Today, the coordination of county tourist boards was held via video call, in which the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić participated. “We have consolidated the current communication, with a strong emphasis on social networks, under the common label #CroatiaLongDistanceLove and we have invited the entire system of tourist boards to join this initiative in order to positively affect the visibility of all Croatian destinations and the overall Croatian tourist offer. Aware of the gravity of the situation and the global crisis that has particularly affected the tourism sector, colleagues from the system were introduced to the activities we have already undertaken and will undertake within the Croatian National Tourist Board, from redefining work plans to reducing operating costs such as salaries, material costs , etc. We suggested the same to the system of county tourist boards because we can overcome this crisis only by joint contribution and solidarityHe said HTZ Director Kristjan Stanicic, emphasizing that the situation related to coronavirus in emitting markets is actively monitored and that the system is informed about all findings on a daily basis so that other tourist boards have the best possible insight into the situation on the markets and plan their activities accordingly. “In this unprecedented situation in which Croatian and world tourism finds itself, coordination is extremely important so that every segment, every level of the tourist system in Croatia is ready to adapt in time to any change that currently affects travel. Tourism has always been a generator of development and that is why it is up to all of us to jointly prepare activities and coordinate actions in order to be as effective as possible in this process until the complete stabilization of the tourism market.” said the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and added that the Government of the Republic of Croatia will continue to take all necessary measures in accordance with the recommendations of the profession and depending on the development of the economic situation in order to keep the entire economic system stable. / / / PROGRAM “COMPETITIVENESS OF THE TOURIST ECONOMY 2020″ CANCELED FOR THIS YEAR Accordingly, over the past week, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development have concluded “Agreement on business cooperation on the implementation of measures to ensure liquidity to entrepreneurs in the tourism sector” which enabled the approval of HBOR’s direct interest-free loans with a total value of up to HRK 600 million, and tourist boards can also apply for these loans. / / / HBOR INTEREST-FREE LOANS SECURED FOR ENTREPRENEURS IN THE TOURIST SECTOR According to the Ministry of Tourism, given the overall situation with the coronavirus pandemic and the negative impact on travel and tourism, the coordination discussed further activities and actions at all levels of the tourist community system to keep the entire system stable and ready for action upon completion. current situation, ie gradual activation depending on protection measures related to travel and tourism. The coordination also discussed the current legal changes within the measures related to the coronavirus pandemic and promotional activities and financial plans of tourist boards in 2020. Emphasis was also placed on the recommendation that all tourist boards focus on cutting costs and reducing salaries by up to 30 percent. We would like to remind you that the Ministry of Tourism, through legislative changes, has, among other things, made it possible to raise the borrowing threshold of tourist boards, which has so far amounted to 10 percent of the projected total revenues.
A visual representation of the shifting of schools to new regions and classes. Click on the image to enlarge. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN GRAPHIC BY TIM SUELLENTROP & TAYLOR VORTHERMSROCKPORT — The Maine Principals’ Association’s proposal to add a fifth class to the state’s high school basketball ranks next season was approved April 30.Membership voted in favor of the proposal 67-29.The change from the traditional four-class system is an effort to address a southward shift in the population that has contributed to declining school enrollments in northern Maine.The new Class AA for the state’s largest basketball-playing schools (enrollment of 824-plus) is meant to reduce the gap between the largest and smallest schools within a class and create more balanced competition.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSchools will also shift from regions east and west to north and south. All six Hancock County teams will play in the north and in their existing classes: Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island in Class B; George Stevens Academy, Bucksport and Sumner in Class C; and Deer Isle-Stonington in Class D. read more
South-West Tipperary are through to the Celtic Challenge Hurling final after they defeated Kilkenny North in the semi final played at Carraiganore Waterford last night.Mark Stokes from Kilsheelan Kilcash put in a fine performance to claim the player of the match award while Mullinahone’s Martin Kehoe scored the vital goal as Tipp ran out 1-18 to 1-15 winners over the Kilkenny representatives.The other semi final of the under 17 Hurling competition will see North-Mid Tipp take on North Cork in Golden at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.
Secretary General of the Barbados based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Hugh Riley says the organization has declared 2018 the Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean.Riley announced the theme for next year at a news conference in Toronto on Monday as part of the program for Caribbean Week Canada 2017.Plan and organize around themeWith wellness and rejuvenation being important aspects of the Caribbean tourism product offering, the CTO is encouraging member countries and private sector partners to plan and organize events and activities around the theme that will appeal to consumers, travel agents and tour operators.“For those who focus on renewing body and spirit, the options are virtually endless; from beachfront workouts and yoga retreats, to wellness resorts and spa treatments, the notion of being rejuvenated in the Caribbean is one more reason to let us pamper you in 2018,” the secretary general said.“The region’s diverse tropical landscape with mountain ranges, valleys and volcanoes, provide excellent opportunities for a variety of ages and physical abilities. Individual trekking, group hiking, health walks, fun-runs, marathons and a range of water-based health-related activities are held throughout the year in our CTO member-countries.”Global wellness industry is a trillion dollar industryThe global wellness sector is a US$3.72 trillion industry, according to the Global Wellness Institute, a Miami, Florida-based non-profit-making organization that provides global research and insight into the wellness industry.The 2018 Caribbean Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation will be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for travelers and holiday planners to share their experiences and ideas of how to welcome visitors to the region for wellness and rejuvenation.Caribbean to be highlighted Through the campaign, CTO, its member countries and private sector partners will highlight the Caribbean as the leading choice for wellness and rejuvenation.At the briefing, Riley also announced that the Canadian market was a strong performer during the first half of 2017, with arrivals up by 6.4 per cent over the corresponding period last year, and is expected to continue to register growth this year despite the hurricanes which impacted about 25 per cent of CTO member countries.“The Conference Board of Canada is predicting that decent capacity and relative value will support growth and expects a transfer of demand from affected destinations to unaffected countries, with the overall impact likely to be minimal,” he said.In addition, the Conference Board of Canada predicts that Caribbean air lift from Canada will be stable, with capacity up by double digits to about a dozen Caribbean countries through to July, while several others showed strong growth of between five per cent and ten per cent.For recent article on the CTO, click the link: Caribbean Tourism Organization calls for US/Caribbean alliance read more