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first_imgThe property industry has been named as one of the two most resilient sectors to pull through the pandemic relatively unscathed.Agents will already be aware of how lucky they have been compared to friends and family working in hospitality, performing arts or travel, but now it’s official.Figures just out from the Office of National Statistics show that the property industry and the education sector have been the safest havens to work in during Covid, followed by wholesale retail, transportation and storage plus professional and/or scientific jobs.Companies working in these sectors have seen the highest growth revenue of up to 2% during the pandemic.This government data, which compares 2020 to 2019, roughly categorises types of companies and sectors into resilient and non-resilient, the former bouncing back much faster after the first lockdown than the second, but doesn’t cover the sectors that have now been mothballed until recently such as high street retail and theatres.“Following the sharp declines in turnover in April 2020, resilient industries had much less ground to make up to get back to the average level for March to December 2019, whereas the other industries have barely exceeded the level of turnover seen in February 2020, immediately before the pandemic,” the report says.The research also shows that independent firms have fared as well as if not better than corporates.Outside of property and education, two of the biggest boom industries have been the sale of IT equipment for home workers, and garden and DIY equipment.The hardest hit of all sectors were unsurprisingly travel tour operators, film production and travel agency. And ONS quotes recent McKinsey research, which shows economic activity still 30% down on February 2020 and that 7.6 million jobs remain at risk.pandemic covid ONS estate agent April 27, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Official: Property industry is one of two most Covid-resilient industries previous nextAgencies & PeopleOfficial: Property industry is one of two most Covid-resilient industriesLatest government data reveals that along with education, estate agents have helped make property the safest place to work during pandemic.Nigel Lewis27th April 20210443 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgKielder Salmon Centre rears and releases around 360,000 juvenile salmon into the River Tyne catchment each year.It was built in 1978 to compensate for the building of Kielder Reservoir – the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe – which cut off around 7% of the River Tyne catchment including some of the best spawning streams for salmon.On Wednesday 12 September the Prince of Wales was given a tour of the facility, including the new £100,000 visitor centre which is due to open to the public later this month.The three-month refurbishment has created a more interactive experience for visitors and allows them to get up close with the salmon and other species the centre aims to protect – including the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel.The new visitor centre includes: We also explained the innovative work we are doing to hand rear one of the UK’s most endangered species, the freshwater pearl mussel, which is absolutely vital to our river systems and in great decline. We were absolutely delighted to be able to show the Prince of Wales around our conservation centre which aims to protect this incredible, iconic fish. The Prince of Wales is shown the adult pearl mussels housed at the salmon centre. a natural North East river environment aquarium showcasing salmon and other local river species videos revealing the behind the scenes work at the centre to protect iconic species a prehistoric salmon fossil dig a quiz and brass rubbings to unveil interesting information about the salmon new and improved outside spaces and pearl mussel breeding beds a circular salmon walk around the local areacenter_img He was interested to hear about the improvements to the River Tyne, which has gone from a heavily polluted industrial river to one of the best salmon rivers in the country thanks to improvements to water quality and conservation efforts from ourselves and our partners. The Prince of Wales unveils a plaque to commemorate his visitThe Environment Agency’s Richard Bond, who has been Manager of Kielder Salmon Centre since 1995, said: The new visitor centre has a wealth of information about the aquatic life of Northumbria and is a great way for people to understand the fascinating world that lies below the surface of the river.last_img read more

first_img Press enquiries during office hours 01932 440015 Our report on the fatal capsize of the fishing vessel Nancy Glen on 18 January 2018, is now published.The report contains details of what happened, the subsequent actions taken and recommendation made: read more.A safety flyer to the fishing industry summarising the accident and detailing the safety lessons learned, has also been produced.Statement from the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents The capsize and sinking of Nancy Glen, which resulted in the tragic loss of two respected Tarbert fishermen, has again demonstrated the consequences of not knowing how stable a boat is. Too many of the UK’s small fishing vessels have no baseline measure of their stability, so their operators cannot assess the effect of material modifications or changes to fishing methods. The MAIB has recommended that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency implements changes to legislation to require both new and existing small fishing vessels to assess their current stability and to continue to monitor this throughout the life of the vessel. Press enquiries Press enquiries out of hours 020 7944 4292last_img read more

first_imgWith the new Phish album Big Boat due out tomorrow, the band’s members Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the new release and more. The two talk about how producer Bob Ezrin was instrumental in bringing out the material that comprised Big Boat, as he was unafraid to speak his mind in the democracy of Phish.“He pushed us to go as personal, with as much emotional depth, as possible,” says McConnell. “Collectively, that has not been our strong suit, and it was a good change.” Anastasio cites “Miss You” as an example, which was written about his sister who passed away in 2009.“I was literally looking at my sister’s picture, and those words just came tumbling out,” says Anastasio. “Some of the lines were an attempt to speak for my parents and their experience. But as direct as it was, I hope that people think about their own lives when they hear the song. I believe that the more specifically a songwriter writes, the more universal the sentiment becomes, and I hope that happens here.”The interview also talks about the song “Things People Do,” which was noticeably more lo-fi on the album than all of the other tracks. The rendition was recorded on McConnell’s iPhone while sitting over a Wurlitzer piano, and the band agreed that this was the best rendition compared to anything they had recorded.Trey also reflects on where Phish has been in the feature, and where the band is going.“Phish Phase One started when we were 18 and just wanted to make music… Then we went great guns like we were never going to stop, and the race car smashed into the wall. Phase Two started in 2009 as a new cycle, with different management and structure, and we feel very lucky to have arrived at this very comfortable, very professional place.” He continues, talking about his experience with Fare Thee Well. “I stood on stage looking at 80,000 people vibrating, and old friends hugging, and I was just overcome,” he says. “It’s so much bigger than the band, and we respect that. I think you will see us slow down and do some different things over the next two years.”What do those different things entail? Only time will tell. Phish’s fall tour kicks off on October 14th and runs through Halloween night in Las Vegas.last_img read more

first_imgOn Saturday, September 9th, an impressive crew of musicians converged on the Mountain Theater in Marin County, CA’s Mount Tamalpais State Park for the 2018 edition of Sound Summit: A Benefit For The Mountain. This year, jazz-funk icon Herbie Hancock led an artist roster including Grace Potter, Nikki Lane, and Con Brio. In addition, the event saw Bob Weir reunite with his former RatDog rhythm section (drummer Jay Lane and bassist Robin Sylvester) as Bobby & The Chew Toys.With Weir serving as the event’s special guest, the Grateful Dead guitarist had some memorable sit-ins. In addition to joining Hancock for a jam on his Head Hunters classic, “Chameleon“, Weir sat in on Grace Potter’s set for a rendition of the Dead’s outlaw ballad, “Friend of the Devil”. With Potter on acoustic and Weir on an electric guitar, the two traded off vocal duties on verses before coming back together on the chorus with some breezy harmonies. Grace Potter ended the collaboration by hollering, “Give it up for your hometown boy, Mr. Bobby Weir!”You can watch full fan-shot footage of Bob Weir’s sit-in with Grace Potter at Sound Summit 2018 below:Grace Potter w/ Bob Weir – “Friend Of The Devil”[Video: Deadheadland Films]Sound Summit is building a reputation as a breeding ground for incredible collaborations. Last year, Weir sat in with Jim James at the event. Later in the evening, both Weir and James joined in with Phil Lesh & Friends. We can’t wait to see what magic Sound Summit cooks up for next year.Sound Summit is presented by Roots & Branches Conservancy, a group dedicated to raising funds for natural resource protection and conservation of Mount Tamalpais State Park and the surrounding areas. For more information or to find out how to donate, head to the group’s website.Bob Weir has a busy fall schedule on the books, including an upcoming Across The Great Divide benefit, the inaugural Sweetwater In The Sun event, and a 22-date tour with Weir’s newest project, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, a trio featuring Jay Lane on drums and Don Was on bass.You can check out a full list of the upcoming Bob Weir and Wolf Bros dates below. For more information on upcoming dates and tickets, head to Bobby’s website.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Upcoming Tour Dates10/16 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino10/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel10/20 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre10/22 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium10/23 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre10/24 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater10/27 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center10/29 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre10/31 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/1 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/5 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium11/6 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre11/8 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre11/9 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre11/10 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre11/12 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre11/13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore11/15 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre11/16 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre11/18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre11/19 – New York, NY – Beacon TheatreView All Tour Dates[H/T jambands.com]last_img read more

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Josh Huver There ain’t no party like a Turkuaz dance party. The nine-piece funk band from Brooklyn by way of Boston made The Fillmore in San Francisco sweat on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.Following a curve through SoCal and up the San Francisco Peninsula, Turkuaz now has a few days before picking back up in Oregon on Tuesday and continuing for six days straight. Don’t expect this group to take it slow–they are unstoppable.They opened The Fillmore with a pair of tunes from their 2015 release Digitonium: “Percy Thrills The Moondog” and the title track. A strong lead from drummer Michelangelo Carruba carried the transition from “Digitonium” into a few cuts from Life In The City.Released in September of last year, Life In The City is Turkuaz’s 5th full-length album. For the next 15 minutes, the crowd was treated to a decent sampling of the record. “If I ever Fall Asleep” was followed by “The Question” and finally “Make You Famous” brought the music to a pause.The intensity only continued to grow as they busted “Tiptoe Through The Cypto” from 2015’s Stereochrome EP. “Lika” really started picking up the pace and the tempo on and off the stage. Turkuaz first started bending the space-funk-time continuum during “European Festivity Nightmare”, but they cooled things down quickly.One of their favorite covers to play in San Francisco came next, the Sly and The Family Stone hit “Babies Making Babies”. They followed it up with another SF shout out with “On The Run”. Turkuaz created “On The Run” with Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison, after meeting and sitting in on a previous show at The Fillmore SF.According to Harrison in a recent statement, “playing that night, I was impressed with the nuances they had picked up from Talking Heads and knew that they would be fun to work with.” He continued, “Their level of musicianship was inspiring.”Although Harrison wasn’t in attendance, Turkuaz paid tribute with a rowdy cover of the Talking Heads’ tune “Slippery People” from 1983’s Speaking in Tongues. Joining the stage for the Talking Heads cover was the enigmatic frontman and the powerhouse behind opening act paris_monster, Josh Dion, assisting on percussion.“Slippery People” fell between the sticks of Dion and Carruba, who took their time to show off and put on a rhythm clinic via drum battle. The segue into Future 86’s “Electric Habitat” gave the audience a jump start with an electric shock rock and boogie down.By 11:44 PM, the music grew quieter, but somehow more intense with each sound. Bassist Taylor Shell took over the transition and set the pace, building it up one brick at a time. After a fake-out ending, the band continued the song for another minute.“Life In The City”, the title track to their most recent record, followed. The song has a much deeper, slow groove than many of Turkuaz’s other high-energy bangers. At least it starts out that way, and on Saturday they accentuated the slow crawl of the intro beat, increasing the tension between notes.The band transitioned into a nearly reggae funk for another Future 86 track, “Pickin Up (Where You Left Off)” that featured a steady spotlight on singer/saxophonist Josh Schwartz. The pace continued to climb as Turkuaz covered The Beatles’ “Get Back” and ended the last-push series of segues with “Monkeyfinger” to close the set.Minutes later they returned with a two-song encore, beginning with the “Ballard of Castor Troy” and closing the show with “Lookin’ Tough, Feelin’ Good” – a full-fledged Turkuaz anthem from their 2011 record Zerbert.Catch Turkuaz in Oregon and Washington as they round through the Pacific Northwest this first full week of February. Head to the band’s website for more information.Setlist: Turkuaz | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA | 2/2/2019Percy Thrills The Moondog, Digitonium > If I Ever Fall Asleep, The Question, Make You Famous, Tiptoe Through Crypto, Lika, The One and Lonely, European Festivity Nightmare, Babies Makin Babies*, On The Run, Slippery People** > Electric Habitat, Life In The City > Pickin Up (Where You Left Off), > Get Back*** > MonkeyfingerEncore: Ballad of Castor Troy, Lookin Tough, Feelin Good*- cover, Sly & The Family Stone**- cover, Talking Heads***- cover, The BeatlesTurkuaz | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA | 2/2/19 | Photos: Joshua Huverlast_img read more

first_imgWhile the Notre Dame community usually braves its fair share of winter weather, a combination of road conditions and frigid temperatures Jan. 6 necessitated closing campus for a day-and-a-half.Superintendent Pat McCauslin and Assistant Superintendent Tim Dyczko of the Landscape Services Center were on site to manage the snow removal following the storm. Although campus roads and sidewalks were cleared of snow, McCauslin said the storm left the roads in poor condition around Notre Dame.“[The driving] wasn’t difficult on campus because we were pretty much on top of that situation,” Dyczko said. “Our campus was fine. It was very passible.”McCauslin said side roads around the county were left unplowed for one to two days. He said campus shut down due both to the poor state of the roads in the South Bend area and the cold temperatures.“We were [at] minus 15 as an ambient air temperature, [and there were] 25 mile per hour winds so the wind chill temperature was down to minus 45 for a while,” he said.A countywide state of emergency was declared and no traffic was allowed on the streets, McCauslin said.“When they declare a regular state of emergency they can actually stop and ticket people for being on the streets unless you’re emergency personnel,” he said. “All the staff in landscape services are considered essential personnel with snow emergency situations like that.”McCauslin said in order to stay ahead of incoming storms and to keep up with general landscape the Department of Landscape Services has 31 full-time staff members. Although the staff generally rotates through three shifts during the course of a day over the winter months, McCauslin said situations such as the snowstorm require two 12-hour shifts.“About 4 o’clock in the morning we started New Years Day and worked a full day on until 2 a.m. the next day,” he said.The decision to close campus, however, rested with a university committee advised by Landscape Services, NDSP and the Office of Campus Safety. McCauslin said his department advises on weather conditions while NDSP advises on county and city road conditions to determine whether or not to close the campus.“It’s a difficult decision to make, certainly, in that you don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk,” he said.Not only did this particular storm bring in 12 to 15 inches of snow, it was also a heavy lake snow with a higher water content, Dyczko said.“It takes us a little longer to get it off the roads,” he said. “It’s harder to move. Harder on equipment.”McCauslin compared the snow to the consistency of wet sand.“It can get that heavy,” he said. “And just the way it snowed, it was continuous so it’s just a matter of keeping at it, not letting it build up.”The snow was accompanied by winds that piled the snow in drifts, McCauslin said.“We did a lot of work with drifting,” he said. “It just slows you down, so it slows the operation down. You get one area cleared and you go back 20 minutes later and it’s plugged shut again, so you just keep opening it up and opening it up.”McCauslin also said lake snow is more difficult for meteorologists to precisely forecast. Determining the start and stop times and even predicting potential amounts of snow to be received are more difficult due to a lake effect.“I’ve seen it snowing like hell here and if you went five miles that way it was blue sky,” Dyczko said. “And that’s just part of living in South Bend, you just never know.”Tags: Campus Closure, Landscape Services, Road Conditions, snow, South Bend, WInterlast_img read more

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaMoultrie, Ga. — Visitors, exhibitors and political leaders converged here to learn about the latest farm technology and research on display at the 27th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition Oct. 19-21.”Many who don’t go to farms often have absolutely no idea the level of technology used to produce the food and fiber not only in this country, but all over the world,” said Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue at the Willie B. Withers Sunbelt Ag Expo luncheon on opening day.Perdue called agriculture Georgia’s oldest and one of its most important industries. “We’re committed in helping agricultural technology grow in Georgia,” he said.This year’s expo had 1,201 exhibitors. It was expected to draw about 220,000 visitors.At the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences building, visitors were quizzed on food safety and saw butterflies flying, insects eating and a miniature model farm irrigated by precision technology.They learned about irrigation research, forestry, economic development and Internet imaging systems. They saw how wireless technology can help farmers more efficiently manage their farms. And under the “Dawgs Gone South” display, prospective students learned how they could get a four-year UGA degree in Tifton, Ga.Visitors took tram tours of field demonstration sites. They learned about CAES scientists’ crop research and saw firsthand how farm machines, many new to the market, work on real crops on the expo farm.”Sunbelt Expo provides an excellent opportunity for the CAES faculty and staff to showcase new and ongoing college projects and programs to a wide variety of people from across the country,” said Anne Young, chair of the CAES expo committee.UGA President Michael F. Adams said the university remains committed to agriculture and to finding ways to improve and promote economic development and academic achievement in rural Georgia. Adams toured the expo grounds on opening day.Eddie Johnson Jr. became the first North Carolina farmer to become the Lancaster/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. The award has been given in each of the past 14 years on opening day.Johnson received $16,700 in cash and prizes, along with the use of a tractor for a year. He farms tobacco, corn, silage, soybeans, barley and wheat on a 1,170-acre farm.The other seven state finalists included John East, Alabama; Dale Sauls, Florida; Joe Boddiford Jr., Georgia; Sledge Taylor III, Mississippi; Earl Thrailkill, South Carolina; Austin Anderson, Tennessee; and Lance Everett, Virginia.last_img read more

first_imgA variety of the Brazilian Navy’s resources are being employed in the exercises, such as a Combat Vehicle Landing Ship (Navio de Desembarque de Carros de Combate – NDCC), a General Cargo Landing Ship (Embarcação de Desembarque de Carga Geral – EDCG), helicopters and Amphibious Tanks (Carros-Lagarta Anfíbios – CLAnf). The Mexican Navy, for example, is contributing an NDCC and helicopters. During a press conference on November 16 to explain the importance of UNITAS, the resources involved and the activities conducted, Marine Corps Lieutenant General Alexandre José Barreto de Mattos said that “The goal of Unitas Amphibious is to increase interoperability and planning and execution capabilities for amphibious operations among the Forces of the participating countries. In addition, there are also national goals, including a level of integration among participating nations and training the general staffs to conduct joint operations through use of a multinational force in a realistic regional scenario.” By Dialogo November 18, 2015 It’s very important to keep up with the events taking place here in our country. It is important to maintain all Allied Forces operational in South America. I suggest the reserves be trained as well with training held annually to avoid losing touch. This release of information to the Brazilian people is important. Yes..I liked it. It is very positiveSince Brazil isn’t at warThe Marines are always in good shape. I’m not military, but I have always followed the news about this operation that unites the Americas by defending the sovereignty of three Americas. Congratulations. THESE OPERATIONS WON’T GUARANTEE US THAT OUR BRAZIL WILL NEVER TURN COMMUNIST! THE ONLY ONES WHO REMAIN THAT CAN FINISH CLEARING OUT THE CORRUPT MISGOVERNING OUR COUNTRY ARE THE FEDERAL POLICE AND FEDERAL PUBLIC PROSECUTOR. STEP TO THE FRONT PATRIOTS! As an ex-Marine, I see it as critically important for our country and to better prepare our troops. This type of exercise is very important. Our troops trained and prepared. May the strength of love and light prevail on the planet. This exercise is very important for both the Brazilian Navy and Marine Corps, as well as its contingent because of the integration of countries, different customs, and different languages, for which the military can share information. It is very important for the Navy of Brazil. Congratulations on this initiative and to Brazil for hosting and giving a warm welcome to our fellow military counterparts. ADSUMUS (Here we are). I think it’s excellent. I admire and respect the work of all service members. It is essential that information sharing always remain. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to stick around longer. Make yourself at home and please feel welcome. Brazil needs you. May God bless you and warm regards! Nice. I liked it. The countries in the Americas need to do more than just military exercises. We need to share experiences in all sectors: health, economy, fighting hunger and unemployment so that we can truly come together to counter the dreadful communist policy that degrades our countries. I don’t want to see savage capitalism here, but rather, healthy capitalism that makes a country grow. Long live Brazil! And long live America! May God bless everyone. I was a Marine and I participated in this operation.It is very important for we Brazilians.I hope there are several more of these operations. It was great that the policies of the Armed Forces are in unison with the Naval Forces. The union of nations in priorities such as security is indispensable and just as the criminals advance to cause damage, so should we advance to counteract them.This union of forces helps us to form closer ties of friendship among countries.May God bless and help those involved. It’s an exercise of great value and is necessary to measure Marine Corps members’ level of Training. That multinational exercise allows for forming ties of friendship and security in the region. in 2016 will it be in rio de janeiro too ? The second phase of the largest, annual, regional naval exercise has kicked off in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans of South America: UNITAS, which means “united” in Latin. Brazil is the host of Unitas Amphibious (2015), a joint military training between the Marine Corps of various countries of the Americas. The event held November 15-24 is being led by the Brazilian Navy (MB), through the Marine Corps (FN) Command. From November 15-18, the Brazilian Navy’s Marine Corps Training Center is offering training in marksmanship, military operations in urban areas, operations with aircraft, operations with amphibious vehicles, and training on human rights, among other activities. From November 19-23, on Ilha da Marambaia, Rio de Janeiro, the tactical execution phase of the Operation will be conducted, to include an amphibious incursion in a simulated hostile setting, with the goal of liberating refugees and rendering humanitarian aid to them. The first phase, organized by the Chilean Navy, was carried out in the Pacific Ocean October 14-25, and involved training forces from the Western Hemisphere in various maritime scenarios. Twenty ships or patrol boats participated, plus three submarines and various aircraft from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the United States and other countries. More than 7,500 service members attended the training, in six foreign units and seven Chilean Naval units. The activities took place between Valparaíso and Coquimbo and involved 14 war ships. UNITAS began in 1960. It is the oldest multinational exercise organized by the US Navy. Colonel Michael Cuccio, Chief of Staff at United States Marine Corps Forces, South, who also participated in the press conference, said that his country brought to the joint exercises, among other things, helicopters, Osprey vertical take-off and landing aircraft, in addition to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) aircraft carrier. “During UNITAS, the forces participated in various security cooperation events in the theatre of operations, including military-to-military cooperation, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, joint exchanges, exercises and operations, in addition to maritime security.” Col. Cuccio also said that all the countries had benefited from this exchange, and that “no one is here to teach anyone else; instead, we all end up learning from each other.” Marine General Fernando explained that the exercise serves to prioritize collaboration in security matters and to improve coalition operations among the participating navies. The exercises are sponsored jointly by the United States and the partner nations of South America. Approximately 1,000 Marines from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and the United States are participating in the Atlantic phase of the exercises. The Commandant of the Brazilian Marine Corps explained during the press conference, held at the Brazilian Navy’s Marine Corps Training Center in Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro, that “UNITAS is intended to deepen friendly relations and mutual cooperation among the participating navies; to highlight and promote awareness of human rights; to establish relevant lessons learned, thus improving diplomatic relations; and foster the bonds of mutual cooperation already existing among the Marine Corps of the countries in attendance.” last_img read more

first_imgWith the aim of further encouraging all tourist stakeholders in the destination to contribute to raising the quality of service with their work, responsibility and creativity, the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj is starting to implement the project IQM- Integrated quality management in the destination.IQM is a project of related destination quality management which aims to bring together and connect the best tourism stakeholders in the destination. According to the decision of the Tourist Board, the first participants in the project will be private renters, after which the goal is to include other employees in tourism (shops, catering and accommodation facilities, taxi carriers and others). At the trainings and workshops that started in 2016, it was shown that in the area of ​​the City of Mali Lošinj there is a significant number of renters who meet high quality standards, and this project aims to further highlight and improve the quality and services of private accommodation.The head of the family accommodation counseling Interligo doo Anamarija Cicarelli is holding presentations of standards and business education through full-day workshops for more than 7 interested private renters on November 8 and 2017, 50 at the Tourist Office.Participation in the IQM project is free of charge for renters, and renters who sign the Agreement are required to meet the standards prescribed by the Book of Standards for Private Accommodation. Benefits that renters receive by participating are ‘welcome packages’, especially highlighting on the website of the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj and promotion through the promotion channel TZG, then media promotion and discounts in certain stores, on certain services, both for participants and guests of project participants . “Precisely with the aim of creating recognition and raising quality, but also in order to network the best in the ‘circle of excellence’, we decided to start implementing the IQM project intensively. Considering the considerable number of interested people who already largely meet the required standards, I believe that Lošinj will soon be able to boast of a high quality tourist offer. The goal is for this offer to be followed by other stakeholders in the destination, which ultimately raises the quality and visibility of the entire destination. ” expires Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković.By the way, the management of the quality of the destination (Total quality management – TQM), the City of Mali Lošinj and the Tourist Board in 2006 imposed itself as a new challenge in which the tourist infrastructure is developing in a qualitative direction. Even then, the importance of implementing destination standardization, ie destination quality management in all segments, was recognized.The concept of making a Master Plan for the development of “bike” tourism on the island of Lošinj was presentedPhoto: Lošinj, Siniša GulićWith the aim of developing cycling tourism and creating a ‘Bike friendly’ destination on Lošinj, on October 5, 2017 in the Bellevue Hotel in Mali Lošinj, the representative of the Swiss company BikePlan – Mountain bike specific planning and destination development Adrian Greiner, presented the concept of creating a Master Plan tourism of the island of Lošinj.The participants, including the Mayor of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić, representatives of the Jadranka Group, councilors of the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj, city councilors, representatives of Lošinjska plovidba – Turizam doo and other interested parties were presented the concept of developing a Master Plan consisting of several steps: analysis and construction of the concept, design, spatial planning and implementation of the Master Plan on the example of the destination Zermatt and Visp region in Switzerland. These are examples of how to take care of sustainable development and involve all entities in the destination, especially the population, in the project.The development of the Master Plan is a one-year process, and the implementation is divided into short-term goals (1-3 years) which include solving current problems in the destination, then medium-term goals (3-6 years) which include the construction of trail centers and new bike paths / route, while long-term goals (6-10 years) include the expansion of trails in the area of ​​the entire island of Lošinj (Ćunski), the southern part of the island of Cres (Punta Križa-Belej), smaller islands (Unije, Susak and Ilovik), with the possibility of opening ‘outdoor’ center in Osoršćica.The presented concept of making a master plan will be officially presented to the City Councilors and the Councilors of the Tourist Board on the basis of whose decisions the development of the Master Plan for 2018 would start.last_img read more