In Zagreb, at the seventh International Tourist Film Festival, Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, a tourist film from Catalonia won the Grand Prix.It has been reported this year 807 films from 91 countries, of which 263 entered the competition for one of the awards. The best among them was chosen by an eleven-member expert jury, made up of relevant domestic and European experts. At a gala dinner at the Esplanade Hotel, which brought together participants in a three-day gathering of filmmakers and tourism experts, professionals dealing with it, one of the most lucrative industries and lovers of attractive destinations, awards were given to the best tourism films and individuals. Thus, the Grand Prix award was won by the tourist film CATALUNYA BY OLIVER ASTROLOGO.Catalunya from Oliver Astrologo on Vimeo.Lifetime Achievement Award “Tourism Promotion – Lifestyle” which Zagreb Tourfilm Festival awarded to deserving individuals who are guests of Croatia and to their pleasant stay in it, but also to the promotion of our country in the world, devoted their whole lives, for 2018. was awarded to a well-known and recognized long-term journalist of Croatian radio – Mrs. ANAMARIA ŠNAJDAR.Promotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board “Ambassadors of Croatian tourism”Won the main prize in the category”The best Croatian tourist film”.Through films in five categories: promotional films up to 3, 30 and 60 min., TV reports and Croatian tourist films, we bring you a list of all awarded tourist films.The best tourist destination film up to 3 minutes 20181st place QUITO MY STORY2nd place WHERE? TENERIFE3rd place INSIDERS GUIDE TO RIGAThe best tourist destination film up to 7 minutes 20181st place AUSTRIA. THE ART OF DISCOVERY.2nd place FLAMENCO MADRID3rd place THE ROUTE OF FATEThe best adventure travel film 20181st place ORALAR2nd place IN AMORGOS, THERE IS TIME3rd place KALUNGAThe best art, music and culture tourism film 2018VOYAGER COLORS OF PERUThe best ecology tourism film 2018THE FIGHT FOR THE ARCTICThe best environmental tourism film 2018BAIKAL – TOTEMThe best nature tourism film 2018PATAGONIA – THE TIP OF THE WORLDThe best wildlife tourism film 2018ESCAPE TO COSTA RICA – JUNGLE STORYThe best history & heritage tourism film 2018HYMN TO THE GREAT CITYThe best biodiversity preservation tourism film 2018TUBBATAHA: A NATIONAL TREASUREThe best responsible and sustainable tourism film 2018COLORS OF CHANGEThe best sports tourism film 2018DALMATIA ULTRA TRAIL 2017The best expedition, cruising & sailing tourism film 2018THE BEAUTY OF GREENLANDThe best hotels & resorts tourism film 2018CANAVES OIA – LUXURY NEVERSOUNDED SO GOODThe best events, fairs and congressestourism film 2018YOU KNOW WHYThe best nature and rural tourism film 2018LAND OF PAKISTANThe best wine and gastronomic tourism film 2018MEMORIES OF A DESTINATIONThe best timelapse tourism film 2018BARCELONA IN BLACKThe best tourism advertising campaign 2018INTENSIVELYThe best video travel blog (vlog) 2018THE YUAZUI RIDGEThe best Croatian tourism film 20181st place FAMOUS CROATS2nd place VISIT ROVINJ3rd place GOSPIĆ-FULL OF ENERGYThe best Croatian documentary film 2018 1st place LIVE, SAIL2nd place ISTRIAN FRESCOESSpecial awards 2018given by the Festival DirectorWATU AND AFRICASpecial awards 2018given by the Festival DirectorEMOTIONS ARE GEORGIASpecial awards 2018given by the Festival DirectorFAROE ISLANDS TRANSLATESpecial awards 2018given by the Festival DirectorDJAKUYU
At the traditional annual tourist event – Days of Croatian Tourism, held on October 24 and 25, 2018 on Hvar, organized by the Croatian Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Tourism, awards and recognitions for the best in tourism were presented in several categories.Zagreb’s Hotel Esplanade was crowned with two prestigious awards – for the Best City Hotel and Hotel of the Year.The awards were presented to the general manager, Ivica Max Krizmanić, who has been in charge of the hotel for almost seven years, and whose working life at the Esplanade is a full quarter of a century. “The Esplanade is truly an exceptional hotel, my whole team and I are especially happy and proud today to be a part of its distinctive and luxurious history. Esplanade is a kind of institution and icon of Croatian hospitality, gastronomy and design that has been irresistibly attracting guests with its famous charm and personality for almost 95 years. The hotel has always been known for its excellent service, and we continuously strive to follow this tradition, following the needs of modern guests, new trends and the development of new technologies in the world to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. ” Krizmanic points out.Hotel Esplanade was and remains the center of Zagreb’s social life, a favorite gathering place of many generations of Zagreb citizens, and has always been the first choice of statesmen, royal families and people from the world of showbiz.. ”I am proud of these great achievements and recognitions and of my entire team, which creates wonderful memories for guests every day with their positive energy, individual, original approach and feeling of love for this hotel. This prestigious Zagreb Lady is the pride of Zagreb and a synonym of top hotel management, and the awards are just a confirmation of our efforts, dedication and successful business results. I thank the profession that recognized this and congratulate once again from the bottom of my heart to everyone.” Krizmanić pointed out and added that from the very beginning of the Esplanade it was of great importance not only for the city of Zagreb, but also for Croatia.Since the beginning of 2018, Hotel Esplanade has received many prestigious recognitions and international awards and is included in globally respected guides. A kind of hotel Oscars – World Luxury Travel Awards were awarded to the hotel in as many as three categories – Luxury Architecture Design Hotel, Luxury Historical Hotel for Croatia and Luxury Heritage Hotel for Southeast Europe. Hall of Fame TripAdvisor certifications have been awarded to Zinfandel’s Restaurant, Le Bistro and Hotel Esplanade for years of excellent guest reviews.For two years in a row, both hotel restaurants have been included in the Michelin guide, while chef Ana Grgić has been named the “Great Chef of Tomorrow” by the Gault & Milau gourmet guide for Croatia 2018.
Loan raised in OTP banka Hrvatska and OTP Bank Nyrt, Hungary The contract was concluded for the provision of catering services in Valamar’s facilities with an estimated total annual value of HRK 125.525.400. Investment projects in 2019 are focused on repositioning the portfolio according to high value-added offers and services. Valamar Riviera will thus complete the three-year investment cycle worth more than HRK 2 billion, which was envisaged within Valamar’s business growth and development strategy until 2020. VALAMAR INVESTS 2019 MILLION HRK IN 793 Valamar Riviera dd also announced on the Zagreb Stock Exchange that it had entered into a club loan agreement with OTP banka Hrvatska dionicko društvo from Split and OTP Bank Nyrt from Budapest in the total amount of EUR 40 million to finance the Company’s long-term investments. The Supervisory Board of the largest Croatian tourist company Valamar Riviere has approved the next investment cycle, which will bring the total investment in Valamar’s destinations to HRK 793 million in 2019. Photo: Valamar RELATED NEWS: Business cooperation with TUI UK, the leading tour operator in the European emitting market, has ensured a part of the hotel occupancy, both in the main and in the pre-season and sub-season of 2019, they point out from Valamar. Valamar Riviera dd has concluded a cooperation agreement with TUI UK for 2019.
The Covid pandemic19 hit the tourism sector hardest. We can only count on the recovery when the vaccine is found, and it will certainly take 2-3 years, if not longer, to return to the current global tourism trends. One thing is for sure – tourism will be different and will go through three phases. The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), which brings together leading hoteliers, including UPUHH, has already sent its proposals to the Ministry of Tourism, which will forward them to the CNIPH and the National Civil Protection Headquarters for consideration. Hilton, on the other hand, will remove pen and paper from the rooms, and will supplement them with digital devices that will be available on request, will place wipes at the elevator, so that guests can clean the call button each time, as well as unlock rooms via mobile phone via smart locks. We are pleased with the positive signals about the possibility of opening the borders of our emitting markets, as well as the image of Croatia as a “crown free” destination recognized by the media and our partners in EU markets, Zenzerovic points out and adds that everyone in the sector every tourist day. ”Everyone in the sector is aware that this season will be marked by a struggle for every tourist day. Our common goal should be how to ensure maximum safety for guests and employees in these specific conditions, but at the same time to provide guests with a positive experience and a pleasant holiday, given that this is the foundation of tourism.” Marriott has established a global cleanliness council to combat the hotel-level COVID-19 pandemic and further enhance the company’s efforts in the area. “I hope that in this way we will help the competent services of the Republic of Croatia, which must formally adopt a framework in which hotel operations will be organized, and we hereby invite them to do so as soon as possible so that everyone is ready to receive guests as soon as possible.” Learn more about Marriott security protocols HERE Side dish: SG Clean – Singapore Licensed Hotels Singapore was the first to introduce concrete measures for hotels, using SG Clean certification On the other hand, we can certainly look at the measures introduced by world players – Marriott and Hilton. In the prologue we bring the official protocol documents for hotels. Marriott is introducing electrostatic sprays to disinfect surfaces throughout the hotel. Otherwise, electrostatic spraying technology uses the highest classification of disinfectants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the treatment of known pathogens. In addition, the company is testing ultraviolet light technology to disinfect guest keys and devices shared by associates. But let’s turn to the current year, which is also the topic of the article. As we know, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has made a decision that in the third phase of easing the measures (May 11), the operation of catering facilities in accommodation facilities will be allowed, but only for accommodation users. Interestingly, formally hotels do not have a work ban, but of course in a situation where tourism has stopped and everyone is in self-isolation, it is logical that hotels are closed because they have no one to be open to. Checklist for SG Clean Program – Singapore Licensed Hotels When it comes to the reception, there should be no major changes, except for keeping a distance, but you can certainly digitize the whole process through a self-check in – that the guest does not need to log in through the reception and can unlock the room with a mobile phone or hotel application. A new recategorization of the hotel, as well as all other standards, will follow. We can predict, speculate and get some frameworks, but at the moment no one still knows for sure exactly how and how hotels will work in the future and the new categorization. Marriott’s global cleanliness council is focused on developing the next level of global cleanliness standards in hospitality, norms and behaviors designed to minimize risk and increase safety for both consumers and Marriott associates, he points out. Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International and adds: “We are grateful for the trust that our guests have shown us over the years. We want our guests to understand what we are doing today and planning in the near future in the areas of cleanliness, hygiene and social distance, so that when they walk through the door of one of our hotels, they know our commitment because health and safety is our priority. It is equally important to us that our associates know the changes we are making to preserve our health while serving our guests” What is currently most important is certainly to bring recommendations and measures from the General Staff as soon as possible, so that tourism entrepreneurs, both hoteliers and all other accommodation providers and catering facilities, can prepare for the coming period as soon as possible and better. In the first phase, at least until the vaccine is found, there will be tourism that contradicts itself – full of various restrictions, avoiding crowds and hats, and without contact and interaction with the hosts. Hilton CleanStay protocol “Access to guests will certainly change this season and adapt to new circumstances. Maximum sanitary standards and the necessary social distance will have to be ensured in all business segments. In coordination with its members, other national hotel organizations from Europe and colleagues from professional associations in Croatia, we have developed proposals for adapting operating procedures to the new situation.”Zenzerovic points out. Also Marriott and Hilton agreed to work with the Mayo clinic for all hotel facilities in America. Learn more about the Hilton CleanStay protocol HERE Thus, the hotel must implement the “SG clean” program, which states, among other things, that it is necessary to ensure the process of measuring body temperature and monitoring COVID-19 symptoms in employees, have a ready procedure for resolving COVID-19 cases in case of infection, ensure a safe distance between at least one meter of tables and between seats. Marriott’s food safety program includes improved sanitation guidelines and training videos for all operating associates that include hygiene and disinfection procedures. In addition, the company is changing its operating practices for in-room dining and devising new approaches to buffets. Source: Hilton Some of the main challenges will certainly be the functioning of the restaurant. The buffet is certainly no longer an option, and significant changes are expected in this field. The question arises as to what measures and how the use of hotel pools will work, which is one of the critical places, ie where all guests bathe in one place. Also, deck chairs as well as beaches will definitely need to be disinfected. Some of the critical places are also fitness halls, elevators, congress halls, stair handrails… But what all the measures will be, you still need to see the instructions of epidemiologists. Bernard Zenzerović, UPUHH: Everyone in the sector is aware that this season will be marked by a struggle for every tourist day And in several stages. The first phase is until a vaccine or cure is found, the second phase will be recovery, and after a few years, tourism will stabilize or return to the “old” branches, but I hope with new sustainable and healthy foundations – smarter, more sustainable, healthier and more humane tourism. Or tourism 2.0 – whatever that means. While waiting for the decisions and recommendations of the General Staff for the tourism sector, I talked to Bernard Zenzerović from the Association of Employers in the Hotel Industry of Croatia (UPUHH) on the topic of how hoteliers see functioning in this challenging age and what are their proposals to the General Staff.
Do you see an opportunity to return to tourism and the guide business we once knew? We predict that in the beginning, only Slovenes will be visitors. As pleasant as it is to have your people as guests it is also demanding. Yes, they mostly know everything about their country. That is why we have prepared a special guide around the Ljubljana Marshes (in the early morning, in the evening with the sunset and one during the day). We will spend around Ljubljana from a ‘fish perspective’ in canoes, it is something for those who like a little adventure. A particularly interesting tour is the one called “The First Time”, and leads through places in the city where something happened – the first time. We put together a whole range of places where Slovenian films were made, a tour where we get to know the development of the language, guided tours of Baroque Ljubljana… Of course we included the whole of Slovenia: Bohinj, Bled, Piran-Strunjan-saltworks… Slovenj Gradec, Carinthia… and never with foreign visitors we don’t go into so much detail because there is no time for introduction to the context, and with the locals – we just have to. When? Next week! Guides will learn something from the guide, get ideas for their tours, very collegially and selflessly. When do you expect the first real guests? – The tourism industry has been closed for two months in an effort to curb the epidemic, and this decision is the first to ease restrictions in the sector. The activity, moreover the proactivity of Slovenian tourist guides through this period was a really rare example of organization, harmony and creativity in the profession. Dozens of extremely high-quality webinars, trainings were held online, countless messages about the situation in Slovenia were recorded, and they were active in the international professional network. All detachments. Slovenia’s tourism workers can’t wait, although they will start with smaller operations, but all shops will be able to open, while bars and restaurants will be able to serve indoors again, the Slovenian government decided on Wednesday. According to the same government decrees, the only facilities that must remain closed are accommodation facilities with a capacity of more than 30 rooms, spa accommodation, wellness and fitness centers, swimming pools and water parks. “This is something that, I think, humanity has not yet experienced in its history. There were wars, but it didn’t happen that the whole world stopped. My last – ‘before the crown’ group – were associations of ex-mayors from London. On the first day everything still seemed normal, and then on the second day of their visit every hour there was a ban: we could not use the funicular, the meeting with the mayor was canceled… It seemed calmer in Bled, but when the group had to leave for Croatia, it became – impossible. The others are blocked in Slovenia. They were ordered a plane and when my colleague and I jumped on the bus, it became clear to me to see them off – this is serious. Occurs. Our guests are still not or aware that we are inventing something, because everything was ok with them, but for a short time. ” Every conversation with people from the world of tourism comes down to the time before the corona – and to the “what now” question. Mateja recalled her last ‘pre-crown’ of the group she hosted in Ljubljana. “We must respect measures in all these activities. Since the tours of the city do not need to have masks, but we must maintain a distance of 1,5 meters. To make ourselves heard better, we will use headphones and kits, maybe loudspeakers, or even phone apps that we are still testing. For now, visitors will come in their own arrangement. I hope soon and less groups from neighboring countries. Now is the right time because there is no crowd” Given Slovenia’s orientation towards sustainable tourism, the green heart of Europe that promotes Slovenia, Mateja’s specialty is increasingly in demand. Did you keep in touch with your guests? Colleagues? Agencies? How did they react? “Regardless of the fact that the whole world was in a “lockdown”, people still wanted contacts. It was clear to us that people would not travel again, as they used to. Guests and agencies contacted us saying, “No travel until there is no vaccine,” “Nowhere until there is no cure”… But what’s important, we stayed in touch. There was no room for discouragement and we told them we missed them. They called us regularly, and we called them. We used social networks, and on Palm Sunday we started with video messages on the YouTube channel Regional Tourist Guides of Slovenia. ” Finally, when asked how to proceed, Kregar Gliha points out that we will see soon. “Let’s just think, let’s discuss, let’s connect. I don’t think that’s a problem for us in that part of Europe. ” The Slovenian government, STA reports – the Slovenian news agency – has officially announced the end of the coronavirus epidemic. Private album How did you design that interaction? How did you set priorities for which audience to address? “We decided to make it a program in different languages. So we have Sundays for Slovenian, Monday for English, Tuesday for German, Wednesday for Italian, Thursday and Friday for French or. Spanish or some other language (Mandarin, Dutch,…), and Saturdays are for Slavic languages (Croatian, Polish, Czech, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bosnian,….). So we wanted to provide that everyone is really welcome, of course, when they have the opportunity” Cover photo: Visit Ljubljana We have already said many times: quality not quantity. Now we have time to work on it. What will such guides look like in practice? Did you get recommendations, instructions, prohibitions, restrictions? And the possibility opened up even before everyone hoped, and as Mateja Kregar Gliha points out, citizens are slowly getting used to sanitary measures at the time of the corona, so why can’t they respect tourism now. “So already organized to work in small groups and mini »professional trips will open guides. They will now be, speaking the crown of the dictionary – zero tourists. Sometimes you express how much they know, sometimes how much they don’t know about their country. Such guides, in small groups, are a great opportunity to test our ideas and knowledge: what is good, what is not good, what should be added, taken away… This is also an opportunity to think, what to do to make tourism not only seasonal, but that we can make a nice living from it all year round. Mateja, but also her colleagues did not waste time and showed exceptional activity in the profession during the quarantine period. “The first reaction is shock, I trust everyone. But then you say; come on I’ll use the time to ‘iron’ my website, tidy it up, read it… Then a little more serious plans start like – I’ll rent a garden. But there was no peace in the company of Slovenian guides. We agreed that we need to do something for our audience. We had zoom rallies and constantly exchanged There were so many rhymes for education and skills that we could pass on to each other, no matter the distance. Zoom and Hangouts and other platforms have become our main tools for knowledge transfer. At ARGOS, we are divided by region and after these virtual meetings we concluded that we need to see each other more often, even after quarantine.” A colleague Matej Kregar Gliha I found myself working today… programs for next week. Mateja, a doyenne in Slovenian guide waters, in addition to being a local guide, she is a Tour manager, Destination Consultant, WFTGA Guide Trainer and what is especially interesting, and in our infancy – Green Destinations Ambassador. In a sea of black news and catastrophic forecasts for the tourism industry, and at the same time very few concrete proposals and actions and initiatives, and a lot of provocations and harsh accusations at all levels, Slovenia made a pioneering step and launched the first optimistic news. “This time was given to us to think about us and our business from some other perspective. It won’t be like it was in 2019 for a long time, but after every rain the sun comes, even this time. Slowly, at a slow pace, for us to try something new, and to see how much tourism really means to us. So far, they have seen it as something crowded. But now we are more humble and I think we will respect him more. And on the other hand, tourism now has a great opportunity, to define its direction. What are these programs, which are really high quality and what does a quality life bring to all of us? We cannot talk about quality tourism, if the economy and social of the local population are endangered and if we destroy the environment. It must not be just seasonal. We have already said many times: quality not quantity. Now we have the opportunity to work on it. It’s not easy, but we have to get out of the ‘comfort zone’ we’ve lived in so far. Nothing will be the way it used to be, we know that” Key measures of distance between people remain in place, but one major restriction has been lifted: EU citizens will be able to cross the border. Of course, with some warnings, the Slovenian tourism industry is at a low start and ready for action. As soon as the measures for easing the quarantine restrictions come into force on Monday, they will start reviving their activities. This is demanding, very demanding. Are domestic guests more critical than foreign ones?
The global tourism sector at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, and on the eve of the next tourist year, has two big challenges to try to come back confidence global travelers: rapid testing and temperature measurement at the entrance of both countries and destinations. But let’s go first. / / / A MUCH MORE FOCUS SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON THE CZECH AND POLISH MARKETS In conclusion, clear and transparent communication will play a key role. This year we learned a lot, what was good and what was wrong, now we have corrective and we have to set things, ie communication, to be clear and accessible to all in one place, and not to find key information on multiple channels. Especially for foreign tourists. Just last week, U.S. Senate for Trade, Science and Transportation member Mary Cantwell of Washington and Senator Rick Scott of Florida unveiled a bill proposing that the U.S. Traffic Safety Administration (TSA) conduct temperature checks at existing airport checkpoints in to increase passenger air safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the winter and fall, people will literally accept. ”new normal”Ie the fact that we have to live with the coronavirus for some time, and life, business and thus tourism must move on. Next year readiness, seriousness and preparedness of the health system will also play one of the key roles. Proximity to hospitals, secured accommodation in case of corona, covid tourist clinics, fast testing in destinations, clear protocols, number of respirators, travel cancellation insurance policies, co-financing of testing costs, etc.… I definitely see our advantage here, only the system this time, especially in the field we need to arrange it much better, as well as internal and external communication. Fortunately, this time we have time to be ready. Nonetheless, we have learned a lot this year. I hope that we will apply this in the field and for the preparation of the tourist year 2021. Executive Vice President of the American Travel Association Tori Emerson Barnes said that although health care must remain a priority, travel should be possible with strict protocols. Airport temperature checks would be carried out using innovative, contactless technologies thermal cameras capable of automatically viewing a large number of passengers passing through existing TSA checkpoints. It is simple and non-invasive, and such systems have already been shown to be effective in identifying infected individuals and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in other countries. Therefore communication will be key. And we need to prepare well and organize the whole system, from the public to the private sector, both nationally and destination-wise. This year was really an extraordinary situation, not seen in recent history, so we had both mistakes and good things in operation and communication. But we have to admit where we went wrong and correct those same mistakes. Only then can we move forward. Also, this year has shown that there must simply be synergy and dialogue between the public and private sectors, of course primarily with the aim of market development. As always, tango requires two. The new Minister of Tourism and Sports took the first real step, sat down with the profession and talked openly. Which is the first prerequisite for moving forward. Also, this year all the flaws of the system were seen, who jumped out and who failed. Also, we must not be “cursed” to earn every penny today, and tomorrow everything will stop. We just have to watch the distance, on all levels. Let go of the Headquarters, this season as well as today, it is quite clear to everyone how we must keep our distance and how we must adhere to all epidemiological measures. Maxes and gloves must be mandatory, and control on strict and consistent by county headquarters. We don’t need Headquarters to tell or suggest that. This year, although the season was beyond all expectations, we had a good season, but unfortunately we were “arrogant” and gave up towards the end and thus closed the door. Honor the positive examples. Good season, according to the frames and announcements, but it remains a pity that it did not last longer. She was certainly not great, which is constantly imputed. We need to be aware that there was no pre-season, as well as the current post-season, that costs have risen tremendously, and that ultimately the selling price of accommodation has been much lower. And we need to be aware of that. If there was no measure of the Government of the Republic of Croatia that keeps employment in the tourism sector until the end of this year, the whole story would be totally different. But let’s get back to communication. This year, although it was a new and extraordinary situation, the whole system failed with communication, both to the field and to the outside. Although later, communication and information rose to a relatively solid level, it continued to escalate day by day with some new problem. The translation of all important information in a foreign language was delayed, the recommendations were delayed, as well as the failed marketing campaign of the CNTB, which continued to sell “sun and sea”. / / / PROMOTION OF CROATIA AS SAFE AND DESIRABLE NAUTICAL DESTINATIONS ON NAUTICAL CHANNEL The implementation of such high-volume temperature testing programs is actually already underway at some U.S. airports, but not all airports, which this law seeks to achieve. According to the data International Air Transport Association (IATA), over 140 countries and territories around the world have already implemented protocols to check temperatures at airports, including eight of the world’s ten largest aviation markets, with the U.S. and Germany being the only detentions. But due to the poor and slow reaction of the system with key information, especially in English, they jumped in to help from the private sector. Viber community as an informative crisis tourism headquarters for foreign tourists , and it is HUT launched the Corona Region Tracker website, which epidemiologically mapped Croatia by regions. For the next season, it is the state that must provide one such map, which will give the moment a fox from each county and all cities individually, not regions. Will tourism stop? No! People will continue to travel. As we have seen this year as well, tourism has proven to be tougher than anyone expected. Even in the global health crisis. One thing is for sure, next season will be better than this, it will be present last minute, but it will also be much more organized and structured. Of course, if the condition with the coronavirus does not worsen dramatically, which it should not, at least according to today’s knowledge about it. Tourism has suffered five times more losses than in the midst of the global economic and financial crisis, according to UNWTO data, and predicts that Recovery takes two to four years. Realistically, the real recovery of the tourism sector begins only when a cure or vaccine for the coronavirus is found. Only then can we talk about the beginning of recovery, with various changes and new habits, which will surely take several years, to return to the same number of trips before the epidemic. / / / TURKEY AS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF HOW TO COMMUNICATE AND TELL A STORY Although I already hear the narrative from the field that many will now stop many investments and raise the quality, under the prism, that the next two years must return what was lost this year. It’s definitely a bad move, because right now is the time for raising quality i digitization. Paraphrasing Pejović’s statement, have we finally learned anything from this crisis? I hope we are and will finally turn to the future and the new tourism paradigm. We cannot change history, but the future is in our hands. As always, it’s all up to ourselves. Namely, as announced by the Israeli government, the company Nanoscent has developed a test for coronavirus that lasts only 30 seconds. Although the exact price of the test is not yet known, if it proves successful after testing, it would be a real game changer. Also, many other companies are trying to come up with an effective solution, as in the case of the Israeli company, in order to get the test results as soon as possible. If the law is passed, it could play a major role in restore public confidence towards air traffic while the pandemic continues. A recent IATA report found that 80 percent of passengers surveyed said temperature checks would make them feel safer while traveling, and those countries that have already introduced thermal display systems have experienced a relative return in air travel. It is these two themes that dominate the global narrative in the tourism industry, in preparation for the 2021 season. As we know, tourism will not stop, but the challenge is how to prepare protocols for mass control when entering countries. No more selling on your own and you will need to have the nerve to fight day in and day out. It is certainly good that everyone has prepared several different scenarios, so that in the event of the closure or opening of new markets, they can react immediately. We will have to be ready for intense changes, as this year. In conclusion, I think that next year will be a good season, better than this one, according to the current framework. However, two important factors have emerged as key challenges for the entire tourism industry, as I mentioned in the introduction: rapid testing and temperature measurement at the entrance of both countries and destinations. – As our economy reopens and Americans begin to travel more, we must do everything we can to make travel safe. ”said the senator Rick scott and added that consumer protection must also be ensured against unfair airline pricing tactics. “This law will make it possible to check the temperature, while at the same time ensuring the flexibility of airlines with customers who get sick after buying a flight. If passengers are not allowed to fly due to fever, airlines will need to work with the client to transfer or cancel the flight free of charge.”Scott points out. But let’s get back to certainty i communication. Playing the “corona free” card was in the beginning, and it will still be a failure for everyone who goes that way, let’s just remember the example of Montenegro or Dubrovnik. No one can guarantee 100% protection, but one should turn to communication as it is made Turska, which showed the best of all countries in the world how to communicate at the time of coronavirus. Yes, we have to live on, so tourism has to go on, but we have taken all the prerequisites to protect you and to react quickly when a new patient appears – is a mantra that we must follow. Be sure to check out the video and how Turkey communicates this summer season, which can be found at the link below. Perception security i communication, as well as a complex health system – will be one of the most sought after currencies and among the main motives for coming. Again, Croatia as a primary self-destination has this advantage, although by then air traffic will stabilize, as well as the proximity of emitting markets. Certainly a stronger focus should be placed on the markets Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Tourism will be safe, it’s just a question of what and how much. With rapid tests as well as non-contact temperature measurement technologies, things would improve significantly and gain the confidence of both passengers and the state to open borders. Thus, by using innovative, contactless thermal camera technology, it is possible to automatically view a large number of passengers, without contact and creating crowds. Photo: Pixabay.com Hospitals, protocols, testing, health system readiness, safety perception…. -I think that in the time after Covid, technology will play a key role in maintaining market competitiveness. Simply, we are going through a kind of system reset. This is an opportunity for all tourist facilities to review internal processes, arrange the so-called tech stack, working on automation, etc. Whoever does not keep up with trends with quality, technology, approach, will find it much harder to recover. And that’s why I believe right now is the right time to dedicate to adapting to what’s coming to us in the future, he pointed out Marko Mišulić from Rentlio recently interview. – We have been working for 30 years to return to the tourist results from ’89. … now we will work for 30 years to go back to the results of 2019… and once we try to move forward without looking back maybe we would achieve something nešto this way we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. That is our reality, he emphasized in one of his loud reflections Zoran Pejović, from Paradox Hospitality, a hotel management consulting firm. Otherwise, the Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) is responsible for protecting the nation by ensuring safe travel. The TSA does this with various checkpoints at airports, railway inspections and subway patrols. Created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the TSA is working hard to maintain a balance between freedom of travel and security for all. Of course, the CNTB’s campaigns have reach and visibility, but to brag that only the mentioned campaigns are responsible for the “success” of this season is really excessive. But that is another topic for wider discussion. To take this opportunity to praise the CNTB, which has just launched an excellent cooperation with the platform Nautical Channel, in which through 20 shows from Croatia, nautical tourism is promoted. Later, the EU also reacted with an excellent platform Re-open EU. Currently The EC proposes a fairer approach to closing borders, common criteria as well as mapping of regions tj. common criteria and thresholds Member States to introduce travel restrictions at EU level, and to avoid the problems and political games that have dominated this year, especially towards Croatia. The Ministry of the Interior should also be praised when it is on borders introduced a special entry lane for foreigners who have registered through the EnterCroatia system, as well as mentioned EnterCroatia platform. On the other hand, the big problem is that on test results on covid19 waited too long. But by next season, a solution may be found for that challenge as well. Also, the technology will also play an important role. Simply, the rhythm will be able to follow only those who have grappled with digitalization. With the already mentioned communication, security protocols in destinations, tourism would get a sustainable platform to day development, despite the coronavirus. People will continue to travel, and no one knows exactly what the changes will be. Next year will be dominated by individual arrivals, last minute, and the focus will be on additional content and quality. Quality, not quantity. Just this year, it was once again shown that quality accommodation has a much better occupancy. Focus on smaller individual programs, not masses, as well as quality programs again. There is also an opportunity for travel agencies. It will take a lot more effort around the guest and in communication, especially before arrival, ie in sales. The focus and imperative will be on direct booking, and for that we need quality, different and authentic content or storyteeling. This year it finally showed up as well synergy of the profession, and until yesterday’s “competitors” became partners and exchanged information and supported each other on a daily basis. This new habit I hope will stay forever. Also, there are already large devices on the market, which disinfect the person who passes through them, but these are expensive solutions and they need a lot to be able to withstand the relatively fast flow of tourists. But it is ideal for hotels and restaurants, if of course there is a bill. What is your opinion? Join the discussion at LIN or FB. Two heads are always smarter than one. The question that everyone asks and that hangs over everyone’s head “planning”, as much as possible, is what will the 2021 tourist year be like? Even realistically no one has the correct answer yet, and it is known that nothing is known, yet here are some personal loud reflections.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s been another great season of golf at the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.Thank you, Matt Dailey, for all your hard work improving and maintaining the course. A great job was done by your courteous staff and groundskeepers.Here’s to spring 2018 and another season of golf at Schenectady Muni.Sharran A CoppolaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Stockade-athon should be re-routed to avoid the disruption of church traffic on Sunday mornings. A new route might also reduce the need for so many police cars and blockades, which must be expensive, especially the overtime. The race could start at the parking lot between SCCC and the bike path, and proceed up the ramp to State Street and turn left on Washington Avenue, go one block in Riverside Park, then turn right on Governor’s Lane, right on Front Street, left on Washington Avenue and then back on the bike path all the way to Lock 9 in Rotterdam, then loop back on Rice Road and back on the bike path near the I-890 Campbell Road exit. If this doesn’t equal 15 kilometers, it can be tweaked, perhaps extending as far as the next lock. The small loop through the Stockade would justify continuing with the name of the race, and would not require much in the way of a police presence. The present race configuration is like a noose around the city of Schenectady, as delightful as it may seem to the runners. Sure, it’s only once a year and only for a few hours, but it’s a nightmare for people trying to get to church inside that noose.Roger ShefferSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is a fraud. I totally agree that Sen. Al Franken should be held accountable for his actions. But her statement in regard to him stating “As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards — not the lowest” shook my memory. Wasn’t it senator “holier than thou” who was seen and heard throwing out “F-bombs” in a live press conference recently, shown and heard on networks nationwide.I guess that’s her and her “party” endorsing high standards. Look in the mirror Kirstie.Joe DeBlaseNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI was happy to welcome my good friends, retiring President Stephen and wife Judith Ainlay of Union College to our reformed Jewish synagogue, Gates of Heaven. The format involved a Friday night service, soup Shabbat and discussion on diversity, led by President Ainlay and local “clergy against hate.”The comments were lively and interesting and I, too, had thoughts of how Union has handled diversity through the years. Unfortunately, I neglected to voice them. But now, as a 96-year-old 1943 alumnus of Union and chair of our 75th reunion in May, I offer that when the college had an 8 percent Jewish quota, and a couple “token blacks” were admitted. Now the numbers show 25 percent Jewish and 22 percent African-American.In addition, Union College now enrolls large numbers of foreign students and, conversely, sends many men and women to terms overseas.Plus, it offers “Minerva” scholarships for work/study programs to countries in South and Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. That’s diversity.Ted VinickSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop