first_imgOlderBreaking Travel News interview: Robert Zgozi, chief executive, Absolute Zambia Safaris Breaking Travel News below hears from Gavin Tollman, global chief executive of the Travel Corporation-owned brand Trafalgar, Costsaver and Brendan Vacations, about the likely impact of a Covid-19 vaccine on the hospitality industryLike many of the days that have changed history, November 9th, 2020, is a day that I will never forget. Yesterday’s announcement that drug manufacturers Pfizer/BioNTech are inching tangibly closer to a confirmed, effective vaccination for Covid-19 was one so many of us have been dreaming of as we have dragged ourselves through the dark days that have defined the entirety of 2020. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – So, in light of this news, to my teams and to our valued trade partners around the world I say: seize this day. That pend up demand that we have been sensing, hearing and predicting is palpable now. My first thoughts are to pick up the phone. If there is one thing that has been cemented this year, it is the innate need for human connection. Do not hesitate in reaching out to see how you can help your clients get to where they want to go next year. We thrive on personal relationships, and closer to home or further afield, the opportunities to connect to the joy of travel, and to the locals who are waiting patiently to welcome travellers again, are there for the taking. Whether it’s an epic trip in one or more of America’s great National Parks, a safari in Africa, sampling the freshest seafood in Ireland or the tastiest olive oil in Italy, the opportunity is here to spark the interest of those who have been dreaming of where the next adventure will take them.Secondly, recognise that we need to go slow, and act with caution. We are not ignorant to the fact that people are and will be cautious, which is only natural after the havoc and destruction that the virus has rippled through our world. Now, more than ever before, travelling with someone you can trust to put your wellbeing needs first is of the utmost importance. People need to know they can feel confident and still do the things they love as we rebuild our world again. Combined with a vaccine, I feel confident in the steps, pivots and incredible amount of work that have taken place to ensure that as an industry, we are operating to the most exemplary, enhanced health and safety protocols. As just one example, we at Trafalgar, Costsaver and across our family of brands at the Travel Corporation have put into action a number of new and forward-thinking anticipatory initiatives to ensure that when our guests travel again, they feel comfortable, at ease and know their needs are exceeded. From a third on-road team member (our dedicated wellbeing directors) and enhanced policies from beginning to end, coupled with this incredible development towards a vaccine, these enable us to deliver a robust message of reassurance that guests can travel worry-free. And most importantly, they can once again live the travel dreams that they have so deeply missed, just as much as we have been missing them. I am now optimistic, to my very core, that we can now look forward to discovering the new normal and with it, and with targeted and focused actions, it will bring a positive 2021 for our businesses, for our connections with family and friends and for fulfilling our clients’ and our own travel dreams. More InformationFind out more about the Travel Corporation on the official website.center_img According to reports, pending its approval and release, they now expect to produce enough vaccine to protect 25 million people this year, and up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021. We can only hope and pray for its success. While this doesn’t mean that the virus is eliminated, what it does mean is that an accessible vaccine offers us a real solution, to be able to start planning our steps to rebuilding the world, our industry, and establishing a new normal. Bill Gruber, one of Pfizer’s top vaccine scientists was quoted as being “near-ecstatic” and we in the travel industry, and wider world, should be too. Even though governments are exercising caution and the need for patience, the message we have to take from this news is one of confidence. Importantly uniting loved ones, rebuilding livelihoods and economies and connecting people to the joy of travel once again.- Advertisement – Although recognising that there is a long way to go, finally, a much-needed glimmer of hope for our industry and the world at large, seems very close.This is the kind of seismic good news that we all have been waiting for since this virus upended our lives, our businesses and our freedoms.What we know from yesterday as a summary, is the following. The companies reported that the interim results of large-scale vaccine trials have proved to be 90 per cent effective against the virus, with no serious side effects. They hope to submit a dossier to regulators for approval by the end of this month, which could mean first doses being given to healthcare professionals before the end of 2020.  – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgPulling down fencing built by the Trump administration is justified not just by the fact that courts have ruled that the impeached president didn’t have the authority to put it up in the way he did, but also because it’s vital in repairing at least some of the environmental destruction it caused, including the severing of waterways, wildlife corridors, and communities. “The damage the border wall has inflicted in just the past year is incalculable,” Jordahl wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times this month. “Much of it will last forever. No amount of money could repay the O’odham and all Indigenous people of the borderlands for the sacred sites, cultural history and natural heritage that’s been destroyed.’“To right these wrongs, we must start somewhere,” he continued. “Tearing down the wall would be a good start.”- Advertisement – “[E]very single day, the Department of Homeland Security continues to dynamite, to blow up, these rugged mountains in order to clear a path for a wall that, in all likelihood, will never be built,” he said in the report.Biden said this past August that if he won the presidency, “[t]here will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1,” NPR also previously reported. What happens with existing miles of fencing put up by Trump is so far unknown. The Supreme Court last month announced it had agreed to hear arguments around the administration’s money grab to fund the fencing that Mexico was supposed to pay for. “The ACLU, which represents the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition in the lawsuit, has said it would seek to tear down sections of the wall if it wins the case,” USA Today reported.- Advertisement – In Texas, “the wall’s progress has been slowed down by a tedious legal condemnation process. The government has contracted 121 miles of wall in the Laredo region, but they haven’t acquired a single acre to put it on,” the report continued. “Lots of landowners fought the government in court, and the delay tactics worked, says Tricia Cortez with the local No Border Wall Coalition.” She told NPR they feel “confident that the wall is dead and that nothing more will happen between now and the inauguration.”But in other areas of the borderlands, the administration is going full-speed ahead in its destruction. In the Guadalupe Canyon and the Coronado National Memorial areas of Arizona, “work crews are dynamiting the sides of pristine mountains and bulldozing access roads in this stunning landscape,” NPR said. The Center for Biological Diversity’s Laiken Jordahl, who has used social media to document the administration’s intentional disregard of the region, called it “destruction for destruction’s sake.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgOct 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists today reported findings that may help explain what made the 1918 pandemic influenza virus so deadly and that reveal similarities between that virus and the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in Asia.Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reconstructed the virus and tested it in laboratory animals, which quickly died. The CDC says the work, to be reported in Science, will enhance preparedness for the next flu pandemic, a potential benefit believed to justify the risk of recreating the virus and publishing the information.In the other study, researchers at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) report that the close resemblance of the 1918 virus to avian flu viruses suggests that the 1918 virus was an avian strain that managed to adapt to humans without first acquiring any genes from existing human flu viruses. Further, the researchers found that several of the same mutations that differentiated the 1918 virus from avian flu viruses are found in the H5N1 virus, which has killed more than 60 people in Asia. The report appears in Nature.The 1918 flu pandemic, regarded as the worst in history, killed as many as 100 million people. In recent years scientists have been able to learn the structure of the H1N1 virus that caused it by analyzing samples preserved from pandemic victims, including tissue from a frozen body exhumed in Alaska and material stored in the AFIP’s warehouse of autopsy samples.In a joint statement today, the directors of the CDC and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), Dr. Julie Gerberding and Dr. Anthony Fauci, said, “For the first time, researchers have deciphered the entire gene sequence of the 1918 virus and have used sophisticated techniques to assemble viruses that bear some or all of these genes so their effects can be understood.”Importantly, they have identified gene sequences that may predict when an influenza virus strain is likely to spread among humans. They also have determined in the test tube and in mice which genes are most likely to account for the lethal effects of the 1918 virus.” The statement was released by the NIAID.”The new studies could have an immediate impact by helping scientists focus on detecting changes in the evolving H5N1 virus that might make widespread transmission among humans more likely,” the statement said.Because of concern that terrorists could exploit the information, both articles were reviewed by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity before publication, according to the NIAID statement. The board unanimously endorsed publishing them.”The rationale for publishing the results and making them widely available to the scientific community is to encourage additional research at a time when we desperately need to engage the scientific community and accelerate our ability to prevent pandemic influenza,” Gerberding and Fauci stated.Resurrection of the 1918 virusIn the Science article, Terrence M. Tumpey and colleagues report that they generated a flu virus bearing all eight gene segments of the 1918 virus in order to study what made it so virulent. They exposed groups of mice to that virus and to other viruses in which some of the 1918 virus’s genes were replaced by genes from recent flu viruses.The 1918 virus turned out to be extremely virulent. Mice infected with it died in as little as 3 days, and mice that survived as long as 4 days had 39,000 times as many virus particles in their lungs as did mice infected with a control flu virus, a Texas strain of H1N1 from 1991. All the mice infected with the 1918 virus died, while those exposed to the Texas strain survived. Further, the 1918 virus was at least 100 times as lethal as an engineered virus that contained five 1918 genes and three genes from the Texas H1N1 strain.The researchers found that the mice had severe inflammation in their lungs and bronchial passages—findings very similar to those in people who died of the 1918 virus. However, the virus did not spread in the mice to the brain, heart, liver, or spleen.The scientists also tested the virus’s behavior in a laboratory culture of human lung cells. Within 24 hours, the lung cells released at least 50 times as much virus as did lung cells infected with the Texas H1N1 strain.In comparing the 1918 virus with recombinant viruses containing only some of the 1918 genes, the researchers found that the 1918 hemagglutinin and polymerase genes were “essential for optimal virulence.” The complete 1918 virus was more pathogenic for mice than any other human flu virus that has been tested, the report says.Likeness between 1918 virus and avian strainsThe Nature article, by Jeffery Taubenberger and colleagues from the AFIP, reports on an analysis of the three polymerase genes in the 1918 virus, the last three genes to be fully spelled out. The researchers found that these genes closely resembled their counterparts in avian flu viruses.”The polymerase protein sequences from the 1918 human influenza virus differ from avian consensus sequences at only a small number of amino acids, consistent with the hypothesis that they were derived from an avian source shortly before the pandemic,” the report states.Accordingly, the researchers propose that the 1918 virus was not a “reassortant,” like those that caused the smaller pandemics of 1957 and 1968. In those cases, avian flu viruses traded some genes with human-adapted flu viruses to spawn new hybrids. The 1918 virus was “an entirely avian-like virus” that somehow adapted to humans, they suggest.The report says only 10 amino-acid changes in the polymerase genes consistently distinguish the 1918 virus and subsequent human flu viruses from the same genes in avian viruses. It adds, “A number of the same changes have been found in recently circulating, highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses that have caused illness and death in humans and are feared to be the precursors of a new influenza pandemic.”A news story accompanying the report in Nature says that all eight genes from the 1918 virus differ in important ways from other human flu genes, which suggests that none of the genes came from a flu strain that had previously infected people. “It is the most bird-like of all mammalian flu viruses,” Taubenberger is quoted as saying.According to the Nature news story, some scientists are questioning the wisdom of recreating the 1918 virus and publishing information on how it was done. Richard Ebright, a bacteriologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said Tumpey and colleagues “have constructed, and provided procedures for others to construct, a virus that represents perhaps the most effective bioweapons agent now known.”In a news release, the CDC said it used “stringent” precautions in the research. “The work was done in a high-containment Biosafety Level 3 lab with enhancements that include special provisions to protect both laboratory workers and the public from exposure to the virus,” the agency said.Taubenberger JK, Reid AH, Lourens RM, et al. Characterization of the 1918 influenza virus polymerase genes. (Letter) Nature 2005 Oct 6;437(7060):889-892 [Full text]Tumpey TM, Basler CF, Aguilar PV, et al. Characterization of the reconstructed 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic virus. Science 2005 Oct 7;310(5745):77-80 [Abstract]See also:Oct 5 CDC Press release 5 NIAID Press release read more

first_imgMay 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in Wales confirmed a low pathogenic H7N2 avian influenza outbreak today at a farm near the northern town of Denbighshire, a day after Nigeria reported its first H5N1 avian flu outbreak since late January.The outbreak in Wales involves Rhode Island Red chickens that the farmers bought 2 weeks ago, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported today. The birds began dying the day after they arrived at the farm, and by May 17, 10 of 15 had died.The British Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in a statement said the remaining 30 birds on the farm were being culled today, and authorities have placed a 1-km restriction zone around the farm. The source of the outbreak is under investigation, and farm workers and others who may have had contact with the birds were being tested, DEFRA said.The BBC report said two adults who were on the farm have symptoms of influenza and are receiving precautionary treatment.Some countries, including the United States, destroy birds infected with any H5 or H7 influenza virus, because mild strains of these subtypes can mutate into highly pathogenic forms.Christianne Glossop, chief veterinary officer for Wales, told the BBC that authorities don’t believe the disease is spreading rapidly. “While we are taking this very seriously, this is a low pathogenic avian flu,” she added.In February, England experienced its first H5N1 avian flu outbreak at a turkey farm in Suffolk, which led to the culling of about 152,000 birds. In April 2006 a low-pathogenic form of H7N3 avian influenza struck three English farms, leading to the culling of 50,000 poultry.A handful of H7N2 outbreaks in poultry were reported in the United States in 2004, involving farms in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.Though H7N2 is not considered a human health threat, one of the few known human cases of avian flu in the United States involved an H7N2 virus. In November 2003 a Caribbean immigrant from Yonkers, N.Y., was hospitalized with influenza, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) later identified as H7N2. Health authorities were puzzled by the case because the man had had no known contact with birds.Nigeria reports new outbreakMeanwhile, health officials in Nigeria confirmed an H5N1 outbreak in birds in Namaturu village in the country’s northern state of Zamfara, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported yesterday. Aminu Abdulrazak, a state health minister, said 200 birds were culled and the area was disinfected to curb the spread of the disease.Nigeria’s last outbreak occurred in late January, according to a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The disease is now considered endemic in the country.In February, Nigeria reported its first human H5N1 case, in a 22-year-old woman who fell ill and died after helping butcher an infected chicken. Nigeria has had no confirmed human cases or deaths since then.Experts support poultry vaccinationIn a report following an international poultry vaccination conference in Verona, Italy, the FAO said disease reporting and control policies have improved, but stressed the importance of poultry vaccination for stamping out the H5N1 virus, particularly in countries where the disease is endemic. The agency said poultry vaccination should be used along with other control measure such as culling flocks and controlling the movement of birds.Poultry vaccination for H5N1 has sometimes been controversial. Experts contend that if poor quality vaccines are used, vaccinated birds can become infected without being visibly sick, which can lead to further spread of the virus.The hallmarks of a successful vaccination program include use of a high-quality vaccine that meets OIE standards, rapid and safe delivery of the vaccine, systematic monitoring of vaccinated flocks, control of poultry movement, and adequate financial resources, the FAO report said.”Any vaccination policy should include an exit strategy so that countries do not rely on costly long-term vaccination campaigns,” the FAO said.In Nigeria, commercial poultry farmers are vaccinating their birds despite a government ban, the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) reported today. Mohammad Saidu, head of Nigeria’s World Bank-funded avian flu control program, warned that improper vaccination practices can contribute to the spread of H5N1, the IRIN report said. He added that Nigerian avian flu experts are concerned about reports that poultry farmers are buying vaccines from local markets that offer poorly regulated imported vaccines or products that are fake.In a February report on the status of H5N1 in Nigeria, the FAO recommended that the country add vaccination to its avian flu control strategies. However, Saidu, in the IRIN report, said more research is needed. “The outcome of our studies in the country will help us make an informed decision,” he said.WHO confirms human case in IndonesiaIn other developments, the World Health Organization today recognized a fatal human case of H5N1 avian flu that was reported by the Indonesian government yesterday. The illness struck a 5-year-old girl from the Wonogiri district of Central Java. She became ill May 8, was hospitalized May 15, and died 2 days later, the WHO said. Initial investigations indicate she had been exposed to dead poultry.The case increased Indonesia’s H5N1 toll to 97 cases with 77 deaths and raised the global total to 307 cases with 186 deaths, according to the WHO.See also:Apr 20, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Avian flu in New York man puzzles disease experts”Feb 20 FAOAIDE news reportMay 24 IRIN reportFeb 20 FAO statement on Nigeria 22 FAO report statement on case in Indonesia read more

first_imgFeb 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Vietnam reported a new H5N1 avian influenza outbreak today in a duck flock in the southern part of the country, as veterinary workers in India and Bangladesh took measures to stop the virus’s spread following new outbreaks in both countries.In southern Vietnam, the virus hit 460 ducks at a commune farm in Ca Mau province, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported today. Though the virus has struck birds in the province before, the outbreak was the first in Tran Van Thoi district, said Su Van Minh, head of the district’s avian flu committee.Officials have culled infected ducks and disinfected the surrounding area to stop the outbreak, Su told DPALam Minh Tuan, the commune’s chairman, told DPA that dozens of unvaccinated ducks started dying on Jan 19, but the farmer did not report the outbreak until Jan 29.Meanwhile, officials in India recently said they would cull thousands of chickens and ducks after dead birds in two villages in West Bengal state tested positive for the H5N1 virus, according to a Jan 31 report from Reuters. The villages are in Cooch Behar district, which borders Bangladesh.Rajesh Sinha, a senior government official, told Reuters that 30 culling teams are slated to target 45,000 chickens and ducks in the region. West Bengal, Assam, and Sikkim states, all in eastern India, have battled recent H5N1 outbreaks. India has battled sporadic H5N1 outbreaks since 2006.In other developments, livestock officials in Bangladesh recently reported another H5N1 outbreak in Chittagong division, in the southernmost part of the country, according to a Jan 29 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak, which began on Jan 26, struck 80 birds at a commercial farm. Authorities culled the remaining 1,165 birds to control the disease’s spread. Bangladesh has reported several outbreaks since October 2008, when the virus reemerged after a 4-month lull.See also:Jan 29 OIE reportlast_img read more

first_imgApr 30, 2009The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global count of confirmed swine flu cases stands at 257 cases in 11 countries today. The United States has 109 cases and 1 death; Mexico has 97 cases and 7 deaths. [WHO update 6]The WHO has begun distributing part of its stockpile of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to Mexico, Dr. Keiji Fukuda said at a news briefing today. Roche donated 5 million treatment courses of the antriviral to the WHO in 2005 and 2006.For 5 days starting tomorrow, the Mexican government is suspending nonessential services, advising noncritical businesses to close, and urging people to stay home, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Vice President Joe Biden said today on NBC’s “Today” show that he would tell his family to avoid air and subway travel to reduce their exposure to the swine flu virus, according to Reuters. A Biden spokeswoman clarified his remarks afterward, saying his message is the same as the federal government’s: avoid nonessential travel to Mexico and avoid travel when ill.The Netherlands confirmed its first swine flu case, in a 3-year-old who had traveled to Mexico and was said to be doing well, according to Radio Netherlands.Switzerland reported its first case, involving a 19-year-old student who was mistakenly released from a hospital and then hastily readmitted, according to an AP report.Peru also reported its first swine flu case, in an Argentine woman who lives in California and had recently been in Mexico, according to a Reuters report. She was on an airline flight from Panama that was diverted to Lima because of her illness, the report said.To battle the misconception that people can get the swine flu virus from pigs, the WHO said it is dropping the term “swine flu virus” and will call it “H1N1 influenza A,” according to an AP report. The story said Egypt began slaughtering its 300,000 pigs yesterday because of concern about the virus.The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) strongly advised against the culling of pigs in the face of the swine flu epidemic, saying there is no evidence of the virus in pigs or of humans acquiring it directly from pigs. [OIE statement]At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) PlanFirst webcast today, Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, said federal guidance advises individual schools to close for a week when a student hasa suspected or confirmed swine flu infection. She said some entire districts are closing, which runs counter to suggested protocol.Federal officials are not recommending that Americans stockpile food and water in response to the swine flu outbreak, Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, said during the agency’s PlanFirst webcast today. She urged the public to take measures to limit disease transmission such as hand washing and covering coughs, and she advised parents to make contingency plans in the event of school closures.Within several days, state health departments will have the ability to identify the new H1N1 strain in their own labs instead of sending suspect isolates to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), acting CDC Director Dr. Richard Besser said Thursday in a news briefing. Test versions of the new diagnostic tool are being tried out by the New York and California health departments and will be pushed out to the remaining states if the tests are satisfactory.In its updated swine flu case count today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first confirmed cases in South Carolina (10), pushing the number of affected states to 11, including Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Ohio, and Texas.The White House issued a health advisory to its staff today after three family members of a Department of Energy employee who traveled with the Obama delegation to Mexico recently tested positive for probable swine flu, reported. The staff member had a fever during the trip, has recovered, and has not tested positive for the virus. Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, said the employee never came within 6 feet of Obama and that no one else who accompanied the group on the trip has shown any signs of illness.last_img read more

first_imgIf you walk right now between the salt field and the ornithological part of the Nin Saltworks, you will have a simple experience, ie you will have the opportunity to see and photograph a group of exotic pennants or flamingos. Yes, the flamingos, which landed in the Nin saltworks area two days ago.Last year, a pennant landed and stayed in Nin for quite a long time, even with a storm. “This year, one adult pennant landed, perhaps the one from last year, and with it several young of a total of six birds. Cubs are much lighter in color because in adults their feathers, beak and legs turn red due to the food they take from wetland habitats. ” points out Marija Dejanović, director of the Nina Tourist BoardCertainly the arrival of these exotic birds is considered a rare occurrence, but it is known that this pink bird finds food in muddy areas, as flamingos were spotted near Venice in the Po River Delta Regional Park. Also, it is very likely that the pennants will get used to it, so they will visit the Nin Lagoon every year, which would certainly be an additional motive for coming to Nin as a birdwatching destination.Photo: Ivan StulićNin – a destination for birdwatchingAfter receiving the EDEN Award – European Destination of Excellence in 2010, which includes care and efforts for sustainable development through the local tourist community, Nin began educational processes through ecological encounters in the fields of Solana Nin and the protected area of ​​medicinal mud near Queen’s Beach and celebrating European Day bird counts. “In the past seven years, efforts have been made to design a new tourist product, the so-called birdwatching tourism. To this end, the destination began arranging themed trails in the Nin Lagoon and actively promoting the birds that have chosen the lagoon as their home. In addition to the already significant owner bird, an attractive pennant bird is now appearing, which has been visiting the lagoon for two years in a row. ” Dejanovic points out.The overall promotion of EDEN destination Nin is focused on ecological tourism with an emphasis on the bird world and other forms of tourism that are basically sustainable development. Nin lagoon with muddy and sandy shallow shores and wetlands in the vicinity of the saltworks, is of exceptional biological value and is one of the few habitats on the Croatian coast and in Europe.Therefore, nesting, migratory and wintering birds are kept in the area of ​​the Nin Lagoon, and they chose this area for their home because the vegetation of salt marshes (halophytes) provides optimal conditions for wetland bird species to live and prolong their species. ” Birdwatchers here are happy to observe certain bird species, such as the rare hentopus (Himantopus himantopus) listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, sea bass, guinea fowl, etc. lagoon every year. It is a great joy because the population of this species of bird in Europe has decreased dangerously. You can still see the last 2 pairs of landladies still lingering in the salt fields and gathering strength for a long flight and moving to warmer regions. ” Dejanović pointed out and added that the entire area of ​​Nin and its surroundings is a unique landscape of rare plant and animal species with 8 NATURA 2000 habitats, 5 endemic, 4 Crete. endangered, 1 endangered and 5 susceptible plants.In the UK alone, as much as € 500 million is spent annually on birdwatching, and interestingly, as many as 60 million Americans observe birds. The potential of birdwathing tourism is also shown by the fact that Murizt, a national park in Germany, generates the majority of its income from birdwatchers, through 600 visits per year, which brings the region 13 million euros and 628 permanent jobs. By the way, it is the market of Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Sweden that are the leaders in birdwatchnig tourism in Europe.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday in Split, a cooperation agreement was signed between Westgate Tower and the Marriott International hotel chain, signed by Josip Komar on behalf of Westgate and Matt Hughes, franchise director and owner structure of the Marriott Group, the world’s largest hotel group.This is an introduction to the realization and arrival of this hotel group in Split, but also for the first time in Croatia in general. “We are pleased to present the arrival of the Courtyard by Marriott brand in Split, which is the first direct investment of Marriott International in Croatia. Although mostly, when coming to the market of a certain country, we choose the capital for the opening of the first hotel, in Croatia we made an exception. The modern shape of the building and its location fit perfectly into our business vision, and the city of Split, in addition to its business potential, has an unavoidable, significant tourist potential. I am also happy that more than 100 million members of the Marriotta loyalty program will finally be able to choose Croatia as part of our offerSaid Matt Hughes, director of franchise and ownership structure at Marriott International.Photo: Tehnika.hrThe ceremony was attended by Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, who said that Croatia is recognized in the world not only as a tourist destination, but as an attractive country for investment and that this project worth 600 million kuna represents development, innovation, raising tourism to a higher level. and this is what is needed in order for Split, but also the entire Croatian tourism to become even better and more competitive on the world market.The contract was signed in the administrative center of Splitska banka, ie Westgate tower A. The new tower will be called “Dalmatia”, it will be the highest in Croatia with 115 meters in height, which will be the ground floor and 27 floors. The hotel will be located from the 16th to the 26th floor, will have 190 rooms and suites categorized with four stars, and the opening is planned for 2019.last_img read more

first_imgAirports recorded 1 thousand passengers or 404% more than in the same month last year.The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport, with 472 thousand passengers (an increase of 17,6% compared to June 2017), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 363 thousand passengers (an increase of 7,6% compared to June 2017) and Zagreb Airport with 331 thousand passengers (an increase of 6,6% compared to June 2017).RELATED NEWS:TWO BIDDERS ARE FIGHTING FOR THE CONTRACTOR OF THE STUDY OF THE ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEMCNTB IN COOPERATION WITH HAC WILL DISTRIBUTE COLD WATER AND PROMO MATERIALS AT BORDER CROSSINGS AND Toll STATION LUČKO In the period from January to July, the traffic on motorways amounted to 32 vehicles, which is 499% more than last year. With the increase in turnover, revenues to HAC and ARZ also grew.Thus, revenues this year are higher by 6,7% and amount to HRK 1,59 billion without VAT, while last year earnings from tolls on motorways brought revenue of HRK 1,49 billion. Also, this year it was decided that the summer toll tariff, which brought a 10% more expensive toll, started two weeks earlier, which certainly and further increased revenues.According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the number of passengers at seaports and airports increased in June.Thus, almost 9 million passengers were embarked and disembarked in Croatian seaports in the second quarter of 2018, which is the highest in that period in the last 5 years. Compared to the same period in 2017, this is an increase of 7,0%.The number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships in the second quarter of 2018 amounted to 8,5 million passengers, which is 6,8% more than in the same period in 2017. The number of passengers increased in ports with significant passenger traffic such as Split, Dubrovnik , Zadar, Cres and Supetar. 18,2% more passenger cars and 0,9% more buses were loaded and unloaded on ships compared to the same quarter of 2017.last_img read more

first_imgRELATED NEWS: “So far this year, we have achieved a 20 percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays from the US market. They are also predicting double-digit growth for Croatia in Virtuos, a prestigious association of agencies specializing in luxury travel “, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the recent opening of a new CNTB office in Los Angeles, for which a total of 20 candidates applied, will also contribute to the positive trends.     During the coming weekend, the Croatian National Tourist Board in New York will present Croatia’s tourist offer at the “Dallas Travel and Adventure Show”, a general tourism fair held in Texas at the Dallas Market Hall, according to the CNTB. It is a fair that will be visited by about 15.000 visitors, including representatives of tourist companies and numerous specialized media.  “Along the east and west coasts, Texas is the area with the highest average income, ie it is an area that is a significant generator of tourist demand. This is confirmed by the data on visitors to this fair, among which a large number of those who earn an annual income of more than 150 thousand US dollars”, Said Ina Rodin, Director of the CNTB Representation in New York, adding that Croatia was also represented by numerous American agents as part of the Virtuoso workshops held in Los Angeles and New Orleans.  The introduction of a new direct seasonal flight from the USA to Croatia also supports the positive projections. Namely, from June 7 to September 27 this year, American Airlines will fly three times a week on the Philadelphia-Dubrovnik route. INTERCONTINENTAL LJUBLJANA BECAME A MEMBER OF THE VIRTUOSO NETWORK. HOW IS CROATIA? VIRTUOSO CLASSIFIES CROATIA AMONG TOP 10 WORLD DESTINATIONS IN THREE CATEGORIESlast_img read more