GlobalData forecasts that Saudi Arabia’s international arrivals will reach 21 million by 2024. Ben Cordwell, tourism analyst at GlobalData explains that does not mean that Saudi Arabia cannot become a dominant force in the Middle East destination market.“The Red Sea Project is looking to establish Saudi Arabia as a luxury tourist destination which could attract many of the tourists that travel to Dubai each year, particularly high-spending travellers from the UK and China. – Advertisement – OlderMSC Magnifica suspends sailings until late December “Meanwhile, the capital city of Riyadh has the potential to establish itself as a premium luxury destination to rival Dubai.”Religious attractions and celebrations is already the main source of tourism in the country with millions of international visitors arriving to take part in the Hajj and Umrah. A more accessible Saudi Arabia could attract a greater number of Muslim visitors to these events each year.Cordwell continued: “Saudi Arabia is also home to historical sites dating back thousands of years, and so the country could become a hub for cultural tourism to the Middle East thereby diversifying the type of tourist that the country attracts.”Sports tourism is another area that Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in, recently hosting Anthony Joshua’s world title fight against Andy Ruiz. Hosting major sporting events provides Saudi Arabia with a major opportunity to market itself as a prime tourist destination.Cordwell concluded: “Saudi Arabia offers much that can attract a high number of international visitors each year. “The country has a number of initiatives in place to help achieve its ambitious tourist targets to 2030, but it remains to be seen how much of a limiting factor Covid-19 has on international arrivals over the coming years.”Image: KAEC NewerChile leads winners at 2020 Latin America World Travel Awards Saudi Arabia can become a regional tourism powerhouse, according to new analysis of the region. However, the country is unlikely to reach its optimistic annual visitor goals as the Covid-19 pandemic hits global travel. – Advertisement – The Middle Eastern destination is seeking to welcome 100 million guests annually by 2030, Fahd Hamidaddin, chief executive of the Saudi Tourism Authority, recently stating the country remained on track. However, this would mean a near six-fold increase in tourist arrivals over the next 11 years, from the 17 million visitors the country welcomed in 2019, argues GlobalData, a data and analytics company.An increase on this scale now appears overly ambitious, with the massive impact that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has had on global travel and tourism. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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“I really didn’t understand what fame was and I didn’t understand what being in a giant hit was, and I didn’t understand what a giant hit Titanic was compared to other giant hits,” he said at the time. “There was no rule book. There was nobody to navigate me through the experience of being watched all the time and nobody to tell me how to be normal when everybody is acting and looking at me differently.”The Django Unchained actor added, “Look, if you’re not careful about it, it can develop into a social anxiety. It’s like, what’s going to happen, what photographer is going to jump out where, what kind of thing am I being set up for? You try to talk yourself out of it, but you’re never used to it.”Since 2017, the Aviator star has been dating actress Camila Morrone. An insider told Us Weekly in 2018 that the duo are “very in love and serious” and that the couple have “talked about getting engaged.”- Advertisement – The Revenant actor has utilized very unique methods to hide from the paparazzi while in public through the years. When he attended a Los Angeles Lakers game in 2019, he opted to wear black sunglasses beneath a blue Los Angeles Dodgers hat while indoors. A decade earlier, the acclaimed actor ducked down in a London taxicab while covering most of his face with a black hoodie.DiCaprio has not shied away from sharing the downsides of fame. In an Esquire profile in 2016, the Wolf of Wall Street star opened up about gaining recognition early in his career.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Scroll through the photos below to see all of the times DiCaprio tried to hide in plain sight — and failed miserably. It can’t be easy being one of the most famous faces on the planet. Leonardo DiCaprio’s A-list status has naturally caused him to want to keep to himself — but he’s not always successful.Someone of DiCaprio’s prestige, a sought-after movie star with seven Academy Award nominations and one win under his belt, is understandably a person of public interest. His romantic relationships, friendships and beyond have garnered an abundance of headlines, but he’s less than interested in having his entire life up for public display.- Advertisement –
It’s been a bruising year for the company. In the first 10 months of 2020, Boeing lost 393 aircraft orders after factoring in new sales, cancellations and orders for planes that were converted to other aircraft. Chief rival Airbus won 308 net new orders for aircraft in that period, by comparison. Boeing has lost $3.45 billion this year through the end of September and analysts don’t expect it to get to positive free cash flow until the end of next year.Boeing executives, however, are eager to turn the page after the protracted crisis, and many investors appear to be, too. Boeing’s stock price has shot up more than 40% this month, fueled by optimism around the jets’ return and positive news from two vaccine trials. But the shares are still off more than 37% this year as the pandemic presents an added challenge to the plane maker.‘Finish line’Against that backdrop the Federal Aviation Administration is near “the finish line” of its review of the planes, it said last week. Other aviation authorities such as those in Europe and Brazil are likely to follow suit, ending the longest and largest grounding of a commercial aircraft. The recertification is key for Boeing because it hasn’t been able to deliver planes to customers since the grounding took effect in March 2019.- Advertisement – The Boeing 737 Max is nearing clearance to fly again after a 20-month ban prompted by two fatal crashes that sent the company into a crisis, but the planes are returning to a different problem.The coronavirus pandemic has roiled airline finances around the world, hurting demand for new planes and helping to drive up cancellations and deferrals.“The Max isn’t coming into a situation where everything is fine now,” said Phil Seymour, president of London-based aviation consulting firm IBA Group.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – A Boeing 737 MAX airplane is seen parked at a Boeing facility on August 13, 2019 in Renton, Washington.David Ryder | Getty Images All 346 people on board Lion Air Flight 610 on Oct. 29, 2018, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019, were killed in the crashes.Pilots in both Max flights battled the planes’ automated flight-control system, which has been at the center of several investigations into the crashes. Pilots weren’t informed about the system and mentions of it had been removed from pilot manuals when they were delivered to airlines. A House investigation in September found regulatory, design and management problems as the jets were being developed led to the “preventable death” of the 346 people on board. Boeing has since made the system less aggressive and added more redundancies. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, a former Delta pilot, tested the aircraft himself in September.Return to serviceOnce the aircraft is certified, 737 pilots will have to undergo training that will include sessions in a flight simulator, a process that could take several months to train all of an airline’s 737 flight crews. Southwest Airlines and United Airlines don’t expect to fly the planes commercially until sometime next year.Others expect it back sooner. American Airlines has scheduled the planes’ first commercial flights for Dec. 29 and is planning to allow customers to tour the planes before regular flights resume. Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes hasn’t started selling seats on the Max, but said it would fly it domestically in December, if it’s approved this week, CFO Richard Lark said in an interview. Eventually, it plans to use them to link Brazil with Florida.Gol is one of the biggest customers for the Max and has already cut 34 planes from its original order of 129 planes. Lark expressed confidence in the safety of the aircraft and in Boeing but said the pandemic may change the carrier’s needs.Additionally, it stokes concerns about the residual value of the aircraft, Lark said. Aircraft values have dropped in the pandemic, and the Max is no exception. IBA valued the 737 Max 8, the most commonly sold model, at $41 million in July, down nearly 9% from January. The Airbus A320neo, the Max’s main rival, also fell, losing close to 7% of its value to $42.5 million in that period.American has options to defer 18 of the 737 Max planes it ordered.“If [the grounding] gets lifted soon here in November, we’ll get some delivered in December,” American’s CFO, Derek Kerr, said during an industry conference last week. “There’s another 18 that come in 2021 and 2022 that we have deferral rights on those all. And we’ve said it would have to get much, much better for those to be taken. Assumptions are that they probably, over time, will be deferred.” – Advertisement –
Coordinating the federal responseIn a pandemic, HHS will “lead federal health and medical response efforts and will be the principal federal spokesperson for public health issues,” while coordinating closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on public messages, the plan says. Cargo entry into the United States, except for live animals and animal products, would pose little risk of spreading flu and could continue, the plan says. Protective measures for workers may be necessary, as may actions such as confining crews and using strict transmission prevention protocols to lower the risk of transmission to or by cargo workers. “Local communities will have to address the medical and non-medical effects of the pandemic with available resources,” the document says. “This means that it is essential for communities, tribes, states, and regions to have plans in place to support the full spectrum of their needs over the course of weeks or months, and for the Federal Government to provide clear guidance on the manner in which these needs can be met.” Transcript of May 3 White House news briefing on the plan http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2006/05/20060503-6.html An interagency group composed of senior decision-makers from across the government will develop strategic policy and coordinate domestic responses to the pandemic, the document states. The group will be “chaired by the White House.” The plan says the likely effectiveness of school closures and snow-day restrictions is not yet known. The document lists several other methods to reduce the spread of the virus: The plan points out that while individual travel will likely decrease as a pandemic spreads, a surge may occur early in an outbreak area as people try to return home, help others, or relocate. In addition, geographic quarantine, imposed by force, if necessary, may be used to stop or slow the spread of flu from an infected community to an uninfected community. “Even if such efforts prove unsuccessful, delaying the spread of the disease could provide the federal government with valuable time to activate the domestic response,” the plan states. The report speaks of possible travel restrictions within the country, but Townsend refused to suggest what might trigger such measures or what they might look like. “It’s difficult to answer that in hypotheticals; it’ll depend on where it [the virus] comes from and how contagious it is,” she said. Continental rather than national containment will be stressed in a pandemic, and treaty commitments and other agreements with Canada and Mexico will be respected, says the plan. It predicts that mass migration from Central America or Mexico could occur if the virus affects those areas first, likely leading to the need for the Department of Homeland Security to deal with a large increase in illegal aliens. The best way to contain a pandemic is by vaccinating people, the plan says. The government is trying to develop sufficient amounts of existing, or pre-pandemic, H5N1 vaccine to immunize 20 million people, as well as to create a vaccine-manufacturing surge capacity to make enough pandemic vaccine for all Americans within 6 months of a pandemic’s start. The government has only a few million doses of pre-pandemic vaccine now. Establish plans to resume normal operations quickly once a pandemic subsides. In addition, the government aims to stockpile 81 million treatment courses of antiviral drugs. That includes 75 million courses to be shared with the states and 6 million courses reserved for use in efforts to contain initial outbreaks. “Snow-day restrictions”—suggestions or mandates by community authorities that everyone stay home for two incubation periods (about 4 days for typical flu viruses) May 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The White House today released a lengthy new plan describing how the government intends to cope with an influenza pandemic, but officials continued to stress their standard message that states and communities will have to rely mainly on themselves in that situation, with the federal government in an advisory role. Primary prevention of a pandemic will include vaccination, early detection and treatment with antivirals, and infection control measures. Case tracking and contact tracing in the early stages of a pandemic may be useful in order to isolate the sick and request voluntary quarantine of their contacts, the plan says. However, it adds that the usefulness of quarantining contacts to contain flu is “not fully defined.” Restricting long-distance travel Federal support for emergency transportation will come through activation of the “National Response Plan and Emergency Support Function #1.” Even so, the plan acknowledges that a pandemic will pose a greater challenge than natural disasters do in this regard, because multiple urban areas will be affected simultaneously and for a longer time. Consider alternate operating facilities and preparing personnel for an announced relocation of essential functions. Such relocation steps may include telecommuting components or other “social distancing” steps. Using more telecommuting or teleconferencing for work “We don’t expect a tight shutdown of borders would actually stop it from arriving here,” she said. “When you look at border restrictions, there’s a period of time very early on when they may be effective not in stopping the arrival of the virus, but buying us time, and allowing individuals and communities to get better prepared.” The transportation system’s complexities and its importance for public safety, health, and the economy require “extraordinary cooperation between the varied and diverse elements of the sector,” says the plan. Critical transportation services will need to be sustained to keep communities functioning and to allow delivery of emergency supplies and resources. For example, planning must be done for delivery of chlorine for water supplies, gasoline, food, and drugs and other medical supplies. National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Planhttp://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/homeland/pandemic-influenza-implementation.html Implement measures to protect personnel, which include frequent hand-washing, limiting travel to affected areas, maintaining 3 feet of personal space, replacing face-to-face meetings with teleconferences, posting infection-control guidelines, cleaning frequently touched surfaces like keyboards daily, and, possibly, wearing face masks. But if the virus does lead to a pandemic, it could, in the worst case, infect up to 30% of the population and kill up to 2 million people, the plan states. It predicts that up to 40% of school-aged children could get sick and that work absenteeism in community outbreaks could peak at 40%. Transportation and bordersThe United States has 317 ports of entry, and about 1.1 million people pass through them on a typical day, according to the plan. Moreover, Americans are highly mobile, taking about 1.1 billion trips per day. Social distancing measures, such as advising people to stay at least 3 feet apart Protecting human healthThe federal government predicts that without containment measures, the number of cases of pandemic flu would double every 3 days. That estimate underscores the importance of good surveillance and prompt response. Federal site providing pandemic preparedness informationhttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/ “Rarely will the solution itself to the practical problem faced in a community come from inside the beltway,” said Frances Townsend, President Bush’s homeland security advisor, at a press briefing introducing the 228-page plan, titled National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Plan. In the news briefing, Townsend said the H5N1 avian flu virus may reach birds in the United States this year, but she sought to reassure. “If the H5N1 virus appears in birds, it will not signal the start of a pandemic and will not necessarily represent a risk to the poultry population,” she said. Closing schools See also: Delegate authority beforehand for key decisions, and establish an order of succession in case leaders are incapacitated. Nov 2, 2005, CIDRAP News story “HHS releases new pandemic flu plan” Preparedness checklists for state, local, and tribal governments; private businesses; schools and universities; faith- or community-based organizations; and individuals and families can be found at the federal Web site dedicated to flu pandemic information (see link below). Protecting workers, ensuring continuityThe implementation plan recommends that government agencies and the private sector expect absenteeism of 40% for 2 weeks during a pandemic’s peak, with fewer employees missing work before and after that period. Some preparedness recommendations for employers and their employees: Identify essential functions and personnel beforehand. Consider cross-training to ensure vital functions continue. Protect and ensure the ready availability of key electronic and hard copy documents. Slowing the virus’s spread while minimizing the social and economic consequences, then, is the goal. This would buy time to continue preparations and take preventive actions, such as transporting vaccines and antivirals to an outbreak area. The new plan is a follow-up to the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last November. That document focused largely on HHS’s efforts to procure vaccines and antiviral drugs to blunt the impact of a pandemic. At the same time, President Bush released his general strategy for pandemic flu preparedness and asked Congress for $7.1 billion to fund it. Although policies affecting the nation’s ports of entry and transportation system will influence the spread of a pandemic flu virus, even the most extreme action—closing the borders—would not stop the virus or decrease the ultimate number of cases or deaths, says the plan. It would, however, have “significant negative social, economic, and foreign policy consequences.” Emphasize communication measures that minimize person-to-person contact. Canceling non-essential public gatherings But Townsend said good planning would prevent chaos even in that kind of crisis. “Do I think that’s going to result in chaos? No, and that’s the whole point of doing a national preparedness plan,” she said. “The whole purpose of planning and preparation is to mitigate uncertainty, take the fear out of it so there’s no chaos.” The federal government will have a key role “to provide clear criteria to guide and inform State and local actions and to conduct outreach with State, community and tribal entities to communicate a cohesive national strategy for maintaining movement of essential critical goods and services, while encouraging limitation of non-essential transportation.” Under questioning, Townsend reinforced the plan’s message that it won’t be possible to keep a pandemic originating elsewhere in the world from invading the United States, but border restrictions might delay it a little. The latest plan is intended to explain the steps that agencies throughout the federal government will take to deal with a pandemic. The document says it spells out more than 300 actions the government will take, and it also attempts to outline what’s expected from non-federal players in pandemic preparedness. Townsend said federal agencies have drafted individual plans, which are to be released in coming weeks. The report divides planning and response efforts into eight areas, with corresponding chapters: federal government planning, federal government response, international efforts, transportation and borders, protecting human health, protecting animal health, law enforcement and public safety, and institutions. The plan also has an appendix with advice for schools, the business sector, families, and individuals. Some highlights from selected chapters follow. The plan also emphasizes the importance of expanding healthcare surge capacity. Rationing of scarce supplies, including ventilators and intensive hospital care, is to be expected, it says. Effective home-based care could be an option to reduce demand for hospital rooms. Protecting human health also means planning for behavioral health and ways to support populations to reduce psychological distress.
There are two days left until the beginning of the largest tourist event and the traditional meeting of tourist workers and all stakeholders in the tourist system of the Republic of Croatia – the Day of Croatian Tourism (DHT).How branding and promotion is carried out by the world tourism superpower UK; what modern Michelin-starred chefs from the Basque Culinary Center look like; the importance of lifelong education of tourism sector stakeholders; sustainable business and many other interesting topics await the participants of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, which are held this year on October 25 and 26, 2017 in Mali Lošinj, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Croatian Tourist Board, and over 1300 participants are expected .The Days of Croatian Tourism will crown the best stakeholders of Croatian tourism in the actions of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. These prestigious tourist awards will once again reach the hands of the most deserving individuals, representatives of the tourist industry and the best destinations.At this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, interesting lectures, workshops and gatherings were prepared for all participants, among others on the topic of trends in tourism in Europe, the construction of national tourism brands, and the role of national tourism organizations in the tourism system; forecasts and forecasts of tourist trends in the coming years; sustainable tourism for sustainable development, regional centers of competence, etc.On the first day, Wednesday, October 25, the “Performance Analysis of the Croatian Hotel Sector 2000-2016” will be presented and the 17th Croatian Tourism Forum will be held. This year’s forum is dedicated to the topic “Trends and forecasts: What awaits the travel industry?”, Ie the latest trends and the future of tourism development in the world will be discussed. In addition, on the first day of this event, a conference “ESF – Establishment of regional centers of competence in tourism” will be held to discuss the challenges of strengthening the competitiveness of human resources and the establishment of regional centers of competence in tourism.On the second day, Thursday, October 26, there will be a round table on the topic of building national tourist brands “Tourist destinations – management, marketing and branding”, which will be attended by distinguished experts from the UK, Slovenia and Croatia. lecture on “Sustainable tourism for sustainable destination development” as one of the fundamental principles of enabling further growth and development of tourism. In addition, on the second day, a traditional meeting of tourism workers with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia will be held to discuss the most current topics and challenges facing the tourism system.The highlight of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism will be the award ceremony for the best in the actions of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. On the first day (Wednesday, October 25), awards and recognitions will be given in the evening for nominees in the categories for destinations of the year, attractions of the year, awards to the business sector (Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia) and people in tourism. On the second day (Thursday, October 26) starting at 20:05, prizes will be awarded for the 10 best in tourism, in the following categories: Cultural tourist attraction of the year, Tourist event of the year, Innovation in tourism of the year, Restaurant of the year, Tourist Agency of the Year, Marina of the Year, Camp of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Anton Štifanić Award for Person of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Tourist Destination of the Year.For more detailed information on participants in individual events as well as the entire program, see here
Croatian Roads has passed a Decision on the selection of contractors for the construction of the Mainland – Pelješac Bridge with access roads.For the conclusion of the public procurement contract, out of the three bids received, the one selected from the Community of Bidders: China Road and Bridge Corporation, CCCC Highway Consultants Co. Ltd., CCCC Second Highway Engineering Co. Ltd. and CCCC Second Harbor Engineering Co. Ltd.The offer was evaluated according to the criteria as the most economically favorable offer, and amounts to HRK 2.081.608.270,72 (excluding VAT) with a completion deadline of 36 months, they point out from Hrvatske ceste.We hope that the agony around the Pelješac Bridge is finally over, and that according to the plan in 2021, the ribbon will be cut at the opening of the Pelješac Bridge.
After the current director of the Zadar Tourist Board, Ante Rados, resigned, in the middle of the season, which is certainly frivolous and unprofessional, the Zadar Tourist Board announced a competition for a new director of the Zadar Tourist Board, which ended yesterday.The competition states that the candidate must have at least three years of work experience in the field of tourism, have completed at least a specialist graduate professional or graduate university study, make a proposal for its work program of the tourist board for the next calendar year and speak at least one foreign language.But in the whole story all this is less important, as well as diplomas and various recognitions, etc.… the only thing that matters is concrete market experience, knowledge and vision of development. What someone has done so far, what projects he has worked on and led, and practical market experience. Of course, in the whole story we should talk about market development and market processes, not political functions, but it’s all up to us. Do we want market and strategic development or status quo and inertia. We are either growing or stagnant, ie we are losing pace with the competition.Iva Bencun: Guests want to feel the Mediterranean way of life, they want to be relaxed, they want to feel welcome. You’re going to have a hard time giving it to them if we personally don’t live it.Iva Bencun from Zadar, the owner of the company Feral Tours and the organizer of the Zadar Outdoor Festival and the president of the Association of Adventure Tourism at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, also applied for the competition. In a conversation with Iva Bencun, we talked about the current development of tourism in Zadar and what is her vision of development if she comes to the helm of the Zadar Tourist Board.Do you think that you are the right person for the position of director of the Zadar Tourist Board and why?I certainly don’t think that I am the only person, but that I certainly have the knowledge, experience and, above all, the will to deal with the problems that this job brings with it. Throughout my working life, I have worked in a variety of jobs in tourism; I was an escort, I worked in a boat rental company, and in my agency I work with hoteliers, private renters, caterers, other agencies, and various tourism service providers. In addition, I am fluent in 4 foreign languages, which means that I get first-hand information from tourists about what they like and what they resent about us. The recent launch of the Zadar Outdoor Festival project is also a great school for me, where I realized how much good can be achieved by proper communication with people; Finances are not always crucial – if you have people you can run, willpower and perseverance is the key to success. I think that all of the above is a prerequisite for a good job as a director of the Tourist Board.What would you change in the tourist offer of the city of Zadar? Would you return the concerts? Everyone is complaining about the offer this year, that there are no real concerts and entertainment, ie enough content that is crucial?The City of Zadar has a very good Tourism Development Strategy for the period 2016-2026. year on which a large part of the tourist program can be based. Namely, we must be aware that we are not a concert destination. Even if you organize the best band in the world (if you can pay for it of course) the question is whether guests would come to your city just for that. And if they did, how long would they stay? We are a tourist destination; all future tourists come primarily for vacation, and then to have the opportunity to have fun and learn something during that vacation. So, if it is primarily a vacation and an escape from everyday stress, then you must first and foremost make sure that the whole city and the whole region functions in a way that does not add to that stress.How are you going to do that?To keep the city beautiful and clean, to solve the parking situation with quality (we know that the stress is the strongest), to kindly welcome your guest and patiently explain everything to him, to provide easy access to information via websites, on site, via info-places; even through students who will walk around the city and provide the information needed by the guest. If you have provided easy arrival and access, not only to the guest, but first of all to the local population, then the kind approach of the local population will make the guest feel welcome, and only after that the guest will enjoy listening to the concert, exhibition or play. Guests want to feel the Mediterranean way of life, they want to be relaxed, they want to feel welcome… You will find it difficult to give it to us if we personally do not live it..And how will we live it if the arrival of tourists makes our lives worse because we can no longer find a parking space ; if most of the city stinks of rancid oil; if you can’t walk down the street from the barns that inevitably widen, motivated by demand and the fact that the “rush hour” lasts 2 months?Zadar, like most tourist destinations in the last couple of years, has recorded a large increase in arrivals and overnight stays, is Zadar for mass tourism or should we control this mass and load on all the city’s disputes and raise the quality? Zadar, as well as Croatia, should develop quality, not mass tourism. It has already been shown that better quality facilities have fewer holes, guests are more satisfied, the service is charged more, and it is provided with less stress. Yes, the city of Zadar can have many more quality programs, concerts, exhibitions, festivals, gastronomic events, but they do not have to be megalomaniacal; they just have to be smaller, more intimate, more “homey” and widespread throughout the year. Zadar has a lot of people with quality ideas, but they do not come to the fore, or do not even respond, believing that it is all already intended for someone else. Unfortunately, this is the attitude in most things and situations where some new solutions could be offered. It seems to me personally that this was the first thing that started to change in tourism. Increasingly, I see capable individuals who have come to positions from which they can change things, and I have to admit that I like the direction in which they are moving.Photo: Pixabay.comSo what would you do first as the director of the Zadar Tourist Board? You certainly would not be in a position to determine parking spaces.Of course not; fortunately the strategy clearly foresees who is in charge of what. However, what I could do is communicate about these issues along with colleagues who are in charge of those things. The first thing I would do was invite all stakeholders in tourism in the city of Zadar for an interview. So, both hoteliers, and representatives of private renters, caterers, agencies, tourist guides… I think it would be fair to first invite them, introduce themselves, and invite them to cooperate. Make a “brainstorming” where everyone could say what problems they face and present their suggestions so that we can all solve the same problems together. You know the old “Two heads are smarter than one”. It seems to me that communication is something we always have problems with; without the synergy of the group one person can hardly achieve any significant results..Tourism is very complex and complementary; if we intend to do it properly we need to live it..And the clerk at the post office or bank or in the city administration must be aware that he is indirectly benefiting from tourism. If we manage to achieve this only then will we have success in tourism.How do you see Zadar in terms of tourism in 5 years, what is your vision of development if you will be the director of the Zadar Tourist Board? Zadar is a city that is extremely pleasant to live in. It is not too big or too small. It is spatially nicely distributed and every part of the city is easily and in a short time accessible. The traffic is also very well connected, the roads are excellent, we have the port of Gaženica and the airport. All this gives the possibility of development in several directions. My opinion is that Zadar should continuously work on quality; everything done so far is going in that direction. We definitely need a tidier city, we need more accommodation, but I’m not for big resorts; small boutique hotels with a couple of larger hotels of world-famous chains would significantly increase the city’s offer. In addition, I still believe that Zadar and the whole region is ideal for an active vacation and should work in that direction. In a very small area, in an environment of only half an hour drive we have an incredible wealth of nature..sea, islands, rivers, mountains .. All this allows frequent outdoor stays which guests are increasingly looking for, and this type of guests comes out of the main months of the season. Zadar is developing more and more in terms of gastronomy, which means that we have a nicely rounded package of offers. Together with the whole region, it has the potential to attract guests for much longer than 3 days, which is currently the average stay of tourists in the city. We need to work on connecting all activities and better informing the guest. At the same time, we need to work on additional programs throughout the year and continuous airlines; promotion should be done in the markets from which people travel throughout the year. In winter we have an ideal climate for guests from the Scandinavian market, and now in the representative office in Stockholm we have a person from Zadar who knows the region best. If we work smartly and manage the development of the city, I think that in 5 years Zadar will be one of the most desirable cities to live in Croatia, and tourists will feel and appreciate it.Whatever the Tourist Board decides, I sincerely hope that this time the profession and experience will prevail, ie common sense, the main question is: Do we want market and strategic development or the status quo and inertia?We are either growing or stagnant, ie we are losing pace with the competition. We need professional people who have practical experience, and we need to deal more with market development than politics. Politics is one thing, and the market and market development are quite another. Ultimately, if we do not deal with tourism strategically and sustainably, then we are where we are – we have a short season, low tourist consumption and we chronically lack quality content and offer. We are not for mass tourism, but we must offer quality and diversity of offer and content. Greece and Turkey are not and should not be our competition, and the biggest competition is ourselves.So it’s all up to us, we have it all, even too much of it, and it’s just a question of whether we’re going to take advantage of it and be who we are. Let’s be who we are, it has to be our main tourism product, not strive for standardization and be bad copies.
Source / photo: Glas Istre The “KulTERRA” project, which is financed from European Union funds, envisages the revitalization of two castles. The company manages part of the castle Morosini-Grimani, which, in addition to sightseeing the fortress, also offers a special experience “Escape Castle Svetvincenat”. The company is also one of the partners in the “KulTERRA” project. The reason for that is the creation of quality staff who will take over the complete management after the completion of the project, which would put the renewed cultural property for tourist purposes, concludes Stanić. “Of course, apart from Savičenta doo, some of the key partners for further cooperation and management of the castle are the local Historical Association Kaštel and the association Istra Inspirit, whose members participated in fencing, archery and storytelling education within the KulTERRA project, with the aim of spreading and improving their knowledge. and the skill to create new tourist products and events that will be able to take place in the renovated castle throughout the year.” “The purpose of the project is ultimately to make Svetvincenat and Buzet culturally and historically recognizable tourist destinations throughout the year. This will lead to the complete renovation and equipping of both castles”, Said Igor Macan, project manager. Medieval festival in Savičenta / AUTHOR: JOSIP MADRAČEVIĆ In December 2017, the “Visitor Center – House of the Witch Mare ” in which the legend of the witch Mare and the legend of the unknown horseman are interpreted with the help of modern technology. The other part of the visitor center is under renovation co-financed by the Ministry of Tourism. RELATED NEWS: The society, in addition to individual visits, also organizes group ones such as school, kindergarten programs and teambuilding, through which various activities are combined. ISTRIAN SVETVINČENAT BECAME THE FIRST PLACE IN THE WORLD WITH THE APPLICATION OF VIRTUAL REALITY IN SIGHTSEEING Through the project, new products inspired by cultural heritage were designed and developed based on traditional beliefs in supernatural beings, as well as souvenirs inspired by the history of real people. Various manifestations of revived history, such as performances and performances, have been conceptually designed, and a completely new tourist product has been developed. Namely, it is a sparkling wine “Konfini”, for the realization of which the Istrian winemaker Ivica Matošević is responsible. After the completion of the reconstruction of the Morosini-Grimani castle in Svetvinčenat, the resources offered by the fortress will be managed by the company Savičenta doo It is a company wholly owned by the Municipality of Svetvinčenat, engaged in activities related to tourist spending in the municipality. The company specializes in the management of tourist attractions owned by the Municipality of Svetvincenat, but also for networking of existing tourist and catering facilities in the destination, designing and coordinating programs, organizing special themed evenings, group visits and sightseeing and the like. “In order to achieve the purpose of existence, ie systematic management of the destination and creating potential for a better life of the local population, it is necessary to network existing attractions in the Municipality of Svetvincenat, because only through such a system of experiences the destination has the power to attract visitors. Savičenta doo has a key role in creating the motive for arrival, with a focus on longer stays, whose main role is networking content, ie creating products, especially on the basis of existing content, but also encouraging the development of new tourist and catering facilities in the destination. Another important role of Savičenta doo is promotion in target markets, ie cooperation with all attractions in order to create joint programs, clear cooperation, and thus the main “products” that will be recognized as attractive enough to come to the destination, especially outside the main season.”, Explains Matea Stanić, director of Savičente doo Reconstructions are planned for the Svetvinčenat castle Morosini-Grimani and the Buzet castle Petrapilos in order to increase the attractiveness and recognizability of the Municipality of Svetvinčenat and the City of Buzet through the valorization of cultural heritage, Glas Istre reports.