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Mar 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza again demonstrated its adaptability by infecting a weasel-like mammal in Germany called a stone marten, according to reports from Germany yesterday.The marten was found alive but sick Mar 2 on the Baltic island of Ruegen, where three domestic cats were previously found infected with the virus, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement.The animal was euthanized, and tests at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute for Animal Health confirmed H5N1 infection, the WHO said. It was the first known case of avian flu in a stone marten.The marten was found in the same area of the island where the three cats had been found, the WHO reported. Like the cats, the marten is assumed to have picked up the virus by eating an infected bird. The agency said German authorities have found 125 infected wild swans, ducks, geese, and birds of prey on Ruegen since Feb 16.”Further investigation is needed to determine whether evidence of H5N1 infection in new mammalian species has any significance for the risk of human infection or the potential of this virus to adapt to mammals, including humans,” the WHO said.According to an Associated Press (AP) report, German scientist Erwin Reisinger said the marten case did not show the virus to be changing its means of transmission and therefore did not signal an increased risk for people. But Reisinger, director of the Department of Tropical Medicine at the University of Rostock, also said the news suggests that the disease could spread to more species, such as rats, mice, and swine.Nine other mammal species besides humans and stone martens have been known to contract H5N1 avian flu, either naturally or in experiments, according to a listing by a moderator for the ProMED-mail listserv. These are the palm civet, domestic cat, cynomolgus macaque, ferret (a relative of the stone marten), New Zealand white rabbit, leopard, tiger, rat, and pig.In other news, a British laboratory has confirmed that a wild swan found dead in Serbia last week had H5N1 flu, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday. The finding confirms a previous report from a Serbian lab.The swan had been found dead Mar 2 near the Danube River and less than 6 miles from the border with Croatia and Hungary, according to AFP. Serbian officials said earlier this week they had identified the virus in that swan and another one, found on the Drina River.In India, officials reported yesterday they had finished culling poultry in the area of their first, and so far only, H5N1 outbreak. Authorities told the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) they had killed about 408,000 poultry, both backyard and commercial, in a 10-kilometer zone around the affected farms, near the border between Maharashtra and Gujarat states.”To date, no further cases of avian influenza have been reported from this area or from any other part of the country,” the report said. It added that no human cases have been detected either.India’s outbreak was first reported on Feb 18. In the ensuing days at least 95 local residents were tested for the virus.The WHO reported yesterday that avian flu in Nigeria had reached 130 farms in 11 of the country’s 37 states since the first outbreak was confirmed on Feb 8. The affected areas include seven contiguous states in the northern and central parts of the country, the capital area of Abuja, and three states in the south.About 450,000 birds have died or been culled since the outbreaks started, the WHO said. Nigerian authorities began paying farmers for lost birds this week, starting in Kano state.More than 60 Nigerians have been tested for H5N1 infection, with no cases found, the agency reported. It said Nigeria’s ability to test animal and human samples has been strengthened with help from the WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In other developments:Two more ducks in Sweden tested positive for a highly pathogenic H5 virus, according to AFP. This type of virus has now been found in 13 ducks in Sweden, but authorities were still awaiting word from a British lab on whether the virus is H5N1, the story said.Authorities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia reported finding nine more swans infected with an H5 virus, according to a report filed with the OIE yesterday. Officials said 1,700 poultry were culled in a 5-kilometer zone around where the swans were found. Georgian authorities first reported finding H5N1 in swans on Feb 24.A joint Indonesian-Japanese company said yesterday it would produce an avian flu vaccine for poultry using reverse genetics technology, according to an AFP report. The company, called IPB Shigeta, has bought rights from US-based MedImmune Inc. to make the vaccine for use in 44 countries, the report said. The concern is a joint venture of Bogor Agricultural University near Jakarta and Japan’s Shigeta Animal Pharmaceuticals.See also:WHO report on infected stone martenhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_09a/en/index.htmlWHO report on situation in Nigeriahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_09/en/index.htmlGeorgia’s report to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Georgie_AI_09_03_2006.pdfIndia’s report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/India_AI_08_03_2006.pdf
Dec 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccination coverage in children between 6 and 23 months old varied widely across the country in the 2005-06 flu season, the second season in which shots were recommended for that age-group, according to federal health officials.Vaccination rates ranged all the way from less than 7% to more than 60% across six sampling areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in the Dec 15 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The CDC gathered data from immunization information system (IIS) sentinel sites in Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, DC. IISs are confidential electronic systems used primarily to maintain vaccination records. The sentinel sites consist of adjoining counties or census tracts in which data are collected on at least 10,000 children younger than 6 years old.Vaccination coverage was estimated for children who were between 6 and 23 months during the entire period from September 2005 through March 2006.Coverage with at least one dose ranged from 6.6% to 60.4% among the sentinel sites, the CDC reported. The rates for full vaccination (two or more doses) ranged from 2.3% to 43.4%. The report did not list which sites had which rates.Compared with the 2004-05 flu season, vaccination coverage increased in four of the areas and decreased in two.The uneven coverage probably reflected varying promotion and reporting efforts, according to the CDC. For example, healthcare workers in one area said anecdotal evidence and previous surveys suggested that “the low reported vaccination coverage likely reflects underreporting of influenza vaccination to the IIS rather than the actual coverage,” the article says.However, the report also says that previous National Immunization Survey (NIS) estimates of flu vaccination among children have been similar to IIS estimates. The NIS combines a telephone survey of households with a mail survey of vaccination providers.NIS results for the 2005-06 flu season are not yet available. The NIS survey for 2004-05 indicated that 33.4% of 6- to 23-month-olds received at least one dose of flu vaccine, according to a CDC report released in October. That was double the rate for the 2003-04 season.The CDC made its first full recommendation for vaccinating 6- to 23-month-olds before the start of the 2004-05 flu season. Previously the agency “encouraged” vaccination for children in that group.See also: Oct 6 CIDRAP News story “Flu shots for toddlers rising, but still low”Sep 23, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Few children under 2 received flu shots in 2002-03”
Feb 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Turkey announced today an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a farm in the southeastern part of the country, as English authorities explored the possibility of a connection between recent outbreaks in Suffolk and Hungary.A report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) by Turkey’s agriculture ministry said the outbreak began Feb 5 and affected poultry in a village in Batman province, about 460 miles from Ankara.The source of the outbreak was contact with wild birds, the report said. Of the nearly 800 birds that were destroyed, most were backyard chickens, though turkeys, geese, ducks, and pigeons also were included. Turkey’s last outbreak of H5N1 in birds was in March 2006.England sorts out H5N1 evidenceMeanwhile, the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a press release yesterday that preliminary tests indicate that H5N1 viruses from a turkey farm outbreak may be identical to the virus that caused a recent outbreak in Hungary. Bernard Matthews Holdings, Ltd., the poultry producer that owns the affected farm in England, has an operation in Hungary.The DEFRA report said a company meat processing plant adjacent to the farm handled imported poultry products from Hungary.”Our investigations have shown that one possible route of infection is poultry product imported from Hungary,” DEFRA Deputy Chief Veterinarian Fred Landeg said. “It is important that this is investigated thoroughly, along with all other possible routes.”Bernard Matthews has voluntarily agreed to suspend poultry movement between its English and Hungarian operations until the investigation is complete, Landeg said.DEFRA said it believed the imported Hungarian poultry came from outbreak-free parts of the country. (In late January geese at a farm in southwestern Hungary tested positive for H5N1, marking the virus’s first appearance in Europe this year.) However, the agency said new laboratory information revealed yesterday that the transmission of the virus was from poultry to poultry. “This makes transmission direct from Hungary more likely, rather than a pathway via wild birds,” DEFRA stated.As part of outbreak investigation, samples were taken from the remaining 21 poultry sheds on the Suffolk farm, DEFRA said. Initial tests indicated that birds in three of the sheds were infected with avian flu, though none showed clinical signs before they were culled.The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced today that it is exploring whether any H5N1-infected meat entered the food chain. “Our advice, that avian flu does not pose a food safety risk, remains unchanged. However, it is illegal for infected meat to be in our food, and so the agency would take any appropriate action if it were found there,” FSA said in a press release.No human H5N1 cases have been reported in connection with the outbreak. The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) said in a press release yesterday that three workers who were involved in the outbreak had flu-like symptoms and were tested for H5N1 avian flu. All samples were negative, and the patients are undergoing routine treatment for their illnesses or have been discharged from the hospital, the HPA said.FAO warns about risk to catsIn other avian flu news, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a statement yesterday advising cat owners who live in areas where the H5N1 virus has been found in poultry or wild birds to keep their cats away from infected birds and warning that cats living on commercial poultry farms should be kept indoors.The FAO advisory cited unconfirmed reports that H5N1 has been detected in feral cats that roam near poultry markets in Java and Sumatra where recent H5N1 avian outbreaks have occurred. Cats can become infected by feeding on sick domestic or wild birds, and they can shed the virus from their respiratory and digestive tracts.”This raises some concern, not only because cats could act as intermediary hosts in the spread of the H5N1 virus between species but also because growth in cats might help the H5N1 virus to adapt into a more highly infectious strain that could spark an influenza pandemic,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Alexander Müller.Peter Roeder, FAO animal health officer, said findings from Indonesia in January suggest that 80% of cats in outbreak areas are not infected. “This is rather encouraging because it indicates that cats are unlikely to constitute a reservoir of virus infection,” he said. “Cats are more likely to be a dead-end host for the H5N1 virus.”In a related development, the US Embassy in Jakarta issued a letter Feb 7 to Americans traveling or living in Indonesia urging them to keep abreast of local news reports about avian flu outbreaks and advising them to avoid contact with wild or stray cats. The letter also urged Americans to keep their cats away from sick or dying poultry and out of areas where H5N1 outbreaks have occurred. Domestic cats that primarily live inside residences should not be at risk for catching H5N1, the letter said.Canadian survey finds no dangerous virusesCanada found no highly pathogenic strains of avian flu in in its second annual wild bird survey, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced today. More than 12,000 birds were tested.Samples were collected from live and dead migratory and resident birds. Additional sampling was done in Iceland, a mingling point for birds from North America and Europe, the CFIA said.Like the 2005 survey, the 2006 investigation found various H5 and H7 avian flu viruses, which can affect domestic poultry. “Finding avian influenza viruses in wild birds is not unexpected. Influenza viruses commonly circulate in wild birds with little or no impact on the health of the birds or other species,” the CFIA said.In August 2006, the US Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior expanded a wild bird surveillance program beyond Alaska to the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands. So far birds in six instances have tested positive for the low-pathogenic North American H5N1 avian flu virus, a mild strain that has been found several times before.As of today, the US Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection Data System (HEDDS) has tested 74,140 samples. The 2006 sampling season runs from April 2006 through March 2007.See also:OIE reports on 2007 Turkish outbreakUS HEDDS surveillance datahttps://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/ai/
Marriott International Inc., the world’s largest hotelier with about 6.000 facilities globally, has agreed on a business partnership, ie a partnership with Alibaba Group, China’s largest online sales platform. A partnership that will certainly change the tourism market and launch a new dimension of partnership.The Marriott will thus promote the entire line, from the eponymous brand to the Sheraton and the Ritz-Carlton, on Alibaba’s Fliggy website. It will also synergistically link its loyalty programs and provide new promotions for Chinese travelers. ”We both believe we can create huge synergies from this strategic partnership”Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s chief executive, told Bloomberg.comChinese tourists are the world’s largest travelers, and the market is still growing rapidly, with Chinese tourists spending more than $ 100 billion in 2016 and driving change in the global tourism industry. As they point out in their statement, Marriott wants to gain the trust of as many guests as possible and boost loyalty as they compete with alternative service providers such as Airbnb. “It really is about how we will service this already large but fast growing group of global travelers, especially Chinese ones. This is actually a marriage online to offline and vice versa, and most importantly it is a marriage of our professional fields. OTO is a new paradigm ” said Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott.The importance of this partnership and the potential is sufficient, as evidenced by the fact that Alibaba’s average daily turnover is around one billion US dollars, it has more than 800 million products in its store with over 400 million users, and in just one second it can do as many as 60.000 transaction. In synergy with 100 million loyal customers from the Marriott customer base, there is a lot of traffic and cross-correlation.An estimated 122 million Chinese left the country in 2016 and spent about $ 109,8 billion, according to a statement from China’s National Tourism Administration, with key destinations including Japan and the United States. This year, U.S. visitors alone are expected to grow 15 percent, with an estimate of 3,96 million in 2018 from about 3 million in 2016, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.One thing is for sure, this cooperation is a step forward and a departure from the classic framework, which will certainly encourage various new partnerships, which will open a totally new door and opportunities, both for tourists and for all other related parties.Source: Bloomberg.com
On Sunday, August 27, the first Way of the Cross under the sea in the world was officially opened in Jelinak Bay in Trogir.Through this unique project, it is planned to set up the entire Way of the Cross, all 14 stations of the cross, and under the sea will be laid 50 sculptures representing the Way of the Cross, and the sculptures will be life-size. Currently, only the first station has been set up, and the completion of the entire project is planned for the end of September 2017.The location for setting the entire underwater story, fell on a small bay near Trogir, Jelinak bay, which proved to be perfect due to the depth of up to 10 meters. “Jelinak Bay belongs to the municipality of Marina, which readily accepted our idea and thus enriched and expanded its tourist offer. We are convinced that the project is very important for the whole region and that it will greatly contribute to the tourism industry. ” points out Josko Kandija, one of the originators of this new and unique tourist attraction.”Cross stations will be set at a depth of 4 to 9 meters, and in this way diving will be adapted to everyone, as well as experienced divers, as well as to beginners, those who have never before experienced stunning landscapes of the depths of the sea.. The plan is to place a large statue of Jesus about 9 meters high in March, before Easter, at a depth of 18 meters, which would mark the 15th station of the Way of the Cross. Also, the plan is to illuminate the entire underwater park so that you can dive and see the Way of the Cross at night, which will certainly be another attraction and special feature of the underwater park.”Concludes Kandija.
After a successful season, the Lošinj-based Jadranka Group is further raising investments in salaries and employee education.Thus, eight percent more funds were allocated for salaries and other investments in permanent and seasonal employees than in 2018. Jadranka Group also invests multimillion amounts in additional education of its employees at all levels.The training program in the Jadranka Group includes in-house workshops, theoretical lectures and practical trainings. Among them, the Gastro Academy stands out, which directs employees to improve the skills needed for high service at the 5 * level. In addition to internal training, employees have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills and thus attend specialized programs in external institutions for highly specialized occupations, such as concierge, sommelier, bartender or butler.”We believe that the salary increase is a logical step in the development of the Group’s business and employee relations, which are a key factor for successful business. In the hotel and camping industry, we are continuously increasing our base from year to year, and thus, in addition to improving living and working conditions, we also give our employees a kind of recognition and gratitude for their collective success. Also, this year we increased the basic salaries for occupations in retail, wholesale and food production in trade.. “, Said Sanjin Šolić, President of the Management Board of Jadranka Group.Photo: Jadranka groupSpeaking about the increase in salaries and the improvement of employee conditions, Mr. Šolić pointed out that one of the Group’s priorities is to ensure the best possible conditions for the accommodation of seasonal employees. It is with this goal that the arrangement of capacities at the level of 4 * was approached, which will provide employees with adequate accommodation and provide more comfortable living conditions during their stay on Lošinj.Also, for all seasonal employees, the Jaddranka group offers the status of a permanent seasonal worker at the end of the season, which guarantees them a job for next year as well as the rights of permanent employees, an Easter card and a gift for children. By the way, Jadranka employs about 700 permanent employees, while during the tourist season the total number of employees is about 1.600 employees distributed in all subsidiaries.
“It’s nice to think about becoming an elite destination. But it takes a lot more preconditions for that than the mere desire and steps of individual private investors. Apart from its natural beauty and clear sea, Croatia has not yet created its competitive advantage in order to successfully cope with its Mediterranean competitors. Thus, even a small Montenegro is already taking some of our guests, and experts announce that Albania will only become a tourist discovery. Namely, tourist destinations, in addition to the price policy, do not increase earnings from tourism, they must also work on more creative marketing, innovation and constant creation of diversity in relation to the competition. “- is only a small part of the book” What are the Croats “by Dr.sc. Bože Skoke, which in my opinion is a must-read for all current and future tourism workers.Dr.sc. Božo Skoko, professor at the University of Zagreb and expert on the identity and image of countries, after an extremely successful and sold-out book in the Croatian language entitled “What are Croats like”, and has now published an amended edition in English entitled “Understanding Croatia – A Collection of Essays on Croatian Identity”.It is one of the few editions available to readers around the world through Amazon, which speaks in a popular, interesting, but also critical way about Croatian identity and image in the world. Through a collection of essays on Croatian identity, image, politics, culture, way of life and peculiarities, the book talks about Croats, their history, contributions to the world, the relationship between the homeland and the diaspora, coping in the European Union and mentality.Mandatory reading for all current and future tourism workersRarely has a book thrilled me like this, because it deals with one of the important questions: Who are we Croats, what is the Croatia brand or Made in Croatia and what can we offer to the world. I keep emphasizing how we need to start respecting ourselves, in order for others to respect us as well. We must respect our identity, culture and way of life, history kako and how our authentic story must be our main tourist product.The book is written based on many facts and research, but it is very drinkable, entertaining and educational. What is also extremely important, the book introduces you to the story as if the author is directly conducting an argumentative dialogue with you. Personally, it was very “difficult” for me to read the book and I had to read it one more time, and I will certainly read it a third time, because through constant dialogue, discovery, awareness and questioning from fragment to fragment, it aroused a creative storm in me. thoughts wandered through the prism of the wider picture and its implementation. It was enough to just set up one hypothesis such as: “Do Croats have wine?”, And a couple of reasoned thoughts of the author that a creative storm was happening in my head. But that only speaks to the value of this book because it forces you to think and think critically.You just can’t start reading it and not read it in one breath and one day. From piece to piece it pulls you to read it and you ask yourself: Are we really so blind that we don’t see the significance and potential we have? A banal example, we have a tie, and no one knows that it is the work of Croats. Crazy, isn’t it?Some of the interesting topics you can read about in the book: Croatian mentality, European stereotypes about Croats through history, Complex of small country and small nation, Croats by birth and Croats by choice, 14 lessons that Croatia needs to learn from the Republic of Dubrovnik, Forgotten Croatian greats, How Croats present themselves to Europe and how Europe perceives them , What are the real achievements of Croatian diplomacy, What has Croatia brought to the European Union as a dowry? Why are Danes happy and Croats not? Why do Croats prefer the protector of Ireland to the protector of Croatia? Similarities and differences between Croats and Serbs, Croats as the first Slavic people to accept Christianity, How Pope John Paul II branded Croatia, Innovative and creative Croatia, Croatian sports gene, Do Croats have wine? and others. We have to deal with the brand, and not let it develop by inertia and the worst that happens to us, that someone else develops it and tells our story as it suits him. You know that familiar definition of a brand, how a brand is what people talk about when you leave the hall. It is precisely this story and perception that we must take care of. You don’t have to or you might agree with everything written, but an argumentative discussion is the first foundation for us to develop as a society and as individuals.”If we look at the trends in Europe we can see how serious countries have just made networking of all forms of promotion to create a single brand. Because we will no longer be able to get more and more demanding tourists only through a tourist story, but we must tell a story about our greats, our literature, way of life and culture, so that he gets a complete picture of what Croatia is, to buy Croatian products when he meets him in his shop. , that investors come to invest in our country and the like. It’s that link. “Skoko said recently at a tourist conference.Photo: HNSAnd that is the message for the end, tourism is our great tool and channel to tell a much broader story about Croatia. But, as I said, we must first become aware of ourselves, to start being proud of our identity, because that is the only way we can valorize it. It is important that we manage the image and the brand ourselves. This can certainly not be done by foreigners or foreign labor, or anyone else, if we do not live alone and are not proud of our brand and the way and culture of living in the true sense of the word. We must be proud of the Croatia brand, and the book “What are Croats like” is just the best possible first step towards that.That is why the English edition of the book is extremely important for positioning and raising awareness of the Croatian brand on the global stage. Christmas is approaching, give yourself and others, especially foreigners, this book that you can only be proud to be a Croat when you read it.
The UNWTO competition for startups in gastro tourism is already the second competition launched by the World Tourism Organization, this time with the aim of recognizing startups with the potential to plan and promote sustainable innovations in the gastronomy and tourism sector.Individuals and legal entities whose product is minimally sustainable, with the possibility of upgrading and a vision of sustainability can apply.The deadline for submission of project proposals is March 5, 2019, and the five finalists will be announced on the online platform on April 1, 2019. while on May 3, the winner of the competition will be announced.Representatives of the finalists will be invited to the 5th World Forum on Gastro Tourism 2019, which will be held in San Sebastian, Spain. You can find more about the competition here.
Airbnb reached the figure of half a billion arrivals and earnings from overnight stays in the amount of 65 billion dollars
From the early days of Airbnb, the community has become demographically and geographically diverse. Although the first Airbnb hosts were men, today more than half of the hosts worldwide are women. Over a million hosts are over the age of 50, more than 400.000 hosts are over the age of 60, and seniors (natives aged 60+) are the fastest growing host population in the United States. More than 1,5 million hosts are also guests on Airbnb. In 2007, three passengers arrived at a design conference in San Francisco and checked into the house of Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbi, co-founders of Airbnb. Although they did not know it at the time, these three guests will become the first members of the global community of guests and hosts of Airbnb, which now includes more than 191 countries and 81,000 cities worldwide. Photo: Airbnb Press Room The hosts earned more than 65 billion dollars As the Airbnb community grew, the geographical distribution of guest arrivals expanded. In 2009, 86 percent of all guest arrivals were in Airbnb’s ten strongest markets. By 2013, that percentage had dropped to 34 percent, and in 2018 it was only 13 percent. Today, over 900 cities around the world have at least a thousand accommodation units available on Airbnb. Unique houses and real estate They were the foundation of the community for what Airbnb has evolved into – a platform that combines where you live, what you do, the way you travel, all in one place. Now, ten years after those first three guests, every half second in the world, three guests sign up via Airbnb. These guests can now choose from 6 million accommodation units, scattered across six continents. Airbnb recorded a figure of half a billion guests today. Photo: Airbnb Over 75 cities around the world have received at least one million guests, including cities such as Auckland in New Zealand, Ciudad de México in Mexico, Cape Town in South Africa, Havana in Cuba, Chongqing in China, Busan in South Korea and Split in Croatia. RELATED NEWS: The average rating of private accommodation on the entire platform is 4,7 out of 5 stars, which speaks to the level of quality of service offered by the service. Global inclusion Photo: Airbnb Airbnb has grown rapidly since 2007, and with the power of global networking, it has expanded to almost every corner of the world. Airbnb offers travel experiences and provides economic viability to millions of hosts around the world. Since the founding of Airbnb, the hosts have earned more than $ 65 billion on our platform. Given the popularity of Airbnb among younger consumers, the Airbnb community is expected to continue to expand. Nearly 70 percent of Airbnb bookings in the past three years have been made by guests under the age of 40. Millennials have spent a total of $ 31 billion through Airbnb so far. These 500 million guests have signed up for unique homes and properties around the world, including unusual ones. There are over 14 small houses, over 4 castles and over 2.400 tree houses on Airbnb. The most visited private accommodation in Airbnb’s history is located in Ireland whose host Peter spent over ten years renovating his 600-year-old house. Nearly 1.000 cities with 1.000+ accommodation units BOOKING.COM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY ANNOUNCES REVENUES IN BUSINESS WITH PRIVATE RENTERS WHO WINS THE “BOOKING FIGHT” – HOTELS OR ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES? BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES BOOKINGSUITE APP STORE. GAME CHANGER IN THE TOURISM SECTOR
“EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Cycling Route” will connect the area from Cádiz, Spain in the west to Greece and Cyprus in the east, and is one of 15 transnational EuroVelo cycling routes. It is considered the future cycling highway of the Mediterranean, as it passes through as many as 11 countries. The Croatian part of the route, about 1.100 km long, passes through all seven coastal counties. The goal of the “MedCycleTour” project is the development and promotion of sustainable tourism and cycling tourism in the Mediterranean through the establishment of EuroVelo 8. “Cyclotourism has become one of the important parts of the overall tourist offer, which is increasingly developing in all parts of Croatia. By participating in the EU project MedCycleTour, ie through cooperation at the international level, we want to give additional impetus to the further development and promotion of Croatia as an attractive cycling tourist destination.”, Said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that the tourist boards of Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Lika-Senj, Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties also participated in the realization of this study trip. The trip was attended by journalists from France, Italy, Finland and Slovenia, and the program included daily rides on selected sections of the route from Istria through Rijeka and Lika to the islands of the Zadar archipelago Ugljan and Pašman, Biograd na Moru, Kastela Riviera, Solin, Split and Makarska all the way to Pelješac, Ston, Dubrovnik and Konavle. The Croatian National Tourist Board organized a specialized study trip for foreign journalists dedicated to the promotion of cycling tourism, ie the promotion of destinations and locations on the Croatian part of the route “EuroVelo8 – Mediterranean cycling routes”. The trip was realized within the EU project “MedCycleTour”, which aims to promote the Croatian part of the route, but also joint transnational cycling products related to the route. During the four days, the journalists cycled about 150 kilometers of the EuroVelo8 route in Croatia, and among the many attractions on the route they visited the Pula Arena, Velebit House – Visitor Center of the Northern Velebit National Park in Krasno Polje, the site of the ancient Salona, Biokovo Nature Park, Peljesac vineyards and UNESCO sites in Split and Dubrovnik. As they themselves pointed out, the journalists were delighted by the contrast of the Croatian coast and interior, as well as the diversity of natural beauties combined with the rich and preserved cultural and historical heritage and the authentic eno-gastronomic offer. The unique combination of the coast, islands and hinterland with numerous cultural and natural sights make the Croatian part of the EuroVelo 8 route extremely attractive throughout the year for all cycling enthusiasts. Source / CNTB / Photo: Marko Prpić / PIXSELL Study trip cycling discovery of the Mediterranean route EUROVELO8, fourth day ride Makarska-Peljesac-Kuna-Zuljana-Konavle / Photo: Marko Prpic / PIXSELL