Saudi Arabia asks high-risk groups to skip hajjSaudi Arabian health officials who just concluded a 4-day meeting with international health experts to discuss pandemic flu risks related to the hajj today advised that children, pregnant women, elderly people, and those with chronic health conditions avoid the annual pilgrimage, the Associated Press reported. The 4-day hajj starts in late November this year and is expected to attract about 3 million pilgrims. The health ministry said the crowded setting could pose a flu transmission risk. Jun 30, 2009 Argentine health minister resigns over pandemic handlingArgentina’s health minister, Graciela Ocana, resigned yesterday, citing differences with the government on the handling of pandemic flu and a previous dengue fever outbreak, the New York Times reported yesterday. Meanwhile, a crisis committee will meet today to discuss raising the response level, according to a local media report, which could close schools and other public places and curb mass gatherings. Argentina has 1,488 confirmed novel flu cases, many of them around Buenos Aires.[Jun 29 New York Times article] Spain, Uruguay report first pandemic flu deathsHealth officials in Spain and Uruguay today reported their first novel H1N1 deaths, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The patient who died in Spain was a 20-year-old Moroccan woman who was 7 months pregnant and had asthma. Spain’s health ministry said the baby was delivered by Caesarean section and, though premature, appears to be healthy. The Uruguayan was a 60-year-old woman who died of multiple organ failure before tests confirmed novel H1N1. Indonesia to ask foreign visitors to wear masksIndonesia’s health minister said yesterday that visitors arriving at the country’s airports from nations hit by novel flu will be asked to wear a mask for 3 days, according to a report today from AFP. The masks are a precautionary measure to reduce human-to-human transmission, she said. The masks will be handed out to international visitors as soon as funding for them comes through; however, those who don’t wear them will not be penalized.
In the closed part on the back session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia , Mr. Tonči Glavina was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism.Tonči Glavina is the director of the Klis doo Business Incubator and co-owner of one of the largest Croatian tour operators for children and youth tourism and the first specialized youth hostel Eklata.Otherwise, each minister may have one or more state secretaries appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the proposal of the Prime Minister. The Secretary of State is accountable to the Minister and the Government for his work, and implements the established policy of the Government in one or more administrative areas for which he is responsible, in accordance with the orders of the Minister.
Thomas Emanuel, the director of STR gave an overview of hotel performance from a global to local perspective, and then Siniša Topalović from Horwath HTL gave an assessment of investments in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania and Montenegro. Adria Hotel Forum (AHF), the leading hotel investment conference in Southeast Europe, opened yesterday in Zagreb, at the Hilton Garden Inn, where more than 300 participants, prominent international hotel owners, investors, representatives of global management companies and experts in the field gathered in one place. finance and consulting. Photo: AHF Although there are powerful local companies in Croatia that own most of the accommodation capacities, with Valamar in the first position, it was concluded that there is room for other investors, noting that investments should be made in medium category hotels, ie 2 and 3 stars. The conference was opened after welcoming speeches by Toni Bilušić, Deputy Head of the City Office for Economy, Energy and Environmental Protection, and Tonči Glavina, State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia. Marina Franolić, founder of the Adria Hotel Forum and now director of Central and Eastern Europe Bench Events, and Jonathan Worsley, President of Bench Events, who expressed satisfaction that they are the organizers of the AHF for the first time. Namely, Bench Events, as a world-famous organizer of hotel conferences, has acquired AHF, which is now taking place as an event as part of a new series of hotel investment conferences called “IDEA“, Focused on the regions of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe and the CIS. Jonathan Worsley, The CEO of Bench Events led the first panel discussion in which they participated James Chappell, global business director of Horwath HTL, Markus Lehnert, Vice President of Hotel Development at Marriot International, Frank Reul, Head of Development for Eastern Europe from AccorHotels and Stefan Trienen, Google Leader for Eastern and Central Europe and Africa. They concluded that the only thing I can say with certainty is that things will change drastically in the next few years, all accompanied by the further development of digital technology that allows customers, potential travelers to quickly and easily book accommodation anywhere in the world on their smartphones. . All companies will adapt even more to this and base their development on following the wishes of their potential clients who are increasingly looking for and expecting from hotel companies. Numerous speakers in the first part of the conference discussed the future of the hotel industry and plans for its development in five and ten years, respectively. The general conclusion is that investors have a great interest in investing in this region and that this is the right time for governments to be even better prepared and offer more to attract them. How investors perceive the region of Southeast Europe and how to attract investors were discussed under the guidance of Christian Schuster from Uniline Ivana Budin Arhanić, Vice President for Development at Valamar Riviera, Reuel Slonim, President of the Management Board of Arena Hospitality Group, Nicola Lichtenberg, senior manager of hotel acquisitions and transactions from Aroundtown SA and Clive Hiller from Collier. Arena and Valamar, as they pointed out, have already started the expansion of their business outside Croatia. Specifically Arena in Hungary and Germany, and Valamar in Austria where they bought hotels. There is a strong investment in the existing portfolio, especially the facilities are repositioned and rearranged into 4 and 5 stars, because such investments bring the largest and fastest return on capital. Investors are very interested in investing, not only in the hotel sector in this region, and the greatest potential, looking at the advantages and disadvantages, currently has Montenegro. He assessed Croatia as a tourist country in that area as the most attractive. This was followed by a discussion on state aid being offered to attract investors. The panel led the discussion James Chappel, and they talked about what they offer Tonči Glavina from the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, and his colleagues from the Ministries of Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro Renata Pinjo, Eva Strauss Podlogar i Damir Davidović. All of these countries are currently in the focus of the investment community and each strives in its own way to attract them and facilitate their investments with financial, fiscal and other benefits. They also concluded that everyone in their country must invest in people, because this resource is becoming increasingly important to investors who will invest where labor is available. Despite the challenges, Croatia and the markets in the rest of this region are extremely attractive to foreign investors due to their excellent position and natural beauty, concluded this panel.
The guidelines emphasize the need to act decisively and restore confidence, and announced cooperation with Google, in order to embrace innovation and the digital transformation of global tourism. The UNWTO has established a Global Tourism Crisis Committee to lead the sector in response to the COVID-19 crisis and to lay the foundations for future resilience and sustainable growth. The guidelines were prepared in collaboration with the Global Tourism Crisis Committee and aim to help governments and the private sector recover from the crisis. The new guide, following the recommendations for action already approved by the Committee, focuses on seven priorities for the recovery of tourism based on the pillars of economic mitigation, the development of safety protocols and a coordinated response and encouragement of innovation. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published a series of guidelines to help the tourism sector. The guidelines emphasize the importance of restoring passenger confidence through safety protocols designed to reduce risk at every step of the tourism value chain. These protocols include the implementation of verification procedures, where appropriate, including temperature tests, examinations, physical distancing, frequent cleaning of all areas, and the provision of hygiene kits for safe air traffic, catering services, or tourist events. Collaboration with CNN UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “These guidelines provide governments and companies with a comprehensive set of measures designed to help them relaunch tourism in a safe, unhindered and responsible manner. ” Secretary General Pololikashvili added: “In recent weeks, the enhanced role of technology playing in our lives has been highlighted, and the further digital transformation of tourism will make the sector more resilient and create opportunities for people around the world. ” UNWTO / GLOBAL GUIDELINES TO RESTART TOURISM Side dish: Collaboration with Google / Focus on digital tourism transformation Security protocols for tourism recovery Depending on the lifting of travel restrictions, a specialized United Nations agency warns that international tourist arrivals could fall between 60% and 80%. This jeopardizes 100 to 120 million jobs and could lead to an export loss of $ 910 billion to $ 1,2 trillion. The UNWTO guidelines also highlight the possibility of encouraging the digital transformation of destinations, companies and employees with initiatives such as free online training with the UNWTO online academy and the implementation of applications such as Hi Card. The role of technology in promoting social distance in hotels and tourist destinations was also emphasized. UNWTO / PRIORITIES FOR TOURISM RECOVERY The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has joined forces with CNN for a major new initiative designed to inspire people to get ready to travel again. The #TravelTomorrow campaign combines the key message of a specialized United Nations agency. Through this enhanced collaboration, the UN agency will work with Google to promote digital learning and online skills training to provide new opportunities across the global tourism sector.
In order for the offer to be published free of charge in the category Last Minute Hrvatska on the website turističkepriče.hr, renters must send accommodation photo, contact, last minute price, available date and a link to the website of the facility – or to the Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals.or directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. In mid-May, with the opening of Croatia to foreigners, Viber community Total Croatia Travel INFO bit.ly/TCNTravelInfo it has become the main source of information for tourists who wanted to travel to our country and today has over 5000 active members. Their contributions and feedback create the most accurate guide to traveling to Croatia TCN Croatia Travel Update bit.ly/CroatiaTravelUpdate which has been read by over 120.000 tourists interested in coming to Croatia since May. Due to the often unclear situation with the rules of entry or exit from the country, members were able to get all the answers right here, and as communication in the community developed naturally, they began to inquire about free accommodation on our coast. This is how the idea for the Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals was born. Portal Tourist Stories https://www.turistickeprice.hr/ is a new tourist lifestyle portal for the promotion of domestic destinations and Croatia as an attractive vacation spot, which brings its audience daily tourist stories and news, as well as a blog post by 15 most famous Croatian tourist bloggers. It is an active and fast promotion of Croatia and last minute tourist facilities, which is a key advantage of the Viber group in which potential guests ask inquiries, and renters their offers. On the other hand, the portal makes it even easier to view offers, segmented by regions. In collaboration with the Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals – http://bit.ly/CroatiaLastMinute as part of the tourist lifestyle portal Tourist stories the platform is up and running Last Minute Hrvatska http://bit.ly/CroatiaLastMinuteWeb which combines particularly favorable, “last minute” offers of hotel and private accommodation, as well as offers of travel agencies segmented by regions and parts of Croatia in which they are located. “I am glad that we are part of this story, since such valuable initiatives are crucial in a period in which it is important to place information about Croatia as a safe country for vacation. Precisely through the synergy of Viber communities and portals we additionally help domestic tourism, the people who live from it, in order to fill the accommodation capacities as well as possible in this extremely difficult tourist year. On the other hand, domestic guests can find their dream vacation at an affordable price, which they thought was not possible. “, said Goran Rihelj, founder and owner of the portal Tourist Stories and HrTurizam and added that he is convinced that this innovative approach to communication ensured the stay of many foreign tourists in our country, as well as motivated many domestic guests to go to sea, despite the crisis. Apart from Croatian, the content is also available in English and German, and it is updated several times a day with new offers, so you can get a more affordable dream vacation faster than ever. Total Croatia News, the most widely read Croatian news portal in English, is again setting new standards in the tourist promotion of Croatia among domestic and foreign tourists, and through the Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals and now the portal TurističkePriče.hr connect domestic tourists and accommodation facilities in challenges of the crown. Paul Bradbury is an Irish writer and blogger who has lived in Croatia since 2002. He is the winner of the FIJET Marco Polo tourist journalism award in 2014 and runs and edits the largest and most visited Croatian news portal in English Total Croatia News, which carries an adjective “The most reliable source of information on Croatian destinations in the world”. Numerous domestic experts and analysts write for the portal, and its success is evidenced by the fact that it is used as a source of news from Croatia by many reputable world media such as the Huff Post, Washington Post, Guardian, Independent, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, New Scientist, Herald, Lonely Planet News and many others. Find out more about TCN at http://www.total-croatia-news.com. “Thanks to Goran for recognizing that in these challenging moments, a complete Viber and web platform and fast communication must be provided to ensure that abruptly canceled dates and accommodations are quickly filled with domestic guests who are flexible because they are close. Each new reservation is a small personal victory for us, both for travelers and renters. That is why we decided to invest extra effort in the organization of this platform as well., said Krešimir Macan, one of the initiators of this project. The portals Total Croatia News and Turisticke Price connect domestic tourists and Croatian renters in the challenges of the crown More information / / / “Real-time communication via smartphones has become our reality today and that’s exactly how we came up with the idea of the Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals, which allows tourists and tourism entities to communicate directly and exchange information via simple messages. The members of the group simply exchange information, offers and negotiate completely free of charge by sending messages (and almost everyone knows that today). Since the beginning of July, we have gathered almost 4.000 interested renters, hoteliers, agencies and most importantly – domestic and foreign travelers who want to spend a vacation in Croatia and every day we grow by several hundred. It was logical to connect with the Tourist Stories portal, which brings a structured overview of domestic offers in one place and a simple search. “, pointed out the owner of the Total Croatia News portal Paul Bradbury who is together with a communication expert Krešimir Macan launched a Viber community in mid-May that is saving Croatian tourism this year.
The participants pointed out that the public is not sufficiently aware of the importance of cooperation and that they believe that the responsibility for the development of smart community management is primarily the responsibility of tourist boards, and then other stakeholders. The panel discussion brought together about two hundred participants, mostly key representatives of leading tourism companies, institutions and potential SMART destinations, who worked together to answer the question. “What will tourism be like in Croatia after the crown?”. I am glad to see today that Croatian tourism is on a great track to become “smart”, but we are also convinced that Croatia needs to work further on a legislative framework that will support the goals of various strategic frameworks that are to some extent good. developed. It is also necessary to further encourage interdisciplinary cooperation and develop participatory platforms that include a wide range of levels of management and stakeholders in tourism management and strategic development thinking. ” pointed out the director of the tourism sector from the partner company in the organization of this event, Jadranka Gojtanić “Tourism in Croatia is expecting key years of development and I believe that they will be marked by activities related to smart tourism and the SMARTMED project in which Croatia, through the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, has a leading role among nine Mediterranean countries.. “, said the state secretary at the ministry of tourism and sports Tonči Glavina he added: “Today’s four panel discussions of domestic experts in tourism on the topics of smart tourism, ie sustainability, cooperation and participation, human capital and business environment, and technology and IT reminded us of some great “smart” projects that have been implemented in Croatia for a long time. encourage reflection on innovative tourism models and the potential of the pilot project in Croatia and the possibilities of international cooperation with Mediterranean countries. I am glad that projects such as the digitalization of Croatian tourism, the award-winning eVisitor check-in and check-out system, the croatia.hr and entercroatia portals, which aim to introduce visitors to current events in our country, the Safe Tourist Season project and many others by the Ministry of Tourism and sports launched independently or in collaboration with partners and the community and others that we strongly support, recognized and members of this initiative and highlighted as excellent examples of sustainability in the research conducted.” In the panel Human Capital and Business Environment, the emphasis is placed on the necessity of encouraging and developing creative entrepreneurship, encouraging year-round employment and continuous development of competencies of actors in tourism in accordance with market changes. Through the conversation of the participants, it was pointed out that the Croatian islands, with an emphasis on Krk and Cres, turned to sustainability and previously prescribed strategies at the level of Croatia and Europe, presented projects by which Dubrovnik fights against over- tourism, storytelling as a key element of sustainability and heritage preservation in Croatia and how currently accessibility in tourism, social and inclusive tourism is a marginally addressed topic that has much room for development. As a basic key to sustainable tourism, the emphasis is on cooperation, which was also the topic of the second panel of this event. The panel dedicated to cooperation and participation highlighted the necessary greater connection between the field and decision makers, as exemplified by the Island Movement, which used technology to connect islands and emphasized the importance of the local community in tourism management. The Municipality of Svetvinčenat is an excellent example of this. The direction in which Croatia is going is answered in four panels in which it was pointed out that Croatia is at the forefront of sustainability and that for the development of smart tourism it is necessary to encourage the private sector and promote the cooperation of the population through the cooperation of the four pillars of smart tourism. Smart tourism should primarily foster an interdisciplinary, intersectoral and participatory approach to governance and develop destinations that are inclusive and resilient, whose local communities live better lives and promote their heritage, and where tourists and visitors preserve the environment together with the population. Through the panel discussion, the goal was to identify key areas in which it is necessary to invest for the development of smart tourism in Croatia. The discussion with panelists and the audience showed that in Croatia there is great interest in new models of tourism development and integration of new technologies in the form of innovative products, destination resilience, inclusive tourism, etc. and the direction of further tourism development from the point of view of key Croatian tourism stakeholders. Croatian tourism is at the forefront of sustainability, and the emphasis must be on strategic consideration of development and interdisciplinary cooperation of stakeholders in tourism was one of the conclusions of the all-day online panel discussion “Challenges and opportunities for smart tourism development in Croatia” organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. consulting Apsolon. The first panel on sustainability in tourism pointed out that sustainability is a complex topic that, in addition to the first environmental protection, contains a much wider range of topics that need to more clearly define guidelines, further educate local tourism actors on what to do and introduce technologies to ultimately the development of sustainability would encourage the private sector and stronger cooperation of the population. Panelists at the Technology and IT Panel led a discussion on the benefits of technologies for tourism, the role of strategies in fostering innovation while emphasizing that strategies come in a relatively short period of time.
Laguna Novigrad dd, one of the leading tourist companies operating under the Aminess hotels and campsites brand, has concluded an agreement to take over Dalmacija hotela doo, which is majority owned by HTP Korčula and HTP Orebić. Cover photo: HTP Korcula, Port 9 The companies owned by Dalmacija Hotel have 7 hotels, an apartment complex and a camp with mobile homes with a total capacity of 1.000 accommodation units, while 6 hotels, 3 camps with mobile homes and a complex of villas in Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia with a capacity of 3.850 accommodation units already operate under the Aminess brand. The combined companies employ more than 800 workers, and last year they realized about 1,43 million overnight stays with a revenue of 440 million kuna. “With this acquisition, HTP Korčula and HTP Orebić get a quality and proven partner that will ensure the continuation of successful business and added value for destination development. The takeover itself is coming, in a difficult time for tourism that we have not witnessed since the Homeland War, but it also shows the confidence of investors in the long-term perspective and sustainability of Croatian tourism. We are focused on achieving the synergy effects of united companies as soon as possible and preparing for the next, in many ways, challenging season. The goal is to connect and jointly develop all destinations in order to get the best possible tourist and economic effect, and preserve jobs in a region where tourism is one of the most important industries. The task is not simple, but we believe in the quality and potential of Korcula and Peljesac”, Said the President of the Management Board of Laguna Novigrad, Zrinka Bokulić. Aminess recently expanded its business to the island of Krk by taking over the management of the tourist company Hoteli Njivice doo, whose ultimate majority owners are also Oleg Uskoković and J&T Private Equity Group Croatia Investments. The company consists of two hotels, a villa complex and a camp that now operates under the Aminess brand. The value of the transaction is 140 million kuna, which will be provided by Laguna Novigrad by recapitalizing the indirect majority owner, the company Auctor Holding as from Prague, which is owned Oleg Uskokovic and J&T Private Equity Group Croatia Investments from Prague. The right to participate in the recapitalization of Laguna Novigrad will be provided to other shareholders in proportion to their participation in the share capital of the company. Considering the capacities and development potentials, the business goal of Laguna Novigrad is to be included among the 5 leading hotel groups in Croatia. With regard to the acquisition of a majority stake in the companies HTP Korčula and HTP Orebić, Laguna Novigrad will announce a mandatory offer to take over the remaining shares within the prescribed period. Dalmatia Hotels was established by the Prosperus FGS Economic Cooperation Fund, which became the majority owner in 2014 as part of a pre-bankruptcy settlement, thus avoiding the bankruptcy of two key hotel companies in southern Dalmatia.