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Mitilly Romantic Dress Takes Ruffles to the Next Level

first_imgGet the MITILLY Women’s Split V Neck Ruffle Long Sleeve Polka Dot Dress for prices starting at just $23, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 3, 2020, but are subject to change.Shoppers love how “modern” this dress is, and are beyond impressed with its high quality. They also claim it runs true to size, which is crucial — we all know it can be hard to determine optimal fit when online shopping. You’re bound to get compliments whenever you wear this dress, which is just one of many reasons we’re scooping it up!See it: Get the MITILLY Women’s Split V Neck Ruffle Long Sleeve Polka Dot Dress for prices starting at just $23, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 3, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from MITILLY and shop all of the clothing, shoes and jewelry available at Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! – Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.While there are so many styles of dresses up for grabs at any given time, our favorites tend to be of the romantic, bohemian variety! Their silhouettes make Us feel like absolute goddesses, and they’re usually super comfortable too. What more could you want?- Advertisement – This dress has more ruffles than we ever thought we needed. They’re layered and cascade down from the shoulders to the sleeves, and the skirt has plenty of ruffled pleating too. You may not be able to tell from afar, but if you look at the dress up close, you’ll surely notice the tiny polka dot pattern. Each of the shades for sale has small speckled white polka dots all over the fabric — it’s a subtle (but swoon-worthy) touch!This dress has a V-neckline, and it’s cinched at the waist with elastic to provide some sleek shape. This may be on the shorter side, so you can feel free to pair it with tights if that makes you feel more secure. Considering this week’s weather forecast, layering tights with this dress is a solid choice regardless!MITILLY Women's Split V Neck Ruffle Long Sleeve Polka Dot DressMITILLY Women’s Split V Neck Ruffle Long Sleeve Polka Dot Dress AmazonSee it!- Advertisement – We immediately know a feel-good, dreamy dress when we see one — and this option from MITILLY is the most fabulous frock we’ve come across lately.MITILLY Women's Split V Neck Ruffle Long Sleeve Polka Dot DressMITILLY Women’s Split V Neck Ruffle Long Sleeve Polka Dot Dress AmazonSee it!Get the MITILLY Women’s Split V Neck Ruffle Long Sleeve Polka Dot Dress for prices starting at just $23, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 3, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pennsylvania Trump Voters Charge Fraud

first_imgBut others were not swayed by Mr. Biden’s appeals for unity after four divisive years.Jessica Bell, a Trump voter in suburban Philadelphia, said, “we are locked and loaded” because she sees the country headed for civil disorder.“I have my TV on the news 24/7,’’ Ms. Bell said. “I have my phone in my hand keeping up with social media. I’ve gotten about six hours of sleep since Monday. I’ve been watching very, very closely.” PITTSBURGH — Like many Trump supporters, Dennis Tippie watched the steady tallying of votes that wiped away the president’s early lead in Pennsylvania, not with a faith that democracy was playing out but with dark and rising anger.“If he does end up with that number of electoral votes,’’ he said last week of Joseph R. Biden Jr., as Mr. Biden appeared on his way to winning the state and the White House, “he would have gained them through fraud, deception and simple criminality.’’- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 8, 2020, 5:12 a.m. ET She cited reports on social media and Fox News in support of her belief that the election was hijacked: black Sharpies given to Arizona voters made ballots invalid; Republican poll watchers in Philadelphia were not allowed to see the counting; Nancy Pelosi controls the company supplying election machines in Nevada.Those charges, some raised by the Trump campaign and the president himself, are distortions or outright conspiracies. Arizona election officials, for example, said black Sharpies do not invalidate a ballot, and a judge allowed observers in Philadelphia within six feet of ballot canvassing.But Ms. Bell, 32, who left a job this summer as an assistant in a doctor’s office, insisted that “Americans are being silenced” and made the baseless charge, “It’s a coup.” Many of the president’s supporters were swayed by his blizzard of disinformation that illegal voting had been rampant and election officials were suppressing a Trump victory. They envision a Democratic White House that would kowtow to leftists, give up the fight against China and embolden rioters and looters.While Mr. Biden did slightly better in Pennsylvania’s many Trump counties than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, the margins did not tighten as much as Democrats expected or hoped for. With record turnout approaching 7 million in the state, Mr. Biden’s advantage over Mr. Trump was less than 1 percentage point as of Saturday night — a far cry from Barack Obama’s victories of more than 10 points in 2008 and more than five in 2012.Certainly, there were Trump voters ready to accept the results as fair and to move forward.Chace Torres, 37, was making grilled-cheese sandwiches for his family in Northampton County on Thursday night. At the time, Mr. Trump’s lead in the state, once close to 700,000, was ebbing away as mailed-in ballots were counted.“I think the Trump supporters are going to suck it up and move on,” said Mr. Torres, a union railroad worker. “We’re not going to run out tomorrow and loot and riot. We’re going to put our heads down, go to work, feed our children, take care of the country like we always do.” No evidence exists of fraud, deception or criminality in the tallying of absentee ballots that piled up during the worst health crisis to hit the nation in a century. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature refused to allow those ballots to be processed as they came in, compounding the delays until the race was called on Saturday, making Mr. Biden the 46th president-elect.But Mr. Tippie, a retired truck driver who imbibed the president’s words partly through Fox News, agreed with Mr. Trump and his surrogates that the election had been stolen before their eyes. He lives in Nanty Glo, Pa., in the interior of the state that the so-called elites in Philadelphia sometimes call “Pennsyltucky.” To Mr. Tippie, Mr. Biden is “a total fool,” his running mate, Kamala Harris, is “a very scary woman,” and a Biden presidency would be both illegitimate and disastrous. Four years ago, Cambria County, which includes Johnstown, went for Mr. Trump by 37 points. This year, the county favored him by an identical margin.“The Trump support here in the rural counties and out west, it will linger for two years,’’ Mr. Gleason said.He predicted that with Mr. Biden in the White House, Republican senators will block him at every turn, with an eye on gaining seats in the 2022 midterms.“You know the Senate won’t give him an inch,” he said.Democrats’ opinions of Trump supporters over the past five years have been driven partly by reporters’ treks to places like Johnstown, once a Democratic stronghold. Many Democrats view the president’s base as being in thrall to an authoritarian, energized by his racism and xenophobia, and unable to separate reality from his endless lies. Many Trump supporters, in turn, have no more generous view of Biden voters. “Most of them are morons,” said Lois Peters, a retired department store saleswoman in Westmoreland County.She was baffled that Biden voters could not see what she does, that the former vice president is mentally unfit to lead, and that a permissive, liberal Biden administration would give rise to violence and looting, as in the aftermath of some demonstrations against police shootings and abuse of Black people this spring.“That V.P. of Biden’s, oh my God, that woman is vicious,” Ms. Peters said of Ms. Harris. Then she caught herself. “Now I’m sounding vicious,” she said. She continued, “But I feel like that, I do.”Mary Jo DePalma, 60, who with her husband owns a jewelry store in Westmoreland County, said Democrats “seem to hate the president so bad” that she feared even Mr. Biden’s victory would not end their animosity toward the right. “It’s going to take a miracle to heal the nation,” she said. “I believe this started a long time ago, not just in the past three years.”“I hope two years from now, I’m dead wrong,” she added. “I want the country to be united. I want to continue to have faith in America.”center_img Some Democrats were hopeful that with Mr. Trump out of office, the nation would return to a semblance of normalcy, that sowing division as government policy would end.In Erie County, which Mr. Trump had won in 2016 after it long voted Democratic, the president had raised expectations and hopes with his promises of restoring industry. But Mr. Trump lost Erie County this year, in part because of his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and the chaos he sowed, said Carl Anderson III, a Democrat on the county council.“His flaws have been exposed,” Mr. Anderson said. “There are elements of extremists and ideologues who will initially not accept the outcome and perhaps protest, but as the dust settles and reality emerges, normalcy will take over.”The nature of Mr. Biden’s narrow victory in Pennsylvania underscored the challenges he will now face. His vote count was driven by a surge of suburban voters: He improved on Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 margins in the vote-rich counties surrounding Philadelphia by notable margins, including by more than 7 percentage points in Chester County and nearly five points in Montgomery County, the state’s third most populous. But, he said, “I’m not resigned to him being president.”- Advertisement – But in red Pennsylvania — a vast swath from the northeast through the center to the southwest — Mr. Trump gave up very little ground. He won most rural and small-city counties, with their faded industrial economies, by landslides. It suggests that the message behind Trumpism — a combination of a promised industrial restoration and white grievances — has lost none of its appeal.“The people here still feel forgotten,” said Rob Gleason, a former chairman of the state Republican Party who lives in Johnstown, once a steel-making center, now bleeding population and struggling. “I can’t tell you how many people are saying Trump’s saying what I’ve been thinking all my life.” While Mr. Biden pulled off major successes in flipping Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania back to Democrats, and achieved the rare ouster of an incumbent, he did not notch the landslide demolishment of Mr. Trump that many Democrats had yearned for, despite leading in the popular vote by more than four million.Instead, Mr. Biden will inherit a country where many Americans are already backed into mutually hostile corners. It threatens the president-elect’s most basic campaign pledge: to unite Americans, to move past divisiveness as a governing strategy, to heal the “soul of the nation.”“I think we’re a long way from unifying the country, and I’m sure that Trump will continue to work on dividing us,” said Catherine Lalonde, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Butler County, a blue-collar region in western Pennsylvania.- Advertisement – “I don’t believe his supporters will accept Biden’s win and wouldn’t even if it were a larger margin,” she added. “I have a feeling that all the Trump flags and signs will stay put until they disintegrate.”Interviews with voters in Pennsylvania, primarily Trump supporters, showed that Pennsylvania mirrored a nation still mired in tribal polarization. The country may be staggering forward as bitterly divided as ever. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Defi back at Cheltenham | Racing News

first_imgPhilip Hobbs is looking to see Defi Du Seuil put his Queen Mother Champion Chase disappointment behind him when he bids for back-to-back wins in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham on Sunday.A prolific Grade One winner over hurdles and fences, Hobbs remains at a loss to explain is below-par run in March.- Advertisement – With both Altior and Chacun Pour Soi late absentees, Defi Du Seuil was sent off the 2-5 favourite for the two-mile blue riband, but could only finish fourth behind Politologue.Hobbs said: “Defi is in good form and everything has gone well up to now. I’m very happy with him.“He was maybe a bit flat before the Champion Chase and Barry (Geraghty) felt during the race he didn’t run with his usual zest and he found nothing at all.- Advertisement – “There was nothing wrong with him in any way afterwards and we’ve not found any real reason for it.“He is in good form now so hopefully we can put that (Queen Mother run) behind us. The penalty he has does give the others a bit more of an advantage, but hopefully he can cope with it.“We will just take it race by race with him as it depends how he runs as to what we do next regarding the trip. As he has got a bit older he has got a bit stronger, but he is very enthusiastic – as he always is – and he seems in good form.”- Advertisement – Put The Kettle On won the Arkle Trial at this meeting 12 months ago and was then put away until March, when she returned to land the Arkle itself.Her trainer Henry de Bromhead feels there is every reason to take advantage of her apparent love of the Cotswolds.When asked if getting further track experience was behind the decision to run, De Bromhead said: “It’s nearly as much that she loves the place so much.“She’s really progressed on her two runs there, so she seems to really enjoy it. It’s as much that as anything, to be honest – that’s probably why.”Rouge Vif was ultra-impressive for Harry Whittington when winning a handicap on his reappearance, and now goes up in class.Whittington said: “This is a horse that ever since we’ve jumped a fence with him, he has just been electric.“There have been so many question marks about the undulations of Cheltenham, but he put that to bed in his run three weeks ago.“We had the Haldon Gold Cup as our Plan A, but we thought we’d put the Cheltenham entry in, just to look at it. We then thought we’d be mad not to run because of the good ground and because we wanted to learn about the track anyway.”Duc Des Genievres has his first run for Paul Nicholls having left Willie Mullins, for whom he won the 2019 Arkle, while another Grade One winner in the field is Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Riders Onthe Storm – but he is dropping in trip.“I’m very interested in trying him at this two-mile trip seeing as there aren’t a great deal of two-and-a-half-mile races around for him at the moment,” Twiston-Davies told William Hill.“We can always go back to two-and-a-half after Sunday if things don’t work out, but I’m keen to see exactly what we’ve got.“He’s very quick, proved he can mix it with the best last season and is as fit as anything we’ve sent out first time so far this season.”Brian Ellison’s Forest Bihan, having his first run since winning the Old Roan at Aintree over a year ago, completes the field. – Advertisement –last_img read more

H1N1 viruses gain Tamiflu resistance without losing fitness

first_imgMar 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Studies published today confirm that influenza A/H1N1 viruses have become widely resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the leading flu drug, without losing their ability to make people sick—thereby underlining the need for new antiviral drugs.The findings also underscore the possibility that H5N1 avian influenza could gain resistance to oseltamivir, calling into question the value of stockpiling the drug in preparation for a potential flu pandemic, according to two experts who comment on the latest findings in an accompanying editorial. The research reports and editorial were released online today by the Journal of the American Medical Association.To the surprise of many, H1N1 resistance to oseltamivir rose sharply last year, reaching 12.3% in the United States and 16% worldwide. So far this season, it is far higher: more than 98% (321 of 325) of H1N1 isolates tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were resistant to the drug.None of the H1N1 isolates have shown resistance to zanamivir (Relenza), the other flu drug in the neuraminidase inhibitor class. H1N1 is one of three flu subtypes that circulate each season, along with A/H3N2 and influenza B.Because of the spread of resistance, the CDC in December changed its recommendations on antiviral treatment for flu. For patients suspected of having influenza A, the CDC recommended using zanamivir or a combination of oseltamivir and rimantadine (an older flu drug in a different class) instead of oseltamivir alone.In one of the new studies, a team from the CDC and several state health departments compared people infected with oseltamivir-resistant and oseltamivir-susceptible strains of H1N1 last season and found no differences in patient characteristics, symptoms, or severity of illness. They report that four patients infected with resistant strains died.A second study describes an outbreak of resistant H1N1 infections in four patients in a Dutch hospital in February 2008. Three immunocompromised patients became ill after exposure to a patient who was sick with a resistant H1N1 strain, and genetic analysis showed that the viruses all matched, making it clear that the infection spread from person to person in the hospital.Taken together, the two studies “dispel the notion that oseltamivir resistance compromises virulence,” states the accompanying editorial by David M. Weinstock, MD, and Gianna Zuccotti, MD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston.Resistance in 2007-08 US seasonThe CDC-state study reports that oseltamivir resistance was found in 142 of 1,155 (12.3%) H1N1 viruses tested last season. Resistant viruses were reported in 24 states. Of the 142 patients who had resistant viruses, 99 supplied information.None of the 99 reported taking oseltamivir before being tested for flu, nor did they have close contact with others who had taken it. Four of the patients died, two of them in hospitals and the other two on the way to a hospital or in the emergency department.After seven cases from one state were excluded, the authors compared 92 patients who had resistant H1N1 infections with 182 who had susceptible strains. They found no differences by age, sex, race, underlying medical conditions, or clinical symptoms.The analysis did indicate that patients with susceptible viruses were more likely to be hospitalized, but this difference disappeared when the two patients with resistant viruses who died before they could be admitted to hospitals were classified as hospital admissions.Before last season, oseltamivir resistance had been seen only in patients who were treated with the drug, the authors note, adding that it is unclear why oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 viruses emerged during the season and continue to circulate.”Additional options for the treatment and prophylaxis are critically needed,” the report concludes.Hospital outbreakIn the other report, the Dutch researchers write that three hospital patients apparently acquired oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 infections from another patient who was found to have the virus while being treated for systemic lupus erythematosus.The three were in the same ward as the presumed index patient at the same time, though they never shared a room. Two patients, a hematopoietic stem-cell transplant recipient and an 89-year-old man, died of the illness.Genetic sequencing revealed that isolates from the four patients matched closely. All four had not only the H274Y mutation associated with resistance, but also a rare mutation known as T284A.Five healthcare workers got sick with flu-like symptoms while the index patient was hospitalized, but none of them were tested for flu, the report says.”This study confirmed that circulating H274Y-mutated A(H1N1) viruses can retain significant pathogenicity and lethality, as shown in these elderly or immunocompromised patients with lymphocytopenia, underlining the need for the introduction of new effective antiviral agents and therapeutic strategies,” the authors conclude.Findings shouldn’t be surprising”The widespread belief that oseltamivir would retain activity against epidemic influenza strains has crumbled, but this should come as no surprise,” write Weinstock and Zuccotti, in the editorial accompanying the two reports. They say that surveillance over the past several years indicated that resistance was rising on a path that closely paralleled the rise of adamantane (amantadine and rimantadine) resistance 3 years earlier.Further, recent laboratory studies have shown that the H274Y mutation that confers resistance in H1N1 viruses does not necessarily interfere with the virus’s ability to replicate in animal models, the editorial says.One corollary of the new studies, according Weinstock and Zuccotti, is that “oseltamivir resistance is likely to develop during the treatment of other N1-containing strains, including avian influenza A(H5N1). Thus, stockpiles to mitigate an influenza pandemic should not be limited oseltamivir.”Oseltamivir is the leading antiviral drug in national stockpiles for pandemic preparedness. The US stockpile is about 80% oseltamivir and 20% zanamivir, federal officials have said.Vaccination remains key toolOther experts said the findings show that vaccination remains the key tool for battling influenza. They share the concern about the risk of resistance in H5N1 viruses.”These developments further support the use of influenza vaccine as the cornerstone for influenza prevention and control,” said Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, a member of the Pandemic Influenza Task Force of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and director of the Influenza Vaccine Project at PATH in Seattle.Concerning the risk of resistance in H5N1, she said, “These recent findings represent a paradigm shift. We need to be prepared for the possibility that H5N1, or other influenza strains, could become resistant to oseltamivir and still be pathogenic and transmissible. This advocates for research and development into new antiviral and effective pandemic vaccines.”Dr. Keiji Fukuda, director of the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Programme, called H5N1 resistance “a theoretical possibility.””So far, oseltamivir resistance has been rarely reported in H5N1 human isolates (three in Vietnam with H275Y mutation, two in Egypt with N294S mutation which confers mild reduction of oseltamivir susceptibility),” he commented by e-mail. “This is another situation where monitoring is essential.” (The resistance mutation is sometimes called H275Y, depending on the naming system.)Fukuda observed that all the resistant H1N1 viruses tested so far have been sensitive to zanamivir and the adamantanes. “Of course, empiric therapy is difficult when you do not know the specific influenza virus type and subtype—as one typically does not in clinical practice—because in some countries most of the circulating H3N2 viruses are resistant to adamantanes,” he added. “But when national surveillance is good, empirically selected therapy is rational and possible.”Both experts allowed for a possibility that H1N1 will eventually become susceptible to oseltamivir.”As these [resistant Brisbane-like] strains continue to evolve and be replaced by other strains, it’s possible that the resistance will go down. This needs to be monitored,” said Fukuda.Neuzil commented, “No one knows, but it [resistance] could certainly disappear as rapidly as it developed, as without widespread use of oseltamivir, it appears unlikely that antiviral pressure will favor resistant viruses.”Dharan NJ, Gubarcva LV, Meyer JJ, et al. Infections with oseltamivir-resistant influenza A(H1N1) virus in the United States. JAMA 2009;301(10) (early online publication) [Full text]Gooskens J, Jonges M, Claas ECJ, et al. Morbidity and mortality associated with nosocomial transmission of oseltamivir-resistant influenza A(H1N1) virus. JAMA 2009;301(10) (early online publication) [Full text]Weinstock DM, Zuccotti G. The evolution of influenza resistance and treatment. (Editorial) JAMA 2009;301(10) (early online publication) [Full text]See also: CDC’s weekly flu surveillance report 19, 2008, CIDRAP News story “With H1N1 resistance, CDC changes advice on flu drugs”last_img read more

EU: Research on the impact of a special procedure for the taxation of travel agencies

first_imgThe European Commission has launched a study on distortions of competition as a result of the application of a special VAT taxation procedure for travel agencies. Specifically, this research seeks to assess the impact of a special VAT procedure on various travel agencies and organizers, with the aim of making recommendations for improving the VAT rules applicable to travel sales, ie package deals.This research could be the first step towards a major change, and will potentially be of great importance for changing the existing VAT reporting processes and the level of VAT borne by travel agencies, ie travel organizers. The research is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.You can read more information about the significance of this research in an expert article published in UHPA Professional Review.last_img read more

Robert Sedlar, Uniline: Great support for the initiative launched by Uniline because Slavonia has a lot to offer and show

first_imgA big positive “dust” was raised by the launch initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia. Day after day, support is coming from all over Croatia from the entire tourism sector from Istria to Dubrovnik, as well as from Zagreb to Slavonia, and even beyond the borders of Lijepa naša.Support for the initiative # DHTSlavonija2018 is joined by the leading tourist company Uniline, as well as Robert Sedlar, executive sales director of the tourist company Uniline, who points out that the fact that the previous Tourism Days were held exclusively on the Adriatic, but whether Croatia wants to present itself as a full tourist country life during 365 days, and not only the land of sun and sea during the summer season, it is necessary that such events are held in the continental part of Croatia, whether it was Slavonia, Baranja, Međimurje, Zagorje or some other destination. ” First of all, great praise for the initiated initiative, but also the courage to propose an initiative of this nature at all, bearing in mind that the previous days of tourism have never been held in continental Croatia. From the leading travel company Uniline, but also my personal name, we are a great support to the launched initiative and we will be happy to respond if it is realized. ” Sedlar points out and adds that he sees no reason why tourism professionals from the sea would not be willing to visit Slavonia and experience something new and different from what the previous Days of Tourism have offered because Slavonia has a lot to offer and show.One of the counter-arguments of the initiative is the lack of congress space and the lack of more luxurious accommodation, but personally I do not see it as a problem but as a challenge, because certainly how the Days of Tourism can be held in a luxury tent, and as for accommodation there is a supplement through family accommodation. and as well as the fact that all the cities are only a 15-30 min drive away. Also, the main motive of the initiative is the development of a tourist destination and support for continental tourism, and not just the celebration of Tourism Day. “In any case, I agree with the above, a luxury tent can be a worthy replacement for congress halls, and the diffuse accommodation of participants is the creation of additional content and a new experience in relation to the Tourism Days held so far. There is nothing wrong with moving away from the usual concepts and reluctantly accepting a completely new concept that will contribute to the popularization of continental Croatia. This is an ideal opportunity to gather the tourism profession in one place and work together to get to know, but also to brand not only the region of Slavonia but the whole of continental Croatia. Holding the Day of Tourism in Slavonia is the first step towards strengthening continental tourism, which is a logical continuation of the strategy for the development of continental and rural tourism until 2020. ” Sedlar points out.One of the main goals, apart from the ceremony itself, is to extend the Tourism Days to three days in order to hold B2B workshops, ie to get acquainted with the destination Slavonia. Also, the goal is to motivate as many travel agencies as possible to come and get to know Slavonia in order to be able to generate specific tourist packages and thus start a story about tourist arrivals. Are travel agencies ready to offer Slavonia on the European market?”Uniline has the whole of Croatia in its tourist offer, but we must admit that the sales of Slavonia and continental Croatia are far lower compared to, for example, Istria or Dalmatia. One of the main reasons is the unrecognizability of the destination in Europe, which is close to us, let alone in the Far East or other markets from which our guests come. In order to change this situation and make Slavonia a desirable destination on the tourist map, only through joint work and engagement can we achieve the mentioned goals. Therefore, it is necessary that as part of the Tourism Day, B2B workshops be held on the topic of getting to know Slavonian natural beauties, cultural sights, ethno and gastro tourism, but also other interesting things that Slavonia has to offer. Of course, it is necessary to join the Days of Tourism as many travel agencies as possible in order to be able to generate specific tourist packages that they will present in their sales activities.”Says Sedlar and adds that with a good plan and strategy, all travel agencies that sell Adriatic Croatia should be ready to sell the rest of continental Croatia.One thesis that has been underlined for years is that continental tourism cannot attract a million tourists, a thesis that has no foundation, quite the opposite. On the contrary, Slavonia can and must attract millions of tourists. Of course, the main focus should be on quality, not on quantity, ie that it is not the imperative to count overnight stays and tourist arrivals, but on sustainable development. Just looking at positive examples such as destinations like Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, as well as Slovenia which is developing rapidly precisely through continental tourism. Is it time for a more serious turn of our tourism through the development of continental tourism? “If a real tourist story is created there should be no problem selling continental destinations. Croatia is a beautiful country, a country full of natural beauty, rich in culture, customs, gastronomy and oenology and it is something that should be presented to the world and introduce potential guests to everything they can experience in Croatia throughout the year. In any case, it is high time to make a serious shift in tourism towards continental destinations because the accommodation facilities on the Adriatic during the tourist season are far overcrowded in terms of supply. Every year we are visited by an increasing number of guests, and if we want this trend to continue and be recognized as a tourist country in the world, we must redirect guests to the continent. ” Sedlar pointed out.It is high time to make a serious shift in tourism towards continental destinations. Slavonia certainly has a lot to offer and show – Robert Sedlar, UnilineOne of the proposals is to brand Slavonia as one brand, one region, ie a tourist destination – Slavonia. And not as is the case so far that we have 5 counties and 5 different development concepts that are not in synergy. What is your opinion on this topic as well as the experience from other successful continental tourist destinations such as Tuscany, Bavaria, Provence… is there an interest of European guests for such an offer, ie to come to Slavonia? “Without synergy there is no success! The concept of county integration is more than necessary, because as mentioned above, success can only be achieved if we join forces and work together on promotion. Slavonia should be branded like branded Istria, Dalmatia or any other European destination. This is the only way to make Slavonia a recognizable, but also a desirable destination. ” Sedlar concluded.Support the initiative, and let’s start with concrete actions. Continental tourism can and must attract millions of tourists, if you don’t believe me, just look at how continental tourism is developing in Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. Yes, it is possible, the potentials are there, we have everything (resources, stories, knowledge, money, people), it remains only up to ourselves – people, ie the will and desire, to complete the tourist product and tell the story.#DaniTurizmaSlavonija2018 # DHTSlavonija2018last_img read more

Zizoo closed a new multimillion-dollar investment round

first_imgThe procedure for renting charter boats, whether they are sailboats or motor boats, is not at all simple, so the team from Zizooa decided to change that.Today, after four years and after a significant growth of 300% in 2017, the founders of tech startups, including two Croatians, have successfully closed a new investment round, both with existing and new investors, such as Axel Springer, Mairdumont Ventures and aws Gründerfonds, writes ICTBusiness.infoThis is a multimillion-dollar amount in euros, and this investment will greatly contribute to expanding the company’s operations to smaller cruises, opening new markets and hiring 30 new employees. “We are very pleased to have started the year with an incredible growth of 300%, and we believe we will continue with similar growth in 2019. Our goal is to continue to educate the global tourism market about the beauty and benefits of a boat holiday. Although the DACH region is still our most important market, we plan to expand to France, Italy and Russia. As for destinations, Croatia remains the number one priority, but we still plan to expand our Caribbean and Mediterranean fleet. We are also working on expanding to a new product, vessels for smaller cruises.”, Points out Sinan Mašović, CFO and one of the founders of the company, and adds that Zizoo offers more than 15.000 ships in 530 destinations on its platform.Both the charter industry and the cruise industry have experienced rapid growth in recent years. Holidays on board are becoming a highly sought-after item, and it is this potential for huge growth that has brought Zizoou the opportunity to offer access to the global market to more than 1000 local charter companies he works with, valued at 33 billion euros, according to Future Market Insights. . “This investment opens up a whole range of new possibilities, from hiring twice as many new employees, to the opportunity to reach new clients, all with the aim of making booking a holiday on board as easy as booking a hotel room.”, Says Masovic. In the spring of 2018, Zizoo will announce a partnership with two major travel companies, which will further impact the company’s growth.In the investment round, some new players, such as PUSH Ventures, joined existing investors such as Axel Springer, Mairdumont Ventures and aws Gründerfonds. Zizoo has also expanded its management team: following the example of Anna Banićević, CEO and former Google employee, they decided to hire experienced employees with many years of experience in digital giants such as Kayak and Trivago. “Although there are a number of challenges, we are in an exceptional position and speed is important. The online market is growing, our team has a leading online position, and investors fully support us in the big vision”, Concludes Masovic.Zizo’s largest destination market is Croatia, while the largest number of users of their services come from Germany, Austria, Great Britain and more and more the USA. Their goal is to extend the season, because the weather conditions allow it, and to stimulate shorter leases for higher prices, because this opens a huge new market for clients who want to experience a holiday on a boat for the first time. In Croatia, boats are most often chartered by people between the ages of 35 and 55, but more and more young people (20-35) rent boats.Source: ICTBusniess.infolast_img read more

The final program of the UHPA Day in Crikvenica has been announced

first_imgThis year’s Days of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) will be held from March 22 to 24, 2018 at the Omorika Hotel in Crikvenica.The annual meeting organized by UHPA, the largest national professional association of travel agencies, brings together more than 150 participants, travel agencies – UHPA members, representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian National Tourist Board, professional tourism associations and other stakeholders in the Croatian tourism sector.The two-day program includes a series of interesting professional lectures and presentations, exchange of opinions and experiences and socializing with colleagues, meetings with representatives of business associations, tourism professionals and experts, entrepreneurs, government officials, media representatives and getting to know the tourist offer of our host, Crikvenica Riviera.Find the final program of the event HERElast_img read more

Cycling tours on electric bicycles are a new tourist product of Moslavina

first_imgQuality, diverse and authentic content is key in tourism. As the only solution to the extension of the tourist season, as well as the motives of coming to a tourist destination and a direct tool for meeting the level of tourist satisfaction. Exactly one such new excellent tourist product and quality content is available today in Moslavina, ie Sisak-Moslavina County. Namely, it is about eBIKE-pdl project, guided bicycle tours on electric bicycles, which aims to develop continental cycling tourism and the promotion of the Moslavina region as an unfairly bypassing the destination near Zagreb.“Through the development of guided bicycle tours and as a member of OPG Kašner with the Kašner Winery from Kutina, the desire is to encourage guests, not necessarily concerned cyclists to experience Moslavina at a slightly slower pace by pedaling electric bikes, just to get to know the area and our eno and gastro offers. ” Matija Kašner from eBike PDL points out and adds that everyone’s mouths are full of cycling tourism as a prosperous branch that is flourishing at sea, and its goal is to prove that by persistent work cycling tourism can develop on the continent.Cycling and cycling tourism screams from the numerous strategies of local governments, but except for a few bike paths, everything always remains at the initiative of individuals how to complete the offer of the destination. It is this new entrepreneurial venture as well as excellent quality content that must be the focus of the entire destination. “Electric bicycles are also suitable for guests of poorer condition due to the constant support of the electric motor on the bicycle, and for that very reason they enable the inspection of sites and those with unenviable physical fitness. However, keen cyclists are always welcome in Moslavina, because after the steep climbs on Moslavačka gora, there is a rewarding descent to the plains of Lonjsko polje and enjoying the untouched landscapes and the richness of flora and fauna. says Kashner.Through guided bicycle tours, Kašner and his team of certified bike guides will take tourists through the heart of Moslavina, to the top of Moslavačka gora and show them Lonjsko polje as an undiscovered pearl of continental Croatia. Marked bike paths also run through the Moslavina wine roads where many valuable people and households can visit and taste, through tasting, indigenous dishes and delicacies. “The guided tour program for the 2018/2019 season will be updated weekly, and we want to cooperate with agencies and hotel groups from Zagreb and the rest of continental Croatia who would like to offer one-day / weekend trips for their guests.” concludes Kashner.By the way, Sisak-Moslavina County has over 440 km of cycling routes in the entire county, and cycling routes through the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park are a special challenge and attraction.That’s it, an excellent and high-quality rounded tourist product.last_img read more