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Family accommodation to meet the main tourist season 2017

first_imgAlthough old habits are difficult to change, we will have to get used to the fact that tourist traffic in family accommodation is no longer tied exclusively to the summer months, but the business of this segment of the accommodation offer has been extended to the whole year. In Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Split, Pula, Osijek, Vukovar, Županja, Varaždin and lately more and more in Šibenik, Zadar and other larger cities and places on traffic routes, family accommodation is sought throughout the year, so more and more hosts include their capacities. in a year-round offer.In fact, some hosts, even in rural areas such as Gorski Kotar, Istria, Plitvice, Dalmatian hinterland, achieve occupancy of over 150 days. Family accommodation records an increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays throughout the year. Thus, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in the first quarter of 2016, the largest increase in tourist traffic among all types of accommodation was realized in family accommodation, + 21,6% compared to 2015. In total, for the first six months of 2016, family accommodation recorded 5 million tourist overnight stays or even 16,6% more than in the first six months of 2015. Thus, in the total results for the first six months of last year, family accommodation participates with 30% in the total traffic structure. The results for the first nine months of 2016 show that every second night was spent in family accommodation (35 million overnight stays, + 16%).Although we have not yet published official data from the Central Bureau of Statistics for the last quarter of last year, we know that this positive trend in family accommodation continued until the end of the year. 2017 started well, the features that were characteristic in 2016 continue. Minor oscillations in traffic will occur in May due to the holiday schedule in most major emitting countries, namely this year all major holidays after late Easter are moving to June.Photo: HGKDue to the shift of the ski season until Easter, ie mid-April, the last few years and the arrival of audiences using family accommodation (guests who are active on vacation, walking, cycling…) are moving from the May Day holidays and weekends following other holidays to the end of the school year at the end of June when the summer school holidays begin. In the pre-season, several arrivals in family accommodation were recorded in larger cities and Istria and Kvarner (cities due to airlines and tours, Istria and Kvarner due to arrivals from the North Adriatic to closer destinations such as Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Bavaria).The announcements are good, in fact, some portals, such as booking.com, are recording an increase in reservations by as much as 60% compared to the same period last year. This is explained by the desire of guests to secure their stay on time due to the increased demand for family accommodation in Croatia. Digital platforms definitely “lead the game”, even when traditional agencies contract accommodation, and that accommodation is marketed by agencies through digital platforms.Some hosts even in rural areas such as Gorski kotar, Istria, Plitvice, Dalmatian hinterland achieve occupancy for over 150 daysDemand for a particular type of accommodation depends on the season and destination. For short stays in cities, B&B and apartments are the most sought after, in rural areas rural holiday homes are most sought after, in bathing destinations apartments are most sought after… but “every commodity has its buyer” so in periods of higher demand everything is sought after full ”.At the beginning of this year, the HGK family tourism community became a full member of EHHAe (European Holiday Home Association), which opens new opportunities for the promotion of Croatian family accommodation. EHHA represents 20 million beds in households in the countries of the European Union, brings together in addition to accommodation owners and property managers as well as digital intermediaries. At a recent round table at the largest tourist exchange ITB in Berlin, Croatian family accommodation organized through the Community at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was presented as an example of good practice in the European Union. An example of legislation, the way of doing business and keeping records of tourist traffic and the payment of taxes is an example of large cities in the European Union that are facing the expansion of uncontrolled tourist traffic in residential areas.Photo: Villa Gašparini owners Nataša Ravnić Gašparini was awarded by the director of the HGK Tourism Sector Leila Krešić-Jurić and the president of the HGK Family Tourism Association Nedjeljko PinezićFamily accommodation is a form of accommodation service provided by the household and in which the whole family participates. This type of family micro-entrepreneurship has proven to be combined with other activities such as agriculture as the best way to tie the family to their home, their place of residence. It is also the strongest measure of pro-population policy that has a positive effect on the demography of endangered areas, and almost all areas of the Republic of Croatia are “suffering” from depopulation. Currently, the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce represents just over 80.000 households with 500.000 permanent beds. Family accommodation has experienced a 25% increase in the number of households and capacity in the last ten years. Thanks to this activity, which is so far the only one that puts private property in the function of the economy, Croatia generates an annual income of 2 billion Euros (from all services related to guests staying in family accommodation). This corresponds to the creation of 170.000 jobs. The state budget and the system of tourist boards collect 50 million Euros of sojourn tax and income tax annually through the turnover in this private property.Family accommodation has its own National Development Strategy, ie the National Family Accommodation Improvement Program implemented by the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board. The first professional organization of family accommodation was founded 20 years ago, in 1997 at the Rijeka County Chamber, and the National Family Tourism Association was founded at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in 2010. In the past six years, it has become the largest and most active professional organization in the country, bringing together more than 5.000 hosts annually through one national and more than ten regional Family Accommodation Forums. In the past three years, more than 10.000 participants have passed through the FOS education system and the FOS concept has stimulated many similar events at the local level, so this is a unique case of communication and education of citizens – micro-entrepreneurs in Europe.Family accommodation in Croatia has the best average reviews in Europe and is among the 10 best nations in the world according to Booking.com guest ratings.Nedo Pinezić, President of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

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Online advice for preventing Alzheimer’s disease is often potentially harmful

first_img Share on Facebook Email Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Share New UBC research finds that many online resources for preventing Alzheimer’s disease are problematic and could be steering people in the wrong direction.In a survey of online articles about preventing Alzheimer’s disease, UBC researchers found many websites offered poor advice and one in five promoted products for sale–a clear conflict of interest.“The quality of online information about preventing Alzheimer’s disease ranges,” said Julie Robillard, assistant professor of neurology at UBC with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the National Core for Neuroethics. “The few websites offering high-quality information can be hard to distinguish from the many low-quality websites offering information that can be potentially harmful.” Today, 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia but the number is expected to grow to nearly one million in the next 15 years as the population ages. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia but there is a lot of uncertainty about what causes the disease and how to protect yourself from it. Previous research has shown that about 80 per cent of people, and half of older adults, turn to the Internet for health information.Robillard and undergraduate student Tanya Feng examined almost 300 online articles about preventing Alzheimer’s disease. They found websites with high-quality information often provided high-level advice suggesting individuals consider lifestyle modifications like managing their diabetes and exercising regularly.The researchers identified a few common red flags for low-quality information, such as websites recommending products for sale alongside the content. They found this type of conflict of interest in one in five websites. Other signs of low-quality information included websites with very specific recommendations and nutritional information.“Many red flags were not specific to what they were saying, but rather how they were saying it,” said Feng. “For example, using strong language like ‘cure’ or ‘guarantee’, promoting their own products, and relying on anecdotal evidence instead of empirical research is suggestive of poor-quality information in online dementia information.”The researchers say this type of information can also be costly with people sinking money into products with little or no scientific evidence to show that they are effective. More concerning, however, is that the advice can cause anxiety and may impact the physician-patient relationship. Patients may sometimes feel they cannot trust their physician if they disagree with the recommendations or patients may not inform their physicians that they have changed their daily habits.The researchers are developing a tool called QUEST, a simple test of six questions that anyone can use to help people recognize high-quality information online.The study was published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.last_img read more

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Court buildings to be sold off for residential development

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Chart Ferox in high demand through Scandinavia

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Registration open for executive summit

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Heavy transformer moved by Albacor Shipping

first_imgThe transformer (pictured below) was loaded from the vessel to a 12-axle depressed centre rail car and transported to a rail siding in New Cumberland. As the maximum clearance was 12.7 m, the centre of gravity was set 3.94 inches off the centre line of the rail car and two 15.2 tonne counterweights were used on the opposite side to equalise the weight.At destination the transformer was offloaded to a platform trailer and transported to the final jobsite and was jacked and slid onto the foundation.last_img read more

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Telecom Carriers in China Unveil New 5G Enabled Messaging Service

first_imgChina’s big three telecom carriers have unveiled a new 5G-enabled messaging service, which analysts said is likely to open a new era for social networking. China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom published a white paper for the 5G messaging service, which specifies technical details to invite smartphone makers to support the new service.Falling under the technical name of Rich Communication Services, or RCS, the 5G messaging service is designed to replace current short messages with a richer system, provides phonebook polling, and can transmit in-call multimedia. With the new message service, for instance, consumers don’t have to download a variety of mobile apps. They can directly buy train tickets and book flights by sending messages. Ma Jihua, an independent telecom analyst, said the new 5G-powered messaging service, if properly promoted, will usher in a new era of social networking, and erode the social networking business of Tencent Holdings Ltd.last_img read more

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Game 3 A Crossroads for Cavs Franchise

first_img Matt Medley It seemed like only a week ago, everything was fine in Cleveland.LeBron was playing as great as he’s ever looked in a Cavs uniform.Kyrie Irving was beginning to find his groove back.Kevin Love was coming off the best Playoff series of his career.Everything seemed to be coming together leading up to the Finals.Six days later, Cleveland is down 2-0 and if Game 3 is anything like the first two, it could be the beginning of the end of this roster as currently constructed.No, this isn’t an episode of First Take.LeBron is not going anywhere.However, if the Cavs go down 3-0, he may put his General Manager hat back on in the scramble to retool for next year’s battle with Golden State.If the Cavs are able to defend home court, perhaps it’s the beginning of another epic comeback.Either way, Game 3 is a crossroads for the Cavaliers franchise.Cleveland’s roster flaws have been on full display in this series and none of the players off the bench have proven themselves to be “untouchable” in terms of improving the franchise for next season.Veteran players whose best days are behind them have looked overmatched by Golden State’s athleticism and pace.Cleveland hasn’t been able to counter the Kevin Durant addition with another big scorer thus far in the series.Granted, Irving has been far from his normal self, but two blowout losses showed the problems run much deeper than receiving poor play out of him.Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been non-factors in the series, after both played huge roles in the 2016 comeback.They both received big contract extensions with some help from LeBron, but if the Cavs lose Game 3, brace yourself for a chaotic reactionary day on Thursday, in which every trade machine possibility will have been exhausted and posted on your favorite Cavs blogs.Even after two games, writers and talking heads have floated ideas of the Cavs trading for Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmy Butler.If the Cavs were to land a player of that magnitude, there’s no easy scenario that doesn’t involve trading Love.I’m not here to advocate one way or the other for that yet because even if the national media believes the series is over, there are still at least two more games to be played.What I do know is that Game 3 will have a drastic impact on how this off-season is shaped, one way or another. Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.center_img Related Topicslast_img read more

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Flyers reveal ticket information for BBL Trophy first round

first_imgCoach Kapoulas’ side have been handed a home tie against Leicester Riders in the last 16, with the winner taking on London City Royals or Surrey Scorchers away from home in the quarter-final.All BBL Trophy ties will be played over a single leg until the semi-final stage of the competition, which will be an aggregate score across two legs.Please note, BBL Trophy games are NOT a part of the 2019/20 season card package.BBL Trophy tickets will go on general sale at 10am on Friday, December 6th at a reduced rate of the following prices.last_img read more

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