President Trump is planning to form a so-called leadership political action committee, a federal fund-raising vehicle that will potentially let him retain his hold on the Republican Party even when he is out of office, officials said on Monday.The announcement is expected as soon as this week, just days after the major news networks and newspapers, as well as The Associated Press, called the 2020 election for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – Such committees can accept donations of up to $5,000 per donor per year — far less than the donation limits for the committees formed by Mr. Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee — but a leadership PAC could accept donations from an unlimited number of people. It could also accept donations from other political action committees.A leadership PAC could spend an unlimited amount in so-called independent expenditures to benefit other candidates, as well as fund travel, polling and consultants. Mostly, it would almost certainly be a vehicle by which Mr. Trump could retain influence in a party that has been remade largely in his image over the past four years. – Advertisement – “The president always planned to do this, win or lose,” Mr. Murtaugh said, “so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud.”Still, a PAC could give the president an off-ramp after a bruising election fight, as well as keep him as a dominant figure as the next Republican presidential primary races are beginning for a new standard-bearer.“President Trump is not going anywhere anytime soon,” said Matt Gorman, a Republican strategist. “He’s going to insert himself in the national debate in a way that’s unlike any of his predecessors.”- Advertisement – But Mr. Trump’s personal brand as a businessman is now intertwined with his political brand. And he has made clear he is not ceding the stage easily, even as advisers say he will most likely willingly leave the White House when his term ends.Since the 2020 race was called on Saturday, Mr. Trump has told advisers he is seriously considering running again in 2024 if the vote is certified for Mr. Biden, a development earlier reported by Axios.While the leadership PAC could not help him in such an effort, it could provide an interim vehicle that would let him travel and engage in some political activity, even if he never actually runs again.Kenneth P. Vogel contributed reporting. Before the election, Mr. Trump told advisers, sometimes joking and other times not, that he might run again in 2024 if he lost to Mr. Biden.Even as Mr. Biden has gathered more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win, and as he has taken leads of tens of thousands of votes in several battleground states, Mr. Trump has maintained there was voter fraud on a wide scale, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. He has directed his campaign to march forward with legal challenges in states like Arizona and Nevada, despite most advisers believing that the race is over and that he should move on. A Trump campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, said the committee had been in the works for a while.- Advertisement –
Dec 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – In a recent update on pandemic influenza preparedness planning, the US government reported meeting more than 90% of a long list of objectives it set for itself about 6 months ago.The report charts progress on a wide range of preparedness measures, from shoring up laboratory capabilities to planning for distribution of critical medical supplies and preparing checklists for various sectors of the economy.In May, federal officials released the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Plan, a 228-page document describing how the government will cope with an influenza pandemic. The statement was a follow-up to the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in November 2005.The status report, released Dec 18, covers 104 tasks that were to be completed within 6 months of release of the implementation plan. The tasks fall into 6 categories: international efforts, transportation and borders, protecting human health, protecting animal health, law enforcement and public safety, and institutions.Of the 104 tasks addressed, 96 have been completed, and 8 are in progress, the report says. The introduction notes that even though most of the 6-month goals have been met, work on many of the tasks is continuing.Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit public health advocacy group, commended federal officials for meeting most of the 6-month benchmarks in the pandemic plan.”This first phase of the federal pandemic preparedness plan moved at full speed ahead,” he said in a Dec 18 TFAH press release. “It has been an historic government-wide effort, and the release of the results demonstrates a serious commitment to transparency and accountability, allowing Americans to see how well their tax dollars are being spent to improve preparedness for a major health emergency.”The status report shows that overall progress is being made, even though media reports on pandemic flu have waned, Chris Logan, a senior policy analyst with the National Governors’ Association, told CIDRAP News. The status report is useful for state officials because it raises questions they need to be thinking about. “It’s not just the obvious stuff, it’s the implications of decisions that people need to be aware of and thinking through,” he said. “To the extent these documents help people think through the potential second- and third-order effects, they’re helpful.”Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of the CIDRAP Web site, said he applauds the Bush administration for issuing a progress report on pandemic preparedness. “But we really have to ask ourselves the hard question ‘What does it mean to be prepared?’, and right now, I don’t think we have a clue,” he said.It’s difficult to determine if the country is better prepared now than it was 6 months ago, Osterholm told CIDRAP News. He said officials need to start the difficult task of prioritizing preparation measures. “We’ve got to do a better job of understanding the key factors that will get us through a pandemic,” he said. “If there are 10 major factors and 100 little ones, you can get 90 done, but if you don’t get the 10 major ones done, you’re not prepared.”Osterholm said one problem with the status report is that it reflects a US-centered view of pandemic planning. “What happens to the world will happen to the United States because of the global just-in-time economy,” he said.A number of the activities discussed in the report are summarized below.International effortsThe federal government has informed 2 million US citizens living abroad about the latest developments in avian and pandemic flu, mainly through the US government’s main pandemic flu site, and has provided additional information through US consulates and warden networks.Also, federal officials have developed a policy for contributing to international medication stockpiles and deploying antiviral medications. The government reviewed whether or not US stockpile contributions should require liability limits, but officials found that there’s not an urgent need to propose such arrangements.The US Agency for International Development (AID) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed a model compensation program for farmers affected by animal influenza outbreaks, which will be launched in early 2007 with partners at the World Bank, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Indonesian government.Work is continuing on an international strategy to contain pandemic influenza outbreaks, and the US has provided $400,000 to the World Health Organization to host workshops on proper transport of influenza samples to reference laboratories.The US State Department, along with the Department of Commerce and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drafted a pandemic preparedness checklist for US companies that have overseas operations. Three major business organizations are reviewing the checklist, and once completed, the document will be posted on the government’s pandemic flu Web site.Transportation and bordersHHS and the departments of Homeland security (DHS), Transportation, and Labor (DOL) developed a pandemic planning checklist for the travel industry and workforce protection guidelines for airline crew members and other people who may come in contact with people and cargo from pandemic-affected areas.To ensure that all border and transportation stakeholders receive accurate and current information about quarantinable diseases, HHS, USDA, and other departments reviewed the current protocol and added several groups to the notification chain.Policy recommendations for air, land, and maritime entries and exits, including response plans and screening, were developed by HHS with assistance from 5 other federal departments.Federal security forces have been briefed by the Department of Justice and DHS about protecting shipments of critical supplies and facilities and are developing contingency plans to carry out the security responsibilities.Protecting human healthHHS, with the Department of Defense (DOD), the Veterans Administration, and medical specialty societies, developed a guide to help community planners address mass-casualty care with scarce resources. The document was released in November and is posted on the Web site of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.To coordinate and communicate effective messages to the public about pandemic flu, HHS and several other federal agencies and local officials enlisted and trained a wide range of influential community spokespeople who will be available to speak on the pandemic crisis. Risk communication strategies are also planned for local public health, community, and tribal leaders. Several government agencies have also help develop risk communication strategies (“message maps”) on avian flu, pandemic flu, antiviral medications, and vaccines.One topic of interest to state officials is the possibility of broadening the Food and Drug Administration’s Shelf Life Extension Program to state stockpiles of antiviral medications. The program allows the federal government to keep medications beyond the expiration date under certain conditions. However, federal officials determined that including state stockpiles in the program is not currently feasible.Logan said that decision is a concern for states. The federal government is providing a 25% subsidy to help states build their own antiviral stockpiles, but the drugs have a listed shelf-life of 5 years and can be used only for pandemic flu, not for seasonal flu, he said. “If a pandemic doesn’t happen before the end of the shelf-life, you have to throw the antivirals out. . . . And then states will have to go out and buy replacement antivirals for their stockpiles. That’s obviously an issue of concern for the states.”To boost vaccine production in the event of an influenza pandemic, HHS explored current production capacities of US vaccine producers and in June issued a request for proposals to retrofit their facilities to produce pandemic vaccines in an emergency.Smooth, efficient allocation of medical equipment such as ventilators and gloves is a key part of a pandemic response, and HHS and other government agencies have developed and tested a plan to distribute critical materials. The plan was tested in October, and will undergo further trials through March 2007.To speed the genetic sequencing of viral isolates during a pandemic, HHS set a goal of releasing the findings to GenBank within 1 week of diagnosis confirmation at the Institute for Genomic Research. Complete viral genome sequences can now be obtained from a clinical sample in 3 days, and HHS, with the Association of Public Health Laboratories, can publish sequence data on a human H5N1 isolate within 1 week.There were other accomplishments on the laboratory front. HHS improved access to standardized influenza reagents for use in tests and research; it can now distribute the reagents within 3 business days of a request. HHS, along with other government agencies and partners, has supplied all members of the US Laboratory Response Network with reagents and protocols to conduct tests using real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). These labs are prepared to use RT-PCR to identify and confirm pandemic flu strains within 24 hours.HHS, using DOD threat-reduction modeling tools and software from other agencies, has developed a real-time epidemic analysis and modeling system for public health use and emergency preparedness.The National Disaster Medical System has developed a strategy for deploying medical assets, such as materials and mobile medical units, held by DHS and HHS. Several federal agencies also developed a “Pandemic Influenza Playbook” that describes what public health and medical capabilities the federal government has available to support state responses to pandemic influenza.Protecting animal healthFederal agencies, with the assistance of states, launched a wild-bird testing program for H5N1 avian flu in August along with an electronic reporting system, and is working on a response strategy if such an outbreak occurs.In assessing the abilities and needs of federal animal research facilities, the USDA and DHS identified problems at a key animal influenza research facility. The departments completed a study of the facility’s deficiencies, along with plans to address its needs.Because of the risk of an avian flu outbreak in birds, several government agencies have prepared three messages based on three scenarios that can be used to deliver clear, coordinated information to the public. Federal departments, with the assistance of industry groups, have also developed food safety messages that can be customized and distributed if an avian influenza outbreak occurs.Law enforcement and public safetyThe Department of Justice, along with HHS, DHS, DOL, sponsored a forum in May for criminal justice officials on best practices to meet the challenges they may face in a pandemic outbreak. Information from the forum is available on the Web site of the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In addition, a consortium of criminal experts was convened in conjunction with the forum to guide ongoing criminal justice planning efforts.To address emergency response issues, DHS and several other government agencies will host a forum in February for selected federal, state, local, and tribal officials. The group will review interim guidance and adopt a national pandemic flu planning model.Checklists for law enforcement personnel and emergency responders on issues such as prepandemic vaccination have been developed by HHS and DOL. The documents, which were reviewed by police unions and other professional organizations, also include planning checklists for correctional facilities.InstitutionsGovernment officials have developed preparedness exercises with private-sector partners, and templates of the exercises are available for use by other interested groups. Business continuity guidance was developed and published on the government’s pandemic flu Web site.Interim guidance on environmental management and cleaning practices, including the handling of potentially contaminated waste materials, has been developed. The guidelines are intended for healthcare facilities, homes, schools, and businesses.Unfinished tasksEight of the tasks were not completed by the 6-month deadline, and the report notes that work on each is continuing. They include measures to:Draft a report analyzing the pros and cons of invoking the Defense Production Act to procure medical countermeasures during a pandemicImprove the speed of mortality surveillance through the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting SystemEstablish a protocol for state governments on how to request federal military assistance under the Insurrection ActAdopt and test a planning and preparation model for emergency response systemsPublish interim guidance on environmental management of pandemic flu virusesPublish final pandemic planning guidelines for critical infrastructure owners and operatorsHelp critical infrastructure entities conduct collaborative exercises to test essential functions and identify critical planning, response, and mitigation needs.See also:Summary of progress, National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Planhttp://www.flu.gov/professional/federal/stratergyimplementationplan.htmlNational Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Planhttp://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/homeland/pandemic-influenza-implementation.htmlHHS Pandemic Influenza Planhttp://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/federal/hhspandemicinfluenzaplan.pdfDec 18 TFAH press releasehttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/release121806.pdfNov 2006 AHRQ report “Providing mass medical care with scarce resources: a community planning guide”http://archive.ahrq.gov/research/mce/mceguide.pdf
As part of the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion” 2014-2020, the Municipality of Ston through the Structural Funds applied for the project “History on a grain of salt” which was approved, and whose total project value is 61.656.446,73 kuna, of which 85% grants.The cultural and historical ensemble of Ston with its walls and fortifications created during the time of the Dubrovnik Republic, as a unique potential for more intensive development of tourism, is in poor physical condition and therefore inaccessible to tourists. Based on such starting points, an integrated project “History on a grain of salt” was created and designed, which envisages the reconstruction, restoration and equipping of key cultural heritage sites in the Ston area.The holder of the project is the Municipality of Ston, and the partners are the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ston, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the Regional Development Agency DUNEA, the Parish of St. Vlaha – Ston and private entrepreneur Natura Dalmatia. Through this project, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities will finance the reconstruction, arrangement and equipping of the Koruna Fortress, the arrangement of the Veliki Kaštio Fortress, the reconstruction and arrangement of the southern wall of the Ston Walls and the arrangement of the Komarda Park. The impressive complex of Ston walls and fortresses was built in the 14th century, and as its most important, and at the same time, according to its physical condition, the most critical points are the fortress of Veliki Kaštio in Ston and the fortress of Koruna in Mali Ston. After reconstruction, renovation and furnishing, they will become unique visitor attractions. By the way, the Ston walls are the second longest in the world, just behind the Great Wall of ChinaPrecisely for the needs of the project, as well as the promotion of Ston as a tourist destination, two tourist promotional films were made, called History on a grain of salt.However, both films are specific, the first is totally different from classic tourist films, and the goal was to show the past and present of Ston in a somewhat artistic way and how nothing has really changed, through the prism of making salt in Ston, which is produced according to the old tradition. for 4.000 years, as well as the preservation and preservation of traditional cultural heritage. The film is different, but also special, and thus attracts attention because it tells the authentic story of Ston through the art segment.Two promotional films of Ston, one for the purpose of promoting Ston as a tourist destination with all its charms and 5 elements – salt, walls, olives, wine and the sea, and another, who with a great dose of romance and nostalgia depicts some past times and tries to conjure up that nothing has changed in Ston since ancient times, that it is still equally romantic and lovely, that salt is still obtained in the same way, with the same tools with bare human strength, that the walls still stand as a memorial to the preservation of valuable treasures to be fought for, then and now, that oysters are grown in the same way and eaten for generations as an elixir of health and youth and many families of Ston and surrounding villages even today they live exclusively from oyster farming, with the already well-known production of wine and olive oil in the Pelješac area.The film “History on a grain of salt” was shot for more than two months, the salt harvest took place in early August and those were by far the warmest days of 2017 when daily temperatures reached 37 degrees, that the people of Ston thought they would have another harvest how hot it was. By the way, the Ston walls are the second largest after the well-known Great Wall of China, and their restoration, as the main goal of the project “History on a grain of salt”, will enable tourist visits along their entire length. The very name of the project says that before the first cornerstone, it was the first grain, a grain of salt, because the construction of the walls served to defend the saltworks, today the oldest active saltworks in the world.”Through the film, we tried to show the past and present of Ston in a somewhat artistic way, and that nothing has really changed. There are the same walls, the same saltworks, the same castle, the same small houses in the city center, the same wine cellars… The game of shots changes, and as if through a dream they merge from one time to another and give the viewer the feeling of dreaming a beautiful dream”Points out Damir Kovačić, a master photographer, cameraman and director from Studio Koda, who was in charge of the entire production and script of promotional films.The full development of a tourist destination is closely linked to audio-visual media, which only confirms the presence of tourist destinations and tourist offer on the Internet and social networks. A beautiful photograph that “tells a story”, that has emotion, or maybe even “taste and smell”, also has the power that can be crucial in attracting future tourists and their choice of holiday destination. Quality video has an even stronger impression and a much greater reach. However, what will single out individual promotional materials in the sea and the hyperproduction of publications is their diversity. “Our goal was to make films that will be different and cleansed of fashion, that will be unique and recognizable. We hope we have succeeded in that. ” says Kovacic.We live it.You will love it! Visit StonThe second film is more on the theme of the classic promo film of the destination called “We live it.You will love it! Visit Ston, but the peculiarity of this second film is that it is a completely domestic product… from the music played on the lyre, the traditional instrument of the area, to all the actors who are people from that area. That’s it, a credible authentic story.”We not only filmed and photographed Ston and the surrounding area, we Ston also lived. And I have to admit I fell in love with him. The Ston saltworks is such an inspiring location with its pools that at early dawn they become mirrors that reflect the Ston walls and the surrounding hills. I was thrilled by the information that the Ston Marathon has been running over them for the tenth year in a row, I enjoyed climbing Bartolomeo as the locals call it, better known as Podzvizd, because it is located “up, under the stars” with a 360-degree view of Ston. and Mali Ston and their bays and the fiery sunset among the windmills, which set in Ston much earlier. I already knew that I love oysters, but I adore Ston oysters and I realized that due to newly acquired emotions I unconsciously became an ambassador of Ston tourism because I unobtrusively transferred my new passion to a wide circle of people I work with every day.”Points out Iva Kružić, assistant director, cameraman and editor, about her experience of Ston during filming and adds that Ston boldly and courageously combined history, tradition and gastronomy and announced avalanche of tourist development by making promotional videos and will soon, with the final renovation of Ston walls and a tower, able to stand proudly side by side with magnificent Dubrovnik.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Let’s be what we are, because authenticity is our competitive advantage and this is exactly what tourists want to see, experience, taste.The young photographic duo, Iva and Damir, made art out of tourism. The filming, which followed and awaited key events, spanned over two months of work. In parallel with the filming, a number of photos were produced that accompanied all the important events in Ston and Mali Ston from the Day of the Little Stone Oyster, which are held every year in mid-March, through the salt harvest, which largely depends on weather conditions. August.The goal they set for themselves was by no means easy. How to make promotional films without kneeling down and shooting materials in the style of what has already been seen? How to return to the classics in some way? Judge for yourself in their intention, it seems to me that they definitely did. They told the story of Ston in a different way, and yet the most important in an authentic and credible way.Dubrovnik is soloing instead of branding the whole region By the way, Ston is, in my opinion, one of the undiscovered tourist pearls that has a top tourist story, but so far too little has been told and valorized. By the way, the Ston walls are the second longest wall in the world, just behind the Great Wall of China, which were built during the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. In Ston, salt is produced in the traditional way, by evaporating sea water naturally, so we get an original Croatian ecological product, and just imagine the experience of seeing it and picking the same salt yourself, not to mention consuming it. Also, there is oyster farming in the Mali Ston Bay which is a top delicacy as well as top Peljesac wines, and there is also Napoleon Road.Only one of these tourist stories is enough for the development of tourism, let alone such wealth that is located in such a small area. It is Dubrovnik that should use its media as well as financial power to brand and promote the entire region, because that is exactly what Dubrovnik needs. As Ston is located on the Pelješac peninsula, there are other premium tourist products besides Ston that Dubrovnik needs. From Orebić, top quality wine Dingač and wine roads, Korčula, Mljet…Thus, guests coming for Dubrovnik would be accommodated in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and thus would also offer a rich, authentic and rounded tourist product from 3 to 5 days, not one day, because let’s be realistic, Dubrovnik is a destination for one day. All tourists who come to Dubrovnik or its surroundings would certainly visit and experience Dubrovnik one day, but the other two or four days would also experience other destinations. This would increase tourist spending on the entire region, as well as the number of overnight stays that would disperse to the entire area, everyone would “live” from tourism, and Dubrovnik could be smarter and easier to control arrivals in the city. Win – Win for everyone, both for Dubrovnik and other tourist destinations, and especially for tourists.This is exactly what Dubrovnik needs, an additional top tourist product.
Slowly but surely things are coming together the way they always should have been, and that’s the focus on people. Employees are the key to the success of any company, especially in tourism where quality service is imperative. Such large tourist companies raise salaries, give three meals, build hotels for employees, get various bonuses, invest in the education of their employees… everything as it should have always been, because then there would be no problem with the workforce in tourism.Thus, Aminess Maestral in Novigrad continued to invest in its people through education with experts in the field of gourmet.In order to provide guests with a unique gourmet experience to which they will always return, Aminess hotels and camps last week, from 19 to 23 February, at the Aminess Maestral Hotel in Novigrad organized trainings for their employees from the food and beverage department from Novigrad, Korcula and Peljesac.All-day workshops were held by experts from various gourmet areas with the aim of educating employees to keep up with trends in high gastronomy and to ensure that guests in all Aminess facilities receive top quality service. Thanks to Josip Novačić from Franck and his workshop, the guests will start the day with top-quality coffee prepared by Aminess baristas. Employees also had sommelier led course sommelier Emil Perdec and Krešimir Mikanac, and for guests who still prefer cocktails, Aminess, with the help of the top Croatian bartender Vjenceslav Madić Kishoni, ensured that the bartenders were at a high level. In order for beer lovers not to be neglected, he made sure to be famous sommelier for beer Zvonimir Pelko who held a detailed education on craft beers.Vjenceslav Madić / Photo: Aminess”All members of the Aminess gourmet team participate in creating a recognizable brand and product that is best reflected in our slogan” Lasting Relations “, ie relationships that last, both with our employees and guests. The goal is clear, to delight the guest, to bring him back and always present a new and better offer that is only possible through the constant training of employees in every business, including gastronomy, ” said Damir Cekic, director of the food and beverage department.To make Aminess visitors even more enjoyable steaks and steaks were taken care of by Marijo Čepek, a respected chef who confirms his long-standing quality and expertise by collaborating with many famous restaurants. Learning from the best continued with a great education directed by Ivan Zidar, owner of the restaurant ‘Mason burgers & stuff’ and one of the most famous experts in preparing burgers, who in his interesting way told the members of the Aminess gourmet team all the secrets of preparing a delicious burger. Italian pastry expert Vincenzo Friguli took care of the excellent desserts. This famous confectioner passed on to Aminess confectioners his knowledge gathered during 25 years of work on cruise ships around the world.Related news:FINALLY FOUND SOLUTION AGAINST LACK OF LABOR IN TOURISM
In April 2018, 951 thousand tourist arrivals were realized in commercial accommodation facilities, which is 3,8% more than in April 2017. Tourists realized 2,5 million overnight stays, which is 1,5% less compared to the same period last year , according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).The great news is that domestic tourists in April 2018 realized 167 thousand arrivals and 374 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 14,5% and an increase in overnight stays by 10,1% compared to April 2017. Foreign tourists realized 783 thousand arrivals and 2,1 million overnight stays, which is 1,8% more arrivals but 3,2% fewer overnight stays compared to April 2017.Without a domestic base, tourism in the pre- and post-season, as well as on the continent, cannot be developed in the long run. The introduction of the so-called Cro card, which will certainly encourage domestic consumption and tourism on the continent and out of peak season.Most overnight stays were realized in Dubrovnik In April 2014, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in Dubrovnik, 267 thousand, of which foreign tourists realized 94% of overnight stays and domestic 6%. Compared to April 2017, the number of domestic tourist nights recorded a slight increase, by 0,8%, while the number of foreign tourist nights decreased by 2,3%. Tourists from the United Kingdom realized the most overnight stays, more than 36 overnight stays.Most tourist nights from Slovenia and Germany The highest number of overnight stays by foreign tourists in April 2018 was realized by tourists from Slovenia, 363 thousand overnight stays (17% of total overnight stays of foreign tourists) and tourists from Germany, with 343 thousand overnight stays by tourists (16% of total overnight stays by foreign tourists). Compared to April 2017, tourists from Slovenia increased their overnight stays by 15%, while tourists from Germany decreased their overnight stays by 17%. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (11%), Italy (7%), Great Britain (6%) and France and Poland (4% each).For the third month in a row, most overnight stays in Istria County In the County of Istria, tourists realized 246 thousand arrivals and 779 thousand overnight stays in April 2018, which is a slight decrease in tourist arrivals, by 0,3%, and a decrease in overnight stays by 4,5% compared to April 2017. Compared to April 2017 Domestic tourists increased their arrivals by 34,7% and increased their overnight stays by 31,3%, while foreign tourists decreased their arrivals by 4,2% and their overnight stays by 7,5%. Tourists from Slovenia realized the most overnight stays, 201 thousand (26% of the total overnight stays in the County of Istria). Compared to April 2017, tourists from Slovenia increased their arrivals by 19% and the number of overnight stays by 21%.Photo: Ecomuseum Batana, RovinjMost nights spent in hotels In April 2018, tourists spent the most nights in hotels, 1,4 million overnight stays, which is 55% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to April 2017, hotels achieved an increase in arrivals by 0,6%, and a decrease in tourist nights by 5,5%.In April 2018, tourists had at their disposal 194 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 495 thousand permanent beds. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, there were a total of 70 thousand rooms and suites available to tourists (which is 36,0% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 144 thousand permanent beds (which is 29,2% of the total number of available permanent beds). bed). The average occupancy of rooms was 47,4%, and permanent beds 42,2%.Tourists aged 65 and over realized the most overnight stays In April 2018, tourists in the age group of 65 and over realized the most overnight stays, 431 thousand, which is 17% of the total overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group from 35 to 44 years and from 45 to 54 years (16% of the total number of nights spent in each group).Increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays in the first four months In the first four months of 2018, tourists made 1,8 million arrivals and 4,5 million overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is an increase of 10,7% in arrivals and a 7,9% increase in tourist overnight stays compared to the same period in 2017. In the first four months of 2018, domestic tourists realized 456 thousand arrivals and one million overnight stays, which is 9,3% more arrivals and 7,6% more overnight stays of domestic tourists than in the same period last year.In the first four months of 2018, foreign tourists realized 1,4 million arrivals and 3,5 million overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 11,1% and an increase in tourist nights by 8,0% compared to the same period last year. Most overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized by tourists from Germany (14,9%), Slovenia (14,8%), Austria (11,5%) and Italy (7,1%).
UNWTO confidence index However, some large emerging markets, such as Brazil and Saudi Arabia, have reported reductions in tourism costs. China, the world’s largest outbound market, saw an 2019 percent increase in outbound travel in the first half of 14, although spending fell 4 percent. Responsible growth Predictions of international tourist arrivals Tourism provides “much needed opportunities” In 2019, 1,5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded globally. This is an increase of 4 percent compared to the previous year, and the same is projected for 2020, which confirms tourism as the leading economic sector, especially given the current uncertainties. This growth must be managed responsibly to make the most of the opportunities that tourism can create for communities around the world. Source / photo: World Tourism Organization Presenting the results, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stressed that “in times of uncertainty and instability, tourism remains a reliable economic sector“. In light of the recently declining global economic prospects, international trade tensions, social unrest and geopolitical insecurity, “our sector is constantly surpassing the world economy and invites us not only to grow, but to grow for the betterHe added. Given the position of tourism as a top export sector and job creator, the UNWTO advocates the need for responsible growth. Tourism, therefore, has a place at the heart of global development policies and an opportunity to gain additional political recognition and make a real impact. You can find more about the world’s latest tourist barometer HERE. In 2019, the Middle East became the fastest growing region in terms of international tourist arrivals, growing almost twice the global average (+ 8%). Growth in Asia and the Pacific is somewhat slower, but it still showed above-average growth with 5 percent more international arrivals. International tourist arrivals Europe, where growth has also been slower than in previous years (+ 4%), remains the leader in terms of international arrivals, recording 743 million international tourists last year (51% of the global market). The Americas (+ 2%) showed a mixed picture as many island destinations in the Caribbean accelerated their recovery after the 2017 hurricane, while arrivals in South America declined in part due to constant social and political turmoil. Limited data available for Africa (+ 4%) indicate a solid increase in North Africa (+ 9%), while arrivals in sub-Saharan Africa in 2019 grew somewhat more slowly (+ 1,5%). Spending in tourism remains high “The number of destinations earning a billion dollars or more from international tourism has almost doubled since 1998”, Adds Pololikashvili. “The challenge we face is to ensure that the benefits are shared as widely as possible and that no one is left behind. This year, the UNWTO is celebrating the Year of Tourism and Rural Development and we hope to witness positive changes in rural communities in our sector, job creation and opportunities, leading economic growth and preserving culture.” In the context of a global slowdown in economic growth, tourism consumption continued to grow, especially among the top ten consumers in the world. France reported the strongest increase in international tourism spending among the top ten world exit markets (+ 11%), while the United States (+ 6%) led in absolute growth, aided by a strong dollar. Looking ahead, growth is projected at 3 to 4 percent for 2020. This is a look that is reflected in the most current UNWTO confidence index, which shows cautious optimism: 47 percent of participants believe that tourism will achieve better results, and 43 percent believe that it will be at the same level as in 2019. Major sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics, and cultural events, such as Expo 2020 in Dubai, are expected to have a positive impact on the sector. The Middle East is leading According to the first comprehensive report on global tourism figures and trends of the new decade, the latest tourism barometer of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), last year was the tenth year in a row that growth was recorded. All regions recorded an increase in international arrivals in 2019. However, uncertainty over Brexit, the collapse of Thomas Cook, geopolitical and social tensions, and a slowdown in the global economy have contributed to slower growth in 2019 compared to exceptional rates in 2017 and 2018. This slowdown has affected mainly more advanced economies, in particular Europe, Asia and the Pacific.