How to attract the largest consumers in the world – Chinese tourists?

first_imgAccording 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?center_img 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.last_img read more

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The Wedding Garment

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Image via: gbcdecatur.orgWhen I was a young fellow, there was a priest in Port of Spain who achieved a certain notoriety because of what he used to do at weddings. If a bride came to church with her shoulders and upper torso practically exposed, he would go to the sacristy, get an old jacket and throw it over her shoulders, before he proceeded with the ceremony. Before long, brides at that Church came completely covered from head to toe.It was a case of one exaggeration being met with another, but the practice of that priest often comes to mind whenever I read today’s Gospel. The poor man who came not badly but inappropriately dressed got summarily kicked out of the wedding. He was wearing the wrong clothes. I say “wrong clothes,” not to suggest casual wear when formal was required. In the days of the gospel, quests were provided with a wedding garment, much as we robe infants at baptism today with a symbolic garment to signify their new status. In a similar way, guests had to put on the wedding garment provided by the host over whatever clothes they arrived with. One result of that was that weddings could not become fashion shows. Everybody wore the same thing.Jesus, of course, is not really talking of befitting wear for weddings. In the traditional Israelite understanding, which he shared, the wedding feast was a symbol of the joyful union with God in at the end of time. The garment here is not the level of finery you could afford but what qualities you should come clothed in, if you wished to share in the feast and be part of the Lord’s company.The Bible does not focus specifically on moral requirements for enjoying the feast. The New Testament sets out in a variety of different ways different habits and values of Christian living. Every letter of St. Paul, for instance, has a section devoted to this purpose. One value that gets special mention is perseverance. Jesus devoted two parables to the idea: a man getting ready for bed, disturbed by a friend pounding at his door, looking for a few loaves to host an untimely visitor; and the woman who pesters the unjust judge to give her justice and doesn’t cease petering until she gets it.In a famous section of his letter, the author of Hebrews counselled his hearers who were growing tired and were tempted to give up: “What a cloud of innumerable witnesses surround us! So let us be rid of every encumbrance… Lift up your drooping hands and strengthen your trembling knees” and keep running the race till the end (12: 1, 12). Faith was a marathon not a sprint. It was a metaphor New Testament writers particularly liked.St. Matthew is the evangelist who gives the most deliberate attention to being accepted or rejected at the end, in his scene of the Last Judgement in chapter 25. The principal feature of this scene is the element of surprise. Both groups, the just and the unjust, hear something completely unexpected. The just are told first that when they fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and imprisoned, they were in fact encountering and serving the Lord. This is a surprise, because all they saw when they were so engaged were people who were hungry, thirty, sick, naked, and imprisoned. They are told that all the while the one in need they were helping was the Lord incognito.The unjust get a surprise in the other direction. When they are told who they were neglecting in the different persons in need they bypassed, we can imagine what their reaction must have been Lord, had we known that people like that were actually you, how could we possibly have passed you by?But they did. And we do it still, because the faces of human need remain all too human. There’s nothing divine about any of them. We tend therefore to see only what our eyes disclose. And all the while the Lord is there waiting to be met.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph.d 35 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews The Wedding Garment by: – October 8, 2011last_img read more

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Bulldogs Middle School Tracksters Successful At Connersville Invite

first_imgConnersville Invitational Middle School Track results from Saturday (5-5)Girls:Batesville                    161Hagerstown                 93Connersville                74Franklin County           69Richmond                    61Madison                      49Driver                          24St. Louis                       14For Batesville.Shot Put-3 Sarah Ripperger (26’11”)Discus-5 Alyssa Nobbe (60’5”)High Jump-1 Carley Pride (4’6”)  4 Ava Hanson (4’2”)Long Jump-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13’8”)  8 Kate Walke (12’2”)100M Hurdles-1 Kate Walke (17.66)100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13.45)  5 Lily Meyer (14.30)200M-2 Ava Hanson (28.67)  5 Lily Meyer (29.95)400M-1 Carley Pride (1:03.20)  3 Ava Hanson (1:08.89)800M-1 Katie Olsen (2:35.26)  2 Lily Pinckley (2:38.48)1600M-1 Lily Pinckley (5:36.46)  4 Jada Day (5:57.03)400M Relay-1 BMS Elena Kuisel, Nadine Davis, Angela Diaz, Madelyn Pohlman (54.81)800M Relay-1 BMS Carley Pride, Elena Kuisel, Lily Meyer, Katie Olsen (2:00.64)1600M Relay-1 BMS Madelyn Pohlman, Sarah Ripperger, Ava Hanson, Carley Pride (4:38.96)3200M Relay-1 BMS Lily Pinckley, Sarah Ripperger, Jada Day, Katie Olsen (11:06.42)Boys:Franklin County           98Batesville                    96.5Connersville                87Hagerstown                 80Madison                      65.5Driver                          59Richmond                    43St. Louis                       29For Batesville.Shot Put-8 Chase Hamilton (34’0.5”)Discus-7 Ean Loichinger (90’4”)High Jump-7 Elliott Mertz (4’6”)Long Jump-6 Vonley Hund (15’1”)  8 Zach Gutzwiller (14’3”)110M Hurdles-1 Chase Hamilton (18.46)  6 Trenton Kincade (21.38)100M-8 Evan Williamson (13.36)200M-6 Elliott Mertz (27.32)  8 Evan Williamson (27.43)400M-3 Vonley Hund (58.66)  6 Chase Hamilton (1:00.70)800M-1 Ean Loichinger (2:10.97)  3 Daren Smith (2:22.51)1600M-1 Ean Loichinger (4:49.06)  3 Will Nuhring (5:20.85)400M Relay-6 BMS Evan Williamson, Thomas Hartman, Trenton Kincade , Cole Pride (54.61)800M Relay-2 BMS Elliott Mertz, Cole Pride, Zach Gutzwiller, Evan Williamson (1:53.16)1600M Relay-2 BMS Chase Hamilton, Daren Smith, Will Nuhring, Vonley Hund(4:03.36)3200M Relay-1 BMS Vonley Hund, Will Nuhring, Daren Smith, Ean Loichinger (9:30.51)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

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NBA free agency rumors: Grizzlies’ Jonas Valanciunas to decline option

first_img NBA free agency news: Pau Gasol wants to play another year The move comes with some risks for Valanciunas. The Daily Memphian notes that opting out of his deal and signing an extension would “likely mean a reduced salary next season.” And if he can’t work out a new deal, it’s unclear how much interest the 27-year-old would draw in free agency, given his role as a “traditional” center.Valanciunas thrived with the Grizzlies in 19 games last season after being acquired from the Raptors, averaging 19.9 points and 10.7 points per game, well above his career averages of 11.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg in his seven seasons with Toronto. Related News Yet new Grizzlies hcoach Taylor Jenkins is looking to open up the offense with more 3-point shooting, which would seem to limit the role of Valanciunas, who has attempted 0.3 3-pointers per game in his career. Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas will decline the option year of his contract to become a free agent, ESPN reported Thursday.However, the 7-foot Lithuanian player is declining the $17.6 million option so that he can negotiate a new contract with the Grizzlies, according to the report. If he does opt out, he can’t sign a new deal until the free agency period opens in early July. NBA free agency news: Kemba Walker willing to take less money to stay with Hornetslast_img read more

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A Day of Fun and Fond Memories in LS

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – It was a fun day but for many of those attending the Little Silver Men’s One Pitch Tourna­ment, it was also a day to remember their friend and neighbor.This year’s event was in honor of Jonathan Bitman, a borough resident, borough councilman and a longtime member of the Little Silver Crocs, the over-40 softball team, who died on Sept. 4 at age 52 after battling pancreatic cancer.The tournament, held Saturday, Sept. 29, on the sports fields behind borough hall and the public library, featured the usual softball games, cheers and shouts of players and spectators, music, laughter and conversations, along with the sizzle of grills cooking burgers and hot dogs. It was a great day for the participants, families and community members but for some, including event organizers Doug Glassmacher and Peter Roskowinski, it was a bittersweet day with Bitman’s absence felt by those who knew him.According to Glassmacher and Roskowinski, Bitman was a member of the Crocs since the team was formed more than a decade ago.“Jon was a catcher,” Glassmacher said. “He was like Yogi Berra back there,” joking and trash talking with teammates and to the batters.As a catcher, Bitman was “very effective” and always batted in the same spot in the lineup – last, Roskowinski said.During this year’s tournament there were six Little Silver teams, one from Rumson and another from Shrewsbury competing in a series of games with batters facing one pitch, which allowed for quite a few games during the day, Glassmacher said.The day was – and has been – more than about softball. Bitman always saw it as a sort of community day, with music, food, and activities for the kids.“Our motto is ‘there’s more to being a Croc than playing ball,’” Glassmacher said. “Like Jon, we’re very community-oriented.”“All I can say is Jon would have been the first person setting things up” and he always spent time behind the grill, said Little Silver resident Chris Curley. “He’s still here in spirit.”“It’s a sad day,” resident Cindy Mendoza said, “but it’s a good day.”Mendoza has been a “Crocette,” one of the women who help out, since the beginning. “I’m one of the originals,” she said as she sold 50/50 tickets.She acknowledged that residents of the borough are usually quick to answer the call for help when situations arise. “That’s what impressed me about this town,” she said. “People do step up.”Rich Movelle, who lives in Tinton Falls, played for the Rumson team. About six years ago the event was dedicated to helping a member of his team who was stricken with ALS. Movelle said that while he takes his softball seriously, “the game is not as important as the money to help the family.”“He did love the Crocs,” said Bitman’s sister, Paige Ascher of Maplewood.“And he always enjoyed a good burger,” said Russ Ascher, Paige’s husband, jokingly recalling his brother-in-law.“He would be the first one out here to help another person,” Paige Ascher said. “This really is a fitting tribute to him.”The proceeds raised throughout the day and afterward will go to help Bitman’s daughter, Cori, a college sophomore, continue her education, Roskowinski said.The fundraising had gone well and “exceeded our expectations,” Roskowinski said after the event.People can still contribute by mail to the Jon Bitman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 143, Little Silver, NJ 07739; or through sites.google.com/site/lscrocs/home. By John BurtonJon Bitman remembered at softball tournamentlast_img read more

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Greenwood hosts second successful rugby bash

first_imgGreenwood was full of Rugby players again last weekend for the Boundary Bash Social 10s Rugby Tournament. This is the second year they have hosted this tournament and this year they were larger by just one team.Organizer and Jewel Lake resident Oliver Glaser said the tournament was a success, particularly in regards to the social aspect.Everyone had fun and the City of Greenwood opened up O’Hairi Park as a campsite for the rugby players, he said.This year’s teams included the East Vancouver Scribes, who technically hosted the event because Glaser still plays on their team, the Trail Colonials, the Grand Forks Wanderers, the Ridge Meadow Bruins (Maple Ridge) and the Nelson Grizzlies.The Grizzlies easily won the tournament because they won all their games and had the most ‘tries’ – goal attempts. There was only one woman’s team, which came from Ridge Meadows. The men’s teams played a few games with them and some of the woman joined the men’s teams and played along with them.“One woman player on the Grizzlies,” said Glaser, noting that she played exceptionally well. “She was fit and toned and ran hard. She ran really good lines.”The Trail Colonials were awarded the most social team and Bryan Louzon was awarded the most social player.Glaser said the games were all really good and that the level of play was strong this year. The players followed the rules and there was no kicking or fighting.Ingram Creek Saddlery donated a custom-made leather ball for the winning team again this year. Glaser said this makes them stand out from other tournaments.“It’s a really special thing,” he said.  New to the tournament this year was a kids touch game and a concession stand. They had about 100 people as spectators and everyone seemed to have a good time, said Glaser.The only real complaint was about the noise from the music at the campsite at night. Glaser said he hadn’t considered how much the noise would carry and that he would consider a noise curfew the next year.Glaser is hoping to host the event this year but says it depends on what the numbers look like after they have done their calculations. He is happy if they are just able to break even because it’s all about having fun, but if the host team has lost a lot of money they may not host it again next year.last_img read more

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‘The future looks very good’

first_imgDr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says Jamaica’s 86-medal haul at the recent Carifta Games comes as no surprise.Jamaica equalled their record medal haul from the previous year, winning a whopping 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze.They also broke three field events and one track record in the process.Blake was present at the welcome-home press conference held inside the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday.”The future really looks very good; the assign athletes have performed really well, and as usual, we have topped the medal table yet again and in terms of our overall medal performance, this is one of our better performances,” said the president, adding that the dominance at CARIFTA is now routine.”It shows that people respect our brand and value the training that we give to our athletes and that as you see year in, year out quite a number of athletes from other territories come to Jamaica to benefit from the training that is offered here, not just the physical training, but the mental training as well, and I think it’s something very good for us here in Jamaica and for the Caribbean,” he pointed out.When asked if it was a concern that no Jamaican athlete was selected for the Austin Sealy Award for the best young athlete of the championships, he said he was a little surprised.”This year, I was a little surprised at the choice of the athlete. This is not to take anything away from the winner because the winner really did very well in breaking Kashawn Walcott’s javelin record, but we had people who broke records as well and won more than one gold, so that is something that we will be bringing up and speaking to NACAC (North America Central America Caribbean Association) about,” Blake told The Gleaner.Grenada’s Anderson Peters was presented the Austin Sealy award at the 45th Carifta Games as the most outstanding athlete. The host country’s athlete produced a winning throw of 78.28m on the second round on Saturday.The last Jamaican to win the award was Yohan Blake in 2007.last_img read more

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South Africans ‘already winners’: Zuma

first_img22 June 2010President Jacob Zuma has wished the national team, Bafana Bafana, well ahead of their crucial Group A match against France on Tuesday, while reminding South Africans that, whatever the outcome of the game, they are “already winners.”“South Africans are already winners,” Zuma said during the launch of a social housing project in East London on the weekend. ” The whole world is looking at us and applauding our success so far as hosts. And we have proven ourselves to be fantastic hosts.”Zuma urged the country not to give up hope and to continue supporting the national team, but more importantly to support the World Cup in general. “We must continue supporting the national team, the African teams and indeed the World Cup tournament in general as hosts.”Zuma also took the opportunity to thank South Africans for helping to create an amazing spirit around the World Cup.Since the opening of the tournament, South Africans have come out in numbers to display the colorful energy that the country is known for, brandishing their plastic vuvuzela trumpets and headgear made from miner’s helmets.“We congratulate each and every citizen for such patriotism and amazing energy,” Zuma said. “You are ensuring that this becomes a vibrant African World Cup.”The President was also impressed by the massive attendance at soccer games and fan parks, saying the country had proven to the world that it could deliver a spectacular event.Bafana Bafana, following a draw against Mexico and a loss to Uruguay, will need a convincing win against former world champions France if they are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament.The team will hope that Uruguay give the same treatment to Mexico as the two South American teams battle it our simultaneously at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg. Both clashes start at 16:00.Bafana will go in to battle without their number one goalie Itumeleng Khune, who was given a red card, and a one match ban in last week’s game, for foul play. It will be up to the team’s number two goal keeper tomorrow, Moeneeb Josephs, to keep the French at bay.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Harvest success in 2018 and beyond

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.With crops beginning to mature and harvest quickly approaching there are still several actions Ohio’s farmers can take to ensure success in 2018 and beyond. It has been a challenging growing season due to weather extremes, increased disease pressure, spreading populations of herbicide resistant weeds, and more. While many things are out of our control, there are some management decisions growers can make to finish this year successfully and get an early start on a productive 2019 season.Ohio’s crops have been exposed some extreme and severe weather conditions in 2018. While some areas had plenty of rain, ensuring average or better yields, crops were also exposed to periods of excessively wet conditions or excessively dry conditions. While the weather has been favorable for crop development, some aspects of this year’s weather could negatively affect corn and soybean yields. Although much of Ohio has received above average rainfall, a key factor in raising a crop, receiving large amounts of rain in one event can cause yield-reducing damage to crops. In many areas of the state large rainfall events caused flooding or “ponding” of water in fields. Periods of flooding can cause soil crusting, damage to plant roots, loss of soil nitrogen, promote diseases, or cause plant death. There are parts of fields where yields could be significantly reduced due to damage by flooding for extended periods of time. In areas affected by severe storms, there could also be hail damage, green snap, and root lodging.While fields may look good from the road, it is always a good idea to scout fields prior to harvest. Nitrogen deficiency in corn has been showing up over the past few weeks, especially where saturated soils occurred. In fields where corn was exposed to heat and drought, especially during pollination, yields could be significantly reduced due to poor kernel abnormal ears. With the variable weather Ohio has seen this year, growers should expect variable yields as well.Another challenge Ohio’s growers have faced this year is disease in both corn and soybeans. Diseases, especially gray leaf spot and frogeye leaf spot were more prevalent in 2018 than previous years. Northern corn leaf blight and sudden death syndrome were also observed in certain areas of the state. Taking time to identify diseases and using that information to make decisions about tillage, crop rotation, and varietal choices will help growers avoid yield loss or costly applications of fungicides in future growing seasons. Rotating to another crop or burying infected crop residue will hinder the development of disease the following season. In years with moderate to low pressure planting varieties that have strong tolerance to disease can eliminate the need for a fungicide application.While scouting fields, growers should make sure to assess corn stalks and look for signs of potential standability problems. With the combination of severe weather, heavy disease pressure, and stress on corn plants, stalk strength could be negatively impacted. Performing a “pinch test” on several stalks in multiple locations of a field will allow growers to identify fields where stalks are weak and late season standability is a concern. These fields should be harvested first to avoid harvest loss due to lodging.Weed control continues to be a challenge for Ohio’s growers. Over the past several years we have seen growing populations of herbicide resistant weeds, such as marestail and giant ragweed. Additionally, agronomists and farmers have observed a growing presence of the pigweed species Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. To minimize the spread of these weeds, growers should be cognizant of their presence and avoid running them through combines. Equipment should be cleaned when moving from field-to-field to ensure weed seed is not carried from one field to the next this fall. One important management practice growers should perform is a fall application of herbicides following harvest. An affordable and effective herbicide application in the fall will help ensure a weed free start the following spring and make weed control easier if burndown is delayed due to spring weather.While many of the factors making 2018 a challenging year are out of the grower’s control, scouting, note taking, and collecting harvest data will still aid Ohio’s farmer in determining what needs to be done after harvest and next spring. Growers should use the time between now and harvest to observe what issues exist in their fields and use that information to make sound management decisions in the future.last_img read more

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Fall tillage: Is it necessary?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University ExtensionIt’s dry and we harvested relatively early, so we have time to kill — and diesel is cheap (right?). Sjoerd Duiker, Soil management specialist at Penn State is a graduate of OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and works just next door. A couple of years ago he supplied us with these remarks on when and why to do fall tillage, it bears repeating.When compaction has been caused, remedial action may be needed. This is especially the case if ruts have been created. If no ruts are seen, tillage is probably not needed. Instead, plant a cover crop to use the living root system to alleviate compaction.Ruts need to be smoothed out to be able to plant the next crop successfully. However, if ruts are uniformly distributed across the whole field, some type of tillage may need to be done on the whole field. In many cases, however, ruts are localized and only need localized repair.It will be necessary to till deeper than the depth of compaction. Shallow “vertical tillage” tools that only do tillage in the top 4 inches will not be sufficient to manage soil compaction.Very tough shanks are needed that will penetrate instead of bounce on top of the compacted layer. New subsoilers can do maximum fracturing without doing much surface disturbance with straight or bent-leg shanks. Parabolic shanks do much more surface disturbance and will need more secondary tillage for seedbed preparation and are therefore not preferred.Deep tillage may be what you could use in the fall, and then come back in the spring to smooth the field up with a field cultivator or disk harrow.Deep tillage should fracture the soil and it therefore needs to be performed in relatively dry soil.Deep tillage can be performed in a living cover crop in the spring if you use the modern, low disturbance subsoilers. So do not let subsoiling deter you from planting a cover crop.The more tillage you do, the more you set yourself up for increased compaction problems in the future.last_img read more

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