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Dalibor Cvitković, Mali Lošinj Tourist Board: We are much smarter and more prepared for the challenges that tourism brings in the time of coronavirus

first_imgIt always takes two to tango. Great advice for all other destinations. Now we have time to prepare well for next year, and as Cvitković says, we are much smarter than at the beginning of the crisis. This year, Lošinj showed the way, the right way Dalibor Cvitković, director of the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board As I mentioned, it is a great pity that the “Ferry Free” action has not fulfilled its potential, in line with the epidemiological situation and the closure of the borders, because I am sure it would prove to be a full hit. “Insurance” policy for guests The lesson for next year is that it is difficult to plan anything, but we must be ready to react quickly, as this year, says Cvitković and adds: “The situation will change from day to day and that is why we will have more plans because we cannot know in advance what will happen, but we must be ready for all situations, says Cvitković and announces that the Lošinj Tourist Board is preparing more action protocols for next year. “We have to be ready to react very quickly and make decisions quickly. That is why synergy is important and that we have prepared several scenarios. From campaigns, communications to protocols. The 2021 season will not be significantly different than this one. Lošinj will continue to be primarily a destination for destinations and car destinations” Another proof that regardless of the system, which certainly needs to be thoroughly reformed, people make a difference. It’s always up to the people. This year, in a crisis situation, all the weaknesses of our system were clearly seen, who got lost and who proved it. One can have tourism with a coronavirus epidemic, we just all have to stick to epidemiological measures, emphasizes Cvitković, and among other things, this season has shown that. “Synergy within the tourism sector is important, and the Institute of Public Health is currently one of our main partners. We have to form teams to be ready to do the testing in a short period of time, so in less than 72 hours to get the test results. This is a key issue for guests. Also, we all need to network much better, to have a health care system behind us and to make tests and reservations on time – everything was ad hoc this year, but now we have the opportunity to plan the whole system and story in 2021. We are now much smarter and more prepared for the whole situation and the challenges that tourism brings in times of covid19 crisis”, Adds Cvitkovic. Cvitković: Now we are much smarter and more prepared for the whole situation and the challenges that tourism brings in times of covid19 crisis “In our main emitting markets, we have conducted, and still carry out in some, a marketing campaign “Lošinj – Your island oasis” with the action “Ferry Free” where guests who come in September and stay a minimum of seven nights, reduce the price of accommodation for a return ticket. ferry for vehicle and passengers”, Points out Dalibor Cvitković, director of the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board. And that is the key question, have we learned anything from this situation. Because as I am in a broader analysis of Fr. expectations for next year stressed, we must openly admit to ourselves where we have made mistakes and correct those same mistakes. This is the only way we can move forward. Because perception ssecurity, communication, as well as organized health system – will be one of the most sought after currencies and among the main motives for coming. Details that will make an important difference compared to the competition. Of course with the main assumption that we all strictly adhere to all epidemiological measures. Even more than the prescribed measures, precisely because of tourism and the perception of security. Personally, I think it was a mistake that we did not introduce the mandatory wearing of masks indoors much earlier, regardless of the fact that at that time the epidemiological situation in our country was stable. It was the first tourists who started arriving in Croatia, who complained that it was too relaxed in our country and no one was wearing masks, while in their countries the measures were much stricter. Although the current situation, ie the sudden closing of the tourist season due to the closure of borders, has of course disrupted the course and efficiency of the action, the action has borne concrete fruit in the current framework.  Author of photos: Sandro Taribacenter_img “Sun and sea, outdoor, Wellness, gastronomy – this form of tourism is good for us, our emitting markets also recognize it, but I would like to dedicate more time to the domestic guest. Here, the State could turn Cro cards into Cro vouchers, not to put everything at the expense of the employer, but to co-finance in some or 100% part as in Slovenia. I think it would be a great opportunity for 2021, to raise the share of the domestic guest, because they have no limits with borders, and the domestic guest is more than a good guest. Also, the presentation of new cases from the national level should certainly be viewed in all regions, even destinations. For example, this year we had zero patients on the island, while in Rijeka, for example, the picture was different. And there were many more such examples. ” Cvitkovic concludes. Let us remind you, the Lošinj Tourist Board initiated the action FERRY FREE with the aim of attracting visitors in the month of September. So to the visitors who will be staying in September for more than seven nights, The Tourist Board co-finances return ferry tickets at facilities that have responded to the invitation. Namely, in case of suspicion of covid19, the guest does not go to the doctor alone but must contact the reception of the hotel or the owner of the accommodation. Then the questionnaire made by the Lošinj Tourist Board is filled in at the level of the entire destination, and the hotel or the landlord calls the doctor and the epidemiological service. Also, Lošinj is the first destination in Croatia that covers the cost of accommodation and meals for guests or their families in case of self-isolation. When asked how he comments on the summer season, Cvitković said that they were satisfied, in accordance with the initial announcements, but that the bitter taste of unrealized tourist traffic in the second part of the season remained. “We blame ourselves for the increase in the number of infected people, which of course reflected on the whole situation. The question is, have we learned anything this year? ”, adds Cvitković. In case one of the guests has symptoms or coronavirus, Mali Lošinj Tourist Board, in cooperation with everyone in the destination, has prepared clear protocols this year, as well as “insurance policy ” for guests. The Lošinj Tourist Board is preparing several action protocols for next year “For the first eight months, we achieved an index of 58 in overnight stays, but we hoped that the postseason would be in higher numbers. What makes us happy, both in the whole of Croatia, and also on Lošinj, were not covid cases in accommodation capacities. Also, the hotel accommodation, despite the large number of people and common rooms, did not have a single case of new patients nor were they hot spots. And we know how hotels are generators of consumption and employment and how important they are for every tourist destination”, Cvitković points out and says that on the other hand, the Headquarters must work on” quenching “some possible hotspots faster and more efficiently. Quick reaction, communication, synergy with the field, proactivity, courage and readiness for action are the qualities that adorned this year’s Lošinj Tourist Board, which certainly positively jumped out of the crowd and showed the way. Well done to Lošinj and congratulations to Dalibor Cvitković, we need such leaders. Here I must emphasize and praise the synergy and communication of the TZ office with local partners and tourism entrepreneurs or the quality relationship that should be the rule, not the exception. In almost every sentence during the conversation for this article, Cvitković emphasizes communication with everyone in the field. A relationship that obviously works, although it is never ideal and has different opinions, which is good, because only through constructive conversation and dialogue can we move forward. / / / THE QUESTION THAT EVERYONE IS ASKING: WHAT WILL THE NEXT TOURIST YEAR BE LIKE? HERE ARE SOME LOUD THINKINGS Yet even in these current frameworks, the action has proven successful. Because if we know that the average tourist consumption on Lošinj is around 100 euros, in the covid crisis it is slightly lower (approximately 80 eur), then we come to a simple calculation that thanks to the action in September generated tourist spending of 400.000 Eur – which is more than a great success . Of course, this is a rough estimate. And September is still going on and we have yet to get the final results of the action. “During September, in accordance with the” Ferry Free “campaign, we expect to achieve more than 5.000 overnight stays, which is a direct consequence of the campaign. Of course, we expected a greater economic effect, but our main markets are closed, so most of the guests who took advantage of the action were guests from Germany. According to everything, we can be satisfied and in cooperation with partners we plan to continue the action next year. On the contrary, we plan to expand it even more, through more terms; in the pre- and post-season, as well as focus especially on domestic guests”, Said Cvitkovic. In the end, as I have already pointed out, this year’s mistakes should be openly acknowledged, without any negative connotations, so that we can correct them and move forward. Because in the global tourism “match”Market rules apply and we all fight for the same tourist. No matter what, it’s all up to ourselves. This year, the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board jumped out the most positively in the covid crisis, from communications, campaigns, ideas and most of all proactivity. We have already written on several occasions about campaigns, covid protocols, guest insurance policies as well as the Ferry Free campaign that is currently underway.last_img read more


Surfing and strolling, Spaniards reclaim the outdoors

first_imgJoggers ruled the streets early on, before it was the elderly and then children’s turn – all under orders to stay two meters apart under continued social distancing guidelines.”We can breathe,” exulted one elderly resident of Madrid, Maria Jesus, enjoying a walk in the city center.”At home, all you can do is open a window, and you open them every day, but it is not the same as being outdoors.”One of the worst-hit nations, Spain’s death toll climbed by 164 in the previous 24 hours to 25,264, while cases reached 217,466, according to latest health ministry data on Sunday. But the declining pace of deaths and infections has led Spain to start unwinding its stay-at-home order, with children allowed out under supervision from last weekend, and adults given permission to exercise outdoors from Saturday.Wife hidden in car boot Walks and sports are allowed from 6-10 a.m. and 8-11 p.m., while children have the afternoons, and the elderly are given late morning and early evening windows.”This is a great relief to me to get out and run again,” said musician Jordi Jornet, 45, who went jogging along the shore in Gava on Sunday after a run in the mountains the previous evening.Not all were following the rules though: in Logroño, northwestern Spain, police stopped a car driven by a man whose wife was hiding under a blanket in the boot, according to the Interior Ministry. He had said he was taking tools to an allotment.To prevent overcrowding, Barcelona’s city council barred entry to its urban beaches, so thousands converged instead on the beachfront boardwalk.In the capital Madrid, where parks and other large public spaces remain closed, runners and walkers shared narrow pavements and walkways.Government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero described the population’s behavior as “exemplary”.But newspaper ABC said Madrid police broke up 29 groups of teenagers drinking on Saturday night, and Cadena Ser radio cited police sources as saying a record number of arrests were made for breaking confinement rules on Sunday.Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The relaxation of exercise restrictions is one of the first steps in a four-phase plan to reopen Spain by the end of June.From Monday, businesses that operate by appointment, such as hairdressers and beauty salons, will resume limited services.In the next stage, outdoor areas of bars and restaurants can open at 50% occupancy, while groups of up to 10 people will be allowed in public places and in homes. Topics :center_img Spaniards reveled in a second day of freedom on Sunday, heading outside in time-slots for age groups on the first weekend adults were allowed out since one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns was imposed in mid-March.Though Spain’s appalling COVID-19 outbreak has shrouded the nation in mourning for more than 25,000 dead, there was much-needed relief on a sunny spring day as people at last headed back to the streets, hills and sea.Surfer Sigrid Cervera, 44, yelled for joy as she jumped into the waves with her board in Gava, a town on the Mediterranean coast outside Barcelona. “I have not been able to go surfing for ages so I am very excited,” she said.last_img read more


Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Chargers In Middle School Volleyball

first_imgThe BMS 7th grade volleyball team lost last night against North Decatur: 25-24 and 25-21.Cayman Werner was our leading server with 6 aces. Following was Timbre Davies with 2 aces and Kennedy Westrick, Laney Walsman and Jadyn Harrington each had one ace. Tiffany Hawker, Cayman Werner, and Jadyn Harrington led the team with good sets for our hitters to attack. Timbre Davies lead the team with 5 kills, Cayman Werner and Jadyn Harrington each had 4 kills. Kaityln Sarringhaus and Samantha Kessens had 2 kills and Laney Walsman had 1 kill!Their record is now 2-4.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The 8th grade volleyball team played well to defeat North Decatur 25-19, 25,-16.The serving percentage for the team was 86%. At the service line Shelby Westerfeld earned 9 points for the Bulldogs. Sophie Lee, Laney Flynn, and Brayleigh Patterson had 6 service points each. The team also played well at the front row.  Brayleigh Patterson had 5 kills off of 10 hits. Sophie Lee, Rhian Melbauer, Shelby Westerfeld, and Jade Kopp each had 2 kills.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more


F-M soccer stunned in AA sectionals; J-D ousts ESM

first_img Tags: boys soccerESMF-MJ-D All season long in the AA ranks, F-M appeared to be the lone serious challenger to defending champion Baldwinsville, giving the Bees its lone blemish in a 2-2, weather-shortened draw at the start of October.The 14-1-1, state no. 6-ranked Hornets were paired in the sectional tournament with Liverpool, who was once 3-10 before winning its last three regular-season games. F-M had beaten them twice, by a 5-1 margin on Sept. 12 and a 2-0 margin on Oct. 3.This game was played on the high school stadium Field Turf at F-M, rather than Swan Pond. Perhaps more comfortable on a more familiar surface, the Warriors were able to keep the Hornets off the board throughout regulation and OT. It proved a dramatic and memorable Thursday evening in the quarterfinal round of the boys soccer Section III playoffs, with one local rivalry and another powerful side exiting the stage far earlier than it wanted or expected.Fayetteville-Manlius, the no. 2 seed in Class AA, suffered a stunning defeat to no. 7 seed Liverpool, ousted 7-6 in penalty kicks after 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime did not lead to a goal.Meanwhile, in Class A, Jamesville-DeWitt, the no. 6 seed, traveled to Spartan Stadium and ousted no. 3 seed East Syracuse Minoa 1-0 on Sam Bobrek’s goal just past the midway point of the second half.center_img F-M took 12 shots, all stopped by Dan Schaeber, while on the other end the Hornets were able to resist any time the Warriors threatened, goalie Will Summers holding up well in just his second start after Chris Szidat was sidelined.So it came down to penalty kicks. Through six rounds, neither side had missed. Going first in each round, Liverpool converted again, and F-M’s seventh shot by Corey Gallagher caromed off the crossbar, ending the Hornets’ season.Meanwhile, J-D and ESM were also meeting for the third time this season, but these sides had split their regular-season meetings, and would play a close one in their playoff encounter, too.The Spartans had most of the good chances in the first half, keeping up a consistent attack, but unable to get many close shots against J-D’s back line of Bobrek, Jacob Barry, Alex Pomeroy and Johnny Keib, while sophomore goalie Matt Gera handled every shot he faced.Then the Rams got some good fortune when, early in the second half, ESM’s Sean Belcher ripped a shot off the crossbar, and minutes later James Ferns had another point-blank chance that sailed wide right.Having absorbed all this, J-D looked for chances of its own. One arrived with a free kick that, with 18:40 left, turned into the winning goal when the shot deflected back to Bobrek and he curved a right-footed shot into the top left corner of the net.\Hanging on from there, the Rams advanced to face no. 2 seed Whitesboro in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Liverpool, with the winner getting to the sectional title game against PSLA Fowler or Watertown.Before all this happened, Christian Brothers Academy was ousted from the sectional Class A tournament in last Wednesday’s opening round as the no. 9 seed Brothers fell 5-0 to no. 8 seed New Hartford.Seton King’s goal 2:30 into the game put New Hartford in front for good. Alex Chiffy added a goal to make it 2-0 by halftime, and the Spartans got away in the second half as Chiffy, Nick Linder and Moaz Elazazzi all found the net. CBA closed its season with a 9-7-1 record.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more