first_imgCompetitiveness and perspectives of small hotel industry in Croatia, national support and financing opportunities, branding and financing of small business in tourism – these are just some of the topics of the first Congress of family and small hotels and those who want to become one, organized by the National Association of Family and Small Hotels reflects December 10 at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb.Special and recognizable, with an individual approach to each guest and 24-hour service – this is how family and small hotels, carriers of a new trend in Croatian tourism, could be described. But until fifteen years ago, they were hardly present on the market, while today their economic importance is not negligible, given that their number is growing every day.Proof of this is the fact that the National Association of Family and Small Hotels at the time of its founding in 2004 in Split had only 30 members, while today it has four times more. Unlike in Croatia, in developed tourist countries, family and small hotels are not new. With the development of family hospitality, Croatia is slowly approaching Italy, France, Austria and Greece and discovering what these countries have been developing for decades. Despite that, family and small hotels in Croatia have already surpassed the competition in quality, facilities and offer, although they make up only ten percent of the total hotel capacity, while in the mentioned countries they reach the magic number of 80 percent. In other words, Croatia today has about 400 small family hotels, while Italy has 23, and Greece and Austria 10 each.Hotel San Rocco”Investment in small family hotels is the foundation of sustainable development of Croatian tourism. Tourism market research has long shown that the economy of small hotels is competitive. On the other hand, the example of small hotels affirms the autochthonous and authentic, promotes one’s own culture, and most importantly, the local population participates in the tourist product. Unlike large hotels, small hotels are characterized by elasticity and speed of adaptation to changes in the tourist market and higher profitability. In the development of tourism in Croatia, small hotels have become the initiators and carriers of change and improvement of the entire hotel industry.”, Said Sime Klaric, president of the National Association of Family and Small Hotels.The sponsors of the first Congress of Family and Small Hotels are the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, and the organizational partner is the Croatian Employers’ Association.Attachment: Program 1. Congress of family and small hotelslast_img read more

first_imgPursuant to the Decision on the distribution of funds from the Program for co-financing capital projects in the maritime domain in the Split-Dalmatia County (SDŽ) for 2019, today SDŽ County Prefect Blaženko Boban signed contracts worth 8,5 million kuna with the Mayor of Omis Ivo Tomasović, Deputy Mayor Trogir, Ruža Kovačević Bilić, Deputy Mayor of Kaštela Grgica Benutić and Mayor of Tučepi, Ante Čobrnić. “Poznato je kako naša Županija upravlja trećinom ukupnog pomorskog dobra Republike Hrvatske. Nije bilo lako odraditi sve pripremne radnje jer se financiraju samo projekti koji su dovedeni do građevinske dozvole, a projekti se sufinanciraju u omjeru pola SDŽ, pola jedinica lokalne samouprave. Na ovaj način zajednički s jedinicama lokalne samouprave mijenjamo ukupnu vizuru naših primorskih mjesta. Stoga, neka danas potpisani ugovori budu poticaj i drugim lokalnim zajednicama da se jave na ovakve županijske natječaje”  said SDŽ prefect Blaženko Boban. Photo: Tucepi, The city of Omis received 1,5 million kuna for the arrangement of the beach Brzet, the city of Trogir for the construction of the breakwater of the sports port Brigi Lokvice three million kuna, and the city of Kastela for the arrangement of the beach Glavica bay in Kastel Luksic 2 million kuna. The municipality of Tucepi also receives 2 million kuna for the arrangement of the coastal zone from the marina to Gospina potok, all with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of Split-Dalmatia County through the development of coastal and marine infrastructure, and strengthening the tourist and economic resource base. Stipe Čogelja, pročelnik UO za pomorstvo i turizam istaknuo je kako je Županija već izradila sve bitne strateške dokumente vezane za upravljanje plažama, od Plana nosivosti kapaciteta u turizmu do Plana upravljanja plažama, te je najavio izradu Integralnog Plana upravljanja obalnim pojasom koji je predviđen europskim Direktivama i kojega do sada ima samo Šibensko-kninska županija. “Spremni smo za novu financijsku perspektivu EU od 2021. godine, kako bismo aplicirali za još više sredstava za održivo upravljanje obalnim pojasom” izjavio je  Čogelja.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday was the International Dog Day, and still no one in the world knows how one of the most famous breeds – Dalmatian, in fact an indigenous breed from Croatia. And not from America, as the whole world thinks. / / / INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO COLOR A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING IN DARMATIAN DOG PATTERNS IN ZADAR By the way, the Dalmatian dog (Canis dalmaticus) is the most famous Croatian autochthonous dog breed in the world. The origin of the Dalmatian dog is based on paintings and records from church chronicles of the 16th – 18th century. The Dalmatian dog served as a military dog, guard at the border, companion of carriages and riders, as a hunting dog, bird and hound, and depictions of the Dalmatian dog were found on the altar painting “Mother of God with Jesus and angels” in the church of Our Lady of the Angels in Veli Losinj , the island of Lošinj, Croatia dating from 1600-1630, and frescoes from Zaostrog, Dalmatia, Croatia. It follows that the origin of the Dalmatian dog is in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, especially in the historical province of Dalmatia. And while in our country it was not possible, and still nothing can be done, in Spanish Galicia, the same idea was realized in just a few months and became part of their tourism-marketing plan. Smart people saw the article in the Croatian media, and implemented the same idea in themselves and turned it into an excellent marketing product. So simple, but not in Croatia. Always that “BUT” in Lijepa naša. / / / IT IS NOT POSSIBLE IN CROATIA, BUT THAT IS WHY IT IS POSSIBLE IN SPAIN. “ZEBRA DALMATINKA” REVIVED IN SPAIN Photo: Back in 2018 in Zadar, an initiative was launched to paint the pedestrian crossing in Zadar in the colors of Dalmatians – Zebra Dalmatinka. But there was no hearing. Still, the Zadar zebra did not become a Dalmatian zebra due to the status quo and not a wave of the mindset or FT1P. That is how the Dalmatian dog got its name from the province of Dalmatia, ie from the Dalmatian people. And so the Dalmatinera brand is still in the category of another one of the huge potentials waiting for some better times. We have the holy grail in marketing (this is just one of many – like a tie, a pen, Tesla…) and a storytelling medium, we have it all again., But…last_img read more

first_imgOtherwise, Chair Airlines has been operating under this name since the summer of last year. It was formerly known as Germania Flug. It was created with the collaboration of German Germania and the Swiss travel company Hotelplan. A few months after Germania declared bankruptcy Germania Flug changed its name to Chair Airlines. The company has in its fleet two A319 aircraft capable of carrying up to 150 passengers. Thursdays: Sundays: With this new line of Chair Airlines Split and Zurich will be connected with as many as four airlines, with Chair Airlines will operate on the same route Croatia Airlines, Edelweiss and Condor Airlines. The Chair Airlines line will be in service from April 25 to October 24, 2021, almost the entire summer flight schedule. The Chair Airlines line Zurich – Split – Zurich will be in operation two times a week, every Thursday and Sunday evening. A company for the summer of 2021 between these two cities has a total of 15.900 seats on sale. Photo: Chair Airlines Facebook The announcement of the introduction of the Zurich – Split route by Chair Airlines comes just a few days after the news that it will German Condor also operate on this line in the summer flight schedule next year. Zurich 18:40 – Split 20:10Split 20:55 – Zurich 22:30 According to the portal Croatian Aviation Twice a week, Chair Airlines will connect Split and Zurich in both directions. Namely, the Swiss airline announced its network of destinations for the summer flight schedule next year. There is also the already mentioned line Zurich – Split. Red flying by 25. 04. to 24. 10. 2021. Zurich 17:20 – Split 18:50Split 19:35 – Zurich 21:10last_img read more

first_imghermes is planning to clear out part of its retail portfolio and move into new sectors, which could include residential and continental Europe for the first time.The pension fund’s biggest disposal will be the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton, which is understood to be under offer to Legal & General for more than £80m. Hermes is shedding the centre because it feels that it is overweight in the Midlands. The deal will mark one of the largest shopping centre transactions in the past 12 months.Hermes is also to sell the Lion and Lamb Yard shopping centre in Surrey to Portman Investments for £12.3m and a portfolio of seven town-centre retail units to Dawnay Day for £13.5m.Richard Harrold, head of property, said that he hopes to complete the disposals in the next three months. A decision, he said, on whether to invest in the residential sector is likely to be made before the end of the financial year.However, Harrold said that a view on Europe would not be taken until the full effects of the euro had been assessed.Hermes is to maintain a neutral balance on its £1.5bn property portfolio.Of the recent sales, the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton comprises 39,019 sq m (420,000 sq ft) of retail and office space. The sale is expected to represent a 6.7% net initial yield.The Farnham centre comprises 6,596 sq m (71,000 sq ft) of retail space and the deal will represent a 7.7% net initial yield. The sale of the portfolio of seven town-centre units will represent a 9.1% net initial yield.Legal & General is also to move its property weighting from an overweight to a neutral position. But a spokesman said it is targeting business park and industrial holdings.Jones Lang Wootton acted for Hermes in Farnham and Northampton; CB Hillier Parker acted for Hermes on the retail portfolio. Cluttons Daniel Smith acted for Portman Investments while Lewis & Partners acted for Dawnay Day.last_img read more

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first_imgAXA Indonesia, the local arm of French multinational insurer AXA, has completed the merger of two general insurance subsidiaries in refocusing its business strategy.The company said in a statement on Tuesday that PT Asuransi AXA Indonesia’s (AGI) business permit had been officially revoked by the Financial Services Authority (OJK) on Feb. 17 following the company’s merger into PT Mandiri AXA General Insurance (MAGI). With the merger, AXA Indonesia now operates four subsidiaries, two of which provide health insurance, while one provides asset management services.“Returning AGI’s business permit is the final administrative step in the merger of MAGI and AGI,” said MAGI compliance director Benny Waworuntu, adding that the merger would allow the company to “improve services and reach more customers.” The restructuring is part of AXA Indonesia’s plan to focus resources on “areas of opportunity” in the domestic general insurance market such as health insurance, lifestyle protection and marine cargo protection.The OJK approved the AXA Indonesia merger in a letter dated Nov. 28 last year and the companies began merging operations in December 2019. The company noted that all existing AGI policies would remain valid until their respective expiration dates. Topics :last_img read more

first_img‘Times of hardship’ Khamenei advised Iranians that “everyone should follow the instructions” of the authorities to fight the epidemic “so that Almighty God will put an end to this calamity for the Iranian people, for all Muslim nations and for all mankind”.Jahanpour said Tehran province had reported 249 new cases and the central province of Yazd, where 84 new patients had been counted, “could become a new focus of the disease in the coming days”.To limit the spread of the virus, the authorities have asked people to refrain from travelling during the nation’s current New Year celebrations. In Iran “about 68 percent of deaths from COVID-19 disease are people over 60 years of age”, Jahanpour said, stressing that family trips “are generally risk factors for this age group”. Iran has a population of some 81 million and the disease is present in all 31 provinces. While it refuses to seek assistance from the American “Great Satan”, the Islamic Republic has not closed the door to international help. Iran said that by mid-March it had received medical equipment or financial aid from Azerbaijan, Britain, China, France, Germany, Japan, Qatar, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced Sunday it would send a 50-bed inflatable hospital and a nine-person emergency team to Isfahan, Iran’s third largest city. “Iran is by far the hardest hit country in the region and Isfahan is the second most affected province in the country, and we hope that our aid will relieve, at least in part, the pressure on the local health system,” said Julie Reverse, MSF’s representative in Iran.  Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said Sunday his country would never accept any aid to fight the novel coronavirus from arch-enemy and “charlatans” the United States, as Tehran announced 129 new deaths.Speaking in a televised address, Khamenei charged in a message directed at Washington: “No one trusts you. You are capable of bringing into our country a drug that will keep the virus alive and prevent its eradication.”Iran has been one of the countries worst hit by the COVID-19 illness along with Italy, Spain and China, and the latest fatalities raised the official death toll to 1,685, the health ministry said. More than 1,028 new cases in the past 24 hours meant a total of 21,638 people had now tested positive for the virus, said ministry spokesman Kianouche Jahanpour.US President Donald Trump — who has stepped up sanctions and a “maximum pressure” campaign on Tehran over its nuclear program — said on February 29 that Washington was ready to help Iran fight the virus if its leaders requested it. But Khamenei reiterated Iran’s rejection, charging that Washington, which whom it has had no diplomatic relations for more than 40 years, was “capable” of wanting to intensify the epidemic in the Islamic republic.”Today America is our most ferocious and vicious enemy,” Khamenei said in his address to the nation. “The American leaders are liars, manipulators, impudent and greedy … They are charlatans,” he said, also labeling them “absolutely ruthless” and “terrorists”.The American proposals “to help us with medicines and treatments, provided we ask for them, are strange”, he said, noting that the United States itself suffers from “a horrible shortage not only of disease prevention equipment but also of medicines”. Speaking to Washington, he added: “If you have something, use it for yourself.” Topics :last_img read more