The people of Hvar in Brussels presented the direction for the development of sustainable tourism

first_imgWe must make our islands examples of good governance, which includes smart waste management, development of sustainable tourism and good connectivity throughout the year – is the message of the participants in today’s debate “150 years of organized tourism – zero point of sustainable development of Hvar” held in the European Parliament in Brussels. organization of representatives Davor Škrlec and the City of Hvar.The discussion was attended by the Mayor of Hvar Rikardo Novak, State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina, Assistant Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Tajana Huzak and representatives of the European Commission from the competent administrations for island development.As a member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas, Škrlec promotes sustainable tourism and the circular economy on the islands, which includes waste management, the use of renewable energy sources and smart technologies to help Croatian islands benefit from the European Union. their potentials and become self-sustaining. “Our islands have proven to be among the most advanced because they have recognized the opportunities provided by the public policies of the European Union, and that is how to use EU funds in a smart way to develop sustainable tourism and their own energy potential. Last week, in plenary, we adopted the ‘Clean Energy for All’ legislative package, which requires Member States to make greater use of renewable energy sources, which is a good start to a green energy transition that promotes innovation and creates jobs in the future. From now on, citizens can more easily produce and sell their own energy from renewable sources.”Said MP Škrlec.”By marking the 150th anniversary of organized tourism in the European Parliament, we wanted to round off this unique celebration of ours. Our future lies in tourism, which will use the resources that have been given to us in a correct and sustainable way, and which are currently neglected or remain unused. We are currently in negotiations with HEP regarding the construction of a solar power plant in the area of ​​the City of Hvar, in the construction of which the citizens and the City of Hvar itself could participate. I think it is very important to involve citizens and thus promote economic efficiency, social responsibility and environmental protection.”Said the Mayor of the City of Hvar, Ricardo Novak.”Sustainable tourism and general sustainability in any business segment in today’s world are a necessity, but also a formula for success. The future of the tourism sector is dynamic and we must constantly monitor this step, but also impose new trends. In all this, we must not neglect the sustainability that we can achieve only by turning to quality and responsible development so that the generations to come behind us can enjoy the benefits of tourism.”Said State Secretary Tonči Glavina.The new Islands Act is currently in the process of being adopted by the Croatian Parliament, which aims to harmonize and increase the coherence of island development policy with national and European policies and legislation, strengthen and introduce new and modern mechanisms and solutions to encourage island development policy. with development specifics and the special situation, and stronger involvement of all stakeholders in the island’s development policy, especially those at the local level, when adopting and proposing policies aimed at measures to encourage the development of the island. “The implementation of the new Islands Act will enable targeted management of island policy and sustainable development by raising the quality and living conditions on the islands with the availability of services tailored to today’s times and needs, demographic and economic revitalization and self-sustainability and self-sufficiency on the principles of ‘smart islands’.”Said Assistant Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Tajana Huzak.As part of a two-day visit to Brussels, on Monday, November 19, the Representation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board, organized a presentation of cultural and sports tourism in Hvar and tasting local products for tourism promotion of Hvar and Croatia. agencies operating in the Benelux area.As part of the European Union, we must use what Europe offers us – the chance to withdraw significant funds: we have 80 million euros from EU funds to connect the islands, and in 2016, 1,7 billion kuna was invested in the islands, of which 1,28 billion grants – mostly in transport connections, communal infrastructure and the economy.last_img read more

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HUT: The satellite balance confirmed the great importance of tourism for the domestic economy

first_imgRELATED NEWS: The satellite balance prepared for 2016 once again confirmed the extremely high importance of tourism for the overall national economy, regardless of whether it is a direct or indirect effect, the HUT points out, adding that the fact that Croatian tourism generates a total of 317.000 jobs, from of which 108.000 directly in the sector, and the remaining 209.000 in tourism-related and related activities, which represents 20% of all jobs in Croatia, is just one of the indicators of the importance of the sector. HUT believes that the preparation of the next Satellite Balance will additionally find a way to measure the effects of tourists in areas that are not measured this time, such as tolls, rent-a-car, passenger transport in the destination, health services and parking. This consumption will further increase the effects of tourism. Data that objectively show the overall effects of tourism on the national economy give us the right to expect that tourism will become the focus of strategic thinking on the development of the Republic of Croatia, the HUT concludes. In 2016, tourism with its overall effects contributed to the total gross domestic product of Croatia with almost 17 percent, and the share of gross value added of tourism and related activities in the total gross value added of the national economy is a high 24 percent. The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), the umbrella association for the tourism sector, welcomes the drafting Satellite balances of Croatian tourism which measures the overall effects of tourism according to internationally recognized standards. VELJKO OSTOJIĆ, HUT: YEARS OF FIGHT FOR EVERY GUEST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Interest-free loans from HBOR are provided for entrepreneurs in the tourism sector

first_imgThe funds will be able to be used to finance salaries, overheads and other basic operating costs, preparation of the tourist season and liabilities to suppliers and other costs, except for credit liabilities to commercial banks and other financial institutions and VAT liabilities. Ministry of Tourism provides HRK 26 million to interest rate subsidy, zero percent interest rate for three years of repayment  The funds are intended for subsidized lending to micro, small and medium enterprises with registered accommodation activities (hotels, resorts, camps, other accommodation), food and beverage preparation and serving activities (restaurants, catering, other food preparation and serving activities), rental of water transport vehicles and travel agencies and tour operators.  The lowest loan amount that can be requested is EUR 100, and the highest is limited to EUR 1,25 million in kuna equivalent.  The signed agreement stipulates that the Ministry of Tourism will provide funds in the amount of HRK 26 million to subsidize the interest rate of up to two percentage points for lending to liquidity of entrepreneurs in tourism activities under the Measure COVID – 19.  “Through its measures so far, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has paid great attention to all economic segments whose business activity has been reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, and especially to tourism as one of the most important economic factors. Through this credit line, we make available up to HRK 600 million to entrepreneurs who perform tourism activities, in order to preserve jobs, maintain liquidity and be ready to continue active and successful business. “, said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli during the signing of the agreement. center_img “Considering the fact that these are potential loan users who in a large number of cases have mortgaged real estate or do not have sufficient insurance in the form of real estate and movables, as an additional benefit, it is possible to insure loans with working capital insurance policies for exporters. issued by HBOR or guaranteed by HAMAG-BICRO”, Said Tamara Perko, President of the Management Board of HBOR.  Loan insurance with loan insurance policies or HAMAG-BICRO guarantees The Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) concluded an “Agreement on Business Cooperation on the Implementation of Liquidity Measures for Entrepreneurs in the Tourism Sector”, which enabled the approval of HBOR’s direct interest-free loans.  The application for loan approval will be submitted directly to HBOR, which will approve the funds for a period of up to five years with the possibility of using a grace period of one year. Thanks to the subsidy funds, the interest rate will be zero percent for a repayment period of up to three years, and in the fourth and fifth year of repayment, the interest rate will be 1,5 percent. last_img read more

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The Covid-19 era seeks modern methods and new technologies to protect guests and space

first_imgThe key thing – to restore trust Vertical includes a rounded series of measures starting from systematic and continuous personal education of everyone in a particular tourist receptive area on how to behave and how intensively to implement the relevant level of hygiene indoors, but also at home in private life since Covid-19 does not differ officially from private . Because, let’s not forget, the world is not enough, as Pierce Brosnan nonchalantly puts it when interpreting the legendary James Bond in a film of the same name. fourth, promote the level of sustainability and green growth;  and the third, direct and intensive elimination of bacteria and viruses.  If you remember, we used to have special staff who took care of the security aspect of the more renowned tourist facilities and their guests at the time. Instead of hotel detectives, we may welcome bacteriological ones today and tomorrow.  It should be clear to the guests what, why and how you take care of them or what you do specifically for their safety. It is estimated that the overall decline in tourism in 2020 will be from 58 to 78 percent compared to 2019.  As far as common ventilation and air conditioning systems are concerned, there are still untested that there may be some breakthroughs, especially due to insufficient maintenance. The key is to build and maintain level of TRUST by guests by applying new and efficient travel companies HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.  In the first five months of this year alone, $ 320 billion was lost, three times the total loss in 2009 known for the economic crisis.  Education alone is not effective without adequate supervision.  Robots and devices of various types and capacities of this line, which are controlled outside the rooms that are disinfected using smartphones and tablets, emit UV-C light, disinfecting the air and all surfaces or rooms (rooms, reception, congress halls, kitchens, bathrooms). ) in its entirety with almost 100 percent effect. Combining everything known so far, it seems to me at this point advisable and optimal to suggest Anti VirusToolkit ie integral program-management tool of three types of measures: drugi, develop resilience throughout the tourism value chain; First, soothe and depreciate as much as possible the socio-economic consequences of the crisis; “The crisis of the tourism sector is a threat to the whole country ”, literally states a special United Nations document from August 2020 entitled: “Covid-19 and tourism in transition”. second – regular and frequent disinfection of contact surfaces such as door handles and locks, backrests and handles or counters  first, regular maintenance and cleaning of ventilation and air conditioning systems; António Guterres, historically 9. The Secretary-General of the United Nations in the history of this world institution, especially emphasizes that the survival of millions of family households in tourism depends on the fact whether we will be able to build in the new circumstances, I quote, ” sustainable and responsible tourism safe for the host local community, the employees and guests themselves. ” VERTICAL  as a combination of interconnected and conditioned functions of education and supervision;HORIZONTAL, which refers to the personal hygiene and comprehensive culture of personal hygiene of each employee individually and  SPECTRAL,  which includes achieving a complete and complete disinfection or hygiene of interior spaces.  As we have the opportunity to see, foreign hotels are already posting on their websites the level of anti Covid-19 protection they are implementing. There is no waiting. Every moment is a moment to create a positive perceptual and empathic difference with guests at the moment when they decide where to go and where to stay. How to overcome this condition and return to the old? Innovative robot line for complete space disinfection As far as personal hygiene of employees is concerned, in addition to wearing protective gloves and masks, measuring temperature before starting work, during work and before leaving work, keeping a distance of 1 to 1,5 meters, as much as the nature of service and human contact allows, special attention is paid to hand disinfectants and the quality and intensity of hand washing. So security for everyone and above all. New security in the so-called new normalcy needs a series of new activities and – new investments, which should be adequately communicated. First experiences show that after the first positive shock of the introduction, the measures, due to human nature, give way or relax, which is reflected in the irregular wearing of masks, the intensity and length of hand washing and a sufficient amount of disinfectant. Hands should be washed and rinsed for at least 20 seconds, repeatedly as well as using a disinfectant with not less than 60% alcohol. Analyzes of publicly available protocols show that they are largely based on traditional methods and technologies known so far. An alarm signal in world tourism has been given.  i chest, encourage partnerships to allow tourism further support in line with sustainable development goals. Not if you know and if you prepare and “make yourself” aware of yourself and everyone else around you for possible chaotic events and effective measures for new upcoming challenges of this type. Special attention should be paid to the contact surfaces both by their proper disinfection and by reducing the number of direct contact surfaces by means of specially prepared and packaged contact service cards for each guest. A significant part of the mentioned measures, when it comes to the elimination of viruses, bacteria or pathogens, are replaced, upgraded and completed by new technologies such as the innovative robot line SpeedyCare UV. Complicated?  They kill even those bacteria and viruses or pathogens that have created immunity to common disinfectants. Depending on the duration of this and possible other pandemics, it is to be expected that in order to gradually complicate the process of anti-pathogenic protection, specialized hotel or tourist Anti Virus Teams (AVT) or even service companies will be established, which will take care of this segment either at the level of tourism companies as a whole. An unimaginably huge shock threatens the world tourism economy. At the moment, the deficit of 850 million to 1,1 billion guests is reflected in the loss of 910 billion to 1,2 billion dollars of tourist traffic, which directly threatens 100 to 120 million jobs worldwide. For the urgent recovery of tourism Guterres points to five priority areas: the third, maximize use ttechnologies in the tourism sector; A mix of traditional and new  As far as indoor hygiene is concerned, three segments should be noted: Cover photo: Anna Shvetslast_img read more

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With the #first time, Zaba is helping small entrepreneurs in tourism

first_imgZagrebačka banka invites everyone to apply for the tender via the web by September 30: www.prviput.hr. Anyone who thinks that their idea, location, project or product enriches the tourist offer of Croatia, by applying to the competition within the project #prviput have the opportunity to win a free and comprehensive marketing campaign that will ensure their visibility to the general public and present their entrepreneurial stories. The presentation of the #first time project was held outdoors, on the Zaluka Heritage Estate in Zagreb, under strict epidemiological measures and with an acoustic performance by musicians Nika Turković and Matija Cvek.  Unique project for the affirmation of domestic tourism presented: Zaba with the project #first time helps small entrepreneurs in tourism The #first time project with small original products with an original tourist product provides strong professional and financial assistance for promotion, and on the other hand, for all who want to discover the beauties of domestic destinations, provides a unique place with all information about the undiscovered tourist offer of Croatia. An expert jury will select the 15 best entries, two of which will win a major marketing campaign that includes a TV spot, while the rest will be promoted on digital channels. The members of the expert jury are Iva Barbarić (Zagrebačka banka), Kristina Mamić (HTZ), Ivana Crnić (Ministry of Tourism and Sports), Iva Kaligarić (Señor), Goran Jović (photographer), Sanja Čižmar (505 Conference), Iva Mihalić Krčmar ), Hrvoje Bujas (Voice of Entrepreneurs) and David Skoko (chef).  The project will be followed by an online website prviput.hr as a kind of platform where citizens can be informed in one place about unique destinations and experiences throughout Croatia, throughout the year. With this platform, Zagrebačka banka supports the development of domestic tourism throughout the year.  “We are in a very challenging year for the whole economy, and especially for small entrepreneurs in tourism. At Zaba, we recognized that entrepreneurs today, more than ever, need not only financial, but comprehensive support, primarily in promotion and digitalization, in order to better define their business plans and position themselves in the market. That’s why we launched the #first time project. Since the beginning of the year, we have launched many significant socially responsible projects. #first time is another contribution to the community in which we live and do business and where we want to be part of the solution “, said Romeo Collina, President of the Management Board of Zagrebačka banka. Romeo Collina, President of the Management Board of Zagrebačka banka / Photo: Zaba The time of the pandemic, when it is difficult to travel outside the country, is ideal for joint discovery of the charms of Croatia, which helps the sustainability of domestic tourism and small businesses that are most affected by the corona crisis.  Zagrebačka banka launches project #first time which aims to support micro and small entrepreneurs in tourism and create the largest online platform for the promotion of undiscovered beauties and unique experiences of Croatia. Owners of accommodation, hotels, eco-villages, family farms, tourist guides, diving instructors and many other business entities with an original tourist offer can apply for the competition. Thus, in the first wave of the big national campaign, places for autumn and winter tourism will be promoted, and the campaign will continue next year, in order to give additional impetus to tourism on the eve of the new season.  “It is with pleasure that the Croatian National Tourist Board has accepted the partnership in this stimulating project and I thank the leadership of Zaba for putting small entrepreneurs in tourism who operate in insufficiently discovered parts of Croatia. Our country abounds in hard-working and creative tourism workers and beautiful tourist destinations, and I am sure that the jury will not be easy to choose the best. I hereby invite all those interested to submit their hidden tourist pearls to the competition and show why their place or their tourist offer deserves to be recognized throughout our country, but also beyond. “, said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board. Find out more about the project at www.prviput.hr. The #first time project will be implemented in partnership with the Croatian National Tourist Board, from which they emphasized the importance of such projects for Croatian tourism, especially during the off-season. last_img read more

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METRO and Aspira College signed a cooperation agreement

first_imgMETRO and Aspira College signed a cooperation agreement in order to further improve and promote the Croatian hospitality sector. Aspira High School is a globally recognized university that provides various fields of study such as gastronomy, hospitality, computer science and sports management. “At METRO we always strive to contribute to the development of Croatian gastronomy and that is why we are proud that through cooperation with the Aspira College we can give our contribution to the improvement of Croatian gastronomy and tourism and support the young hopes of catering. As a reliable partner of professionals, METRO continuously supports the hospitality sector and we will continue to work with our HoReCa partners in order to develop together and contribute to the fastest recovery of the sector and further increase the quality of the Croatian gastro scene. “, he stressed Imre Horváth, President of the Management Board of METRO C&C Croatia. As part of the cooperation, METRO will provide food and supplies for kitchen practicum to undergraduate students of Gastronomy in Split and Zagreb for a year, while experts from Aspira College at METRO will conduct various trainings for employees, associates and clients. center_img Thanks to the collaboration with Aspira College, METRO employees will be able to improve their sales, communication and presentation skills, and their clients will have the opportunity to improve as pizza masters, bartenders, sommelier or food and beverage managers.  Photo: Metrolast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 21

first_imgWe’re all united on St. Patrick’s DayAh, St. Patrick’s Day. Isn’t it interesting that, on one day of the year, one’s ethnicity is not challenged, one’s skin color is less important and one’s country of birth does not seem to matter, unless you’re Irish. On this day, Americans no longer hate their president, Democrats and Republicans don’t hesitate in sharing a green beer, and the media suddenly becomes a group of happy talking heads. What wile leprechaun is able to calm heated political passions and the temperament of the American people? Magic you say? Maybe so. But on a day now and then, we all need to relax our emotions and think about unity, no matter what color it is. Oh, sure, I was wearin’ the green on St. Paddy’s Day. But the day after, I was back to the red, white and blue. And, nope, I don’t hate my American president.  Allen R. RemaleyScottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs   Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWill contributing to de-ChristianizationI was disturbed and disappointed by George Will’s March 17 column. It was overly sensational and nearly pornographic. Trump, sycophants defying ConstitutionU.S. intelligence chiefs recently testified before Congress and never mentioned the southern border as a national security threat. Yet the intelligence assessment had no impact on Trump’s obsession with building a wall to keep a promise to his base, which was already broken when Mexico declined to pay. In response, Trump declared a national emergency where none exists that now threatens the future of our constitutional republic.The House passed a resolution to overturn Trump’s national emergency. The Senate supported the House resolution and Trump as expected, exercised his veto, which will require two-thirds in each house to override. The “Church” as he refers to it includes it includes dogma, doctrine, tradition, hierarchy (clergy), liturgy, ritual and the faithful. His words condemn them all. Has he overlooked the genocides of Germany and others?I think that he has unwittingly contributed to the efforts of our past president and others to de-Christianize our good old United States of AmericaJim NorrisClifton Park Help offer on access to veterans benefitsWow! Was I taken back by Mr. Belardo’s March 17 response to a simple correction of a statement he had made regarding access requirements for the VA hospital. But first things first. Mr. Belardo, I truly apologize if you are offended. It was not, and is not, my intention to ridicule you. When I read the part of your letter to the editor about access to the VA hospital, my reaction was that it made no sense for you or any veteran to be denied access to the facility. I decided to call the hospital and find out for myself. Unfortunately, I did not ask the name of the person from whom I got the answer. I do recall I was told the “federal” rules do not apply to the VA hospitals and the woman explained the access requirements. As I stated in my Feb. 15 letter, the details are beyond the limitations to include them in a letter to the editor. That is precisely why I urged The Gazette to follow up. If you would like to have a discussion, Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney has my phone number. I encourage you to get it and call me any day, any time.Albert J. Pirigyi, Sr.Burnt Hills The president and all members of Congress took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.The Founding Fathers gave Congress the power of the purse in Article 1 Section 8 and created a separation of powers between three co-equal branches of government in that very same Constitution.Trump’s declaration once again proves the only real national emergency is a pathological liar pretending to be president, the blind allegiance of servile sycophants in the Republican Party and their base whose fear, hate, anger and ignorance of “the other” makes it all possible.How those who took an oath respond to Trump’s assault on the Constitution will determine whether we are a nation of laws or a nation of men. Patriots will keep their oath. Traitors will not.John PagodaRensselaer More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Industrial property tops BH&S charts

first_imgIndustrial property, so long the black sheep of the investment market, is now institutional investors’ favoured sector and will become the best performer, according to Baring, Houston & Saunders.The firm’s annual investment survey shows that industrial is the preferred sector for almost half the institutions surveyed. Retail warehousing is number one for 25% of institutions, high street retail for 19% and offices for just 8%.BH&S predicts that industrial property will show an average annual return of 11.4% over the next three years, compared with an all-property average of 9.6%. Retail warehousing will show an average return of 10.5%, offices 9.1% and high street retail 7.7%. Although industrial rents are not expected to show much growth, the sector’s comparatively high yields are forecast to come down, and therefore increase values.BH&S gives two reasons for the strength of the industrial sector. Despite a weak manufacturing market, tenant demand for industrial space comes from businesses that would be classified within the service sector, such as distribution and freight. Secondly, industrial has seen the least amount of new development in comparison with the other sectors.Investors are fairly sanguine about property prospects this year, but the number of optimists has halved. This uncertain mood is reflected in the market, where a large number of funds are neither buyers nor sellers, says BH&S.Investors also indicated that their weightings in leisure and residential would continue to rise.last_img read more

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Britain set to lose Euro row over RDA funding

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Buyback shield after Grubb & Ellis sale flop

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