WHO report calls H5N1 vaccine stockpiling premature

first_imgNov 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A group of influenza experts convened by the World Health Organization cautioned today that governments shouldn’t stockpile “pre-pandemic” H5N1 influenza vaccines now, because too little is known about the requirements for an effective vaccine.The group of 22 scientists, who met for 2 days in September, “agreed that governments should not rush to place orders for pre-pandemic vaccines when so many fundamental scientific questions are still outstanding,” says their report.The United States and some other countries have been stockpiling H5N1 vaccines, despite lack of assurance that they would be effective against a pandemic strain. Switzerland recently announced plans to buy enough vaccine for the entire Swiss population.The 16-page report, titled “Influenza Research at the Human and Animal Interface,” emphasizes the continuing seriousness of the threat posed by the H5N1 virus. The meetings on which it was based involved many of the world’s leading experts on influenza.The experts agreed that “the seriousness of the present situation, including the risk that a pandemic virus might emerge, is not likely to diminish in the near future,” the document states.The report also warns that if the H5N1 virus becomes a pandemic strain, it could remain as lethal for humans as it is now, depending on how it acquires the ability to spread from person to person. The current case-fatality rate, with 256 cases and 152 deaths, is about 59%.If the virus becomes more transmissible by acquiring genes from a human-adapted flu virus, its deadliness “would most likely be reduced.” But if it remains “a wholly avian virus” that adapts to humans through a series of mutations, it could remain as deadly as it is now, the experts say.The report says that vaccine development results so far “have not been promising,” in part because H5N1 viruses have branched off into a number of diverse subgroups, and vaccines that seem to work against one clade, or group, don’t work well against others.Many fundamental questions about vaccine development remain to be answered, the group concluded. For example, scientists need to determine which adjuvant (general immune system stimulant) works best and to define what kind of observed immune response indicates an adequate level of protection against the actual virus.The experts say the idea of intradermal injection (injecting vaccine just under the skin instead of into muscle) as a way to stretch vaccine supplies “does not look promising and is not likely to be suitable for worldwide use.”The document cites an urgent need for international standards for evaluating the efficacy of pandemic vaccines. “On such an important matter, it is unwise to leave assessments of appropriate vaccines to competing manufacturers,” it states.The report describes human H5N1 disease as “fundamentally different” from ordinary flu, marked as it typically is by progressive viral pneumonia, acute respiratory distress, and sometimes diarrhea and liver dysfunction. The disease’s severity may be a result of the “cytokine storm,” or flood of chemical messengers causing intense inflammation in the lungs, but it is not clear whether the cytokine storm is the cause or the result of extensive tissue damage and disease.Some other observations and recommendations in the wide-ranging report are as follows:A simple, rapid, and reliable diagnostic test for use in the field and at the patient’s bedside is urgently needed.Research is needed to determine what makes children and young adults especially vulnerable to infection.Recent serologic studies have shown very little evidence of asymptomatic or mild H5N1 infections in humans. All healthcare workers studied in Thailand tested negative, and samples submitted from Djibouti, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia for testing at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were all negative. However, some family members of patients in Vietnam tested positive.Studies are needed to determine if a genetic predisposition increases the risk of human infection or of human-to-human transmission among blood relatives.Resistance to the first-choice antiviral drug, oseltamivir, has been seen in a few patients, but studies show a low rate of oseltamivir-resistance mutations in H5N1 viruses in birds. Resistance to amantadine, the second-choice antiviral, varies among H5N1 strains.Mallard ducks are now seen as the leading vectors in the geographic spread of H5N1; mute swans are highly susceptible to the disease but probably don’t spread it.Regarding poultry outbreaks in China, “the situation is severe and not yet fully under control,” and vaccination of the entire poultry population is needed.To control H5N1 disease in poultry, vaccination, coupled with appropriate monitoring, should be used when culling is impracticable.Scientists who track the disease in ducks should adjust their sampling procedures to reflect that ducks now shed more virus in their respiratory secretions than in feces.The experts’ warning against stockpiling of H5N1 vaccines was hailed by infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, as appropriate advice in view of the virus’s genetic variability.”I think this report will result in a pause in what I think has been a recent epidemic of vaccine results by press release,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.He also said the report makes clear that the risk of a severe pandemic like that of 1918 still exists. “Some have suggested that talking about any kind of pandemic other than [the moderate pandemic of] 1957 or 1968 was tantamount to scaremongering,” but the report makes clear that from a virologic standpoint, the H5N1 virus could remain highly deadly while evolving into a pandemic strain, he said.”This is a really thoughtful report, and it adds a tremendous amount to the ongoing discussion,” Osterholm said.See also:Nov 2 WHO report “Influenza Research at the Human and Animal Interface”last_img read more

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2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Businesses must overcome ‘fog’ of pandemic preparedness

first_img See also: Adding to that miasma is the state of US healthcare. In part because of a shortage of workers and the physical limitations of medical centers, the system has little “surge capacity” for the huge influx of patients a pandemic would cause. “We have basically taken [the healthcare] system and sucked it to the bone,” Osterholm said. Maintain flexibility. Osterholm recognized the uncertainty involved in pandemic planning and stressed that plans need malleability so they can adapt to the elusive realities of a pandemic. “Anyone who develops a concrete plan is making a mistake,” he said. “Be capable and be flexible. Another layer of mist comes in the form of making decisions about vaccines and antiviral drugs. Osterholm lauded companies like Roche for increasing production of antiviral drugs like osteltamivir (Tamiflu), but said it remains unclear how effective these drugs will be against H5N1 if it becomes the pandemic strain. How high mortality rates will be Overcome pandemic fatigue. Recognize that some executives may see pandemic planning as no longer important, Osterholm said, calling the phenomenon “pandemic fatigue” and saying, “Acknowledge, accept, and plan around pandemic fatigue.” Osterholm spoke at CIDRAP’s “Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: Second National Summit,” held this week for hundreds of leaders in business, government, and academia. How effective and plentiful antiviral drugs and vaccines will be—and when they’ll be ready Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of CIDRAP News, said that several factors cloud the preparedness landscape: Even if companies stockpile antivirals, they face another dilemma: when to use them. If they were to withhold them during a first pandemic wave anticipating a more severe second wave that didn’t happen, people would question the decision, Osterholm said. Likewise, leaders could decide to distribute stockpiled drugs during the first wave, only to discover that the second is more severe. “When do you blow your wad?” he asked. How our communities will mitigate damage “Pre-pandemic” vaccines can be stockpiled in the hope that they may provide some protection against the influenza strain that ultimately causes a pandemic. However, as pointed out by vaccine expert Gregory Poland, MD, in a separate summit presentation Tuesday, a vaccine targeted to the specific pandemic strain would take months to develop and distribute. Feb 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – As businesses develop pandemic preparedness plans, they need to cut through a “fog” of uncertainty about exactly what pandemic influenza will look like and how their companies will be able to respond to it, infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said at a summit in Orlando Monday. The result, said Osterholm, is that “the availability of protective vaccine during the first wave of a pandemic just won’t be there.” He added, “For most of the world’s population, a vaccine will never be available throughout the duration of a pandemic.” Work around “just in time.” “Don’t try to change the global just-in-time economy,” he said. “That’s like swimming up Niagara Falls. Forget it. You’ve got to work around it.” And with estimates of the mortality rate in a pandemic ranging widely, Osterholm surmised, “We don’t really have a clue” about how many people will succumb. How many waves of the pandemic will occur, and how severe they’ll be Pandemic planning can produce its own haze as planners grapple with issues like ensuring their supply chain or determining government’s role. “We talk about what we might do or can do, but we really don’t know,” Osterholm said. “There are so many uncertainties.” This extends to experts’ estimates of how a pandemic might behave. “We have only a general sense of what the next pandemic influenza strain is capable of doing in terms of human illness or subsequent collateral damage,” he said. Add to that today’s just-in-time economy, in which supplies arrive as they are needed so that companies minimize storage costs. “It is the reality of today’s economy,” Osterholm said. “It’s what MBAs are made of.” That reality, though, means that “even a hiccup” of disruption will mean serious shortages, he predicted. Full text of Feb 2007 HHS report on community mitigation measureshttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/professional/community/community_mitigation.pdf Other steps businesses can take, according to Osterholm, include: “You’re not stuck to a plan,” he said. “You’re stuck to a process.” In addition, said Poland, director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minn., drug companies—even at maximum worldwide production—could deliver only enough vaccine to inoculate 1% to 2% of the world’s population. Shining some light into the pandemic cloud, however, is the recent document on community mitigation measures by the US Department of Health and Human Services (see links below). “You don’t want to have a [pandemic planning] policy inconsistent with this document,” Osterholm said. How our overloaded healthcare systems will cope How our global just-in-time economy will affect access to goods and services He took his “fog of pandemic preparedness” concept from the theory of the “fog of war,” a state of ambiguity soldiers can find themselves in when they doubt their own capabilities and feel unsure of their adversary’s capabilities and intentions. Feb 1 CIDRAP News story: “HHS ties pandemic mitigation advice to severity” Learn from veterans. We need to look at those in the military who have studied the fog of war to explore what to do when unsure about what steps to take.last_img read more

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“Velebit House” Visitor Center opened

first_imgThe public institution “Northern Velebit National Park” has successfully completed the project of building a Visitor Center Krasno, which built and equipped a visitor center called House of Velebit.The newly built visitor center, the project is worth 30,9 million kuna and it is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013. The aim of the project is to improve the conditions for the development of tourism in Lika-Senj County by establishing Krasno and Northern Velebit National Park as a unique destination that naturally connects the continental and coastal tourist offer of the County.Kuća Velebit, is located in Krasno, one of our largest mountain resorts, where visitors can get information about what to visit and experience in the Park, Krasno and the surrounding area, and buy tickets and souvenirs, but also learn more about climate, species and habitats, cultural heritage, geology, underground…. The main goal of the project was to build a Visitor Center NP Northern Velebit as a recognizable, modern and attractive content that attracts tourists to Krasno and the surrounding area, enables the presentation of natural and cultural values ​​of the Park throughout the year and quality promotion of tourist facilities in the Park and Lika-Senj County. .A significant feature of this project is the sustainability of the building of the House of Velebit and the whole concept of its layout. The building was built in accordance with the highest standards of energy efficiency (energy class A +) and is integrated into the environment and the landscape.Exhibition of the House of Velebit The exhibition of the House of Velebit spreads over four floors and includes several thematic units that are intertwined and intertwined in order to better show visitors the richness of Velebit, its diversity and cultural and natural value. At the heart of the story is man and his direct and indirect influence on nature and natural values. In the past, the inhabitants of Velebit lived a nomadic way of life, clearing forests, grazing cattle, building stone dwellings – shepherd’s dwellings and dry stone walls, thus creating new habitats – lawns, ponds and more, and influencing the number of species of flora and fauna. IN The house of Velebit visitors will have the opportunity to get acquainted with a large part of this diversity – various insects and birds, large carnivores, endemic plant species adapted to extreme living conditions… But the value of this mountain is not only in the number of plant, animal and fungal species but also in its landscape diversity. The reason for this is the numerous surface karst forms – sinkholes, beams, hips, cracks… are just some of them. But the story of how they were created can be read by visitors in ours The house of Velebit!! But what is most valuable is actually located underground and is inaccessible to most visitors. These are our deep pits inhabited by a whole special world of specific fauna that had to adapt to life in constant darkness. And again, it is man who has been constantly intrigued by this underworld, so he has begun to explore in more detail the dark world that still fascinates and surprises us with some newly discovered animal species. For a moment, every visitor will be able to become a speleologist and explore the “Lukini pit” in The house of Velebit.Working hours of Velebit House:INFO CENTER: Sunday-Thursday 8-17h, Friday-Saturday 8-18hSETTING: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am-16pm, Monday closed/ item]last_img read more

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Free HACCP workshop for HACCP team leaders in Zagreb

first_imgThe Quality Management Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, as part of the Food Business Assistance Program, is organizing a free two-day HACCP workshop to be held on September 28 and 29 from 10 am to 16 pm at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Rooseveltov trg 2 in Zagreb.At the workshop, participants will be introduced to the legal requirements in the field of food safety and explained the obligations of entities in the food business. In the practical part, participants will be introduced to ways to meet legal requirements, practical examples from practice to develop or control the compliance of their own food safety management systems based on HACCP principles.HACCP workshop is free, and is intended for all entities in the food business, leaders and members of HACCPs who in practice establish, implement and maintain a food safety system as a legislative obligation related to the provisions of the Food Act and all interested parties who in any way participate in the implementation of this legislative framework in food production, processing or distribution in the food chain.It is done in small groups, so, if necessary, after completing these groups, all applicants will be informed about the date of the next HACCP workshop. All information can be obtained from the Quality Management Department by calling 01 / 4561-551.last_img read more

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Current trends in tourism to pay attention to

first_imgThe evolution of intermediary platforms, investment in foreign markets with a real need and in a new wave of construction of hotels and accommodation units and the offer of a comprehensive arrangement are the characteristics of the tourism sector of the future.Richard Clarke, senior analyst at Bernstein Asset Management in London, for Booking.com he proposed four current trends in tourism, to which the world should pay more attention.The first of the Fantastic Four refers to travel brokerage platforms such as Online Travel Agents (OTA) or an airline Ryanair. Intermediary platforms are part of the world of the future, so it should come as no surprise that they have been the most attractive location for investment in recent years. Still, Clarke warns that the aforementioned platforms will have to grow out of the role of a purely travel intermediary. For example, hotel chains such as the Hilton and Marriott, indigenous hotel industry and travel agencies such as Tui i Thomas Cook with the offer of tourist arrangements in the last six to nine months they have done excellently. If they want to survive in the near future, intermediary platforms must build unique content. Clarke at this point proposes an exclusive brokerage by which the given platform would be the only broker of the hotel outside its domestic market.The next trend will concern one exceptional economic opportunity. Namely, it is about investments in the development of tourism within the country, which is predicted to attract approximately 2025 billion dollars of investments by 400. Consequently, and by fairly simple logic, China has imposed itself as the most generous investment location. Also, an incredibly mobile and wealthy middle class has formed in China, a market whose needs open up numerous opportunities in the hospitality sector. At the same time, there is a shortage of hotels and similar accommodation units in the Asian market, while the popularity of Western brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Accor i IHG growing. The four listed hotel giants currently account for 12% of the total offer of accommodation units, while with the implementation of the planned expansion, this percentage will increase to 64%.The third trend is closely related to the previous one, ie to the wave of opening new hotels in the period of the post-financial crisis. Clarke points out that in the United States, the rate of opening new accommodation in 2008 and 2009 was only 2%, while by 2012 it had fallen enormously to 0.5%. Globally, the low rate of opening new hotels has led to increased demand for existing ones and ensured their safe passage through the crisis, ignoring even falling prices. This is now a thing of the past, Clarke concluded, because with the improvement of the financial picture, new players are entering the market competition – the most obvious phenomenon outside Europe, but it is important to point out that the number of emerging hotels on the continent is twice as high as last year.Finally, Clarke discusses travel arrangements, that is, are they remnants of some ancient past or are they rising again from the fire? He cites examples of Accor expressing interest in the airline Air France. Hotel giant Marriott is continuously investing in travel organizations, and some online travel agencies already have diversified content on offer. Simply everyone wants to be a part of the tourist story and for them to be the place where travelers start their adventure. A great example of such a business is Tui which owns its own airline, hotels, cruisers, transfer services and the like which makes its arrangement comprehensive and the journey much easier as everything needed for its implementation is in one place.Tui’s strong market position is a kind of inspiration to other travel agencies and travel organizations, as well as an indicator of the path the market has taken. This is fully in line with the spirit of the times, Clarke explains, because in a period of enduring anxiety and chronic lack of time, arrangements covering all aspects of travel infuse clients with a security to which they gladly return.last_img read more

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When we understand what we can truly offer, so will those to whom we offer it

first_imgOur offer of sun, sea and unbridled entertainment must increasingly approach a deeper and broader insight into the tradition and history of the region, precisely segmented in relation to our regions and their specifics. And only then can we talk about the development of tourism in Croatia.  I have been communicating with service providers (winemakers, oil producers, adventurers, fishermen, farmers…) through the development of the platform for almost a year now. And what I can say is that this segment of tourism entities may be a little treasure of domestic tourism; small and family business, hardworking people, passion, tradition and a clear vision of fulfilling their dreams are the things that inspire me and in which I see the future of the tourist offer (in our country, but also globally).  The offer is still underused and needs to be developed in the following segments: marketing with an emphasis on branding and distribution, mergers, branding of regions and micro-regions, increased market fluidity and turning resources into everyday tourism business without too much dependence on large group arrangements. communicating the true authenticity of services and destinations. The natural hospitality and approach to the guest that stems from love and commitment to what they do is an incomparable and immeasurable tourist “asset” and a guarantee for the successful future of tourism by focusing on such services. Taking into account the quality of the products they deliver (tasting, excursions, tours, activities…), I think that there is definitely room for further price growth. In addition, they have a very good insight into the behavior and challenges of tourists that they should attract in Croatia and this is their advantage. CONTRIBUTION FROM ALL SIDES Such intergenerational connections, responsibility for heritage and the passion they naturally have allow them to be creative in product design and agile in their development. Such a huge influx of foreign tourists leads to long-term unsustainability. With its size and population, Croatia cannot engage in major battles to increase the number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays with, for example, Greece, which has more than 2 times the territory, Spain, which has an area 9 times larger, or Turkey, which is almost 14 times larger. space. Our growth strategy must be completely different and focused on extracting quality from resources that are not and must not be negligible in a global context – nature, people and culture. Multiplicative function: with revenues from tourism as an induced effect, certain entities from rural areas can additionally finance their regular activities, the income of which in turn contributes to the consumption of individuals.  Inductive function: rural tourism provides providers with new income and investing part of it in expanding the offer, realization of creative ideas, introduction of new types of services, etc. Also, for some of them tourism can be a great system to increase return on investment in plants, workers, branding, etc. . Source: Eurostst Photo: Personal archive of the author of the text I believe that certain structures in public institutions are working on that, but probably the mentioned deviation must be more drastic and, inevitably, accompanied by measures at several different levels. Certainly not an easy job, but if it didn’t start yesterday, decisions should start today. Author: Dominik Antonio Šalov Some of them, who deal with this type of business and tourist services, according to the principle of tasting as a test framework, can get additional sales to quality guests and earn money on sold bottles or food. At the same time, the foundations are being laid so that the image of their brand can spread globally. This proves that the tourist environment is very good for marketing products through services, without global competition and distribution costs. CHANGE OF FOCUS? 3. They do their job passionately and are therefore almost destined to succeed In addition, the project we are working on will try to dynamize the hitherto somewhat dormant market of tours and rural tourism activities through direct communication between tourists and service providers and payment via the Internet.  However, without going into the core of the source of the difference in income per tourist night between Croatia and, for example, on the other side of Poland and Portugal, it is clear that these countries are achieving this advantage for some reason. And that reason is part of nothing less than – development strategy. I believe that such differences are not created by chance. I am fascinated by the fact that with a significant number of people I spoke to, the concept works well in which younger generations take over the family business from their parents, including grandparents, and thus continue the tradition by implementing some modern achievements and striving to raise business to a higher level.  On the other hand, it is obvious that, according to the basic economic postulates, such a form of demand, ie the number of overnight stays (relatively considered), exists in accordance with the pronounced price competitiveness of domestic tourism. According to the study Key issues of sustainability of Croatian tourism, Croatia generates 67% less income from international tourism per night than the EU average. Domestic tourism, most readers of this medium are aware, is faced with several structural problems. This is not new news, although some recent public appearances may give the impression that Croatia’s position in the tourist macro-environment (slowing down and reducing the intensity of demand) is a newly detected phenomenon, not just a logical and expected consequence of roads and detours. When we understand what we can truly offer, so will those to whom we offer it. Conversion function: sea, rivers, forests, vineyards in rural areas are monetized through tourism and thus these non-economic resources become economic.  Therefore, I would like to point out 5 points, which I confirmed or realized about rural tourism through direct contact with the market and analysis of what I saw, heard and read. 1. Rural tourism can very well fulfill most of the economic functions of tourism 4. Their service is mostly top notch and stems from a first-class user orientation.  The following table also supports the thesis of a shift in strategic focus. Using Eurostat data for 2017, we can very easily see where Croatia is positioned in relation to some other countries in the context of tourism. Countries selected because with a smaller number of international overnight stays and a significantly lower intensity of tourism, they generate up to 60% higher revenues from tourism, or, like Austria, with a slightly higher number of overnight stays, they generate almost 100% higher revenues. (op.a. Without going into the correctness of the calculation of the absolute amount of income from tourism as a relevant metric, and given Tourism satellite account and derived results, but focusing solely on country comparability).  High seasonality, debatable structure of accommodation (not necessarily at a higher level but qualitatively, within certain types of accommodation) and general tourist offer, uneven geographical distribution of consumption, untapped potential of individual regions… These are just some of the ills of our tourist system. Employment function: growth of tourism revenues and new employments are especially important for rural areas and revitalization of local population standards Acceleration function: rural tourism can definitely contribute to the faster development of certain industries such as organic food production, production of premium wines, olive oils, cheeses, etc. 2. Significant improvement is needed in marketing support to rural tourism The direction and vision of Croatian tourism should be related to the focus on quality and not quantity. Cessation of growth or reduction of the burden on infrastructure (ie tourist intensity) and increased unit spending on services that belong to a higher price / premium range are important goals that we must set before ourselves. It is very important to move from cheap and fast to long-term, sustainable and authentic quality.  If you want to be a part of the story of authentic rural tourism with your offer, contact us via the form on the page or at team@authland.com I am also thinking of building a brand of destinations and the types of tourist services that are provided, as well as building strong and reliable distribution channels tailored to service providers. It is not a marketing yet mature market and for much of it there is plenty of room to expand distribution. But, of course, it requires knowledge, time and money, and for that they need quality partners and the previously mentioned paradigm shift in tourism when it comes to national strategy. So, the fact is, our country is more than normally burdened by tourist arrivals, and yet it does not earn as much from them as it could. We need a more even distribution of income by periods of the year and areas in which tourism takes place, as well as the diversification of the types of tourist services we offer; tourism should be a consequence of the tourist valorisation of high value-added activities and not a proving ground for quick earnings through below-average expensive mass consumption services, or worse – above-average expensive services of poor value for money. And in order for such reservations, transactions and consumption of these services to take place in the destination, the country needs to be branded on these bases – authenticity and uniqueness – much earlier in the shopping cycle of a tourist. The state tourism strategy cannot be based only on the crystal clear sea, sunny days and dear people.  MORE, MORE AND MORE… BUT UNTIL WHEN? Photo: Personal archive of the author of the text Integration function: tourists staying in coastal cities can perform their daily tourist activities in the hinterland, which represents a huge integration potential, as well as an excellent method of reducing the intensity of tourism in coastal cities. The belief that there is room in Croatia for further serious valorization of special forms of tourist offer – high added value and for which demand is resistant (inelastic) to price increases, is one of the main reasons why it will soon enter the market. Authland – an internet platform offering tourist tours and activities that take place exclusively in rural areas: wine, oil and cheese tasting, fishing tourism tour, climbing, hiking and trekking tour, safari tour, rafting and kayaking tour, etc. Absorption function: by development premium services in rural areas can potentially be influenced by turning the excess purchasing power of more developed countries into a basis for stronger economic development in Croatia. In the analysis of such indicators, the share of the number of overnight stays by regions and counties should be taken into account, as well as the level of development and the population and population density of individual regions and counties, so that the results become real. However, I believe that even with such an application, considering the structure of overnight stays by, for example, counties, the results might be more unfavorable for Croatia, if we take into account the significant concentration of tourist traffic on the coast.  In comparison with other countries, the impact of the general price level in these economies should certainly not be neglected, nor the fact that more people travel to these countries for business reasons than in Croatia, which is primarily a holiday destination. One of the consequences is that Croatia, according to Eurostat, for 2017 was the second country within the EU-28 when it comes to tourist intensity, just behind Malta. What does that mean? That the average number of tourist nights in our country, if you look at per capita (to show the intensity of tourist activity through the ratio of the number of people who stayed in the area as tourists and those who stay in the area as permanent residents) was 20,7. For Greece and Spain, for example, the number is 10,3 and 10,1, respectively.  STRATEGY TO FULFILL POTENTIAL In a highly competitive industry such as tourism, and especially for the Mediterranean area, we simply must not enter into generic forms – molds that form tourism based on the price competitiveness of services and products that can be found in any corner of the civilized world.  If we look at revenues from tourism in relation to total GDP, or the metrics of the share of direct gross value added of tourism in total gross value added, Croatia is at the top and significantly ahead of comparable countries. And next to another country, with which it shares some of the characteristics – a long and beautiful coast and the tendency to rely on it “a little” too much in an effort to generate income: Montenegro. 5. They also see tourism as a very good sales channel  We would very much like a stronger strategic focus on gastronomy, oenology, culture, valorization of nature and other wonderful sectors that can hardly wait to be used as a tourism product to be enjoyed by tourists from the US, Korea, the Netherlands and other countries around the world. And especially in the rural area, which occupies over 90% of the territory of Croatia but with an almost negligible share in total income, and thus generates huge potential. QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY LESSONS CONFIRMED (AND LEARNED) BY COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLElast_img read more

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Motion Travel has become the official agency of the largest marathon in the world – TCS New York City Marathon 2020!

first_imgThese are the ambassadors of our tourism and the lighthouse entrepreneurs who bravely push forward in spite of everyone and everything and destroy the status quo. Support them. In Motion travel, they are still awake dreaming and bravely walking step by step towards new goals. Running is a constantly growing trend, so over 50 million inhabitants of the European Union run regularly, and according to Josip Ćorić, Croatia is definitely growing, and the most important thing is that the number of runners, clubs and community who create new runners and new marathoners. As Ćorić points out, from the first day he woke up dreaming of this very moment and step by step he built a story that the dream turned into reality. That there is a big difference between desire and goal, says this great story, as well as its continuation, since Motion Travel recently included a marathon in Morocco, and for 2020 they are preparing to organize a trip to the races in North America and Asia where their motto RUN & TRAVEL would definitely come to life. Namely, the trend of running is spreading in Europe from year to year, as well as in Croatia, and as Josip Ćorić points out, as a passionate runner he did not have an offer to go to half marathons and races in various European cities. And that’s where that click or eureka happens. As a passionate travel enthusiast and employee in agency tourism, Ćorić decided to establish Motion Travel, the only agency in Croatia specialized in the departure of recreational, amateur and professional runners and of course their fans to races within Croatia and Europe. Today, after a little over a year and a lot of work and effort, Motion Travel has become the official agency of the largest marathon in the world – TCS New York City Marathon 2020!  Thus, for the first time, Croatia has its own tourist representative for runners at the NY Marathon, a Motion Travel  has managed to position Croatia as one of the 54 countries in the world that have a representative at the largest racing event in the world. This cooperation will enable all runners from Croatia and the region to more easily access information, entry fees and medals. “The racing population in Croatia increasingly travels to foreign races where we already offer them attractive trips and as the crown of the offer we want to offer runners from the region all major races and thus be at the top of the world agency offer of racing trips. It is difficult for us to predict in which direction the niche is developing because we are currently the only ones going in that direction and we are the initiators of both outgoing and incoming, but we think we are going at a good pace because after a year and 3 months we already have two majors. we travel to more than 15 different races across Europe and are recording constant growth. We see definite growth in offering travel on all continents. ” Ćorić points out as his new goal and the dream he wants to fulfill. Once a upon a time… or the story starts like this nekako. center_img “The beginning of communication with the organizers was already in April this year when we sent the first part of the documentation. Since the establishment of the agency, our goal has been to become the official ITO (International Tour Operator) for the NY Marathon, so we carefully “step by step” started working together. Through half a year and meeting the strict conditions we had to meet, such as being the ITO of one of the major marathons, and as we are already the second year of the ITO for the Berlin Marathon it was a great advantage for us. After sending the rest of the documentation and checking the quality of work, checking all the items we listed, we received confirmation that Motion Travel will be the official ITO and that Croatia gets the first travel agency for another major world racing event. says Coric. RELATED NEWS: As Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic points out, it is important to celebrate other people’s success, encourage and build the perception of success in Croatia. Proof of how to succeed in Croatia. A little over a year ago, a great idea was born, an idea that hit the need of runners in Croatia and offered a solution to the problem. Cover photo: TCS New York City Marathon / Illustration HrTurizam.hr Thanks to the HrTurizam.hr portal, I have the honor of being the source of information, and the “power” to connect people, entrepreneurs and tourist stories, all with the aim of generating added value and synergy. To date, I have merged hundreds of entrepreneurial tourism stories in Croatia. Also, there is no greater happiness when you watch some entrepreneurial ideas develop from year to year and manage to fight for their place under the sun. If in this process in one small part I can personally help and push, that’s it, my mission is fulfilled. FIRST TRAVEL AGENCY SPECIALIZED FOR RUNNERS OPENED – MOTION TRAVELlast_img read more

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Norwegian Cruise Line canceled all cruises to Asia, part of the passengers transferred to the eastern Mediterranean

first_img“In addition, we have proactively implemented several preventive measures to reduce the potential exposure and transmission of COVID-19 and to protect the health, safety, well-being and well-being of our guests and crew. These measures include improved pre-boarding and embarkation health protocols that are above normal operating procedures. We refuse to board any guest and crew who have traveled, visited or passed through airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macao, within 30 days of boarding, regardless of nationality. The standard incubation period recognized by the WHO and US CDC for this virus is 14 days. Guests who are denied boarding will be refunded when they provide proof of travel. For all guests, we will continue standard health reporting and assessment before boarding. All guests who become symptomatic undergo medical assessments prior to boarding, including, but not limited to, temperature checks if deemed necessary. Any guest who shows symptoms of any respiratory illness while on board will undergo an additional examination at our ship’s medical center and may be subject to potential quarantine and disembarkation. We implemented additional cleaning and disinfection protocols on all trips. These protocols will be implemented in accordance with the existing strict sanitary standarde ”point out in the statement and add that at the moment there are no significant restrictions on travel outside Asia and that they will continue to closely monitor the situation and consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). actions as needed. CEO Frank Del Rio said the company decided to take this radical step by canceling its cruises to Asia because it did not want to repeat what happened to the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that had multiple coronavirus cases and quarantined more than 3.700 passengers and crew. . “The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is our number one priority. We are aware of new travel advice recently issued by the US State Department. We are closely monitoring the situation and out of caution, and as a result of uncertainty about entering the port and the availability of connections to various destinations in Asia, we have previously made the decision to cancel all trips to Asia through our three brands. A total of 40 voyages were canceled, modified or diverted, including 24 voyages on the Norwegian Cruise, 10 on Oceania cruises and 6 on Regent Seven Seas cruises. Following these changes, we do not have any vessels deployed in Asia until the end of the third quarter of 2020. ” a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesman said in a statement. Also the virus forced them to cancel, modify or redirect 40 trips to all three of their brands and provide compensation to customers. Twenty-one canceled trips to Asia on his cruise ship, the Norwegian Spirit, have diverted him to the eastern Mediterranean for the summer of 2020. It is expected that part of these arrangements will end up on our coast as well.center_img Source and photo: Norwegian Cruise Line Any guest or crew who has traveled to China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 30 days, regardless of nationality, is not allowed to board Norwegian vessels. They also point out that it is too early to fully take into account the effects of coronaviruses on their business.last_img read more

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Leading hoteliers at the HOW Online conference

first_imgThe full program and list of panelists is available at official conference page, and you can sign up via of this link. Olog Karlsson, Regional Director for Poland and Southeast Europe, Radisson HotelsSrdjan Mileković, Senior Vice President, Operations for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, HyattJoanna Świerkosz, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Guest Experience for Eastern Europe, Accor HotelsEnrico Noack, Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Meliá Hotels InternationalDean Amburn, Regional Revenue Management Director for Eastern Europe, Marriott International The focus of the conference is the new changes that pose a great challenge to all hoteliers: care for the health and safety of employees and guests, revenue management strategies, professional and consistent marketing communication and household. Experts and representatives of world hotel companies in interesting discussions and interviews will present their solutions, ideas and examples of good practice to the participants, thus making it easier for them to adapt to the current situation.  Speakers at the upcoming conference are: center_img And many others. In two days (May 21.5), the first online edition of the only conference on hotel operations will be held – HOW Online!last_img read more

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The CES has announced the conditions for receiving support for June

first_img• Transport and storage – primarily passenger transport (rail, land, air and water) Employers who perform activities of a seasonal nature, regardless of the form of registration of the business entity, may use the support provided that they have registered activities and registered in the HZMO insured system by February 29.02.2020, XNUMX, and that at the time of application active status. Accommodation and food and beverage service activitiesAdministrative and support service activities – only rental and leasing activities and travel agencies, tour operators and other reservation services and related activities More details attached. Employers from the following sectors can apply for June support: Side dish: Support for job preservation in activities affected by Coronavirus (COVID – 19) for June 2020 Employers need to prove that in May 2020 they had a decrease in income by at least 50% compared to May 2019, based on the submission of the VAT form for May 2020. and May 2019. Tax Administration. Agriculture, forestry and fishing – only crop and livestock production, hunting and related service activities and fishing • Arts, entertainment and recreation only creative, artistic and entertainment activities, entertainment and recreational activities and production and screening of films and video films, sound recording and music publishing activities and their distribution • Organizers of cultural, business and sports events, organizers of fairs and weddings, and related activities such as companies for equipment rental, audio and video recording, ticket sales, hall rental and other companies that generate most of their income from events and public gatherings At the session held on May 29.05.2020, XNUMX. The CES Board of Directors has introduced Support for job preservation (COVID – 19) for June 2020., continuing support for job retention for eligible sectors whose business cannot be opened for objective reasons or have a decline of at least 50%, and caused by the COVID – 19 crisis, which seeks to avoid the dismissal of workers from the activities actually affected and the sudden entry of workers into the unemployment register. The Croatian Employment Service (CES) has announced the conditions for support for June with the aim of preserving jobs for employers whose economic activity has been disrupted due to a special circumstance caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19). • Other service activities – repair of computers and personal and household goods and other personal service activities onlylast_img read more

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