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ITB 2018: Where is tourism going?

first_imgNothing is accidentalOn my way to the world’s largest tourism exchange and the world’s largest tourism congress, fate wanted me to sit next to a passenger flying from Croatia to Germany for another reason. The man goes to work. He has been living in the north of FR Germany, far from Kvarner, for years.He works as a waiter in a small town with 100 inhabitants in an average restaurant. He could not, he says, live from season to season, educate his two children and, together with his wife’s modest income, maintain a household. “Are you sure you’re interested in the salary?” Said the man and immediately gave the answer – 000 euros per month + apartment and food. It is done twice a day, for lunch and for dinner. He only has time off on Sunday afternoons. It suits him to work more because he lives apart from his family. When he works, the day passes in an hour, he says. How could it not be when three waiters serve 2.000,00 seats in the restaurant, and in summer even more with a terrace. The restaurant employs a total of 150 people. The season lasts all year round. The work declines a bit in January and February, the other 7 months are done at an almost unchanged pace. Many Scandinavians come to them on weekends as well as the local Germans. People mostly walk, visit castles, Scandinavians treat themselves to food and drink which is much cheaper than in their countries. The province in which this man works is called Mecklemburg-Vorpomern.Mecklemburg-Warpommern, ITB partner country 2018This northernmost-eastern German province has a population of 1,6 million, bordering Poland to the east and Brandeburg to the south, to which Berlin also belongs. The province has 3 national parks, 2.000 castles and forts, 2.000 islands, 2.000 kilometers of sandy coast, 26 watercourses and waterways. They have the Ministry of Economy, Employment and Health headed by Mr. Harry Glawe, who invited the congress participants to his country, also offered himself as a guide. Tourism is extremely important for Mecklemburg-Vorpomern. So far, 000 billion euros have been invested in the infrastructure that tourism needs. In 6, this federal province realized 2016 million tourist overnight stays, or 30,3 overnight stays per capita, which is the case in Croatia as well. Only 19% of the total population of the Federal Republic of Germany lives in this province, and their contribution to the tourist traffic of the federal state is 2%. I was waiting for them there! The island of Krk also contributes 7% to the tourist traffic of the Republic of Croatia, but has only 7% of the population of the entire country.Key issues of the ITB CongressProf.dr. Ronald Conrady, Scientific Director of ITB at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, presented in his introductory speech the key issues addressed by this year’s Congress:1. Digitization with a focus on artificial intelligence, customer orientation, individual approach, personalization of the offer2.Transport of the future in anticipation of the third transport revolution. The existing transport system is unsustainable in an environment of other changes. The use of renewable energy sources, driverless vehicles, supersonic aircraft, drones, super fast trains are projects that are being worked on intensively. Will 2030 be a year of turnaround in transportation?3. The phenomenon of “overtourism”. The exponential growth of tourism leads to unintended consequences. Where are the limits of tourism growth? How to effectively manage a destination in order to avoid “overtourism”?Read about these and other interesting topics in the following sequels.Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more


Oil crash sparks ‘Black Monday’ meltdown on virus-hit markets

first_imgWorld oil prices crashed Monday, fueling a vicious selloff on stock markets which were already buckling from the spreading coronavirus outbreak.Stocks tanked as the global oil market nosedived 30 percent at one stage after top exporter Saudi Arabia slashed the prices it charges customers following a bust-up with Russia over crude production cuts.Major US indices plunged more than seven percent — with the Dow finishing more than 2,000 points lower in its worst session since 2008 — following a 15-minute halt to trading early in the session triggered by a seven percent drop. In Paris, the CAC-40 index lost over eight percent, also its worst daily drop since the 2008 financial crisis, while the Dax blue-chip index in Frankfurt saw its sharpest single fall since 2001.Later in Brazil, the Ibovespa index finished down more than 12 percent. “The markets have passed from panic mode into pure hysteria,” said Ayush Ansal, chief investment officer at trading firm Crimson Black Capital.”Markets were at the breaking point before Saudi Arabia’s decision to launch an oil price war but this latest development has taken them beyond that.”  ‘Black Monday’? “This will be remembered as Black Monday,” said analyst Neil Wilson at trading site’s stock market took the heaviest battering after a chunk of the county’s northern region was sealed off — including Milan and Venice — as authorities struggled to contain the spread and impact of coronavirus.At the end of an exceptionally volatile trading day, Milan’s FTSE MIB index stood more than 11 percent lower.As the disease claims more lives around the world, dealers are shedding riskier assets for safe haven investment, sending gold and the yen surging and pushing US Treasury yields to record lows while the dollar was broadly lower against the yen, euro and other currencies.While governments and central banks have unleashed, or are preparing to unleash, stimulus measures, the spread of COVID-19 is putting a huge strain on economies and stoking concerns of a worldwide recession.Trading floors in Asia were also a sea of red, with Tokyo plunging more than five percent, Hong Kong more than four and Sydney more than seven percent.Saudi equities also tanked, with oil titan Aramco’s shares leading the plunge. The Dubai, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi exchanges also suffered sharp drops.Oil majors bore the brunt of a fierce wave of selling while other commodities firms also nursed heavy losses.Hong Kong-listed CNOOC tumbled 17 percent and PetroChina more than nine percent, while in Tokyo, Inpex dived 13 percent. In Sydney, Santos plummeted 27 percent and Woodside Petroleum tanked 18.4 percent.Back in the US, Exxon Mobil slumped 12.2 percent, while midsized producer Occidental Petroleum plummeted 52.0 percent and oil services titan Halliburton 37.6 percent. Saudi Arabia opened the spigots Monday, slashing oil prices after Russia refused on Friday to join producers in cutting output to defend prices.The dizzying oil drop — the steepest since the 1991 Gulf War — sent investors fleeing for safety alongside mounting fears over the worsening coronavirus, which has seen Italy lock down a swathe of its north.Late Monday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that he was extending a lockdown decree to the entire country. Topics :last_img read more


Boracay task force optimistic on completion of rehab projects

first_imgThe island resorts’ road widening, restoration of wetlands, establishment of flood control infrastructures, and expansion programs of sewerage and water systems are ongoing.“We have a plan on how we are going to accomplish the demolition of the remaining structures. The national and local agencies are also supportive of the rehabilitation. They are involved in wasteland management planning,” said Boracay Community Environment and Natural Resources officer Rodel Lababit. The road widening project is ongoing in Boracay, the world-famous island resort located in Malay, Aklan. The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force remains optimistic on the completion of rehabilitation projects in the island amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. BOY RYAN ZABAL/AKEAN FORUM The enforcement of 25+five meter beach and 12-meter road easements, carrying capacity regulations, environmental compliance monitoring for water quality, and completion of roads and drainages are the priority rehabilitation activities of BIATF.President Rodrigo Duterte extended the term of the task force until May 8, 2021.The COVID-19 pandemic stalled Boracay’s completion of high impact tourism infrastructure works for nearly three months. The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), on the other hand, will resume its Boracay Drainage Improvement Project to meet the April 2021 target completion. KALIBO, Aklan – The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) remains optimistic the rehabilitation projects in the world class island located in Malay town will be completed amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The world-famous resort island reopened again on June 16 but for regional tourists only. As of July 10, the Department of Tourism has issued Certificate of Authority to Operate/Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate to 80 accredited Boracay accommodation establishments. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more


Bakewell sponsors Region 10 Inter-school championships

first_imgIN recognition of its late beloved Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naeem Nasir, Bakewell yesterday sponsored the Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (Region 10) Inter-School Championships, which will be run off today at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.Rajin Ganga, the company’s CEO said sports was important to the late Nasir who, he said, prided himself in helping Guyana’s sportsmen and women, and, as such, the championships will see Bakewell being the sole sponsor; covering all the medals and trophies.“This is a part of our one week of sponsorship of sports events around Guyana because Mr Nasir was a big sports fan and Linden happens to be one of his special places as well. So we’re happy to be a part of this championships and I wish all the athletes well,” Ganga said at a simple presentation of the prizes at the company’s East Coast Demerara (ECD) Beterverwagting headquarters.Carmen Small, chairman of the Upper Demerara/Kwakwani Sports Committee, said Bakewell’s sponsorship is cherished by the organisation since it helps to not only recognise the top performers and schools, but also encourages others to give of their best.Bakewell, Small mentioned, should feel proud of their contribution to the athletes of the Upper Demerara/Kwakwani area, since the championships will also help to select the athletes who will represent the District at the up-coming National Schools Championships.The Inter-School Championship will start today with a cycle road race, which will pedal off at 06:00hrs, from Nut Farm at Dalgin on the Linden Highway and end outside the Police Outpost at Amelia’s Ward.Both primary and secondary school athletes will compete in the field events today. On Tuesday, October 17, the primary school students will take to the track while on Thursday October 19, secondary school athletes will be on show, as they go through the various heats and finals for the track events to be held on Friday October 20.Mackenzie Primary and Mackenzie High School (MHS) are the defending champions of the Upper Demerara/Kwakwani Inter-school sports.Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10) are the most successful district in the history of the National Schools Championship, having amassed 15 titles – one more than their closest rivals North Georgetown (District 11).last_img read more


Peace Corps director talks volunteerism

first_imgHelen Lowman, associate director of the Peace Corps, has recently visited campus to reach out to student organizations in hopes of attracting more students to join the Peace Corps following graduation.In an interview with the Daily Trojan, Lowman said that she hopes to improve safety for young volunteers who are often hesitant to join the organization in fear of their safety.The Peace Corps offers four different partnership programs with colleges. The Peace Corps Prep Program allows undergraduate students to train and receive a certificate; the Campus Ambassadors program promotes the Peace Corps on campus; the Fellows Program provides financial incentive for graduate students to join and the Master’s International program allows graduate students to complete two years of work related to their master’s degree.Currently, USC only offers the Fellows program, but Lowman expressed interest in starting a Peace Corps Prep Program on campus.The Peace Corps provides opportunities for students from a wide variety of disciplines. Volunteers choose to apply for one of six primary sectors: agriculture, environment, community Economic development, health, education and youth in development.Lowman herself served in Thailand for three years with the Peace Corps immediately after graduating from college. She served as the associate director for the environmental program in China, the country director for China, the country director for Mongolia and the regional director for operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia before assuming her current role.The Peace Corps was founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, with goals to promote international development, civilian diplomacy and world peace. Within the program’s first two years, it attracted over 7,000 volunteers serving in 44 countries. Today, the Peace Corps has programs in 139 countries, with over 200,000 total current and returned volunteers. Most volunteers are recent college graduates.“Colleges are our most important partners, because the vast majority of our volunteers come directly from college campuses,” Lowman said.After reports that a substantial amount of American women were sexually abused while volunteering with the Peace Corps, the organization has been plagued with concerns over the safety of its volunteers. In response, Lowman said the Peace Corps launched various reform efforts to ensure the health and safety of volunteers.“We’ve instituted very strict standards on the development of sites, jobs and communities for our volunteers to keep them safe…and we’ve started an office for the victim’s advocate, which advocates for any volunteer that has been the victim of a crime,” said Lowman. “There is always an inherent risk in the Peace Corps, but we tried to do everything we can to limit that risk.”Looking forward, one of Lowman’s hopes for the organization is increasing government funding, which would allow the Peace Corps to expand.“Our hope is that we will be given the funding by Congress to increase our number of volunteers…The demand for Peace Corps is still very high,” Lowman said. “It’s very high from the countries where we work, and its very high from the U.S.last_img read more


Emily Hawryschuk outduels Georgetown’s star attack in 14-8 NCAA tournament win

first_img Published on May 12, 2019 at 8:18 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Emily Hawryschuk’s left foot inched toward the eight-meter mark. Opposing teams expect the junior attack to take two steps and “rip it.”But Hawryschuk’s shots were going left, right, sometimes over the net more than into it. Cocking back her stick during Sunday’s NCAA tournament game against Georgetown wasn’t working — the rain and wind were compromising her aim from deep.With 10 seconds left in the first half, Hawryschuk did take the expected two steps. But she kept going: three, then four steps. The Hoyas’ defense closed in, but Hawryschuk persisted. By the sixth step, her right arm lunged forward, along with her body. Goalie Haelle Chomo went left. Hawryschuk went right. Her momentum kept her forward and carried the ball into the net. During her eighth step, the crowd at SU Soccer Stadium started to get up from the soggy bleachers after the Orange’s lead extended to three. Her last stride caused her fall forward and slide face-first onto the muddy grass.In her three years at Syracuse, Hawryschuk had yet to win a NCAA tournament game. In past years, she was just another goal scorer — a model of consistency in a deep attack. But in 2019, Hawryschuk has been the Orange’s defined star, its engine when it stalls and the one with the ball in her hand when the game matters most. Georgetown’s Taylor Gebhardt fit that mold two days prior in the first round of the NCAA tournament — seven goals, eight points and a game-winner in double overtime. In Sunday’s second-round matchup, against the oddity of Syracuse’s 40 degree weather with wind and out of the comforts of the Carrier Dome, Hawryschuk shined when Gebhardt couldn’t. The SU junior’s five goals and two assists steadied a sometimes inconsistent and turnover-prone Syracuse (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) attack to a 14-8 victory over Georgetown (12-9, 3-2 Big East). AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She knows she’s going to be a marked person, she goes in with a lot of confidence and she trusts her teammates,” Georgetown head coach Ricky Fried said. “A lot of superstars don’t do that.”Hawryschuk admitted she knew Sunday was going to be “messy.” Seconds after losing the opening draw and somersaulting onto the grass — not Dome turf — she got her first taste of it. But after an errant pass off her missed draw, Hawryschuk bullied her way near the crease for the first score of the game. With both arms, she flexed to her teammates waiting to mob her. “This entire year, this offense has been dominate,” Hawryschuk said. “No matter who’s having a game.”Off a rotation, a Hawryschuk pass sailed over a teammate. Later, she lost her footing on a reception from Megan Carney. When the attack had shot attempts from outside the crease, they didn’t hit near their aim. Her best opportunities were to get calls for shooting space and shoot uncontested from the eight-meter. But when that didn’t work, she started to run toward the goal more.On the other side of the field, Gebhardt’s success around the net that kept the Hoyas in the postseason on Friday was completely taken away from her. Bunched near the midline, Grace Fahey checked the GU senior, stared into her eyes and kept her stick horizontal. Gebhardt would have to play the entire game face-guarded. “We watched her play the other day, that’s a start,” SU head coach Gary Gait said about the decision to face-guard Gebhardt. “We wanted to take them out of the flow of their game.”Fried had prepared for the possible assignment in the two days leading up to the matchup. But what he didn’t expect was a “backer” — Sarah Cooper — in position if Gebhardt was to take off toward the net. So, he decided to make a “philosophical decision” to let her stand and stay uninvolved, effectively erased from play. Sunday’s game for Georgetown would have to be six-on-six. In the opening minutes of the second half, Carney found Hawryschuk — who didn’t drop the ball this time — who netted her 17th hat trick in 20 games. Trailing 8-4 and standing alone on the other side of the field, Gebhardt’s head motioned down with the Orange now doubling the Hoyas’ scoring production. A commonality on Sunday, Georgetown picked up a loose ball and after two passes, Ella Simkins picked off the third exchange. Hustling to the restraining box, she flipped it to Hawryschuk who was immediately fouled. The wind slowed, the rain quieted for a minute. At the eight, Hawryschuk kept her stick down and tried another long shot. This time, it went in. “There’s a lot of skill factors she has, but her poise,” Fried said of the factor that impresses him most about Hawryschuk. “She leads tremendously well as a junior.”Most Syracuse goals in the second frame were matched with Georgetown answers. The Hoyas never held a lead, but a three, sometimes two-goal striking distance gave them credibility to come back.Throughout the contest, Gebhardt stayed near the midline, attached to Fahey. She finished her final collegiate game with one shot and only a ground ball to her stat line. As the minutes ticked away from Gebhardt’s final shift, Hawryschuk attempted a shot close and it headed wide right. She looked toward the sideline, toward Gait, toward the referee for a foul. Meaghan Tyrrell had captured her miss and threw it toward an unfocused Hawryschuk. “I apologized to Meg afterward, I have to pay better attention,” Hawryschuk said.She turned back in time, flicked her wrist and scraped twine. “But a goal is a goal.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Nigeria, Egypt Are Top Seeds as Battles Begin for Tokyo 2019…

first_imgThe battle for Africa’s sole slot in the men and women’s events of the 2019 Tokyo World Team Cup begins today at the 2018 ITTF African Championship in Mauritius.The winners of men and women team events are expected to be the continent’s flag-bearers at the global championship holding in Tokyo as a test run event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.Also, Nigeria and Egypt are top seeds in the men and women events, as the men’s teams have been drawn into two groups while the women’s groups are in two groups with the top teams advancing to the knockout stages. In the men’s draw, Nigeria has been drawn in Group 1 alongside Mauritius and Congo DRC, while Egypt is in Group Two against South Africa, Seychelles and Madagascar. Group Three has Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola and Togo.In the women’s grouping, Egypt has been pitched in Group 1 against Mauritius, South Africa and Angola. Group Two has Nigeria, Algeria, Congo DRC, Seychelles and Madagascar.22 countries will compete for the sole slot in men and women event and the participating teams are host – Mauritius, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Gabon, Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroun, Somalia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Madagascar, Togo, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Djibouti, Comoros, Libya, Eritrea and Congo DRC.The matches start at 10am with the round robin matches to determine the leaders of the groups. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Official: West Ham Confirms The Signing Of Javier Hernandez From Leverkusen

first_imgRelatedChicharito Debunks West Ham Exit RumoursNovember 16, 2017In “England”Sevilla Confirm Signing of West Ham’s Javier HernandezSeptember 2, 2019In “Spain”West Ham Sign Lucas Perez From London Rivals ArsenalAugust 9, 2018In “England” More to come shortly… West Ham United have completed the move of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen for £16m.The 29-year-old Mexican penned a three year deal with the Hammers and will now travel to Germany to join his new team mates in their pre-season camp..@CH14_ is a Hammer!— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 24, 2017“It was not a difficult decision. West Ham is a historic club, and very ambitious – this summer you can see with the players signed that they are looking to have a very good season.”“I’ve had three fantastic years playing in Spain and Germany, but England was really the first big chapter in my career and I am so happy to be back.” he told West Ham’s official website.last_img read more


Jonathan Mensah injured

first_imgGhana central defender Jonathan Mensah will play no part on Sunday when Evian Thonnon Gaillard takes on Guingamp in the French Ligue 1.Goal Ghana can reveal that Mensah pulled a hamstring during training on Thursday and could be out for at least one week.The Evian medical team will work extensively on him today to ascertain his fitness for the crunch game.Aside Mensah, left-back Jesper Juelsgaard also got injured in training and the French side has confirmed he could be out for three weekslast_img


Panthers looking to regroup as Notre Dame looms

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh tight end J.P. Holtz doesn’t need to use last year’s three-overtime loss to Notre Dame as motivation to face the Fighting Irish again next Saturday.“Personally, I don’t like Notre Dame at all,” Holtz said Monday. “It’s going to make me play harder.”Pressed on where that animosity comes from considering Holtz was recruited by the Irish and claims he had an “awesome” visit to South Bend, the sophomore shrugged his shoulders.“I just think they’re really cocky and their coaches are really cocky,” Holtz said. “So, I just don’t like that.”There isn’t any cockiness to be found at Pitt (4-4) these days, not after the Panthers fell to Georgia Tech 21-10 on Saturday night, their third loss in four weeks. Pitt’s offense, thought to be the team’s strength after lighting up Duke for 58 points on Sept. 21, continues to falter.The Panthers were held to minus-5 yards rushing by the Yellow Jackets, who sacked quarterback Tom Savage five times and shut down Pitt on three consecutive second-half possessions when the Panthers had a chance to take the lead.It’s become a familiar pattern for Pitt. In their last four games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, the Panthers have scored just 54 points.“Every position needs more consistency,” Holtz said. “We have to come together every play, not one out of every three plays. It has to be every play for the offense to be good.”Something it hasn’t been since Savage withstood seven sacks and left early with a concussion in a 14-3 victory over Virginia on Sept. 28. The senior, who tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes against Duke, has thrown five touchdown passes in his last five games combined.Injuries along the offensive line and at running back haven’t helped. Freshman James Conner hasn’t been the same since sustaining a shoulder injury early in a 19-9 loss to Virginia Tech and Isaac Bennett has been erratic. He ran for 240 yards and three scores to help Pitt survive a scare from Old Dominion on Oct.  19 but just 93 yards on 28 carries over the last two weeks.Coach Paul Chryst pointed to a first quarter possession as part of the problem. The Yellow Jackets had just taken the lead when Savage hit Tyler Boyd set the Panthers up with a second-and-1 at the Pitt 34. Conner was stuffed for no gain on second down and lost three yards on third down. The Panthers punted.“One thing in the run game, if you’re off a little bit bet it footwork or a landmark, a short space can affect it,” Chryst said. “We didn’t come off on a double team and got another run through on the backfield … you have to give (Georgia Tech) credit, they’re not stationary targets but (our problems) are correctable.”They better be if Pitt wants to find its way to a bowl, a path that looks tricky with a schedule that still includes the 24th-ranked Irish (7-2) and No.  14 Miami (7-1).The Panthers insist they have not lost faith. They came as close as anyone to beating the Irish in the regular season last fall. Pitt led by 14 points in the fourth quarter only to allow Notre Dame to escape with a victory that helped propel it to the national championship game.The stakes aren’t quite as high this time around, though a win by the Panthers would provide a welcome boost for a program that has only operated in fits and starts of late.“It’s an awesome opportunity for us to get this season back on track,” Holtz said. “We lost two close ones but everything set in front of us. We’re playing a really good team and we can get this thing going if we win this game.” Pittsburgh Panthers tight end J.P. Holtz (86) makes the first down catch in front of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Quayshawn Nealy (54) in the second half of their NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 21-10. (AP Photo/David Tulis)last_img read more