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

Verstappen claims 70th Anniversary GP win as ‘sleeping’ Mercedes wilt

first_img‘Something’s wrong’ For Mercedes, it was a longer wait than expected. By lap 25, he led Bottas by 17 seconds and Hamilton by 20 with both battling rapid tyre-wear.Finally, on lap 27, the Dutchman came in for mediums allowing Bottas to pass him before he re-joined and swiftly re-passed the Finn. In third, Hamilton reported blistering.As if in response, Red Bull matched Mercedes’ tactics on lap 33 when both Bottas and the leader pitted for hard compounds and Hamilton, with blisters, took the lead with 19 laps to go.”Something’s wrong with the car to make the left rear do that, said Hamilton, who had an advantage of 11 seconds. After his punctured win last week, Hamilton was worried. “The tires aren’t going to blow, right?” he asked.For Hamilton, a stop was inevitable and it came on lap 42 when he locked up as he entered the pit lane. Back on hards, he reeled off fastest laps in pursuit before regaining third on lap 46 and then second on lap 50. Hamilton said: “That was a massive challenge, but congratulations to Red Bull. It was definitely unexpected to have the blistering [on tires] as hard core as that.”Bottas, who started from pole, said: “Very frustrating for me, to start from pole and finish third.”It’s not ideal and I think that as a team we were sleeping at some points in the race. My strategy was far from ideal.”Hamilton’s podium finish meant he equaled Michael Schumacher’s career record of 155 podium finishes. It was also his record-extending 38th points scoring finish in a row.  Charles Leclerc came home fourth after a sterling drive for Ferrari ahead of Alex Albon in the second Red Bull, Lance Stroll and his Racing Point team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.Esteban Ocon finished eighth for Renault ahead of Lando Norris of McLaren and Daniil Kvyat of Alpha Tauri.On a hot day, the track temperature was 43 degrees when the lights went out, Bottas clinging to the lead from his 13th career pole position.Unsurprisingly, Verstappen out-started Hulkenberg to take third, the German making his first start since last year after his call-up to replace Covid-19 victim Sergio Perez.At the front, Hamilton piled pressure on his team-mate while at the back, after an unforced spin, Vettel slipped to 20th and last for Ferrari.He was back up to 14th by lap nine as the pit-stops began and Verstappen, like Vettel on hard tires, began to close in on the two Mercedes.Almost immediately, Hamilton admitted “my rears are finished” shortly before Bottas pitted, leaving Hamilton to fend off Verstappen before he stopped to take a new set of hards.This gave Verstappen the initiative ahead of Hulkenberg and Stroll with Bottas fourth, after re-joining, and Hamilton fifth, adrift by 3.6 seconds. The ‘Hulk’ soon pitted and returned in seventh as the race settled to await Verstappen’s need for new rubber. During the race, Red Bull asked him to ease off, but he replied saying “I don’t want to drive like a grand-ma” before the team relented.Verstappen won by 11.326 seconds ahead of championship leader and six-time champion Lewis Hamilton who passed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages. The Finn finished third.”I didn’t see that coming, but after the first stint it seemed we were really good on tires. I didn’t have any tire issues at all – a great day for us,” said Verstappen. Max Verstappen delivered Red Bull’s first victory at Silverstone since 2012 on Sunday when he made the most of a superior strategy in sizzling conditions to beat both Mercedes and claim victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.It was the Dutchman’s first victory of the season and the ninth of his career and the first time a race had been won by a driver who did not start on pole position in seven races since last year’s Mexican Grand Prix.Verstappen owed his victory to a team decision to start the race on hard compound tires while his main rivals all launched from the grid on mediums, the two Mercedes men struggling to manage tyre-wear throughout the race. Topics :last_img read more

Georgia Gov. to start reopening process Friday

first_imgGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that he plans to start reopening parts of the state’s economy beginning on Friday.In a press conference on Monday Gov. Kemp stated that businesses such as gyms, bowling alleys, salons, and massage therapists will be allowed to open up shop again beginning April 24th.While these businesses will be allowed to reopen, however, Kemp says it will not be “business as usual.”The businesses will still have to adhere to social distancing measures and will be required to screen employees for fever, enhance sanitation efforts  require the wearing of masks and gloves, and consider staggered employee shifts.Kemp says the move is to allow businesses to manage inventory and payroll.Business such as theaters, personal clubs, and restaurants will have their chance to reopen as well. The governor says they will be allowed to reopen on Monday, April 27, while businesses such as nightclubs and bars will remain closed until further notice.last_img read more

Sports leaders predict at least 220 gold medals for Philippines in SEA Games

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Athletes from contact sports are expected to bring in majority of the haul with arnis projecting at least 15 golds out of 20 events while fighters from judo, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, sambo, wrestling are confident they can contribute at least five victories each.A reliable source told the Inquirer that these fearless forecasts came out during the coordination meeting of the NSAs with Team Philippines chef de mission and Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe national boxers, a perennial multiple-gold performer, and wushu fighters have not declared their medal prospects as well as the taekwondo jins and dragonboat paddlers, but are certain to deliver based on their track records in previous SEAG editions, especially on local turf.There were apprehensions whether the NSAs can really pull it off, but sports leaders have high hopes that a repeat act of 2005, the last time Team Philippines hosted the 11-nation biennial tourney and won its first-ever overall title, is completely doable. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Leaders of national sports associations individually made a bold gold-medal prediction on Friday that collectively resulted in an astounding figure never achieved by Team Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games.According to 45 out of the 56 NSAs which will see action in the Nov. 30-Dec.11 meet here in the country, at least 220 gold medals can be won by Filipino athletes, enough to secure the overall title in the biggest edition of the Games.ADVERTISEMENT Dancesports have projected at least 10 gold medals, athletics and gymnastics are convinced they can capture a minimum of nine golds each and skateboarding, which features Asian champion Margielyn Didal, are targeting to sweep the eight-event competition.The sportsfest to be held in scattered venues across Metro Manila and Southern Luzon, Subic and New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, will see 1,115 Filipino athletes from 56 sports participating in 530 events plus 753 coaches and officials.Also anticipated to produce the needed golds are archery, billiards, bowling, chess, cycling, fencing, golf, ice skating, karatedo, muay, pencak silat, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and windsurfing.Team sports will likewise contribute to the golden collection with baseball, basketball, ice hockey, rugby, softball and polo foreseen to emerge triumphant.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congresscenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? New import for SMB LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

Tyler Patmon Picked Up by Titans

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State cornerback Tyler Patmon has been picked up by the Tennessee Titans.We have claimed CB Tyler Patmon off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. pic.twitter.com/8svhQChulB— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 1, 2016Patmon, who played for OSU in his final season, played for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins in 2015. The former undrafted free agent signed with the Dolphins’ practice squad last December after Dallas cut him, and was quickly promoted to the 53-man roster; the Dolphins dropped him on Sunday.Patmon has recorded 21 tackles and an interception in his two years in the league. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more