The CDC says evidence of West Nile virus has been found in blood given by 85 donors this year. Three donors subsequently had neuroinvasive illness, and 15 donors had West Nile fever. Sep 2, 2004 (CIDRAP News) Another 210 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported in the past week, but the case count this year remains well below last year’s number at this point, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A total of 1,053 cases, with 28 deaths, have been reported in 36 states, the CDC says in the Sep 3 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That compares with 1,856 cases and 37 deaths as of Sep 3, 2003. The CDC reported 414 cases for the week of Aug 28 to Sep 3, 2003. CDC. West Nile virus activityUnited States, August 25-31, 2004. MMWR 2004;53(34):795-6 [Full text] California, with 326 cases, has replaced Arizona (316 cases) as the hardest-hit state this year, according to the CDC figures. The two states together account for 61% of all cases. Colorado has had 141 cases; no other state has had more than 37. California has had nine deaths and Arizona has had four.
Oct 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The United States may need to quarantine regions of the country if localized outbreaks of a pandemic flu occur, US President George Bush said today during a press conference in Washington, DC.Bush suggested expanding presidential power over state-run National Guard operations to implement such quarantines in the event of a pandemic.”I think it’s an important debate for Congress to have. I noticed the other day, evidently, some governors didn’t like it. I understand that. I was the commander-in-chief of the National Guard, and proudly so, and, frankly, I didn’t want the President telling me how to be the commander-in-chief of the Texas Guard,” Bush said today in a press conference that focused largely on his newest Supreme Court nominee. “But Congress needs to take a look at circumstances that may need to vest the capacity of the President to move beyond that debate. And one such catastrophe, or one such challenge, could be an avian flu outbreak.””Obviously, the best way to deal with a pandemic is to isolate it and keep it isolated in the region in which it begins,” Bush added later. The president should have all assets on the table in order to deal with something as significant as pandemic flu, he said.Bush has emphasized avian flu issues of late. He alluded to a number of formal and informal discussions at a global level during recent United Nations meetings. He also mentioned efforts to improve the manufacturing capacity for medical interventions such as antivirals.As long ago as April, Bush signed an executive order authorizing the addition of pandemic influenza to a federal list of diseases that can lead to quarantine (see link below). The US government now has authority to detain or isolate a person arriving in the US in order to stop an infection.See also:Transcript of today’s press conference: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/10/20051004-1.htmlApril 2005 Executive Orderhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/04/20050401-6.html
Jul 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – France’s agriculture ministry said today that three swans found dead in Moselle department in the eastern part of the country tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, making France the third European country in recent weeks to report new outbreaks in wild birds.The swans were found in a pond in Assenoncourt, about 30 miles from the German border, according to a report that French officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today. Officials set up a control zone around the pond, ordered measures to protect poultry from wild birds, and banned pigeon racing and other bird-related activities, according to a an Associated Press (AP) report.The new findings mark France’s second confirmed H5N1 outbreak. In February 2006 the country reported finding H5N1 in several wild birds, including mute swans and ducks, in Ain department in east-central France. Soon afterward the virus was detected at a nearby turkey farm, which led to the culling of 11,300 birds, according to OIE reports.Though the outbreaks prompted France to raise its avian flu threat level from moderate to high, Health Minister Roselyn Bachelot sought to quell alarm, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. “France is not threatened by a bird flu pandemic as there has not been, for the moment, a human contamination from the H5N1 virus,” she told AFP.The Czech Republic and Germany also have reported wild bird outbreaks in recent weeks. Veterinary officials in Germany said today that the H5N1 virus has now been detected in birds at the border between Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt states, raising the number of states that have recently found the virus in wild birds to four, Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) reported.The 38 birds that tested positive for H5N1 were among 100 found dead in a manmade lake, the DPA report said. In the past week, wild swans, ducks, and geese from two other sites in Germany—Leipzig in Saxony and Nuremberg in Bavaria—have tested positive for H5N1, according to DPA.In other European developments, state television in Austria said veterinary officials are testing eight birds that were found dead on a promenade in the lake town of Altmuenster, about 20 miles east of Salzburg, Bloomberg News reported today.Six European nations—Russia, England, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, and Germany—and Turkey have reported H5N1 outbreaks this year, according to the OIE and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Many of the recent H5N1 case confirmations in birds have involved swans, which is important, Dr Albert Osterhaus, a virologist based in the Netherlands, told Bloomberg News. “They are the sentinels of the disease” and may signal that more avian flu infections will follow, he said in the Bloomberg report.In other news, the OIE announced yesterday that it gave Togo 1 million doses of avian flu vaccine from its vaccine bank to protect adult poultry from H5N1.In late June officials in Togo announced an H5N1 outbreak at a chicken farm near the country’s capital, Lome. The positive findings, which were independently confirmed recently at an Italian laboratory, raised the number of affected African countries to 10.The vaccine bank, which consists of physical stocks as well as commitments from suppliers, was established in May 2006 to help African countries rapidly respond to H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, the OIE report said. Countries can also request supplies from the vaccine stock for prevention programs.Meanwhile, officials in Vietnam have put in an urgent order to China to buy 50 million doses of H5N1 vaccine for poultry, Reuters reported yesterday. The country has only 15 million doses left, and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved an order to import 200 million doses of the vaccine for a nationwide control campaign.In the past few months, Vietnam has reported five human H5N1 cases and two deaths, and 18 of the country’s provinces have reported poultry outbreaks.Vietnam’s agriculture minister, Cao Duc Phat, was quoted in a Saigon newspaper as saying that though outbreaks were declining in the northern region, the southern regions were at serious risk for recurrence of avian flu, the Reuters report said.See also:OIE report on infected swans in FranceMay 2007 FAO reportJuly 4 OIE statement on H5N1 vaccine for Togohttp://www.oie.int/for-the-media/press-releases/detail/article/oie-provides-togo-with-1-000-000-doses-of-h5n1-ai-vaccines-for-poultry-protection-off-its-ai-vacci/
Do you know that there are currently over 50 million runners in Europe and the number of runners is growing day by day?We are talking about amateurs, not professionals, who run marathons and half marathons, and most often they are business people who generate over 9 billion Euros of revenue each year to hotels, carriers and race organizers. The total income does not include spending on gastronomy, sports equipment, souvenirs, etc … “This is a great potential, and we are a God-given country with climate and geography and we have the opportunity to be full every weekend, especially on the Adriatic.”Points out Berislav Sokač, the organizer of the Run Croatia races, which are held throughout Croatia.The idea for organizing races throughout Croatia and the project Run Croatia, Berislava Sokač came naturally because she is an amateur runner, and she started with the decision to end her rich business career, which he spent in Oracle. The specificity of the Run Croatia project is that these are not classic races, but differ from other races through two main factors. The first is the organization of the race itself, which aims to organize races according to high European standards to which European runners are accustomed, and the second is the sale of experiences, ie the promotion of the Croatian tourist offer. “The idea from the beginning is that Run Croatia is not just running but movement. The goal is to move each location through the synergy of different industries through all the tourist aspects that the city offers. What foreign runners are looking for is an experience, an indigenous experience. When runners come to a place, they have not only come to run but want to get to know that place through all their senses. From gastronomy, history, culture, etc.… because running is not running but movement and way of life. Personally, I proactively encourage the local community to join our story as much as possible, from local restaurants to local indigenous entities. ” Berislav Sokač points out and adds that through the positive energy of running they combine gastronomy, culture, entertainment, ie the promotion of the Croatian tourist product.After a series of races throughout Croatia and connecting tourism and sports through our authentic story, Sokač is the originator and organizer of another great tourist story that combines two motives, business meetings and sports, all well packaged in a tourist story because the arrival is generated and at least one night.An inspiring race to the top of the Westin Hotel as a phenomenal blend of business, sport and tourismOn Thursday, October 12, the Zagreb hotel The Westin Zagreb will host a unique race, only for the bravest runners – “Leaders Up (stairs) Run- that is, a race up the stairs of all 17 floors, to the top of the hotel.After reaching the finish line, the participants of the race attend a conference, the aim of which is to raise awareness of the positive impact of sports, especially running on achieving top preparation and exceptional results, both in sports and in the business environment. It is evident on a daily basis that playing sports has a positive impact on achieving success in the business environment; through the development of a winning attitude, mental strength, focus on the goal and perseverance. The conference will discuss and give examples of various techniques of Excellence Training ™ and tools for adequate preparation of mind and body that lead to top sports and business results. “Any product you create, you have to strive to develop further. In Croatia, running is still on the rise, but very soon there will be saturation in a certain number of people. He will look for something new. To keep a product alive, you need to create one that will give users added value. Thus, the idea came up in the Run Croatia team to take advantage of the positive growth trend of running in order to educate our runners and promote destinations and businesses with foreign runners, ie foreign business people who come to business meetings in Croatia. So the vision of the project is to go a step further than the current way races are organized in order to mitigate the inevitable decline in interest in the future. We intend to do this by working on synergies on an individual level among the runners themselves. To make racing much better for people to connect, communicate their experiences, learn from each other, etc. Leaders UP (Stairs) Run is just one prototype of how people connect better through sharing knowledge no matter what your professional background. ” points out Berislav Sokač from RinCroatia and organizer Leaders Up (stairs) Run races.Successful during the conference leader and entrepreneurs from diverse fields will share their experiences on the best leadership strategies. The audience and conference participants will have an additional opportunity to meet and socialize with the speakers in person and ask direct questions that interest them most.”In real life, a mechanic or gardener does not have the opportunity to sit at a table and learn from the president of a corporation, or vice versa, a CEO does not have the opportunity to learn from a gardener how he leads his life project. Everyone can learn something useful from everyone, and running is our common denominator that connects us. Our health and our knowledge is our greatest asset, but also a great contribution to the community if we jump out of the ‘closed’ circles in which we move every day without even being aware of it. That’s why we’re grateful to the speakers at Leaders UP (Stairs) Run who decided to come share their success with others, but we’re also grateful to those who decided to come learn something new. As the project develops, we will develop the story regionally so that such events can be used in the field of tourism and business. ” concludes Sokač.This unique and interesting race is certainly a motive for coming, and thus an opportunity to hold various business meetings when guests are already in Zagreb. When we talk about business collaborations and meetings, it is great if you and the other person have at least one common interest or hobby, so that the meeting and conversation take place in a casual and personalized atmosphere. Precisely because you are bound by the same tribe, motive, hobby, interest, passion … whatever name you call it. This is an opportunity where people of different professions find themselves in the same place, from managers, directors to owners of various companies, and in the old they are connected by the same story, and that is a passion for running, as well as an opportunity to reach some people you can come (see speakers). Thus, the first barrier of getting to know and testing has been broken, so in the beginning we increase the possibility of successful business cooperation or in the worst case at least you have the right opportunity to present yourself, your project and idea. Networking in the true sense of the word. Also, one should not neglect the quality content and additional income of the Westin hotel itself, as well as the positioning of the hotel towards hundreds of new future potential guests. The reputation and base of loyal guests is built over the years, step by step, and this is exactly the great story for new quality loyal guests.Of course, this is just a small part of the tourist mosaic, but it is certainly interesting as a concept, and maybe it awakens a similar idea for you to create new tourist stories. We don’t always have to look big, small events, congresses and stories that generate the arrival of 100, 300 or more participants are also important. More smaller events combined with a couple of big ones is a great combination. Of course, it is always important to know which target group we are addressing and what their motives are for coming. Accordingly, the generated experience and story and we move into action, ie telling a story.Certainly an interesting concept that reveals to us how there are various models and concepts on how to guess the right motive for coming and generate tourist spending. Be creative, different and unique.
Zagreb entrepreneur and investor Nenad Bakić bought a plot of land in Vukovar, in Vučedol, next to the Museum of Vučedol Culture, from the Commercial Court in Osijek, where he plans to develop a cultural tourism project, the entrepreneur announced on his Facebook profile.As Nenad Bakić announced yesterday on his Facebook profile “”Today, the Commercial Court in Osijek issued a decision according to which at the end of last year I successfully bought (ie gave a deposit – now I still have to buy) a plot of land near the Vučedol Museum with the devastated. Bungalows. Of course, these bungalows are worthless, they should be demolished, but in my vision they can be good for cultural tourism, which does not exist in Croatia at the moment, all in the context of the planned Archaeological Park.”Bakić writes and invites his friends to suggest to him what ideas he can do and what exactly could be done at that location.The Commercial Court in Osijek, after a public auction, awarded the property to entrepreneur Nenad Bakić, for which he was the only one to bid, in the amount of HRK 452.465. These are 23 houses with a total area of 13.435 m2, albeit in a devastated condition, but due to the proximity of the Museum of Vučedol Culture, as well as the plan for daily development, it is certainly an attractive location.LOCATION OF PURCHASED BUNGALOWS / ACCOMMODATED CAPACITIES (BUNGALOWS) – pictured belowSince the opening, the Vučedol Museum has been visited by over 160.000 visitors, and according to the development plan, in addition to the existing space where the Museum of Vučedol Culture is located, the new 10.000 square meters will complete the story of the Archaeological Park with new facilities.In the Archaeological Park, according to previous announcements from the Museum of Vučedol Culture, there should be a planetarium, info desk, picnic area, Vučedol farm with animals from the time of Vučedol culture, boat dock, educational trails, excursion zone, lookout, but also workshops of old crafts. The entire project of the Archaeological Park should come to life at full capacity by 2023, which will greatly enrich the tourist and cultural offer of Vukovar.Related news:SPECTACULAR DISCOVERY IN CROATIA – THE OLDEST CALENDAR IN EUROPE FOUND!MUSEUM OF VUČEDOL CULTURE FIRST IN CROATIA USES A DIGITAL GUIDE USING BEACON TECHNOLOGYVUČEDOL MUSEUM INCREASES VISITS THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKS
But whose cuisine is at the top of the world’s “food chain”? The answer is given by a study by Joel Waldfogel of the University of Minnesota. Using restaurant lists from TripAdvisor and sales data from Euromonitor, Waldfogel estimates kitchen trade between 52 countries. While traditional trade is measured on the basis of the value of goods and services, the author’s estimates of culinary exchange are based on the value of food in restaurants. Domestic consumption of foreign cuisine is treated as “import”, while foreign consumption of domestic cuisine is treated as “export”. Equilibrium determines whose kitchens have the greatest impact on the world market. The United States is the largest net importer of foreign cuisines, spending $ 55 billion more than it earns from “feeding” the rest of the world with American food (excluding fast food, that figure is $ 134 billion). China is second on the list with a $ 52 billion deficit, followed by Brazil and the United Kingdom with deficits of about $ 34 billion and $ 30 billion. Italy, on the other hand, ranks among the world’s largest food exporters. The world’s appetites for pasta and pizza, plus Italians ’relative indifference to other cuisines, provide the country with a surplus of $ 168 billion. Japan, Turkey and Mexico also boast solid surpluses (see chart above). Waldfogel did not take into account culinary hybrids such as cronuta, a cross between a croissant and a donut, as well as a combination of Tex-Mex, that is, Mexican-American cuisine. Also, it doesn’t take authenticity into account – only a few Neapolitans would consider a pizza from the American fast food chain Domino’s a real homemade pizza. Despite this, some kitchens are more attractive than others. Thanks to globalization, you can eat spring rolls in San Francisco, but also cheeseburgers in Chongqing. The policy of culinary mercantilism could indeed make dining in restaurants a very boring practice. “The fate of nations,” wrote Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, an 18th-century French gastronomer, “depends on how they eat.” Today, a nation’s reputation depends on how well it feeds the rest of the world. One of the proofs may be the increase in culinary diplomacy. In 2012, the United States Secretariat of State launched a so-called “corps of chefs” whose task is to promote American cuisine around the world. The Thai government, on the other hand, sends chefs abroad to promote dishes such as Pad Thai and Massaman Curry through its Global Thai program. And South Korea, after all, has its “Kimchi diplomacy”, reports The Economist. Net exports and imports of world cuisines Source / photo: The Economist,
William is a corporate trainer and lecturer in countries covering the Asian Pacific, and for one term was dean of Nanjing International Business School Audit University Jinshen College. Author: HrTurizam.hr native team in cooperation with the company ProConcept During all my years spent in China, I have never come across a wildlife market, nor have I seen anyone eat strange or “funny” foods. On the contrary, I attended numerous Italian and French dinners with food and wine pairing. The Chinese extremely like to enjoy western cuisine combined with western wines which have become very common in China. In addition to the rich education he received at the Universities of Singapore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oxford, William has gained many significant experiences through his business practice, so the opportunity to socialize and gain new knowledge from William is certainly a great opportunity for our professionals. tourism. And finally, what will you talk about in Zagreb at the Masterclass on the Chinese tourism market? The number of Chinese tourists, the number of trips and their consumption have grown dramatically in the last decade, and currently there is a growing interest of Chinese consumers and tourists in Croatia. How do you view this fact and what can we expect in the future? Many Western brands fail and burn out in China, firstly because they do not understand the culture, and secondly because many of them do not accept Chinese applications and social networks as inferior. While this may have been unthinkable ten years ago, the reality is that many Chinese apps and social networks in China are more advanced than Western ones. Likewise, what has a good result in the west, it is possible that there is absolutely no influence in China. MasterClass also brings new knowledge about Chinese social networks, the behavior of Chinese consumers, new moments created during this crisis and how to manage marketing and PR campaigns towards the Chinese market. Find out more details about the Chinese Tourism Market Masterclass HERE The average Chinese consumer and tourist is, contrary to popular belief, more sophisticated, insightful and demanding than ever before, and this greatly encourages the rapid development of platforms and applications on their social networks. Although Croatia was a complete unknown in the past, more and more Chinese tourists have access to information about Croatian tourist attractions, and in addition, Chinese tourists have already traveled extensively to North American and Western European destinations, so more and more of them are thinking about Croatia. Third, most Chinese applications and platforms are created for Chinese users, so Westerners face various obstacles during use. This does not mean that Croatian companies will fail to advertise in China, they just have to adapt… and adjust again. Western companies that have adapted have succeeded and continue to succeed in China. Their evolution started from a fascination with American and Anglo-Saxon culture, then an interest in European culture and art, while now, in search of new experiences that will enrich their lives, they are exposed to almost everything from all over the world. New generations of Chinese tourists publish their every step on the trip abroad on social networks, because the trip is a status symbol for them. In an informal conversation before the interview, did you mention how Chinese like to enjoy Western cuisine? Find out more specific information about the Chinese market at MasterClass on the Chinese tourism market – How to reach millions of Chinese tourists, which will take place 13.03.2020. at the Zagreb Congress Center. Next month, in Zagreb, at the MasterClass to be held at the Forum Congress Center, we will have the opportunity to meet William Chia, a marketing and PR expert in the Chinese tourism market. William will participate in the MasterClass as a lecturer. The choice of platform depends on the marketing goals of the company. Be aware of the fact that you have never encountered something like the Chinese market of 1,3 billion consumers. Contrary to popular belief, the younger generation can actually access Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Whatsapp, etc., but the point is that the Western promotion system has no effect in China simply because its functions, language and culture do not attract Chinese consumers. He is also the editor-in-chief, content strategist, market researcher and lifestyle magazine writer who is widely distributed in southern China. He collaborates with clients from the tourism and public sector such as Château Lafite Rothschild, Oriental Mandarin, Grand Hyatt, St Regis, Hyatt Regency, Sheraton, Howard Johnson Sandalwoods, Rosewood, Ritz-Carlton, and with several European and South American consulates in China. Photo: ProConcept The question that is currently inevitable, will a corona virus epidemic threaten Chinese outbound tourism? Should we currently give up on China in our business strategy? We must never underestimate the strength of the Chinese market and the Chinese people who will definitely defeat this epidemic and its consequences, as they did with SARS a few years ago. At MasterClass in Zagreb, with our Croatian friends and participants, I will share more knowledge about how they too can use Western and Chinese social networks for more effective promotion and conversion of Chinese consumers and tourists, all to increase their final sales result. I will give an introduction to the most popular Chinese social networks and media applications, along with various case studies and examples from my own portfolio. Second, Western media are more focused on attracting Western readers and markets. These same media portray China in a less desirable light. In addition, the Western media is sensationalist and full of inflated headlines and content. This inevitably creates a great mutual misunderstanding between the West and China. As an announcement of his arrival, we asked him a few questions about the Chinese tourism market. Yes of course. But before answering that question, I must also look further at the misperception that often occurs at the moment, and that is how the Chinese eat bats and snakes, which is certainly not true. The one who asks this question is certainly not some connoisseur of China and the Chinese. Those who consume forbidden wild animals and eat such exotic dishes are in the vast minority, the vast majority of people have a normal diet like you and me. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for social media marketing in China, so it really depends on each company and business sector. In addition, social networking platforms and applications in China may become irrelevant in just a few months, so Western companies really need to keep pace with the pace of development. The fact is that the Chinese government is doing its best to prevent the spread of the epidemic… At the same time, many Chinese complain on WeChat that they are bored at home and want to travel abroad as soon as this epidemic ends. Therefore, if nothing else, Croatian companies should use this moment to plan, develop a strategy and start their marketing and PR campaigns in China. When the epidemic ends it will be in a good position to attract Chinese consumers and tourists. Here we encounter a problem, there is still very little information about Croatia in China, and the available content and marketing channels are not effective enough to reach Chinese consumers and the real tourism market. As William Chia emphasized, Croatian companies should use this moment to plan, develop a strategy and start their marketing and PR campaigns in China. And how to get attention in this large and totally different tourist market, learn first hand from the keynote lecturer – Joanne Chan of IPPWORLD i William Chia from The Culture Embassy. Fourth, the Western Hemisphere is relatively slower and is just becoming cashless, and China, with Alipay and WePay, has already turned into a cashless society. In China, no one uses credit cards or cash anymore. All payment methods that increase the complexity of the digital sphere in China should be built into your Chinese strategy as well. How did you open the topic of promotion on the Chinese market, which digital platforms would you recommend to Croatian companies for marketing and PR campaigns in China?
The crisis that affected the performers themselves, who also employ a certain number of people without whom the realization of concerts would not be possible. The key economic measures to save domestic companies in the music industry sector concern the urgent opening of a special credit line with HBOR, modeled on the economic solidarity measure for the tourism sector, and include the establishment of a special fund at the Ministry of Culture for all individuals in the industry. who have realized their work through employment contracts, and who at this time can not be paid even the minimum income. In addition, representatives of the creative music industry are asking the government to keep the existing package of financial aid for job preservation, as well as tax relief on tickets for music events at 5 percent and the establishment of a fund to support marketing activities in the music industry in domestic and foreign media markets. “For several months now, we have been facing the absence of precise and nationally harmonized recommendations regarding the holding of concerts and other public gatherings, the holding of which is now arbitrarily decided by local headquarters. Recommendations, therefore, exist, but at the city and county levels they are interpreted differently. We had the idea to organize 20 concerts at 20 city stadiums, but we received only 2 positive responses, one of which requires a maximum of a thousand visitors. Some have pointed out that this will jeopardize the existing tourist season in places on the coast. We have been prevented from working, which is why we have appealed to the Government to urgently adopt measures to save the industry, which annually accumulates consumption of more than 10 billion kuna, from which the state directly benefits. “, emphasized the president of the Association of Music Managers and Organizers Darko Tuček. “Today, we have a situation where the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Split Summer Festival and the Split Festival are taking place at the same time, while due to epidemiological measures, the Pula Film Festival and many other events are being canceled. As things currently stand, with the adopted measures, it is impossible to organize commercial concerts because in the beginning the organizer has the cost of VAT on tickets 13 percent, then the cost of the ticket system 13 percent and Zampa 10 percent, and then all other costs that accompany the organization of concerts”, Said Branko Paić, director of the Scardona record company. Photo: INmusic festival It is important to note that most EU Member States have already adopted urgent grant packages to provide financial assistance to the music industry. So far, Germany has allocated 50 billion euros, Italy as much as 130 million euros, and the United Kingdom 1.57 billion pounds, while Croatian companies in this sector are still waiting for a reaction from the Government. “From the beginning of the pandemic until today, about 30 concerts have been canceled, and among the 15.000 that this industry employs are members of my team. Our sector is one of the few that actually remained in lockdown all the time, and since all of us who are engaged in this business are connected with a number of other industries and activities and we all together form one big chain, the existence of a large number of people is really endangered today. “, said the famous local singer Indira Levak. Due to vaguely defined criteria for holding public gatherings and concerts, the creative music industry is threatened with collapse, which forced domestic companies in the sector to submit a proposal to the Government of the Republic of Croatia to urgently adopt a set of economic measures to preserve thousands of jobs. Alek El-Kazal, project manager of the Ultra Europe festival in Croatia, commented on the impact of music festivals such as Ultra on the tourism sector and on the total gross domestic product and income. “In the past seven years, the ULTRA Europe festival has hosted more than a million visitors from over 143 countries. During Ultra, in just one evening, between 40 and 50 thousand visitors stay in Split, which generate total consumption of more than 525 million kuna, from which it is clear how much financial impact such events have on the Croatian economy.” Due to the situation associated with the coronavirus pandemic, more than 90 percent of all music events this year have been canceled. As a result, organizers of concerts, festivals and other music events, production companies, music managers, technicians, sound engineers, drivers, stage workers, fitters, electricians, security guards, agency workers and many others have generated almost no revenue in the past six months. . It is about more than 15.000 people and their families whose existence directly depends on the creative music industry.
Photo: Robert Koch Institute Read the official notice HERE Declaring an area risky means that those returning from vacation must be tested for coronavirus and remain in self-isolation until they get a test result. The warning does not constitute a travel ban in those areas either, but suggests passengers reconsider their plans. In addition, it allows passengers to cancel trips at no additional cost. Germany considers high-risk areas to be countries or regions where 50 or more cases of new coronavirus infection per 100.000 population have been reported in seven days, but while other countries have looked at Croatia as a whole, Germany is looking at counties. Last night, the German Robert Koch Institute added the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Požega-Slavonia counties to the list of risky areas, in addition to Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Zadar counties.
“Immediately after the lockdown, a lot of local guests had the need to stay in nature and engage in physical activities that may never have happened before. In this sense, covid has had a positive impact and we hope that we have gained some new customers, because we will have to strengthen the domestic market as a base.”, Said the president of the Association of Adventure Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Iva Bencun, adding that active and adventure tourism takes place more in the off-season and in that sense good results in July and August did not mean much to some. “In addition to resolving liquidity bridging assets for which many members have not yet received HAMAG and HBOR solutions, and applications have been pending since May, or have received automatic rejections because they are marked as a very risky activity as agencies, we hope for targeted grants for further development and promotion, as well as the reduction of tickets for national parks and nature parks for programs organized by Croatian agencies”, Says Bencun. The corona crisis has had consequences for the adventure tourism segment, the structure of guests has changed in favor of domestic tourists, and destinations that do not depend on air traffic, such as the northern Adriatic and the continent, are significantly less affected, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Adventure Tourism Council concluded. Also, entrepreneurs in adventure tourism are convinced that this segment of the offer will become one of the basic products of domestic tourism, with the help of targeted support for further development and promotion. Bencun points out that the new rules of conduct imposed by the crown, such as social distance and spending time outdoors, go hand in hand with adventure tourism, as well as camping or boating. He sees this as an opportunity to further develop the offer of these segments and become the backbone of domestic tourism, but he also emphasizes that this will be difficult to achieve without targeted state measures. Croatia is among the world’s leading adventure destinations Data from the “Index of Adventure Tourism Development 2020” also support her thinking. World Adventure Tourism Association (ATTA), according to which Croatia took over this year first place by competitiveness among the top 5 destinations in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and 11th place among 163 countries in the category of adventure destinations in development. ATTA: ADVENTURE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT INDEX 2020 ANNOUNCED