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Newcastle243.0 Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards discuss Manchester City’s chances of winning the Premier League this season. Roy doesn’t think City have a chance of winning the title West Brom243.0 Burnley121.7 West Ham222.8 Roy Keane believes Manchester City lack the firepower needed to win the Premier League this season, after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.Guardiola’s side were a distant second to the Reds last season and eight games into the 2020/21 campaign they already trail Liverpool by five points, sitting 11th in the table, six off early leaders Leicester City.Interestingly, Man City have scored 17 goals fewer than they had at the same stage of last season, and Keane believes with Sergio Aguero struggling with injuries, they aren’t able to make their dominance count in matches – and criticised them for not investing in a striker in the summer.“I know there were other positions they wanted to fill, a centre-half I suppose was a priority. They’ve got nobody but themselves to blame for being short on strikers. You have to have strength in depth – particularly if you’re expected to challenge for all the major trophies. I don’t see City winning the league this year.” Arsenal243.0 Everton232.9 Chelsea222.8 Brighton222.8 3:00 0:43 – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool in the Premier League Fulham212.6 Moyes had previously been in favour of only using three substitutes but he admits he would now prefer the option of being able to have up to five replacements.“I recommended to our board that we would vote for three subs and not more. I’ve got to say, my mind has changed now is because of player welfare,” said Moyes, speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Fulham.“I don’t think I expected so many injuries. So many games in such a small period of time, whether it be that you’re an international player or in the Champions League or the Europa League, has meant that the programme has been so congested.“There have been no parties willing to give up any games, whether it be the Carabao Cup or any other cup competition. Nobody has been willing to give anything up.“That’s why now I would consider the change if it was there, that we could have more subs.”Keane: Very difficult for Man City to win the league Sheffield United212.6 Southampton202.5 Klopp: “In my understanding, it is a lack of leadership”Klopp believes the Football Association should take action over the substitutes rule, or risk having more international players ruled out through injury.“In my understanding, it is a lack of leadership,” Klopp added. “It is the only big league where you have only three subs. Surprise.“The FA has to be involved. Tonight we lost Trent Alexander-Arnold. I’m pretty sure Gareth Southgate is not fine [with that]. If we continue like this and hopefully we can play the Euros in the summer… if they happen, let’s see who will be part of that.”Guardiola: “We don’t protect players and that’s why it’s a disaster”Guardiola says he fully agrees with Klopp that the limit must be increased: “All around the world it’s five substitutions, but here we believe we are more special people,” said Guardiola.“We don’t protect the players, and that’s why it’s a disaster. In this calendar, especially. I will demand, if the people allow, we have to come back to five substitutions. If not, it’s difficult to sustain it.”Moyes: I’ve changed my mind over five subs Leeds222.8 “In all other countries it happens and here we make a bit more fun of the competition by having only three subs. That is really incredible, so we have to talk again.” 1:09 Manchester United213.0 Wolves243.0 Crystal Palace212.6 The Professional Footballers’ Association has backed calls from Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola for the Premier League to re-introduce five substitutions, instead of the usual three.The knock-on effect of the coronavirus pandemic has seen a more congested fixture list, with some managers insisting it is having an impact on players’ wellbeing.- Advertisement – A change to the rules this season is possible, if a team puts forward a proposal. However it would need the support of at least 14 clubs and has already been rejected twice, so seems highly unlikely.Manchester City are backing a change, but have only used an average of two substitutes per game this season. West Brom, Tottenham, Wolves, Arsenal and Newcastle have used all three.Premier League substitutions Manchester City142.0 TeamTotal substitutions Substitutions per game – Advertisement – Former Manchester United and Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich hopes the Premier League can re-introduce the five substitutes rule Image:Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a suspected calf injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City Liverpool222.8 Indeed, in all major leagues across Europe and in Major League Soccer in the United States, teams have voted to adopt the five substitute rule this season.However, it would no doubt favour the bigger clubs. Whilst West Ham boss David Moyes has come around to the idea, other sides are standing firm. West Ham manager David Moyes had previously been in favour of only using three substitutes in a match, but he now admits he would prefer the option of having five replacements After Trent Alexander-Arnold went off with a calf injury during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Etihad, Liverpool manager Klopp said: “All the teams have to understand why it’s so helpful. It’s not an advantage, it’s a necessity. 100 per cent.- Advertisement – 5:29 One senior official at a top-flight club told Sky Sports News: “Our position hasn’t changed. Purely and simply, the bigger the club, the bigger the advantage if you have five subs.“Not all clubs have a huge squad with the depth of talent that some clubs enjoy and five substitutes will simply make life more difficult for smaller clubs.”The PFA has confirmed it remains in support of allowing clubs to use five substitutes.“We told the Premier League we would support such a move on health and safety grounds for our members before the first vote and our position has not changed,” a PFA statement read.The rule has clearly divided opinion, but in terms of restoring integrity and honoring the two votes that have already taken place, it seems unlikely we will see any change before the end of the season. Leicester232.9 Tottenham243.0 Aston Villa121.7
James Dielhenn Senior Boxing Journalist @JamesDielhenn 2:45 Katie Taylor is wary of the threat posed by Miriam Gutierrez Yorkshire’s Harper is defending her WBC super-featherweight title on Saturday night against Katharina Thanderz.But she has been targeted all week on social media by Mikaela Mayer, an unbeaten US Olympian who owns the WBO belt in the same division.“With Terri the aim is to unify and be undisputed,” Hearn said.Harper threw down the gauntlet: “This is only the beginning for me. I want to get out there and fight the other champions, the best in my division.”Mayer has been goading: “She’s just not ready to be holding that belt.“Inexperienced champ. Inexperienced and champ don’t go together.“Boxing is entertainment at the end of the day so why are we so caught up on protecting our record. Let’s party.”The WBA champion in the same division, Hyun Mi Choi, has been signed up by Matchroom Boxing so is a viable opponent for Harper too.But after only drawing her previous fight with Jonas, that is a fight that could be revisited.“The public and fans would like to see the rematch,” Hearn said.Will Rachel Ball remain on the rise? – Advertisement – Eddie Hearn says the gap between men and women’s boxing is closing 5:17 – Advertisement – Eddie Hearn says the gap between men and women’s boxing is closing Katie Taylor will have more history-making opportunities to fight MMA rivals or unbeaten Americans if she comes through her latest world title defence tonight.Taylor’s undisputed lightweight championship is on the line against Miriam Gutierrez on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports, with WBC super-featherweight champion Terri Harper and Rachel Ball also on the bill at Wembley Arena.The esteemed career of pioneer Taylor has seen her win five amateur world titles, the 2012 Olympics gold medal, every major belt at lightweight and a super-lightweight title too.
Nov 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Concluding a major conference on avian and pandemic influenza today, health officials reported a new level of international agreement on the need to confront the threat and released a list of key steps to do that.”There’s consensus. There’s clarity. There’s cash,” said David Nabarro, the United Nations’ special coordinator on avian and pandemic flu, as quoted in an Associated Press (AP) report from the meeting at the World Health Organization (WHO) offices in Geneva.WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook echoed Nabarro in closing remarks, as published on the WHO Web site. “The international solidarity to confront these threats is clear,” he said. “The urgency of acting now is felt by us all. Precise recommendations have emerged. Equally, precise offers of help and support have been put forward, by both developing and industrialized countries.”More than 600 delegates from over 100 countries agreed on the “urgent need” to assist countries affected by or at high risk for avian flu and “to identify and respond to a human pandemic the moment it emerges,” the WHO said in a statement.The preparedness steps outlined by the WHO include conducting a “global pandemic response exercise,” among others. As for the cost of the campaign, the World Bank estimated it may take $1 billion over the next 3 years to combat poultry outbreaks in Asian countries already affected or at high risk.A WHO statement outlined the preparedness measures as follows:Improving veterinary services, emergency preparedness plans, and control campaigns, including culling, vaccination and compensationAssisting countries to control avian influenza in animal populationsStrengthening early detection and rapid response systems for animal and human influenzaBuilding and strengthening laboratory capacitySupport and training for the investigation of animal and human cases and clusters, and planning and testing rapid containment activitiesBuilding and testing national pandemic preparedness plans, conducting a global pandemic response exercise, strengthening the capacity of health systems, training clinicians and health managersDeveloping integrated national plans across all sectors to provide the basis for coordinated technical and financial supportTo support all of the above, factual and transparent communications, in particular risk communication, is vital.Nabarro said the conference has already improved international coordination and will increase the energy that countries devote to the pandemic threat, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. “I think we’ll be much quicker to control avian influenza as a result and if a pandemic starts there’s a pretty good chance it will be smaller as a result of the work we’ve done in the past three days than it would have been otherwise,” he said.According to the WHO statement, the World Bank estimated that the needs of affected countries may amount to $1 billion over the next 3 years, but this doesn’t count the cost of human or animal vaccine development, antiviral drugs, or compensation for farmers whose flocks are culled.The WHO estimated it would cost another $500 million over 3 years to develop and produce a pandemic vaccine and to research new antiviral drugs, according to an AP report today. For comparison, President George W. Bush last week proposed spending $1.2 billion to buy enough doses of an experimental H5N1 vaccine for 20 million people.The meeting supported an urgent request for $35 million to fund high-priority actions by the WHO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) over the next six months, the WHO said. That was a down payment on $80 million the three agencies need for early efforts, AFP reported.Dr. Bernard Vallat, head of the OIE, said the top priorities are to assess and strengthen veterinary services and laboratory and surveillance capacity in affected and at-risk countries.A financial conference for donor countries is scheduled for Jan 17 and 18 in Beijing. US delegates said they hope that better estimates of the cost of the strategy will be available by then, according to an AP report.For contributions, the Asian Development Bank said it could provide $300 million for poorer Asian countries, on top of $170 million already earmarked, AFP reported. In addition, France pledged 10 million euros ($12 million), mainly for Africa.See also:WHO news release on results of Geneva meetinghttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr58/en/index.htmlClosing remarks by WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wookhttp://www.who.int/dg/lee/speeches/2005/closingremarks_avianflu/en/index.html
Sep 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has retrospectively recognized another case of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, involving a 5-year-old boy from West Java who died in March, according to news services.The boy’s death was added to the WHO case registry after the agency revised its definition of human H5N1 avian flu cases, according to a Bloomberg News report that quoted Sari Setiogi, a WHO spokeswoman in Jakarta. The agency had not yet noted the case on its Web site at this writing. With the boy’s case, Indonesia has had 64 cases with 49 deaths.Runizar Ruesin, head of the Indonesian government’s avian flu information center, told Bloomberg the boy was from Bekasi, east of Jakarta, and died on Mar 19. Poultry deaths were reported in the boy’s neighborhood, Ruesin said. No one else in the boy’s family was known to be infected, and the source of his infection was unclear, according to a Reuters report today.The boy’s death is the fourth Indonesian avian flu case in 6 days to be retroactively reported by the WHO. Last week the organization added a 14-year-old girl who died in June and two cases, one of them fatal, from 2005.In other news, British public health experts meeting at a conference in Coventry today demonstrated a new system called QFLU, one of the most extensive systems in Europe for collecting data on patients who have flu-like symptoms, according to a Reuters report today.The system, aimed at improving Britain’s pandemic preparedness, tracks how many patients seek care for flu-like symptoms and how many are prescribed antiviral drugs, the story said. It covers nearly 3,000 general practices and more than 17 million people.The system is designed to analyze information daily instead of weekly, which would provide an early warning if a pandemic strain emerges. It was developed by surveillance experts at the UK Health Protection Agency, along with scientists from the University of Nottingham and EMIS, a British healthcare software developer.See also:Jun 22 Eurosurveillance article on QFLUhttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=2980
Smith told the Star Tribune that aside from “Team Diarrhea” and speedy investigators, other factors helped Minnesota officials quickly zero on an outbreak suspect: Toward the end of June, officials from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) first became aware that several patients who had eaten at the same restaurant were sickened by the Salmonella strain blamed for the national outbreak, according to the Star Tribune’s report today. Kirk Smith, supervisor of the MDH Foodborne Disease Unit, told the paper that he called on a specialized MDH group nicknamed “Team Diarrhea” to conduct case-control studies. Team Diarrhea is made up of graduate students from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, the Star Tribune reported. See also: Jul 24 CDC Salmonella update Centralization of investigation activities at the state level rather than county or local levels Meanwhile, the CDC said today that the outbreak has increased to 1,284 patients from 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, who were sickened by the relatively rare Salmonella enterica Saintpaul strain. The latest reported onset date is Jul 6. At least 239 patients were hospitalized, and officials said two deaths were possibly linked to the outbreak. By Jul 3, Ben Miller, trace-back coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, had completed an investigation that identified suppliers, distributors, and farms that were the source of the jalapenos served at the restaurant where the Minnesota patients had eaten, according to the Star Tribune. Jul 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – New details emerged today about breaks in the Salmonella investigation that led to the identification of the outbreak strain in a jalapeno pepper, as the number of cases in the nationwide outbreak rose to 1,284. Willingness to pursue the trace-back trail beyond state borders The availability of a sophisticated laboratory The CDC said investigators have focused on three large clusters, one of which appears to be in Minnesota, according to reports today from the Associated Press (AP) and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In the AP report, David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, declined to call Minnesota’s findings the “key cluster,” but said the data helped federal officials narrow the investigation. Federal officials have not ruled out tomatoes as a possible source of some of the illnesses, particularly those that occurred earlier in the outbreak, which continues and has now gone on for more than 2 months. However, in mid July they started to look more closely at other possible sources, including hot peppers, and on Jul 21—based on finding the positive sample—they advised consumers to avoid eating raw jalapeno peppers and products that contain them. In past updates, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the emergence of case clusters—groups of patients who had the same food exposure—led its investigators to place jalapeno peppers on a list of produce items that might have played a role in the outbreak. Then on Jul 21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that case-cluster findings led to the discovery of a jalapeno sample from a McAllen, Tex., distributor that matched the outbreak strain. In other developments, Congress has scheduled at least two hearings to explore produce contamination issues and learn more about the difficulties federal officials have encountered during the outbreak investigation. Smith told the AP, “This is not like a sprig of parsley on the edge of your plate. This was sprinkled directly on almost every entrée.” He said many of the restaurant patrons who were interviewed didn’t notice the jalapenos, but did mention tomatoes. “Recall, that’s what makes it tricky. That’s why I wonder about all those initial cases [in other states],” he said. An MDH epidemiologist used credit card receipts from the unnamed restaurant to determine what the people who didn’t get sick had eaten and analyzed the ingredients the restaurant used, according to the AP report. The investigation found that the manager had already switched tomato suppliers based on the FDA’s Salmonella advisory, which shifted suspicion to a garnish made of diced jalapenos and red peppers, the AP report said. On Jul 30 at 1:30 pm EST the House Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture will explore the legal and technical capacities to do full trace-backs on fresh produce. The next day at 10 am the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on lessons learned from the Salmonella outbreak and its consequences for public health. Both hearings will be available on live Web videocasts.
Oct 27, 2008 – WASHINGTON, DC (CIDRAP News) – Health officials worldwide are becoming increasingly concerned about influenza viruses’ resistance to antiviral drugs, which can shut down a flu infection or mitigate symptoms. Flu antivirals are vital for reducing severe illness and death in average flu seasons and could be essential bulwarks against an influenza pandemic if one began.There are currently only four antiviral drugs for flu, grouped into two classes, the adamantanes (amantadine and rimantadine) and the neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir, or Tamiflu, and zanamivir, or Relenza). Flu scientists have known since 2005 that seasonal flu viruses have become widely resistant to the adamantanes, with at least 90% of H3N2 strains and at least 15% of H1N1 strains impervious to the drugs. That leaves only oseltamivir and the less widely used zanamivir as treatment options and has made oseltamivir the most commonly used influenza antiviral in the world.But speaking at a major infectious-disease meeting here Sunday, Dr. Nila Dharan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed that 12.6% (142 of 1,124) of H1N1 isolates sent to the CDC from around the United States during the 2007-08 season were resistant to oseltamivir, versus less than 1% before 2007.And in a troubling addition, the CDC found that none of the patients who gave the isolates had taken oseltamivir, casting doubt on the widely held belief that oseltamivir resistance, when it occurs, is not transmissible. 1. (Dharan NJ, Gubareva L, Klimov A, et al. Oseltamivir-resistant influenza A [H1N1] in the United States, 2007-2008 [Abstract V-918])The finding was announced on the second day of the 48th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a 15,000-person gathering known as ICAAC, which this year is being held in conjunction with the 46th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. It comes on the heels of an Oct 14 World Health Organization (WHO) announcement that during the southern hemisphere flu season this past summer, oseltamivir-resistant viruses were found in South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Kenya, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and Uruguay.Last January, toward the end of the 2007-08 northern hemisphere flu season, the WHO reported that surveillance networks had found oseltamivir-resistant viruses in 9 out of 18 European countries surveyed, though the sample sizes were small.Worrisomely, the mutation that confers resistance also appears in areas where seasonal flu co-exists with avian influenza H5N1. “In the last year or so we have seen a massive increase in seasonal flu resistance to oseltamivir,” Dr. Jeremy Farrar of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit at Vietnam’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases said today at the conference. “In Ho Chi Minh City at the moment, 60% of seasonal flu isolates are drug-resistant.”Farrar was part of the treatment team for two Vietnamese H5N1 patients who were found to have the mutated virus in 2005 during treatment with oseltamivir and who died of the infection.”There is a lot of concern about emerging resistance to oseltamivir,” Dr. Trish Perl, director of hospital epidemiology and infection control at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said at the meeting yesterday during a separate presentation on hospitals’ pandemic preparations.If a flu pandemic begins, she said, “We may not have the luxury of immunoprophylaxis. We may have to rely on basic infection control.”Protecting newborns from fluIn other news from the meeting, a study presented yesterday by Dr. Emmanuel Walter Jr. of Duke Children’s Hospital suggested that newborn infants, who are too young to be safely vaccinated against flu, could be protected from the disease by vaccinating their mothers, fathers and siblings before mother and baby leave the hospital. Vaccinating the family members creates a cocoon of immunity around newborns, who are at much higher risk than older children for potentially life-threatening flu complications.The study was carried out at Durham (North Carolina) Regional Hospital. Researchers distributed educational information, set up a vaccination clinic, and compared the number of flu shots given to new mothers and family members over 5 months with the number given at Duke, where no program was in place. The number of flu shots given rose 16% at Durham, and 40 percent of mothers agreed to be vaccinated. (Walter EB Jr, Swamy G, Allred N, et al. Influenza immunization of household contacts of newborns in the hospital setting [Abstract G1-1209])High-dose flu shots for elderlyAt the other end of the age spectrum, researchers funded by vaccine-maker Sanofi Pasteur reported that poor response to flu shots by the elderly could be improved by giving those over age 65 a much larger dose of the vaccine.Dr. Ann Falsey of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and colleagues from St. Louis University and the St. Louis VA Medical Center gave a vaccine with four times the normal amount of hemagglutinin, a flu-virus protein, to 2,575 volunteers over age 65, and gave the normal vaccine to an additional 1,262 volunteers. Four weeks after the shot, the high-dose volunteers showed twice the level of flu antibodies seen in the standard-dose volunteers. (Falsey AR, Capellan J, Yau E, et al. Improved immunogenicity after high dose compared to standard influenza vaccine in seronegative adults aged [at least] 65 Years [Abstract G-1191])Testing nondrug flu defensesIn another study focused on prevention, University of Michigan researchers led by assistant professor of epidemiology Allison Aiello found that wearing standard surgical masks and regularly using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can cut flu transmission in the community by up to 50%. Participants were randomly assigned to a control group or to using a mask or mask plus hand sanitizer for 6 weeks in the 2006-07 flu season. Only those who used both the mask and the gel reported a drop in their rate of flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and body aches.The researchers cautioned, though, that the results may not be robust because the 2006-07 season was relatively mild. They are currently computing results from the same intervention conducted in the 2007-08 season, which was more severe.The study is the first prospective investigation to report that nonpharmaceutical interventions—a broad category that includes home quarantine and isolation, social distancing, and school closings—can play a role in reducing flu transmission. That could be an important finding in an influenza pandemic, when pharmaceutical measures such as vaccine and antivirals are expected to be in short supply. (Aiello AE, Murray G, Coulborn R, et al. Mask use reduces seasonal influenza-like illness in the community setting [Abstract V-924])C difficile peak follows flu peakAnd in an example of unintended consequences, Dr. Philip Polgreen of the University of Iowa reported a newly recognized statistical association between influenza outbreaks and the incidence of Clostridium difficile–associated disease, a severe diarrheal illness that can be drug-resistant and that occurs after antibiotics wipe out the normal bacterial inhabitants of the gut.Using 8 years’ worth of hospital discharge data, Polgreen plotted the monthly incidence of C difficile outbreaks in the United States and found that the disease routinely peaks within 2 months after the height of flu season. He theorizes that the outbreaks are the after-effect of antibiotics prescribed during flu season. The antibiotics may have been appropriately prescribed for secondary bacterial illnesses as well as inappropriately for viral symptoms that the drugs would not affect, he said. (Polgreen PM, Bohnett LC, Cavanaugh JE. A time series analysis of C. difficile and its seasonal association with influenza [Abstract K-502])See also: Nicoll A, Ciancio B, Kramarz P. Observed oseltamivir resistance in seasonal influenza viruses in Europe: interpretation and potential implications. Eurourveillance 2008 Jan 31;13(5) [Full text]Deyde VM, Xu X, Bright RA, et al. Surveillance of resistance to adamantanes among influenza A(H3N2) and A(H1N1) viruses isolated worldwide. J Infect Dis 2007 Jul 15;196(2):249 [Abstract]de Jong MD, Tran TT, Truong HK, et al. Oseltamivir resistance during treatment of influenza A (H5N1) infection. N Engl J Med 2005 Dec 22;353(25):2667-72 [Full text]Aug 25 CIDRAP News story “H1N1 viruses growing more resistant to Tamiflu”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/aug2508tamiflu.html
Side dish: IMOTSKA KRAJINA TOURISM DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN This strategy will serve as the basic regulatory framework for coordinating and managing the activities of various economic entities, public sector institutions and all other stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in the development and raising the quality of the overall tourism product in this area by 2025. In this sense, taking into account not only the need for enhanced commercialization of available natural heritage, while ensuring its long-term sustainable use, but also permanent preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, optimal use of available development space and strengthening the potential of this area for sustainable and green development. tourism, the most important goal of this document is certainly to continuously increase the level of well-being and quality of life of all residents of Imotski Krajina. Thus, the tourism workers of Imotski Krajina made two important decisions and received two important documents as the first prerequisites for strategic development, at least on paper, and now it is up to tourism workers and destinations to follow the direction defined and implement everything in the next six years. . Photo: TZ Imota The financing of the Strategy was in the ratio of 40% by the CNTB, 40% by the Ministry of Tourism, and 20% by the foreign Tourist Board of Imotski. Of course this is only the first step and a lot of work is needed, in fact the real work is just beginning and will never end because branding a tourist destination and development is a process that always lasts and never ends. But the most important thing is to know who we are, what we want and where we want to get, and that is exactly defined by the strategy. “The Imotski region is a historical and geographical fact, a geographical fact, which is fragmented and divided through various historical bureaucratic and administrative decrees. This project of formal connection and association of the city of Imotski and municipalities from the area of Imotski Krajina, seeks to bridge these administrative boundaries, in order to facilitate the achievement of goals in the tourism sector”Said Luka Kolovrat, director of TZO Imota during the merger. According to the e-visitor system, in 2018 Imotska Krajina recorded 9.917 arrivals with 73.830 overnight stays. This is an increase of 22,6% in arrivals, or 27% in overnight stays compared to 2017 when we had 8.089 arrivals and 57.950 overnight stays. Most arrivals and overnight stays were realized in Imotski (4.497 arrivals and 22.946 overnight stays), followed by the municipalities of Podbablje (1.924 arrivals and 18.852 overnight stays), Zagvozd (1.255 – 10.294), Proložac (726 – 7.236), Zmijavci (752 – 6.992), Cista Provo (364 – 3.484), Lovreć (166 – 1.778), Runovići (143 – 1.326) and Lokvičići (72 – 922). ESTATE KRAJINA TOURIST BOARD ESTABLISHED – IMOTA Attached is the Imotski Krajina Tourism Development Action Plan, which you study well, and the entire document of the Imotski Krajina Tourism Development Strategy until 2025 will be published soon. The highest number of overnight stays was recorded by guests from Germany (27.045), followed by Poland (10.534), the United Kingdom (5.073), Croatia (4.324), France (3.858), the Netherlands (2.825), Denmark (2.785), Belgium (2.313), etc. In 2018, the largest growth was achieved from the UK and France A year ago, there was a merger and synergy of tourist destinations into one brand – the tourist community of Imotski Krajina – Imota, and yesterday in Imotski was presented the Tourism Development Strategy of Imotski Krajina until 2025, the implementation of which should provide important prerequisites for better tourism. the entire area of Imotski Krajina with increasing segments of tourist demand. Key objectives will thus include the establishment of a shared vision, goals and concept of tourism development; creating a well-designed, market-recognizable, diversified, but also mutually complementary system of tourist experiences; recognition of a certain number of priority development-investment and / or business-management projects within the competence of both the private and public sectors, ie through; market (re) positioning of the entire project area on the tourism market in the function of strengthening its market recognition and desirability. DALMATIAN ZAGORA PRESENTED ITS TOURIST OFFER TO THE ASSOCIATION OF TOURIST GUIDES IN CHINESE Compared to 2017, the largest increase in arrivals and overnight stays was recorded by guests from the UK (141% growth) and France (112% growth). The development of the Tourism Development Strategy of the Imotski Region is the first major project carried out by the Imotski Tourist Board after it was established in the middle of last year as the largest tourist area in Croatia. The development of the Strategy has been entrusted to the Institute for Tourism, and today the Imota Tourist Board has been included in the small list of local tourist boards that have such a document, Kolovrat points out and adds: “The strategy objectively defined our current shortcomings, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, and the action plan is especially important, which envisages more than thirty projects that should be realized by local self-government units, Imotski Tourist Board, but also private entrepreneurs. With such strategic and long-term thinking and acting in the coming period, we want to avoid improvisations and mistakes and even better position our tourist destination and achieve safe and stable growth.”Concludes Kolovrat. 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For more than a decade the World Economic Forum (WEF) engages tourism industry leaders to deeply analyze the competitiveness of the tourism sector. This year’s report’s Competitiveness Index put Spain at the top of the list, followed by France, Germany, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland. The categories in which Croatia recorded the worst scores were “business environment” (123rd place), “human resources and the labor market” (103rd place), “prioritization of the travel and tourism sector” (57th place) and “price competitiveness” ( 97th place). The full WEF report “The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report” can be found HERE. Ratings by country Overall ranking Source: World Economic Forum On the other hand, Croatia deviated from the European average in the categories of “security” (35th place), “health and hygiene” (22nd place), “readiness for information and communication technologies” (54th place), “openness to foreigners”. “(27th place),” environmental sustainability “(14th place),” air transport infrastructure “(44th place),” road, rail and sea transport infrastructure “(47th place),” tourism services infrastructure “(5 . place), “natural resources” (20th place) and “cultural resources and business travel” (32nd place). This year, Croatia found its place in the 27th position of the overall standings, which is a shift of 5 places from the 32nd position in which it found itself in the 2017 report. In this place, Croatia is 17,6 percent more successful in the competitiveness of the tourism sector than the world average, or 5,9 percent more than the regional (southern Europe). The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, which is published every other year, indexes the competitiveness of the travel and tourism sector of 140 economies and measures a set of factors and policies that enable sustainable development of the sector, which in turn contributes to the country’s competitiveness. Grades by categories
Campaign slogan “Krk is not just the sea and the sun – Krk is an experience “, it makes it clear that Krk wants to position itself more than the concept of sun and sea. Thumbs up for Krk Tourist Board, thumbs down for destination (whole island of Krk) Unfortunately, there is still a lack of synergy and sufficient awareness on the entire island of Krk, that it is necessary to brand one tourist brand, and that is the entire island of Krk, and not individual destinations on the island. So this platform should be based on the offer of the entire island of Krk. Camino Krk is a circular route that passes through the hiking trails of the island of Krk, a total length of 100 km, while the starting point is in the city of Krk, and the final in Kornić in front of the church of St. James. On the portal www.ExperienceKrk.com a whole range of tourist-themed products is presented as a motive for coming, precisely with the aim of attracting tourists outside the main season. The key word is thematically rounded products, not just individual content. Great platform, but again lacking synergy Camino Krk – an excellent new tourist product as well as a motive for coming in the pre- and post-season Tourism knows no borders nor are tourists interested in the borders of cities and counties, not even states. They are only interested in quality, diverse and authentic content and experience. Of course, with quality accommodation in the service and the most important value for money. Even on the island of Krk for many years, in addition to the seven existing tourist boards, there is the Tourist Board of the island of Krk, but still the whole story is not complete, as one tourist brand – and that is the island of Krk. In Croatia since 1203, the Brotherhood of St. Jacob organized to help pilgrims who then walked from Croatia to Santiago de Compostela and back. Today’s Brotherhood of St. James, based in Samobor, inherits this tradition. She is a member of the Brotherhood of St. Jacob in Santiago de Compostela, the central institution that brings together the associations and fraternities of St. Jacob from all over the world. He is the issuer of the Croatian pilgrimage passport – Credentila, officially accepted as a pilgrimage document with which in Santiago de Compostela a diploma of pilgrimage is obtained – Compostela. Camino de Santiago – Put Sv. Jakov, is a pilgrimage route of over 800 km that is walked annually by over 320.000 people in Spain, and throughout Europe and significantly more. In 1987, the Council of Europe awarded it the title of “Main Street of Europe”. In 1993, UNESCO declared the Spanish and French part of the road to Santiago a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Road network Sv. Jacob leading in Santiago de Compostela stretches across Europe. From the north of Norway and other Baltic countries, signposts lead to Santiago de Compostela. Photo: krk.hr Camino Week on Krk is a project that lays the foundations for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism in order to extend the season and develop tourism in accordance with the principles of sustainability and preservation of tradition, point out the Tourist Board of Krk. It is an event Camino week on Krk which will be held for the first time in the period 30.9. – October 06.10.2019, XNUMX, and is organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Krk and the Brotherhood of St. James with partners. This event marks the beginning of the official Croatian Camino route following the medieval pilgrimage routes on the island of Krk. The thematic route Camino Krk will join the European network of pilgrimage routes of St. James, and create the preconditions for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism on the island of Krk. “We have singled out integral destination products for the purpose of presenting the city and the island of Krk as a year-round destination and presented them on the portal www.ExperienceKrk.com, through which our guests will have the opportunity to get in direct contact with local stakeholders.”Point out from the Tourist Board of the city of Krk. Precisely with the aim of promoting and selling experiences and content, the Tourist Board of the City of Krk launched a digital platform, ie a website www.Experiencekrk.com which promotes the contents and tourist products of the city of Krk throughout the year. Certainly, in order to take a step further so that all tourist products can be purchased directly on the platform online, I must be imperative. Because tourists are not interested in who does the implementation, but only the experience. And if we have already attracted attention and interested them in the arrival and consumption of any of these tourist products, all that remains is the action and the purchase of the same. This way it is missing, so a step further is needed, which is certainly not efficient. Today in the modern age we all want it now and now, and if we already have the consent to buy and can’t do it, the focus and interest suddenly drops or disappears. There is no worse situation than postponing a purchase, and it only took one click. But this is certainly an example of how one destination should be developed and presented, through one digital platform where experiences and integrated tourism products are sold. Experience and experience are the main drivers of modern tourists when choosing a destination for their vacation, and the sun and the sea have long been insufficient. The focus must be on the content and experience, and this is exactly the solution on how to extend the tourist season. Cover photo: Illustration by HrTurizam.hr The goal of the Camino Week on Krk event is to present a new tourist product to the general public and stakeholders in the destination. It is an event with a rich program related to the Way of St. Jakov (lectures, forums, exhibitions, film screenings…) within which hiking is organized and only marking the route. A similar event will be organized twice a year, in April and October, and the rest of the year visitors will be able to walk alone in their own arrangement according to the proposed itinerary. This is the first draft of the platform that will develop and grow, and all those who have integrated tourist products would be good to contact the Tourist Board of the city of Krk to be listed on the portal and thus complete the content of the destination. Here we return to the branding of regions, and it is certainly insane that any island, I emphasize the island, has x tourist boards and no synergies, ie that each destination develops tourism for itself without such an important synergy. Both the island of Krk and the island of Brac, Korcula…. There is simply no reason and argument, except of course the political nature or individual “egotrips”, for this situation where everyone looks only at himself. Here I mean again the branding of regions, from Slavonia to Dalmatia, and especially the islands. Chad in fact, this is not a political issue, but a market development where everyone wins, and this is how we stick to the statue quo and stagnate. Obviously it takes some more time to raise awareness about branding and developing the island as one brand, but in today’s modern and technological times where we all fight in the global market competition for attention and for every tourist, it is insane to wait another x years to make something we can do today, and we should have ten years ago. Thus, the thematic products of the destination combine cultural-historical, gastronomic, romantic, religious and dental offer. In addition, the idea for creating stays for families, for boaters, adrenaline lovers, mountaineers, cyclists and artists, ideas for day and multi-day trips, and recommendations on how guests can use their time on the island in the best possible way. .