Month: November 2020

The View in Michigan Election: Biden’s Team is Buoyed by High Detroit Turnout.

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Biden was winning Detroit with nearly 95 percent of the vote.Second, Mr. Biden benefited from a groundswell of discontent with President Donald J. Trump in the Detroit suburbs. Mr. Trump did well in the white, middle class communities he won last time in places like Macomb County, one of the nation’s bellwethers that President Barack Obama also carried. But that support does not appear to have been enough to overcome the shifts against him in suburbs that were once more friendly.That shift was especially pronounced in well-heeled Oakland County suburbs like Bloomfield Hills, where Mitt Romney grew up and where being a Democrat was once one of the surest impediments to getting elected at any level of government. – Advertisement – BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — As former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pulls ahead in Michigan, it is becoming clear that he has accomplished two goals that Democrats believed were key to regaining Midwestern battleground states.First, he increased turnout in Detroit considerably, where low African-American enthusiasm kept many voters away from the polls in 2016. Wayne County, which includes the city of Detroit, was still counting its ballots on Wednesday. And in Detroit itself, where only half of precincts had fully reported, almost as many ballots were reported counted as in all of 2016.- Advertisement –center_img In 2016, there were about a dozen precincts in the area that voted for Mr. Trump. But only a small handful did this time.The Republican Party has long relied on well-to-do suburbanites who believe their economic interests will be better served by fiscally conservative policy prescriptions like tax cuts and deregulation. And while Mr. Trump’s presidency accelerated the flight of these voters into the Democratic Party, those changes were slower to arrive in Bloomfield Hills.In Oakland, the state’s second-largest county, Mr. Biden was leading by 14 points as of Wednesday morning, a significant improvement over the Democratic presidential candidates on the ballot before him. Like many suburban enclaves across the Midwestern battlegrounds, women voters were especially activated this time.- Advertisement – Evidence of their enthusiasm was apparent in candidates for local office like Dani Walsh, a former Republican who ran for Bloomfield Township supervisor and won, becoming the first woman and Democrat to occupy the office.last_img read more

Avian flu hits another African nation

first_imgApril 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 virus has sneaked across another border, making Burkina Faso the fifth African nation to lose poultry to the virus.H5N1 cases have been found on a “camp site” at Gampela, in the Saaba department of Kadiogo province, according to a report Burkina Faso officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The site is about 6 miles from Ouagadougou, the capital. The report said 123 helmeted guinea fowl died. The cause was confirmed as H5N1 by an OIE reference laboratory in Padova, Italy.The Burkina Faso minister of animal resources, Toemoko Konate, announced the outbreak in a radio address yesterday that was reported by the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) today.The small African nation is not prepared to cope with avian flu, international experts warned. Burkina Faso has about 32 million poultry, with 76% of them raised traditionally, IRIN reported.”Burkina is one of those countries that have particularly weak infrastructure,” said Maria Zampaglione, spokeswoman for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as quoted in the IRIN story. It ranks as the world’s third poorest country in the UN Human Development index in 2005, the story noted.The country is also battling a meningitis outbreak, which has killed more than 750 people this year, IRIN added.The OIE and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will send a joint mission to the country to advise leaders there how to respond.Cameroon, Egypt, Niger, and Nigeria are the other African countries reporting poultry outbreaks to date.Meanwhile, Pakistan today issued a follow-up report that details two new avian flu outbreaks on commercial poultry farms, one in Charsada, North West Frontier Province, and another in Abbottabad, in the same province. More than 3,000 cases occurred, leading to the slaughter of more than 26,000 birds at the two farms, the report said. The H5N1 virus was first detected in Pakistan in late February.See also:Burkina Faso’s report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpOIE follow-up report from Pakistanhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Pakistan_AI_04_04_2006.pdflast_img read more

Canada finds 8th case of BSE

first_img The illness was found in an Alberta beef cow estimated to be between 8 and 10 years old, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced. Given the cow’s age, it was probably exposed to the disease either before or shortly after Canada banned the feeding of cattle protein to cattle and other ruminants in 1997, the agency said. Officials are trying to identify the cow’s birth farm so they can verify the animal’s age, find its herd mates, and locate potential sources of contaminated feed. Three BSE cases have been found in the United States so far, the latest one in an Alabama cow last March. The cow was tested in the course of Canada’s BSE surveillance program, which targets high-risk cattle. “No part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems,” the CFIA said. Canada’s seventh BSE case was identified Jul 13 in a 50-month-old dairy cow from Alberta, a discovery that prompted concern because the cow was born several years after the 1997 feed ban took effect.  The sixth case, in a cow from Manitoba, was announced just days earlier, on Jul 4. See also: The United States banned imports of Canadian cattle and beef after Canada’s first BSE case in May 2003. The border was reopened to boneless beef from young cattle a few months later, but live cattle were banned until July 2005, when officials reopened the border to cattle destined for slaughter before reaching 30 months of age. Aug 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Canada has identified its eighth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, just a few weeks after the seventh case. Jul 14 CIDRAP News story “Canada confirms 7th BSE case; US joins probe”last_img read more

SPECIAL REPORT: When avian flu control meets cultural resistance

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the second of a two-part special report on bird flu in Vietnam. Part one, “Vietnam’s success against avian flu may offer blueprint for others,” appeared Oct 25.Oct 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – HANOI, Vietnam – Nguyen Van Tich’s farm lies at the end of a narrow dirt road that runs under the tall edges of rice paddies and snakes between old bomb craters turned into fish ponds.The tucked-away property, one of the largest in this 10,000-person district 20 miles from Hanoi, is new-looking and prosperous. In the 7 years they have owned it, 44-year-old Tich and his wife have stocked their 1.75 acres with citrus trees, coconut palms, pig pens, a duck pond, and a long brick coop filled with fuzzy chicks that skitter away from a stranger’s shadow.The couple went into debt to build the farm, and their care for their investment shows in the wire mesh that swathes the chicks’ shelter and the vaccinations recently administered to their 1,000 ducks and hens—measures prescribed by Vietnam’s central government to contain the threat of H5N1 avian influenza.”I am a professional; [this farm] is my life,” Tich said through an interpreter. “If I lose it, I lose everything.”The willingness of Tich, pictured at right,* and thousands of small farmers like him to follow the government’s orders does much to explain Vietnam’s dramatic change of fortune on avian flu, from one of the countries hardest hit by the virus to one of the most successful in controlling it (see part one of this series).The Vietnamese government is openly proud of those results, and international animal and human health experts have applauded its apparent success. Yet some of those experts caution, and interviews with farmers and consumers confirm, that Vietnam’s continued success is not guaranteed—because it may depend on new and stricter government prescriptions that the populace may find hard to accept.”What is being talked about is trying to change really basic behavior that people have been engaged in all their lives,” said Dr. Richard Brown, a World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologist based in Hanoi. “It is going to be a slow process.”As the H5N1 outbreak expands, planners worldwide are acknowledging that scientific and political efforts to control the virus will fail unless they are accompanied by willing cultural change. Vietnam’s attempts to create that change are being closely watched.A model for successVietnam’s success against avian flu has made the country an island of viral suppression in a sea of transmission—this year, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), H5N1 has recurred in neighboring Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand.And Vietnam’s successful measures are stringent and strictly maintained.In Ho Chi Minh City, for instance, raising chickens in the city has been banned, and chickens raised in the countryside are inspected twice before they cross the city limits—once by rural authorities and a second time at one of four municipal checkpoints. More than 2,000 trucks pass through the checkpoints each day; if the birds’ paperwork is in order, the truck carrying them is allowed to proceed along limited designated routes to one of three new slaughterhouses.If the birds do not pass inspection, they are confiscated on the spot. “We take them to the incinerator,” Dr. Truong Thi Kim Chau, vice-director of the city’s sub-department of animal health, said through an interpreter.The country’s health authorities do not take success for granted.”The risk of bird flu still exists in Vietnam,” said Dr. Bui Quang Anh, the Hanoi-based director general of the department of animal health in the agriculture ministry, pointing to the likelihood that the virus still circulates in ducks, geese, and quail within Vietnam, and the possibility of its being carried over the Chinese border in smuggled live chickens.Strict additional measuresTo counter that perceived threat, the ministry proposes strict additional prevention measures in its Integrated National Operational Program for Avian and Human Influenza, known because of its binding as the “Green Book.”The measures vary. One proposal is to permanently ban the raising of ducks, an integral component of the rice-growing economy because they are herded into harvested paddies to clean and fertilize them. Another is to take poultry raising out of the hands of the backyard growers, who make up 70% of producers, and concentrate the industry in large, biosecure farms.Most controversially, for many Vietnamese, the government proposes to alter the way that chicken, a major food, changes hands. It is phasing out the markets where consumers choose live birds and have them slaughtered, and substituting birds killed in a modern slaughterhouse and sold shrink-wrapped and chilled in supermarkets.The change—already instituted in Ho Chi Minh City and under way in the north—would alter much more than basic commerce. It challenges deep-rooted food preferences, because already-dead chickens are considered less tasty and nutritious. It could affect social patterns, because markets are where neighbors meet each morning. It touches even religious practice: Slaughtering and cooking chicken on behalf of family ancestors is a crucial observance during Lunar New Year.”This is the big challenge in Vietnam,” said Dr. Le Truong Giang, vice-director of Ho Chi Minh City’s health department. “Not all the population agree, but more and more people agree with us.”But in Hanoi, Tran Thi Tuyet—a university graduate working in a silk shop to perfect her English—vigorously disagreed.”We know bird flu is very dangerous,” she said. “But Vietnamese people, we like to go to the market, we want to see the birds. Where I live, outside the city, there are many markets selling chickens still.”Meeting cultural resistanceIn Vietnam’s health agencies, and in the cities and villages, there are scattered signs that acceptance of anti-bird flu measures may not be complete.The two-shot poultry vaccination campaign mandated last year by the agriculture ministry inoculated approximately 160 million birds—80% of the country’s total—in late 2005, Dr. Anh said. But a repeat this year, meant to catch a new crop of birds, vaccinated 140 million, about 65%. And a campaign to halve the country’s duck population, which stood at 60 million in 2003, has stalled at 40 million birds.”We are thinking of how to change the jobs of the duck farmers in the countryside,” Dr. Anh said. “The farmers are very poor. We should have something else for them to do.”On a mid-September morning in Viet Doan commune—where 1,500 ducks were culled in 2005—400 local farmers followed along eagerly as a team from CARE International staged games and contests with an anti-flu theme. The gathering was part of a program that the humanitarian agency has been testing in Vietnam since 2004 that coaches rural residents to evaluate their own understanding of avian flu and teaches them preventive measures, from handwashing to keeping poultry away from other animals.”Some food shops in the commune have stopped selling poultry meat or duck’s blood,” said Dr. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai, a trainer on the program’s staff. “Some farmers keep their poultry behind a fence. But it is difficult to change behavior; it requires a long time.”Tich, the farmer, did not attend the gathering. At his farm down the road, there was a modest fence, two strands of barbed wire slung loosely between low posts. A chicken flapped over it, landing clumsily in a mob of month-old ducklings (see left*)—ducklings that, under a strict interpretation of government guidelines, should not exist.Asked about the ducks, Tich looked nonplussed. News of the ban, he said, had reached him only 10 days ago; he had bought the ducks 3 weeks before.”What I heard is, the local authority just encouraged not to raise new ducks.” he said through the interpreter. “It is not a policy.”Tich had complied with most of the policies in the government campaign against avian flu. In addition to vaccinating his adult birds and confining his chicks until they are a month old, he scours his chicken coops with disinfectant every time a crop is sold, wears gloves and a mask when he kills a bird for his own use, and buries dead chickens in a hole with lime instead of eating them or feeding them to fish.But he seemed skeptical of the effort and expense in some of the further measures yet to come.”Avian influenza is a very big concern for our family, because we have invested quite a lot of capital in our poultry,” he said. “But if the government banned duck-raising, I might switch to raising other animals. I might not grow poultry anymore.”*Photos ©2006 Maryn McKenna. Used with permission.Reporting for this story was supported by the East-West Center, Honolulu (www.eastwestcenter.org).last_img read more

H5N1 strikes poultry in South Korea, Russia

first_imgApr 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in South Korea yesterday said an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak was confirmed at a fourth farm, amid reports of several more suspected outbreaks, a day after Russia’s agriculture ministry said the virus had struck birds in the far eastern part of the country.Kim Chang-sup, an agriculture ministry official, said government tests confirmed an H5N1 outbreak at a chicken farm in Yeongam, about 236 miles southwest of Seoul, according to an Apr 12 report from the Associated Press. Yeongam is a county in South Jeolla province, which borders North Jeolla province, where recent outbreaks have been reported at farms in Gimje and Jeongeup.Kim said birds from six other suspected outbreaks are being tested for the H5N1 virus. However, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday that South Korean officials said 29 suspected or confirmed H5N1 outbreaks have been reported since the virus reemerged in late March after a year’s lapse.Ryu Chul-hyuk, a South Jeolla provincial official, told the AP that authorities have culled 470,000 chickens and ducks at 20 farms within 1.8 miles of the latest confirmed outbreak.Experts in South Korea have noted some differences in the pattern of the country’s recent H5N1 outbreaks, the Korea Times, an English-language newspaper, reported today. Past outbreaks occurred during cooler months, whereas the most recent outbreaks have surfaced during warmer weather. Also, the fresh outbreaks have hit ducks, whereas previous outbreaks only involved chickens, according to the Times report.South Korea’s food and agriculture ministry, however, appeared to downplay the developments and said warmer weather would kill off the virus, the Times report said. The ministry will release an interim report on the H5N1 outbreaks on Apr 16 or 17, according to the Times.Elsewhere, agriculture officials in Russia recently confirmed an H5N1 outbreak in chickens at a village in the far eastern region of Primorye, according to an Apr 12 report from Agence France-Presse. The outbreak marks the first recurrence of the disease in Russia since December 2007, when the virus hit backyard poultry in the Rostov region in western Russia, according to past reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In a report filed with the OIE on Apr 11, Russian officials said the virus struck 21 unvaccinated chickens and 7 guinea fowl. The remaining 14 birds, which included 6 ducks, were destroyed. Officials reported that the source of the virus was probably “hunted wild ducks and geese.”See also:OIE reports on 2008 South Korean and Russian H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

Researchers say H1N1 virus jumped to humans months ago

first_imgJun 11, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – At almost the same moment today that the World Health Organization announced recognition of an influenza pandemic, researchers from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States declared that the novel H1N1 virus responsible has been circulating undetected in humans for months—and that its components have been present in pigs for at least a decade.The group, led by Andrew Rambaut, PhD, of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Evolutionary Biology, said in a letter to the journal Nature that their findings demonstrate the critical need to ramp up disease-detection efforts in animals: “Despite widespread influenza surveillance in humans, the lack of systematic swine surveillance allowed for the undetected persistence and evolution of this potentially pandemic strain for many years.”If better surveillance had existed, they suggest, the first flu pandemic in 41 years might have been detected much earlier—because the novel H1N1 strain’s evolution tracks with the emergence of earlier and (as yet) more destructive pandemic strains.”All three pandemics of the 20th century seem to have been generated by a series of multiple reassortment events in swine or humans, and to have emerged over a period of years before pandemic recognition,” they write. “Our results show that the genesis of the [swine-origin influenza A H1N1 virus] epidemic followed a similar evolutionary pathway.”The study is the third in 3 weeks to pinpoint the origin of the novel H1N1 strain of flu in pigs in North America, where it underwent complex reassortment. On May 22, a group of 60 scientists led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the journal Science an analysis of full or partial genomes from 76 viral isolates. And on June 4, scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Illinois published in Eurosurveillance an analysis of 400 protein sequences.Taken together, the three papers demonstrate an uncharacteristic scientific openness that has been allowing analysis of the novel flu to move at a record pace. In the case of today’s paper, its authors have been posting their findings piece by piece on the Internet, in a multi-author wiki (http://tree.bio.ed.ac.uk/groups/influenza/), and their paper was released by Nature without embargo, in what the journal termed a “near-final version.”To reach their results, Rambaut and colleagues compared the downloaded genetic sequences of 2 isolates of the novel flu, 15 newly sequenced Asian swine flu strains, and 796 human, swine, and avian flu isolates. In addition, using a “molecular clock” technique, they calculated the rate of viral evolution of 30 isolates of the novel flu.Their study yielded a reconstruction of the sequence of reassortment events that produced the new strain. It graphically depicts how braided and complex the evolution of the novel flu has been. Along with it, they publish phylogenetic analyses (“family trees”) for the major genomic segments of the new virus that, by depicting the time gaps between known isolates, illustrate how little surveillance of swine influenza has been carried out.They conclude that the eight genomic segments of the novel H1N1 have been circulating in swine populations for a number of years, from 9.24 years at the shortest (for the PB1 gene) to 17.15 years at the outside (for the NA gene).The complete virus, they estimate, has been circulating in humans since approximately January 2009, and may have emerged as early as August 2008.”This genomic structure may have been circulating in pigs for several years before emergence in humans,” they said. “We urge caution in making inferences about human adaptation on the basis of the ancestry of the individual genes.”Movement of live pigs between Eurasia and North America is likely to have facilitated viral reassortment, they said. Notably, they found a striking resemblance to the novel H1N1 in a 2004 swine influenza isolate from Hong Kong that contained 7 out of 8 genes similar enough for them to dub it a “sister lineage.” They caution though that this does not prove a Eurasian origin for the new flu, but only provides evidence that its swine-flu progenitors were widely geographically distributed.Smith GJD, Vijaykrishna D, Bahl J, et al. Origins and evolutionary genomics of the 2009 swine-origin H1N1 influenza A epidemic. Nature 2009 (advance online publication Jun 11) [Abstract]See also: May 22 CIDRAP News story “Genetic study: Novel H1N1 likely originated in pigs”Garten RJ, Davis CT, Russell CA, et al. Antigenic and genetic characteristics of swine-origin 2009 A (H1N1) influenza viruses circulating in humans. Science 2009 (early online publication May 22) [Abstract]Jun 8 CIDRAP News story “Flu researchers call for enhanced swine surveillance”Nava GM, Attene-Ramos MS, Ang JK, et al. Origins of the new influenza A (H1N1) virus: time to take action. Eurosurveillance 2009 Jun 4;14(22) [Full text]last_img read more

Valamar Riviera has confirmed its status as the best employer in tourism

first_imgThus, Valamar guarantees its employees a minimum net income in the amount of HRK 5.000 to HRK 7.500 for a full monthly fund of hours, a 13th salary in the amount of HRK 5.000 net to all permanent employees and those who will work for at least 2019 months in 10, special rewards in the amount of from 1.200 to 2.000 kuna for seasonal workers and a Christmas bonus of 2.000 kuna for full-time employees. The company provides all its employees who come to work in Valamar’s destinations from other parts of Croatia and the region with quality accommodation and hot meals, and from this year seasonal workers who will work in Rabac will be accommodated in a hotel with a swimming pool.  With competitive salaries, a system of motivation and rewards, as well as career development opportunities and employee health care, Valamar Riviera justifies its status as a top employer in tourism.  Crucial factors in the election were, among other things, workplace relations, job security and social responsibility of the employer, as well as leadership in the sector, salary and other benefits offered by the employer, according to Valamar Riviera.  “At Valamar Riviera, we are aware that investing in people is necessary for sustainable growth and development, especially in tourism. With progressive wage growth and other investments in human resources development, Valamar, as a leading company in tourism, wants to be an example of good practice for other employers as well. We are proud of the fact that we are the company that offers the best conditions for work and career development in tourism, which confirms this great recognition.” she stated Ines Damjanić Šturman, Director of the Human Resources Sector at Valamar Riviera.  Valamar Riviere employeecenter_img Valamar Riviera took a high 7th place in the ranking of top employers in Croatia, jumping five places in the ranking compared to last year. Valamar is still the only tourist company that is in the prestigious company of the top 20 employers in Croatia, chosen by almost 20.000 respondents to the research of the MojPosao portal, which was conducted in 2018 and 2019.  This year, Valamar has created about 400 new jobs, and in the 2019 season from Istria and Kvarner to Dubrovnik it will employ more than 7.000 employees in 34 hotels and resorts and 15 camping resorts. Also, Valamar has so far invested more than 60 million kuna in quality accommodation for the employees of the Valamar House in Poreč, Rabac and Krk, and the Valamar House in Dubrovnik is also under construction. last_img read more

The Eat Pannonia brand is launched through two gastro centers in Vrdnik and Vinkovci

first_img“The project refers to the renovation of PIK’s apartment in which a gourmet academy will be established, where trainings related to gourmet tourism will be conducted, with the aim of strengthening tourism in this region.”, explained Marina Hodak Domaćinović, project manager. Cover photo: Tomislav Jonjić – Slavonian lens Vinkovci City Development and Investment Agency VIA will play a significant role in connecting the food industry with the tourism sector. It will establish local production systems and introduce branding of the project area as a recognizable culinary tourist destination based on resources and regional specifics, cultural heritage and tradition, and is responsible for the renovation and revitalization of Šokački stan and equipping the “Gourmet Center”. “This is one of the key things that will contribute to the development of tourism in Vinkovci”Pointed out the mayor of Vinkovci Ivan Bosančić at the conference. In recent years, gastronomic tourism has grown significantly and become one of the most dynamic and creative segments of tourism, and this project will develop innovative and integrated tourism products and promote regional gastronomic tourism, while increasing the attractiveness of the cross-border region. Photo: Tomislav Jonjićcenter_img The aim of this project is to develop innovative and integrated tourism products and promote regional gourmet tourism by creating a joint brand “Eat Pannonia” for the promotion of newly developed tourism products through two gastronomic centers in Vrdnik and Vinkovci. The project has already started with the administrative part, and is now entering the phase of finding a contractor and arranging the space of the Šokac apartment, which is known in the region as PIK’s apartment. The participants agreed that gastronomic tourism is an experiential trip to the gastronomic region for recreation or entertainment, which includes visits to food producers, gastronomic festivals, agricultural markets, cooking shows and demonstrations, tasting quality food products and other food-related tourism activities. A new project has been launched in Slavonia to enrich the tourist offer of eastern Croatia. It is a project “Authentic gastronomic taste for sustainable socio-economic development of the cross-border region called Panonnia Gourmet, which for Vinkovci means the opening of a gastronomic center in the area of ​​Šokac apartment near Vinkovci, which has been owned by local government for years. Considering that Slavonia can most easily build tourist stories on gastrotourism, such projects could start the East of Croatia to seriously deal with the creation of tourist contents and complete the story, ie finally use the potentials it has. last_img read more

Promotion of the virtual tourist card of Karlovac County on the ARZ highway

first_imgThe system of benefits for the end guest is completely free and designed in such a way that the more the guest uses it and the more savings are achieved, currently with 231 partners from the tourism and hospitality sector in the county. Definitely a recommendation for all tourism workers to join the project. Thus, for the first time, the tourist offer was united in one place via a mobile tourist card. The virtual tourist card operates on the principle of a networked offer model with incentives and discounts for tourists who decide to stay in the county. The virtual tourist card of Karlovac County called “In medias res” can be downloaded HERE As one of the first promotional activities, the arrival of guests on the ARZ motorway, more precisely at the entrance to Lučko, was wisely used from Karlovac County. In addition to guests passing through Karlovac County, this is another promotional move aimed at motivating guests to deviate from the highway on the way or return from the sea. Especially for foreign tourists, to spend at least one night, to rest from the road to the Adriatic. Presentation and promotional distribution of the Karlovac County Tourist Card on the ARZ motorway On that occasion, at the exit from the highway in Karlovac, the participants promotionally distributed the Tourist Card to tourists passing through Karlovac County. Photo: Karlovac County The director of the Karlovac County Tourist Board, Dina Begić, said that the information leaflet would be available in all tourist boards and their tourist information centers in Karlovac County, and could be purchased at tourist sites where interest was shown. Photo: Karlovac County At the beginning of July, Karlovac County presented a new tourist product – a tourist application or a virtual tourist card of Karlovac County called “In medias res”. For this occasion, 50 thousand information leaflets were printed, 35 thousand in Croatian and 15 thousand in English, which will be distributed to guests, mostly at the toll booths of the highway in Lučko and Karlovac.last_img read more

A meeting was held with the directors of the CNTB Representation in the world

first_imgSource and photos: Ministry of Tourism and Sports The directors of the CNTB Representation abroad presented the state of the Croatian destination in their representative offices and the operational plans and priorities for 2021. Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac pointed out that it was Last year, Croatia had the best results in the Mediterranean. According to her, part of the credit belongs to the directors of CNTB representative offices abroad, who have made great efforts to ensure that Croatia is adequately represented in the markets in which they operate. The latest Eurostat data on tourist traffic in the European Union show that in the period from January to July this year, Croatia, of all Mediterranean countries, recorded the smallest decline in the number of domestic and foreign tourists and in realized tourist nights. These physical indicators are accompanied by those financially in which a conservative assessment of how will year end at 50% of tourism revenue compared to last year’s record, which is a good result given the circumstances. Photo: Ministry of Tourism and Sports The evaluation of the results in 2020 and financial indicators were the main topics of the meeting via video call between the Ministry of Tourism and Sports with the directors of the CNTB Representation in the world. “We can already say that next year the main motive or better to say the condition of the trip will be safety. Therefore, more than ever, we need quality and targeted marketing campaigns, which will ensure our visibility in the most important emitting markets. “, concluded Brnjac. According to the Tax Administration in the first eight months of this year the amount of fiscalized accounts in activities amounts 57% of the value compared to the same period last year. “Given that this year we were a desirable car destination for tourists from the surrounding countries, it is to be expected that next year will benefit car destinations, last minute demand, accommodation facilities of higher categories and those isolated that provide isolation.”, Minister Brnjac pointed out and added that despite that, distant markets must be ready to react in a timely manner when airlines are re-established towards Croatia.last_img read more