By raising the quality of services through “boutique” tourism and specific forms of niche tourism, it is necessary to achieve excellence in the offer

first_imgThe panel “CONTEMPORARY CROATIAN TOURISM – identity and migration (opportunities and threats)” was held on December 07, 2018 as part of the International Conference “Migration and Identity: Economy, Culture, State” at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Zagreb.After the introductory words of the moderator dr. Sc. Mateja Petračić, who stated that migration and identity in tourism are an extremely important factor in development and that more needs to be said about it, while Dr. sc. Sanela Vrkljan from the tourism sector of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, pointed out that it is necessary to face the problem, but also not to look at migration trends as something necessarily negative when we talk about tourism. She also emphasized that the previous historical waves of population emigration are very different from today’s and that today we are talking about two-way movement and migration. She stated that this is a problem of the system, not the labor force, and that it is necessary to work on strengthening the culture of work and further hotel investments in tourism. She also emphasized that the Dual Education and ERASMUS + programs are in the focus of the activities and efforts of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and that in this way they encourage excellence.Dr. sc. Ingeborg Matečić from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb emphasized the importance of identity in presenting Croatian tourism in the world, and the necessity of branding Croatian identity. She emphasized the possible dangers of branding, how care must be taken with the realistic picture of traditional features when it comes to promotion. It is very easy to fall into the trap of untrue information that can have unforeseeable negative consequences for the image of Croatian tourism. She also referred to the example of the city of Cancun and the experience she gained while staying in Mexico.Photo: Swanky Mint hostelAnte Grancarić, B.Sc. project director for Swanky & Pop Up projects, as a representative of entrepreneurs in tourism, explained the vision and way of doing business of Swanky Mint hostel, which operates through active projects throughout the year and is the winner of several renowned awards for the best small hostel. He emphasized that they are hostel guests, guests of high paying power who can afford high category hotels, but stay in a hostel precisely because of the Local experience experience, unusually attractive architecture and the decoration it attracts. He joined the thesis of Dr. sc. Vrkljan that migrations also have some positive effects and examples. He singled out the “Pop Up Summer Garden Festival” and several smaller projects during the year that attract guests. “Advent is a tourist product and should be treated as a frying pan.” He also stressed that a work culture is extremely important in tourism to be successful.Dr. sc. Mladen Vedriš, as a participant in the panel, pointed out that “Social costs are greater than economic benefits in the Republic of Croatia” “Tourism must become a factor in employing highly educated professionals because so far everything comes down to rent” Vedriš points out. He particularly emphasized that in today’s Croatian tourism, the concepts of tourist income and profitability are often confused, and that income from tourism should be viewed from the aspect of profitability. He gave the example of Italy where local daily migration of the population is in force.Conclusion of the discussion: It is necessary to achieve the excellence of the offerRaising the quality of services through “boutique” tourism and specific forms of niche tourism, planned and systematized destination management, as well as mutual cooperation of all participants in tourism, it is necessary to achieve excellence that would ultimately increase the welfare of local people and stop the negative effects of migration and branding. identity for the purpose of recognizing and increasing demand in emitting markets. Along the way, we should first work on raising awareness about tourism and the culture of work, and then on the regulations that should enable easier and more efficient business while maximizing the profits of each of the individual entities in tourism.The peak of the labor shortage is just ahead of usIt is predicted that by 2050 we will be left without 800.000 people. A million new workers are needed to save the economy, but we do not know how to reach them. Between criticism of the collapse of labor prices on the one hand and concern for the preservation of cultural identity on the other, it is clear that we need to adopt smart immigration policies and break down our own prejudices in order to survive. These are the conclusions of the second panel of the conference Migrations and identity: culture, economy, state.”The Croatian economy has no chance without immigration because the departure of people is a much greater economic loss than their remittances could ever compensate,” said the adviser to the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for labor policy and employment. Davorko Vidović on a panel called Migration and the labor market.Krešimir Ivanda, a doctoral student at the Department of Demography at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, presented the Croatian labor market from the perspective of immigrants, saying that we have structural problems such as the disparity between labor market needs and education, very late employment and early retirement. . “An exceptional shortage of labor due to negative demographic trends is yet to come. According to projections for 2051, counties will lose an average of 30 percent of the working population if current activity rates are maintained. So even though we are a country of emigration, we have always been a country of immigration. Some sectors, such as construction, tourism and manufacturing, have been dependent on immigrants for a decade”, Said Ivanda, adding that people who immigrate behave like the local population in terms of economic activity, which is not good because their activity should be significantly higher. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb Željko Bogdan he commented on the impact of remittances on our economy. “The Croatian diaspora can help the Croatian economy through remittances because they carry higher domestic demand, have a positive effect on economic growth, but the inflow of foreign currency can negatively affect the price competitiveness of merchandise exports”, Said Bogdan, emphasizing that his analysis shows that the impact of remittances on economic growth is not excessive, but that they helped during the crisis. She followed up on his presentation Antea Barišić, an assistant at the Department of International Economics of the EFZG, adding that remittances have a countercyclical effect, and in Croatia, according to the World Bank, in 2017 they amounted to 4,5 percent of GDP. These are only remittances through the current account, and the amount is projected to be 30 to 50 percent higher in reality. “Emigration has a social and political impact, but we are primarily interested in the economic one. According to the neoclassical model, the winners are workers in the country of emigration and capitalists in the country of immigration”, Explained Barišić, noting that due to emigration, GDP is decreasing in general, but GDP per capita is growing. Following this was the presentation of Danijel Knežević’s research, which presented the results of research into the impact of migration trends on sustainable human capital in Croatia. “It turns out that the more people emigrate, the higher the quality of human resources, that is, the more people who can find a job remain. Those who are more incompetent go according to that correlation, but it is terrible that we are more competitive based on that. In the long run, with such a trend, we can have XNUMX% employment, but the story is still catastrophic”, Concluded Knezevic.last_img read more

Blues let football do the talking

first_img Holland added: “Last year we hoped. This year we believe. There is a difference. “This year there is a greater belief than last year. We feel the depth that we have in the squad, the balance that we have in the squad. “Physically, mentally, tactically, the team has progressed and the team is ready to put on a real challenge. “But we also know there will be other clubs that feel the same and it will be a difficult contest right until the end.” Chelsea are still to finalise their squad for the visit of Wanderers, but changes are certain. Midfielder Ramires is out with an abductor muscle injury, striker Diego Costa (hamstring) is unlikely to feature but goalkeeper Petr Cech could start. “We have had a small group of players that I’m sure have been frustrated in the first couple of weeks not to have played more and will get an opportunity to show what they can do tomorrow,” Holland added. The goalkeeping situation is intriguing after Cech was displaced as first choice by Thibaut Courtois, but there are no guarantees which stopper will play in which competition. “It will be just judged on merit on a week-to-week basis,” Holland added. The League Cup, as the first silverware of the season, is on Chelsea’s radar and they do not plan to take Bolton lightly, despite Wanderers recording just one league win and twice needing extra time in the competition. “To have a trophy on board March time puts you in a good place for the conclusion to the season,” Holland said. “(But) it’s a game we have to be wary of, give full respect to the opposition. I think that will be the case. “We had an experience against Swindon, who were League One, last season that was uncomfortable. We survived it. “You underestimate clubs and teams in a lower league at your peril. You’ll be in trouble if that’s the case.” Press Association Chelsea believe the statistics speak for themselves in response to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s “small team” taunt. Pellegrini likened the approach of Jose Mourinho’s side to Stoke following Sunday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at the Etihad Stadium, when Chelsea record goalscorer Frank Lampard rescued a point for the hosts. Assistant first-team coach Steve Holland, undertaking media duties prior to Wednesday’s Capital One Cup third-round tie with Bolton in place of Mourinho, said: “Chelsea have scored 16 goals in five matches this season, which, without being petty, Manchester City have scored eight in five. Twice as many goals in five matches. “Jose has always been very clever tactically against the bigger clubs. Last year proved that. I’m sure he’ll continue down that line. “I don’t think there’s any need to respond beyond that. “We’ll just continue with our work and try to win as many football matches as possible.” The draw helped Chelsea more than City, with the Blues leading the standings and five points clear of their opponents after five games as they look for a first title in more than four years. Bolton are opponents who come with some nostalgia for Chelsea. Two goals from Lampard at Wanderers secured the 2-0 win which confirmed Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years in 2005. It was surreal for many to see Lampard, after 13 years and 211 goals for Chelsea, scoring against the Blues, who now believe themselves to be credible title contenders once more. Chelsea last won the title in 2010 and finished four points behind City in the first season of Mourinho’s return. last_img read more

The CDC finds the virus survived 17-days on a ship after people left

first_imgThe CDC is reporting that they found the coronavirus remained present on at least two cruise ships 17-days after passengers were first evacuated from them.The discovery was announced Monday during continued study of the virus in hopes of understanding it.The new data shows that the virus has the ability to stay on surfaces longer than the 14-days originally thought.The study was conducted on both the Princess Diamond Cruise ship in Japan and the Grand Princess ship in California.Researchers say after the virus was detected on both ships, passengers and crew members were quarantined for the recommended 14-days before being released. Researchers found that the virus “was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after the cabins were vacated on the Princess Diamond, but before disinfection procedures had been conducted.”Another study is being conducted to determine how the virus was able to spread across voyages.  As of March 17th at least 25 cruise ships have had passengers and or crew members test positive for the virus either during or after the cruise ended.For example, on February 4th, 3,700 people were quarantined on the Diamond Princess after a previous passenger tested positive for the virus when he returned home to Hong Kong. 800 passengers came down with the illness and 9 people died from it.On the Grand Princess, two people tested positive for the virus which eventually led to 78 more cases across multiple voyages.One finding is that 46.5% of people who contract the virus are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms at all. This could explain the “high attack rate.”last_img read more

Palm Beach County Teacher Faces Firing for Changing 18,000 Grades

first_imgThe Palm Beach County School Board was planned to fire a Forest Hill High School teacher on Wednesday, after an investigation discovered that he had changed more than 18,000 grades in the district’s online learning programs over a two-year period.Forest Hills’ former principal, Mary Stratos, says she first alerted investigators and transferred the teacher, Randy Whidden, from supervising classes with access to the online programs, as soon as she found out about the situation in 2018.The 66-year-old Whidden, who has been with the district for seven years, continued to teach there during the investigation.“In his mind he’s helping kids,” Stratos said. Instead, she said, he was hurting them. “We shut it down,” Stratos says.The online course results that investigators say Whidden change are contained within a set of programs known as Edgenuity.Access to Edgenuity was abused in a similar fashion three years ago at Seminole Ridge High School.In that case, the district’s Inspector General’s office concluded that an assistant principal at the school changed grades on hundreds of assignments in the credit recovery class. At least 13 students went on to graduate from the high school with the altered grades. Assistant Principal Randy Burden told investigators that he did know how to change a grade, and suggested that students could have gone into the system when he stepped out of the room without logging off, according to the report.However, the investigators found that explanation “incredulous” and “not plausible.”Despite Burden’s claim that he did not know how to change a grade, experts found that he did it 256 times in two years. Only 11 of the instances had a reason or justification noted within the records. Scores increased from zero to 95 in four insurances.The district’s audit committee recently began looking into the grade-changing situation in Edgenuity.A report issued to the school board last month concluded that “access controls to Edgenuity system need improvement.”While reviewing access, the committee reported that it found 14 people who do not work for the district, as well as 144 former employees, had the online credentials needed to change student records in the system.In addition, around 25 people who changed jobs within the district still had access to student records granted to them in their last job.The investigators also found that 65 percent of Edgenuity grade changes were done without valid justification.last_img read more