ITB IN FIGURES10.000 exhibitors from 180 countries, from 5 continents. 109.000 registered business visitors-customers. 150.000 visitors in total. 28.000 congress participants, 1.000 accredited journalists. The congress is attended by 430 speakers. 50% of them belong to top management, 50% of speakers come from outside Germany.This year’s main partner of ITB is Meckemburg – Vorpommern, a German region whose name we will soon learn to pronounce. Which is due to the growing number of our catering employees who earn their living here, which is due to the fact that this region is our biggest competitor in attracting tourists from the north of Germany.The partner of the ITB Congress is the magnificent Zambia, perhaps best known for its Victoria Falls but a country whose other beauties are being discovered by more and more tourists from all over the world. Tourism has completely come out of some previous, common cliché. There is almost no country in the world that does not want to attract tourists. There are no longer regions and cities in Germany that do not declare themselves as tourist destinations. Everything is tourism, tourism is everywhere.CHINAChina is a special story. When you experience a presentation of a Chinese OTA platform you have never heard of, which: employs 33.000 people, has 8.000 engineers (4 times more than booking.com), has 300 million users, has the latest digital technology, cooperates with all banks in China, has a network of 6.500 offices across China, which sold the 20 most expensive package deals worth $ 200.000 in 17 seconds… you are left speechless.I will write about global tourism trends in 2017 on another occasion, now only the fact that in the first survey on “overtourism” Mexico city “jumped out” in the first place and that Barcelona is not even among the 10 most problematic…TURKEY AND FAMILY ACCOMMODATIONTurkey is turning to the development of family micro-entrepreneurs in tourism and puts its (too) rich cultural heritage in the first place. By that, by their own admission, they were famous 40 years ago. Then the development of tourism moved in a different direction.If you think that the “Turks are fantasizing”, wait a few more lines, and you will understand what is happening. Booking.com is strengthening the family accommodation segment. Currently, every third inquiry in the world refers to this category of accommodation. Booking started its story with hotel accommodation to gradually take on more and more family accommodation. Launched exactly 10 years ago, Airbnb based its business model on family accommodation only. Since then, they have “accommodated” 400 million passengers and now have a capacity of 4,5 million accommodation facilities. Their new strategy is a story unto itself. I will discuss this in a special way at one of the next lectures when I see you. Now I will just say: quality clubs, segmentation, specialization.NEW LUXURY, HIDDEN LUXURYThe luxury segment has completely changed its “shop window”. “Golden tubs”, “crystal chandeliers”, stiff butlers are no longer synonymous with luxury. This is now called luxury. Luxury has changed its “physical state” into intangible values. The new slogan of luxury is “Luxury is everything that money cannot buy”. We will discuss this topic in the coming weeks on the nedopinezic.com blog.SPAIN AND TOURISMOPHOBIASpain is increasingly moving towards a problematic situation. When it comes to tourism, a chaotic atmosphere is emerging. “Turismophobia” occurs. Society is polarized around the issue of family accommodation regulation. The kingdom, 17 regions, a dozen big cities, all have only part of the regulation. Complete regulatory anarchy ensued. The result: according to Spanish colleagues, there are about 125.000 accommodation facilities on the market legally and as many as one million accommodation facilities in private houses and apartments illegally. More about this through the EHHA initiative in the next sequels to the nedopinezic.com blog.MUSLIMTRAVEL MARKETThe Muslim market, like the Chinese, is a bigger unknown to us than we think. In the Muslim population that makes up 35% of humanity, as many as 60% of the population is under 30 years of age. In 2016, Muslims made 121 million trips. Predictions say there will be 2020 million in 158. Specialists for the “Muslimtravel market” give useful advice to companies, especially hoteliers, who turn to this market. The potential is great, the requirements specific, among the most important is ensuring a high degree of privacy for families traveling, for example. Of course halal food is a basic requirement.BEACH INSPECTOR AND BIG DATAIn case you didn’t know, among the numerous platforms that are constantly evolving, one called “Beach-Inspector” aroused great user interest. Their people have so far surveyed and rated 1.595 of the most visited beaches around the world. They continue to expand, collect data “on the spot”, give recommendations, assess advice… In Croatia, so far they have processed 41 beaches in 11 destinations. Some are recommended for relaxation, some for families, some for both… The quality of the offer of deck chairs, facilities for families, water sports, land sports is evaluated, other useful information is given as well as photo + video material.It seems to me that others know more about our offer than we do. Today, everything revolves around the “big data” system. Large databases allow quick views on all possible parameters. This is far more than our scanty and inaccurate statistical reports.The ITB was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, the deals were concluded, the knowledge was presented. We have materials to discuss for the next year until the new ITB.Published by: Nedo Pinezić
Yesterday, in the Meštrović Gallery in Split, a promotion of the extraordinary documentary series “Sail-ho! Croatia!”. The series, which last season attracted the attention of as many as 32,4 million people around the world, this year began filming the fourth season of the attractive Croatian travelogue.“Sail-ho” is owned by Nautical Channel, which was created in 2011 by merging SAILING CHANNEL and YACHT & SAIL channels. Currently, their television program is broadcast on hundreds of platforms: DVB-T, DVB-S, IPTV, MMDS and satellites, and is available to over 150 million viewers. Nautical Channel deals with the topics of sailing and nautical sports, surfing, kite-boarding, brings nautical news, travel, adventure, lifestyle, but also much more to lovers of the sea and travel, boaters and lovers of water sports.Since 2015, the Nautical Channel has started broadcasting the series “Sail-ho! Croatia!” which in its first season introduces viewers to Croatia, its cities, tradition and culture. In the second season, the following year, it covers the gastronomy, islands and natural beauties of the country. After returning to topics such as cities, gastronomy, cultural and historical heritage in the third season, the new 10 commissioned episodes will deal with Croatian islands, ports, natural beauties, top accommodation and interesting people on the coast. The shooting of the new episodes lasts until June, four of them have been filmed so far, and their broadcasting on the Nautical Channel will start in October. In addition to the city of Zagreb, some of the destinations that will be presented in the fourth season are Dubrovnik, Ston, Korcula, the island of Vis, Makarska, Baska Voda, Split, Trogir and the islands of Ugljan, Pasman, Dugi Otok, Rab, Cres and Losinj.“Croatian nautical tourism is at the very top of the world and it is a true image product of Croatia. Last year, the charter achieved 474.000 arrivals and 3,2 million overnight stays, and in the first five months of this year we recorded 25 percent more arrivals and 29 percent more overnight stays, ”ahead of the new season of Sail-ho! Croatia!” said the head of the Department for Strategic Projects of the Croatian Tourist Board, Dubravko Šimenc.The filming of the mentioned series leaves a mark on Croatian tourism. Directly, Croatia is represented on the market through one of the world’s most prestigious nautical TV channels. Her debut in 2015 significantly strengthened the brand with which Croatia wants to present itself to the outside world. Also, the duration of the series positions Croatia among the leaders in nautical tourism in the Mediterranean, to which many professionals return, but also lovers of the sea and water sports. Of course, with a consecutive appearance on the Nautical Channel, guests of higher purchasing power are attracted to Croatia throughout the year.The brand CROATIA, a brand of nautical paradise, rich and varied gastronomic offer, sun and summer attracts an increasing number of foreign guests (emphasis is placed on sailors here), also raises the quality of guests and leads to revenue growth. In addition, we can certainly conclude that this contributes to the extension of the tourist season and the attraction of foreign investors in the tourism sector.”Nautical tourism is extremely important to us, it is the fastest growing branch of tourism, and we know that boaters are the first to open the season and the last to close it, and that greatly contributes to our goal of year-round tourism. With this kind of promotion, Croatia will surely get where we believe we belong, and that is among the 20 most competitive countries in the world “, said the State Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Tonči Glavina.The promotion in Split, along with Šimenc and Glavina, was attended by the General Manager of Nautical Channel Andrew Miller and the Director of the County Tourist Board Joško Stella and the Director of the Split Tourist Board Alijana Vukšić.What undiscovered beauties of Croatia have captured this season, we have to see in the fall. Or to close with the words of Andrew Miller from Nautical Channel: “We can’t wait to find out as much as possible, because Croatia is definitely a positive discovery for us and with each new episode we discover something new and interesting.”So far, the first three seasons are “Sail-Ho! Croatia ”broadcast over 30 times on Nautical Chanel and viewed over 2.400.000 times on Youtube channel. The main partners of the series are ACI Club, Croatian National Tourist Board, HEP, Croatia Airlines, Zagreb Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Split Port Authority, Zadar County Tourist Board, Zadar Port Authority, Zadar Airport and others.
The 42nd session of the CNTB Tourist Board was held at the Ministry of Tourism, at which the members of the Council were presented with a proposal for the annual work program and financial plan of the Croatian Tourist Board for 2019 and a proposal for amendments for 2018. Exceptional emphasis in future work will be placed on the Sports Croatia program and on cooperation with the Croatian Olympic, Handball and Football Federations with the aim of strengthening Croatia’s position on the dynamic world tourist market.”We are additionally strengthening the Program for positioning Croatia as an air destination, which has proven to be excellent. In addition to becoming a more accessible destination, the flight season was extended, which was reflected in increased tourist traffic, which grew beyond the summer months, as well as the arrival of tourists from more distant emitting markets, such as the US, China and Korea. This is one of the contributions to the development of our country as a year-round destination, with the development of a quality tourist offer based on selective forms of tourism. In addition, it is important to point out that the promotion of Croatia through a combination of sports and celebrities is also currently one of the most effective promotional tools, which was confirmed this summer at one of the most watched World Cups in Russia. Through cooperation with top Croatian athletes, medal winners and participants in important international competitions in domestic and foreign markets, as well as through cooperation related to holding top sporting events in Croatia, our goal is to further strengthen the brand and raise awareness of Croatia as an attractive tourist destination. offers throughout the year. As a kind of ambassadors of our country, athletes deserve our maximum support in work and development, and I also believe that joint cooperation in domestic and emitting markets will have a positive impact on increasing tourist traffic and general consumption. “, said the Minister of Tourism and President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli.HTZ u 2019. godinu ulazi s temeljnom misijom daljnjeg ulaganja u tri ključne strateške vertikale – strengthening the national brand, pswelling before and after seasonal traffic te higher tourist per capita consumption, through enhanced communication investments in key emitting markets, as well as markets with increased growth potential and adequate budget investments allocated to the affirmation of each of the strategic goals. As pointed out by the CNTB, all activities in the proposed Annual Work Program and Financial Plan for 2019 are aimed at achieving the basic goals established by the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020 and the Strategic Marketing Plan of Croatian Tourism for the period 2014-2020, defined as increasing the attractiveness and competitiveness of Croatian tourism, which in this period should result in entering the 20 leading tourist destinations in the world according to the criteria of competitiveness. “The key activities that we will carry out and which are included in the Annual Work Plan for 2019 include even stronger promotion of Croatia with the aim of strengthening the national tourist brand and the recognition of our country as a meaningful year-round destination. In this sense, it is planned to form an expert team for the brand and develop an action plan with the aim of connecting those segments, such as culture or sports, that can promote our country and make it even more recognizable in foreign markets. Also, the focus will be on strengthening transport connectivity with an emphasis on airlines and the introduction of intercontinental flights. In order to achieve these goals, we anticipate an increase in the budget for joint advertising to HRK 26 million next year, while the planned budget for strategic projects next year will be around HRK 40,3 million. We will direct a large part of our activities to distant markets, especially China, the USA and South Korea, both through representative offices and through cooperation with key partners. For the first time, we will establish a Call Center, ie a unique telephone number where tourists will be able to receive the necessary customer support at any time. The call center will of course be accompanied by a mobile application thus announcing a new digital age of Croatian tourism, both in its promotion through digital campaigns and through the implementation of the Croatian Digital Tourism project, which includes the improvement of our highly visited website croatia.hr “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.Competition for CNTB directors in the UK and SeoulAt today’s convocation of the Tourist Council, a decision was announced on announcing a competition for the positions of director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Great Britain, based in London, and in South Korea, based in Seoul.information on the course of the season and the state of the markets for the first ten months of 2018. According to the data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in Croatia in the period from January to the end of October, 19 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 104.3 million overnight stays (+ 4%) were realized.
The increase in revenue was accompanied by an increase in the number of employees of 10% compared to last year. ”We have long planned that in the global tourism environment, our focus is on successful business for all twelve months or the entire tourist year. This requires us to constantly change and innovate as well as constantly adopt new knowledge and skills. The bar that the modern guest puts in front of us is getting higher, and our success is measured by their satisfaction and ability to successfully overcome new challenges. ”, concluded Žgomba. BORIS ŽGOMBA, UNILINE: THE PERIOD OF HYPER DEMAND FOR CROATIA HAS PASSED, BUT IT IS NOT TIME TO WAIT BUT FOR CONCRETE AND PROMOTIONAL ACTION According to the unaudited financial report for 2018, the leading Croatian tour operator Uniline achieved a record total revenue of HRK 414 million, an increase of 10,5% compared to 2017 and an increase in profit of as much as 15%. Uniline sees the sources of further growth in total revenue and profit in the intensification of activities in traditional European emitting markets and the further dynamization of sales in distant markets such as Korean and Chinese, and the development of tourism of special interests such as sports and health tourism. Focus on the whole tourist year “We have successfully overcome the high set scale of further business growth in 2018. Our multi-year trend of double-digit growth in total revenue and profit has continued, which provides us with a solid foundation to start ambitiously in 2019 in an atmosphere of turbulent trends in international tourism trends of supply and demand and increasingly competitive competition for each guest”, Said Boris Žgomba, President of the Management Board and co-owner of Uniline. RELATED NEWS: The ultimate goal of all these activities, especially in sports tourism, which is in the phase of expansive development, is to use the available sports and accompanying receptive infrastructure as well as natural resources to increase business in the period outside the main tourist season. This, along with the promotion of Croatia as a destination, is one of the main goals of the Croatian Country of Sport project, which Uniline launched last year in cooperation with the Croatian Olympic Committee, of which it is also the official travel agency. It is significant that the growth of business in 2018 compared to the previous one was recorded by Uniline companies in the region – Uniline Celje in Slovenia, Uniline Plus in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Uniline Experience in Serbia, which further strengthened Uniline’s positioning as a leading destination management company in the Southeast region. Europe. In 2018, Uniline reached a total revenue of HRK 414 million, recording revenue growth of 10,5% and profit of as much as 15%, with last year’s significant investments in a new business headquarters in Pula, a new office in Zagreb and innovative integrated company software to raise efficiency and unified business management. Special emphasis in the past year was on the more intensive performance and sales activities in the tourist market of South America, from where Uniline has an increasing number of guests.
The landlord’s e-mail address received an “unpleasant” notification from Booking.com that from June 01, 2019, they will introduce a fee for payment through its service in the amount of 1.1%. RELATED NEWS: Booking.com charges guests for your stay according to your conditions and ensures that guests pay the full amount before arrival, pointing out that one of the advantages is the same, adding that using this service helps reduce cancellations and guarantees payment in case of no-show, as well as various payment options. offer, which provides a better accommodation booking experience. As they point out from Booking.com, the purpose of this fee is to cover the processing costs of the various payment methods they offer. Thus, from June 01, 2019, in addition to the previous 15% Booking.com commission, 1,1% commission will now be added for payment through their service, which is a total Booking.com commission of 16,1% . The bank’s commission and fee can be seen in the booking overview, and the bank’s fee will only be charged if you receive payment for that reservation. On the other hand, as explained by Booking.com, the bank fee will not be charged if the guest cancels the reservation within the period in which the free cancellation is possible or if he does not show up without having paid. Of course, the use of billing through Booking.com is not mandatory, and if you want to manage guest payments yourself, you can deactivate the Billing Service through Booking.com. Also, 25% VAT is charged on the total amount of Booking.com’s commission, which in the end is 20% (Booking.com commission + VAT). BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES INDEPENDENT RESERVATION AND ATTRACTIONS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR PREVIOUS HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION
The company also said $ 5 million will go to the Superhost Relief Fund, which helps hosts on the website pay their rents and mortgages during a pandemic. The influx of money from these companies comes at a time when the hosts on the website are seeing increasing layoffs. According to AirDNA for short-term rents, more than 80% of bookings for the first half of April were canceled. It is still unclear whether the funds raised may affect the company’s plans to list the shares on the stock exchange, which is the most valid for this year. Airbnb has announced $ 2020 billion in new investor funding as it faces an increasingly uncertain market ahead of a planned XNUMX public offering. In a press release, Airbnb says investment companies Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners will invest $ XNUMX billion in a combination of debt and equity that will support Airbnb’s continued work on long-term investment. Airbnb did not disclose the latest estimates, but in early March it lowered its internal estimate from $ 31 billion to $ 26 billion. Over the past month, Expedia and Booking Holdings travel stocks have fallen by about 40% and 17%, respectively. Also in March, Airbnb is for renters who have to return money to their customers set aside $ 250 million. Sources: Forbes, CNBCPhoto: Airbnb
The total number of sites rated “poor” was 1,3% of all sites rated last year in Europe. Bathing water quality in Europe has greatly improved over the last 40 years, since the entry into force of the EU Bathing Water Directive. This directive introduced effective monitoring and management, which, together with EU environmental regulations, such as the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (1991), led to a drastic reduction in the amount of untreated or partially treated wastewater from households and industry. would end up at the baths. The report states that almost all 22 bathing sites assessed last year across Europe (of which 295 in the then 21 EU Member States, including the United Kingdom) met the minimum water quality requirements. Albania and Switzerland also reported water quality at their bathing areas, and their data were included in the assessment. Almost 85% of bathing sites across Europe rated in 2019 met the highest and strictest quality standards of the European Union, which is required for a rating of “excellent”, according to a study by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Croatia is among the TOP 5 in terms of bathing water quality in Europe According to detailed results, there has been a very small decrease in the number of bathing areas in the EU where water quality meets the highest standards for “excellent”, ie minimum quality requirements for “satisfactory”, as set by the EU Bathing Water Directive. According to the EEA report, the Commission will launch an evaluation of the directive in the coming weeks to examine what it is effective at and what it is not, and will decide on that basis whether further initiatives should be taken to improve it. “Regular monitoring and assessment of bathing water is necessary in order to maintain the already very high quality of water across Europe and, if necessary, to take effective measures to address their pollution problems. Clean bathing water is beneficial not only for our health and well-being but also for the health of the environment. ”Said Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency. According to the latest assessment of bathing water in Europe, its quality is still high. “Excellent” bathing water awaits bathers at 85% of the beaches. Bathing water is at least “satisfactory” in 95% of bathing areas. The report also states that water quality is better at coastal beaches than at inland ones. As can be seen in the graph below, Cyprus has the highest quality bathing water, while Croatia ranks 5th.
The Obama White House was fired upon — he was not in residence at the time. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were also assassinated. Two members of Congress were shot, but survived with the female victim suffering severe brain damage.Why is it that the powerful NRA gun lobby can’t provide any information or data on its claim that guns are needed for individuals to protect themselves by having guns? Could it be that there are no practical facts or records? The American people need to instill a backbone in our faint-hearted Congress, which always backs away from any meaningful gun control despite our ghastly record of unnecessary mass deaths by guns.The American public must demand action from their government to end these horrific mass murders by guns, otherwise the killings will never end.Benjamin Franklin wisely stated the results of inaction when he pointed out that people who behave like sheep will be devoured by the wolves.Mary Jane ValachovicNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists From 2005 to 2016, over 300,000 people were killed by guns. No other industrialized country in the world has such a tragic record.In addition, many of our presidents and leaders have been assassinated, including Lincoln, McKinley, Garfield and Kennedy. Theodore Roosevelt was shot while giving a speech. He survived because the bullet hit his metal glass case. Franklin Roosevelt was attacked while riding in an open car. The bullet missed him, but killed his passenger.President Truman’s residence was fired on by two gunmen, who killed one guard. The second guard was able to kill the attackers. President Reagan was seriously wounded, but did recover. President Ford had an attempt made on his life by a deranged woman. Gov. Wallace was shot and disabled by a lone gunman. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
This latest twist in the ongoing GE saga is just another reminder that the incentives states use to attract businesses don’t always live up to the hype. There are countless examples of companies that received generous government subsidies but failed to produce the jobs they promised or make promised investments. One of the bigger boondoggles in recent memory is Wisconsin’s decision to award the Taiwan-based electronics company Foxconn $4 billion in subsidies to build a massive new facility that would employ 13,000 people. These lofty plans have since been scaled back, and the promised jobs seem unlikely to materialize. I don’t know what Amazon would or wouldn’t have done had it built a second headquarters in New York City, and perhaps the $3 billion in incentives offered by the state would one day have seemed like a great deal, though I have my doubts. What I do know is that, given their spotty track record, these deals shouldn’t be above scrutiny or criticism. New Yorkers are right to object to the lack of transparency, accountability and public involvement that characterized the state’s effort to bring Amazon to New York City, and to ask whether the cost would have been worth it. In all likelihood, it wouldn’t have been. Categories: News, OpinionOn the same day Amazon announced that, no, it won’t be building a second headquarters in New York City after all, I found myself reading about General Electric. It was just a few years ago that Massachusetts scored what appeared to be a major economic development coup, luring GE to Boston with a $150 million incentive package. Things haven’t worked out as planned, to put it mildly. Last week the struggling company announced that it will sell the parcel of land where its new Boston headquarters was supposed to go, and reimburse $87 million in state money used to acquire and prep the property. Certainly, it wouldn’t have taken much for him to convince people the company was acting in good faith — to demonstrate some concern about Amazon’s impact on housing prices, homelessness or New York City’s already overburdened public transportation system. Of course, state leaders, from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on down, could have done more to make the case that Amazon’s presence would have been good for New York.But they didn’t, and were ill-prepared to do anything other than lash out at their opponents when the deal fell apart in such shocking and unexpected fashion. If the Amazon saga has one lesson, it’s that it’s no longer enough to entice a big business to your community. You also need to justify the expense, and explain how the average person will benefit.Neither Bezos nor Cuomo did this, and it’s ultimately what doomed Amazon’s plans for New York. Reach Gazette columnist Sara Foss at firstname.lastname@example.org. Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s.More from The Daily Gazette:Controversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Crossgates mall sues for $20M-plus as Lord & Taylor shuts downMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFeds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to family In an essay titled, “Handing Out Tax Breaks to Businesses is Worst Than Useless,” the writer and urban theorist Richard Florida makes the case that our current approach to economic development is hugely wasteful. States, Florida writes, “shell out too much money up front. They front-load incentives, instead of watching how businesses that are getting the incentives perform over time. Companies are able to take the incentives and can be slow to deliver on jobs or follow on investments, or in some cases just pull up shop altogether. … Basically, states hand over the money to companies and then do not even follow up to see if they are working or not.” Whether the uproar over New York’s incentives for Amazon sparks a larger movement to reform our broken system of economic development remains to be seen.But it should. There’s a better way to do things — one that takes the concerns of residents into consideration and treating the community as a partner, rather than an irritation to be subdued and overcome. Amazon had little interest in addressing the questions raised by its opponents, opting to scrap its plan to build in Queens rather than deal with these perfectly valid concerns. This “my way or the highway” approach doesn’t reflect favorably on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, suggesting that in addition to being the richest man on earth he might also be the most thin-skinned.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCelebrate work of direct support prosThis week (Sept. 8-14) is National Direct Support Professionals week.Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the people you see throughout our community assisting individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with shopping, working, and every other aspect of their lives.DSPs are at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week helping people achieve their goals and lead independent lives.At Schenectady ARC, 80 percent of our workforce are DSPs. As a family-based, not-for-profit organization focused on serving people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, we could not function without our committed and compassionate DSPs.During National DSP week we are honoring our DSPs with lunches donated by our board of directors, and with raffles of gift cards and merchandise donated by grateful family members and our corporate partners.During this week, we hope everyone will join us in celebrating these dedicated workers and thanking them for vital role they play in supporting people and making our communities diverse, inclusive, and better places to live.Kirk LewisSchenectadyThe writer is the executive director of Schenectady ARC.The world cannot afford to lose wasps Had Mr. Barron not sprayed the nest, his chances of getting stung are slim. “But most wasps are actually solitary, non-stinging varieties.And all do far more good for humans…,” according to National Geographic. However wasps with the ability to sting only do so if they feel threatened.Much like bees, wasps are suffering a decline, which humanity cannot afford.If this continues, there will be less pollination and manage of pest control in crops.Haley SurprenantSand LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Humanity has always had its quarrel with wasps.They build nests in our homes and disturb everyday activities. But what society fails to see is the serenity and protection they bring to us. Our negligence in understanding the importance of their role in society could ultimately lead to sacrifice.Despite the disgust and panic they instill upon us, wasps are extremely beneficial to our ecosystems. They prey on virtually every pest.“Wasps are so adept at controlling pest populations that the agricultural industry now regularly deploys them to protect crops,” explains National Geographic.According to the University College of London, next to bees, wasps are “humanity’s most ecologically and economically important organisms.” These pests also carry human diseases.According to an article published by the New York Times, “Mr. Barron immediately retreated, and later sprayed hornet killer on the nest… He said that just angered the yellow jackets, the highly aggressive wasps that live in such colonies. Mr. Barron was stung 11 times.”With that being said, are wasps really that dangerous to mankind?