Bob Good, Stressing Religious Conservatism, Holds Virginia House Seat for G.O.P.

first_imgBob Good, a self-described “biblical conservative” who tied himself closely to President Trump, maintained Republicans’ hold on Virginia’s largest House district early Wednesday, beating back an aggressive challenge by a University of Virginia doctor focused on the coronavirus pandemic.The victory over Dr. Cameron Webb, a Democrat, as called by The Associated Press, was welcome news for Republicans, who had feared they could lose the seat after Mr. Good, a far-right conservative who struggled to raise money, defeated Representative Denver Riggleman in a bitter primary this summer. It demonstrated the party’s continued support in rural America, even in states like Virginia where Mr. Trump is deeply unpopular.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – He tried to tie Dr. Webb, who is Black, to both, falsely charging that he supported defunding the police and insinuating that he would advocate a government takeover of the health care system. One ad superimposed Dr. Webb’s face over menacing images of fires and confrontations with police and urged voters to “look past the smooth presentation.” Democrats denounced it as a “racist dog whistle.” Dr. Webb, whose father was in law enforcement, never supported defunding the police.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img A first-time candidate, Dr. Webb tried to capitalize on discontent with Mr. Trump and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He continued to treat patients with the disease throughout the campaign and presented himself as a mainstream doctor who would stay above the political fray while steering the country toward a more effective response to the coronavirus pandemic and better health coverage.Political donations to Dr. Webb poured in. But in the end, it was not enough to flip a district with so much conservative DNA.The mostly white district had been relatively safe for Republicans until 2018, when antipathy toward Mr. Trump and growth around Charlottesville and in the outlying suburbs of Washington put it into play. Mr. Trump carried it by 11 points in 2016, but Democrats came within seven points of winning in 2018, and polling in recent weeks had suggested a dead heat. Mr. Good, a former athletics official at Liberty University, defeated Mr. Riggleman in a bizarre drive-through convention in June, capitalizing on the conservative outrage after the congressman officiated at the same-sex wedding of two of his former campaign volunteers.In the general election, Mr. Good ran an unabashedly conservative campaign appealing to the rural heart of the sprawling district, which stretches from the outskirts of Washington, through the liberal university town of Charlottesville, to the far southern reaches of the state. He pledged to fight for “Judeo-Christian” values in Washington and defend the district from what he said was encroaching socialism and radicals like the Black Lives Matter movement.last_img read more

The Masters: Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau among Rich Beem’s picks | Golf News

first_img Tyrrell Hatton has top-10 finishes in four of his last six worldwide starts Tyrrell Hatton has top-10 finishes in four of his last six worldwide starts

Injectable drug seen as potential treatment for flu, both seasonal and avian

first_imgOct 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Recent tests suggest that an antiviral drug given by intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) injection could eventually serve as another weapon against influenza, according to results presented at a conference last week.In animal studies, peramivir improved survival in mice and ferrets infected with H5N1 avian flu, according to a news release from BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc., Birmingham, Ala., which is developing the drug. The results were presented Sep 30 at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco.In addition, in phase 1 clinical studies, IV and IM doses of peramivir produced high blood levels of the drug in human volunteers without causing any adverse events, according to Dr. Charles E. Bugg, PhD, chairman and chief executive of BioCryst.The clinical studies “showed you can achieve high blood levels in humans safely,” Bugg told CIDRAP News in an interview today. The combination of those results with the animal studies is promising, he said.Peramivir is a neuraminidase inhibitor, like the licensed antivirals oseltamivir (Tamiflu), and zanamivir (Relenza). Oseltamivir is an oral drug, while zanamivir is inhaled as a powder. Many countries have stockpiled oseltamivir on the assumption that it will help if the H5N1 virus sparks a pandemic.BioCryst started developing peramivir in 1998 in partnership with Johnson and Johnson, Bugg said. Early studies showed the drug inhibited flu viruses effectively, but when taken orally, its bioavailability was very low, which prompted Johnson and Johnson to pull out of the program.Because injectable peramivir looked promising in animals, the program was resurrected with help from the National Institutes of Health about a year ago, Bugg said. He explained that the company is developing an IV formulation intended for hospital patients and an IM formulation for outpatients.In the animal studies, four groups of mice were infected with an H5N1 virus and then were treated with either a single IM injection of peramvir, five daily IM injections, oral oseltamivir for 5 days, or an IM placebo injection daily for 5 days, according to the news release. The single-injection group had a 70% survival rate and the five-injection group a 80% survival rate, compared with 36% for the placebo group and 70% for the oseltamivir group.In the ferret experiment, one group received a daily IM injection for 5 days, while a second group received an IM placebo daily for 5 days. Eighty-six percent of the treated group survived, versus 43% of the placebo group, according to the news release.Bugg said treatment was started an hour after the animals were infected with the virus. He said additional studies will involve longer time lapses between exposure and the start of treatment.Results of the clinical studies were presented by flu expert Frederick Hayden, MD, of the University of Virginia. Three groups of volunteers received different IV doses of peramivir, and a fourth group received increasing IM doses once a day for 3 days, the company release said. “Preliminary safety results indicate that in the four studies, all doses were well-tolerated with no adverse laboratory events or ECG findings reported,” the statement said.”I think peramivir looks very promising,” said Hayden, as quoted in a Sep 29 Bloomberg News report. “It’s proven to have very good activity in single doses.”In an interview, Hayden told Bloomberg that injecting peramivir into the bloodstream or into muscle can produce blood levels 100 times higher than those seen with oral oseltamivir, now considered the most promising treatment for H5N1 infection.Last January the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave injectable peramivir fast-track status for regulatory approval, according to BioCryst. But Bugg said it would take at least several more years to gain FDA approval.”We’ll do a clinical trial this flu season, and then two more next season,” he said. “We’re looking at several more years.” He said the company will be meeting with the FDA soon to review the program and may have a better idea of the timeline after that.Bugg said plans also call for testing the drug in human H5N1 patients at sites in Thailand and Vietnam and also to make it available in Turkey, which had human cases early this year.”We’ll be trying to collect data from H5N1-infected patients in Southeast Asia in collaboration with the World Health Organization,” he said. “We’ll be on the front line to capture H5N1 if it occurs. But realistically we won’t have enough [patients] for a meaningful statistical analysis.”In a Sep 29 Reuters report, Bugg said peramivir is easier to make than Tamiflu. One Swiss manufacturer can make 1 metric ton of the drug in a month, enough to treat an estimated 8 million people, he said.See also:Oct 2 BioCryst release on peramivirhttp://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=213054last_img read more

H5N1-infected bird found in Hong Kong

first_imgJan 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong government officials recently announced that a wild bird found dead near a busy shopping district on Dec 31 tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.The infection in a scaly-breasted munia, a species often imported from mainland China and released in religious ceremonies, marks the first case found in Hong Kong since February 2006, according to reports published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Hong Kong has reported no human H5N1 cases since 1997, when the virus first jumped to humans.The Hong Kong government’s Jan 6 press release on the H5N1 finding doesn’t specify if the virus was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, but Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that it was.Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) announced Jan 4 that a preliminary test for the virus was positive and confirmatory tests were being conducted. AFP reported that the bird was the only one of 6 dead birds found that tested positive for the virus.A bird watcher from Hong Kong who posted an item yesterday on ProMED-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, said the scaly-breasted munia is not frequently seen in urban Hong Kong but is said to be one of the 2 species most commonly released during religious ceremonies at temples. The practice of releasing these birds is a concern, he said, because they’re not subject to the disease-prevention measures used with poultry, and sellers and buyers can come into contact with infected bird droppings.The Hong Kong AFCD, in a Jan 6 press release, advised the public not to release birds, because they have little chance of surviving in the wild. A department spokesperson said the AFCD has contacted community groups, including religious groups, to warn them about releasing birds.The statement did not refer specifically to the H5N1 case, but it said pet birds imported from mainland China must come from registered farms and be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate certifying that the birds have been quarantined and have tested negative for H5 avian flu viruses.Farms on the mainland that are allowed to export birds to Hong Kong are inspected by mainland authorities and occasionally by AFCD authorities and must have had no avian flu outbreaks in the past 180 days.The government said its records show that 38,000 munias, including white-backed and scaly-breasted ones, were imported into Hong Kong from the mainland in 2006. It added that the scaly-breasted Munia is a resident bird in Hong Kong and has been found all over the territory.A department spokesperson advised Hong Kong residents to avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry and to wash their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with birds.Meanwhile, in Vietnam, several ducks have died in the past few days in the southern province of Soc Trang, prompting concern about the further spread of avian flu. Xinhua, China’s official news agency, reported yesterday that specimens from the ducks were sent for avian flu testing.If tests are positive, Soc Trang will be the fourth province affected in the recent series of outbreaks, which started in early December in the south Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau and Bac Lieu, spreading to nearby Hau Giang province. OIE reports list 32 outbreaks during that period.Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are in talks with the Vietnamese government about sending experts to investigate the source of the outbreaks, Voice of America News reported today.Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, a spokesperson for the FAO office in Hanoi, told VOA the outbreak isn’t surprising, because officials believe the virus is still present. “The information that we’ve got so far is that the recent outbreaks were triggered as a result of raising illegal ducks,” she said. In earlier news reports, officials blamed local animal health officials and farmers for not maintaining poultry vaccination programs and farmers for hatching poultry illegally.In December, an FAO-OIE crisis management team traveled to South Korea to investigate the H5N1 outbreaks in poultry that occurred south of Seoul in late November.See also:Jan 6 Hong Kong government press releasehttp://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200701/06/P200701060189.htmJan 6 Hong Kong press releasehttp://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200701/06/P200701060187.htmWikipedia photo of scaly-breasted muniahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaly-breasted_muniaJan 7 ProMed mail report on Hong Kong birdOIE reports on Vietnam 2006-07 outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phplast_img read more

CDC says vaccine shortage likely to outlast current H1N1 wave

first_imgNov 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted today that the current wave of H1N1 influenza is likely to begin to wane before the shortage of vaccine for it eases.Dr. Thomas Frieden made the comment at a wide-ranging US House subcommittee session that aired the reasons for and impact of the vaccine delays and the prospects for avoiding a repeat of the problem. The session was streamed over the Web.”It’s likely that the current wave of infection will peak, crest, and begin to decline before there are ample supplies,” Frieden told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. “Whether there’ll be another wave of H1N1 between now and May and whether we’ll get a different strain, only time will tell.”In a similar vein, an Alabama health official said there may not be enough vaccine doses to immunize people outside the priority groups until late December. He and other officials said the vaccine shortage has hurt the credibility of public health at all levels.In other comments, federal health officials described the slow growth of the vaccine virus as the fundamental reason for the current vaccine shortage and suggested that vaccine production difficulties are likely to continue as long as the process relies on growing actual flu viruses, as opposed to producing specific viral proteins.’Virus seems to be winning’Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chair of the subcommittee, voiced frustration over the vaccine shortage and said the same kinds of problems in flu vaccine production were discussed back in 2004 and 2005. In opening the session, he said the nation has made significant strides since the pandemic virus emerged, “but despite some successes, the virus seems to be winning.”In a brief update on the H1N1 situation, Frieden said the nation has now had “many, many millions of cases” of the illness, well over 20,000 hospitalizations, and more than 1,000 deaths, including 114 children.He asserted that the illness “is no more severe than seasonal flu” but affects a different pattern of age-groups, as more than 90% of deaths are in people younger than 65—a sharp contrast to the seasonal virus.As for the vaccine supply, Frieden said, “With 20-20 hindsight it’s clear we should have been more skeptical” about projections of production timing.Dr. Nicole Lurie, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary for preparedness and response, said the cumulative vaccine production today reached 32.4 million doses. Despite repeated questions by the committee, she and Frieden firmly refused to make any new predictions about the flow of vaccine.”To be quite honest, flu is really unpredictable, and we’re very hesitant about projecting forward more than week to week, largely because anything could happen,” said Lurie.Shortage’s impact on states and localitiesDr. Donald Williamson, Alabama’s state health officer, said the vaccine shortage has forced Alabama to change its H1N1 vaccination strategy.In September Alabama officials were told they could expect to get about 800,000 doses of vaccine by the end of October, but by Oct 23 the estimated amount was cut to about 400,000 doses, Williamson reported.”Current projections show that 62% of the vaccine coming to Alabama won’t be available until after December 1,” he said. Further, it may not be possible to expand the vaccine to all Alabamans who want it until late December or January.Because of the shortfall, the state decided to focus its vaccination efforts on the subpriority groups identified by the CDC and the providers most likely to serve them, rather than the broader priority groups. (The subpriority groups are pregnant women, healthcare workers, children 6 months through 4 years old, caregivers of babies under 6 months, and children between 5 and 18 with health conditions that put them at risk.)In line with the strategy switch, school-based vaccination clinics have been postponed until late November or early December, Williamson said.Rob Fulton, director of the St. Paul–Ramsey County Public Health Department in Minnesota, told the committee, “We know that the credibility of the entire public health system is in question because of the slow arrival of vaccine.”Like Williamson, he said the slow flow of doses is disrupting vaccination plans. For example, he said the county is anticipating getting 7,800 doses for school children age 9 and under, but the actual population in this age-group is 20,000. (Two doses of vaccine are recommended for children under age 10.)Fulton also commented that 135 of his department’s 320 employees are involved in the H1N1 response at least part-time, which means they have less time to spend on their regular work.Williamson said the vaccine shortage not only undermines public health’s credibility, but also leads people to question the vaccine’s safety. He also voiced concern about the public’s willingness to get the immunization later in the season when supplies finally improve.Root of the problemIn discussion about the cause of the vaccine delays, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the basic problem was the slow growth of the vaccine virus in eggs, in combination with the timing of the epidemic.The virus emerged in April, about 3 months later than planning for seasonal flu vaccine normally begins, he said. Then the virus never went away in the summer and was waiting when children went back to school, sparking an epidemic much earlier in the fall than usual, he added.”You have flu waiting for you when the kids go back to school and you have a slow grower, that’s the answer,” Fauci said.Obey asked if the need to provide some vaccine free of thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, contributed to the vaccine delays. Thimerosal-free vaccine is produced in individual syringes; putting vaccine in multidose vials is faster but requires thimerosal.Fauci said production of thimerosal-free vaccine probably contributed “a bit” to delays, but was not the major issue. “The fundamental basic problem is the virus not growing well,” he said.Lurie said one of the steps HHS has taken to speed production was to ask the manufacturers to shift production to multidose vials as much as possible.She acknowledged that HHS so far has ordered the filling and finishing of only 117 million of the total 250 million doses of bulk vaccine it has contracted for. “This week we’ve issued orders for more vaccine [to be filled and finished] so we don’t have a gap,” she said. “That 117 million has taken us further into the year than we thought it would.”Lurie said the agency is using a staged approach to filling and finishing because it doesn’t want to have a lot of leftover finished vaccine. “It’s better to keep it in bulk form so it could be used in the seasonal campaign next year or could be used potentially in the developing world.”Fauci asserted that the vaccine makers are not to blame for the vaccine delays. “I don’t want anyone to get the impression that it’s the drug companies’ fault this has happened,” he said. “It’s just the nature of the biology of the virus that it created an expectation that there’d be a certain amount.”The ‘end game’ for vaccine technologyFederal officials were questioned about the use of cell-based methods to make flu vaccines, as is now done to some extent in Europe. Cell-based production is considered more flexible and reliable and somewhat faster than the 1950s method of growing the vaccine virus in chicken eggs.Lurie noted that a cell-based vaccine plant is being built by Novartis in North Carolina and is expected to be ready to start making vaccine in 2011. But how soon a cell-based flu vaccine will win Food and Drug Administration approval is uncertain, she added.The Novartis plant “will get us a little shy of halfway to what our pandemic goal will be,” to make enough vaccine for the entire population, she said.Fauci said cell-based technology will be an improvement but is not the final answer to flu vaccine production problems. “We want to take vaccinology into the 21st century by not requiring the virus to grow. . . . The end game is to get away from requiring the virus to grow.”He said a number of newer approaches involve making particular viral proteins instead of growing the whole virus. One example is using baculovirus, an insect virus, to make the gene for hemagglutinin. He said one company is conducting phase 3 trials of a vaccine using that technique.”What we’re going to see over the next years is a gradual transition from egg-based [vaccine] to egg-based with cell-based to advanced molecular technology,” Fauci predicted.But the ultimate goal, he said, is to make a universal flu vaccine—one that targets a component of the flu virus that doesn’t change from season to season. Such a vaccine could be made and stored in large quantities, and people wouldn’t have to be vaccinated every year.”That’s the plan. That’s going to take years,” he said.last_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism has announced a public call for the development of public tourism infrastructure in 2017

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism has published a public call for applications for grants under the Public Tourism Infrastructure Development Program in 2017, for which HRK 20 million has been provided.Sredstva iz Fonda namijenjena su javnom sektoru – jedinicama lokalne i područne (regionalne) samouprave za razvoj javne turističke infrastrukture. Programom će se sufinancirati projekti uređenja morskih i ostalih plaža, izgradnja, dogradnja, rekonstrukcija ili adaptacija centara za posjetitelje i interpretacijskih centara, njihovo opremanje multimedijalnom opremom te javna turistička infrastruktura u funkciji aktivnog turizma (izrada strateških dokumenata razvoja cikloturizma županije sa standardima, uređenje i označavanje postojećih i novih cikloturističkih, pješačkih i jahačkih ruta te uređenje, postavljanje i opremanje stanica za iznajmljivanje e-bicikla).  „JPublic tourist infrastructure is an integral part of the overall tourist offer of each destination and it is therefore important that we continuously improve it. By investing in projects aimed at arranging or building new beaches, visitor centers and cycling, riding or hiking routes, a new attractive basis is created, ie additional motives for coming to the destination, which is important for the development of year-round tourism. Through this program we want to increase the overall impression and attractiveness of destinations, and thus make Croatian tourism even more competitive”, Stressed the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli.The Ministry of Tourism co-finances 80 percent of the costsThe Ministry co-finances up to 80 percent of the eligible / eligible costs of implementing an individual project. For beach projects, the minimum amount of support is HRK 200.000,00, while the maximum amount is HRK 1.000.000,00. For visitor centers and interpretation centers, this amount ranges from a minimum of HRK 100.000,00 to a maximum of HRK 1.000.000,00 of support. Also, the Ministry co-finances the development of operational plans for the development of cycling tourism in the county with standards up to HRK 50.000,00, and the arrangement and marking of existing and new cycling, walking and riding routes and arranging, setting up and equipping e-bike rental stations from HRK 100.000,00 to HRK 400.000,00 , XNUMX kn.Izvor financiranja predmetnog javnog poziva je Fond za razvoj turizma, odnosno izvanproračunski prihod Ministarstva turizma od naknada za privremene koncesijske naknade za turističko zemljište, a za namjene i poslove utvrđene Zakonom o turističkom i ostalom građevinskom zemljištu, neprocijenjenom  u postupku pretvorbe i privatizacije.The public call is open until September 15, 2017. More information about the conditions can be found here: Public call for the development of public tourism infrastructure in 2017last_img read more

Medora hotels and resorts are leaders in the standards of sustainability and environmental protection in Croatia

first_imgAccordingly, the company also uses biodegradable materials for the packaging of hotel cosmetics, and all types of plastic bags and other disposable plastic small inventory have been thrown out of use in hotel rooms. “When we received a business sustainability questionnaire from one of the global leading tour operators, with specific suggestions on what we should do in doing business over a three-year period to keep up with the latest trends, we realized that we had already fulfilled all those suggestions. So I think we are on the right track and we are moving forward together with the local community. For us, sustainability is not only in ecology, but also in educating young people, supporting sports clubs, various projects and events, everything that represents the future and investing in the local community.“Concludes Kamber. The story begins when the company’s Management Board in 2015 made a strategic decision to harmonize its operations with international tourism trends through the modernization of operations, which is why over 120 million kuna has already been invested in existing facilities in Podgora. Since then, nothing has been the same in Podgora and Medora hotels, so by positioning their offer on four stars with great added value, Medora hotels have raised the entire destination. The growth of the company and its modernization continue with the adoption of a unique policy of sustainability and environmental protection, which uses modern technology to reduce CO2 emissions, reduce drinking water consumption and energy savings. Sustainability as a comparative advantage is finally proving to be a successful business model in the field as well. And that guests recognize and appreciate it, and it is the ecological orientation of Medora hotels and resorts that has proven to be an additional plus and motive when choosing compared to other competitors. Tako se za potrebe prijevoza gosta unutar hotelskog kompleksa koriste električna vozila, imaju i dva Tesla Superchargera za punjenje električnih vozila u sklopu hotela, dok se za zagrijavanje tople vode u hotelu Medora Auri koristi i sunčeva energija. Zanimljiv je podatak da su gotovo svi papirnati materijali koji se koriste u Medora hotelima proizvedeni od recikliranog papira ( reciklirani papir za brisanje ruku, reciklirani toaletni papir ) kanta za smeće u prostorijama hotela koje razvrstavaju otpad u tri kategorije, sve higijenske potrepštine i kozmetika u kupaonici pakirani su u kutije od recikliranih materijala i u sebi ne sadrže paraben, vrećice za smeće u sobama su biorazgradive, a iz ugostiteljskih objekata su u potpunosti povučene plastične slamke i koriste se samo biorazgradive od obnovljivih materijala. Čak su i košuljice za kartice / ključeve soba napravljene su od recikliranog papira, a računi su ispisani na recikliranom papiru. Ecology is more and more in the focus of travelers, which is a great thing, and certainly how environmentally conscious destinations, including hotels, will be more and more ahead of the competition, but only if they really live that story, and not just through one separate project. Medora Hotels and Resorts is one of the leading hotel and tourism companies in the Makarska Riviera, whose mission is to raise the level of service and offer to the international level by following modern business trends, but always respecting traditional values. A mission that is similar to all hotels, but here is one big difference. At Medora hotels and resorts, they take their mission seriously and live it from day to day. Ecology and sustainability are trends that are finally in the focus of global tourism. Although things are going slowly and often various hotels boast of their sustainability and environmental awareness, although it is often a single project, no one in Croatia has gone as far and seriously as Medora hotels and resorts. Medora Clean Sustainability Leaflet center_img Also, each guest receives an educational environmental booklet when checking into the hotel, in the rooms there are recommendations on the importance of multiple use of towels, reducing water use, to various environmental messages around the hotel and digital signage devices in other common areas of the hotel. In the form of preserving the natural beauty and value of Podgora, but also the entire Makarska Riviera, the company Medora hotels and resorts has introduced a number of innovations in business with the aim of raising environmental awareness of its employees, business associates and guests. “One of the main elements of our sustainable business is an active relationship with the local community, which includes a range of activities that we carry out in accordance with our policy of responsible business. We attach great importance to local suppliers and producers and buy their products whenever possible and available, and with the Public Institution Nature Park Biokovo we actively work on programs to protect, maintain, preserve, promote and use the nature park. Partnership with all stakeholders in the local community is the responsibility of every modern companyKamber added. “In our company, we pay special attention to sustainable business and environmental protection, and you, our dear guests, partners and friends, can, in cooperation with Medora, play an active role in the important task of preserving our planet. We do it not only for the sake of the guests, but we also do it for the sake of us, our employees, the local population and the fact how valuable this planet is to us. Everyone at the hotel tries to be aware of this aspect, and guests appreciate it. Especially guests from Scandinavia, northern Germany, Austria, that is, all those who are highly aware in this regard. Not only do they support it themselves, but the tour operators are thrilled as it is not a worldwide practice. The world’s largest tour operators announce that this aspect will be extremely important in choosing destinations and hotels in the future”Points out the President of the Management Board Zrinko Kamber. And all these efforts are recognized on the global stage. Thus, in 2018, the Medora Auri Hotel won a gold medal in the sustainability category in the competition of 40 Blue Star hotels around the world, according to TUI Nordic passengers. It is important to note that the same hotel is one of the few hotels in Croatia that has a gold Travelife certificate since 2017, which is the most respected international measure of the sustainability of business in tourism. Side dish: Medora Clean Sustainability Leaflet That is why it is nice to see a positive example in Croatia, such as Medora hotels and resorts that really live a sustainable and ecological story that they tell and sell. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but in Medora hotels they are definitely on the right track. They still have various sustainable projects and business models in their plan and focus, but for now they are keeping them to themselves until they implement them. And we are here to follow all the great tourist stories, including the continuation of the sustainable development of Medora hotels and resorts. Kada pričamo o brendu hotela, tu izrazito važnu ulogu igra vjerodostojnost. Ako se filozofija održivosti ne vidi na terenu tj. kroz poslovanje hotela uživo i iz dana u dan, onda ćemo dobiti kontra efekt i negativne kritike, kao i u svemu, jer gosti će se osjećati prevareni. Pogotovo u kontekstu održivosti i ekologije, što nije samo trend, nego je postao način života i jako osobno. Zato će fake priče o održivosti gosti dodatno “nagraditi” negativnim ocjenama i recenzijama. last_img read more

The promotion of health tourism in 11 markets has started

first_imgSIDE DISH_ The campaign will run until September 30 through online advertising and digital ambient advertising activities.  The offer of health tourism is viewed through three segments, ie through the offer of wellness, spa and medical tourism. Estimates say that this is a product for which demand is growing at an annual rate of 15 to 20 percent and that the users of these services are good consumers of higher purchasing power, which is confirmed by research data. TOMAS health tourism 2018, which established that multi-day visitors to Croatia in the wellness segment spend an average of 149 euros per day, while in medical spending reaches as much as 292 euros per day. According to the Croatian National Tourist Board, activities are focused on the promotion of health tourism and further expansion of the offer and achieving an adequate level of quality standards. Also, with the aim of developing and promoting health tourism, as a fast-growing product, especially important for creating motives for arrival in the pre- and post-season, the Croatian National Tourist Board participates in organizing professional and specialized events in the country and abroad on health tourism.center_img The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a marketing campaign to promote health tourism in 11 key emitting markets, including Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The current health tourism campaign is focused on markets identified and recognized as promising from the position of compatibility of the characteristics of demand and Croatian supply in the segment of health tourism “Apart from foreign markets, we will also carry out activities within this campaign for tourists who are already in Croatia, and we will use geolocation settings during the campaign. In this way, we refer our messages to specific areas and to selected target groups of our guests “, said CNTB director Kristjan Staničić, adding that research shows that health tourism services in Croatia have so far been mostly used by guests from Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Germany.  TOMAS health tourism 2018last_img read more

The main features of the Chinese tourism market in 2019

first_imgThe world’s largest tourist market continues to grow unstoppably In the period from 01.-07.10.2019. during Golden Week, over 800 million Chinese traveled, of which 7,5 million traveled abroad. We have prepared acceptable price packages for you with which you can start working on the “Chinese market” project. Europa je za njih i dalje najinteresantnijetržište, pa su se tako i ove godine tri europske zemlje – Italija, Njemačka iVelika Britanija – ponovo našle među deset najpopularnijih turističkihodredišta za kineske turiste tijekom Zlatnog tjedna. Ukoliko  ste spremni na sljedeći korak – prezentirati svoj proizvod na kineskom jeziku, više informacija potražite HERE. During this year, we have witnessed a series of political events that call into question China’s relationship with a number of Western countries. Although geopolitics for the tourism industry is secondary, for Chinese tourists, political issues, from the U.S. trade dispute to the constant unrest on the streets of Hong Kong, have a major impact on deciding the destination for the next trip abroad. ProConcept is the exclusive agent IPPWORLD for Croatia and the countries of the region. IPPWORLD Agency is your partner that offers multilingual content translations and media networking in one place for all your needs in global branding and promotion of offers for hoteliers and caterers, lifestyle and retail. More information at www.ippworld.com/hr/ Previđa se da će u 2019. ukupna potrošnjaiznositi 315,0 milijardi dolara. Alipay je neki dan objavio podatak da suKinezi tijekom Zlatnog tjedna 2019. potrošili više nego u 2018. Prosječni iznosračuna plaćenog putem mobilne aplikacije Alipaya povećao se za 15%, i iznosioje 350,00 USD. Također je objavljen podatak da je prosječna potrošnja po putovanjuporasla sa 6.050,00  na 6.700,00 USD! FIT-ovci (free independent traveler)troše najviše, i u ukupnoj masi turista iz Kine njihov je udio 80%.  In addition, we should take advantage of the fact that Croatian-Chinese relations are extremely good at the moment, so it is really the right time to enter the Chinese tourist market. The highest growth in arrivals is in southern Europe, where the Chinese are looking for new attractive destinations. Compared to 2018, in 2019 the growth in the number of Chinese tourists is as follows: Serbia 39,0%, Montenegro 44,0%, Croatia 53,0%, Cyprus 125,0%.center_img Although this growth is based on relatively low starting figures, the increasing availability of these locations, together with simpler visa regimes, are helping such growth. The abolition of visas for entry into Serbia and Montenegro has a huge impact, and combined with the trend of Chinese tourists to want to visit a location where there are no other Chinese, it is a complete success. Chinese millennials are planning more and more short trips to distant destinations, while Chinese tourists are generally exploring a larger number of distant destinations, according to Hotelbeds. For services of creative translation of promotional materials into Chinese and promotion in the Chinese tourism market, send an inquiry to info@proconcept.hr or call 01/20 10 122. Consider also the fact that China’s outbound tourism market is the largest in the world in terms of total consumption. North America experienced a drop in Chinese tourist arrivals of over 2019% in 10,0, and the consumption of Chinese tourists in New York decreased by 11,9%. In Canada, the situation is very similar. At the beginning of the year, they had a record number of tourists for the Chinese New Year, but the diplomatic dispute over Huawei, along with the tightening of the visa regime, resulted in minuses in the second half of the year. Hong Kong expects to lose 350.000 tourists in the coming months. In the first quarter of 2019, the increase in the number of individual tourists from China worldwide increased by 12,7%. This trend is very likely to continue in 2020. If you are not currently targeting the Chinese tourism market, now is the right time to build a strategy to attract “the most promising target group of tourists for the European tourism industry.” At the same time, the Chinese outbound tourism market continues its great growth, so Chinese tourists are finding equally attractive destinations in other parts of the world. Together with you, we can make your product speak the language of global tourists, all in order to generate the revenue you have planned.last_img read more

New Rulebook on protection and preservation of Krka National Park presented: Bathing on Skradinski Buk is prohibited

first_imgConservation and protection of natural resources and richness of biodiversity are the main determinants of the new Ordinance on the protection and preservation of the Krka National Park, which adopts measures for protection, conservation, improvement and use and confirms the management zones of the Krka National Park. Attachment: Ordinance on the protection and preservation of the Krka National Park For example, this means that mowing and traditional grazing of breeds and livestock is allowed under human supervision, except on steep canyon slopes, Skradinski buk and Roški slap and the visitor infrastructure subzone. NP “KRKA” LAUNCHED A NEW WEBSITE SPECIALIZED ONLY IN CYCLOTURISM – KRK BIKE “In the strict protection zone, the goal of management is the preservation of natural processes and habitats and their components”, emphasized the expert leader of the Public Institution “NP Krka” Dr. sr. Drago Marguš explained that “the zone of targeted protection includes pre-natural ecosystems: grasslands, pastures, aquatic habitats, etc., which for the purpose of long-term conservation require the implementation of active management measures for maintenance or restoration. “In the zones of targeted protection, it is allowed to implement active conservation and revitalization measures without which the essential characteristics of the area would change. Agricultural activities are allowed in accordance with management objectives for the conservation of biological, geological and landscape value. ” Margus emphasized. At a time when the world is facing the challenges of climate change, sustainability is set as an imperative for future development, especially in tourism, not to mention natural resources such as the Krka National Park. Photo: NP Krka It is forbidden to swim in the Krka National Park Photo: NP Krka SUSPENDED PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OVER THE KRKA RIVER CANYON A NEW UNIQUE TOURIST ATTRACTION IN KRKA NP The Ordinance applies to employees of the Public Institution “NP Krka”, residents of the National Park, owners and holders of real estate rights in the Park and members of their families, natural and legal persons who perform permitted activities in the area of ​​NP “Krka”, visitors and other users of the Park . The Ordinance, adopted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy of the Republic of Croatia, entered into force on 21 December 2019, and you can read it in the attachment. center_img In relation to the old Ordinance from 2011, the new one brings a detailed explanation of the zoning of NP “Krka”, which includes management zones of strict and targeted protection and zones of use and subzones of settlements, visitor infrastructure, use of natural resources and roads in line with the Management Plan. , a ten-year strategic document and the attached zoning map.  However, due to the centuries-long coexistence of man with the river, swimming is allowed to the local population in the following locations: Stinice, Remetić – Pisak and downstream from Roški slap. Thus, swimming at Skradinski buk will no longer be allowed, which was the most attractive for visitors. The entire survival of the Krka river basin and its living world is based on the development of travertine barriers, so the preservation of the travertine deposition process is the basic goal of the Public Institution “NP Krka”. With the intention of implementing active measures of preservation and revitalization and harmonization of cooperation and activities with the local community, the new Ordinance adopts innovations in accordance with long-term strategic goals and new sustainable management measures that are the basis of the future management plan and spatial plan. “The public institution ‘Krka National Park’, on the eve of its 35th birthday, is about to adopt important strategic documents that will determine the path we want to take towards our mature years. What kind of ecosystem we will leave to future generations is our most important task and in accordance with it, a new Ordinance has been adopted. After many years of reflection and numerous researches, consideration of the needs of both nature and us people who in one way or another use what Krka has given us, measures have been adopted that will contribute to long-term sustainable management and nature protection “, said the director of the Public Institution “Krka National Park” Nella Slavica and added: “The entire Ordinance is strongly focused on the conservation of resources and richness of biodiversity, whether it is the regulation of the number of visitors, waste disposal, hunting and fishing or deforestation. The manner of use of water and public water resources in subzones is clearly defined and obliges users to submit annual work plans harmonized with the activities of the Institution. ” Photo: NP Krka For this reason, the new Ordinance prohibits swimming in the Krka National Park from 1 January 2021. The local population and economic entities have been provided with a period of adjustment, through open dialogue, cooperation and assistance from the Public Institution, point out the NP Krka. On the other hand, hunting and fishing are not allowed activities in the National Park. Namely, due to its geological past, the river Krka is home to endemic fish species, and its banks preserve the habitats of many endangered animals. It is therefore considered a natural monument of the highest category and should be preserved as such for the future.  RELATED NEWS:last_img read more