Jonbon, a full-brother to Douvan who burst on the scene last weekend when winning a point-to-point by 15 lengths, was sold for £570,000 to JP McManus at Goffs November P2P Sale on Thursday.As a result the four-year-old is now the most expensive point-to-pointer ever sold at public auction.- Advertisement – “He’s a bit of a looker all right. He’s a nice horse and from the day he landed in the yard everything came so easy to him, he’s very straightforward.” Douvan, still in training with Willie Mullins, has been lightly raced in recent seasons due to injury, but has won 15 of his 19 races – eight of them at Grade One level.Jonbon was consigned by Ellemarie Holden who trained him to win at Dromahane on his debut when ridden by Derek O’Connor.Holden said earlier this week: “Derek thinks very highly of the horse. If it wasn’t for Covid he would have run last season so he was ready to go.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
As for Wilde, she kept it short and sweet, replying to Owens’ tweet, “You’re pathetic.” However, in the accompanying Vogue cover story, Wilde specifically applauds Styles’ gender-fluidity and modern sense of self.“I hope that this brand of confidence as a male that Harry has — truly devoid of any traces of toxic masculinity — is indicative of his generation and therefore the future of the world,” she said. “I think he is in many ways championing that, spearheading that. It’s pretty powerful and kind of extraordinary to see someone in his position redefining what it can mean to be a man with confidence.”- Advertisement – Got his back! Celebs are coming to Harry Styles’ defense after conservative author Candace Owens slammed his incredible Vogue cover.On Friday, November 13, the 26-year-old made history as the first-ever solo male to appear on the cover of Vogue. For this momentous cover, he dazzled in a Gucci ball gown and appeared inside the issue in a series of designer duds, from Comme des Garçons Homme kilt to a deconstructed Victorian number was created by Harris Reed.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Keep scrolling to see all the stars who have come to Styles’ defense against Candace Owens.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Though many praised the cover, New York Times best-selling author Owens criticized it. “There is no society that can survive without strong men,” she wrote on Twitter. “The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men.”Quickly, fans came to the “Watermelon Sugar” singer’s defense, including a variety of A-listers such as Zach Braff, Olivia Wilde and Kathy Griffin.Griffin took to Twitter to warn the author, tweeting, “Candy Owens doesn’t know what she in for going up against the Harry Styles stans.” Meanwhile, Braff pointed out why the term “manly” can be problematic for some guys. “Our whole lives boys and men are told we need to be manly,” he tweeted. “Life is short. Be whatever the f–k you want to be.”- Advertisement –
Pennsylvania officials announced Jul 19 that Salmonella had been found on some Roma tomatoes from a Sheetz store. Later in the day, however, analysis showed that the strain found on the tomatoes was anatum, not Javiana, McGarvey told CIDRAP News. See also: The Roma tomatoes sold at Sheetz were distributed by Coronet Foods, based in Wheeling, W.V., Pennsylvania officials reported previously. Coronet stopped processing Roma tomatoes last week when health officials began focusing on them as the potential Salmonella vehicle, according to a report today in the Wheeling News-Register. The report quoted a Coronet official as saying the company did environmental testing in its Wheeling processing facility and found no Salmonella contamination. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported today that 180 cases appear to be linked with the outbreak. Newspapers have reported additional cases in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio that would push the total to well over 200. Jul 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) The investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella infections apparently linked with the Sheetz Gas Station chain in Pennsylvania and neighboring states has grown to include at least 180 cases, but the food source of contamination remained a mystery today. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has tested 234 product samples from Sheetz stores and found no contaminated items other than the tomatoes, according to information on the department Web site. McGarvey said the samples tested included lettuce, cheese, and mayonnaise, as well as tomatoes. Jul 20 Pennsylvania Department of Health news releasehttp://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=186&q=237443 “We’re doing a case-control study to see if we can determine the contaminated product,” McGarvey said yesterday. “That can take several weeks. We suspect lettuce or tomatoes, some type of produce. We haven’t ruled anything in or out.” McGarvey reported that all the Pennsylvanians involved in the outbreak fell ill between about Jul 1 and Jul 9. He said he couldn’t specify how many cases have been confirmed to involve the Javiana strain. Some of the Pennsylvania patients were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, and most of the patients have recovered, he reported. Javiana is the fifth most common strain of Salmonella found in US outbreaks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2002, Javiana accounted for 1,188 of about 32,000 salmonellosis cases reported, or about 3.5% of the total, said CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson. The News-Register report said 18 West Virginians had outbreak-linked illness, including two people who hadn’t eaten at Sheetz stores but had contact with others who had. The story said another 31 salmonellosis cases in Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia may be part of the outbreak. Tomatoes are not a common vehicle for Salmonella, but they have been linked with a few outbreaks, according to CDC reports. In the summer of 2002, at least 141 people who attended the US Transplant Games in Orlando, Fla., fell ill, and the investigation pointed to diced Roma tomatoes from restaurants at the games as the source of contamination. The outbreak strain was Javiana. The CDC report on the outbreak said tomatoes had been implicated in at least one earlier Salmonella Javiana outbreak. The Virginia Department of Health said yesterday that it expected some salmonellosis cases in the state would be linked with the outbreak, but none had been so far. Richard McGarvey, a Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) spokesman, said 180 Pennsylvanians had salmonellosis and a history of exposure to Sheetz deli products. However, he said the Salmonella strain had not yet been determined for all patients, and some might have something other than the outbreak strain, Salmonella Javiana. CDC report of 2002 Salmonella outbreak linked with tomatoeshttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5131a2.htm
Jul 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has surfaced in poultry flocks in Thailand for the first time in 3 months, according to reports from the country.The disease has broken out among birds at five locations in Suphan Buri province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok, according to several news services. The Associated Press reported that the disease was found in 10 fighting cocks in five villages where outbreaks occurred in 2004.The last poultry outbreaks of avian flu in Thailand were reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in mid-April. Thailand has had no reported human cases of H5N1 flu since October 2004.News reports today did not say whether laboratory tests have identified the H5N1 strain in the new outbreaks, but they strongly implied that the outbreaks involved that strain.The Bangkok newspaper The Nation quoted Nirandorn Uangtrakoolsuk, a Livestock Department official, as saying that officials have destroyed more than 450 birds and banned the movement of poultry in the area of the outbreak.Nirandorn also said authorities were running laboratory tests to determine if recent “mass deaths of fowl” in six other provinces were related to avian flu, the report said. The provinces were Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Kalasin, Lampang, and Phetchabun.The new outbreaks forestalled Thai authorities’ plan to declare the country free of avian flu tomorrow, according to the Nation and the Bangkok Post. Jul 12 would have marked the passage of 90 days since the last recorded case, in Lop Buri province in April.The Post story said Thailand, a major poultry exporter, cannot resume exporting fresh poultry until the OIE certifies that the country has been free of outbreaks for at least 90 days.The latest outbreaks occurred at “small, native chicken farms,” not at farms raising poultry for export, said Anan Sirimongkolkasem, president of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, as quoted by the Post.Nirandorn said the new outbreaks were small and unlikely to evolve into a serious crisis, according to the Nation. He called on farmers to immediately notify officials of any mass deaths of poultry.The head of the Livestock Department, Yukol Limlaemthong, said infected birds are living longer because of increasing immunity to the virus, making it less likely that unusual deaths will alert farmers to outbreaks, according to a Reuters report.The Post reported that about 11,000 Thai poultry farms and 1,700 layer farms have met government biosecurity standards that include strict safeguards against outside contamination. But small farms still pose a concern because most operate as open-air facilities that can easily be contaminated from the outside, the newspaper said.Seventeen human cases of H5N1 infection, 12 of them fatal, occurred in Thailand in 2004. Overall, the virus has infected at least 108 people and killed 54 in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia since late 2003, according to the World Health Organization’s count. Unofficial counts put the death toll at 55.In other developments, Japanese authorities said they discovered the seventh outbreak of avian flu in less than a month in an area about 60 miles north of Tokyo, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Previous outbreaks were identified as H5N2, a milder strain than H5N1, the report said. A local official said the latest outbreak involved an H5 virus, and tests to identify it further were under way.Authorities in Ibaraki prefecture said they would cull 8,550 birds at the infected farm, AFP reported. About 150,000 chickens at six other farms in the area have been destroyed to stop the disease, the story said. Officials had checked 11 other farms and found no cases.
(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – More and more companies are starting to integrate pandemic preparedness into their business continuity programs. That’s good news–and helping to facilitate it is one of the reasons this newsletter was launched.Business continuity is exactly the right frame for a mild pandemic. Under conditions something like the 1957 or 1968 influenza pandemic, you can expect some impact on your supply chain and your absenteeism. It’s good business to plan to cope well with these problems so they don’t disrupt your business.But a severe pandemic, anything like 1918 or worse, will disrupt your business. Period. Planning to prevent disruption is worse than useless; it’s likely to backfire. Even planning to minimize the disruption isn’t quite on target. The smartest companies (and government agencies), I think, are planning to manage the disruption. I mean that literally. They are planning how best to disrupt their own operations. In a sense, they’re planning how to work with the pandemic instead of struggling to work against it.In other words, they’re developing triage plans. Wikipedia defines triage as “a system used by medical or emergency personnel to ration limited medical resources when the number of injured needing care exceeds the resources available.” You let minor problems go unaddressed. You let problems so severe you probably can’t solve them go unaddressed, too. You concentrate your effort where it will do the most good.Think about nonmedical triage. It isn’t business continuity. It’s business discontinuity–planned discontinuity.What normal functions of your organization are you planning to stop doing when it’s clear that you’re facing a severe pandemic? Have you compiled a list that distinguishes the dispensable tasks you’ll regretfully abandon for the duration from the core tasks you may need to ask people to risk dying in order to sustain?Having such a list–that is, facing a possible severe pandemic with a discontinuity mindset instead of a continuity mindset–is central to pandemic preparedness. I think it’s almost a definition of taking preparedness seriously.The risk communication aspect of all this is how you talk about your list. Some questions I am asking my clients:Have you shared your triage/discontinuity plans with your key customers? They need to know where you’re planning to let them down and where you’re planning to keep going no matter how tough it gets. You may even want to talk about amending some of your contracts to match.Have you asked your key suppliers what their triage/discontinuity plans are? Their plans, obviously, could have a huge impact on your plan. And if they haven’t got any such plans yet, you can do them–and yourself–a favor by insisting that they come up with some.Have you invited your customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders to help you with your triage/discontinuity planning? Transparency is a virtue in risk communication, but consultation and responsiveness are better yet.Above all, in my judgment, have you talked about pandemic business discontinuity planning with your employees? Like all your stakeholders, employees need to know your plans, and would appreciate the chance to influence your plans. But there’s an even more fundamental reason for involving employees. Absenteeism during a pandemic is likely to be closely tied to business discontinuity planning.This factor emerged clearly in several surveys I have seen that asked employees in various sectors to predict whether they’d show up for work under pandemic conditions. It emerged also in pandemic tabletop exercises, where nonmedical personnel often decide not to come to work because they haven’t imagined that they will be needed. In a December 2004 San Diego drill, even military officers and public officials “required convincing that they had crucial roles in what they initially thought was a purely medical exercise,” according to a published report on the drill.Would I show up to do my normal job during a pandemic? Probably not; I’d stay home, stay away from others, and take care of my family. But if I had been cross-trained for a pandemic-related job, that’s another story. There’s a far better chance I’d take a deep breath and report to my emergency duty station.Planning for business continuity, in other words, may worsen the discontinuity, because most employees won’t endanger themselves just to keep doing their routine jobs. Planning for discontinuity, on the other hand, significantly increases your chances of sustaining the core tasks you decided you simply must sustain no matter what. But discontinuity planning can’t help much unless employees are convinced beforehand that they will have a crucial, nonroutine role to play if and when a severe pandemic hits.The psychology of precrisis communication makes convincing them a daunting task. Despite periodic accusations of resorting to scare tactics, government and the private sector are more typically united in their profound disinclination to frighten their publics. (The accusations of scare tactics actually contribute to this disinclination.) Emergency planners are characteristically much more willing to plan for a possible disaster than they are to talk about a possible disaster. They are even willing to plan what they’ll say if and when the disaster strikes–but don’t ask them to say anything now. I’ll address this nearly universal “fear of fear” in my next column.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site (http://www.psandman.com/). For an index of pandemic-related writing on the site, see http://www.psandman.com/index-infec.htm.
World pandemic flu cases top 77,000The world’s number of pandemic flu cases rose to 77,201 today, including 332 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Today’s numbers represent 6,308 more cases and 21 more deaths than the last report on Jun 29. Countries included for the first time are the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, Kenya, Mauritius, Myanmar, and Saint Lucia. About a third of the new cases are from the United Kingdom. South American countries and Thailand also reported large increases.[WHO update 56]Argentina capital declares flu health emergencyHealth officials in Argentina’s Buenos Aires city and province yesterday, amid quickly rising numbers of pandemic flu cases, declared a health emergency, extending school vacations and giving the mayor the power to suspend sports and other entertainment gatherings, the Associated Press reported today. Public places remain open. Buenos Aires is the fifth province to declare a health emergency. Argentina has South America’s highest number of pandemic flu cases, with 1,587, including 26 deaths.Roche unveils Tamiflu discount program for poor nationsRoche, the maker of Tamiflu (oseltamivir), today launched a program to help developing countries buy the drug at a discount for their national stockpiles. The company will produce and store the drug at a significantly reduced price, with the cost spread over the drug’s shelf life. Roche will ship the supplies whenever the country requests them. The price will depend on the length of storage time that the country requests. An international health group will likely coordinate the orders.[Jul 1 Roche press release]Bosnia, Guam report first novel flu casesBosnia’s health ministry today announced the nation’s first pandemic flu case, a 24-year-old woman who recently arrived from a South American country, the AP reported. She is recovering in isolation at the home of relatives. Meanwhile, the US territory of Guam confirmed its first pandemic flu case today, a woman in her 40s who just returned from Texas, KUAM, Guam’s broadcast network, reported.[Jul 1 AP story]San Francisco doctor reports serious flu infections in pregnant womenNOTE: This item originally cited “San Francisco officials” as a source, but there has been no official confirmation of these cases nor any evidence they are related to each other.A San Francisco doctor reported five cases of novel H1N1 infections in pregnant women in the city, according to KPIX, a northern California television station, in a story that referred to the cases as a “cluster.” All five remain hospitalized, two of them in intensive care, all in their third trimester.
I keep emphasizing that in tourism we have to tell stories, our autochthonous stories. One of the great channels for telling stories and promotion is definitely video, which has taken precedence on social networks. Video is a trend that is growing day by day, but like everything, so through the video segment we need to know what our goal is and we definitely need to pay attention to quality production with a unique story and message.The time of mosaic videos with shots from the destination is long over, but still, in today’s time when we talk about destination promotion through promotional films, we still unfortunately see too many classic mosaic films, without soul and experience, and yet without such an important story and desire to come. .Every promotional video in tourism must attract attention, keep people from watching it to the end and must tell the story and encourage the viewer to react, ie that the viewer identifies with the story and wants to experience it live. In marketing we can highlight several tactics, but this time I will highlight the AIDA model (Attention, Interest, Desire and Action – attention, interest, desire and action) video or ad should first attract the attention of the customer, ie it should be good enough to interest him, create desire for the product and ultimately encourages it to purchase itself. Especially today when the noise in communication is never greater and getting attention as well as time (not just a second, but 30 or more seconds to watch the video to the end) of the target group is extremely difficult. Once we get the attention, we have to be able to keep it and we’ve done half the work there already.After that, we have to create a feeling or atmosphere that people are imagining in a destination while watching a promotional film and finally give it a good enough motive to start an action – looking for concrete information about the destination. Of course, as with everything today, so with the production of promotional films, everything must have its goal and purpose. So each video has a different purpose and purpose because it is not the same to record a video of 15 or 30 seconds or one of a few minutes. After all, if we managed to gain the trust and desire to come, there comes a quality and informative website with all the experiences, content, activities, offers and other information about the destination, to present the entire offer of the destination, ie the whole story.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Want to buy indigenous products of people from this promotional film? /Bokonić vega raja – LAG Eastern Istria from level52 on Vimeo.Nothing is accidental, and so is this whole process that must be very well planned, structured and executed in order to be successful. That is why I constantly point out that on the websites of our tourist destinations we must not sell accommodation in the foreground, but experiences and stories, because that is exactly the motive for coming. This is just a plastic example of the decision-making process, but when we go deeper into the whole story we come to the complexity of the whole process where every color, sentence, slogan, frame, word, sound… weighs and carefully plans to be successful in the end.Recently, with a quality video production in the tourism segment, I was attracted by a young team from the company Level52, which brings together creatives Bianca Dagosti, Goran Načinović and Sanel Isanović, and then there was an occasion to talk and tell their success story from the angle of those who create great videos.In a conversation with Goran Načinović and Sanel Isanović from the company Level52 from Labin we talked about the situation on the market, in which direction it is developing and what elements an excellent Tourist video must have. So let’s go in order, right in the head. When asked if our tourism, ie our tourist destinations, has finally started to think outside the old and classic frames and started serious video production of their tourist videos, Sanel and Goran point out that things are slowly but surely moving for the better.We started thinking outside the box because the internet serves us quality tourist videos and a feeling was created that we have to follow the trends and that is positive in the whole story, Sanel Isanović points out and adds ”When we say serious production, in Level 52 we always refer to films that leave a positive mark somewhere in our brains, such as films from India, Switzerland and other countries, and these are voluminous numbers, of course in dollars or euros. In terms of serious video production, I think we are one step behind. How much serious video production is moving in our tourism now depends only and exclusively on the amount of finances that are allocated. So far it has been Sisyphus’ job, and lately I can say that things are changing and that I believe we will soon have interesting works because there is no lack of knowledge and ideas. ” Sanel points outGoran Načinović agrees with his colleague, pointing out that we are still far behind the competition, but that things are getting better from year to year. “I think we are slowly moving away from the old and classic frameworks, but we are still far behind other countries. Somehow we are still trampling on the classic sale of sun, sea and gastronomy, and Croatia is much more than that… but things are slowly changingNačinović said.In tourism, story and experience are important, and did he see exactly that channel that has to tell that story and create the motive for coming? What are all the challenges in the production of tourist video films?Sanel Isanović: We have never lacked an idea in all segments of production, and the biggest challenge of all is managing time. When shooting outdoors, you need to know when the sun will be, when the sunset or sunrise is clear, whether the next day after the rain will be crystal clear air so you can have a view from Učka 50km long and which hills have their own micro climate that changes from minute to minute .This last challenge took us almost 5 working days on one shoot. The extras and the complete production start at the top of the mountain, everything looks clean, you get to the location you set everything up, the sun shines and then it collapses. In 10 minutes, fog, winter, it’s blowing like at the North Pole, and you can’t believe what’s going on. So it was in the beginning so now we avoid filming in periods when the country has been warm since summer and cold air and large weather changes of temperature, humidity and wind make favorable conditions for some kind of horror rather than tourist film.Promotional film for the promotion of free climbing in Istria / Production: Level52Goran Načinović: The story and the experience are very important. Today in the sea of internet content, and especially videos, your video has to surface. It’s important to take a little peek into people’s feelings and not leave viewers indifferent. The challenges are, as Sanel mentioned at the time, but also sometimes the amount of things that are required to be promoted through a single video nekako we somehow always stick to that old saying “less Is more”.Today he saw the king, and the drones gave a new moment to the whole story, but he often exaggerates with too many shots from the air and forgets the story, what is the winning formula?Sanel Isanović: Ah, if only there was a winning formula. She is gone. Because of the speed at which we travel today, where I as a tourist can be on 7 continents in 3 days, it is important to have a good market analysis and follow the trends in which we must implement to tell “ours”, our story.If our story is some kind of view that we can show the best from the air, then we are not thinking about how many shots we will have with the drone, but how best to tell the story. Ultimately when we make video and music, I would say the goal is to dance together and make the video purposeful. Today, our competition is both Japan and Argentina, and no longer just neighbors like Italy and Greece.Goran Načinović: Drones are fun and games..but I agree, sometimes the emphasis is on drone shots and in most cases they do not tell any story by themselves. There is no general formula, it is important to tell the story you are plotting.How are technology and trends evolving rapidly, what are the latest trends in video production of Tourist Films?Sanel Isanović: Each film is a story unto itself. Most try to emphasize some kind of adventurous and adventurous spirit. Some emotion of discovering the unseen beauty and culture of that country. Many emphasize the humor and kindness of the people and the ease of travel without any major obstacles to get from point A to point B. When you sum it all up, the most important thing is to experience something that you can’t do anywhere in this world.Goran Načinović: Trends change from year to year, one year there are IN timelaps, another hyperlapse, a third something third. New technology allows us to be more creative, so these rapino trends are changing. But what will probably never go out of trend are emotions.In the end, Goran and Sanel singled out a couple of promotional tourist videos as positive examples that left great empires on them personally. What do you say: Do you want to visit India, Switzerland and Canada?Adventure Canada “James Raffan”In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Adventure Canada “James Raffan” from DOT DOT DASH on Vimeo.The road story IndiaThe road story India from Georgy Tarasov on Vimeo.Switzerland – Time – Visit EuropeIncredible India!In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”
Culinary heritage of the Split-Dalmatia County from 15 to 18 October this year, will host the first study trip Regional Culinary Heritage Europe from 14 countries.He will stay in Split for four days, participate in workshops and visit the entities that have the label Culinary heritage of Split-Dalmatia County. In addition, participants will visit the natural beauties of Split and its surroundings, as well as cultural monuments.The culinary heritage of the Split-Dalmatia County is a member of the project-network Regional Culinary Heritage Europe, a family of culinary heritage consisting of almost 1500 members from 44 regions, and the network has been developed in Sweden and Denmark since 1995. It is about obtaining an internationally recognized label, a trademark for regional food and culinary tradition that guarantees a unique standard, but also opens a number of opportunities for the presentation of indigenous products in foreign and domestic markets.They all come at their own expense, ie they pay for the trip and accommodation and tours, and since they pay for everything themselves, they will certainly be the most objective. in his writings and publications on various media in their countries, points out Ivanka Luetić Boban, coordinator JU RERA and the whole project. “This is a new tourism product and we already had one group from Poland in May 2018. Of course it will see also natural the beauty of our county and as much as possible i cultural monuments .We expect participation and members and coordinators but and politicians from those countries”Concludes Boban Luetić.One of the main goals of the project is to revive and encourage the development of regions through indigenous culinary heritage, production of indigenous traditional products and include them in the local catering and tourism offer with special emphasis on rural households, which ultimately results in increased competitiveness and visibility. So far, 28 business entities in the Split-Dalmatia County have been members that have met the required criteriaNetwork “Culinary Heritage Europe“Brings together regional members across Europe with the aim of developing regions through the revival of culinary heritage, production of indigenous and traditional products and their inclusion in the local hospitality and tourism offer, inclusion of traditional dishes in the hospitality offer with special emphasis on rural households and joint presentation ultimately resulting in increased competitiveness and increased visibility in the international market.Split-Dalmatia County is the holder of membership in the network as a regional organization, and JU RERA SD is the coordinator of the implementation of network activities.
The award for ‘Traditional Product’ was given to the family farm Anica Bažika from Lumbarda, owners of the Croatian Island Product label, with their special jams, marmalades and jams made of lemon, mandarin, fig, Plavac mali, with constant design of new products. Source: Dubrovnik-Neretva County / Cover photo: Konoba Maha Above Orebić, in Mokalo, is located Agroturizam Kapor, in the past an estate, and today an ambient complex of a Mediterranean house. In addition to delicious local food, they offer tasting of local wines Postup, Plavac and Rukatac, and they have enriched their offer with a family museum. In agritourism, great attention is paid to the youngest who during their stay can enjoy the landscaped playgrounds and promenades, all in the company of domestic animals. “For the fourth year in a row, we have been monitoring the development of rural tourism in our County, and I can truly say that year after year we can see progress in the offer and quality provided by our family farms. I am glad that the ‘Golden Orange’ has become a tradition because this award is a sign that the potential of rural areas is great and that our fellow citizens show love for their customs, antiques and original local cuisine. ‘, said the prefect Nikola Dobroslavić and congratulated the winners, but also all the finalists, on their dedicated work which raises the quality of the entire destination. She won the ‘Golden Orange’ award for 2019 Tavern Maha from the island of Korcula, which for 12 years combines a pleasant atmosphere on its rustic and energy-independent ranch with a combination of traditional flavors and modern presentation, thus completing the vision of rural and sustainable tourism. Last year, the award went to the tavern ‘Seoska kuća’ of the Novaković family from Čilip, one of the pioneers of rural tourism in Konavle, in 2017 the award went to the Metković restaurant and picnic area Đuđa i Mate, while in 2016 the first place went to OPG DIANA MAROVIĆ – EKO ŠKOJ from the island of Korčula. In front of all the winners, Ivan Marelić addressed the audience and pointed out that such recognitions are extremely important. “In this way, all of us small producers and entrepreneurs see that our efforts and work are recognized by the home county. I want to thank everyone for that and of course for this recognition”, Said Marelić. This year, a record number of business entities from the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County applied for the competition, 26 of them, and after the first round of selection, the jury selected 15 finalists. historical and eno-gastro heritage of its region. The four-member family of Konoba Knez, with their dedication and love for work, strive to provide the best service to visitors, and offer tastes of Dubrovnik’s history, because since 1921 the family has been processing and selling meat and meat products. With the presence of an increase in rapid tourism and apartmentization, the original natural beauty and historical heritage of the rural area of Pobrežje tends to be preserved. The rural household also grows various domestic animals, organic fruits, vegetables, produces house wine, homemade liqueurs and fruit brandies, and offers all visitors a real farm experience. The winners, along with the statue of the Golden Orange and the charter, were awarded with monetary amounts from 2.000 to 5.000 kunas for the improvement of their business. Photo: Villa Cypress, Ethno Art Village Podcempres / Illustration HrTurizam.hr From 2018, in addition to the gold, silver and bronze charters, two special awards are given in the categories ‘Attractions in the offer of rural tourism’ and ‘Traditional products’. After Konoba Maha, which won the most points, the second place went to Family farm Marin Knez from the Coast, while Agrotourism Kapor from Orebic won third place. Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Regional Agency DUNEA launched a selection for the best in rural tourism to point out the importance of a quality approach in running family farms in the service of rural tourism and thus gave recognition and deserved promotion to the best. Photo: Dubrovnik-Neretva County Located eight kilometers from the town of Korcula, this tavern is decorated in Dalmatian style with stone walls and gentle lighting in a garden surrounded by Mediterranean plants. The quality and ambience of this family farm has been recognized by many celebrities such as Bill Gates, Bernie Ecclestone, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and many others. Konoba Maha is one of the co-founders of the Korčula Pjatance Association – a spring food and wine fair, and they prove their vision of the property in the future by continuous education of staff and owners and constant improvement of service quality and increase of own production. This year, among the finalists, the Ethnographic Collection Barilo located in the center of Blato, which offers visitors a special and unforgettable atmosphere and a walk through the centuries of the islanders, and Školjkarstvo Antonio from Zamaslina with a unique experience the production process of this aphrodisiac. The award ceremony ‘Golden Orange’ – the selection of the best in rural tourism in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was held on June 28 at the Ranjina Palace.
Croatian National Tourist Board this year as well presents the Croatian tourist offer at fair ITB Asia 2019., the leading tourism fair for the Asia-Pacific tourism industry, which brings together international exhibitors from the MICE, leisure and corporate tourism segment and takes place in Singapore from 16 to 18 October. As they point out from the CNTB, as part of the first day of the fair, were held meetings with Christian Brumby, Director of International Partnerships OTT a globally renowned online travel platform for learning about tourist destinations that is the primary source of knowledge for travel professionals around the world. The meeting was also held with Gianluigiem Bazziniem, commercial manager Skyscanner, one of the world’s most famous tourist search engines for flights, accommodation, car rental, travel agencies, which has over 100 million individual visits per month. Possibilities for future joint cooperation were discussed, as Skyscanner has been part of Ctrip, the largest agency in China and the second largest travel agency in the world, since 2016. “Participation in ITB Asia 2019 is a continuation of CNTB activities aimed at a very important Asian market, given that Asian tourists mostly travel in the pre- and post-season periods and have a great influence on the further affirmation of Croatia as a year-round tourist destination. This year’s focus is on presenting the entire Croatian tourist offer in distant markets such as Australia, the USA, China, South Korea and Singapore, because our goal is to reduce the dependence of Croatian tourism on traditional European markets.“Pointed out the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić and added that the major tour operators Holiday Tours & Travel Singapore, Pacific Leisure Group, Globe Travels and C&D Global Tourism Group, Inspiring Vacations, and Wings Away Travel have already confirmed increased interest in Croatia in 2020. Tourists from Asia on average opt for two to three overseas trips a year, in addition to one long haul a journey lasting 10 to 21 days. Most people come to Croatia in June, and their favorite destinations are Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split. So far this year, the Asian market has achieved a growth of 10 percent in arrivals and overnight stays compared to the same period last year. This year, ITB Asia has attracted over 1300 exhibitors from 127 countries, the fair will be visited by over 13.000 tourism professionals, and participants can choose from 200 lectures with over 260 renowned speakers. With a primary focus on new travel trends for next year, this year’s conference lectures bring a range of topics from corporate travel, Chinese travelers ’preferences, destination marketing, sustainable destination development and halal tourism to innovative travel technology solutions.