Serena Guthrie returns to Team Bath Netball for 2021 season | Netball News

first_imgSerena Guthrie rejoins for the 2021 season The mid-courter who won her 100th cap for England in New Zealand has recommitted her future to the Vitality Netball Superleague franchise; the announcement commences Team Bath Netball revealing their squad for 2021 Last Updated: 11/11/20 3:03pm – Advertisement – Prior to the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season being cancelled, Team Bath Netball had looked as if they were going to be title contenders; they had enjoyed a strong pre-season and were unbeaten after the opening three rounds.Head coach Anna Stembridge said the curtailing of the season left a feeling of unfinished business, but a thorough post-season review enabled them to put a full stop next to it.As you would expect, with a player of Guthrie’s calibre re-signing, Stembridge is looking forward to the coming months and the influence she will have on the side. Serena Guthrie rejoins for the 2021 season
Serena Guthrie rejoins for the 2021 season

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Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker has 360º sound

first_img– Advertisement – No matter where you are, you’ll definitely hear the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker. This speaker has 360º sound, so you can enjoy your favorite song from any angle. Moreover, this wireless speaker is pretty much built to handle any party wherever you are. What’s more, this portable speaker is waterproof and nearly indestructible. You can even submerge it in water for 90 seconds. Not that you should need to. In fact, with built-in Alexa, you can tell this voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker what to do—or ask nicely, of course. Additionally, along with all this, this waterproof speaker has 16 hours of battery life. So take it on your picnic, hike, or weekend adventure and listen to all the music you want.last_img

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Zoom Meetings Linked to Negative Self Image, Increase in Plastic Surgery Demand: Study

first_imgZoom has allowed life to go on in an ever-changing world, but may be affecting the way individuals view themselves, they said.The authors noted a surge in patients citing their appearance on Zoom as a reason to seek care, particularly concerned with acne and wrinkles.“A recent analysis of Google search trends during the pandemic showed the terms ‘acne” and ‘hair loss” are increasing in this newly virtual reality,” the researchers said. They attributed this trend to the association of acne and hair loss with anxiety and depression, common psychological conditions during quarantine.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We suspect the trend may also arise from people constantly seeing themselves on video and becoming more aware of their appearance,” said Arianne Shadi Kourosh, from Massachusetts General Hospital, US, and one of the authors of the article.Before Zoom took over as the metric used to value one’s appearance, people used selfies and an arsenal of photo editing apps to create filtered versions of themselves. Dubbed “Snapchat dysmorphia,” the influx of people hoping to look more like their edited selves has caused widespread concern for its potential to trigger body dysmorphic disorder.The authors noted that in 2019, 72 per cent of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery members reported seeing patients seeking cosmetic procedures to improve their selfies.- Advertisement – Spending more time on virtual platforms could be affecting self-image of people and leading them to rush for facial treatments they may not have considered months before confronting a video screen, a new phenomenon called ‘Zoom Dysmorphia”, a study claims.Writing in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine, the authors noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a massive shift towards remote work and living, with people spending record amounts of time on virtual platforms with evidence indicating that these remote trends will persist even when conditions improve.- Advertisement – In addition, higher levels of engagement on social media have shown to correlate with increased body dissatisfaction, they said.“Unlike the still and filtered selfies of social media, Zoom displays an unedited version of oneself in motion, a self-depiction very few people are used to seeing on a daily basis,” explained Emmy Graber from the Dermatology Institute of Boston, US. “This may have drastic effects on body dissatisfaction and desire to seek cosmetic procedures,” Graber said.The reasons behind this critical self-image, noted the researchers, is that during real-life conversations, people do not see their faces speaking and displaying emotions, and do not compare their faces side-by-side to others like they do on video calls.In addition, cameras can distort video quality and create an inaccurate representation of true appearance, they said.“One study found that a portrait taken from 12 inches away increases perceived nose size by 30 per cent when compared with that taken at 5 feet,” said Shauna M Rice from Massachusetts General Hospital.“Webcams, inevitably recording at shorter focal lengths, tend to produce an overall more rounded face, wider set eyes, and broader nose,” Rice added.The researchers noted that it is important for patients to recognise the limitations of webcams and understand that they are, at best, a flawed representation of reality. To further deconstruct the motivations behind this influx of patients in the era of Zoom, the authors turned to the facial feedback hypothesis.The theory explains that treatment of sad-appearing wrinkles may reduce depression by making the patient appear less sad to others, which, in turn, makes them feel better about themselves.“Perhaps there is a recent surge in patients seeking cosmetic procedures simply because they now see their imperfections on camera daily, or because the wrinkles they see on screen make them look more depressed to others and feel more depressed themselves,” the authors added.“The theory in the context of Zoom is particularly interesting, as the patient is also the viewer,” they said.They may perceive themselves as sad because of the wrinkles they see, which further negatively affects their emotions, leading to a dangerous cycle of self-deprecation, the authors said.This becomes a major concern when an individual becomes excessively preoccupied with real or imagined defects, they added.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

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Proposed US budget boosts pandemic readiness, stalls biodefense capacity

first_imgFeb 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration’s new budget proposes adding funds for pandemic preparedness while cutting some support for bioterrorism and local preparedness, drawing mixed reviews from national public health groups.The budget, released Monday, proposes a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins October 2008. It proposes $1.2 billion in new funds to improve pandemic preparedness, which includes $870 million to develop a pandemic vaccine, according to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget report.For bioterrorism spending, the budget proposes $4.3 billion, an increase in $143 million from 2007 levels. HHS says this total would include $135 million to speed the development of countermeasures for the Strategic National Stockpile and $154 million to expand, train, and coordinate medical emergency response teams.HHS secretary Mike Leavitt, in comments the department released about the president’s budget, said the proposal builds on past successes and continues investing in the future. “It sets out an aggressive, yet responsible, budget that funds our priorities and helps sustain our long-term commitment to seniors and low-income Americans,” he said. “We are serving our citizens with compassion while maintaining sensible stewardship of their tax dollars.”Public health groups respondIn a Feb 5 press release, the nonprofit health advocacy group Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) commended the Bush administration for the additional pandemic influenza funding. However, it said the president’s proposal would cut $185 million from funds earmarked for upgrading state and local capabilities and hospital readiness, which would undermine bioterrorism and public health readiness. The cuts would leave public health preparedness funding more than 25% below 2005 levels, TFAH said.Richard Hamburg, director of government relations at TFAH, said in the press release, “We are cutting core boots-on-the-ground support for emergency disaster response, leaving the country at unnecessary levels of risk.”The American Public Health Association, the world’s largest public health association, also applauded the increased proposed funding for pandemic influenza initiatives, but in a Feb 5 press release called some of the cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention devastating, particularly the elimination of Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grants.According to TFAH, absent from the president’s budget is $99 million for the block grant program that Congress had included in a continuing resolution for 2007.Donna Brown, government affairs counsel at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), told CIDRAP News that the budget proposal reflects a disappointing 8% drop in cooperative agreement funds that local health departments need to build capacity. “They justify that by saying localities are already getting pandemic flu money for that, but this budget includes no funds for that, so it’s a circular argument,” she said.In recent recommendations to strengthen the nation’s preparedness, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) addressed a lack of stable funding to build local preparedness capacity. Though IDSA pointed out in its report that Congress has approved more than $6 billion in pandemic influenza preparedness spending over the last several years, much of it has come from one-time emergency funding that has been offset by cuts in other federal emergency preparedness programs.”One-time infusion funding makes it difficult for health departments to establish permanent capacity and do hiring,” Brown said. “This budget proposal continues erosion that began in 2006.”Eliminating the block grants will further strain local public health budgets, Brown said, because communities depend on them for addressing pressing health problems, such as West Nile virus in New York.Those who think the new Congress will be the key to solving public health funding problems are probably overly optimistic, Brown said. “The Democratic Congress is between a rock and a hard place. They disagree with prior cuts, but they agree they need to balance the federal budget,” she said.Funding for food safetyThe Bush administration’s budget proposes $325 million for multiagency Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative programs, according to a Feb 5 US Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release. The total includes a $148 million increase to support USDA efforts to improve food safety and security, a $36 million increase to improve response to food emergencies, $35 million for research to improve animal vaccines and facilitate rapid response to agricultural threats, and $77 million to enhance surveillance of pest and disease threats.The budget proposal includes $82 million for avian influenza programs, including domestic surveillance of poultry and migratory birds for H5N1 avian flu, the USDA said.A budget increase of $16 million has been requested to design a new Consolidated Poultry Research Center in Athens, Ga., which will become the USDA’s primary center for conducting key research on exotic and emerging avian diseases, the agency said in its press release.Included in the president’s budget is a $1.1 billion record level of funding for the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The USDA said the funding would strengthen the Food Emergency Response Network, increasing the USDA’s ability to detect and respond to foodborne illness outbreaks.See also:HHS budgethttps://wayback.archive-it.org/3920/20130927185643/http://archive.hhs.go…HHS news releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/02/20070205a.htmlTAFH news releasehttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/release020507.pdfTAFH analysis of budgethttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/budget07/USDA news releaselast_img read more

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USDA gets feedback on proposals to control E coli

first_imgApr 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a 2-day meeting this week to gather feedback on its next proposed steps to reverse the recent increase in recalls and illnesses related to Escherichia coli O157:H7 in ground beef.The meeting, held in Washington, DC, featured status reports on some of the actions the USDA announced in October to address the increase in ground beef recalls, such as using a new checklist to determine if suppliers and processors are taking the right steps to control E coli contamination.USDA officials also fleshed out the rationale for two new proposals the agency is considering: defining E coli O157:H7 as an adulterant in primal cuts of beef and exploring if the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) should regulate non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC) in beef products.In opening statements Apr 9, Richard Raymond, the USDA’s under secretary for food safety, said that 10 of 21 ground beef recalls in 2007 had associated illnesses.”I don’t think anyone has become complacent in the last year or two. What may have changed is the ecology of the bug, or the prevalence of the bug, or the concentrations of the bug on hide or in the gut of the herd,” Raymond said. “And until we do [know what led to the increase in recalls],so we can attack the problem at the preharvest stage, we just do everything possible to reverse the trends and protect public health.”The changes announced last fall were good and relatively noncontroversial, he said, “but now we need bolder, stronger initiatives.”Update on previous actionsChristopher Alvares, a data analyst for the FSIS, presented preliminary results from a systematic HACCP (hazard analysis/critical control point) reevaluation of meat producers and processors, which includes a checklist that he said provides a snapshot of each firm’s operations.He said 52% of firms have made one or more changes to their processes during the checklist assessments and that the firms that had recalls had implemented fewer changes, which perhaps suggests that they had previously made post-recall changes.”These are initial findings and we need to investigate them further,” he said, adding that the FSIS hopes to issue a final analysis in July.Officials explain adulterant rationaleRegarding the USDA’s proposal to consider E coli O157:H7 an adulterant in primal cuts of beef—those that are intact and thought to have a sterile interior—officials said they were concerned about cross-contamination during meat preparation. Daniel Engeljohn, deputy assistant in the FSIS Office of Policy and Program development, said some primal cuts are being made into ground beef, and some of them may not have received an antimicrobial treatment that is typically applied to boneless trim.”In the long-term, we have to look back upstream. We have to force controls upstream as far as possible,” Engeljohn said. “We haven’t made any decisions, but what we have now hasn’t worked.”Federal officials have also been exploring food safety controls in imported ground beef. Sally White, who directs the FSIS’s international equivalency staff, said of nine countries that export ground beef to the United States, the agency has so far verified that Australia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Uruguay have testing protocols that meet or exceed US controls. She said the agency is still evaluating the ground beef safety systems used by Canada, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico.Why test for non-O157 STEC?In a session on the USDA’s plan to conduct a short-term study of non-O157 STEC in ground beef and its components, Elisabeth Hagen, executive associate for public health in the FSIS’s Office of Public Health Science, said though the agency doesn’t currently have a protocol to test for the organisms, illness reports involving different serogroups are increasing.”It you look for them, you will find them,” Hagen said, adding that the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists six non-O157 STEC strains that are pathogenic to humans: O26, O111, O103, O121, O45, and O145.Studies in some states, such as Virginia and Idaho, that are not part of the CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system have shown that the prevalence of non-O157 STEC isolates is greater than or equal to that of E coli O157:H7.Hagen said that of 23 non-O157 STEC outbreaks since 1990, none involved meat, though cattle are the primary animal reservoir for the organisms.Industry groups oppose new regulationsRepresentatives from some of the major meat industry trade groups oppose the USDA’s proposals to consider E coli as an adulterant in primal beef and begin testing for non-O157 STEC. Dean Danielson, vice president for food safety at Tyson Foods Inc., presented a statement from the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) that was signed by 18 other firms.He said there is no scientific evidence that E coli O157:H7 is a common contaminant on intact primal beef and that current industry best practices are adequate for controlling the pathogen in the products.BIFSCo also opposes declaring non-O157 STEC as adulterants, he said, because the CDC has not linked the organisms to any beef-related outbreaks.In a statement e-mailed to CIDRAP News, BIFSCo said, “The best course of action is for industry and government to continue targeting E coli O157:H7 with validated interventions and appropriate testing since this is the subgroup that is most virulent and most often associated with severe human disease. Broad spectrum interventions currently in place will have a correlated effect on other serogroups beyond O157.”The group advised the USDA to allow enhanced safety systems, stipulated in its October 2007 safety recommendations, time to take effect before pushing for regulatory changes.Randall Huffman, vice president of scientific affairs for the American Meat Institute, also echoed industry opposition to the USDA’s adulterant and non-O157 STEC proposals. “We recognize that we have to redouble our efforts,” he said.In an Apr 9 statement e-mailed to CIDRAP News, AMI President James Hodges said expanding the E coli O157:H7 adulterant policy to primal cuts would not solve the problem with ground beef contamination.”No policy change by government can alter the current scientific reality that bacteria exist on all fresh agricultural products,” he said in the statement. “The data tells us, however, that Americans enjoy beef products safely better than 99.99% of the time. Let’s not lose sight of that as we contemplate the food safety changes at hand.”Consumer groups weigh inConsumer groups such as Food and Water Watch and Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP) attended the sessions. Donna Rosenbaum, executive director of STOP, said the USDA’s proposals were a step in the right direction.”Cross-contamination is a huge issue. We shouldn’t have this burden as much as we do—we need intervention at the source,” she said.Rosenbaum and other participants suggested that federal agencies need to collaborate more to prevent ground beef contamination, particularly on issues related to the preslaughter exposure of cattle to the pathogen.See also:Mar 28 CIDRAP News story “USDA sets meeting to air next steps on E coli”Oct 23, 2007, CIDRAP News story “USDA announces plans to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef”Apr 9 remarks by USDA undersecretary for food safety Richard RaymondApr 10 CIDRAP News story “Foodborne disease rates changed little in 2007”last_img read more

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Osijek was the first in Croatia to present a tourist destination with virtual reality technology

first_imgA new tourist product was presented in Osijek – Historical tourist tour of Osijek with Virtual Reality technologyIn cooperation with Pointers Travel and the Osijek Tourist Board, the play produced by the Croatian Cultural Tourism Association “Forgotten Fortress” became the first digitized virtual walk through the ambient and historical landscape of the baroque Osijek citadel.This excellent tourist story was created as a result of cooperation between the Osijek Tourist Board, the company Pointers doo and the cast of the Association. CroCulTour-and students of the Osijek Academy of Arts. With the innovation in digital technology, more precisely by recording video with the help of 360 cameras, shots of the theater play “Forgotten Fortress” were recorded according to the script by Siniša Kovač, directed by Nikola Baškarad.The result is a virtual walk that will allow many visitors, who have not yet experienced the live script, a virtual walk through the layered history in the ambient and historical landscape of the Osijek Fortress in the company of many historical figures. A team of actors and students from the Academy of Arts in Osijek participated in the filming of this material, as well as numerous other associates who enrich the tourist content of the city of Osiijek with their offer.By the way, the theatrical play Forgotten Fortress is the first in a series of plays produced by Jesenka Ricl, president of the Croatian Cultural Tourism Association, and its special feature is a walk through the Fortress with costumed actors in the role of cops, innkeepers, traveling cast and of course Pauline Hermann, well-to-do cat lovers. “The plays are performed for the Osijek audience, but also for the teambuilding groups of visitors who arrived in Osijek in the desire to spend a few days in the green wellness oasis of Kopački rit in the heart of Baranja’s gastronomic paradise. ” points out Jesenka Ricl from CroCulTour and adds that from now on the guests can experience the show through virtual reality.When digitizing the offer of the tourism and economic sector of the City of Osijek, the Tourist Board of the City of Osijek is the first in Croatia to start using VR360 technology in cooperation with the local company Pointers Travel, which has already developed a mobile application for tourists visiting Osijek. “The uniqueness of the presentation, and the uniqueness of this project, is manifested in the fact that with the help of costumed actors, set stage, using props, music and special effects from the past made Virtual video 360 footage that gives viewers the experience of Osijek’s past. With this approach of presenting the tourist content, value and uniqueness of the location of continental tourism and its historical and cultural heritage, Osijek has set out to position itself as soon as possible as the most attractive tourist location in the continent of Croatia, and aims to increase visitors, extend their stay, highlight advantages of the destination and impose itself as a destination with a rich history and an unavoidable point when planning a trip to Croatia. ” points out Saša Uranjek, director of the Osijek Tourist Board.The most important thing to emphasize is that from the fall, this form of tourist sightseeing will be regularly available to everyone, especially tourists, in the office of the Tourist Board of the City of Osijek in Tvrđa. Also, organized by CroCulTour, you can experience an unforgettable experience through the “living history” program – tourist theater performances through the city streets, and both virtually and live through the play to experience the streets of old Osijek through18. and the 19th century.”Virtual content is filmed in real locations harder, costumed actors and authentic locations are used so that in the best possible way, for the first time in Croatia, we present a tourist destination through virtual reality. “Pointed out Krunoslav Weinpert, owner of Pointers dooRelated news: CAN VIRTUAL REALITY THREATEN TOURISM?last_img read more

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Survey on the employment needs of foreign workers in 2019

first_imgFor the next tourist season, Croatian tourism will lack at least about 15 thousand skilled workers, and some projections indicate the number of 20.000 workers.The situation with the lack of workers in the strongest Croatian industry is all the more absurd since this year the students chose mostly vocational occupations when enrolling in the first grade, but the available number of places was not in line with the interest of students. So this year more than 3.800 students wanted to study to be a chef, and only 1.200 were enrolled. 705 students will be educated for the profession of waiter, but the interest was much higher compared to the available quotas, a total of 2160 students.Increased quotas for employment of foreignersOn the other hand, there is a lot of pressure on the Government of the Republic of Croatia to increase quotas for labor imports. Thus, in August this year, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Proposal of Decision on Amendments to the Decision on Determining the Annual Quota of Permits for Employment of Websites for the Calendar Year 2018. Thus,In addition to the construction sector, transport, food industry, agriculture and forestry, an increase in the quota of permits is also provided for the tourism sector, more precisely 270 permits. Thus, the tourism sector currently has 7930 permits for the employment of foreigners. According to current data and needs, the current number of permits is more than too small.Survey on the employment needs of foreign workers in 2019Precisely with the aim of determining the annual quotas for employment permits for foreigners for 2019, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce launched a survey among employers.The Croatian Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey on the employment needs of foreign workers in 2019 in order to define the quota of permits for the employment of foreigners by activities and occupations. The data collected by this survey will be used as a proposal of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce to determine the annual quota of permits for employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2019. Completion of the survey takes about 10 minutes, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce calls on entrepreneurs to respond as much as possible state image.The survey is attached and is ongoing until Tuesday, October 30th.Attachment: HGK / Survey on the needs of employment of foreign workers in 2019last_img read more

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Business Destinations named Croatia the best destination for business tourism in 2018

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board won this award in the category “Europe“, Which included awards for the best hotels, airports, airlines, facilities and services that are part of the top offer in the business travel industry.  “This award is even more important for us because the nominations and selection of winners are carried out by the magazine’s editorial board together with numerous readers and users of business services around the world. Namely, business tourism is an important tourist product because individual and group business guests are a stable source of demand which, depending on trends, is most pronounced in the pre- and post-season periods. Also, research among hoteliers shows that business guests make up 10 to 15 percent of the share of all hotel guests” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that with the aim of further strengthening and developing MICE tourism, a Congress Department was established within the CNTB last year.  A list of all winners by category is available on the magazine’s website Business Destinations Croatia is by a British magazine Business Destinations selected as the best business tourism destination in 2018. center_img The CNTB points out that a number of activities are being carried out aimed at promoting business tourism, such as marketing campaigns or appearances at the most important specialized congress exchanges such as IMEX Frankfurt, IMEX America, IBTM Barcelona and CONVENTA Ljubljana.  Business Destinations is a travel magazine and online portal for business travelers, as well as all employees working in the business travel industry. last_img read more

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Chinese tourist overnight stays are expected to increase by 25 percent this year

first_imgIn 2018, 234.118 arrivals and 345.293 overnight stays were made in Croatia from the Chinese market, which is an increase of 46 percent, while projections for 2019 show the realization of more than 300.000 arrivals and more than 430.000 overnight stays from the Chinese market. The workshops are intended for representatives of Chinese tour operators and agencies. The first workshop was held today in Beijing, while the second is being held on Thursday, March 28 in Shanghai.  CHINESE TOURISTS EXPECT TRADITIONAL CUISINE, NATURE PARKS AND CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS FROM CROATIA The Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board and with the financial support of the European Tourism Commission, is organizing two business workshops in China “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia”.  RELATED NEWS: In 2018, growth of 46 percent was achieved “We are extremely happy to have Ctrip, the largest Chinese online agency, and one of the largest in the world with us at this year’s workshops. Also significant is the presence of Qunar, China’s leading travel search engine, as well as the Mafengwo and Qyer platforms, China’s largest online platforms through which young Chinese share their travel impressions through photos, videos and notes, which certainly helps raise awareness of the destination’s image.”, Said Franka Gulin, Director of the CNTB Representation in China, adding that Croatia’s excellent position is confirmed by the great interest of the Chinese media that covered the workshop, including China Media Group, China Daily, CCTV, Lonely Planet China, Sina Travel , Sina Fashion et al.  center_img “The good announcements of the Chinese partners from the workshop in Beijing show that our activities aimed at the Chinese market are yielding results and that a very successful tourist year awaits us from this market, during which we will maintain high growth rates in tourist traffic. We are also extremely pleased that the workshop was attended by representatives of agencies specializing in luxury travel, which confirms the breadth and attractiveness of our offer.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić. EUROPE IS STILL A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS As part of the workshops, a rich additional program was prepared, which includes a special performance with lights (lightshow), ie outlining six Croatian tourist destinations and localities, including Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Opatija, Pula, Kornati and Plitvice Lakes National Park. A prize game has been prepared for the Chinese participants, which includes two prize vouchers per workshop, ie return air tickets and overnight stays in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Šibenik, as well as tickets for the Plitvice Lakes National Park.   On the Croatian side, 12 Croatian entities participated in Beijing, while 11 will attend the workshop in Shanghai, including the tourist boards of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Lika-Senj and Šibenik-Knin counties and the city of Zagreb, as well as Northern Sunshine Farms doo, Amathus Travel, Greatline, G2 Travel Croatia, Limea Travel Zagreb, Dnevnik putovanja, Ilirija dd and ATI doo FIND OUT KEY SOLUTIONS HOW TO USE THE WORLD’S LARGEST SOURCE OF TOURISTS – CHINESE MARKETlast_img read more

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From next year, Hungary plans to reduce the VAT on accommodation from 18 to 5 percent

first_imgPrime Minister Viktor Orbán said the strategy would “provide Hungary with a place in world tourism“. He added that the government has set aside a total of about 2,7 billion euros to fund the program. Among other things, the measures include reducing the VAT rate for tourist accommodation services from the current 18 to 5 percent. These changes are expected to take effect in 2020. A 5 percent VAT rate will apply to hotel accommodation and similar short stay services. The purpose of the VAT reduction is to revive the Hungarian tourism sector. The plan was adopted on the basis of last year’s example of the practice of countries such as Austria, Romania and Slovakia. Most EU Member States already apply reduced VAT rates within the tourism industry. “A commercial accommodation digitization program to be launched this summer will further help the sector”, Concluded Rogán. Two years ago, the Hungarian government approved guidelines for improving the tourism sector, entitled “National Tourism Development Strategy until 2030”, reports About Hungary. Source: Accordance; About Hungary; Hungary Today Antal Rogán, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said earlier this year that the number of overnight stays had increased by about 10 per cent a year in the last three years. “Foreign tourists are grateful for half of the increase, and domestic tourists for the other halfHe added. “Also, thanks to the reduction of VAT in the hospitality industry, which was adopted this year, the turnover in the sector increased by 40 to 60 percent in certain months, compared to the same period last year.”, Reports Hungary Today. As part of the “Economic Action Plan”, the Hungarian Ministry of Finance recently announced plans to reduce the tax burden, reports Accordance. The tourism development strategy expects the share of GDP in tourism to increase to 16 percent, while the number of tourism employees could reach 450. The Hungarian prime minister explained that sports, culture and health tourism are the primary focus of the strategy. Orbán believes that sport, culture and a healthy natural environment are the factors that make Hungary an attractive destination. He said Hungarian tourism could prosper in the future thanks to rising wages and low inflation.last_img read more

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