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UNWTO opens competition for startups in gastro tourism

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

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Airbnb reached the figure of half a billion arrivals and earnings from overnight stays in the amount of 65 billion dollars

first_imgFrom 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.center_img 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 SECTORlast_img read more

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Organized study trip for foreign journalists dedicated to the promotion of cycling tourism

first_img“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. center_img 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 / PIXSELLlast_img read more

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ETC quarterly report on tourism indicators for 2019 published

first_imgThe “tourist years” have become a more prominent feature of bilateral relations between countries in recent years, and more significant efforts have been made to build partnerships with emerging markets. The “tourist years” have a valuable purpose – to stimulate the growth of connections between countries and help destinations to expand their attractiveness to other markets. As the success of the “EU-China Tourism Year 2018” has shown, such partnerships can act as a catalyst for faster growth of distant tourism and emerging markets. Among key distant markets, the United States and China continue to stand out for their contribution to European tourism with shares of 11 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Chinese travelers performed mainly in southern and Mediterranean destinations such as Montenegro (+ 150 percent), Cyprus (+ 62 percent) and Croatia (+ 44 percent). Another fast-growing destination in terms of Chinese tourist arrivals was Lithuania (+ 77 percent). Interestingly, despite a possible slowdown in the U.S. economy, Greece (+ 47 percent), Turkey (+ 37 percent) and Cyprus (+ 33 percent) recorded the most significant increases in the number of U.S. tourist arrivals at the beginning of the year. Source: European Travel Commission The latest quarterly report of the European Commission for Travel (ETC) entitled “European tourism – trends and perspectives in 2019” predicts that the demand for tourism in Europe will continue to grow during 2019. The growth rate of tourist trips is expected to be 3,6 percent, which coincides with the average arrivals in the period from 2008 to 2018. But looking at the 2018 figures (6,1 percent), the rate is still slightly lower. International arrivals and overnight stays of selected destinations You can find the full report HERE.center_img “It is clear to us that maintaining growth in 2019 will be much more challenging than in 2018. Europe needs to harmonize its market mix, identify lagging segments and further expand its understanding of pan-European product development. Through the promotion of transnational experiences, ETC seeks to increase the visibility of available products and create awareness of the diversity of the region. An important factor for achieving sustainable growth of European tourism are public-private partnerships focused on common and achievable goals.Said Eduardo Santander, CEO of ETC. In the period between January and May 2019, Croatia has generally noted increase from 2,6 percent in international arrivals, but also noted and a 5 percent drop in the nights of international tourists. Globally, Europe outperformed all other regions in the first four months, achieving an increase of 7 percent in revenue per passenger-kilometer (RPK) compared to last year. The increase was recorded despite the pressure of increased demand and limited air traffic control capacities, which caused an increase in the number of flight delays and cancellations, which in 2018 cost the European economy 17,6 billion euros. The Balkan region was the most successful in terms of the increase in tourist arrivals, with the best results being achieved by Montenegro (an increase of 50 percent) and Slovenia and Greece (an increase of 8 percent each). In this way, the mentioned countries showed the advantages of the extended season and marketing investments. Montenegro has benefited from improved air transport accessibility and several promotional activities carried out by national tourism authorities. As far as Slovenia is concerned, the recent victory of Ljubljana and the second place of Bled at ITB Berlin (the largest tourist fair in the world) indicates the state’s efforts in attracting tourists. On the other hand, Iceland (- 11 percent), Romania (- 7 percent) and Estonia (- 2 percent) reported a decrease in the number of tourist arrivals until April. In the case of Iceland, the recent collapse of low-cost airline WOW Air will further worsen tourism indicators, while the decline in Estonia can be explained by lower arrivals of Russian tourists whose rate fell by 8,7 percent over the same period last year.last_img read more

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Jelena Holenko – the main “fox” and ambassador of our tourism

first_imgMeet Jelena and how the story is told in tourism. As Jelena Holenko points out in the introduction, her terrain is not a stage, but a forest path where she takes on alter ego – foxes. A fox who takes you into her home and a crazy adventure. Being a tourist guide is a great honor, but also a responsibility, because by definition, tourist guides are ambassadors of Croatian tourism. If you want to meet our green heart of Croatia, if you want your guests to be delighted, then I definitely recommend that you introduce Gorski kotar to the soul and ambassador of Gorski kotar – Jelena Holenko aka Lynx and Fox. Travel guides tell stories about destinations, they are the good spirit of the destination who know and tell local stories that are not in the tourist brochures. They are storytellers, selling emotions and experiences. See the story… Last week, the tenth edition of TEDxZagreb was held in Zagreb, this time with the thematic title TWISTER. And exactly one of the lecturers was Jelena Holenko, one of our best tourist ambassadors and a tourist guide or storyteller, who tells the story of Gorski Kotar. Whether you are a travel agency, group or individual and if you are planning to wander around the Green Heart of Croatia – you need Jelena in the team. Experience and story are guaranteed, and Jelena is one of the best examples of how tourism is people and how stories are told in tourism.last_img read more

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The following year, 30.000 work permits were issued to foreigners in tourism

first_imgThis will certainly unfortunately trigger a new wave of domestic labor to re-launch their lives and seek professional happiness across the border. Thus, tourism and catering can count on 18.370 work permits for foreigners in tourism for new employment, as well as 12.000 permits for seasonal work or a total of over 30.000 work permits for foreigners in tourism. Also, from next year, Crokartice will be introduced, which will additionally enable companies to pay the earmarked HRK 2.500 tax-free. The long-announced project of the Centers for Competences is also being launched, but unfortunately these are all too small and too late moves. It was necessary to react much earlier, because the fire is extinguished when the smoke starts, and not after the whole building burns down, so the damage is being repaired. As one of the most important innovations in relation to the current Law on Foreigners, is prescribing a new model of regulating the employment of foreigners, which abolishes the existing quotas for employment of foreigners and simplifies their employment to meet the needs of employers, as the whole process has been slow and complicated. and a lot of administration. However, until the new Law on Foreigners enters into force, it is expected around the first half of 2020, the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2020 is valid.      The future is not built on the import of labor, and without domestic labor there is no sustainable development UNDER-SALARY WAYS, POOR WORKING CONDITIONS AND IMPOSSIBILITY TO PROGRESS ARE THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR DISMISSAL Photo: Pixabay.com Since the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners will no longer be determined, employers will be able to contact the Croatian Employment Service, which will issue an opinion for the employment of foreigners through the Market Test. Digital transformation RELATED NEWS: At the 191st session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, on Friday, November 22, 2019, a decision was made to determine the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2020.                 However, the Government of the Republic of Croatia passed non-taxable benefits such as Christmas bonuses, holiday pay, thirteenth salary, hot meal, the possibility of paying accommodation for a worker… so the state allowed companies to reward each employee with HRK 5000 non-tax bonus, with HRK 2500 as much as they could. pay for Christmas or recourse. As of this year, a hot meal has returned, which can be HRK 5000 per employee or HRK 12.000 with the presentation of costs, and companies can also pay the cost of kindergarten for children or the cost of accommodation to their employees. By the way, this year about 21.000 permits were used for the import of foreign labor in tourism. At the end of the year, quotas on labor imports will be abolished The annual quota of permits for 2020 for new employment of foreigners, seasonal work, relocation of persons within the company and the implementation of strategic investment projects is 78.470 permits, including 64.604 permits for new employment, 12.770 permits for seasonal work in tourism and catering and agriculture and forestry, 96 licenses within intra-company relocations and 1.000 licenses for the implementation of strategic investment projects. Namely, on the first day of 2020, Austria will open work on which permits for foreigners will no longer be required. By the way, according to the analysis of HUT, salaries for chefs, waiters and other tourist staff are 30% lower in Slovenia than in Slovenia, and even practically 100% lower than in Austria. As announced, quotas for labor imports have been increased, and next year, 30.000 work permits for foreigners are available in tourism. A picture speaks a thousand words…. The future and sustainability are not built on labor imports, but we are to blame for this situation and it was only a matter of time before the “bubble” bursts. For years, the problem of low wages in tourism has been warned, as well as very poor working conditions. But the mantra reigned – if you don’t want to, there are those who want to be on the stock market. Now it came back like a boomerang. QUOTAS FOR EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGNERS ARE REMOVED AND THEIR EMPLOYMENT IS SIMPLIFIED Admittedly there is, but not good for our Beautiful. But the borders opened and the bubble burst, interestingly, to the amazement of our tourism sector. Even today, some are not aware that the only solution to retain a domestic and quality workforce is to offer better wages and working conditions – there is no alternative. last_img read more

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Aquacolors water park declared the best in Europe

first_imgThe whole story started with the initiative of the Croatian team of the SCP group, ie the company SCP Adriatica, which nominated this Poreč project for the award. This company is the main distributor of the SCP group for the area of ​​Eastern Europe, and apart from Croatia, they are particularly interested in the markets of Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, where they intend to expand more intensively in the coming period. For the realization of these plans, the most responsible is the General Manager of SPC Adriatica Lado Lačen, who through his own entrepreneurial venture and the company Eurostil was one of the pioneers of the pool business in Poreč and in general in this area. Source: Glas IstrePhoto: aquacolors.eu The world’s leading distributor of pools and pool equipment SCP Distributors LLC declared Aquapark Aquacolors from Poreč the best European project in 2019.center_img Glas Istre states that the SCP award, which is considered the most prestigious world award in the pool and wellness industry, is awarded to projects of its business partners, in this case BK Mont from Pazin and Archetype 21 from Poreč. Poreč architects conceptually conceived and made the project of the water complex, which was then realized by BK Mont. It is the latest attraction that Aquacolors will premiere in the upcoming season and a water complex where about seventy people have worked for ten months.last_img read more

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The CNTB has joined a global campaign to help Zagreb hospitals damaged by the earthquake

first_imgThe organizers hope to raise a million dollars for the reconstruction of the maternity hospital in Petrova and for KBC Zagreb, and all those interested in the campaign can get involved through the next link. Also, the Government of the Republic of Croatia issued decisions enabling the receipt of payments of donated funds to the city of Zagreb and the surrounding area affected by the earthquake, as well as a decision on donations of funds intended to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. More on donor actions “Together for Zagreb” i “Croatia against coronavirus” find out in the attachment. Humanitarian campaign “Croatia Earthquake Fund – Zagreb Hospitals” in which money is raised through the GoFundMe platform was launched by the ACTAI group, a global group that brings together innovators, technologists, athletes and activists. The campaign was organized in coordination with ACAP – a non-profit organization of Croatian-American professionals in the USA. The campaign was joined by a large number of famous athletes, such as Croatian basketball players Rok Stipčević and Gordan Giriček, tennis player Ana Konjuh, Slovenian basketball player Saša Vujačić – former NBA champion and many other athletes and businessmen. The Croatian National Tourist Board has joined a global campaign to raise $ XNUMX million for the reconstruction of the Zagreb Clinical Hospital and the maternity hospital in Petrova, the hospital damaged in the earthquake that hit Zagreb on Sunday. “The Croatian National Tourist Board immediately, through its highly monitored social networks, joined this global fundraising campaign to help Zagreb’s hospitals, which suffered huge damage in the earthquake on Sunday. We have numerous followers around the world and an extensive network of 17 Facebook pages through which we invited all lovers of Zagreb, travel lovers, but also all people of good will to show heart, togetherness, solidarity and join the action in these difficult times, ” said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic. DONOR ACCOUNTS OPENED FOR “TOGETHER FOR ZAGREB” AND “CROATIA AGAINST CORONAVIRUS” ACTIONSlast_img read more

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Support efforts to protect water supply

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo established the New York State Drinking Water Council to determine what courses of action the state should take in protecting our most vital resource.The council is responsible for making sure that our communities have access to clean and healthy drinking water, while also addressing other major water-quality issues, including setting limits on extraordinarily dangerous and currently unregulated contaminants that have been linked to increased risks of various cancers, hormonal disorders, and birth defects.In the face of crumbling water infrastructure, the presence of toxic and industrial pollution, and the slashing of the Environmental Protection Agency at the federal level, it is more crucial than ever that New York takes the strongest measures toward protecting every water supply throughout the state.We as New Yorkers must use our voice to urge the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council to put forth the strictest health standards for unregulated water contaminants, to grant our water infrastructure an adequate budget for improvement and safety, and to guarantee that we know what is in our drinking water. This council has been granted an enormous task, and the public must be part of the process to ensure that it is fully completed.The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council is taking public comments via email, at dwqc@health.ny.gov.To learn more about the quality of your community’s water, visit www.nypirg.org/whatsinmywater.Eric WoodNew PaltzThe writer is the regional coordinator for NYPIRG. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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GOP tells lies about profit redistribution

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI thought Gazette readers would enjoy seeing how the members of the Republican Party are the most egregious liars. Not only is it unlikely that corporations will use tax gains to increase wage payments, they are in fact forbidden from doing so. That’s right; it’s against the law. The “fiduciary obligation” of for-profit corporations is first to their stockholders. They can’t use profits to pay their workers a bonus or increase their pay; they’re legally obligated to distribute profits to their stockholders. This “fiduciary obligation” of corporations was established by the Michigan State Supreme Court in 1919. This legal concept has been challenged in other cases since the 1950s.But it’s the economic and financial viewpoint supported by the Republican Party. Every Republican knows this, but they promoted the bald-faced lie that increased net corporate profits would be used to pay new hires or pay higher wages, both of which would be a violation of their “fiduciary obligation.” If they did use the profit gains from tax cuts to pay workers, the stockholders could sue and win. The question of the century, this so-called “New American Century,” is why do American voters cast votes against their own self-interest? Why do Americans lack the ability to detect who is lying and who is telling the truth? John Manimas MedeirosSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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