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Sonja Jelušić Marić, TZ Bakar: Heritage as a foundation, the involvement of the local community and the creation of excursion programs are our recipe for tourist success

first_imgThe story of the program “Tuna Fest” “With it, we also want to contribute to preserving the story of tuna fishing and returning tuners to where they belong. In addition to the satisfaction of our guests, we are most pleased that the local community has shown interest in participating in our programs, which thus gained in authenticity, and we got partners who are adequately paid and who, as we hear from caterers and shipping companies, a significant number of tourists in Bakar encourages the expansion and improvement of service quality. ” pointed out Tatjana Maria Plašč. The first of May, apart from the sun, brought Bakar a significantly different atmosphere than in previous years. By the way, the quiet and sleepy town was “revived” by more than 200 guests from Austria who arrived in Bakar organized by the Tourist Board of Bakar and Crikvenica agency Via Mea and its Austrian partner Papageno to enjoy a specially organized program for them. Fest ”. The May Day group is only one of ten Austrian and German excursion groups within which Bakar will meet about 2000 excursionists in the pre-season and post-season.  In addition to the figures that speak of Bakar’s step out of tourist isolation, the program “Tuna Fest” which revived the famous story of the former tuna fishery in Bakar Bay shows the development strategy of the Tourist Board of Bakar, about which the director of Bakar Tourist Board agencies that would bring excursion tourism to Bakar, their efforts to promote Bakar’s heritage as the main trump card of the tourist offer, have borne fruit.”Proactive Crikvenica agency Via Mea, which has achieved long-term successful cooperation with German and Austrian agencies, recognized our efforts and suggested designing and organizing a program that would bring their 55+ guests closer to the historical heritage of tuna fishing in the Bakar Bay. Just as we believed 6 years ago in the development of private accommodation in Bakar, which has grown from over 0 accommodation capacities to over 500 beds, so we only approached this challenge ” Jelušić Marić points out and adds that over 50 people are involved in the organization of this program, employees of the Tourist Board, the City, the copper association, caterers, fishermen, producers of authentic souvenirs and family farms, and klapas and folklore ensemble. Tatjana Maria Plašč, director and founder of the Via Mea agency, explains how Bakar found itself as part of their itineraries in Kvarner, where guests usually stay for four nights: “Going through the years with groups alongside Bakar, it has always been a pleasure to represent Bakar because there is no need to invent stories about him, he is full of them, so it is actually difficult to choose which one to tell first. Working in the hospitality industry, I encouraged the idea of ​​Kvarner breakfast and white coffee with baškoti, which, like Bakar, is insufficiently known. Considering that our guests love Kvarner and already know it well, when we decided to suggest something new, Bakar imposed itself as a logical and very dear choice to me, especially since already in the first contact the Tourist Board of Bakar showed the will and desire to ”Your city. It is not easy to bring guests to Croatia, we invest a lot of effort in presentations, fairs, catalogs and contacts to encourage guests to choose our destinations, and when that happens we have a great responsibility to provide value for money and create value. confidence.” andacquires Plašč and emphasizes that they are therefore extremely pleased to have found a partner who shares such a professional approach and with whom the hitherto neglected Bakar has been revived as a tourist destination through excursion tourism. A few thousand guests during the pre- and post-season in a Kvarner destination is not big news, but in Bakar it certainly is. “Through the entertainment and gastronomic program we wanted to present the story of the Bakar Bay, once known for the largest tuna catch on the Adriatic, and we are especially glad that with the help of Maritime School professor, our great enthusiast and connoisseur of Bakar history Bora Štrbac and photographer Miljenko Šegulja, we realized the exhibition which through photographs and models vividly evokes the glorious past of tuna fishing. Heritage as a foundation, respect and involvement of the local community and the creation of excursion programs that reflect the spirit of Bakar and its places, are our recipe for tourist success despite all the aggravating circumstances. We thank the Via Mea agency all the more for the trust because we are not a destination with a long tourist tradition, but in many ways we are actually at the beginning and we have yet to prove ourselves. The satisfaction of guests and our partners is a great incentive for us to continue, and our desire is to contribute to the creation of a tourist market in which associations, entrepreneurs and individuals from our city will finally get the opportunity to compete with their offer and services”Emphasized Sonja Jelušić Marić.  Thanks to its excellent geographical position, rich history and diversity of environment, Bakar is finally on the right track to become an unavoidable Kvarner destination with concrete tourist programs and products and to finally start its successful tourism story based on heritage valorization and proactive synergy of all local community stakeholders. the city far behind.  All participants in the program, from associations to caterers, unanimously express satisfaction with the arrival of tourists, but also the opportunity to make money, which is extremely important because the whole circle is closed, ie generated tourist spending that remains in the local economy. It is simply always necessary to take care that everyone ultimately makes a profit, because that is the meaning of every business. Of course, in the beginning you need to “lose” and give a lot more energy and time to close the whole circle and make the whole program come to life on the market.  The “Tuna Fest” program is full of content and experiences for guests who come to Bakar by boat from Kraljevica, so the first encounter with Bakar is the most impressive, from the sea. Guests in Kraljevica are welcomed by members of two copper associations “Bakarska gospoda i kapetani” and “Težakinje i težki z Praputnjaka” which evoke the stratification of Bakar society in the past, and sailing by boat passes more pleasantly with the tasting of the famous Bakarska vodica and baškota. After agreeing to the port of Bakar, the proud guards of the city of Bakar, members of the Bakar Guard in their picturesque, historical uniforms greet guests, and Bakar expresses their first welcome with a klapa song. After a tour of the old town, the Frankopan castle and the church of St. Andrije ap. with the catacombs, the program continues at the Fishermen’s Wharf, where guests are greeted by producers of authentic products from the area of ​​the City of Bakar such as honey, lavender and numerous souvenirs. While fisherman Mate Lucić demonstrates tuna fishing techniques on his boat, which are slowly returning to Bakar Bay, caterers prepare tuna in front of guests, creating gastronomic delicacies, while klapas and folklore groups are in charge of the musical atmosphere. The fascinating story of tuna fishing is most faithfully evoked by historical photographs exhibited in the intimate interior of the church of St. Margaret and an extremely faithful depiction of tuna fishing in the form of a model that is part of the material of the Museum of the City of Bakar.  Matej Šimko, Quality Manager of the Austrian agency Papageno Touristik, also gave an assessment of the organization and program: “Since the collaboration has just begun, we didn’t know what everything imagined would look like in practice. We are very pleased with the partner agency Via Mea and everything that was prepared by the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar, it is exactly what we wanted, rich content and authentic experience in which our guests can one day feel this climate through all that defines it, history, gastronomy , music, tastes and smells… “Concludes Šimko.  Since last year, the Via Mea agency has been bringing German and Austrian guests (over 500 so far) to one-day “ordinary” excursion visits for which the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar has also designed a variety of content to enrich their rich cultural heritage for at least one day. Copper. With this cooperation, the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar and the Via Mea agency from Crikvenica successfully included Bakar on the tourist map of Europe by promoting it at fairs in these markets, so Bakar’s staff appeared in the catalog of the Via Mea agency for the first time.  A positive example of cooperation between the Bakar Tourist Board and the Via Mea agency. You can, no matter how “small” you are and “have” nothing to offer. It’s up to the people.   Photo: TZ Bakar Every start is difficult, but the most important thing is to start, and Bakar, despite everything, bravely pushes forward. Yes, it’s up to the people. Despite the stigma of the industrial past, lack of tourist infrastructure and small funds for promotion, the Tourist Board of Bakar “bypasses” obstacles and with the partner agency Via Mea from Crikvenica, develops excursion tourism by creating programs based on the rich heritage of Bakarlast_img read more

Syracuse’s football and basketball APR scores, how they rank among ACC opponents

first_img Related Stories NCAA releases APR report, Syracuse earns mid-range scores Published on June 12, 2013 at 1:17 am Below are the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Academic Progress Rate standings in football and men’s basketball, based off Tuesday’s report released by the NCAA. All scores are out of a possible 1,000.Football1. Duke – 9892. Clemson – 9853. Georgia Tech – 983AdvertisementThis is placeholder text4. Boston College – 9825. Miami (Fla.) – 977T-6. Virginia Tech – 970T-6. Wake Forest – 9708. Pittsburgh – 9629. Virginia – 95910. Syracuse – 95811. Florida State – 95412. North Carolina State – 94713. Maryland – 93714. North Carolina – 934Men’s Basketball1. Duke – 9952. Miami (Fla.) – 9903. North Carolina State – 9844. Virginia Tech – 9815. Pittsburgh – 9756. Clemson – 9737. Georgia Tech – 9728. Florida State – 9609. North Carolina – 95910. Boston College – 95811. Maryland – 94812. Virginia – 94613. Wake Forest – 94214. Syracuse – 933-Compiled by sports editor Jacob Klinger, [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova all advance with ease

first_imgFederer in form as he advancesRoger Federer bt Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 7-5 6-1 – Some people thought that Dolgopolov would present Federer with some issues in their second round clash. Those people were wrong. The No. 2 seed couldn’t have looked any better in a thorough beat down of the Ukrainian.Federer racked up 25 aces in the straight win and had 39 winners to Dolgopolov’s 24. It was anther reminder that as the 34-year-old continues to age, he’s still among the best in the game and a threat to win any tournament. He certainly looks up to the task in Melbourne.Serena plays super tennis in easy winSerena Williams bt Su-Wei Hsieh 6-1 6-2 – Williams has showed little rust at the Australian Open so far. The world’s No. 1, who hadn’t played a competitive match in four months coming into the tournament, looked sharp in her second round win and continued to look as good as she did in her dominant 2015 campaign. Williams looked spry and moved well around the court, while pounding Hsieh with forehands to pick up an easy victory. The American has now won 35 of her last 36 matches in Grand Slams.Sharapova rolls into third round Maria Sharapova bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-1 – Sharapova is through two rounds of her Australian Open and she’s lost a grand total of seven games. The No. 5 seed was dominant in her first round win, and she was just as good in the second round. Sharapova hit 22 winners to Sasnovich’s six and won six of nine break points. It wasn’t a perfect showing, as Sharapova only made 56 percent of her first serves and was broken twice, but she was still miles better than Sanovich and looks like a good bet to make a deep run in Melbourne.Nishikori cruises past KrajicekKei Nishikori bt Austin Krajicek 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3 – Nishikori played his second straight strong match as he booked his place in the third round with an easy win at Margaret Court Arena. The No. 7 seed blasted 13 aces to just one double fault, helping him hold all but one service game. Meanwhile, he hit 40 winners to Krajicek’s 14 and showed a willingness to come forward, winning 16 of 21 at the net as he completely out-classed the American.Kuznetsova upset by BondarenkoKateryna Bondarenko bt Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 7-5 – The first upset of Day 3 came in the opening match at Hisense Arena, where the 23rd seed Kuznetsova fell to the 92nd ranked player in the world. Bondarenko played excellently, serving well and hitting strong ground strokes to overwhelm the Russian favourite. Bondarenko was aggressive from the start and it paid off to the tune of 28 winners to 17 for Kuznetsova. The win puts Bondarenko in a Grand Slam third round for the first time since advancing this far at Wimbledon in 2011. Berdych has no problem with BasicTomas Berdych bt Mirza Basic 6-4 6-0 6-3 – There may not be a player in the men’s draw playing as well, and playing as much under the radar, as Berdych right now The No. 6 seed is in phenomenal form and continued that in a thrashing of Basic at Hisense Arena. It took under 100 minutes for the Czech to roll into the third round as he hit 15 aces, won 95 percent of his first serve points and had 43 winners to just 20 unforced errors. It was an excellent display from Berdych, who looks primed to make some noise in the tournament.Vinci picks up routine winRoberta Vinci bt Irina Falconi 6-2 6-3 – It looks like Vinci is primed for another deep run at a Grand Slam. The Italian, who went all the way to the final at last year’s U.S. Open, put together her second straight thorough victory in Melbourne that has her looking primed for another excellent tournament. She made quick work of Falconi, winning in 65 minutes thanks to a solid outing that saw her put shot after shot in play as Falconi struggled to keep up. Vinci made just 12 unforced errors in the match and won 62 points to Falconi’s 36, perfectly illustrating the dominant play of the No. 13 seed at Hisense Arena.Bencic continues strong playBelinda Bencic bt Timea Babos 6-3 6-3 – Bencic has been tapped by many to be women’s tennis’ next star and she’s showing why in Melbourne. The 18-year-old picked up another comfortable win thanks to a steady match that one would expect from the No. 13 seed. She made just 12 unforced errors and showed uncommon patience for a teenager, letting Babos make mistake after mistake to end the match in just 63 minutes to set up a third round clash with Bondarenko. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

US Senate candidates in first televised debate of 2020 campaign

first_imgJOHNSTON — All four Democrats competing for the chance to face Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst in November say the latest $3 trillion pandemic relief plan that cleared the Democratically-led U.S. House needs work. Des Moines businesswoman Theresa Greenfield said congress should ensure workers get paid sick leave and correct some of the problems with the Paycheck Protection Program.“I think that our federal government has fumbled that football a little bit there in the previous CARES Act,” Greenfield said, “and the dollars haven’t gone to all the small businesses.”Retired Navy Vice Admiral Mike Franken of Sioux City said there should be a sense of urgency during this pandemic, but he’s concerned about piling up debt.“I believe we ought to get something from those bills that lead to a better tomorrow,” Franken said, “such as a broad infrastructure package or addressing the medical care or addressing those most impacted by this.”Franken questions the $12oo federal payments to nearly all Americans, suggesting the focus should be on helping the unemployed. Kimberly Graham, an attorney from Indianola, said meat packing companies should be held accountable for putting workers’ health at risk.“There is no worker, I don’t care how good it tastes, that is work anyone’s life,” Graham said. “…These owners of these plants knew what we all knew for a very long…that it spreads in close contact and yet they still had people right up next to each other with no PPE in some cases, no breaks to wash their hands, etc.”Des Moines businessman Eddie Mauro also said packing plants put workers in harm’s way.“That’s wrong. We’ve got to take care of the worker first,” Mauro said. “We’re not thinking about the family farmer, either. We’re only thinking about big ag and big corporations. We’ve got to talk about how we overhaul our agricultural system. ”The four candidates support expanding health care coverage for Americans, but by varying degrees. Greenfield said the Affordable Care Act is the starting point.“I support expanding and strengthening and enhancing the Affordable Care Act. We have all the tools we need there,” Greenfield said. “We need to add in a public option on top of that so that absolutely every Iowan, every American can get health care.”Franken said he supports immediately fixing what’s wrong with the Affordable Care Act and adding a public option — so Americans could buy Medicare-type coverage.“And ultimately bracing up Medicare,” Franken said. “…We ought to make this a birthright of Americans and for the working class in America.”Graham, a supporter of Medicare for All, said other wealthy countries provide health care as a right and she compares those systems to public libraries in the U.S.“They’re not free. We have to pay the librarian, the books, the building, but when you walk into a library, you just hand them your library card and you leave with a book,” Graham said. “You don’t pay anything at that time of service and you never get a bill and you sure as heck never go bankrupt.”Mauro has publicly supported Medicare for All since his unsuccessful 2018 campaign for Iowa’s third district congressional seat.“In the immediate future, we should lower the eligibility age of Social Security to 55,” Mauro said. “We nee to expand the Childrens’ Health Insurance Program for every child under the age of 18.”And Mauro proposes giving Americans who’ve lost their jobs during the pandemic the option of getting subsidies to buy private insurance through the “ObamaCare” exchanges.The four candidates made their comments last night during an hour-long forum broadcast live on Iowa PBS. There was no studio audience and, as another health precautions, the candidates were separated by clear Plexiglas dividers.last_img read more