The growth of Croatian tourism is not accompanied by development, it is high time for change

first_imgWe remember 2017 by tourist records, more than 18,5 million tourist arrivals, 102 million tourist overnight stays and € 8,724 million in tourism revenues are large numbers that present the general public with a picture of the success of the tourism business.But this story has two sides. Behind the undoubtedly commendable indicators of tourism business is another perspective on tourism events. Croatia is experiencing undeniable growth in tourism activities, but has this growth been accompanied by development? The answer is no!Namely, growth means a shift in quantity, ie quantitative change, and is always expressed by physical indicators, while development represents a new state to which we aspire, that is, a new, better position than the one we are currently in. Croatia is growing in terms of tourism, as evidenced by physical indicators, but tourism is not developing. Croatia is still a holiday destination with a dominant product sun and sea, popular during the hectic summer months, and forgotten for the rest of the year. A well-known problem is existing, while the seasonality of business is still the most important characteristic of tourism, a phenomenon, a challenge.According to the document Tourism development strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020 one of the basic goals of the strategic period 2013-2020 is to extend the tourist season. Figure 1 shows the state of distribution of tourist overnight stays by months in the starting year of the development strategy and the desired distribution at the end of the strategic period.Figure 1. Starting and desired distribution of tourist nights by months The goal was to intensify the development of tourism in the pre- and post-season as well as to make a significant shift in the off-season. Last year, almost every tourist step forward in the number of physical indicators, arrivals and overnight stays, was presented in the media as a way to the desired year-round tourism business. However, we are far from extending the tourist season, and year-round business is just a theoretical concept that has not and, judging by the current approach, will not be practically implemented in Croatia. According to the author’s current research on the seasonality of business in Croatia, all indicators record extreme and constant values. The explanation of the thesis begins with the distribution curve of tourist nights by months for the period 2005 to 2016 (Figure 2).Figure 2. Distribution of tourist nights by months 2005 – 2016It can be seen from the above that the curve, in the observed period of 11 years, did not significantly apply its slope. There is no progress in terms of extending the tourist season, even with the growth of tourism, the problem of seasonality has become more pronounced due to the increasing concentration of tourist demand at the peak of the tourist season, in July and August. This is confirmed by the data from Figure 3.Figure 3. Share of tourist nights by tourist seasons low, medium and high 2005-2016The four months of the high tourist season June, July, August and September account for about 86% of total annual tourist nights during the observed period from 2005 to 2016. The alarming situation is also indicated by the seasonal indicator. If August, as the month with the highest number of overnight stays, is taken as the maximum value and the other months are compared with it, we see (Figure 4) that the level of capacity utilization in July is 89,71%, while in June and September it is just over a third. available accommodation capacity used!The problem of extreme dependence on the tourism business in the two key months of the year is clearly shown!Figure 4. Seasonal indicatorCroatia is a destination with an extremely pronounced concentration of tourist demand at the peak of the tourist season, and the problem has been established without significant positive developments in the last 11 years. The new, better, condition that was supposed to result in development was absent, even the growth of tourist traffic multiplied the negative consequences that seasonal business brings with it. The economy is becoming more dependent on the peak of the tourist season, the need for seasonal labor is growing, the pressure on the ecosystem and ecological sustainability is growing, socio-cultural consequences are becoming more pronounced, and negative implications are reflected on the tourist demand. If the problem of business seasonality is not adequately addressed in the near future, the consequences will fully escalate.It is important to stress that two sets of strategies are needed to address this challenge. One aimed at solving the problems that arise and excessive concentration of demand at the peak of the tourist season and the other intended to extend the tourist season. But we need to be realistic and aware of our possibilities of action. Consequently, it is necessary to accept the extreme seasonality of business in some destinations and direct efforts to the optimal organization of business in a given environment, while destinations with identified potential to extend the tourist season need to be approached strategically with operationalization of goals and activities.Croatian tourism is growing uncontrollably, on its own initiative. It is time to start managing growth and developing tourism, taking into account that tourism cannot be viewed as an isolated phenomenon but as a relationship between many components of the socio-economic reality of a particular environment.Apart from the isolated problem of seasonality of business, there is no progress on the following points that it should have brought Tourism development strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020. One of the strategic goals was to increase the share of hotel accommodation in the total accommodation offer from 2020% in 13,1 to 2011% by 18,1, while in 2016 the share was 12,1%, so the share decreased. In contrast, the goal was to reduce the share of family accommodation in households from 48,7% in 2011 to 43,4%, but the share in 2016 is a staggering 59%! There is no progress in terms of personnel planning, diversification of the tourist product, out-of-accommodation offer, availability outside the tourist season, promotion and branding of tourism, as well as destination management.With all the optimism, the goals set by the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020 will not be even close to being achieved, even on many issues the position of Croatian tourism in 2020, judging by the current situation, will be less favorable than in 2013.Croatian tourism is growing uncontrollably, on its own initiative. It is time to start managing growth and developing tourism, taking into account that tourism cannot be viewed as an isolated phenomenon but as a relationship between many components of the socio-economic reality of a particular environment. Tourism is by nature heterogeneous and complex, which means that a large number of activities participate in meeting tourist needs. These needs can be met only if all these activities are structurally, temporally and spatially synchronized and balanced and if they operate in this way within the overall tourist offer. The absence and lag in the development of any bidder calls into question the efficiency of the bid as a whole.There is a need for an integrated form of tourism planning that will achieve a balance of supply and demand in which demand will optimally meet their tourism needs, and participants in the tourism offer to act efficiently and achieve optimal economic and social benefits. There is no development without systematic planning, everything else is spontaneous growth.Let’s start with the development of tourism.Author: Dr. sc. Goran Ćorluka, Head of the Department of Trade Business, Department of Professional Studies, University of Splitlast_img read more

Chelsea star Billy Gilmour hails impact of Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas on his development

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Apr 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Gilmour has burst onto the season this season (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour has hailed the ‘incredible’ ability of former teammate and Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas, who he admits has taught him valuable lessons early in his career.The 18-year-old has turned heads with a string of standout displays this season, most notably in the Blues’ 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool in March, where he marked himself as one of the rising stars at the west London club.Gilmour made the switch from Rangers to Chelsea in 2017, where he kept a close eye on ex-Blues midfielder Fabregas in an attempt to try and emulate his style.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe teenager told BT Sport: ‘We had to analyse our own game and then compare it to a player. I thought I would do Fabregas. Growing up, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas were the type of players I would base my game around, how I play.‘Fabregas’ one-touch play and playing around the corner, how he could get out of tight areas, it was incredible. ‘There was no better player to pick and when I came into first-team training a few times when he was there, it was great to see him.‘I could watch him in training and see how he put it into a game. I was trying to take some of that stuff from training with him and take it into my game.’ Fabregas spent five seasons at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)When asked which of his current Chelsea teammates he looks up to, Gilmour highlighted fellow midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.He added: ‘In training, I am always watching them and trying to copy what they have been doing.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘They have been brilliant with me off the pitch as well. They are always talking to me, just asking about my upbringing, what it was like at Rangers and getting to know me as well as me getting to know them.‘They are helping me out. It’s quite surreal. They are top players and I train with them and play with them week in, week out. It is something I can only dream of.’MORE: Frank Lampard holds talks with Dries Mertens over Chelsea transferMORE: Chelsea target Andre Onana hints at transfer after appearing to say goodbye to AjaxFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Chelsea star Billy Gilmour hails impact of Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas on his developmentlast_img read more

In Delaware County, First Lady Frances Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid Epidemic

first_imgIn Delaware County, First Lady Frances Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid Epidemic Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Chester, PA – Today, First Lady Frances Wolf joined Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and Jason Snyder, special assistant on Centers of Excellence, on a tour of Community Hospital, which is part of Crozer-Keystone Health System in the city of Chester. At Community Hospital, which has been selected as a center of excellence, First Lady Wolf, Secretary Dallas, and Jason Snyder discussed the Wolf administration’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic. The 2016-2017 budget included $20.4 million for Centers of Excellence which serve as central, efficient hubs around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders through the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.“People from every community in Pennsylvania are suffering from the effects of the opioid epidemic,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “It is absolutely critical that we continue to battle the stigma surrounding substance use disorder and encourage anyone suffering from this disease to seek help. I am thrilled at the work of Community Hospital and all of the centers of excellence are doing to curb this public health crisis.”“As we know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate and affects every Pennsylvanian in some way,” said Secretary Dallas. “We are excited to have Community Hospital as a location for the COE program, providing quality services to individuals in need.”In late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to outline a set of shared, specific legislative goals that would help tackle the opioid and heroin crisis. Together with Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate, Governor Wolf made a commitment to prioritize helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease.During the fall session, we made real progress in helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease. The governor and legislators made significant achievements toward fighting this epidemic by passing five major bills that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of drugs among other important initiatives.If you or someone you know is suffering from substance use disorder, help is available. Please visit or call 1-800-662-HELP.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: December 21, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Amor leads Brabazon qualifiers with course record

first_img Wiltshire’s Ben Amor played his way into the Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, with a course record 65 in the southern qualifier at Liphook, Hampshire.The 19-year-old from Marlborough finished birdie, birdie, eagle to clip a shot off the old record and to lead 30 qualifiers for the Brabazon, which takes places at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) from June 24-27.His closest challengers at Liphook were Kent golfers Freddie Price and Alfie Plant, who were two-under par. Five players returned scores of one-under: Delon Hau of Wales, Bobby Keeble of Essex, Jake Burnage of Devon, Paul Waring of Suffolk and Jordan Lawrence of Hertfordshire.Amor (image © Leaderboard Photography), a member of the England Golf ‘A’ Squad, started his round today with a bogey and reported feeling a little tentative, but he kept the ball out of the heather and reached the turn in level par.He began his charge to his first course record on the 10th. “I holed a 25-footer, with about 3ft of break, for a birdie and that settled me down. I’d had the pace on the greens all day but I hadn’t been aggressive, after that I just let go.”He birdied 14, dropped a “silly” shot at 15 and then produced his dream finish. “I hit great shots into 16 and 17, inside 4ft and 8ft, and then on the 18th I holed an 18ft putt for eagle.”Altogether, he had six birdies and an eagle in his round and declared: “These are some of the best greens I have putted on, I thought they were fantastic.”Amor, who won the Carris Trophy in 2013 and was runner-up in this year’s Darwin Salver, added: “This is a nice start to the year. It’s still early in the season and it’s nice to know my golf game is roughly where I want it.”Amor will be making his second appearance in the English men’s open amateur stroke play championship and his first priority is to beat last year’s performance, when he just missed the cut. “The last man on the course came in and knocked me out,” he remembered.“This year the first goal is to make the cut and then to try and go up the leaderboard,” he added.The northern qualifier for the Brabazon Trophy takes place next Tuesday at Clitheroe Golf Club, Lancashire. 12 May 2015 Amor leads Brabazon qualifiers with course record last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Kicks off the Holidays with the Jingle Bell…

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s University Ring in the season of giving by partaking in Saint Martin’s Jingle Bell Run, a holiday-themed, five-kilometer race that will take place Saturday, December 7, at 10 a.m. Presented by Puget Sound Energy, the festive event will be held on the Saint Martin’s University campus. Check-in and day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center, and the race starts outside of the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion. Pre-registered runners can also pick up their packets Friday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center.Participants can run, walk or stroll the five-kilometer route on the University’s wooded campus. A finish-line celebration, featuring Christmas cookies, cider and cocoa, will immediately follow the race.Those not interested in running a full 5k race can still be part of the fun; registration includes an option to compete in the 1.55-mile run/walk, providing another opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Saint Martin’s University’s campus, as well as a decorated Christmas tree in front of Old Main. The run/walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.People of all ages may participate and age group awards will be presented. Proceeds of the race will benefit Saint Martin’s Athletics. Parking is free.“This is the second year we’ve held the Jingle Bell Run, but already the event has proven to be a wonderful way for the surrounding community to support the University while having a great time,” says Katie Wojke, interim vice president of institutional advancement at Saint Martin’s. “We’re confident it will remain an annual, holiday tradition for years to come!”Registration includes chip timing by Accustat Sports Timing Inc., a race finisher long-sleeved t-shirt and a raffle entry (must be present to win).Registration fees are as follows: preregistration (until Dec. 4) $35; military $30; high school and college students (with valid I.D.) $5; day-of registration $45; kids 8 and under free (no t-shirt or chip timer included). Additional t-shirts are available while supplies last.The University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be fundraising for the Make A Wish Foundation before and after the run, in conjunction with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The SAAC is also encouraging participants to bring a canned food item to donate to a food drive the group is hosting throughout the day.The event is sponsored by Puget Sound Energy, L&E Bottling, Hanson Subaru, Olympia Federal Savings and Bliss Investments. Facebook7Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2017)–With California-bred or sired horses engaged, Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes came down to an inch–with 2014 winner Ambitious Brew just getting up to win by a nose under Mike Smith over Richard’s Boy and Victor Espinoza.  A Pamela Ziebarth homebred 7-year-old gelding by Tizbud, he’s trained by Marty Jones and got the 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.05.Ridden by Mike Smith, Ambitious Brew, idle since well beaten down the hill in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 5, sat a close second to Richard’s boy the entire trip and gradually wore him down right on the money.“The field was short but tough,” said Smith.  “I really wasn’t looking around too much, it was just about getting comfortable.  Marty had him ready to go today.  I thought I had it at the wire.  Victor’s horse is game though.  When I stayed close, his horse really responded…I didn’t want to stay too close and have Richard’s Boy fight harder and hold us off…I was hoping it would work…For a minute, I didn’t think I was going to get by him.”Off at 3-1 in a race that offered win wagering only, Ambitious Brew paid $8.20.“This is amazing,” said Ziebarth.  “We’ve had a really slow year so far, but this is a good way to get things going.  He just tries every time he goes out there.  You can always depend on him to give his all.  This whole family tries, everything out of this mare (Kathwen, by Forest Wildcat) tries.”A winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes over the course two starts back on Sept. 30, Ambitious Brew now has six wins from 11 tries over the unique layout.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $559,225, while his overall mark now stands at 22-8-7-0.“When they were going head and head like they were, I was thinking, ‘I hope he’s fit enough,’” said Jones.  “Mike knows where that wire’s at.  A three-horse race is a real tactical race for the jockeys and Mike’s the best, but the horse is a special horse.  From day one he acted like a special horse and he’s been a lot of fun the last four years…He’s getting a little older so maybe we’ll give him a little more time between races and pick our spots.”Richard’s Boy, who was also off at 3-1, finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Bettys Bambino, who was heavily favored at 2-5 and trailed throughout.Fractions on the race were 22.45, 44.52 and 1:06.17.                Note:  The Sensational Star trophy was jointly presented by former Gilligan’s Island star Dawn Wells and Bill Spawr, who trained the multiple stakes winning Sensational Star. RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA BRED OR SIRED HORSESlast_img read more