Aug 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Seven people in Karo district of North Sumatra, Indonesia, are being treated for suspected H5N1 avian influenza, raising concern that the disease may have resurfaced near where human-to-human transmission was documented in an extended family in May.The Associated Press (AP) reported today that Indonesian health officials said the suspected cases fall into two clusters, one involving two sisters and the other consisting of three family members and two of their neighbors.Three of the patients are children who are believed to have been infected by chickens, the AP reported. The children include 10- and 6-year-old sisters and an 18-month-old boy who is their neighbor. Reuters news service reported today that the children were hospitalized yesterday.Blood samples were taken from the patients when they were admitted to Adam Malik hospital in Medan, health ministry official Hariadi Wibisono told the AP. Tests have not yet confirmed the H5N1 infection, but the patients are being treated as if they have the disease. Luhur Soeroso, who is treating the patients, told the AP that the seven patients have fever, cough, and other symptoms that have been associated with avian flu.In the North Sumatra case cluster in May, seven of eight family members tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, and only one family member survived. The cluster, believed to be the largest to date, marked the first documented instance of person-to-person transmission and the first three-person chain of infection, the World Health Organization said in June. Person-to-person transmission has been listed as possible or likely in several other case clusters.Indonesia’s official avian flu toll is 54 cases with 42 deaths, which ties it with Vietnam for the most deaths. All of Indonesia’s human H5N1 cases have occurred since mid-2005.Elsewhere in Indonesia, animal health officials on the resort island of Bali said hundreds of dead chickens have tested positive for H5N1 infection, according to an AP report yesterday. Health official I Gusti Hgurah Sandjaja said the outbreak involved 300 chickens, with no indications of any human cases. The AP report said health workers culled a large number of ducks and chickens on Bali earlier this year after several birds became ill.In Thailand, avian flu outbreaks seem to be spreading south, as evidenced by suspicious deaths of chickens in Lop Buri province in the lower central region, according to a report today in The Nation, a Thai newspaper. A 61-year-old woman in the province fell ill with avian flu–like symptoms after her backyard chickens died, said the report. The woman was admitted yesterday to Ban Mi Hospital, where a preliminary avian flu test came back positive, the newspaper said. Confirmatory tests are pending.According to a Web site of the Thai Ministry of Health, 144 patients from 24 provinces, mostly in the north, were on a watch list for avian flu as of yesterday.See also: Jun 23 CIDRAP News article “H5N1 mutation showed human transmission in Indonesia”
Month: November 2020
From November 06 to 08, 2017, the World Travel Market begins (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry held in London for the 38th time.The WTM fair is held every year in London and is the largest business tourism fair in the world, with 5500 exhibitors from 180 countries and visited annually by more than 50 tourism professionals, tourism ministers and other close departments and media representatives. Last year, according to estimates, tourism worth a total of around 2.5 billion pounds was contracted within WTM, and this fair marks the beginning of the “official” season of fair appearances, as well as other types of promotional activities with the aim of preparing the next tourist year.On the occasion of the WTM fair, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board will present a new Croatian promotional tourist video. The presentation will be held at WTM, at the stand of the Croatian National Tourist Board during the Wine & Cheese gathering on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, starting at 17:30 p.m. The new promotional video was shot at various recognizable locations in Croatia and features 10 celebrities from the world of sports and art. In addition to well-known Croatian destinations, the video also aims to promote other forms of offer, such as cultural and historical heritage, eno-gastronomy, active vacation, nautical, natural beauty and other segments of Croatian tourism.Also, in addition to the premiere of the video, Croatia should present itself with new promotional stands, ie the concept and creative solution of appearing at tourist fairs.See the full description of the selected concept here The 11th edition of the November 7 UNWTO / WTM Ministerial Summit, entitled “Overtourism: Growth is Not an Enemy, But How We Manage It”, will address issues such as managing and measuring the impact of tourism or the role of the private sector in promoting tourism as an effective instrument for achieving sustainable development goals. As UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said.Growth is not the enemy. Growing numbers are not enemies. Growth is the eternal story of humanity. The growth of tourism can and should lead to economic progress, jobs and resources to finance environmental protection and preservation of cultures, as well as community development and needs for progress that are not otherwise available. “This year, the Croatian tourist offer will be presented at a stand of 280 m2, where, in addition to the Croatian Tourist Board, 25 co-exhibitors will present their offer.For more information on WTM in London, see hereRelated news:IF AT LEAST A TIE WAS A CROATIAN PRODUCT, THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD KNOW ABOUT CROATIA
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce is conducting a Business Expectations survey, which will enable us to forecast business cycles in the economy based on the experience of entrepreneurs.The aim of the survey is to draw attention, ie to warn the competent institutions and the public in a timely manner of short-term changes in economic trends and upcoming challenges, ie limiting factors that businessmen face in doing business. “The survey consists of several simple and short questions about the forecast of key business indicators such as income, investment, number of employees, forecast of general business conditions and the biggest challenges, ie limiting factors. Business expectations are modeled on the world’s most recognized research of this kind and will be conducted twice a year”Point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Given that entrepreneurs ’responses will be the basis for developing guidelines to improve the business and entrepreneurial climate, this is an opportunity to give your suggestions and opinions in an argumentative and constructive way, not just on Facebook, from which there is no effect. The survey is active until November 24, 2017, and can be found at the following link: Business Expectations Survey
Today, for the seventh time in a row, the Valamar Riviere dd share was declared the Share of the Year according to the public’s choice in the traditional choice of the Zagreb Stock Exchange. “It is a great honor for me to hold this valuable recognition in my hands for the seventh time in a row. Expectations of business results for this year are higher than last year, a year that was also a record for Valamar. Valamar continues to grow – this year we realized the acquisition of Hotel Makarska dd, and made the first step in the internationalization of our business by buying a hotel in Austria. The number of employees also grew to 6.600, we increased salaries by more than 11%, introduced a minimum net income of HRK 5.000, and created 2300 new jobs in the last three years. I believe that we have laid a good foundation for continuing to invest in the growth and development of our business. And I am proud that investors recognize Valamar’s potential and that the seventh award for the Share of the Year is already faithfully following us on the path to realizing our business vision, especially in the year when we marked the 65th anniversary of our business.” he said Marko Čižmek, member of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera when receiving the award.By the way, the Zagreb Stock Exchange award is given with the aim of supporting the best and strengthening the recognition of the capital market and its active participants among the financial and general public.”When we founded the Zagreb Stock Exchange Awards in 2012, we were guided by the desire to continuously identify and reward positive examples in our capital market. Over the years, these awards have become a tradition, which the winners often and gladly point out. This year, Valamar Riviera is a double laureate and since its founding has won a total of 10 awards in several categories, which is a clear message that the entire investment public recognizes and rewards excellence.” concluded Ivana Gažić, President of the Management Board of the Zagreb Stock Exchange.Valamar’s total investments reached HRK 5 billion, of which HRK 4,3 billion was invested in raising the quality of hotels, resorts and camping resorts, and HRK 700 million in acquisitions and expansion.
Cover photo: ULTRA Festival The founder of the Sonus Festival in Zrće, Dalibor Oliver Zjačić, says that music festivals have become popular because they have been working on content that is recognized all over the world. “This holiday aspect is also important and in that sense Croatia has established itself as the largest festival destination in the world. Of the top 50 performers in the world, certainly 40 of them play on Sonus, while taking care of safety, which is very important for tourists. We work to keep our guests coming back from year to year”, Zjacic emphasized. “1. HRF Academy, is not the last. Today’s panel discussion has just begun the cycle of HRF Academy, which aims to inform, educate and speak about strategically important topics in Croatia, current events, challenges and important media messages that promote media culture.”, Announced the president of the Croatian Radio Forum Silvija Londero Šimleša. Joe Bašić, who brought Ultra Europe to Croatia, believes that young people are looking for an experience that they can only experience at music festivals. “I often call Ultra the Olympic Games in music and I think we should be very proud and happy to have such an event in Croatia. We have become a lure for people from all over the world, and this year we will have about 150 thousand visitors in seven days”, Said Basic. The President of the Board of the Exit Foundation, Ivan Petrović, who is behind the Sea Star Festival in Umag, points out that the industry of music festivals around the world is growing, because such events are part of growing up. “What used to be summer vacations are now music festivals. Sea Star is one of the main festivals in Croatia, but the only one held in the pre-season, which we are especially proud of because it is much harder to make a festival then, than in the peak season”, Said Petrovic. Director of the Strategic Communications Department of the CNTB, Nenad Gorjanović, points out that our country benefits a lot from music festivals that complement the Croatian tourist offer. “We are especially pleased when festivals take place throughout the year because we all have the same goal – to create a tourist year, not just the main season. Music festivals can often be the main motive for tourists, so their impact on tourist traffic is very strong. Festivals, in addition to creating quality content, significantly contribute to the image of Croatia as an attractive and dynamic destination”, Said Gorjanovic. Kaptol Boutique Cinema hosted a multimedia 1st HRF Academy on “The impact of music festivals on tourism”, organized by the Croatian Radio Forum, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, and a panel discussion brought together experts from tourism and music festivals. The director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld, emphasizes the importance of music festivals. “This is best seen in the example of Zagreb, which has various festivals throughout the year. Guests who come to INmusic in June stay longer in Zagreb, and often spend their holidays in other parts of Croatia. At the same time, other consumption is realized, and not only festival consumption, from which the City of Zagreb benefits greatlySaid Bienenfeld.
From Booking.com, they presented the next step in the development of their business towards a full-service online travel agency. Namely, it is a flight reservation system that is available in seven European countries. With this move, the company is offering independent flight reservations for the first time, without the sister travel search engine Kayak, reports Shift. From now on, users from Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, who use Booking.com’s website and mobile app, can choose the option to book flights which then redirects them to the Gotogate website. From this airline ticket service, they have the opportunity to book flights from 650 airlines that offer destinations around the world. Booking.com has agreed a partnership with a Swedish online travel agency specializing in eTraveli flight reservations, whose brand is Gotogate. Booking.com’s expansion of its flight offer comes after similar efforts by Airbnb. The main competitor also plans to introduce flight reservations and thus become a full-service online travel agency. Extending Booking.com’s business to flight reservations with the help of Gotogate seems like an evolutionary move for a brand that, for its two decades of existence, until recently only offered hotels and alternative accommodations. But unlike its sister company Priceline, which has been offering flight reservations since the company was founded in 1997, users are still unable to book airline tickets directly on Booking.com, but are redirected to Gotogate. If a company decides to step deeper into the area of online flight reservations, it is likely to enable them directly from their website instead of redirecting users to another service. Until now, and still in other countries, this process, if users chose the option to book flights, involved automatic redirection to Kayak, which would then redirect them to the websites of the appropriate airline or travel agency. Source / photo: Skift; Booking.com; Gotogate; Pixabay
Last summer, secret guests evaluated hotels in the Split-Dalmatia County, testing the kindness, hospitality and friendliness of professionals in hotels and restaurants. Source: Heraclea / Cover photo: Pixabay.com The best rated restaurants are “Kogo” in Hvar, “Belveder” in Bol, “Zrno Soli” in Split and “Apinelo” in Supetar. Although it is difficult to take these results as relevant, since only 3 hotels (Hotel Borak, Hotel Rosina, Hotel Stacija) participated in the research. Too bad more hotels were not included in this important research. “In the hotel service and respect for service standards, hotels have collected 89 percent of points (out of 100 possible), so their average rating is excellent.” said Željka Bakmaz from the Heraklea agency. If we look at the comparison of research from last year and this year, we noticed a lower quality of the overall service by 2 percentage points. Thus, guests for whom the hosts did not know the catering facilities, which were rated 39 in all parts of the county, gave excellent average ratings (91 out of 100 possible points). The research was conducted by the “Heraklea” agency during June, July and August 2019, and the telephone reservation, the reception staff, the room, the hotel premises and the breakfast in the hotel restaurant were evaluated. The goal of visiting restaurants was a measure of the kindness and helpfulness of employees of catering facilities with an emphasis on recommending specialties and offering additional products (aperitif, dessert, coffee (). Secret guests are persons who on request anonymously visit the given locations in the destination (hotels, restaurants, bars…) acting as potential / regular guests and from the guest’s perspective objectively measure the quality of service provided according to predefined criteria and then report appropriately experience. Of course, the day of the arrival of the secret guest at the destination is unknown, so that the whole research would make sense.
Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the world and in the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Airlines has been continuously reducing its planned flight schedule since March 10. Photo: CA It is important to point out that additional ones are possible changes in the already reduced flight plan, depending on the development of the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Croatia and abroad and the recommendations of the Croatian and world public health authorities, emphasize the CA. After the Civil Protection Headquarters passed a Decision banning leaving the place of residence and permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Airlines consequently suspended all flights within Croatia from March 25 to April 19 this year. With the start of the summer flight schedule, which is valid from yesterday (March 29), the entire range of flights has been reduced to direct flights from Zagreb to Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam and London Heathrow in order to continue connecting Croatia with Europe and the rest of the world. and at the same time enabled the return of Croatian citizens to their homeland and the departure of foreign citizens to their home countries.
“Istra Inspirit” thus became one of the first examples of how to exchange knowledge in practice and set new standards in an area of about 70 million inhabitants in 9 countries. In addition to the four EU members – Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece, EUSAIR also includes 5 non-EU countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and more recently Northern Macedonia. EUSAIR builds on the 15-year cooperation within the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and the European Commission’s November 2012 Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. AIR Cultural Routes project or Adriatic-Ionian Cultural Routes follows the EUSAIR thematic priority for the development of sustainable and thematic cultural routes and the linking of cultural routes in EUSAIR and focuses on addressing the need for a harmonized distribution of tourist flows. CulTourAir is a leading project that addresses the need for structured and harmonized data on the demand for cultural tourism in the Adriatic-Ionian region, the need to establish a single and harmonized methodological framework, and enables joint regional and transnational entrepreneurial projects. Handbook of participatory tourism DES_AIR addresses the need to harmonize training and education programs for responsible integrated tourism management, establishing a master’s program in tourism management, hospitality and services, sharing the same methodologies and approaches within EUSAIR countries. The manual is available at this link. In addition, the Strategy seeks to develop common standards in education for tourism professionals and thus encourage future tourism entrepreneurship towards development, which will satisfy special and alternative tourism programs by creating groups of bidders, which should extend the season to the whole year. CRUISAIR is is a project aimed at extending the tourist season throughout the year through better management of cruise destinations, coastal and continental destinations (along rivers and lakes), promotion and support of development of special interest related to cruising and rural and alternative forms of tourism. GREEN MAPPING or Green Map for the Adriatic-Ionian Region – support for the development and market access of responsible and sustainable tourist destinations and the business of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the region. The elaboration of another project idea called has been announced Cycling Tourism which would rely on popular and growing cycling tourism, and which should be presented in Zagreb in October. This project should cover an area covering all 9 Member States and will include the thematic and infrastructural or transport side of cycling tourism development in a framework that will guarantee sustainability. At the meeting of the thematic steering group for sustainable tourism of the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy (EUSAIR) of nine member states, the list of so-called leading projects in line with the two priorities adopted under that theme. It is about the development of a diverse tourist offer, sustainable and responsible tourism management, through which Member States should jointly develop sustainable and thematic routes, encourage the inclusion of the common cultural heritage of the two seas in attracting tourists, but also improve cooperation between tourism entrepreneurs throughout macro-regions and increase their performance. Manuela Hrvatin, Croatian National Coordinator for INTERPRET EUROPE, presented to partners from all 9 countries A handbook of participatory tourism that connects community and culture through storytelling. The manual, published by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, includes a theoretical part of the explanation of participatory tourism – the involvement of numerous stakeholders in the cultural and tourist product, which are present in all phases – from idea to realization. It explains the topic – what is storytelling and what can we expect from storytelling, and what are its steps and ways. A good Istrian example is one of the mainstays