Month: November 2020

Monkeys serve as first animal model of smallpox

first_img The authors say that the ideal animal model of smallpox would more closely resemble ordinary smallpox in humans, with a longer clinical course and without hemorrhagic manifestations, but would still cause high mortality. They tried to achieve this by giving monkeys lower doses of virus, which resulted in both reduced hemorrhage and lower mortality. “The demonstration that variola virus strains can produce lethal disease in monkeys is a significant advance toward the development of antiviral drugs and improved vaccines, as well as an improved understanding of variola pathogenesis,” says the report by Peter B. Jahrling of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and colleagues from USAMRIID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stanford University. Under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) “animal efficacy rule,” treatments and vaccines can be approved on the basis of animal data alone if human trials are impractical or unethical, as in the case of smallpox. The FDA rule requires that the actual pathogen be used and that “the disease process be faithful to the human disease,” the report notes. Nineteen of 21 monkeys that received the highest doses of virus died, most of them within 6 days after exposure. Of 12 monkeys that received a lower dose, only one died. Both strains of virus were lethal to most of the monkeys at the highest doses, and the infections were mostly fatal regardless of whether exposure was by injection and aerosol or by injection alone. Oct 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Federal researchers report they have succeeded in infecting monkeys with fatal smallpox, creating the first animal model of the disease for use in testing vaccines and treatments for humans. The team previously reported exposing two groups of monkeys to a variola virus aerosol, which caused infection but not serious illness. In the present experiment, the researchers used two other variola strains (Harper and India 7124). Groups of monkeys received either an intravenous injection of virus accompanied by aerosol exposure or an IV injection alone. Analysis of tissue from the infected monkeys has already yielded some information about how smallpox changes gene activity in cells attacked by the virus, yielding clues about how it overcomes host defenses, according to a separate report in PNAS. “The i.v. inoculation of high doses of variola virus produced an overwhelming, hemorrhagic disease course, ending in acute deaths, usually within 6 days of inoculation,” the report states. Postmortem examination showed high levels of virus and widespread hemorrhages in the monkeys’ organs. Researchers exposed cynomolgus macaques to high doses of variola (smallpox) virus, causing most of them to die of the hemorrhagic form of smallpox within a few days, according to an online report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Scientists previously thought that humans were the only species susceptible to smallpox.center_img Jahrling PB, Hensley LE, Martinez MJ, et al. Exploring the potential of variola virus infection of cynomolgus macaques as a model for human smallpox. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2004 Oct 11 (published online before print) (Full text) The use of IV inoculation of the virus eliminated the incubation and prodromal stages of natural smallpox, causing “instantaneous viremia” and resulting in a much shorter clinical course than was typical when smallpox still existed in humans, the authors note. “Yet, the sequence of events in the monkeys is similar to human hemorrhagic smallpox, a form that was almost always fatal.” In humans, only about 2% to 3% of smallpox cases were hemorrhagic. Rubins KH, Hensley LE, Jahrling PB, et al. The host response to smallpox: analysis of the gene expression program in peripheral blood cells in a nonhman primate model. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2004 Oct 11 (published online before print) (Full text) David Relman, MD, of Stanford University, and colleagues analyzed how the smallpox infection altered gene expression in the monkeys’ blood cells, according to a news release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which supported the research. The researchers used DNA microarrays, a fairly new tool, to examine changes in levels of gene expression and expression of some proteins in the blood of infected monkeys. The success of Jahrling and his team in inducing lethal smallpox in monkeys has been no secret, having been described in Richard Preston’s 2002 book The Demon in the Freezer. But the current PNAS report is apparently the first full description of the research in a journal. “This new research fills in some of the gaps in our understanding of smallpox,” NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, MD, said in the news release. “Now we are better positioned to speed the development of protective measures.” The article says that variola and monkeypox viruses cause very similar diseases in monkeys. Accordingly, the authors hope to test most smallpox countermeasures in the monkeypox model. “The variola primate model would be reserved for testing only those countermeasures that have passed all other FDA requirements for drug or vaccine licensure,” they state.last_img read more

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Asian nations vow cooperation on avian flu

first_imgDec 2, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – As public health ministers and officials from 13 Asian countries conferred in Bangkok last week on how to prevent the spread of H5N1 avian influenza, experts offered troubling predictions.The highly lethal H5N1 strain, which has claimed tens of millions of poultry across eastern Asia this year, is the world’s likeliest candidate to cause global devastation in the form of a human flu pandemic, according to experts from the World Health Organization (WHO).While acknowledging that all estimates are essentially guesses, WHO experts have predicted in recent weeks that a pandemic could kill anywhere from 2 million to 100 million people.Confirmed H5N1 avian flu has already killed 32 people and sickened 12 more in Vietnam and Thailand this year. What is keeping the disease in check, for now, is the virus’s inability to spread easily from person to person.Under the shadow of that threat, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other Asian countries sought to reach agreements on how to collaborate to prevent the spread of the disease at a conference that ended Nov 26.In a joint closing statement, delegates pledged to collaborate through prompt and open communication, research, and allocation of resources, according to a press release from the WHO’s Western Pacific Region Office. The nations also agreed to prepare contingency plans for a human flu pandemic.”We believe a pandemic is highly likely, unless intensified international efforts are made to take control of the situation,” said Dr. Shigeru Omi, WHO western Pacific regional director, in the press release. “When I contemplate the ‘where, how, and when’ of a possible influenza pandemic, I find myself faced with an inescapable conclusion—that we who are assembled in this room have an historic role to play in addressing a global health threat that continues in our region.”In a Nov 29 speech in Hong Kong, Omi predicted that a pandemic could cause 20 million to 50 million deaths, or possibly up to 100 million, according to a Nov 29 New York Times report.Omi’s opinion that a pandemic is highly likely was echoed in a report released recently by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. “The danger mounts as the world’s capacity to produce vaccines shrinks and H5N1 reaches endemic levels in poultry in many parts of Asia,” says the report, titled “The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Are We Ready?” The 300-page report is a summary of a conference held in June.Meanwhile, members of ASEAN are addressing local avian flu problems.Thai government officials made several recent announcements about progress against H5N1, although they encountered setbacks as well. They announced that a vaccine to protect humans against avian flu is expected to be ready by 2007, following clinical trials in Thailand, according to an Associated Press story Nov 24. A Dec 1 story from the Thai News Agency said the government was claiming success in efforts to prevent the H5N1 virus from mutating. The same story noted the plans have not worked everywhere because villagers sometimes hid news of dying birds for fear of having their flocks culled.In addition, the story said authorities in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai province will meet with owners of cock-fighting rings later this month to discuss reopening rings and how to prevent fighting cocks from spreading H5N1. An 18-year-old Thai man who often sucked fluids from the mouths of his fighting birds died from H5N1, according to a New York Times story on Nov 7.Thailand reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that between Nov 18 and 25 it logged 17 new H5N1 outbreaks, leading to the deaths of more than 16,000 fowl.Hong Kong authorities said on Nov 29 they may bar shopkeepers from slaughtering poultry, a popular practice for assuring shoppers that their purchases are fresh, according to a story compiled from news agencies and published on the China Daily web site yesterday.Scientists have struggled against the practice of killing chickens at markets since Hong Kong’s first bout with human H5N1, which killed six people in 1997. The poultry industry has strongly opposed the ban in the past, the China Daily report said. However, the government is pursuing the plan, which could include creating one large central slaughterhouse or limiting the slaughter to a few areas, the story said.See also:IOM report “The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Are We Ready? Workshop Summary”http://www.nap.edu/books/0309095042/html/last_img read more

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Conference “Sustainable Beach Management”

first_imgThe Administrative Department for Tourism of the County of Istria and the Institute for Agriculture and Tourism are organizing a conference called “SUSTAINABLE BEACH MANAGEMENT”.The conference will be held in Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Poreč, Hotel Diamant, Magnolia Hall. Study visits to cities and beaches in Porec and Novigrad will be organized in Friday, March 16, 2018The conference is organized to encourage public dialogue on responsible and sustainable beach management in Istria, and will present concrete examples from cities and municipalities in the Region of Tuscany, Cyprus and the County of Istria in which the model is tested and implemented. The Green Beach model is an example of a sustainable beach management model in the Mediterranean. “We believe that the conference is an excellent platform for the further development of this valuable resource in the function of considering further tourism development. The conference is primarily intended for local self-government units and hotel companies, that is, for all those who manage beaches and tourist boards that deal with the promotion and improvement of tourist destinations. ” stand out from the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism.Due to the limited number of participants, their arrival should be confirmed no later than Friday, 9. March 2018. with the exact date of arrival (March 15 and / or March 16, 2018). Applications for participation are submitted to the e-mail address: anovoselic@iptpo.hr or phone number 052 / 408-309.Conference program SUSTAINABLE BEACH MANAGEMENTOrganisers:Administrative Department for Tourism of the County of Istria and the Institute of Agriculture and Tourismin cooperation with the City of Poreč and the City of NovigradDate:15.-16. March 2018Location:Lectures (March 15, 3) Hotel Diamant, conference hall Magnolia, PorečStudy visits (March 16, 3) Tours of cities and beaches in Poreč and Novigrad15. March 2018.ProgramModerator: dr. Sc. Danijela Poljuha, Institute of Agriculture and Tourism8: 45-9: 15 Registration9: 15-9: 45 Official opening of the conferencemr. sc. Valter Flego, County Prefect of Istriadr. sc. Dean Ban, director of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism9: 45-10: 00 Review of Istrian tourism 2017Denis Ivošević, Director of the Office of the Istria County Tourist Board10: 00-10: 15 Encouraging sustainable tourism development in the Mediterranean (EU project MITOMED +)dr. sc. Kristina Brščić, Institute of Agriculture and Tourism10: 15-10: 30 Models of integrated tourism in the Mediterranean Plus – MITOMED +Maria Luisa Mattivi, Project Manager, Economic and Tourism Promotion Sector, Region of Tuscany10: 30-11: 00 Presentation of the model “Green Beach” – Cyprusdr. sc. Eudokia Balamou, ANETEL, Larnaca, Cyprus11: 00-11: 30 Coffee break11: 30-11: 45 Presentation of the “Green Beach” from Tuscany – Commune di San VincenzoSimina Chelaru, San Vincenzo Municipality Urban Planning Office11: 45-12: 00 Presentation of the “Green Beach” from Tuscany – Comune di MontignosoRaffaello Gianfranceschi, Councilor of the Municipality of Montignoso12: 15-12: 30 Presentation of the “Green Beach” from Tuscany – Castiglione della PescaiaElena Nappi, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Castiglione della Pescaia12: 30-14: 00 Lunch break14: 00-14: 15 Presentation of the research of attitudes and satisfaction of tourists with the destination according toETIS questionnaire (destinations Poreč, Novigrad, Labin / Rabac)dr. sc. Kristina Brščić, Institute of Agriculture and Tourism14: 15-14: 30 Survey results – Green beaches (Novigrad, Rabac, Poreč)Tina Šugar, M.Sc. ing. agr., Institute of Agriculture and Tourism14: 30-14: 45 Green beach – town of NovigradVanja Gorički, B.Sc. oec., advisor for EU projects and international cooperation of the City of Novigrad14: 45-15: 00 Green beach – RabacRobert Mohorović, mag.oec., Senior expert associate for international projects of the City of Labin15: 00-15: 15 Green beach – the city of Porecdr. sc. Damir Hrvatin, Head of the Administrative Department for Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection of the City of Poreč15: 15-15: 30 Discussion and closing of the conference16. March 2018.Study visits8:30 – 10:30 Tour of the city of Poreč, tour of the beach “Gradsko kupalište”11: 00-12: 30 Tour of the city of Novigrad, tour of the beach “Karpinjan”English and Italian translation providedlast_img read more

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The impact of creative industries on tourism as one of the main topics of the Croatian Tourism Day

first_imgAnother edition of the Croatian Tourism Day, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board, will once again bring together tourism industry professionals from the country, the region and the world. On the sunniest Croatian island, which this year marks 150 years of organized tourism, in the town of Hvar on September 24 and 25, lectures, panels and professional gatherings will analyze the current state and trends in tourism, and will be presented by government representatives, experts from tourism, but also accompanying horizontal activities.In addition to classic tourism indicators and analyzes, this year’s gathering is dedicated to the favorite leisure activities of most people: food and drink, the film industry and the Internet. The connection between them as creative industries and tourism will be confirmed by world-renowned experts through the rich program of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism. PANEL “FILM INDUSTRY AND TOURISM”In recent years, Croatia has been the natural scenery of numerous film blockbusters, series and reality shows. Authentic locations of Croatian tourist destinations are the backdrop of numerous scenes of famous films, and creative tourist services that include touring locations of shooting, making authentic souvenirs or storytelling, develop a new tourist product that contributes to the overall tourist competitiveness of the country.  Why is it being filmed in Croatia, what does it bring to the local environment and what is the situation in other countries of the European Union and abroad, those gathered as part of the panel “Film industry and tourism”, under the moderation of the director of the Croatian Audiovisual Center Daniel Rafaelić, answered representatives of the Croatian and world film industries.  On behalf of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, State Secretary Krešimir Partl will present the support and contribution of the line ministry for the system of encouraging the export of audiovisual services and attracting international  film and television productions in Croatia. World blockbusters such as Mamma Mia, Star Wars, Robin Hood or Winettou have been filmed in several locations around the world, including Morocco, Hungary and Croatia. What this, in terms of tourism and cinema, has brought to these countries, will be presented by the director of the Moroccan Film Institute Mohamed Sarim El Haq Fassi Fihri and director of the Hungarian National Film Office Miklós Taba.  Additionally, within the mentioned panel, there will be a presentation on the state of the Croatian film scene Nebojsa Taraba, a successful Croatian television producer and journalist, known for hit series in the formats of reality shows Dvornikovi, Police Patrol, Instruktor, Loza, urban crime story Mamutica and the latest hit series Novine for which the Israeli media company Keshet International bought the rights to global broadcasting. Another panelist of this gathering gained the world attention of the media and the profession, Vanja Černjul, A Croat with a New York address, is also the proud winner of the American Cameramen’s Award for the best director of photography in the television series category. Chernyul has been nominated for an Emmy on several occasions, and is best known as the director of photography for the world’s best series in the United States such as 30 Rock and Sister Jackie (Nurse Jackie), Orange is the New Black, Bored to Death.  Marco Polo, The Deuce (Times Square Chronicles), and the latest project, the film “Crazy Rich Asians” presented this summer at the box office earned $ 48 million.  The film festival is an important part of the cultural heritage and one of the most frequent motives for coming to Croatia, so the contribution to the discussion at the panel “Film and Industry” will be given by Gordana Restović, director of the Pula Film Festival, which has been gathering lovers of the seventh art for sixty-five years.PANEL “CROATIA – NEW GASTRO ICON OF EUROPE”In the existing strategy for tourism development until 2020, gastronomy and oenology have been singled out as one of the key tourism products on which the development of tourism in Croatia will be built in the future, and the panel “Croatia – a new gastronomic icon of Europe” aims to answer questions. determinants of successful gastro tourism, what is obtained by the development of gastro tourism, what is its horizontal and vertical connection, what are the success factors and what place does Croatia occupy on the European gastronomic map. This panel will bring together representatives of the Croatian / Hvar and Italian gastronomic scene under the moderator’s baton Snježana Boranić Živoder from the Institute of Tourism. By focusing on indigenous products such as white truffles and wine, the province of Alba has positioned itself as a world-famous gastronomic brand, a kind of gastronomy center under UNESCO protection and as one of the largest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in one area. present on this panel  Director General of the Alba Bra Tourist Board Langhe Roero Mauro Carbone. What we can learn from our Italian neighbors and how far we have come will be confirmed Ingrid Badurina Danielsson, director of Gault & Millau Croatia, representatives of the hotel Sunny Hvar which in the gastronomic offer include indigenous local products and representatives of the Hvar gastro scene.PANEL “TOURIST BLOGGERS – DREAM OCCUPATION. MYTH OR REALITY? ”Social media allows modern tourists to inform, participate and interact on different platforms. Modern social media has changed the way people think and share their travel experiences and is also a good promotional tool for tourism marketing. What do tourist bloggers have, and what destinations and accommodation facilities they visit, under the moderator’s baton Frane Ridjana, will be revealed by the most famous Croatian blogger and influencer Ella Dvornik (iamella.com), Polish blogger Wojtek Tylus (Crolove.pl), Japanese blogger Yuya Matsuo (EseJapan) and the owner of the Vestibul Hotel in Split Neno Nizic who hosted American actress and luxury travel blogger Eva LaRue this summer. How to direct communication on social networks will conclude Nick Evans from Hills Balfour, a leading marketing and communications agency in the United Kingdom specializing in tourism.Attachment:DHT PROGRAM 2018 HVARlast_img read more

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Krešimir Dobrilović, CARWIZ: Today it is not enough to sell a product, but you must provide the user with an experience

first_imgAlso, through the prism of the importance of promoting a tourist destination, the much-needed synergy between all tourist entities in the destination is important. Again, we are stronger together and working on better promotion. As the number of overnight stays increases, everyone benefits, so synergy is key. When we talk about rent a car service, the staff of rent a car company is one of the first contacts with local people, and therefore they are ambassadors of our tourism, a tool for recommendation and sales, suggestions, etc.… Technology and tourism have always gone together, and with the development of the same symbiosis is getting bigger and bigger. What is definitely Carwiz’s differentiation from the competition are the added services they offer to their customers. So they introduced new services and benefits for customers in their cars at Carwiz, and it is a GoPro camera and WiFi service in the car, which is added value. “In a very short time, we expect the transformation of rent a car service, enhanced by switching to electric vehicles. In the slightly distant future, we will have to transform the sector thanks to autonomous vehicles. We are also waiting for the development of leases through various share platforms, which will influence the creation of new types of offers in the car rental industry. This will give users the opportunity to rent a car through this type of business. In today’s age of modern technology, end users are becoming more demanding. They are aware and know what they want. In order to meet their expectations, it is necessary to create a high level of service quality by packaging products, work systematically on technological development of business and business processes, but also continuously monitor technological development and know how to implement it in their business.”Concludes Dobrilović. At the end of the year, as a “proof of concept”, it came from the world’s largest vehicle reservation website  rentalcars.com,  where, according to user reviews, Carwiz rent a car is the best rated rent a car company in Croatia. “Looking at the level of total business performance in the past 2018, business growth was achieved, ie the number of leases in the rent a car segment. Such a business result primarily refers to the increase in airline guests who were the main users of our services in the past years as well. It should be emphasized that the overall growth in the number of tourists is not at the same time an indicator of growth in the car rental business itself. It is known that Croatia is largely a car destination, and such guests do not use the services of our sector. However, as the number of airline guests grows from year to year, this trend is reflected in our business. We expect that the trend will continue in the coming years, while it is up to us to ensure the trust of customers who will choose our services with the breadth and innovation of the offer.”Points out Dobrilović. Krešimir Dobrilović, CARWIZ Carwiz is a relatively young company, founded in early 2017, but in a short time it managed to position itself and expand in Croatia as a leader in providing car rental services. With the opening of the initial six branches, today Carwiz is present through 13 branches in all major cities and major tourist centers in Croatia. From Zagreb in the north, Dubrovnik in the south and Pula and Osijek in the west and east. In addition to the above-mentioned cities, the branches are also located in Poreč, Rijeka and Split, and will soon expand to the global market. Precisely on the topic of connection with tourism as well as whether the record tourist season was felt on the growth of car rental services in Croatia, I spoke with Krešimir Dobrilović, owner of a rent a car of Carwiz, who points out that their air guests are the main users of car rental services and generators of growth through the tourism sector. And Dobrilović also sees room for cooperation in this field, which the cooperation of all entities at the level of the tourism sector is the only right way to achieve a positive result. “Thus, we also cooperate well and are in constant development communication with hotel companies and groups, as well as domestic and foreign tour operators who bring guests to Croatia. With a common strategic approach, we ensure that every guest after leaving Lijepa naša leaves full of impressions that will create a desire to come again, but also ensure that they pass on positive experiences to their acquaintances and thus create new users eager to visit our country.”Points out Dobrilović. They are aware of the importance of destination promotion in Carwiz, and researching the company for interviews, I was thrilled to be under the category of Inspirations in Carwiz promoting our destinations and events, and thus actively involved in the segment of tourism promotion. Also, through the same prism, they see their contribution to the development of a tourist destination in Carwiz through cooperation with various tourist events that are the motive for coming. Thus, one of the first steps was the sponsorship of the recently completed Snow Queen in Zagreb. As info related to Croatia’s direct air connection with emitting markets, the Croatian National Tourist Board’s Market Research and Strategic Planning Department regularly reviews the direct flights and direct air connections of Croatian airports from 12 major emitting markets twice a year, which is regularly updated with new information. I keep emphasizing that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. That is why it is extremely important that everyone in the tourist chain understands the importance of promoting a tourist destination, and not primarily themselves and their services and products. It is imperative to “sell” the destination, ie to give a good enough motive for the guest to come to it, and only then comes the consumption and consumption of all other services and products offered by the destination. So in the case of ren a car services. “Our goal is not just to expand to the region. This way I will give you a little exclusive regarding our business plans. This is a business achievement by which we will establish contractual relations for the placement of our brand on the global market at the end of the month. Our ambitions are not small and we think big accordingly. We want to be one of the leading drivers of integrating the number of tourist arrivals in Croatia. At the local level, we will continue to work systematically on business stability, technological innovation, market strengthening and awareness of the availability of car rental services. In addition to the systematic improvement of all sales channels with an emphasis on strengthening the web platform, our priorities will be quality staffing and education of our employees.”Points out Dobrilović, and emphasizes that only through satisfied and professional staff can we achieve the desired achievements. The main factor associated with tourism when we talk about car rental service is certainly the best possible air transport, ie direct air connections with emitting markets. It was this segment that achieved great growth last year, and Croatia has never been better and better connected. Last year, a record tourist season was achieved, and since tourism is not one industry, but connects various industries vertically and horizontally, so various industries directly benefit from tourism. One of them is certainly the car rental market, which has been growing from year to year for a couple of years. Find out more in the attachment. Last year, Rent-a-car companies lobbied for the rent a car service to be included in the new amendments to the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism, and the campaign bore fruit. When asked what this means for the current development of car rental services, Dobrilović points out that any law that burdens business is not good for the sector, including this case. “Thus, until recently, certain legal aspects were insufficiently in line with the conditions that allow for improved business. Through quality communication and cooperation with the competent authorities, the rent a car industry has managed to find a common language that has resulted in the adjustment and change of the legal framework. That this decision is correct will be clear in a very short time when analyzing the achieved numerical and financial indicators. I personally welcome the readiness of the institutions for dialogue and respect for the sector’s need for corrections. Only such two-way communication is possible to achieve improved business conditions that will result in a positive impact on our sector, and consequently on the domestic economy.”Said Dobrilovic. “Surely. Modern tourism is based on a quality DMC where rent a car must give its all in the true sense of the word. Thus, we daily analyze and get involved in events that ensure an increase in the number of tourist arrivals, and consequently the promotion of our tourist offer. In addition to the Snow Queen, this season we have a dozen other events planned throughout Lijepa naša, which we will use our support, knowledge and offer to try to help achieve the set results. Our tendency is for the tourist result and offer to develop well in less developed areas such as Slavonia. It is for this reason that we have opened a branch office in Osijek, which will contribute to the desire to make continental tourism one of the main driving forces of this region.” Announcements for this tourist season are positive and are expanding day by day and opening new airlines. And companies in the car rental segment where airline guests are certainly looking forward to this news are one of the main generators of demand for car rental services in tourism. Today, Croatia is in a favorable position due to the positive perception and trend, which indicates that Croatia is a desirable destination, Dobrilović believes, and adds that such a trend should be built and supplemented from season to season. “If we lurk in complacency, it will not be good. Therefore, we at Carwiz, and taught by knowledge from leading tourism fairs such as WTM, will continue to complement our offer and keep the trend I mention with constant development. If such an approach is maintained by other entities in the tourism sector, then there is no fear for tourism. It is important to emphasize that such an approach must be followed by the competent institutions, which with their measures, incentives and legal corrections must not be a burden but a quality partner of the business and tourism sector.. ” Direct air connection Ryanair has confirmed that it will open eight new routes to Zadar Airport in the new season, from the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy and Germany, and two new connections to Rijeka Airport, London and Manchester. Also, flights to Dubrovnik and Split from Dublin have been announced, four times a week since June. The outcome in which others follow us, and not others, is an indicator of Carwiz’s strength and market position, Dobrilović points out and adds: “From the very beginning of our business, our foundation was the tendency to create a better and more meaningful offer. Today, it is not enough to sell a product, but you must provide the user with an experience. That is how we work every day to improve our offer. We are based on new technologies and global trends that are becoming an integral part of life, both younger and all other generations. Our offer is, I would dare say, a driver of market trends. This is evidenced by the fact that the competition often follows the sales and content trends that we set and in large numbers implement our ideas and innovations in their business. We are primarily proud of this because we believe that the outcome in which others follow us, and not others, is an indicator of the strength and market position of Carwiz.. ” Carwiz at the WTM Tourism Fair in London In the end, the future of car rental services is bright, believes Dobrilović, mostly in the segment of switching to electric vehicles and share platforms. last_img read more

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Zagorje mills became the 23rd Croatian product protected in the EU

first_img“Zagorski mlinci” has been awarded the European protected geographical indication, the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 168 on June 25, 2019.Thus, “Zagorski mlinci” are entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and protected throughout the European Union.The geographical area of ​​production of “Zagorje mills” includes the area of ​​Hrvatsko Zagorje, ie the entire area of ​​Krapina-Zagorje County, the entire area of ​​Varaždin County and the peripheral parts of Zagreb County bordering Krapina-Zagorje and Varaždin County, ie municipalities: Brdovec, Marija Gorica, Pušća, Dubravica, Luka , Jakovlje, Bistra and Bedenica.Croatia now has 23 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication. In addition to the name Zagorski mlinci, the following are registered: Krk prosciutto, Extra virgin olive oil Cres, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto, Drniš prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljannik Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin cabbage, Slavonian kulen / Slavonian kulin, Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica, Slavonian honey, Lika lamb, Istria and Pag salt. For these products, the EU mark of protected designation of origin or protected geographical indication on the packaging guarantees the consumer the purchase of an authentic product. More information The process of protection of the name “Zagorski mlinci” began in September 2016, when the Association for the Protection, Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Zagorje Products “Tradition of Zagorje” submitted a request to the Ministry of Agriculture to protect the geographical indication. In April 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture issued a Decision on the transitional national protection of the name “Zagorski mlinci”, and in June of the same year a request was sent to the European Commission for the registration of the name at the level of the European Union.The simple recipe of “Zagorje mills”, which contained only flour, salt and water, was passed down through the generations in the families of Hrvatsko Zagorje and has remained until today. The recognizable appearance and fragile texture of “Zagorje mills” is due to the specific way of baking the dough on flat or rounded hot plates, which lasts only a few minutes. Baking mills on such plates is a traditional way of baking “Zagorje mills”, just as it used to be baked on ovens in Zagorje houses.”Zagorski mlinci” is a product that, after being prepared, is traditionally served with roasted poultry meat, so in almost all records related to the way of consuming “Zagorski turkey”, it is stated that it is served with “Zagorski mlinci”. Both products belong to the most important autochthonous products of Hrvatsko Zagorje and are found in almost all tourist, gastronomic and other publications related to Hrvatsko Zagorje, and together they form a recognizable combination – the “main dish” of Hrvatsko Zagorje, most often called “Zagorje turkey with grinders”.”Zagorski mlinci” is a bakery product prepared from wheat smooth flour type 550, water and salt from which a thin, rolled and hand-stretched dough up to 2,5 mm thick is made. The stretched dough is then cut into rectangular pieces, which are baked in two stages on hot plates and dried until done. The finished product “Zagorski mlinci” is a thin, baked dough of rectangular shape with possible uneven edges, white-yellow color, flat and in some places slightly raised surfaces with characteristic, sometimes burnt protrusions (bubbles) light brown, brown to black color due to swelling of the dough baking. Before consumption, “Zagorski mlinci” are manually broken into smaller pieces and poured over with boiled water, after which they should be left to stand for a short time. They are then drained, traditionally seasoned with hot baking fat and can be consumed.”Rarely does anyone have such a complete story – turkey and grinders, both protected. We expect that the picky European market will recognize our products, but also that manufacturers will be able to form an adequate price for that market.. Through the Entrepreneurship Center, we will make a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture that they also subsidize the increase in production. “, concluded the prefect of Krapina-Zagorje County, Željko Kolar.”The Ministry of Agriculture wants to increase the number of producers participating in the system of control of protected products. Given that entering the control system for producers means a certain financial cost in the Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia for the period 2015-2020, we have envisaged Measure 3, which is intended for new producers of protected agricultural and food products, and in which they are fully recognize and finance product control costs. Also through this measure, co-financing of various promotional activities carried out by producer groups is envisaged. Thus, we are trying to increase the number of manufacturers, and thus products and their promotion, which will certainly facilitate the placement of products outside the borders of the Republic of Croatia. I call on our manufacturers to protect as many products as possible, because that way their products also get added value” pointed out the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Tomislav Tolusic. Photo: Ministry of Agriculturelast_img read more

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First GET STARS marks assigned

first_imgThe awarding of GET Stars for the first few winemakers of the Moslavina vineyards was held in cooperation with the Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board, the Sisak-Moslavina County and the winemakers of the Moslavina vineyards. Photo: Silvija Munda The “Stars of Wine Tourism” project consists of the White Cluster Award, GET Stars labeling of wineries and online guides. In addition to the Recommendation, one, two or three Stars, in the GET Stars label system there is also Excellence GET Star (Star of Excellence), for wineries that raise their presentation to a much higher level and create an unforgettable experience. The evaluation is performed according to a single rulebook, the criteria of which serve as guidelines according to which the jury, with the conclusions of several expert controllers in the field of tourism, ethnography and urbanism, according to its own assessment makes the final evaluation. “After the winery receives the label, the control does not stop, so the obtained labels can be confirmed or improved, but also lost. This way we will ensure that GET STARS labels are a guarantee for the quality of service in wineries “, explains  Tomislav Stiplošek  and adds:” What Michelin is for restaurants, GET STARS will become for wineries in wine tourism ” First GET STARS tags the GET Recommendation plate was received by Sven Đozo in front of the basement Ilovčakpločica s oznakom “one G.E.T Star” (jedna Zvjezdica)  dodijeljena je vinarijama Mix i Miklaužić Sve vinarije bit će uvrštene u višejezičan online vodič – katalog koji pruža mogućnost pretrage prema ključnim riječima i G.E.T. Stars oznakama. Uz takav vodič i druge komunikacijske kanale, G.E.T. Stars oznake dobivaju svoju praktičnu primjenu – one moraju biti poznate i vidljive široj publici koja će putem njih vrlo lako zaključiti o kakvoj vinariji se radi i što mogu tamo očekivati.center_img pločica s  oznakom “three G.E.T. Stars” (tri Zvjezdice) dodijeljena je gospodarstvu Kezele. With the aim of raising the quality and recognizability of the tourist offer in wine, ie eno-gastro tourism, the Zagreb Association for Table Culture GET (gastronomy, oenology, tourism) launched the project GET Stars – Stars of wine tourism.  Pločica s oznakom “three G.E.T. Stars” (tri Zvjezdice) dodijeljena je gospodarstvu Kezele / Foto: Silvija Munda pločica s oznakom “two G.E.T. Stars” (dvije Zvjezdice) dodijeljena je vinarijama Trdenic i Vostinic-Klasnic “Turistima nije bitan samo proizvod, već cijeli doživljaj. Zato smo odlučili provesti kategorizaciju vinarija temeljenu prvenstveno na aspektima turističke ponude. Cilj je tako turistima olakšati izbor gdje, kada i kamo otići, što mogu očekivati i ono najbitnije, unaprijed im dati do znanja što svakako trebaju probati, jer mnogi od njih ne poznaju naše vinarije i vinare, a domaćini se ne sjete ponuditi neke proizvode, ili čak smatraju da su neki proizvodi „preobični“, a upravo su takvi proizvodi turistima interesantni” ističu iz G.E.T. Udruge te dodaju kako su segmenti projekta “Zvijezde vinskog turizma” nastali su iz zaključaka proizašlih iz dugogodišnjeg rada na terenu i razgovora sa svim akterima vinskog turizma – od vinara, preko turističkih djelatnika do turista i potrošača.last_img read more

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