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Dec 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – If public health emergency preparedness were a college class, the federal government would be considered a poor pupil by the nonprofit organization Trust For America’s Health (TFAH), which gives the government a D+ in a new report released yesterday.That grade was based on a survey of 20 leading public health experts, who used 12 criteria to measure preparedness.Particular federal efforts and programs were evaluated as follows:The Strategic National Stockpile merited only a C+.The Cities Readiness Initiative, biosurveillance activities, pandemic influenza planning, and management of federal funds and programs got a C–.Coordination of federal agencies, establishment of measurable goals and directions, BioWatch, and the federal health response to Hurricane Katrina received a D.The smallpox vaccination program received a D–.This critique of federal readiness is part of a broader annual effort to assess US emergency preparedness. This is the third year TFAH has made such an assessment. Although the nation has made “considerable progress” in improving public health preparedness, TFAH said that the pace must be stepped up, and better policies and funding are needed at all levels of government.The organization’s goal, the report says, is “to help the nation move toward an improved, strategic ‘all-hazards’ system for protecting the public’s health, capable of responding effectively to health threats posed by diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.”TFAH makes a series of recommendations for improving leadership, accountability, public efforts, and basic response capacity that include:Preventing public health preparedness and bioterrorism grants to states from falling below $950 million a year, “the estimated allocation needed for sustainable progress”;Improved focus on effective use of health services grants;Improving capabilities for mass-casualty events, including public health and hospital efforts;Strengthening leadership by having a single, accountable official responsible for bioterrorism and public health preparedness at the US Health and Human Services (HHS) Department;Increasing accountability by developing standardized performance measures for bioterrorism preparedness from the CDC or consistent reporting of progress and/or vulnerabilities to both Congress and the American people.”The fact that emergency tests prior to Hurricane Katrina revealed vulnerabilities in the levees protecting New Orleans, yet no actions were taken based on these findings provides a strong example” of government failings, TFAH says.In addition to critiquing federal preparedness, the group also assessed the preparedness of states and some cities on the basis of the following 10 “key indicators” of preparedness:”Green” status for distribution of medical supplies from the Strategic National StockpileSufficient Biosafety Level 3 labsEnough scientists to do lab tests for anthrax or plagueA disease tracking system to collect and monitor data via the InternetA plan or a state-local planning effort to care for patients at non-healthcare facilitiesPlans, incentives, or provisions to ensure continuity of care in the event of a major disease outbreakAn infection control professional available within 15 minutes, around the clockWorking with state or local health agencies to prioritize hospital workers’ receipt of vaccine or antiviralsSufficient medical equipment and supplies for “10 additional patients requiring ventilation”Those assessments were based on public sources, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, a survey by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), a survey by TFAH and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), public releases from states, and interviews with government officials, TFAH noted.Overall, the highest-scoring states were Delaware, South Carolina, and Virginia, which satisfied 8 of the 10 key indicators, followed by Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, and Texas with 7. The lowest-scoring states were Alabama, Alaska, Iowa, and New Hampshire with 2 of the 10 indicators, and Arkansas, Idaho, Maryland, and Montana with 3. Only seven states and two cities were rated as prepared to provide emergency vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile.Ironically, this poor report card on the nation’s preparedness comes a day after the disbanding of the 9/11 Commission. At the farewell meeting, commissioners handed out a report card that gave the US government failing grades for its actions to prevent another attack like the one on Sept 11, 2001, according to a story published today in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.See alsoTFAH news release, with links to the executive summary and complete reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror05/CIDRAP News story on TFAH 2004 reporthttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/bioprep/news/dec2204bioterror.htmlCIDRAP News story on TFAH 2003 reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror05/
“All of us now depend on imported products, and all of that depends on the free movement of people and goods across national borders,” Cooper said. Travel now accounts for 10% of the world’s gross economic activity and 8% of jobs, she added. Parallels between 1918 virus and H5N1Osterholm sought to background the audience on the science of pandemics in an hour-long talk he called “Influenza 101.” A major theme was that recent research has uncovered chilling similarities between the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in Asia and the H1N1 flu virus that took the world by storm in 1918. In a question period later, Falvey was asked how aware the business world is about the pandemic threat. “I don’t think everyone is getting it, but companies that provide pandemic-related products and services are,” she said. “There’s lots of movement at the highest levels in America to plan for this.” About 300 people, mostly business officials, are attending the 2-day meeting, called Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza: A National Summit, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The meeting is sponsored by CIDRAP and the US and Minnesota Chambers of Commerce. Among the “immediate losers” in a pandemic would be tourism, transportation, the hospitality industry, life and health insurers, and the entertainment industry, Cooper said. Major economic impact predictedEconomic strategist Dr. Sherry Cooper painted a gloomy picture of the potential economic effects of a pandemic on today’s densely interwoven world. “I think it comes down to the concepts in the law of foreseeability and reasonable response to foreseeable risks,” she concluded. She advised businesses to expect absenteeism rates of about 30% at the peak of a pandemic, along with “months of slowdown.” Researchers recently have concluded that the 1918 virus jumped directly from birds to humans, which bears comparison with the way the H5N1 avian virus is infecting some humans, though it has not spread from person to person. Further, certain mutations seen in the 1918 virus have also been found in H5N1 viruses, Osterholm said. The good news in all this gloom is that “98% of the population will survive,” Cooper said. “It’s not the end of the world.” Leavitt sounded themes that he has used repeatedly in state meetings on pandemic preparedness around the country, warning that every business, government agency, community, school, organization, and household should develop and test a pandemic preparedness plan. She said the pandemic threat poses a dilemma for preparedness advocates in business. “Pre-pandemic we can sound alarmist, yet post-pandemic we can look as if we didn’t do enough,” she said. The foreseeable consequences of a pandemic, she said, include economic losses, supply-chain disruptions, employee absenteeism, quarantines and travel restrictions, an increase in demand for health care, and a decline in tourism. The flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) also has its limitations, he said. “The way we use Tamiflu now may not work for H5N1it’s likely to be needed at a much higher dosage for a much longer time period.” Utility service could be disrupted. “Imagine no waste management, no clean water, no electricitynot just for a couple of days, but perhaps for weeks,” she said. Fuel shortages, consumer hoarding of things like bottled water, shortages of medical supplies, and other difficulties would make matters worse. Most juries in liability suits understand that accidents happen and human errors occur, Falvey said. “What juries don’t forgive is a failure to assess, a failure to act, to commit money and resources to deal with a problem,” and to involve top management in that effort, she said. For example, Falvey said she represented a refinery operator in Belize that worked for years to prevent an explosion. The company had a computerized alarm system, and officials worked with neighborhood groups and local doctors to prepare them to respond. When the company landed in court, Falvey reported, “What happened was that the jurors respected the process of planning and due diligence. . . . They didn’t penalize the company for a failed alarm system, because there was a documented record of monthly tests. That kind of evidence of planning and proactive efforts at mitigation and relief helps limit your liability.” Cooper, executive vice president of BMO Financial Group in Toronto, said the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in Toronto hinted at the possible impact of a pandemic. The virus infected only 252 people and caused 44 deaths in the city, but that was enough to trigger the quarantine of 15,000 people. Hospitals filled up and had to stop all nonessential services, while the World Health Organization warned against traveling to Toronto, causing tourism to collapse. She also advised the audience to educate their employees on pandemic-related risks and on company policies. “Planning will lead to a much calmer environment,” she concluded. “Let’s hope these plans won’t be put to use any time soon.” “Jurors want to know that there was an adequate planning process and that all possibilities were considered, and they were balanced,” she said. Careful risk assessment urged Attorney Cheryl Falvey advised business leaders to carefully assess the risks a flu pandemic would pose and then take documented steps to limit them. Falvey is a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Field LLP in Washington, DC. Feb 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) Speakers at a national conference in Minneapolis today sought to impress business leaders with the potentially disastrous effects of an influenza pandemic without scaring them into thinking that preparing for one is futile. “We can’t hope our way out of this, and we can’t just sit and say, ‘Woe is me.’ Comprehensive and serious planning is not optional,” said Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. Falvey invited business people to imagine what kind of lawsuit they could face in the aftermath of a pandemic. Cooper spoke of the “blurring” of national economic boundaries in a world of multinational corporations, global travel, and international supply chains focused on “just-in-time” delivery of parts and products. In opening the session, US Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said the Hurricane Katrina disaster taught the lesson that “the unthinkable happens, and we need to be thinking about the unthinkable.” He warned that modern medicine won’t offer a great deal of protection in the first several months of a pandemic flu, if ever. Given the time it takes to develop and produce a vaccine for a new flu strain, “Don’t count on a vaccine to get us out of this, at least in the first stage,” he said. In such a world, a severe pandemic would mean a sharp economic downturn, Cooper said. “It is our rough estimate that . . . the global economy would lose roughly six percentage points worth of growth in a 3-month period. It would mean the economy would decline at a 2% annual rate.” The US economy would take a $670 billion hit, she estimated. He recounted watching figure skater Sarah Hughes turn in the performance of her life in the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, when he was governor of Utah, and said that the pandemic threat should elicit a comparable preparedness effort. “We as a public health community and as a business community need to skate the performance of our lives,” he said. The meeting brought predictions that a major pandemic would put the world economy into reverse and could kill more people than the pandemic of 1918, in which an estimated 50 million to 100 million died. But speakers also said that even in such a disaster, 98% of people would survive, and preparation for “foreseeable risks” will help businesses weather the storm with less damage and legal liability. Despite the precautions, the feared explosion finally occurredand the computerized alarm system failed in the event, she said. “You need to develop a record to show that management has met its obligations to its various constituencies,” such as customers, employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, and the community, she said. Echoing a point made by Cooper, Falvey urged businesses to make sure they have sick leave and medical policies that don’t discourage workers from staying home when sick. “I can’t come to any other conclusion than that H5N1 and the 1918 H1N1 [viruses] are kissing cousins of the highest order,” he said. Osterholm was asked if he would advise people to stockpile oseltamivir. In reply, he admitted that he has stockpiled some himself, as have colleagues who have been known to counsel the opposite. But he also said it’s essential to make sure there are adequate supplies of antivirals and other medical products for healthcare workers and first responders.
Aug 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia has confirmed its 60th human case of H5N1 avian influenza, this one in a 6-year-old girl who is recovering, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The girl is from Bekasi, a city southeast of Jakarta in West Java, not part of the Cikelet subdistrict, where several recent cases and suspected cases sparked concern about possible human-to-human transmission.The girl became ill Aug 6 and was hospitalized Aug 11 but is improving, the WHO said. Bloomberg News reported today that she was in Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta.The Bloomberg story said dead chickens had been seen in the girl’s neighborhood, but the WHO said only that the source of her infection is under investigation.Forty-six of the 60 H5N1 cases in Indonesia have been fatal, for a 77% case-fatality rate. The WHO’s global H5N1 case count is 241 cases with 141 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 59%.Test results are awaited in another suspected H5N1 case in Indonesia, involving a 35-year-old woman from Simalungun regency in North Sumatra province, according to Bloomberg. The health minister said the woman fell ill Aug 21.In other news, a World Bank official said Indonesia needs an estimated $120 million a year to vaccinate chickens and compensate farmers for culling, but its vaccine budget covers only 10% of that amount, according to the Bloomberg report. The official, Louise F. Scura, made the statements at a meeting between the Indonesian government and donor countries.See also:Aug 23 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_23/en/index.html
HGK: Estimation of the increase in the number of consumers and the potential of food and beverage consumption in the tourist seasonBy admin on
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) made an analysis “Simulation of food and beverage consumption in August” according to which the potential amount of foreign tourist consumption of food and beverages outside the accommodation facility is about 2,4 times higher than the consumption of the domicile population.It is important to assess the preferences of tourists, so that interested parts of our economy can direct consumption (in the case discussed in this paper – the segment of food and beverage consumption) and in those segments where Croatia has competitive production (eg food industry), which would further stimulated economic recovery point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.”According to the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the potential amount of foreign tourist spending on food and beverages outside the accommodation facility is about 2,4 times higher than the consumption of the domicile resident. Thus, in the Split-Dalmatia County, which expects a 38% increase in population in August under the influence of tourist arrivals and overnight stays, the expected potential for food and beverage consumption for that month is almost 3 times higher, while in the Istria County, which expects population growth of about 123 %, the consumption potential for August is almost 5 times higher than in the off-season. When we talk about important tourist cities, Nin and Medulin stand out. Nin is expected to have a population increase of 461% and 13 times higher consumption compared to off-season consumption. In Medulin, population growth is expected to be 447% and consumption 13 times higher. ” HGK President Luka Burilović said.See a very useful and important analysis on the simulation of food and beverage consumption in the attachment.Side dish: HGK analysis – Simulation of food and beverage consumption in August
The Tourism Job Fair has started: 48 exhibitors and more than 250 job advertisements are waiting for youBy admin on
From today, February 21, to midnight on February 28, the second online Tourism Job Fair will be held at the web address http://mojposaouturizmu.net/.Given that tourism is an activity in which labor mobility is frequent, the Fair is of a virtual nature and is accessible via all devices (computers, tablets, mobile phones) and allows direct communication with employers via chat or video interviews.Job offers: from waiters to internship programs for hotel managers Job seekers await more than 250 job postings, permanently or temporarily, in a hotel, travel agency or other tourist or catering facility. This year, even more employers are starting their search for workers at the Tourism Job Fair: so 48 employers are expecting job seekers, while 32 of them presented themselves at the first Fair.A large number of ads are related to positions waiters, chefs, receptionists, restaurant managers, animators, pastry chefs, kitchen support staff and maids. Also interesting is the offer of internship programs for future hotel managers and job advertisements whose positions are not primarily ‘tourist’, such as a warehouse worker, a human resources officer, a controller and many others. At the stands of employers, in addition to the job offer, you can find the experiences of employees, a gallery of photos and videos of the future work environment.Some of the employers, exhibitors at the fair, who employ a larger number of workers are:Lafodia Sea Resort, Pine Beach Pakostane, Liburnia Riviera hotels, Jadranka hotels, Dubrovnik riviera hotels, Radisson Split, Svpetrvs hotels, Solaris, Laguna Novigrad, Gulliver Travel, TUI Sensimar, Maistra, Etradex, Vis dd, Valalta, Hotels Njivice, Hedera Estate , Samarcanda, Vidokrug travel agency, Medora hotels and resorts, Camping Stobreč, Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun, Cresanka, Doğuş Group, Crvena Luka hotel & resort, Hotel Life & Hotel Life Palace, Kempinski Hotel Adriatic, Konoba Obala and many others.You can find the full list of employers and open positions on the page Fair.Related news:BLUE LAGOON SIGNED COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT ANNEX – HIGHER SALARIES FOR EMPLOYEES ON AVERAGE 7%BY VOLUNTEERING TO WORK IN TOURISMVALAMAR RIVIERA RAISES TOTAL SALARIES BY 2018% IN 11,5
Joško Stella, SDZ Tourist Board: Only sustainable tourism development can ensure long-term competitiveness of tourismBy admin on
The Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County was the first in Croatia to commission a scientific study of the carrying capacity of tourism, which is being prepared by the Institute of Tourism.The main goal of this Study is to increase the economic effects of tourism in the County on the basis of sustainable development, ie taking into account the resource base and tourist attractions and limitations arising from environmental protection and the social environment.The tourist boom of the whole of Dalmatia in the last few years has certainly additionally burdened the entire infrastructure, which has a negative effect on both the local population and tourists, ie the final tourist product. Thus, a record 2017 million tourists and 3,2 million overnight stays were realized in the Split-Dalmatia County in 17, which is 17 and 12 percent more than in 2016, while the Split-Dalmatia County participates in the total tourist traffic of Croatia with 19,2 percent . According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, there are about 213 thousand tourist beds available in the county, of which about 32 thousand are in hotels and similar facilities, 164 thousand in private accommodation, about 14 thousand in camps, and that number is increasing day by day. growing, especially in private accommodation.In accordance with the growth of tourism, there are also problems related to congestion on beaches, roads, in urban centers. Public infrastructure (sewerage, water supply, electricity, municipal waste disposal) is maximally burdened and / or insufficient in that period. The ratio of the number of inhabitants and tourists is increasingly unfavorable, and the problem of labor shortage is already appearing today. “The idea is the sustainable development of tourism with the maximum satisfaction of the local population, and the aim of the study is to see the limitations of tourism from all aspects. Dalmatia has not reached the upper limit and there is still room for development, of course there is much more space in June and September than in July and August. ”Points out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board, which commissioned the study, and adds that the study will be completed in May 2018.Also, the study should be the basis for the development of county development strategies and planning and development documentation of tourism in Split-Dalmatia County, the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union funds and the Master Plan and Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia, ie the basis for strategic and sustainable development of the entire destination.Based on the analysis of current accommodation capacities, possibilities of reception and arrangement of beaches, traffic and communal infrastructure and natural and cultural resources, it will be found out how many nights and arrivals of tourists can be in the county during the year, especially in the “peak” season in July and August. , without endangering the sustainable development and quality of life of the local community. The priority areas to which the calculation of load capacity should be directed, according to the clusters are: Split Riviera, Makarska Riviera, Dalmatian Zagora, Brač, Hvar, Vis and especially the City of Split. “The situation in the Split-Dalmatia County is satisfactory in terms of infrastructure, but we have problems in some segments. We will emphasize these problems and point to a solution. It is a destination that must choose what kind of guests it wants and how to integrate them into the local economy and how to create a quality destination management that will satisfy primarily the local population, and thus will be maximally satisfied and tourists. Stella pointed out.We are constantly talking about extending the tourist season, and the Split-Dalmatia County certainly has all the potential for a much longer tourist season. Apart from the islands, there is also a rural area which, in addition to tourist activities through rural, gastro, sports, adventure and other forms of tourism, should also support tourism at sea through agriculture. That there is a lot of room for growth in the pre- and post-season is certainly shown by the fact that from June to October almost 90 percent of the total number of tourist nights in the Split-Dalmatia County is realized.We have been promoting the Dalmatian hinterland for more than 12 years and working on the integration of the Dalmatian hinterland and the coast, and recently the Imotski area is an indicator of how fast the Dalmatian hinterland can develop, Stella points out, adding that creating a tourist product is one of the most complex tasks. of the directions are certainly selective forms of tourism that extend the tourist season “Of course, there is great potential for growth in the pre- and sub-season, but also SDŽ had the most overnight stays of all counties in October 2017 in Croatia, and the first three months of this year 25% more overnight stays, so we realize our plans by selective forms of tourism such as: active, cultural tourism, enogastronomy, cyclo tourism, etc.Said Stella.Rural House Kod Slapa, Bogatic / Bookin.comIn the end, Stella points out that the main strategic goal in the next ten-year period of SDŽ is sustainable tourism with an emphasis on maximum benefits for the local population.. “Only the sustainable development of tourism can ensure the long-term competitiveness of tourism, because in that way tourism resources will be preserved for generations to come.” Stella concludes.The study of the carrying capacity of one destination should have been done long before all tourist destinations, and not first to build accommodation facilities and only then to build a study. All the problems that are present in the tourism sector are the result of the elements and not strategic development. But again, better than ever, more things can be corrected and directed to the right path of sustainable and strategic development. This is great news for the future of tourism in the Split-Dalmatia County, and I sincerely hope that other tourist destinations will follow this positive example.And the capacity study is the first prerequisite for strategic and sustainable development. </p><br />
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Mato Franković, City of Dubrovnik: The blockade of the entrance to the historic core from Pila has never happened, which has been a regular occurrence in recent years.By admin on
He is in Dubrovnik at the beginning of the year presented the project ‘Respect the city’ by which the city administration wants to ensure the sustainability of Dubrovnik tourism and avoid a situation in which it will ‘become a victim of its own success’.Unbearable summer crowds and literally congestion of the center and the old town have plagued the City of Dubrovnik for years, but given the constant growth of tourist arrivals (last year Dubrovnik had the highest number of overnight stays in Croatia, and is among the cities with the highest tourist growth), the situation has become such that CNN ‘advertises’ Dubrovnik as one of the 12 destinations to be avoided and UNESCO has threatened to revoke its World Heritage status.In order to prevent further congestion and spontaneous development of mass tourism, and – as they say – the degradation of identity and cultural and natural values, the City decided to act urgently and launched the Respect the City project aimed at a series of short, medium and long term measures and solutions. improve the positive effects of tourism and reduce its negative effects.What is the situation today after the tourist season from the city of Dubrovnik commented that the numerous measures implemented over the past year have given visible results already this season. “There has never been a blockade of the entrance to the historic core from Pila, which has been a regular occurrence in recent years. ” Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković emphasized, presenting the short-term activities and measures of the project “Let’s Respect the City”. He especially referred to the image of Dubrovnik in foreign media and cited as an example articles in world-famous media that predicted Dubrovnik’s “death” due to a large number of tourists, and after a year, the mayor said, they report positive management of the destination. “As citizens, we need to be aware that we live off tourism and that it will always be crowded, but it is up to us to make the city more passable. We can’t solve all the problems in a year, but we can do it in the long run”, Said the mayor, referring to the biggest problem in the city, and that is the congestion of roads as a result of liberalization of the taxi market, which was regulated during the summer months with the help of Dubrovnik-Neretva Police and Traffic Police of Dubrovnik.DUBROVNIK FINALLY REDUCES THE ARRIVAL OF THE CRUISER. FROM NEXT YEAR, A MAXIMUM TWO CRUISERS A DAY IN DUBROVNIKThe mayor emphasized the strategic control over the port area, adding that by some chance, a year ago, we handed over the concessioned area to a French-Turkish consortium or someone else so that today they would not be able to do anything or take any measures in that area. He also stated that the measures taken on a better schedule of cruiser arrivals and better coordination of all competent services have already resulted in less crowds this year, and measures for next year, when the number of cruisers is limited to two a day, will further improve the situation. All this was achieved in cooperation with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), an association with which the City of Dubrovnik initiated contact.The mayor also commented on the ban on excursion buses on Thursdays and Saturdays from destinations outside Dubrovnik, the installation of ropes on Pile, which regulates pedestrian traffic, relieving Pile of illegal bookers, and announced a smaller load on the historic core in terms of traffic and parking. He stressed that Pile must be a place of embarkation and disembarkation, and not a major detention. “We plan to build a garage in Vukovarska Street, near DTS, and arrange parking on the cable car. After that, the area around the historic core would be only for parking of citizens, and visitors would come by public city transport. Also, they would provide a thousand parking spaces on the Coast”, He explained.The leader of the “Respect the City” project, Ranko Milić, identified spontaneous tourism, reduced quality of life and endangered heritage as central problems, the key topics according to which are people, tourism management, sustainable development and sustainable transport. He pointed out Gruž as an untapped development potential of the city, and added that with the valorization of summer houses and renaissance gardens, ‘new values’ can be created and the perception that Dubrovnik is not just a historical core can be expanded.”We want to create an app that is designed by inviting people to get involved in an adventure. The idea is that through this they communicate expectations and experiences and that they co-create a goat platform and thus create routes through which people will see what interests them. She will suggest how to make the best use of time and avoid crowds”, Explained Milić, who also presented the idea of the Dubrovnik ferry, which would transport passengers from Gruž to the historic center, and according to later possibilities to Župa and Konavle.In a later discussion on the need to increase the capacity of roads according to the already developed transport strategy, Deputy Mayor Orlando Tokić said that the traffic study from 2012 was unfeasible because a lot had changed.”The new analysis will cover the entire city, and the greatest emphasis is on Gruž, where we want to create a new urban center with green areas, a market, pedestrian and parking zones. The goal is to relocate traffic, integrate historic gardens and create new attractions where guests would stay. Due to all this, a number of projects are generated from the potential location of the tunnel that would go from Lapad station to the exit from the city, above-ground garages, summer houses… Certainly, this is a package of projects with large financial costs, and one of the first is Lapad coast”, Said Deputy Tokić.”Let’s respect the City” also received a visual solutionThe visual identity of the “Respect the City” project was presented on Monday, and is the work of the Flomaster studio, by Dubrovnik designer Orsat Franković. The visual identity is derived simply from the initials of the basic words of the name in Croatian and English, based on their similarity (P and R, G and C). The final form is associatively associated with traditional global trademarks (Copyright and Registered Trade Mark). “It unites all activities and is performed in a simple way. A communication strategy has been defined, which is intended for foreign countries, but also for the local population. T-shirts with the logo can be used by municipal wardens, they can also apply to Sanitat’s umbrellas, Libertas buses, strategists and the like ” explained Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepšić.The visual identity will be applied to various materials and will form the basis for the communication of various contents, messages and actions aimed primarily at visitors, but also citizens from the city of Dubrovnik.
Tourist impulse: Tourist companies expect a drop in net profit and a reduction in investment potentialBy admin on
The key emitting markets, which generate almost 30 percent of total overnight stays in Croatia, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, are recording a slowdown in economic activity, it was emphasized in the Tourist Impulse. Tourist impulse / Source: HUT This year, the largest reduction in investments is expected in hotels (by 36 percent) and tourist resorts (by 84 percent), while in camps, investments are expected to increase by 30 percent compared to last year. The survey showed that the largest tourism companies in 2019 expect that the growth of labor costs will exceed the growth of income, which will negatively affect profitability and reduce the investment potential of the sector and the wider economy. Finally, they emphasize that almost all key laws that define the business environment in tourism are currently being prepared and expect active involvement in the process and the adoption of a framework that is much more favorable for investment and business in tourism than the current one. HUT presented the results of a survey on the expectations of key business indicators conducted among the 15 leading tourism companies that generate 40 percent of the total revenue of the accommodation business in Croatia. “Our response to increasing uncertainty in emitting markets must be to raise quality. We cannot compete with cheap eastern Mediterranean destinations for the price because that would lead to the devastation of Croatian tourism. But to raise quality, investments are needed that need to be encouraged by improving the business climate. Despite challenging economic developments in our emitting markets in the European Union, tourism is increasingly growing globally as an industry. Today, Croatian tourism is the sector that has the greatest potential for attracting investments, growth, creating new jobs, increasing salaries and living standards. “, said Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT. The annual cumulative booking from Germany records a slight minus compared to last year, and the figures of tour operators show that under the strong influence of the expectations of the UK leaving the European Union, UK bookings for the Mediterranean decreased by an average of 10 percent. All the later bookings of tourist arrivals, unfavorable economic trends in key emitting markets in the European Union and the large return of the Eastern Mediterranean market, especially Turkey, add uncertainty to this year’s tourist result. Also, market uncertainty is a determinant that will mark the next tourist season, are the conclusions of the presentation of the Tourist Impulse, the first overview of tourist trends presented by the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT). Key emitting markets are declining Without a significant change in business conditions in the tourism sector, such trends reduce the investment potential, so companies in 2019 expect a reduction in investment of 20 percent compared to last year. In the next two years, in 2020 and 2021, tourism companies expect a further reduction in investment at a rate of 33 percent compared to the period from 2018 and 2019. This level of investment is sufficient only to maintain the level of quality, not for the necessary step in the direction of increasing quality that would ensure the improvement of business indicators of overall Croatian tourism. The tourist impulse showed that the largest tourist companies this year, due to everything, expect a slowdown in revenue growth by 11,4 percent compared to 2018. At the same time, they expect an increase in labor costs of 18,4 percent, cumulatively in 2018 and 2019 compared to 2017. The result is a drop in net profit this year of 4,8 percent compared to last year’s result. Travel companies expect less investment Tourist impulse / Source: HUT HUT points out that Croatia is currently the least competitive for investing in tourism compared to the surrounding countries. They point out that there is an understanding in the Government of the effects of reducing the VAT intermediate rate on the entire range of tourist services and expect an argumentative debate on this move, which HUT is convinced can open much-needed space for investment and salary increases. . Veljko Ostojić, director of HUT / Photo: Josip Regovic / PIXSELL In addition to the uncertainty in the environment, an additional challenge for domestic tourist companies is posed by the dominant determinants of the business environment in Croatia, which are labor shortage i uncompetitive business climate. Also, Ostojić added that with the increase in labor costs, on the other hand, salaries for chefs, waiters and other tourist staff are 30% lower in Slovenia than in Slovenia, and even practically 100% lower than in Austria. Attachment: HUT – TOURIST IMPULSE Q1 2019
The area of the cultural landscape of the river Krupa is bordered on the south by the river Zrmanja and Žegarski polje, on the east by the source of the river Krupa, the slopes of Velebit on the north and the mouth of the Krupa in Zrmanja on the west. As stated in the decision of the Ministry of Culture, no new construction is allowed in this area, but all development and eventual construction must be in accordance with tradition. Source: LikaClub.eu With its entire area of approximately 23 km2, it is located in the Velebit Nature Park, and includes parts of the settlements of Kaštela Žegarski, Krupa and Golubić, and administratively belongs to the City of Obrovac. “The landscape of the Krupa River is extremely important and valuable for the preservation of the landscape diversity of the area, and we are extremely glad that the Ministry of Culture has recognized this. For several years now, WWF Adria has been promoting the permanent protection of rivers as one of the models for the protection of the biological and landscape diversity of our country and the preservation of free-flowing rivers. This decision shows that this model has been recognized by the institutions as well “, commented Irma Popović Dujmović from WWF Adria. At the end of November, the Ministry of Culture declared the entire mentioned landscape, ie the landscape of the Kupa River, a cultural asset. Also, in order to preserve travertine, travertine barriers and thresholds, activities on the river that would endanger them in any way are not allowed. The proclamation of the Krupa River Cultural Landscape in the Obrovac area as a cultural asset by the Ministry of Culture is an important decision for the permanent protection of the Krupa River, WWF Adria said, urging institutions to apply the decision to other equivalent river landscapes.