The 42nd session of the Tourist Council was held

first_imgThe 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 “, 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.last_img read more

Adapting to a new scenario for the Italian gaming market in 2018

first_img Share Submit Share StumbleUpon What strategies should bookmakers and operators adopt to enter the .IT market? In his latest market analysis, BtoBet chairman Alessandro Fried delivers a warning about hidden dangers in Italy, while exploring the potential of establishing a brand and attracting the attention of Italian players.For a deep insight, download the full report here.last_img

7-year Champs League jinx over as Benzema leads Madrid’s rout

first_imgJose Mourinho has led Real Madrid through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years, ousting Olympique Lyonnais with a comfortable 3-0 victory on the night, 4-1 on aggregate.Marcelo scored towards the end of the first half, before the tie was killed off by Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria.Los Blancos moved into the lead 10 minutes before the interval, with Marcelo scoring a wonderful effort. Driving in from the left flank, the Brazilian played a one-two with Cristiano Ronaldo before showing composure at the edge of the box to defy Dejan Lovren. With just Hugo Lloris to beat, the left-back completed the job, despite the France international custodian getting a significant hand to the ball.Midway through the second half, after controlling matters for the most part, los Blancos finally got the second goal that allowed them valuable breathing space. A hopeful long ball forward confused Dejan Lovren and Cris, allowing Benzema through to effectively oust his former team by slotting the ball in between the legs of Lloris.OL looked increasingly ragged, and with a quarter of an hour remaining, another simple long ball caught the Frenchmen out, and they were punished by Di Maria, who latched onto Mesut Oezil’s flicked header to before chipping his shot past Lloris.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas had said earlier this week that he anticipated the home side attempting to play out a scoreless draw, but there was little evidence of such intent from Madrid in the early stages as they pushed players forward in dangerous waves. Much pre-match speculation had circulated over the participation of Cristiano Ronaldo, and it would be the Portuguese player, installed in his usual position in los Blancos’ attack, who had the first direct effort on goal. Lloris, however, was well positioned to save the header.Ronaldo would flit in and out of the game, but despite being a largely peripheral figure he would draw another save from the visiting goalkeeper, who had to work hard to push away a fierce shot from the corner of the area.OL largely dealt well with Madrid’s early forays and offered some threat on the break. Lisandro Lopez, who was absent in the first leg, was making a nuisance of himself and smacked an early volley comfortably high but Cesar Delgado had Iker Casillas scrambling to push away a well-placed low drive.After opening the scoring, los Blancos were suddenly buzzing. Lloris had to make a smart reflex stop to turn a Benzema shot over the top and little over a minute later the French striker had a header correctly disallowed for offside.Les Gones adopted a more attacking stance after the break, but it was still the home side who were looking more dangerous. Mesut Oezil offered the first serious moment of danger, but after a flowing attack his shot was deflected over by Cris. Lyon increasingly pushed players forward but got little change from their hosts, who threatened constantly when they broke. Benzema, moments after striking the second, flashed a shot goalwards that needed a smart touch over the top from Lloris, while the best OL could muster were Bafetimbi Gomis’ shots that Casillas dealt with sufficiently.One year ago, Real Madrid suffered a dark night against les Gones at the Bernabeu, but Mourinho thoroughly exorcised the ghosts, leading the nine-time European champions through to the last eight without any great drama.Now amongst the elite of the elite for the first time in seven seasons, Madrid will be aiming to rubber stamp their status as the continent’s most successful club by becoming the first team to lift 10 European Cups.Source: Goallast_img read more

Barn Again in Butler County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OSU Extension’s Barn Again program provides educational opportunities for people to learn more about their historic barns and other agricultural structures and about how they can be reused and rehabilitated for today’s needs on the farm and beyond. OSU Extension is proud to partner with Friends of Ohio Barns and support the annual Ohio Barn conference, an event that is hosted in a different part of the state each year.This year, the Seventeenth Annual Ohio Barn Conference will be held in Butler County in southwest Ohio on Thursday April 21 through Saturday, April 23 at the Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center. It will feature demonstrations, speakers, displays, barn repair tips, and more. Friday’s barn tour by motor coach offers participants the opportunity to explore a wide variety of barns and historic buildings in beautiful Butler County. You can sign up for individual days or the whole three-day event.Thursday is the Junior Barn Detectives (JBD) Workshop. This outreach activity trains up to 40 attendees on how to analyze a barn and provide assistance to local barn owners. At the end of the training, you will be able to explain, to both youth and adult audiences, the historic value of old barns, basic barn construction, maintenance techniques, and availability of various local, state and national resources. The primary objective is to have in place a state-wide cadre of trained volunteers who are willing to talk to and visit with local barn owners/ stewards who have indicated a desire to have someone look at their barn and help them analyze its general condition.Friday is the barn tour. The motor coach starts at Hueston Woods Lodge and travels to six stops including a catered lunch stop. Our first stop is a Mail Pouch timber frame barn, owned by Mindy and John Brosier, that Dave Gaker (BS in Ag Engineering, OSU) converted into a house. Stop 2 is an 1825 all hand-hewn ground barn using timber from the property. The barn at stop 3 belongs to Ed and Kathy Creighton. Ed will be speaking at the conference on Saturday about the history of this farm that includes other barns, an 1800 corn crib, and even Indian mounds and Morgan horses on this property. The lunch stop is at the Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market in Trenton. There will be time to explore this venue complete with barns, tools, antique tractors and shops, plus ice cream. Stop 5 is an 1815 Sweitzer barn on an old farmstead which also has a double crib log corn crib as well as a castle-like concrete silo with a cistern on the top. Stop 6 is a 38 by 60 barn with massive 12 by 12 posts with a swing type beam 12 by 12 half lapped with another 12 by 12 beam in the drive bay.On Saturday, we return to Hueston Woods Lodge for a day of presentations and other barn-related activities. Steve Gordon, the keynote speaker, is the current Museum Administrator for the McGuffey Museum located on the Miami University campus in Oxford, Ohio. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Miami University and has worked in the field of historic preservation throughout his career including the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society, where he oversaw the Ohio Historic Inventory and the National Register of Historic Places programs.A native of Ohio, Steve’s research interests include local and regional architecture, cultural landscapes, craft and building technology, especially vernacular buildings and barns and the study of regional material culture. His publications include How to Complete the Ohio Historic Inventory (1992), as well as articles on the U.S. Grant Birthplace, 19th century prefabricated housing, women architects, Cincinnati’s meat packing industry, maple sugar production in southwest Ohio, and Spring Grove Cemetery. Steve has written and co-authored over fifty nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Steve’s presentation will be about historic agriculture in Butler County and how it influenced farm layout and barn design. Ed Creighton will speak about his farm (that those of us on the tour bus will have visited on Friday), which is one of the most intact, original farms in Butler County. It was built in 1802 by Revolutionary War General Andrew Lewis. Other Saturday activities will include presentations about log crib barns, Ohio’s canal system, post bottom repairs (lecture and hands-on demonstration), barn detectives, annual member meeting, barn of the year awards, and silent auction.Please check for registration information or call 330-856-9053 / 330-550-6982.Annual Ohio Barn of the Year AwardsFriends of Ohio Barns is calling for nominations for Ohio Barn of the Year, a program designed to encourage awareness and community pride in our historic Ohio barns. Barns will judged in three categories: Agricultural Use, Adaptive Re-use (non-agricultural), and Stewardship. Barn owners, barn enthusiasts and local historic organizations are encouraged to nominate their favorite barn. Nominations should include: photos, current owner’s name, location of barn, current use, history of the barn, age and builder if known, and repairs and information on individuals performing repairs where relevant. News releases and photos of winning nominations will be made available to the news media with a feature story. Nomination forms can be found at Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2016. Send nominations to: Dan Troth, Friends of Ohio Barns, 7591 Perry Rd., Delaware OH 43015, or email: [email protected] Awards will be presented at the annual Ohio Barn Conference on Saturday, April 23.I hope to see you at the barn workshop in April. Good luck with your barn! Ann D. Christy, Professor, can be reached at 614-292-3171, or [email protected] Her barn website is at This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

RollsRoyce Opens Autonomous Ship RD Centre in Finland

first_imgzoom Engineering company Rolls-Royce has opened a research facility in Turku, Finland, to develop the technologies needed to shape the future of autonomous global shipping industry.The new Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships includes a Remote and Autonomous Experience Space aimed at showcasing the autonomous ship technologies the company has already introduced as well as those in the development stage.“There is great global interest in autonomous vehicles and vessels as a future means of transport. The opening of the Rolls-Royce Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships here in Turku, a maritime city with a history of technological innovation, will help achieve our goal of digitalising the country’s transport sector,” Anne Berner, Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, said.The new R&D Centre enables Rolls-Royce and its partners to carry out projects focussed on autonomous navigation, the development of land-based control centres, and the use of artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous shipping operations.The Experience Space includes several interactive tables on which Rolls-Royce can showcase existing and future technologies while aiding the development and introduction of new rules and standards for autonomous shipping.Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President, Ship Intelligence, said that the center will completely focus on the development of solutions “capable of smoothing the maritime industry’s transition to the digital age.”last_img read more

OPP investigating death of First Nation mother found in hotel room

first_img(Deidre Patayash, 29, was found dead Tuesday in Sioux Lookout, Ont. Facebook photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA family in the northern Ontario First Nation of Weagamow is in mourning after a mother from the community was found dead Tuesday in a Sioux Lookout, Ont., hotel room under suspicious circumstances.Deidre Patayash, 29, was found dead at 6:30 a.m. inside a room at the Forest Inn by paramedics and OPP officers after a call from the hotel.The statement said the OPP was continuing to investigate Patayash’s death. Patayash’s body has been sent to Toronto where it will undergo a postmortem examination on Thursday, police said. The OPP released no other details about the circumstances of the death.Patayash was a mother of two boys, one aged 13, and another aged 5. She was in Sioux Lookout for a custody hearing involving her five year-old son, who lives in Slate Falls, scheduled for Tuesday morning, said Weagamow Chief Dinah Kanate.Kanate said Patayash will be buried in Weagamow at the request of her oldest son.“He wants to bring his mom home and bury her here,” said Kanate.Kanate was the one who told Patayash’ mother, who lives in the community, that her daughter was dead.“It was heartbreaking,” said Kanate. “It is hard.”Kanate said Patayash had been living in Cat Lake First Nation with Alvin Ash for the past two or three months.Ash, 32, was arrested and charged with assault in connection with the investigation into the death, the OPP said in the statement. It was unclear from the statement who Ash allegedly assaulted and an OPP spokesperson would provide no additional details.Ash is scheduled to appear in Sioux Lookout provincial court on Friday. Ash says on his Facebook page he has two [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Nielsen says 29 million people watched wedding in US

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Perhaps getting married to a U.S. television star helps in the royal wedding ratings.The Nielsen company says 29.2 million people in the United States watched the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle early Saturday. The London ceremony aired starting at 7 a.m. Eastern time and was carried live on 15 different networks.The telecast topped the 22.8 million people who watched Harry’s older brother, Prince William, marry Kate Middleton in 2011.By a whisker, NBC earned network bragging rights. Nielsen said an estimated 6.42 million people watched NBC’s coverage while 6.35 million watched it on ABC. The CBS audience was 4.79 million people.last_img

Extreme Cold warning to continue through the weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The cold weather the region experienced in February continues into March with another extreme cold warning.An arctic air mass has settled over the B.C. and Alberta Peace Region.  Light winds produced wind chill values near minus 40 overnight.  The high should be minus 24 on Saturday, and the temperature and wind chill will increase overnight into Sunday.The forecast calls for a high of minus 14. Wind chill minus 39 in the Sunday morning and minus 20 in the afternoon. Next week Fort St. John will see highs of minus 10 to minus 6.Warnings7:42 AM PST Saturday 02 March 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.With arctic air now settled over the Peace Region, light northerly winds have produced wind chill values near minus 40 overnight. Temperatures will rise this morning but fall again tonight with wind chill values approaching minus 40.Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Fields have good soil moisture despite lack of precipitation in March

first_imgAccording to Kassian, the remainder of the snow is expected to melt and dry up off the fields within the next week.Kassian expects the planting season to start in one month’s time, with hopes that farmers receive the rain needed once the crops are planted.Environment Canada is forecasting warm and dry conditions for the rest of April. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the month of March, Fort St. John and area received a very low amount of precipitation of 0.2 mm.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says despite the lack of precipitation, there is quite a bit of soil moisture in the fields thanks to the slow melting of snow.“We have soil moisture right now. Definitely, the slow snow melt we had this year helps a lot. We didn’t have a lot of runoff, the moisture went down, the frost is going down into the ground, and of course, with today, the little bit of snow, everything helps.”last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan Emraan Hashmis thriller to start rolling on May 10

first_imgMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi’s untitled mystery thriller will go on floors on May 10, here. The film, produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited, will be helmed by Rumi Jaffrey. This is the first time Bachchan and Emraan will work together in a film. “We are extremely excited to commence the shoot of the film from May 10. Looking forward to seeing Mr Bachchan and Emraan onscreen for the first time. Given the subject of the film, I do believe we have a winner in our hands,” Pandit said in a statement. The film is scheduled to release on February 21, 2020.last_img