Nikolina Brnjac: Croatia is a safe destination for guests from Slovenia

first_imgAccording to preliminary indicators for August (as of August 18), we are currently at the level of approximately 238 thousand arrivals and 2,2 million overnight stays of Slovenes, of which 71,4 percent are realized in Istria, Kvarner and Lika. “We would like to point out that in these three counties a total of 10 cases of newly infected with COVID-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours. The perception of Croatia is extremely good for most Slovenian tourists, they feel safe in Croatia since they know it well and are the owners of many properties (more than 100.000)”Points out the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac and adds that they are in constant contact with representatives of associations in the tourism system, in order to ensure full compliance with epidemiological measures in tourist facilities, as well as the possibility of introducing testing for foreign tourists in tourist facilities. Following the latest statements by the spokesman of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for coronavirus, Jelko Kacin, we reject his allegations that the situation in Croatia is dramatic, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced. Photo: HRT Also, they point out that Slovenia is continuously at the very top of the market crucial for the overall result of Croatian tourism, which is illustrated by eVisitor indicators according to which in June 2020 we recorded approximately 207 thousand arrivals and 1,1 million overnight stays from the Slovenian market. we reached the level of approximately 382 thousand arrivals and 3,4 million overnight stays in July.  “Croatia will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that the relevant foreign institutions have all the accurate and precise information on the basis of which they make decisions on the inclusion of countries on risk lists, ie on the lists of safe countries.”Concludes Brnjac.last_img read more

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UAE, Israel eye economic benefits of normalization deal

first_img‘Hungry customer’  Dubai, which has the most diversified economy in the region, saw its GDP contract 3.5 percent in the first quarter following two years of modest growth. Its Emirates airline, the leader in Middle East aviation, was forced to downsize and cut thousands of jobs.After years of growth, the Israeli economy is facing a “severe recession”, with GDP set to fall by 6.2 percent this year, according to official projections, while unemployment has jumped from 3.4 percent in February to 23.5 percent in May. Normalization could boost recovery. “Israel would benefit greatly if it can purchase UAE oil, and the UAE will benefit if it can sell to a hungry customer,” said Wald.Israel wants to attract business for its tourism industry, especially in the Mediterranean metropolis of Tel Aviv, and to attract Muslim visitors to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site.Currently most of the millions of Israelis who travel abroad each year head to Europe or the United States, but that could now change.In Israel’s third largest city of Haifa, which has a mixed Arab and Jewish population, travel agency Mirage Tours has already started advertising travel to Dubai with the promise “soon”.”I get a lot of calls from Arabs and Jews and there’re many Jews who ask me for a seat when there is a first flight,” said owner George Muhashim. Israel signed a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979 and with Jordan in 1994 but some of his customers are nervous about visiting two countries, with which the Jewish state fought bitter and bloody wars in the past.The UAE, however, is a dream destination Muhashim says.  Topics : Hard hit by the coronavirus, the UAE and Israel expect rapid dividends from their normalization deal, which gives the Jewish state “kosher” access to the wealthy Gulf for the first time.From oil to tourism to cutting edge technologies, the two countries hope to benefit from the ripple effect of their “historic” agreement to be signed in three weeks time.The oil-rich United Arab Emirates, with big ambitions in space and technology, is the first Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel and only the third Arab country to do so after Egypt and Jordan. Saudi Arabia has said it will not follow in the UAE’s footsteps until Israel has signed a peace accord with the Palestinians.Economically, “Israel and the UAE should benefit from this new relationship tremendously,” says Ellen R. Wald, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center.While Israel’s focus will mainly be on the Gulf state’s oil wealth, the UAE is set to invest heavily in Israel’s tourism and high-tech sectors. center_img ‘Kosher’ On Sunday, Israel’s Channel 12 television reported that the economy ministry had estimated exports to the UAE could reach between $300 million and $500 million a year. UAE investments in Israel were predicted to amount to up to $350 million a year. The sectors expected to gain the most were cyber industries, medical equipment, financial technology and communications, the report said. “The Emiratis admire Israeli competitive advantage and know-how in the cyber and high-tech sectors and they absolutely want to get access to said know-how, as a very forward-looking leadership,” said Cinzia Bianco, a research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Over the past 20 years, the Israeli foreign ministry has helped “more than 500 Israeli companies who wanted to do business with companies in the Gulf states, resulting in deals worth millions of dollars,” an official in Jerusalem said, on condition of anonymity.Prior to last Thursday’s announcement, business was done discreetly, according to Erel Margalit, head of Israeli investment company JVP – which specializes in innovation and cyber security.”But now it’s all ‘kosher’… we shall have a more direct relationship and things will move faster,” he told AFP.  ‘Headache’ Israelis would occasionally meet Emiratis at international fairs or use employees with non-Israeli passports to travel there but products could not be identified as made in Israel.Small Israeli start-up Bo&Bo Ltd had for two years been trying to distribute its advanced physiotherapy equipment in the UAE through third parties.”It was a huge headache as you had to manufacture it in a different country,” co-founder Gadi Nir told AFP.Since last week’s normalization announcement, things have accelerated, with Bo&Bo having negotiated a first contract in the UAE to distribute its “Made in Israel” products there over the next three years.But with the coronavirus pandemic still raging and direct flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai or Abu Dhabi yet to become reality, the contract signing ceremony is to take place on Zoom. last_img read more

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Football News We have now learnt to make comebacks after defeats, says India U-16 football coach

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India U-16 football team coach Bibiano Fernandes highlighted his players’ self-belief and ability to stage a comeback, after rounding off their campaign in the WAFF Championship in Amman, Jordan with a 3-0 rout of Yemen.The tournament also included a historic 1-0 win over Iraq, the country’s first-ever against the current U-16 Asian champions.“We have now learnt how to come back and win games especially after a defeat. We have been continuously believing in ourselves,” Fernandes said after India finished with nine points from four matches in the tournament.ALSO READ: Eng vs Ind: Anushka Sharma spotted in team photograph, check reactions“We had been conceding late goals in our previous matches in China, Thailand and Malaysia. The team was pushing hard for a winner in the dying stages but on this tour, we converted our chances leaving us in a much more comfortable position to defend and keep clean sheets,” the coach added.The Indian colts conceded just two goals from their four matches and maintained clean sheets in the other three.However, Bibiano said, “There is always room for improvement and we still have a lot of work to do.“The hard-fought victory against Iraq was extremely special. The 93rd minute winner is something that will stay with us. The biggest challenge now is to keep the team focussed and hungry for success.”ALSO READ: Sprint king Bolt gets new football chance at Aussie clubThe Indian colts made short work of Jordan 4-0 in their opening encounter and accounted for current U-16 Asian champions Iraq in what was any Indian national team’s first-ever win over Iraq in any format, before beating Yemen 3-0 in the last match.However, India lost to Asian powerhouses Japan 1-2 in their other match.The colts now proceed to Malaysia for the AFC U-16 Championship from September 20.ALSO READ: Google dedicates Doodle to Dilip Sardesai on his 78th birthdayThe 16 qualified teams in the AFC U-16 Championship have been divided into four groups of four teams each with the top two from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.India have been clubbed with Iran, Vietnam and Indonesia in Group C.The four semi-finalists get a direct ticket to the next edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2019. last_img read more

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Construction Begins on Pedestrian Crossings at Various Locations in Olympia

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOn Monday, April 23, the City’s contractor, Totem Electric of Tacoma, will begin making improvements to pedestrian crossings at various locations. This project will replace the existing in-pavement flashing crosswalk lights with new flashing beacons at the following locations:Capital Mall Drive at Capital Medical CenterBlack Lake Boulevard at 14th Avenue5th Avenue at Capitol Lake Dam5th Avenue at Sylvester Street4th Avenue at Bayview Thriftway4th Avenue at Sylvester StreetCapitol Way at Tivoli FountainState Avenue at Wilson StreetMartin Way at Chehalis Western TrailTravelers should expect lane restrictions and traffic delays during construction. Flaggers will direct motorists and pedestrians through the construction areas. The project is expected to be complete by the end of July 2018.last_img read more

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