Who’s Going to Tell Him? Republicans Shy From Asking Trump to Concede

first_imgWASHINGTON — Since he was elected, President Trump’s relationships with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have mostly fallen into one of two categories: the unbreakable bond with his most ardent followers, who defend him at all costs, and the tenuous, strained alliance with the rest, who share his agenda but often cringe privately at his language and tactics.Neither group is particularly well suited for the chore of trying to persuade Mr. Trump, who refuses to concede the election, that it is time to step aside — or at the very least, to stop spreading claims about the integrity of the nation’s elections that are contrary to considerable evidence. And there is little chance that Mr. Trump, who has been perplexed and sometimes enraged by the Republican institutionalists who might normally be expected to play such a role, would listen if they did.- Advertisement – The dynamic helps explain why, days after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the election, even Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, was unwilling to recognize the result. Instead, senators have tiptoed around — or in some cases blindly run past — the reality of Mr. Trump’s loss, and the lack of evidence to suggest widespread election fraud or improprieties that could reverse that result.“There is no bipartisanship to speak of, in terms of how many members are willing to speak up — and would it matter to him? Would he listen?” said William S. Cohen, a former senator and House member from Maine who was one of the first Republicans to break from his party and support the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon. “Trump doesn’t care a whit about the House or Senate, and he rules by fear. He still can inflame his supporters — there are 70 million out there. He still carries that fear factor.” By Monday evening, a club of only a few Republican senators known for their distaste for Mr. Trump — Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — had acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory.- Advertisement – Mr. McConnell, who is poised to be the top Republican in Washington during the coming Biden administration, threw his support behind Mr. Trump, declining to recognize Mr. Biden’s victory as he argued Mr. Trump was “100 percent within his rights” to challenge the outcome.Far from attempting to influence the president’s thinking, most Republicans have gone out of their way to avoid seeming to dictate what he should do.“I look forward to the president dealing with this however he needs to deal with it,” Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican on Mr. McConnell’s leadership team, said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, even as he noted that it “seems unlikely” that the outcome would change based on Mr. Trump’s legal claims.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Still, some Republicans have argued in recent days that it is crucial for members of their party to push back in a measured way against the president’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.On Monday, 31 former Republican members of Congress — many of them outspoken critics of the president — denounced Mr. Trump’s allegations in an open letter that called on him to accept the election results.“We believe the statements by President Trump alleging fraud in the election are efforts to undermine the legitimacy of the election and are unacceptable,” wrote the group, led by former Representative Tom Coleman of Missouri. “Every vote should be counted and the final outcome accepted by the participants because public confidence in the outcome of our elections is a bedrock of our democracy.”Barbara Comstock, a Republican former House member from Virginia who signed the letter, said she did so because skeptical voters “have got to come to the understanding and see that this isn’t real.” Her former colleagues, Ms. Comstock added, had largely come to the conclusion privately that Mr. Trump’s legal challenges “aren’t going anywhere.”“Their facade is crumbling,” she said. “It’s inevitably going where it’s going. We’ve just got to responsibly explain to people why this isn’t true.”center_img Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican leader, also insisted that Mr. Trump was right to contest the results of the election.“Every legal challenge must be heard,” Mr. McCarthy said. “Then and only then does America decide who won the race.”In 1974, as President Richard M. Nixon faced the Watergate scandal and the strong likelihood of impeachment and conviction, a cadre of powerful Republican lawmakers marched to the White House and one by one, naming lawmakers in their own party who were prepared to vote to convict him, told him it was time for him to go. The message was clear, and Mr. Nixon announced his resignation the next day.Expect no such reckoning for Mr. Trump, said Timothy Naftali, the founding director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and a professor at New York University. Some of the Mr. Trump’s acolytes, on the other hand, have rushed to advance his baseless theories of fraud. Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia, both of whom are facing runoff elections in January, demanded the resignation of their state’s top election official, a fellow Republican, after he said there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the state’s elections. Updated Nov. 9, 2020, 7:57 p.m. ET “It’s very difficult for Republicans whose leader got 71 million votes, the most by any Republican standard-bearer ever, to simply just turn their backs on him,” Mr. Naftali said. “The issue is now not so much Trump as loyalty to Trumpism. And I think that’s why you see the contortions now. If you’re a Republican and you get this wrong, you’re going to be primaried out.”There is a more immediate concern for the party, too. With Mr. Perdue and Ms. Loeffler facing elections whose outcomes are likely to determine control of the Senate, Republicans are reluctant to do anything to dampen the enthusiasm of their conservative base. Any hint that leaders were prodding Mr. Trump to exit the stage could provoke a Twitter rampage from the president that could turn his supporters against the party at a critical time.“The Republican Party hemorrhaged seats in 1974 after Watergate, after the near-impeachment of a Republican president,” Mr. Naftali said, while they appear on track to gain House seats this year after Democrats’ impeachment of Mr. Trump. “So what is the lesson for politicos? The lesson is not to run away from Trump.”last_img read more

H5N1’s human toll rises, poultry outbreaks plague several countries

first_imgOct 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – While international officials today confirmed three more human deaths from the H5N1 avian flu virus, several countries battled new outbreaks in poultry.A 7-year-old boy in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, a 4-year-old boy from Sumatra Island in Indonesia, and a 23-year-old Indonesian man from West Java are the latest human victims of H5N1, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. These deaths bring the known human toll to 121 cases with 62 fatalities.Although two of these cases are linked to other cases of avian flu, the WHO did not suggest they were caused by human-to-human transmission of the virus. The Thai boy is recovering–his father died on Oct 19 from avian flu. News services have reported there was no human-to-human spread in that family.In addition, the 4-year-old Indonesian boy is the nephew of a confirmed case, a 21-year-old man from Lampung. The boy has recovered fully; his uncle died. Exposure to infected poultry is the likely source of illness in the two Indonesian cases confirmed today, WHO said.Meanwhile, poultry outbreaks in several countries drew world attention to the pressing possibility of pandemic flu:Croatia announced today it would continue culling poultry after finding two dead wild swans with the H5 avian flu virus, Reuters news service reported. Avian flu was first detected in the area a week ago when 6 wild swans were found dead at a pond, prompting the culling of about 13,000 birds in some 500 area farms and homes. Tests detailing whether the strain is H5N1 are expected this week, another Reuters story noted.Russia today confirmed more avian flu cases, with a dozen hens dying in Tambov, about 250 miles southeast of Moscow, Reuters said in a separate story. A regional health official there told Reuters local tests confirmed the presence of H5N1.In Russia’s southern Urals, veterinarians noted 31 dead chickens in the village of Sunaly, in Chelyabinsk region, and found avian flu in six of a dozen samples tested, Reuters reported on Oct 22. The 1,060 birds in that village were to be culled, authorities said. Avian flu was also suspected in the village of Pokrovka on Oct 21 in the Altai region of Russia, close to the Kazakhstan border. Further testing was being done to determine if the 59 birds died of avian flu.China notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of a new outbreak today. The outbreak, which started on Oct 20, included 550 deaths in chickens and geese. Authorities culled 44,736 poultry to stop the spread. That outbreak occurred in Anhui province, west of Shanghai. The previous Chinese outbreaks have been far north and west of Anhui, with the most recent occurring in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia.A parrot quarantined in Essex did have H5N1 virus, British authorities announced yesterday. The strain most closely matches one found in ducks in China earlier this year, although the Veterinary Laboratory Agency hadn’t seen this exact strain before, according to a news release yesterday from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the United Kingdom. The test results were obtained from a tissue sample that may have included 2 birds. It wasn’t clear whether both birds were infected. All quarantined birds will be held until risk assessments can be conducted for all the birds, DEFRA announced. “Our working hypothesis is that any infection in the birds from Surinam is likely to have arisen in the quarantine system, mostly likely in the facility in Essex where the Surinam birds shared airspace with the birds from Taiwan,” said Debby Reynolds, chief veterinarian. “There are more tests under way on the birds from Taiwan because we have established that some of them died before October 16.”Romanian officials suspected a new case of avian flu had occurred when a heron found in the county of Vaslui, near the border with Moldova, was found positive for the H5 virus. Further tests are being done to determine the strain.In Portugal, several geese and seagulls were found dead north of Lisbon and are being tested for avian flu, authorities told Reuters.A dead duck discovered west of Stockholm had a mild type of H5 avian flu virus and not the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus, Swedish authorities said, according to Australia’s news.com and other online sources. Four ducks were found dead in Eskilstuna, about 65 miles west of Stockholm, the Associated Press wrote.See also:WHO’s confirmation of human deaths http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_10_24/en/index.htmlOIE report on Chinese outbreak http://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20Follow-up%20report%20No4.pdflast_img read more

HHS ties pandemic mitigation advice to severity

first_img Relatively disruptive steps such as dismissing classes, changing work schedules, and canceling meetings should be reserved for moderate and severe pandemics, says the 108-page report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Voluntary home quarantine of household contacts of those with suspected or confirmed pandemic influenza, along with prophylactic antiviral medication use, if available In looking at the results of mathematical models, he said, “There was a remarkable confluence around common themes: Earlier is better than later, and second, though a series of partially effective measures might not be effective in and of themselves, when these are layered on top of one another, they have a real additive effect.” He added that the common themes emerging from different studies “are reasons for optimism.” In a mild pandemic, the only community mitigation measure recommended is isolating sick people at home, along with using antiviral treatment as available. Category 3, CFR 0.5% to 1% Gerberding stressed that the new document is not considered final. “We fully expect that as we learn more we’re going to have to update our planning tool.” The pandemic severity index levels are: The pandemics of 1957 and 1968 both fit into Category 2, whereas the severe pandemic of 1918-19 qualified as a Category 5, according to Cetron and Gerberding. The new report, titled “Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States—Early, Targeted, Layered Use of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions,” is the product of months of work by government agencies and many other stakeholders, officials said. Officials predicted that the early, coordinated use of “community mitigation measures” such as isolating patients, sending students home, and canceling public gatherings could make a significant difference in the course of an epidemic. The report describes four types of measures for battling a pandemic: “One important conclusion is the earlier you initiate an intervention, the more likely it is to make a big impact,” she said. The PSI “has been a missing aspect to pandemic preparedness,” said Dr. Marty Cetron, director of the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. Category 5, CFR 2% or higher “This was an effort that reflected a huge army of people behind it,” said Cetron. “The 9 months or more we spent on it was akin to birthing a child.” The current federal pandemic plan contains some general information on community prevention measures, but state and local public health agencies and other groups had asked for more specifics, the CDC has said. In response to a question about the use of breathing masks, Gerberding said the CDC would be releasing some updated guidance on citizen use of masks and respirators, though she couldn’t predict when. For now, she said it would make sense in a pandemic for people to use simple surgical masks to prevent their own coughing from infecting others. Severity level is initially based on case-fatality ratio (CFR), a single criterion that will likely be known even early in a pandemic when small clusters and outbreaks are occurring, the report says. Other measures, such as excess mortality, could be factored in later. Two events would prompt the CDC director to designate a pandemic category: the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a phase 6 pandemic level and the US government declaring a stage 3, 4, or 5 alert.center_img Dismissing school classes and closing daycare centers, along with other social distancing measures for young people Cetron voiced hope that nondrug measures could make a real difference in a pandemic. Category 4, CFR 1% to 2% The report says the modeling studies indicate that multiple nondrug interventions “may decrease transmission substantially and that even greater reductions may be achieved when such measures are combined with the targeted use of antiviral medications for treatment and prophylaxis.” Feb 1, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today unveiled recommendations for nonpharmaceutical steps to battle pandemic influenza, tying them to a new “Pandemic Severity Index” (PSI), similar to the system for categorizing hurricanes. CDC officials also announced today the launching of public service announcements designed to educate the public about the threat of a pandemic and how to respond. But they gave no details about where or how often the advertisements will run. For Category 4 and 5 pandemics, the CDC recommends that all four interventions be used and that school classes be suspended for up to 12 weeks. Category 2 or 3 pandemics would warrant voluntary isolation of sick people, though other measures may be added or modified depending on the recommendations of local health authorities; for example, schools could be closed for 4 weeks instead of 12 weeks. Category 1, CFR of less than 0.1% The goals of community interventions are to slow the pandemic in order to buy time for producing an effective vaccine and to lower both the peak number of cases and total cases, the report says. Achieving those things would lighten the burden on hospitals and improve the ability to maintain society in general, Gerberding noted. Isolation and treatment of people who have suspected or confirmed cases of pandemic influenza in their homes or in healthcare settings, depending on illness severity and medical capacity Regarding school closures, Cetron said one idea under discussion is that while students would be sent home, buildings could be kept open for certain pruposes, such as preparing food for delivery to children depending on the federal school lunch program. In discussing the HHS guidance document today, Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called the five-level PSI “an important and new concept.” She said the planners designed the index to mimic hurricane classifications. With recent memories of the Category 5 Hurricane Katrina, “We have embedded in our minds different levels of severity,” she said. In preparing the recommendations, planners looked at the history of the last three pandemics, examined mathematical models, studied seasonal flu transmission, consulted experts from many fields, and conducted citizen focus groups, Gerberding said. Social distancing for adults through actions such as changing work schedules and environments and canceling large public gatherings Cetron acknowledged that the recommended interventions will be difficult to plan and carry out. “What we’re talking about here is not going to be easy to implement. But it would be much more difficult to try to come up with a solution on the fly in the midst of a pandemic.” Category 2, CFR 0.1% to 0.5%last_img read more

HHS to give states $430 million for hospital preparedness

first_img The funds are intended not only for hospitals, but also for medical clinics, long-term care facilities, and emergency medical services, according to Patricia Tomett, supervisor of the Healthcare System Preparedness Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. HHS said this year’s funding includes $15 million for the new Healthcare Facilities Partnership Program, which is designed to foster regional partnerships to enhance community and hospital preparedness. The agency will use a competitive process to award between 6 and 30 cooperative agreement awards ranging from $500,000 to $2.5 million. Congress began supplying the states with sizable grants for healthcare facility preparedness, as well as general public health preparedness, after the Sep 11 and anthrax letter attacks in 2001. In 2002, HHS awarded $125 million to the states for hospital preparedness. This was increased to $498 million in 2003 and 2004, but was pared to $471 million in 2005 and to $450 million last year. Jul 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – This year’s round of federal grants to states to help healthcare facilities prepare for public health emergencies totals $430 million, down from $450 million last year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced recently. Oversight of the hospital preparedness grants was transferred from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to Vanderwagen’s office this year, HHS reported in the news release. Congress ordered the change when it passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) last December. Dec 11, 2006, CIDRAP News story “CDC rates hospital bioterrorism preparedness” Each state is allotted a base grant of $500,000 plus an additional amount based on population, according to Marc Wolfson, spokesman for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The various jurisdictions are required to file their annual applications for the funds by Aug 6, and the grants are expected to be awarded in September, he said. HHS said this year’s funds are to be used to develop or improve four activities: interoperable communications, systems to track available hospital beds, advance registration of volunteer health professionals, and planning for “fatality management and hospital evacuation.” The grants will go to territories and four major metropolitan areas—Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles County, and New York—as well as the states. For the states, amounts range from $1.15 million for Wyoming to $34.1 million for California. In addition, Wolfson said, “There is an ambitious evaluation plan for this year that includes a number of studies and reports.” One of these will be a book of state preparedness profiles, including data on hospital preparedness and other dimensions, such as hazards and vulnerability. TFAH’s 2006 “Ready or Not” report and links to previous reports in the serieshttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror06/ That list differs somewhat from the one listed in last year’s round of funding. The objectives mentioned then included increasing hospital beds, providing more isolation rooms, finding more healthcare workers, and setting up hospital-based medication caches, among other things. In past years HHS usually has announced the state allocations for hospital preparedness and for general public health preparedness at the same time. The general public health preparedness grants are administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This year the information about the CDC grants wasn’t ready yet, according to Wolfson. “I expect the CDC announcement will come out in the next couple weeks,” he said. “The goal of the new program is to develop innovative and creative projects that can be replicated across the country,” said Rear Adm. Craig Vanderwagen, MD, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “These partnerships will require close coordination among health officials from state, local and private sectors.” Laura Segal, a TFAH spokeswoman, said there has not been much examination of the hospital preparedness grants program by Congress or other groups outside HHS. “It’s definitely an area where there’s not a lot of transparency,” she said. “The guidance for this year’s program includes new performance measures, one of which requires the submission of timely and complete data from grantees,” he commented by e-mail. He said the PAHPA directed HHS to improve its performance measures for hospital readiness. The grants are intended to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities cope with emergencies that could cause mass casualties, including bioterrorist attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters, according to a Jun 28 HHS news release. Relatively little information has been available so far on the results of the hospital preparedness program. However, Wolfson said plans are in the works to increase monitoring and evaluation. Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, has examined hospital preparedness in a series of annual reports called “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism.” Last year’s report looked at hospital surge capacity, a key measure of preparedness, and found it lacking. Plans call for developing and updating the profiles every 1 to 2 years, but no target date has been set for completing the first issue, he said. See also: Jun 28 HHS news release with list of grants by jurisdictionhttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/06/20070628a.html TFAH estimated that 25 states would run out of hospital beds within 2 weeks after the start of a “moderate” influenza pandemic, defined as one in which 2 million Americans would need hospitalization. Further, in a severe, 1918-like pandemic, 47 states would run out of beds in 2 weeks.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 death and outbreaks, sharing vaccine technology, smallpox drug, Ebola in pigs

first_imgFeb 23, 2009Vietnamese woman dies of avian fluA 23-year-old Vietnamese woman died of H5N1 avian influenza on Feb 21, marking Vietnam’s first death from the virus this year, according to several media reports. The woman’s case, which was first reported Feb 9, was officially Vietnam’s first of this year (an 8-year-old girl who recovered from an H5N1 infection fell ill in late December). Another case was reported last week, in a 32-year-old man from Ninh Binh province. The 23-year-old’s death raises Vietnam’s H5N1 death toll to 53 out of 109 cases.[Xinhua report on 23-year-old’s death][Initial WHO report on case]Three countries report more H5N1 outbreaksVietnam, Indonesia, and Egypt have reported fresh outbreaks of H5N1 influenza in poultry in the past few days. In Vietnam’s Ninh Binh province, the virus killed 70 birds on three farms, according to a Xinhua report that was published today and quoted agricultural officials. In Indonesia, the illness killed 52 chickens in the Jembrana district on Bali, the island’s second outbreak in 10 days, according to a Feb 20 report by the Jakarta Globe. And Egypt reported the virus in backyard poultry flocks in two governorates, 6th of October and Gharbiya, according to a Feb 19 report from Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR).[Xinhua report of Vietnam outbreak]Schering-Plough licenses flu vaccine technology to WHOSchering-Plough Corp. today announced a license agreement with the WHO with the aim of giving developing countries access to pandemic flu vaccine manufacturing technology. The agreement between Nobilon, the company’s human vaccines unit, and the WHO covers live, attenuated vaccines for seasonal and pandemic flu, the company said. Under the pact, WHO has the right to develop, make, and use the vaccines and to sublicense them to manufacturers in developing countries, which can provide the vaccines to the public sector without paying royalties.Experimental antiviral may protect against smallpox In a study by private and US Army researchers, the experimental antiviral drug ST246 fully protected nonhuman primates from a normally lethal dose of monkeypox virus, according to a report in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The researchers used four different doses, starting treatment 3 days after infection. The findings suggest that a daily oral dose of 400 mg for 14 days would effectively prevent or treat smallpox in humans, the report says.[Abstract]Philippines plans to kill 6,000 pigs to stop Ebola-RestonThe Filipino government announced plans to slaughter 6,000 pigs on a farm north of Manila to stop the spread of the Ebola-Reston virus, according to a Reuters report published today. Officials have found the virus in 6 of 147 local people tested, but all 6 remained healthy, a government official said. The discovery of the virus in pigs was first reported in December.[Reuters report]last_img read more

Lošinj’s Vitality Hotel Punta is the first hotel on the Adriatic certified for a gluten-free offer

first_imgVitality Hotel Punta, the first in a series of hotels, villas and restaurants of the Lošinj hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas, implemented the strict standards of the first Croatian gluten free certificate and thus became the first hotel on the Adriatic and a proud holder of BOSK gluten free standards.Through education on the preparation, serving and distribution of gluten-free meals, the staff of hotels and restaurants from this summer is ready to host people on a gluten-free diet, in accordance with their needs and desires. At the same time, it will put the hotel and the island of Lošinj on the map of gluten-free tourist destinations.Recent research confirms that gluten is one of the most abundant allergens in food. It is estimated that there are more than 70 million gluten-sensitive and intolerant people in Europe today, 190 million people who avoid wheat and gluten because they think it is harmful to their health and 11 million people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease as the ultimate expression of gluten intolerance. Figures that speak enough about the tourist potential, and among them are many tourists who avoid gluten in their diet, because they have to or want it for health reasons, and who choose Croatia as their holiday destination and have not had the opportunity to they or members their families consume gluten-free meals.“Vitality Hotel Punta, the holder of the BOSK gluten free standard, has thus completed its diverse offer primarily focused on the concept of healthy eating and living. Meals are created according to the personal needs of each guest, which is why Vitality Hotel Punta is the best choice for all those who came to Lošinj in search of health programs, which are created and implemented under the watchful eye of internists, nutritionists and wellness and spa therapists. kinesiologist. ” stand out from Losinj Hotels & VillasBOSK gluten free standard is intended for caterers and provides them with practical knowledge about the preparation, serving and distribution of gluten-free dishes. The BOSK gluten free standard was developed on the basis of scientifically proven and globally accepted food safety protocols and is based on the principles of the HACCP system, good manufacturing practice (DPP) and good hygiene practice (DHP). The standard was developed with the aim of avoiding the risk of gluten contamination of prepared dishes and desserts and prescribes protocols of production processes as well as corrective measures in case of suspicion of gluten contamination.last_img read more

New Outdoor brochure and offer of Baška presented

first_imgAt the Tourist Information Center and at web site From today, the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Baška can download a new Outdoor brochure in which you will find an overview of all important activities and information of the outdoor offer in Baška.We have realized a more organized and safer approach to the outdoor offer through UtOutdoor maps Baška – Punat – Stara Baška˝, which offer a thorough overview of promenades, hiking and biking trails in Baška and the surrounding areas. The popular outdoor map now has an accompanying brochure where you can find all the interesting things, suggestions and information on how to take full advantage of an active vacation in Baška.”The natural beauties of Baška offer an ideal scenography for various types of outdoor activities, and in recent years we have been trying to use the full potential for active vacation and life in Baška. More than 90 km of promenades, bicycle routes and historical and cultural locations have given us the impetus to develop events and manifestations that have placed Baška among the unavoidable destinations for all lovers of active and sporty lifestyle. ” they point out from the Tourist Board of Baška and add that the brochure is available in Croatian, English, German and Italian.The diversity of the outdoor offer in Baška enables every visitor a wide range of activities, which makes the Baška outdoor experience very interesting. Thus, 19 hiking and 3 cycling routes and 3 different climbing areas were marked. If guests prefer to enjoy sea sports, in Baška you can sail, dive, surf, kayak… in any case in Baška they know very well that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but just diverse, quality and authentic content.Side dish: OUTDOOR BAŠKA brochurelast_img read more

Croatian campsites among the most desirable destinations for this season – positive news is coming from the most important camping fairs in Europe

first_imgVienna, Ferien-Messe, 11.01.-14.01.2018.At the largest Austrian tourist fair, Ferien-Messe in Vienna, among more than 800 exhibitors from 80 countries, KUH presented the Croatian camping offer as part of the CNTB’s stand. In addition to KUH’s promotional materials, brochures “Croatia’s Best Campsites” and “OK Mini Camps”, brochures of the following companies were exhibited at the joint co-exhibition space of KUH: Valamar Riviera, Adria more, Hadria, Arena Hospitality Group and Mon Perin.With a very good attendance at the fair (153.000 visitors in just 4 days of the fair, + 3% compared to last year), especially great interest in accommodation in mobile homes, apartments, bungalows and rooms, and therefore camps, which in addition to accommodation on pitches and campsites offer accommodation and in other, solid forms of accommodation units, were especially sought after. Of particular interest is the accommodation in Dalmatia (central Dalmatia) and the Dalmatian islands.Visitors largely associate their stay with the destination itself (interest in staying in the vicinity of Umag, Porec, Pula, Rabac, in the Split-Dalmatia County, or on the islands of Krk, Rab and Brac), natural beauty (beaches, of which especially looking for those sandy) and activities (water sports such as diving and sailing), while the facilities within the accommodation facility in which they are located do not pay much attention, and will prefer to choose a smaller camp without animation programs, camping rest, etc. and for naturist camps, especially in Istria.Utrecht, Vacancies, 09.01.-14.01.2018.The largest Dutch tourism fair, mostly camping, was visited by 105 visitors this year (-369% compared to last year). In addition to KUH’s promotional materials, brochures from the following companies were exhibited at the joint co-exhibition space: Valamar Riviera, Arena Hospitality Group, Adria more, Hoteli Njivice, Hadria and Pakoštane.The most sought after regions are Istria and Kvarner (due to its proximity), while the Plitvice Lakes National Park stands out the most. A large number of questions were focused on the typology and types of beaches, and it was noticed that some guests prefer shorter stays in several camps so that they can visit as many destinations as possible, mostly inquiring about larger camps near cities (Zadar , Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik) or for small, family camps.There is still an exceptional interest of visitors for road maps. The duration of the trip to Croatia is often compared by visitors to Spain, so visitors needed to be provided with information and advice regarding directions of arrival, ferry connections, traffic rules, etc. The question often asked by visitors to the fair also referred to penalties. for improper parking. Namely, due to non-payment of the fine on the spot (ie according to the regular procedure), the costs of the fine to the guests subsequently increased drastically, which was pointed out as a major shortcoming.Leeuwarden, Caravan, 18.01.-23.01.2018.The “Caravan” fair is held at the WTC Expo Leeuwarden on 45.000 m2. This year’s fair featured over 400 camp exhibitors from all over Europe, and offered a rich offer of campers, trailers, front tents, glamping tents and all additional camping equipment.There are no official data on the number of visitors yet, but according to ACSI, there were 45 visitors, which is 000% less than last year.Visitor questions related to children’s campsites, non-large and noisy campsites, small family campsites and rest campsites. There were a lot of inquiries related to the camps on the islands and their connection to the mainland, and the cost of the ferry.At the same time, it is noticeable that more and more visitors are looking for small quiet camps with fewer guests (brochures about small and medium camps in Croatia were in high demand) and there were many questions about the possibility of active vacation and natural beauty of Croatia. Questions about campsites, where pets are allowed and sandy beaches are always currentStuttgart, CMT, January 13-21.01.2018, XNUMX.This year, the CMT fair celebrated its 50th anniversary, with a record 265.000 visitors (+ 12%). Apart from KUH’s promotional materials, Croatia’s camping offer was also presented through brochures from the following companies: Arena Hospitality Group, Valamar, Hadria, Brijuni Riviera, Mon Perin and Adria more.This year, too, it was noticed that families with children still prefer larger camps that offer rich content for children (from swimming pools to animation programs, etc.), but on the other hand the number of guests (mostly couples without children) who are looking for their stay is growing. smaller and quieter camps.Some visitors have never camped in Croatia, for the first time they plan to come with a camper to one of the Croatian camps, so they came to the stand to get information about the camping offer in Croatia, without specifying a specific destination where they would like to spend their vacation. They were interested in the possibilities that a certain destination offers for vacation and the camping offer that can be found in a certain destination. One of the most common questions was related to the locations of sandy beaches… Related news:THE MOST POPULAR DESTINATION OF GERMAN MOTORISTS IS ISTRIA, WHILE CROATIA IS IN THIRD PLACESLOVENIAN CAMPERS SELECTED THE BEST CAMPSITES IN CROATIA Utrecht, Stuttgart, Vienna and Leeuwarden are the hosts of the currently most important European camping fairs (which have just ended), and this year they were certainly one of the most visited cities in Europe, where in just a few days a crowd of representatives of the most important camping demand and the Dutch-speaking area.And all of them, certainly several times during the day, passed by a very attractive and strategically positioned, always in the center of the hall, CNTB stand within which they had the opportunity to present their offer and many Croatian camps, one of the most sought after “goods” at this year’s camping “market”. The main initiator and ambassador of camping tourism in Croatia is without a doubt the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) whose main goal is to bring together individuals and legal entities engaged in providing camping services and other related activities, to protect and promote joint economic, professional, scientific and other interests of all its members, and brings together over 240 members.Never bigger, never more visited and never better – these are just some of the comments we encounter these days when we read the final press releases, see the cost-effectiveness of our presentations, think about booking those few square meters of space, point out the KUH. “Although aware that online advertising has taken precedence over offline advertising, Croatian camps do not give up on fair appearances, as we are still talking about the impressive numbers of visitors who have the opportunity to push their brochure on the spot, and tell them with a smile on their face that are very welcome here – over 265.000 people visited the fair in Stuttgart (as much as 12% more than last year), 153.000 in Vienna (+3), almost 106.000 in Utrecht (-3%) and 45.000 in Leeuwarden (-4 %). At the upcoming fairs this spring, also important for the camping industry, for example in Padua, Munich, Herning, Düsseldorf and Parma, at least as many more, if not more, are expected. To make it easier to imagine the significance of these figures, let’s take an example: if about 14% of all visitors to these fairs decided to go camping in Croatia on the same day, the daily peak capacity currently offered by the Croatian camping sector would be filled. 254.000 beds. ” speak from the Croatian Camping Association.Aminess Park Mareda / Photo: Camping.hrAs expected, the interest in camps on the Croatian coast (especially in Istria and (central) Dalmatia), ie for those with numerous (new and attractive) facilities is still very pronounced, the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) points out, adding that in the year notices a significant increase in the number of those visitors who want to spend their holidays in one of the smaller, family camps, in the continental part of Croatia, near the natural beauty, away from the summer hustle and bustle. “The preferences of our guests are definitely changing, their stay is getting shorter, they are increasingly inquiring about camping resorts, they are looking for authenticity (both camps and destinations), simplicity and freedom of choice. On the other hand, more and more of them are deciding to stay in mobile homes, so it is safe to say that all those camps that offer such facilities will certainly benefit. ” stand out from the Croatian Camping AssociationConsidering the experiences from this year’s fairs, KUH concludes that Croatia is an increasingly desirable camping destination due to the fact that Croatian camps have actually become very skilled in deciphering the messages that guests send them, they know how to swim in accordance with trends, and ultimately they achieve very competitive prices, placing themselves side by side with the best European campsites like those in Italy, France or Spain.This is certainly supported by the fact that according to this year’s survey by ADAC, a famous German car club, Croatia is in third place as a car destination and on the list of favorite destinations of German campers, after Italy and Germany, and ahead of France and Spain.Croatian Camping Union – report from the fairs last_img read more

Croatia – a global tourist investment hit. Does it follow IT?

first_imgAccording to the analytical report Global tourism locations of the future 2017/2018, prepared by the fDi Division, the analytical department of the Financial Times, Croatia is the seventh in the world in terms of potential for investment in the tourism sector.Croatia is also the winner of the Special Editor’s Choice Award, for “impression stronger than size” (punching above their weight), along with Belize and Jamaica. These are the countries that have been assessed to have the greatest progress in the field of improving tourism infrastructure, accommodation and tourism development initiatives, and are making special efforts to attract foreign investment in the tourism sector.The fDi analysis also sees the growth of Croatia as a location for “film tourism“, Ie tours of locations for shooting popular movies or series. Croatia was rated the leader in the category as well Accommodation capacity upgrades, after the opening of 40 new or renovated hotels in 2016 and 50 in 2017. The number of hotels with pet zvjezdica grew for 44%, over six years (ending in 2016), and the number of hotels with four – for 77%. The number of two-star hotels fell by 29%, indicating a growing trend in the quality of accommodation. This growth, of course, is accompanied by technology.Croatia also has 61 marinas with over 20.000 berths – which earned it the award Investing in the Nautical Industry (Cruise Industry Investment award).The Ministry of Tourism has once again prepared a survey of investments in tourism for next year. According to the submitted data, in 2018 tourism will be invested 940 million euros. In doing so, companies will invest around 628 million euros in their tourism projects, while the public sector, ie counties, cities and municipalities will invest through 311 million euros. Announced investments in the private sector include investments in hotels, camps, nautical and other types of accommodation facilities, facilities and attractions, and investments in the public sector include investments in visitor centers, beaches, promenades, etc. Investments according to the survey in 2017 amounted to are 817 million euros, and in 2016 676 million euros.These, and related topics, will be addressed at the conference  3T – Tourism, Travel & Tech, which takes place after the success of last year ‘s edition 20. March, this time in a larger and more luxurious space Boutique Cinema Kaptol in Zagreb.Period to buy Early bird ticket, has been extended, but only minimally, by the end of the week, for all those who left the purchase for Friday, which is a common custom among Croats and beyond.Conference tickets are available through the Entrio system, the link is at the bottom of the conference page http://3t.bug.hr/The conference opens with a keynote lecture entitled Travel Drives Technology: New Apps Everywhere, will be held by a guest from Germany Martin Reents, serial entrepreneur & CEO.The round table, panel discussion, that follows will be moderated Ivan Ilijasic, Orioly. The name of the panel discussion is: How to solve the problem of seasonality in tourism with technology?The seasonality of Croatian tourism is already a well-known problem, and we should have started thinking about cases of “overtourism” a long time ago. How can we use technology to extend the season and make it easier to reach tourists outside of the hot summer months? What technological trends can help us with that today? What are the trends in, which are only current hyping and how to start introducing new trends in domestic tourism?One of the lectures will be about implementation of the new Law on Provision of Services in Tourism, which is an issue that concerns both IT people and “tourists”, will sustain it Monika Udovicic, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs and Standards.Some other topics that the organizers are preparing and planning for the conference are: Tourism monetization social networks, CRM in the tourism industry, Influencer marketing – how to make a brand that customers will recognize and recommend, Mobile payment IT solutions for the hotel industry. Instagram in tourism – where everyone is here and little Mujo / Ivica, Digital nomads – work without a job, Croatian nautical tourism on the web, Seasonality and technology, How to distribute your offer of excursions, Strategy advertising na free tools. (The program is subject to change until the last minute.)According to relevant data, Croatia of all EU countries ima the largest share of tourism in gross national product (GDP). Tourism is vital for us, and the IT industry it is the most active, the most profitable and the fastest growing branch last year. Can Croatia achieve synergy of the two sectors?How will it be shaped, and what trends will the tourism industry follow in the coming years? What will be the impact of technology? If you are serious about tourism and if you want to do tourism in the future, these are the questions you need to ask yourself, because all new trends and technologies directly affect your business, and day by day it will affect more and more.Early bird conference registrations 3T – Tourism, Travel & Tech are available in the Entrio system. A link to buying tickets, and more details on the content, can be found on the conference website: http://3t.bug.hr/last_img read more