Tourism Council members discuss impact of coronavirus pandemic on domestic and international tourism sector

first_imgThe Government of the Republic of Croatia provided four thousand kunas for the preservation of each job and released 93 percent of the company’s tax liabilities, while for the rest of the measures, deferred payment and installment payments for up to 24 months are without interest. In addition to the already presented credit lines intended for maintaining liquidity, the Ministry of Tourism subsidizes additional through HBOR for working capital and liquidity increase with subsidized interest intended for micro, small and medium enterprises in tourism and catering in the amount of HRK 600 million, which will be able to use and tourist boards for three years without interest” pointed out the Minister of Tourism and President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli. The Chinese market has slowly begun to stabilize and in the last ten days we have conducted several online activities with partners such as Ctrip, Mafengwo, Tuniu and Tongcheng. Although it is still uncertain at what point the tourist traffic in the country will start, every crisis ends at some point, and when the conditions are created we will turn to active promotion towards the domestic market, as well as the available markets in the area., he said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, adding that it supports Government measures aimed at the tourism sector. “The measures arrived at a crucial time to preserve jobs and ensure liquidity. At this point, that is crucial. The measures cover all stakeholders in the tourism industry, hoteliers, private renters, campers, travel agencies, caterers, as well as the system of tourist boards. “, he concluded Stanicic. We are in daily communication with all our representative offices in the world and on a daily basis we receive reports on the situation in the emitting markets, he said. CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, and added: “We maintain our presence and visibility on the world tourist map primarily through activities on social networks, where we currently record an above-average range of publications, especially in the Italian and American markets. People are in their homes, and we try to show them lesser-known stories from Croatian destinations in an interesting way with a lot of useful information. We have 18 Facebook pages, each content is carefully selected and adapted to the current situation in each important market, and we strive to continue to promote ourselves as a close and safe market and evoke emotions with photos and soothing messages. Today, the 64th session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board was held via video call, where the council members discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Croatian and world tourism, previous measures of the Croatian Government intended for the tourism system and measures in various emitting markets. On that occasion, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli referred to the current measures of the Ministry of Tourism and the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the new package of measures that is currently in the parliamentary procedure. “The measures taken so far are aimed at maintaining the liquidity of tourist entities and preserving jobs. Our main goal is to keep the tourism system stable until the preconditions are created for the continuation of normal business so that we are ready to better position ourselves in the market after the end of this current situation. Through only some of the previous measures, we have relieved the system of about 180 million kuna on the basis of the tourist tax and concession fee. Also, Cappelli added that at this moment the most important is the health of the citizens of the Republic of Croatia and guests currently in Croatia and that the Government will continuously implement various measures to minimize the economic consequences of the coronavirus situation and to make the tourism system ready. for the period after the epidemic. The session discussed the situation in other countries, the measures taken and the general situation of tourism companies in Europe and the world, emphasizing the importance of continuous communication with many partners so that cooperation can be intensified after the current situation and thus enable faster recovery. and stabilization of the tourism market.last_img read more

UK faces soaring COVID-19 death rate unless it moves fast, medics warn

first_imgBritain will face an exponentially growing death rate from COVID-19 within weeks unless urgent action is taken to halt a rapidly spreading second wave of the outbreak, the country’s senior medics said on Monday.The United Kingdom already has the biggest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe – and the fifth largest in the world – while it is borrowing record amounts in an attempt to pump emergency money through the damaged economy.But new COVID-19 cases are rising by at least 6,000 per day in Britain, according to week-old data, hospital admissions are doubling every eight days, and the testing system is buckling. Speed and action are urgently needed, Vallance and Whitty said, adding that as winter was approaching the COVID problem would haunt Britain for another six months at least.Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to speak on Tuesday.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the restrictions would be different to last time. The government wants to crack down on socializing but schools and many workplaces will stay open.Semi-autonomous governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have directed much of the response to the pandemic in those areas.Wales slapped curbs on four more areas – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – from 1700 GMT on Tuesday, leaving just under a third of the Welsh population under restriction.The Welsh restrictions prevent people entering the areas without a reasonable excuse such as education or work. People will also only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that additional restrictions were almost certain to be imposed.”I need to be absolutely straight with people; across Scotland additional restrictions will almost certainly be put in place … over the next couple of days,” Sturgeon said.The official UK death toll stands at 41,777 people. Topics : Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance, its chief scientific adviser, cautioned that if left unrestricted the epidemic would reach 50,000 new cases per day by mid October in the United Kingdom.”If this continued along the path…the number of deaths directly from COVID … will continue to rise, potentially on an exponential curve, that means doubling and doubling and doubling again and you can quickly move from really quite small numbers to really very large numbers,” Whitty said.”If we don’t do enough the virus will take off and at the moment that is the path that we are clearly on and if we do not change course then we’re going to find ourselves in a very difficult problem.”The virus is spreading across all areas of the country and less than 8% of the population have antibodies to the virus, though in London around 17% of the population may have antibodies, Vallance said.last_img read more

LeBron James defends Lakers workload: ‘I want to play 48 minutes a game.’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — On the heels of Sunday’s win over the Phoenix Suns, LeBron James was resting his calves in an ice bath after sitting out the whole fourth quarter. A reporter asked if getting that valuable time off made a long-term impact on his health or physical well-being.James smirked: “No.”The 33-year-old forward has been dismissive of questions about his workload and how sustainable it is even as it becomes a larger talking point around the Lakers (14-9). Recently, team president Magic Johnson and former star Kobe Bryant suggested it wasn’t in the Lakers’ best interests for James to shoulder too much of the burden.It seems like James understands and even sides with the Lakers legends on the argument. But he bristles at the idea that he’s not up to a full season of big minutes. James said he understands the investment the Lakers have in their young core: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. He knows they need experience. So in principle, he agrees with Johnson and Bryant.“We got guys who just want to continue to develop and guys that continue to get better and better just from experience,” he said. “They haven’t had a lot of experience. So I think people are trying to blow it out of proportion, like, ‘OK, why do you have LeBron if you don’t want to use him?’ They don’t understand the logic behind it.”Still, James doesn’t want to be asked about the benefits of playing less, even though in games he can be seen asking for subs at certain junctures.Coach Luke Walton said he and James talk about his minutes and physical readiness to play. He hunts for opportunities to get James rest, such as midway through fourth quarters, to keep him fresh, but he recognizes there are nights when James doesn’t want to sub out.“We have pretty good dialogue about how he’s feeling,” he said. “But there’s definitely times that I take him out he seems frustrated. Definitely wants to stay on the floor.”RONDO NEARING RETURNJust two-and-a-half weeks after surgery on his fractured right hand, Rajon Rondo participated in “pretty much all” of Tuesday’s practice, Walton said.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I want to play 48 minutes a game. Seriously,” he said after Tuesday’s practice. “But it’s not going to happen. It’s not smart. It’s not smart on anyone’s behalf, but it’s just the competitive side of me.”James, of course, rarely plays 48 minutes a game. He’s played more than 40 minutes only twice this season, including an overtime game. But James does lead the Lakers at 34.7 minutes per game, a slight dip from last season in Cleveland when he averaged nearly 37 minutes while playing the full 82-game regular season for the first time in his career.When adding playoffs into account, James is one of the league’s all-time iron men. He recently broke into the top 50 of all-time games played in NBA history (1,166). By comparison, Tyson Chandler, who has logged two more seasons than James, has 1,099 career games.But ever since James entered his 30s, there’s been a popular conversation on the backburner about how his body will hold up under increased strain. With the Lakers, that conversation has expanded: How successful can the Lakers be if James is trying to carry the team?“They were struggling, LeBron got the ball, took control, decided to start playing point, doing everything, doing everything,” Bryant said on Monday night. “That’s not the recipe for winning championships, by no means. But it is a recipe to keep your head above water, give yourself a little breathing room, and now, let’s go back and teach them the way that we wanna play.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed The Lakers clarified that Rondo has been cleared for “contact progression.” While he still needs to be cleared for full contact in order to return to a game, that appears to be closer to happening.“He’s still holding back a little bit: like you can see on a loose ball, he’ll reach for it with the other hand, and if he gets into contact, he’ll kind of protect it, but he says it’s not from pain,” Walton said. “Any time you’re coming back from any type of injury, you have to kinda retrain your brain to kinda react to what’s happening on the court. But his team won a lot of the drills today, and he was darn good out there.”Walton said Rondo won’t play against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. But throughout the last week Rondo has been seen shooting, scrimmaging, dribbling and more with a wrap around his right hand. The team originally estimated he could be out four to five weeks. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more