Month: November 2020

Month: November 2020

first_img See also: The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are seeking more information from China about its reported use of amantadine in poultry, according to reports today by the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse (AFP). The Washington Post reported on Jun 18 that Chinese farmers, with the knowledge and support of government officials, used amantadine on chickens as long ago as the late 1990s. The report called the drug use a violation of international livestock guidelines. Jun 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – International health agencies are questioning China about a report that the country has used a human antiviral drug in poultry for years, thereby causing the H5N1 influenza virus to become resistant to the drug. The FAO’s Beijing office was seeking information from China’s agriculture ministry, AFP reported today. Roy Wadia, a WHO spokesman in Beijing, said it’s premature to blame China for spurring resistance to amantadine, AFP reported. The drug dates back to 1976, and human resistance has been a problem. But Wadia added that China’s use might have hastened the development of resistance. Bui Quang Anh, animal health director in Vietnam’s agriculture ministry, called for “very high vigilance” against avian flu and said that some provinces were not taking the problem seriously, AFP reported. But he said there were no plans for mass poultry vaccinations. However, the story said researchers in Hong Kong found outbreaks in China in 1997, 2001, and 2003. News Editor Robert Roos contributed to this article. Amantadine and rimantadine make up an older class of antiviral medications used to reduce the impact of influenza. Some nations have made stockpiling amantadine part of their flu pandemic preparedness plans. A newer and more costly class of antiviral drugs, the neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir and zanamivir), is also used against flu. According to the Post, pharmaceutical executives in China confirmed that amantadine had been used since the late 1990s to treat or prevent avian flu in chickens. China first reported an outbreak of avian flu to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Feb 2, 2004, according to the OIE listing of H5N1 outbreaks. Researchers found last year that the strain of H5N1 found in Vietnam and Thailand had become resistant to amantadine. The Post story quoted health experts outside China as saying they had suspected the link between resistance and use in poultry. The story said international researchers now believe the Chinese use of the drug is to blame. Halvorson emphasized that flu outbreaks in poultry must be addressed on a country-by-country basis because of national laws. He said the international community needs to reach out to those countries willing to get help. Halvorson could have predicted that resistance would arise if the drug were used in poultry. He worked on research with amantadine in turkeys about 20 years ago. “We found that resistance occurred quite quickly,” he said. Dave Halvorson, DVM, a veterinarian in avian health at the University of Minnesota in S. Paul, registered little surprise at the news today.center_img News out of Vietnam today served to underscore his point. Veterinary officials there announced that another 6,000 chickens were infected with H5N1, the first outbreak there in 2 months, according to AFP. The outbreak occurred in the southern province of Ben Tre, southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the story said. Chinese authorities denied the report. OIE avian flu reportshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htm Amantadine targets the “M” protein of flu viruses, explained Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site. If a pandemic virus arose through the combination, or reassortment, of the H5N1 avian virus with a human flu virus, the M gene would come from the human virus, he said. As a result, “That [new virus] should still be relatively susceptible to amantadine,” he said. “These other countries are just overwhelmed,” he said. “Just finding avian flu is a big enough problem, let alone getting rid of it.” The government has never allowed farmers to use amantadine, said Xu Shixin, director of the agriculture ministry’s veterinary bureau, as quoted today in the newspaper China Daily. He added that the government will take action soon to curb illicit use. He also said avian flu in China was under control. If the H5N1 virus gives rise to a pandemic strain of flu, the resistance to amantadine might not necessarily carry through to the new strain, according to infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH. It would depend on the process that produced the pandemic strain. “People who thought about it must have figured out they were using amantadine in poultry,” he said. “The resistance is not new information.” However, “Either way it’s bad,” because even if a pandemic virus is susceptible to amantadine, the drug will be in short supply, he added. The impact of the amantadine treatment isn’t clear. One FAO official quoted by AFP said it’s important to find out whether China had found a safe way to deliver the drug to animals, but warned that underdosing causes resistance. Use of amantadine in livestock is banned in the United States and other countries, the newspaper reported. Yet veterinarians explained to Chinese farmers how to use the drug and even supplied it, the story said. However, if the H5N1 virus adapted to humans gradually through a series of mutations, rather than through reassortment, it could remain resistant to amantadine. “If it continues to mutate, and we see a pandemic strain arise through slow human adaptation, that could mean amantadine is all but done,” Osterholm said. “Amantadine is widely used in the entire country,” the Post quoted Zhang Libin, head of the veterinary medicine division of Northeast General Pharmaceutical Factory in Shenyang, as saying. “Many pharmaceutical factories around China produce amantadine, and farmers can buy it easily in veterinary medicine stores.”last_img read more


Month: November 2020

first_imgFeb 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The rapidly growing list of countries facing H5N1 avian influenza in birds has swelled to include Egypt, France, and India in the past 4 days, and the virus is suspected in Bosnia as well.Egyptian officials first reported on Feb 17 that about 20 dead birds had tested positive for the virus, according to an Associated Press report that day. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization official said the virus had reached Cairo via an infected turkey taken to market there, and outbreaks had been found in backyard chickens and rooftop coops in Giza, across the Nile River from Cairo.In addition, Egypt’s health minister said the disease had been found in three provinces in the Nile delta and in Fayoum, a farming region southwest of Cairo, according to a Reuters report today.The report said the sudden arrival and spread of the virus had caused widespread panic among Egyptians. The economic impact could be severe, because the poultry industry in Egypt supports 2.5 million to 3 million people, and Egyptians are heavily dependent on poultry for protein, according to UN officials quoted in the story.In France, a wild duck found near Lyon tested positive for H5N1 on Feb 18, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today. France became the sixth European Union (EU) member to find the virus in birds, after Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia. (Infected birds have also been found in several non-EU countries in Europe, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine.)India confirmed its first avian outbreak of H5N1 the same day as France, Feb 18. The virus was found in chickens in the western state of Maharashtra, where 50,000 birds died last week, according to an AFP report.A Feb 19 Bloomberg News report said the virus had affected as many as 52 poultry farms at Nawapur in the northern part of the state, of which Mumbai is the capital. State officials said they had created 60 teams to destroy poultry on 48 farms in 19 villages, the story said.About 20,000 of an estimated 500,000 birds near Nawapur were destroyed yesterday, according to an AFP report published today. The report said teams of inexperienced agricultural were struggling to slaughter the chickens, beating and strangling some.One farmer said the government had promised to pay farmers the equivalent of US 80 cents per bird, little more than a third of the cost of raising them, AFP reported.In Bosnia, tests confirmed an H5 virus in two wild swans, prompting the government to order the slaughter of about 4,400 poultry, according to an AFP report today. The swans were found at a lake near the town of Jajce in the central part of the Balkan country.Samples from the swans were sent to a laboratory in Weybridge, England, to determine if the virus is H5N1, the story said.In Hungary, two more wild swans tested positive for an H5 virus, AFP reported today. Samples will be sent to Weybridge for further testing. Hungarian authorities were still waiting for the results of further tests on swans that tested positive for an H5 virus last week, AFP reported.Malaysia has confirmed its first poultry outbreak of H5N1 since late 2004, according to another AFP report published today. The story said tests were run after 40 chickens on a farm north of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, died last week.The country’s agriculture minister called the outbreak an “isolated case.” He said authorities had destroyed all the chickens on nearby farms and had taken steps to ensure that no poultry were moved out of the area.Malaysia had declared itself free of avian flu in January 2005, according to AFP.last_img read more


Month: November 2020

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – It’s been a busy 10 days on the H5N1 front. Indonesia reported two new human cases and Egypt reported one new human case; there are new confirmed poultry outbreaks in South Korea, Pakistan, and Turkey; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its long-awaited community mitigation strategies document; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration introduced its first workplace guidelines for pandemic influenza; and CIDRAP hosted its second national summit on pandemic influenza and business preparedness in Orlando, FL.But I believe that one particular H5N1 event during this time stands out as an important “teachable moment”—unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. An H5N1 poultry outbreak in the United Kingdom (UK) raised many questions about how prepared governments and the private sector in developed countries are to respond to new and emerging influenza issues.Here is what we know. H5N1-infected turkeys were documented in the Bernard Matthews Holdings Ltd. production facility outside of a Suffolk farm in England. On Feb 5, approximately 160,000 turkeys were culled from the operation. Bernard Matthews and the UK agency responsible for investigating and responding to H5N1 infections issued statements that the culling was complete and the situation posed no risk to humans. The agency—the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)—and Bernard Matthews also emphasized that biosecurity efforts on the farm would limit any other transmission of the virus, despite the fact that there was no explanation as to how the virus got to the birds.This is where things get interesting. Government officials have determined that the H5N1 virus found in the Suffolk turkeys is virtually identical to the H5N1 strain that caused a poultry outbreak in January at a Hungarian farm about 30 miles from a slaughterhouse from which Bernard Matthews imported turkey meat. We have evidence that truckloads of poultry products from both the Hungarian and UK locations had been transported between countries after the outbreaks were identified. For several days, the UK media had a mild feeding frenzy on a series of confusing statements from DEFRA and Bernard Matthews about these events, the risk of H5N1 spreading to other poultry, and the risk posed to humans.For example, The Times of London reported on Feb 12:Despite the imposition of quarantine rules, six trucks of poultry products from the farm owned by Bernard Matthews were said to have arrived in Hungary on Thursday.[DEFRA] launched an investigation into the claims made last night by Lajos Bognar, Hungary’s Deputy Chief Vet. The movement of meat from a site infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu was said by a DEFRA spokeswoman to be within the rules, but caused astonishment among opposition groups. David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment, has already been forced to defend DEFRA’s handling of the outbreak and will come under pressure to explain the latest revelation today. Peter Ainsworth, the Shadow Environment Secretary, said: “I’m increasingly bemused at the unfolding saga and finding it increasingly difficult to understand what’s going on. “It’s exactly how you turn a drama into a crisis. I can’t think of anything more calculated to damage public confidence.” Strict rules came into force 10 days ago at the farm and meat processing site in Holton to ensure that the virus was contained, but a loophole in the regulations allows limited exemptions. Live birds, eggs, and carcasses cannot be moved from infected sites, but processed meat in storage is exempt from the isolation rules. Among the possibilities being examined by DEFRA is the suggestion that exported poultry products may have originally come from Hungary and been stored in a refrigeration unit in the same meat processing building that the infected turkeys were taken to in order to be gassed, before being returned to the Continent.In short, this situation is still being sorted out. But there are some real lessons for government and private sector officials responsible for responding to such situations in the future.First, the US and European poultry industries have maintained that current biosecurity efforts on their farms would greatly reduce the risk of similar situations happening. Based on this situation, do we need to reevaluate that premise and respond accordingly?Second, this situation is a classic example of horrible risk communication. Assurances that the public not worry has reminded every British citizen of similar statements made more than a decade ago about cattle and mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE). Initial confident assurances that there was no “Hungarian connection” to the UK outbreak have been discredited.And finally, the UK government missed a golden opportunity to emphasize the critical nature of pandemic preparedness while the public’s attention was focused on the H5N1 issue. The turkey outbreak was a teachable moment, a chance to tell the UK population what they really needed to know to be prepared for the next influenza pandemic.Unfortunately, UK government officials not only squandered that chance, they shot themselves in the foot. Businesses should take a closer look at this situation, even if their enterprises have nothing to do with turkeys. There are some real lessons to be learned about risk communication and outbreak investigations for a real crisis in the future.last_img read more


Month: November 2020

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – After seeing the pandemic alert level sit at phase 3 for years, suddenly witnessing the World Health Organization (WHO) accelerate from phase 3 to phase 5 in mere days feels terribly unnerving. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of the beast—literally.Influenza viruses are notoriously unpredictable. And now this novel swine-origin virus is proving the case I’ve tried to make for years. If you haven’t already done so, activate your pandemic plan now. All your preparations, your tabletops exercises, your months of meeting and revising and refining are about to prove of great value. If you don’t have a plan, I urge you to move quickly to do as much as you can to get ready.That said, here’s what bears repeating: This virus remains unpredictable. It may surge ahead into a deadly pandemic in days, weeks, or months. Then again, it may fizzle out completely. Or it could disappear for a while, then return in a few months with a vengeance. We all need to practice these words: We just don’t know.Changing to the most useful mindsetProbably the hardest part of this pandemic phase is helping your employees make a psychological adjustment. Panic is a waste of energy. And ignoring the warnings is foolhardy. In other words, this phase is a big deal. Period. No getting around it. Time to get used to that idea.International risk communication consultant, Peter M. Sandman, PhD, Deputy Editor of CIDRAP Business Source, has some useful observations about how the US government has been handling communications with the public. He credits officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for being candid about the facts, though he’d like to see them urge people to make more individual preparations. Still, the gold standard of crisis communication, he says, “is to say alarming things in a calm tone.” Richard Besser, MD, CDC’s acting director, is doing exactly that.That’s an excellent takeaway message for the business community. Be candid and don’t back off from explaining the full range of possibilities. Employees need to understand that coping with the outbreak could be more like a marathon than a sprint.Encourage your employees to do somethingNow is the time to remind employees to take care of their household’s needs: extra food, water, prescription medications, a full tank of gas in the car, and, if possible, cash in their wallets. For both logistical and psychological reasons, everybody should be asked to take action, not simply “cover their cough and watch while the authorities cope,” to quote Peter. It’s much more “calming to prepare.”How will CIDRAP Source help you?We’re just at the beginning of phase 5 and much is still unclear—vaccine manufacturing, when to deploy antivirals, supply-chain issues, and more. We’re watching these developments closely and using our expertise to translate complicated healthcare and scientific information into authoritative, reliable intelligence you can use.To that end, you can expect to receive:Osterholm Briefings, when I can give you helpful context or interpretation or I’m hearing the same question coming from multiple business leadersOsterholm Briefing Updates, which will give you the latest-breaking newsAlerts, when a new development requires immediate actionFor now, we’re going to pay special attention to the categories of Employee Protection, Government Watch, and Communication. We know that you are trying to sort through chaotic messages coming from media outlets that have suddenly taken an interest in what looks to be an emerging pandemic. So we will stay focused on what the latest developments mean to business. And we’ll keep the communication succinct.Expect to see updates like this:Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the WHO, today raised the agency’s pandemic alert level to phase 5, one notch below a full-scale influenza pandemic, signaling that it’s time for all countries to prepare. [Margaret Chan’s statement]The CDC today reported a total of 91 confirmed cases of swine flu in 10 states, with 51 cases in New York City. Besides New York, affected states and case numbers are Arizona, 1; California, 14; Indiana, 1; Kansas, 2; Massachusetts, 2; Michigan, 2; Nevada, 1; Ohio, 1, and Texas, 16. [CDC swine flu page]WHO said it knew of 148 confirmed swine flu cases in nine countries as of 18:00 GMT today. These included 13 in Canada, 91 (with 1 death) in the United States, 26 (with 7 deaths) in Mexico, 2 in Israel, 4 in Spain, 5 in the United Kingdom, 3 in New Zealand, 1 in Austria, and 3 in Germany.A 22-month-old boy from Mexico City died in a Houston, Tex., hospital earlier this week, marking the first swine flu death in the United States and the first outside Mexico, the Texas Department of Health Services (TDHS) reported today. The boy’s close contacts have remained healthy, officials said. [TDHS news release]Germany reported three swine flu cases and Austria reported one, according to a Reuters report today. The patients included a Bavarian couple in their 30s, a 22-year-old woman from Hamburg, and a 28-year-old Austrian.New York and Indiana have received their full allotments of influenza antivirals from the Strategic National Stockpile, and all other states will receive theirs by May 3, Dr. Richard Besser, acting CDC director, said in a press briefing held by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).A “reference strain” of the swine flu H1N1 virus has been isolated by the CDC and sent to vaccine manufacturers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at the HHS briefing, adding that limited pilot lots of vaccine could be available for human trials in “early fall.”The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has organized its swine-flu response into an “incident management” structure of seven teams—vaccine, antivirals, personal protective equipment, blood needs, diagnostic research, shortages, and consumer protection—acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said at the HHS briefing.Only 3 of 14 US swine flu patients with known travel histories had been in Mexico, the CDC said in an MMWR Dispatch last night. Forty of the 64 confirmed cases were not linked to travel or to another confirmed case. [Apr 28 MMWR Dispatch]Between Apr 19 and 27, federal officials checked 15 sick travelers entering the United States from Mexico and confirmed that 2 of them had swine flu, the CDC said in the MMWR Dispatch. Nine travelers remained in isolation pending further evaluation, and four travelers were released.Bottom line for businessPut your plans into action. Help your employees make a critical psychological shift and prepare their households. And stay tuned.last_img read more


Month: November 2020

first_imgThe Assembly of Bankruptcy Creditors of the bankrupt company Helios Faros dd has made a decision on drafting a bankruptcy plan following the investment and recapitalization offer submitted jointly by Valamar Riviera and PBZ Croatia osiguranje for the management of mandatory pension funds on 15 May 2017.The bankruptcy plan should enable the exit of Helios Faros from bankruptcy and the continuation of the business of the company that has been the holder of the Starigrad tourist offer for decades, and has been in bankruptcy since 2016. As previously announced, PBZ Croatia osiguranje and Valamar Riviera have proposed a restructuring plan and a six-year investment plan for tourist property, in the total amount of HRK 650 million. Through the complete renovation and construction of two high-category resorts with a capacity of about 700 accommodation units, the portfolio of Helios Faros would be repositioned according to the premium offer, which would give the destination Stari Grad more attractive and recognizable. According to this plan, Helios Faros would employ about 500 staff after the renovation of the Arkada and Lavender hotels.Helios Faros dd currently has capacities of category 2 * -3 *, which include 1.465 beds in tourist facilities of hotel Arkada 2 * and Lavanda 3 *, apartments 2 * and camp Jurjevac, although almost 20% of capacity in solid facilities has been out of commercial for some time. functions. With more than HRK 3 billion invested in Croatian tourism, Valamar Riviera is one of the largest investors in the tourism sector. In line with the strategic goal of further growth through expansion and partnerships, Valamar Riviera has increased its portfolio by 25% in the last two years through successful acquisitions of the travel companies Hoteli Baška and Imperial Rab.last_img read more


Month: November 2020

first_imgFixBus, the European leader in passenger transport, is expanding its network of international bus lines to Croatia at the beginning of the season.Thus, from Zagreb, which is connected to the most important traffic hubs in Europe, the first direct daily line to Krakow departs. Siófok, Budapest (HU), Zvolen, Banská Bystrica, Donovaly, Ružomberok, Dolný Kubín (SK) and Myślenice (PL) are also connected with the departure at 8 am. Also from 26.4. in addition to the existing lines to Italy, passengers will also have access to Siena and Rome departing at 20:45.”With better transport connections, FlixBus has provided passengers from Croatia, but also all those who are interested in Croatia as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe, the opportunity to travel at very reasonable prices with high quality service. Our goal is to allow passengers unlimited travel across Europe with a single green card . ”Said Dean Čebohin, Business Development Director for FlixBus CEE South Region.Since the entry of FlixBus on the Croatian market in Croatia, almost 120 destinations are currently connected by international lines with 11 European countries directly: Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Thanks to connections with the most important European transport hubs such as Ljubljana, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Prague or Bratislava, it is much easier and more accessible for passengers to reach Croatia, and the FlixBus global network currently connects more than 1.700 destinations with over 250.000 daily connections in 27 European countries. . Thus, Croatia, as part of the FlixBus green network, has become available to an increasing number of passengers.Fast, simple and quality service available to everyone suitable for the target group between 18 and 35 yearsWith the digitalization of the bus industry, FlixBus has managed to bring its services closer to all age groups, but mostly young people between 18 and 35 who are looking for a simple, fast and quality service and the ability to buy a ticket regardless of where they are at the moment. Also, FlixBus benefits such as free internet, available socket and comfort and reasonable prices are one of the imperatives of today’s standard of services in passenger transport by bus.Transport connectivity is one of the first prerequisites for tourism to develop, so any news that increasingly connects us to Europe, our main emitting market, is more than excellent for our tourism.</p>
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Month: November 2020

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB), in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Crafts and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, is organizing the next “Croatian 365 Gourmet” workshop in Vukovar. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Lav II Hotel in Vukovar, and the speakers and guest speakers will be, among others, top Michelin chefs, Lionel Levy and Frank Renimel.”After a successful workshop in Pula, we are extremely pleased that Slavonia and Vukovar will host the next Croatia 365 Gourmet workshop dedicated to excellence in eno-gastronomy. When world-famous Michelin-starred chefs and rich international experience confirm the quality and resource richness of Croatian gastronomy, then this is an additional motivation for us in an even stronger positioning and development of the Croatian eno-gastronomic scene in the function of tourism. I am glad that Lionel and Frank, two top chefs, will hold lectures in Vukovar and transfer their knowledge and experience to Slavonian chefs because they have a key role in presenting our specialties to guests who come to us from all over the world.”, Said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, adding that he invites all interested chefs and eno-gastronomic experts from Slavonia and Baranja to apply for a workshop that is an exceptional opportunity to meet with internationally recognized chefs.Chef Lionel Levy, who will give a lecture on innovations in traditional recipes as part of a workshop in Vukovar, learned the craft from internationally renowned chefs such as Eric Fréchon and Alain Ducasse. Levy is also known as the leader of the new Mediterranean cuisine, and has been the holder of the Michelin star since 2005. Chef Frank Renimel learned the craft from the best French chefs, the Pourcel brothers, Gérard Garrigues and Dominique Toulousy, who became his real mentor and who aroused true creativity in him. At the Relais de Pigasse restaurant, Renimel finds the inspiration needed to receive his first Michelin star in 2003, when he was just 28 years old.Chef pastry chef Clement Higgins, owner of a very successful confectionery shop in Marseille, will speak about current topics in the field of confectionery, while a lecture on brand management in eno-gastronomy will be given by brand manager Elena Schipani, who works on food and beverage promotion. as a brand manager for numerous companies and institutions. The workshop will be attended by a distinguished sommelier Mira Šemić, who will give a lecture on the topic of pairing food and famous Croatian wines.The workshop is free, but registration is required until Friday, May 11, 2018 at 16:00 p.m.i. You can apply hereRelated news:CHEF LIONEL LEVY: DEFEND ANCESTOR’S RECIPESlast_img read more


Month: November 2020

first_imgThe 64th meeting of the Commission for Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) started today in Zagreb.  During the opening, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković welcomed all participants in the meeting to Croatia, where important decisions for the future of European tourism will be made. He announced the opening of an office of the Croatian Tourist Board in Spain, Madrid, where it is also the seat of the World Tourism Organization, which will enable even better cooperation between Croatia and the World Tourism Organization.  The meeting of the Commission for Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is being held in Croatia for the second time after we hosted the meeting of the Commission held in Cavtat in 2002, and hosting the 64th meeting of the Commission for Europe in Zagreb is especially important because Croatia currently chairs the said Commission.  Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli He pointed out that the role of the UNWTO since its inception and even today, to serve as a global forum for tourism policy and other issues related to tourism, and therefore it is extremely important that Croatia, as one of the flagships of tourism in the world, actively pursues a policy of promoting importance. tourism and participates in discussions on challenges and opportunities in tourism together with all partners and members. “Through membership in the UNWTO, we have the opportunity to contribute to the development of responsible, sustainable and universally acceptable tourism in the global context, and holding this meeting in Croatia is another opportunity to present ourselves and continue to strengthen our position on the world stage not only as a destination. but also as a leader in world trends in tourism management and development. “, concluded Minister Cappelli. He also pointed out that Croatia wants to present numerous other treasures from the entire territory of Croatia, ie except on the coast and on the continent, highlighting Plitvice Lakes and Slavonia as examples. Therefore, the next largest tourist gathering, the Days of Croatian Tourism, will be held in Slavonia this autumn, which will include special events in five Slavonian counties in order to achieve a balance between Croatian regions. “In addition to sustainable tourism, we want to find space to strengthen continental tourism and combine everything that Croatia has to offer, a wealth of cultural and natural heritage and a diverse and quality service” said Prime Minister Plenković. Tomorrow, as part of this event, a UNWTO workshop on “Growth, Innovation and Partnership” will be held to discuss key priorities for the development and innovation of European tourism. UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili He said that he was extremely pleased to hold today’s meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, which is already in many ways a model for the rest of the world in terms of tourism. ” “This is my first time in Croatia, but with the hope that I will come more often in the future, I want at least one UNWTO event to take place in this beautiful country, which is already a model for the rest of the world in terms of tourism. Today’s meeting is a great opportunity to work together on solutions and discuss the challenges aheadUNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stressed. Today’s meeting will discuss, among other things, the implementation of the Work Program for the period 2018-2019 and the proposal for the period 2020-2021, the report of the UNWTO Secretary General and the report related to job creation, education and employment. Namely, the UNWTO declared 2019 a year focused on education, skills and job creation, focusing on the possibilities of creating new jobs in accordance with market needs, strengthening competencies and sustainability of tourist destinations. Then, the meeting will elect representatives to the statutory bodies and bodies to be confirmed in September 2019 at the UNWTO General Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia, and will choose the venue for the 65th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe. . Prime Minister Andrej Plenković also emphasized that tourism represents 20 percent of Croatia’s GDP and reminded that last year, with a record tourist season, Croatia generated 12 billion euros in tourism revenues, with almost 20 million arrivals and over 106 million overnight stays. “With continuous investment in the tourism sector, we have raised the level of service, and with the competitiveness of the Croatian coast, in the last few years we have been systematically promoting continental tourism” He said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and added that, in addition to the cities inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, many destinations on the coast have become even more popular, especially due to numerous festivals and other cultural events.  last_img read more


Month: November 2020

first_imgAccording to the number of searches of Germans on Google, the interest in holidays and stays in Croatia is in many segments higher than the interest in Spain, Italy and Greece, which are known to be the top destinations for German tourists, says the analysis of the digital agency Arbona. The Germans showed greater interest in vacationing in Croatia compared to competing countries Croatia thus becomes a camping destination that is most often searched by these countries. In the following examples on the graphs, you can see the search for German terms in the field of tourism that are searched by the residents of Germany looking for their destination for the next vacation in Croatia, Italy, Spain or Greece. Holiday house is a term that is often mentioned for Croatia at this time has great significance. It is in this graph that a comparison of the search for the term holiday home in Croatia, Spain, Italy and Greece in German in Germany can be seen. “Ferienhaus Kroatien” vs “Ferienhaus Spanien” vs “Ferienhaus Italien” vs “Ferienhaus Griechenland” According to the search, Italy, Greece and Spain are below Croatia. If you look at the graph showing the last 90 days, you can certainly see that in the 2nd month, before the declared pandemic, the search for accommodation in holiday homes in Croatia existed, but it is a big leap in the last few days when we are much more interesting to tourists the states of Spain, Italy and Greece. Research conducted using search terms on Google supports this. What is certainly good for Croatia is that it competes highly in that category as well. Again, the search index is high making Germans proven interested in visiting. This time with a smaller ratio, but still in terms of search engine searches, Greece and Spain lag behind us. There is still a visible upward trend, which makes it a leading destination where many would like to spend their vacation. Camping in Croatia is gaining more and more attention from year to year, and the demand is constantly growing. As a conclusion of the analysis from the Arbona agency, they point out that according to these indicators and search trends on Google, for the Germans, Croatia has become one of the best destinations where they want to come and spend their vacation. German users also frequently search for cities in Croatia. The following graph shows the search trend of tourist cities. A large drop in interest caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is visible, but it is also visible that in the last few days the trend has moved in a positive direction. Source: Arbona According to the search trend in the last 90 days and better results of the general situation from day to day, and looking at the positive side, Croatia ranks high as a holiday destination that is most searched in Germany. What certainly promises are the indicators that are definitely on the side of Croatia, they point out from Arbona and add that looking at the types of accommodation, we certainly stand out as one of the most desirable destinations. German regions: Most interests from Bavaria It is interesting to see the regions of Germany where users are most interested in Urlaub Kroatien, ie the desire to vacation in Croatia. Bavaria certainly leads, however Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Württemberg follow right after. Analysis of the search for tourist terms in Germany: Comparison of Croatia, Italy, Spain and Greece. “Camping Croatia” vs “Camping Spain” vs “Camping Greece” “Holidays Croatia” vs “Holidays Spain” vs “Holidays Italy” vs “Holidays Greece”last_img read more


Month: November 2020

first_imgThe promotional action of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board “Late Summer in Dubrovnik” – “Dubrovnik, where the heart is”, from 15 to 30 September, includes discounts and benefits for visitors to Dubrovnik on numerous tourist services from a number of different categories: sights , museums, galleries, accommodation providers and caterers, were also announced by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. Photo: Spencer Davis, Pexels.com SPECIAL BENEFITS IN LATE SUMMER IN DUBROVNIK This year’s program will include the traditional Restaurant Week (September 21-27) with festival menus, special breakfast offer, wine tasting, sweet festival offer, gastro tours, culinary workshops in Desa, festival house in Pile, festival summer gastro cinema program, beer evenings with good street food in Dubrovačka pivovara, concert by Ines Tričković Sextet: Runjić in blue and other interesting events.  Offering half the price of all tourist products, from accommodation, transport, sights to catering services and various experiences, this action aims to enable all Croatian citizens to visit and get to know other parts of our country, conclude the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. Throughout the festival week, from September 21 to 27, there will be a Restaurant Week, a sweet offer, wine tastings, festival breakfasts and a festival house at Pile. The chefs of about thirty Dubrovnik restaurants have created festival menus especially for the Good Food Festival at promotional prices of up to HRK 150, and they will be able to taste them throughout the Festival Week. In addition to Dubrovnik’s cultural institutions, such as the museum, the Lokrum Reserve and the Dubrovnik Walls are also included, and will also offer reduced ticket prices in September.center_img The great news is that the seventh Good Food Festival is being organized this year as well, a gastronomic event for all lovers of good food, which will be held from 24 to 27 September 2020, in accordance with the prescribed measures due to the epidemiological situation.  Good Food Festival Program Attachment: Maybe an opportunity for agencies from Zagreb and other parts of Lijepa naša to put together an interesting program and offer a weekend in Dubrovnik? The City of Dubrovnik and its institutions will be involved in the action of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Croatian National Tourist Board, entitled ‘A week worth of holidays’, from 16 to 25 October 2020. In this way, they want to attract primarily tourists from Croatia from Dubrovnik, who are in the first place on the top list of the most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik this year. By the way, in the period from January 1 to September 9, tourists from Croatia were on the first place on the top list of the most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik. Since the beginning of the year, there were 33 tourists from Croatia (864% of last year’s tourist traffic in arrivals for the same period), and 83 overnight stays were realized (113% more than in the same period last year). last_img read more