Uber Boat is available only in Croatia this summer

first_imgTransfer from the mainland to any island and vice versa will be available for a maximum of eight people. In addition to transfers, it will be possible to choose the trip option for half-day and full-day rides in which users, before the ride, can add destinations and stops to visit within a single ride. All service providers are licensed occasional maritime transport companies whose captains have valid commercial transport licenses. As in the previous two years, the service will have two different options: transfer and trip. Through Uber’s application in the Split and Dubrovnik waters, users will be able to order a speedboat for transfer from the coast to the island, and vice versa, as well as for rides to locations of their choice.   The unique Uber Boat service, which just had its world premiere in Croatia, will be available exclusively on the Dalmatian coast for the third year in a row during the summer months. As of today, Uber Boat can be ordered in Split, Dubrovnik and on the islands in their surroundings.  “We are proud to be able to offer customers this popular service, which is only available in Croatia, for the third year in a row. Uber Boat provides all tourists with a unique experience of exploring the Croatian coast in a simple and reliable way. In the previous two seasons, the service was used by users from 40 countries, and the feedback was extremely positive. We are most pleased that in this way we can contribute to the promotion of Croatian tourism “, said Davor Tremac, Uber’s general manager for Southeast Europe. Prices for the Uber Boat service range from the minimum price: 330 kuna per start and 29 kuna per kilometer, ie 33 kuna per nautical mile and per minute of driving: 2,6 kuna. The average price of a ride for eight people from Split to Hvar is 2.600 kuna or 325 kuna per person.last_img read more

Coordination of directors of tourist boards of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was held

first_imgAfter in five years, from 2014 to 2018, Kvarner tourism achieved a steady growth, which in that period resulted in 30% more overnight stays, in the first seven months of 2019 the result in overnight stays was 1% lower than last year, and while arrivals remained at the 2018 level with a total of 1.719.000 tourists visiting the region. In addition to reviewing tourist news and discussing the implementation of summer events that run according to plan and record high attendance, there was also talk of tourist results by destination. “The coordination of directors of tourist boards is satisfied with the results that are mostly at the level or slightly weaker than last year, and when compared to the previous few years, Kvarner remains a destination that attracts guests, above all, the quality of tourist offer and tourist accommodation”, Said the director Peršić Živadinov. The drop in traffic occurred primarily in lower category accommodation The full report is attached In the period from January to July, the strongest growth in tourist arrivals and overnight stays, of 8% in arrivals and as much as 18% in overnight stays, was in the Rijeka area, followed by the Opatija Riviera, with an increase in arrivals and overnight stays of 1% in compared to last year. With 523.000 arrivals, the island of Krk is at the level of last year’s results. Attachment: Information on the course of the tourist season JANUARY – JULY 2019 One of the topics of the meeting was the sojourn taxes, which remained at the level of last year. But the agreement is that possible changes will be considered in the future, depending on the projects proposed for financing from the sojourn tax. Private accommodation with 5 * from January to July recorded an increase of 37%, and in July of 35%. The camps of the highest category achieved an increase of 7% in the first 21 months, or 18% in July. Hotels in the first 7 months in 5 * have 5% more overnight stays. center_img Source / photo: Primorje-Gorski Kotar County; Kastav Tourist Board “This proves that it pays to invest in quality”, Emphasized Peršić Živadinov and in support of that explained that the branded Kvarner family facilities in Kvarner achieve as much as 31% better and longer occupancy compared to other facilities in the household.  Perišić Živadinov also commented on the further development of marketing brands, within which, in addition to the existing Kvarner Outdoor, Kvarner Gourmet & Food and Kvarner Health & Wellbeing, new brands such as Kvarner Culture and Kvarner Maritime Heritage and the Griffon Friendly brand are being developed. “We have never profiled Kvarner as a destination for mass tourism, nor do we believe that this is the way Kvarner should go. Invest in quality, in products and create motives for arrivals in order to have an ideal number of guests in the future, without again undermining the overall possibilities of accepting the destination – this is a sustainable development of tourism”, Concluded Peršić Živadinov.  Yesterday in Kastav, the Kvarner Tourist Board gathered directors of tourist boards and offices from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. This July is 3% lower in arrivals and 2% in overnight stays compared to last year.   In the first 7 months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, 3% less overnight stays were realized in accommodation with 4 *, and 2 * had a drop in overnight stays of 12%. last_img read more

aDORAble example of what it means to be a host in family accommodation

first_imgWhen we return to nature, totally aDORAble things start to happen and that is exactly how the story of this family farm began, which is dedicated to enriching the taste of food on your table. All products in a completely natural and this new brand so simply and originally tells an autochthonous Croatian story. “I planted a mini spice garden that was available to my guests, I dragged an old wooden boat under the fig tree, rearranged it (bow into a” bar “with high chairs), made kids corner, book corner, etc. Mostly I tried to be” different ”and show the guest that I care. I wrote to everyone on the island of Krk and beyond (tourist boards, associations of various….) Unfortunately, these actions often went unanswered or diplomatic. I managed to make them know about me even though they don’t do anything. ” the story of Danielle who last year did an experiment on the Airbnb experience, “aDORAble taste of Mediterranean” which turned out to be great. The base was a story about the types of salt, about Nin’s bio-sea salt and the flower of salt from the small Saltworks Ramov. A classic story of little people and struggles for survival, creativity screams from this woman, an idea of ​​how much you want and I expect that everyone will hear about this story soon. Danijela Drčec stands behind this entrepreneurial idea which she openly conveyed to us and told her story. This is an example of what a host should look like in tourism. “aDORAble is a family project. It is very important to me that our children, Josip 11 years old and Dora 8,5 years old, are satisfied and involved in development according to their age. Everyone has their favorite jam, salt. They suggest new flavors or products, actively participate in brand development. Here, Dora’s name is in the title as well. They experiment and prepare simple meals themselves. The family farm is great among other things and for very useful lessons for children. We teach them patience (eg chili takes 4 months from seed to fruit), misunderstanding (food does not “grow” on the shelf in the store), useful work (they participate in parts of the process according to their age) ” Daniel tells his story. Bravo and I hope there will be more stories like this… “I have been a registered landlord for 11 years, and for the last six years, after being fired from the corporation, I have been more intensively involved in tourism. I go furiously to the tourist boards and complete access to tourism and guests on Krk, but then I (still) reset myself and start working on “my backyard” all I can. I have been an Airbnb super host since 2015 and I found myself on that platform and with that guest profile. I just enjoyed being able to (positively) influence someone’s GO. I started telling stories about flavors, wild herbs, getting citrus and carob from Vis, local cheese, oil, prosciutto,… I started to produce liqueurs, jams, syrups, and finally flavored salts and hot sauces… ” “Guests were able to taste several snacks that were created with the addition of aDORAble flavored salts. I set myself the task of telling as many pages as possible the story of our sea salt and the additives with which I refine it. All my guests know about motar in different variants (in salt, pickled, and even raw). It is interesting that many locals on the island do not know about the motorbike or consume it. I really think that through the flavors of salt I can tell the story of the whole of Croatia. For example, salt with bacon of black Slavonian pigs, with greaves, salt with an autochthonous variety of Slavonian wine, salt and truffles for Istria, Gorska Hrvatska through combinations of various wild herbs, salt and citrus and Mediterranean coastal herbs… the idea is full. Again, I started from the foods available and familiar to me so I keep researching and trying to make progress. An extremely interesting area for me is wild edible herbs ” concludes his story Daniel. In the orchard they have old varieties of apples and berries, plums, peaches, grapes. Of the vegetables, their largest plantations are chili peppers: from seeds, through seedlings to the final product, they grow over 20 different varieties in a combination of urban farming and a classic vegetable garden.  This is how a small entrepreneurial story about marketing products with a great name begins aDORAble. “The wish list is long, but considering the brand’s experience, that’s normal, isn’t it? We are a young brand and we believe that the best is yet to come. We want to develop a family business through our own space, ie a mini sales and production gallery, various collaborations (with tourist communities on the project of creating taste for their area / region, with chefs developing a premium product line, with winemakers to tell the story of indigenous wine varieties, etc.), webshop, increasing and improving the conditions and capacity of plantations. We want to become a recognizable gastro brand in our part of business ” emphasizes Danijela, whose orchards and gardens are located in Zagorje, and a smaller part on the island of Krk. last_img read more

More than 1000 caterers from Dalmatia closed their bars for 60 minutes today

first_imgAlso, caterers emphasize that the season was better than in other Mediterranean countries, but not enough to bridge the gap created by complete quarantine in the spring, falling tourist numbers and the abrupt end of the season due to the closure of other borders. The action is designed as a continuation of the recent action of caterers from Istria and Kvarner with the same goals, only this time it is not called “5 to 12” but “4 to 12”, to draw attention to the fact that time to act competent institutions is running out and it will soon be too late. Tabak: We are not asking for alms, but to be able to borrow – I am pleased that the caterers responded in such large numbers, but even more pleased that our guests recognized the importance of the action and accepted with understanding our reasons why we stopped serving them for 60 minutes. Our demands for measures needed to preserve jobs and prevent the collapse of the economy are clear – suspension of VAT collection until 1.3.2021, permanent preferential rate on food – which according to the Food Act includes food, coffee, beer, juices, water and wine – of 13% or 10%, access to credit lines of HAMAG BICRO for liquidity and HBOR for investments, said Jelena Tabak from the Association of Caterers Split. The action was initiated by the National Association of Caterers and the Association of Caterers Split, but it spread to Zadar, Šibenik, Dubrovnik and other Dalmatian cities and towns and was a complete success, the organizers point out. Only in Split is it closed hundreds of shops, in Zadar and its surroundings more than two hundred of them – in Zadar, as well as in Hvar, only the facilities of local leaders of the Croatian Chamber of Crafts were opened, which for completely incomprehensible reasons stifles the initiatives of its members, the organizers point out. More than a thousand caterers from all over Dalmatia today are starting at 11 hours and 56 minutes, as part actions “4 to 12”, for an hour stopped serving guests at their facilities to alert difficult condition in which their profession found itself. The vast majority of caterers in Dalmatia have closed their facilities The caterers decided to take action since it was due to a coronavirus pandemic endangered survival catering itself and numerous jobs on which tens of thousands of employees and members of their families depend in Dalmatia alone. A survey of a sample of almost 500 caterers from all over Croatia found that almost 60% of them recorded decline in business greater than 50%, and almost 40% face the fact that in these conditions they will not survive until next season. As many as 80% of employers will be forced to resort cancellation of the contract employees. – We do not ask for any alms, nor do we want other people’s money. We are only asking to be allowed to borrow in order to survive until next season, and to be relieved of the tax burden to some extent so that we can pay the loan. There are a number of other measures that could help us at the local government level, from relieving consumption taxes to reducing concession fees, but key measures that will help all caterers – VAT and availability of liquidity and investment funds – must be addressed at the state level., says Jelena Tabak.last_img read more

Trump opioid plan vague, lacks funding

first_imgHe explained to a House committee on Wednesday that there is a “difference between a physical dependence and an addiction.”Many patients successfully overcome their addiction to opioids with a managed course of methadone or buprenorphine while undergoing counseling.The FDA is looking into ways to allow medication-assisted therapy to be prescribed more widely, and to reflect that some people may need to be treated for life.Getting the therapy to the millions of Americans who need it will take a concerted, well-funded effort by the federal government and the states.The president’s own commission on opioid addiction is reportedly considering calling for wider use of the treatment in its forthcoming report.If so, Trump should heed its recommendation and direct his administration to act accordingly. He also promised to seal the borders against illegal drugs and to prosecute traffickers.Absent from this list is something called medication-assisted therapy.The treatment uses methadone and buprenorphine to safely help addicts through recovery, prevent fatal overdoses and enable people to work and live normal lives, studies and experience show.Yet the U.S. government restricts their use to specially trained doctors, who can treat only a limited number of patients.And too many Americans believe the myth that prescribing methadone or buprenorphine — both opioids — simply replaces one addiction for another, and that it’s better for addicts to simply abstain.Trump’s former secretary of Health and Human Services questioned the value of medication-assisted therapy, and insurance companies have been reluctant to cover it.Fortunately, Scott Gottlieb, head of the Food and Drug Administration, realizes the value of the treatment. In sweeping if vague terms, President Donald Trump on Thursday declared opioid addiction a “national health emergency.” What he didn’t do is talk about one of the most effective ways to address it —or how much it would all cost.The strategy Trump outlined includes training doctors to prescribe painkillers more carefully, encouraging scientists to create nonaddictive alternatives, urging children not to start taking opioids and using drug courts to help the addicted find treatment. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared on Bloomberg View: More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Tax plan will benefit taxpayers in the end

first_imgThe 2017 Tax Cut & Jobs Act is not polling well with the American people.  That’s not surprising at this stage of tax reform.  Ronald Reagan’s 1986 tax reform had only an 18 percent favorability rating the day it passed.  The average taxpayer doesn’t believe tax cuts for corporations will benefit him or her. What they don’t realize is corporations are just pass-through entities for their corporate taxes. Corporations don’t pay taxes. Workers pay it in lower wages and/or customers pay it in higher prices for goods and services. The combination of lower corporate taxes and switching to a territorial tax system (like the rest of the world), which only taxes corporate profits once wherever they are earned globally, will have a very beneficial effect on the American economy. I humbly predict that this tax reform will eventually be very popular with American taxpayers.  My thank you to President Trump and the Republican Party. #MAGA.Bob LindingerGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increase Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Liberals can’t take Trump’s straight talk

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI admit that the language the president used was a bit much for the snowflake PC crowd. Perhaps he should have called those countries “highly dysfunctional hellholes.” Whatever he called them, he would have been persecuted by the press, fake news or otherwise mainstream media. Let’s see: So far he has been accused of tax evasion, sexism, collusion with the enemy, war mongering, being mentally and physically unfit, and now being a profane racist.What a resume. The guy’s only been on the job a year.Recently, I watched a show on that new comedy channel, otherwise know as CNN, starring Dom Lemon as the dumbest man on Earth and his left-wing cartoon-like guests. It was a riot. You see, the left is never going to get over the fact that “satin in a pantsuit” wasn’t elected president.Whatever will they do when the greatest president ever, Donald J. Trump, is re-elected in 2020? Their empty little heads will probably explode.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increaselast_img read more

Editorial on pollution notification missed mark

first_imgTransparency is vital in public works and we therefore provided notification of our findings well in advance of the deadline set forth by the NYSDOH.We received the final notification and instructions from the Department of Health on January 3, 2018, and issued our statement to the public on January 8, 2018.  The state had given the CPWA until January 20th to provide notification, but we felt it was important to address the issue as soon as we had conclusive findings to report.  The editorial’s suggestion that the public could have been alerted earlier would have not only elicited a disproportionate magnitude of worry within the community but is also just inaccurate.  Each step of the process was done in a timely fashion and in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.  Helmut GerstenbergerClifton ParkThe writer is CPWA board chairmanMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes On behalf of the CPWA, I would like to address the inaccuracies listed in the editorial published by the Gazette in its Wednesday, January 24, 2018 issue.  The editorial indicated that we knowingly withheld public health information from the community we live in and serve, an accusation that could cause unwarranted harm to our customer’s confidence in the safety of the public water supply.The CPWA does frequent sampling to ensure it is providing safe, quality water.  To remain in legal compliance and uphold our responsibility to the community, we routinely sample and test the water supply to ensure quality and compliance with all state and federal regulations, including all those established under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  All sample results are forwarded by the testing laboratory to the NYS Department of Health, where the data is examined and compliance is determined. The CPWA received results on December 11, 2017, for testing done in November, indicating that the samples from the northernmost part of its service area contained a higher level of a byproduct of the disinfection process, substances known as Haloacetic Acids (HAA), than is permitted by federal regulation.  The Saratoga County Water Authority, from whom we purchase water supplies for the affected region, immediately resampled for further testing.  The results issued on December 29, 2017, indicated that HAA levels had dropped to well below the regulatory limit.  Thanks to these follow-up efforts, the CPWA and the Department of Health were able to determine that the water had already returned to normal, satisfactory levels and did not pose a health concern.   Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Feeling gouged by Spectrum pricing

first_imgSince Charter Communications purchased Time Warner Cable late last year, I have seen by monthly bill increase by 22.3 percent, even though my scope has not changed. I do have cable, internet and landline phone services furnished in a bundle, but that hasn’t changed in years. I see the “low-ball” pricing being offered by Spectrum to new customers, but not their existing customers. I’ve tried to negotiate with Spectrum, but they will not lower their monthly pricing in any significant way. I have complained to the state Public Service Commission and attorney general’s office to no avail. I tried the FCC, but they only assigned my complaint a case number. Short of unbundling the services we have purchased for many years, I don’t have an answer to Spectrum’s “gold standard” pricing practices. Does anyone else?Douglas N. McFaddenNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

TrizecHahn Euro-head quits as Mayfair HQ goes on market

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