New leadership for Nobu Ibiza Bay | News

first_imgUpon appointment, he has been tasked with overseeing the wrap up of the 2020 season and will be spearheading the success of the 2021 season that will see Nobu Ibiza Bay continue to grow its reputation among an international audience.  Kramer said: “I look forward to working with this incredible team, of which many have been with Nobu Ibiza Bay since opening in 2017, to take this fabulous resort to new heights. “We will focus on further refining the details that differentiate great hotels and hospitality businesses, service and engagement. – Advertisement – NewerAustrian Airlines expands ÖBB rail partnership – Advertisement – “There is a unique spirit at the resort, with many loyal repeat guests each year, and we will be working this winter on creating an even stronger programme of activations for the 2021 season across our offering of wellness, rooms, restaurants and bars.”Opening its doors in June 2017, Nobu Hotel Ibiza offers 152 designer rooms, 90 of which are suites and outstanding facilities that include the Ibiza Bay Spa by Six Senses, a hair salon by John Frieda, the El Almacen boutique and three restaurants. Nobu Ibiza Bay has appointed Edwin Kramer to the position of general manager with the resort. He joins from Barcelona Edition, where he led the team as general manager for its launch in 2018. – Advertisement – OlderInnside Newcastle to welcome first guests next month Kramer has been instrumental in four hotel openings, including the London Edition prior to moving to Barcelona. A seasoned hotelier, he brings a wealth of 25 years of international luxury and lifestyle hotel experience in Europe, North America, the Caribbean and the Middle East, in both urban and resort hotels.  Kramer also held various food and beverage leadership roles for Campbell Gray Hotels, Four Seasons and Hyatt Regency.  – Advertisement –last_img read more

DWTS’ Gleb Savchenko, Wife Elena Samodanova Split After 14 Years

first_img“OK full disclosure, @glebsavchenkoofficial and I had our first fight-ha!” she captioned an Instagram photo at the time. “If apologies look like THIS, I guess it’s not so bad!!”Stause, who split from husband Justin Hartley in November 2019, continued: “We both care so much and I love the passion he brings to what he does. We are working on me picking up some of his strict Russian nature, and I am softening him up with a little southern charm. Finding the balance landed us here and I truly think this could be our best week yet #TeamSellingIt #DWTS.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Savchenko then confirmed the separation in a statement. “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage,” he told Us Weekly on Friday. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them. We ask that you respect our family’s need for privacy and healing during this time.”Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Split After 14 Years of MarriageCourtesy of Elena Samodanova/InstagramThe couple tied the knot in 2006. They are parents of daughters Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3.Savchenko posted a gushing tribute to Samodanova in October. “Happy Birthday to my wife, my best friend, best mother to my kids, brains behind the operation and just simple love of my life,” he wrote via Instagram at the time. “Thank you for being you! We wish you lots of love and happiness, I hope you’ll have an amazing day, we all love you very much.”- Advertisement – The professional dancer shared similar sentiments in September. “Happy birthday to the most awesome, wonderful, outrageously funny, courageous, handsome and great hubby you are… @glebsavchenkoofficial #love #family #husband,” she raved.Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Split After 14 Years of MarriageGleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Rob Latour/BEI/ShutterstockThe split news comes days after Savchenko and his season 29 partner, Chrishell Stause, were eliminated from Dancing With the Stars. The Selling Sunset star, 39, revealed in October that he gave her flowers after they got into an argument.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ballroom breakup. Gleb Savchenko and his wife, Elena Samodanova, announced their split after 14 years of marriage.The So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, 36, shared the news via her Instagram Story on Friday, November 6. “After 14 years of marriage with my deepest sadness our road is coming to the end,” she captioned a photo of her and the Dancing With the Stars pro, 37, adding a broken-heart emoji.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Premier League hits and misses: What’s happened to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? Can Leicester go all the way again? | Football News

first_imgRemember ‘where would Arsenal be without Auba?’ preview image 2:51 When Leicester won the Premier League in 2015/16, we asked if they could keep it up. They did. When they were in the title race until Christmas last season, we asked if they could keep it up. They couldn’t.That recent history suggests it would be premature to cast too harsh a judgement on Brendan Rodgers side’s sensational start, with six wins from eight in the Premier League and six in a row across all competitions.Certainly, the early signs are good. Last season they fell apart without Wilfred Ndidi and never really recovered. This season, they have had him fit for two of their eight games, and are currently enjoying their best-ever start to a Premier League season.This is not a prophecy that Leicester are going to win the Premier League. Some of their rivals have more resources, more quality and crucially, more experience of success.But at the very least, there is little to suggest last season’s top-four surge was a flash-in-the-pan effort. Thrashing Leeds and Braga and then beating Wolves needed three different performances, but Leicester passed all three tests comfortably. In Wesley Fofana they look to have landed a gem at the back – and one they badly needed as we saw after the restart last season.The real question will be that longevity. The coronavirus break did little to help Rodgers’ boys last season, but they had picked up only 14 points from the 12 games beforehand anyway. Stopping that drop-off this season – which given their Ndidi-less form so far looks a possibility – will be key.And anyway, the esteemed wisdom has been wrong before. If you cannot dream of a title challenge in these crazy times, when the intensity of the truncated calendar is playing havoc with every team to differing extents, then when?Ron WalkerLiverpool coping without VVD so far – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Aston Villa’s win over Arsenal 3:00 Manchester City head into the international break not in the top-10 of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola could be forgiven for being a little disoriented; he is used to looking down rather than up in terms of a league position. This has been the worst start after seven league games of Guardiola’s managerial career in terms of points, wins, goals scored and conceded.Of course, some context is needed. City have a game in hand and a win would take them into the European spots.However, my eyes still haven’t been completely taken with Guardiola’s boys so far this season. It’s their own fault for the sky-high limits they have set in previous seasons but their intensity seems to be more Korma than Vindaloo on the spice radar.In the opening 20 minutes against Liverpool, they looked a level or two inferior to the champions. With some cuter final balls or finishing then Jurgen Klopp’s men could have built a meatier lead. Gabriel Jesus’ goal came against the run of play and was a big turning point. Up until then, City created little of note – a common theme for their season so far.“Their lack of goals is a big concern for City,” noted Roy Keane.The expected goals data back that up. In the last three season under Guardiola, their attacking xG has averaged out at 2.56 per game. This season that figure is at 1.57.If the top-two from last season are going to fill those places again, City need to find more.Lewis JonesBarkley ready to rekindle Euro 2020 hopes preview image It barely caused a ripple outside of Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training complex when as Gareth Southgate’s 29-man squad for November’s games against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland was revealed, Ross Barkley’s name was not on that lengthy list.His loan switch to Villa was in some quarters derided as a backwards step, but the former Everton midfielder continued his resurgence as Villa ripped Arsenal apart at the Emirates.Dean Smith said: “He’s a marquee signing for us to bring in on loan and has been around a club that are perennial winners. He wanted to get game time to try to get into the Euro squad. His performances at the moment will certainly be nudging Gareth [Southgate], showing he’s hungry for business. He’s playing extremely well.”The 26-year-old is someone who has progressed through his career always happy to defy his critics. His improvement has gone a little under the radar, but the man himself will not have given up on making a late dash for next summer’s tournament, along with Jack Grealish.With Smith managing to operate the two technicians so effectively, Barkley’s latest display has given Southgate plenty to consider, fuelling the debate over England’s absence of creativity ahead of another international window.Ben GroundsKane saves the day for Spurs again FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester’s win over Wolves in the Premier League. When Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk to injury against Everton, their detractors rushed to question how they would possibly cope without their star centre-back. Six games on, and with just three goals conceded, Jurgen Klopp will be satisfied with how his squad have stepped up to cover the Dutchman’s absence.There have been tough tests along the way, including Serie A top scorers Atalanta, who were shutout on Tuesday, and there have been a variety of players used alongside Joe Gomez.Nat Phillips came in and delivered a man of the match performance against West Ham, 19-year-old Rhys Williams has seamlessly stepped into the world of Champions League football, and on Sunday fit-again Joel Matip brought his experience and composure to the backline at the Etihad.The German was making just his third Premier League start since October 2019 but you wouldn’t have guessed it. Up against Manchester City’s wealth of attacking talent, he and Gomez limited Pep Guardiola’s side to just two shots on target.There is still a long way to go but so far Liverpool’s capable youngsters and more experienced centre-back options have shown the immediate panic about the implications of Van Dijk’s injury were a little excessive.Peter SmithMan City still struggling to hit usual levels Joel Matip shields the ball from Gabriel JesusImage:Joel Matip impressed against Man City FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s win over West Brom in the Premier League – Advertisement – West Brom should have taken at least a point against Tottenham. They were by far the better side in the first half and worked their blue and white socks off to try and keep an in-form Spurs from scoring after the break.But despite an 88th minute gut punch, Slaven Bilic was practically gleeful at full-time, telling Sky Sports: “If we play like this in every game, then we will have a chance… If you have chances against Spurs, you’ll have chances against less quality teams.“I told the guys that every game is an opportunity and we showed that today, but this is a bonus game… We’re disappointed but at the same time, very positive about the performance.”They did not look like a team without a win this season but that is the crux of the matter – after eight games, West Brom have just three points on the board, have the worst goal difference in the league and are in danger of being cut adrift before Christmas.They also need to improve their final product. Hugo Lloris made just two saves and there was also a sensational off-the-line clearance from Eric Dier. Yes, they were without the creative sparks of Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana, but there were a few wild shots flying around.But you hope Bilic is proven correct and West Brom can keep producing the same impressive performances, especially against the teams around them, and can go a step further to secure those vital points.Charlotte Marsh FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool in the Premier League. preview image Ross Barkley enjoyed his evening at the Emirates - England soon?Image:Ross Barkley enjoyed his evening at the Emirates – England soon? 2:56 preview image Indeed, Aubameyang has registered just 10 shots on target in eight league games – a growing concern for Arteta following a second straight home defeat.“It’s a team function and a collective thing we have to do more with the end product,” the Spaniard said when Aubameyang’s struggles were put to him.“Of course, we can talk about if he’s in the right or wrong place but he was scoring before. We need to maintain the numbers we had defensively in our organisation and we have to improve our attacking numbers if we want to compete with the big teams.”This was a collective setback for Arsenal, but where so often Aubameyang would drag them to victory last term, the goals have dried up ever since he signed a new three-year contract in September.It was the first time he’s played the full 90 minutes in a home Premier League match for Arsenal without attempting a shot, but part of a growing trend that will worry Arsenal supporters.Ben GroundsLeicester look the real deal – can they keep it up? Mikel Arteta admitted he couldn’t see the “spirit” of his Arsenal team as Ollie Watkins’ quick-fire double helped Aston Villa return to winning ways at the Emirates on Sunday night.The Gunners offered very little in reply with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failing to register a single shot on target. The forward has scored just two Premier League goals this season and not from open play since against Fulham on the opening weekend.- Advertisement – West Brom’s Slaven Bilic admitted he was disappointed with the result against Tottenham but thinks if they’re brave and committed as they were then they will have a chance this season 2:56 – Advertisement – 2:53 As if anyone needed reminding, Harry Kane is still Tottenham’s hero and turned up with the goods once again on Sunday. He bailed them out of a potential embarrassment, nodding home in the 88th minute to secure a 1-0 win against winless West Brom.It was his 150th Premier League goal – leading nicely on from his 200th Tottenham goal on Thursday – with only Alan Shearer (212) and Sergio Aguero (217) reaching the landmark faster than Kane (218).Despite a general lack of creative spark from Spurs, the England captain was the one trying to make something happen. He had a total of seven shots – the most of his team – and although only one was on target, it was the winner. It takes Kane to 13 goals in 14 games across all competitions for Tottenham so far this season, including ten assists.In his post-match press conference, manager Jose Mourinho said: “When you go to stats in relation to the strikers, I always say that the stats should be how many goals they’ve scored and what he did for his team in the matches where he didn’t score. With many strikers, their history would be an incredible number of goals that they scored plus zero.“With Harry Kane, you have this number of goals, this number of assists, this number of balls recovered, this number of duels won, this number of balls he saved his team in a defensive set-piece. This is Harry Kane.“So for me, it is not about one more goal or one less goal. It’s about what he is as a player.”Kane did well on that front too. He was involved in 19 duels – again, the highest among the Tottenham team – and won 47.4 per cent of them with eight being aerial. As Mourinho said, Kane continues to demonstrate his ability and contributions across the field as a Premier League legend in the making.Charlotte MarshWest Brom show spirit – but no pointslast_img read more

Airline alliances call for globally harmonised approach to Covid-19 | News

first_imgOlderAccor signs for three properties in Djibouti Government-imposed travel and entry restrictions continue to significantly impact global travel demand. Meanwhile, Covid-19 testing has emerged as an important part of an end-to-end solution to enable the safe restart of international travel by potentially reducing the reliance on the blunt instrument of blanket quarantines.  “We welcome the publication of the updated CART report which, among other things, calls for the serious consideration of screening and testing as a means for easing travel and border restrictions, and reviving the travel and tourism industry and the global economy,” said Star Alliance chief executive, Jeffrey Goh. – Advertisement – The three major global airline alliances have offered their full support to the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) second-phase council on aviation recovery task force (CART) report.SkyTeam, oneworld and Star Alliance urge governments to implement the report guidelines for passenger testing protocols, as well as the adoption of digital health pass technology, so air travel may safely resume. – Advertisement – “A robust protocol for testing will also provide further evidence to demonstrate that air travel is not a material cause for infections and will pave the way for a framework of trust to be established between countries.” On behalf of their 58 member airlines, representing over 60 per cent of world airline capacity and carrying over 1.87 billion passengers annually prior to the Covid-19 crisis, the three alliances are calling for a harmonised approach to testing that will form the foundation of a trust framework, as recommended by the ICAO guidelines.  SkyTeam chief executive, Kristin Colvile, said: “Testing regimes and trials of digital health passes have identified means to restoring confidence and reopening borders, complementing the layer upon layer of passenger safety measures already implemented by airlines and airports worldwide. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Aviation supports millions of jobs around the world and drives international commerce, trade and tourism. Urgent action is needed to adopt testing and technology to mitigate Covid-19 risks and safely and quickly revive international air travel.” The recent digital ‘health pass’ trials, such as Common Pass, are presenting a strong case for using digital technology to deliver harmonised standards in the validation and verification of accredited passenger health data.The alliances support technical solutions that provide a consistent, scalable and affordable way to declare passenger health data that is simple to implement as part of the customer journey, with processes-initiated pre-travel to reduce passenger inconvenience at airports.  oneworld chief executive, Rob Gurney, said: “With extensive travel restrictions creating much uncertainty for customers, testing can play a role in enabling the safe restart of travel. “Any solution used in declaring passenger health data should be consistent, scalable and cost effective – this will provide clarity and confidence to customers, airlines and other stakeholders as international travel resumes.” NewerCelebrity Cruises launches new inclusive pricing modellast_img read more

Recreated gene sheds light on lethality of 1918 flu virus

first_img “Severe lung infection was a hallmark of the illness produced by the original pandemic virus in humans, suggesting a possible, though not conclusive, association between the pandemic virus HA and its pathogenicity in humans, and indicating the need to examine the contribution of the HA to viral pathogenicity in other animal models,” the report says. An international team of researchers recreated hemagglutinin (HA) from the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus and spliced it into recent flu viruses adapted to humans and mice, according to a recent report in Nature. Mice that were exposed to the engineered viruses suffered severe lung infections that resembled those seen in people who died in the 1918 pandemic, according to the report. “Replacing only one gene is sufficient to make the virus more pathogenic,” said senior author Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a virologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UWM) and the University of Tokyo, in a news release from UWM. Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently concurred that there is more to be learned about what made the 1918 virus so destructive. “It is very clear that there was something about the virulence of this microbe that we don’t fully understand,” he said in a Nov 15 press briefing on flu research. To do this, they took three recent influenza A strains (one of which is pathogenic in mice and two of which are not) and replaced their HA and NA genes either with the 1918 versions of both genes or with the 1918 HA gene and an NA gene from a recent strain. They then exposed groups of mice to the engineered viruses or the three natural viruses by intranasal inoculation. In postmortem examinations, the researchers found signs that infection had spread much deeper into the lungs in mice exposed to viruses containing the 1918 HA gene than in the other mice. The researchers also report evidence that people who were alive in 1918 still have immunity to the 1918 virus. They examined the neutralizing activity of blood serum samples from people of various ages against viruses with the 1918 HA and NA genes and against more recent human flu viruses. Serum from those who survived the pandemic “showed markedly high activities” against the engineered virus, while samples from younger people had only limited activity against it. Despite their findings, Kawaoka and colleagues say that HA is probably not the sole cause of the virulence of the 1918 virus. “The virulence of influenza virus is probably a polygenic trait, in that ultimately we expect other gene products . . . to be implicated in the phenotype of the 1918 virus,” they write. “These highly virulent recombinant viruses expressing the 1918 viral HA could infect the entire lung and induce high levels of macrophage-derived chemokines and cytokines, which resulted in infiltration of inflammatory cells and severe haemorrhage, hallmarks of the illness produced during the original pandemic,” the abstract of the report states. Further, the addition of the 1918 HA gene to a virus that is normally pathogenic in mice made the lung lesions “clearly more severe” than those in mice infected with the normal version of the virus.center_img What made the 1918 virus so lethal has been a mystery. The report by Kawaoka and colleagues says speculation has focused on living conditions at the end of World War I as well as on properties of the virus itself. The HA and NA of the virus contain no amino acid sequences known to be linked with high virulence, the report says. The researchers therefore sought to test the effects of the 1918 virus HA and NA on the pathogenicity of flu viruses in mice. Nov 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – By recreating a key surface protein from the 1918 pandemic flu virus and testing its effects in mice, researchers have shown that the protein might have been an important reason for the virus’s extraordinary ability to kill. All the viruses containing the 1918 HA gene, including those that in their natural form are harmless to mice, grew quickly in the mice’s lungs and eventually killed them, according to the report. Viruses containing both HA and NA from the 1918 virus were no more harmful than those containing the 1918 HA along with NA from a recent strain, which indicated that the 1918 version of NA didn’t contribute to viral pathogenicity. The 1918 flu pandemic killed tens of millions of people around the world. In recent years, researchers have extracted several of the virus’s genes from preserved tissue samples from pandemic victims and have sequenced them. HA and neuraminidase (NA), surface proteins that equip flu viruses to enter and leave human cells, are important targets of the body’s immune response; changes in their structure can make the virus more dangerous and enable it to infect new species. Kawaoka’s group also looked at the ability of 1918 viral HA to recognize the cell-surface receptor molecule preferred by human-adapted flu viruses. Using a “competitive binding assay,” the team found that the 1918 HA preferentially recognizes this receptor. Because the 1918 virus is believed to have originated in birds, this finding suggests that the virus must have circulated in humans long enough to develop a preference for the human type of receptor, the article says. Kobasa D, Takada A, Shinya K, et al. Enhanced virulence of influenza A viruses with the haemagglutinin of the 1918 pandemic virus. Nature 2004;431:703-7 [Abstract] If the 1918 virus reemerged today, “The only group with significant natural protection would be survivors of the 1918 pandemic, who still express high levels of antibodies against an antigen to which they were exposed over 80 years ago, a phenomenon referred to as original antigenic sin,” the report says.last_img read more

Požega residents invite to Aurea fest, festival festival, “Seven days and seven nights”

first_imgSince 2014, the people of Požega and their guests can enjoy the extremely rich program of Aurea Fest, which due to the multitude of festivals is also called the festival festival under the slogan “Seven Days and Seven Nights”, organized by Aurea Fest Požega and sponsored by the City of Požega.It should be reminded that since 1969, Požega has been organizing a festival known as the “Golden Strings of Slavonia”, which is today one of 10 festivals in the seven days and seven nights of the Aurea Fest. This year’s seven-day festival, which takes place in honor of the harvest of golden Slavonia, begins on August 27 and lasts until September 2, so this event in seven days in the center of Požega successfully combines dance, song and traditional values ​​of this part of Slavonia.The first day of the Aurea Fest begins with a procession from the Railway Station, which will feature about 10 folklore societies, horse associations from Požega and Pleternica, winemakers and fruit growers, city musicians and many others, and at 19 pm the official opening of the event has been announced. Then follows the selection of the most glamorous Šokica and the most beautiful costume of this year’s Aurea Fest. The second day is performed by street entertainers, the third is reserved for the Dance Festival, with performances by a dance group of contemporary dance and majorettes, and the festival includes a Fashion Show and a Hairstyle Show. On the fourth day there is a Jazz Festival with the performance of the Big Band Požega with attractive vocal and instrumental soloists, on the fifth there will be an art colony “Association Matko Peić”, the finals of Big and Small Voice Aurea fest, a concert by Mia Dimčić, and from midnight to 4 o’clock in in the morning, electronic music lovers will come to their senses. The sixth day is marked by a fisijada, followed by the Aurea Fest of popular music where 18 performers will perform.The last day of the Aurea Fest 2017 is reserved for the “Golden Strings of Slavonia” where 18 famous soloists and ensembles will also perform with new songs of tamburitza music. “Before announcing everything that will happen on the central stage, Holy Trinity Square, the people of Požega and all dear guests, I will first present what is new this year and what we are especially proud of. It is the transformation of the new, beautiful St. Theresa’s Square into the stage of the Children’s Aurea Fest. On Sunday, August 27, the program will start at 17 pm and will last for the entire duration of the “big festival” from 17 pm to 21.30 pm. In this place that is safe for children and interesting for tourists because there is no traffic, the first day will be a musical gathering of dancers, musicians, singers, musicians of all ages. The name of this Movement, which will try to enter the Guinness Book of Records, is Happy Valley, and everything happens in the organization of the Nota Association. This year we want to connect and bring together all the musicians to perform the song “We will rock you” by Queen. The goal is to make a large gathering of as many performers as possible in one place. We invite everyone who is interested to come with props, musical instruments of any kind to put Požega on the map of proud registrars in the most famous record book in the world. On the stage of the children’s Aurea Fest, the big and small voice of Aurea Fest awaits you. an interactive play by theater amateurs and professionals will open your child to a new, magical world of fun with a handful of workshops”, Does not hide his satisfaction with all that they have prepared for this year’s Aurea fest, the director of the Požega Tourist Board, Silvija Podoljak, adding that the Street Festival will be held every day in the Promenade Zone, and visitors can expect a series of events and concerts.”The promenade zone is conceived as an artery of the Aurea Fest that will knock every day in the rhythm of stands in Slavonian attire with handicrafts, street performers, music corners. Visitors will be able to taste local delicacies and other products of family farms. Last but not least, it is worth mentioning the festivals that will be held at the same time at different locations, namely: Aurea wine festival in Vino – grad and Aurea gastronomy fest in cooperation with the Museum in a pot. There is still a lot of content, and we will leave something for our guests and fellow citizens to discover for themselves with their arrival. After all, Aurea fest is the pride and result of the work of all of us, the citizens of Požega, because the festival can be as good as good people and our people are excellent ”, concluded Silvija Podoljak. The importance of Aurea fest for Požega is also shown by the fact that in the cellar of Kutjevo dd, the main sponsor of the upcoming Aurea fest, 1050 bottles of top quality Graševina vintage 2016 and 250 bottles of top quality red De Ghoto wine vintage 2015 with the label of this year’s Aurea fest were filled. on the occasion of the coined and appropriate motto “Seven days, seven nights, without Kutjevo it will not be possible”.The Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County, of which the Požega Tourist Board is a part, presents at Varaždin’s Špancirfest everything that this beautiful part of Slavonia can offer to its guests, more than 30 wineries, irresistible specialties, the unique Nature Park and Papuk Geopark, 111 hiking and biking trails, interesting stories and legends… everything that makes Požega-Slavonia County an unavoidable destination for wine lovers, gourmets, lovers of active holidays and nature.Sometimes it is necessary to go a little outside the classic framework in order to achieve visibility and good enough promotion, because the noise in communication is increasing day by day. That is why the move of the Tourist Board of Požega and the promotion of the Aurea Fest as part of Špancir Fest is an excellent example of how to get additional promotion and invite guests to Požega on the spot.last_img read more

New 91 products proud holders of the label “Croatian island products”

first_imgOn Hvar, on May 26, 2018, the ceremony of awarding the label “Croatian island product” was held at the Arsenal Gallery in Hvar, and which was presented with plaques of the label “Croatian island product” (HOP) for 2018.The label “Croatian island product” can be awarded only to traditional and innovative products produced by island producers, awarded annually, in the form of plaques and models, to producers who have their headquarters on the islands and who make nominated products on the islands.This year, the label “Croatian island products” was awarded to 57 manufacturers for 91 products and production lines.The project was launched in 2007 with the intention of encouraging the production of original and quality island products, and so far 297 producers have received the Label, of which 26 eco-producers, 28 producers with a geographical indication and eight producers with a designation of origin, for 971 products and product lines with 24 islands.Our identity, history and culture are represented by products from 24 islands (Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Pag, Krk, Lastovo, Dugi Otok, Rab, Cres, Lošinj, Prvić, Ugljan, Mljet, Šolta, Žirje, Pašman, Iž, Murter , Olib, Kornat, Rava, Silba, Zlarin) and the Peljesac peninsula. These are food (wines, brandies, liqueurs, olive oils, cheeses, desserts, fish, salad marinades, jams, honey), cosmetics and clothing products, as well as souvenirs and intangible heritage.It is interesting to note that 20 percent of tourism revenues have just been generated on the islands. Namely, on the islands where every thirtieth inhabitant of Croatia lives, almost 26 million overnight stays were realized, ie a quarter of all overnight stays in the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more

Istria Wine & Walk sold out in less than 24 hours

first_imgFind out why Wine & Walk is one of the best tourist stories in Croatia and how I personally experienced the Wine & Walk story below in the attachment. FIND OUT WHY ISTRIA WINE & WALK IS ONE OF THE BEST TOURIST STORIES IN CROATIA I received a few comments from colleagues that I have the courage to anticipate something like that and publicly criticize myself if it does not happen, but for me it was not a question of “gambling” but a fact in which I was absolutely sure. And mostly because last year I experienced that story myself and I felt the atmosphere and emotions in the air of the guests who walked with me around Momjan. I asked a question: In how many days or hours will all tickets for Istria Wine & aWalk sell out this year? And I was right. Already? Should we have been faster? Come on! I told you we had to buy tickets the same day. When they are  – are just some of the “disappointed” comments on the Facebook page of the event. RELATED NEWS:center_img By the way, Istria Wine & Walk in the past two years has experienced its new great extensions through Wine & Walk by the sea-in Novigrad in September, where 500 tickets are available, and in April Sweet Wine & Walk for 300 visitors departing from Momjan. Tickets for the mentioned extensions of the event were sold out in less than three days. Everything in the pre- and post-season.  When guests wait for days for registrations to open, where they can secure their place at Istria Wine & Walk with the fastest finger, that says it all. This is the best proof of the success of the project. And yes, the whole marketing practically comes down to posting one post on a FB page. Cost – zero kuna. Of course, this level should have been reached by systematically promoting the destination, offer and investing in quality and development while following trends, not by chance. And yes, most of them are guests from Austria, Slovenia and Zagreb. Just for that feeling – you could briefly describe the whole story, which gives the best description of the pictures below. Although, it is difficult to describe in words, pictures or video Istra Wine & Walk, you just have to experience it. That is why the guests return every year and have turned themselves into ambassadors of this great tourist story. A few days ago, I wrote an article on the topic of a great tourist product – Istria Wine & Walk and how the word “SOLD OUT” has become a symbol of this great story in Istria. The jubilee 5th edition of Istria Wine & Walk again sold out in less than 24 hours, and all tickets are purchased online, a total of 600 tickets as limited by the organizers.last_img read more

Owners of leading tour operators from South Korea visited Croatia

first_img“Croatia is an attractive destination on the market of Korea and other Asian countries. Here we see great potential for growth and our goal is for as many Asian guests as possible to experience the beauties of Croatia. At Uniline, we are continuously developing new markets and services, so we recognized the potential and, in addition to an office in South Korea, opened offices in China and Indonesia. I believe that the result of the visit of colleagues from Korea will be even better cooperation between the tourism industries of Croatia and Korea, from which both countries will benefit.” Boris Žgomba, President of the Management Board of Uniline, pointed out that in addition to the main headquarters in Pula, the company has branches in Zagreb and all important tourist cities in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, China, South Korea and Indonesia. the imminent opening of offices in South America and India. Organizers Fam trip were Uniline and Turkish Airlines with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and local tourist boards. RELATED NEWS: A dozen directors and owners of leading tour operators from South Korea, who also make up the largest share of organized trips to Croatia, stayed in domestic destinations this week.  The Korean market is one of our fastest growing emitting tourism markets, which Uniline was the first to recognize and opened an office in Seoul in 2017 with the aim of better cooperation and complete support for guests from the area.center_img As part of the four-day stay, tourist representatives from Korea visited Zagreb, Opatija, Rovinj Rastoke, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Cavtat and Konavle and explored the natural beauty and rich cultural and gastronomic offer that Croatia is proud of.  On that occasion, representatives of Uniline, the leading destination management company in Croatia and the region, presented business opportunities, Croatia’s diverse offer, and talked about new projects and even better promotion of Croatia in the Korean market. THE MOST POPULAR KOREAN TV SHOW IS BEING RECORDED IN CROATIAlast_img read more

3. Loud thinking: Smart tourism

first_imgDigitization is a term that will certainly mark the tourism sector in the coming years, all under the imperative of smart tourism or Tourism 2.0. The current situation in tourism leads many tourism entities, as well as organizations concerned with tourism, to revise their strategies, see how to invest smarter in the future and infrastructure. Thus, our tourism needs to undergo a certain transformation in order to use its potentials and resources more wisely. ZOOM Event – 3. LOUD THINKING – Smart Tourism by HrTurizam But we are often unaware of what digitalization of tourism itself means? What are these processes? What are the concrete examples and implications of digitalisation of tourism? How can digitalization help us in business, be it a hotel, an apartment or a destination? Although in Croatia we cannot boast too much about the digitalization of our tourism, except for positive individual examples, and not unfortunately destination ones, we are still the first in the world in one digital process. And this is the well-known eVisitor system. Great start, but as the saying goes: One swallow doesn’t make spring. All these issues, as well as many others, will be opened through 3. Loud thinking Smart tourism that will take place 19.5. at 11am via Zoom and FB Live, where our interlocutors will be Ivan Ilijašić, director and founder of Orioly i Goran Mrvoš from Infosit. Together we must be part of a new tourist paradigm and digital transformation, so that we can build a better and smarter Croatian tourist story. Because a destination is not made up of one subject, but we are all a destination. We want to demystify this story a bit and see what smart tourism is, how small tourism companies can use technology and improve their business, but also how destinations can finally simply launch their content and better represent it to the local and global market and how to do it. include those who actually work in tourism. One of the goals is to show how to simply start building a smart tourism strategy and how a strategy can be developed that can yield results in shorter periods. Expect examples from practice, both from Croatia and abroad, and how we can apply the same ourselves.last_img read more