De Jong agreed with Lindqvist’s second explanation. “If I travel with my company, each of us has our own interests. Some want to hike, others want to go to clubs, others just lie on the beach, and if there is a destination that offers it all, we would rather choose it. But on the other hand, it is important to have a collective experience. All destinations should set this thesisHe said. Finally, they referred to the trend of sustainable forms of travel, ie alternatives to air transport. Passengers are increasingly aware of the “carbon footprint” they leave. “In Sweden, more and more companies are promoting alternative forms of transport such as trains or bicycles. Sustainable forms of transport are no longer just a trend, they have moved to a new level”, Explains Lindqvist. Booking.com recently posted its own trend forecast which could affect the tourism industry next year. “There is already a lot of talk about electric passenger planes that should appear in the next 20 years or so. But twenty years is not a small amount and I am worried about what will happen in the meantime”, Adds de Jong. Another of the fastest growing trends in the industry are destinations that offer a large number of different experiences and attractions. “One of the more cynical explanations is the emergence of the so-called ‘copy and duplicate’ trend. In other words, almost every major destination, no matter where it is located, offers exactly the same facilities as the other. Another explanation is that too many people visit a small number of destinations, as we have already talked about”, Explained Lindqvist. Source / photo: Booking.com; Pexels When asked why travelers are less and less visiting the most famous destinations, Lindqvist answered that the biggest reason is the increase in mass tourism. He adds that he believes that travelers will increasingly choose destinations where they can take refuge and escape from the fast-paced and crowded world. “I always remember the currently very popular photos of a long line of people waiting to climb Mount Everest. It is this photo that shows how many people are attracted to the same destination”, Said Lindqvist and added:”Over the next few years, people will begin to choose smaller, unfamiliar and peaceful destinations as their holiday destination.” BOOKING.COM FORECASTS TRENDS IN THE WORLD OF TRAVEL FOR 2020 “I live in the center of Amsterdam and, if you take a closer look, you will see that there are always more tourists there than locals”, De Jong added. As for some new trends yet to emerge, de Jong predicts that trips on which they can mentally rest will become increasingly important to travelers. “People are constantly using mobile phones, laptops and tablets while they are on vacation, and they return home even more tired. In the last few years, the so-called ‘digital detox’ packages have appeared, which, interestingly, are offered by luxury hotels. I think that ‘classic’ holidays, in which we relax, rest and experience the destination without digital technologies, will return to the trend over time.”, He concluded. RELATED NEWS: Referring to technological development and its impact on the tourism industry, de Jong believes that digital assistants are the future of travel. “Computer assistants with developed emotional intelligence will be able to suggest, analyzing our behavior, vacation, or journey that is created according to our desires, interests, needs, and capabilities. But something like this will not develop before 2030, although there are already similar implementations of that ideaHe said. And what are the long-term trends in tourism, they tried in a new episode of theirs podcast, learned from futurologist Thimon de Jong and futurological pioneer Magnus Lindkvist who shared their views on these predictions – from the rise of travel to “secondary destinations” to the growing popularity of destinations with a handful of different experiences and attractions.
According to the announcements for the new tourist year, the competition in the Mediterranean circle will be even more pronounced. “Take courage and look to China. If you are wondering who Chinese tourists are, who FITs and millennials are, what parts of China they come from and what interests them and what their preferences are, come and you will get all the dealsAnnounced Gazdek. “The Chinese tourist is the largest consumer in the world. This year, the Chinese spent 715,00 euros a day on their trip, and the trip is on average 10 days, so that is an average of 7.150,00 euros per trip. For the Chinese, there are no travel seasons, they travel all year round, especially during major holidays, Chinese New Year in February, and Statehood Day in early October. These are great dates to extend our tourist season”Said Andreja Gazdek, the main organizer and owner of Proconcept, announcing the MasterClass on the Chinese tourism market, which will be held on March 13 at the Forum Congress Center. It is interesting that we calculate the planned statistics and figures for next year on the basis of already standard emitting markets in Europe – Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, while constantly forgetting the fastest growing tourist market in the world, China. Don’t miss to take a piece of the cake of the Chinese tourism market. More information and registration at www.marketingtochinatourists.com According to the announcement, MasterClass will answer key questions such as how Chinese tourists explore where they will travel and how they plan their trip, what are their key motives for visiting a city or country and most importantly how we can attract them and what they like to brag about on social networks. MasterClass on the Chinese tourism market / How to reach millions of Chinese tourists? After these data, the question really remains, what is the insurmountable barrier due to which we constantly neglect this market and what are we afraid of? Maybe we have a fear of the Chinese language and their characters that we don’t know? Chinese social networks, ways of promotion, communication, lifestyle? Or do we think the Chinese are just a fashion trend that will disappear in a short time? What will be of particular interest to tourism professionals is what are the most commonly used applications and platforms on which to promote their products and services and what does it mean to be “linguistically visible”? which you should pay extra attention to before launching marketing campaigns in the Chinese market. “It is important to know how you can stand out from the competition that also wants to present your products and services in China and how you can achieve effective promotion and sales in the Chinese market. ”, said Andreja Gazdek announcing the MasterClass which is intended for everyone who wants to survive in tourism, all tourism workers and agencies, travel agencies and tourist communities. With a further increase in the number of beds exceeding the growth of demand, the occupancy of all types of accommodation is falling on average for the third year in a row, and this trend will continue because investing in tourism is still considered profitable. Unfortunately, due to increased labor costs, this year saw a significant decline in the profitability of tourism companies. According to the announcements for the new tourist year, the competition in the Mediterranean circle will be even more pronounced. With a further increase in the number of beds exceeding the growth of demand, the occupancy of all types of accommodation is falling on average for the third year in a row, and this trend will continue because investing in tourism is still considered profitable. Unfortunately, due to increased labor costs, this year saw a significant decline in the profitability of tourism companies. If we take into account only the increase in the number of Chinese who have a passport, which is 80 million in 2018, 140 million in 2019 and the projected as much as 400 million in 2022, it is incredible that Croatian tourism workers do not calculate with the Chinese.
The education is maintained by a renowned chef Hrvoje Zirojevic, chef of the Laganini restaurant in Palmižana, who has many years of experience, teaches at the Aspira College in Split, studying gastronomy, and at the Opatija Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality. In March this year, he was named the best Croatian chef by the prestigious world gastronomic guide Gault & Millau, and he introduced the Lagnini restaurant to the prestigious category of the best Croatian restaurants. The aim of this culinary education is to exchange knowledge and experience about local products and recipes and about different methods of preparing dishes characteristic of the destination area of Lika. IQM Destination Lika is a project of Integrated Quality Management in Lika destination which has been implemented since 2019 by Plitvice Lakes National Park, Feel IQM and Cluster Lika Destination whose goal is to improve the overall quality of the destination by connecting entities in the destination to provide guests with the best service. The training was organized precisely because of the caterers, in order to make their offer even better, and thus the gastronomic offer of the entire destination of Lika, which ultimately results in improved quality of the entire tourist offer. Upon completion of the training, the chefs will acquire specific knowledge and recipes that they will be able to implement in practice, with an emphasis on indigenous Lika dishes. Those who want to grow grow, and in Lika they put the dice together step by step. While some stagnate, others struggle and build their bright future. Of course, this is a long-term process, but it is important to clearly lay a sound foundation in the beginning. And it is in this that less developed tourist destinations must see their advantage and opportunity. As part of the implementation of the IQM destination Lika project in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the training of chefs of catering establishments involved in the project has begun. The training lasts from January 20 to 24, 2020, and the organizers are the company Feel IQM and the Lika Destination Cluster.
For this purpose, a mobile application “Think globally, buy locally“, Which unites local producers of fruits and vegetables, as well as the quantities of their products at their disposal. Namely, at the beginning of March, the city of Vrgorac presented a unique label “Vrgorac quality” with the aim of differentiating Vrgorac products from the competition, raising and maintaining product quality and encouraging sales in the local, regional and national markets. One of the main goals of the project is to present local products of local producers of fruits, vegetables, honey, olive oil, meat and processed products such as jams, wine, liqueurs and similar products, mostly from local family farms and crafts to local / local buyers and buyers from Makarska. Riviera, and by combining available products and quantities under the auspices of the website and Android application, we want to jointly perform in the wider market. In the digital marketplace Think globally, buy locally products from local family farms from the area of the town of Vrgorac can be found. In addition to the description of each family farm, each small producer can be contacted directly. The City of Vrgorac is putting into full operation a digital market of domestic agricultural products that will be available throughout Croatia with the aim of connecting customers and domestic producers. Through the application, you can easily find domestic family farm products and contact local local family farm employees directly and place an order. “In the area of the City of Vrgorac, agricultural production is highly developed, and the most important products are strawberries, prosciutto, wine, peaches, nectarines, grapes, table grapes, vegetables and honey. We are among the leading areas in Croatia in terms of vines, prosciutto, strawberries, table grapes. One way to increase mutual knowledge and value of these products is to create a recognizable brand. I invite all farmers from the area of Vrgorac to register and submit data on their quantities. This will enable every citizen of Croatia who wants to buy local products to be able to reach your contacts”Pointed out Ante Pranić, the mayor of Vrgorac, and added that over 450 family farms are active in Vrgorac. Vrgorac started the entire project in April 2019 in cooperation with four agricultural associations that total over 450 family farms, and was presented to all agricultural producers. As part of the label “Vrgorac Quality”, the official slogan was chosen -From the heart of Vrgorac, our home. ” Also, on that occasion, a digital market of domestic agricultural products from the area of Vrgorac was announced, and now, in accordance with the entire emergency situation, they have accelerated development and released it online. Clusters, connectivity, quality standard, branding – this is the only real step towards the development of agriculture and tomorrow’s merger with tourism. Well done to Vrgorac, those who deal with market development are growing and developing.
As part of the regular revaluation process in July 2019, a two-member commission of UNESCO Geoparks visited. During the four-day visit to the Papuk Geopark, they were introduced to the progress made in the past two years, from infrastructure innovations, new projects, and they also met with stakeholders and representatives of local government. The UNESCO World Geoparks Council, based on the revalidator’s report, decided to extend the status of the UNESCO World Geoparks for four years, citing recommendations for work in the coming period. “We base the entire future of the Park on the signature of UNESCO. And our biggest Geopriče project is named after him. Therefore, the entire progress of the tourist offer of the Park, which is carried out for the benefit of the local community, is happening largely due to the status of the UNESCO geopark. We are extremely happy and proud that our membership in the world community of geoparks has been extended for another four years. ” – said on this occasion Alen Jurenac, director of the Park. In the Papuk Nature Park, near Voćin, there is the first geological monument of nature in the Republic of Croatia, protected back in 1948 due to a unique morphological phenomenon in Croatia – the columnar eruption of volcanic rocks. Papuk was protected in the category of nature park in 1999 due to its exceptional natural value, which includes a great diversity of habitats and species of plants and animals, but also geological diversity represented in numerous geological formations formed in different periods of the Earth’s past. Photo: PP Papuk Papuk Nature Park, otherwise the first UNESCO geopark in the Republic of Croatia, has retained the status of a world geopark. Of particular value are the numerous fossil finds of organisms that lived in the “Pannonian Sea” 16 million years ago.
The Croatian Association of Banks held a meeting with representatives of the tourism sector (HUT, KUH, UPUHH, OMH) at which the measures of banks to help the tourism sector were presented. The right measure that the entire tourism sector has been waiting for and which is the only assumption that it will survive until the spring of 2021 Banks have enabled citizens and entrepreneurs engaged in tourism or their business related to tourism to defer payment of all credit obligations in lasting up to 12 months, in accordance with the guidelines of the European Banking Supervision Agency and the existing regulatory framework of the Croatian National Bank. Šime Klarić, President of the National Association of Family and Small Hotels, said that the encouraging news for all small and family hoteliers was the decision of banks regarding the rescheduling of long-term loans with a moratorium on principal repayment until June 30.06.2021, XNUMX to all tourism companies. “Small hoteliers do not have their own reserves to cover the drop in traffic and large losses in 2020 and until the summer of 2021, when we expect a more serious return of tourists. Therefore, this decision of the banks is of crucial importance for the survival of small hotels, which, in addition to bank funds, have also invested large personal or family funds and property. Along with this decision on long-term loan rescheduling, as well as the existing and expected measures of the Government, it gives us new energy for opening family hotels and quality reception of even the smallest number of guests who are ready to come to Croatia. The attitude of banks that they want to keep the hotel and tourism industry alive and healthy by the summer of 2021 proves that Croatian tourism is a solid cluster in which all stakeholders respect and hold each other and that everyone believes in a bright future for Croatian tourism. It was pointed out at the meeting that a stable banking system in Croatia will play a key role in the economic recovery, so banks are already providing new loans to preserve the liquidity of entrepreneurs in cooperation with domestic and international institutions (HBOR, HAMAG, EIF). In the forthcoming period, banks will continue to strive to provide additional sources of financing and favorable guarantee schemes, so that business entities have sufficient liquidity and the possibility of favorable financing. “During this crisis, banks proved that they are ready to support the Croatian economy and implement economic measures in accordance with the best practices in Europe. We held a meeting with representatives of the tourism sector in order to be able to hear all the proposals and present the programs that banks specifically implement for the sectors and citizens most affected by the epidemic. We are extremely glad that entrepreneurs have recognized the programs and measures of banks, and I believe that with joint efforts and cooperation we will be able to respond to all the challenges that lie ahead. ” he pointed out Director of the Croatian Association of Banks, Zdenko Adrović, Depending on the capabilities and needs of clients, regular interest rates can be settled during the moratorium, according to the existing repayment plan or, which is currently the best option for tourism entrepreneurs, the loan deadline can be extended to match monthly loan installments. inflow dynamics.
These initiatives allow accommodation units to easily point out the precautions the facility takes regarding coronavirus on the facility page. Also, no commission is charged for canceled reservations, reservations with changed dates as well as those reimbursed by the voucher due to government travel restrictions in certain areas. The new rules will be applied retroactively, where appropriate. To encourage travelers to re-book the same facility, Booking.com will offer them 15% prize (up to 100 EUR) after the realized stay, which will be valid for reservations made by 31 December 2020 and with a check-out date of 30 April 2021. In addition, Booking.com will not charge a booking fee made as part of this campaign, all with the aim of providing additional support to partners providing accommodation services. The campaign is aimed at customers in Croatia who have had to cancel reservations within their country, due to government travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, in order to book accommodation in the same facility when it becomes safe to travel again. This initiative seeks to return Croatian partners to successful business, inspire travelers and provide support to local business. Booking.com has also introduced a tool that allows partners greater flexibility in applying their rules and modes of operation and promotes their use to help facilities take advantage of the demand of users who want flexibility in these uncertain times.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFor the purposes of clarity, your Feb. 18 article on school employee benefits should have stated that most, if not all, of the persons in your “six-figure pension club” are retired superintendents or other high-level administrators.I know several of them from my years as president of the Saratoga County School Boards Association. To simply refer to them as “educators” can lead some people to conclude that they are typical classroom teacher pensioners. The listed pensions are going to a relatively small number of top-of-the-line employees who worked year-round and received both higher salaries and enhanced benefits. You really should also include the fact that some long-retired teachers are “living” on extremely low pensions as well. Bill ShawBallstonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I worked in schools for 42 years, so I know a bit about schools, kids and everything education. Quite frankly, I really don’t care why the shootings are happening anymore. It could be gun-control laws, style of weapons, age restrictions, clip size, mental health or lousy parenting. To quote Rhett Butler, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” anymore.We need to stop the political rhetoric every time there’s a school shooting. The left runs to the need for gun control, while the right starts waving around the Constitution. They are both useless. No law is going to stop school shootings. If the laws against murder don’t work, it’s daft to think that a law about gun purchases is going to stop the carnage. We have developed a way to protect airports and sports arenas. We need to do the same thing with schools: Limit access doors to the schools; have metal detectors at all points of entry; and have an armed staff member at all points of entry. These steps will deter potential shooters. Another piece of paper in Washington will not.Dr. John MetalloSlingerlands More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
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