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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_img 130 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Pope FrancisBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) – Pope Francis says he has felt “used” by people claiming to be his friend since he became pontiff, in a radio interview touching on the personal side of his papacy.“I never had so many quote-unquote ‘friends’ as now. Everyone is the pope’s friend,” Francis said in a telephone interview with radio station Milenium in his native Argentina.“I have felt used by people who presented themselves as my friends and whom I hadn’t seen more than once or twice in my life. They have used that to their own benefit. But it’s an experience we all go through,” he told Argentine journalist Marcelo Gallardo, a real-life friend since the days when the pope was bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.“Friendship in the utilitarian sense — let’s see what advantage I can gain by getting close to this person and becoming friends — that pains me,” he told Gallardo in the interview, broadcast Sunday.“Friendship is something sacred. The Bible says to have one or two friends.”Francis, whose papacy began in March 2013, also touched on environmental destruction and religious fundamentalism in the wide-ranging conversation — a rare interview with a non-religious broadcaster.Echoing the bold appeal to care for the planet he issued in a sweeping encyclical in June, the pope condemned humankind’s “abuse of creation.”“We’re not friends of creation. Sometimes we treat it like our worst enemy. Think of deforestation, misuse of water, methods of extracting minerals with elements like arsenic and cyanide that end up making people sick,” he said.Of fundamentalists, he said: “Their mission is to destroy in the name of an idea, not a reality…. They kill, attack, destroy, malign in the name of an ideological god.”The interview came as the pope prepares to visit Cuba and the United States from September 19 to 28.center_img Sharing is caring! Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope feels ‘used’ by fake friends by: Associated Free Press – September 14, 2015last_img read more

first_img“Peroito po ay hindi nangangahulugan na ang aktibidad ng Taal Volcano ay tumigil na, o di kaya’y ang banta ng mapanganib na eruption ay nawala na po.Nandyan pa po,” he added. As of Sunday morning, Taal is stillemitting white steam-laden plumes after it spewed an increased amount of steamand sulfur dioxide that reached 100 to 800 meters high on Saturday.  Phivolcs director Renato Solidum saidthat the lowering of alert level was due to decreased tendency towardshazardous eruption of Taal. Phivolcs raised the alert level overTaal from Level 1 to 4 on January 12 due to magmatic unrest, promptingmandatory evacuation of residents in areas within its 14-kilometer radius. Solidum, however, stressed that therelease of steam and ash was not accompanied with volcanic earthquakes butresidents near the volcano cannot still be complacent. “Angpagbaba sa Alert Level 3 base sa mgaparametrong binabanatayan ay nagpapakita ng pagbaba ng tendency towardstowards hazardous eruption,” Solidum said in an interview with DZMM. Residents clear ash from their roof in Agoncillo, Batangas, days after Taal Volcano’s eruption on Jan. 12, 2020. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – From Alert Level 4, Taal Volcano has now beenplaced under Alert Level 3, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology andSeismology (Phivolcs) announced Sunday.  “Angimportanye ang mga tao na nasa paligid ng Taal Volcano ay dapat mabilis ang mga aksyon, dapat handa sa kanilang gagawin,maayos ang kanilang contingency measure,” Solidum said./PNlast_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has gotten off to their best eight-game start since the 2010-11 campaign, and there is no sign of them slowing down either.The Badgers ranked fourth in the nation in goals per game for the month of October, and have been exceeding the expectations of Badger nation since day one.Yes, it is apparent that a new era of Badger hockey is coming to life right before our eyes and, at the heart of this fresh start are the young stars who have taken Wisconsin hockey by storm.Men’s hockey: Badgers split Northern Michigan series 1-1, continue dominant startComing off a successful 2-0 road trip in New York, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team were stifled by Read…The Badgers feature a host of young talent all over the ice. The list of skillful younger players of sophomore and freshman status is nearly endless when scanning the Badger’s roster.“It’s really exciting the see the future that’s coming in here,” sophomore forward Seamus Malone said. “I mean our freshman class this year is unbelievable, my sophomore class there’s a lot of guys that are contributing right away, and just goes to show that couple years down the road we’re going to be really really good.”At the heart of the youthful offensive attack are three of the top five leaders in points for Wisconsin. Topping the list is freshman phenom, forward Trent Frederic, who has lit up the ice in his first eight games as a Badger. Sophomores Seamus Malone and team captain Luke Kunin are not much farther down the list, currently tied for the third spot.Drafted 29th overall by the Boston Bruins in this year’s NHL entry draft, Frederic has been nothing short of sensational for the Badgers. The freshman is also sitting fourth when it come to total points recorded in the Big Ten.“We knew coming in he’s extremely highly skilled, he’s played international level with the U.S. development program, he’s a big kid that’s got a lot of offensive upside,” UW head coach Tony Granato said regarding the freshman star.Alongside Frederic on the front line are sophomores Luke Kunin and Seamus Malone. Kunin was taken 15th overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft by the Minnesota Wild. Kunin was elected UW’s team captain prior to the start of the season after a breakout 2015-16 campaign.Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circleThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato. He has Read…“We’ve given him a ton of leadership roles and responsibility that most sophomores aren’t asked to have just because of his work ethic, because of his commitment to stay here rather than turn pro or go somewhere else,” Granato said. “[It] really says a lot about him and his character.”Granato had high remarks for the sophomore forward and rightfully so. Kunin not only leads through his play, but also through his presence in the locker room, during workouts and on the ice.The head coach did have some concerns on the backend off the ice coming into the season with little depth and experience, but Granato has been more than pleased with his youthful defensemen overall.One of those dominant defensemen is sophomore Peter Tischke. Tischke has been somewhat of a surprise this season, bursting onto the scene and being one of the many reasons that the Badgers have had such a successful start. Granato is confident that if his defensemen can continue to grow, the team’s balance and depth will be a huge advantage going into winter break.“The growth and some of the defensemen’s play has been outstanding. Tischke is one that I can flat out say his game each and every day he’s on the ice finds a way to get better and show us more,” Granato said.A team so young can often go through some serious growing pains. It’s not to say the Badgers have skipped that learning curve, but the team has undoubtedly exceeded expectations in that area thus far.“Everyone’s working hard, everyone’s, you know, coming to work every day and clicking in practice and putting in the work to be successful out there on the ice,” Kunin said.The young athletes on this Badger team are hungry and determined to win, but we can’t forget about the veterans of the team who know what it’s like to lose. Players like senior Grant Besse and junior Cameron Hughes both faced the woes of the last two seasons and have contributed greatly to the success of this young team.“They’re great leaders, they’re working hard every day and I think that trickles down to the rest of the team,” Kunin said.With the hiring of experienced coaches, a solid veteran presence, and an outstanding group of young players, the future of Badgers hockey is bright.“We’re going to be contending for National Championships every year, I don’t doubt that for a second,” Malone said.This team is yearning to win and every player is all in. The only thing Badger fans can do now is sit back and enjoy the ride.last_img read more