Pew report critiques Salmonella outbreak response

first_img The PSP’s findings and recommendations are based on an extensive view of outbreak-related public records, including those of the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and congressional hearings. The authors of the 32-page report said in a press release that their goal was to frame questions for public health officials who will review the response to the outbreak, a probe that congressional leaders and produce industry representatives have requested. The PSP is based at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Problems with coordination and capacityAnother shortcoming that came to light was a lack of organization, capacity, and coordination that hurt the effectiveness of the outbreak response, the PSP authors report. They state that their review of the outbreak raises questions as to whether public health agencies shared data in a timely manner and whether poor communication between the agencies could have delayed the identification of peppers as the vehicle for Salmonella contamination. At a House subcommittee hearing on the Salmonella outbreak in late July, David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner of foods, said that the FDA, in proposing its Food Protection Plan last fall, asked for 10 specific legislative authorities, according to a previous report. Of those, “probably the one that’s most important is the one that requires preventive controls [in food production and processing]. That’s absolutely critical across the board,” he said. Jim O’Hara, director of the PSP, said in the statement that the problems identified in the report are nothing new. “Many of these problems have been identified for years by expert body after expert body,” he said. “If we pass up this opportunity to learn from this most recent outbreak, we will keep repeating the same costly mistakes—for public health and industry alike.” However, the document also notes that the FDA’s attempts to enact produce safety regulations as part of its 2007 Food Protection Plan, using its existing authority, have been ignored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Problems with coordination and capacity showed up in the CDC’s epidemic curve (“epi curve”), the report maintains. When the FDA issued its nationwide advisory about tomatoes on Jun 7, officials originally reported that 145 people had been infected at that time, but the epi curve they issued later showed that more than 800 people—55% of the outbreak total—had illness onsets before that date. Also, the CDC acknowledged that the delays in reporting cases were a sign that response capacity was strained. According to the report, state public health departments acted quickly to respond and inform the CDC, but the CDC could have acted more quickly to inform the FDA, which is responsible for leading multi-agency and trace-back investigations. Also, big, multistate investigations such as the S Saintpaul outbreak reveal a disconnect between the epidemiological and trace-back efforts. Nov 17 Produce Safety Project press release Who has power to mandate produce safety?During the outbreak, FDA officials said mandatory safety controls for produce were needed, but they were waiting on Congress to give them the authority. However, the PSP report says the FDA has used its existing statutory authority before to set Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations: in 1995 for seafood and in 2001 for juice. The report says the FDA has also proposed on-farm safety measures for shell eggs. Nov 17 Produce Safety Project reporthttp://www.producesafetyproject.org/admin/assets/files/0015.pdf The epi curve showed a normal bell shape, which suggested that the FDA’s interventions could have been too late or off target, the authors write. See also: The PSP authors write, “The lack of federal action has resulted in a patchwork-quilt approach to fresh produce safety. Moreover, federal inaction may well be eroding public confidence in the safety of the food supply.” Mixed and confusing messagesIn reviewing the public health messages that came from various agencies during the outbreak, the authors concluded that messages were frequent but inconsistent, pointing toward a need for officials to establish risk-communication strategies before an outbreak occurs. For example, a lack of detail about early case clusters hampered the tomato industry’s efforts to determine if there was a connection between illnesses and tomato distribution patterns. Nov 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – This past  summer’s nationwide Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak exposed several gaps in the nation’s food safety system, including poor organization and confusing risk communications, the Produce Safety Project (PSP), an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, said in a report yesterday. O’Hara called on the incoming Obama administration to make mandatory, enforceable safety standards for fresh produce a food-safety priority and to take steps to fix the nation’s broken outbreak response system. “Both actions will go a long way toward safeguarding public health and protecting farmers,” he said. “Because these investigations are conducted by two separate agencies, they tend to be treated as separate processes rather than being seen as two sides of the same coin, needing significant integration,” the report states. As another example, the report says that the CDC changed the way it graphically portrayed outbreak information at several points during the outbreak. “It is troubling that this determination was not made beforehand; it might have minimized the confusion and frustration experienced by state officials, the produce industry, and consumers,” it states. The outbreak, first reported in early June, sickened more than 1,400 people and badly hurt the fresh-tomato industry before authorities determined several weeks into the trace-back investigation that tainted jalapeno and Serrano peppers were the culprits. Jul 31 CIDRAP News story “State models cited as ways to improve outbreak response”last_img read more

With H1N1 resistance, CDC changes advice on flu drugs

first_imgDec 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Increased resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the leading influenza drug, has prompted federal health officials to change their advice about flu treatment, saying clinicians for now should consider using zanamivir (Relenza) or a combination of two drugs for patients suspected of having influenza A.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today said 49 of 50 influenza A/H1N1 viruses tested so far this season have shown resistance to oseltamivir. But all the isolates remained sensitive to zanamivir and to the two older flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine.H1N1 is one of the three viral types and subtypes included in season flu vaccine; the others are A/H3N2 and B.”When influenza A (H1N1) virus infection or exposure is suspected, zanamivir or a combination of oseltamivir and rimantadine are more appropriate options than oseltamivir,” the CDC said in today’s advisory. “Local influenza surveillance data and laboratory testing can help with physician decision-making regarding the choice of antiviral agents for their patients.”But Dr. Anthony Fiore, a medical epidemiologist in the CDC’s Influenza Division, said rapid flu tests don’t identify the viral subtype, and many areas don’t have good flu surveillance data. “This problem really does complicate deciding what kind of antiviral to use,” he told CIDRAP News.At the same time, he said US flu activity remains low so far this season, and the resistant H1N1 viruses seem no more virulent than susceptible ones. In its weekly surveillance update today, the CDC said 3 states have reported local flu activity, while 36 states have reported only sporadic cases. Another 11 states have reported no flu cases yet.The CDC said vaccination should continue as the primary method for preventing the flu, as the oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 viruses are antigenically similar to the H1N1 strain in this year’s vaccine.Resistance emerged last seasonSince January 2006, oseltamivir and zanamivir have been the only antivirals recommended for flu in the United States. At that point the CDC advised clinicians to stop using amantadine and rimantadine, known as the adamantanes, because H3N2 viruses had become highly resistant to them. Today’s interim guidance puts the adamantanes back in the recommendations.Significant H1N1 resistance to oseltamivir emerged in the United States and a number of other northern hemisphere countries during the 2007-08 flu season. Overall, 10.9% of tested H1N1 viruses in this country showed resistance, according to the CDC.But resistance rose to nearly 100% in some southern hemisphere countries, particularly Australia and South Africa, in their 2008 season, said Fiore.The CDC’s new interim recommendations for healthcare providers include the following:Review local or state flu virus surveillance data weekly to determine which types and subtypes are circulating.Consider using rapid tests that can distinguish types A and B. Fiore said some rapid tests can do this, but others can’t.Patients who test positive for type B can be given either oseltamivir or zanamivir if treatment is indicated.If a patient tests positive for type A, zanamivir should be considered if treatment is indicated. Oseltamivir should be used alone only if local surveillance data suggest that circulating viruses are likely to be A/H3N2 or B. A combination of oseltamivir and rimantadine is an acceptable alternative, and may be necessary for patients who can’t take zanamivir, which is taken by inhalation and is not licensed for children younger than 7 years. Amantadine can replace rimantadine if the latter is not available.If a patient tests negative on a rapid flu test, clinicians should still consider treatment, depending on local flu activity and clinical signs and symptoms. (Fiore said rapid tests are not very sensitive and work better in children than adults.) If treatment is indicated, zanamivir or a combination of oseltamivir and rimantadine should be considered.Where available, testing for viral subtypes can guide treatment. For patients with an H3N2 or B virus, either oseltamivir or zanamivir can be used; for an H1N1 infection, zanamivir or the combination of oseltamivir and rimantadine can be used.What pushed the CDC to make the new recommendations, said Fiore, was the high level of resistance in the H1N1 viruses tested, plus the fact that most of the viruses tested so far this season have been H1N1.The latter factor could easily change, he said. “Last season at this time, H1N1 was the most common [subtype], but a month later they were a distant third place. That could happen again. So these are interim guidelines, and one hope we have is that clinicians will recognize that things are a little complicated this year and keep track of the recommendations that come out.”Fiore said polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests that can identify flu subtypes are now available, but their use is mostly limited to specialty labs, such as state health departments. Once samples arrive at the lab, the tests take a couple of hours. “So if you were going to wait to decide therapy, you’re going to end up with a pretty substantial delay,” he said.Also, he said many areas don’t have good local flu surveillance data. “That advice to look at local data is probably not going to be useful in a lot of areas,” he commented.On the other hand, he noted, “We don’t have much flu activity of any kind right now. . . . And things could continue to evolve and change.”He added, “The fact is that most people don’t get antiviral treatment in the first place. And the resistant viruses are not any more dangerous or virulent, so the person is not going to know if they have resistant flu.”Experts air practical concernsKristine Moore, MD, MPH, medical director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News, said she’s not surprised by the sudden spike in antiviral resistance in this year’s circulating H1N1 strain. She said influenza A viruses have a strong tendency to mutate rapidly, and that increasing use of oseltamivir has placed more selective pressure on the virus.The quick emergence of antiviral resistance and the CDC’s revised treatment recommendation have important implications for pandemic flu planning, Moore said. A rapid change affecting treatment could happen in a pandemic influenza strain. “This teaches us not to rely on any one strategy,” she said.William Schaffner, MD, chairman the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told CIDRAP News that healthcare providers expect a little disconcerting news each flu season. “But we got the prize in the Cracker Jack box early this year,” he said.If physicians need to prescribe treatment for some of their patients who have influenza, they’re going to have to get a sense of what strains are circulating in their area, which will be a change for many practitioners.Schaffner advises physicians to use the rapid test to guide treatment. Patients who have the B strain will still benefit from oseltamivir treatment.Though the CDC recommends zanamivir as an option for treating patients who have A strains, Schaffner said many physicians aren’t as familiar with teaching patients how to use the inhaler. “Pharmacists are going to be very helpful,” he said.Some experts questioned if physicians will have enough information about what influenza subtypes are circulating in their area. Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH, manager of immunization, tuberculosis, and international health at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in St. Paul, told CIDRAP News that many state public health laboratories have the reagents used to distinguish influenza subtypes.However, she said getting a timely picture of the circulating strains will be a challenge. Though most public health labs easily handle sentinel surveillance samples, they have a more limited ability to process randomly submitted samples.”Every state’s resources are different,” Ehresmann said, adding that the MDH uses a weekly e-mail listserv to update clinicians on the status of circulating influenza strains.Schaffner said he contacted Vanderbilt’s virus lab today and asked if they could start subtyping the influenza A strains and communicating the results to Tennessee’s health department and the general medical community.”This is new for the labs, but there is an urgency for this information,” he said. “Doctors will have to learn how to keep up with information about the circulating strains.”The experts who spoke with CIDRAP News said they were concerned about the nation’s supply of zanamivir, given the CDC’s revised antiviral recommendations. Moore said even if the supply seems adequate, some regions of the country may still experience shortages.However, GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of zanamivir, said today in a press release that it has sufficient supplies to meet the needs of the 2008-09 influenza season and that pharmacies can get the medicine from their wholesalers.Moore and Schaffner both expressed concerns about the combination (oseltamivir and rimantadine) therapy alternative recommended for patients who can’t take zanamivir. “It’s a reasonable recommendation, but its efficacy and safety have never been demonstrated in humans,” Moore said.Added impetus to vaccinateA silver lining in the CDC’s antiviral resistance warnings and treatment recommendations is that they strengthen the rationale for seasonal flu vaccination, the experts said. “These events speak to the value of vaccination and not counting on being able to treat influenza after the fact,” Ehresmann said.Schaffner, who is also president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said vaccine supplies are abundant this year, and an examination of early viral isolates suggests that the vaccine is a good match with the circulating strains.This year so far looks like a typical flu season, and activity usually peaks in February, he said, “so there’s still time to be protected by getting the vaccine through December and into January.”See also:CDC interim antiviral guidance for 2008-2009CDC weekly flu surveillance updatelast_img read more

Media group MM / TZ, TZ Istra County and ID RIVA organize the promotion of Istria in the pre- and post-season

first_imgAt the initiative of a great friend of Istria, Mr. Selimir Ognjenović, owner of the German tour operator ID RIVA from Munich and the Media Group Munich Mürchener Merkur / Tages Zeitung (MM / TZ) .It is a large project of targeted promotion and sale of Istrian destinations with special emphasis on the spring and autumn period and aimed at the segment of audiences with higher incomes who are interested in traveling mainly when there are no big crowds, ie before and after the season. ” This initiative arrives at the right time because our region, according to the analysis of the Istrian brand perception in Germany, and especially in Bavaria, regardless of the number of these guests in Istria, is unfortunately still insufficiently known to the target group with higher purchasing power. Such a process has been successfully implemented in Austria thanks to the quality cooperation of the Istria County Tourist Board with its PR agent, so it is planned to implement such a project for the German and Bavarian markets, respectively. ” stand out from the Tourist Board of Istria.The focus of the presentation will be on the promotion of Istria, and especially on all the news that await German guests this spring, through a special presentation of Istrian wines and the contents of this year’s 25th edition of Vinistra announced for 11, 12 and 13 May. The presentation will take place on February 8 in the Presshaus, the large hall of the headquarters of the daily newspaper Münchner Merkur, where during the day (from 12:00 to 16:00) the wineries Agrolaguna, Benvenuti, Matošević and Meneghetti will hold meetings, talks and wine tastings for distributors and caterers. who sell wines from Croatia throughout Germany. “It will be a great opportunity for many guests and wine experts to get to know tourist Istria through the prism of wine, and most importantly, to make sure that our destination is especially attractive during spring and autumn. Given such an important project, the Istria County Tourist Board will be involved in the entire project with a set of several targeted ads in the diary of the same name and thus support the entire project, “said the Tourist Board of Istria and added that medijski the whole project has already taken on quite concrete results.Namely, the most widely read Bavarian daily newspaper – the famous Munich Mercury, which is published from Monday to Saturday and has approximately 937.000 readers, and whose circulation exceeds 270 thousand copies, published an article on the whole page dedicated to Istria announcing the above event. The article mentions, among others, the destination of Istria, winemakers, wine roads and other important information. The article was written by the editor of the tourist section of the newspaper ‘Reise’ – Christine Hinkofer, who has been visiting Istria for twenty years and knows it very well.In addition to the presentation, the day before ID Riva and the CNTB Representation in Munich headed by Nero Miličić, in the Ledić family restaurant – Gasthof in der Au in Starnberg – will organize, as they called it, a “dinner of Croatian visionaries” and a gathering of lovers in Croatia , to present the treasures of Istrian forests, archives and vineyards, which will be attended by the aforementioned winemakers who will present their stories of vision woven into the country, perseverance in work and pride.last_img read more

13 new direct flights from Germany to Croatia opened

first_imgAfter yesterday’s very successful presentation of the Croatian tourism offer during the first day of the ITB fair in Berlin, numerous promotional activities and important meetings with key international partners were held today during the second day of this world’s largest tourism fair.Thus, the Croatian delegation led by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and the Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić met with Sebastian Münzenmaier, Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the German Bundestag, and one of the topics of this meeting was the initiative to establish a single European fund and working group. tourism within the institutions of the European Union. The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Federal Republic of Germany Gordan Grlić Radman.During the first two days of the fair, numerous meetings were held with key partners, including Jet2com, TUI, the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW), Expedia, Olimar, Germania, Eurowings, Condor, Thomas Cook Germany and others, according to the CNTB. .Director Staničić emphasizes that all key partners concluded last year with excellent results, which is why they are announcing the expansion of the program for 2018. “Croatia is a highly sought-after destination on the German market, and in accordance with the presented plans of the largest partners in the German market, we expect to maintain positive trends in 2018. In this context, airlines play a key role, so we are especially pleased with the announced flight schedules, which for the largest airlines include the introduction of new routes and an increase in the rotation of existing flights. The largest number of new direct flights has been announced from the German market, as many as 13. New flights to Zadar, Rijeka, Pula, Split and Dubrovnik are announced by numerous airlines such as easyJet, Eurowings, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Condor and others.” he said Staničić added that many flights refer to the periods before and after the season, which is certainly extremely important, in order to reduce one of our main tourist problems – seasonality.Minister Cappeli, on the other hand, emphasized that tourism is the driver of the economic system because of the opportunities it creates for new investments and the softening of diplomatic ties. “Such events are a great opportunity to meet various stakeholders in tourism, from tour operators and airlines to representatives of political institutions for tourism, but also to hold meetings with interested foreign investors. After achieving great success in European emitting markets, we started investing in attracting guests from distant markets. Last year, we established a direct airline on the route Dubai – Zagreb, which is extremely important for the good connection of our destinations with markets such as China, South Korea and Japan.”, said Minister Cappelli after meeting with the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of Croatia (based in Germany) Ali Abdullah Al Ahmed on the topic of visas at the fair, with whom he discussed the opening of a diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates. faster and easier arrival in Croatia.”The fact that this year has been declared the Year of Europe in China will certainly contribute to attracting even more Chinese guests, and the representatives of the delegation from Macao at the fair handed us an invitation to participate in the Global Tourism Economic Forum in October this year. tourism promotion, investment and cooperation with China”, concluded Minister Cappelli.Otherwise, company representatives Jet2com They emphasized that they make more than 40 flights a week to Croatia and that they achieved excellent results and traffic growth last year to destinations such as Dubrovnik (+ 26%) and Split (+ 36%). In addition to excellent results and announced increases in the air transport segment, Jet2com representatives also announced new activities and expansions in the nautical offer segment, but also in the “family” offer segment within the “Jet2villas” project.Iz TUI They also announce that they are increasing the offer of hotels for families in Croatia by 10%, and they also discussed the expansion of cooperation and new offers for Croatia in 2019 and 2020 through the development of a luxury tourist product (the so-called luxury brand). The entire TUI group in its portfolio holds 1600 travel agencies and leading portals, about 150 aircraft, more than 300 hotels with 214.000 beds, 14 cruise ships and employs more than 67.000 workers in more than 130 countries.HrTurizam.hr / Photo: Damir Kovačić, Iva Kružić – Production codeWith representatives Expedition discussed the offer of new digital platforms for advertising tourism products in the British and American markets, while with representatives BTW, an association that promotes the interests of the German tourism industry, discussed closer cooperation between professional associations in Germany and Croatia, and a special topic was the partnership at the annual conference of BTW in Germany in 2019. Representatives Condor presented new lines from Frankfurt to Zadar and Rijeka and from Dusseldorf to Split, which they will also connect with Hanover. Eurowings in the summer flight schedule for 2018, it is stepping up operations from Germany to Dubrovnik from Düsseldorf, Hanover, Berlin, Cologne (Bonn), Munich and Stuttgart. It’s here easyJet a new line that will connect Zadar and Berlin, and although they already offer a line from Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport to Pula, they are introducing a new line that will connect Pula with another airport – Tegel.Lufthansa has announced a new route Zadar – Frankfurt in the summer flight schedule for 2018, but also an increase in operations towards Pula, while Ryanair even earlier announced three new lines from Frankfurt to Pula, Rijeka and Zadar and the line Zadar – Bremen. Germany announced that it will connect Dresden with Dubrovnik this summer.Related news:NEW CONCEPT AND CREATIVE SOLUTION OF CNTB’S APPEARANCE AT TOURIST FAIRS PRESENTEDTHE LARGEST ITB TOURISM FAIR OPENED IN BERLINlast_img read more

According to the CNTB, we realized 102 million overnight stays last year, and according to the CBS, 86 million overnight stays, which data is correct? Both answers are “correct”

first_imgIn January this year, the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) presented historical tourist results, which according to the data eVisitor system, from January to the end of December 2017, there were 18,5 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent). But a month later, in mid-February, Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced that according to their data, in 2017 there were 17,4 million arrivals and 86,2 million overnight stays.The results of the CBS logically caused confusion among the profession at the beginning, because the data differ significantly, so various speculations and different interpretations started. But in order to have your own opinion, you should always first be well informed and look for answers and explanations, and only then can we draw constructive conclusions, with all the relevant information. So in this case.The answer to the title question is that both data are “correct”, and the big difference in the data is the result of a different approach to counting between the CBS and the CNTB. As they point out in the CNTB, their data are based on the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic generated in commercial i non-commercial objects and nautical charter (eCrew system), while the CBS used the data only in commercial accommodation facilities.”The statement of the CBS clearly states that these are the results achieved in commercial accommodation facilities in Croatia. In this context, the number of 86.200.261 overnight stays was published, as well as 17.430.580 arrivals (foreign and domestic tourist traffic in total) realized in this segment. The difference in numbers is a consequence of the communication of results achieved only in commercial accommodation facilities by the CBS, ie in the fact that the CNTB communicates the results achieved in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter.. “Point out from the CNTB and add that they regularly publish detailed reports on the topic of tourist traffic on their websites from month to month.Page 17. / Data for January – December 2017 Also, there are some small deviations in commercial traffic according to the records of the CBS and the eVisitor system, which are visible in the table below. As pointed out by the CNTB, this difference is the result of the fact that the CBS in statistical processing uses procedures that potentially result in statistical elimination of a certain volume of tourist traffic that does not have the characteristics of tourism in accordance with the definition of tourism. which is subject to registration and (eventual) payment of sojourn tax in accordance with the applicable legal framework. ” Since 2017, the CBS has also taken data on tourist traffic (number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays) and accommodation capacities from the administrative source of the eVisitor system and further processes them statistically. During the above statistical processing, there are some minor corrections in relation to eVisitor data, which the CNTB publishes in its original form, with the state of tourist traffic on the day of generating data for publication, and given the dynamic nature of the system, due to subsequent tourist traffic entries and occurrence of a business event – arrival / departure of tourists, minor deviations / corrections are possible based on the time lag between the occurrence and entry into the system by the person obliged to enter. ” conclude from the CNTB.So, as can be seen from the first table, these are the same data, the only difference is that the CNTB uses data from all segments in statistical processing, while the CBS uses data only from commercial accommodation facilities.Otherwise, every month it is possible to see the tourist indicators that are published on the CNTB website, under the category: Market flow information. On the contrary, in order to know where we are and in which direction we are going, we must monitor the real situation, which is why the eVisitor system serves, because only in this way can we strategically and systematically develop and grow.Side dish: INFORMATION ON THE COURSE OF THE SEASON nights86.200.26186.784.5140,68 Arrivals17.430.58017.505.2100,43 CBSHTZdifference in%last_img read more

With the project “Riviera4season2” to the joint cooperation of Portorož and Opatija Riviera

first_imgThe project “Riviera4season2” was approved within the Interreg VA Slovenia-Croatia Program, the City of Opatija, the Municipality of Piran, the Tourist Board of the City of Opatija, the Tourist Board of Portorož, the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management from Ika and the Faculty of Tourism from Portorož. The project is implemented for two destinations, Portorož and Opatija Riviera, but acts as a whole, as a common thread that connects the two Riviera. The theme of the project is the active protection of heritage through the sustainable development of tourism in the vicinity and hinterland of Opatija and Piran, with the aim of expanding the cultural and tourist offer in the newly created itineraries. The project includes innovative approaches for increased integration and joint appearance of the destination in international markets (joint portal, itineraries, events and promotion). As the pressure of tourism will decrease in favor of green sustainable tourism in rural areas, the main beneficiaries of the project will be locals, tourists / visitors, non-profit organizations of the area, companies, their employees and potential start-ups related to natural and cultural heritage use. and a series of educational workshops was launched to raise awareness of sustainable governance and to promote participants in creating green jobs. The total budget of joint activities amounts to about 840 thousand euros, half of which falls on the Croatian side, and the other half on the Slovenian side. The basic task is to create new cross-border product “Feel & Taste” which will establish three new cross-border thematic itineraries, and which will be linked to gastronomy, crafts and cultural and natural heritage and presented through a common portal and smartphone app. In our area, as part of the project and upgrading of previous activities on the development of tourist products: culture, gastronomy, outdoor and wellness, or events: Oasis of Wellness, Gourmet story of the Opatija Riviera, Advent in Opatija (New Year’s Eve and New Year’s toast 2019) and Marunada in Dobreć and a cultural, entertainment and gastronomic summer event in Volosko. In May this year, the City of Opatija and the Opatija Tourist Board organized two successful events “Walk, Art & Wine in Učka, Veprinac & Volosko”. Through the first, held on May 1, Učka and Veprinac became a place where active rest, recreation, stay in beautiful nature with the traditional celebration of Labor Day with the offer of indigenous products and cultural facilities, while on the last day of May a fusion of excellent Volosko gastronomy and attractive entertainment for all ages Volosko became the epicenter of an exciting tourist story that presented all the attributes of this picturesque coastal town. Through this project, the task of the City of Opatija is to invest in the repair, rehabilitation and marking of one section of the road to Veprinac and in the establishment of an interpretation center on the history and present of Volosko.The Slovenian partners will upgrade the existing events in the hinterland of Portorož, such as the Festival of Garlic and Wine in Nova Vas, the Festival of Oil and Pale in Padna, the Kaki Festival in Strunjan and add new ones. In any case, a positive example of how joint cooperation can attract EU funds, as well as generate a new future tourism product. The lesson of this tourist story is that we need a lot more synergy and cooperation than competition. We are too small to compete with each other.last_img read more

Turkey unveils new tourism strategy for 2023. Promotion budget increased to $ 220 million

first_imgSide dish: Tourism Strategy Turkey 2023 See the new tourism development strategy of Turkey in the attachment. Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy unveiled Turkey’s new tourism strategy for 2023 at a press conference held at Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace on the occasion of World Tourism Day. Promotion budget increased to $ 220 million Also, the minister said he expects an increase in the number of visitors with greater spending potential. In this aspect, they plan to develop new products. So they plan to improve the gastronomic offer with the project “Map with tastes of Turkey” which will create new gastronomic routes, health tourism, educational tourism, sports tourism, religious tourism, congress tourism, retirement tourism and music festivals and events. The minister noted that the plan is to increase the budget earmarked for promotional activities from this year’s $ 72 million to $ 220 million by 2023. The Minister also presented new promotional films that will be used next year to promote Turkey abroad, and which have been developed in accordance with the strategy, reports FTN. But in addition to targeting foreign tourists, the Turkish tourism ministry will also conduct promotional studies for domestic visitors to improve domestic tourism. It will focus on new products and destination studies, especially in developing tourist regions. The “Tourism Strategy for 2023” seeks to transform Turkish tourism into a sustainable income-based growth model and plans to receive over 75 million tourists and reach revenues of $ 65 billion in 2023. Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy They also plan to open new museums throughout Turkey and increase the number of UNESCO protected sites. It will also develop new cycling routes and increase the number of hotels suitable for cyclists. “By keeping digitization at the heart of all our research, we will provide the experience that newer generation tourists are looking for when traveling”, Concluded Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy. It will seek to diversify promotional activities on television, in the open, in the print media, in digital media and on social media, in a focused and intensive manner. Target market research is also conducted to meet visitor expectations. Source / photo: Focus on Travel News; Pixabay The strategy, within the goals set out in the development plan, summarizes a plan that expects major changes and improvements in the Turkish tourism sector. “Turkey is a world leader that offers a wide range of travel opportunities and is able to meet all the expectations of today’s tourists. Applying the new strategies in practice, which are part of the ‘Tourism Strategy for 2023’, Turkey will secure the very top of the global tourism market in terms of tourism indicators and revenues. Our goal is to surpass the figure of 75 million arrival in 2023. By increasing the average consumption of tourists and increasing the number of average overnight stays from 9,9 to 10, we will reach an average level of spending of $ 86 per night”, Said Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy at a press conference.last_img read more

Taxi drivers are asking for an extension of the deadline for the renewal of the vehicle fleet

first_img“Due to the large drop in revenues, we asked the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure to adopt a set of measures to help this activity. Specifically, this is a change in the obligation related to the age of vehicles, which, according to the Ordinance on special conditions for vehicles used for public road transport and own-account transport, should not be older than five years from the beginning of next year. We ask for an extension of the deadline for January 01, 2022, so that taxi drivers would not be forced to invest in the purchase of vehicles this year, which will be a significant relief”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Construction, Transport and Communications Mirjana Čagalj.  Thus, due to financial problems, taxi drivers are asking for an extension of the deadline for the renewal of the vehicle fleet. Koliko cijela naša ekonomija ovisi o turizmu, možemo vidjeti iz dana u dan, nažalost u negativnom kontekstu, jer razne industrije koje se vežu uz turizam, direktno ili indirektno, imaju velike financijske probleme. Od proizvođača vina, prehrambene industrije, suvenirnice, razni dobavljači , rent a car industrije itd… pa sve do taksista. Photo: Pexels.comcenter_img “Risking their health and the health of their loved ones were the only link and possibility of transportation within the country. We therefore welcome this initiative to help them in the unenviable situation in which they find themselves. We hope for further similar moves for the autotaxi business which is currently existentially dependent on things over which it has no influence at all. This decision would facilitate the business of all colleagues, and would not affect the provisions of the Ordinance, which we consider high quality and necessary for the long-term survival of our business.”, Said Dragic, adding that, in case of an unfavorable health situation in the country, he will ask the competent ministry to further extend the deadlines for the renewal of the vehicle fleet.  President of the Sector for Transport and Communications, ie the Association of Taxi Service Providers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of Camme Petar Dragic he said that the taxi drivers were working when all types of land traffic were suspended by the decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters. last_img read more

Trump, GOP commit a special robbery

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLines from an old Woody Guthrie song seem to apply to the tax bill recently passed in Congress. Speaking of different forms of thievery, the song goes:“Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men; some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.”With our dear Donald signing the tax bill, we have a perfect example of fountain pen robbery. The thieves are some of the rich and very rich, including many members of Congress.The victims are the rest of us.Arnold SeikenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

London mews heritage lives on in landed estates

first_imgLondon’s three settled estates – the Cadogan, the Grosvenor and Howard de Walden – have combined to sponsor an estate agent, Sebastian Dekker, to compile a book on London’s mews houses.Dekker, who works for the Chelsea firm of Bective Davidson, visited more than 1,000 mews houses, while Bill Burlington photographed them.Dekker made the point that mews houses – originally for horses and grooms – were always let on short leases. The leases extended to 99 years in the 18th century.By the 1920s, people converted them to homes, not because they no longer used horses and carriages, but because they could no longer afford servants. Today more than 60 mews homes are listed buildings.‘There is a tendency to be over nostalgic about the mews,’ Dekker wrote.‘Yet the mews have had to constantly adapt to keep pace with the new demands of their occupants… [They] can be as architecturally current and influential as any form of building.’ Mews Style is published by Quiller Press and costs £20.last_img read more