November 2020

UA True Wireless Flash X Project Rock Edition Headphones feature JBL sound quality » Gadget Flow

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TUI cancels trips to see Santa in Lapland | News

first_imgThe move is due to the continued uncertainty surrounding travel and the unprecedented impact of Covid-19.Visiting Santa is a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime family experience and TUI said it had worked extremely hard in recent months to try to ensure it can keep the magic alive and guarantee children and their parents a safe and enjoyable holiday. However, with the rapidly evolving travel environment and a Covid-19 test soon to be mandatory for Finland, TUI has decided that on this occasion, it would not be able to deliver on this promise and wanted to remove uncertainty for families. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – NewerWizz Air launches carbon offsetting programme The TUI holiday experience to Lapland is expected to return in winter 2021. The health, safety and enjoyment of customers and colleagues continues to be the number one priority.All customers impacted by this decision are currently in the process of being contacted to discuss their options, which include the opportunity to amend for next year, receive a refund credit note with an incentive or choose to request a full refund.“TUI would like to apologise sincerely for any inconvenience and disappointment caused and thanks customers for their understanding,” added a statement/ – Advertisement – OlderSix Senses Botanique to open in Brazil next year TUI has confirmed there will be no trips to see Santa this year.The UK & Ireland subsidiary revealed earlier it had taken the “incredibly difficult” decision to suspend holidays to Lapland this winter.- Advertisement –last_img read more

FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Minnesota limits shots for healthcare workers

first_img Minnesota Department of Health flu web site “Some counties have said they’re having a really hard time moving FluMist to healthcare workers,” Bahta said. Minnesota has seven confirmed flu cases to date and has experienced no major outbreaks in institutions, Bahta said yesterday. But it’s too early to relax. See also: It quickly became clear that some priority groups would have to come before others, Ehresmann said. Some healthcare providers and organizations remain reluctant to take or recommend the intranasal vaccine, Lynn Bahta, the immunization unit supervisor for programming at the MDH, said in a phone interview. The issues include skepticism about the safety of live virus, a concern that it isn’t appropriate for workers in some areas of hospitals, and the fact that some workers are too old for FluMist. “What they did was simply through the power of persuasion,” Carter said. “The coordination of effort at the health department was quite remarkable.” The MDH was particularly concerned about nursing-home residents because they are a very vulnerable population who essentially can’t speak for themselves, according to Ehresmann. For example, they can’t easily attend a flu-shot clinic in the community, so the vaccine needs to be brought to them. Minnesota could receive up to 81,000 more doses of vaccine, depending on need, Bahta added. Or the state could waive its claim to a portion of those vaccines so other states could use them. That decision will require a lot of collaboration, she said. At 9:50 a.m. on Oct 5, Ehresmann knew that her job as manager of the immunization, tuberculosis, and international health section for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) had instantly become much harder. That moment marked the beginning of a series of difficult decisions under fast-changing circumstances. MDH recommended Oct 19 that health workers forgo flu shots. The department suggested an alternative: those who wished could obtain FluMist, the live attenuated intranasal vaccine. Because FluMist is recommended only for healthy people aged 5 to 49 years, health workers who receive it aren’t cutting into the vaccine supply for the vulnerable. Rick E. Carter is president and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota, a trade association representing about 300 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. He lauded the department’s efforts at redirecting vaccine. “The healthcare worker issue really hit some raw nerves and showed a departure in thought processes in terms of population-based health and clinic-based health” philosophies, she said. Making it clear that Minnesota is still taking this flu season one day at a time, she noted wryly, “Thanksgiving could turn everything around.” Reaching those at riskAs the state waded through that fallout, MDH employees sought to locate vaccine and redirect it to the neediest people, chiefly in nursing homes. The state helped redistribute 70,000 doses of vaccine, and local public health agencies moved several thousand more, Bahta said.center_img One month after the Chiron news, officials announced that Minnesota’s nursing homes had enough vaccine for residents. It was a big turnaround in short time, since about 90% of those facilities lacked vaccine in October, according to a Star Tribune story. Many companies and clinics voluntarily surrendered doses they had purchased. In her Nov 12 speech, Ehresmann summed it up: “We have learned the hard way that prioritizing limited resources is hard.” “As this situation was emerging, we felt there was not enough vaccine for both the high-risk people and healthcare workers,” Ehresmann said. The health department made vaccinating nursing-home residents its top priority, Ehresmann said. From there it was a short step to a controversial break with national guidelines: asking healthcare workers not to get that shot in the arm. Some doctors and hospital workers immediately asked the health department to reconsider that decision. Now that long-term care facilities are covered, Bahta said, the state is moving to a second stage—public flu-shot clinics for those at risk. It became clear that some people who should be getting shots were not seeking them, so the state is changing its language. Now high-risk patients are being termed “at-risk,” so that healthy people over 65 “see they’re part of this category,” Bahta said. “Age alone is a risk factor.” The numbers were daunting, Ehresmann told an audience at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on Nov 12. There were 1,572,000 Minnesotans in priority groups for vaccination under federal guidelines, but only 925,770 doses of vaccine. If everyone in the priority groups wanted a dose, Minnesota could meet only 60% of the need, she said. Minnesota has 204,000 licensed healthcare workers. Nationally, about 38% of healthcare workers are vaccinated yearly for the flu. If that figure held for Minnesota, it would amount to 61,200 doses of vaccine, which would more than cover people in each of the state’s 37,000 licensed long-term care beds. Nursing-home residents versus health workersTalks quickly focused on the state’s long-term care and healthcare worker populations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that both nursing-home residents and healthcare workers who directly care for patients have priority for flu shots during the current shortage. To Minnesota’s advantage, the health department had been developing distribution plans for vaccine since 2000-2001, when delayed deliveries prompted discussion of the issue. To the state’s detriment was that 50% of its supply was to have come from Chiron Corp., whose entire production of 48 million doses was lost because of contamination problems at the company’s plant in Liverpool, England. Nov 18, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Kris Ehresmann, RN, MPH, clearly recalls when she learned the United States had just lost nearly half of its flu vaccine. The health department created a FluMist fact sheet, explaining in part that workers can be vaccinated unless they don’t qualify or they work with patients who are so immunocompromised that they are in protective isolation. It also became clear that those who most needed information, the elderly, were least likely to use the MDH’s extensive flu Web site, officials said. The department quickly established a hotline and activated volunteers to staff it. That flu hotline had taken more than 15,000 calls by Nov 5, Bahta said. It’s still receiving about 400 calls a day, a number she expects will increase as public flu clinics are scheduled and if flu cases increase.last_img read more

Ethanol byproduct in feed may boost E coli in cattle

first_img E coli O157 was found in 9.0% of the samples from the cattle that ate DG with 15% corn silage; the pathogen was found in 7.3% of samples from the group that ate DG with 5% corn silage. Both of these were significantly higher than the 3.6% prevalence in samples from the cattle that ate only corn and corn silage. Concern bout the DG research findings has prompted the USDA to launch its own study. The agency is checking the E coli prevalence in manure from 300 cattle being fed a diet that includes DG and in manure from another 300 cattle whose feed is free of the material. Study: Up to 9% of samples had E coli In the Kansas State study, 379 yearling heifers were assigned to one of three diets, each of which consisted mainly of steam-flaked corn. The rest of the feed consisted of (1) 15% corn silage, (2) 15% corn silage and 25% DG, or (3) 5% corn silage and 25% DG. Fecal samples were collected and analyzed weekly for 12 weeks. The latest findings about the effects of DG follow a spike in beef recalls due to E coli contamination. In 2007 there were 21 recalls, totaling a record 33.4 million pounds of beef, according to Laura Reiser, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) spokeswoman in Washington, DC. In 2006 there were just eight recalls involving about 182,000 pounds, and 2005 saw five recalls totaling about 1.25 million pounds. Even if further research confirms a connection between DG and E coli in cattle, the USDA is unlikely to halt the use of DG in feed. According to the Des Moines Register story, Richard Raymond, the USDA’s under secretary for food safety, said the agency had no intention of restricting the use of DG. He said it would be up to the industry to decide how to deal with the problem. The findings agreed with results of a previous study from the same research team, according to the report. The earlier study also showed a higher E coli prevalence in heifers that were fed DG, but samples were collected and tested only twice during a 150-day feeding period, rather than weekly. Jacob ME, Fox JT, Drouillard JS, et al. Effects of dried distillers’ grain on fecal prevalence and growth of Escherichia coli O157 in batch culture fementations from cattle. Appl Environ Microbiol 2008 Jan;74(1):38-43 [Full text] In the new study, the scientists also assessed the effect of DG on the growth of E coli in cultures of cattle stomach fluid and feces. Using a dozen steers that were fed diets with or without DG, the scientists took samples of stomach (ruminal) fluid and feces, added E coli O157, and incubated them for 24 hours. The ruminal samples from the DG-fed steers were found to have higher levels of E coli after 24 hours than the samples from the non-DG-fed steers, but the fecal samples showed no difference. July 2006 PNAS study of the costs and benefits of ethanol and biodiesel productionhttp://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/103/30/11206 Implications for ethanol industry The possible link between DG and E coli levels may also have implications for the future of the ethanol industry. A 2006 study in Minnesota suggested that without the use of DG for animal feed, the benefits of ethanol production would be seriously undermined. The study was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, he said, “There is a possibility that the combination of distiller’s grains with steam-flaked corn may have caused the observed increase in prevalence and counts.” This would limit the scope of the findings, because steam-flaked corn is not commonly used as cattle feed in the Upper Midwest, where cracked corn is more common, he commented. USDA study could weigh heavilyFrancisco Diez-Gonzalez, PhD, associate professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, said the methods and conclusions of the Kansas State researchers appear sound, but he cautioned that the findings should be seen as preliminary. It would be premature to conclude that the use of DG has contributed to recent E coli outbreaks and meat recalls, he told CIDRAP News. Jan 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Recent studies suggest that an ethanol production byproduct that is widely fed to cattle may make cattle more likely to shed deadly Escherichia coli O157, possibly contributing to the surge in beef contamination cases in 2007. In a further culture experiment, the researchers took ruminal and fecal samples from two steers, added varying amounts of DG to the samples, incubated them, and then measured the levels of E coli O157 after 24 hours. Results from the ruminal samples were inconsistent, as the smallest amounts of DG led to growth of the pathogen, whereas larger amounts did not. But in the fecal preparations, greater amounts of DG stimulated more growth of E coli O157. The authors concluded that the fermentation experiments “provided some evidence that DG may actually stimulate the growth of E. coli O157.” But the growing use of DG as cattle feed may be contributing to E coli contamination in beef, recent studies suggest. In the latest study, published this month in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Kansas State University researchers found that cattle that were fed DG were more than twice as likely to shed E coli O157 in their feces, compared with cattle that didn’t eat DG. Mentioning the USDA study in Nebraska, Diez-Gonzaleza added, “Let’s wait for their findings.” See also: The researchers conducted a comprehensive analysis of the costs and benefits of ethanol production from corn and biodiesel production from soybeans. They determined that ethanol from corn yields 25% more energy than is required to produce it. However, this positive energy balance was attributed almost entirely to an energy credit for the DG yielded by ethanol production. The energy credit was given because the DG offsets the production of other commodities such as corn and soybean meal, the report said. “While the use of distiller’s grains has become a very common practice in the Midwest where the bulk of the ethanol plants are located, we do not really know what type of diet the cattle that was the source of beef were fed for most of the [recent E coli] outbreaks,” Diez-Gonzalez said. In the case of Topps Meat Co., which recalled 21 million pounds of beef last year, the beef trims used in ground beef were imported from a company in Alberta, he pointed out. The authors said their findings have “potentially serious ramifications” because of the growing use of ethanol as a biofuel and of DG as a feed ingredient. “The utilization of distillers’ by-products as components of feedlot diets may depend in part on our ability to devise feeding strategies that do not compromise the perceived safety of beef products,” the report states. The study was launched last fall at the USDA’s Roman L. Hruska Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., and is to be finished by the end of this year. Feed given to the treatment herd in the study will be 40% distillers’ grains, according to the Register report. Brief description of USDA research project on the effects of DG on E coli O157 in feedlot cattlehttp://www.ars.usda.gov/research/projects/projects.htm?accn_no=412678 The feed ingredient, called distillers’ grain (DG), is what’s left of corn or other grain after the starch in it is fermented into ethanol for fuel. Ethanol plants sell DG to cattle producers for feed. The material is cheaper than corn and other livestock feeds, helping cattle producers cope with high feed costs fueled by the ethanol boom, and yields valuable revenue for the ethanol plants, according to a recent report in the Des Moines Register.last_img read more

WHO keeps same strains for 2009 southern hemisphere flu vaccine

first_imgEditor’s note: The second paragraph of this story was revised on Sep 24 to correct an error. On the basis of information from ProMED-mail (published by the International Society for Infectious Diseases), the original version said it was unusual for the southern hemisphere vaccine composition to be the same as the preceding northern hemisphere vaccine. A later ProMED-mail posting made clear that this is not unusual.Sep 23, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that influenza vaccines for the southern hemisphere’s 2009 flu season be based on the same three viral strains as this year’s vaccines.The recommendation also mirrors the WHO’s recommendation for the northern hemisphere’s 2008-09 flu season, which is not unusual, according to WHO records. A review of past WHO vaccine composition recommendations, which started in advance of the northern hemisphere’s 1998-1999 flu season, shows that the southern hemisphere recommendation matched the preceding northern hemisphere recommendation four other times: in 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2007.Each September the WHO analyzes the circulating flu strains before selecting the ones to include in the southern hemisphere’s vaccine for the next flu season, which typically runs from May through October. The WHO does the same for the northern hemisphere each February. The 6-month interval between the strain recommendation and the start of the next flu season gives manufacturers time to grow the viruses in chicken eggs and formulate them into trivalent (three-strain) vaccines.The WHO’s flu vaccine recommendations for the southern hemisphere for next season include:For the A/H1N1 component, a strain similar to A/Brisbane/59/2007For the A/H3N2 component, a strain similar to A/Brisbane/10/2007For the B component, a strain similar to B/Florida/4/2006The WHO said influenza activity this year in the southern hemisphere has been mild. In Africa, H1N1 viruses caused most outbreaks, but in South America, H1N1 and B viruses cocirculated and were responsible for outbreaks. Countries in the Oceana region reported outbreaks from H3N2 and B viruses.As reported previously, H1N1 viruses have shown increased resistance to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in a growing number of countries, the WHO said. Most were in the Brisbane/59/2007 clade, but a few A/Hong Kong/2652/2006 clade viruses showed resistance, as well. The percentage of resistant viruses ranged from 0% to 100% among different countries. Both clades showed sensitivity to zanamivir. The WHO said it did not detect any oseltamivir-resistant H3N2 or B viruses.The findings strengthen a trend that that was first observed last January in Norway and  later in many other countries. Public health officials are concerned about increased resistance to oseltamivir, because many countries have stockpiled the drug for use in case the H5N1 avian influenza virus evolves into a human pandemic strain.The proportion of H3N2 viruses that showed resistance to the M2 inhibitors amantadine and rimantadine, two older antiviral drugs, remained very high, the WHO reported. However, the proportion of H1N1 viruses resistant to the older drugs varied from country to country. In general, Brisbane/59/2007 clade viruses were sensitive to M2 inhibitors, while those from the A/Hong Kong/2652/2006 clade showed resistance.In 2006, after the dominant circulating flu strains in the United States showed unexpectedly high rates of resistance to M2 inhibitors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised clinicians to stop prescribing them and instead use the newer antivirals, oseltamivir and zanamivir, which are both neuraminidase inhibitors.See alsoSep 22 WHO statement on 2009 southern hemisphere influenza vaccineWHO report on recommended composition of 2009 southern hemisphere flu vaccineAug 25 CIDRAP News story “H1N1 viruses growing more resistant to Tamiflu”Relevant ProMED-mail notices: Sep 22 and Sep 23last_img read more

Firm says weakened smallpox vaccine has good safety profile

first_img Bavarian Nordic said Imvamune trials have now included more than 2,200 people in 11 complete or ongoing clinical studies, including a large portion of immunocompromised people, such as those with HIV infections or atopic dermatitis. Nov 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Bavarian Nordic, a Danish pharmaceutical company, announced recently that a smallpox vaccine that it is developing for people with weakened immune systems showed promising safety results in a phase 2 clinical trial involving volunteers with HIV infections. The Imvamune study included 300 people with HIV infections and 86 healthy subjects, none of whom had a history of smallpox vaccination, Bavarian Nordic reported in a Nov 5 press release. The HIV group had CD4 counts between 200 and 750 cells per microliter. The company said it would report complete data from the trial in the second half of 2009. The findings will include immunogenicity data, long-term (6-month) safety information, and findings from an additional study arm involving patients with HIV infections who were previously exposed to a conventional smallpox vaccine, according to the release. Investigators found no difference between the two groups in adverse events, even among people who had the poorest immune status (CD4 counts of 200 to 350 cells per microliter). See also: Jun 5, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Danish firm wins US contract for new smallpox vaccine” The company also said that within the next few days it would submit the initial phase 2 safety findings to the Food and Drug Administration, which will trigger a $25 million milestone payment under the HHS contract. HHS has stockpiled enough conventional smallpox vaccine to protect the entire US population, but it estimates there are 10 million people who have limited immunity because they have conditions such as HIV or are undergoing chemotherapy. Nov 5 Bavarian Nordic press release In June 2007 the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the company a $500 million contract for 20 million doses of the vaccine, called Imvamune. It uses modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA), a virus that has been weakened so it can’t replicate in humans. The conventional smallpox vaccine uses live vaccinia virus, which is related to the smallpox virus and can cause rare but potentially life-threatening side effects.last_img read more

Senior groups push vaccine messages, pandemic planning

first_imgSep 30. 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As pandemic flu activity picks up speed across the nation, groups that serve older adults are shoring up plans for both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccination and are preparing backup plans in case absences hit key services such as Meals on Wheels, government officials and senior groups said today.Anthony Fiore, MD, a medical epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said today during a Health and Human Services Web telecast that seniors and organizations assisting them shouldn’t let their guard down, even though the biggest infection burden is falling on younger people. He said pandemic flu can still strike older people this season, as can seasonal flu, which typically leads to 36,000 deaths each year, 90% of them in seniors.Older people should get their seasonal flu shots now, as well as a pneumococcal shot if they are due for one, Fiore said. Though the first doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine are earmarked for high-risk groups, when the vaccine becomes available in larger quantities, seniors can and should receive the shot, he added. “But don’t wait for the pandemic vaccine—the others are important to get right now,” he said.Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for the HHS Administration on Aging, said advocacy groups that are working to reverse health disparities have flu vaccines in their sights. People of color are less likely to get seasonal flu vaccines, but the pandemic vaccine campaigns offer another chance to improve uptake in these groups.James P. Firman, EdD, president and chief executive officer of the National Council on Aging (NCA), said senior centers are on the frontlines of getting the vaccine message out and are often the site of vaccine clinics. Senior centers can also help protect older adults by following good hygiene steps and making sure staff, especially those who transport people and work in kitchens, stay home when they’re sick.Organizations that provide Meals on Wheels services should have backup drivers and plans in place if absences due to the flu threaten food delivery schedules. For example, some groups plan on delivering frozen meals to seniors if driver shortages occur.A key goal for the NCA and other organizations is to provide flu and vaccine information to seniors who don’t normally come to senior centers and activity sites. “That’s our collective challenge: Don’t be satisfied by reaching just those who come to us,” he said.Sandra Markwood, chief executive officer of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, said fall health fairs can offer a timely springboard for getting pandemic flu and vaccine messages to seniors.Firman said one way to promote seasonal and pandemic flu shots to older people is to appeal to their frugality. “You can help people get over the hump if you tell them ‘It’s free,'” he said. Flu vaccines are free for those in Medicare, though others may need to pay for a doctor’s visit. He said seniors can minimize the cost by requesting the shot during other medical appointments or by getting vaccinated at a flu shot clinic, where there is typically no charge for immunization.Local organizations are looking for more guidance about pandemic flu in relation to older people, particularly regarding the vaccine, Firman reported. For example, he said more than 3 million seniors in the United States are raising their grandchildren, and it’s not clear if they should be getting the vaccine to help protect younger people.Fiore said people who care for babies 6 months or younger and those who take care of frail elderly people are among the priority groups to get flu vaccines.Informal senior networks, such as bridge and garden clubs, can even help look out for seniors during flu season, Firman said. Members can be encouraged to check up on each other, especially when members who live alone don’t show up for meetings. “Be good neighbors, be good friends, and support each other,” he said.last_img read more

The Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Decree on determining the amount of the sojourn tax for 2018

first_imgAt the fifty-second session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in Knin, a decree on the amount of sojourn tax was passed, although all key employers’ associations and professional associations in tourism and some tourist boards reacted negatively to the Decree.In accordance with the new regulation, the amount of the sojourn tax is determined in the range from HRK 2,50 to HRK 8,00, depending on the class of the tourist place and the seasonal period. “It was taken into account that the amount of sojourn tax is competitive in relation to the environment and it was pointed out that with 8,00 kuna, which is the proposed amount of sojourn tax in tourist A class during the main season, we are still the cheapest compared to us competitive countries. “Said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matušić.According to the new regulation on sojourn taxes, the amount of sojourn tax for 2018 in the main season increased by HRK 1 (class A and B) and for other seasons and classes by HRK 0,5. Also, the lump sums for boat owners or users (boaters) have been changed. Sojourn tax for persons in the household who provide catering services for accommodation in the household and peasant household is determined in the amount of 300,00 kuna per bed and camping unit, depends on the class coefficient of the tourist place and is:Otherwise, the sojourn tax is paid for each night spent, and it is paid under equal conditions by domestic and foreign citizens:- persons who in the tourist municipality or city in which they do not reside use the service of accommodation in the accommodation facility in which the catering activity is performed,- passengers using the overnight service on a nautical tourism vessel (charter, cruising),- persons providing accommodation services in a household or a peasant household,- the owner of a holiday home or apartment in a tourist municipality or city, which is not an accommodation facility, for himself and all persons who spend the night in that house or apartment,- the owner of a vessel that is not a nautical tourism vessel, for himself and all persons who spend the night on that vessel for tourist purposes.The amount of the sojourn tax depends on the tourist class in which the settlement in which the overnight stay takes place is classified and on the period of the season, and in Croatia they are classified into four classes: A, B, C, D and other unclassified places.Employers in tourism: Only the increase of the sojourn tax without the reorganization of the tourist system will not bring the necessary changesThe main reason for the opposition of employers (Association of Employers in the Croatian Hotel Industry, HUP Association of Catering and Tourism, Association of Hoteliers at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian Camping Association) in this increase was the lack of analysis of the efficiency of tourist boards in relation to currently available funds. due to the large increase in the number of overnight stays. Employers in tourism believe that the tourism system should be reorganized first and their promotion and destination management functions should be strengthened, and only then should the financial needs of the entire system be considered.However, there is a common position on the need for change, which is confirmed by the just-established establishment of an expert working group of the Ministry of Tourism to draft new Laws on Tourist Boards and Promote Croatian Tourism, Law on Tourist Tax and Law on Membership in Tourist Boards. “We expect the adoption of these laws before the start of next season and the introduction of changes in the system of the Tourist Board, ensuring transparency and efficiency in the collection and spending of funds and equal burden on all taxpayers. ” employers in tourism point out.Stronger cooperation and mutual respect of key stakeholders are fundamental preconditions for stronger tourism development. In a country where tourism contributes to GDP with 19% of official foreign exchange inflows (and unofficially up to 25%), it is extremely important to include leading employers’ associations and professional associations in making strategic and operational decisions on tourism. ” VAT has recently been increased from 13% to 25% without analysis and without the involvement of the profession, real estate tax will soon be applied, and for years we have been waiting for the settlement of tourist land and very specific requirements for a new model of concessions and maritime domain. “Employers in tourism concludelast_img read more

The Nautical Channel is showing the third season of the series “Sail-Ho! Croatia”

first_imgNautical Channel, the world’s only specialized TV channel for nautical, water sports and travel, began showing the beauties of Croatia in the 3rd season of the travel TV series “Sail-Ho! Croatia”. Thus, more than 11 million viewers in 150 countries will be able to watch previously unseen and some undiscovered content in the next 54 weeks. Each of the 11 episodes will premiere on Monday at 21.00pm with 16 more reruns during the week.The filming of the series began on May 30, 2017 at the Kornati Cup regatta, and the last klapa fell at the end of July at locations in Istria. The first and second seasons of the series, shown in 2015 and 2016, achieved notable success with an average viewership of about 20 million viewers per show, and the third season is a logical continuation as more viewers, especially boaters, begin to put Croatia in their calendar travels.”After the well-received first and even better second season of the series, we are thrilled to be able to present the third season to our viewers. Our viewers will once again travel along the entire Croatian coast and we can’t wait to discover as much as possible. Croatia is definitely a positive discovery for us and with each new episode we discover something new and interestingSaid Andrew Miller, director of Nautical Channel.Some of the destinations that will be presented to Nautical Channel viewers include Konavle-Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Omis, the island of Brac, Vodice, Knin, Jezera, the island of Vir, the island of Krk, the island of Cres, the island of Losinj, Istria and the city of Zagreb. This season, Istria is represented in as many as 3 of the 11 episodes of the series.The Nautical Channel is also available to viewers in Croatia via the Max TV platform (channel 427), B.net, VipTV and Amis TV (channel 364). The production of “Amali Doare”, which has been producing this series for the Nautical Channel since 2015, is currently preparing the production of the 4th season, which will be filmed in 2018. The main partners of the series are ACI Club dd, Croatian National Tourist Board, HEP dd, INA dd, Zagreb Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Kvarner Tourist Board and many others.last_img read more

HTI – the largest European conference on health tourism soon in Zagreb

first_imgHTI conference  HTI (Health Tourism Industry) will host over 1 participants from more than 3 countries and gather the world’s most relevant experts in the field of health tourism from March 400 to 40 at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb.The central content of the conference is the B2B conference “Buy Croatia – health tourism” which is attended by 50 customers of health services from Europe and the world, and which is organized by the Croatian National Tourist Board in partnership with the HTI conference.”Numerous private and public polyclinics and health centers with professional staff and exceptional quality of service, with competitive prices, make Zagreb a center of medical excellence whose comparative advantage is created by proximity to large emitting markets, excellent transport connections, but also year-round offer that satisfies even the most demanding. Most health tourism services have a high added value, and the joint action of the health and tourism sectors creates a climate that enables the further development of the Croatian capital as a destination for medical tourism. I am glad that Zagreb is hosting the 8th HTI Conference, which, as the largest in Europe, will certainly be an excellent platform for networking and exchanging ideas and experiences of good business practice with the most influential representatives of the public and private health tourism sector from around the world.”Said Martina Bienenfeld, director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, host of the HTI conference.On destination forums “How to do business with? ” in partnership with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, business opportunities with large fast-growing markets of Russia and other CIS countries, China and the Middle East will be presented. The realization of the forum was contributed by the HTI representative office in Russia, CSEBA – Chinese Southeast European Business Association and the Russian Medical Tourism Agencies Association, and then on foreign investments from these countries in Krapinske toplice, Mali Lošinj, Istria and other Croatian destinations.CIGNA will also host a closed meeting – 2. EHTI Leaders Summit at which high representatives of state and other public institutions of Europe will meet with the aim of creating synergies for the promotion of Europe as a health destination.See more about the conference on the official web sitelast_img read more