Media and Trump again downplay jobless benefit claims by leaving out hundreds of thousands of people

first_img– Advertisement – What’s needed in addition to a robust stimulus package is a comprehensive overhaul of the safety net, one that includes attention to one of the worst chronic economic problems: inequality. The Economic Policy Institute has generated a set of recommendations together with other experts and activists:  The wedge between what workers are being paid and the ability we have to pay workers higher wages (or the amount of income generated in an average hour of work, also known as productivity) has grown enormously since the 1970s. Instead of going to workers, the benefits of our increasingly productive economy have gone to corporate and business executives and holders of wealth. […]This wedge is not a sad accident of apolitical market forces. It is the predictable outcome of intentional policy choices that aimed to redistribute economic leverage and bargaining power upward and away from typical workers. There was no one single piece of legislation that did this; instead it was the accumulation of dozens, if not hundreds, of policy choices made in the form of legislation, regulatory changes, and administrative decisions that consistently put a thumb on the scale of the conflict over who would see benefits from economic growth.- Advertisement – Short of a new congressional stimulus package that extends the duration the unemployed covered by both programs can collect benefits, Americans laid off in March who are still without work will see those checks from the government disappear in the middle of next month. That’s because most states provide a maximum of 26 weeks of benefits. The federal government has added 13 more weeks. For those who lost their jobs in March, that means a loss of benefits in mid-December when their 39 weeks expire.A stimulus bill before year’s end is now a possibility since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has retreated from his Oct. 30 remark that this is “something we’ll need to do right at the beginning of the year.” At a Wednesday news conference, McConnell said, “I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year. I think now that the election’s over the need is there and we need to sit down and work this out. This [virus] is not going to go away until we kill it. So that’s job one.” Displaying yet another example of the bloody hypocrisy that doesn’t seem to bother the Kentucky voters who gave him another six years to carry out his agenda, McConnell added: “We need another rescue package. Hopefully the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election.” – Advertisement – Unfortunately, the way even the best 2020 election outcome looks now, making fresh “intentional policy choices” that transform the economy for the benefit of the vast majority of Americans who must work for a living isn’t going to be on the agenda for next couple of years. But that doesn’t mean we should shut up about it for the time being. Rather we should relentlessly pound on the need for serious changes, small ones and big ones alike, to end our chronic economic problems. Meanwhile, of course, we’ve got the acute problem created by the Pandemic Recession to deal with. Clearly, that’s going to be a fight for crumbs if McConnell has his way.  The Senate returns from recess on Monday, Nov. 9.The Wall Street Journal reported:Mr. McConnell said he would support including more funding for schools, hospitals and a popular small-business loan program, but not a more sweeping proposal that Democrats have sought. […][A]ny negotiations seem more likely to start from the narrower approach pushed by Senate Republicans. That could leave out some key Democratic priorities, such as significant aid to state governments, more detailed plans for a national coronavirus testing strategy and removal of the cap on state and local tax deductions. Republicans are more likely to back assistance for small businesses and tax credits for retaining employees.“If Republicans weren’t willing to spend more than $1 trillion even in the heat of a re-election battle, where it could benefit President Trump, I see almost no chance they would support a trillion-dollar plan after the election or next year, when there’s less political heat,” said Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the right-leaning Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.last_img read more

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Lamar Odom, Sabrina Parr Celebrate Anniversary After Split

first_imgOdom and Parr got engaged in November 2019, just three months after they first stepped out in Atlanta together. In August, the pair announced via Instagram that their wedding was set to occur in Miami on November 11, 2021.Earlier this month, however, Parr revealed that the twosome had chosen to pump the brakes on their romance. “Y’all know I’m honest and transparent so I have to be the first to let you guys know that I am no longer engaged to Lamar,” she wrote an Instagram Story post on November 4. “This has been a difficult decision for me to make but it is the best for myself and my children.”The Cleveland native then suggested that Odom needed to work on himself, adding: “Lamar has some things that he alone has to work through. I love him dearly but I am no longer able to be by his side while he seeks the help he so desperately needs. I wish him all the best and I am asking that you pray for everyone involved.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Made it in time for our one year anniversary,” she captioned the pic, adding a kissy-face and a prayer-hands emoji.Back On? Lamar Odom and Ex Sabrina Parr Celebrate Anniversary After SplitLamar Odom and Sabrina Parr. MEGAAdditionally, Parr reflected on the day that Odom popped the question. “😫 😫 just a year ago today… me and Lamar got engaged!!!” she wrote on her Stories, sharing a video of the moment following the proposal. “Everyone thought that the proposal happened at the restaurant, but it actually happened privately BEFORE we got to the restaurant! That will forever be our little secret.”In her next Instagram Story update, the fitness trainer shared a video where she revealed her plans to go on a “quick little getaway.” The clip showed her wearing the same shirt as the pic of the former Los Angeles Lakers player kissing her cheek.- Advertisement – During their engagement, Parr revealed that the couple chose to abstain from sex until marriage. “Him and I don’t even have sex, believe that or not,” she told Hollywood Life on December 11. “Once Lamar got saved, he developed a relationship with a pastor and there’s a lot of things he just wants to grow, areas he wants to grow in, and things he wants to improve on as a man. And as a man, the pastor suggested to him, it’s not godly if Christians like to have sex before marriage.”Odom was married to Khloé Kardashian from 2009 until they split in 2013. Though their divorce was put on hold in 2015 after he suffered a near-fatal overdose, they finalized the case in 2016.The former athlete shares daughter Destiny, 22, and son Lamar Jr., 18, with ex Liza Morales.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Giving love another try? Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr celebrated the one-year anniversary of their engagement one week after calling it quits.On Wednesday, November 11, the duo took to their Instagram Stories to reflect on their relationship. Odom, 41, reshared a photo that Parr, 33, posted of the retired NBA star kissing her on the cheek.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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FDA launches Salinas Valley E coli probe

first_imgSep 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Outbreaks of Escherichia coli in recent years have spurred federal and California officials to launch a broad investigation into farms and processors of lettuce and other leafy greens in California’s Salinas Valley, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and news sources.Of 19 US outbreaks of E coli O157:H7 from lettuce and spinach since 1995, eight have been traced to Salinas Valley, dubbed the “Salad Bowl of the World,” according to a Sep 11 Los Angeles Times article. These eight outbreaks have affected 217 people in eight states, including two elderly patients from northern California who died in 2003.In response to these outbreaks, the FDA announced its Lettuce Safety Initiative on Aug 23 of this year. In its announcement, the FDA said it will, in conjunction with California agencies, “visit farms and cooling and packing facilities, and inspect processors, focusing on good agricultural practices and good manufacturing practices,” identifying “practices that potentially lead to product contamination.”The initiative in Salinas Valley began Aug 28 and is scheduled to wrap up next month, a food safety official from the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) told CIDRAP News via e-mail. “We will be compiling the findings in the following months and hope to have a summary by next spring,” he said.In addition to CFSAN, the Salinas Valley investigation involves the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, the California Department of Health Services, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, according to the official. He characterized the initiative as cooperative: “This is an important example of industry, government, and academia working together to understand a problem so that meaningful interventions can be identified.”About 40 farms, packers, and processors will be visited, he said.Possible source for outbreaksWhen asked about a likely source for the contamination, the official responded, “There are many possible sources of the contamination. There may not be one source, but a combination of sources [and] factors.”Craig Hedberg, PhD, a University of Minnesota expert on foodborne disease, said of the outbreaks, “I would suspect there might be a link between dairy production and lettuce contamination, but what that might be is unknown.” Hedberg, of Minneapolis, is an associate professor of environmental and occupational health.Past, smaller-scale investigations have identified a number of possible sources of contamination in Salinas Valley. The valley, located in Monterey County, grows nearly $1 billion in lettuce and other leafy greens each year, according to a story yesterday from the Monterey County Herald.In a Nov 4, 2005, letter to California lettuce growers, packers, processors, and shippers, CFSAN director Robert Brackett, PhD, mentioned intermittent flooding from Salinas Valley creeks and rivers as a possible source of contamination. He cited a 2005 report that identified O157:H7 E coli in the valley’s watershed and stated that any ready-to-eat crop that comes in contact with floodwaters is not fit for human consumption.In addition, in a January letter to the Western Growers Association, California Public Health Officer Mark Horton, MD, MSPH, wrote that his staff will be reassessing manure composting and septic system regulations. In addition to citing the possible flooding problem, the letter also specified assessment of workers’ access to toilets and hand-washing facilities, as well as adherence to other health-safety rules.Other possible contamination sources listed in the Los Angeles Times article include bird and other animal droppings and dust from nearby cattle fields.Rare E coli strain in UtahIn related news, Utah health officials implicated Salinas Valley lettuce as a possible source for an E coli outbreak in their state in June, according to an Aug 20 Monterey County Herald story.The Utah outbreak affected 73 people, including three who experienced kidney failure. It involved a different, rare strain: O121:H19.Both the O121:H19 and O157:H7 strains occur naturally in the digestive system of cattle and humans. But eating food contaminated by the bacteria can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, other serious symptoms such as kidney failure, and death, according to the Herald story.Which underscores the importance of the just-launched probe. The CFSAN spokesperson said of the effort, “We do not know why we are seeing E coli O157:H7 in leafy greens. . . . We hope that research [from the Lettuce Safety Initiative] will better explain what is going on.”See also:Aug 23, 2006, FDA announcement of its Lettuce Safety Initiativehttp://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/BuyStoreServeSafeFood/ucm115906.htmlast_img read more

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ACIP targets up to 159 million Americans for H1N1 vaccination

first_imgJul 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The top US advisory panel on immunizations recommended today that groups totaling up to 159 million people be targeted for vaccination against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus but that a narrower population of about 41 million have priority if initial supplies are short.The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) picked five target groups for initial immunization because of their increased risk of H1N1 infection or complications or their contact with vulnerable people:Pregnant womenHousehold contacts of babies under 6 months of ageHealthcare and emergency medical services (EMS) workersChildren and young people aged 6 months through 24 yearsPeople between 25 and 64 years who have chronic medical conditionsBut if the demand for vaccine outstrips supplies, said Dr.Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the five groups would be as follows:Pregnant womenHealthcare and EMS workers who have direct contact with patients or infectious substancesHousehold contacts of babies younger than 6 monthsChildren aged 6 months through 4 yearsChildren and adolescents from 5 through 18 years who have risk factors for flu complicationsHealthy people between the ages of 25 and 64 can be immunized after the demand from the target groups has been met, said the committee, which advises the CDC. Because people 65 and older seem to have a lower risk of H1N1 infection than younger people, they can be vaccinated as supplies permit and other groups are served, the panel advised.”The H1N1 outbreak so far has to large extent spared that [elderly] population . . . so the idea was that if supply is adequate and global circumstances permit, vaccine could be offered at that time, said Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.Speaking at a press conference after today’s ACIP meeting, Schuchat said the broader target groups total roughly 159 million people, adding, “But there’s a lot of overlap in some of the groups, so it’s probably lower than that.”Schuchat said the smaller set of target groups, or what she called the “just-in-case prioritization group,” numbers about 41 million people.The committee issued its recommendations as five vaccine manufacturers race to make H1N1 vaccines ordered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Federal officials have been saying they hope to have the first doses ready to use by mid-October, but some doubt about that date was expressed at today’s meeting.Guidance assumes no adjuvantsThe ACIP recommendations assume that the H1N1 vaccines to be used will not contain adjuvants, because using an adjuvant would create regulatory complications that would delay vaccine availability. Adjuvants have not been used with flu vaccines in the United States, but HHS has ordered a supply of adjuvants for possible use in the pandemic.Early in today’s meeting, Dr. Robin Robinson, director of HHS’s Biological Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), predicted that about 120 million doses of vaccine could become available in October and another 80 million per month after that. He said the manufacturers so far have made the bulk equivalent of about 20 million doses of injectable vaccine and 12.8 million doses of nasal spray vaccine.However, he said that one manufacturer, which he didn’t name, is having trouble finishing its production of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine. “We’ll see what impact that has on H1N1. We’re working with them,” he said.On the other hand, Robinson said the manufacturers are seeing some improvements in the production yields of the vaccines, which are grown in eggs. Yields have been reported to be only 25% to 50% as high as typical yields for seasonal flu vaccines.”I’m happy to say that we’re starting to see increases in the production yield this week,” he said, without offering details.One or two doses?A big question mark in the vaccine effort is whether one or two doses will be needed. Federal officials are awaiting early results from clinical trials to find out if one dose will generate a potentially protective immune response, but the general expectation is that two are likely to be necessary, because the virus is new.In that regard, the ACIP recommended that if supplies are short, providers not turn vaccine seekers away in order to save supplies for second doses.Even if supplies initially run short, “supply and availability will continue, so the committee stressed that programs and providers continue to vaccinate unimmunized patients and not keep vaccine in reserve for later administration of the second dose,” the CDC said in a press release.Schuchat said the demand for the vaccine is likely to be well below the number of people in the targeted groups.”We think it’s important to differentiate the size of the populations from the number of doses we have and the number we need,” she said. Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended for 83% of the population, but actual uptake is less than 40%, she observed, adding, “If we use this as our expectation, we may have plenty of vaccine right away.”Obesity as a potential risk factorIn other comments, Schuchat said obesity by itself may not be a risk factor for serious H1N1 disease, despite some recent evidence to the contrary.”The information is incomplete,” she said. Morbidly obese people seem to have worse complications than normal-weight people, but obese people in general have more health conditions that increase their risk of complications. “When we looked at those who had only obesity or morbid obesity, it’s not so clear,” she said.Concerning the vaccination target groups, the new ACIP recommendations call for using the same list of risk factors as are used for seasonal flu, Schuchat said in response to questions. Those include things like chronic respiratory, heart, liver, or kidney disease; diabetes; suppressed immunity, and pregnancy, but not obesity by itself, she said.Schuchat was asked what she would tell an elderly person about the H1N1 vaccine, given the potential for confusion with different recommendations for seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccination.”As a provider with the elderly, I’d strongly recommend seasonal flu vaccine, and say that from what we’ve seen so far with this [H1N1] virus, you’re probably going to be spared,” she replied.ACIP recommendations are routinely approved and issued by the CDC. “These recommendations will be reviewed quickly by CDC and we expect them to be rapidly disseminated to state and local health departments,” which are actively planning their vaccination programs, Schuchat said.In response to a question, she said HHS has ordered some thimerosal-free vaccine, both injectable and the nasal spray, but she did not specify quantities. Thimerosal is a mercury-containing compound still used as a preservative in some flu vaccines.Need for revised guidanceAt the meeting, CDC medical epidemiologist Anthony Fiore, MD, MPH, told the committee that though HHS released pandemic vaccine guidance in 2008, new recommendations are needed because the previous ones focused on a more severe scenario. Current evidence suggesting a more moderate pandemic warrants revisions, he said.Members of the committee struggled over how high to set the age boundary for vaccine prioritization. The initial recommendation presented to the members today from ACIP’s Influenza Working Group stipulated that children aged 6 months to 18 years be included among the priority groups. Federal and state officials are eyeing administering the vaccine at schools as an efficient way to reach this group.One problem that led to the uncertainty over where to place the age cutoff is a lack of clear data on infection rates within the subgroups. During the morning session of the meeting, Fiore said early reporting on confirmed cases revealed an infection rate of 2.56 in 100,000 among 12- to 18-year olds, which decreased to 1.26 per 100,000 among 19- to 24-year-olds.However, several members spoke in favor of pushing the age cutoff to 24 as a way to include college students. James Turner, MD, a liaison representative from the American College Health Association (ACHA), told the group that college students in dormitory settings have the same risk factors that appear to have played a role in the spread of the virus this summer at camps and military schools. He said flu transmission on college campuses probably would have been higher in the spring, but many students were leaving for the year in May when the virus was gaining a foothold.Turner said the ACHA’s data suggest that the seasonal vaccine immunization rate in college students is about 32%, which he said suggests good uptake in the age-group.Other members of the group pushed for including the broader age-group as a way to simplify the message about who should be vaccinated. Also, William Schaffner, MD, liaison representative from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, warned that vaccine prioritization schemes that are too narrow could result in unused vaccine. Schaffner is chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.The committee’s decision to expand the upper age limit from 18 to 24 adds 24 million people to the priority group, CDC officials said.See also:CDC ACIP pageJul 29 CDC press releaselast_img read more

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Demystification of CNTB grants for events or who benefits from the grants?

first_imgIstria County Tourist BoardApproved grantshttp://istra.hr/.app/download.php?file=Odluka_TopDogadjanja_2017.pdf increase the total funds available for grants;timely tendering and decision-making on the allocation of funds;transparent scoring and publication of results;tender criteria that operate in accordance with the general business policy of the CNTB and Croatian tourism;encouraging quality and focusing on significant events (which bring importance to Croatian tourism), which is directly reflected through the following item (abolish symbolic incentives (introduce a minimum amount of co-financing), strengthen medium and large events;give REAL emphasis on the pre- and post-season and score overnight stays and participants instead of exclusively visitors, and add some other positive criteria (media presence, contribution to branding Croatia in the direction set by the CNTB and MinT documents);not distorting competition;all recipients of incentives must act in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Croatia. The ministry of tourismTourism in numbers2012.     http://www.mint.hr/UserDocsImages/htz-turizam-br012_HR.pdf2013.     http://www.mint.hr/UserDocsImages/140624_HTZ-TURIZAM-2013_HR.pdf2014.    http://www.mint.hr/UserDocsImages/150701_Turizam014.pdf2015.     http://www.mint.hr/UserDocsImages/TUB2015HR.pdf Events support decisions2017.     http://www.htz.hr/sites/default/files/2017-07/Odluka%20o%20potpori%20DOGA%C4%90ANJA.docx2016.     http://www.htz.hr/sites/default/files/2016-11/Odluka-o-potporama-dogadanjima-2016.pdf2015.     http://www.htz.hr/sites/default/files/2016-11/Odluka-Potpore-dogadanjima-2015.pdf2014. / 1                http://www.htz.hr/sites/default/files/2016-11/Odluka-o-dodjeli-potpora-za-nacionalna-i-regionalna-dogadanja-2014.pdf2014. / 2                http://www.htz.hr/sites/default/files/2016-11/Rezultati-TOP-dogadanja-2014.pdf2013.     http://www.htz.hr/sites/default/files/2016-11/Odluka-o-dodjeli-potpora-manifestacijama-2013-.pdf2012.     http://www.htz.hr/sites/default/files/2016-11/ODLUKA-SAVJETA-ZA-MANIFESTACIJE-2012-.docx delivered:Main office of the Croatian National Tourist BoardThe ministry of tourismIstria County Tourist BoardIstria County – Administrative Department for Tourism Croatian tourist agencyPublic call for support of events2017.     http://www.htz.hr/sites/default/files/2017-03/JAVNI%20POZIV%20za%20potpore%20doga%C4%91anjima%20u%202017.%20godini.docx INCREASE IN NIGHTS IN PRE-SEASON AND POST-SEASON. WHOM DO WE INSURE?”The strategic goal of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board is to develop and position Croatia as an aviation destination, especially in the periods before and after the season, because in this way we will be able to talk about the full tourist year, not just the season.”- are the words of the line minister, Mr. Gary Cappelli.If we look in isolation only at this Public Tender in the light of this statement and the de facto Tourism Strategy in the Republic of Croatia, we come to the conclusion that in the pre- and post-season it is necessary to attract as many guests as possible. However, the distribution of co-financing by months does not follow this minister’s idea. According to the CNTB definition, PPS (pre- and post-season) lasts from 1 January to 15 June and from 16 September to 31 December. In that period, the results of the public tender co-financed 66 events with 27,7% of total funds (19,5% in the pre-season, 8,2% in the post-season) while as many as 107 events were co-financed in the main season with 72,3% of funds.This is popularly called “throwing salt into the sea” or “carrying wood into the forest”. The question is, do we co-finance events that are a direct motive for coming or do we entertain already arrived guests?The solution is to finally free up more funds for events in the pre- and post-season, which will be a strong motive for coming, and will not fit into our worn-out mantra “sun and sea”. Such guests bring us an increase in the number of nights, but it is quite clear that their consumption is very small. According to a study by the Institute of Tourism, the average consumption of tourists in Croatia is 66 Euros on a daily basis. Besides, we just don’t have enough beds in the main season, I really don’t understand why we pump the season when we’re on the verge of overbooking?If you thought the situation was changing over the past 5 years, the following chart will reassure you. Moreover, more and more overnight stays are realized in the “main season”, which is a direct result of the mantra “sun and sea”. Every year, the CNTB provides financial support for events, all with the aim of investing in the quality of the offer and content, ie in creating the motive for arrivals and the development of tourism at the destination level, as he points out with the CNTB.The Public Call for Grants for Events in 2017 received a total of 433 applications, of which 373 applications were taken into consideration, since 60 of them did not meet the conditions of the tender, according to the CNTB. Financial support from the Croatian National Tourist Board was provided by 215 registered programs divided into three prescribed measures of this Public Invitation in the total amount of HRK 11.500.000,00. Thus, through measure 1 – support to events in the PPS period in underdeveloped tourist areas, HRK 1.140.000,00 was allocated, while through measure 2 – support to national and regional events, a total of HRK 5.710.000,00 was allocated. The amount of HRK 4.650.000,00 was allocated through measure 3 for TOP events.But what is always questionable every year are unclear criteria and insufficient transparency, which leads to various ambiguities. Precisely on this topic, Alen Paliska, director of the race / event “100 miles of Istria” analyzed and argued specific questions. This is not a story about how someone is dissatisfied with not receiving financial support from the CNTB, so he opened “fire” on institutions, but analyzed and constructively analyzed CNTB’s support for events in the past few years, and asked specific and reasoned questions. It is now up to the CNTB.Read the press release in full.Demystification of CNTB grants for events or who benefits from the grants?After the announcement of the results of the CNTB’s public tender for support for events, I was again unpleasantly surprised to see that this year, the event of which I am the director – Ultratrail race 100 Miles of Istria, did not receive support. To add to the absurdity, the Ministry of Tourism has been sponsoring the 2016 Miles of Istria race since 100. Smart enough.Now I can say for sure that we have been brutally damaged for two years in a row and that I demand a revision of the results and annulment of the results of the Public Tender.This attitude is not formed hastily. After the first unpleasant surprise with the results, it was a good incentive to analyze the concept that the CNTB practices in this competition, but also many others. On this occasion, I want the shortcomings in the current system and practice to be clearly defined and to use this to obtain new, better quality criteria. All data were collected from the publicly available archives of the CNTB and the Ministry of Tourism, and were analyzed objectively and soberly to give a realistic picture of the situation.And to be clear, I do not think that these results are manifestations of (exclusively) ignorance or incompetence because last year at a meeting at the CNTB I explained in detail what we do, what we want, what is our reach and potential and ultimately most important – what are achieved results. Obviously we don’t have anyone to lobby for us. However, this is public money and needs to be spent transparently. Not only because of fairness, but also because of the content itself and the targeted, developmental spending of that money.ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF THE TENDEREvent support is one of the traditional programs of the Croatian National Tourist Board, which awards grants through support programs to improve products, create a recognizable image of Croatian tourism and the country as a whole and enrich the offer in the pre- and postseason. That’s what the website of our central tourist office says, but is it really true?By analyzing the program of support for events in the period from 2012 to 2017, I came to very interesting data that are mostly in conflict with the basic settings of the program and the tasks of the CNTB in general. There are several very important questions that I will try to approach in further analysis using only the data of the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism.DATE OF PUBLICATION AND DECISIONSThe first problematic thing with this program is the date of publication of the Public Call and the Decision on support for events in 2017. Namely, the Public Invitation was published on March 31, 2017, and the Decision on Support was made on July 27, 2017. None of this would be disputable if the Public Tender did not apply to events in 2017!Since a large part of the co-financed events take place in the first part of the year (January – July), the question arises as to how the organizers of the events will plan the funds obtained through the Public Tender? Each association must adopt a work plan and financial plan in the year before the organization and confirm it at the assembly, which absolutely excludes associations from any legal spending of funds. In addition, organizing companies as well as associations need to have a business plan, right?So, there are two scenarios, both equally disastrous for the event organizers. The first is that the organizer does not plan these funds, but receives co-financing. There is no legal way to spend that money retroactively in a business year. The second is that the organizer plans these funds and spends them, and does not receive a single kuna from the CNTB, which is a direct threat to the survival of the event organizers, which puts all events in an impossible position before July.It is indicative, however, that some organizers point out the CNTB logo even before the official results are published, which opens the possibility of embezzlement and previous agreements. I do not want to say that this is so, but the indications are clear.The solution is to publish and implement the Public Call for Support of Events in the year before the co-financed events. Bearing in mind that the plan of each company must be voted on by mid-December, and taking into account the entire procedure, it turns out that the MinT and CNTB must announce the tender in July and publish the results in early November at the latest. It is absurd that it is only a few months later than it seems now for – the current year!It was said that the only way in which event organizers can plan budgets well and invest the obtained co-financing transparently and according to the adopted plans – therefore, be in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Croatia. This is also the only way to make the investment targeted and efficient, and this is, in addition to the administrative correctness of the procedures – the only and final goal of the entire tender, ie the premise for launching a tender for co-financing events! There is no denying the fact that this is the most correct way to remove insinuations about embezzlement. IS THAT ENOUGH AND WHAT DO WE REALLY WANT?Croatia generates about 78 million overnight stays from tourism (data from 2016), which is translated into about 64 billion kuna or 18,9% of GDP. The question is what do we, as a destination, want to get by co-financing events? Do we invest enough, do we have quality events, are these events the motives for the arrival or entertainment of guests who have already arrived in the Republic of Croatia, what is the impact of co-financing on the number of nights and consumption, what are the results? There are many questions, no answers. No, because there is no serious analysis or strategy for co-financing events. Because if there was a serious analysis, big companies like Red Bull, mega events like Ultra Europe or Swatch Major and associations that organize small local events such as, believe it or not, World championship in olive picking. This is not a joke.So, as a destination, we have to decide what we want to co-finance, which with co-financing will bring us greater visibility, more overnight stays and spending (especially in the PPS period) and generate higher earnings and equalize seasonality. It is necessary to detect quality carriers in separate niches and help them a lot until the conditions for self-preservation are created. Tourism is too important an activity to be taken lightly. From this year’s results, it is not exactly clear what our focus is, everything is financed without order.And yes, if you thought that a little less than 12 million kuna of co-financing is enough for a country whose tourism is 19% of GDP, you are not quite right. Other destinations are branded through strong and recognizable events in which a lot of money is invested. We are simply missing millions of kunas that will be targeted to give the greatest possible effect. The only bright spot is the contract with the Tour of Croatia race, which, quite deservedly, received funding of HRK 4 million from the CNTB.The conclusion is that we need to move away from mediocrity and engage in serious projects, not waste money to satisfy the pleas of local politicians.WHO PRODUCES AND TO WHOM IS IT RETURNED?We come to the question of whether the CNTB is a charitable institution or an institution that a priori deals with the development and promotion of tourism? Because looking at the distribution of overnight stays / money through counties we come to the following data:So, the biggest generators of tourism are definitely damaged by this redistribution of funds. I am thinking mainly of the Istria, Split-Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties, while the City of Zagreb, Osijek-Baranja and Vukovar-Srijem counties are very much favored.At one of the meetings, I was told that the CNTB must work the same for all counties. I agree, but then, my dear CNTB members, announce more programs and establish mechanisms to help the underdeveloped and a mechanism for further development of the developed. What’s the problem, you asked? Well, in the fact that in the Public Invitation, exactly the same manifestations from different counties are evaluated completely differently, and even left out – which I will write about at the end.But try to ask yourself, is it really advisable to spend 24,43% (about 3 million kuna) of co-financing for destinations that together have a potential of less than 20 thousand beds? It seems to me that this is solely funding events that aim to entertain the local population, but that’s just me because – maybe there’s some higher goal. I doubt.WHAT IS A TOP EVENT?The public call is divided into three programs:events in the PPS period in underdeveloped tourist areas 140.000,00 knGrants for national and regional events HRK 710.000,00TOP events HRK 650.000,00We are especially interested in the program of TOP events. Namely, according to the terms of the Public Invitation, these are international events that are estimated to be the motive for the arrival of at least 10.000 visitors.Yes, you read that right – a visitor instead of an overnight stay. Hypothetically, any major football match can run for a TOP event. Or every major concert. Or say Swatch Major for which no tickets are bought. And every other gathering of citizens. A completely missed criterion that opens the door to co-financing various interesting events such as the World Minigolf Championship in Zadar.Once you enter the program of TOP events, it is very difficult to get out of it. Frequent winners of co-financing for TOP events are the following events:Fresh Island Festival Novalja 4 times continuously since 2014.InMusic Festival Zagreb 4 times continuously since 2014Rijeka Festival Rijeka 4 times continuously since 2014Špancirfest Varaždin 4 times continuously since 2014Sonus Festival Novalja 3 times continuously since 2015.Vinkovci Autumn 3 times uninterrupted since 2015.Swatch beach volley Major series Poreč 3 times uninterrupted since 2015.Renaissance Festival Koprivnica 3 times continuously since 2015.ATP Croatia Open Umag 3 times (2014/2016/2017) HOW MUCH IS CO-FINANCED AND HOW SERIOUS IS THE EVENT?When I summed up in one place all the co-financed events from this Public Call from 2012 to 2017, I came to the fact that a total of 836 events were co-financed, of which 470 different (some received several times, some each time), and for this purpose spent HRK 38.480.500,00.However, further elaboration revealed the following:When these events are grouped into some meaningful financial ranges of co-financing, it is even clearer how much insignificant, or almost insignificant, co-financing has been allocated. Thus, events with an amount of less than HRK 623 were co-financed 30.000 times, for which HRK 11.142.500,00 or a total of 28,96% of available funds was spent.Given the rich experience in organizing sports events of all levels, I wonder how much 10.000 or 30.000 kn can help a serious event? In particular, the budget of the 100 Miles of Istria race broke the amount of 1,5 million kuna with a serious upward trend. On the other hand, it is obvious that the “big players” carefully donate to the limits of de minimis.However, in addition to the “technical” fact that the allocated funds do not significantly affect the quality of these events, this concept of allocation of funds (again) calls into question the very basis of financial assistance, which is, I repeat: product improvement, creating a recognizable image of Croatian tourism and the country as a whole, and enriching the supply in the pre- and post-season. If a certain co-financing almost does not help the organization of the event at all, then isn’t it contrary to the proclaimed principles and goals to give insignificant co-financing to one event, and to that extent to deny those events that realize the proclaimed principles of quality, pre- and postseason, promotion? In short, the CNTB undermines its own principles, and the principles of the entire country, in the development and promotion of tourism and Croatia by inappropriately allocating financial support!The next question to ask is: with how much money and how many times do you have to co-finance the event until it gets on its feet and becomes self-sustaining? Which brings us to the absolute winners of event co-financing programs over the past five years. And that is 11 manifestations in a row.A cursory review found that these are mostly commercial projects, moreover projects that give big cash prizes (ATP € 482.000, Swatch Major $ 800.000) while at the same time some do not even charge tickets but attract guests with free admission and boast a visit of over 60.000 viewers. In the middle of the main tourist season. Bravo.If we look at the available data from a different angle, if we ignore the fact that many events take place in the summer season, we come to the following presentation which carries two major problems:a huge part of the total funding “takes” only a few top events;in total a huge number of events receive a significant share of co-financing.But, realistically, each event receives a ridiculously small amount of co-financing (on average around HRK 8.000 or HRK 28.000) and it does not have any positive impact on the quality of maintenance, visitor profile, improvement of the promotion. So, co-financing without which things would remain the same, co-financing that should be invested much more meaningfully.It should be noted that it is not necessary to co-finance a large number of events and projects of unclear purpose, but quality events. Equally too much allocation for large budget events, profit type and otherwise self-sustaining, often with questionable satisfaction of tender criteria, is equally harmful because it spends a budget that in the case of events with clear goals and effects would give much better performance and be fully compliant. with tender criteria and principles of functioning of the CNTB. Istrian CountyList of remaining concluded contracts in IZ2017 https://www.istra-istria.hr/uploads/media/170724_Preostali_ugovori_do_07_2017.pdf The CNTB tender system does not follow the idea of ​​the CNTB’s work guide;Tenders are announced with unclear criteria, decisions are unclear and do not follow the rules defined in the tenders themselves;events that do not have tourist significance are encouraged, events that should not receive incentives from the tourist “coffers” and events that do not have a clear business policy (at least from the aspect of tourism);the concept of money distribution, ie the system of values ​​and incentives is not focused on quality and excellence but on averaging, on the social and political component and on satisfying as many people as possible instead of those who develop quality and contribute to Croatian tourism;in addition to the previous paragraph, the manner of distribution of funds by counties also contributes to this;the reasons for the distribution of incentives are unclear and raise suspicions of illegal and immoral decisions;the call for tenders and the results (hence the co-financing) are delivered approximately one year too late;the results of the Public Tender are published in a highly non-transparent manner without a visible list of points earned. Obviously, there is a strong need to co-finance these events, so I suggest that these events be excluded from the public tender for 2018, since their co-financing is practically guaranteed and that a special program is opened for them or agreed by direct agreement.It is interesting that Ironman Pula in 2016, as a TOP event, received HRK 100.000, while in 2017 it was transferred to the program of support for national and regional events and there it received HRK 50.000. What does that actually mean? That the CNTB funded Ironman last year as a TOP event so that it did not live up to expectations? Isn’t Ironman still a TOP event? All this raises the question of evaluation and analysis of co-financed events. And here I ask the CNTB very clearly: show me the justification of the investment, give me an analysis of how the number of overnight stays and spending has increased. What is the scope of promotion in emitting and other markets? I am sure that a serious institution like the CNTB has very clear criteria and an evaluation of the justification of the money invested, so this should not be a problem.WHAT EXACTLY IS CO-FINANCED?You know that saying “from needle to locomotive”? This is exactly the case with co-financing. From mega projects to local mini events, from international spectacles to local parties for citizens. However, which branches do we cumulatively fund?If you organize music events, carnivals, tuna fishing, Advent organization or, in any case, mini golf, it is almost certain that at least 90.000 kn is waiting for you. It is an interesting fact that the City of Zagreb persistently registers exhibitions in the program of national and regional events. Thus, for two exhibitions (Nikola Tesla – Mind from the Future and the Exhibition of Famous Artists from the famous Maeght Foundation) they received co-financing in the amount of HRK 60.000. I don’t know what the effect of these two exhibitions is on total overnight stays and consumption, but I guess the CNTB knows.In general, in the Republic of Croatia there are several levels of co-financing of events, listed from the local to the state level:local governmentslocal tourist boardcountycounty tourist boardCroatian tourist agencystateOn paper, this vertical authority works great however how do these levels work and are they really vertical? Judging by the results of various competitions in 2017 – they are not. One would expect that each level would deal with its own competence, and that the level above would have information on how many levels below co-financed the event, that would be logical, right?I have a limited set of data for this issue, but I believe that the issue is repeated in all environments. From the data I managed to excavate in Istria, I came to the following table. Namely, some events are funded at all levels of competence. The table lacks funding from the lowest level, so it does not list funding for local government and local tourist boards.What do we do about it? Well, for starters it would be good to detect levels of competence according to the following suggestion:In this way, quality would stand out, and each level would act on its events much stronger and better, and the effect would be greater, both promotional and quantitative, and ultimately qualitative.IS EVERYTHING REALLY ACCORDING TO THE RULES?A good question to which we cannot give a clear answer because the results of the Public Tender were published in a very non-transparent way. Namely, it is not clear how many and which events applied, it is not clear who did not meet the conditions of the competition and why, it is not clear who is the organizer of events that received co-financing and in the end very important – no scoring according to public tender criteria. Enough shortcomings to ask if there is a basis for embezzlement and corruption. Again, I’m not saying there is any of that, but there are no clear indications that there isn’t.AND THE FINAL QUESTION OF ALL QUESTIONS – WHY DIDN’T 100 MILLIONS OF ISTRIA GET SUPPORT?After an extensive analysis and an attempt to understand the CNTB’s co-financing strategy, this issue simply cannot be avoided. Thus, the criteria in the Public Invitation are very clear, and are listed exhaustively in the table (the class applicable to the event is marked in yellow). 100 Miles of Istria):The condition for the award of the grant is that the registered programs achieve at least 90 points.So let’s start, how many 100 Miles of Istria would win points according to the criteria of the CNTB?a / real 20b / conservative * 15b / conservative * 10b / real 10a / real 15b / real 3a / real 10a / real 15d / not applicable ** 3                         TOTAL 101* conservative means that a higher class of points can be freely applied** not applicable means that there is no category for media coverage of the event – the smallest class is taken / realistically followed by media in all countries that organize UTWT races, on French television in the form of reportage and on social networks by sharing high quality photo and video content /Thus, the points earned according to the criteria meet the basic condition for co-financing, however co-financing is not awarded. I ask very clearly – WHY?That I am absolutely right when I say that we are brutally damaged is proved by at least four other manifestations that received co-financing, and are engaged in the same or very similar activity. To analyze:To make matters worse, I do not know whether the CNTB is aware that such a co-financing policy creates an imbalance in the market and significantly violates the equality of market operations! Firstly, events that do not return anything to the state through VAT are co-financed, and secondly, these are events that address the same population as the 100 Miles of Istria race.WHAT ABOUT EVERYTHING?Finally, I list the summary items stated in the text.Problems of the current system Author: Alen Paliska, director of the event “100 miles of Istria”Data sources Suggestions for future system improvementslast_img read more

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Record tourist results in Vukovar-Srijem County

first_imgJanuary – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 Germans /% TOTAL27.49256.50810023.23343.785100118,33129,06 2012.42265792 TOTAL93.034151.41910071.469111.146100130,17136,23 Njemacka Domestic tourists1.3052.88059,918032.20059,46162,52130,91 Foreign tourists20.55732.83021,6917.07431.34228,20120,40104,75 2011.22357                41767 Slovenia20008,83%3539%111312,12%20715,50%22415,47%510,82% 2013.9 21718 665 Overnight stays were realized in a total of 99 accommodation facilities and 2203 beds.The most visited months are May, followed by September and April.The most common age groups are 12-17 years, followed by 35-44 and 45-54 years.In the total number of arrivals, 88,43% of them were realized individually, and 11,57% agency. The increase in the number of individual arrivals compared to 2016 is 31,83%, while the increase in agency arrivals was 18,74%. 2009.117158 Local tourist board: Vukovar (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 Switzerland19718,71%1844,69%5255,72%1249,28%946,40% Local tourist board: Germans (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 Njemacka545924,12%101025,77%233825,47%33925,39%29019,76%131521,19% Foreign tourists3.2866.3799,032.9306.31513,29112,15101,01 Markets with over 1000 nights: by number of nights from highest to lowest 2015.60.570110.513 EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Local tourist board: Vinkovci (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 Domestic tourists21.17143.33076,6817.14429.45267,27123,49147,12 2013.64917815 Local tourist board: Županja (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 90418011971 TOTAL47.84970.62110034.91747.504100137,04148,66 394840025459 Foreign tourists1.0101.92740,097311.50040,54138,17128,47 2016.1 5343 700 2013.4599                   6991 Županja /% From the beginning of January to the end of December, 30,17 percent more arrivals and 36,23 percent more overnight stays were realized in the Vukovar-Srijem County compared to 2016, which certainly makes it a record tourist year.Arrivals and overnight stays from the domestic and foreign markets grew, so out of a total of 93.034 arrivals, domestic guests realized 72.477, which is 33,24 percent more, and foreign guests 20.557 or 20,40 percent more. Out of a total of 151.419 overnight stays, 118.589 were domestic – which is an increase of as much as 48,60 percent, and 32.830 foreign or 4,75 percent more than in 2016. Most overnight stays – 70.621 (46,63 percent) were realized in Vukovar, followed by Vinkovci with 56.508 (37,31 percent), Germans with 8.906 (5,88 percent), Ilok with 8.251 (5,44 percent) and Zupanja with 4.807 (3,17 percent). The largest number of overnight stays was realized from the German market, followed by tourists from Serbia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, France, Turkey and Macedonia. “Candidates for tenders intended for the system of tourist boards in 2018 will work on completing the overall tourist offer, the implementation of key promotional documents and projects that will include all participants in tourism development and link them with already started projects of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board. We believe that, despite the non-tourist circumstances that we cannot influence, the attractiveness and quality of our tourist products and incentive programs to support the development of continental tourism in Croatia, will contribute to a stronger increase in organized tourist traffic to our county”, Said Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board at a press conference held at the Kunjevci Hunting Lodge in Vinkovci, where tourist results and projects were presented.Tourist identity based on culture, gastronomy and naturePhoto: Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist BoardAt the Kunjevci Hunting Lodge, representatives of local tourist boards from Vukovar, Vinkovci, Ilok, Županja and Germany were presented with tablets within the ViCTour project – Virtual and Cultural Tourism. The project worth 924.327 euros is funded by the Cross-border Cooperation Program Interreg IPA CBC Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020, and aims to develop an attractive, dynamic and competitive tourism promotion using IT tools such as holograms, augmented reality, interactive totems, multimedia audio guides and electronic workbooks.That last year was extremely successful for Vukovar-Srijem County is confirmed by the fact that the destination Vukovar – Vučedol – Ilok was declared the national winner of EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) on the topic of cultural tourism, Bušuć – Srpak points out and adds that they were realized and noticed. appearances at foreign and domestic tourism fairs, organized a Tourist Forum with the topic “Gastronomy as a tourist product of Croatia”, printed two promotional brochures – “Gastro art of Srijem and Slavonia” and “Life colored by nature”, the website of the Tourist Board VSŽ was translated into additional four languages, and the application Visit Vukovar Srijem was realized.Special project: ViCTour – Virtual and Cultural TourismVukovar-Srijem County is implementing the project ViCTour – Virtual and Cultural Tourism which is funded by the Cross-Border Cooperation Program INTERREG IPA CBC CROATIA-SERBIA 2014-2020 Total values 924 327,00 € . Along with the Vukovar-Srijem County, the project partners are the Tourist Board of VSC, the Tourist Organization of Vojvodina, the University of Novi Sad, the Faculty of Economics in Subotica, the Fund “European Affairs” of AP Vojvodina. The project procures IT equipment with the aim of developing attractive, dynamic and competitive tourism promotion which will result in increasing the attractiveness of cross-border regions using IT tools (holograms, augmented reality, interactive totems, multimedia audio guide and electronic workbook). One of the first purchases made by VSŽ was the purchase of 5 tablets. The tablets are needed and are related to the procurement activity Augmented Reality (Augmented Reality), and the project is intended for tourist boards in the Vukovar-Srijem County: Vukovar Tourist Board, Vinkovci Tourist Board, Ilok Tourist Board, Županja Tourist Board, VSŽ Tourist Board.DATA ON TOURIST TRAFFIC FOR 2017 Number of tourist arrivals / nights in Ilok: Francuska11264,97%1343,41%2382,59%826,14%342,31%62510,07% EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Francuska January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights 2012.8561511 Macedonia10554,66%1012,57%1611,75%312,32%1218,24%63310,20% EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Domestic tourists2.2214.95396,761.6954.13895,86131,03119,70 2009.34 40680 109 2011.13643406 103016,59% YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights School excursions37.18550.824141,1026.35530.714165,47 2015.58956643 Number of tourist arrivals / nights for Germans: JanuaryVeljačaOžujakTravanjMayLipanjJulyAugustSeptemberListopadNovemberprosinac 2009.                        2193250941 Domestic tourists4.5126.23375,543.4965.11878,22129,06121,79 102110481126 Total number of nights in VSC from the ground EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Domestic tourists72.477118.58978,3154.39579.80471,80133,24148,60 County Tourist Board: Vukovar-SrijemPeriod January – December 2017 Italija2794 ·         Data by tourist boards in 2017: Foreign tourists601663,24651794,1492,3192,74 Austrija 2008.18482303 Bosnia and Herzegovina1864 Number of tourist arrivals / nights in Vinkovci: 2014.7 01611 913 2012.6 35310 301 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 Austrija19228,49%2977,57%107911,75%18413,78%16211,04%1552,49% Foreign tourists8.1298.55596,066.0236.86093,20134,97124,71 2012.1959438623 YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights 2015.2991962930 27082458 Turska11074,89%180,45%1051,14%20,14%291,97%95315,35% 2015.17 87728 215 2008.13682606 Local tourist board: Vukovar (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 Arrivals5.0436.9737.8908.34810.1716.5225.0875.82610.43910.50410.2975.934 2011.6 1079 512 2010.2676847010 2009.19762640 TOTAL8.4098.9061006.3317.361100132,82120,99 2014.3112858420 Foreign tourists1.4952.01824,461.0171.42521,78147,00141,61 Total number of nights in VSC from the country – 2015Total number of nights in VSC from the country – 2016Total number of nights in VSC from the country – 2017 Local tourist board: Ilok (Vukovar-Srijem) – no traffic selectedPeriod January – December 2017 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 Markets with over 1000 overnight stays, trends 2015 – 2017center_img Local tourist board: Germans (Vukovar-Srijem) – no traffic selectedPeriod January – December 2017 Switzerland 2010.12421988         2017.                       47 849                70 621 Number of tourist arrivals / nights for the city of Zupanja: 2011.                          5537                   6959 2014.14208026 2015.1 2743 811         2016.                       23 233                43 785 2008.                        2273849859 Foreign tourists2974090,801833371,10162,30121,36 Data by tourist boards in 2017: Participants in school package arrangements approved by the school institution         2016.                        71.469                 111.146 Arrivals 2017Nights 2017Index of arrivalsArrivals 2016Nights 2016Overnight index 2011.39 14566 090 2011.32923693 2013.46 03982 517 Foreign tourists6.32113.17823,326.08914.33332,73103,8191,94 2014.59086904 2008.61206575 2016.63317361 Macedonia7771055 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Vukovar /% 26542665 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 2012.59147495 Local tourist board: Županja (Vukovar-Srijem) – no selected tourist trafficPeriod January – December 2017 Local tourist board: Vinkovci (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017 2008.9 04824 948 2009.15433434 Foreign tourists2372430,531181580,60200,85153,80 25112000 2015.50207794 Of the total all nights realized in 2017 amounting to 151 419, of them 56 508 or 37, 31% were realized in Vinkovci8 or 906% in Germans70 or 621% in Vukovar8 or 251% in Ilok4807 or 3,17% in Županja 2017.84098906 TOTAL34.90445.70510024.50726.309100142,42173,72 2010.42235196 18972862 2017.60078251 Of the total foreign nights realized in 2017 amounting to 32 830, of them 13 or 178% were realized in Vinkovci8 555 or 26,05% in Germans6 or 379% in Vukovar2 or 018% in Ilok1 927 or 5,86% in ŽupanjaOf the total domestic overnight stays realized in 2017 amounting to 118 589, of them 43 or 330% were realized in Vinkovci351 and 0,29% in Germans, respectively64 or 242% in Vukovar6 or 233% in Ilok2 or 880% in Županja Italija266511,78%74719,06%134914,69%644,79%815,52%4136,65% TOTAL6.0078.2511004.5136.543100133,10126,10         2016.                       34 917                47 504 YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights Bosnia and Herzegovina245810,86%75619,29%122013,29%15511,61%25217,17%310,49% Turska10248981107 2010.7 49017 813 Local tourist board: Ilok (Vukovar-Srijem)Period January – December 2017        2016.                         4 513                  6 543 Ilok /% Slovenia1896 Other nights55.849100.595123,7945.11480.432125,06 2014.44486068 2010.40 45973 005 2017.23154807 146118781922 2012.37 61165 859 Total VSŽ(domestic and foreign)93.034151.419130,1771.469111.146136,23 2014.50 69093 702 2013.2470346447 2010.84114 Vinkovci /% YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights Domestic tourists34.66745.46299,4724.38926.15199,40142,14173,84 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016         2017.27.49256.508 Serbia286212,64%3198,13%105011,44%14711,01%18012,26%99916,09% Domestic tourists36.88850.41599,2026.17230.37798,90140,94165,96 UK1181508 nights7.0319.86912.95916.00218.75811.8478.6279.95716.24115.54115.8148.773 2009.8 18721 961 Number of tourist arrivals / nights for the city of Vukovar: Domestic tourists44.56364.24290,9731.98741.18986,71139,32155,97 YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights 2017.                          93.034                 151.419 2008.41 68887 369 January – December 2017January – December 2016index 2017/2016 TOTAL2.2815.1191001.7604.317100129,60118,58 TOTAL2.3154.8071001.5343.700100150,92129,92 EarthArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights% of nightsArrivalsnights Serbia1810 YearTotal number of arrivalsTotal number of nights TOTAL37.18550.82410026.35530.714100141,09165,48 2013.6501621 Domestic tourists2803513,943085016,8090,9170,06 Realized arrivals and overnight stays by months in 2017: 601 County Tourist 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The Chinese are taking the lead in global tourism

first_imgAt last year’s ITB, the Chinese OTA platform was presented for the first time in the “prime time” schedule of the congress ctrip.com. This year, three large Chinese corporations presented their global ambitions in the same place in the same “prime time”. Called “Meituan dianping”, the platform is rated as the fourth most valuable start-up company in the world with an estimated value of 30 billion US dollars. It has already reached 290 million monthly active users. Together they are investing in another “digital colossus”, a super platform that should become “Amazon for services”. This platform offers search and reservation of places in restaurants, food delivery, cinema ticket sales, ordering local services, travel booking, renting houses, apartments and rooms, renting and buying software for small businesses, bike sharing, car rental and the like. Trip.com is entering the area of ​​the strongest OTA platforms of the Western Hemisphere very seriously and ambitiously. So far, in the year since its inception, they have formed 600 call centers around the world and mastered 10 languages. South Korea, Japan and the whole of China are their base, which they have already mastered, and from there they are moving further into expansion. They also have one branch in the UK and their offer is listed for the emitting markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Russia, etc. They develop a separate strategy for each market, the strategy changes with increasing success and market share and structure analyzes are done every 3 to 6 months. The partnership principle they have developed in China is being applied to the rest of the world. In China, they have become the owners of the largest home share platform, then the leading hotel chains at all three levels of quality and price, then the leading airlines, train ticket booking platforms, car sharing platforms, then the leading development companies. hotel business technologies, big data advertising and promotions, etc. In the same way, they connected similar companies based in the USA, GB, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, which operate globally. All three companies have a huge passenger base in China of which there were almost 2018 million in 500. When South Korea and Japan are added to these figures, but also the entire Far Eastern region, it is not surprising that there is a huge investment in “conquering the West”. CTRIP.COM A GOOD BASE MAKES GREAT PROGRESS RELATED NEWS: ALIBABA TRAVEL, FOSUN TOURISM GROUP, TRIP.COM  JOANNE CHAN, IPPWORLD: THE AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO CHINESE TOURISTS. THEY WANT TO SEE HOW LOCAL PEOPLE LIVE, WORK AND HAVE FUN Ctrip.com is an OTA platform, the largest in China. Its annual revenue is about $ 3 billion. Trip.com is Ctrip’s “daughter company” in charge of organizing services in the west. FOSUN TOURISM TRIP.COMcenter_img Fosun International limited is also a Chinese multinational conglomerate. The value of Fosun is estimated at $ 80 billion. Fosun functions as a large investment fund. They are especially active in the west, especially in Europe. ALIBABA TRAVEL I am already curious what the Chinese will surprise us with in a year at the ITB in Berlin. Alibaba Group Holding is a Chinese multinational conglomerate specializing in e-commerce, internet and technology. The value of the conglomerate is estimated at 114 billion dollars, and the reported operating profit in 2018 was 11 billion dollars. With its digital solutions, Alibaba travel wants to provide its passengers with a complete travel service from creating interest through travel decisions, purchasing arrangements, resolving visas, organizing departure from home, travel, transport to hotels, organizing local excursions, visiting local restaurants, shopping, transportation people and goods until they return home. For all this, they offer a system of payment and cooperation with partners on a global level with the possibility of cooperation and co-marketing in all segments. They already own very powerful e-commerce platforms, then companies in charge of passenger lifestyle profiling, leading cloud technology, artificial intelligence research and development system, global payment system. They work with the leading Marriott hotel chain through digital marketing, data bank, loyalty program and the like. It’s the same with Singapore Airlines, FLY Zoo hotels and similar companies outside of China. From Berlin, Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com It is difficult to know in which companies the tourism industry and logistics the Chinese still have a stake. Shares in cruising companies, hotel chains, airlines, seaports and airports are slowly being revealed… Source: atm.ventures It employs 33.000 people, has 8.000 engineers (4 times more than booking.com), has 300 million users, owns state-of-the-art digital technology, cooperates with all banks in China, and has a network of 6.500 offices throughout China. As a test of their strength, they offered the 20 most expensive package deals worth $ 200.000 in online sales. They managed to sell them in 17 seconds. These three giants have founded, as I have already stated, special companies whose task is to apply a successful Far Eastern business model in the West.. Alibaba travel, Fosun tourism i trip.com presented their global ambitions at the ITB. Fosun tourism is developing a global Foliday program aimed at family vacations in an environmentally friendly environment. They are helped in this by Thomas Cook, Club Med, Kerzner, Mattel, Circuit du soleil whose shares they bought. The service is based on a complete experience and a complete package of services in resorts oriented towards families with children.last_img read more

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Croatia hosts meeting of the World Tourism Organization-UNWTO Commission for Europe

first_imgThe 64th meeting of the Commission for Europe of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO will be held in Zagreb on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Hotel Esplanade. Croatia was given the great honor and opportunity to host the meeting of the Commission for Europe of the World Tourism Organization-UNWTO. As part of this event, a UNWTO workshop entitled “Growth, Innovation and Partnership” will be held at the Esplanade Hotel on May 29, 2019, starting at 10 a.m. to discuss key priorities for the development and innovation of European tourism.The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established with the aim of monitoring, regulating and developing tourism in the world. The UNWTO has 158 full members, six associate members, over 500 affiliate members from the public and private sectors, and two observers. The work of the UNWTO takes place in Regional Commissions organized by geographical distribution (Africa, America, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Middle East, South Asia) and in five Technical Committees: Competitiveness, Sustainable Development, Work Program and Budget, Statistics, auditing applications for associate membership.Meetings of the Regional Commissions are held once a year, and the 64th meeting of the Commission for Europe is held in Zagreb and is especially important for Croatia because it currently chairs the Commission. The Republic of Croatia has been a member of the UNWTO since 1993 and actively participates in its work as a member of numerous technical committees.center_img Holding this meeting in Croatia is a great opportunity for Croatia as a member to present itself in a quality manner and strengthen its position on the world tourism scene.last_img read more

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Tax Administration in the control of accommodation on the Adriatic

first_imgSurveillance will be carried out with special emphasis on the Adriatic coast and islands, daily with a 24-hour presence in the field.  Authorized officials of the Ministry of Finance, Tax and Customs Administration in order to prevent the gray economy, protect the state budget and taxpayers who duly meet their tax obligations will carry out as part of regular supervisory activities in the period from 8. – 14.8.2019. supervision of fiscalization in the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia. Supervisory activities will include taxpayers who perform the activity: – H 49.32 -Taxi service – I 55 – Accommodation (Hotels and similar accommodation, Resorts and similar facilities for short breaks, Camps and camping sites, other accommodation) – C 10.7 – Production of bakery and flour confectionery products, Taxpayers who charge for the delivery of goods or services in cash are required to report turnover fully, accurately, timely and properly through toll collection devices or in any other appropriate manner, the Tax Administration points out, adding that the fiscalization system monitors and analyzes data on fiscalized accounts based on the performed risk analysis, they carry out supervisory activities.last_img read more

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