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

Dyche unmoved by tough run

first_img The Clarets remain mired in trouble, three points adrift of safety, after just one win in 12 matches and no clean sheets after a 2-0 defeat at Anfield. Their next four matches are against top-six sides Manchester City, Southampton, Tottenham and Arsenal although the remainder of their run-in includes matches against fellow strugglers Everton, Hull, Leicester and Aston Villa. Burnley manager Sean Dyche insists a fearsome run of fixtures at the start of their run-in to the end of the season hold no fear for him. “We know it is a tough run of games but they are not all deemed as tough,” he said. “As we get further into this run it starts to be more nitty, gritty and rough and tumble where teams are fighting and that bodes well because we are good at that. “After 10 games I would have taken being three points adrift with 10 games to go because we had four points after game 10. We’ve moved on so far from then. “All year we talk about runs of games but it means nothing – the end is what counts in the Premier League. “People are talking about a points total – as long as we are the right side of it I couldn’t give a monkey’s to be honest. “We put pressure on ourselves although there is none of this ‘little old Burnley’. “We want to be in the Premier League but it is different to normal clubs in there, the ones who are spending £40million-£50million who really desperately need to be in it because it affects the whole club and not just the team. “Some of the clubs have massive debts and situations off the pitch and massive expectations from fans.” Burnley defender Danny Lafferty has joined Sky Bet Championship side Rotherham on a one-month loan deal, subject to clearance. The Northern Ireland international, who signed a new three-year deal at Turf Moor in 2014, has made just two appearances for the Clarets this season, having played 12 appearances in all competitions last season as Burnley won promotion to the Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Golf clubs offered advice to survive and thrive

first_img England Golf is offering a series of recommendations to help golf clubs increase their membership and survive and thrive in a challenging climate.They are contained in the Results Book from the 2014 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire which includes advice to attract new members, retain current members and appeal to junior golfers.The Results Book supports the England Golf Strategic Plan, Raising Our Game, which urges all who care about the game to work together to increase the number of regular golfers, to halt the decline in club membership and strengthen the talent pathway.The biennial survey was carried out by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC for England Golf and paints a picture of a ‘precarious’ situation, with declining memberships and an increasing number of independent, unaffiliated golfers.To address this, it urges clubs to review their membership structures and to offer a golf club experience combining social and playing benefits which outweigh the advantages of independent play.England Golf Chief Executive David Joy thanked the 706 clubs which took part in the survey and said: “I hope that this number will continue to grow in future years, as this survey provides unique and important management information about the current trends within golf clubs throughout England.”He added: “We hope that golf clubs and other organisations will use this information, along with the recommendations for action within Raising Our Game, to inform their own plans over the next few years as we work together to increase the number of people playing golf regularly, to halt the decline in club membership and to strengthen our talent pathways.”The report finds that the average golf club has 499 members, mostly white and mostly adult males (77%) and that just over half of all members are aged 55-plus. Less than a quarter are aged under 35. Women account for only 15% of membership and boys (7%) also outnumber girls (1%).The average adult subscription is £845 for men and £848 for women; £121 for boys and £118 for girls. Clubs have an average of 24 volunteers, most of whom serve on the club committee. Most volunteers are male and are aged over 55.Over the last two years, clubs have attracted an average of 77 new members, while losing 85: an average decrease of eight per club.To reverse the trend the report recommends:Attracting new members by breaking down barriers and creating a welcoming club environment. It advises that lowering subscriptions is less likely to attract new members than providing additional benefits or hosting induction days, offering structured coaching or working with County Golf Partnerships. It points out that potential members are often deterred by long-winded, non-transparent joining systems and by the joining fee.Retaining existing members by ensuring the year-round quality and value of the course and the club environment, which must be attractive to golfers of all generations. It suggests flexible membership packages are arguably the most powerful way of attracting and retaining members: 34% of clubs which offer these increased their membership in the last two years. Intermediate and student membership are influential in retaining members in their 20s and 30s.Encouraging junior members by making it easy to join. Offering junior tuition and the services of a junior organiser will appeal to youngsters and their parents. A positive experience of junior golf will encourage players to continue their membership into adulthood.In addition, the report notes that most clubs want help from England Golf to recruit new members and access funding. Many clubs would also be interested in help to retain existing members, to develop links with schools and the community and to help with marketing and communications.Clubs had many suggestions for ways in which England Golf could help to grow the game, notably by improving golf’s visibility in the media, by greater communication with clubs and by fostering greater communication between clubs.There was also much support for simplifying the handicap system, providing greater transparency on how golfers’ affiliation fees are spent, for focusing more on the average club member than on elite players and for promoting the game more clearly to women and juniors. 2 Dec 2014 Golf clubs offered advice to survive and thrive last_img read more