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
In response to a wave of student activism on college campuses across the country, including protests against police shootings of black civilians and demands for racial equality, several student groups hung Black Lives Matter banners along Trousdale Parkway. The banners, which were hung on Nov. 17, were a joint effort between Graduate Student Government and Undergraduate Student Government in partnership with the Center for Black Cultural & Student Affairs, Asian Pacific American Student Services, El Centro Chicano and the LGBT Resource Center.These organizations began working on the idea for the banners in September. They were inspired by a similar movement at the University of Vermont, where a Black Lives Matter flag was raised on a spare flagpole. GSG Vice President Kris Coombs brought the idea forward, and GSG voted unanimously to approve it. The proposal was then passed in the GSG Senate and sponsored by USG. The banners then went through an extensive process carried out by the University administration to make sure they fit the rules and regulations for on-campus banners.“When the idea was first generated, it was more like this just needs to happen because we just need to boost our support,” Coombs said. “We’d seen and heard a lot of the very divisive rhetoric that had been used in [President-elect Donald] Trump’s campaign, we’d seen the way that the issues of minority population had been pushed to the side, even in [Hillary Clinton’s] campaign.”GSG Diversity Chair Claudia Chirino said the banners were important in order to make minority students on campus feel supported.“Many are facing hate crimes in schools around the nation,” Chirino said. “We want to show that these students are not alone.”Both USG and GSG have prepared for any backlash surrounding the banners, and some have already expressed concern, although much of the reaction from the student body has been positive.“We got a couple of emails [from] students voicing concern,” Coombs said. “Some students felt like it was not appropriate because they thought it would be just as valid to raise ‘all lives matter’ flags or ‘blue lives matter’ flags. We did hear their concerns and we tried to discuss with them the evolution of Black Lives Matter.”Coombs said the banners are the first step of what he hopes will develop into a larger administrative role in protecting underrepresented classes of USC students and addressing their concerns, especially after Trump’s victory.“Where I would like to see the University step up is being very proactive and reassuring the students who might be most directly impacted by the immigration policies or taxation policies that their futures at USC are safe and secure,” Coombs said. Moreover, Coombs urged the administration to make a public statement reaffirming its commitment to help students put at risk during a Donald Trump presidency, and to sever its connection to donors or trustees who do not support this view. “I think at some point, we have to decide who and what we’re willing to sacrifice to help others and what we’re willing to sacrifice to help ourselves,” Coombs said. “The University needs to be willing, if necessary, to cut ties with the people who are not going to put the students first.” The banners were put up shortly after cities across the nation, as well as USC’s campus, saw discriminatory incidents following Trump’s victory. At the Rossier School of Education, a piece of paper saying “Black Lives Matter” tacked on a corkboard was quickly crossed out and replaced with “All Lives Matter,” and two USC students were called “n-gger” shortly after the election, Coombs said. Coombs said that integrating support for minority students into the classroom will help minimize and eliminate further hate crimes.“Statements look nice, they make for good news stories, [but] I don’t think that’s enough,” Coombs said. “I think what it really takes is direct programming … that needs to permeate through all the academic courses, all the extracurriculars. It needs to be part of the culture at USC.” The banners are reserved for a two-week period and scheduled to be taken down on Dec. 1. USG and GSG are working to get the banners on campus again in the spring semester.