Warnock, bracing for a tough Senate runoff in Georgia, posts an attack ad on himself. (Spoiler alert: He doesn’t really hate puppies.)

first_imgDemocrat Raphael Warnock, running for the U.S. Senate and headed to a January runoff against Republican Kelly Loeffler in Georgia, is bracing himself for an onslaught of attack ads — by preemptively releasing a video in which he eats pizza with a knife and pretends to hate puppies.Mr. Warnock, the pastor who now occupies Martin Luther King Jr.’s pulpit at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, offered a bit of comic relief at a moment when both parties were sweating out the presidential race.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As of late Thursday, Mr. Warnock had garnered 32.7 percent of the vote to Ms. Loeffler’s 26 percent. Ms. Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat last year, made it to the runoff by getting more votes than Rep. Doug Collins, a conservative Republican, in the multicandidate special election.- Advertisement – “Raphael Warnock eats pizza with a fork and knife,” says a voice-over as the pastor, wearing a chin napkin, fastidiously consumes a pie (à la Bill de Blasio) in a 30-second video posted on his Twitter page. “Raphael Warnock once stepped on a crack in the sidewalk. Raphael Warnock even hates puppies.”The message has a serious political purpose in a state that could be host to two Senate runoffs that may determine the balance of power in the upper chamber. As of late Thursday, incumbent Sen. David Perdue, a Republican was below the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff against a strong Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, in Georgia’s other Senate race. “Get ready Georgia. The negative ads against us are coming,” tweeted Mr. Warnock, the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. “But that won’t stop us from fighting for a better future for Georgians and focusing on the issues that matter.”Ms. Loeffler, by contrast, went the NFL Films route in her celebratory “Let’s Do This, Georgia” video on Twitter, posting a two-minute video in which she strides, in triumphant slow-motion, to a variety of campaign events — including a rally with Mr. Trump where he called her “a terrific person.”last_img read more

Masters Moments: Tiger Woods’ chip-in from 2005 win at Augusta | Golf News

first_img Tiger Woods posted rounds of 74, 66, 65 and 71 to finish on 12 under alongside Chris DiMarco Tiger Woods posted rounds of 74, 66, 65 and 71 to finish on 12 under alongside Chris DiMarco

A Muslim Turkish-German couple is behind the world’s first effective coronavirus vaccine

first_imgAccording to Reuters, an article published in The Lancet in January on Wuhan’s outbreak sparked Sahin’s interest in a COVID-19 vaccine and how BioNTech’s work could be applicable. This led to a partnership with Pfizer in March. The vaccine has left health officials and scientists feeling optimistic after it outperformed expectations in phase three of trials. “If the question is whether we can stop this pandemic with this vaccine, then my answer is: yes, because I believe that even protection only from symptomatic infections will have a dramatic effect,” Şahin said told The Guardian.While the trials do not guarantee the vaccine will prevent transmission of the virus, this development has been the most effective one yet. “The vaccine hinders Covid-19 from gaining access to our cells. But even if the virus manages to find a way in, then the T-cells bash it over the head and eliminate it. We have trained the immune system very well to perfect these two defensive moves. We now know that the virus can’t defend itself against these mechanisms,” Sahin said.As people live in fear while the coronavirus pandemic impacts millions across the world, news of this couple’s achievements brings hope. As of this report, more than 52.9 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and at least 1.2 million have died worldwide as a result, according to The New York Times database.   “It could be the beginning of the end of the Covid era,” Sahin told The New York Times Tuesday. In an earlier interview, he noted that “There are not too many companies on the planet which have the capacity and the competence to do it so fast as we can do it. So it felt not like an opportunity, but a duty to do it, because I realized we could be among the first coming up with a vaccine.”He added that the partnership BioNTech created with Pfizer was personal from the start. Prior to collaborating on the COVID-19 vaccine, the two companies worked together on a flu vaccine in 2018. Sahin then bonded well with Albert Bourla, the Greek chief executive of Pfizer, over shared backgrounds and identities as both scientists and immigrants.“We realized that he is from Greece, and that I’m from Turkey,” Dr. Sahin said, without mentioning their native countries’ long-running antagonism. “It was very personal from the very beginning.”- Advertisement – The couple’s extensive research in the field of modified genetic code has allowed them to be the powerhouse behind the world’s first effective coronavirus vaccine. According to CNN, the vaccine uses “never-before-approved technology called RNA or mRNA, to spark an immune response in people who are vaccinated.” The development is being called the “greatest medical advance” in the last 100 years by companies like Pfizer, making the couple historic pioneers. Not only is the vaccine the fastest one ever developed, but its efficacy is much higher than virologists ever hoped for. As a result, the couple’s company BioNTech has seen a significant increase in worth, which now sits at almost $4 billion.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Both Sahin and Türeci were born in Turkey and immigrated to Germany at a young age. But their paths to medicine differed greatly. While Sahol was the child of a car factory worker, Türeci grew up with a surgeon as a father. Their shared passion for medical and disease research allowed their paths to cross while pursuing medicine. Despite the couple’s historic accomplishments, they still remain humble and dedicated to helping others above all. “I don’t have a car. I’m not going to buy a plane,” Sahin told The Washington Post, noting that the company’s monetary value does not affect the couple. “What’s life-changing is to be able to impact something in the medical field.”When asked about being role models for future generations of Germans with migrant backgrounds, the couple noted the importance of equality and not assuming one race is more intelligent than another. “I am not sure I really want that. I think we need a global vision that gives everyone an equal chance. Intelligence is equally distributed across all ethnicities, that’s what all the studies show. As a society, we have to ask ourselves how we can give everyone a chance to contribute to society. I am an accidental example of someone with a migration background. I could have equally been German or Spanish,” Sahin told The Guardian.A year before they married, Türeci and Sahin founded their first pharmaceutical company, Ganymed Pharmaceuticals, in 2001. Having been drawn together over a shared passion for medical research, the couple set out to use immunotherapy in cancer vaccines. According to the Times, they even began their wedding day in a research lab, attended the ceremony, then returned back to work. “I understood that what we can offer cancer patients at the hospitals is not much, and we could do more by bringing new discoveries to the patient’s bedside,” Türeci told LABIOTECH in a 2017 interview. “In 2008, we recognized another platform had reached a maturity point where they had to be accelerated towards individualized vaccines, and BioNTech was founded,” Türeci added.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Europe says Tamiflu-resistant virus seen in 9 countries

first_imgFeb 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – European officials yesterday reported more evidence that one of the three types of seasonal influenza viruses is showing resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and said this represents the first clear sign that the resistant variant can spread.A report published yesterday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) says the resistant variant of the influenza A/H1N1 virus accounted for 59 (14%) of 437 European H1N1 isolates from 19 countries tested so far. The variant has been seen in nine of the 19 countries, according to the report in Eurosurveillance.The new report suggests the resistant variant is more widespread than indicated by the initial report from the ECDC on Jan 27. That report said the resistant virus was found in four countries and made up 19 of 148 isolates tested.Increased H1N1 resistance to oseltamvir was also reported in the United States and Canada this week. US officials said about 5% of tested isolates showed resistance, and Canada reported that about 10% were resistant.European report: Norway most affectedThe resistant virus has a mutation called H274Y, which confers approximately a 400-fold reduction in susceptibility to oseltamivir, according to the Eurosurveillance report. Oseltamivir is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the drug of choice for human patients with H5N1 avian influenza, and many countries have stockpiled it in case the H5N1 virus evolves into a pandemic strain.From the tests so far, resistance is most common in Norway, where 26 of 37 H1N1 isolates (72%) were resistant, according to Eurosurveillance. Other countries most affected are France, 15 of 87 isolates (17%); Germany, 3 of 43 (7%); and the United Kingdom, 8 of 162 (5%). A few resistant isolates were also reported in Denmark, Finland the Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden.The resistant viruses have come from both adults and children, and there is no indication that any of the patients had been treated with oseltamivir or been in contact with others so treated, the report says. It is not unusual for resistance to emerge in patients receiving oseltamivir treatment for H1N1 infections, according to the WHO.”We therefore conclude that the identification of these oseltamivir-resistant viruses as a substantial proportion of circulating viruses, particularly in Norway, is the first clear evidence that influenza A(H1N1) virus with the H274Y mutation can readily transmit between individuals,” the Eurosurveillance report states.An accompanying Eurosurveillance editorial says resistant viruses with the same mutation were seen in previous flu seasons but “were few in number, ‘unfit,’ and transmitted poorly. . . . These [current] A/H1N1 isolates with the H274Y mutation are fitter. They are in several countries and are transmitting in the community.”The specimens tested to date are from early in the season, and it may be that as the season progresses ordinary A/H1N1s [will] predominate,” the editorial continues. “Equally, the resistant viruses may come to predominate,” as influenza A viruses resistant to two older drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, did in North America 2 years ago. Officials have said the oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 viruses remain susceptible to amantadine and rimantadine.WHO report: Increased resistance unexpectedThe WHO, in a statement yesterday, said the increased drug resistance is unexpected and so far unexplained, especially since few of the patients are known to have taken oseltamivir. “Influenza viruses are continuously changing, and it is possible that a resistant strain has emerged spontaneously,” said the statement, released in a question-and-answer format.While noting that the resistance problem is not limited to Europe, the WHO said no H1N1 isolates from Japan, where oseltamivir is used far more commonly than in most other countries, have shown the resistance mutation so far this season. The same was true for Hong Kong.The WHO said H1N1 is the predominant flu virus in many European countries and other parts of the northern hemisphere so far this season. The increased oseltamivir resistance has not been found in the other two seasonal flu viruses, A/H3N2 and B.The agency said the implications of the resistance problem for the treatment of H5N1 cases are uncertain. “The neuraminidase protein in human H1N1 viruses is different from that in avian H5N1 viruses. Until we learn why the unexpected increase in oseltamivir resistance has occurred in H1N1 viruses, it is too early to know what, if any, potential there might be for a similar increase to occur in H5N1 viruses.”The WHO added that it has not changed any of its H5N1 treatment recommendations.In other observations, the WHO said:So far, the evidence for most of the patients infected with the resistant virus is that they were not linked in any way.There is no evidence that the resistant viruses are causing more severe illness than other flu viruses.There is no sign that the resistant viruses are more transmissible than nonresistant viruses.The drug resistance does not affect the effectiveness of flu vaccines, and the H1N1 strain used in this year’s vaccine is well-matched to the circulating H1N1 strains.See also:Eursurveillance reporthttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=8026Eurosurveillance editorialhttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=8025WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/influenza/patient_care/antivirals/oseltamivir_faqs/en/index.htmllast_img read more

HHS advisor fields online pandemic preparedness queries

first_img On another antiviral topic, the FluWiki community asked if federal efforts to induce states to build their own antiviral stockpiles by purchasing the drugs with federal subsidies amount to an “unfunded mandate.” Sharing responsibilityOne of the themes that emerged from the dialogue is that federal officials strongly believe that pandemic planning should be a shared responsibility. Leavitt has often warned against total reliance on the federal government in the event of a pandemic. Responding to questions about vaccine development, Raub wrote that most experts believe that a viable pandemic vaccine using DNA or other emerging technologies is more than 5 years away, but that HHS is currently reviewing contract proposals for advanced development of a DNA vaccine. Another query dealt with how local groups can promote community mitigation plans without clear messages from the government about the importance of measures such as school closures. Raub responded that the challenge in engaging the public is more difficult than it was 2 years ago, because the public’s’ interest in avian flu seems to have diminished. Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors at FluWiki, in January urged participants to compile a list of questions and offered to forward them to HHS. Dworkin told CIDRAP News that the online “interview” with Raub was an outgrowth of the HHS Leadership Blog and Summit, events held last May and June that were designed to encourage public engagement in pandemic planning efforts. FluWiki members asked Raub if funeral directors and other mass-casualty personnel, as well as their families, would be considered a priority in the federal vaccine allocation plan. He responded that a federal working group is evaluating public comments it received, which included concerns about mass-casualty workers, and that the group will release an updated plan within the next several months. Raub wrote, “To the extent that potential partners refuse to apply their talents and assets unless the federal government foots the bill, they are abdicating their responsibility and thereby placing their communities at higher risk than need be.” “The Web site Pandemicflu.gov will remain the lynchpin of our messaging machinery. But we recognize that we need multiple modalities to promulgate and reinforce preparedness messages,” Raub responded. He added that HHS values the input from FluWiki’s online community. Blogs and online forums offer two-way communication improvements to fill the gap, but the efforts require work from both sides to be successful, Dworkin commented. “We have a long way to go, but it is a worthy long-term goal,” he said. Flu Wiki Q & A with William Raub, PhD Raub has participated in the HHS Leadership Blog and Summit, and Dworkin said HHS has wanted to monitor the concerns of the online community of flu watchers. Antiviral stockpilingWhen questioned about the government’s stance on antiviral stockpiling by individuals, Raub wrote that HHS has concerns about misuse of the drugs and the possibility of greater use leading to antiviral resistance. However, he said an experiment with antibiotic medical kits for bioterrorism events produced promising results and that HHS would assess the design and feasibility of a similar antiviral medical kit. HHS pleased with resultsStephanie Marshall, HHS director of pandemic communications, said HHS is pleased with the question-and-answer discussion between Raub and the FluWiki community, and that she believes this is the first time HHS has participated in this type of online discussion.center_img “States . . . can provide antiviral drugs for their citizens at 30 cents on the dollar,” Raub wrote. “Some see the offer as being 30% empty. I see it as 70% full.” Dworkin said FluWiki’s goal has always been to “put the ‘public’ back into public health, by helping to close the gap between the often invisible public health folks and the communities who under-appreciate what they do.” Online forums can also help messages filter down from the federal level to families and individuals, as well as offer important feedback on the practical aspects of pandemic planning, he said. Dworkin said he was impressed by the level of detail in Raub’s responses. “From our perspective, the two-way dialogue and the involvement of the community in posing the questions were important,” he said. “Dr Raub took the assignment very seriously, which we greatly appreciate.” He pointed out that six HHS-funded companies are developing cell-culture vaccines and said work is on schedule toward the government’s goal of achieving by 2011 the industrial capability to produce 600 million doses of vaccine within 6 months after a pandemic flu strain is identified. “It’s an opportunity to reach a very interested and engaged audience and it’s something we’re considering doing more of in the future,” she told CIDRAP News. William Raub, PhD, science advisor to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt, fielded six multipart questions from the FluWiki community, covering issues such as vaccine prioritization, food and medication stockpiling, the federal government’s role in pandemic planning, and how HHS plans to publicize the role of community mitigation measures. Jun 14, 2007, CIDRAP News story “HHS hears community leaders’ ideas on pandemic readiness” However, he also wrote that citizens can expect the federal government to play a prominent role in pandemic planning, focusing on areas that it is uniquely positioned to manage, such as vaccine and antiviral stockpiling, providing financial and technical assistance to states, and boosting domestic vaccine development and production. Feb 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – FluWiki, an online resource and community forum, has its finger on the pulse of pandemic influenza planning issues and avian flu news, but today it featured something unusual: a dialogue with a top federal science advisor who’s directly involved in the government’s pandemic preparations. Apr 17, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Pandemic planners urged to tap grass roots” See also:last_img read more

The story of tourism – How to create and convey an experience

first_imgEncouraged by another seemingly successful tourist season in Croatia, the Student Section of the Croatian Public Relations Association, with the support of the Edward Bernays College of Communication Management, launched an education called The Story of Tourism.The education is intended for students of all higher education institutions in Croatia, and especially for students of tourism and communications. The aim of the Story is to present the latest trends in tourism, show the importance of education in this area and bring together ways to successfully brand a tourist destination. The Story of Tourism will be held from 18 to 20 September at Bernays.The story of tourism is thematically related to the way of communicating in tourism and creating emotion through various activities. It is divided into six lectures and three interactive workshops held by renowned lecturers and renowned experts, during which participants will have the opportunity to learn how to create an experience in tourism, discover the importance of media in promoting and branding a tourist destination and try yourself as creators about a particular destination. “As many experts point out, and as much as we have had the opportunity to learn during our studies, tourism needs constant innovation and creative communication, which public relations and various communication activities can provide. It is much more than beach, sea and sun. What we all bring with us from the trip is that well-known indelible experience, and it was precisely the ways of creating that experience and emotion in tourism that were our main guidelines during the creation of the PRiče program.. ”Said Ivan Biošić, head of the Student Section of HUOJ.The project was also supported by Edward Bernays College of Communication Management, which this summer presented its own, tourism studies, which are related to the concept of new economies, follow modern trends and are designed to teach students creativity, branding, communication, new management concept. and the economy of experience.You can check out more about the event at www.pricaoturizmu.com.hrlast_img read more

Slavonian kulen and Varaždinsko zelje received EU protection of origin and geographical origin

first_imgA meeting of the Committee for Quality Policy of Agricultural and Food Products at the European Commission was held in Brussels yesterday, where a discussion was held on the proposal of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) on entering the name “Varaždin Cabbage” in the Register of Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications. and the proposal of the Implementing Regulation of the Commission (EU) on the entry of the name “Slavonian kulen” / “Slavonian kulin” in the Register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications.Regarding the name “Varaždinsko zelje”, the proposal of the Regulation proposes to enter the name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications, and for seeds and cabbage products produced outside the defined geographical area, the use of variety names is allowed without time limit. Varaždinsko 2 and Varaždinsko 3, with a clear indication of the country of origin, without any reference to Croatia. “I am proud of everyone who participated in this process, and above all of our manufacturers. There were objections to our requests to protect the names of these products, but with an argumentative approach we fought for our beliefs. Once again, I congratulate the manufacturers and wish them a lot of success in promoting their products in both domestic and other markets.Said Minister Tomislav Tolusic.Regarding the name “Slavonski kulen” / “Slavonski kulin”, the proposal of the Decree proposes the entry of the name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications, and the Slovenian company Celjske mesnine dd is allowed to use the name “Slavonski kulen” to mark products that do not comply with the product specification “Slavonski kulen” / “Slavonski kulin” (ZOZP) for a period of five years from the date of entry into force of the Regulation.The proposals for regulations are unanimously adopted, and will have legal force only after their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.last_img read more

Club Adriatic doo Zagreb sold for HRK 54 million

first_imgThe Director of the Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP) Milan Plećaš and the President of the Management Board of Immo Invest Partner AG Dzek Djoric signed an Agreement on the sale and transfer of shares of Club Adriatic doo Zagreb on April 09, 2018 at the CERP headquarters.Pursuant to this Agreement, the Swiss company Immo Invest Pertner AG bought three business shares, ie one hundred percent of the share capital of Club Adriatic doo for HRK 54 million.Club Adriatic consists of the Hotel and Annex Alem in Baška Voda and the camp in Baško polje. The hotel has 99 double rooms and 9 double suites, and annexes 198 double rooms with extra bed. Camp Basko polje, which is categorized with three stars, has 600 camping places-pitches, 17 bungalows with kitchens and 16 mobile homesThis successfully completed the privatization process of Club Adriatic doo 17 years after the former Croatian Privatization Fund, the legal predecessor of CERP, established it with the aim of bringing former military resorts, hotels and camps for tourist purposes.</p>
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Leading hoteliers in the black: Plava Laguna, Maistra and Valamar Riviera in the first six months achieved growth by all indicators

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of June, 6,4 million arrivals (+ 12%) and 25,4 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. (+ 10%). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 5,5 million arrivals (+ 12%) and 22,2 million overnight stays (+ 10%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 10% and in overnight stays by 11%.During the six months, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (7,4 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County 4,5 million overnight stays were realized, ie 4,3 million overnight stays in Kvarner. They are followed by Zadar and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties with 2,6 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin county with 1,4 million overnight stays, Zagreb with 1 million overnight stays and Lika-Senj county with 681.000 overnight stays. At the national level, during the first six months, most overnight stays came from Germany (5,1 million), Austria (2,3 million), Slovenia (2,3 million), the United Kingdom (1,4 million) and Poland (1,3). , 9,2 million), and looking at the accommodation segment, most overnight stays were realized in hotels (6,5 million) and in household facilities (4,6 million) and camps (XNUMX million). Top destinations in the first six months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Zagreb, Poreč, Split, Umag, Medulin, Mali Lošinj, Zadar and Tar.In line with the growth of arrivals and overnight stays, our leading hoteliers, Maistra, Plava Laguna and Valamar Riviera, also achieved excellent results. Blue Lagoon  in the year of the largest capital investment in recent history, in the first six months it shifted the plan by 2 percent. U the first six months Blue Lagoon realized 836 thousand overnight stays in hotels and apartments which is 2,7% above the planned, ie 548 thousand overnight stays in camps, which is 26,3% above the plan. Considering all types of accommodation capacities, Plava Laguna realized 2018 million overnight stays in the first six months of 1.38, which is increase compared to the plan by 10% and 2% above last year’s values ​​by analyzing comparable accommodation capacities. Based on the reasoned physical filling, Plava Laguna generated HRK 324,8 million in operating revenues in the observed half-year period, which is last year’s achievement. “Given the derived capital projects whose effects will intensify in the next,  for the tourism industry, in the most significant quarter Plava Laguna expects growth of all operational indicators compared to the previous year”, They say from the Blue Lagoon.  By the way, with the beginning of the season in 2018, Plava laguna completed the largest investments in its facilities so far, in the total amount of almost HRK 487 million.Maistra achieves 13% night growthMaistra achieved 13 percent more overnight stays than in the first half of 2017 and eight percent higher sales of accommodation capacities, with an increase in the average price of five percent. Operating income from regular operations is also 13 percent higher. The tourist part of the Adris Group is intensively investing in the renovation and increasing the quality of existing products, Adris points out, adding that the construction of the Park Hotel is underway, and significant investments in camps have continued. “For the most part, investments are made in the supporting infrastructure and raising the quality of the common contents of the camps. The result of these investments is a nine percent increase in the number of occupied units in the camps, with an average price increase of 11 percent. ” They pointed out from Adris and added that the current booking is 11 percent better compared to last year, and confirms the positive growth trends in the number of overnight stays, with an increase in the average price.By the way, Maistra’s total investments in 2018 are estimated at more than HRK 500 million. It is also important to point out that the demanding process of business integration of HUP dd into the tourism part of the Group has begun with the aim of using operational synergies and economies of scale. The formation of a unique business system is a prerequisite for the creation of a leading national tourism company positioned in three growing and internationally recognizable destinations – Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Zagreb.Valamar Riviera achieved growth by all indicators In the first six months of this year, Valamar Riviera achieved exceptional growth by all indicators. In the first half of the year, Valamar’s total revenues amounted to HRK 648 million, which is 13% more than the revenues generated in the same period last year. “Double-digit revenue growth is primarily the result of a 9% increase in overnight stays and an average price increase of 5%. Efficiency improved and operating profit (EBITDA) grew 17% in the first six months, or faster than revenue. “They point out from Valamar Riviera and add that the growth of business in the pre-season continued for the fourth consecutive year and for the first time more than 2 million overnight stays were realized in the first six months of the year. This season, too, Valamar successfully implemented a strong investment cycle worth more than HRK 700 million, and the Supervisory Boards of Valamar Riviera and Imperial gave prior approval for the investment cycle in 2019 in the total amount of HRK 752 million. Valamar is in the process of successful privatization and an offer to take over the shares of Hotel Makarska, in which they acquired 2018% of the shares of Makarska hoteliers by July 55,45. Also, the restructuring plan for the bankrupt Helios Faros is being considered, for which Valamar Riviera and PBZ Croatia osiguranje for the management of pension funds have jointly submitted an offer for investment and recapitalization.Last week, Valamar Riviera announced the acquisition of the Petersbühel 4 * hotel in Obertauern, Austria, the first step in the internationalization of business as one of the key strategic development goals in the coming period. RELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON OPENED RESORT PARK IN POREČVALAMAR RIVIERA CELEBRATES 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATIONS AND CEREMONIALLY OPENED A NEW ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING IN POREČlast_img read more

The 51th session of the Tourist Council was held

first_imgThe selected agency on the market of Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway and France is MC Group, MediaCom will carry out marketing activities on the markets of Switzerland, Poland and Hungary, Real Group in the markets of Germany, Great Britain and Austria; Aviareps for the market of the Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic and Pro Media Group for the Italian market. Advertising activities in the mentioned emitting markets will be carried out in accordance with the terms from the annual work plan and media plans, and will be additionally agreed with the directors of the CNTB representative offices for individual emitting markets, the CNTB points out.  A total of HRK 1.970.000 in support was awarded by the Decision on the award of grants for 36 programs of destination management companies.  At today’s 51st session of the Tourist Council, decisions were made on the allocation of support to tourist boards in underdeveloped areas of tourism and support to programs of destination management companies; the director of the CNTB offices in South Korea based in Seoul and the head of the CNTB branch office in the USA based in Los Angeles were appointed, and a decision was made to select media agencies for cooperation in 2019. Selection of a media agency for cooperation in 2019. Programs and projects of county tourist boards were evaluated by the Croatian National Tourist Board, and the amount of approved support per individual program / project amounts to a maximum of 80 percent of the total eligible / eligible costs. At its session held today, the Tourist Board approved support for 135 programs and projects for programs and projects in underdeveloped tourist areas, of which 108 programs / projects of local tourist boards and 27 programs / projects of county tourist boards in the total amount of HRK 3.951.083.  Photo: MINT Criteria for selecting projects nominated by destination management companies included innovative package deals, inclusion of unused tourist resources, importance of the candidate program in strengthening Croatia’s image as a destination of special interest tourism, harmonization of programs with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia and inclusion of underdeveloped areas. center_img In addition, higher scores were given to programs that will be implemented in the pre- and post-season and those lasting more than seven days, all with the aim of strengthening tourist traffic outside the peak months of the tourist season and extending the stay of tourists which are one of the key goals. development of Croatia as a year-round tourist destination and increase in tourist consumption.  “The allocation of financial support for tourist boards in underdeveloped areas, ie for programs of destination management companies are part of our activities aimed at improving and strengthening the overall tourist offer with an emphasis on the pre- and post-season periods. I am sure that the applied projects approved for support will make a strong contribution to maintaining the positive tourism trends. “, said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić. The Tourist Council also made a decision on the selection five media agencies which will implement CNTB campaigns in 2019.  “Today we made a decision on support for underdeveloped areas of tourism through which we work on a more balanced tourism development of all parts of Croatia, and from next year, after the entry into force of the new package of tourism laws, these areas will be further financially strengthened” said the Minister of Tourism and President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli commenting on the decisions made at the Tourist Board. RELATED NEWS: SELECTED DIRECTORS OF THE CNTB REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN SEUL AND LOS ANGELESlast_img read more