With the desire to attract as many tourists as possible to Croatia in this uncertain period of the pandemic this season as well, the famous Croatian blogger Paul Bradbury has launched a campaign Virtual Croatia, a project that brings together local tourist boards in one place with the aim of virtually promoting domestic destinations now, to later turn them into actual visits during the season. The most widely read Croatian portal in English, Total Croatia News, allows tourists to explore our beautiful country from the comfort of their home and plan in advance which locations they will visit soon, thus joining tourist destinations around the world devising new business strategies facing the new reality of coronavirus. The owner of the portal, whose texts are read by more than three million users a year, believes that there is no time to lose. “Local tourist boards know their destinations best and have promotional materials available, and with the support of Total Croatia News, Croatian destinations will tour the world. Little by little, I think we could do a lot together for this, as yet uncertain, tourist season“, Says Bradbury. Photo: Vivian Grisogono Anyone interested can send their materials by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, called Virtual Croatia and add the name of the destination (for example Virtual Croatia Split) with links to all available online materials. “Nikad nije bilo boljeg vremena za strateško promoviranje turizma, jer dvije su stvari sigurne – ljudi i dalje imaju očajničku želju za putovanjem (a što je bolje od hrvatske plaže jednom kad sve ovo završi, koja je k tomu jako blizu za sve one koji u Hrvatsku mogu doći automobilima?) i upravo sada imaju jako puno vremena dobro istražiti kamo žele pobjeći i putovati čim im se ukaže prva prilika. A ta je kombinacija izuzetno dobra za promociju turizma. Trenutačno imamo prilike vidjeti mnoge turističke kampanje diljem svijeta, koje prikazuju primamljive destinacije uz poruke poput Ostanite kod kuće, putujte kasnije. Takve su poruke sasvim razumne i dobrodošle, no ne daju onaj dodatni impuls koji stvara stvarnu želju za putovanjem” says Bradbury. Paul Bradbury invites all local tourist boards to join him and send him all the online promotional materials and stories about their destinations, and he will publish them completely free of charge on his portal and so present the best of our country to tourists around the world. These stories can then be shared through all the channels available to tourist boards. The campaign is designed as a series of articles on destinations throughout Croatia, which will provide future tourists with more information about a particular location, but also the opportunity to virtually explore and fall in love with it, until they can travel again. Two articles have already been published, promoting virtual tours and visit planning Zagreb https://bit.ly/VirtualZagreb i Hvar https://bit.ly/VirtualHvar. Total Croatia News – najčitaniji hrvatski portal s vijestima na engleskom jeziku ponovno postavlja trendove u turističkoj promociji naše zemlje i kroz svoju Virtualnu Hrvatsku nudi svim turističkim zajednicama besplatnu platformu kojom dosežu desetke tisuća posjetitelja dnevno. Paul Bradbury is an Irish writer and blogger who has lived in Croatia since 2002. He is the winner of the FIJET Marco Polo tourist journalism award in 2014 and runs and edits the largest and most visited Croatian news portal in English, Total Croatia News, which carries the adjective “The most reliable source of information on Croatian destinations in the world”. Numerous domestic experts and analysts write for the portal, and its success is evidenced by the fact that it is used as a source of news from Croatia by many reputable world media such as the Huff Post, Washington Post, Guardian, Independent, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, New Scientist, Herald, Lonely Planet News and many others. Find out more about TCN at www.total-croatia-news.com.
Aubameyang and Pepe came away from Wembley with FA Cup winners’ medals (Picture: Getty)The Gunners held on to their advantage against a 10-man Chelsea side following Mateo Kovacic’s sending off to get their hands on the trophy for a record 14th time to strengthen their status as the most successful team in the history of the competition. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal forward Pepe had one of his better games since arriving from Lille last summer and looked to have scored a sublime equaliser in the first half before it became clear Ainsley Maitland-Niles was in an offside position in the build-up to the strike.And while the Ivorian has had a mixed debut campaign in England, he was never in any doubt that he would be on the winning team at Wembley. Olivier Giroud left Wembley empty handed just as Nicolas Pepe predicted (Picture: Getty)A new video has emerged which shows just how confident Nicolas Pepe felt about securing victory heading into Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash with Chelsea. Frank Lampard’s men dominated the early stages at an empty Wembley on Saturday evening and took the lead through Christian Pulisic, who continued his remarkable run of form to score his fifth goal in all competitions since the season restarted.But it was Pulisic’s former Borussia Dortmund team-mate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who stole the headlines as he fired home from the penalty spot to level midway through the first half before beating Willy Caballero with an exquisite dinked finish in the 67th minute. The prediction Nicolas Pepe made about Olivier Giroud and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph Pepe picked up his first piece of silverware with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)In a short video taken on Snapchat prior to the match, Pepe vowed to get the better of Chelsea and made a promise that the final would be about him and Aubameyang rather than ex-Arsenal striker Giroud.‘Tomorrow we qualify for the Europa League,’ he said.‘I don’t want to hear about Chelsea, Olivier Giroud – tomorrow, it’s Aubameyang, Pepe.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 3 Aug 2020 9:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Advertisement Much of the talk following Saturday night’s showpiece surrounded the future of Arsenal’s talisman, Aubameyang, with the Gabon international out of contract in less than 12 months’ time. ‘I am really not thinking about this now I really just want to enjoy with the guys and take the trophy now,’ Aubameyang told BT Sport shortly after the final whistle.‘I think everyone gave their best for the team today, we deserved it. ‘The journey has been long, great evening, I will enjoy all night for sure, I had this inspiration.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal head coach Mikel Arteta urged Aubameyang to stay on at the club and become a legend alongside the likes of Thierry Henry and Ian Wright. Asked about the striker’s winning goal, Arteta said: ‘It’s the most difficult thing in football, that’s for sure, and he makes it simple – look at the second goal he scored.‘We always had incredible strikers at this football club and Auba deserves to be named and compared with the big names.‘By winning trophies he will be closer to that and the longer he stays there as well.‘Hopefully we can have him for more time.’Will Aubameyang still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Martin Keown makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prediction after Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over ChelseaMORE: Arsene Wenger picks his two favourites to win this year’s Champions League Nicolas Pepe with a promise on Friday ahead of the FA Cup final: âTomorrow we qualify for the Europa League. I don’t want to hear about Chelsea, Olivier Giroud – tomorrow, it’s Aubameyang. Pepe.â ðð #afc pic.twitter.com/5EQ8axjSm7— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 2, 2020 Advertisement
VIJAYAWADA, India (CMC) – Captain Stafanie Taylor returned to form and West Indies Women to their winning ways, as they rolled over India Women by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series, to claim their first win of an otherwise dismal tour here yesterday.The right-handed stroke-maker carved out a brilliant 90 off 51 balls to fall just short of her maiden T20I century as the visitors clinically chased down a target of 151, with five balls to spare at the Mulapadu Cricket StadiumHer runs proved precious as no other batsman passed 20, again reiterating the challenges the Windies Women have experienced with their batting on the ongoing tour where they suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the one-day series.New-ball bowler Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with three for 31.Earlier, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur stroked an unbeaten 68 while Veda Krishnamurthy struck 50 as the hosts, opting to bat first, posted 150 for four off their allotted 20 overs.With their side stumbling at 28 for two in the sixth over, the pair came together to add 88 for the third wicket and rally the innings.Both right-handers, Kaur stroked six fours and three sixes in a 50-ball knock while Krishnamurthy faced 46 deliveries and counted six fours and a six.When Krishnamurthy became the second of seamer Shakera Selman’s two wickets in the 17th over, Kaur and Jhulan Goswami (11 not out) put on an important 21 off 15 balls for the fourth wicket to end the innings strongly.In reply, Taylor took immediate control of the run chase for West Indies Women, anchoring a series of partnerships to ensure her side’s victory.Returning to her opening slot after mostly batting one-down in the three-match series where she managed just 48 runs, Taylor displayed all of her batting charm as she hammered 12 fours and three sixes in an attractive innings.She put on 31 off 24 balls for the first wicket with Hayley Matthews (18), 40 off 39 balls for the second wicket with Britney Cooper (16) before dominating a 70-run fourth-wicket stand off 41 balls with former skipper Merissa Aguilleira who made 15.Her stand with Aguilleira put the contest firmly in West Indies Women’s favour and even when both fell in the 18th over, the result was all but done and dusted.The second T20I is set for tomorrow at the same venue.