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When it rains, life stops in our destinations

first_imgFrom the first day I write that our biggest tourist advantage is authenticity and our incredible diversity in the way and culture of living, and that we must be what we are – Croats and tell our story, and not be bad copies of others.On the other hand, apart from the sun and the sea, we chronically lack a quality offer and quality facilities, because the sun and the sea as the only offer is not enough. The sun and the sea will always be the motive for coming, but that alone is certainly not enough to raise tourism to a higher level, extend the season and increase tourist spending.The thing is very simple, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but diverse, quality and authentic content of the tourist destination.Quality content is precisely the solution of how to extend the tourist season, directly raise tourist consumption and most importantly affect the overall experience of the guest.The holy grail in tourism is to delight the guest.The most important thing is whether the guest is satisfied with the destination after 7/14 days, ie his annual. If he is, he will return and be our ambassador, if not, then we have a counter effect. And we know that it is three times more expensive to return a dissatisfied guest. And therein lies the whole philosophy.Of course we have to have quality service, quality and diverse accommodation, but the most important thing is quality content and offer, because today’s quality guests will not spend seven days on the beach and do nothing. They want experiences and stories. Also, in the whole story, the synergy of all tourist participants is important because they all make up the overall mosaic of the tourist destination.Rain – the collapse of the systemIn addition to the above, quality content comes to the fore when the weather is bad and it rains. What to do when it is raining, when it is gloomy and windy and when there is no sun and sea? This is a question that everyone must ask in tourism.Unfortunately, in our destinations, due to the lack of quality content, as well as due to poor promotion, communication and the lack of synergy, guests are left to the room or hotel lobby.If we have quality facilities in a tourist destination, then they come to the fore. One such excellent example is in Pula on Verudela.At the beginning of this week, it was raining and cold weather, and for those two days it was impossible to swim and lie on the beach. And the confirmation of the above hypothesis about the importance of quality content is best illustrated by this picture.It is about Aquarium Pula which is a great fun and educational content, it is a real aquarium, not the “fake” with a couple of fish and aquariums. It stretches over three floors with over 250 species of fish, with one huge aquarium stretching through the middle and through all three levels.As you can see in the picture, a large queue of tourists has formed in front of the entrance, waiting to buy a ticket and visitors to come out because at that moment the aquarium filled its maximum number of visitors. Tourists are eager for quality content.”Every” tourist who comes with children to Pula should experience the Aquarium Pula, regardless of whether it is a beautiful or rainy day, because this is exactly the content that will delight them and directly increase the guest’s satisfaction with the destination.Synergy at a tourist destination is crucialHotels, hosts in family accommodation as well as the local population must care about the overall experience of tourists in the tourist destination. As I mentioned above, the motive for arrival is not accommodation, but a tourist destination, and the quality of accommodation and services is understood in accordance with the categorization.The guest will certainly not return to the destination because of the hotel, if the destination did not meet his needs and expectations. And that is why it is extremely important that the hoteliers themselves as well as the hosts in the family accommodation know their guests, recommend them great facilities in the destination in accordance with their needs and desires, regardless of whether they have the financial benefit of it. In the long run, you definitely have, because you will extend the tourist season, you have loyal guests who are free (there is no marketing cost), and you get better quality guests that generate higher tourist spending. Win-win for everyone.If the guest experiences as much content as possible and his vacation is fulfilled, the final rating will be positive and he will return. And they will return to your accommodation. So, promote and encourage the offer of content in the destination, because you are interdependent on each other. You have to be happy because you have the opportunity to offer quality content to your guests. You can’t do without each other. Of course, only if we want better quality tourism.Croatia – a country with “a thousand” museumsWe need as much quality content as Aquarium Pula as possible… A country with 1000 thematic museums and interpretation centers, this must be part of the development strategy, because we lack quality content and offerings the most.I wonder, why don’t we have hundreds of private and state themed museums for all our amazing tourist, historical, cultural, authentic… stories?From the Museum of Illusions, the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Museum of Ancient Glass, etc.… to the Museum of Betina wooden shipbuilding, the Museum of Sinjska alka, Istralandia, Fun Park Mirnovec, Aquatika freshwater aquarium Karlovac, Museum of Vučedol Culture su – all these are excellent and quality facilities.We have to tell our authentic stories and be proud of them, museums give added value, offer quality content and tell thousands of stories about our history, culture, heritage, innovations, identity. And finally, for the hundredth time in this article, quality content makes for a quality tourist destination.last_img read more

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Coast home has been modified to keep up with more modern ways of living

first_img20 Dinsey St, Kingscliff.ERIN Kulken fell in love with her Kingscliff home before it hit the market.The hairdresser came across it through a client.It wasn’t until she spotted a ‘for sale’ advertisement in the newspaper some time later that she thought she might get a chance to live there.“I actually bought it off the client of mine — I had seen the house before and fell in love with it,” Mrs Kulken said.She and her husband, Tannan, have lived in the four-bedroom house on Dinsey St with their son for about five years. 20 Dinsey St, Kingscliff.They have changed bits and pieces of the home over the years but adding a “home office” was their biggest project.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We converted a bedroom downstairs into a hair salon,” Mrs Kulken said.They filled in the door on the inside of the house and removed the window on the outside to add a door.MORE NEWS: First look at ‘new’ Nobby’s Outlook Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 MORE NEWS: For sale: Kat Middleton’s former home “It’s completely separate, (clients) can’t see into our house,” Mrs Kulken said.She said the salon could be converted back into fifth bedroom or study if needed or act as a home office. The house also has multiple living areas across both levels as well as several timber decks to make the most of outdoor living.center_img 20 Dinsey St, Kingscliff. 20 Dinsey St, Kingscliff.A fireplace forms the centrepiece of the upstairs lounge and dining room while timber floors and a neutral palette throughout give the house a fresh look.Mrs Kulken said the back deck was where she liked to spend most of her spare time.“Especially at sunset, it’s just magic out there,” she said.“There’s lots of trees and on one end of the deck you can see Mount Warning.”She said they were sad to leave the house but they wanted to start a new project. “We just want a new adventure,” she said. 20 Dinsey St, Kingscliff.last_img read more

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Major Overhaul of Wetlands Rules in New Hampshire

first_imgGovernor Chris Sununu and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Bob Scott yesterday announced the release of a draft revision of the New Hampshire Wetlands rules, the first complete rewrite of the rules since 1991.The NHDES wetland rules regulate the following type of resources: wetlands, surface waters (lakes, ponds), watercourses (streams, rivers), shorelines, vernal pools, prime wetlands, coastal lands, and tidal waters.Example projects impacted by these rules include: beaches, docks, boathouses, wall construction, riprap, bank stabilization, forestry, utility, agriculture, trails, dredging, filling, residential and commercial development, and roadway construction.“By listening to our stakeholders on ways to improve the wetland rules, we can reduce many of the issues that arise during the permit process – therefore making it more streamlined, predictable, and transparent for both the applicant and NHDES,” said Bob Scott, NHDES Commissioner.The draft wetland rules propose over 50 new definitions to provide clarity and consistency, shorten the review time for lower scrutiny approvals and expand the number of projects that qualify for streamlined review, including stream crossing projects.The new rules clarify permit processes, project classification, standard conditions, avoidance, minimization, and mitigation requirements, and application review standards. The draft rules also provide significant changes to the coastal rules and updates to the prime wetland rules.NHDES will be hosting 5 public input sessions in the following locations:Concord: February 26, 2018;Portsmouth: February 28, 2018;Laconia: March 1, 2018;Keene: March 5, 2018;Lancaster: March 7, 2018.The NHDES public comment deadline on the draft rules is April 20, 2018.last_img read more

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EU Funds Autonomous Shipping Initiative for European Waters

first_imgThe European Commission revealed a new funding for an autonomous shipping initiative for the European waters.Under the project titled Autoship, two remote and autonomous (R&A) vessels would be built and operated, along with their needed shore control and operation infrastructure, reaching and going over technology readiness levels 7 -system prototype demonstration in operational environment.With a duration of three and a half years, the project has a budget of EUR 27.6 million, out of which EUR 20.1 million would be provided by the EU.Testing will take place during two pilot demonstration campaigns addressing goods mobility from the Baltic Corridor to a major EU seaport and hinterland. Autoship would build around two EU technology providers, such as Rolls Royce and Kongsberg, to create a stronger European cluster.The development is expected to speed-up the next generation of autonomous ships by demonstrating in real environment short sea shipping and inland waterways autonomous vessels, according to the European Commission.The technology package would include full-autonomous navigation, self-diagnostic, prognostics and operation scheduling, as well as communication technology enabling a prominent level of cyber security and integrating the vessels into upgraded e-infrastructure. In parallel, digital tools and methodologies for design, simulation and cost analysis would be developed for the whole community of autonomous ships.“The high ambition is to deliver the technology on the market in 5 years boosting ocean and intercontinental unmanned shipping. It is an ambition with a solid base in the involved value-chain and in the financial and commercial commitment,” the EC said.last_img read more

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Delices Senior 4H Club wins local dinner plate competition

first_img 20 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Delices Senior 4H Club wins local dinner plate competition by: – January 16, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share Share Photo credit: greenlake_uwex.eduThe Delices Senior 4H Club is the winner of the 4-H Local Dinner Plate Competition which was held over the weekend.North East Comprehensive 4-H Club placed second, the Dominica Grammar School 4-H Club came in third while the Calls Center at Portsmouth came in the forth position.Other participating clubs included the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, the Goodwill Secondary School and the Castle Bruce Secondary School 4H Clubs.National 4-H Coordinator Shirley Alexander says the event which is the brainchild of the president His Excellency Dr. Nicholas Liverpool was a success.“It was keenly contested and the judges were looking at sanitation and general presentation of the clubites, their general appearance, cooking skills, timing, order and knowledge. We had a successful award ceremony, we had a very large crowd” she said.Mr. Lennard Lewis was also recognized for his assistance to the club.“Everything went really well and we are looking forward to continue that program,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Siblings fall in buy-bust

first_imgVirgie andKenrick were nabbed after they sold suspected shabu to an undercover officerfor P1000 around 3:35 p.m. on Feb. 26, the report added. BACOLOD City – Eleven sachets ofsuspected shabu valued at around P192,000 were seized in a buy-bust operationin Barangay 1, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The suspectswere detained in the lockup cell of the Kabankalan City Police Station, facingCharges for Violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive DangerousDrugs Act of 2002./PNcenter_img Residents VirgieJareňo, 57, and her brother Kenrick, 23, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, apolice report showed.last_img read more

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YMCA hosting blood drive

first_imgBatesville, IN — Southeastern Indiana YMCA is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, August 27 from 11 am to 4 pm.  The mobile unit will be in the YMCA parking lot during those hours.  Click here to register to donate and help save lives.  There are still several time slots available to donate.last_img

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Monk avoids FA sanction

first_img The Football Association announced Monk will not face any further action following his post-match comments on October 19, when he was incensed over Moses winning Stoke a penalty from which they equalised on their way to a 2-1 win over Swansea at the Britannia Stadium. Monk also described referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award the spot-kick as “disgusting” and was asked to explain himself by the FA. Swansea announced on Wednesday: “Swansea City can confirm that the Football Association will not be taking any further action regarding media comments made by manager Garry Monk following the recent Barclays Premier League fixture at Stoke City. The FA, who asked Monk for his observations following the fixture, has reminded the Swansea manager about his responsibilities regarding media comments.” In the wake of Swansea’s League Cup exit at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday, Monk’s wife reacted angrily after saying a letter was hand-delivered to the couple’s family home criticising her husband’s performance in his post. Lexy Blackwell posted on Twitter, saying she had received the letter from a neighbour. She wrote: “Absolutely incensed a NEIGHBOUR has the audacity2hand deliver a letter moaning at Garry’s handling of things/everything he’s doing wrong. “If u want2talk2him go2the Swans.Don’t come2my childrens home. Or better still,as u think u know better than him,y don’t u bcome a manager.” Swansea will be hoping for a favourable verdict from the FA after appealing against the red card shown to Federico Fernandez late in the game at Anfield. The Argentinian was dismissed by referee Keith Stroud in stoppage time for a challenge on Philippe Coutinho and faces a three-match suspension. Swansea announced they informed the FA of their appeal before Wednesday’s 1pm deadline, allowing the governing body to make a decision before Saturday’s league trip to Everton. After Fernandez was sent off by Stroud, Dejan Lovren’s header snatched a 2-1 win to send Liverpool through to the quarter-finals. “It’s clearly not a red card whatsoever,” Monk told BBC Sport. “If anything, the Liverpool player Coutinho’s feet actually come in above our player’s. “So how he saw it as a red card is not good, but he’s a good referee and hopefully he sees some sense and will rescind that red card.” Monk intends to hold talks with former referee Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body that trains and provides match officials, about recent decisions. “I’ll speak to Mike (Riley) on Friday. Just to chat and go through things, there’s one from Stoke and obviously this one (at Liverpool),” Monk said. Meanwhile, the City Supporters Trust has responded to Swansea holding talks with potential investors by stating there is no need for an ownership change. The Trust owns more than 21 per cent of shares in the club. Swansea announced this week they have spoken with potential investors who could buy a minority share interest in the club. In a statement, the Trust said: “The Swansea City Supporters Trust have responded to press speculation that there is a bid about to be placed that would see some of the club end up in American hands. “The Trust owns more than 21 per cent of the shares in the football club and wish to make it known at the moment that they do not believe that there is a need for the club to change ownership or proceed with the deal.” Swansea boss Garry Monk has avoided punishment after accusing Stoke winger Victor Moses of “clear cheating” – and saw his wife rally to his support on Wednesday. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Confident Canaries are strong at home, warns Southampton boss Ronald Koeman

first_img “I was watching the game they played last, against Aston Villa at home, and they are strong. “They have a confidence now that they can beat teams. They won away against Manchester United, and that gives teams like Norwich a big belief and a big confidence to battle to stay in the Premier League. That’s one of the reasons why it’s a difficult game. “They are fighting to keep their position in the Premier League. They are strong at home and they’re an aggressive team so it’s a difficult one. But we need to win.” Southampton pulled off a shock 4-0 win over Arsenal on Boxing Day, but their failings in front of goal resurfaced as they went down 2-1 at West Ham last Monday. They led through an early Carl Jenkinson own-goal and had numerous chances to add to their advantage before half-time. But, much to Koeman’s frustration, they could not turn their dominance into goals and eventually crashed to second-half strikes from Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll. “If we are so dominant like in the first 45 minutes you have to score more,” he added. “If you create five or six good chances you have to score at least two goals, and if you don’t and you score one the opponent is still in the game. Press Association The Canaries go into the new year buoyed by recent wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa, results which lifted them three places and three points above the relegation zone. “I’m expecting a difficult game,” said Koeman at his pre-match press conference. “We need to kill and that’s the difference sometimes between the big clubs. If they play 45 minutes on the level we did then they score more than one goal and win the game.” Koeman will be without midfielder Oriol Romeu through suspension after he was booked for the fifth time this season at Upton Park. Defender Cedric Soares and striker Graziano Pelle are also set to miss out again through injury. “I don’t expect a lot of changes in the squad that we had last time,” said Koeman. “I don’t think Pelle and Cedric can play, they’re still out for the weekend. It’s part of football that you have to deal with injuries.” Southampton boss Ronald Koeman expects to face a Norwich side brimming with confidence at Carrow Road on Saturday.last_img read more

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