Month: November 2020

SoftBank leads $250 million investment in Tier in first e-scooter bet

first_imgA woman holds her smartphone with the app of the electric scooter sharing provider Tier Mobility next to an e-scooter to use it. Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance via Getty Images)Hauke-Christian Dittrich | picture alliance via Getty Images – Advertisement – SoftBank made the investment in Tier through Vision Fund 2, a $108 billion successor to its original technology fund that gained infamy for its troubled bet on office rental service WeWork. The round also attracted backing from existing investors including Mubadala, Northzone, Goodwater Capital, White Star Capital, Novator and RTP Global. However, Mubadala didn’t invest in Tier as part of Vision Fund 2. The Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund contributed to SoftBank’s first Vision Fund, but — as CNBC reported in May — it has been hesitant to back the new fund.According to the Financial Times, which first reported the news, Tier is now valued at just below $1 billion. That means it’s close to securing a so-called “unicorn” valuation and, according to the FT, makes it the second-most valuable e-scooter company after Bird — overtaking Lime.Profitability- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Some e-scooter start-ups claim they saw a swift recovery in demand over the summer as economies reopened. Many have been racing to take part in trials in the U.K. as the country explores legalizing e-scooters.But there are lingering fears over the financial sustainability of the sector, particularly as a number of European countries re-enter lockdowns and winter approaches. Nonetheless, Tier says it managed to reach profitability for the first time this year. LONDON — German electric scooter rental firm Tier announced Tuesday that it’s raised $250 million in a funding round led by SoftBank’s second Vision Fund.It’s the first time the Japanese tech investor has made a bet on the nascent scooter-sharing space and comes as a number of countries in Europe re-enter lockdowns to slow a resurgence in coronavirus cases. E-scooter companies were heavily hit by the first round of lockdowns, with a number of providers slashing jobs to survive.For its part, Tier says it hasn’t had to make any layoffs related to the pandemic. A spokesperson told CNBC the firm “made one or two performance related adjustments as part of standard business practice but nothing outside of that.”- Advertisement – Tier has been profitable since June, the company’s CEO Lawrence Leuschner told CNBC in a recent interview. “We will be very close to full profitability this year,” he added.Tier said it would use the fresh cash to expand in Europe and install thousands of charging stations in various cities to power its vehicles. The company, which in May launched its own electric moped-sharing service, said it’s also looking to secure additional debt financing to rollout more vehicles.“Micro-mobility fills a large gap left by traditional urban car usage and presents a viable alternative to legacy transit systems,” said Yanni Pipilis, managing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers. “Tier has a proven track record in establishing long standing partnerships with cities and regulators, combined with a technology-led approach to develop leading customer propositions.”last_img read more

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Emirates eyes return to profitability in 2022 as new travel corridors open

first_imgAn Emirates Airbus 380-800 about to land.Fabrizio Gandolfo | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images “Cash is king,” Clark said. “As long as we can keep our cash position in good shape, we believe that we’ll be ready to re-enter the markets, as well and as large as we always did.”Emirates said it was tapping into its cash reserves to ensure it had access to sufficient funding to sustain operations. It has cut almost 25 percent of its staff, and the Government of Dubai stepped in to inject $2 billion by way of an equity investment in an effort to support its recovery. “We believe things will restore themselves fairly quickly. I’m not one of those people who believe it’s going to take a long time or that it won’t come back in the way that it was,” Clark added.“I tend to believe we will be as good as we were in the pre-Covid days as an airline.”  UK-UAE travel corridorThe United Kingdom this week added the UAE to its travel corridor list, meaning travellers flying from the UAE to the U.K. after Nov. 14 will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days. “The Government has been working for five months to try and persuade the United Kingdom government that we should be put on their list,” Clark said, praising the decision as “a major boost to tourism in terms of travel between the two countries.”The U.K. is among the most critically important markets on the Emirates network for passenger travel demand and profitability, with the Dubai to London Heathrow route making up the highest share of departing seats in 2019. “Already we’re experiencing quite an increase in the booking velocity in our systems in regards to people coming out to Dubai from the United Kingdom post the second of December after lockdown finishes,” Clark said.“I remain optimistic that there will be other corridors opening up, as we get this thing under control,” he added. “It’s just taking a little bit longer than everybody thought and it’s not without its difficulties.” Clark said travel to 104 cities has now been restored, and 151 of its Boeing 777 aircraft were operating and carrying passengers across the network in various capacities. Emirates still has around 150 A380 aircraft on the ground.Macro conditions improvingClark was more upbeat on the regional and global economic outlook, but said the recovery won’t come straight away. “I think the global economy is going to take time to get out of this particular state,” he said. He also expects oil prices to stay subdued, with excess supply and weak demand helping to reduce the cost for major carriers like Emirates.“So long as it’s patchy and oil supply continues to be robust, it’s likely the price will be in the $40 to $50 price level through the course of 2021,” he said. “That gives us an interplay price and allows us to operate profitably in both a P&L situation and from a cash point of view.” Emirates expects to return to profitability in the next two years, as new travel corridors open and the global aviation industry attempts to rebound from the worst crisis in its history. “I believe that within the next 18 months, two years, we will return ourselves to profitability,” Emirates President Tim Clark told CNBC in an exclusive interview on Sunday.  “We will certainly be cash positive during the course of the back end of next year, returning to profitability in (financial year) 2022-2023,” he added.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Earlier this week, Emirates Group reported a loss of $3.8 billion for the first half of the year, its first loss in 30 years, as the coronavirus-related lockdowns brought global air passenger travel to a halt. Revenue collapsed 74 percent to $3.7 billion dollars.“There are a lot of things that can change that,” Clark said, flagging a number of key concerns still hanging over the sector. “We are an international company trading on the whole of the world’s operations.”His comments come after new warnings from IATA that the industry cannot slash costs sufficiently to neutralize severe cash burn and avoid bankruptcies in 2021.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Shapeshifter Lindsey Graham digs election fraud hole even deeper with sequence of provable lies

first_imgIt’s all so positively Trumpian (i.e. criminal)—make baseless accusations about something and then, when they don’t pan out, simply commit the fraud you baselessly alleged in order to benefit your own side. Sounds like Graham’s spent a little too much time drinking in Trump’s skulduggery on the links. Graham quickly denied this account because it immediately prompted calls for his resignation and even criminal indictment. Seriously, why in the hell is anyone telling any secretary of state how to count votes, let alone a close Trump ally intervening in the affairs of another state?Raffensperger—a Republican who has grown increasingly incensed over the pressure campaign from his GOP colleagues—reportedly had two calls with Graham and had originally thought he was calling to discuss the state’s two Senate runoff races in January. But during the second call Graham homed in on the mismatched signatures and potentially throwing out legal ballots if they came from counties where more signature errors were recorded. The main problem for Graham and his now shifting account of the call is that some Raffensperger aides were on the call too (i.e. witnesses) and at least one has already corroborated Raffensperger’s recollection. Oops.- Advertisement – Graham then amended his earlier claim (i.e. changed his story), saying he hadn’t spoken with the Secretaries of State of Arizona and Nevada but rather Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey. Oops—not two conversations with election officials from two separate states; just one call with the governor of… Arivada? Anyway, easy mistake. Wherever this is heading for Graham isn’t good. He’s provably lying. There’s witnesses who can attest to his calls with Raffensperger (one already has) and at least one witness who is willing to attest to Graham’s non-call with her in Arizona.Perhaps, Graham is now madly burning up the phone lines with other secretaries of state at this very moment to cover his behind. And what exactly happened between Graham’s first call with Raffensperger and the second call in which he apparently began advocating for him to commit widespread election fraud—exactly the type of fraud Republicans have been railing against but haven’t found anywhere.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “A staffer for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger said Tuesday that he participated in a controversial phone call with Sen. Lindsey Graham and said he heard Graham ask if state officials could throw out ballots,” CNN confirmed Tuesday afternoon.Earlier Tuesday, Graham suddenly began suggesting he had simply been calling around to multiple secretaries of state to chew the election fat. Only that was clearly a lie too. After Graham told a group of reporters he had also called top election officials in Nevada and Arizona to discuss general election integrity, Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs quickly tweeted, “This is false. I have not spoken with @LindseyGrahamSC.” Nice touch that she tagged Graham’s handle in the tweet.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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FDA reverses plan to close field labs

first_img An amendment blocking federal money for the lab closings was placed in a budget bill, the Detroit Free Press reported 3 days ago. See also: Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who has opposed the lab closures, said in a statement released to the Free Press that the FDA’s plan was “ill conceived.” Some lawmakers questioned how consolidating the labs could improve safety or contain costs. Other groups opposing the plan included FDA lab employees who testified before Congress, as well as the union that represents a good portion of the FDA’s employees, the AP report said. In proposing the closures, which would have shuttered half of the field labs, FDA commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach had said that the reorganization would enhance the agency’s ability to assess and rank risks and better mobilize its inspection, enforcement, and analytical resources, according to previous news reports. Margaret Glavin, the FDA’s deputy regulatory affairs commissioner, told the agency’s employees in an Aug 17 e-mail that the lab reorganization plan would be cancelled to provide a “fresh look” at the FDA’s challenges and plans for addressing them, the Associated Press (AP) reported Aug 17.center_img However, in early August the FDA announced it was postponing the plan to allow the agency to hear the recommendations of President Bush’s newly appointed import safety working group. The panel was created to explore recent food contamination and product safety problems linked to imported goods. “As concerns about food safety mount, the FDA’s proposal to close its field labs, merge its district offices, and concentrate more power in Washington represented exactly the wrong approach,” he said in the statement. Aug 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 3 days ago cancelled its plan to close seven of its field laboratories, media outlets reported. Aug 3 CIDRAP News story “FDA suspends plan to close field labs”last_img read more

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USDA seeks more funds for food defense

first_imgFeb 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture is proposing a big increase in spending to protect the US food and agriculture system from terrorist threats and other disasters in fiscal year 2009, while seeking somewhat less money for avian influenza.The Bush administration’s proposed 2009 budget calls for $277 million for the various programs in its Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative, a $91 million increase from estimated spending of $186 million in fiscal year 2007, which ends Sep 30.The USDA budget summary lists $60 million for avian influenza control efforts by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), down from $67 million in estimated spending this year. The cut reflects savings from a planned merger of the agency’s programs on highly pathogenic and low-pathogenic avian flu and after some one-time spending items this year, officials say.Also, the administration is proposing $1.09 billion for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a $22 million increase from this year’s estimated spending. At the same time, the budget report says the agency will seek congressional authorization to collect new fees worth $96 million a year from the food-processing plants it inspects. The FSIS monitors the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.Final budgeting decisions require congressional action, which often is delayed until the new fiscal year is well under way. In addition, USDA Secretary Ed Schafer said on Feb 4 that the budget proposal is likely to require some changes after Congress enacts a new farm bill.”The President’s 2009 recommended budget for USDA is based on the provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill and reflects the administration’s proposals for change,” Schafer said at a briefing. “We expect some changes will need to be made to the budget estimates when a new farm bill is enacted, and I must say I am increasingly confident that that will happen.”Food defense fundingThe Food Safety and Defense Initiative is the collective name for various activities under the FSIS, APHIS, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). Activities targeted for increases in the budget proposal include:ARS food defense research, from $9 million this year to $23 millionARS agriculture defense research, from $25 million to $39 millionSurveillance by APHIS for plant pests and animal diseases, from $63 million to $98 millionAPHIS’s National Veterinary Stockpile of vaccines, personal protective equipment, and other supplies, from $4 million to $8 millionAPHIS efforts related to plant and animal “select agents” [dangerous pathogens] from $4 million to $6 millionIn addition, the ARS proposes to spend $13 million (up from $3 million this year) for planning and design of a major poultry health laboratory in Athens, Ga. At a Feb 4 news briefing, Scott Steele of the USDA said the lab will be comparable to the agency’s livestock health laboratory in Ames, Iowa.Avian flu spendingThe budget proposal says USDA is spending an estimated $51 million on highly pathogenic avian flu and $16 million on low-pathogenic avian flu this year, for a total of $67 million. The plan calls for combining the two efforts in 2009 and providing $60 million for them.Rachel Iadicicco, an APHIS spokeswoman in Riverdale, Md., said the reduced request reflects expected savings from combining the activities and also from the completion of several one-time expenditures this year. The latter included costs for disease modeling, staff recruiting, and purchase of supplies for the National Veterinary Stockpile, she said.”We’re working to eliminate duplication of efforts,” Iadicicco said. For example, “Instead of testing one bird for low-pathogenic and another for highly pathogenic, we’ll test for both” in the same bird, she said.Iadicicco said there are no plans to reduce testing or surveillance for avian flu in poultry and wild birds or to cut back on staff.FSIS proposes new user feesThe $1.09 billion proposed for the FSIS includes $140 million from existing user fees and trust funds, leaving $952 million in expected appropriations. This year the agency estimates its spending of appropriated money at $930 million.The budget summary says the existing user fees are charged for providing overtime, holiday, and voluntary inspection services. “Separately, FSIS will submit a legislative proposal that will permit expansion of user fee charges for certain additional activities in 2009, with total collections estimated at $96 million,” the summary states. “The proposal would generate fees that will reduce appropriation needs in future years.”A total of $92 million would be collected through a licensing fee from all inspected establishments. An additional $4 million would be collected from plants that require additional inspection activities for performance failures such as retesting, recalls, or inspection activities linked to an outbreak.”Goals for foodborne pathogensThe budget summary also lists goals for reducing the prevalence of three leading foodborne pathogens—Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Escherichia coli O157:H7—in meat, poultry, and egg products.For Salmonella, the FSIS wants to raise the percentage of broiler chicken plants that achieve “category 1” status, meaning no more than 10% of tested product samples are contaminated. The budget summary says 71% of broiler plants achieved that in 2007; the agency wants to increase that to 80% this year and 85% in 2009.For Listeria, 0.31% of ready-to-eat product samples tested positive in 2007, the summary says. The goal is to reduce that to 0.29% in 2008 and 0.28% in 2009.The prevalence of E coli O157 in ground beef samples was up in 2007, reaching 0.23%, versus 0.16% in 2006, the summary reports. The increase came as ground beef recalls and E coli outbreaks surged. The FSIS projects a prevalence rate of 0.24% for this year but sets a goal of reducing it to 0.20% in 2009, according to the summary.See also: USDA fiscal year 2009 budget summaryhttp://www.obpa.usda.gov/budsum/FY09budsum.pdfTranscript of USDA’s Feb 4 budget briefinghttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1RD?printable=true&contentidonly=true&contentid=2008/02/0031.xmllast_img read more

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Samobor completely covered with brown signs

first_imgIn Samobor, the installation of tourist signs at 49 locations in the city has started, which includes newly opened accommodation facilities, souvenir shops, new mountain lodges and other tourist attractions.By installing brown signage, the offers of tourist services in the city area will become more accessible to visitors, which will improve the level of presentation of the tourist potentials of the city, points out Martina Paladina, director of the Samobor Tourist Board. “ We managed to finance this year in full the project, from the production of all paperwork and permits to the installation of the entire tourist signage, which is very wide in our area due to the configuration of the city. I am very proud that from the initial idea to the installation of the boards, we managed to realize the whole project in one year, in cooperation with the city of Samobor.Paladina points outAlso, last year in Samobor, 10 bilingual interpretation boards were set up on famous buildings in the very center of the city, on King Tomislav Square. The plaques consist of a textual description of the famous building on which they are placed, in Croatian and English, and are placed with the prior consent of the Conservation Department of the Ministry of Culture, the City of Samobor and the owners of the buildings. It is a project of the Tourist Board of the city of Samobor, with the aim of describing in more detail the tourist sites, preserving cultural heritage, and promoting and raising the general educational and cultural level of domestic and foreign visitors.”Every two years we make new and supplement the existing signalization, and as for the brown signalization, I can say that in three years of the project we have covered absolutely everything, from accommodation facilities, cultural and other interesting sites, ie all those facilities that meet the requirements in the regulations for brown boards in accordance with the Ministry of Tourism. ” Paladin concludes. Therefore, absolutely all tourist projects are covered by tourist signs, ie brown signs, which is certainly very important as the first foundation for the long-term development of a tourist destination.SAMOBOR RICHER FOR 150 KM OF BIKE TRAILSIn accordance with trends and with the aim of promoting cycling and sports, as well as the growing need of tourists and visitors from around the world for active holidays during their stay in Samobor, the Tourist Board of Samobor, in cooperation with the City of Samobor, mountain bike clubs Šišmiš and Krpelj and co-financed by the CNTB, in the spring of 2017 started a project to create and mark bicycle routes.Thus, seven cycling routes were designed and presented this year, which include about 150 km of trails, with a start and finish on King Tomislav Square. The longest route is 30 km long and leads through Rude to Oštrc and back the same way, and the shortest 10 km leads to Otruševac to Grgos Cave, and then back to Samobor. “The routes are intended for recreational cyclists, and are designed in response to the growing needs of visitors and the promotion of cycling, but also to get to know remote parts of Samobor by bike. ” stand out from the Tourist Board of Samobor.A bicycle map with altitude profiles and descriptions of trails was printed in Croatian and English, and .kml and .gpx files of each route were made, which can be downloaded from the official website of the City of Samobor, but also via QR code, and all trails are made with the consent of the Croatian Mountaineering Association Japetić and GSS. Also, signalization was set up for all routes that are marked in the field, in accordance with traffic regulations, all with the aim that the marking and design of these cycling routes contribute to the development of cycling in the area of ​​Samobor.Often our tourist destinations do not invest in signage, especially outside the classic framework, which is extremely important for tourism development. Especially when we talk about foreign tourists who come to our destinations and find it difficult to get around the cities because they are in destinations for the first time. Despite all the power of technology that is there to help, sometimes we can be just around the corner, but again not knowing where we are and finding what we are looking for, just because there is no signaling.Do not forget how tourists are, for the first time in the destination and do not know our language. Try to visualize the whole process by putting yourself in the role of a guest and you will immediately see where the mistakes and omissions are and what you need to do to make your guests ’stay easier.Also, the signalization is on the one hand a promotional tool because it is present in the space and certainly reminds passers-by of the sights that are in the destination. So, signalization is certainly very important and one of the first basic steps for the development of a tourist destination. And yes, the signage must be in English, even posters about various events in the tourist destination.last_img read more

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This year there are fewer cruisers in Croatia

first_imgIn the period from January to October 2017, 77 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 644 cruises. There were 892 passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 1 days, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).Thus, in the period from January to October 2017, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships decreased by 16,3%, and the number of passengers on these ships decreased by 12,7% compared to the same period in 2016. The total number of days spent by ships in the same period it decreased by 17,9%.The most visited port is Dubrovnik, followed by the ports of Split and Korcula The port of Dubrovnik had the most visits by foreign cruise ships (513 visits), followed by the ports of Split (210 visits) and Korčula (126 visits). Out of a total of 644 voyages, the most voyages were in Dubrovnik-Neretva (64,8%) and Split-Dalmatia County (18,3%), for a total of 83,1%. The remaining 16,9% of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (5,9%), Istria (4,5%), Šibenik-Knin (3,7%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,6%) and Lika-Croatia. Senj (0,2%).The largest number of voyages was made by ships under the flag of the Bahamas (161 voyages) and Malta (147 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (221 thousand passengers), Bahamas (192 thousand passengers) and Panama (180 thousand passengers).<br />
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Nedo Pinezić: The destination has become a “hotel”

first_imgTourist destination – a destination today, operates on the principle of a reputable hotel, once..Arthur Hailey’s novel “Hotel” is one of the best readings that describes life, the “living being” of a reputable hotel that once boasted impeccable service in all segments. Those were the times when staying in such a hotel was a special experience. Each hotel in the 19th and 20th centuries had its clientele, its guests. Staying in a status hotel was not possible, it was not available to everyone. The hotel staff, on the other hand, had the mission of pleasing every guest, smoothing out any disagreement, defending the hotel and its guests from any inconvenience. The hotel was supposed to look neat, tidy, down to the last detail at all times. All services at the hotel had to be at the same level of excellence. In short, the hotel staff was part of a special experience. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it.DestinationA tourist destination, a destination, was and remains a place of special value. This value is based on climatic benefits, natural beauty, historical, cultural attractions, urban life rhythms or relaxing rural “slow motion”… Destinations have also developed with the development of tourism. Services that once could only be found in a hotel or in a hotel district, are now offered at every turn. Restaurants, bars, cafes (cafes), pastry shops, hairdressers and massage parlors, pedicures, manicures… long ago “came out” of the hotel and occupied the squares and streets of the tourist place. 21st century destinations are increasingly copying each other, so the availability of colorful content is no longer limited to the most famous destinations.Role changeTourists’ habits are changing. They stay in one place shorter and shorter. The mobility of the modern traveler is his trademark today. Get to know the world, visit all continents, feel the rhythm of life of the domicile population, “merge” with the local lifestyle, taste authentic food, walk the streets, bike through nature, paddle lakes, sail the seas… new travelers increasingly difficult to “hold the place”. When traveling, modern tourists want to stay in accommodation for as short a time as possible, spending most of the day exploring the destination. The destination became a “hotel”.Hotel, Arthur Hailey / Source: Etsy.comDestination management organizationIf the destination is a “hotel”, then the functioning of the destination is adjusted to the hotel model. Thus, “hotel rooms” are scattered throughout the destination along the streets that have replaced the hotel corridors. The squares are new lobbies, new lobbies, the tourist board is the reception, the utility company is the technical service of the “hotel”, restaurants and bars are located in all parts of the “hotel” destination. Various service activities, beaches, beaches… everything works within this “hotel”. At the head of such a complex system is the most experienced and capable hotelier, hotel director, mayor. All members of the “management board” are subordinated to him – “hotel detective” (chief of police), “head of technical service” (director of the utility company), “head of food, beverages and services in tourism” (head of the administrative department for tourism), “chief sports and recreation “(director of the municipal company for management of beaches and sports facilities),” head of reception “(director of the tourist office of the Tourist Board),” head of entertainment “(director of the cultural center),” heads of households “(hosts of family accommodation, management agencies real estate, owners of accommodation facilities)… The “Director’s” day begins with a tour of all “hotel” sectors and a short conversation with the bosses. On Mondays, they hold a course where they discuss the announcements of upcoming events in the destination and check all the tasks and procedures related to it. It is really easy to understand the modern needs in destination management when compared to the functioning of a reputable hotel.Can a destination in Croatia be managed efficiently?Imagine a situation in a hotel when the head of the technical service does not carry out the orders of the head of the reception on troubleshooting, or that, say, the head of food, beverages and services in tourism does not have the ability to organize gastronomy according to guest requirements. What kind of hotel manager would he be when he couldn’t do anything about frequent complaints from guests about broken showers at the pool, dirty deck chairs on the beach and torn plants because the head of the technical service and horticulture “is not competent”, “there are no people or funds” “Fix it? Or that a hotel detective can’t stop the noise of alcoholic guests in the wee hours? Or let’s say the head of entertainment organizes a theatrical play by the pool while a pop music concert takes place on the terrace? A hotel cannot function in a way that “the left does not know what the right is doing”. The hotel manager cannot escape the problem, he is expected to solve every problem in the hotel. That’s why the hotel manager is in charge. Everyone listens to him. He is in charge of everyone, he signs everyone’s salary. He hires and fires people. He is the most responsible person in the hotel. Not every accommodation is a hotel, nor is every hotel respectable. Not every place, village, city, tourist destination. It can be a tourist place, a tourist city but not a reputable tourist destination. If there is no firm and efficient administration.The destination became a “hotel” – Nedo PinezicHow to achieve efficiency in destination management?When you decide to take over a hotel, you need to know how it must function in order to be successful. Of course, the “management of the company”, the state government, must be aware of the limitations in the efficient management of tourist destinations. If you want efficiency then you have to “lower” responsibility and authority to the level of the collective. The hotel cannot be managed efficiently “remotely”, the destination cannot be managed effectively without decentralization. The “director” of the “Destination Hotel” must have at his disposal the authority to manage services vital to the functioning of the destination and sufficient money to pay the costs. Decentralization of tax revenues (eg VAT, excise duties) and revenues from sojourn tax and tourist membership fees would certainly help to better manage all sectors of the “hotel”.We all live in a “hotel”Residents of the destination are well-trained employees of the “hotel” who in a period of low occupancy attend various specialist courses to improve their skills and acquire new knowledge. The management of the “hotel” stimulates us with various benefits to raise the level of its service, to offer something new, innovative. On the contrary, we get to know the structure of our guests, their habits and needs. The “reception” helps us with that, so we are ready to welcome guests who are pleasantly surprised by our approach. It’s nice to live in a “hotel”. It’s nice to hang out with people from all over the world. In this way, we experience something new, we enrich our lives with new knowledge, exchanges of experiences, new acquaintances and friendships. Thanks to efficient management, our “hotel”, although small, provides living comfort like big houses. We lack nothing. We have an enviable standard of living. We are happy that the “hotel” chose us as its associates and that the guests appreciate our hotel. It makes us all happy. In the “hotel” we are all like one family.Hotel 2Arthur Hailey is unfortunately no longer with us. Someone else will have to write a sequel to the novel “Hotel 2”. Perhaps the plot of this novel will take place in an emerging tourist destination that is gradually transforming from an inn into a reputable hotel. In fact, short stories on the subject are already being written. A serious novel requires character characters and a beginning that leads to a meaningful ending. For now, it’s hard to find an inspiring setting, but maybe someone is inspired by Hailey’s novel, maybe it’s some little-known place until yesterday that will shine with new splendor. Who knows ?Published by: Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more

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The construction of the Zelina Aquapark is starting in Zelina

first_imgA special formal step before the construction of the Zelina Aquapark has been successfully completed.The city of Sveti Ivan Zelina has received a building permit for the Aquapark Zelina project, issued by the County Administrative Department for Physical Planning, Construction and Environmental Protection, and the construction of Aquapark Zelina, an investment worth 6 million euros, can finally begin.”Aquapark Zelina is a key project for the development of our city, which is confirmed by the fact that we have been working on it for several years. Our long tradition of swimming in Sveti Ivan Zelina speaks of how we are located in an ideal location and as a destination we have many elements to attract tourists through numerous facilities, events and happenings, as well as wine roads.Said Mayor Hrvoje Košćec.The aquapark project will be realized in the area of ​​the former Zelina pools, which in the second half of the last century were one of the most beautiful tourist centers in continental Croatia and a favorite picnic spot for thousands of Zagreb residents and others who came to swim in Sveti Ivan Zelina. For the last fifteen years, they are no longer in operation, and in 2013, the City of Sveti Ivan Zelina began preparing the space and documentation to revitalize this area again. In the first phase, water surfaces intended for swimming, bathing and relaxation, as well as water slides will be built, which can be used by adults and children.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The first phase will already contain a large “castle”, which will have seven slides, and later a tall mega slide with other facilities will be added to it. There are locker rooms, toilets and other mandatory facilities for managing the aquapark, but most of the space will be intended for catering and entertainment facilities that can operate throughout the year – club space in the basement, restaurant on the ground floor with terrace, large hall on the first floor which will serve for a larger number of guests and various ceremonies, exercise halls, wellness, spa or beauty facilities and the like.RELATED NEWS:Aquapark Istralandia is bravely vying for the best aquapark in Europe with a new investment cyclelast_img read more

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