ITB BERLIN 2019 – What does the future hold for us?

first_imgThe world’s largest “think-thanks” about tourism has just ended. He gave us materials to think and write for a whole year. After years of monitoring, I can say that trends are announced here that will only become “mainstream”. Just when you get used to the new situation, a new change is already announced… IT MAY SEEM TOO SCIENTIFICALLY, BUT THESE CHANGES ARE COMING In general, there is pressure to reduce long-distance travel and increase short journeys for which multimodular transport systems can be used: rail + car shearing, bike shearing. In the future, buildings should be built of wood, not reinforced concrete (wood is renewable, trees absorb CO2, and the use of wood as a building material does not produce as much CO2 as the use of reinforced concrete). The number of trips is growing from year to year due to low prices (economy), increasing connections in air transport (availability), digital technology (ease of booking). Travel has become an integral part of every man’s life, even a necessity of life. On this basis, the tourism sector with ancillary services is making strong progress.On the other hand, there are growing demands to reduce the number of passengers in some destinations due to “overtourism”. New taxes are being introduced, such as passes to enter the city; representatives of the luxury tourism segment emphasize that travel is not everyone’s right but only someone’s privilege. LIFE ON THE SCALE The World Tourism Organization promotes the development of sustainable and responsible tourism, tourism that benefits the local community, that preserves the environment, cultural heritage, traditions and people in the local community. Then again, there are observations from some circles that family accommodation, in the community, is harmful, that it has a devastating effect on the tourism industry and that it encourages “overtourism”. But that’s why corporations are building beautiful, environmentally friendly resorts in destinations where there is a lack of capacity, they are building new cruise ships because everyone wants to sail into the Grand Canal in Venice… Mankind is rapidly wasting the time left to repair the severe consequences of excessive CO2 emissions. Everything looks like a reconstruction of major accidents in the documentary series “Minutes to Disaster”. Tourism is one of the causes, but also the losers of climate change. One of the world’s greatest experts on climate impacts, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Hansach Schellnhuber, director emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, was very specific in his presentation. Global warming is melting the ice, raising the sea level, and thus the beaches are disappearing, and in the future all the big cities on the coast. As a result, the most attractive attractions for travel disappear. EXISTING TRENDS AND THE FUTURE To stop global warming at + 1,5 degrees Celsius, we need to halve CO2 emissions every ten years. If we do not achieve this, crossing the critical limit of 2 degrees Celsius will activate that almost unbelievable scenario of the disappearance of the current coastal belt on all continents. The cuts are very painful. Especially for the tourism industry. The introduction of alternative fuel for ships (LNG as a transition fuel, reintroduction of wind power, etc.), reduction of the number of flights on intercontinental routes and the abolition of short flights between cities in the same country are requested. A large investment is required in connecting Europe by high-speed rail. Global warming is also affecting the Gulf Stream, which is losing intensity and direction. If this changes significantly, the coasts of Western Europe will be hit by severe cold. Due to rising sea temperatures and higher acidity (CO2 that dissolves in the sea), coral reefs are disappearing. All this affects life and tourism. Tourism, on the other hand, is to blame for 8% of global CO2 emissions, with the largest emissions coming from aircraft and large ships. One large ship emits an amount of CO2 equal to that emitted by as many as a million cars. SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE TOURISMcenter_img CONTRADICTIONS For some time to come, the volume of tourist traffic will grow according to current trends. Especially after Chinese companies set out strongly to conquer the Western market. However, by force or favor over the next ten years, tourist flows could return to the regional context. Leading German climatologists and economists agree. There are many other reasons besides “overtourism”, “plastic pollution”, the extinction of coral reefs, but also trade relations among the biggest “players” on the world stage that affect the future of tourism. GOOD NEWS FOR CROATIA WHAT EXPECTS US IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS? Good accessibility by road from the largest emitting tourist markets for Croatia is certainly a great advantage. The ecological transport transition has hit road transport the hardest, the results are optimistic and we need to build our future tourism strategy on that. From Berlin for HrTurizam.hr, Nedo PInezić, www.nedopinezic.com Summing up the impressions from this year’s ITB, I try to define some unique conclusion. However, to make it easier for myself and you, dear readers, to explain what is going on, I have decided to break down that final message. From 1860 and the beginning of the first industrial revolution until 2020, the planet “raised” its average temperature by 1,5 degrees Celsius. Professor Schellnhuber compares such a “small” increase in temperature to an increase in body temperature. This increase indicates a disease that the body is fighting. A larger increase in temperature entails more severe consequences, too high a temperature leads to death. The same thing happens with the earth. The increase in temperature affects the intensity and frequency of the “jetstream”, a “wavy wind” that blows at an altitude of 20.000 meters above the ground at a speed of 300 km / h from west to east. Changes in this wind bring intense periods of drought, heat or heavy rainfall with hurricanes, floods. The German car industry is already following the agenda presented by Prof. Schellnhuber. It is planned that by 2030, as many as 30% of cars in traffic will be electric cars. Cars will be less and less bought by private persons, but an innovative system of “car sharing” will be used. Increasing taxes on CO2 are also envisaged, which could affect airlines and, indirectly, air travel. Ships already have to gradually switch to alternative fuels, primarily LNG. The entire tourism sector is required to adopt a “Less CO2 strategy”. So far, something similar is happening with the disposable plastic removal plan (large hotel chains, cruising companies ().last_img read more

A much greater focus should be directed towards the markets of the Czech Republic and Poland

first_imgIt is a show “Question for breakfast”Which, according to the Nielsen Audience Measurement, is watched daily by about 485 viewers during the three hours of prime time. The show about Croatia presented natural beauties, cultural heritage and eno-gastronomic offer, and the guest in the show was Agnieszka Puszczewicz, Director of the CNTB Representation in Poland.  “The guest appearance in the show was a great opportunity to present different motives for the arrival of guests to Croatia in front of a large number of viewers. We must not forget that Croatia is one of the favorite summer destinations of Poles to which they are always happy to return. I believe that the Polish market will have a strong share in the overall results of Croatian tourism during this very challenging year.”, she concluded Puszczewicz.   It is the new data from eVisitor that show that in the previous part of August, 80 percent of last year’s result was achieved from the Czech market, and from the Polish market was recorded. tourist traffic growth of 10 percent. According to system data eVisitor, which includes tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, from the Polish market in the previous part of August was realized about 65.000 arrivals and done 380.000 nights which compared to the same period last year represents an increase in turnover of 4 percent in arrivals and 10 percent in overnight stays!   I recently had a discussion at a 5 **** hotel about how tourists from Poland and the Czech Republic have been coming to our coast more and more for a couple of years now, and they didn’t disappoint this year either. But what is crucial is how the profile of the guests has changed, ie their purchasing power in the past 5 or more years. They are no longer the tourists we laughed at and who carry the “fridge for the holidays”, in fact, now they are tourists who spend well and the markets to which we should certainly turn much stronger. Find out more information from the Polish market directly from the CNTB office in Poland i Czech Republic. This year, last minute and direct booking is in focus, and no one can plan 3 days in advance or simply literally fight from day to day for each guest. Currently, 3.9 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia during the first five days of August, which is almost 70 percent of last year’s result achieved in the same period. In addition to the Polish market, where turnover also increased, we have excellent results in August in the markets of Germany and Slovenia, where we recorded about 96 percent of last year’s turnover in the same period. Of course, it is difficult to generalize, but a larger number of Czech and Polish tourists in higher category hotels is noticeable, at least according to the hoteliers themselves, as evidenced by Eurostat’s constant statistics on purchasing power and GDP growth per capita. Just look at the vehicle fleet of Czech and Polish tourists and everything is clear to everyone. Recently, it is the national Polish television TVP in the most watched morning show, she dedicated herself entirely to Croatia as a tourist destination. last_img read more

How to fill the hotel in November and extend the season? The answer is sports tourism

first_imgThe four key areas in which we need to focus in sports tourism are: recreation, preparation of athletes and various camps, organization of major sporting events, as well as promotion that includes our successful athletes. One such positive example is the Blue Lagoon and Istria. Namely, the best concrete proof of this thesis is that two European sports championships are coming to Poreč. After Croatia hosted the first official judo competition after the “lockdown”, the European Cup in Dubrovnik, two big European judo championships are coming to Poreč. Now it follows key factor i the answer when asked how sporting events can extend the tourist season. “Large sports events outside the main tourist season are a great motive for the arrival of not only athletes, but also accompanying staff, family and friends, as well as a good opportunity to promote our destination. Blue Lagoon recognizes the importance and value of such events and is open to athletes during their sports preparations and sporting events” 412 athletes from 40 countries will take part in the European Junior Championships, of which 235 are male and 177 are female. In the continuation of November, from Monday 9th to Tuesday 10th in Poreč, younger judo seniors compete, 352 of them, of which 208 judokas and 144 judokas from 36 countries. We have known for years that sports tourism is one of the opportunities and a cure for the seasonality of our tourism, ie the way to fill it before and after the season, but we can never fulfill that potential properly, with positive examples. Judo Festival in Poreč / Photo: TZ Poreč In the upcoming two judo events that will take place in Poreč during November, Plava Laguna will realize more than five thousand overnight stays, report from Plava Laguna on our request. And in the month of November! In addition to the specific numbers of overnight stays, it should certainly take into account the additional tourist spending in the destination. Only 764 competitors and additional support staff, organizers, etc.… will create non-board consumption in the destination, create a “hat” in the city, and thus we get the opportunity to prove ourselves as a destination, both tourist and the opportunity to motivate some teams from 40 countries preparations in Croatia. Events and sports competitions are just an addition to the rounded story around sports tourism. “In Plava Laguna, the sports infrastructure has been developing together with the rest of the infrastructure – we have been hosting active vacations since 1957. We have one of the best infrastructures for sports events in Croatia, if not the best, with excellent service in the hotels of Plava Laguna. Our approach is that our “holiday playgrounds” in Porec, Umag, Rijeka host the best holidays. And that all our guests are VIP guests, regardless of whether they are staying in 2 or 5 star accommodation”They conclude from the Blue Lagoon. Thus, from November 4 to 6, Poreč will host the best juniors of the Old Continent, and from November 9 to 10, the best junior seniors (U23) of Europe will fight for the titles of European champions on the tatami in Poreč. The host for the accommodation of athletes and organizers is exactly Plava Laguna, and the guests will stay in Hotel Parentium and Hotel Molindrio Plava Laguna. In conclusion, the European Judo Championship in six days of reflection will achieve over 5.000 overnight stays. It is sports tourism. Of course, in the whole story about sports tourism we must emphasize the importance of the destination as well as quality infrastructure, health facilities, physiotherapists, proximity to hospitals, sports specialists, etc.… and a number of other accompanying sports services. Istria has excellently positioned itself as one of the positive examples in which the existing infrastructure enables and supports the development of this specific form of tourism. Thus, Plava Laguna organizes numerous sports events and is a partner and sponsor of various sports events – from Poreč Half Marathon and Triathlon, Triathlon 5150, IronGirl and IronKids races, bicycle and racing races in Poreč and Umag, Istrian Winter League powered by Plava Laguna, all the way Plava Laguna ATP Croatia Open Umag and many others. Everyone focuses only on football, which in my opinion is a mistake. There is much greater potential in “small” sports. Of course, not everyone can attract the most famous football clubs in the world, if we succeed, it’s just icing on the cake and added value, but the base must be all other sports. Few people are aware that, say, one event such as judo in Poreč can generate five thousand nights, or that last year in Umag the World Karate Camp and the World Youth League generated 20.000 nights through just one event. Of course, as I pointed out, big sporting events such as the European and World Championships are just the icing on the cake, but they don’t come by chance. Photo: Blue Lagoon Cover photo: Hotel Parentium, Plava Laguna Blue Lagoon is recognized with a focus on sports tourism It is not an opportunity in football, but in “small” sportslast_img read more

Many contributed to wreath-laying

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDec. 16 was historic, in that for the first time in the Wreaths Across America program, all 11,000-plus veterans’ graves at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery were able to receive a wreath – due largely to the generosity of community-wide support for this annual event. The Daily Gazette was generous in reporting on this program. However, I wish to clarify some of the information contained in The Gazette’s reporting of the Wreaths Across America event. Your article seemed to suggest that the Dec. 16 ceremonies were primarily a Patriot Guard Rider-led function and operation. While the Patriot Guard Riders are justifiably proud of our efforts and the significant support we lent to the successful result of this year, the Wreaths Across America program at the cemetery is operated and managed by the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (Capital District) under the direction of Lt. Col. Anita Martin and her staff.The Civil Air Patrol has worked tirelessly to develop and nurture additional wreath sponsors and fund-raising organizations. Lt. Col. Martin and her cadets of the Civil Air Patrol also conduct the opening ceremonies before the actual wreath-laying by volunteers takes place. Also, the encouragement and support of Cemetery Director Scott Lamb was vitally important to the ultimate success we all enjoyed this past weekend.I thought it important to clarify your reporting so as not to diminish the fine work and efforts of the many other fine organizations who also made significant contributions to this historic Wreaths Across America day at the Gerald B.H. Saratoga National Cemetery.Bill SchaafTroyThe writer is state captain of the Patriot Guard Riders.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Ballston Spa DMV gave great service

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI wish to thank the personnel at the Ballston Spa Office of the Department of Motor Vehicles for their sterling performance and good-natured demeanor.Recently,  my mother needed to have new documentation and the personnel who served her made the process straightforward and painless. Bless you.Philip MaddausScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Free television does still exist

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re March 15 letter, “Spectrum needs plan for senior citizens”: Free TV still exists. Return the box to Spectrum, cancel your cable TV subscription, and install an inexpensive digital antenna. These small antennas usually work perfectly when installed indoors, right next to the TV.I enjoy dozens of free local TV stations over the airwaves, just like in the old days, and I enjoy internet content on my TV by connecting my laptop to my TV with an HDMI cable. Digital antennas are available for less than $50.GUY SPIERSNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Property bodies make new call for Stamp Duty rethink

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Parkes & Co sold to US fund manager

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Hammersmith offices: Hammer it home

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