More than 700 guests come to Novigrad every year to harvest olives

first_imgLast week in Novigrad, the first group of 200 guests from Germany started harvesting olives in the olive groves of Laguna Novigrad.In the morning, the guests went to the olive groves and thus gave their contribution to the production of the esteemed olive oil Vergal. During the harvest, which was accompanied by traditional Istrian music, they also had the opportunity to enjoy local gourmet specialties.”Today has definitely exceeded all my expectations. Picking olives in the first row to the sea, excellent food, oil tasting and helpful waiters. A special day in a beautiful location “, said Klaudia from Germany, who, along with other guests, opened this year’s olive harvest.The company Laguna Novigrad, which manages the tourist brand Aminess Hotels & Campsites, offers guests a unique tourist package that includes accommodation in its facilities and participation in the olive harvest. Thus, every year, during October and November, during the harvest period, Novigrad is visited by more than 700 guests from all over Europe. After the harvest, guests visit the oil mill where they attend the process of processing harvested olives, and as a souvenir they receive a bottle of Vergal.The olive groves where Vergal is produced are located in the immediate vicinity of the sea, which maximally benefits the olive fruit and the quality of the oil. The oil is obtained directly from the olive fruit by a mechanical cold processing process while the fruits are harvested by hand in order to preserve the quality and body of the fruit to the maximum.The quality of Vergal is recognized by both experts and consumers, and it is the winner of several national and international awards. Among them are this year’s award in the Best of Class category, for Vergal Frantoio won in New York at “The New York International Olive Oil Competition”, the largest and one of the most respected competitions in assessing the quality of olive oils in the world, and a gold gourmet medal for Vergal Frantoio as part of the International Edible Oils Competition awarded by L’Agence pour la Valorisation des Produits Agricoles (AVPA) in Paris.Also, the renowned world guide to the highest quality olive oils “Flos Olei 2019” was recently included. For the sixth time, Vergal is part of a world guide that evaluates hundreds of olive oils from all over the world every year. By the way, Aminess also uses the same quality olive oil in its gastronomic offer, ie in the kitchen during the tourist season.A great example of how the tourist season lengthensIn the off-season, 700 guests came to Novigrad, but the motive for their arrival was not the sea and beaches, but olive picking and quality content. Now this whole project, like many others, should rise to a higher level, but not only Aminess, but in synergy the whole destination. This is just a “proof of concept” and one small wheel, now imagine that in Novigrad at the same time we have 5-6 more similar events, that’s about 5.000 nights. The calculation is clear.In north-western Istria we have the best example of the synergy of destinations in Croatia, through Colors of Istria, which extended the season through various contents in the pre- and post-season, and most importantly, not the focus on numbers, but on quality guests who generate much more tourist consumption.On the other side of the Adriatic, more precisely in Postira on the island of Brač, the 2nd World Olive Picking Championship was held this weekend, with teams from Montenegro, France, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Great Britain, Sweden, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Herzegovina, the United States and, of course, Croatia. The event, the main goals of which are to spread olive culture, exchange experiences, socialize between representatives of olive growers, but also countries that do not have such a developed olive tradition, was organized for the second year in a row by Postira Tourist Board and Agricultural Cooperative from Brač.A great example of how the tourist season lengthens. We don’t have to invent “hot water”, we just offer what is natural and logical. Let us be what we are, I must be our main tourist product. Content, only quality content is the main formula of the ingredient how to prolong the tourist season.last_img read more

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This year’s Forum of Zagreb caterers is marked by key problems of the profession

first_imgThe Zagreb Association of Caterers invites all its members to this year’s Forum of Zagreb Caterers, which will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 10 am at the Esplanade Hotel. This year, too, the emphasis will be on the burning issues that plague caterers in their daily work, with special reference to labor shortages, too high VAT and too high wage costs. All of the above has led to a large outflow of workers from the hospitality sector abroad.  All these problems are not only the problems of caterers, but they also affect society as a whole, so they will  The Zagreb Caterers’ Forum will be attended by representatives of the competent ministries and other state bodies to which caterers will address their problems. After the working part of the Forum, where caterers will present their conclusions to the state, a press conference will be held where representatives of the Zagreb Association of Caterers and representatives of city and executive bodies will present their views on the problems and opportunities of the hospitality sector. There will also be a traditional award ceremony for those who have contributed to the long-term contribution to the hospitality profession, as well as a panel discussion on solving the problem of labor shortage. By the way, the Association of Caterers Zagreb is very active and clearly articulates its problems and challenges, and as announced, and so it was last year, after the Forum, a press conference will be held to send conclusions from it. This is extremely important, because just imagine how many different forums, conferences, panels there are every year kao and like everyone else they are fighting for something, and no one clearly articulates their conclusions after the event, both to the public and to the institutions. And there is the main problem, only the same story has been told for 20 years, money and resources are spent, and there is no real action or results, by which I mean market, not political changes, to move things from a dead end through argumentative dialogue.By the way, the Association of Caterers Zagreb brings together about 1.500 caterers and craftsmen of the city of Zagreb and solves the problems of about 4.500 legal entities of caterers of the city of Zagreb.VAT in tourism must be lower, it is clear to everyone, even to the StateSource: HGKVAT in tourism must be lower, it is clear to everyone, even to the State, and all the analyzes say that, among other things. It is common knowledge that if the tax burden is high, it slows down economic development as well as increases the gray market. The less taxes and the general burden on business, the better the economy, and thus the filling of the state budget. Thus, increasing levies and taxes reduces consumption and stifles the economy, ie business development, and thus creates a budget deficit, regardless of the tax increase.On the other hand, the state is aware that VAT in tourism is too high, so the question is when they will reduce it again, but due to large debt and lack of cash, they simply decided to take money from the tourism sector, which is practically the only one that works and fills every year. i.e. saves the budget. By the way, tourism accounts for 20% of GDP, which is not a problem of tourism as such, but a proof of how low other industries are. The pressure of the profession is great to return the VAT in tourism to the old, ie the VAT rate to be 10%, which will surely bear fruit, it is only a question of when, because time is running out. That this is the case is also shown by the analysis of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, where according to the analysis of the sector in the first four months of this year, it was concluded that every second owner of cafes or restaurants in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County wants to close the facility. .Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of the accommodation and catering industry in Croatia “With the current VAT rates, only minor positive effects on fiscal revenues are possible, while in the long run we can expect a smaller number of sectoral investments, a reduction in the number of new employees, lower gross value added and lower quality accommodation units” is the conclusion of the analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of organized accommodation and catering in Croatia, point out the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.According to the results of the study and estimates of the fiscal effect of the existing rate, the state will start earning less from 2019 according to the new rates than according to those from 2016. A VAT rate of 10% gives greater fiscal effects compared to the increased rate as early as 2025 due to the difference in investment intention and inflow of new accommodation. The economic effects of the current rate by 2021 compared to a rate of 10% mean 41% less sectoral investment and a loss of more than 2,5 billion euros of potential investment, 71% less new employees, 13% less value added and over 11.000 high quality accommodation units less.Side dish:Presentation summary / Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of the accommodation and catering industry in Croatia Complete analysis / Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of Croatian accommodation and catering activities,By the way, the Association of Caterers Zagreb brings together about 1.500 caterers and craftsmen of the city of Zagreb and solves the problems of about 4.500 legal entities of caterers of the city of Zagreb.last_img read more

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Memorandum on tourist cooperation between the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of India signed

first_imgThe two-day state visit of the President of the Republic of India Rama Nat Kovinda, who is staying in the Republic of Croatia at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar, began yesterday with a welcoming ceremony at the Office of the President, a tête-à-tête meeting of the two Presidents and a bilateral meeting of official delegations of the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of India. -Kitarovic. Also, Indian tourists made 2017 million foreign trips in 23,94, an increase of 9,5% compared to 2016, and spend between $ 800 and $ 1000 on travel, depending on the destination and type of trip. Photo: Pexels.com On that occasion, President Nath Kovind pointed out that Croatia was recognized as a tourist destination in India, especially after the success of the Croatian national football team at the World Cup, and revealed that Bollywood, the Indian film industry, intends to shoot in Croatia. According to the eVisitor system, in 2018 there were 65 arrivals and 145 overnight stays of Indian tourists, which is an increase of 13 percent in arrivals and 15 percent in overnight stays compared to 2017. Most overnight stays were realized in the clusters of Dubrovnik and Split and in Zagreb. Karlovac and Zadar. About half of all overnight stays were spent in hotel accommodation. The number of arrivals from India is increasing The Indian emitting market is characterized by a large number of leisure trips and visits to friends and relatives with a modest budget and a small number of luxury trips.center_img According to the Ministry of Tourism, Croatia’s tourism potential in the Indian market was confirmed in early 2018, when Croatia was awarded the prize in the category “Most promising new destination” at the OTM business fair in the Indian city of Mumbai, ie recognition for the most attractive new destination. Members of the Croatian and Indian delegations discussed the possibilities of intensifying bilateral relations between Croatia and India through the newly signed Memorandum on Tourism Cooperation, the establishment of direct air connections i investment potentials in tourism whereby the Indian side expressed interest in making movies in Croatia. On that occasion, the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, as an envoy of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, concluded a Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of India on tourism cooperation. This is the first agreement between the two governments, which, as Minister Cappelli points out, makes cooperation between the two countries even more concrete, with an action plan and deadlines that will strengthen passenger traffic and tourist services. They travel to Europe from May to July and from October to December, mostly in organized tours lasting 10 to 21 days, with two to three days in each country. Indians choose to stay in three- or four-star hotels on organized trips, while individuals more often choose accommodation offered in the market.  From 2011 to 2018, the growth of tourist traffic from the Indian emitting market in Croatia is evident. The number of arrivals and overnight stays in that period increased by almost ten times.last_img read more

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Zadar Wine Festival as a place where many caterers will choose favorites for their wine lists

first_imgAs the Lord pointed out Ivan Stiblik, organizer of Zadar Wine Festival and commissioner Croatian Sommelier Club for Dalmatia: “This area is a very important market for the placement of wines of small and large producers from all over Croatia throughout the year, and primarily during the tourist season. Therefore, such a festival is an excellent opportunity for producers to present wines and varieties of their region. It is a well-known fact that modern caterers must have a large selection of wines of different varieties in their wine lists, and this event will help them in their selection. ” Zadar Wine Festival is an ideal place for minglanje caterers and winemakers – experience from the previous two festivals shows that many caterers in Zadar will choose their favorites for their wine lists. We’ll see you in the Zadar Arsenal, Saturday and Sunday, 6. and 7. April from 14: 00 to 20: 00 hours. Ivan Stiblik, organizer of Zadar Wine Festival and commissioner Croatian Sommelier Club for Dalmatia (photo: Silvija Munda) 3. Zadar Wine Festival will be held under the patronage and support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zadar, the Zadar County, the Croatian Chamber of Economy, the Zadar Tourist Board and the Zadar County Tourist Board. Dalmatia, and especially Zadar and Zadar County as one of the fastest growing wine regions in Croatia need a festival that – through superior organization and great presentation of wine, winemakers and appropriate delicacies and with a rich accompanying program – brings together producers, caterers, wine connoisseurs and all other wine lovers. List of restaurants participating in the event Ten days in the restaurant:Art Hotel Kalelarga – LunchBon Appetit – whole dayBruschetta – LunchKnot – whole dayKonoba Skoblar – DinnerKornat – DinnerNostalgia – whole dayPasta & Anything – whole dayFive wells – Lunch2 Ribara – whole daycenter_img In a unique ambiance Zadar Arsenal, a five-hundred-year-old cultural monument – illuminated sunlight captured in water – during two festival days 3. in order Zadar Wine Festival visitors will be able to taste the wines of reputable exhibitors and expand their knowledge through participation in numerous specialized workshops (list at the end of the text). Ivan Stiblik, organizer of Zadar Wine Festival (photo: Silvija Munda) Zadar Wine Festival (photo: Silvija Munda) Zadar Wine Festival (photo: Silvija Munda) Zadar Wine Festival (photo: Silvija Munda) Zadar Wine Festival (photo: Silvija Munda) List of expert workshops:Saturday, 6.4.X Two faces of the Villány region (Hotel Almayer-Art & Heritage) – wines of the Hungarian region Villány, lecturer: Zoltán GyorffyX A crab, a friend of Mediterranean cuisine (Hotel Bastion), lecturer: Tomislav JakopovićX Vina Laguna – presentation of the premium line Festigia (Hotel Almayer-Art & Heritage), lecturer: Filip Savić Sunday, 7.4.X Chewing wine and cheese (Hotel Bastion), lecturer: Filip SavićX Champagne and Prosecco (Hotel Almayer-Art & Heritage), lecturer: Jo Ahearne A kind of festival announcement is a manifestation Ten days in the restaurant (list at the end of the text) that lasts up to 5. April in which Zadar hosts offer a variety of three-star menus of wine from Zadar County, all for only 110 rabbits. last_img read more

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A small school about modern trends in tourism: “Eco friendly” is becoming the most important orientation in tourism

first_imgThis is also the strongest message about the need to “redesign” the tourist offer. NO # 3 SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TOURISM: CROATIAN HOSTS AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD  All GeenLeaders hotels and B&Bs must sign up for TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program. If they meet the conditions, then they are ranked in 4 degrees – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The status depends on minimizing the negative impact on the environment. NO1 # SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TOURISM: WORLD TRENDS IN FAMILY, “PRIVATE” ACCOMMODATION Why the GreenLeader brand TripAdvisor? TripAdvisor is the most famous and most used travel advisor in the world. Due to the growing environmental awareness of travelers in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scandinavia… they designed the label “Green leader”. Green leader is a label for an accommodation facility that respects the standards of sustainable and responsible tourism. Ecological disposal of ink containers, old batteries, electronic equipment, etc. Donation of leftover food, toilet equipment, furniture, electronic equipment, etc. to charitable organizations at least quarterly. Composting, minimal use of pesticides, use of alternative methods. Limited use of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals in environmental maintenance. At least 75% of the ornamental plants around the house are indigenous. A roof that collects rainwater, collecting and using rainwater, seeking feedback from guests, educating guests about all of the above. Possession of “green quality stamps”: Leed, Green key, Green seal, Green globes, Travelife, Earth Check, Audobon, International Green Lodging, Sti, Step… CO2 emission measurement, car charging station up to 2 km away udalje What is required? Consumption recording, waste disposal plans, energy savings, recycling, staff training, informing guests about our promotions, energy-saving household appliances, energy efficiency of the facility, wastewater recycling, smart technology (sensors, keys…), protection of the facility from excessive insolation pergolas, foils, awnings), solar water heating, geothermal heat pumps, etc. Economical water consumption, use of organically grown food, food supply within 100 km, use of paper confection from recycled material, environmentally friendly cleaning products, furniture and floors from environmentally friendly materials, supplied within a radius of 500 km, replenishing packaging for soaps and shampoos, controlling waste production and taking mitigation measures. At least 25% of waste is recycled, recycled edible oil, furniture, etc. Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com NO # 5 SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TOURISM: NIŠ MARKETING AND CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF FEEDBACK Supported by other eco-brands, it is visible on TripAdvisor – the most influential travel advisor. The number of environmentally conscious passengers is increasing, the share of cars in vehicle sales is growing, and the percentage of passengers who practice active holidays in nature is growing – nature lovers. NO # 2 / SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TOURISM TRENDS: USA AND EU SUPPORT DIGITAL ECONOMY DESPITE TRADE CONFLICTS  A complex questionnaire with elaborate conditions on 30 pages. Why is eco friendly label important? Labeling on the example of “Green leader” RELATED NEWS:  NO # 4 SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TOURISM: THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY ACCOMMODATION AND PERSPECTIVES TripAdvisor’s survey back in 2015 found that 26% of Europeans in that year chose an eco-friendly trip. As many as 33% of respondents planned to take such a trip in the next 12 months. It also turned out that one in 10 Europeans wants to stay in an eco friendly hotel on their trip. The climate change we are facing is having a strong impact on raising awareness of environmentally friendly behavior. This “moment” is increasingly present in modern travelers and is increasingly becoming a decisive “factor” in choosing a trip.last_img read more

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Kudos to National Night Out groups

first_imgPeriodically, it’s essential, in the hustle and bustle of life, to stop and say thanks, to those which, all too often, receive no thanks but much is expected. If you haven’t heard, as yet, the city of Schenectady and Schenectady Neighborhood Watch won the National Competition for National Night Out. This was the only such honor given to any municipality in the state of New York, large or small. The event was held on the first Tuesday in August 2017. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion National Night Out is a celebration of the Law Enforcement-Community Partnership. Last year, it was conducted in the beautiful Woodlawn Park, off Kings Road. Special thanks to the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association and the hard-working Woodlawn Park group, for lending their venue for this important event. The Schenectady Police Department had a wide range of demonstrations and the Schenectady County Sheriff was on board, to offer child ID’s and showcase the Explorer Post. The Schenectady Fire Department was a huge hit particularly, for the kids (big red trucks).The Schenectady mayor and city council and numerous neighborhood association leaders were there and gave a hand in the yearly “Neighborhood March.” They were led by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, who has established an annual tradition of leading the March, around a portion of the neighborhood. State Sen. James Te-disco and Assemblyman Phil Steck brought proclamations and attended.Planning now for Aug. 7, 2018, bigger than ever. Stay tuned.FREDERIC LEESchenectadyThe writer is president of the Schenectady Neighborhood Watch.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

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How to ..Manage a relocation project

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South Yorkshire Industrial: Prices rise as capacity falls

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Cash in land

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Money for nothing?

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