Frank Del Rio, CEO, Norwegian Cruise LineScott Mlyn | CNBC Pfizer‘s encouraging vaccine news Monday gave some consumers enough comfort to book cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio said Tuesday.Data from Pfizer’s late-stage vaccine trial news sent the U.S. stock markets soaring Monday, along with Norwegian and its peers, Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean, which all surged by almost 30%. Del Rio told analysts on the company’s third-quarter earnings call Tuesday that the vaccine news drove higher-than-usual bookings on Monday. Norwegian’s shares were trading down by more than 5% on Tuesday after reporting mixed earnings results and continued uncertainty about when sailing might resume.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Bookings, the last 24 hours, yesterday, were pretty good, better than the previous four or five Mondays. And that, I think, is attributable to the vaccine news,” he said. “We did not have any particular promotion or did any outsized marketing.”Del Rio touted the Pfizer news as “a significant milestone” and also noted that the Food and Drug Administration authorized Eli Lilly’s antibody treatment on Monday evening. Both of these developments, executives said, along with advances in Covid-19 testing will help cruise travel resume.While most industries have suffered from the pandemic, the cruise industry is among the hardest hit. The industry was brought to a standstill in mid-March when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order after coronavirus outbreaks occurred on several ships. The CDC previously said “that cruise ship travel exacerbates the global spread of Covid-19” in justifying the order.- Advertisement – Last month, the CDC lifted the no-sail order and replaced it with a “Conditional Sailing Order,” which lays out a phased approach to help cruise companies resume operations in U.S. waters.With the replacement of the no-sail order and the advances in Covid-19 vaccines, testing and therapeutics, Del Rio said “the excitement level hasn’t been this high in a long, long time.”The company is in talks with the CDC about how to interpret the conditional sailing order, Del Rio said, and Norwegian hopes to launch some “trial sailings” with the agency in January. Such test cruises would work to review the health protocols that Norwegian and its industry peers put in place to see if they effectively limit the spread of the virus and protect passengers.Norwegian partnered with rival Royal Caribbean back in July to hire a handful of top epidemiologists and former U.S. health officials to craft a public health proposal for the CDC that would let them resume sailing. On the board is Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, who was appointed this week to President-elect Joe Biden‘s Covid task force.Norwegian CFO Mark Kempa said the company has set aside $300 million for investments in health and safety. Del Rio added that the $300 million will likely be spread out over “the next few quarters.”Del Rio said he hopes the company’s full fleet can resume operations in six to nine months, though he added that’s just a “best answer today” and there are many uncertainties.Kempa said the company continues to improve its liquidity and conserve cash. The company currently has $2.3 billion in liquidity, including the money set aside for health and safety investments. However, Kempa cautioned that monthly cash burn is expected to rise going forward as the company begins to mobilize its fleet and staff in preparations for a gradual return to service.Kempa said the company has adequate liquidity to continue to operate, noting that it expects a “cash flywheel” upon resumption of cruising. Back in May, the company issued a going concern warning to investors, saying there was “substantial doubt” about its ability to continue. But the company quickly raised more than $2 billion in fresh debt, shoring up its financials for “well over” a year.“Going forward, we do not expect a straight line recovery,” he said. “So we will take a thoughtful and disciplined approach to reintroducing costs as we resume voyages in order to conserve cash, while at the same time balancing the need to drive new cash bookings.” – Advertisement –
– Advertisement – 0:46 By James GallowayLast Updated: 13/11/20 9:46am – Advertisement – F1’s drivers were pleased to return to Istanbul Park circuit – and this is why. A brilliant aerial view of Istanbul Park’s track Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third with Pierre Gasly fourth for AlphaTauri. Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas, who spun at Turn Nine, and Lewis Hamilton finished ninth and 15th respectively.“It’s like a wet session,” said Karun Chandhok in the Sky F1 commentary box. “It’s impossible to read into what’s happened in this session.”More to follow… – Advertisement – Valtteri Bottas spun at Turn 8 during Practice One ahead of the Turkish GP Max Verstappen headed a Red Bull one-two in the opening practice session of F1’s return to Istanbul Park, but conditions meant the Turkish GP weekend began amid largely unrepresentative conditions.The sport’s first running around the undulating circuit in nine years coincided with particularly challenging Friday-morning conditions for drivers – cold temperatures and a newly-laid asphalt, that had also been washed ahead of the session.“Woah… mate it’s like driving on ice!” reported Verstappen on his first lap out of the pits.Conditions slowly improved through the session as more cars ventured out onto the track, but several drivers spun while others ran off the circuit.Verstappen set the session’s best lap right at the end of the 90 minutes with a 1:35.077, finishing two tenths ahead of team-mate Alex Albon. – Advertisement – Valtteri Bottas spun at Turn 8 during Practice One ahead of the Turkish GP 1:59 F1’s drivers were pleased to return to Istanbul Park circuit – and this is why. A brilliant aerial view of Istanbul Park’s track
Oct 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers not to drink some carrot juice products from a Bakersfield, Calif., company after a fourth case of botulism was linked to the company’s juice.In a Sep 29 statement, the FDA advised consumers to throw out any Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice in 450-ml and 1-liter plastic bottles with a “best if used by” date of Nov. 11, 2006, or earlier. The agency also advised that all carrot juice, whether pasteurized or not, must be properly refrigerated.The most recent botulism case involves a Florida woman, who is now suffering from paralysis, the FDA stated. Three people in Georgia also became ill in early September after drinking the carrot juice.The FDA has attributed at least one of the earlier cases to improper refrigeration of the juice at home. Other consumers who purchased the juice within the same period did not get sick, Georgia health officials said, suggesting that the botulinum toxin developed in the juice after it was sold. After the earlier cases, the FDA warned consumers to keep carrot juice refrigerated but did not warn against drinking Bolthouse Farms carrot juice.The Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which is commonly found in soil, produces the nerve poison. Pasteurization may not kill all C botulinum spores, and inadequate refrigeration of juices can allow the bacteria to grow and produce the toxin, which can cause paralysis or death.Droopy eyelids, double vision, slurred speech, and difficulty swallowing or speaking are some of the symptoms of botulism poisoning, as well as difficulty breathing and paralysis on both sides of the body, starting in the neck, according to the FDA.To prevent bacterial growth in general, refrigerator temperatures should not exceed 40ºF and freezer temperatures should be 0ºF or less, the FDA stated.See also: Sept 29 FDA news releaseSep 18 CIDRAP News story “Three botulism cases tied to carrot juice”CIDRAP overview of botulism
Oct 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US government’s pandemic influenza preparedness plans need to pay more attention to children, especially their need for antiviral drugs and the effects of prolonged school closings, according to a report released today by public health and pediatrics experts.The groups recommend that the federal government vastly increase its stockpile of antiviral medication for children, do more testing of pandemic vaccines for children, and increase efforts to understand and deal with the effects of school closings in a country where half of workers can’t use sick leave to take time to care for sick children, among other steps.”Children should be a priority, not an afterthought,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), at a news conference today. TFAH issued the 31-page report in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).The report notes that almost 46% of the fatal human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, the strain considered the leading candidate to trigger a pandemic, have involved children and teenagers.”The fact that H5N1 has been disproportionately impacting children and adolescents should give us pause,” Levi said in a TFAH news release.Planning gaps and problems cited in the report, titled “Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children at-Risk,” include the following:The US Strategic National Stockpile currently contains only 100,000 doses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) formulated for children, though the country has 73.6 million children.Neither of the two antiviral drugs that are considered effective against H5N1—oseltamivir and zanamivir (Relenza)—is licensed for children younger than 1 year.About 30 million children rely on the National School Lunch Program, and many rely on schools nurses for healthcare, but there are no plans for providing these services if schools close during a pandemic.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using N95 respirators in certain circumstances in a pandemic, but no such respirators are available in children’s sizes.The report makes a series of recommendations to address these and other problems. Among them:The government should stockpile enough pediatric doses of antiviral drugs to treat 25% of the nation’s children and adolescents—about 18.4 million youngsters.The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should conduct more studies on the feasibility of extended closings of school and child care centers, including a closer assessment of the interruption of school meals programs.Educators and public health officials should plan for special “influenza-free” daycare centers to allow parents in essential jobs to continue to work. Such centers should be equipped to provide point-of-care rapid testing for sick children.HHS should conduct more studies on H5N1 vaccine efficacy in young children, support the development of more flu vaccines, and do more studies of antiviral drugs for infants.HHS should set up an independent task force to study and make recommendations on the use of surgical masks, N95 respirators, and other personal protective equipment for children.All schools should teach children about communicable diseases and infection control, including cough etiquette, handwashing, and measures that might be taken during a pandemic, such as school closings.Teachers and school administrators should be encouraged to get flu shots and should remind families about flu vaccination recommendations.Educators and public health officials should prepare to make psychologists and grief counselors available to help students cope with illness and the loss of family members and friends.At the news conference, Levi said federal officials are aware of many of the problems cited in the report but need to do more about them. “The purpose of this report is to try to push people from recognizing the problem to actually addressing the problem,” he said.Much of the news conference focused on the likely effects of school closings and the idea of setting up special daycare centers to allow parents to keep working.John S. Bradley, MD, a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Disease, asserted that the CDC recommended closing schools and daycare centers to help combat a pandemic “without ever having talked to anyone in pediatrics to realize that closing these is not as easy as it sounds. The idea of the planners was that if you close schools and daycare you stop the spread of disease. . . . But there are unlicensed daycare centers that operate under the radar, which is where all these kids would be going.””We’re now connecting more with the CDC, but we still don’t know if they get how critical it is to address these issues,” Bradley added.Reporters questioned the concept of influenza-free daycare centers, noting that people infected with a flu virus can spread it to others even before having any symptoms. Bradley and Henry H. Bernstein, DO, also a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Disease, acknowledged that keeping a daycare center free of flu would be difficult but said it would be worth trying.”Whether it’s a realistic goal or not, it should be our ideal goal. We should move as close to it as we can,” said Bernstein.Bradley agreed that children can shed flu virus before becoming symptomatic but said they are far more contagious later. “Symptomatic disease, when they begin to have a runny nose, correlates with a dramatic increase in infectivity and contagiousness,” he said. Contagiousness during the incubation period “is probably extremely low compared with that of the child who has the runny nose.”Levi said that though the problems concerning pandemic planning and children are complicated, certain policy changes could make a difference.”Half of all workers in the US do not have any sick leave at all,” he said. “That tends to be concentrated in poorer families. And they are more likely to have the kinds of jobs where you can’t telecommute.” Measures to allow parents to use sick leave to care for sick children would help that situation, he suggested.For another example, he said, “The government is recommending that people have an extra month of routine medication” for conditions such as asthma, ‘but we don’t have policies in Medicaid or SCHIP [the State Children’s Health Insurance Program] to allow for that kind of stockpiling.”See also: TFAH news releasehttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/release101707.pdfTFAH report “Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children at-Risk”http://healthyamericans.org/reports/fluchildren/KidsPandemicFlu.pdfFeb 1 CIDRAP News story “HHS ties pandemic mitigation advice to severity”
Dec 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Germany, Poland, and Russia recently reported fresh outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry, according to media accounts and reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).On Christmas day, German officials said the virus was found on a small poultry farm in Brandenburg state, near Berlin, according to a report from Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). The virus was detected among 15 chickens, which prompted the culling of 46 remaining birds, the report said.The farm’s owner was also looking after a neighboring farm’s flock over the holiday, and 31 chickens at that farm were culled as a precautionary measure, according to the DPA report. Poultry owners in the area have been advised to keep their birds in closed pens and to report any signs of illness among the birds.The outbreak is the third detection of H5N1 in Brandenburg state in recent days, according to media reports. In mid-December, an H5N1 outbreak was reported in a small flock of chickens in the Oberhavel region. On Dec 21, a state veterinary official confirmed the virus was found at a small chicken farm in Bensdorf, about 53 miles west of Berlin, according to an earlier DPA report.Over the summer, two other German states—Bavaria and Thuringia—also reported H5N1 outbreaks, which mainly involved geese and ducks.Meanwhile, agriculture officials in Poland reported an H5N1 outbreak at six farms near the northern village of Sadlowo Parcele, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Dec 22. The area is within a security zone surrounding Zuromin, the site of a previous outbreak, the AFP report said.A report from Poland’s agriculture ministry said 200,000 birds on the Sadlowo Parcele farms were slaughtered to control the virus, according to AFP.In southern Russia, emergency officials in the Rostov region reported an outbreak at a small farm in Krasnodar territory, RIA Novosti, Russia’s state news agency, reported on Dec 25. Seventy-nine birds were culled, the report said.Earlier this month the virus was detected at three other sites in the Rostov region, according to OIE reports. In September officials in Krasnodar territory reported another H5N1 outbreak at a chicken farm. The area is vulnerable to the virus because it is on a bird migration route, according to the RIA Novosti report.In other avian flu developments, animal health officials in the Dominican Republic reported an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza at two sites, one of which is a live-bird market in Santo Domingo, the capital, and the other is in the village of La Otra Banda in the southeast, according to a Dec 21 report from the OIE. The findings were confirmed at the US Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.Two cases were reported, but there were no bird deaths. The OIE report said 130 birds were destroyed to control the virus.In April, 25,000 turkeys at a West Virginia farm were culled after tests indicated they probably had been exposed to a low-pathogenic H5N2 virus, according to previous reports. Countries are required to report all H5 and H7 avian flu detections to the OIE.See also:OIE reports on 2007 H5N1 outbreaks in RussiaApr 2 CIDRAP News report “Mild avian flu suspected in West Virginia turkeys”
Despite strong opposition from the entire tourism sector, at today’s session, the Government, as previously announced by the Ministry of Tourism, increased the amount of residence by 25 percent, except in camps.According to the new Decree, in the A-class tourist resort in the main summer part of the season in hotels and similar accommodation, the fee increases from HRK 8 to HRK 10.Tourist tax from 01.01.2019.Also, sojourn tax for persons providing catering services of accommodation in the household and on the family farm increases by 15% ie it is determined in the amount of HRK 345,00 per bed and camping unit., in B class HRK 293,25, in C class places HRK 241,50, and in D class HRK 172,50. The new Decree on the amount of the sojourn tax enters into force on 01 January 2019. How is the income from the sojourn tax divided?The paid means of the sojourn tax are delivered to the users according to the following schedule: 1% The Red Cross, 2,5% it is paid into a special account of the Croatian Tourist Board, intended for development projects and programs for creating new tourist programs in underdeveloped tourist areas, 65% the tourist board of the municipality, city, town, 10% the county tourist board and 25% Croatian National Tourist BoardThey are all AGAINST and everyone is obviously FORThe Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli, pointed out that the sojourn tax is not a tax or parafiscal levy and that the funds are not transferred to the state treasury, but to revenues that are returned directly to destinations through redistribution, cities, counties, CNTB and the Red Cross. . “The sojourn tax is stated on a separate invoice and can in no way be part of the price of our accommodation offer. The amounts have not changed since 2005, when it was calculated at the level of 35 days of occupancy and the average price of 100 kuna in private accommodation. When you look at how many millions of people have searched our country these days thanks to the strong promotion for the historic success of our footballers at the World Cup, it is invaluable. I am sure that all our dear guests would be happy to contribute to the beauty, infrastructure, offer and promotion of destinations in the Republic of Croatia that they have chosen as their vacation spot.”, commented the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia and the President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli. Representatives of the Croatian tourism industry gathered in the Croatian Tourism Association, the Croatian Hotel Employers ‘Association, the Hotel Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Camping Association and the Croatian Employers’ Association do not support the new proposal for the 2019 Sojourn Tax Regulation.”In principle, we do not oppose a possible increase in the amount of the sojourn tax, but we believe that the increase is not acceptable without a thorough analysis of the entire system of tourist boards. Only the increase of income without redefining the role and tasks of individual levels of tourist boards and without assessing the real financial needs is a new unargued imposition on tourism”, Said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association.The system of the Croatian Tourist Board from year to year “collects” higher revenues based on increasing capacity and traffic. Thus, in 2015, HRK 410 million was earned, in 2017 HRK 463 million, and in 2018 it is planned to “take” HRK 540 million. However, even that is not enough, so new increases in the sojourn tax are planned for 2019, Nedo Pinezić pointed out and wonders: “How is that money distributed? How does he return to the guest? Which of these money has a real function of “improving the living conditions of tourists”? Numerous unanswered questions arise. On the other hand, eVisitor’s records lack more than 100 non-commercial tourist facilities – apartments and holiday homes, “cottages”. With this title alone, the system loses more than 000 million kuna in fees annually”Concluded Pinezić.The unique position of the tourism sector is that the Ministry of Tourism should pass a new Law on Tourist Boards and the Law on Tourist Tax. But on the other hand, it is interesting how everyone was against raising the residence tax, but at the public hearing that lasted until July 21, there were no less than 7 comments. Make your own conclusions.Side dish:eSavjtovanje Comments / REGULATION ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2019DOCUMENT / Decree on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2019 RELATED NEWS:MINISTER CAPPELLI: RESIDENCE TAX IS NOT A TAX OR PARAFISIC TAX CROATIAN TOURIST INDUSTRY AGAINST RAISING RESIDENCE TAX BEFORE RESTRUCTURING THE TOURIST BOARD SYSTEMANNOUNCEMENT OF INCREASE IN RESIDENCE TAX AND TAX CAUSED AN AVAILABLE OF DISSATISFACTION
According to the data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in Croatia in the period from January to the end of October, 19 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 104.3 million overnight stays (+ 4%) were realized. Out of that, foreign tourists realized 17 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 92 million overnight stays (+ 4%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 9% and in overnight stays by 6%. During the ten months, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (28.2 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County 19.7 million overnight stays were realized, ie 18.8 million overnight stays in Kvarner. They are followed by Zadar County with 14.4 million overnight stays and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8.7 million overnight stays. 7.1 million overnight stays were realized in Šibenik-Knin County, 3.3 million overnight stays in Lika-Senj County, while 2.1 million overnight stays were realized in Zagreb. On the continent, not including Zagreb, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (600.000), Krapina-Zagorje (295.000), Zagreb (178.000), Osijek-Baranja (170.000) and Međimurje counties (163.000).Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized that the achieved results are proof of Croatia’s successful positioning as a quality year-round destination. “The growth of tourist arrivals in October, as well as in the whole year, is an excellent example of the change in the perception of Croatia as a tourist destination on the world tourist market, ie our ever better positioning as a year-round destination. I am especially pleased that during the previous month, among the most numerous guests were those from the USA, China and South Korea. This is another confirmation that our activities and programs aimed at strengthening our presence in distant markets and improving air connectivity have given excellent results, and additional interest in Croatia has been expressed by many airlines at the London Tourism Fair. This winter, Croatia will be connected to over 100 destinations across Europe and the world, and next year we will invest 40 million kuna in the existing air program, which I believe will contribute to even better results.”, Said Minister Cappelli. “During the first ten months, the majority of tourist traffic was registered in commercial accommodation facilities, which accounted for a high share of 85 percent of total traffic. The structure of commercial accommodation is dominated by turnover in family accommodation with a share of 43 percent, followed by hotels with 27 percent and camps with a 21 percent share in the total realized traffic in the commercial segment. That is why further strengthening and raising the quality of the accommodation offer is imposed as a strategic goal, which in combination with the focused promotion of selective forms of tourism and the opening of new markets to Croatian tourism will ensure further growth and sustainable development.”, emphasized the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that the implementation of two promotional campaigns is underway, one for health tourism which is implemented in six markets until December 6 and the other which is focused on the promotion of MICE tourism and which is implemented until the end of December in markets such as the USA, France, Germany, Austria, the UK, etc. At the national level, during the first ten months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (21 million), Slovenia (10.4 million), Austria (7.6 million), Poland (6.3 million) and the Czech Republic (5.5 million). nights realized in in households (37.8 million) and in hotels (24.4 million) and camps (18.9 million). Top destinations in the first ten months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin. In October, there were 13 percent more arrivalsIn October, there were 997.000 arrivals and 3.4 million overnight stays in Croatia, which compared to October 2017 represents an increase of 13% in arrivals and 9% in overnight stays. In the same month, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in the Split-Dalmatia County (668.000 overnight stays) and in Istria (610.000 overnight stays) and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (575.000 overnight stays). They are followed by Kvarner with 484.000 overnight stays, Zadar County with 378.000 overnight stays, Zagreb with 224.000 overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 195.000 overnight stays and Lika-Senj County with 73.000 overnight stays. In October, the highest number of overnight stays on the continent was in Karlovac (30.000), Krapina-Zagorje (29.000), Osijek-Baranja (22.000), Zagreb (18.000) and Međimurje counties (15.000).The top destinations in October according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split, and the largest growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays in October was recorded from the markets of China, Ukraine, Russia, USA, Canada, France and Germany.
Zagreb is also the first choice this year when it comes to Advent trips in Croatia. There was a slight increase in the number of agencies that offer organized arrivals in Zagreb with departures from Istria, Dalmatia, Slavonia, central Croatia and other regions. Most of them mostly offer day trips by bus during the weekend, and the prices range between 90,00 and 200,00 kuna per person. There is a noticeable increase in organized group arrivals from our neighboring countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia), as well as distant markets (Japan, China, Korea). Hrvatski građani će na skijanje najviše krenuti u terminu zimskih školskih praznika koji traju od 24. prosinca 2018. do 11. siječnja 2019. godine. U tzv. „hrvatskom skijaškom tjednu“ od 5. do 12. siječnja 2019., kada su i cijene puno povoljnije, najčešće ćemo ih viđati u Gerlitzenu, Nassfeldu, Kronplatzu, Livignu, Marillevi, Folgariji, Passo Tonaleu, Sillianu, Cortini d’Ampezzo te slovenskim skijalištima (Kranjska Gora, Krvavec, Pohorje i dr.). Kupres i Jahorina u susjednoj Bosni i Hercegovini vrlo su popularni zbog blizine i povoljnih cijena. Nekoliko agencija u ponudi ima skijanje na Platku i Sljemenu. The results of the research confirmed the already well-known fact that Croatian citizens will traditionally spend Christmas with their families and friends this year as well, while they will decide to travel outside their place of residence during the New Year holidays and school holidays. Prodaja novogodišnjih aranžmana u Hrvatskoj i inozemstvu kod većine je agencija za sada na razini prošlogodišnjih rezultata, dok manji dio njih bilježi rast oko 10 %. Pored tradicionalno popularnih Dubrovnika, Opatije i Splita, pojačano je zanimanje za aranžmane za Bašku Vodu, Fužine, Rijeku, Pulu, Poreč, Rovinj, Vodice i toplice. Prema informacijama agencija, Naši građani najčešće se odlučuju dočekati Novu godinu u Beču, Budimpešti, Londonu, Parizu, Pragu i Rimu. U ponudi su također Amsterdam, Atena, Barcelona, Istanbul, Kopenhagen, Moskva, Malta, Finska, Portugal, Sarajevo, Sicilija i Skopje. Ljubitelje dalekih putovanja i krstarenja očekuje zanimljiva ponuda putovanja s garantiranim polascima u brojna odredišta u Aziji, Africi, Južnoj i Sjevernoj Americi. According to the data of the agencies, an increasing number of citizens are opting for an active winter vacation in the most popular ski resorts in Austria, Italy and Slovenia. Compared to last season, most UHPA members expect good results, with an average growth of 10% compared to last season. Sales for slightly more remote ski resorts in France are currently at the level of last year’s results. Survey on the state of sales of holiday trips and wintering 2018/19. which was recently conducted by UHPA among its members, showed that the agencies are satisfied with the sale of holiday trips and winters. According to the UHPA, hotel capacities in Zagreb and its surroundings, as well as private accommodation, have been sold out for several weeks, so it will be difficult for those who decide at the last minute to find accommodation in the Croatian capital. In terms of popularity, Čazma is following in the footsteps of Zagreb with the Christmas fairy tale on the Salaj family estate. Increased interest in travel during Advent is also recorded in Marija Bistrica, Opatija and Split. According to the survey results, most agencies expect sales growth of package deals in Croatia and abroad in the range of 10 to 15%. A small number of agencies stated that their sales remained at the same level, while very few recorded a slight decline in sales compared to the same period last year. Photo: Pexels.com These are mostly group trips (54,2%), while individual trips account for 45,8%. Clients most often opt for hotel accommodation (79,2%) while a smaller part of reservations relates to private accommodation (20,8%). The prices of the arrangements have mostly remained at the level of last year, and the agencies point out that clients have the opportunity to realize a number of benefits through special discounts (first / last minute offer). Our citizens continue to prefer direct contact with the agency. 47,8% of them buy the arrangement in the agency’s branch, 39,1% did it through online platforms, 26,1% through intermediaries (subagents), while 4,3% each falls on social networks and a combination of some of the offered options of booking or purchasing arrangements. Regarding the method of payment, citizens most often choose a card (75%), while 25% of them pay for the arrangements in cash. Kada je riječ o adventskim putovanjima u inozemstvo, naši građani se najradije odlučuju za cjenovno povoljna jednodnevna ili dvodnevna putovanja autobusom u okolne države. Najpopularnija odredišta su Graz, Beč, Bratislava, Budimpešta, Prag i Salzburg. Od talijanskih odredišta, uz već dobro poznate Gardaland, Milano, Rim, Veronu i Veneciju u ponudi su mogu naći i Cinque Terre, Bergamo, Lago di Garda, Pompeji, Rimini, San Marino, Toskana i dr. Za one dubljeg džepa, agencije su pripremile višednevna putovanja zrakoplovom, uglavnom do europskih metropola poput Amsterdama, Barcelone, Lisabona, Londona, Rima ili pak dalekog Rovaniemija (Finska). Porast prodaje adventskih putovanja na domaćem tržištu se kreće oko 10 %, dok je za inozemstvo riječ uglavnom oko 12 % u odnosu na isto razdoblje prošle godine. Croatian citizens will mostly go skiing during the winter school holidays
RELATED NEWS: The destination Dalmatian hinterland, which consists of the areas of Imotski Krajina, the cities of Sinj, Trilj, Vrlika, Vrgorac and the municipalities of Dugopolje, Klis and Šestanovac, occupies as much as 70% of the Split-Dalmatia County. It is a destination of exceptional natural, cultural and historical sights, whose wide range of tourist offer is enriched by a unique gastronomic and oenological offer. Tourist boards of Dalmatian hinterland – within the Tourist boards of areas, cities and municipalities: Imota, Sinj, Trilj, Vrgorac, Vrlika, Dugopolje and Klis two days ago presented the potentials of Dalmatian hinterland to the Association of Tourist Guides in Chinese to further promote the destination in the Chinese market . “Last year’s recognition of the CNTB as the most successful destination of rural tourism is an indicator that the joint efforts of all stakeholders in the tourism of Dalmatian Zagora are going in the right direction. For this purpose, we have joined a joint project of networking our entire tourist offer in the Vision One mobile application, a smart tourist guide with information for planning trips throughout Croatia. “ pointed out Monika Vrgoč, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Sinj, and added that the mentioned application will soon receive its version in Mandarin, which is an excellent opportunity to promote Zagora on the Chinese market. Tourist boards of Dalmatian hinterland have so far participated in several joint projects with the support of TZ SDŽ and HTZ, such as Joint Advertising, development of thematic trails, valorization of cultural heritage and promotion of cycling tourism, and this year in cooperation with TZSDŽ we had the opportunity to jointly present at ITB Berlin. Photo: TZ Senj Dalmatinska Zagora will present its offer at the upcoming Shanghai Travel Fair in China, so the occasion was for employees of the tourist boards of Dalmatian Zagora (Klis, Dugopolje, Imota, Sinj, Trilj, Vrgorac, Vrlika) to host the Association of Tourist Guides in Chinese and show the beauties and peculiarities of this tourist destination. ANDREJA GAZDEK, PROCONCEPT: CROATIA CAN EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CHINESE TOURISTS IN 2019 SIGN UP / When signing up, create #HrTurizam in the subject of the message and get a 10% discount On that occasion, the Association of Tourist Guides visited the source of the river Cetina, the early Christian church of St. Spasa and Perućko Lake in Vrlika, Sinjska Alka Museum in Sinj, Grabske mlinice near Trilj, Crveno i Modro jezero in Imotski, Ethno-village Kokorići near Vrgorac, Vranjača cave near Dugopolje and Kliška fortress.
Plitvice Valleys have long been called the most beautiful neighbor of Plitvice Lakes, and it is through a new promotional film that they want to get to know and show all the charms of a green holiday in Plitvice Valleys. In order to bring their region even closer to visitors from all over the world, the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Rakovica has made a dynamic promo film that unites all the beauties of this destination, but also the people who are part of its offer every day. In the immediate vicinity of Plitvice, ie in Rakovica, you can ride, bike, explore the underground world, socialize with wild deer, enjoy adrenaline sports and local food, visit historical attractions and the Korana River and enjoy excellent accommodation facilities. All this is located in a small area in the Plitvice Valleys, which over the years has become a real tourist mecca in which tourists stay longer. The goal is, of course, to find your place under the sun, which Rakovica certainly deserves, and to extend the stay of guests who primarily come to visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This season, hundreds of thousands of tourists will flock to Plitvice Lakes to experience one of the most beautiful wonders of nature, and many of them come to Plitvice via Rakovica – the northern entrance to the National Park known to all as Plitvice Valleys. “With this promotional film, we have rounded off our promotional activities and we are starting with even stronger branding of the Plitvice Valleys destination as an indispensable stop on the way to Plitvice, where it is worth not only stopping, but also staying. Guests are increasingly recognizing this, and for many years in a row we are by far the most popular destination in Karlovac County in terms of number of visits and overnight stays, all because we work tirelessly on the content and quality that we have highlighted in this film.”, Said the director of the Tourist Board Mira Spoljaric.