Will “Blue Wall” Battleground States Win Biden the Election?

first_imgIn the last days of the election, Mr. Biden’s campaign and allies privately maintained that he could win battleground states across the country, including places like North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia. But, they argued, the trifecta represented their easiest — though perhaps not fastest — path to the presidency. Final returns in all three states are expected to take days, and Mr. Trump tried early Wednesday to set the narrative that Democrats were trying to “steal the election” — a groundless assertion.But the Biden camp wasn’t about to take the bait.“We believe that we are well-positioned in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin,” Jen O’Malley Dillon, Mr. Biden’s campaign manager, said on Monday in a briefing about election night. “We know those states in particular are coming in later, but we think we’re going to win those states. That is our clearest path to victory.” Even that was more attention than Democrats were accustomed to getting from the national party in the traditionally conservative Western states. In Arizona, a state that Mr. Biden visited just once as the party’s nominee, officials said they were satisfied with the campaign’s approach to the state.“They spent a lot of time here; they put in a lot of energy and attention, more than previous campaigns,” said Representative Ruben Gallego, who represents the fast-growing Phoenix area. “And if we win, it doesn’t matter.”In total, Mr. Biden spent $57.8 million on advertising in Texas and Arizona. He spent nearly three times as much — $169.2 million — in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.The decision to focus on the industrial trio was driven by the practicalities of political math. Mrs. Clinton lost those states by tight margins, making them fertile ground for Democrats to begin a comeback. Just winning those three states, along with holding all of the traditionally Democratic strongholds won by Mrs. Clinton, would capture the presidency for Mr. Biden.But it was also a calculation born of cultural affinity. Despite his decades in Washington, Mr. Biden sees himself as a working-class son, just another “middle class Joe” taking the train to work like any other commuter. “If I’m going to beat Donald Trump in 2020, it’s going to happen here,” Mr. Biden, the former vice president, told voters in Pittsburgh during the first address of his primary campaign in April 2019. “Joe, people like him, they don’t dislike him,” Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan said in an interview this fall. “Hillary Clinton’s my friend, but she never walked into a union hall.”Shortly after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in 2016, Mr. Biden recalled feeling disturbed when seeing Mr. Trump strike a chord with voters at a rally near his childhood Scranton home, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. But from the start of his presidential campaign until the final day of the race, the “scrappy kid from Scranton” maintained his bet that winning the White House would come down to rebuilding the Democrats’ once-solid “blue wall” in those three states that crumbled in 2016.And now, with Mr. Biden and President Trump locked in a nail-biter of an election, the ultimate path to 270 Electoral College votes for either man will wind through Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. For Joe Biden, it has always been about Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.Georgia might be turning purple, fueled by fast-changing suburbs. Arizona, reeling from the coronavirus and trending Democratic, was a tantalizing target as well.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Son of a gun — we may lose this election,” Mr. Biden recounted feeling, in an interview in December 2016 with The Los Angeles Times.Mr. Biden crafted his own approach, determined not to repeat what he saw as Mrs. Clinton’s mistakes. Not only did Mr. Biden start and end his campaign in Pennsylvania, he also visited the state more than any other during the campaign. Just a little more than 10 miles from his home in Wilmington, Del., and sharing a common media market, Pennsylvania was a second political home for Mr. Biden long before he started his third presidential bid.“From the time I started as a U.S. senator, Philadelphia has brought me to the dance!” Mr. Biden, a former senator from Delaware, told cheering supporters in the north part of the city, during his last event before polls closed on Tuesday evening.Mr. Biden and some of his allies see the working and middle-class moderate voters of the Midwest as his natural base, and they tried to build a coalition that was made up of more white voters than the base that elected former President Barack Obama and that Mrs. Clinton tried to replicate in 2016.“Biden is from a manufacturing town, and he’s of the right age demographic and financial background,” said Aaron Stearns, the Democratic chairman in Warren County in northwestern Pennsylvania. “People can relate to him in a way that they could not relate to Hillary Clinton.” – Advertisement – Although Mr. Biden visited Arizona and Georgia, his campaign had declined to spend a lot of precious time and money in those states — despite repeated pleas from local Democrats. And when two Democratic billionaires, Dustin Moskovitz and Michael R. Bloomberg, poured money into Texas in the 11th hour, Mr. Biden dispatched only Senator Kamala Harris of California, his running mate, to the state.center_img Some Democrats say it was Mr. Biden’s willingness to focus on the northern states, devoting his limited in-person campaign stops to show up even as coronavirus cases surged across the region, that gave him a chance of winning the states back. – Advertisement – Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:08 a.m. ET After midnight on Wednesday, he declared to supporters, “It’s going to take time to count the votes, but we’re going to win Pennsylvania.” Such discipline is relatively rare in presidential politics — candidates, often times Democrats, usually get swept up with a big map conquest, like Hillary Clinton’s intense focus on Florida in 2016 and even her dalliances with Arizona and Utah.But this race was no ordinary contest: Like voters, activists and officials in his party, Mr. Biden was haunted by the narrow loss in 2016 of 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — the three traditionally Democratic states that cost the party the White House that year. “A lot of the problem was that Hillary Clinton was not here enough in some of the suburban areas that we lost to Trump,” said Jay Costa, the Democratic leader in the Pennsylvania State Senate. “The former vice president did a very good job of not falling into that trap another time.”In the final days of his campaign, Mr. Biden did add a stop in Ohio, a state that many Democrats believe has shifted — perhaps permanently — away from their party. They were proved right last night, when Mr. Trump won the state.Some Democrats attributed the stop in Cleveland to scheduling around events in Pennsylvania. Getting across the country to Arizona would simply take too many precious hours in the final days, given how many stops Mr. Biden’s campaign had planned in the Keystone State.But others ascribed the stop to Mr. Biden’s dogged belief that the Democratic path to the White House still runs through the Midwest.The Biden campaign, unlike the campaigns of Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, did not impose a central strategy on state Democratic parties, said officials in the three states. Instead, the campaign integrated with voter outreach programs that each state had been building since their losses in 2016.“The big gamble for state parties was, would the presidential campaign push all the dishes off the table and start over or integrate with what we had been building?” said Ben Wikler, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “They didn’t impose a one-size-fits-all model.”Mr. Wikler said he had been in regular contact with Biden campaign officials beginning last summer to brief them on the program that the state party was building. After Mrs. Clinton failed to visit Wisconsin during her 2016 campaign, Mr. Biden made three visits to the state, which was set to host the Democratic National Convention before it became an all-virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, which is worse in Wisconsin than it is in any other battleground state.Mr. Wikler said the three visits, along with myriad other virtual events that Mr. Biden and his surrogates hosted for local supporters, were sufficient enough to maintain a presence for Wisconsin voters.“Biden has made clear all along that Wisconsin is a top priority,” he said.It may still be some time before the nation knows whether it was enough.Jennifer Medina, Reid Epstein and Nick Corasaniti contributed reporting. By the time Mr. Biden addressed his car-honking supporters on Wednesday morning, the numbers had shifted. He has the edge in Arizona and he remains competitive in Georgia. But even if he wins both of those states, he would still need to prevail in at least one of the blue-wall states.Mr. Trump campaigned aggressively in Michigan, Wisconsin and especially Pennsylvania too. But Mr. Biden’s focus was notable: Many presidential nominees take their eyes off their most critical states, but Mr. Biden never lost sight of his goal to try to win back voters in those three states who abandoned the party four years ago.last_img read more

BALPA urges potential trainee pilots to look elsewhere | News

first_imgBALPA, the trade union for pilots in the UK, has issued an extraordinary warning to anyone who is thinking about embarking on a pilot training course – “think again”. The union has taken the step to help avoid students paying upwards of £100,000 for training only to find there are no jobs available at the end.- Advertisement – NewereasyJet makes further capacity cuts as Covid-19 restrictions hit Europe Last year pilots were negotiating record salaries as a shortage of trained professionals created competition among airlines.However, the situation has been completely reversed this year, with thousands of job losses following the Covid-19 shutdown. Pursey added: “We urge potential pilots to get experience in another profession first which will postpone any training until the industry is in a more robust shape, provide additional skills and experience and also give them another avenue to fall back on.  “For anyone that still wants to proceed they should consider the modular training route which does provide the opportunity to learn and work in other fields.”Of course, a shortage of freshly trained pilots could help push up wages of those already in the sector, should demand return. She added: “This is not a positive picture for anyone whose heart is set on entering this profession. “There will be fewer jobs, with more people competing for each one even once this pandemic is over.“In this situation it would be irresponsible if we did anything other than warn people to consider delaying their flight training at this time.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – OlderMiami Beach leads 2020 North America World Travel Awards winners Wendy Pursey, head of membership and careers services at BALPA said: “There are currently 10,000 unemployed commercial pilots across Europe including 1,600 pilots in the UK. “Many pilots are working part time or on reduced pay to save jobs. “And there are already around 200 trainees in flight training schools who were on a path to jobs with easyJet who now have no clear route to even a licence, far less a job.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

first_imgAnother example: Public pre-K in places like New York and Washington, D.C., has ended up decreasing the supply of infant and toddler care programs. The Multnomah County measure aims to prevent that by paying providers to maintain those programs.The new measure also addresses two of the central debates in early childhood policy.First, it will be universal, not aimed at children from low-income families. (The program will start with children with the greatest need and take full effect in a decade.) Proponents of targeted programs say they’re most effective because children from low-income families benefit most from free preschool, and it costs less to make it free for a smaller group of students.- Advertisement – The Multnomah County measure will pay preschool teachers roughly the same as public kindergarten teachers — around $74,000 a year for lead teachers, up from $31,000. Teaching assistants will earn about $20 an hour. The measure will eventually raise $202 million a year from taxpayers. It plans to add an estimated 7,000 preschool spots and hire 2,300 teachers.“Teacher pay versus affordability is the major crisis all across the child-care landscape,” said Dan Wuori, director of early learning at the Hunt Institute, an education policy research group affiliated with Duke University. “We’ve had this broken system for decades, where quality is sometimes lacking and the affordability of the system for families is really subsidized on the backs of a low-income work force, many of whom are women of color.- Advertisement – “On paper at least, this measure addresses both of those concerns.”The policy draws on recent early education research and tries to avoid the unintended consequences that have befallen other universal preschool programs.For example, discrimination in discipline starts as early as preschool, research shows, and Black boys are much more likely than other children to be suspended or expelled. The measure forbids expulsions from preschool, and provides training for how to address challenging behavior instead.- Advertisement – Universal programs, though, are more politically popular and, research shows, have more benefits for children. They are less segregated, and children learn from spending time with peers from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. The programs are more effective, most likely because they are held to higher standards and families become more invested in them, according to research by Elizabeth Cascio, an economist at Dartmouth. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Alex Trebek, Longtime Host of ‘Jeopardy!,’ Dies at 80

first_img– Advertisement – Otherwise he was a steady and predictable host — a no-nonsense presence, efficient in his role.A full obituary will be published shortly. Mr. Trebek had announced in a video on March 6, 2019, that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that week. He said that like many others with the disease, he had no symptoms until it had spread throughout his body. He delivered the news from the show’s set, wearing, as usual, a bandbox fresh suit and tie as he spoke straight to the camera without sentiment or histrionics.As a host, Mr. Trebek was the essence of durability. In the decades that he captained “Jeopardy!” more than 400 other game shows came and went. “Jeopardy!” endured, with millions of Americans organizing their weeknights around the highbrow program, shouting out the questions to their televisions as Mr. Trebek read the answers with his impeccable diction.One of the chief appeals of the show, apart from its intellectual challenge, was its consistency. Over the years, its format stayed almost the same, as did Mr. Trebek, though he trimmed back his bushy head of hair, grew grayer and occasionally sported a mustache, beard or goatee. – Advertisement – Alex Trebek, who hosted “Jeopardy!” for a record-setting 36 years and who brought an authoritative and unflappable persona to the quiz show’s peculiar conceit, in which answers are delivered in the form of a question, died on Sunday. He was 80.The death was confirmed by the show’s producers on Twitter. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Abacadabras lands Unibet Morgiana Hurdle | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – Abacadabras denied Willie Mullins a 10th successive win in the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown as he beat Saint Roi by a neck in a thrilling finish.Narrowly denied in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in March, Abacadabras was beaten on his return to action at Down Royal while County Hurdle winner Saint Roi had cruised to victory at Tipperary last month.- Advertisement – Sent off the 10-11 favourite, Saint Roi appeared to be going as well as anything turning into the straight, but Mark Walsh was soon struggling for racing room.Coeur Sublime briefly threatened to break away, only to be reeled in by Jason The Militant before the Gordon Elliott-trained Abacadabras (13-8) hit the front.Saint Roi got going after the last and was closing all the time, but as Walsh forced his way between the eventual winner and Jason The Militant, the line came too soon with Abadcadabras holding on.- Advertisement –last_img read more

CDC to mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study

first_imgJan 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – One of the worst fears of infectious disease experts is that the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in parts of Asia will combine with a human-adapted flu virus to create a deadly new flu virus that could spread around the world.That could happen, scientists predict, if someone who is already infected with an ordinary flu virus contracts the avian virus at the same time. The avian virus has already caused at least 48 confirmed human illness cases in Asia, of which 35 have been fatal. The virus has shown little ability to spread from person to person, but the fear is that a hybrid could combine the killing power of the avian virus with the transmissibility of human flu viruses.Now, rather than waiting to see if nature spawns such a hybrid, US scientists are planning to try to breed one themselves—in the name of preparedness.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon launch experiments designed to combine the H5N1 virus and human flu viruses and then see how the resulting hybrids affect animals. The goal is to assess the chances that such a “reassortant” virus will emerge and how dangerous it might be.CDC officials confirmed the plans for the research as described recently in media reports, particularly in a Canadian Press (CP) story.Two ways to make hybridsThe plans call for trying two methods to create hybrid viruses, CDC spokesman David Daigle told CIDRAP News via e-mail. One is to infect cells in a laboratory tissue culture with H5N1 and human flu viruses at the same time and then watch to see if they mix. For the human virus, investigators will use A (H3N2), the strain that has caused most human flu cases in recent years, according to the CP report.The other method is reverse genetics—assembling a new virus with sets of genes from the H5N1 and H3N2 viruses. Reverse genetics has already been used to create H5N1 candidate vaccines in several laboratories, according to Daigle. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) said recently it would soon launch a clinical trial of one of those vaccines.Of the two methods, the co-infection approach was described as slower and more laborious, though closer to what happens in nature.Any viable viruses that emerge from these processes will be seeded into animals that are considered good models for testing how flu viruses behave in humans, according to Daigle. The aim will be to observe whether the animals get sick and whether infected animals can infect others.The World Health Organization (WHO) has been “pleading” for laboratories to do this research, because it could provide some evidence to back up the agency’s warnings about the risk of a flu pandemic, according to the CP report.Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program, was quoted as saying that if none of the hybrids caused disease, the agency might be inclined to dial down its level of concern. But if the experiments produce highly transmissible and pathogenic viruses, the agency will be more worried, he said.Safety precautionsBecause of the obvious risks in creating viruses with the potential to spark a pandemic, the work will be done in a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory at the CDC in Atlanta, Daigle told CIDRAP News.”We recognize that there is concern by some over this type of work. This concern may be heightened by reports of recent lab exposures in other lab facilities,” he said. “But CDC has an incredible record in lab safety and is taking very strict precautions.”Daigle said the US Department of Agriculture requires that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses be treated as “Select Agents” and that research on them must be done in BSL-3 labs with “enhancements.” These include “special provisions to protect both laboratory workers and the environment.”BSL-3 is the second highest level of laboratory biosecurity. It is used for work with pathogens that may cause serious or potentially lethal disease if inhaled, such as tuberculosis or St. Louis encephalitis, according to the CDC.CDC experiments with HPAI viruses have to pass reviews by the agency’s Institutional Biosafety Committee and Animal Care and Use Committee, Daigle said. The facilities involved are inspected by the USDA and the CDC’s Office of Safety and Health, and staff members who work with Select Agents require special clearance.It’s been done beforeThe upcoming experiments will not break entirely new ground for the CDC, the CP story revealed. The agency already has made hybrid viruses with H5N1 samples isolated from patients in Hong Kong in 1997, when the virus first caused human disease.The results of that research have not yet been published, and the CDC has said little about them. In the CP report, Dr. Nancy Cox, head of the CDC’s influenza branch, commented only, “Some gene combinations could be produced and others could not.”Daigle added little to that. He said, “The reassortment work with the 1997 isolate was intermittently interrupted with SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] and then the 2004 H5N1 outbreak. We are currently concentrating our efforts on understanding the pathogenicity of the 2004 strains (non-reassortants) in mammalian models.”He said the CDC hopes to prepare a report on that research “in the near future.”See also:CDC information on biosafety levelshttp://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/symp5/jyrtext.htmlast_img read more

HHS orders more antivirals for national stockpile

first_img The antiviral courses were sent to Mexico at the request of the Mexican government, she said. The amount sent to Mexico accounts for less than 1% of the SNS, HHS said. HHS said in a press release that the purchase would cost about $251 million and is intended to replace the 11 million courses that it just sent to states and the shipment to Mexico, plus extra for other outbreak needs. Apr 30 HHS press release In other developments, a research team from the University of Hong Kong today published a modeling study that suggests early use of a secondary antiviral medication at the local level during a pandemic might delay resistance to the primary drug. The findings appear in an early online edition of Public Library of Science Medicine (PLoS Medicine). They also evaluated an early combination therapy strategy and calculated that it could also help delay antiviral resistance, but they reported it wasn’t practical because the safety of zanamivir-oseltamivir therapy has not been established. May 1, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials will acquire 13 million more courses of antiviral medication for the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and have begun sending 400,000 treatment courses to Mexico to help control the spread of the virus, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday. “As this flu virus outbreak expands across the country, we have been taking necessary steps to ensure states have the resources they need,” Sebelius said in the statement. “The 13 million additional treatment courses that we will purchase will allow us to replenish our national stockpile and further ensure we are prepared to provide the American people with the treatments they may need to stay healthy.” In the current swine influenza outbreak setting, the authors said the secondary drug would be zanamivir (Relenza), the only other drug besides oseltamivir (Tamiflu) that has shown to be effective against the new virus. Apr 30 PLoS Medicine press release See also: Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) science and public health program, said at a press briefing today, “We don’t know if we’ll need them [the extra antivirals], but we want to be ready.”last_img read more

New edition of eno-gastro guide presented – Gourmet Istra 2017/2018

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the Istrian County held a solemn promotion of the most famous eno-gastro guide Istra Gourmet, which was published for the 21st time at the end of May.Guide Gourmet Istria, one of the most sought after tourist promotional materials of Istria and, as one of the most respectable national gastro critics claims, ‘the most reliable printed restaurant guide in Croatia’ published by the Istria County Tourist Board.The guide to the gourmet offer of the Peninsula brings detailed information about the richness of the eno-gastronomic offer, united through the concept of a unique edition. Istra Gourmet 2017/2018 brings news in the presentation of content, in addition to an overview of the most important Istrian gastronomic products, contains an exhaustive and precise scale of restaurants and taverns, rated with one to three pumpkins (for taverns and agritourism) or bells (for restaurants). In addition to the restaurants that have the highest ratings (of 2-3 symbols), the dishes that should be ordered are listed in detail, as well as all the main information about the restaurant, and restaurants that only work in season are specially marked with the sun. In addition to the above, the guide also contains a hierarchical selection of Istrian wineries and producers of extra virgin olive oils, as well as a list of beekeepers who have a tasting room and thus receive guests.”Gastronomy occupies a very high place when choosing a holiday destination, and according to research, it is in fourth place in terms of motivation to come, and has a tendency to grow. Branding of Istrian places by some authentic food such as: truffles, prosciutto, sausage, asparagus, sardines, cheese, olive oil, wine, etc., valorization of typical foods and dishes, numerous gourmet events throughout Istria, strengthen Istria as a quality gourmet destination, and one of the inevitable means of promotion is certainly the guide of Istra Gourmet. ” pointed out the head of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County Nada Prodan Mraković.In this year’s edition, seven caterers from the category of selected restaurants were awarded, in alphabetical order: Čok and Damir & Ornella from Novigrad, Pergola from Zambratija, San Rocco from Brtonigla, Sv. Nikola from Poreč, Villa Meneghetti from Bale and Zigante from Livade, while four objects are included in the category of selected taverns, in alphabetical order: Alla Beccaccia from Valbandon, Astarea from Brtonigla, Batelina from Banjol and Buščina from Umag. In addition to the Istrian guide, the following were also presented: Gault Millau 2017, L’Espresso – I Ristoranti d’Italia 2017 and the guide Tavola Con Le Venezie 2017, which included a total of 46 Istrian facilities.As more and more guests are interested in organic products, this year’s novelty is that certain winemakers and oil producers, who have been awarded the certificate, are marked with the ECO label. Also this year on the last pages of the guide is a list of the most important gourmet events in Istria in the pre- and post-season, while the restaurant has introduced additional labels: Michelin stars, Michelin recommendations, Halal-certified restaurants and Pet-friendly facilities. “Gourmet is one of the key and most complex tourist products of Istria, which has been systematically worked on for more than two decades. Its development created one of the measures that enabled the revitalization of the Istrian hinterland (which is still developing today) and the diversification of the tourist offer, which greatly influenced the extension of the tourist season. We are facing new challenges, because according to international experts and specialists from the gastronomy sector, Istria is expected to make a new step in the coming years and prove that it is one of the best gourmet regions in the world.”Said the director of the Istria County Tourist Board Denis IvoševićThe Istra Gourmet guide is printed in a circulation of 30.000 copies in four languages, Croatian, Italian, German and English. In this way, Istra Gourmet combines several projects with the aim of promoting indigenous Istrian cuisine and excellent delicacies, through the selection of the best restaurants in Istria, a project within wine tourism and olive oil tourism, and an additional aspect is the promotion of typical local products.Istra Gourmet can be found at the info points of tourist boards in Istria or downloaded in pdf format hereRelated news:  SEE HOW ISTRIA CARES ABOUT ITS TOURISTS: A LEAFLET ON PROVIDING HEALTH SERVICES FOR TOURISTS ISSUEDlast_img read more

Lack of manpower, infrastructure and legislation are the main obstacles to Croatian tourism

first_imgYesterday in Zagreb, the 3rd session of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held, at which it was concluded that the lack of manpower, infrastructure and legislation are the main obstacles to Croatian tourism.”This business year is one of the best years in tourism, but there are also limiting factors such as infrastructure issues, legislation and the problem of labor shortages,”, Said the President of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (TPV) Franco Palma.Emphasizing the exceptionally good cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Ivo Bašić, Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, pointed out that diversification is being done, and the topics to be discussed in tourism are cruising, charter and yachting. occupations, which are challenges that will be partially addressed through competence centers. “Despite fires as an aggravating factor, this tourist season has passed in a satisfactory manner”, Said Basic, adding that more needs to be done to increase the tourist results achieved in the continental part of Croatia and to move from the current two to four percent. Basic also added that HRK 900 million of new investments in tourism are expected in 2018, which is an increase of 15% compared to this year and almost 40% compared to 2015.”The problem of the workforce is most pronounced in tourism and construction, and due to the lack of staff, our companies have an increasing problem doing investment projects.”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance Josip Zaher, adding that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce agreed to work together on the project of introducing a dual education system. “The influence of all factors is needed to address the issue of labor shortages, and this issue will be particularly important by reopening the markets of the Mediterranean countries and strengthening competition.”, Said Zaher and highlighted the Nautical Days, October 19 and 20 in Biograd na Moru, as part of the 19th Biograd Boat Show, Croatian Tourism Days (DHT), October 25 and 26 in Mali Lošinj and the Croatian Product for Croatian tourism, which will be held on November 22 and 23 at the Hypo Center in Zagreb.Leila Krešić-Jurić, Director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce”The Croatian Employment Service needs to be asked for a detailed analysis of the workforce structure, which would be the basis for TPV’s proposal to the Government to adopt certain measures in this area, and if it turns out that the necessary staff for the tourism sector cannot be found. labor markets. The key issues are tax relief for companies in tourism that can provide better working conditions, taxation of travel agencies and the adoption of legislation based on the proposals and needs of the profession”, Said the business secretary of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Antonia Urlić.”With the Study on the Impact of the VAT Rate on Tourism, which will include data from entrepreneurs from 2016, which was prepared by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, we want to first introduce the Croatian Government, and then the general public. The results of the study will provide strong arguments for reducing VAT in tourism”, Said the director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Leila Krešić-Jurić.Tihomir Nikolaš from the Croatian Camping Association, who emphasized that the results achieved were excellent, and that the results of the camping segment reached the pre-war 1986. Krešimir Tomić from the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts warned about the problem of categorizing buildings. “The current course of the tourist year 2017 records a strong growth in demand and high growth rates of tourist traffic. In the first nine months, 16,96 million or 13,2% more guest arrivals and 97,18 million overnight stays were recorded, ie 11,7% more overnight stays. The number of guest arrivals on October 17 reached 17,5 million or 13% more and 99,2 million or 11,7% more overnight stays. At the same time, hotels recorded a growth of 8,7%, campsites 8,8%, family accommodation 20,2% and nautical services 15%. This year, for the first time in Croatia, 100 million overnight stays are expected”, Said the director of the Sector for Research in the Croatian Tourist Board Igor Borojevic.”Although we are recording double-digit growth and breaking records this year, the tourist season has been challenging and difficult, and next year will be even more difficult. We are working to expand the market destination in Slavonia “, pointed out the representative of the Association of Travel Agencies (UPA) at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nikola Sedlar. “This was an extremely good tourist season, but certain problems and risks should be pointed out, especially the problem of illegal work, excursions, transfers and apartment rentals, as well as the issue of regulating relations with national parks and nature parks because some increased prices overnight. organizing school trips”, Said Ivana Maltar from the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA).Renata Nevidal, president of the Cultural Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, pointed out the possibility of restricting visits to certain localities due to the large number of guests, for example in Dubrovnik, while Ivan Bogović traffic in tourism. The President of the Health Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Marcel Medak, pointed out that legal changes in this activity are expected to bring significant investments in the private sector next year.last_img read more

Dalibor Bilić, BTravel: We see further development in the development of digital platforms that will connect social networks, tourism and wellbeing

first_imgBTravel, one of the fastest growing Croatian and regional tourist agencies, in 2017 generated revenue of HRK 65,5 million, which is an increase of 70,12% compared to the previous year.This is a great business success for the agency that was founded less than three years ago, at the end of 2015. Today, BTravel employs 32 people and in addition to Zagreb, it also has offices in Pula, Ljubljana and Belgrade. The basis of business is categories incominga (tourist groups from Western Europe, mostly from Austria and Germany), MICE and business tourism and the category by which BTravel is unique in the market – sports tourism. The additional offer consists of school groups, as well as the offer of skiing and wellness, which recorded a growth of 100% compared to the previous year.”The concept of our business consists of connecting the interests and needs of different sectors of the economy with tourism and travel and achieving added value through this synergy. We also see further development in innovations, ie the development of digital platforms that will connect social networks, tourism and wellbeing, thus setting the latest trends in the industry.” said Dalibor Bilić, President of the Management Board of BTravela.Since May last year, BTravel has also been the exclusive travel agency of the BBCC (British Business Center Croatia / British Chamber of Commerce) and the agency’s special emphasis is certainly on the British market. “Data from the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) from 2016 show that almost 86% of Britons travel annually, with at least once a year traveling to a foreign country. So, it is about almost 40 million people. Given that British overnight stays in Croatia in 2016 reached 3 million, it is clear that there is much room for growth. The British are quality guests, who usually spend more than others, and Croatia is their destination that they have only been discovering in recent years.. ”Said Dan Vidošević, Corporate Director of BTravel at the Brit Travel Afternoon panel held at the end of the year, on the topic of young British tourists and their travel habits.The panel concluded that it was imperative to extend the Croatian tourist offer to the whole year, including continental tourism. More than half of Britons travel to other cities for a city break (53%), followed by holidays, continental and all-inclusive tourism. The picture in Croatia is that the British are mostly young tourists interested only in entertainment, but the figures of the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) show the opposite. Namely, according to statistics for 2016, only 8% of British tourists travel for the festival.</p>
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