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Georgia voters can follow the instructions included on their ballots to return them by mail. The U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing seven days for ballots to be received by elections officials, so voters should return theirs as quickly as possible to make sure they arrive by Jan. 5.Will drop boxes be available?Yes. Just as in the November general election, Georgia election officials will place secure drop boxes at locations in their counties where voters can return completed ballots. The deadline for submitting ballots is 7 p.m. on Jan. 5. – Advertisement – With control of the Senate at stake, the Jan. 5 runoff for Georgia’s two Senate seats has become the political focal point of the nation. Two Republican incumbents, Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, are facing runoffs against well-funded Democratic opponents.If the victory goes to those two Democrats — Jon Ossoff facing Mr. Perdue, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock facing Ms. Loeffler — control of the Senate will become evenly split, 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tiebreaking vote.- Advertisement – National interest in the election is so high that Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, has warned out-of-staters that it is a felony to relocate temporarily to Georgia for the sole purpose of voting in the runoff, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.For those who are eligible to vote, here are the rules:When is the voter registration deadline?The deadline for registering to vote in the Georgia runoff is Dec. 7. Georgia’s voter registration portal asks for a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a voter’s Social Security number. Interested residents may register by clicking here. Can I vote early in person?Yes. In-person voting in Georgia begins Dec. 14. Voters can check the early-voting locations in their counties on this site. A record number of Georgians — nearly 2.7 million — cast early, in-person votes for the Nov. 3 general election.Can I vote on Election Day?As always, polls will be open on Election Day, Jan. 5. Voters can check the location of their precincts at this site. Absentee ballots will not be automatically mailed to voters, but it’s not hard to request one. Residents can request one from their county registrar’s office by clicking here and locating their county or by following this link. So far, 687,528 absentee ballots have been requested statewide.In Georgia’s general election this month, a record number of people — more than 1.3 million — voted by absentee ballot, a number attributed to the coronavirus, which election officials expect will drive up absentee voting during the runoff as well.When will absentee ballots arrive?Absentee ballots will be mailed beginning Nov. 18. Voters may track the status of their absentee ballot request by clicking here.How do Georgians vote by mail?- Advertisement – How can voters obtain an absentee ballot?- Advertisement –
May 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) –The World Health Assembly (WHA) recently approved a global strategy for managing intellectual property issues and made progress on a draft action plan that was presented by a World Health Organization (WHO) working group.The WHA, which consists of delegates from all WHO member states and serves as the agency’s policy-making arm, met in Geneva from May 19 to 23.Intellectual property rights have become a hot-button issue in global health circles, spurred by Indonesia’s decision in early 2007 to cease sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples. The country’s stance has raised the possibility that it and other countries affected by H5N1 influenza might claim legal ownership of flu virus samples. Samples are needed to track viruses’ transmissibility and drug susceptibility and to develop vaccines.The WHO’s recent work on intellectual property issues is related to but separate from its efforts to broker a virus-sharing agreement.When the WHO’s intellectual property working group met in early April, members reached consensus on all but about 20 of 107 proposed actions. During the WHA, members reached consensus on more items in the draft report. According to a May 28 issues paper released by the WHO, only nine items remain unresolved.The United States is one of the countries that have opposed or had reservations about some of the items in the working group’s draft plan. US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt addressed the US government’s concerns in a May 19 press conference during the assembly.Leavitt said the United States was eager to finalize the agreement, but was seeking to maintain strong principles on items such as the need for innovation.”We obviously have very strong views that intellectual property is the seed or foundation for innovation, and that compromising to the point that innovation is in any way stymied will ultimately cost lives, and that’s not an area where we think compromise should be made,” he told reporters.Despite the lack of a final action plan, the WHA approved a strategy that defines the WHO’s roles regarding public health innovation and intellectual property.”WHO’s member states have recognized that market-driven research and development should be expanded to include additional incentives for health needs–driven research and development, and to make these advances affordable and accessible to developing countries,” the WHO said in its issues paper.Aside from balancing innovation with health needs and greater access to treatments and diagnostic tools, the strategy lays out a framework to:Assess developing countries’ health needs and identify research and development prioritiesPromote work on diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries, along with those that impact vulnerable populations in all countriesExplore and implement, when appropriate, research and development incentivesBoost research and development capacity in developing countriesImprove, promote, and accelerate technology transferRemove access barriers to medical commoditiesSecure research and development financing for developing countriesThe WHO said its next step would be to develop a “quick start” program to fund and begin implementing its intellectual property strategy. The agency also stated it would establish a working group to coordinate research and development financing and develop new ways to fund and stimulate research and development.See also:WHO intergovernmental working group draft report to the WHAMay 28 WHO issue paper on the WHA’s intellectual property progressJun 19, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Virus ownership claims could disrupt flu vaccine system”Oct 17, 2007, CIDRAP News story “WHO report explores patent issues concerning flu viruses”
Scientist accused of smuggling lab vials into USA Canadian scientist was arrested May 5 for allegedly trying to smuggle vials used in Ebola and HIV research at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory into the United States, Canadian and US officials told Agence France-Presse today. The man said he took the materials from the lab on his last day of work and intended to use them at his new job at a National Institutes of Health lab in Bethesda, Md. Officials said the man did not have access to infectious materials and that tests showed the contents of the vials were not hazardous. He remains in custody. [May 13 AFP story] Bangladesh culls poultry to stop H5N1Animal health officials recently culled more than 1,800 chickens in southeastern Bangladesh in response to an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak, Agence France-Press (AFP) reported yesterday. The country’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in early April, when the virus stuck a commercial farm near Dhaka, the capital, according to the World Organization for Animal Health. Egypt battles more H5N1 outbreaksEgypt has reported seven more H5N1 outbreaks recently, according to the country’s Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The outbreaks, reported between May 6 and May 11, occurred in Gharbiya, Qalyoubia, Menofia, Kafr el Sheikh, and Sixth of October governorates. Four of the outbreaks were on poultry farms and the other three involved backyard birds. In three of the events, the birds had been vaccinated. The status of the others was not known. TFAH applauds Obama’s HHS preparedness nomineeThe nonprofit advocacy group Trust for America’s Health today lauded President Obama’s nomination yesterday of Nicole Lurie as assistant secretary for preparedness and response in the Department of Health and Human Services. Jeff Levi, PhD, TFAH executive director, said Lurie brings strong medical and subject matter expertise and proven management skills to the position. Lurie has had leadership roles in several federal and state health departments. Her most recent position was with the Rand Corp., where she directed research on a range of public health preparedness issues. President’s food safety group holds listening session President Obama’s newly formed Food Safety Working Group held its first listening session today, and it was streamed live on the Web. Afterward, administration officials and congressional staff members broke into small groups to discuss challenges and opportunities with stakeholders. The panel, whose creation was announced by Obama Mar 14, is working on a set of principles and guidelines for reforming food safety. The group has also launched a Web site, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account to encourage public feedback on food safety issues. [Food Safety Working Group Web page] Egypt reports new H5N1 caseEgypt’s health ministry reported an H5N1 avian influenza infection in a 5-year-old girl from the southern governorate of Sohag, according to a May 10 Reuters report that cited MENA, Egypt’s state news service. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the girl’s illness, it will raise Egypt’s H5N1 case count to 69, of which 23 have been fatal. She was hospitalized on May 9, was being treated with oseltamivir, and was in stable condition. The report did not list a source of her infection. [May 10 Reuters story] May 13, 2009
Motor boat Galeb, today a cultural asset, was built and launched in 1938 at the Ansaldo shipyard in Genoa. Its original purpose changed significantly over time, so it went from a transport ship to a military one, first as an accompanying cruiser, then as a minesweeper, and finally as a school ship, occasionally as a presidential yacht. Historically, the ship had a turbulent fate, from the complete destruction of the bow and its reconstruction in 1941-1943, to severe damage in the bombing and sinking in the port of Rijeka in 1944, after which it lay submerged until 1947. The seagull is known as a ship that was often and gladly used by Josip Broz Tito for his voyages and eventually became a symbol of a period of Croatian and even world history.Stalni izložbeni postav odnosi se na sam brod Galeb i ono što je ostalo sačuvano od njegove izvornosti. Riječ je o spavaonici Josipa Broza Tita i njegove supruge Jovanke, sobama časnika, kupaonicama, glavnom salonu, salonu za časnike na višim etažama i drugim prostorijama koje će se u potpunosti restaurirati i potom konzervirati. U ovu kategoriju spadaju i prostorije u trupu broda: zajedničke kabine za posadu, mornarski sanitarni čvorovi i društvene prostorije. Na isti način sačuvat će se i prezentirati pogonski sustav, zajedno s pomoćnim motorima.Interventions in these premises will be minimal and reduced to the conservation and restoration of the existing condition with the aim of presenting all visible historical layers and changes on board.Od Ramba III do Seagull the ship underwent a number of modifications, which is recognizable in its construction, and the existing furniture and decoration of the ship can be classified exclusively in the post-war and stylistically most recognizable phase of the 50s, 60s and 70s of the 20th century.Additional themes of the permanent exhibition: History of the ship Seagull – chronology, On the construction of four Ramba, Life on a Warship, Role Seagull in the Non-Aligned Movement and Rijeka after World War II.The project envisages that the ship will remain moored in the port of Rijeka and that its rich contents will fit into the cultural and artistic trends in the city of Rijeka.The program of the museum will coincide with the program line Rijeka European Capital of Culture 2020 “Age of Power”, which deals with a critical re-examination of all totalitarianisms that have touched Rijeka.The ship Galeb was bought by the City of Rijeka at a public auction due to the fact that it is a protected cultural asset of the Republic of Croatia, but also a ship with an interesting and turbulent history that is related to Rijeka. Namely, the ship Galeb was declared a cultural property on October 10, 2006, based on the decision of the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.The concept of a permanent and occasional museum exhibition at Galeb was composed with the intention of making the museum exhibition attractive to the widest circle of visitors and all age groups, which will also revive this ship. The permanent exhibition refers to the ship Galeb itself and what has been preserved from its originality.In addition to the ship’s infrastructure, the permanent exhibition will enrich the exhibitions aimed at showing the dynamic history of the ship Galeb and the city of Rijeka. A number of events are planned on board, which will unite various cultural activities in the city, such as theater performances, tribunes, performances, educational workshops, video projections and other contents that will be conducted by Rijeka’s cultural institutions. With the implementation of the project, the ship will become a significant tourist attraction of cultural significance, which will enrich the offer of the city of Rijeka in the form of cultural tourism. The opening of the ship as a new cultural and tourist content will enrich the local economic sector and thus encourage the creation of new jobs in the cultural sector.So the Seagull will transform the ship into a museum which will offer visitors a story about the regime and time that it symbolizes today, not only in the context of the former Yugoslavia but much wider, but also the story of maritime history since the Seagull is extremely interesting in this regard. In addition, Galeb will have an accommodation and catering part, but to a much lesser extent than the museum part. Namely, it is planned that the museum and public will occupy approximately 4.000 square meters of the ship, and accommodation and catering only 1.000 square meters.The museum’s holdings will include all existing ship equipment, existing illustrative materials, such as photo and video materials, copies of documentation on the construction and history of the ship, archives of articles, books and other textual contributions related to the Seagull. Visitors who have stayed and worked on the ship during their lifetime will be able to leave a video of their experiences, donate documentation and exhibits.The exhibition will feature a number of interactive content and questionnaires, and the open decks return to their old glory by restoring a wooden floor made of teak, lighting and awnings, with modern museological additions.The ship museum will be adapted for people in wheelchairs as well as for the blind. For the renovation of the ship Galeb and one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in this part of Croatia, built for the administrative building of the former Rijeka Sugar Factory, today part of the so-called complex “Benčić”, the City and Rijeka and partners, the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka and the University of Rijeka, approved 68,891,606, 18 kuna grants from EU funds, or 85% of total project costs.This is the program “Tourist valorization of representative monuments of Rijeka’s industrial heritage” for which funds were obtained from the European Regional Development Fund – Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion”, through the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds and the Central Financing and Contracting Unit (CFCA). ).The goal of the project is to create a cultural and tourist destination that includes new ones cultural and tourist contents developed within the representative monuments of Rijeka’s industrial heritage into a common and unique cultural and tourist product which contributes to tourist recognition and attendance and sustainable development at the local and regional level. The program includes the creation of a new cultural and tourist route, as well as scientific, educational and promotional activities that promote the project and sensitize the general public to cultural heritage.The remaining funds in the amount of approximately HRK 12 million must be provided by the City of Rijeka from other sources. In accordance with the propositions of the Tender, the City of Rijeka requested HRK 7,066,736.48, and the result is expected during September.Sugar Palace and the ship Galeb, a representative of protected cultural monuments, will also be part of the European Capital of Culture 2020 project. Also, as part of the implementation of this project, the Croatian Museum Council approved a museum exhibition on June 12, which will be located in these facilities after the renovation of the Sugar Palace and the Galeb. The Šećerana Palace will become the seat of the Museum of the City of Rijeka, which will also include the ship Galeb.Upon completion of the reconstruction and furnishing, the facilities on a total of 9.524,9 m2 will have multiple cultural and commercial purposes: for permanent museum exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, creative workshops, summer cinema, thematic conferences, accommodation facilities and a range of commercial services directly related to cultural heritage.SUGAR SHOP Sugar Palace the cultural property has been protected since 1970. The Baroque Palace marks the beginnings of industrialization in the city of Rijeka and the region, and as such is a symbol of Rijeka as a commercial and industrial city. The realization of the museum content will achieve a synthesis of presenting the historical and cultural value of the Palace itself with the presentation of significant historical and cultural heritage that in the best possible way testifies to the historical significance of Rijeka, while creating a significant landmark in the development of urban cultural tourism.Koncept stalnog postava zasniva se na dvije osnove – prva se zasniva na pričama koje pripovijedaju oslikane i štukatura dekorirane dvorane Palače, dok se druga zasniva na zbirkama Muzeja grada Rijeke.Stalni postav “Doba šećera i globalizacija” bit će smješten za 1. i 2. katu te je koncipiran pomoću sljedećih tematskih cjelina: Moć šećera, Mletački lav i carski orao, Revolucija i parni stroj, Prvi torpedo na svijetu , Južni pol Srednje Europe, More, globalizacija, Amerika, Između sjevera i juga, Mirisi i boje Istoka, Došašće, egzodus, novi život – Rijeka i svijet.So, the first and second floors will be the museum’s exhibition spaces. On the second floor, in a large hall and a smaller so-called hunting lounge, various cultural events will be able to take place. On the third floor there will be spaces for the work of the curator and other accompanying staff. In the attic there will be technical spaces for museums and storage. A new staircase for evacuation will be built along the eastern facade of the building.The palace was built as the administrative building of a sugar factory in 1752, at the initiative of the Trieste-Rijeka company. After the fire of 1785, it was significantly renovated and equipped with baroque interiors with wall paintings and stucco.U 19. stoljeću služila je kao upravna zgrada tvornice duhana, a potom i tvornice motora “Rikard Benčić”. Predstavlja najkvalitetniju baroknu palaču na istočnoj jadranskoj obali, čija je izgradnja označila početak industrijskog razvoja Rijeke. Unutrašnjost zgrade bogato je ukrašena štukaturama, freskama i keramičkim pećima.GOLEB SHIP
Not so long ago, the very mention of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) was associated only with negative connotations, and expectations were very low, while today the scale is certainly high, and expectations are justifiably high, as befits the HGK.The main function of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is to be a partner to the private sector, both at home and even more so when entering foreign markets. And when we talk about tourism, what I can confirm with certainty is that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Sector for Tourism, through their County Chambers and Sections in Tourism, are an extended hand to the tourism sector.Throughout the year we witness various educations and seminars, professional meetings, both through the Tourist Council and through various tourist sections from adventure tourism to family accommodation, analysis and publications, conferences and forums, the Group of unique luxury hotels was founded, and certainly one of the most important support to our tourism and domestic production through the action Let’s buy Croatia and the specialized project Croatian product for Croatian tourism.Of course, it can always and must be better, faster and more active, but the most important thing is that today entrepreneurs in tourism in Croatia have a stable and strong partner in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. What is the situation in our economy, can we finally connect blue and green Croatia, how to include as many Croatian products as possible in our tourist product – as well as many other questions answered by the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović.INTERVIEW / Luka Burilović, HGK: Reducing imports, greater self-sufficiency and rounding off the production and sales process, as it is popularly called – from the field to the table – is our ultimate goalOver the four years, you have participated in numerous conferences, meetings with businessmen, visited numerous companies… what is the real situation in our economy and what are your predictions in 2018?The past year has seen economic growth in many fields, including shifts in production, consumption and exports, and a reduction in the budget deficit and public debt. We also had a record tourist season, with an increase in wages, employment and retail trade turnover. However, the data of countries close to us in the European Union show that we are still lagging behind and that we are not growing as fast, even though the growth itself is higher than the EU average. For that, we need deeper reforms, such as reform of education, public administration and the judiciary.I believe that GDP growth will continue this year as well, so that we can expect a positive trend in terms of foreign trade, since growth is also expected in our key foreign trade partners. The situation in Agrokor will continue to be one of the major challenges, in the solution of which the key is the dialogue of all involved and the willingness to compromise in order to preserve healthy and quality parts of the system, the Croatian policy and jobs.Tourism is growing from year to year, but we count overnight stays and arrivals, but not tourist spending, which is the most relevant, and unfortunately too little in Croatia, as well as its dispersion to the local economy. How do you assess the development of our tourism? Are we going in the right direction? What are the most significant problems plaguing our business people in tourism?This year, for the first time, Croatia records 100 million overnight stays and revenues of more than EUR 10 billion, which are definitely record numbers. But further growth and development are needed. Better conditions of the business environment can raise Croatia on the competitiveness scale and ensure the sustainability of Croatian tourism, influence the further growth of investments and new employees, and initiate the growth of other economic sectors.Last year, 817 million euros were invested in Croatian tourism, and for this year the announcements are even more optimistic because over 900 million euros of investments are expected. However, they are invested mainly by domestic hotel companies, while investments by foreign investors are still modest, mostly due to too frequent changes in the legal and fiscal framework. The key things that bother our businessmen and hinder further growth are tax relief, resolving legislation that hinders development and investment, especially related to property and real estate taxes, the issue of regulation of tourist land, sojourn taxes and the systematic elimination of employment and labor shortages. Also, the extension of the season would affect the overall growth of the tourism sector.The combination of Blue and Green Croatia, so simple and logical, we have everything, production and on the other hand the need, ie through tourism consumption, but still just a dream. It is insane that Slavonia, the Dalmatian hinterland and the interior of Istria do not support tourism on the coast, what is the solution and how to speed up this process?We have to connect green and blue Croatia, and since I am a Slavonian, I believe that this region can give a big boost to development. The share of our products in tourism is still insufficient and we must strive to be as high as possible. The attractiveness of the continent is numerous, so we need to work on outgrowing the status of a destination that depends on the sun and the sea. By developing a tourist offer that promotes the complementarity of the tourist potentials of the coast and continental regions, we can help the development of other parts of Croatia. Since rural areas in Croatia face significant demographic problems, rural tourism can be one of the answers to the question of how to start economic activity, revitalize rural areas and enable people to stay in the countryside.We can speed up the process by activating unused tourist resources, renovating and raising the quality of accommodation capacities and creating additional tourist facilities in underdeveloped tourist areas, by improving the renovation of buildings and areas of significant historical, cultural and traditional values. In addition to the offer itself, a significant factor can be quality and indigenous products of continental Croatia. Continental Croatia has great potential for positioning as a destination for health tourism, primarily due to the presence of numerous clinics and special hospitals, as well as a rich offer of spa tourism. We have to connect green and blue Croatia, and the “Croatian product for Croatian tourism” campaign is one of the models to make this 20-year-old phrase a reality.The Buy Croatian campaign celebrated 20 years, and regardless of the effort, recognizability and success of the campaign, I still have a weak representation of Croatian products in the tourist product. What are the daily plans for the Buy Croatian project? Did hoteliers also respond to the Buy Croatian campaign and how to complete the entire production and sales process from the field to the table? The specialized project Let’s buy a Croatian-Croatian product for Croatian tourism proved to be an extremely successful b2b event?The specialized campaign Let’s buy Croatian – Croatian product for Croatian tourism was launched in 2015 to connect economic entities in tourism with other businessmen and sectors, and for twenty years we have been talking about how important it is to buy domestic and emphasize Croatian quality. Support for our manufacturer has never been more necessary than today because they are the ones who create a quality product and enable the creation of new jobs. This idea should become a lifestyle all 365 days of the year. Domestic products must be the key to the recognition of our tourism.Namely, due to its development, tourism can function as a lever for the development of other activities. We do not mean only the gastronomic offer, but also the wood processing industry, creative industry, IT… At the last edition of the action in 2017 in Zagreb exhibited about a hundred producers from the food sector, cosmetics, furnishing and tourism providers, as well as over 30 hoteliers, members of the family accommodation community and boaters. There is a growing connection between Croatian tourism and producers, especially food, construction, wood processing and other industries, so that in some hotel houses the share of Croatian products rises to more than 70 percent. Numerous hotel companies are also leaving their investment projects for the construction of new accommodation capacities to domestic contractors.The importance of tourism for our economy is immeasurable and that is why we must use absolutely all the opportunities that are given to us to promote domestic production through it. Reducing imports, greater self-sufficiency and rounding off the production and sales process, as it is popularly called – from the field to the table – is our ultimate goal. We want to connect the public and the private, the sea and the continent, big and small, so that together we can do our best and use the huge potential that we have as a country.I am extremely pleased with the numerous testimonies of our entrepreneurs and companies that at B2B meetings, within the specialized project Croatian Product for Croatian Tourism, they concluded long-term business cooperation, placed their products in large hotel chains and established cooperation with small family hotels – Luka Burilović, HGKThe balloon with the workforce in tourism has been inflating for years and it was only a matter of time before it burst. One of the solutions you are advocating is the introduction of dual education, and even according to the HGK survey, 80 percent of companies support the idea? We have a labor shortage, which is particularly pronounced in the sectors of tourism, construction, shipbuilding and agriculture, and at the same time our young people are leaving the education system to enter the labor market with skills that are not in line with the needs of entrepreneurs. With 180.000 unemployed, businessmen are short of 30.000 workers. It is very clear that this cannot end well if we do not start soon and start changing things from the ground up. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce has proposed a model of dual vocational education that can make education more efficient and flexible. By addressing this strategically important issue, we can simultaneously address several economic and social issues, from labor and unemployment to the issue of demography.The chamber has managed to increase quotas in these four years, but it was a firefighting measure. We need a reform of education, where the proposal of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is the introduction of dual vocational education modeled on Germanic countries, which would include the modernization of occupations, work on their attractiveness and changes in legislation.The just opened office of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China is a big step forward and a link with the Chinese market. There is a huge chance for Croatia, both for tourism and for the export of Croatian products. What are the expectations and what can entrepreneurs in tourism get and expect from the representative office? Are Chinese businessmen interested in investing in the tourism sector? We currently export the most wood, wood and plastic molding machines, fire engines, leather goods and medicines to China, and it is a market with 2,6 times more people than in the entire EU. The representative office will work on removing obstacles for further growth of trade and other activities. The biggest difficulty for domestic exporters is the lack of defined certificates and procedures for certain types of products. We will also work on finding niches for the placement of products and services for customers with higher purchasing power.The presence of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce on Chinese soil will have a positive effect on strengthening economic relations, and accordingly the recognition of Croatia as an interesting destination for Chinese tourists. The purchasing power of Chinese citizens is growing significantly from year to year and they are increasingly traveling and exploring world and European destinations. We see that the number of Chinese tourists in Croatia is constantly growing. There is also interest in investing in the Croatian tourism sector, for example in Krapinske Toplice, a direct investment of 30 million euros by Chinese investors is in the process of realization. The Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA) plans to invest 30 million euros in the purchase and renovation of the Toplice hotel and the start of construction of residential villas and bungalows through Zhongya Real Estate.According to the new restrictive regulations of the Chinese government regarding direct investments abroad and certain areas for investment, during 2017 there was a noticeable decline in Chinese investment, but this trend improved towards the end of 2017. The Chinese authorities are certainly encouraging investments under the Belt and Road initiative, and Croatia is in a key position by sea initiative. Here we see the potential for investment in tourism infrastructure.The tourism sector is one of the most active sectors, has a strong county network, with various communities from family tourism, hostels, adventure tourism, travel agencies… participate in organizing various trainings, congresses, forums, analyzes, frequent meetings of the profession and the selection of Tourist Flower – quality for Croatia. An excellent positive example of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce as an extended hand to entrepreneurs, in this case the tourism sector. How satisfied are you with the work of the tourism sector and what are your future plans? Through its activities, the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has become a recognizable and desirable partner for the entire tourism sector. In addition to networking all stakeholders and representing the common economic interests of entrepreneurs through associations and communities, I would certainly highlight the work on drafting legislation related to the tourism sector and the drafting of several national strategic documents. I am glad that the activities of the Sector include the awarding of the brightest examples of success in tourism through the Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia award and numerous high-quality events, such as the Family Accommodation Forum and the new Nautical Days.This year, the sector will continue to work on solving key problems that limit the growth and further improvement of the tourism sector, primarily tax relief, the problem of labor shortages and legislation.Finally, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce led by you began to blow a new wind, a lot has been done and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has finally become a partner to entrepreneurs, what are you most satisfied with and what are the priorities for the next period? In the period when the trust of businessmen in us was expressed undermined, we managed to create a service that meets the real needs of our members. I would like to emphasize the creation of new services, business rationalization, representative office network and business internationalization, work permit quotas for the economy and the Chamber’s dual education model. I believe that these results give me credibility for the new mandate, and the crown is the reward for the implemented reforms for the best chamber of Southeast and Central Europe and the unconditional opinion of the state audit.In the next period, my goal is to make sure that policy makers respect the voice of the economy even more strongly so that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of its members, becomes a co-creator of economic policies of long-term and strategic importance. An example of such successful cooperation is the agreement signed with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on the opening of the Chamber’s missions within diplomatic and consular missions, which is an important part of the novelties related to helping businessmen in internationalizing their business. I intend to transfer the same services we offer to the digital sphere for a simpler and better understanding of the members and more efficient work of the Chamber itself. The third strategic goal is dual vocational education, as a long-term solution to the burning problem of labor shortages.Related news:ANTONIA URLIĆ NEW DIRECTOR OF THE HGK TOURISM SECTORDANIJELA ČAVLOVIĆ ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY TOURISM COMMUNITY AT THE Croatian Chamber of CommerceIVA BENCUN NEW PRESIDENT OF THE HGK ADVENTURE TOURISM COMMUNITY
International Tourist Film Festival, Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, a full member of CIFFT.e – the international association of tourist film festivals, on its seventh edition from October 10 to 12, 2018., presents attractive tourist films from 91 countries of the world. It has been reported this year 807 films from 91 countries, of which 263 entered the competition for one of the awards. The best among them will be selected by an eleven-member expert jury, made up of relevant domestic and European experts. Lovers of travel, on October 11 from 11 am to 21 pm, in Kaptol Boutique Cinema (Nova ves 17, Zagreb) there are free screenings through which they will be able to discover new destinations, cities, hotels and resorts, adventure offers, extreme sports, various culture and traditions… through films in five categories: promotional films up to 3, 30 and 60 min., TV reports and Croatian tourist films. Particularly interesting are works from countries such as Spain, the Philippines, the Czech Republic, America, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Ecuador, etc. The festival program is available on the web (www.zagreb-tourfilm.com) and the FB pages of the festival.”A large number of countries from which films were submitted are especially happy because they are a confirmation and recognition that the Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, the city of Zagreb and Croatia are already known in the world of tourism and specific professional film expression about this important industry.”Points out the director of Zagreb Tourfilm – Saraga Memorial. In addition to a rich film program, the Zagreb County Tourist Board and the Samobor Tourist Board will present their tourist potentials to festival guests from around the world.In addition to the film screening and awarding of the best tourist films, in its seventh edition the Zagreb TourFilm Festival is organizing a panel discussion “The economic impact of fiscal incentives for film and television”, which aims to connect film and tourism experts and stimulate discussion on the promotion of certain destinations in the right way and encourage all stakeholders to develop new models of cooperation between the two industries. Panelists are Bruno Manique from the Film Commissiona Portugal, Geronymaki Stavroula from the Film Commissiona of Greece, Francisco Dias from Portugal, Jasmin Duraković, film director from Sarajevo and Tanja Ladović Blažević from HAVC.ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL 2018 from Balduci Film on Vimeo.
Balduci Film at promotional film locations Telly Awards are evaluated by a jury, ie members of the Council, which consists of more than 200 members, active experts from various fields of television, marketing and the like. Second place at the festival was won by the promotional film of the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board “Visit Lika” under the direction of Bobby B. Grubić, three-time Emmy winner, which is also produced by Spomenka Saraga and Balduči Film. The Telly Awards showcases the best works recorded for television and other media each year. The festival received more than 12 entries from more than 50 countries on five continents, and the winners of the Telly Awards represent the work of some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. The promotional film of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board “Dubrovnik Riviera” directed by Herva Tirmarche, cinematographer Jajij Armi and produced by Spomenka Saraga and Balduči Film won first place and a gold medal at the American Telly Awards. So far, these films have already won several awards, namely silver and bronze at the largest tourism fair “ITB”, 2nd place by the jury and the best tourism film according to tourism management students in Japan and a bronze award at the “New York Festivals” which awarded in Las Vegas during the NAB Show media event.
The airline will recommend four local destinations to choose from, with flights from Haneda Airport in Tokyo or from Itami and Kansai Airports in Osaka. Family and friends traveling together can apply as a group of four people maximum, and the applicant will find out if he has won tickets within three days of applying. However, in order to win free tickets, passengers must be registered in the airline’s collection program for award miles, but must not be registered in Japan. Also, passengers will find out where they are flying only a few days after checking in. More details on the Japan Airlines sweepstakes will be announced in early January, and entries will open in late February. The final preparations for the Olympic Games are underway. The new National Stadium in Tokyo, which will be the main venue for the Games, officially opened on December 21st, and the ceremony was attended by eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. The Olympic Games will be held from July 24 to August 9 this year, followed by the Paralympic Games until September 6. The Japanese government expects the “Olympic effect” to bring an additional 10 million visitors to the country. The annual arrivals of foreign tourists to Japan doubled in the period from 2013 to 2018 to more than 31 million, of which 10 million guests visited Tokyo. Source / photo: CNN; Pixabay Japan Airlines is giving away 50.000 return tickets to international tourists for flights to Japan next summer. But there is a catch, reports CNN. The purpose of this donation is to encourage tourists to visit less visited parts of Japan and attend the Summer Olympics, given that they are held in Tokyo from July 1 to September 30.
The recommendation of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) regarding the conduct of extracurricular activities in the event of the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the implementation of contracted student trips overnight and caused additional problems for schools, parents and travel agencies. “I would like to emphasize once again that the money paid for student trips was not lost, but it is important to understand that it did not remain in the accounts of travel agencies but was forwarded to partners abroad and / or in Croatia, and colleagues invest all available funds in negotiating negotiations. new terms or returns. It is extremely important that in the curricula for the new school year, extracurricular classes are certainly planned so that, if the epidemiological situation allows, we will be able to realize delayed trips and, hopefully, plan new ones. If the trips are canceled, we want the parents to know that they have the right to a replacement trip through the issued voucher or refund in accordance with the concluded contract and in accordance with the applicable legislation.” emphasizes Fain. UHPA members are in constant contact with schools and parents and jointly coordinate further actions and make decisions that will primarily be in the interest of students. Long-term cooperation and correct relations are a guarantee that the final decisions will be to the satisfaction of all. “We consider making such an important recommendation in the late afternoon at the end of the working week unacceptable, especially in the midst of the realization of already postponed student trips. This kind of action caused, I can freely say, chaos and panic among parents and teachers, and with its vagueness and (non) binding form, it further complicated the already difficult situation for travel organizers. The consequences of such actions are, on the one hand, disrupted business relations created over the years and millions in losses on the other”, points out Tomislav Fain, president of UHPA. According to UHPA estimates, the value of school trips that take place over a period of one school year is around HRK 350 million. Due to the pandemic and undefined recommendations, losses in the tourism industry for the 2019/20 school year. exceed the amount of 230 million and most, due to canceled trips “frozen” in the business accounts of hotels, airlines, carriers and other providers of contracted services. The Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) and members specializing in the organization and implementation of extracurricular activities consider such a procedure unacceptable. “The greatest satisfaction for colleagues in agencies is a satisfied client. Consequently, the basic purpose of our existence is to provide a service that will make it possible. Unfortunately, in this extraordinary situation, some have ignored the demands and rights of clients by putting their business interest first. By doing so, they caused damage to the entire industry of this travel agency and put their business in a negative context in the public. The UHPA condemns such conduct, which has caused enormous damage and cast doubt on the operations of all agencies. As I have stated countless times so far, it is the obligation of the travel agency to operate in accordance with the legal regulations and there is no deviation from that. ” concludes Fain. Tomislav Fain, UHPA / Photo: UHPA Poor timing and vagueness of the CNIPH recommendation disrupted long-term successful cooperation with school institutions and made it impossible for travel agencies to organize business trips, UHPA points out.