Whether we will feel the continuation of the increase in travel in 2019 remains to be seen.last_img read more

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first_imgLearn how to unsubscribe from paying the fee HERE Illustration: As the current goal is for everyone to reduce all fixed costs, because no one knows how long the emergency will last, it is certain that paying the RTV fee for empty apartments and houses for rent is currently an unnecessary fixed cost.center_img So, if you are paying an additional RTV fee, our recommendation is that now is the time to unsubscribe as well. If there will be a need, it is easiest to reactivate it. last_img