November 2020

So’ton 2 – 0 Newcastle

first_imgChe Adams rattles in Theo Walcott's cross to put Saints in frontImage:Che Adams rattles in Theo Walcott’s cross to put Saints in front Subs: Long (n/a), Redmond (6).Newcastle: Darlow (8), Lewis (6), Schar (6), Lascelles (5), Fernandez (6), S. Longstaff (5), Hendrick (4), Almiron (5), Murphy (5), Saint-Maximin (5), Wilson (5).Subs: M. Longstaff (5), Carroll (5), Joelinton (6).- Advertisement – Team newsSouthampton made two changes to their starting line-up from the 4-3 win at Aston Villa. Moussa Djenepo and Jack Stephens were brought in to replace the injured Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand, while Theo Walcott moved up front alongside Che Adams.Newcastle named the same starting XI from their win over Everton, but Ryan Fraser was not included in Steve Bruce’s matchday squad. Crystal Palace05/10/1979 Tottenham29/08/2014 Liverpool05/11/2020 How Saints rose to the summitIt caps a remarkable 12 months for Hasenhuttl after his side were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester last October and facing up to the prospect of a relegation dogfight. But they went on to finish a credible 11th and they cemented their European credentials on Friday night.Newcastle arrived on the south coast unbeaten on the road this season and boosted by a win over Everton last weekend – their best start to a season since 2012/13 – but they failed to compete during a disappointing opening half. Leeds Utd26/08/2002 Man of the match: Stuart Armstrong. Man City16/08/2019 Walcott won the ball back on the right before playing in Adams, who fired it past the Newcastle goalkeeper to give his side the advantage. It was a finish of quality, highlighting a man in form.Southampton were running rings around Newcastle, helped by sloppy passing but only wasteful finishing prevented the advantage from being more handsome at the interval. Jamaal Lascelles and Jamal Lewis were casual on the ball as James Ward-Prowse pounced, drawing Moussa Djenepo’s flick into the path of Theo Walcott but the on-loan winger curled wide. Jannik Vestergaard snuffs out the danger from Jacob MurphyImage:Jannik Vestergaard snuffs out the danger from Jacob Murphy Aston Villa20/08/2011 Chelsea21/09/2018 Leicester City02/10/2020 West Brom02/02/1979 Arsenal18/09/2020 West Ham22/08/2006 Newcastle were powderpuff in attack with a Sean Longstaff header straight at Alex McCarthy all to show for their first-half efforts, and Steve Bruce’s side were fortunate not to fall further behind when Lascelles was alert to head Jan Bednarek’s effort off the line before Darlow produced a superb finger-tip save to push Oriol Romeu’s long-range drive onto the crossbar.Southampton continued to pin Newcastle back as they probed for a second. Bednarek was again denied as he met James Ward-Prowse’s corner at the near post only to see his header palmed away by the overworked Darlow.It was one-way traffic as much in the second half as it was in the first with Lascelles fortunate not to give away a penalty for a challenge on Walcott that was cleared upon VAR review by Christopher Kavanagh.Sky Sports co-commentator Alan Smith said: “It doesn’t matter that he touches the ball. That is a clear foul. I’m perplexed. They know more about it than me at Stockley Park.”The incident would prove merely a side note, however, as Southampton deservedly doubled their lead in the final 10 minutes. Armstrong accepted the ball off the dallying Sean Longstaff on the edge of his own box, cut onto his left boot and reversed his shot beyond Darlow.Southampton were in control, but Newcastle were denied the chance of staging a nervy finale when McCarthy was awoken by a fine Joelinton header from Lewis’ cross, springing to his left to preserve his clean sheet. How long since your club topped the top division? What the managers saidSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “It’s amazing what my team does in the moment. Congratulations to everybody around the pitch and the team. Amazing. We could maybe have scored more but the rest was perfect. Everybody was on the highest level. It is a little scary what we are doing at the moment to be honest but not surprising when I see what we are working on.“Earlier, we could have closed the game. That was definitely possible. The way we played through lines was fantastic to watch. We can then make the last pass and final decision even better but this is criticism on a high level. We know it’s not so easy to create a lot of chances against these teams.“I just told the guys in the dressing room that we invested so much in this time together. We made so many big steps forward. We are now a strong side. That is not a coincidence. It helped us that we had situations where there were no crowds as we developed our game without as much stress. It was the complete game I think.” Stuart Armstrong sealed the win to put Southampton top of the leagueImage:Stuart Armstrong sealed the win to put Southampton top of the league Man Utd10/08/2018 Ralph Hasenhuttl shakes hands with Adams at the final whistleImage:Ralph Hasenhuttl shakes hands with Adams at the final whistle Newcastle boss Steve Bruce: “It was a difficult evening for us against a very good Southampton team but we didn’t do enough. We weren’t aggressive enough and we found it very difficult. The goals we gave away probably summed up our evening. We gave it away far too cheaply and far too often.“To do it you have to be good with the ball and make sure you look after it better than we did. That’s why the players play at this level because they are expected to.“From six minutes in we gifted them the first goal then it was a difficult night all round. We were nowhere near where we were five days ago. That’s my biggest issue – that we go up and down. It was a poor, poor performance.”Saints march to summit – Opta statsSouthampton’s 2-0 win over Newcastle has taken them top of the Premier League table; it’s the first time they have topped the top-flight table at the end of a day since September 16th, 1988 under Chris Nicholl.Newcastle have conceded a goal in seven consecutive league games; it’s their longest run without a Premier League clean sheet since December 2017 (11 in a row).Southampton have won three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since winning four in a row in May 2016 under Ronald Koeman.Southampton have picked up 16 points in their eight Premier League games this season (W5 D1 L2); they have never had more at this stage of a campaign in the competition (level with 2014-15).What’s next?Southampton travel to face Wolves on Saturday, November 21 after the international break; kick-off 3pm.Newcastle will host Chelsea at St James’ Park at 12.30pm on the same day. Sheffield Utd08/10/1971 TeamLast top Southampton entered this contest as the Premier League’s in-form team across the past five games, and while Hasenhuttl insisted he would not get carried away by the start his side have made this term, they showed an ability to adapt in the absence of their talisman Danny Ings.His side took an early lead, with the first real chance of the game in just the seventh minute. Karl Darlow was forced into a diving save to deny Adams with a curled strike from the edge of the area, but Newcastle failed to clear the ball. Wolves05/10/1962 Southampton soared to the top of the Premier League for the first time in their history as Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong were both on target in a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle.Just over a year on from the nadir of their 9-0 home defeat to Leicester, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side continued their resurgence in style as Adams’ sweet seventh-minute volley sent Saints on their way.- Advertisement – Everton30/10/2020 Player ratingsSouthampton: McCarthy (7), Walker-Peters (7), Vestergaard (7), Stephens (7), Bednarek (7), Romeu (7), Ward-Prowse (8), Walcott (7), Djenepo (7), Armstrong (8), Adams (8).- Advertisement – Burnley31/08/1973 Newcastle13/08/2007 Theo Walcott and Jan Bednarek both wasted good opportunities to double the home side’s lead before Karl Darlow’s superb save kept out Oriol Romeu’s fierce drive.But Armstrong pounced on a Sean Longstaff mistake to steer in a deserved second (82) as Southampton moved above Liverpool at the summit. The result leaves Newcastle in 11th ahead of the weekend’s remaining Premier League fixtures. Theo Walcott curls his effort wide of the post as Saints stream forwardImage:Theo Walcott curls his effort wide of the post as Saints stream forward Fulham21/08/2012 Southampton06/11/2020 – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Covid vaccine not ‘instant stimulus’ to U.S. economy, warns economist

first_imgCarl Tannenbaumchief economist, Northern Trust – Advertisement – – Advertisement – A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks by a going out of business sign displayed outside a retail store in New York City.Noam Galai | Getty Images “On the employment front, we still have 10 million Americans that were working in January that are not working today. And those that remain unemployed are seeing a much longer track back to full employment, so they will continue to need a certain amount of support,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia.”“And the other element that I think is a headwind here in the United States … is state and local governments whose budgets are in terrible disarray at the moment for loss of revenue, they’re laying people off, cutting services and that’s bad for economic activity.”center_img … I think our recovery here in the United States, which is already losing momentum, could be at some risk if we’re waiting for a vaccine to solve all of our problems.- Advertisement – That’s why the U.S. can’t depend on a vaccine to “solve all our problems,” said Tannenbaum. He explained that even if the Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech is “optimistically” approved this year, there may not be enough doses through 2021 to immunize those who need it.   But the economist said the U.S. is not likely to get an economic relief package before the presidential inauguration in January, given deep divisions in Congress. Negotiations for a stimulus deal hit a stalemate before last week’s election, with Democrats and Republicans failing to agree on the size and scale of a package.“As a result, I think our recovery here in the United States, which is already losing momentum, could be at some risk if we’re waiting for a vaccine to solve all of our problems,” said Tannenbaum.The business community and other economists have similarly said the U.S. economy needs further support as soon as possible.U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue on Monday called on Congress to pass additional stimulus before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, saying that it will be months before the immediate economic benefits of a vaccine may be felt.  — CNBC’s Sam Meredith and Kevin Stankiewicz contributed to this report. A Covid-19 vaccine will not result in an “instant stimulus” to the U.S. economy, which still needs greater fiscal support as its recovery loses momentum, an economist said on Wednesday.  Markets globally rallied after Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Monday that their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing the disease among those with no evidence of prior infection.The vaccine news and better-than-expected U.S. jobs growth in October are “encouraging” developments for the world’s largest economy — but that doesn’t reduce the need for further economic stimulus, said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at Northern Trust.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Turkish GP: Lewis Hamilton on equality push, seventh F1 title bid and Mercedes ‘leap of faith’

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Prince Charles to urge UK and Germany to ‘reaffirm bond’

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Keeping tabs on H5N1 media coverage

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Less than 2 years ago, H5N1 seized the headlines.News coverage of the deadly strain of avian influenza peaked in October 2005, with 878 general news stories and 879 business stories appearing during that month (see graph). In April 2007, monthly coverage had plummeted to only 16 general news stories and 134 business stories, based on a search of the LexisNexis database for the keyword “H5N1” in 50 major international newspapers and 702 leading business publications.Helen Branswell, medical reporter for the Canadian Press, says she largely prints out information on H5N1 and files it away for later use. “I find, these days, I’m not paying less attention to it, but I’m not writing as many stories about it,” says Branswell, who is known for her expertise on covering pandemic influenza. “There was a time when it seemed important to cover everything that moved. Now it seems like it’s important to follow the important trends and events and write about them.”Sustaining the former level of attention over time is difficult with so much other news to cover and a pandemic possibly decades away. “It seems to be more of a long-haul experience than I would have recognized when I first started covering this,” Branswell says. “It’s tough to know how much attention to put on it.”Declining news coverage and fewer government meetings and announcements, rather than the official numbers of human H5N1 cases, account for the waning public interest in the virus, says Peter Sandman, a risk communicator and deputy editor of Weekly Briefing. Very few Americans are probably aware enough of the case numbers to be misled by them, he says. “My guess is that the numbers haven’t been driving [public awareness] in the first place,” he adds. “By and large, people respond much more to the way that numbers are framed than to the numbers themselves.”But while media coverage strongly influences public opinion, says Greg Dworkin, MD, the number of stories is not a good way to measure what’s going on with H5N1.”It’s neither a good thing nor a bad thing that you don’t see as many news stories about this,” says Dworkin, editor of the Flu Wiki Web site, which tracks news and information about influenza.”I think the media will report a change rather than a steady drip of information, so you can’t use [media coverage] as a gauge of what’s going on,” he adds.Sandman says that the general public’s interest was never high enough to be self-sustaining. “It reached a peak—albeit a pretty low peak—when the media coverage peaked, and it declined when the media coverage declined,” he says. “But the interest of the pandemic preparedness community hasn’t declined. Neither has the interest of health departments and other government agencies.”And neither should the interest of a corporation that’s thinking straight about business continuity.”last_img read more

Group urges next administration to reform public health

first_imgOct 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Drawing on the expertise of more than 150 health experts, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group in Washington, DC, today released a report designed to help the next president and Congress reform the public health system to improve the nation’s health and emergency preparedness. Levi said the report, “Blueprint for a Healthier America: Modernizing the Federal Public Health System to Focus on Prevention and Preparedness,” contains recommendations that came from a yearlong consensus-building effort among the 150 experts. The report also includes a number of public opinion surveys on Americans’ perceptions of natural disaster and disease threats. At a press conference today, Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, told reporters that the country is losing ground on battling preventable diseases such as diabetes and obesity and could stall in its efforts to prepare for a pandemic or other public health emergency. “We believe Americans deserve better, and these problems place us at a competitive disadvantage,” he said in introducing the 119-page report. A public opinion poll included in the new report found that 78% of Americans believe that a major foodborne disease outbreak will occur again in the next 5 to 10 years, that 65% believe protecting the nation’s food supply should be a primary government responsibility, and that 88% are concerned about the safety of imported food products. In the report, TFAH projects a $20 billion annual shortfall in funding for critical public health problems. Establishing a stable funding stream though various options outlined in the report would require increases of $12 billion at the federal level and $8 billion at state and local levels. Levi said both of the major presidential candidates are concerned about the nation’s public health problems and have said new solutions are needed, as described in recent articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). One option could include a “wellness trust”—an independent entity that would fund public health activities and infrastructure improvements with the support of public health agencies and private insurers. TFAH also suggests creating a matching requirement for state and local recipients of new public health funding and private-public partnerships at the state and local levels. A $20 billion funding gapLevi emphasized that the TFAH “blueprint” proposes a public health and preparedness strategy that doesn’t depend solely on the federal government but envisions critical roles for state and local governments. He said some of the key themes of the blueprint are holding funding recipients accountable for progress and results and making prevention a cornerstone of the nation’s health, not just an afterthought. TFAH has recommended that federal officials create a single food safety agency to improve oversight and the efficiency of tasks such surveillance and foodborne illness outbreak response. Bill McInturff, partner and cofounder of Public Opinion Strategies, which also conducted polling for the TFAH report, told reporters that Americans are anxious to hear about solutions to public health problems. “The normal partisan breaks get clearly fuzzy,” he said. However, public health concerns will battle for attention and funding, especially given the difficult economic environment. “The issues will have to fight for their piece of the pie,” he said. Among several specific suggestions for influenza pandemic preparedness, TFAH recommends developing a “Pandemic Vaccine Research and Development Master Plan,” setting more ambitious goals for producing a pandemic vaccine, streamlining the licensing process for flu vaccines, implementing a nationwide system to track the use, safety, and efficacy of vaccines, and increasing the federal stockpile of antiviral drugs to enable it to treat 25% of the population. Pandemic and emergency preparednessThe report urges the next administration to ensure that emergency preparedness is part of the health reform debate. Levi told reporters that strengthening surge capacity is “the single biggest and hardest issue for health preparedness.”center_img TFAH report on modernizing public health The report recommends that the next president appoint a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary who has a strong understanding of public health, name a public health task force within 90 days of taking office to help set short- and long-term national health goals and make policy recommendations, and issue an executive order that makes improving the nation’s health a priority. Oct 9 NEJM article on John McCain’s health reform views Food safety considerationsMany of TFAH’s recommendations for improving the nation’s food safety system were detailed in a report that the group released in April. In that report, TFAH highlighted several problems with the nation’s current food safety system, including an underfunded Food and Drug Administration (FDA), outdated laws, and safety responsibilities that are spread among 15 different federal agencies. See also: Alan Quinlan, president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, said at the press conference that opinion polling on behalf of TFAH suggests that 51% of Americans think the country is somewhat prepared for a major disaster such as a hurricane, but not as well as it should be. “In the back of their minds they’re hoping that the government is ready. It’s a soft confidence in government that we are prepared,” he said. Oct 21 TFAH press release To make best use of federal resources, TFAH recommends that the next administration designate a single official at HHS to oversee all emergency preparedness activities and ensure coordination across other federal agencies that have a role in preparedness. Apr 30 CIDRAP News story “Health group urges overhaul of US food safety program” Oct 9 NEJM article on Barack Obama’s health reform views read more

Roche boosts Tamiflu supply, addresses resistance

first_imgSep 11, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Officials from Roche today said the company is producing Tamiflu (oseltamivir) at near-capacity levels and is collaborating on dozens of research studies, focusing on groups such as pregnant women who are at higher risk of complications from pandemic H1N1 flu.At a media briefing today, Roche executives also addressed news of antiviral-resistant novel flu cases and concerns about the availability of pediatric suspension Tamiflu in light of the disease’s heavy burden on children.Also today, the European Union approved Tamiflu use in a pandemic setting for children ages 6 to 12 months and for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, the Roche officials said. In April the United States issued emergency use authorization for Tamiflu in children younger than 1 year old.David Reddy, Roche’s pandemic taskforce leader, told journalists that since 2004 Roche has boosted its Tamiflu production capacity from 28 million to 400 million courses per year. The company is currently making 33 million courses per month to meet the pandemic flu demand.He said that as of July, governments had about 270 million courses in their stockpiles and that Roche has 110 million more stockpiled “It’s unprecedented for a company to maintain this type of emergency capacity,” he said.Roche has been fielding questions about the supply of pediatric suspension Tamiflu, he said. He said knowing that it takes 25 times more production capacity to make the pediatric liquid suspension, Roche foresaw the need for oseltamivir options for children and has focused more on developing and ramping up production of pediatric-dose capsules that were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2007.However, the liquid suspension is often a better option when a child or adult can’t swallow pills. Reddy said some healthcare providers recommend mixing the medication with food for those who are unable to swallow intact capsules.So far the company has received 23 reports of oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 cases, Reddy said, adding that such reports are expected and that no significant clusters or community-level spread of the strains has been reported. Thirteen of the resistant cases were in people who receive postexposure prophylaxis, he noted, saying that it’s possible some patients of those patients were already infected with the virus.Even when patients show mild symptoms, Reddy said, they should receive the treatment dose rather than the prophylactic dose, in accordance with recognized antiviral guidelines.Roche currently has 43 studies in progress with research collaborators, Reddy said. Many focus on vulnerable populations, such as obese or immunocompromised patients, and some of the trials are evaluating the benefits of combination treatment with other antivirals, such as zanamivir (Relenza), he added. Other studies are evaluating the effect of longer-duration or higher-dose treatment on viral shedding.Businesses are still showing strong interest in obtaining the drug for their employees, Reddy said. An employer stockpiling program that the company unveiled in 2008 is still enrolling participants, he said. For an annual fee, companies can secure a supply of Tamiflu, which will be stored, secured, rotated, and kept current by Roche. If and when the company requests its supply, Roche will guarantee delivery within 48 hours in most instances.GlaxoSmithKline also offers an employer stockpiling program for zanamivir. Both drugs have shown to be effective against the pandemic H1N1 virus.last_img read more

Aquapark Istralandia is bravely vying for the best aquapark in Europe with a new investment cycle

first_imgISTRALANDIA NEW ATTRACTIONS IN THE 2018 SEASON The first Croatian water park Istralandia is entering its fifth year of operation, the number of visitors is continuously growing from year to year, collecting awards and recognitions throughout Europe, and expanding and announcing new investments.By the way, back in 2014 in Istria, the municipality of Brtonigla, the much needed quality content for the whole of Istria was opened, Aquapark Istralandia, which is undoubtedly one of the most important realized projects in the tourist offer of Istria.The investment worth more than 10 million euros was realized by Poreč entrepreneur Branko Kovačić and created over a hundred new jobs. In order to better design the entire project, Kovačić and his associates visited 54 such parks around the world and learned on the spot how they are designed, organized and how they work. Preparations for the realization of Istria took six years, and the Poreč-based company Istrakop built it in a record 10 months.And that good preparation is crucial is proven by numerous awards from the profession and visitors. In the previous business period from 2014 to 2017, Aquapark Istralandia won 15 valuable awards of local, regional, national and international significance, of which the most significant are the title for winning 5th place in the ranking of the best aquaparks in Europe in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and last year’s recognition independent houses of international character Trip Advisor for winning 2nd place in the category of the best aquaparks in Europe, all in competition with more than 300 European aquaparks. This excellent quality property is located on an area of ​​81.000 m23, with 2 magnificent attractions with a total length of more than 5.500 km of pipeline and XNUMX mXNUMX of water surface.The scale was raised high, and the most important thing justified all expectations.”Last year we had over 200.000 visitors, which was above our expectations. This year we expect even better results, since we know that the Istria region is the strongest tourist region in Croatia and already in the current part of the season we have a growth of 10%. After five years of work, I can freely say that we have become a brand, and Istria is heard beyond the borders of Croatia. Last year, with the recognition of TripAdvisor as the second best aquapark in Europe, we made one big step forward, which gave us an extra wind in our backs to go in the right direction. “Points out Silvio Kraljević, head of the Istralandia aquapark.The total investment was 10 million euros, and the investment cycle continues. Already this year, Aquapark Istralandia has invested an additional 3 million euros in the introduction of five new attractions, and further expansion is planned through the construction of accommodation facilities and other various attractions. What is interesting and what shows all the quality of the investor, because to look at quality, long-term, and above all his experience of guests, and not just money. Of course we all work for money, but it is rare to see that an investor really listens to the reactions and needs of guests, and implements them.Proof of this is the already mentioned third third investment cycle on the Istralandia aquapark project, which was based primarily on experiential opportunities and results achieved after the first four years of operation, ie observed “bottlenecks”, and primarily concern the complaints of guests addressed to the company’s management waiting too long in lines on attractions and slides and a small number of sunbathing places or deck chairs in the aquapark.This year we are introducing five new attractions. The investment is about 3 million euros, which is certainly an indicator that we are on the right track because customers want new attractions, and we are here to make it possible for them. We are just getting use permits and in a couple of days we expect the launch of a new attraction to further enhance the offer and raise the satisfaction of our guests, because surveys have shown us the need for new content that visitors are looking for. Says Kraljevic.As it happens too often in Croatia, I wonder out loud: What kind of investor would raise the quality of service and offer from year to year after such an investment, listen to the reactions and complaints of guests and eliminate them. Unfortunately, the realistic picture is that after the initial investment, no additional investment is made for the next 10 years, because only profit maximization is seen, which can often be seen with certain investments in hotel construction. When the hotel opens, there are no more additional costs, only earnings for the next xx years. “A new investment cycle is also planned, which is related to accommodation capacities. We plan to open a modern five-star camp on 22 hectares, we are currently working on conceptual solutions and I expect that the camp will be operational in two years. Kraljević emphasizes and adds that they want to satisfy the interest of potential users within a distance of up to 300 km, which opens a new market that represents the potential of 12.400.000 users (residents within 300 km + tourists staying in the County of Istria).And to listen to their visitors, the following facts speak for themselves.Again listening to the needs of guests, this year they are introducing the possibility of paying with a prepaid bracelet. It is normal that it is inconvenient to be in the park with a wallet and take care of money and documents, and lockers are provided, and now payment by bracelet in catering facilities. Also, as in Istria the camping segment is strongly represented and at a high level, a large part of visitors to Istralandia came from the camps, and they bring with them pets, which are logically not allowed to enter the aquapark. But a solution was found here as well, and a special space for animals was provided, where each animal has its own house and space, free food and water. Also, Aquapark Istralandia is fully (except for slides) adapted and accessible to people in wheelchairs. Parking is completely free, as well as the entire animation program and the use of all attractions and swimming pools. There is even a construction of an elevator in the short-term investment plan, so that guests would not have to carry heavy “tubes” to descend on some slides.It is important to note that the products in restaurants are not some low budget, from beer, juices, sauces, etc.… but well-known quality brands. Of course, this is a certain “cost” and reduces earnings, but not if we look at the quality of the offer in the long run.Marketing and investing in additional content is not a cost, but an investmentUnfortunately, in most cases in Croatia there is still a paradigm that marketing is a cost, not an investment. But not in the case of Aquapark Istralandia. Again in both fields they are more successful, in fact, an example to others and the best proof that this is imperative today.It is not enough just to have a great attraction and everyone will come to you immediately. Maybe at first to some extent because of the attractiveness itself, but if we don’t fulfill the whole experience and meet the expectations, the whole story falls into the water. And we are talking about an investment of 10 million euros.They are very well aware of this in Aquapark Istralandia, and with strong and targeted marketing as well as the highest quality additional content of all aquaparks in Europe, they can largely thank their success and growth in the number of visitors from year to year. “What sets us apart from others are the staff, beautiful horticulture, cleanliness and safety at the highest possible level and the additional entertainment we offer to our visitors that certainly sets us apart from other aqua parks. We have a foam party, a strong animation program, street entertainers, magicians… and it all takes place every day in the aquapark. It is not enough to offer only attractions, an additional experience for users is to enjoy at any time in the animation program that is unique in this part of Europe. Twice a week we have a fun Brass band, ie brass music where scouts descend with instruments on slides and this can only be seen and experienced here. Our customers really appreciate that “Concludes Kraljević and adds that they have a lot of ideas in the plan, but as they go step by step, investment by investment to the final goal of the best aquapark in Europe and beyond.Animation is still seen in our tourism as a “necessary evil” and as a cost, few hoteliers develop animation and use it as a tool to raise the overall satisfaction of their guests, especially when we talk about families with children. Also, as I mentioned, promotion is another strength of Aquapark Istralandia, which does not enter accounting as a cost but as a normal part of the business. From covering the whole of Istria, cooperation with Bina Istra where every guest who comes by car at toll booths receives a flyer about all the information, cooperation with hotels and all other participants in destinations, as well as promotions in targeted foreign markets. Also, in cooperation with the Autotrans group, a direct regular county bus line Poreč (central bus station) -Aquapark Istralandia is provided with stops in Špadići, Červar Porat, Vabriga-Camp Lanterna, Tar, Antenal, Novigrad and Bužinija.Finally, it is important to emphasize and praise the ecological aspect of the whole story. Thus, 90 percent of pool filter waste is recycled and returned to the aquapark’s water system thanks to modern ultrafiltration technology, while only 10 percent of water is lost, controlled and discharged into a biological treatment plant.In every aspect of the business, it is approached studiously, which in the end continues to be concrete results that can be seen at every step. These are the investors that our tourism needs. Those who look long-term, invest in their staff, continuously develop new content, feel the need for local affiliation by helping them, the level and satisfaction of visitors is important to them, and who are constantly looking forward and ultimately developing stably and long-term.When it is known that there are 300 aquaparks in Europe, and in Croatia’s closest surroundings in Italy there are more than 110 aquaparks, the success of Aquapark Istralandia is thus greater, and they certainly deserve all respect and be a case study to all students of economics and tourism. 1.Escape Hole Escape Hole is a water slide that allows a ride that begins with visual effects, goes downhill with a view of the entire aquapark and ends with a magnificent suction into the funnel. The trail will be 123 m long.2.Black KamikazeBlack Kamikaze is an attraction intended for adrenaline lovers. It is a closed water slide that will introduce you to a completely new dimension of speed and adrenaline in a dinghy in a sudden fall. The length of the trail is 107 m.3.Kids Spray Arena For our youngest visitors, we are preparing a colorful children’s empire with interactive water sprinklers and a playroom, where they will be able to challenge other children and parents to a fun competition. The area of ​​Kids Spray Arena is as much as 350 m.4.Family PoolThe Family Pool is located near the Kids Spray Arena, so parents will be able to relax in the pool with innovative hydromassage technology and 4 hot tubs to supervise children playing in the Kids Spray Arena.  or jump in the Kids Jumping Pool. Due to the clear glass, this pool is an unavoidable “photo point”, and its area is 200 m.5.Kids Jumping PoolIn addition to the already introduced possibility of buying tickets through the online store, this year we are also introducing the possibility of paying with a prepaid bracelet. So soon we plan to make it easier for customers to move and pay in our restaurants. They will be able to be comfortable and carefree about their credit cards and the cash that will be waiting for them safely in locked lockers.last_img read more

Ivana Kolar: Year-round tourism is the most important task for the further development of our tourism at all levels

first_imgHe was in yesterday  a conference on year-round tourism was held in the hall of the Sheraton Hotel “Can Croatian Tourism 365?” – Step 2, in addition to numerous regional and Croatian experts and leading figures in tourism, the topic of year-round tourism in Croatia and the key challenges it brings have been updated. The problem of high seasonality and the challenge of extending the season and launching tourism in the interior is not unique to Croatia, it is shared by all countries in the Mediterranean. By sharing knowledge, experiences, best practices and ideas, we can certainly achieve more. Therefore, for the first time, we gathered tourism ministers from the region at a conference panel to discuss the challenges of tourism development, the similarities in tourism potentials and strategies of our countries and opportunities for cooperation, said conference organizer Ivana Kolar. “In Slovenia, the seasons are not a problem. Nevertheless, we have indirectly indicated these challenges within the new Strategy for Sustainable Growth of Slovenian Tourism for the period until 2021. The basis for the development of tourism 365 is a new vision of development, a new geographical and a new production organization of Slovenian tourism. We started from the ground up – from our differences from others and set ourselves the goal of becoming a green, active, healthy destination for a 5-star experience. We want to become a destination that builds its identity on an exceptional culture and cultural heritage. As we have already said, no one in tourism succeeds alone! Therefore, we connect with neighboring countries and countries in the wider region. Together we can create tourism products for guests from remote, overseas markets”, Emphasized Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia. Blendi Klosi, Albania’s Minister of Tourism and Environmental Protection, noted:  “Albania is becoming a sought-after and reliable tourist destination. Year after year, the figures show a double-digit increase in the number of foreign tourists in Albania. But tourism development figures are not our goal. Our goal is the development of elite and year-round tourism. To meet these goals, we have taken a number of initiatives. Here are four strong destinations that will ensure extended tourism throughout the year. What do we need besides the individual efforts of each country in our region? We need to establish a joint tourist offer. We need to work together in distant markets”.The Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, Mr. Pavle Radulović, emphasized the following: “TThe conference is very relevant, not only in the case of Croatia but also in the case of other destinations in our region, including Montenegro. The competitive advantage of the destinations of our region lies in the richness and diversity of natural and cultural resources, which could together represent our integral tourist product. Each of our destinations should create an integral-selective tourist product based on the specifics of each country individually, in order to meet different tourist needs. The conference offered a quality overview of this challenge for our destinations, but also ideas in which direction future action should be directed. “.  Unfortunately, neither the Minister of Tourism nor the Director of the CNTB appeared at the conference. Is this some hidden message they want to send regarding the main topic of the conference “Can Croatian Tourism 365? “We don’t know, but it is certainly not serious not to appear at the mentioned conference, especially because it is an extremely important topic, as well as the arrival of as many as three foreign tourism ministers from the region.LUKA BURILOVIĆ, HGK: WE NEED TO KNOW IN WHICH REGION WE AIM AT WHAT FORM OF TOURISM AND THEN SYSTEMATICALLY INVEST IN IT”Tourism brings in almost 17 percent of GDP and that is why we need to approach this sector with special care. A new strategy for the development of tourism after 2020 awaits us. Two years will fly by in the blink of an eye, so we need to define new directions and niches of the Croatian economy as soon as possible. In order to extend the pre- and post-season, it is crucial to develop special forms of tourism and maximally adjust the offer to the type of guests we want to attract. We need to know in which region we are targeting what form of tourism and then systematically invest in it.The work of all branches of Croatian tourism has already shown results, since revenues from tourism grew in the first quarter of 2018 by 14 percent. Arrivals and overnight stays increased by 19 percent and 24 percent, respectively, in the first 5 months of this year, while in the high season they stabilized and achieved lower growth rates. But our goal should be to brand our specialties and systematically raise the quality of the offer, and not just increase the number of overnight stays and arrivals. This must be the direction of Croatian tourism in the future in order to achieve sustainable and balanced development, reduce the burden on infrastructure and increase revenue”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović, adding that these problems within the Croatian Chamber of Commerce are working on health, cultural and adventure tourism communities, 4 associations and communities of nautical tourism and the Group of unique and luxury hotels under the brand Stories.”I believe that year-round tourism is the most important task for the further development of our tourism at all levels, from strategic to operational. I believe that one day we will be able to connect the whole of Croatia and see the potential for development and connection of the coast and the interior, both the hinterland and continental Croatia. Tourism 365 must be developed on the coast, where we are the best, but also on the continent, where there are conditions for it. We are a strong and successful tourist country. We can be even better, but only if we want to. For that we need united destinations with a common vision of development, new products and creative experiences and even higher quality of our services and the entire offer. We can draw strength from the many potentials offered by nature, culture, sports and health. We don’t just depend on nice weather. But we depend on our comfort or willingness to take new steps“Concluded Ivana Kolar and invited all participants to the next conference related to tourism 365, which will be held in April 2019 on the topic of cultural tourism.,”In Slovenia, the seasons are not a problem. Nevertheless, we have indirectly indicated these challenges within the new Strategy for Sustainable Growth of Slovenian Tourism for the period until 2021. The basis for the development of tourism 365 is a new vision of development, a new geographical and a new production organization of Slovenian tourism. We started from the ground up – from our differences from others and set ourselves the goal of becoming a green, active, healthy destination for a 5-star experience. We want to become a destination that builds its identity on an exceptional culture and cultural heritage. As we have already said, no one in tourism succeeds alone! Therefore, we connect with neighboring countries and countries in the wider region. Together we can create tourism products for guests from remote, overseas markets”, Emphasized Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia.last_img read more