This year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, which are held on Mali Lošinj this year, bring together more than 1.300 participants, mostly tourism workers and workers from related industries who participate in a series of thematic lectures, workshops and round tables.Certainly the gathering that aroused the greatest interest on the second day of this tourist event was the one on the development of Croatian tourism, which brought together representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and tourist workers. Conceived as an interactive discussion between government representatives and tourism workers, this meeting answered a number of questions, including the most current ones; where there are a number of record seasons, what is the limit of sustainability and the limit of tourists that can receive certain parts of our coast, how to get closer to elite tourism and with an equal number of arrivals to generate higher revenues, how to extend the three months of the season to the whole year to be interested in the interior of the country, where to find a skilled workforce and how to activate Croatian capital.The round table was moderated by TV and radio host Mislav Togonal, and in addition to Minister Cappelli, the round table was attended by Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Gabrijela Žalac, State Secretary at the Ministry of State Property Tomislav Boban, State Secretary at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and infrastructure Maja Markovčić Kostelac, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Pension System Katarina Ivanković Knežević and Deputy Director of the Tax Administration Marijana Vuraić Kudeljan. The meeting emphasized the importance of the joint connection of the mentioned ministries and announced some joint projects that will be followed by changes in the accompanying legal frameworks related to the law on tourist land, the law on providing services in tourism and the law on concessions. The main challenges facing tourism today are the lack of adequate workforce, the need to strengthen continental and health tourism, expansion throughout the year and unresolved ownership of existing brownfield facilities. As channels for solving these challenges, legal changes have been announced, the establishment of regional centers of competence aimed at educating the workforce and new Job Days to be organized early next year with the aim of connecting the workforce.The work program of the second day of the Croatian Tourism Day also gave rise to guidelines for the implementation of Croatian tourism, which according to experts gathered at this tourist event must be based on sustainable development and management and building a strong brand identity and its promotion on the market. Croatia is one of the recognizable tourist destinations in the world, and how much space there is for improvement and even better promotion on the global market was discussed at the round table “Tourist destinations – management, marketing and branding”. How close it is or how far the Croatian tourist brand stands out from neighboring Slovenia or the tourist superpower of Great Britain was discussed by the participants of this round table; Director for Strategies and Communications of the British National Tourism Organization Visit Britain Patricia Yates, Director for Strategic Projects and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Great Britain Campaign Representative Daniel Walpole, Director of the National Tourism Organization of Slovenia, Maja Pak Director of the Austrian Tourism Office Lech-Zürs, Hermann Fercher and the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.Thus, Patricia Yates emphasized the importance of understanding the needs of tourists, ie their demand, and on the basis of which it is necessary to create a tourist offer and quality promotion of the same. Maja Pak presented a new strategy for the development of Slovenian tourism, within which, in terms of marketing, four macro regions and 34 top destinations have been defined, while the importance of the brand’s strength was especially emphasized by Hermann Fercher. Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić announced a new package of laws that will provide the system of tourist boards with new frameworks of action with emphasis on activities related to strengthening the national tourist brand, but also on the activities of destination management organizations. At the end of the discussion, the presentation was given by Daniel Walpole, who introduced the audience to the Great Britain campaign, which he said has the main goal of generally increasing the prosperity of the United Kingdom and which will be implemented in 144 markets in the coming years.Sustainable tourism is necessary for the sustainable development of the destination. That is why the lecture on sustainable tourism from the Hrvoje Carić Institute for Tourism attracted the interest of representatives of the tourism industry. The record tourist results that have been following Croatian tourism since the beginning of the year, in addition to increasing the number of arrivals and overnight stays of visitors and higher incomes, also bring challenges that are important to deal with according to the principles of sustainable development.The impact of tourism on the natural heritage, the ratio of the number of inhabitants in tourist destinations and the extremely large number of tourists who visit the destination, especially during the summer months, are challenges faced by many tourist destinations around the world. destination management was highlighted in the lecture. Related news:TOURIST AWARDS AWARDED FOR THE TEN BEST AT THE DAYS OF CROATIAN TOURISMTOURIST AWARDS AWARDED WITHIN THE CROATIAN TOURISM DAY
A new tourist promotional film of the Vukovar-Srijem County and a cyclotourism development program were presented in Vukovar.The promotional film of Vukovar-Srijem County shows scenes of historical and cultural heritage, agricultural heritage, tourist attractions, hunting and fishing, cultural events and manifestations and the traditional eno-gastronomic offer of Vukovar-Srijem County. The film was shot in cooperation with the Board for Tourism and Culture, the Board for Agriculture and Infrastructure and the Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County. The company Digital Cinema Enviroment doo, worth HRK 70.000, is responsible for the production of the film, and it will also be shown at the Zagreb Tourfilm Festival.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Cyclotourism development program on the continent of Vukovar-Srijem CountyThrough the Public Call of the Ministry of Tourism for the award of grants within the Cyclotourism Development Program on the continent in 2017, the project “Raising the level of quality and recognizability of cycling routes in Vukovar-Srijem County”, worth a total of 350.000 kuna, was successfully completed.”Eight bicycle stations have been set up in our county, with bicycle parking racks, a bicycle repair stand, smart benches for resting and charging mobile phones and info boards with all the necessary tourist information, and signs with bike & bed accommodation have been made. Selected locations are located on the cycling routes Danube, Sava and Srijem. ” pointed out the head of the Board for Tourism and Culture Marija Budimir, and added that bicycle stations are set up in the cities: Ilok, Otok and Vinkovci and in the municipalities: Andrijaševci, Bošnjaci, Cerna, Gunja and Lovas.The Cycling Map of Vukovar-Srijem County was also printed, and a mobile application called: Cycling Routes of Vukovar-Srijem County, which is located on the VisionOne application platform, was set up.The director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, Rujana Bušić Srpak, pointed out that at the beginning of 2018, the Vukovar-Srijem County County applied for a project worth HRK 500.000 which aims to further develop cycling tourism in our county. “The intention of the project is to further arrange the Srijem bicycle route, and 5 new bicycle stations will be set up in Županja, Privlaka, Nuštar, Nijemci and Vrbanja, and the environment will also be arranged. The project will be realized by the end of this year. After record tourist figures achieved in 2017, growth is recorded this year as well. Thus, in the first four months of 2018, the number of tourist nights in the county increased by 8,3 percent. ”Concludes Bušić.
Tonight at 20 pm, the Opening Ceremony of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns begins.On the stage in the center of the city, see A Handful of Truth, otherwise the theme of the opening for which the script is signed by Ana Cvenić. Cvenić found inspiration in the works of the famous Slavonian writer Mare Šverl Gamiršek, and the story itself studies the problems and life situations of Šokadija from the end of the 19th century through seven scenes.The topic is related to its most important literary period, which we classify as “shocking issues”, and it is related to the area between Županja and Morović. In the period between the two wars, Švelova first of all established herself as a distinct shocking writer, for whom documentary is the strongest decision. This is the time when the Military Border was abolished, the Šokac cooperatives disintegrated and foreigners came to Slavonia.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The script will be based on the embodiment of the characters from the novels in the work Forest and Shocks.You can watch the opening ceremony of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns on the main stage in the center of the city live from 20:00, but also on the live broadcast of HRT. Take a look at the entire rich program of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns on the official ones websites.Solemn procession on SundayThe most beautiful part, the ceremonial parade and show of horse-drawn carriages is on Sunday, September 16, when we have 4.5 thousand participants in the streets of Vinkovci. This year there will be 76 folklore societies, 30 carriages, 20 riders, antecedents and everything that gives beauty to the event.* Portal HrTurizam.hr is a proud media sponsor of Vinkovci Autumns.
The goal of this program is to acquire additional specialist knowledge in the management of a modern camping resort, and the program is implemented by the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality from Opatija, with the support of the Croatian Camping Association (KUH). The “Camping Resort Management” program was developed to enable participants to learn and master specific knowledge in the field of modern camping services. After completing the program, participants will be able to take on responsibilities for providing a more complex camping service and build entrepreneurial skills in building and running a camp. ”The acquired knowledge and competencies will contribute to the development of the overall camping offer in the direction of quality differentiation and specialization, which in general achieves a significant competitive advantage of the Croatian camping service in the Mediterranean.”Points out the program manager dr.sc. Josipa Cvelić Bonifačić. Global tourist trends towards increased quality of accommodation in camps, outdoor activities and freedom of movement and stay in the destination, condition the transformation of camps into camping resorts. The first lifelong learning program in camping management in Croatia has been launched. The program is offered to all persons, with completed secondary education, who do not have the ambition to continue formal higher education, but want to have a specialized vocational title. Of course, the program is intended for all candidates who want to expand and improve their previous camping knowledge or strengthen their own entrepreneurial activities. The program is especially recommended for everyone who wants to start their own projects in camping tourism. As part of the program, students will have 60 hours of theoretical and fieldwork. Theoretical classes at the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality in Opatija, while field classes will be held in a 5 * quality camp with accommodation in the camp itself during classes. All those interested in the lifelong learning program in camping management in Croatia, look HERE
While it seems like an exciting creative process, launching a new website for a hotel can be a daunting task. The end result must include a good balance of images and visuals, a well-designed e-commerce system and the latest technologies. Headlines that attract attention not only convey important information, but also set the tone of a website’s communication. What is the personality of your brand? Classic, fun or serious? Find the perfect font style that will suit the personality of the accommodation. Below we will present a useful guide for the design of the hotel website compiled by the portal eHotelier. 1. Tell a story Visitors often only glance at the website, but striking headlines and statements can engage them or keep them longer and lead them to other content. Let future guests feel like they are on your property. Impressive videos and quality photos create the experience. Investing in content will definitely pay off. 4. Micro-interactions The website must act as an effective booking tool, and it serves not only to compete with the competition, but also with online travel agencies. The most successful travel websites present a destination within an interesting story. Whether it is an urban oasis or an island paradise, the personality of the accommodation comes to the fore. To stay true to the values of your brand, opt for an interesting website design that serves as an authentic display of your accommodation. Vertical navigation can easily present multiple choices making it ideal for accommodation offers and for sites with special offers. This design gives an instant view of all available options and concisely displays all content. Welcoming and delighting visitors, micro-interactions also provide instant feedback, thus creating user engagement. Note that a website on mobile devices does not have to be an exact copy of the design viewed from a computer. For faster loading or better adaptation to smaller screens, some features may be omitted or modified. Best design practices show us that the booking panel must always be visible. Notification of the benefits of direct bookings and messages such as “guaranteed best price” or “free Wi-Fi” attract customers. In addition to the booking panel on the home page, direct booking benefits must be visible in all key areas. The offer of accommodation and pages with special benefits are usually the most viewed sections on any website – the use of direct “call-to-action” messages on them is crucial. Given that the use of mobile phones is slowly overtaking browsing from a computer, putting the mobile experience first becomes absolutely necessary. Flexible web page formats detect the screen size of the device through which visitors view it, whether it is a mobile phone, laptop or tablet, and change the look of the web page accordingly. 3. Experience on mobile devices Unusual positions, multiple layers, accent colors, or illustrations are just some of the many techniques that can be used to create a unique visual display. 5. Striking headlines Going beyond traditional design rules can give a website a distinctive look. If you represent a youthful and vibrant brand, consider introducing concepts beyond the standard framework. Mega menus expand to panels along the page allowing them to take you to numerous links within the main website. They are ideal for accommodations with a wider range such as wellness, swimming pools, wedding halls and the like. Source / photo: eHotelier; Song Saa Faced with stiff competition and higher commissions, hotels are on a mission to refine their direct booking strategies. The most powerful tool in their arsenal is a cleverly designed website with clear navigation and a flawless booking process. With technological evolution, designers today have much more freedom to choose an unusual font without compromising readability on smaller screens. The asymmetrical look makes the website more dynamic and exciting. Visitors will be animated and intrigued and will stay on it longer. The navigation menu must be fixed (for example, at the top of the page) to allow users to move pages more easily no matter where they are, but also to keep the booking panel visible at all times. Fixed navigation encourages visitors to stay longer on the website, thus increasing the total number of views. Interaction with the audience creates a sense of control – it transforms passive users into willing participants. These visual or audible signs make users more aware of their actions on the website, while drawing their attention to certain features. 2. Direct booking 7. Ingenious menus and navigation Micro-interactions are short reactions or responses that users notice when they perform a particular action. They can be expressed in a multitude of ways like sounds or animations. To maximize the success of bookings from mobile devices it is always best to strive for simplicity. Buttons that encourage action must always be the center of attention, menus must be short and clear, and the booking process as simple as possible. Since users on mobile devices navigate with their thumb or finger, key features need to be at their fingertips. 6. Asymmetry and incorrect layout Content that emphasizes emotions is always more interesting. Titles like “Experience True Mediterranean Tastes” fare much better than those like “Seafood Specialties.” Make the content appealing – “immerse yourself in luxury” or “experience magical moments”.
I sometimes think of luck as a secular way of thinking of God.Whatever it is, it accounts for the bizarre course a life can take.Good luck has been my constant companion.It was my great good luck to be born in America and to have grandparents who had the gumption to leave Europe, where most of my extended family was murdered in the Holocaust It was my great luck to have loving parents It was my good luck to have some marvelous teachers, a few of whom managed to brush aside my defenses and teach me a thing or two about writing.It was sheer luck that took me to Washington to do some graduate school research — and to leave town with a job offer from the Washington Post. He had been lucky.Letterman, absurdly bearded, agreed.He, too, had been lucky. Not only that, he had been clueless.When others of his generation were putting their lives on the line for civil rights, he and his friends had cruised to the Bahamas so they could spend what sounded like their spring break falling down drunk.Letterman was sorry for that.He admitted to guilt as he admitted to being lucky.Some of the reviews of Letterman’s Netflix interview noted that Obama did not directly discuss Donald Trump. Nonetheless, Trump loomed over the entire hour.Not only did Obama remind you that a president could be articulate, even eloquent, and come into and out of office with not whiff of scandal, but his obeisance to luck was so totally un-Trump that it was almost shocking.Here was a man who, by acknowledging the role of luck, was acknowledging his own limitations:He could not do everything on his own. He needed the coin to come up heads.I can’t imagine Trump saying anything even close.I cannot imagine him saying that it was not his self-proclaimed genius nor his well-advertised negotiating skills that made him the billionaire he asserts he is or the president he’s become.To do that would confess humility, which Trump sees as weakness, and would bring him down to the level of a more or less ordinary guy — one who, as luck would have it, had a millionaire for a father and the birthright of good looks and excellent health. Categories: Editorial, OpinionToward the end of David Letterman’s recent interview with Barack Obama, the subject turned to the matter of luck.The former president acknowledged the role it has played in his life.Yes, he had talent, he said, and he had worked hard, but neither of those could fully account for how a mixed-race kid who had known his father for only one month of his childhood had wound up president of the United States. I stood once on a pier at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba as desperate Haitians, having been scooped out of the ocean by the Coast Guard, were brought to safety.I looked at those people — their skin baked from the sun, their eyes uncomprehending, their entire wealth consisting of the shirt on their back — and praised my astounding good luck. I turned to the fellow next to me and remarked how smart we had been to be born in the U.S.A.Otherwise, it could have been me floating in the ocean. Obama understands what I mean. He would never have disparaged Haiti as Trump so recently did — or, for that matter, black African countries such as Kenya, where Obama’s own father was born.Few people would call Obama humble, but he knows the importance of chance and that he did not blaze his own path.He had mentors, heroes from the civil rights era who made his own presidency possible. One of them is Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., beaten bloody in 1965 by Alabama state troopers in a march for voting rights.Last year, Trump responded to Lewis’ criticism of him by tweeting about the congressman: A friend recently asked me why I had often been critical of Obama during his presidency.It would take at least another whole column to explain.But the hour with Letterman reminded me of how decent a man he is — how effortlessly presidential. All former presidents, once they get detached from their policies, take on a certain charm — even the hapless George W. Bush.But Obama is enormously helped by his successor in that regard.He is lucky in that, too. Richard Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
A WASTED EFFORT?There is little evidence that such monitoring works, and these practices raise plenty of questions about privacy and discrimination.Nikolas Cruz, the suspected perpetrator of the Parkland shooting, hardly presents a case for schools to proactively check social media.If anything, it shows that people already alert law enforcement when they see genuinely threatening material online.Cruz was reported to the FBI and local police at least three times for disturbing posts; one call to the FBI warned that he might become a school shooter, while a separate call flagged a YouTube post saying that the user wanted to become a “professional school shooter” (although the poster wasn’t identified as Cruz until after the shooting).And Cruz’s explicit declaration of intent is the exception, not the rule, which means monitoring the Internet wouldn’t usually turn up such warnings.Our informal survey of major school shootings since the 2012 Sandy Hook killings in Newtown, Connecticut, shows that only one other perpetrator’s social media accounts indicated an interest in school violence: Adam Lanza.Lanza, the Newtown shooter, posted in discussion forums about the Columbine high school shooting and operated Tumblr accounts named after school shooters. These postings were not a secret, and while viewers at the time may not have known whether to take the threats seriously, it is hard to imagine in the current climate that his posts would not be reported to the authorities — as they should be.Generally, school shooters’ online profiles — which wind up being extensively analyzed in the wake of attacks — reveal little that sets them apart from other teenagers.An algorithm trawling the Web for people who like violent video games or firearms would be swamped with far more hits than any law enforcement agency or school administrator could conceivably review.The same would be true of any program that looked for words like “gun,” “bomb” or “shoot,” as the Jacksonville, Florida, police department discovered the hard way when its social media monitoring tool — while producing zero evidence of criminal activity — flagged comments about crab burgers, pizza or beer being described as “bomb,” or excellent. (It also caught two uses of the phrase “photo bomb.”)DISCRIMINATION EVIDENTSocial media monitoring tools can also result in discrimination against minority students.A recent ACLU report showed that the Boston Police Department’s social media monitoring efforts contributed nothing to public safety while searching for terms like “Ferguson” and “#blacklivesmatter,” as well as terms likely to be used by Muslim users, like “#muslimlivesmatter” and “ummah,” the Arabic word for community.There is also substantial evidence to suggest that children of color, especially those who are Muslim, would be treated as dangerous and perhaps subject to extra monitoring, despite the fact that the majority of school shooters have been white. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe Parkland, Florida, school shooting has reignited the national conversation on what can be done to prevent such tragedies, which seem to occur with frightening regularity.One option, which already is used by many schools and probably will be adopted by more, is to employ companies that monitor students’ social media feeds to flag threats of violence, as well as behavior such as bullying and self-harm.Miami-Dade County’s school system has asked for $30 million in upgrades that include “advanced monitoring of social media,” while schools in California, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia have indicated that social media monitoring, including by third-party companies, is a key security feature.But schools should think long and hard before they go down this path. Children of color appear likely to be treated more harshly in general, even when their white peers break the same rules.KIDS MAY GET SNEAKIERAs many Americans cheer the Parkland shooting survivors for their political activism, it is important to recognize the chilling effect of ongoing surveillance.Given that 92 percent of American teens go online daily and 24 percent are online almost constantly, monitoring programs can operate like listening devices that record every utterance and pass it on to school administrators.Yes, this scrutiny may on occasion reveal risky behavior that requires intervention.But far more often, it will also squelch young people’s ability to express themselves — and probably drive conversations to communications channels that cannot be easily monitored.POLICIES NEEDEDThis is not to say that schools should never look at students’ Facebook posts.But they should generally do so only when there is a reason — for example, when a student or parent has flagged concerning behavior or when the school is investigating online harassment or bullying. Every school must have in place policies available to parents, teachers and students specifying when it will look at social media postings.Such policies should be narrowly tailored to avoid impinging on the privacy and free speech rights of students, and they should limit the sharing of data with third parties and include procedures for deleting information when a child graduates or leaves the school, as well as safeguards to ensure that children of color are not unfairly targeted.In the wake of yet another school shooting, Americans are understandably looking for ways to keep students safe.We should focus our attention on measures that have been proved to work, such as sensible gun controls and ensuring that parents and peers know whom to contact to report threats and to receive help, rather than expensive tools that are unlikely to make us secure but carry substantial costs for the very children we are trying to protect.Faiza Patel is co-director of the liberty and national security program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.Rachel Levinson-Waldman is senior counsel in the liberty and national security program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionUnion labor offers city many benefitsWhy have Albany’s developers suddenly decided to turn their backs on the labor force that has consistently been an integral part of the local economy by bringing out-of-town contractors and workers to do the work?Local union members are better trained, more productive and better equipped to bring projects in on time and under budget. They don’t leave a long list of items that need fixing because they weren’t done right the first time.Those members also earn a living wage, so they are not struggling to feed their families the way over 3 million New York households are, according to the United Way ALICE project.These wages are invested back into the local economy, supporting local businesses and making Albany a better, more attractive place to be.The naysayers love to tell us how union wages are too high and skyrocket the cost of projects. They are focused on only one portion of a project’s cost, neglecting costs of materials, management and waste disposal; the list goes on. At the end of the day, the project cost will increase minimally. However, developers would also do well to remember this: You get what you pay for.Union labor built the South Mall and much of Albany’s skyline. Don’t leave the local union men and women behind that have made the Albany area their home.Mike MartellSchenectadyTrump has solutions that the Dems don’tWhy don’t the Democrats stop abusing our president and start putting their money where their mouths are?Take, for example, out west and in the central part of United States. Why don’t they try to figure out a way to prevent all of the disasters? How many more Democrats are going to throw their hats in the circus arena?There is no excuse for abortion nowadays, especially with all the contraception option out there and surgery to prevent unwanted babies. The only way I would accept abortion is if a woman was raped. If she was raped, she should see a doctor right away before it’s too late.I think our president should demand seeing all the liberals’ taxes back six years. When they legalized marijuana, what will they do with the tax on it? Put it in the general fund like they did with our Social Security? Don’t we have enough drugs out there destroying people’s lives and putting other lives in danger? I would like the names of the legislators who vote for it. Why isn’t Hillary in jail for using her own server, which was illegal?I pray that President Trump gets re-elected. Wake up America. He is doing a fine job. At least he’s trying to negotiate with North Korea and other countries. He’s right about China. They ship more goods over here than we send there. He’s right about putting tariffs on the goods they send over here.James MaxfieldScotia
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