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

Explainer: How does Japan’s Abe score on his policy agenda?

first_imgJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the nation’s longest serving premier, visited a Tokyo hospital on Monday as concerns deepened about his ability to continue in his post due to health issues and fatigue from handling the coronavirus crisis.Here are key elements of Abe’s record since returning to office in December 2012. He ended a first troubled 2006-2007 term as premier by quitting abruptly, citing ill health.COVID-19 response, scandals “Abenomics”Abe’s signature “Abenomics” policies of bold monetary easing and fiscal spending encountered headwinds last year as a US-China trade war hit exports and a sales tax rise hurt business and consumer sentiment.Now the pandemic has hit Japan with its biggest economic slump on record. A third straight quarter of declines knocked real gross domestic product (GDP) to decade-low levels, wiping out the benefits of “Abenomics”.Critics have also said Abe relied too heavily on his monetary and fiscal policy without following through on a pledge of a “third arrow” of structural reform to achieve long-term growth despite a fast-ageing and shrinking population.SecurityAbe bolstered defense spending after years of declines and expanded the military’s ability to project power abroad.In a historic shift in 2014, his government reinterpreted the post-war, pacifist constitution to allow troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War Two.The following year, legislation ended a ban on exercising the right of collective self-defense, or defending a friendly country under attack.Faced with divided public opinion, however, Abe has not achieved his long-held goal of revising the US-drafted constitution by writing the Self-Defense Forces, as Japan’s military in known, into the pacifist Article 9.Personnel appointmentsBy creating a Personnel Affairs Bureau at the cabinet, Abe and his right-hand aide, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, gained greater control over appointments of bureaucrats, who for decades have dominated policymaking, shifting the balance of policy power toward politicians.DiplomacyAbe has cultivated warm personal ties with US President Donald Trump, averting worst-case outcomes on trade. He has overseen a cautious improvement in ties with China, although a territorial row and Beijing’s clampdown on Hong Kong are causing strains. Relations with South Korea turned frigid due to disputes over the wartime past.Abe has made little progress toward resolving a long-running feud with Russia over disputed islands seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War Two. The row has kept the two countries from signing a formal peace treaty ending the war.Nor has Abe been able to settle a feud with North Korea over Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang’s agents in the 1970s and 1980s, an issue he put at the center of his political career Topics :center_img Japan has not suffered an explosive virus outbreak, but a recent rise in infections has fuelled concern that Abe is putting too much emphasis on the economy over health.Abe has drawn fire for an initial response to the outbreak that critics called clumsy and, more recently, for a seeming lack of leadership, including few media appearances.Dissatisfaction with his response, as well as scandals such as the arrest of a former justice minister and his lawmaker wife on suspicion of vote-buying, have eroded Abe’s ratings.A Kyodo news agency weekend survey showed Abe’s voter support at 36.0%, down from 38.8% the previous month and the second lowest since he returned to office in 2012.last_img read more

Huls, Dunker and Becerra hold Quincy checkers

first_imgBy Jack Walbring QUINCY, Ill. (July 20) – Abe Huls, Tony Dunker and Austin Becerra all took feature event wins at Quincy Raceways on Sunday. Huls took the win in the Powder Coat Plus IMCA Stock Car main event after a huge battle with Brandon Savage and Jake Powers. Powers, Savage and Huls crossed the finish line three wide at the white flag mark with Huls edging ahead during the final lap to take the win. Savage scored the second spot with Powers in third. Tanner Klingele looked like he was well on his way to the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMod feature event win but a caution flag on the 15th lap brought Dunker to his rear bumper on the restart. Dunker powered past Klingele on the high side on the restart and went on to take the feature win with Klingele settling for second. Brad Holtmeyer came home in third. Becerra scored another feature event win in the Mach-1 Sport Compact division. Becerra took the lead on the 11th lap after battling throughout the first 10 laps with eventual runner-up Brandon Lambert.last_img read more

Lyon bowls Australia to series-levelling victory

first_img(REUTERS) – Nathan Lyon claimed six for 60 to bowl Australia to an emphatic series-equalling seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second and final Test yesterday.The 29-year-old off-spinner completed a career-best match-haul of 13-154 to help bundle out the hosts for 157 on day four at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.Chasing 86 for victory, Australia suffered a mini-collapse of their own, losing openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw as well as captain Steve Smith before reaching the 50-mark.Glenn Maxwell made a breezy 25 not out, though, and sealed the victory with a six off Nasir Hossain to avenge Australia’s 20-run loss in the series-opener in Dhaka.“I thought we played some good cricket at times in this Test match,” Smith said at the presentation ceremony.“I‘m proud of the way the boys got over the line here in the end to get the 1-1 draw.”Earlier, Australia were not able to add to their overnight score as Lyon fell for a duck and were all out for 377 – a first-innings lead of 72.Paceman Pat Cummins drew first blood for the tourists by dismissing opener Soumya Sarkar before Lyon’s three-wicket burst in the morning session unhinged the home side.By the time they had erased the first -nnings deficit, Bangladesh had lost the top half of their batting lineup and the lack of a partnership down the order effectively condemned them to defeat.Captain Mushfiqur Rahim – with 31, while Mominul Haque (29) and Sabbir Rahman (24) also got starts but none of them were able to move on to the sort of big knock that might have set Australia a bigger Test total in the fourth innings.Lyon claimed a third successive six-wicket haul to take his series tally to 22 wickets, the most by an Australian bowler in a two-Test series.“I thought Nathan Lyon was remarkable in that first innings. There wasn’t much in the pitch for him, and I think he got 22 wickets for the series, really good effort,” Smith said of his spin spearhead.Lyon won the man-of-the-match award and shared the man-of-the-series honour with team mate Warner who scored back-to-back centuries in the series.Despite the draw, Australia slipped to fifth place in the official Test rankings.Home captain Mushfiqur said his team should have batted better in the first innings when they scored 305.“Credit goes to Australia. We knew they are a very strong team and will come at us harder,” the stumper-batsman said.“If we could score 350-400, a target of 150-200 in the fourth innings, you never know. Our first innings cost us the game.”BANGLADESH first innings 305 (M. Rahim 68, S. Rahman 66; N. Lyon 7-94)Australia 1st innings (Overnight 377-9)M. Renshaw c Rahim b M. Rahman 4D. Warner c Kayes b M. Rahman 123S. Smith b T. Islam 58P. Handscomb run-out (Al Hasan) 82G. Maxwell c Rahim b M. Hasan 38H. Cartwright c Sarkar b M. Hasan 18M. Wade lbw b M. Rahman 8A. Agar b Al Hasan 22P. Cummins lbw b M. Hasan 4S. O’Keefe not out 8N. Lyon c Kayes b M. Rahman 0Extras: (b-8, lb-3, w-1) 12Total: (all out, 119.5 overs) 377Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-98, 3-250, 4-298, 5-321, 6-342, 7-346, 8-364, 9-376.Bowling: Mehidy Hasan 38-6-93-3, Mustafizur Rahman 20.5-2-84-4 (w-1), Shakib Al Hasan 31-3-82-1, Taijul Islam 21-1-78-1, Nasir Hossain 6-2-14-0, Mominul Haque 2-0-6-0, Sabbir Rahman 1-0-9-0.BANGLADESH 2nd inningsTamim Iqbal st Wade b Lyon 12Soumya Sarkarc Renshaw b Cummins 9Imrul Kayes c Maxwell b Lyon 15Nasir Hossain c Smith b O’Keefe 5Shakib Al Hasan c Warner b Lyon 2Mushfiqur Rahim c Wade b Cummins 1Sabbir Rahman stp. Wade b Lyon 24Mominul Haque c Cummins b Lyon 29Mehidy Hasan not out 14Taijul Islam b Lyon 4Mustafizur Rahman b O’Keefe 0Extras: (b-12) 12Total: (all out, 71.2 overs) 157Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-32, 3-37, 4-39, 5-43, 6-97, 7-129, 8-149, 9-156.Bowling: P. Cummins 11-3-27-2, N. Lyon 33-11-60-6, S. O’Keefe 22.2-6-49-2, A. Agar 5-1-9-0.AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (Target: 86 runs)M. Renshaw c Rahim b Al Hasan 22D. Warner c Sarkar b M. Rahman 8S. Smith c Rahim b T. Islam 16P. Handscomb not out 16G. Maxwell not out 25Extras: 0Total: (for 3 wickets, 15.3 overs) 87Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-44, 3-48.Bowling: Mustafizur Rahman 5-1-16-1, Shakib Al Hasan 6-1-35-1, Taijul Islam 4- 0-26-1,Nasir Hossain 0.3-0-10-0.last_img read more