Brian Austin Green Thanks Fans for Being ‘Kind’ Amid Megan Fox Drama

first_img“You’re so intoxicated with feeding the pervasive narrative that I’m an absent mother, and you are the perennial, eternally dedicated dad of the year,” Fox wrote. “You have them half of the time. Congratulations you truly are a remarkable human! Why do you need the internet to echo back to you what should be inexhaustibly evident in the way your children love you?”The Don’t Blink star later deleted the photo and reposted the picture with Journey cropped out. A fan joked about the situation, writing, “Did you really have to post the speaker in the picture? We all know you like to hear your music when you’re playing it,” to which the actor replied with a laughing emoji.Tori Spelling also showed her support for Green when she posted a throwback photo on Wednesday of the actor and Jennie Garth on the set of BH90210. The Stori Telling author, 47, noted that she was “missing” her former castmates and called Green and Garth, 48, “the best parents” she knows.Green and Fox announced their separation in May after 10 years of marriage. The Jennifer’s Body star subsequently started dating her Midnight in the Switchgrass costar Machine Gun Kelly.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – Green showed off his coop before he gave a shout-out to his fans for standing by his side.“I wanted to thank everyone who’s come on my page and been supportive of everything. It’s extremely kind and really appreciated,” Green said.The BH90210 alum made headlines on Sunday, November 1, after Fox, 34, publicly shamed Green for posting a Halloween photo featuring their 4-year-old son, Journey. The former couple are also the parents of sons Noah, 8, and Bodhi, 6.- Advertisement – Feeling the love. Brian Austin Green thanked fans for supporting him following his public drama with estranged wife Megan Fox.The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 47, shared a video via Instagram on Wednesday, November 4, of himself collecting eggs from his backyard chicken coop. “Life at home while the kids are at school,” he captioned the post.- Advertisement – “Why does Journey have to be in this picture? It’s not hard to crop them out,” Fox commented on the post. “Or choose photos that they aren’t in. I had a great halloween with them yesterday, and yet notice how absent they are from my social media. I know you love your kids. But I don’t know why you can’t stop using them to posture via Instagram.”Brian Austin Green Thanks Fans Amid Megan Fox DramaBrian Austin Green and Megan Fox. Shutterstock (2)The Transformers star also accused Green of trying to look like the better parent amid their separation.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Mondrian Gold Coast to take brand into Australia | News

first_imgAccor and sbe have confirmed the first Mondrian hotel and branded residences in Australia will be built at Burleigh Heads Beachfront on the Gold Coast.A dual tower property, Mondrian Gold Coast is being developed in collaboration with Chris and Letitia Vitale’s Vitale Projects. – Advertisement – NewerServiced apartments weather Covid-19 storm in Europe It will be constructed on an expansive 43,453 square foot (4,037 sqm) beachfront site on the corner of First Avenue and the Esplanade Burleigh Heads in one of the Gold Coast’s most desirable neighbourhoods.With 262 feet (80 meters) of ocean frontage, guests and residents will have direct access to the signature white sands and world-famous surfs of Burleigh Heads Beach. Mondrian Gold Coast will feature two distinct towers to separate the private residences, comprised of 89 luxury residential apartments, from the hotel, which will encompass 208 guestrooms. – Advertisement – “The Gold Coast has grown into one of Australia’s leading travel destinations and the opening of Mondrian Gold Coast is the next step in our strategic global expansion for the Mondrian brand, selecting communities at the heart of the most exciting cultural destinations in the world.”This coastal Queensland location will be sbe’s first hotel property in Australia after the celebrated recent openings of Hyde Paradiso lounge in Surfers Paradise and Hyde Perth, further expanding the brand’s luxury lifestyle experiences in the Asia Pacific. Mondrian Gold Coast is one of nine new Mondrian properties that sbe plans to open globally by 2022, with six more to be announced. It follows the company’s recent opening of Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, and the announcement of Mondrian Shoreditch London set to open in 2021.Accor Pacific chief executive, Simon McGrath, said: “The expansion of the first-ever Mondrian into Australia with its location at Burleigh Heads reflects Accor’s commitment to developing innovative, lifestyle-oriented hotels alongside our partner, sbe. “With the Mondrian brand, sbe creates destinations within the destination, bringing together regional authenticity with sophisticated design, creative programming and a lively bar and restaurant scene. “Mondrian Gold Coast will be the embodiment of this philosophy: providing residents and guests with elevated hospitality experiences that match the beauty and vibrancy of Australia’s Gold Coast region.” OlderWizz Air launches carbon offering programme – Advertisement – The buildings will be united by a three-level podium that acts as the building’s common space and hub of activity, including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, spa, restaurants, and swimming pools, all overlooking the world-famous beach and Burleigh Headland National Park.Chadi Farhat, chief operating officer, sbe said: “We are very excited to announce the opening of our first Mondrian hotel and residences in Australia with our partner Accor. “With five open properties, nine in development, and six more to be announced, Mondrian has established itself as one of the strongest brands in the sbe lifestyle portfolio, showing staying power for the long-term. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Facebook, Swamped With Misinformation, Extends Post-Election US Political Advertisement Ban

first_img“While multiple sources have projected a presidential winner, we still believe it’s important to help prevent confusion or abuse on our platform,” Facebook told advertisers in an email seen by Reuters. It said to expect the pause to last another month though there “may be an opportunity to resume these ads sooner.”Facebook later confirmed the extension in a blog post.Baseless claims about the election reverberated around social media this week as President Donald Trump challenged the validity of the outcome, even as state officials reported no significant irregularities and legal experts cautioned he had little chance to overturn Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.- Advertisement – The extensions mean the top two digital advertising behemoths, which together control more than half the market, are not accepting election ads ahead of two hotly contested US Senate runoff races in Georgia, including ads aimed at increasing voter turnout.Democratic and Republican digital strategists railed against those decisions, saying the bans were overly broad and failed to combat a much bigger problem on the platforms: the organic spread of viral lies in unpaid posts.The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, along with the Senate campaigns of Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, called for an exemption for the Georgia races so they could make voters aware of upcoming deadlines.“It is driving us absolutely bonkers,” said Mark Jablonowski, managing partner of DSPolitical, a digital firm that works with Democratic causes.Eric Wilson, a Republican digital strategist, said he thought the companies’ concerns about advertisements on the election outcome did not require a blanket ban. “This is something that deserves a scalpel and they’re using a rusty ax,” he said.Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern acknowledged the frustration in a series of tweets, but said the world’s biggest social network lacked “the technical ability in the short term to enable political ads by state or by advertiser.” Viral liesThe companies declined to say when they would lift other “break-glass” election measures introduced for unpaid posts, like Facebook’s demotions of content that its systems predict may be misinformation.Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said those emergency measures would not be permanent, but that rollback was “not imminent.”Google’s YouTube, which is labelling all election-related videos with information about the outcome, said it would stick with that approach “as long as it’s necessary.”The video-sharing company bans “demonstrably false” claims about the election process, but has used the tool sparingly, saying hyperbolic statements about a political party “stealing” the election does not violate the policy.However, Twitter has stopped using its most restrictive election-related warning labels, which hid and limited engagement on violating tweets. Instead, the company is now using lighter-touch labels that “provide additional context,” spokeswoman Katie Rosborough said.Twitter placed a label reading “this claim about election fraud is disputed” on two of Trump’s tweets Tuesday morning, but each was retweeted more than 80,000 times by that evening.Nina Jankowicz, a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, said the ad pauses were needed but not sufficient for curbing the spread of viral lies.“Clearly President Trump does not think the election is over, so I don’t think the platforms should treat it as if it is,” she said.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. In one Facebook group created on Sunday, which rapidly grew to nearly 4,00,000 members by Wednesday, members calling for a nationwide recount swapped unfounded accusations about alleged election fraud and state vote counts every few seconds.“The reality is right now that we are not through the danger zone,” said Vanita Gupta, chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.Google declined to answer questions about the length of its ad pause, although one advertiser said the company had floated the possibility of extending it through or after December. A Google spokeswoman previously said the company would lift its ban based on factors such as the time needed for votes to be counted and whether there was civil unrest.- Advertisement –center_img Facebook on Wednesday said its post-election ban on political advertisements would likely last another month, raising concerns from campaigns and groups eager to reach voters for key Georgia races in January that will decide control of the Senate.The ban, one of Facebook’s measures to combat misinformation and other abuses on its site, was supposed to last about a week but could be extended. Alphabet Inc’s Google also appeared to be sticking with its post-election political advertisement ban.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tainted spinach found as E coli cases rise to 146

first_img A third company announced a spinach recall late yesterday. RLB Food Distributors, of West Caldwell, N.J., recalled eight products because they contain spinach from Natural Selections Foods, which on Sep 17 recalled all fresh spinach products with use-by dates between Aug 17 and Oct 1. Natural Selections Foods is a major supplier of fresh spinach to other companies, including River Ranch, which recalled spinach-containing products yesterday. The RLB recall involves fresh spinach products that have a use-by date of Aug 20. CIDRAP overview of pathogenic E colihttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/causes/ecolioview.html At a press briefing, David Acheson, MD, chief medical officer for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said three more patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of the infection, bringing HUS cases to 23. Seventy-six people were hospitalized in the outbreak. The death toll remains at 1, but the number of states affected by the outbreak grew by two, to 23. Sep 19 RLB press release on spinach recallhttp://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/rlb09_06.html See also: Sep 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Fifteen more cases were identified today in a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to fresh spinach, raising the total to 146, and investigators have identified the first contaminated spinach sample from a bag submitted by a patient, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today. Homing in on a specific geographic area means the FDA can now plan how to quickly allow spinach from uninvolved growing areas to be returned to store shelves, Acheson said. “However, the message tonight is still to not consume fresh spinach,” he said. Sep 20 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2006/ucm108740.htm In another new development, Acheson said FDA has narrowed its investigation to fresh spinach grown in California, particularly on farms in the greater Salinas Valley area. He said clues so far point to farms in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara counties. “That doesn’t mean all of the farms in those counties are involved, it means we’re narrowing our investigation,” Acheson said. New Mexico Department of Health press release on positive spinach samplehttp://www.health.state.nm.us/pdf/EcoliSpinach.pdf The CDC said this week that people who experience diarrhea after eating fresh spinach or salad blends containing fresh spinach should contact their healthcare provider and ask to have a stool sample be tested for E coli O157:H7. David Mills, director of the NMDH’s scientific lab division, said in a press release today, “It is another piece of the puzzle that associated the disease causing organism with the outbreak.” The FDA said the first spinach sample to test positive for the outbreak E coli strain was from a package that one of five infected patients in New Mexico ate from before becoming sick. A lab from the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH) determined that the strain they found in the spinach matched the strain from patients. The spinach was from a bag of Dole baby spinach, a nonorganic brand from Natural Selection Foods, one of the companies that have recalled fresh spinach. The spinach had a use-by date of Aug 30.last_img read more

Fears about UK foot-and-mouth outbreak diminish

first_img More than 570 animals were destroyed to control the spread of the disease, Reuters reported on Aug 15. Animal handlers at a farm in Kent and a zoo in Surrey reported suspicious lesions in animals, but test results were negative, and the government eased restrictions on livestock movements in those areas. Investigators were still trying to determine how the pathogen spread to the farms and are focusing on escape by contaminated flood water or contaminated items such as clothing, equipment, or vehicles, the report said. Aug 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – As British veterinary officials continued to investigate outbreaks of food-and-mouth disease (FMD) at two farms this week, worries about possible outbreaks at two other sites in England were dispelled. See also: FMD outbreaks were confirmed in early August on two farms about 30 miles southwest of London, in Surrey. Officials said the outbreaks were probably linked to a leak from a laboratory in nearby Pirbright that houses a commercial vaccine producer and a government-funded research institute. The two sites that sparked the latest worries are outside the original protection zones surrounding the two infected farms. At the Kent location, a farmer had reported suspicious lesions on the muzzles of his calves, the AFP report said. In Surrey, officials at a zoo called Chessington World of Adventures had reported that a sheep showed symptoms of the disease, AFP reported. In response, veterinary officials placed 3-km control zones around the sites. Reynolds lifted temporary restrictions in the areas Aug 15 after final results showed the animals didn’t have the disease, according to a statement from the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). She also said that vaccination teams, which stood ready for activation, would not be needed. Both organizations have denied there were any lapses in their biosecurity procedures, according to a recent Agence-France Presse (AFP) report. According to DEFRA’s most recent epidemiologic report on the FMD outbreak, the outbreak strain of virus has been identified as type O1 BFS, the same strain recovered from a 1967 FMD outbreak in Britain. “This strain is used by both of the enterprises on the nearby Pirbright site. Current evidence indicates that this site is the likely source of infection for the outbreak,” the report said. The FMD outbreak is Britain’s first since 2001, when authorities destroyed 7 million cattle to contain the disease. A European Union export ban on British meat and livestock is in effect through Aug 25, but leaders will meet on Aug 23 to consider easing the ban, AFP reported. The United Kingdom’s chief veterinary officer, Debby Reynolds, said on Aug 15 that the risk that FMD would spread beyond the original affected area was “very low,” according to an Aug 15 Reuters report. Aug 7 CIDRAP News story “Report: Lab leak likely caused UK food-and-mouth outbreak”last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: H1N1 in pigs, vaccine updates, role of imaging, screening pregnant women

first_imgOct 14, 2009Novel H1N1 turns up on Australian pig farmVeterinary officials in Queensland, Australia, have detected the pandemic H1N1 virus at a pig farm near Toowoomba, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported today. The animals have been quarantined, and biosecurity authorities are working with the farm’s owners to establish measures to control the virus. The latest outbreak is Queensland’s second; in August the virus struck a farm near Dalby.http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26209865-12377,00.htmlOct 14 AAP articleMexico seals pandemic vaccine dealMexico’s health secretary, Jose Angel Cordova, said yesterday that the government has agreed to obtain 10 million more doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine from two unnamed European companies, the Canadian Press reported. He said the agreement will raise the country’s pandemic vaccine supply to 30 million doses.http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hmmqsSaV_nWL_4kq1BLJuNrSQWwQOct 13 Canadian Press storyResearchers ID pulmonary embolism riskPatients with severe pandemic H1N1 infections may be at greater risk for developing pulmonary emboli, according to an American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) study. Researchers compared imaging studies performed on two groups, those in the intensive care unit and those who weren’t severely ill. Of 14 ICU patients who underwent computed tomography (CT), they saw pulmonary emboli in 5. The authors said though most x-rays are normal, CT can help identify complication risks.http://www.ajronline.org/aheadofprint/12_09_3599.dtlOct 14 AJR studyImaging may help detect severe H1N1 casesImaging studies may help identify severe novel H1N1 flu cases more quickly, researchers from the National Institutes of Health reported today in AJR. They detail the case of a patient who tested negative for the virus on a rapid antigen test, while imaging revealed a severe infection. Radiography showed peripheral lung opacities, and CT showed round-glass opacities. The researchers said that early CT may help detect severe infections, and CT may also help in monitoring treatment.http://www.ajronline.org/aheadofprint/12_09_3365.dtlOct 14 AJR reportCanadian hospital screens all pregnant patientsA British Columbia hospital is screening all pregnant women for the pandemic H1N1 virus when they arrive at the facility in an effort to keep sick women separated from flu-free ones, the Vancouver Sun reported. Pregnant women are one of the groups at highest risk for serious complications. Screening consists of three questions, and women who have flu symptoms are to be isolated in negative-pressure rooms where staff and visitors will be required to wear masks and gowns.http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Hospital+screens+moms+H1N1/2098232/story.htmlOct 12 Vancouver Sun storyKids under 10 need two Sanofi vaccine dosesReporting the first data in children younger than 10 years old, Sanofi Pasteur announced today that this age-group will need two doses of its injectable pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine, while older kids will require only one shot, consistent with seasonal flu vaccine. In the ongoing clinical trial, after one shot 50% of kids under 3 had an adequate immune response, compared with 76% of those 3 to 9. No serious side effects were reported.http://www.sanofipasteur.us/sanofi-pasteur2/sp-media/SP_US/EN/23/972/FINAL%20Sanofi%20Pasteur%20post%20dose%201%20ped%20clinical%20trial%20data%2010%2014%2009.pdf?siteCode=SP_USOct 14 Sanofi press releasePsoriasis medications may pose H1N1 riskThose who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and are taking immunosuppressive drugs should get both seasonal and pandemic flu shots as soon as possible, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. The foundation recommends that patients get vaccinated early, but not with the nasal-spray vaccine, which contains live, weakened virus. It also advocates general flu-avoiding hygienic steps.http://www.news-medical.net/news/20091013/Psoriasis-patients-taking-immunosuppressive-drugs-at-increased-risk-of-H1N1-flu-viruses.aspxOct 13 News-Medical.net reportlast_img read more

Zagreb’s Subspace hostel named the best in Eastern Europe

first_imgEntrepreneur Hrvoje Krilić took the advice to be different from others seriously and opened the Subspace hostel in Zagreb in 2016, where he sleeps in unique space capsules, otherwise the first of its kind in Europe. Its uniqueness was recognized by others, so the Subspace hostel received the International Hospitality award in the category of the best hostel in Eastern and Central Europe.The biggest drawback of classic hostels is solved in Subspace with unique capsules, and unlike the competition, the innovative hostel is aimed at a slightly older audience. Hostel owner Hrvoje Krlić said they did not want to copy and recycle old trends but to offer something new “Business people who come to Zagreb, people who come to some trainings occasionally come and come back to us and in principle, according to the ratings on the booking, it is clear that they are very satisfied with what we do” Krilic told HRT.Twenty sleeping capsules are equipped with monitors, internet, safe, lighting, mirror and – perhaps most importantly – ventilation. Although the capsules seem cramped at first glance, they are actually very comfortable and can easily fit a 2-meter person.The visual identity inspired by SF films and comics of the XNUMXs was devised by an academic sculptor Tomislav Buntak. “We tried to actually show people that he can take care of every detail. And that every detail does not have to be just furniture but that something more can be given, that one can give a personal interpretation of how a public space can look ” explains Buntak.See more information about this cool and different hostel herelast_img read more

Plava Laguna opened Park Resort in Poreč

first_imgOne of the largest tourist companies in Croatia, Plava laguna, with the beginning of the season in 2018, completes the largest investments in its facilities so far, in the total amount of almost HRK 487 million.According to the plan, the largest investment of Plava Laguna in Poreč for this year, Park Resort received the first guests on Saturday, July 14. This is one of the largest investments of Plava Laguna in recent history, where the old Laguna Park was almost completely demolished and a new Park was built. Resort. These are hotels, apartments and villas, worth more than 35 million euros, intended for families with children. “This is the largest investment of the Blue Lagoon in recent history, worth 35 million euros. It is about raising the quality of existing facilities, but with the complete reconstruction of hotels, villas and apartments, with an increase in tourist facilities, in accordance with market requirements., point out from the Blue Lagoon.Hotel Park Plava Laguna consists of 154 rooms or suites, 91 garden suites, 43 suites and 21 villas, which makes a total of 309 accommodation units, which can accommodate about a thousand guests.“The investment also includes the construction of a central pool complex, which made Park Resort a true tourist oasis surrounded by pools and water attractions. For the youngest there are also water attractions, children’s pools, water slides, as well as a special pool for babies, but also a relax pool for adults. Guests of the villa are intended for a special pool of 230 m2 with areas for sunbathing and relaxation and a massage area. The total area of ​​the pool is almost 1500 square meters, and next to the central pool there is a restaurant á la Park and a Lounge bar, as well as two animation clubs for children. ” stand out from the Blue Lagoon and add that in addition to the hotel, guests can be accommodated in one of 91 garden suites of 32 m2 with a terrace or balcony of 15 m2, in one of 43 apartments of 41 m2 with a terrace of 15 m2 or in one of 21 villas Park of 73 m2, which have terraces of 35 m2. Blue Lagoon investment cycle of HRK 487 millionIn addition to the Park Resort, the investment cycle also included the construction of Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag and a thorough reconstruction, along with the construction of new, additional facilities in the Stella Maris Umag camp. Also, part of the investment relates to the reconstruction and arrangement of accommodation facilities for workers. 150 new double rooms are being built for them and about 60 mobile homes are being purchased: 90 rooms in Universal and 60 rooms in Kator in Umag, as well as 50 mobile homes in Stella Maris and 10 in Bijela uvala.Thus, in Umag, not far from the Sol Umag hotel, old bungalows were demolished and 11 new buildings with 54 accommodation units under the common name Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag sprang up in their place.Renovation of the Stella Maris camp includes new accommodation capacities, but also new facilities, such as 150 mobile homes and a large pool complex, and the pool area will cover a total of 829 square meters. In 630 accommodation units, guests will have at their disposal superior plots and mobile homes. Camp Stella Maris will also receive a new reception with a catering facility, and guests will have at their disposal a grill zone, a sports and recreational zone with a beach volleyball court and mini golf.The Blue Lagoon welcomed the new one in 2018 brand strategy and visual identity which announced a turnaround in business, after the final merger of the company Istraturist Umag dd, which is owned by Plava Laguna since December 2014.In accordance with the new umbrella brand, a completely new web tourist portal was recently published, which combines the offer of three destinations: Poreč, Umag and Rijeka with numerous surprises for visitors. www.plavalaguna.comRelated news:POREČ BLUE LAGOON PRESENTED A NEW BRAND STRATEGY AND VISUAL IDENTITYlast_img read more

Synergy at last! Cres and Lošinj together in the Master Plan of Tourism Development

first_imgGuests perceive the Cres – Lošinj archipelago as one destination, and finally, in that direction, tourism on Lošinj and Cres will be further developed in synergy as one tourist destination, ie a brand.Namely, by signing the contract on November 9, 2018, Cres and Lošinj started jointly drafting a Tourism Development Master Plan.After the introductory phase of the project, situational and market analysis and setting strategic frameworks, the City of Cres and the City of Mali Lošinj, in cooperation with local private partners Jadranka dd and Lošinjski plovidba Turizam, performed by the consulting company – Horwath HTL, will define operational development strategies. , strategic guidelines related to tourism product and infrastructure, competitiveness, marketing and development of destination management organizations.”This is just a logical continuation of very good cooperation between the City of Cres and the City of Mali Lošinj in many fields, starting from a joint utility company and development agency to a joint association in LAG, LAGUR and similar associations and a joint approach to higher institutions in solving island problems. I keep repeating in my work, only cooperation and joint work brings results, brings development. Tourism knows no administrative boundaries. That is why by thinking together about development where the advantages and opportunities of each other complement each other, we can only prosper for both of us. ” considers the Mayor of the City of Cres Kristijan Jurjako.Photo: Lošinj Tourist Board”In previous years, the City of Mali Lošinj had developed development strategies, first through the strategic document Tourism Development Master Plan for the Mali Lošinj cluster, then through the Sustainable Tourism Development Program of our City. The challenge is to ensure further growth of an already developed tourist destination, while at the same time protecting the environment and social characteristics of the local community. Therefore, I am especially pleased that this time we will do it in synergy with the City of Cres and with local partners. I believe that this document will produce many good projects for the development of our islands as successful tourist destinations, but most importantly, it will be a project that will improve the quality of life of Lošinj and Cres, especially for its residents. the mayor of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić, also stated.The plan is to complete this key document for efficient and responsible management of sustainable tourism development by the end of October 2019, followed by implementation in the period from 2020 to 2025. Based on the same, it is expected to define a long-term vision, growth goals and a framework for the development of a competitive tourism strategy that will contribute to improving the quality of life of citizens and creating new development cycles.This is the first time, and hopefully not the last,  that the two destinations have embarked on the joint drafting and implementation of an important strategic document. From Slavonia, which must be one tourist brand, and not five counties that each develop a tourist product, to Dalmatia, the whole of Istria to the island of Brac. By the way, here is one question to think about in the context of branding: If a tourist was in Zadar or Šibenik, was he in Dalmatia?last_img read more

Third 3T Conference: Digitization in Tourism is not an end in itself

first_imgIn a panel discussion Smart marketing u turizmu – što zaista donosi bookinge?, which he moderated Ilija Brajkovic iz agencija Kontra, sudjelovali su glavni analitičar kreativne agencije Bruketa&Žinić&Grey Robert Petković, head of digital marketing at Maistra Petar Milevoj, Internet Marketing Manager of Hotel Dubrovnik Tomislav Kosir and head of the marketing department of the Croatian National Tourist Board Martina Srnec. Panelists agreed that in marketing advertising at all levels it is important to choose a quality advertising mix aimed at all markets, research the needs of potential guests, give as much and in a timely manner relevant information to potential tourists.  3T was opened by the conference director Oleg Maštruko pointing to the share of tourism in Croatia’s GDP that exceeds the shares in other EU member states. He stressed that IT and digitalization are not an end in themselves but a tool to increase the efficiency and profitability of other sectors. He announced the framework thematic units of the conference, which were partly developed through the two conferences held so far.  Unlike the usual 360 videos found in many cities around the world, one can experience the atmosphere of these destinations online VR-Helsinki is designed as a digital platform where, for example, visitors can visit Helsinki not only in a real environment, visit an exhibition or museum, attend a concert but also experience the city as it was in the early 20th century or buy Finnish designer products and send them to friends by mail. The platform even allows encounters with other virtual visitors to Helsinki from around the world allowing joint exploration of the virtual destination.  Key issues of sustainability of Croatian tourism U drugom dijelu konferencije održana je i panel rasprava Hrvatski turizam u novom tehnološkom okruženju: Granice rasta, koji je moderirao  Željko Ivanković iz think tank Polazišta i perspektive, a u kojemu su sudjelovali Neven Ivandić iz Instituta za turizam, regionalni menadžer globalne travel platforme Expedia Group Petar Rimac i  Martina Nimac iz Zajednice obiteljskog smještaja Hrvatske gospodarske komore.  The second part of the conference is traditionally divided thematically into technological, marketing and a part on practical solutions. Experts from Hrvatski Telekom, Combis, Auka, Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Hewlett spoke about interesting topics brought by digitalization in tourism, booking platforms, digital payment solutions, virtual and augmented reality in tourism services, about various IT solutions in all segments of tourism. Packard Enterprise, Lemax, SedamIT, Spotsie and others.  Keynote lecture How we built the virtual capital of the world (How We Built the Virtual Capital of the World), Miikka Rosendahl from a leading VR studio in Europe explained how a virtual platform was created Helsinki, a unique and ambitious project that wants to attract at least one million virtual tourists this year. The complex project of the virtual twin capital of Finland was created by applying various technological solutions through 3d modelling. By the way, VR Helsinki recently won the European Commission Award for the new European capital of smart tourism, and the evaluation criteria include sustainable tourism development, the use of digitalisation in tourism services, interesting cultural heritage and innovative tourist offers.  Third edition of the conference 3T – Tourism, Travel & Tech, was held at the Kaptol Center in Zagreb, organized by the media house Bow. The content and selection of topics as well as the interesting interaction of participants and lecturers on the topics of the two round tables and a series of conference presentations confirmed the relevance of the connection between tourism as the most important industry in Croatia and technology. Natalija Havidić iz Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia presented the project of digitalization of public services in the tourism sector as part of the project e-Croatia 2020. Kroz projekt je planiran razvitak javnih digitalnih usluga do kraja 2020. godine, unaprjeđenje i međusobno povezivanje usluga u središnji turistički registar, razvoj sustava za prijavu i odjavu gostiju u Hrvatskoj e-Visitor, portal croatia.hr te e-usluge upravnih i neupravnih postupaka. Podaci iz sustava služili bi za poslovno planiranje i odlučivanje (Business Intelligence) ne samo u turizmu nego i u drugim poslovnim djelatnostima izravno ili neizravno povezanih s turizmom.  Neven Ivandić briefly presented the main points of the research Key issues of sustainability of Croatian tourism, pointing out the problems of further growth of tourism. The discussion also pointed out the trends in other tourist countries through the shift from family accommodation to the construction of resorts, the need to meet the habits of guests focused on digital solutions and services… Head of strategic investments and expert in digitalization coordination in various economic activities from Ericsson Nikola Tesla Karlo Guštin pointed out the importance of data from other economic activities for strategic decision-making and planning in tourism, which is a condition for further development of tourism and the creation of added value.  Digitization of public services in tourismlast_img read more