18 Nov

Istria County Tourism Commission: After protection measures for hotels and camps, in the development of those for nautical, private accommodation and travel agencies

first_imgAt the very beginning, the acting prefect and president of the Commission, Fabrizio Radin, emphasized that the National Civil Protection Headquarters was asked about the opening of borders, ie the date and conditions of possible opening of Croatian borders to other European countries.  After protection measures for hotels and camps, in the development of those for nautical, private accommodation and travel agencies “Since the beginning of the epidemic, we have had 87 COVID-19 positive people, and as you may have heard, a few days ago the last patient in Istria County was cured, that is, he was discharged from the Pula General Hospital. As of Thursday, we have no more positive people in Istria County. At the moment, we have about 1300 people in self-isolation, of which about 200 have received contacts from positive people, while others have received an epidemiological measure of self-isolation due to crossing the border.”, Said Dr. Stojanović. The session was also attended by the director of the Institute of Public Health of the Istrian County, Dr. Aleksandar Stojanović, who commented on the epidemiological situation in Istria, as well as on proposals for protection measures for camps and hotels.  At the 2nd session of the Istria County Tourism Commission, held today in full composition through a conference call, there was talk about the epidemiological situation in Istria and future activities after the opening of borders, as well as expectations for the tourist year 2020. Regarding the expectations from the tourist year, it was emphasized that everything depends on the date of opening the borders of both Croatia and the emitting markets, ie Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Furthermore, from Monday, May 11, it will be possible to start operating hotels and camps with all its facilities, which will open gradually, depending on the opening of state borders, ie market demand.center_img It was agreed at the session that a proposal of measures for nautical tourism, private accommodation and travel agencies will be drafted by next week, in cooperation with the mentioned sectors and ZZJZIŽ. Photo: Istria Premium Camping Resort “We have received the answer that the topic of the possible opening of internal borders within the EU will be on the table of tomorrow’s summit, which will be held in Brussels. The meeting should define guidelines and indicative opening dates for borders. “, informed the members of the Commission the prefect Radin.  Regarding the proposed protection measures and operational procedures composed of the Croatian Camping Association and the Croatian Association of Entrepreneurs in Tourism, Dr. Stojanović said that they are professionally based and mostly cover potential risks. The measures will be presented after coordination with the National Headquarters and the Ministry of Tourism. last_img read more

19 Oct

Saudi quarantine offers temporary lifeline to struggling hotels

first_img ‘Associated with virus’ Saudi Arabia’s hotel industry faces a sharp downturn after the kingdom launched tourist visas last September with much fanfare and ambitions to welcome 100 million visitors by 2030.The kingdom has spent billions in an attempt to build a tourism industry from scratch, one of the main planks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s drive to wean the economy off its decades-long dependence on oil revenues. The announcement led to a rush to build new hotels, with officials at the time estimating 500,000 rooms will be required nationwide over the coming decade to fill the current infrastructure gap. More than 138 hotel projects with 54,143 rooms were due to be unveiled in the kingdom in 2019-20, according to industry projections.But the projects are bound to suffer delays and funding setbacks amid COVID-19 shutdowns, said the manager of a five-star Riyadh hotel that declined government offers to be used to quarantine people.He said such deals offered a “short-term cash benefit” at a time when his hotel was forced to slash staff salaries and force many to go on unpaid leave.But, he added, the move could affect the hotels’ brands and guests will be afraid to return to a “hotel associated with the virus”. ‘Vacation’ The ministry has said it is committed to hosting Saudi returnees, including in the “most prestigious hotels”.Saudi football coach Abdulhakeem al-Tuwaijri told AFP his free-of-charge quarantine experience in Mecca after he returned with his team from a football training camp in Barcelona “beats any five-star hotel in Europe”.Despite the pressures of round-the-clock confinement, Tuwaijri — who was put up in a plush suite — said it felt like “going on a vacation”.A group of South Asian transit passengers at one Riyadh hotel took advantage of the all-expenses-paid quarantine to order “too much” room service, the industry source said.But the quarantine system has also seen complaints of misplaced luggage and food delays from some passengers who were hauled by authorities from Saudi airports to hotels without any prior warning.Saudi nationalists have attacked such critics online as being ungrateful.”Saudi Arabia is not a champion of human rights, but it is keen to show it is pampering people quarantined in hotels,” Quentin de Pimodan of the Research Institute for European and American Studies told AFP.”With this, it is hitting two birds with one stone — it is also trying to save hotels and its nascent tourism industry.” One four-star hotel in central Riyadh with 100-plus rooms was left with only five guests in mid-March when the Saudi government offered four million riyals ($1.06 million) a month for it to be used as a quarantine facility, an industry source told AFP.One of its larger sister hotels was offered six million riyals, added the source, who requested the names of the properties be withheld because of the stigma attached to the disease.”This is better than running an empty hotel,” the source said.”The staff had been preparing for layoffs, up to 50 percent pay cuts or leave without pay.” But things are looking up, for now.Such was the desperation from a slump in business that multiple hotel chains are chasing similar deals with the government, despite some reservations that being linked with COVID-19 could hurt their brand image in the long term, the source said.Nearly 1,900 rooms in hotels and other tourism facilities in Riyadh had been reserved for quarantine cases, along with more than 2,800 in Mecca and another 1,900 in the kingdom’s eastern region, the tourism ministry said on its website at the end of March.This week the ministry said 11,000 rooms around the kingdom had been prepared to quarantine Saudis stranded abroad who are expected to return to the country.The government spending comes despite a precipitous fall in state revenue as oil prices plunge to multi-year lows. center_img Saudi Arabia has quarantined thousands of people in hotels, some in luxury suites, to combat COVID-19, throwing a temporary lifeline to an industry struggling just months after tourist visas were launched.Faced with nearly 4,500 novel coronavirus infections — the highest in the Gulf — the petro-state  has halted air travel, locked down cities and imposed nationwide curfews in a crisis that has dealt a blow to the nascent tourism sector.Offering a ray of hope, however, the government is splurging millions of dollars to quarantine thousands of overseas travellers and those exposed to infected people in otherwise empty hotels around the kingdom. Topics :last_img read more

21 Sep

Dzeko hails Pellegrini influence

first_img Dzeko, 27, made clear his frustration at often being restricted to substitute roles last season but, despite sometimes being criticised for his finishing, he ended the campaign with 15 goals. Sergio Aguero and new signings Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo will be challenging for places up front next term but Dzeko seems ready for the challenge. He told City TV: “I feel different, better. I feel the I have more confidence, the manager gives me more confidence. That is an important thing.” Pellegrini has referred to Dzeko as a “top striker” and backed him to reproduce the form that made his name in Germany. When asked if that support was important, Dzeko said: “Of course it is. I think you can see on the pitch how I play. “I feel different, also because you know someone who is important has trusted you. It is good, for now it is looking good.” Dzeko has impressed during City’s pre-season campaign, scoring in both Barclays Asia Trophy games against South China and Sunderland and then putting two past AC Milan in the Audi Cup in Munich. There had been speculation over the Bosnian’s future but new boss Pellegrini has spoken of his faith in the player, who has not consistently impressed since his £27million arrival from Wolfsburg in 2011. Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko feels a “different” player following the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as manager.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

21 Sep

Rodgers not considering title bid

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he has not even considered the prospect of making an unexpected title challenge despite the club setting the early Premier League pace. Liverpool conceded their first goals of the league campaign at the Liberty Stadium, having won their opening three matches 1-0, and their defensive record has improved since the back end of last season. But Rodgers stressed there had been no significant change in the things he was asking the team to do and their progress, which sees them on an unbeaten league run of 12 matches spanning this campaign and the last, was more about familiarity. “Initially when I came in last season the emphasis was on football and naturally when you come in with these sort of ideas everyone forgets about what you want defensively and focuses only on the ball,” he added. “The players have not been asked to do anything different from what we’ve always asked. “There is a greater understanding of how we want to work and over a period of games we’ve had that resilience as well as quality in our football. There is great confidence within the group. “What we’re doing now is marrying together all of the qualities we work on every day, which are the football qualities, physical and mental qualities. That’s what you need if you’re going to succeed in the Premier League.” But there is no doubt their early form has generated additional positivity in and around the club as they seek to secure a return to the Champions League after a four-year absence. “I haven’t even considered that (a title challenge) at all – the only focus is the next game,” said Rodgers. “We’ll assess it after 10 games, see where we sit there, then the halfway point and we’ll probably have a more realistic idea of where we can be. “At this moment, we’ve played four – won three and drawn one – and we’re in a good moment. “There’s a lot more to come. We’ve made a good start. People will talk that it’s early stages, as will I, but these are hurdles you have to get over. “We’re on 10 points already; at the end of last season we finished on 61 points and we talked about those extra 10 points that might have taken us into the Champions League – at this early stage we’ve got them. “I believe the team has still got a lot of improvements to make because of the nature of what I’ve seen in the games and the potential we have in the players. “We’ve got to sustain that but I’m really happy that in these early stages we’ve shown at least potential. I think that potential can grow even more.” Press Association The Reds were the last top-flight side to surrender their 100 per cent record in Monday’s 2-2 draw at Swansea but the point gained was enough to take them back to the summit. Despite an impressive start Rodgers knows bigger tests lie ahead and he urged caution in making any snap judgements for another six matches. last_img read more