Iceberg Headed for Sub-Antarctic Island Could Threaten Wildlife

first_img– Advertisement – It’s unpredictable what could happen if the iceberg were to run aground near South Georgia, said M Jackson, a glaciologist who is an explorer with the National Geographic Society. Such episodes are not unheard-of but greater attention is usually given to them when they pose a threat to people and wildlife, she said.- Advertisement – An iceberg roughly the size of Delaware that is headed toward the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia has experts worried about the possibility of it blocking wildlife from food sources and threatening the island’s ecosystem.The iceberg, known as A68a, was about 400 kilometers, or about 250 miles, away from the coast of the British island territory of South Georgia as of Wednesday, the British Antarctic Survey said.- Advertisement – There is a chance that if A68a does run aground, it could disrupt part of South Georgia’s ecosystem, affecting some of the areas and paths that animals, such as seals and penguins, travel to hunt and gather food.“Essentially, seals and penguins birth on land, then commute back and forth into the ocean to source and return with food to feed their young,” Dr. Jackson said. “The iceberg might disrupt this, and seals and penguins might not be able to source and deliver food to their land-based pups and chicks, potentially triggering widespread starvation.”Douglas R. MacAyeal, a professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago who has studied the behavior of large icebergs, compared A68a with another large iceberg, B-15A. In the 2000s, B-15A struck parts of Ross Island in the Ross Sea as well as the other icebergs surrounding it, disturbing the island’s penguin colonies. Some colonies went years without hatching chicks. The disturbance led to some penguins interbreeding with those from different colonies.“This led to a genetic benefit of exchange, of genetic material from different, normally isolated, cohorts,” Dr. MacAyeal said in an email. “In my view: If A68a were to encounter the island itself or the shoals around it, it would be spectacular for a few days but would not lead to an ecosystem catastrophe.”Some experts predict A68a will eventually break into large pieces as a result of strong currents.“The Southern Ocean around South Georgia is an utterly wild place with strong currents and sea-swell that will ‘flex’ the iceberg on top of the grounding point, causing it to stress and fracture much like a ship,” Dr. MacAyeal said.If the iceberg does break close to the island’s coast, there’s the potential that it could displace large amounts of seawater “that can inundate coastal communities,” Dr. Jackson said.This kind of hazard is something experts have had to grapple with as climate change has led to ice melting and ice systems breaking at significant rates.“I am doubtful given the increasing rate of ice melt worldwide that this is the last time we’ll see this,” Dr. Jackson said. “I wouldn’t be surprised in the years to come if we continue to see bigger icebergs presenting bigger hazards to communities of people and wildlife alike.”center_img The iceberg broke off from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and is about 100 miles long and 30 miles wide. The trajectory of the iceberg could change and steer clear of the island, because it’s in the strongest ocean current where waters are not impeded by continents. This means the iceberg could easily sail past the island, all depending on the course nature takes. – Advertisement – The iceberg may run aground near the island and be a few weeks out from the island’s coast, said Andrew Fleming, a remote sensing manager with the survey.last_img read more

Dale Moss Calls Fiancee Clare Crawley a ‘Queen’ as They Get Coffee

first_img– Advertisement – Starting their new life together. The Bachelorette‘s Clare Crawley and her fiancé, Dale Moss, did something for the first time on Saturday, November 7, that most couples take for granted.“Grabbing our first coffee together,” the hairstylist, 39, captioned a video on Instagram showing the pair in a car wearing sweatshirts as they fooled around with a voice-changing app.Bachelorette's Dale Moss Calls Fiancee Clare Crawley a 'Queen' as They Grab 1st Coffee After Confirming EngagementDale Moss and Clare Crawley Courtesy Dale Moss/Instagram- Advertisement – “Can you be any effin cuter???” one fan commented on the post. “You give me hope.”“You guys are adorable. Super happy for you,” another wrote.The couple got engaged just two weeks into filming the new season of The Bachelorette, with the model getting down on one knee and proposing on the Thursday, November 5, episode.“From the moment I stepped out of the limo, this was special,” Moss told the California native. “I know without the shadow of a doubt that you would go to the end of the world for me and I’ve never had that. I’m so grateful for that. … I’ve thought a lot about my mother and what she would think about you. She would absolutely love you. All she’s ever wanted for me is someone who loves me unconditionally and who would be there for me no matter what. I know that I have that. And I love you.’”“I love you too. … The best is yet to come,” Crawley whispered before he got down on one knee to propose. “Put that ring on my finger, I’ve waited a lot of years for this,” she said, calling herself “Clare Moss” as he slipped the sparkler onto her left hand.In an interview with Good Morning America on Friday, November 6, Moss said he knew early on that he’d found The One.“After we had our first group date, in my mind and in my heart, everything was already written,” he admitted, saying there was “never a second thought” about proposing so soon.Crawley said in an Instagram Live on Thursday that she is “the happiest I’ve ever been.”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants “All right, y’all, so who sounds higher? Say what up,” the former NFL player, 32, said in a low voice as he turned the camera to Crawley.“What up? What voice is it on? Normal?” the reality TV player replied in a deep voice.“This is giant voice,” Moss replied.- Advertisement – “Do I sound like a giant right now?” his fiancée asked.“You sound beautiful,” he responded. “You sound like a queen.”“Thank you,” she sang back to him.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Dillian Whyte has branded David Haye as the ‘biggest bully in boxing’ | Boxing News

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Premier League: Four positive coronavirus cases in latest testing for second week in a row | Football News

first_img“Of these, there were four new positive tests.“Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.”It is the second successive week there have been four positive tests in the Premier League.- Advertisement – The competition is now pausing for the international break but will resume on 21 November.Previous Premier League test results31 August-6 September – 1,605 tested, with three positives 7-13 September – 2,131 tested, with four positives- Advertisement – The Premier League has announced that there were once again four new positive tests for coronavirus among staff and players in the last week.A statement from the league read: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 2 November and Sunday 8 November, 1,646 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19.- Advertisement – 14-20 September – 1,574 tested, with three positives21-27 September – 1,595 tested, with 10 positives28 September-4 October – 1,587 tested, with nine positives5-11 October – 1,128 tested, with five positives12-18 October – 1,575 tested, with eight positives19-25 October – 1,609 tested, with two positives26 October-1 November – 1,446 tested, with four positives2-8 November – 1,646 tested, with four positives More from Coronavirus In Sport – Advertisement –last_img read more

Luis Suarez: Atletico Madrid striker tests positive for coronavirus and will miss Barcelona reunion | Football News

first_imgI hate Suzie Sky Sports Scores promo– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Suarez is the latest high-profile player to test positive for the virus while on international duty, after Liverpool forward Mo Salah contracted the infection last week.Cristiano Ronaldo was also forced to miss several games for Juventus after he tested positive while representing Portugal last month. – Advertisement – Sky Sports Scores just got faster and has free Premier League goals. We hope you like using the app more than Suzie!center_img 0:27 Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Uruguay and will now miss out on a reunion with former club Barcelona on Saturday. Suarez, who scored a penalty in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Colombia on Friday, will also miss the World Cup qualifier against Brazil on Tuesday.- Advertisement – Uruguay confirmed stand-in goalkeeper Rodrigo Munoz and a member of staff had also returned positive tests, with all three said to be in good health and adhering to self-isolation guidelines.Suarez is Atletico’s joint-top scorer this season alongside Joao Felix, with five goals in six games since his transfer from Barcelona for £5.5m in September.The 33-year-old, who scored 198 goals in a six-year stay at the Catalan club, had one year to run on his contract, but was told by new head coach Ronald Koeman that he was not part of his plans to the dismay of Lionel Messi.last_img read more

Indiana study profiles local pandemic planning problems

first_img “This is aggravated by federal communication efforts that confuse the two,” the researchers write. Rivalry between hospital systems that impaired coordination (though it was found that a mediator could reduce this problem) Vagueness regarding the roles and responsibilities of local public health, emergency management, and healthcare officials In addition, “Several counties with nursing schools operating within their borders have explored the idea of utilizing nursing students as care extenders, but the efficacy of this will depend in part on school decisions on how to respond to a pandemic event and whether to continue operations,” the report says. Also, it was not known whether any of the counties had checked whether students were willing to serve. The study was part of an effort by researchers at Purdue University to develop a planning template for ways to provide surge capacity to care for a flood of patients during a pandemic. The researchers interviewed public health, emergency preparedness, and hospital officials in 11 representative Indiana counties between November 2006 and August 2007; questionnaires were tested in two other counties. Interviews were conducted by telephone and on-site. In line with these plans, nearly all counties had a basic communication plan to inform the public about the disease and the local response and to direct patients to the most appropriate source of care. However, many county planners focused only on media services located within the county, rather than the sources most used by the local citizenry. For example, one surburban county planned to use the only radio station based in the county, a college station with a weak signal, instead of higher-rated TV and radio stations in the next county. In the face of this reality, “Almost all counties were giving consideration to altered standards of care to stretch resources, but were wary of this option due to liability concerns and lack of statutory protection from malpractice claims, a concern heightened by lack of guidance from state and federal governments,” the report states. Unrealistic expectations for outside help, such as material support from the National Guard or the governor’s office—a misperception grounded in experience with localized disasters such as floods In addition, planning and coordination were hindered by blurry agency roles and mismatches between political boundaries and local healthcare market boundaries. The study also showed that most hospitals were hoping to deal with the influx of pandemic flu patients largely by reducing demand for services, mainly through triage systems. Hospital officials expressed concern about making ends meet during the pressures of a pandemic, the study says. One hospital thought it would have to shut down, while others suggested they would have to rely on federal and state disaster assistance funds to get by. “Few considered the fact that most patients would be insured and that they could use usual mechanism to seek reimbursement for care which might provide a revenue stream,” the authors write. “With few exceptions, planners failed to look beyond their borders, whether to identify resources to support their population or to identify additional demand for resources in their jurisdiction,” the researchers write. “Because planning responsibilities are defined by local political jurisdictions, most focused only on those jurisdictions, with efforts to initiate intercounty cooperation rarely noted.” Managing demandMost of the counties chose to deal with hospital capacity problems during a pandemic at least partly by reducing the demand for hospital services, usually by means of a triage system to save hospital beds for those in greatest medical need, the researchers found. Because of concern about spreading flu, officials were discussing plans to separate flu patients from other patients or to locate triage functions outside the hospital, such as in tent clinics or school gyms. Interviews with health officials in 11 Indiana counties showed recent progress in pandemic planning, but also pointed up many difficulties, according to the report in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. On the logistical and financial front, the leading concern was possible shortages of medical supplies, especially drugs and personal protective equipment, the researchers found. The economic pressure to run lean operations was cited as an obstacle to the stockpiling of supplies for emergency use. The authors suggest that, given the differences between political units and healthcare service areas, planning for providing surge capacity would be better done at the regional level than the local level. Among misunderstandings, some planners thought a pandemic would involve such high rates of illness and death that planning would be useless, and many officials had unrealistic expectations about getting help from outside sources such as the National Guard or the state governor. Jul 9, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A study from Indiana reveals a long list of problems hampering county-level planning for pandemic influenza, ranging from misunderstanding of the threat and lack of coordination and resources to rivalry between hospital systems.center_img The researchers, with George H. Avery as first author, found that planners generally had made progress but had a long way to go. Misperception of the threatIn some counties, officials’ view of the likely impact of a pandemic amounted to “a synthesis of misinformation, resulting in a perception of impact which exceeds the worst cases historically observed,” the article states. Using retired physicians, student nursesConcerning staffing, the counties generally had tried to follow guidance in the federal pandemic flu plan, but they ran into some problems with it. For example, most counties had begun to develop a reserve list of retired or inactive physicians and nurses who could help in a pandemic. But local officials complained of a lack of state guidance on licensing and credentials, and few had addressed the problem of malpractice insurance for those workers. “While planners, for the most part, were committing a significant effort in trying to develop a pandemic influenza plan, and in fact had made large strides over the previous year, the plans developed were still crude and required much more work,” the report says. They also note other researchers’ observation that the idea of using alternative sites to provide surge capacity in a pandemic is widespread, but it is not clear just how these sites would work or even if they would be feasible. They write, “Significant barriers exist to the use of alternative care sites for building hospital surge capacity, and any attempt to develop such capacity should focus on how alternative care arrangements fit into the overall local emergency management and healthcare systems. More important than the alternative care site is the strategy for an alternative care system.” In the realm of planning and coordination, one major problem was that political boundaries “bear little resemblance to the geography of local healthcare markets, resulting in a mismatch between the way resources are used and the plans formulated for using them to meet the demands of a pandemic.” The researchers also found various other problems in planning and coordination, including: “This confusion resulted in a sense of helplessness among some planning teams, resulting from a belief that any planning would be rendered useless by the magnitude of the problem,” the report states. “This indicates a need for more care in risk communication by federal, state, international, and academic public health experts.” Local officials were also looking at other tools to limit demand for hospital services, including “public information efforts to convince those with the disease to utilize self-care when possible, creation of dedicated outpatient flu and fever clinics, and public education programs to prevent exposure by encouraging social distancing,” the report states. One county hospital that looked into insurance reimbursement during a pandemic learned that care would be covered only if it was provided in the hospital’s own facility, a restriction that would limit options for expanding capacity, the report notes. Other hospital officials assumed that the pressures of a pandemic would drive insurers into bankruptcy. A message the researchers heard from all the counties was that flu patients would not be the only demand on healthcare organizations during a pandemic. Officials said other healthcare needs would continue, such as trauma, childbirth, and medical emergencies. Consequently, not all beds could be allocated to flu patients, and hospitals will need to take steps to prevent flu from spreading to other patients. For example, several counties expected illness attack rates greater than 50% and a case-fatality rate of 50%. The researchers determined that officials derived this view by linking the high case-fatality rate in the (rare) human cases of H5N1 influenza with the high attack rate in the 1918 pandemic. The scientists grouped their findings into six categories: impact perception, planning and coordination, staffing, logistical and financial barriers, demand management, and dealing with other healthcare needs during a pandemic. Among lessons drawn from their findings, the authors say that legal and institutional barriers may limit planning in ways that are not obvious and that planners may not have the authority to address such problems. “Issues such as insurance reimbursement, malpractice and liability insurance, and scope of practice rules constrain the solution set for local planners, and require policy action at a state or federal level to solve,” they state. Avery GH, Lawley M, Garret S, et al. Planning for pandemic influenza: lessons from the experiences of thirteen Indiana counties. 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The organization of the New Year’s Eve in Dubrovnik entrusted to the Dubrovnik Summer Festival

first_imgAccording to the published The competition for the organization of the New Year’s Eve 2018 event on Stradun, July 15, 2017, the City of Dubrovnik and the Tourist Board of the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik selected the Commission for the opening of bids. The Commission held a meeting on August 7, 2017, composed of two representatives of the City of Dubrovnik (Jelka Tepšić, Deputy Mayor and Marijeta Hladilo, Interim Head of the Administrative Department for Mayor’s Affairs); two members of the Tourist Board of TZGD (Katija Jerković, director of sales and marketing of Adriatic luxury hotels and Daniel Marušić, director of the travel agency Dubrovnik Travel), and a representative of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board (Marko Dadić, head of events).By the way, the tender defined that the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik will provide the following elements as basic prerequisites for the organization of the New Year’s Eve 2018 event in Dubrovnik:space for holding the event – in front of Luža, the City Bell Tower, the Church of St. Vlaha – as a central space for performing the program of the eventFinancial amount of a total of 600.000,00 kuna to support the organizers for the organization of the eventCovered stage measuring 10 x 12 m (not including the cost of setting up and removing the stage)Dressing room and rest of the performers (back stage) and press centerFireworksTraditional New Year’s concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra – Stradun 01.01.2018. at 12.00Interestingly, none of the bidders met the set conditions in the tender, so the commission entrusted the organization of the New Year’s Eve in Dubrovnik to the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. According to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the commission determined that three bids had been received from two bidders, Extempora and Scardona doo, and concluded that none of the bids formally or programmatically met the required criteria and sent a proposal to the Tourist Board not to accept the bids.The Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board unanimously agreed with the proposal of the Commission, at a session held on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and in agreement with the City of Dubrovnik, the organization of the New Year’s Eve will be entrusted to the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. bear the costs of the organization, as planned and concluded from the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik.last_img read more

ADAC – camping prices in Europe 2018

first_imgAccording to a price analysis of German ADAC camps in Europe, two adults with a ten-year-old child pay an average of € 35,50 per night in a European camp in the main summer season 2018.With an average price of 29,13 euros, Germany is once again one of the cheapest camping destinations. The cheapest camping, apart from Germany, is possible in Sweden (€ 31,11) and Austria (€ 35,25). The most expensive camping destinations are Switzerland with an average price of 46,78 euros, followed by Italy (€ 46,35) and Denmark (€ 41,32).According to the ADAC, the largest price increase compared to the previous year was registered in Croatia (+ 3,3%) and Austria (2,7%). “The same sea, big differences in price: Italy is the most expensive Mediterranean country for camping, while in Croatia it is cheaper by 12%, and in France the cheapest. ” stated in the ADAC report.Family camping prices in some European countries:Switzerland: 46,78 eurosItaly: 46,35 eurosDenmark: 41,32 eurosThe Netherlands: EUR 40,94Croatia: 40,92 eurosSpain: 39,94 eurosFrance: 36,55 eurosAustria: 34,31 eurosSweden: 31,11 eurosGermany: 29,13 eurosBy the way, last year Croatia was 6th, with a price of 39,60 euros.last_img read more

5th Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) announced

first_imgThe largest gathering of family accommodation or the 5th national “Family Accommodation Forum” (FOS) has been announced, which will take place on March 29-30.3.2019, XNUMX. in Split, in the Gripe Sports Center organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.This year’s FOS will present innovations in legislation and organize always up-to-date tax advice. Participants will be introduced to new trends and topics important for business improvement such as interior design, virtual promotion, business etiquette, nutrition, installment management, offer segmentation, adventure activities as additional services for guests.Presentations of work with agencies and online platforms will be presented. They will also discuss the importance of sustainable tourism with examples of good practice and the topic of security.As part of the Forum, an award ceremony will be held for the best micro and small entrepreneurs of family tourism in the action “Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia”.This year, too, a large exhibition space will be organized with the presentation of the offer of manufacturers and service providers relevant to family accommodation.PROGRAMME 5th FAMILY ACCOMMODATION FORUM, March 29-30.3.2019, XNUMX, Gripe Sports Center, Split FRIDAY, 29.3.2019.13:00 – 15:00Grand opening of the 5th Family Accommodation ForumCroatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian National Tourist Board, Ministry of Tourism, City of Split, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist BoardAward ceremony “Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia 2018.”A reminder of the winners of the EHHA Awards14:30 – 15:00Coffee break15:00 – 18:0015:00 Legislative changes and news for private renters – Ministry of TourismPresentation of the credit line of the Ministry of Tourism for private renters – Ministry of Tourism15:45 Loyalty to the guest as a condition of sustainable security in tourism – Ministry of Interior16:30 Tax position of household accommodation providers – Ljerka Markota, RRiF Plus17:30 Trends in family accommodation – Family tourism communitySATURDAY, 30.3.2019.10:00 – 15:0010:00 Presentation of Booking.com online platform10:30 Ecobnb – a platform for ecological accommodation facilities and sustainable tourism11:00 Doing business with travel agencies11:30 Additional activities for longer stay – Adventure Tourism Community11:30 – 12:15Coffee break12:15 – 15:0012:15 Private accommodation and luxury… why not? – Adriatic Concierge12:45 Little things make a big difference – Why are interior redesign and professional photography a smart investment? – Smart Art by Mia Sinovčić13:30 Serving the best breakfast – Chef Željko Neven Bremec, Association of Chefs of Mediterranean and European Regions14:00 Business communication – Anamarija Cicarelli, Interligo Counseling for small renters14:15 How to be a successful landlord in 2019 – Nino Dubretić, Direkt Booker and award-winning landlord Applications will be open soon. Follow HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

UHPA and DHT days are not in Vinkovci and Osijek, but in Slavonia

first_imgThus, it will be held from March 21-23.03.2019, XNUMX in Vinkovci UHPA Days, and from October 02 to 05, 2019, the Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in Osijek. It is important to emphasize that the mentioned events will be held in Slavonia for the first time. The opportunity to finally tell a positive story, not only about everything it currently offers, believe me many will be positively surprised if not shocked, but show how ready it is for more serious investments, as well as boldly step into year-round continental tourism. Whoever came to Slavonia for the first time was delighted with everything he saw, and saw only a small part of the whole story. And not only that, but the level of enthusiasm was far above expectations.  It has all the predispositions and potentials, regardless of the fact that it is at the “beginning” of development and that the real investment development has yet to begin, and now is the time to show it all. In 2019, Slavonia has a historic opportunity to tell its tourist story in front of the whole of Croatia, both to the professional and the general public. But let’s get back to the beginning of the story. Days of Croatian Tourism and Days of UHPA are not in Osijek and Vinkovci, but in Slavonia. Of course all of the above is great form, but the content is always the most important. It’s all up to us. There are no excuses this time. It is pointless to emphasize that it is necessary to define the Slavonia brand as one tourist destination, and not five Slavonian counties, each of which “develops” tourism and its own tourist products. Now is the opportunity, when if not now? Synergy, synergy, synergy… Here is one test: Try to list all five Slavonian counties? The UHPA and DHT Days are an opportunity for the entire destination to be shown and presented. To delight all partners and to be impressed by the entire tourist offer of Slavonia after the UHPA Day.  I could write a book on this topic, but I will only build on one fact. In Vinkovci, Vukovar and other cities, I talked to several people about tourism, where, among other things, it was pointed out that Osijek has a great advantage of having an airport. Wrong, Slavonia has an airport in Osijek and an air connection to Europe and the world. Everyone looks only at themselves and within their boundaries. From Osijek airport to Vukovar is 15 minutes by car or 25 minutes to Vinkovci. Thus, Slavonia has an airport, excellent road and rail connections with Zagreb, and even across the Danube through the river European “highway”. To say: “WOW, this Slavonia is a miracle. Well here we can organize dozens of programs”And yes, Slavonia is a miracle with incredible tourist potentials, but first we have to be aware of them ourselves and we have to show them, that’s why agencies come to Slavonia. Of course, in three days, with our internal meetings and workshops, we can not conduct them throughout the destination, but that is why all key players must be present and show through video and photo materials who we are and what we offer. Give them materials to design dozens of tourism programs, which they will promote and sell. What frustrates me and why I am writing this article, referring to the title, is that there is a chronic lack of synergies throughout the destination. It is fascinating that the day before UHPA Day, many tourism workers do not even know that UHPA is coming to Slavonia. And even less that they should be present there. Why? Precisely to take advantage of this positive moment and media focus towards Slavonia thanks to DHT. To take them out of their shoes, of course in a positive sense, to offer them dozens of tourist products, all contacts, show at least digitally all the key components of a tourist product, from museums, restaurants, wineries, etc.… to sailing the beautiful blue Danube.  Of course, the mentioned cities are part of Slavonia, but the whole story must be viewed through the prism of promoting Slavonia as a destination, not individual destinations, because then no one will profit in the long run and everything will quickly fall into oblivion. Everything that is one-time also has a short-term effect. It’s hard, isn’t it? And now imagine asking that question to a foreign tourist. Funny. Vukovar-Srijem or Osijek-Baranja County represents absolutely nothing in the tourist aspect in Croatia, let alone in foreign markets. The UHPA Days event is a great opportunity for the whole of Slavonia to present its tourist offer to travel agencies and to introduce agents and representatives of travel agencies directly to its travel story on the spot. It is travel agencies that sell tourist packages, promote tourist destinations and ultimately bring in a good portion of tourists. This is extremely important especially in the case of Slavonia, as well as continental tourism, where we do not have a secure tourist base as at sea. This year will certainly be a big positive turning point for Slavonia, as the UHPA Days and the Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in Slavonia, a tourist brand, development strategy will be defined and the best possible marketing campaign will be held. On the other hand, DHT will gather the entire profession in Osijek, more than 1000 tourist workers, and many will come to Slavonia for the first time. Thus, DHT in Slavonia, apart from the professional part, will be the largest and best possible marketing campaign in Slavonia in history. Before, during and after DHT, hundreds of articles and publications about the tourist story of Slavonia will be generated. If we add up the media reach and media value of the same, we will come to a huge budget for advertising that Slavonia does not have, and the question is whether it will ever have it and invest it in the future. And they will get everything for free. It is an opportunity not to be missed and now there is a great responsibility on the whole destination, how and what story it will tell. Unfortunately, there is still no synergy, nor is there any market development. At least for now. Those tourist destinations, which are engaged in market development, are growing and developing. We live in a global world and participate in global market competition, where market laws govern. If we continue to only politicize and not deal with market development, we do not have a bright future, especially not in Slavonia. The market does not ask or pity anyone, but rewards those who struggle, who are creative, proactive, innovative and different from others. Synergy is the first precondition for growth and development, and the first opportunity is tomorrow when the UHPA Days begin.  Slavonia has everything in the palm of its hand and the opportunity to tell its own story. On the other hand, I responsibly claim that the development of tourism is the salvation for Slavonia to start other industries and start telling a positive story. The power of tourism lies in the fact that it is not one industry, but connects various industries vertically and horizontally. And capital goes where it is desirable and where the business climate is positive. Can tourism start agriculture? It can and must. Of course with hundreds of small family farms, which support tourism, not one “Agrokor”. Then the family farms in rural areas have a safe and stable “cash flow” and the basis for growth. Can tourism stop emigration? It can and must. Can it start the construction sector? It can and must. Of course, if we cleverly arrange the whole story around the tourist mosaic, and not encourage tourism through tourism, which is currently the case. But it’s a broader story for another topic as well, but I hope you understand my intention. The main question is just what story Slavonia will tell, will it make good use of this opportunity and most importantly, after all, bravely and proactively move forward and use the media focus that is already there and that is yet to be generated? Also, we are finally working on defining the brand of Slavonia, where all five Slavonian counties will finally have one cap and one brand – Slavonia. All these are the main elements of the Initiative for DHT to be held in Slavonia for the first time, as well as for MINT and CNTB to dedicate a much greater focus to Slavonia, both financially and promotionally. Not one destination, but the whole of Slavonia. Synergy and one brand are key. On the other hand, so far, according to my information, only one meeting has been held on the topic of DHT in Slavonia !? The campaign for DHT in Slavonia should have already started, officially communicated the date (from 02 to 05 October 2019), which is not the case, the framework program, the list of accommodation capacities, etc., not to mention the defined brand Slavonia, website, ie. digital platform, tourist offer and a whole new campaign and the story of Slavonia. Slavonia, wake up. This is an opportunity not to be missed.last_img read more