Behind us are two July weekends that brought congestion on major road routes.This situation will continue this weekend as announced by HAK, because many Croatian citizens will go on vacation, and school holidays will begin in parts of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Many will choose one of the tourist centers on the Adriatic or will pass through Croatia to destinations in Eastern Europe.Last year we noticed that many tourists avoid traveling on weekends, ie Saturdays and Sundays due to heavy crowds, and choose to go and return from vacation on Friday or Monday, and this practice has continued this year.HAK points out that they expect increased traffic during Friday, July 13, until Monday, July 16, and the peak is expected on Saturday, July 14 (5:00 – 17:00), from the morning in the direction of the sea, and from noon in the direction of the interior. During Sunday, July 15, heavier traffic is expected in the afternoon in the inland direction, and especially between 9:00 and 15:00. During Friday, the biggest traffic jams will be at the border crossings with Slovenia, and on the A3 Bregana-Lipovac highway in the east direction.WELCOME YOUR GUESTS WITH REFRESHMENT As we know, over 85% of tourists come to Croatia by road, so they travel for hours just to come to Croatia, welcome them with coffee, juice, lemonade, beer, wine… and some snacks, preferably homemade food, such as prosciutto, bread and tomato or any other indigenous product.Just put yourself in their role and imagine traveling with children in a crowded car all over Europe, for five, six or more hours. Put yourself in their role and everything will be clear to you.Guests will be exhausted throughout the trip and that little token of attention will show how much you care about them, and they will know how to appreciate it.Cool their room, greet them with coffee, let them care about your guests. And tourists are people, right?CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS AND HOLIDAYS ON BROADCAST MARKETSKnowing our guests and emitting markets is crucial.If you have not used or followed the calendar of holidays in our emitting markets so far, then it is high time to start doing so. Just when the holidays are the most traveled, and in order to be able to better prepare, you must follow the market, in order to offer targeted content in that period and thus attract guests.The calendar of holidays and celebrations on emitting markets is regularly published on the website of the Croatian National Tourist Board, although it is already too late for this year, and preparations for the next tourist season have already begun. Also, on the CNTB website, there is a profile of emitting markets with quality information in decision-making and strategic planning of public and private sector entities in the Croatian tourism industry.Side dish:1. Calendar of holidays and celebrations in emitting markets 2018.2. Emitting market profilesFinns travel the most to the EUIt is also interesting to note that according to the data European Statistical Office, almost two thirds of the population, or 62% of them, can afford a multi – day trip once a year in the European Union.A third travel abroad, but most still spend their holidays in one of the domestic tourist destinations. The most active tourist nations are the Finns, where only 8,6% of the population does not travel, followed by the Dutch, Luxembourgers, Czechs and Danes. Also, it should be noted that the EU average in terms of inactive population is 37,9%,TOMAS SUMMER 2017 – Enogastronomy, sports, health and other forms of tourism are increasingly important motives for the arrival of guestsThe research was conducted by the Institute of Tourism from July to October 2017 in seven coastal counties, covering 67 major places along the coast and on islands on a sample of 5.950 respondents from 18 emitting markets. Through this research, data on the socio-demographic structure of guests, characteristics of travel and stay in the destination, consumption and guest satisfaction with our tourist offer were collected and analyzed.The results of the survey conducted in 2017 showed visible changes in the attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia compared to 2014, when this survey was last conducted.Attachment: “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF TOURISTS IN CROATIA – TOMAS SUMMER 2017.”
How to attract tourists to the sea in the off-season, without having anything to do with the sun and the sea. The answer is clear – quality content, such as the excellent concept of Wine & Walk in north-western Istria.A beautiful walk by the sea and the medieval walls of Novigrad, a relaxed atmosphere, tasting top wines and food and hours of enjoying the beauties of northwestern Istria marked this year’s Wine & Walk by the sea in Novigrad – the simplest description of Wine & Walk by the sea held in Novigrad this weekend .This more than successful concept is a real concrete example of how tourism develops 365 days a year, in this case in the off-season. Certainly it should be emphasized that this story has absolutely nothing to do with the sun and the sea as the main motive for coming.In the morning, more than 500 walkers gathered, who received their tasting glasses, vouchers and a map at the start and set off on a Novigrad adventure. Through a journey of 10 kilometers along the trail, they enjoyed visiting local wine cellars, walking through olive groves, vineyards, but also the medieval city walls, and on the way they were greeted by a rich gastronomic and wine offer of the best Istrian winemakers. “Despite the announcements of bad weather, all registration fees were sold out even ten days before the event. Today, 500 walkers enjoyed a walk through the Novigrad vineyards, numerous Istrian delicacies and a view of the sea, and after the hike, the fun continued on the Novigrad square where even more guests gathered.”, Said Vesna Ferenac, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Novigrad.Eight influencers from Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Croatia, who are part of this year’s Best of the Northwest campaign and introduced northwestern Istria as an Influencer Friendly Destination, joined the walkers on the trail. Great addition and extension of the story.In a couple of years, this whole story has gained a lot of Wine & Walk ambassadors, to the extent that demand is much higher than capacity and the question arises: Should I spread the event or not? Perhaps the best answer to this question are the extensions created by Istria Wine% Walk, one in the pre-season called Sweet Wine & Walk and the mentioned Wine & Walk by the sea. Which, of course, in my opinion, was the right move of the organizers, because otherwise the quality and attractive leisure that adorns this great tourist story would be lost.”SOLD OUT” has become a symbol of Wine & Walk”Sold out” is already a traditional phenomenon in north-western Istria through the excellent concept of Wine & Walk.If you are wondering why “Sold out” is synonymous with Wine & Walk, at least when we talk in our tourist frameworks, the answer is very simple? Because all tickets are sold within 24 hours and all over the internet. Visitors call and wait for the day when tickets will go on sale, without the organizers limiting ticket sales, a smart move because they keep the quality that would surely be lost in the crowd, they could talk to thousands of visitors.And yes, it is important to point out that these are mostly visitors from Slovenia, Austria and then from Croatia. So, people from Zagreb get in the car and come to Istria for the weekend, and in this case the motive for coming is Wine & Walk.Those who want development are growing, while others are whining, sticking to the status quo and saying that it is not possible. It is possible, but it takes a lot of effort and time, there is no success overnight. Quality, diverse and authentic content is the only solution to extend the tourist season. Definitely one of the best Croatian tourist stories.And my personal experience and why I consider Istria Wine & Walk one of our best tourist stories, find out in the attachment.RELATED NEWS:
/ / / IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS MORE ARRIVALS AND LESS NIGHTS During the first quarter, the dominance of destinations with an active hotel offer and destinations profiled in the city break domain and special interests such as business tourism, health tourism, etc. is evident. During the presentation of the current tourist results in 2019 at the working meeting, it was pointed out that by the end of April, a total of 1,4 million arrivals and 3,2 million overnight stays were recorded in hotel accommodation in Croatia, which represents a 10 percent increase in arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Poreč are the leading destinations in the hotel accommodation segment so far this year. Today, at a working meeting with representatives of the hotel industry and camps in Rovinj, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli discussed the state of booking for the coming summer months of the tourist year and current tourist results, current legislation in the hotel and overall tourism business. and opportunities for long-term solutions to ensure a sufficient number of skilled workers in tourism and hospitality and other topics related to the work of the hotel industry. Regarding the forecasts for the summer part of the year, it was stated that tourist traffic is expected at the level of last year, and the overall year-round traffic will be in line with expectations, ie estimates presented at the beginning of the tourist year. . “In hotels and camps we have a total of 26 percent of accommodation capacity in Croatia, and the average consumption of guests staying in hotels is even 55 percent higher than the average consumption in all types of accommodation. Therefore, it is important that we continuously conduct a dialogue with representatives of the hotel and camping industry as well as other representatives of the private sector in order to contribute to increasing the quality of Croatian tourism. The Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Tourism are actively working on improving the legislative framework and providing support for the development of the tourist offer. We have started to change the entire tourism legislation in order to professionalize, decentralize and rationalize the tourism system, and by the end of the mandate we plan to adopt a new Tourism Development Strategy that will be the seal of our work and provide a framework for sustainable, comprehensive and competitive tourism development.” stressed Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli after the meeting.
When you think of the experience of online travel booking, such as searching portals like Priceline.com, Expedia.com or Booking.com, the loyalty program is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But in the campaign against Google Travel, a loyalty program could be the element that will put online travel agencies at an advantage, Skift reports. TripAdvisor is not the only one considering a loyalty program. And Booking Holdings, which owns platforms like Booking.com, Agoda.com and Kayak.com, plans to upgrade its existing program. Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, said the company plans to “expand the reach of the Genius program.” However, with minimal differences between online travel agencies, TripAdvisor will have to differentiate itself very creatively and ultimately offer users unique value. Of course, this would not be the first loyalty program in the online travel agency sector – Expedia Rewards and Orbitz Rewards have been around for years. However, TripAdvisor could make a difference thanks to its powerful review-based system. This is at least the idea of TripAdvisor, which in its latest financial reports has hinted that they are determining the type of loyalty program that makes sense to their community. The concept is, in this case, that current TripAdvisor members are already showing deeper engagement with the platform. By implementing a loyalty program, users will have an additional incentive to stay in the TripAdvisor network, and as far away from Google’s “claws” as possible. Source / photo: Shift; TripAdvisor
Are we ready to follow the trends that the world has known for years and do investors go to neighboring countries to realize their ideas? The results achieved in these countries indicate that the private and public sectors have achieved great success and direct investment that has provided them with direct revenues to the state budget, but also encouraged the development of the private sector with fresh capital and new ideas. I am of the opinion that if we want to keep up with the competition and encourage investment in the future, we must respond to market demands as soon as possible so as not to add up their successful results and analyze what needs to change in us. Is Croatia ready for such a challenge and is there the political will to introduce such measures? How to attract foreign investment, achieve an increase in economic activity and maintain the value of the real estate market in the future is one of the main issues these days. The Golden Visa program is well known in the business world and has been applied for several years by other EU members such as Austria, Portugal and Greece, and was recently introduced by neighboring Montenegro. The program allows attracting foreign direct investment and increasing overall economic activity in the country. LOUD THINKING / Author: Marko Pažanin, Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty
When the borders are gradually opened and the tourist market is activated, in whatever framework, the fight begins for literally every guest. That is why it is necessary to prepare promotional concepts and be ready to attack the market in a targeted and aggressive way. Let’s be sure the noise in communication is going to be awfully big. And when that’s the case, then it’s important to stand out from the crowd with a different promotion and concept. Right now is the time to position. One small Faroe Islands shattered and delighted with an innovative virtual tour and concept Today, it’s never easier to send a message, but it’s never harder to get attention because there’s a terrible noise in communication on a daily basis. Croatia, on the other hand, has incredibly authentic and unique stories, which cannot be copied and which are excellent foundations for storytelling. But we simply do not tell these stories, either through promotion or in the destination through interesting tourist facilities. We continue to sell and present ourselves through the sun and the sea. But now we have reached a new phase – the planning phase and the soon activation of the promotion because the market is slowly waking up, the summer tourist season is slowly knocking on the door, and despite the fact that borders are still closed, all countries are entering a phase of easing measures and negotiations between states about opening borders, of course if epidemiological conditions allow it. Today, in the 21st century, I expect such and similar things from the Croatian National Tourist Board. A different and modern promotion, which is out of the box, which attracts attention with a strong narrative. Mosaic videos simply no longer pass or make sense. Locals are equipped with a live video camera that allows people not only to look at the view from an immediate perspective, but also control where and how they explore using the control button to move, walk, run or even jump. Of course, during the broadcast, the hosts tell a story and thus further acquaint viewers or virtual travelers about their destination. While some tourist destinations came out with great narratives and campaigns, such as Portugal and Tenerife, our tourist destinations were a little late with the reaction and practically only started the same communication last week. So we could see videos of Split, Opatija, Dubrovnik and Zagreb inviting guests to dream today and travel tomorrow. In the first phase of the shock caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, tourist destinations started with inspiring videos on which they sent messages to keep tourists at home and travel later. Several virtual tours have been made, and see in the video below what one of the virtual tours of the Faroe Islands looked like. When you are “small” and when you are struggling with big fish / destinations that have a much bigger budget, brand and market position then you have to be fast, proactive, creative and innovative to stand out from the crowd and get the much desired focus and attention. Namely, it is an innovative way of promotion Remote Tourism, which allows a virtual visit to the Faroe Islands, by locals / hosts putting a helmet on the head on which the camera is, and through the “virtual remote” virtual tourists can control the movements of locals in real time and thus get to know the destination. Watch a great video about the announcement of the entire Remote Tourism campaign. This is exactly what the Faroe Islands, located in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway, did. The country with only 50.000 inhabitants, otherwise a Danish autonomous province, does not have a starting position and predisposition for tourism development, especially comparing it with Croatia or other well-known tourist destinations in Europe. But, that is why there is an innovative and creative way of promotion to position themselves globally and come into focus. See more about the whole campaign at remote-tourism.com, and you can follow her on the official FB page Visit Faroe Islands In this global crisis, we wondered how we could recreate the Faroe Islands experience for those who had to cancel or postpone their trip to the Faroe Islands – and for everyone else who remained in insolation around the world, says Guðrið Højgaard, director of the Faroe Islands Tourist Board. island and adds: “We came up with the idea of what if we could allow people in any world to explore the islands as virtual tourists through the eyes of the locals? Or better yet; What if virtual tourists can control domestic movements in real time? A couple of weeks later our idea became a reality. We have created a new tool for long-distance tourism, the first of its kind. You can explore the Faroe Islands via mobile phone, tablet or computer through real-time interaction”Says Højgaard. “We hope that a visit to our remote islands through the eyes and body of the locals will bring inspiration in these challenging times – and, of course, we hope to personally welcome visitors when everyone is free to travel again.”Concludes Højgaard. Storytelling is the foundation of branding today’s products and tourist destinations. Sell me a story, not a product – It’s a mantra storytelling. Either you play the game or not? Thus, for the first time, travelers can virtually “remotely” explore one of the most beautiful and untouched places on the planet – the Faroe Islands, as pointed out by the tourist office of the Faroe Islands. Everyone wants to hear a good story We don’t have 10 seconds to bother us, but we do have 10 minutes to hear a great and interesting story. For a long time, marketing has not been based on the things we want to sell, but on the stories we tell. And so Coca-Cola, Apple, Nike, etc.… have not been selling products for a long time, but stories. The new website allows virtual visitors to explore the Faroe Islands live – with the local Faroe Islands, who will act as eyes, ears and body on a virtual exploratory tour of the destination, from the Faroe Islands Tourist Office. Are we playing a game or not? We are all fighting in the market for the same tourists, and the winners will be those who are primarily engaged in market development, who follow trends and those who are innovative and creative. Mosaic videos are a thing of the past as well as inviting followers to share their photos on social media.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We would like to address this letter to the powers that be in the town of Glenville. While you are laboring over how to develop the area around Freeman’s Bridge Road, you have neglected the rest of the town.In your effort to maintain the “rural character” of the western part of the town, you have reduced us to the status of a Third World country.We have had persistent problems with our land phone line for years. When Verizon finally gets around to make a service call, we’re told that there’s a problem with a cable somewhere down on Route 5. The cable is bad and needs to be replaced. There’s no plan to replace it because it’s too expensive. Forget about any enhanced service from Verizon. It’s not going to happen. Time Warner, now Spectrum, won’t provide service to our road. Apparently, there aren’t enough homes to warrant their investment, so we get no cable or cable internet service. Again, thanks for keeping it rural. We have to rely on satellite to get TV.Now let’s talk about internet service. It’s satellite again. You may have seen the wonderful commercials for Hughes Net on TV. Well, we are limited to 30Gb per month for use between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. It’s neither reliable nor that fast, and we’re forced to be careful how much we use the service so we don’t run out before the end of the month. Neither of the satellite services work if there’s a heavy rain or snow.We aren’t alone in this complaint. Our neighbors are experiencing the same problems. I hope you will consider the western part of Glenville and bring us up to the standards a modern town should expect.Charlie SnyderChris SnyderGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
It appears that all we are going pass on to the younger generation a list of the following things they would rather not have, such as violence, greed, sex allegations, widespread crime and killings. and political opposition. It’s so sad that we can’t pass on a better outlook. As hard as we try, we still are putting ourselves in a bad situation.Look around you. Can you see anyone who is willing to try to work for the better of anything. There’s always one or a few who like to spoil the outcome. As time goes by, it’s getting worse with no end in sight. Things are at a downward spiral, which is out control. All over at every level, we find a problem with something that makes it harder for all of us. Just read the newspaper or watch the television to be informed about our bright outlook — if you can find one.The younger generation is in for a rocky road which is not getting any better. It’s too bad that our generation didn’t all work a little harder together. Then we would not have this mess.Walter “Neal” BrazelleRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
I offer one million “thank yous” to The Gazette for its April 27 editorial on free expression on campus.As a mentor of Asian-American students at UAlbany, I tell them repeatedly that they will encounter people in their professional lives who hold views that counter theirs or are deeply offensive to them.I tell them that if a controversial speaker is invited to campus, they should protest, but also research the speaker, listen respectfully to the speech, then make succinct, cogent points based on data and facts to counter the speaker. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s of the utmost importance that professors and college staff give diverse ideas to their students. In what are thankfully some rare instances, I have encountered rather simplistic and frankly foolish views on campuses from staff.For proof, I cite to my protégés a presentation I gave on immigration at a local private college. At the end, I presented slides representing Capital Region residents who are immigrants from Australia and Zambia and many countries in between.A few days later, one of the school’s staffers called me to say that while he/she liked the presentation, he/she felt I presented the last part to prove I wasn’t racist. While trying to comprehend what I heard, I told him/her that the idea was to show that people from around the world have emigrated to the region and that we are richer for the experience.The bemused looks on the faces of my protégés at the end of my story demonstrate that, at least in their cases, they understand.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStay informed on the issues and then voteReading the May 21 edition, “In Ohio, blue-collar workers stick with Trump,” a quote jumped out of the page at me.“The Democratic Party has lost its voice to speak to people that shower after and not before work.” As if this country isn’t divided enough, has a new demographic been introduced? How about folks that shower before and after work? Who represents them?It’s time to start talking about the things all Americans can agree on (and there are many). Stay informed by reading, watching and listening to different sources and make sure you’re registered to vote. Don’t wait till the last minute. Every election is important.Edward VanderwallClifton ParkSAT adversity score undermines fairness The SAT “adversity score” assigned by the College Board has been piloted since 2015 in response to rampant cheating in the Middle East, Asia, and most notably in the Singer scandal.It also strives to increase campus diversity by crediting students with their racial and social backgrounds, and fears that an unreliably conservative Supreme Court may strike down affirmative action have prompted 150 institutions to adopt the measure.Comparisons have been drawn to Harvard’s long-used “personality factor,” which has disadvantaged otherwise stellar Asian applicants. Aside from the possible cultural discrimination, every institution accounts for a student’s extracurricular activities, whether or not they give arbitrary categories such as “likability.”The adversity score, however, is beyond anyone’s control and stigmatizes students based on superficial factors.Given state-control over K-12 education, one doesn’t need to come from “privilege,” as a score below 50 would indicate, to make school a priority.Nonetheless, such privileged students may face undetected adversities including caring for a family member, bouts of depression, unreported domestic violence or bullying.This unfair stereotyping at best nullifies the academic performances of middle-class whites while providing a disincentive for students of all backgrounds to perform. It also provides a cheap excuse for a sub-par public school system.Primary education should require teachers to have a masters in their subjects and encourage parents to have strong connections to religious institutions.Both would provide students of all backgrounds a strong academic and moral foundation necessary to build stable careers and families, regardless of where they are admitted.Stephen DansereauAlbanyMotorists need to abide by safety rulesI needed a ride in the Duanesburg ambulance to Ellis Emergency Room.Every single car behind the ambulance tailgated us, and all of the cars happened to be SUVs.The ambulance driver had to stop several times for potholes, construction, traffic, etc.The back doors of an ambulance have no protection from tailgaters.My heart was in my mouth the whole way.We should all hear car safety rules on the local news, maybe a different rule along with the weather, and repeat often.Peg LapoDelanson More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation