Covid vaccine: what does the Pfizer vaccine news mean?

first_img– Advertisement – There has been some promising Covid-19 vaccine news.A preliminary analysis shows the first effective – Advertisement – coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19.But there’s still a way to go before any vaccine can be given to the wider public and our lives can go back to how they were pre-pandemic.BBC health correspondent Laura Foster helps puts this news into context.- Advertisement –last_img

Marizanne Kapp retires hurt with elevated heart rate in Women’s Big Bash League | Cricket News

first_imgThe 30-year-old missed the rest of the match on medical grounds and went to hospital for tests as a precaution.In her absence, Sixers succumbed to a five-wicket defeat despite posting 137-4 – a total that included an unbeaten 62 from Elysse Perry, off 52 balls.Perth eased to victory with five balls to spare on the back of an unbeaten 75 off 64 balls from Beth Mooney, with Nicole Bolton (18) and Megan Banting (17) the next top-scorers.- Advertisement – Marizanne Kapp walks from the field after retiring hurt against Perth Scorchers
Marizanne Kapp walks from the field after retiring hurt against Perth Scorchers

Agreement on cooperation signed between the City of Vukovar and the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality

first_imgThe Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality of the University of Rijeka and the City of Vukovar have signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of implementing education programs in the field of tourism, hospitality and sustainable development and promoting education in tourism and hospitality.The effects of the established cooperation are multiple, and by encouraging the education of staff, while valorizing the tourist potential of the destination, a solid foothold is created for tourism development projects in the City of Vukovar, but also the entire Vukovar-Srijem County. In that sense, cooperation represents the realization of the strategic commitment of the academic community to be an active partner to local self-government and its institutions in formulating development plans and programs, the FMTU points out. cooperation.”The Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality is the only public higher education institution that has been educating staff for tourism and hospitality for more than fifty years. In this context, in addition to studies, we strive to be an active partner and collaborate with local communities. We believe that within our capabilities we can contribute to the development of tourism and economic and social progress of both Vukovar and Vukovar-Srijem County.e, ”said Dean Dora Smolčić Jurdana, expressing hope for the continuation of fruitful cooperation in the field of education, lifelong learning and cooperation on professional scientific projects that combine science and practice in concrete application.www.vucedol.hrStrategic documents position Vukovar-Srijem County as a rural area with significant resources for dynamic tourism development, and the proposed model of tourism development includes activities that will strengthen the tourist offer and the development of tourism stakeholders, in the direction of tourist offer development, capacity utilization, tourist traffic, employment etc. “The signing of the Cooperation Agreement is the second step of our cooperation. The first step was the initiative of Deputy Prefect Đorđe Čurčić, who recognized the potential of Vukovar and connected us with the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality, which we appreciate as the most famous institution in the Republic of Croatia dealing with tourism. The idea is to use the Faculty and professional staff through existing and new programs to strengthen continental tourism in our region,”Said the Mayor of Penava, emphasizing that Vukovar is the center of continental tourism in eastern Croatia, as evidenced by numerous awards of the famous Vukovar City Museum, Archaeological Museum Vučedol, but superbly newly opened swimming pool, promenades along the Danube and new marinas under construction, cruising and water tower with accompanying memorial tourism.The city of Vukovar and the Vukovar-Srijem County have recently attracted increasing interest from tourists, which is confirmed by significant increases in tourist arrivals and overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities. Namely, in 2016, 34.881 tourist arrivals were recorded in Vukovar, with 44.427 overnight stays. Compared to 2015, there is an increase of 195,11% in arrivals and 168,09% in overnight stays. Also, in 2016, the City of Vukovar recorded 221 cruise berths with almost 30 passengers.”This is another of a series of activities of the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality that supports its focus to position itself as a leader in higher education and research in tourism and an active partner in development processes.“They conclude from FMTU. The main activity facing the two institutions is the formation of education programs in the field of tourism and hospitality as a significant driver of tourism development of the City of Vukovar and Vukovar-Srijem County.Related news: EDUCATION AND POPULARIZATION OF SCIENCE IN TOURISM – GET INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER”last_img read more

UNWTO: The next quarter is the most optimistic in ten years

first_imgAccording to the Barometer of the World Tourism Organization, a publication that tracks trends in tourism, the highest growth is recorded in the countries of Asia and the Pacific, while Europe leads as the world’s largest tourist region.The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), as a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes responsible, sustainable and affordable tourism, currently includes 158 countries and numerous representatives in the private sector, educational institutions, tourism organizations and communities.Also, the UNWTO publishes the World Tourism Barometer six times a year, a publication that regularly monitors short-term trends in tourism to provide leading tourism “stakeholders” with relevant information and up-to-date analysis of developments within international tourism.According to the mentioned publication, in the first four months of 2018, trends within international tourism exceed expectations. Compared to the first quarter of 2017, this year the number of tourist visits in the same time period increased by 6%, which exceeded even the forecasts of the World Tourism Organization by 4 to 5% growth. Growth is led by the countries of Asia and the Pacific (8%), followed by Europe (7%), Africa (6%), the Middle East (4%) and both Americas (3%).For the second quarter of 2018, namely the period from May to August, the last panel of tourism experts organized by the UNWTO concluded that the same is the most optimistic tourist period in the last decade. Special attention was drawn to the return of Africa, the Middle East and parts of Europe, as attractive and desirable tourist destinations.From a financial point of view, revenues in the tourism industries grew by 5% in 2017 or in other words, reaching $ 1.332 billion globally, which is $ 94 billion more than in 2016. In the countries of the Middle East, revenues in 2017 increased by 13%, and in the countries of Africa and Europe, which are the strongest tourist centers after the Middle East, there was an increase of 8%. Finally, the most generous was Europe, which recorded a growth of 50 billion dollars in the tourism sector, which is a total of 512 billion dollars, or 38% of world international tourism revenues.”International tourism continues to record significant growth, and this in turn is reflected in job creation in many local markets. The growth we are witnessing reminds us that we must continue to work on capacity building so that we can develop and successfully manage tourism in a sustainable way, create smart destinations and exploit the potential of new technologies and innovations.”, Said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.The period from January to April represents 28% of the total annual number of arrivals and overnight stays, and they include the winter games season in the northern hemisphere, the summer season in the southern hemisphere, then the Chinese New Year and the Easter holidays. However, the UNWTO warns, the first quarter of the year for most of the countries covered by this survey represents a lull in the season or some form of pre-season and is not necessarily an indicator of a year-round trend.The aforementioned analyzes are limited solely to available data, for example for France, the United Kingdom, the United States and China, relevant information for the first quarter of 2018 is missing. Also, data are limited for certain regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Eastern and Central Europe.However, according to the available information, we can summarize that all regions covered by the Barometer have felt an increase in terms of international arrivals. In Asia and the Pacific, the most attractive are Southeast Asia with a 10% increase and South Asia with a 9% growth. Europe still remains the world’s largest tourist region, while the most attractive destinations are the areas of southern and western Europe and the Mediterranean with a growth of 8%. Despite the lack of relevant data for the US, the largest tourist region in both Americas, currently the best results are, logically, South America with 8% growth. After turbulent periods of unrest and conflict, Africa is determined to improve. The most attractive countries in Africa are in the Sub-Saharan region and recorded an increase of 6%, followed by North Africa with a growth of 4%.In the last four months, a decline in the segment of tourist visits and overnight stays has been recorded in the Caribbean, but this stagnation in performance can be attributed to last year’s hurricanes and recovery from the consequences of these devastating natural disasters.The next edition of the Barometer is scheduled for August 2018.last_img read more

An intensified inspection of illegal accommodation is expected this season

first_imgIllegal rental of private accommodation is a common occurrence in the heart of the tourist season. A large offer of rooms and apartments, and on the other hand too few inspectors, the wind is behind those who are looking for ways to earn extra money. However, it seems that intensified supervision of the Tourist Inspection awaits us this season. The current State Inspectorate announces that there is a possibility that during the tourist season, some inspectors from regional offices, such as Zagreb, Varaždin and Osijek, will be sent to help their colleagues on the Adriatic. Most inspectors work through regional offices in the area of ​​Rijeka and Split, but branch offices are also organized in places such as Pula, Rab, Crikvenica, Mali Lošinj and Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Zadar and Korčula. The new organization of the Tourist Inspectorate is a significant step forward in the last five years, since the supervision of the registered activity is within the scope of the Customs Inspection. The State Inspectorate ceased operations in 2014, after which the inspections were distributed among the ministries, and tourist inspectors were left without the authority to control illegal accommodation because they were assigned to customs inspectors. Source: Jutarnji.hrcenter_img Thus, in five years, customs inspectors discovered only 448 cases in which they issued misdemeanor warrants or collected fines to unregistered landlords. Those numbers were significantly higher at the time of the State Inspectorate – according to the latest available data, over a thousand illegal rooms and apartments were sealed in 2009. The State Inspectorate announced that 52 inspectors have been working since April, in charge of supervising unregistered and illegal accommodation, out of a total of 65 jobs that have been systematized within the Tourist Inspectorate for the control of accommodation capacities on the coast, reports Jutarnji.hr. Customs inspectors proved unsuccessful in supervising illegal tourist accommodation, which, as they explained, they went to only on reports, and they were not allowed to enter facilities that were not registered to perform trade activities, Jutarnji reveals.last_img read more

Pointers Travel and Gauss Development sign a partnership agreement. A new era of digital revolution in tourism is starting

first_imgThe most difficult part and as the first basis of digitization is to collect all digital databases and data, which Pointers have been quietly and diligently collecting for years. However, connecting all this and taking a step forward is extremely demanding, but Pointers has no doubts about success, and it is the partnership with Gauss Development and their experience and knowledge in it that will make it possible. That is why the decision to partner with Gauss Development is an important step forward, because it is a company that is the best in the global market competition in creating complex and unique software solutions. But the news of the day is that from Pointers they are raising the concept of digital transformation to a much higher level. Namely, Pointers recently signed a Partnership Agreement with the company Gauss Development, which deals with custom software and web digital solutions. That this is a more than relevant new partner is shown by the fact that Gauss Development is ranked on the Deloitte list of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe, for 2016, and as the first in Croatia and 19th in Europe. The product created in Slavonia, in Osijek offers a unique concept that combines AI, AR, VR. Again, we have it all, but we talk too much about empty potential stories, and we deal too little with market development and resources. Do we want a longer tourist season or not? If so, global tourism solutions are there, in our backyard. This means that tourists will be able to experience destinations in a totally new and different way using Pointers. In particular, the beaches on our coast and all other facilities will be displayed to tourists on mobile phones using augmented reality functionality. Through a plastic example, it should look like this. You are in a destination, you turn on the camera function and through it you are shown in real time and space the marks of various points, which are personalized according to your interests. From the direction of movement towards a museum or beach, to all other tourist facilities. “We also want to take a path that offers the digitalization of the economic sector, where the focus is on small producers around the tourist destination and throughout Croatia. This is the ultimate goal of creating long-term sustainable destinations. The goal is not to create tourism that sells only the sun and the sea, the goal is for this growth to drive the growth of small producers of products and services, which are an integral part of tourist demand.”Emphasizes Weinpert. The big news is the entry of Pointers into the USA market Functionality that only the imagination is the limit, and with which our entire coast will experience a new way of presentation that no other tourist destination in the world currently has. “The focus is on Smart tourism solutions, which is not possible without a digitized destination, which they have been persistently building all these years. Now, based on this rich digital database of 15.000 locations along the Adriatic coast, we want to raise digitalization to a much higher level and show what can be done. We want to show in which direction the digitalization of tourism is going. Our goal is Smart solution Croatia, which means that digitized destinations will begin to be offered through AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), which will offer the end user a package package of destinations connecting everything that is digitized, ie. give him an answer to his wishes and requests, in the form of ready-made personalized arrangementsSays Weinpert. One of the leaders in the digital transformation in tourism in Croatia is certainly the company pointers from Osijek, whose project has already been recognized by the World Tourism Organization and well-known destinations around the world, and recently the EU-Startups portal included them in the list of ten Croatian startups to pay attention to in 2019. Last year, Krunoslav Weinpert visited America to get personally acquainted with the entire market. He participated in all Sell workshops of the CNTB and spent the whole year rolling the dice as he learns in this large and demanding market. It was this month that this chapter in the life cycle of Pointers started, all with a clear goal and vision. It is a tourism project aimed at creating a personalized digital application, which is a kind of guide and brings information about beaches, events, gastronomic offer, entertainment, nightlife, cycling routes, free WiFi hotspots, information for boaters, cultural and natural heritage and dr. The application is also enriched with photos, videos, recordings of VR360 and offers all relevant information and events in one place. Or simply, the whole tourist offer in the palm of one hand. What the partnership brings to Pointers, reveals Krunoslav Weinpert, founder and owner of Pointers, who points out that after four years of work, it was decided that Pointers needs stronger IT support at a much higher level. “Negotiations on cooperation lasted several months, and in the end of the process we got to know each other very well and actually realized that the best solution is to start together as partners. What I can immediately confirm as a result of our partnership is how Pointers will now offer augmented reality to its current and future partnersWeinpert points out. “Students of one faculty from America worked on Pointers’ entry into the American market, and a very high-quality business plan was made. I think we can take part of the big American market, especially through the functionalities we will offer, and we will be the leader in that segment. The trend and focus is on individual customized travel, and today’s concept of travel agencies will hardly be able to meet the demands of global markets in the future. And this is where we see our niche, on personalized travel, and the first prerequisite for that is precisely the digitization of the tourist destinations we are working on. We can present ourselves in any market, American or Chinese market, precisely because we will be able to respond to the requests of individual touristsWeinpert pointed out. It’s crazy not to jump into this story. The madness is that our tourism is late again and reacts poorly. It will soon announce many other functionalities that they plan to launch, Weinpert points out and concludes that the direction of development of Pointers is to be one of the recognizable global tourism brands. Again, we can be proud of our intelligence and top solutions, which are globally competitors, in fact, can be leaders in their segment. The only question is whether we will embrace them and use them through implementation in our tourism and be leaders in it or whether such companies and individuals will continue to develop their products in markets where they are desirable and sought after goods. The digital transformation of tourism is no longer a trend, but an imperative. Those who understand this grow and develop, while others stagnate. In Croatia, we can boast of excellent companies that offer a variety of innovative digital and technological solutions that are globally competitive, and we can rightly be a leader in digital transformation in tourism.last_img read more

Valamar Excellence: Valamar is launching an educational platform in cooperation with five Croatian faculties

first_imgAs a leader in Croatian tourism, Valamar is the first to launch the V-Executive business education, with which it will develop the best talents from the company into future leaders with leading educational institutions and academic experts.  Namely, Valamar, the largest tourist company in Croatia, and five higher education institutions in Croatia signed an Agreement on Cooperation in the Improvement and Development of Educational Programs.  The V-Executive program will feature more than 25 lecturers from key academic institutions, Valamar managers and leading experts from many fields.  The two-year V-Executive business education will offer participants a complete set of knowledge and skills needed to develop a successful career in tourism and hospitality, and as they point out from Valamar is based on modern academic knowledge and practical experience of lecturers and enables professional and personal development.  Cover photo: Valamar, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr Vatroslav Škare, associate professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb and director of the V-Executive program added: “Tourism is one of the most important industries in Croatia, but the changes that are daily in this industry represent a great challenge for managers in tourism. The special feature of the V-Executive program, as a combination of academic knowledge and business practice, is the answer to this challenge, and that is top knowledge. Through this program, managers will gain specific knowledge from specific areas and respond to all future challenges”. Željko Kukurin. Photo: Davor Puklavec / PIXSELLcenter_img The V-Executive program is part of the umbrella educational platform Valamar Excellence, a program of lifelong learning and acquisition of knowledge through education and training for business in tourism and hospitality, which offers all Valamar employees a constant opportunity for personal and professional development.  V-Executive contains 27 modules divided into eight main thematic directions, and each direction deals with specific topics related to business in tourism. The number of participants at the module level is limited to a maximum of 40.  “Caring for employees is a key strategy for managing guest satisfaction. The knowledge and skills of employees are the key competence of service excellence. With these beliefs, Valamar has developed a V-Excellence education and training program that will be implemented in cooperation with the best experts and institutions in Croatia. We are especially proud of the development of the V-Executive training program, where we will provide our talents with management training modeled on numerous executive programs of business schools around the world, using the best academic and business practice in Croatia.” said Zeljko Kukurin, CEO of Valamar Riviere. Depending on their own preferences and work experience, participants will be able to choose the entire program or individual thematic areas and modules related specifically to their job position or desired area of ​​training. The program starts in January 2020. The contract was signed by Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera, Jurica Pavičić, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb, Robert Zenzerović, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Tourism Dr. Mijo Mirković in Pula, Dora Smolčić Jurdana, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Opatija and Maja Fredotović, Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Split. The University of Dubrovnik will also join the cooperation on educational projects.last_img read more

Imperial Riviera achieves 2019% revenue growth in 53

first_imgIn 2019, a total of HRK 149 million in investments were made According to the revised results for 2019, Imperial Riviera generated a total revenue of HRK 264 million last year, which is a growth of 53% compared to the year before.  The business year 2019 was extremely dynamic and significant for the Imperial Riviera based in Rab, which has been operating under this name since June last year, when the Makarska Hotels were annexed to the then Imperial. With this merger, Imperial Riviera ranked among the 10 leading tourist companies in Croatia. In addition, at the end of October, Allianz ZB pension funds and Valamar Riviera recapitalized Imperial Riviera in the amount of HRK 426 million.  According to the Imperial Riviera, the most significant investments were the reconstruction of the hotel and villa Carolina according to the TUI Sensimar product standard, the second phase of investment in Padova Premium Camping resort by Valamar which increased the camp category to 4 *, and repositioning the Padova hotel according to Valamar’s Family Hotel standard. with the construction of additional content mainly intended for children’s animation. At the end of 2019, new investments in the amount of HRK 226 million were started, mainly related to the renovation and repositioning of the Meteor Hotel in Makarska, the renovation and upgrade of the Valamar Parentino Hotel (ex Valamar Zagreb) in Poreč and the third phase of investments in Padova Premium Camping Resort by Valamar on Rab. “These business events opened a new historical period in the development of our company and also marked the beginning of a new five-year business plan that envisages 1,5 billion kuna of investment in the reconstruction and renovation of facilities, but also further expansion of the portfolio. After the recapitalization, the Valamar Zagreb hotel in Poreč was purchased and the reconstruction and upgrade of the hotel began immediately. With this purchase, Imperial Riviera became the owner of 7 hotels, 3 tourist resorts and 2 camps with a capacity of 10.000 guests “, pointed out Vlado Miš, President of the Management Board of Imperial Riviere.   “The results should be viewed mainly in the context of acquisitions, and investment activities in product development and business improvement. Realized operating profit (EBITDA) amounts to HRK 90,8 million and represents an increase of 42,5%. Balance sheet stability, large monetary potential and a very favorable net debt and EBITDE ratio enable an even stronger continuation of the investment strategy and strengthening the competitiveness of products and services. Therefore, due to business synergies and further strategic considerations of development and growth, with the influence of majority owners, Allianz ZB pension funds and Valamar Rivera, further improvements and growth in the business of Imperial Riviera are expected.”They conclude from the Imperial Riviera. Photo: Imperial Rivieralast_img read more

The National Association of Caterers informed the National Staff about additional safety recommendations that it sent to its members

first_img“Wedding ceremonies and events are safe for the guests as well as for our employees, in compliance with all prescribed epidemiological measures. Every week, more than 300 wedding ceremonies and a large number of events are held in Croatia without any problems. Our members gathered in the catering section organize business in accordance with the recommendations, they are extremely committed to the safety of guests as well as their employees. Given the large number of entities and people employed in the industry segment dedicated to weddings and events, we support any measure that will help preserve these jobs. ”, said Marin Medak, president of the National Association of Caterers. HZJZ: Recommendations for performing food catering activities during the COVID-19 epidemic Photo: Pixels.com The Association says that today they informed the Headquarters about their proposal of additional recommendations that the members of NUU will voluntarily implement with the aim of greater security for guests and employees at wedding ceremonies and events. “Život ne može stati, a uz poštivanje propisanih mjera niti ne mora. Zajedničkim odgovornim ponašanjem – držanjem socijalne distance, dezinfekcijom i higijenom, očuvat ćemo zdravlje i živjeti bez straha”, Medak pointed out. The catering section of the National Association of Caterers takes extremely strong measures for the safety of its guests and employees, promotes responsible business and says that it is ready to implement additional measures if the competent services decide that they are needed. The National Association of Caterers supports all previous decisions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters related to private and public events and calls on all members of the Association and entities involved in the organization of such events to consistently implement measures and adhere to recommendations.last_img read more