Monthly Archives: November 2020

FAO sees good and bad news as avian flu persists

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first_imgApr 2, 2007 (CIDRAP New) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) gave a good news–bad news assessment of the global avian flu situation today, after a weekend that brought word of more outbreaks on farms in Bangladesh and Vietnam.The FAO said the disease has infected fewer birds so far this year than it had by this time last year, but warned that Egypt, Indonesia, and Nigeria have not yet been able to control it.Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer, said the “overall viral load” seems lower now than it was a year ago. “The presence of H5N1 in wild birds is less than it was last year when we saw a surge in the virus, particularly in Europe,” he said. “Also there is more transparency, better surveillance and improved and timelier reporting of outbreaks.”Because Egypt, Indonesia, and Nigeria have not been able to contain the disease, they serve as reservoirs that could lead to its introduction in other countries, the FAO said. All three countries are “heavily infected,” though Nigeria less than the other two, the statement said.In Indonesia, only 3 of 33 provinces are free of avian flu, and the disease is endemic in Java, Sumatra, Bali, and South Sulawesi, the FAO said. Lack of compensation for farmers has been an obstacle to avian flu control in Egypt, and Nigeria has not been able to effectively control movement of poultry from outbreak areas.”Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam have been generally successful in containing and controlling the virus,” the agency said. “In Thailand there has not been a human case of the disease since August 2006.”The agency also said the discovery of avian flu in Bangladesh is not surprising, because the virus is circulating in the wider region and the country is on important migratory bird flyways.Virus hits farms in Bangladesh, VietnamNine more farms in Bangladesh were hit by avian flu over the weekend, bringing the number affected to 25, Radio Australia reported today. The newly affected farms included some near the capital, Dhaka, where the virus first surfaced, and some in the north.The report said authorities have destroyed about 70,000 birds since the disease was confirmed on six farms on Mar 22. A health official said nearly 500 farm workers have been given a local version of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as a precaution.In Vietnam, avian flu killed 65 ducks and forced the slaughter of 20 more in Ca Mau province in the far south, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday. The 65 ducks, 20 days old and unvaccinated, began dying Mar 22.The new outbreaks came a few days after the government said the country had gone 21 days with no new outbreaks, AFP reported. The virus resurfaced in the country’s poultry this past winter after about a year with no outbreaks. Most of the recent outbreaks have been in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region.Culling in Myanmar, KuwaitIn other developments, authorities in Myanmar destroyed about 6,600 birds on the northern outskirts of Yangon last week after a possible H5N1 outbreak was detected, according to another AFP report today. The unconfirmed outbreak was on a farm in Mingaladon Township.Five outbreaks have been confirmed around Yangon, the country’s largest city, since Feb 28, AFP reported. About 38,000 birds have been culled.Officials said the problem is smaller this year than the one a year ago, when 660,000 birds were killed to control an outbreak around the central city of Mandalay.In Kuwait, officials reported Mar 31 that about 60% of the country’s layer hens were destroyed last week in response to avian flu, though the total number of birds found infected was only 96, according to a Mar 31 AFP report.Health Minister Maasuma al-Mubarak said the number of infected birds had risen from 57 to 96 in the preceding week, with 20 of them on three commercial poultry farms in Wafra, south of Kuwait City, the story said.Jassem al-Bader, head of the agriculture ministry, said authorities culled 1.1 million layer chickens on the farms, representing about 60% the country’s stock, AFP reported. About 1.5 million birds have been culled since this year’s first report of the virus in Kuwait, on Feb 25.See also:Apr 2 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2007/1000534/index.htmlUN news release on the FAO statementhttp://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=22090&Cr=Avian&Cr1=Flulast_img read more

Does rural tourism deserve to be part of the Law?

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first_imgThe Croatian Rural Tourism Association calls on all members of the Croatian Parliament to support the definition of rural tourism in the new Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism, which is expected to be adopted by the end of the week.Acceptance of the amendment would lead to the long-awaited placing of rural tourism on an equal footing with other forms of tourism, whose services are defined in the Final Draft Law (nautical, health, congress, active and adventure tourism). to the public, MPs on the positive effects of our initiative, we bring concrete arguments for defining rural tourism.12 reasons for legally defining rural tourism and lifting restrictionsRural tourism is a special, very specific form of tourism that unites two strategically important economic branches – agriculture and tourism;Rural tourism is often confused with other terms such as rural and continental tourism. Rural tourism is only one of the forms of tourism that takes place in rural areas, on the continent as well as on the coast, while other forms include adventure, mountain, cultural, health, cyclotourism, etc .;Rural tourism directly contributes to the fulfillment of three of the four basic goals from the Program of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the term 2016-2020: achieving stable and sustainable economic growth; creating new and quality jobs; and stopping emigration and demographic renewal;Rural tourism enables the placement of own agricultural products with added value, which directly affects the increase of income in rural areas, and thus the income of the local community and the state;Rural tourism enables and encourages employment in rural areas and thus stops emigration;Legislative definition will ultimately lead to monitoring the effects of rural tourism in order to record service providers, revenues, number of overnight stays and other important statistical indicators;Defining rural tourism will help create a Croatian model of rural tourism that will take into account its own historical and cultural specifics and the current development of this form of tourism;Defining rural tourism is the basis for starting the promotion of rural tourism by the Croatian Tourist Board;Rural tourism facilities represent underutilized valuable potential of year-round tourism in rural areas;700 – 1000 business entities that generate revenues of more than one billion kuna, over 350 overnight stays and directly and indirectly employ over 000 people deserve to have their place in Croatian legislation;Rural tourism offers specific tourist products and services for which it has created a special market niche and is therefore not a competition to the services offered by hoteliers and caterers. Therefore, it is necessary to remove all restrictions on the number of guests / tourists visiting these facilities and respect the principles of the free market and stop supporting the interests of certain tourism and hospitality lobbies; andMore than 20 years have passed since the establishment of the first facilities of rural tourism in the Republic of Croatia. With its business results, the number of visitors from all over the world and numerous awards, rural tourism deserves to be legally regulated like other forms of tourism.Aleksandra Kuratko Pani, head of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association, points out that not a single kuna from the State Budget is needed to implement this initiative. they did not move away.Related news: CROATIAN RURAL TOURISM ASSOCIATION SEEKS DEFINITION OF RURAL TOURISM AND ELIMINATION OF RESTRICTIONS<br />
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Finally! The connection between the Airport and the Ferry Port in Split by rail begins

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first_imgThe end of the traffic collapse in Split is looming, with a large infrastructure project connecting the Airport and Ferry Port in Split, which will certainly revive Split. In the train that left Kaštel Stari for the city port of Split with a stop in Kopilica, two contracts were signed which are a precondition for relieving the traffic in the City Port of Split and its approaches.These are the Land Lease Agreement between the City of Split and HŽ Infrastruktura and the agreement with HŽ Cargo. On that occasion, the project of connecting Split Airport with the City of Split and the development of the intermodal hub of the new Split main station in Kopilica was presented, and the strategic project was adopted by the Government at a session held in Split this year.”Signed contracts allow us to rent a space in Kopilica where we will realize a temporary bus and train station”Said Mayor Andro Krstulović Opara and added that for this purpose, four million kuna has been proposed in the Budget for next year.Kopilica from next summer, the new traffic center of SplitThus, as early as next summer, Kopilica will be connected by train with the city port, which will run every 15 minutes, in January 2019 according to the plan.Otherwise, the full profile of this line will be from Split Airport, where it is necessary to upgrade another six kilometers of railway to the airport, while a temporary bus station with 19 platforms and a railway station will be built in Kopilica, four parking lots will be arranged, of which one intended for buses, mainly tourist buses. In the following period, another railway station will be built on the Square of the Croatian Fraternal Union. The budget for next year envisages four million kuna for this phase of the project. It is planned to apply for EU funds for the permanent project of relocating the bus and railway station.This year alone, more than three million passengers will pass through Split Airport, while the Ferry Port reached the number of almost 5,5 million passengers in September. So, it is about 9 million people who will have a much better connection between the Ferry and the Airport this way. Also, the citizens of Kaštela, Trogir and Solin should definitely be taken into account, who will use this line every day with a connection to the center of Split.This project should have been realized at least 10 years ago, if not much earlier, to think about the strategic development of the city as well as tourism, but better late than never.last_img read more

Grants awarded for TOP events in 2019

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first_imgAt the 50th session of the Tourist Council, decisions were made on choosing a PR agency for cooperation in 2019, decisions on the award of grants for TOP events in 2019, proposals for marketing and PR cooperation within the project “Sports Croatia” were adopted and appointed new director of representative offices Croatian Tourist Board in Great Britain based in London.  “Our goals include continuous improvement and strengthening of the tourist offer, especially in the pre and post season. Only in this way can we reach year-round tourism. An important role in this is played by quality events, which are often the main motive for coming to the destination. This year we decided to allocate funds for the largest events that have an international character and attract a large number of visitors, while we left the allocation of grants for smaller regional events to the system of tourist boards in order to further encourage tourism development at destination levels., said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, adding that a total of 135 valid applications were received for the Public Invitation for TOP events this year.  Photo: INmusic festival Initially available funds within this public call amounted to HRK 2.500.000,00, but the CNTB Tourist Board, due to a large number of quality projects, accepted the proposal to increase the amount of support for TOP events by an additional HRK 1.900.000,00, which totals 4.400.000,00. XNUMX kuna. The subject of the Public Call for Support to TOP Events was the award of non-refundable funds for events that are the main motive for tourists to come to the destination and that contribute to goals such as promoting Croatia as a tourist destination, improving and enriching the tourist offer, extending the tourist season and others. center_img Thus, the Tourist Board of the CNTB adopted a proposal for a decision on the allocation of grants for 32 events with a total value of HRK 4.400.000,00 based on the Public Call for Support to TOP Events, which was open until 11 February 2019. Among the events that approved the largest individual grants of HRK 250.000,00 are the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, INmusic festival, Advent in Zagreb, the 53rd Đakovo embroidery, Rijeka Carnival, Rapska Fjera, Špancirfest and the 54th Vinkovci Autumn, while grants of 200.000,00 .100.000,00 kuna approved by the events Picokijada, Renaissance Festival, Black Sheep Festival and Sinjska alka. Grants of HRK 60.000,00 were approved for events such as the Boat Marathon, Rise up Poreč Music Festival, Porcijunkulovo, etc., while grants of HRK XNUMX were approved for events such as the Christmas story of the Salaj family, Outlook & Dimensions events, Kajkavian Week culture, Retropathy, etc. Attachment: DECISION ON SUPPORT TO TOP EVENTS IN 2019last_img read more

IPK International: Asia again recorded the highest growth in international travel

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first_imgFurther increase in the number of tourist trips Interest in Asia as a destination also shows a growth trend. With a six percent increase in visitor numbers during the first eight months, higher growth was recorded than in any other region in the world. Travel to Europe is also popular with a 3,5 percent increase in visitor numbers, while travel to America increased by just two percent. Despite political and economic instability around the world, data on travel intentions collected by IPK International suggests a positive outlook for next year. For the global exit market, IPK forecasts an increase of four percent. External travel by Asian travelers is expected to record the highest growth of as much as five percent. A growth rate of three to four percent is expected for European outbound travel, and three percent for Americans. These forecasts are based on the findings of IPK International’s “World Travel Trust Index”, which, as part of the World Travel Monitor program, is researching travel intentions over the next 12 months. Travel to cities is growing again – increasing cruising Asia is also a popular destination This year, Asia again recorded the largest growth in international travel while Latin America recorded a decline. Overall, the first analyzes of trends in IPK’s World Travel Monitor show that the trend of increasing outbound travel will continue in 2020. The World Travel Monitor is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500.000 people in over 60 countries. It has been collected for more than 20 years and is recognized as the widest continuous research of global travel trends, reports ITB Berlin. As in previous years, international tourism continues to grow in 2019, although not as strongly as before. During the first eight months of this year, outbound trips around the world increased by 3,9 percent, or one percent less than last year. Security of passenger destinations After a moderate increase last year, travel to cities returned with strong growth of eight percent during the first eight months of 2019. With a global market share of 30 percent, urban travel is now ranked just behind “sun and sea” travel, which recorded a two percent increase over this period. As well as cruises, which grew by three percent, the cruise market also increased. Compared to last year, they increased by six percent and are therefore above average.center_img When asked about terrorist threats within individual destinations, most world travelers classify destinations such as Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia as particularly unsafe destinations. The possibility of a terrorist attack in these countries is considered very high. In terms of safety, passengers also have a bad image of the US, Mexico, South Africa and France. On the other hand, tourist destinations such as Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, Australia and Canada are considered safe because the terrorist threat is low, according to the latest results from September this year. Further final results showing travel trends in 2019 will be announced in future releases. Rolf Freitag will present the final results of the World Travel Monitor for 2019, as well as forecasts for 2020, at ITB Berlin. Outbound travel by Asian travelers is driving global growth During the first eight months of 2019, tourist travel globally increased by four percent, while business travel stagnated. However, this reflects two different trends. “On the one hand, we still have the growing MICE travel market (meetings, initiatives, conferences and exhibitions) which grew by two percent during the first eight months, and unlike traditional business travel, which decreased by four percent in the same period”, Said Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International. Positive outlook for 2020 Asia recorded the largest increase in the world in the first eight months of 2018 – as much as 6 percent. China, by far Asia’s largest exit market, contributed to this upward trend with above-average growth of 9 percent. During the first eight months, foreign travel from North America rose slightly above average, to 4,5 percent. Europeans ’overseas travel has also increased, although with a 2,5 per cent increase they are behind Asia and North America, but also below last year’s figure. On the other hand, during the first eight months, Latin Americans ’overseas travel reflected a negative trend with a decline of three percent over last year. Source / photo: ITB Berlin; Pexelslast_img read more

The fight against illegal landlords is yielding results

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first_imgUnfair or unfair competition is present in all markets, including the world of tourism. Unfair competition harms other renters, but also the guests themselves. Unfair competition in the tourism industry most often means the performance of tourism activities by unregistered natural and legal entities. The consequences are multiple, both for honest landlords and for the state itself, due to non-payment of taxes, contributions and the outflow of money from Croatia. It should be noted that, although unregistered, such renters take full advantage of online advertising through platforms such as Booking.com or Airbnb. That is one of the reasons why Airbnb, as it says Business diary, sent an e-mail to its hosts in Croatia warning them to report and pay rent tax on time, because otherwise they could easily be discovered. In this way, Airbnb wants to make its renters aware, but also to build a better image with national and city authorities, who accuse them around the world of encouraging tax evasion. With the start of last year’s tourist season, we wrote on enhanced inspections to catch illegal renters. It was announced that inspectors will be assisted by the central information system eVisitor, where all renters must register, and illegal renters will be compared with data and ads on the strongest booking portals, such as Booking.com and Airbnb.com.center_img Inspectors are, as it says Jutarnji list, performed 78 inspections, and in as many as 66 cases they discovered illegal tourist rent. Such a high success rate is not accidental. Obviously, comparing data from eVisitor and online accommodation service platforms gives excellent results.last_img read more

Portugal has introduced optional travel insurance for foreign tourists

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first_imgThe insurance coverage extends to the entire territory of Portugal and covers, inter alia, the costs of treatment, surgery, pharmacy and hospital related to Covid-19. The insurance also covers the costs of cancellation, interruption or extension of travel due to the same pandemic. The aim is to ensure that all visitors to Portugal can travel around the country safely and reliably. Another great initiative is Visit Portugal, which gives a clear message on the global market of destination safety, along with other initiatives such as Clean & Safe Seal and the renewal of Portugal Health Passport, which is available to anyone visiting Portugal and now covers Covid- 19 tests. Tourists planning to travel to Portugal will be able to register for free on the Health Passport website (PortugalHealthPassport), which guarantees them access to Covid-19 testing, and as they point out from Visit Portugal, PHP allows them access to high quality emergency care or pre-fixed screening. prices at five different typologies in the network of hospitals and clinics of CUF, Hospital da Luz, HPA Saúde and Lusíadas throughout the national area. Visit Portugal launched Portugal Travel Insurance Portugal is the first country in Europe to receive the “Safe Travel” badge thanks to its security efforts during the covid19 crisis. The tourism sector and companies labeled Clean & Safe are also recognized as Safe travels companies. Travel insurance ranges from $ 37.20 per person for up to 10 days to $ 65.20 per person for a stay in Portugal for up to 60 days. By the way, Portugal as well as Visit Portugal has coped best and stood out the most on the global scene since the beginning of the covid19 crisis. From communication, campaigns, security protocols to various initiatives. “You can visit Portugal in a safe way”A message that gives confidence and certainly a motive dolska. And that all this is much more than just words and marketing, says the new initiative of Visit Portugal. Through security initiatives and projects, Portugal is consolidating its position as a safe destination that guarantees all the key epidemiological and sanitary conditions for enjoying a unique tourist experience. Platform Clean & Safe is a confirmation of security protocols for the entire tourism sector that primarily focuses on security, traceability of the entire chain and the trust needed to continue tourism on the demand side, but also on supply, which covers the overall value of the tourism chain. All of course according to the health safety recommendations issued by the National Tourism Authority in Portugal, and in accordance with the guidelines of the National Health Authority. Visitors living abroad and planning their holiday in Portugal can now subscribe to Portugal Travel Insurance (Portuguese Travel Insurance), travel insurance adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative was launched by the Tourist Board of Portugal – Visit Portugal in cooperation with RNA Assistance Insurance, and is available at portugaltravelinsurance.com. To encourage the resumption of tourism activities, Portuguese tourism teams are present in 25 strategic markets and have also intensified work with airlines, tour operators, the media and end consumers. Portugal as a tourist destination of excellence – is one of the goals of the Tourism Strategy in 2027, and with this kind of communication and confirmation that they care about safety, they are certainly on the right track.last_img read more