Danijela Čavlović, HGK: While they congratulate us in Europe, some in Croatia are worried about the growth of private accommodation

first_imgWe will remember the last year by the best tourist results in recent Croatian history. Double-digit growth in overnight stays and arrivals exceeded even the most optimistic expectations, especially in October and November, where in some destinations it amounted to 30%, and we achieved more than 100 million overnight stays three years earlier than planned by the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy. 2020The strongest growth was achieved in family accommodation, where in the first 11 months 14% more overnight stays and even 20% more arrivals were recorded. Croatia was declared the absolute winner at the awards ceremony for the best European house of the year organized by the European Association of Family Accommodation, which brings together more than 20 million beds, while the Russians chose us as the best destination for family accommodation. “Bravo, you are a great example of the orderliness of this market, and we see that it is getting higherYou are investing in quality, ”they tell us in Europe, where they are still trying to find ways to more effectively regulate this important segment of the collaborative economy.However, it turns out that in Croatia they are not so impressed by the growth of this type of micro-entrepreneurship, which through more than 85.000 registered households directly or indirectly employs 350.000 people and generates income of 2,5 billion euros. We have even witnessed that some are seriously concerned with the explanation. “that Croatia needs more hotel accommodation than family accommodation because it is in line with the above-mentioned Strategy ”. On the other hand, politicians constantly point out that the demographic picture is devastating, and they are worried that people have managed to put their real estate into business and feed themselves and their families by watching their neighbors take their lives to Germany or Ireland. No work. “No, it is not the problem of the family but those who buy apartments in Zagreb, Zadar, Split… and make money on them”, Explains our interlocutor in a high position in the executive branch.So isn’t profit a goal considering the invested capital and operating costs, if the investor has registered the maximum allowed 20 beds per address and OIB by law? He also employs a laundromat, taxi drivers, nearby restaurants, increases the turnover of shops, museums, clubs… If you are worried that they may earn a lot more than 230.000 kuna per year as a lump sum (the threshold for entering the VAT system is from 1.1.2018. raises to 300.000 kuna) why do you not send them to the supervision of inspectors of the Ministry of Finance, ie the Customs Administration, which should determine whether the owner of the accommodation reports all guests and shows the total income?Another problem that has emerged thanks to good tourist figures is the lack of manpower. With 180.000 unemployed, we had to increase quotas for employing foreigners, which is fine because our people are accepted as workers in other countries, but the question is how many of them will want to work for Croatian wages and at the same time smile and patiently answer numerous tourist inquiries? Or maybe we could use the model from the 80s of the last century when Croatia achieved much higher tourist numbers, and workers were recruited from the local population, which especially in the coast has a tradition of tourism for more than a century.Hotel houses paid scholarships for the education of future waiters, chefs, maids, receptionists knowing that these young people grew up in a tourist environment and have a high culture of dealing with guests. Although hotel salaries were not high even then, the difference was compensated by transferring the excess guests to the apartments of their parents, grandparents and other relatives… In this synergy of hotels and family accommodation everything worked – there was no shortage of labor to his country and from his work.Photo: www.kvarnerfamily.hrBut somehow with each new change of structures we forget the models that have proven their effectiveness and bring new ones that too often benefit only a few, which we have especially witnessed in the last few months. At the same time, we are concerned that households make up more than 50 percent of the total tourist capacity, because, as our interlocutor says, this is not the case anywhere in the world.So shouldn’t we finally be pleased and proud to be at least in something of a ‘role model’ in much more successful markets instead of thinking about limiting or even reducing the growth of this micro-entrepreneurship thanks to which still a large part of the population decides to stay in this country full of life?Author: Danijela Čavlović, President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Family Tourism AssociationRelated news:CROATIA THE ABSOLUTE WINNER IN CHOOSING THE BEST HOLIDAY HOMES IN EUROPE! FAMILY MICRO ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TOURISM – A ISSUE OF SURVIVALBE A HOST IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATION, NOT REAL ESTATE AGENTSlast_img read more

Bacolod dad urged: Allow backriding for family members

first_imgRamos said family members stay in one house and the coronavirus transmission is exposed to all members of the immediate family and is not merely confined to riding on the motorcycle by said family members. “Allowing riding in tandem on motorcycles between immediate family members will remain in force while the GCQ is in force,” he further said. Ramos deemed it expedient to allow backriding on motorcycles in the city for immediate family members who are allowed to travel, provided they can show proof of their identity. Earlier, Leonardia explained that his Executive Order No. 35 only allows riding in tandem for spouses for the purpose to by essential needs or reporting to work, other than that are not allowed./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – The city council here passed a resolution asking Mayor Evelio Leonardia to allow motorcycle back riders among immediate family members. Councilor Dindo Ramos, chairman of the city council’s committee on transportation and author of the resolution, said lamented that motorcycles are one the major mode of transportation in the city and enforcing the “no back rider” policy affects the mobility of employees allowed to work under the general community quarantine (GCQ).last_img read more

Semester in Review: Badgers go into the break

first_imgBRYAN FAUST & GREGORY DIXON/Herald photosFOOTBALLBret Bielema’s rookie season can’t get much better.Well, a win at the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day would do the trick.But regardless of the outcome in Orlando, the Badgers can take pride in producing one of the greatest seasons in the history of the program.The 2006 Wisconsin football team, without the benefit of a bowl game just yet, has already posted UW’s highest win total in any individual season ever, with an astounding 11-1 record nobody thought possible five months ago.Why were the Badgers written off before the season began? Consider:An offense with just three returning starters. John Stocco became one of the elite quarterbacks in the Big Ten, P.J. Hill was a more-than-pleasant surprise as a freshman tailback and Joe Thomas was simply the best lineman in all of college football, as affirmed by his recent capture of the Outland Trophy.A defense without any top stars. Mike Hankwitz’s unit was the strong point coming out of fall camps, to be sure. But there didn’t seem to be one guy that stepped up as the rock of the defense. Perhaps that was just the thing UW’s defense needed, as steady contributors Jonathan Casillas, Jason Chapman, Jack Ikegwuonu, Joe Stellmacher, Mark Zalewski and others helped Wisconsin’s defense.Can you say: rookie coach? Bret Bielema can’t. Not only did Bielema coach like a seasoned veteran; he acted as such off the field, saying all the right things and emerging as the fearless leader of the Wisconsin team that supposedly “overachieved” in 2006.The No. 6 AP ranking and a trip to a New Year’s Day bowl? Doesn’t get much better.-Aaron BrennerVOLLEYBALLEven though Wisconsin’s volleyball team posted another successful season, finishing with a 26-7 record, it ended in postseason disappointment yet again.Wisconsin tipped off the season by hosting the AVCA Volleyball Showcase, hosting fellow top-ranked teams Washington, Texas and Ohio. And while the Badgers dropped their first game to the Longhorns, freshman outside hitter Brittney Dolgner had her coming-out party in a five-game match against the Ohio Bobcats by posting a team-high 13 kills in game two.Dolgner would continue to pace the Badgers all season long, leading the team with 4.12 kills per game en route to being named to the All-Big Ten team, the first freshman in Wisconsin school history to do so.Senior floor captain and outside hitter Maria Carlini suffered a foot injury early in the Big Ten season, causing Wisconsin to cough up a two-game lead to Ohio State on the road.The Badgers soon found their stride, however, and it was evident when the No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions came to the Field House on October 27. Not only did Wisconsin beat Penn State for the first time since 2003, but it did so in a commanding sweep.Wisconsin headed into the postseason having won nine of its last 10 matches and hoped to improve upon its Elite Eight finishes of the previous three years.The tenth-seeded Badgers swept through the first round, but were then paired against the team they played to start the season, the Texas Longhorns. This time playing at Texas, Wisconsin’s season ended just like it started — swept by the Longhorns.-Michael PoppyMEN’S SOCCERLike many unfortunate men, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (9-8-2, 3-3-1 Big Ten) climaxed much too early this past season. After starting off warm with a 3-3 record in the beginning of the year, the Badgers turned up the heat and went on a six-game unbeaten streak, rising to the top of the Big Ten in the process and securing a No. 22 national ranking.Unfortunately, the Badgers dropped their last four games, including a match to Indiana that would have given Wisconsin the Big Ten title. Following its 1-0 loss to Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin did not receive an NCAA bid and its 2006 campaign came to an abrupt end.On the bright side, the Badgers did come — albeit not long enough — to play this season. Senior Jake Settle started in all 19 matches between the posts and tallied eight shutouts and 61 saves. For his efforts, Settle earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor three separate times and was named to the all-conference second team. Also starting in every match were core senior defenders Hamid Afsari and Aaron Hohlbein.While Afsari made the College Soccer News National Team of the week back in October, Hohlbein took home a slew of awards at the end of the year. After first receiving a unanimous first-team selection for the Big Ten all-conference squad, Hohlbein was then named a third-team NSCAA All-American. The dynamic defender now looks forward to a possible selection in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.In addition to Settle and Hohlbein, three other players on head coach Jeff Rohrman’s squad received all-conference honors at seasons end — Victor Diaz earned second-team honors while Eric Conklin and Pablo Delgado were each named to the all-freshman squad.Despite losing eight seniors, the Badgers now look forward to the spring season.-Matthew KrejcarekWOMEN’S SOCCERThe Wisconsin’s women’s soccer team came into this season looking to build off last year’s Big Ten Tournament title and its appearance in the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, the Badgers were unable to reach those marks again this season.The Badgers fell to Illinois 3-0 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, bringing to an end a season that was filled with streaky play and missed opportunities.”One or two little things can change your season,” head coach Dean Duerst said. “Momentum was probably the biggest factor; we didn’t catch a ride of momentum.”On offense, the Badgers were led by sophomore forward Taylor Walsh with 17 points. Five other players registered at least nine points during the year, but even with such balanced scoring, the team could still go cold. The team was shutout six times during the year, including five of its last six matches of the season.The Badgers were not consistent enough on the defensive side of the ball for Duerst’s liking either. The team registered five shutouts during the year, but still gave up 1.42 goals per game, putting them second to last in the Big Ten.”We were just a little too inconsistent,” Duerst saidWhile the season may have seemed like a down year, there were some things that pleasantly surprised Duerst this year. He liked seeing the offense with its balanced scoring and he liked that some freshmen got quite a bit of playing time. Four freshmen specifically saw action in at least 12 matches.Regardless of how the team was going to finish this year, it was going to be a special season because it marked the 25th anniversary of the women’s soccer program. Duerst said it was a great experience for his team.”A lot of alumni came back and our team got to experience their stories on a real special night,” he said. “That’s something I’ll remember forever.”-Karl AndersonWOMEN’S BASKETBALLOnly one game remains for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team before they begin their Big Ten season. Friday’s game will match the Badgers up against the Harvard Crimson. Like Wisconsin, Harvard (2-6, 0-0 Ivy League) has several talented freshmen that have already seen action on the court this season.The next two weeks will provide the team to get some much-needed rest. Earlier in the season, many of the Badger players suffered from the flu, including standout guard Jolene Anderson and head coach Lisa Stone. After resting for a few days, Anderson bounced back with her best performance of the year, scoring 28 points in a win over Albany.”We’ve just got to stay together,” Anderson said. “Hopefully we go into the Big Ten season 12-1, but if we’re not, then we can’t hang our heads low because we’ve still got Big Ten teams to play against.”Wisconsin will kick off the Big Ten season with a game against Northwestern (7-3, 0-0 Big Ten) at the Kohl Center on Dec. 28 and will then travel to East Lansing on New Years Eve to play Michigan State in one of their toughest games of the year. The Spartans are currently ranked 18 in the AP Poll and have a record of 7-1.The Badgers will also play Minnesota and Michigan on the road in early January, and will return to Madison to take on Illinois on Jan. 14 and eighth-ranked Ohio State four days later in what should prove to be another tough test.”We just need to play hard,” UW forward Caitlin Gibson said. “Once we get into the Big Ten [season], it’s going to be a lot different. They’re bigger, they’re faster, and they’re stronger.”-Tyler MasonWOMEN’S HOCKEYDespite settling for two ties last weekend against St. Cloud St., the No. 2 UW Women’s hockey team will still head into their winter break atop the WCHA leaderboard with 27 points, four ahead of second-place MinnesotaBeginning the season as the defending champions and nation’s top ranked team, the Badgers (16-1-3, 12-1-3 WCHA) won 13 of their first 14 games and extended their record unbeaten streak to 26 games before finally falling to Minnesota-Duluth 2-0 on Nov. 24.Strong play by goalies Christine DuFour and Jessie Vetter, who have been splitting time between the pipes, have anchored the Badger defense, while senior Sara Bauer, who broke the school’s all-time women’s scoring record already this year, has led the offense and is currently the leading scorer in the country. Fellow Badgers Jinelle Zaugg, Meghan Duggan and Erika Lawler are also among the nation’s point leaders.The Badgers will return from their month long break on Jan. 5 when they travel to Minnesota to take on the arch-rival Gophers. Control of the conference will be at stake as a Badger sweep would put the team far ahead of the pack for the conference’s top spot.Following a non-conference visit from Providence the following weekend, the Badgers will play five straight conference series, including a rematch with the only team to beat them, Minnesota-Duluth, before heading into the post-season.With the WCHA playoffs and NCAA tournament fast approaching the Badgers will be looking to play their best hockey in the second half of the season as they hope to repeat last year’s performance as national champions.-Mike Ackersteinlast_img read more

Terrel Hunt appeals NCAA’s denial of 6th season: ‘I think it’s unfair’

first_img Published on December 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt wants to “get the word out” about his appeal to the NCAA. When he was denied a sixth year of eligibility in November he said he couldn’t stop crying.Hunt has missed 18 games over the past two seasons, but by playing five games in 2014 — one more than the maximum for a medical redshirt — he was initially ruled ineligible for a sixth year.“I think it’s unfair,” Hunt said. “I understand the NCAA has a job to do and there are set rules but … I want to get awareness about it and hopefully that helps me with my appeal.”Hunt tore his Achilles in the first game of 2015 and missed the rest of the season. But since he redshirted in 2011, he would have had to miss a minimum of 70 percent of games in each of two seasons due to injury, something he’s only done in one season, in order to obtain the sixth year. He said on Thursday he’ll be appealing the NCAA’s initial denial regarding his sixth season.Correspondence with the NCAA has strictly been through letters, Hunt said, and by speaking with the media, he wants to make the appeal process more personal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Anybody can say no in a letter,” Hunt said, “but the NCAA, they’re human, they have hearts.”In Hunt’s 2012 redshirt-freshman season, he played just two snaps on special teams against Southern California at MetLife Stadium. Hunt, who is from nearby Rosedale, New York, got to play close to home. Those two snaps count toward a year of his eligibility. If he didn’t play, he could have argued to get that year of eligibility back.Hunt said his sixth season, if granted, would most likely be at Syracuse, though he hasn’t yet decided. He added that he likes the offense that recently-hired head coach Dino Babers runs.“This is where I want to be, this is where I started but never got to finish,” Hunt said. “This is my home. I love this place.”Hunt is working with Director of Athletics Mark Coyle and Director of Compliance Mark Wheeler. He’s also hired an outside lawyer but said since the appeal is going through the school, the lawyer “can only do so much.”For now, though, it’s just a waiting game and in the mean time, Hunt is doing whatever he can to get his sixth season.“When you put all your eggs in one basket, and then all those eggs get crushed, what are you going to cook with?”And now that he’s appealing the initial decision, Hunt hopes he won’t get crushed again. Comments Related Stories Terrel Hunt denied 6th year of eligibility by NCAAShafer: Syracuse will apply for 6th-year waiver for Terrel HuntTerrel Hunt has torn Achilles, will miss rest of 2015 seasonNo. 1: Terrel Hunt at the helmHunt to miss 4-6 weeks with fractured fibula, SU Athletics announces center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

American Indian Youth Leadership Council to host POW-WOW in South Haven Aug. 20

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 210 weeks ago What is the reason you are hyphenating and writing the word “powwow” in all caps? Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The American Indian Youth Leadership Council is hosting a POW-WOW in South Haven on August 20.  The program focuses on teaching young people how to celebrate their Indian heritage.The dance is sponsored through the South Haven USD 509 Title IV Program and will be a day long event. There will be a Gourd Dance held at 2 p.m. with a dinner break at 5 p.m. The evening session starts at 6 p.m.Special guest will be princess Summer Moncivais of the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty.Those who will be in attendance at the POW-WOW include:USD 509 Title VII – Princess, Cynae WileyEmcee- Creighton Moore, Wichita.Head Singer- Sidney Toppah, Wichita.Head Man Dancer- Truman Ware, Wichita.Head Man Gourd Dancer- David Burditt, Wichita..Head Lady Dancer – Chelsea Jay Nesahkluah, Wichita.Head Boy Dancer- Logan McLain, South Haven.Head Girl Dancer- TBA.Arena Director- William Lasiter, Haysville.For more information contact program coordinator Twaila Wiley at twailawiley@usd509.org, or Native American Advisor Susan Seal, vsusanseal@gmail.com.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more