Terme Tuhelj opens the first 5 * camp in continental Croatia


first_imgIn 2020, the Terme Tuhelj camp will get its sequel. The second phase will include the construction of a luxury resort with 30 luxury houses for families and couples, as well as additional facilities that will provide families with a real family experience, and couples to enjoy wellness facilities in nature. That part of the camp will work throughout the year, as well as 20 camping pitches that will be open in the first phase. “Tourist trends show that this form of camping is especially attractive to millennials who are today the world’s most numerous travelers. As many as 53 percent of them list all forms of camping as their first choice on their travels. With the new trump card, we are not only adapting to the trends and wishes of our guests, but we are expanding our offer to new products and raising the bar of quality in the world of camping.”, Points out Vasja Čretnik, director of Terme Tuhelj. The new Camp Terme Tuhelj 5 * will offer a complete experience for travelers of all profiles and affinities, from those looking for a relaxing atmosphere, harmony and connection with nature, lovers of active holidays who want to be constantly on the move, to guests looking for luxury amenities and modern trends which have so far been mainly associated with hotel accommodation.  Photo: Terme Tuhelj The total value of the investment will be between two and a half and three million euros, depending on the amount of investment of the strategic partner with which Terme Tuhelj is in current negotiations. As they point out from Terme Tuhelj, a total of 56 campsites are planned, distributed in two zones, which together make up about 20 thousand square meters. The camp will additionally have a restaurant and bar, a camping service, a space for bathing pets, sanitary facilities adapted for people with disabilities, family bathrooms, locker rooms, a children’s playground, golf and tennis courts. The advantage of the newly renovated Terme Tuhelj camp is the proximity of other facilities available to guests: indoor and outdoor pools, wellness facilities within the hotel and gastronomic experiences of many restaurants. The proximity of the highway is certainly a big plus which will allow many foreign tourists a break from traveling. “During the summer we expect guests in transit coming from Germany, Poland, Scandinavian countries, the Czech Republic as well as guests from Slovenia, Austria, Italy and the Benelux countries who enjoy camping and vacation in nature.”- points out Čretnik. A total of 20 pitches will be open throughout the year while other pitches will be available to guests during the warmer months. All camp guests will include unlimited swimming on the Water Planet, so especially families with children will enjoy swimming in the outdoor and indoor pools and numerous water attractions.  Investment from two and a half to three million euros As part of the famous Water Planet Terme Tuhelj, a five-star luxury camp will soon open – Camp Terme Tuhelj 5 *.last_img read more


Trends in tourism in 2020 and in the new decade


first_imgEcotourism A new revolution is happening in which big cities are no longer in focus, lesser known small towns and places nearby. The trend is on the rise for several reasons, from lower prices, less crowds and most often because a smaller place is much more interesting. Meet locally and undiscovered  The trend of organically grown food and organic food preparation affects the tourist demand, which also requires adjustment from caterers. In addition, guests require special diet menus and other types of food, such as veganism. This trend is related to ecotourism which is number one on our list. For many, environmental protection has become one of the main guidelines in travel planning. Although this trend is a novelty on the market, and is led by the younger generation, it is certain that it will shape the future of tourism. Content created in collaboration with ProConcept Everyone involved in tourism, from hotels, airlines, tour agencies,… to Google – knows more about you than ever before. For many, this is a gruesome invasion of privacy, but the net effect means a much more fluid and enjoyable travel experience. Apps like Tripit will help you plan every step of your journey as Google, Facebook, and others use AI to adjust to your current location, where you’re going, and what you want to do. According to Bookings.com, 73% of tourists intend to choose environmentally friendly accommodation at least once a year, and 70% say they are more likely to book a place they have evidence of being environmentally conscious and caring for the environment. The Croatian emigrant community is really large. It is a significant lifestyle change where the introduction of new technologies such as 5G network, video conferencing, etc. allow the new workforce to work wherever it wants in the world. Far more important than any technology is the fact that companies and bosses are open to a new trend, because in this way they attract and retain talent. DNA travel The world is a place where there is uncertainty in political movements, the problems of global warming and with the great technological shift that is happening from second to second. The only constant is that people want to travel more and more. All records are being broken, and huge emerging markets are redefining the tourism industry. The concept of combining leisure with business commitments, ie tourist travel with business travel, has been popular for decades. Photo: Hert Nix, Pexels.com Restaurants around the world are offering more and more vegan options on their menus, new vegan locations are being promoted every day. Tourist trips and culinary workshops for vegans will become more pronounced over the next few years as the world changes its eating habits. This type of tourism is so popular that a recent survey showed that 23% of guests who visited Scotland during 2019 and stayed in it for a significantly longer number of days, visit that country wanting to explore their origins! To find out what trends are driving the Chinese tourism market, the fastest growing tourism market in the world, we have organized MasterClass with lecturers, experienced professionals from the tourism industry who come directly from China. William Chia i Joanne Chan it will convey to you the most important features of that market and give answers to questions about how to bring a part of Chinese tourists to your destination. Today’s tourists do not want isolation from the places they visit, they do not want to stay inside a closed resort where they cannot get to know the local culture and customs. They want to live the life of the local population and want to actively participate in local events. This refers to enjoying local cuisine, celebrating local festivals and holidays… What are the main tourism trends in 2020? We decided to take a peek a little deeper and selected the ten most significant trends that will mark the time ahead. Coming to new places used to mean reading guide books, asking friends, and taking risks. Due to the data and progress of many available applications, our experiences will become much more personalized in the coming years. We have stepped into a new decade and a new year full of unanswered questions about what the tourist years ahead will look like. On the one hand we are curious, while on the other hand, taught by the experiences of the past few years, we have widened our eyes looking to the future… trends and the way we rest are changing at a rapid pace. An increasingly popular trend refers to the phenomenon of “digital nomads” created by workers in the Internet industry, ie in all jobs that can be done over the Internet and are not related to a static workplace. People’s work habits are getting further than usual from 9am to 00pm. Investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that more than half of the U.S. workforce will have a flexible job by 17 (up from 00% in 2027), and this trend is also predicted by economists around the world. Today’s modern applications allow you to change currencies within the application itself and use virtual cards to book services. Many hotels, restaurants and other services allow you to pay with a simple touch of a card or phone. Traveling without cash is a huge shift in the comfort and safety of travel. Robots, chatbots, automationcenter_img Travel outside the main tourist season Local cuisine, organically grown food, veganism Visiting popular destinations out of season is a real hit, sensible tourists will do just that! In addition to avoiding large crowds in this way, financial savings are also significant. The biggest plus is actually that the character of the place can be experienced in a completely different, real light. Bleisure and migration millennials One of the more tempting examples of these special tourist trends is Connie, the robot-gatekeeper of the Hilton hotel chain. Other hotel chains are also following the new trend of robot staff, installing interactive robots to perform simpler tasks of receiving guests or serving food and drinks. Cash payments are a thing of the past Local experiences are becoming one of the most interesting tourism trends that provide incredible opportunities for small local communities to develop the tourist offer and develop the local economy. Olive picking programs in Istria have long been known… carnivals in small towns that already have their own tradition, culinary festivals… The desire to find our genealogical background today is irresistible, and when you get your DNA record through available and affordable services, you actually get a visual overview of where your ancestors came from. This means that you can plan your next tourist trip solely on the basis of newly determined personal roots! With your DNA record, you get a map with percentages of origin by area or country. Going on vacation traditionally represents an opportunity to neglect diet and indulge in forbidden treats. Today’s tourists know that delicious and nutritious can be an integral part of a diet, and that it no longer has to be some exclusive concept that will cost us dearly. The demand for excellent cuisine with the aim of better nutrition is driving new trends in tourism. The modern tourist wants to know that the food he eats is at least as healthy as it is delicious. The needs of solo tourists are diverse. Some simply want to travel without disturbing the companion. Others are young singles looking for social activities or finding a partner. Widows and the elderly use long stays in hotels or cruises as a luxurious alternative to the usual care for the elderly. Ecotourism is just one of a series of similar tourism trends that reflect growing concerns about ethical and sustainable tourism. Ecotourism includes simple things like carbon points when booking a flight or the possibility of renting an electric instead of a classic vehicle. More complex examples may include tourism with an element of volunteering that is becoming more common, perhaps working in a nature park or engaging in nature conservation. With regard to tourism, this means that the line between work and entertainment is becoming less visible. Millennials end their business trip as entertainment tourists in order to make the most of the location they are already in. Photo: JESHOOTS, Pexels.com It wasn’t that long ago when we traveled with money, traveler’s checks, or exchanged cash at impossible exchange rates. Although this is still the case in some countries, the situation is changing abruptly. Gone are the days when taxi drivers could have missed you on the exchange rate, today a whole range of cashless solutions is available. We seem to be reaching a stage where we will not have any local currency to travel abroad. Solo tourists Personalized access to the guest Since tourism, there has been a need to visit the location where our ancestors came from. This trend has been particularly pronounced since DNA technology became more available. DNA travel, or “ancestral tourism,” is on the rise, and companies that have tied to this technology have offered the market completely new experiences and travel opportunities. Invasion of tourists from Asia Regarding the development of technology, this is only a small part of the innovations that are happening in the market. Many clients organize their travel and accommodation with the help of online chatbots, specially tailored to the needs and inquiries of clients, which can process inquiries well and help with useful information when human labor is not available. Asia’s fast-growing economies, such as China, India and Indonesia, bring hundreds of millions of new tourists to the market each year. To what extent do they form new trends? Traveling during the holidays in the past was a family obligation and something that couples did together and thus deepened their relationship. While this is still the case, many are increasingly choosing to break this rule. Enjoying solo travel is no longer so unusual and tourist trends are increasingly reflecting it. In recent months, we have witnessed a trend by which Greta Thunberg has inspired millions of people to work on climate change in person.last_img read more


Velimir Šonje, Archival Analytics: Croatia has too few hotels and that is the key reason for the low level of added value


first_imgTourism is one of the few economic sectors in Croatia with significant potential for attracting new investments, employment and wage growth, as well as increasing Croatia’s competitiveness in the global market, but a prerequisite for activating this potential is ensuring a more favorable business environment that will attract investors.  That is the conclusion of the analysis. “The contribution of different types of tourist accommodation to added value and economic development”Which he made Velimir Šonje from Archival Analytics and presented at the Tourist Briefing organized by the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT). In the structure of the domestic tourist offer, hotel accommodation accounts for only 16 percent of the total number of beds, and in this segment 40 percent of the total added value in tourism is created.  Attachment: As shown at the Tourist Briefing, Croatia today has an added value per employee in hotel tourism of about 35 thousand euros, and the most competitive tourist countries such as Italy, France and Spain realize about 50 thousand per employee. “Croatian tourism with the current structure of the offer is vulnerable and unsustainable. If we want to remain relevant on the global tourist map, we must necessarily raise the quality of the overall offer because Croatia can only compete with quality. Croatian hotel companies therefore invest significantly more than the average, but the current environment and low profitability in the hotel industry do not allow the launch of a new wave of investment. In this context, we see the announced reduction of VAT to 13 percent on a part of tourist services as a “fire measure”. It is necessary for the Government to continue bravely because we are still uncompetitive with investors. The average VAT on tourism in the Mediterranean is 10 percent and until we catch that average we will not be of interest to the biggest investors. In addition, we need to remove as actively as possible other obstacles to the investments of tourism companies, which we continuously point out”, said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT). To jump in productivity, taxes and barriers to investment need to be reduced   Source: Croatian Tourism Association / Photo: Borna Filic / PIXSELL Despite the highest tax burden in the Mediterranean, Croatian hotel companies invest significantly more than the Mediterranean average, HUT points out. The rate of investment in domestic hotel companies measured as a percentage of gross value added is a high 56,4% (2017), which is almost 4 times more than in Greece and Italy and almost twice as much as in France.center_img As the mentioned analysis showed, hotel accommodation, which makes only 16 percent of the total accommodation offer, currently has about 3,7 times higher value added per bed compared to accommodation in real estate for short-term tourist rental, which currently makes 60 percent of the total offer. Therefore, the launch of a new investment cycle in hotels is a prerequisite for the next phase of development of Croatian tourism. Croatia has by far the lowest share of hotel beds in the total offer among relevant tourist European countries, and only a comparable high percentage of beds in real estate for short-term tourist rental has Montenegro. It is a suboptimal structure that does not allow for maximum economic effect and endangers the sustainability of tourism, the analysis points out. “Croatia not only lacks small hotels, but it generally lacks hotels as well as larger, specialized hotel companies, and hotels of higher categories and branded hotels ” Šonje points out and concludes that the current pace of investment does not guarantee the repositioning and restructuring of Croatian tourism on the tourist map of the Mediterranean, especially given the lack of investment in quality hotel facilities. “Croatia has too few hotels compared to tourism-relevant European countries and this is a key reason for the low level of added value created in tourism. Croatian tourism is not a homogeneous activity, on the one hand we have a huge share of real estate for short-term tourist rent that creates low added value, and on the other hand we have a serious tourism business that invests, develops destinations and tries to keep pace with growing competition in the Mediterranean. Croatia is now at a turning point. A new investment cycle and an increase in the added value of the offer can only be achieved by strongly encouraging investment in new higher-level capacities that will enable the development of a modern offer and ensure the sustainability of Croatian tourism.”, said Velimir Šonje from Arhivanalitika.  According to Šonje, this jump in productivity of about 40 percent in Croatia can be achieved in a relatively short period of a decade, but the precondition is to significantly increase the attractiveness of investing in tourism, especially in high-quality hotel facilities, which is the goal. subordinate the tourism strategy for the coming period.  The whole analysis ”The contribution of different types of tourist accommodation to added value and economic development”Which was made by Velimir Šonje from Arhivanalitika for the needs of HUT, read in the attachment  Veljko Ostojic, HUT / Photo: Borna Filic / PIXSELL The contribution of different types of tourist accommodation to added value and economic developmentlast_img read more


What New York really needs is meaningful (and real) mandate relief for local governments


first_imgCategories: Opinion, Schenectady CountyThe governor recently announced that he would not sign a budget agreement without the tax cap being made permanent. Which is fine since the tax cap is nothing more than a public relations tool used to try to trick the residents into thinking that state politicians are actually doing something to address the high property taxes in New York.Spoiler alert: They’re not.Despite his theatrics, it’s interesting to watch the powerful Andrew Cuomo blame everyone else for the high taxes in this state except himself. He tries to get you to believe that it’s the federal government’s fault, or the local government’s fault, or the counties’ fault; even the weather’s fault, but certainly not his fault. We live in a one-party, top-down, command and control, Democrat-led state government and he is trying to get you to believe that he’s unable to fix any of the financial problems plaguing the state.The fact is that the state’s tax cap does nothing to address the underlying issue that is driving up the cost of government: state mandates. It’s expensive to do business in New York and that’s true for the private sector as much as it is for the local governments across the state. There are many reasons for this, but the most impactful are the many mandates that the state pushes down to local government.I’ll address the latest one to come out of Albany, voter reform.New York lawmakers passed a package of voter reforms recently which includes a provision that would require polls to be open a full 10 days prior to the actual Election Day. While any reform that increases voter access to the polls is good – as long as the state places the proper protections against fraud – this reform would place a financial burden on local governments. In this state, counties are responsible for registering voters and actually holding elections, but that doesn’t mean the county pays for it. In counties like Schenectady, the costs of all elections are pushed down to the town level as a “budgetary pass through.” This means the county racks up the bill and the local property taxpayer pays it. Now with this early voting reform, the governor and Legislature are piling on the costs that will eventually hit all taxpayers.Elections weren’t always so expensive to run. The truth is that there was a time when towns ran elections and were responsible for the spending. In 2005, for example, when the towns ran elections in this county, the total annual cost for the town of Glenville was just $42,000. Then, the county took over running the Board of Elections and promised lower costs that would be realized due to savings from “consolidation.” Who could argue against the efficiencies of consolidation, right? Well, fast forward to 2019 when the county charged the town almost $400,000 for elections. That’s a 10-fold increase in costs in the 14 years since the county took over running the Board of Elections.Now, we will have to add the costs of the unfunded mandate called voter reform that the state just dumped on us. Exactly what that cost may be has not been articulated or even considered by lawmakers in Albany and few are really sure how much this will end up costing. We know that increased costs of manpower to staff polling places and other operational costs will likely push an additional $500,000 or so onto the local governments. That means that early voting will likely cost the taxpayer an additional 2% in new property taxes. All this “reform” has led to one thing: The taxpayer paying more in property taxes thanks to the endless unfunded mandates that the state pushes on local governments that cause higher property tax bills. If state lawmakers want to increase access to the polls, they should pay for it. Otherwise it’s just another unfunded mandate.Placing a tax cap on local governments without simultaneously enacting meaningful mandate relief is morally wrong and will eventually bankrupt our communities…but, sure, maybe it is just the weather driving everyone out after all. Chris Koetzle is the supervisor of the town of Glenville and the acting chairman of the Schenectady County Republican Party.More from The Daily Gazette:Capital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Friday, Oct. 16, by countyEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more


One for the road


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Man about Midtown


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Shopping focus for ‘eye of London’ site


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Railtrack to roll out Spacia plan


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Raymond secures another slice of the West End


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British Land shares drop 11% after Liberty buy


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