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 email@example.com, 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
Brendan Rodgers hopes Saturday’s Merseyside derby can provide the same injection of pace into Liverpool’s season as last year’s Anfield clash with Everton. The Reds’ hopes of exceeding or at least matching their achievements of last season have been dealt a blow by three losses in their first five league matches, making a good result in the derby even more important. Boss Rodgers said: “We haven’t made the best of starts this season but in the like-for-like games last season, we’re only a point different. “We still have positives from it. We’ve got young players that have been introduced into our team, which is what we look to achieve to try to help them and educate them to come through and play for the first team. “We go into this game with a great opportunity to get a victory in a derby game, which we will hope can provide a platform for us to go on consistently, like it did last year.” Losing Luis Suarez has inevitably had a big effect, while Rodgers has had to expand his squad to cope with the extra demands of the Champions League. Injuries have not helped either and, instead of the exhilarating football that blew teams away last season, Liverpool have stuttered, managing only seven goals in their five league games so far. “At this moment, we’re refocusing, reintroducing the principles into our game that have brought us the win ratio we’ve had in the last 18 months,” said Rodgers. “Probably the early part of the season, apart from the Tottenham game, we’ve moved away a little bit from that. Our game was based on a real fast, pressing game, really high intensity and the speed of our football. The 4-0 victory over their neighbours in January was the start of a run that brought Liverpool 37 points from a possible 39 and rocketed them to the top of the Barclays Premier League table. They would almost certainly have ended their long wait for a league title but for a defeat by Chelsea that ended the sequence. “We put a lot of hard work into those first six to 12 months we were here, and a lot of those processes became natural. The consequence of that is winning. “But when you introduce a raft of new players and you lose the core of players that were important, because that’s obviously a factor, then it becomes a little bit broken. That’s how our game has looked for a big part of the season. “Where I’m fortunate is I have a group of players here that identify with that. We’re all in this together and we just need to get back and focus on what has allowed us to win games consistently over the last 18 months to two years.” Rodgers remains hopeful striker Daniel Sturridge could return for the derby. Sturridge suffered a thigh injury on England duty earlier this month and will be given every chance to prove his fitness. Midfielder Jordan Henderson (hip) and playmaker Philippe Coutinho (groin) are among a number of other players who could return. Roberto Martinez insists Everton’s defensive troubles are temporary because their class is permanent. The Toffees have had no trouble finding the net so far this season but have already conceded 13 goals in five Premier League games, more than any other team. That has been the principle reason they have managed just one win so far, making the short trip to Anfield even more important than normal. Last season Everton had the third best defensive record in the division, which helped them to achieve a fifth-placed finish and their highest Premier League points tally. Martinez’s said of his side’s leaky defence: “That’s been an area that we’ve been quite poor and it’s something we need to improve. “Sometimes you get situations where when you are so good as a team at something that you could take it for granted and then you get a little bit of misfortune in one or two actions early in the season and the ball ends up in the back of the net, and all of a sudden it seems the confidence is not the same and you don’t defend with the same intensity. “You look at the experience we have in the team, we haven’t made any major changes in those positions. “Now what we want to do is make sure we have more focus, better concentration, better communication and just face that challenge of getting back the standards that we have as a team defensively. “It’s not something that we’re aiming for, it’s something that we have, and it’s a big difference. But clearly conceding the amount of goals we’ve conceded is not something we want to accept. “We’ll always approach games to win games but it’s important we don’t become a team that concedes games cheaply.” Martinez will make late decisions on the fitness of influential duo Seamus Coleman and Steven Pienaar. Full-back Coleman has missed the last two games with a head injury while midfielder Pienaar damaged a thigh in Everton’s second game of the season. Press Association