Month: November 2020

The Polls Underestimated Trump — Again. Nobody Agrees on Why.

first_imgInevitably, Robert Cahaly and his mysterious Trafalgar Group — which projected a number of close races in the battlegrounds — will also get another look from curious commentators wondering why his polls have been so close to accurate, both in 2016 and this year.The firm was among the only pollsters to show Mr. Trump’s strength in the Midwest and Pennsylvania four years ago, and while its polls this fall may end up being a little on the rosy-red side, they appear to have gotten closer to the final horse-race results in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada than did other pollsters, by not giving short shrift to Mr. Trump’s strengths. – Advertisement – To some degree, it was clear this process would be unwieldy. With large numbers of mail-in ballots and early in-person votes still uncounted, the earliest returns in most states gave an inflated sense of Mr. Trump’s strength, since voters in Republican areas turned out in higher numbers on Election Day — and those ballots were often the first to be tabulated.- Advertisement – But what is now clear based on the ballots that have been counted (and in almost all states, a majority have been) is that there was an overestimation of Mr. Biden’s support across the board — particularly with white voters and with men, preliminary exit polls indicate. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ET “I want to see all the results in, I want to see where those deviations are from pre-election polls and final margins,” Christopher Borick, the director of polling at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, said in an interview. “But there’s ample evidence that there were major issues again. Just how deep they are, we’ll see.”In some states where polls had projected President Trump losing narrowly — like Ohio, Iowa and Florida — he had already been declared the winner by a comfortable margin by late Tuesday evening. And in states that had seemed more than likely to go for Joseph R. Biden Jr., like Michigan and Nevada, the result was too close to call last night. It is also possible, said Patrick Murray, the polling director at Monmouth University, that Republicans’ efforts to prevent certain populations from voting easily had a sizable impact — a factor that pollsters knew would be immeasurable in their surveys.“We need to know how many votes were rejected,” he said. “I won’t know, until somebody actually gives me some data, what happened. And it’s possible that we will never know.”He added, “We will never know how many ballots were not delivered by the post office.” While polling had presaged a swing away from Mr. Trump among white voters 65 and over, that never fully took shape.Partly as a result, Mr. Biden underperformed not only in polyglot states like Florida but also in heavily white, suburban areas like Macomb County, Mich., where he had been widely expected to do well.Dr. Borick pointed out that while state-level polls had widely misfired in 2016, they held steady in the 2018 midterms. This led him to conclude that people’s views on Mr. Trump may be particularly difficult to measure.“In the end, like so many Trump-related things, there may be different rules when polling an election with him on the ballot,” Dr. Borick said. “I’m a quantifiable type of human being; I want to see evidence. And I only have two elections with Donald Trump in them — but both seem to be behaving in ways that others don’t behave.”Analyzing pre-election polls alongside exit polls is like comparing apples to apples — if one batch is rotten, the other probably is, too. But the exit polls can still provide a few clues as to what pre-election polls might have missed. There is also no certainty about how much of the electorate these voters comprised. Pollsters puzzled over this question in the wake of 2016, and came to varying conclusions; this year’s results are likely to reignite that discussion. As the results rolled in on Tuesday night, so did a strong sense of déjà vu. Pre-election polls, it appeared, had been misleading once again.While the nation awaits final results from Pennsylvania, Arizona and other key states, it is already clear — no matter who ends up winning — that the industry failed to fully account for the missteps that led it to underestimate Donald J. Trump’s support four years ago. And it raises the question of whether the polling industry, which has become a national fixation in an era of data journalism and statistical forecasting, can survive yet another crisis of confidence.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – At the top of that list is Mr. Trump’s strength among college-educated white voters, particularly men. According to the exit polls, the candidates split white college graduates evenly — after an election season in which almost every major poll of the country and of battleground states had shown Mr. Biden ahead with white degreeholders.And if there is a tendency for polls to underrepresent Mr. Trump’s support, it does not only affect college-educated voters, as “shy Trump” theorists have often suggested. Some studies had posited that highly educated Trump supporters might be more likely to say they preferred his opponent because of social pressure. In many high-quality phone polls before the election, Mr. Trump’s support ran in the mid-to-high 50s among white voters without degrees. But the results of the exit polls put his support with this group firmly in the mid-60s, about on par with his totals in 2016. On the subject of the coronavirus pandemic, it is also notable that compared with most pre-election surveys, the exit polls showed a smaller share of respondents favoring caution over a quick reopening. As of Wednesday afternoon, with final adjustments still anticipated to the data, there was only a nine-percentage-point split between the voters saying it was more important to contain the virus and those saying they cared more about hastening to rebuild the economy, according to the exit polls. In pre-election surveys, the split had typically been well into the double digits, with a considerable majority of voters nationwide saying they preferred caution and containment.It appears that the virus was also less of a motivating factor for voters than many polls had appeared to convey. This year, the exit polls — conducted as usual by Edison Research on behalf of a consortium of news organizations — had direct competition from a new, probability-based voter survey: VoteCast, collected via an online panel assembled for The Associated Press by NORC, a research group at the University of Chicago. By looking at the divergence between the exit polls’ numbers and the responses to the VoteCast canvass, we can see that there were far more voters who considered the coronavirus a big-deal issue in their lives than people who said it was the issue they were voting on.The VoteCast survey found that upward of four in 10 voters said the pandemic was the No. 1 issue facing the country when presented with a list of nine choices. But in the exit polls, when asked which issue had the biggest impact on their voting decision, respondents were less than half as likely to indicate it was the pandemic. Far more likely was the economy; behind that was the issue of racial inequality.Not every pollster fared poorly. Ann Selzer, long considered one of the top pollsters in the country, released a poll with The Des Moines Register days before the election showing Mr. Trump opening up a seven-point lead in Iowa; that appears to be in line with the actual result thus far.In an interview, Ms. Selzer said that this election season she had stuck to her usual process, which involves avoiding assumptions that one year’s electorate will resemble those of previous years. “Our method is designed for our data to reveal to us what is happening with the electorate,” she said. “There are some that will weight their data taking into account many things — past election voting, what the turnout was, things from the past in order to project into the future. I call that polling backwards, and I don’t do it.”last_img read more

Barr tells DOJ to probe election fraud claims if they exist

first_imgAttorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, if they exist, before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite little evidence of fraud.Barr’s action comes days after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and raises the prospect that Trump will use the Justice Department to try to challenge the outcome. It gives prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election is certified.Trump has not conceded the election and is instead claiming without evidence that there has been a widespread, multi-state conspiracy by Democrats to skew the vote tally in Biden’s favor.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Attorney General Bill Barr leaves the US Capitol after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on November 9, 2020 in Washington, DC.Samuel Corum | Getty Imagescenter_img Biden holds a sizable lead in multiple battleground states and there has been no indication of enough improperly counted or illegally cast votes that would shift the outcome. In fact, election officials from both political parties have publicly stated the election went well, though there have been minor issues that are typical in elections, including voting machines breaking and ballots that were miscast and lost.In a memo to U.S. attorneys, obtained by The Associated Press, Barr wrote that investigations “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”He said any allegations that “clearly not impact the outcome of a federal election” should be delayed until after those elections are certified and prosecutors should likely open so-called preliminary inquiries, which would allow investigators and prosecutors to see if there is evidence that would allow them to take further investigative measures.- Advertisement – Barr does not identify any specific instances of purported fraud in the memo.“While it is imperative that credible allegations be addressed in a timely and effective manner, it is equally imperative that Department personnel exercise appropriate caution and maintain the Department’s absolute commitment to fairness, neutrality and non-partisanship,” Barr wrote.States have until Dec. 8 to resolve election disputes, including recounts and court contests over the results. Members of the Electoral College meet Dec. 14 to finalize the outcome.Barr, a loyal ally of President Donald Trump, helped broadcast Trump’s claims of voter fraud before the election, attacking mail-in voting as prone to undue influence and coercion, despite multiple studies debunking the notion of pervasive voter fraud in general and in the vote-by-mail process.Generally, Justice Department policy is “not to conduct overt investigations, including interviews with individual voters, until after the outcome of the election allegedly affected by the fraud is certified.”But Barr argues in the memo that concerns such acts could inadvertently impact an election are minimized once voting has concluded and that, in some cases, investigations could not be delayed until the election is certified.A Justice Department official said Barr had not been asked by Trump, anyone else at the White House or any lawmakers to issue the memo. The official could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.Barr was in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Capitol Hill on Monday afternoon and refused to answer questions from reporters when he left. Earlier Monday, McConnell threw his support behind Trump after a period of post-election silence.last_img read more

Honor 10X Lite With Quad Rear Cameras, Hole-Punch Display Launched: Price, Specifications

first_imgLate last month, Honor 10X Lite debuted in Saudi Arabia initially at SAR 769 (roughly Rs. 15,200) for the single 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant.Honor 10X Lite specificationsThe dual-SIM (Nano) Honor 10X Lite runs on Android 10-based MagicUI 3.1 that doesn’t feature Google Play and other Google apps and services. It instead comes with HMS 4.1 that brings Huawei AppGallery and other features to fill in the gap of Google offerings. There is a 6.67-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the phone comes with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710A SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM. It also features a quad rear camera setup that comprises a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 lens, 2-megapixel depth-assist sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter. For selfies and video chats, there is an 8-megapixel shooter available at the front, with an f/2.0 lens.Honor has provided 128GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card. Connectivity options on the phone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W Honor SuperCharge fast charging.- Advertisement – Honor 10X Lite has been launched globally by the Huawei sub-brand. A successor to Honor 9X Lite that was launched in April this year, Honor 10X Lite comes with a hole-punch display design and features quad rear cameras. The new Honor phone also comes with three distinct colour options to choose from. While Honor has just announced the global debut of the Honor 10X Lite, the smartphone was already available in Saudi Arabia and was launched in markets including Russia. Honor has also announced its partnerships with social storytelling platform Wattpad and online launchpad programme Red Bull Basement to attract customers towards Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) that is an equivalent to Google Mobile Services (GMS).Honor 10X Lite priceHonor 10X Lite price has been set at EUR 229.90 (roughly Rs. 20,200). The phone comes in Emerald Green, Icelandic Frost, and Midnight Black colour options and is initially debuting in markets including Russia, France, and Germany, among others. Honor has additionally announced a EUR 30 (roughly Rs. 2,600) discount that is applicable in select markets. Details on the phone’s India launch are yet to be revealed.- Advertisement – Why are smartphone prices rising in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Brian Barwick: National League clubs call for chairman to resign | Football News

first_imgLast month, 66 clubs in English football’s fifth and sixth tiers were given £10m in funding thanks to a partnership with the National Lottery promotional fund.The £10m lifeline was set aside to help the National League for three months until January, and to mitigate the effects of behind-closed-doors matches without fans in attendance.Fans were originally planned to return from October 1, but this planned relaxation was shelved on September 22 following a rise in coronavirus cases.- Advertisement – A number of National League clubs have called for the chairman Brian Barwick to step down over the distribution of National Lottery funds given to clubs to support them through the coronavirus pandemic.The clubs, which include AFC Fylde, AFC Telford, Chester, Dulwich Hamlet, Hereford, Kidderminster Harriers, Maidstone United, Dorking and Chesterfield, are unhappy at the way the £10m of government funds has been split between the clubs in the National League and North and South divisions.- Advertisement – They claim despite numerous attempts to discuss the issue with the league’s board, talks have reached a stalemate and they are calling for an independent panel to review the distribution of the money, along with the resignation of Barwick.A spokesman for the National League said: “It is disappointing that a small number of clubs are seeking to circumvent the proper channels for challenging decisions, and it is regrettable their public statement fails to recognise The National League has already confirmed in writing to each of them the formation of an independent review committee to hear and assess their grievances.“The National League’s core objective continues to be to try and ensure all its 66 member clubs are able to continue to play behind closed doors this season and to remain in business as much-valued community clubs. The National League will also ensure that any member club with concerns over the distribution of monies can have its case assessed fairly and properly in accordance with the correct procedures.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Avian flu reaches Scotland as FAO reports progress

first_imgApr 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Deadly H5N1 avian influenza has infected a swan found on the coast of Scotland, the first time the virus has turned up in a wild bird in the British Isles, news services reported today.The news came as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that efforts to control avian flu on poultry farms “are slowly proving successful,” especially in Thailand, Vietnam, and China.In Scotland, the Scottish Executive and the British National Farmers Union said a mute swan found last week at Cellardyke, 450 miles north of London, had the H5N1 virus, according to the Associated Press (AP).Scotland’s chief veterinary officer, Charles Milne, said it was not known whether the swan was from a local or migratory flock, according to a Reuters report. Milne said the partially eaten swan carcass was found Mar 29 and was sent to the laboratory in Weybridge in southern England for testing 2 days later.A spokesman for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge confirmed today that the swan carried the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Virus has reached 13 EU countriesThe finding makes the United Kingdom the 13th European Union member to report H5N1 avian flu in wild birds, according to a statement posted today by the European Commission.In response to the finding, local officials ordered that all free-range poultry in a 960-square-mile area around Cellardyke be brought indoors, AFP reported. The area has 175 registered poultry farms, including 48 that have a total of 260,000 free-range birds. The story said the town is near the university town and golf mecca of St. Andrews.Ironically, the report of the case interrupted a 2-day exercise in which authorities practiced responding to an avian flu outbreak. The exercise was canceled on its second day “to free up participants to deal with the real thing,” AFP reported.British officials quickly tried to allay public fears of avian flu. AFP reported that Prime Minister Tony Blair, visiting Northern Ireland, said, “This is not a human-to-human virus. It is something that is transmitted to poultry. It is only if humans are in direct and very intensive contact with poultry that there is any risk involved.”Dr. Jim Robertson of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control said, as quoted by Reuters, “There is a better chance of a person winning the national lottery than catching bird flu in the UK today.”Milne said there was no sign of infections in domestic birds in the area and no reason to think a domestic animal had eaten the swan, according to Reuters.The swan is not the first bird to turn up with H5N1 in the UK. Last October, two parrots imported to Britain from South America were found to have the virus, but they had been quarantined on arrival and the disease didn’t spread. Officials suspected that the parrots might have caught the virus from birds from Taiwan that were in quarantine at the same time.FAO cites some success in control effortsThe FAO announced today that, though H5N1 avian flu has been confirmed in 45 countries, “efforts to combat the disease on poultry farms are slowly proving successful on many fronts.”More than 200 million birds have died of the disease or been sacrificed in control efforts, the agency said. “But vigorous response to outbreaks in this region [Asia], particularly in Thailand, Viet Nam and China, appears to have reduced the transmission of the disease from poultry to humans, according to Joseph Domenech,” the FAO’s chief veterinary officer.The statement went on to say that vaccination campaigns, such as the one in Vietnam, have helped some countries limit the disease. In addition, compensation of poultry farmers for their losses has helped cushion the economic blow and encouraged timely reporting of outbreaks.The agency said it continues to urge governments to concentrate their control efforts on farms. The FAO “emphasizes the role of human activity—trade and markets—which are the main spreaders of the virus but also are the areas that can be inspected, controlled and improved.”Wild birds also can spread the virus, but little can be done about that, except to prevent contact between wild and domestic birds, the agency added.”The need to keep domestic birds away from wild birds has been widely recognized and efforts to do so have been implemented in many countries,” Domenech said.last_img read more

Selected first products with the Lika Quality label

first_imgA year and nine months ago, LAG LIKA launched the project of integrated economic development INTEGRA LIKA 2020, with the aim of branding the destination Lika and the sub-Velebit coast. As part of this project, the Gastro-Lika project is being implemented in order to brand the gastro-destination, and the LIKA QUALITY regional quality label project has been designed and implemented.Lika Quality is a regional sign of quality of food, souvenirs and services in the destination area, which includes the wider area of ​​Lika and the sub-Velebit coast (Lika Destination). The mark is protected as a guarantee trademark in the State Office for the Protection of Intellectual Property of the Republic of Croatia, and the holder is the Local Action Group Lika (LAG LIKA), which is the originator and implementer of the project.In addition to branding the gastro-destination, the Lika Quality Label will enable a significant presence of local products in the local market. The Lika Quality regional system is guided by the philosophy of sustainable development, and the purpose of the Lika Quality Label is to brand locally produced food and souvenirs and create a recognizable gastro – destination.The public call for the award of the regional quality label Lika Quality was announced on May 23 this year, and 14 local producers applied for the public call. “Manufacturers have nominated a total of 43 products for the use of the Lika Quality Label, of which 39 products have passed expert examination at the sessions of the body for the selection of users of the Lika Quality. The award ceremony for the first 39 products was solemnly held on June 28, and in this way Lika products finally received the well-deserved label that classifies quality local products in the so-called premium category. ” stand out from Lag LikaKudos to LAG Lika, the ambassadors of Croatian tourism who show how anything is possible when proactive and quality people come together. Everything is up to us, and LAG Lika is a real example of how a local and authentic tourist destination is developed through effort and work.Related news: NEW GREAT STORY FROM LIKA AND A REAL EXAMPLE OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT! GASTRONOMICAL OFFER OF GASTRO LIKA PRESENTEDlast_img read more

Salaries in tourism are 22% lower than the average

first_imgOver 91.000 applications were registered for ads in the ‘Tourism and Catering’ category, which is 10% more than last year, according to data from the MojPosao.net portal.As part of the traditional campaign ‘Jobs in Tourism’, which aims to speed up and facilitate the finding of seasonal workers, in the period from 1 January to 30 September on the portal MojPosao published over 6.500 jobs in the category ‘Tourism and Hospitality’, which in relation for the same period last year represents an increase in the number of ads of 27%.Ads for the category ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ accounted for 21% of the total number of ads on the MojPosao portal, while the database of resumes for tourism contains almost 93.000 resumes, and this year alone 5.300 new profiles were opened in that category. “Employment in tourism and hospitality this season has peaked in terms of the inability to find a sufficient number of skilled labor. It is further complicated by the fact that employers have to find workers in a very short period of time, and the job interview for candidates is a big financial burden. In order to make it easier for both of us, in February this year we held the first Virtual Job Fair in Tourism, and we will hold it in February 2018. In this way, we make information available 24 hours a day, and employers can communicate with candidates quickly and easily via chat and video chat, which saves selection time and travel costs for candidates. ” points out Igor Žonja, director of MojPosao.The most sought after professions are waiter / bartenderThe most sought-after occupations in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category were: waiter / bartender, chef, kitchen helper, maid / maid, assistant chef and receptionist. Over 91.000 applications were registered for ads in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category, which is 10% more than last year. Of the profiles, most of them in the CV database are interested in the job of receptionist, waiter, employee in a travel agency, employee on reservations and the job of a maid.Of the total number of published jobs in the category ‘Tourism and Hospitality’, half of the ads (51%) referred to coastal counties.Most advertised positions, except for Zagreb and Zagreb County (29%), were for work in the Split-Dalmatia County (14%) and Istria County (12%). They are followed by Primorsko-goranska with 10%, Dubrovačko-neretvanska with 7%, Zadarska with 5% and Šibensko-kninska with only 3% of ads. Among the cities on the coast this year, the most job positions were advertised in Split (4% of the total number of ads in tourism) and Dubrovnik (3% of published ads). 2% of advertisements were published for Poreč, as well as for work in Pula.Qualifications requiredRegarding the qualifications required for employment in tourism, the majority of advertisements (43%) required minimally qualified workers; in 32% of advertisements a minimum secondary education was required, and only in 2% of advertisements a minimum university degree was required. In 54% of competitions, work experience is not listed as a condition. In advertisements asking for experience (46% of them), it took an average of one year and ten months of work experience. That’s slightly less than last year when experience was required in 55% of ads and it took 2 years of experience.Knowledge of foreign languages ​​was required in 37% of ads. Knowledge of English was required the most – in 35% of advertisements, while in 12% of advertisements knowledge of German was required, and in 6% knowledge of Italian. As many as 84% ​​of employees have at least a basic knowledge of English in their profile, while 41% of them have this knowledge of at least basic German.Computer skills were required in only 13% of ads, as last year. This year, part-time work was offered in 61% of advertisements in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category, which is slightly less than last year when 71% of advertisements sought a part-time worker. At the same time, 45% of advertisements offered permanent employment, which is more than last year, and 23% of advertisements were for part-time or seasonal workers. On the other hand, only 49% of employees were interested in part-time work, while 68% of them would work indefinitely. 24% of employees are ready for seasonal work, as well as for part-time work (24%), while 8% of them were looking for student work. “An even more demanding 2018 awaits us, where the needs of employers will be even greater, and the number of employees will be smaller and smaller. Employers, use the tools we have prepared for you and improve working conditions. We ask the government to increase quotas for the import of workers, as a short-term measure, and to check the real situation at the CES with ‘compulsory’ education and retraining. Employees, accept education, only in this way can the future of all of us be better”, Concludes Žonja.Salaries in tourism lower than averageSalaries in tourism are among the lowest paid occupations. On average, wages in tourism are 22% lower than the average, so much for the solution of seasonal workers in tourism.Of the most sought-after occupations in tourism, chefs (HRK 4.863) and receptionists (HRK 4.213) have the highest salaries. The average salary of a waiter is 3.992 kuna. It is important to note that these are salaries without tips, which traditionally form part of the salary of waiters, but also chefs. Looking at the counties, the highest salaries in tourism are in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, followed by the County of Istria. Although the highest salaries are generally in the City of Zagreb, when it comes to tourism occupations, salaries in the City of Zagreb are lower than those in the Adriatic.Finally found a solution against labor shortage in tourism!From this research it is crystal clear what is the solution to the labor shortage in tourism.Lack of manpower is a problem that has been screaming for years and it was only a matter of time before that bubble burst and when we would find ourselves in the current situation.Yes, everyone knew that and they were very well aware that it was not a question of whether the balloon would burst, but it was only a matter of time – when? Nonetheless, no one reacted or prepared, in fact, because of the short-term run for profit for today, and not looking beyond tomorrow, no one cared. The whole system not only examined the last limits of extensibility, but consciously, with all the alarms and alarms, squeezed the gas to the end.Why did the balloon burst? It is very simple, the system was not sustainable and fair, in fact, the worker, ie the man who is the most valuable resource as well as the key to success in tourism was well at the very bottom of the value. Consumables, if I may be so mild. The mantra was simple. It doesn’t matter if the employee returns next year, there is a great demand for seasonal jobs, so we are going to squeeze every person beyond the endurance limit.Today, when the problem has escalated, and will only escalate in the coming years, everyone is pretending that no one knew anything and at the very least as if they were hit by a meteor. But even today, when everything is clear, there is still no real solution or strategic planning and thus no sun at the end of the tunnel. Only some firefighting measures are looked at, but the whole paradigm is still the same.What is the solution to this big problem? He’s been around us all these years – offer better conditions, both financial and working conditions. Yes, it is just as simple and banal.last_img read more

Pula one step closer to the construction of a cruise terminal

first_imgPula is a big step closer to the construction of a cruise terminal in the port, which in the future can bring over 200 cruise arrivals and more than half a million passengers. For comparison, in recent years there have been about 60 cruise ship arrivals with less than 10.000 passengers, writes Voice of Istria. The ship’s passenger terminal in the port of Pula would be built north of the waterfront, on the stretch of Cape Guc. The construction of the terminal would ensure the possibility of mooring as many as three ships, and an additional advantage is that ships can enter and leave the terminal much easier because the depth of the sea there is 12 meters. The plan is to build three terminals, a pier and other ancillary facilities for ships. In the first phase, the construction of a terminal, a 400-meter-long pier, which would be connected to the mainland, is planned.”Just last week, we received a statement from the Ministry of Finance on the project of building a maritime passenger terminal in the port of Pula on Cape Guc. After we reported this project to the Ministry of Economy on the list of projects of strategic importance for the Republic of Croatia, the ministry asked all other ministries to comment on the project, which we worked on in cooperation with the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. The obtained statement of the Ministry of Finance is without objections, especially since we have already prepared a Feasibility Study and Cost Analysis. Now we have to make an investment plan for a five-year period. In addition, we received 65.000 euros to conduct seabed testing, ie to conduct geomechanical research. Everything to see how the project would develop and how the construction would be done ”, he told Glas Istre Director of the Port of Pula Donald de Gravisi on the terminal project in the Port of Pula, due to which the then State Office for State Property Management (DUUDI) allocated for permanent use to the Port of Pula 14 hectares of state land in Vellelung.The entire project, from the construction of the coast and all facilities, ie complete infrastructure, would cost from 120 to 150 million euros. By the way, last year the number of trips of foreign ships for cruises decreased by 16,2%, and the number of passengers on these ships decreased by 13,3% compared to the same period in 2016. The total number of days of ships in the same period decreased by 16,9%Attachment: Feasibility study / cost-benefit analysis of the construction of a passenger terminal in PulaRELATED NEWS: LESS AND LESS CRUISES ON THE ADRIATIClast_img read more

Croatia attracts tourists, but also foreign investments

first_imgIt is no secret that Croatia has always attracted visitors from all over the world. According to HD Consulting, the rating of Croatian hotels jumped from 4 to 5 percent last May, while at the same time the growing influx of tourists makes Croatia a recognizable Mecca for investments by foreign investors and brands, writes Hotelmanagement.net.In their report, Ernst & Young predicted that by 2022, investments in the Croatian hotel sector will jump to an impressive 1.2 billion euros. Until then, they have planned the opening of as many as 6.000 new accommodation units, as well as the renovation of the existing 3.700.Also, in May this year, HD Consulting points out, interest in accommodation, both hotels and campsites, increased by 5 percent more than in the same month last year.Despite the return of strong tourist competition such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, which marked their return with a high rental rate of accommodation units, Croatia in 2018 still recorded an increase in the number of overnight stays. Hotels are being renovated, the quality of accommodation and offer is growing every year, and the security of Croatia as a country is in favor of that. Despite the rise in prices, growth in tourism is projected at 10 percent compared to the previous year.Investments in the Croatian hotel industry are projected to grow to 2022 billion euros by 1.2, and 6.000 new accommodation units will be opened by thenIn the hotel industry, Croatia is dominated by large domestic hotel houses, of which only the five largest have 60 percent of the country’s total potential. Nevertheless, these large owners continue to invest in their capacities, by purchasing new units, but also by raising the overall quality of the offer. Investing in tourism in Croatia, especially in the hotel industry, guarantees long-term financial stability, which makes it attractive for domestic and foreign investment. Under the attack of foreign investors, there are currently existing hotel houses with a special interest in Zagreb and larger cities along the Adriatic coast.In Croatia, 24 percent of the total accommodation capacity is internationally branded through exemplary hotel management, through franchise agreements or as part of a much larger international hotel association. Out of 10 world-famous hotel houses, as many as 5 are currently operating on the Croatian market. Foreign investors are very interested in entering the generous Croatian market, but the choice of a suitable place to channel capital is significantly narrowed, precisely for the aforementioned reason, that most markets are owned by large domestic hotel houses.The Croatian market is apparently operating on a pay-as-you-go basis, while at the same time foreign investment is knocking on our door. The question is, is there any room in the global world for such a form of tourist ethnocentrism?Related news:RESEARCH ON DEVELOPMENTS OF CURRENT TRENDS IN HOTEL AND CAMP BOOKINGSTUDY OF VAT RATE IN TOURISM FORECASTS 41% LESS INVESTMENT AND 71% LESS NEW EMPLOYEES BY 2021last_img read more

The Šibenik Convention Center received a certificate from the prestigious British platform Healthcare Venues

first_img1ND HEALTH TOURISM CONFERENCE OF PANNONIAN HEALTH CLUSTER AND OSIJEK-BARANJA COUNTY ANNOUNCED “We are proud that our Convention Center Šibenik is recognized as an ideal location for events in the field of health sector and that we have become part of the world-famous platform Healthcare Venues. During the opening of the center, our goal was to provide a modern, high-tech location for business meetings and events and to position the city of Šibenik and the Dalmatian coast as a year-round destination for business tourism. We will continue to follow global trends and connect with the professional and business community around the world”, Said Ivan Sarajlić, executive marketing coordinator of Amadria Park.  OGNJEN BAGATIN, POLYCLINIC BAGATIN: HEALTH TOURISM CAN AND MUST BE ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS ON SEASONALITY Using the Healthcare Venues platform, the organizers have confirmation and a promise that their event will have full logistical and organizational support. When we talk about the more serious development of congress tourism, we just need large capacities of halls, to be able to host large global congresses, as well as of course the level of service at a high level following all the latest world trends. It was the Šibenik Convention Center, with its opening a few years ago, that put Croatia on the global map of destinations for congresses. Along with the city of Šibenik, which has experienced its tourist boom in the last few years through the revitalization of its fortresses, as well as the city that boasts two UNESCO sites, a Michelin-starred restaurant, excellent hotel infrastructure and facilities, and all other tourist facilities in the area, from NP Krke to NP Kornati, it is certainly a great location for large congresses that offers a quality, different and complete product for the development of congress tourism. From now on, the Šibenik Convention Center officially carries the certificate of the prestigious British platform Healthcare Venues.  This recognition is awarded exclusively to facilities that meet strict selection criteria and conditions for the implementation of events in the health sector. By the way, in addition to the Šibenik Convention Center, 7 other congress halls have the Healthcare Venues certificate in Croatia. The Healthcare Venues platform brings a list of top hotels and conference rooms around the world, which are suitable for education and other events within the health sector. RELATED NEWS: Health tourism The Šibenik Convention Center is the first and largest convention center in Croatia and on the Adriatic, and contains 11 state-of-the-art multifunctional meeting rooms on three floors, while the capacity of the main hall can accommodate as many as 1.500 participants.  FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH TOURISM, IT IS NECESSARY TO START ACTION last_img read more