CinShein Coat-Blazer Hybrid Will Make You Feel Like a Star

first_imgUs Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Cold weather means we’re bringing out the puffer jackets, the oversized pullovers, the high-pile fleece, the chunky sweaters and all of the layers. All of them! We love all of the above — there’s no doubt about that. But sometimes we need something a little different. There are peacoats and trenches, sure, but even those might not hit the mark if we’re going for a classy, professional, boss vibe!- Advertisement – What we’re thinking is more along the lines of a blazer. Those clean, sharp lines and that instant oomph of polished perfection. Regular blazers though? Definitely not warm enough for anything below 60 degrees — 55 and sunny at the absolute lowest. For many of us, the temperature has already dipped well below that, which means this coat is the only natural choice!CinShein 2020 Open Front Winter BlazerAmazonSee it!Get the CinShein 2020 Open Front Winter Blazer for just $40 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 3, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – This piece is sort of a blazer and a coat in one. A hybrid that brings you the best of both. It’s longer, hitting mid-thigh, and warm like a peacoat, but everything else about its construction screams blazer, from its structured shoulders to its streamlined shape. It has an open front with a curved hem, along with a short stand collar with notches leading to the lapels. Professional, pretty, probably about to be in your shopping cart!This coat has a flattering slim fit and comes in two colors you’ll be able to wear any and every day. The first is a light stone grey, which will go with anything in your wardrobe, while the other is a camel khaki shade — a gorgeous neutral that works equally well with black or brown accessories. Both are under $50!CinShein 2020 Open Front Winter BlazerAmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Get the CinShein 2020 Open Front Winter Blazer for just $40 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 3, 2020, but are subject to change.When we saw this coat, we instantly imagined the protagonist of a movie strutting along the sidewalks of NYC in it, oversized sunglasses on, statement necklace layered over a turtleneck, skinny jeans and block heels finishing up the look. A sleek tote bag was also involved, of course, along with a hectic phone conversation — because that’s just how these movies work.That’s just one look of so, so many you can try with this coat in your arsenal. It can completely transform your fall and winter wardrobe, so check it out for yourself and order today! See it!Get the CinShein 2020 Open Front Winter Blazer for just $40 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 3, 2020, but are subject to change.Not your style? Check out more from CinShein here and shop more coats, jackets and vests here! Don’t forget to browse through all of Amazon’s Daily Deals for more great finds!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping!last_img read more

Diwali 2020: Football could celebrate festival more to promote community spirit | Football News

first_imgAs millions prepare to celebrate Diwali across the world, Asian football fans have spoken of its importance and how the game could play a bigger part in the festivities.Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a time when families and communities come together, lighting candles and fireworks, as part of the traditionally elaborate celebrations.- Advertisement – 0:50 Swansea midfielder Yan Dhanda explains how lockdown has changed his plans for Diwali this year, and his hopes for next year’s celebrations However, with coronavirus restrictions in place, most of this year’s celebrations will be curtailed, leaving people potentially feeling further isolated and alone.Nilesh Chauhan, co-founder of Villans Together, an Aston Villa supporters’ group that champions diversity and equality, believes clubs could certainly do more to make supporters feel connected during these turbulent times.Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, Chauhan said: “There’s always a cultural background that everyone has got and Diwali is a part of people’s lives and it can be part of football. – Advertisement – 1:17 Yan Dhanda of Swansea City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Swansea City at Carrow Road on November 07, 2020 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)– Advertisement –center_img The Premier League can attract millions of fans in India if they increase the profile of the Diwali festival, says Bournemouth’s Hindu defender Dinesh Gillela Surinder Aujla, who works for West Bromwich Albion’s Foundation as well as being chair of Apna Albion, a West Bromwich Albion’s Supporters Group, agrees, but also believes it is very much dependent on the make-up of the club in question.“Each club will do its own celebration but it depends on the demographic of that club and what the local community is and how integrated they are,” Aujla said.“A lot of the football clubs have a charity arm and they are the ones that do a lot of the outreach programmes as well.“Certainly from a West Bromwich Albion point of view it’s a big area for Asian families, Indian families, Sikh families, Hindu families so there is a lot of work that goes on locally.” “Football can celebrate Diwali and there are major organisations that can shout out about Diwali and wish everybody a good Diwali.“In this current situation where we can’t be with our families we could have big organisations and big social media players shout out about it a bit more – support about it would have been great today.“Villa always do a shout out on Diwali and on any other religious event and other clubs do and should do the same.“It’s great to see because clubs have supporters from all genders and backgrounds and to have your clubs support it means a lot.“Villa actually make their own personal images with an embedded Villa badge which really means something – it shows the club are really supporting you and you feel connected and people feel connected. It’s massive.” A Diwali Bangra Dance Group perform at half time during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pandemic’s impact won’t be clear until 2021

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I would have thought in the beginning (of the pandemic) in spring that we might see the first real impact on balance sheets in the third or fourth quarter of this year,” she told CNBC’s Annette Weisbach on Monday.However, König highlighted that some government support implemented at the start of the coronavirus crisis was starting to expire, and as such, further damage to Europe’s banking sector could become apparent later in 2021.“Until the dust has settled a bit I would expect we will see it (a rise in NPLs) in the third and second quarters of next year … Let’s be clear, this is a unique situation,” she said.- Advertisement – An empty street in Amsterdam during the government-imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Imagescenter_img The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic on Europe’s financial institutions will become more apparent in the coming months, according to a senior European banking official, and there could be one or two casualties in the sector.Elke König, chair of the Single Resolution Board of the Single Resolution Mechanism, which oversees the restructuring of failing banks in the EU, said she expected a rise in the number of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the region, which in turn would hit bank balance sheets.When these loans could peak, however, was the “$60,000 dollar question,” König said.- Advertisement – She stressed that it was not all a “doom scenario,” however, adding: “We will see NPLs but we will also see other industries doing great.”“We have clearly stated that banks should stay ready, should be reasonable and have their risk management up to date. As soon as they address an emerging problem, the better,” König said.The purpose of the Single Resolution Mechanism is to ensure the orderly resolution (or winding-down) of failing banks in the region.The SRM came into being in 2014 after the 2008/2009 financial crisis and subsequent euro zone sovereign debt crisis. A key element in the SRM is the Single Resolution Fund, financed by contributions from the banking sector, to help wind down failing banks, and to shore up the whole financial system.The SRM is seen as a key pillar of the euro zone’s banking union (although other EU countries can join), alongside the Single Supervisory Mechanism. The latter gives the European Central Bank supervisory powers over the region’s banking institutions to check they comply with European banking rules, meet capital requirements and are not vulnerable to collapse.Asked whether she expected to see some bank failures given the end of support measures, König said she was “mildly optimistic that we will not see a wave of bank failures.”“Why am I mildly optimistic? The ECB did their (vulnerability) analysis, others did similar stress tests, they show that after the financial crisis, banks’ balance sheets have been cleaned up and beefed up (and) have more and better capital, so on average we can weather this kind of storm,” she saidNonetheless, she added that “you can never rule out the one or the other failure. Banks that have been fairly weak going in may not come out stronger.”last_img read more

China reports H5N1 outbreak in Guangdong

first_imgJun 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – China’s agriculture ministry today announced an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a village in Guangdong province, not far from Hong Kong, where officials recently found the virus in live-bird markets.The ministry said the outbreak in Guangdong struck 3,873 ducks in Yashan Village, where 17,127 ducks were culled to prevent the spread of the virus, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. The ministry did not say when the outbreak began.Mainland China’s last reported outbreak occurred in early April at a poultry farm in Tibet, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). A few weeks before that outbreak, officials reported an outbreak in Guangdong province that hit chickens at a market in the city of Guangzhou.On Jun 7, animal health officials in Hong Kong, located on Guangdong’s south-central border on the Pearl River delta, announced they had found the H5N1 virus in chicken droppings gathered at poultry markets. A few days later they found the virus in droppings at additional markets, which led to the culling of all market poultry.Authorities suspended all shipments of birds from the mainland and local farms for 3 weeks. Officials haven’t yet found the source of the virus.Elsewhere, the news media in Vietnam are reporting an H5N1 outbreak at a household in the central province of Quang Ngai, according to a report from Xinhua today. The virus has struck 690 chickens since Jun 12 and was also responsible for outbreak in Tra Vinh province, in southern Vietnam, the newspaper The People, Vietnam’s Communist Party publication, reported.Bui Ba Bong, an agriculture minister, told the Vietnam Economic Times that though the number of new outbreaks has declined, the country should maintain its prevention efforts and spur more research on the disease, Xinhua reported. He said the country is exploring more than 30 variants of the avian flu virus that have been isolated from poultry and wild birds.In other developments, the United Kingdom today published an epidemiology report on a highly pathogenic H7N7 outbreak that was confirmed at a farm in Oxfordshire on Jun 4. The report from the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said that as of Jun 11 the outbreak was confined to a single farm, but an investigation into the source of the virus would continue, according to a DEFRA press release.The report said the highly pathogenic H7N7 strain found at the farm could have evolved from a low-pathogenic strain that was already present there, though authorities are investigating a number of other possibilities, the press release said.Nigel Gibbens, DEFRA’s chief veterinary officer, said in the press release that the United Kingdom has a steady but low risk for avian influenza outbreaks. “The report highlights the need for flock owners and poultry vets to remain vigilant for signs of the disease, including the possibility of low pathogenic avian influenza,” he said.Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry in Haiti on Jun 12 reported three outbreaks of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in birds at three locations in the central, northern, and southern parts of the country, according to a report from the OIE. The outbreaks began on May 20 and appeared to be ongoing.Among the three sites, 87 birds were exposed to the virus and 11 were sickened. No deaths were reported, according to the report. Birds at the locations included chickens, a turkey, and fighting cocks. Some did not show clinical signs of disease.The report listed illegal animal movements and the introduction of new live animals as sources of the infection. Some officials in Haiti have suspected the H5N2 virus could have come from the Dominican Republic, which reported H5N2 outbreaks in late 2007, according to a Jun 15 report from Prensa Latina, a news agency based in Cuba. However, Haitian ambassador Jose Serulle said the virus could have come from anywhere.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Chinese H5N1 outbreaksJun 11 CIDRAP News story “Hong Kong finds more H5N1, culls all market poultry”Jun 17 DEFRA press releaselast_img read more

Swine flu cases recall 1976 episode

first_imgApr 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Swine influenza viruses have never been documented as the cause of a human influenza pandemic, but in 1976 they generated pandemic fears strong enough to trigger a nationwide vaccination campaign.The reporting of swine flu cases in two California children this week stirred memories of the 1976 episode, which caused major embarrassment for public health authorities when the pandemic never materialized.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that two children in southern California fell ill in late March with what turned out to be swine flu infections. Both of the children recovered, and neither was hospitalized.But the cases raised concern because neither child had any known exposure to pigs, suggesting that human-to-human transmission might have occurred. Further, the virus was found to be a new strain of swine influenza A/H1N1 that differs substantially from human H1N1 strains. That suggested that much of the population could be susceptible to it and that the H1N1 antigen in seasonal flu vaccines probably would not protect people, the CDC said.CDC and California officials offered little new information on the cases and investigation today. Officials are testing contacts of the two children, including four family members who also were recently sick, to see if they have antibodies indicating they were infected with the H1N1 virus. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said it would be several days or possibly weeks before the results are available.Human swine flu infections are rare but have become slightly more frequent in recent years, with 14 cases (including the two in California) since December 2005, according to the CDC. Almost always the infection has been associated with exposure to pigs, which are very commonly infected. Ken August, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, said today that until the two latest cases, no human cases of swine flu had been identified in California in several years.Very rarely have people with swine flu infections been known to pass the infection to someone else. One such case occurred in Wisconsin in 1988, when a pregnant woman fell ill after visiting a swine exhibition, according to a CDC question-and-answer article on swine flu. She was hospitalized with pneumonia and died 8 days later. Follow-up studies suggested that “one to three” healthcare workers who had contact with her had mild flu-like illnesses and antibody evidence of swine flu infection.Far better known is the swine flu episode of 1976. About 200 soldiers in basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey fell ill in January and February, according to a 2006 article by Richard Krause, who was director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the time. At least four soldiers had pneumonia, and one died, according to the CDC article.The virus was identified as an H1N1 swine flu virus, “thought to be a direct descendant of the virus that caused the pandemic of 1918,” wrote Krause. “This conclusion was based on antibodies to H1N1 antigens found in survivors of the 1918 pandemic and the belief that the 1918 virus was eventually transmitted to pigs in the Midwest, where it persisted and caused sporadic human cases.”Public health experts, fearing a possible replay of the 1918 pandemic, engaged in an intense debate about how to respond. Eventually they launched a nationwide vaccination campaign, which was announced by President Gerald Ford in March. By the end of the year, 48 million people had been vaccinated, according to an account in Arthur Allen’s book Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver.But the feared pandemic never materialized. “The virus is thought to have circulated for a month and disappeared,” the CDC article says. “The Fort Dix outbreak may have been an animal anomaly caused by introduction of an animal virus into a stressed human population in close contact in crowded facilities during the winter.”Not only did the pandemic fail to appear, but the vaccine apparently harmed some people. Health officials suspended the vaccination campaign on Dec 16, 1976, after receiving numerous reports of Guillian-Barre syndrome (GBS), a paralyzing neurologic illness, after vaccination, according to an August 1979 report in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Nationwide surveillance detected 1,098 patients with GBS onset from October 1976 through January 1977. Epidemiologic evidence suggested that many cases were related to vaccination, with an estimated risk of 1 case for every 100,000 vaccinations.Studies of influenza vaccines used after 1976 showed no increased risk for GBS in adults except for borderline statistically significant increases in the 1992-93 and 1993-94 flu seasons, according a report in the Jul 15, 2008, issue of Journal of Infectious Diseases. However, experts still don’t know what caused the GBS cases after the swine flu vaccination. One theory was that bacterial antigens from contaminated eggs used in vaccine production could have elicited GBS.In any case, the episode left the public health establishment demoralized. “The debacle opened public health authorities to the kind of criticism and even ridicule that they had never had to countenance before,” wrote Allen.The concern stirred by this week’s report of the two swine flu cases in California readily recalled the 1976 episode. But Marie Gramer, DVM, PhD, a University of Minnesota veterinarian who has studied swine flu, cautioned against drawing many parallels as yet.”It’s kind of too early for that,” she said. “Certainly in 1976 what got people riled up was that it was adults getting sick. That was outside the norm. This [the California cases] affected children, and children get a lot of influenza.”She said she personally is not overly concerned about the latest cases. “But I think it’s important to get this information out there and that people be aware that flu can be shared between humans and pigs,” she added.While influenza is notoriously unpredictable, there is no firm evidence of a swine flu virus having triggered a human flu pandemic, according to multiple reports. The virus that swept around the world in 1918 is believed to have been an avian strain that somehow adapted to humans. The two pandemics since then, in 1957-58 and 1968-69, resulted from genetic reassortment of avian and human strains, though the reassortment could have occurred in an intermediate host such as pigs. No good evidence is available for the many pandemics before 1918.If by any chance the virus in the California proves capable of spreading from person to person, the existing seasonal flu vaccine will not be likely to protect people, even though the vaccine contains an H1N1 component, according to the CDC. “The H1N1 swine flu viruses are antigenically very different from human H1N1 viruses,” the CDC article states.Most of the flu viruses recently found in pigs have been H1N1 and H3N2 strains, the CDC says. Current swine flu H3N2 viruses are closely related to human H3N2 viruses, because they were introduced into pigs from humans in the late 1990s. But H1N1 swine viruses have been known to circulate in pigs at least since the 1930s.The seasonal flu vaccine also includes an H3N2 component. Since the human and swine H3N2 strains are closely related, “the seasonal influenza vaccine will likely help provide partial protection against swine H3N2, but not swine H1N1 viruses,” according to the CDC.See also: CDC questions and answers about swine fluhttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/key_facts.htmRichard Krause EID article on the 1976 swine flu episodehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no01/05-1132.htmAug 1979 Am J Epidemiol study abstractJul 15, 2008, J Infect Dis study abstracthttp://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/589624CDC guidance on infection control and antiviral treatment for patients with suspected swine flu infectionshttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/recommendations.htmlast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: H1N1 in pigs, ill workers, online-remedy alert, vaccine allocation, health worker shots

first_imgOct 16USDA says pigs in Minnesota may have had H1N1The US Department of Agriculture said today it is testing to confirm suspected novel H1N1 flu in three pigs that were sampled at the Minnesota State Fair in August. Positive results would mark the first detection of the virus in pigs in the United States. The pigs, which appeared healthy, were tested in a research project by the University of Minnesota and University of Iowa. Some children who stayed in a dorm at the fair contracted H1N1, but no link has been made to the pigs, the USDA said.http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/10/0513.xmlOct 16 USDA statementQuebec poll finds 25% of workers would go to work with fluA poll of workers in Quebec found that 25% would go to work if they were sick with pandemic H1N1 flu, the Canadian Press reported today. About 45% of the respondents said their employer had not formed a plan to address flu outbreaks, and 53% reported they had not changed their personal hygiene habits. The phone survey of 1,000 adults, conducted between Sep 17 and 27, was done by a human resources association in Quebec.CDC offers answers on vaccine allocation and distributionThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a new question-and-answer report on H1N1 vaccine allocation and distribution. It notes that the number of sites to which vaccine can be shipped has been increased to 150,000 nationwide, from the original 90,000, with each state being allocated a quota of sites. The CDC also posted new materials yesterday about several other H1N1 topics, including issues for inflammatory arthritis patients and infection control guidance.http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/vaccination/statelocal/centralized_distribution_qa.htmCDC Q & A about vaccine allocation and distributionWHO: H3N2 responsible for half of flu in ChinaNearly half of all flu viruses in China are the seasonal H3N2 strain, which appeared before the pandemic virus and is cocirculating with it, the World Health Organization said today. Pandemic flu activity is well above baseline rates in the United States and is increasing in parts of Canada and Mexico, and cases are rising in Western Europe, northern Asia, and some Caribbean countries. At least 4,735 deaths have been reported. Temperate areas of the Southern Hemisphere now have few cases.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_10_16/en/index.htmlOct 16 WHO pandemic updateFDA: Be wary of H1N1 remedies sold onlineThe US Food and Drug Administration warned yesterday that there’s a good potential for fraud when buying products sold online as preventives or remedies for H1N1 influenza. The agency recently bought several products sold online as oseltamivir (Tamiflu). One of them turned out to contain only talc and acetaminophen; several others contained various levels of Tamiflu but were not approved for use in the United States. The agency urged consumers to buy only approved products from US pharmacies.http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm186861.htmOct 15 FDA press releaseJudge suspends New York’s flu-shot requirement for health workersA New York judge today temporarily blocked a state requirement that all healthcare workers who have direct patient contact receive H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines, the New York Times reported. Thomas J. McNamara, an acting justice of the New York State Supreme Court, set a hearing on the case for Oct 30. McNamara consolidated three suits filed by Albany nurses and state employees’ and teachers’ unions. Another suit, filed by a nurse from Poughkeepsie, is still proceeding separately.http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/16/judge-halts-mandatory-flu-vaccines-for-health-care-workers/Oct 16 New York Times reportGroup in New York sues to stop nationwide vaccination programA group of New York medical workers sued yesterday to try to block the nationwide H1N1 vaccination program, arguing that the vaccines have not been adequately tested, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday. The suit was filed in a federal court in Washington, DC. Attorney Jim Turner said the suit was brought by a group of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel.http://www.physorg.com/news174847447.htmlOct 15 AFP reportlast_img read more

Croatian offer of health tourism presented for the first time at the French fair Termalies

first_imgThe representative office of the Croatian National Tourist Board in France presented the Croatian offer of health tourism at a specialized fair Thermalies, which took place until February 4 in a representative space under the famous pyramid of the Louvre Museum. This is the largest fair event of its kind in this part of Europe, which attracted about 300 exhibitors and at which Croatia, as a destination for health, SPA and thermal tourism, presented itself for the first time and aroused great interest of the gathered visitors.Kristjan Staničić, Director of the CNTB Head Office, also commented on the appearance at the Termalies fair, emphasizing the importance of health tourism as a product that is growing at an annual rate of 15 percent worldwide. “Health tourism is unquestionably important for Croatia as a tourist destination, it is one of our most prominent products with a long tradition and history and is one of the tourist products that will be the focus of promotional activities of the Croatian Tourist Board. In that sense, we organized a performance at the specialized fair Termalies, during which we presented to the French public all important information related to the offer, regulation and coverage of services in Croatia by French health insurance and prices that are lower for certain health services than in France”, said director Staničić, adding that France is one of the most developed European markets when it comes to health tourism.During the four days, the fair was visited by more than 35.000 visitors who were introduced to numerous European and world spas specializing in thermal and / or sea water treatment, but also for treatment and rehabilitation with mineral waters and sludge in natural spas. Numerous workshops were held as part of the fair, and Croatia presented itself to numerous visitors through a conference “Croatia, a new attractive European destination for health tourism and good physical and spiritual shape”. New brochures of the Croatian National Tourist Board were distributed to all interested visitors of the fair “Croatia, full of health” and a list of spas, specialized hospitals and hotels, as well as spas with thermal and sea water.Photo: HTZThat France is an extremely potent market for the development of thermal tourism and other forms of health tourism is confirmed by Danijela Mihalic-Djurica, Director of the CNTB Representation in France. “This type of tourism in France is practiced by almost all categories of people and is by no means the privilege of the rich. Namely, 12 percent of the population practices various forms of health, ie thermal, thalasso and spa tourism every 3 to 6 months. Considering the fact of a large number of those who practice forms of health tourism, the great potential that Croatia, along with other comparative advantages, has in the French emitting market is evident. That is why this fair was an exceptional opportunity to present the tourist offer of Croatia, for which there is interest throughout the year”, Said Mihalić-Đurica.During 2017, more than 540.000 arrivals of French tourists were realized in Croatia, which is an increase of 9 percent and a record 2,1 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 5 percent compared to 2016.Source: CNTBlast_img read more

The website of the Tourist Board of Istria has become a real destination portal with a focus on tourists and experiences

first_imgOn the other hand, communication is based not so much on destinations, but on the promotion of experiences, more precisely on six of them: Sun and sea, Green Istria, Culture, Gourmet, Sport and outdoor and health and beauty. Thus, Istria is again far ahead of everyone. Not just in performance, but in the way of thinking. Other destinations can follow the step, they have all the same prerequisites, but they do not follow the rhythm. There is only one reason. Istria really deals with the strategic and market development of a tourist destination. And there is one, but big difference in the success of Istria. What is quite clear at first is that the focus is on readers, ie on tourists and the promotion of the whole destination, and not on b2b information according to the profession. Only one correct fact speaks enough about success. Last year, in just 24 hours, 600 tickets were sold for the excellent tourist product Istria Wine & Walk. I emphasize all tickets are sold online. What is certainly missing is an additional step forward in the context of direct content sales. The champions in this field are certainly the cluster of northwestern Istria that are through the brand www.coloursofistria.hr pioneers and far ahead of everyone in branding the destination, ie the content of their cluster, and have been working on this very concept for years. Through articles, videos and photos, they promote their events and them through the platform istriaexperience.com sell directly online. Also, there is a category that brings a list of all events, as well as a list of all accommodation facilities, restaurants. Each destination has its own subpage, but currently there is still a lack of material for each destination that is related to the same, but which will surely be filled during the year. By the way, the istra.hr website is the most visited tourist website in Istria and the main digital insight into Istria’s offer. So the new design and focus on promoting it to visitors is definitely a good move. On the other hand all business information is still there right at the bottom of the website. There is also a TOP 5 category which, through various articles, highlights the 5 best activities and experiences that tourists can experience in Istria, and which in turn leads further to destinations or links to experiences. The refreshed, modern and simple website design is focused on large images and click byte articles, and the main focus is on the promotion of destinations, experiences and reasons to visit Istria. The entire website is thus divided into five main categories: Explore Istria, Destinations, Experience Istria, Accommodation and MyIstria Attachment: New destination portal of Istria – www.istra.hr One of the novelties is the MyIstria category, which serves as a travel planner. Thus, each article has the possibility to be marked and dragged into a kind of basket, thus obtaining a personalized planner. Also, there is a kind of aggregator that through the initial two options (Sport or leisure) leads further to different subcategories or style of discovering Istria. From adventure, romance, nature, city, party, relax, gourmet… and finally offers articles on selected topics. There is also a category of your story, which shows pictures of Istria that visitors have posted on their Instagram profile. On the first day of 2019, the official website of the Istrian Tourist Board www.istra.hr , has experienced a total turnaround through a new design and approach to the promotion of Istria as our main tourist destination. It should be emphasized that behind the new digital platform, in the technical segment, is the Istrian Development Tourism Agency (IRTA), which has been working for years on monitoring the performance of the portal, online promotion of the portal and destination, communication on social networks and other development projects such as are Istra Inspirit, Hotspot Croatia, contact and sales center destination center and many others. Basically everything fits together nicely and synergistically. Selecting one of the experiences opens articles that aim to introduce readers deeper into the story depending on the category. So if you choose, for example, Sport and Outdoor, articles appear such as: Seven waterfalls for an unforgettable experience and walks and hiking to the best place for a selfie. However, all articles skillfully lead to additional information and links as well as to specialized websites for a special type of tourism ( Istra Trails, Istra Gourmet, Istra Bike, Istra Inspirit, Istra Culture ) where all additional information is. From wine roads to cycling maps and signs. All in all, we should certainly praise the transformation of the main digital platform of Istrian tourism towards the right destination portal, focused on tourists and the promotion of the experience as a motive for coming, not just the sun and the sea. Surely the content will be filled in day by day and as the website will grow and continue to evolve. last_img read more

What is the average price of renting an apartment in Croatia?

first_imgThe largest offer of apartments is in Crikvenica, Rab and Pula. The average price of an apartment in Crikvenica in the season is 66 euros, while on Rab it is 65 euros per day. In Pula, you will have to pay an average of 75 euros for a day of rent, while in Rijeka the rent is cheaper by about 10 euros. According to the data at their disposal, the average price of renting a tourist apartment out of season is on average 46 euros, which is 31 percent cheaper than in season. South Dalmatia There are currently more than 150 ads for rent in Njuškalo in this region. Prices range from 60 to more than 150 euros. Along with Dubrovnik, where the average daily rental price of apartments in the season is 77 euros at the level of the entire city, most apartments are offered in Orebic and Korcula. The average daily rental price of an apartment in Orebic is 67 euros, while on Korcula it is 54 euros. Portal Njuškalo.hr in accordance with the ads on their platform, ie on the basis of more than 6 thousand holiday facilities on the coast and inland, they made an overview of domestic holiday destinations and received a calculation of the average rental price of apartments. There are several types of tourist accommodation, most of which are apartments, but you can also find whole houses and rooms. Prices range from around 20 euros to as much as 500 euros per day of rental. Most apartments from this region are offered in Vodice, Zadar, Vir and Biograd na Moru. The average price of renting an apartment in Zadar in the season is 64 euros per day, while in Biograd na Moru it is 65 euros. The average daily rental price of apartments in Vir in the season is 57 euros, while in Vodice it is 5 euros higher, or 62 euros. Makarska Riviera / Photo: Sandro Music / FB Central Dalmatia In this region, apartments can be found for about 40 euros per day, but the average price is 73 euros. Most apartments are offered in Split, Makarska and Omis. Although an overnight stay can be found for around one euro, the average daily rental price of a tourist apartment in Split in the season is 86 euros, which is about 3 euros more than in Makarska. In Omis, the average daily rental price of a tourist apartment is 77 euros. Finally, one interesting thing. As they point out from Njuškalo, there are more and more foreign visitors in this category, and most of them are from Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. Source: Njuškalo.hr The category Tourism is growing month by month, so in June it had as much as 70 percent more visits than in the previous month, but also 6 percent more than in June last year, they point out from Njuškalo, which is not surprising since it is our peak tourist season at the door. More than 2.700 accommodation facilities in Northern Dalmatia are currently available on Njuškalo. Apartments in this region record the best prices in the season, if we compare them with other coastal regions. Source: Njuškalo.hr middle Dalmatia Source: Njuškalo.hr Despite the above, in many places in this region you can rent an apartment for as little as thirty euros per day. In Pag, the average daily price of renting an apartment in the season is 60 euros, while in nearby Novalja, known primarily for the beach Zrce, the price is about 30 percent higher and amounts to 78 euros. Some of the more favorable places for holidays in Northern Dalmatia are Tribunj, Pirovac and Vrsi, where the average daily rental prices of apartments range from 50 to 55 euros. When looking at the regions, the highest prices for renting a tourist apartment are in Central Dalmatia, where the average price is 79 euros per day. Rental prices, on an annual basis, grew in all coastal regions, from 2 to 8 percent. Istria, Kvarner and Primorje  According to NJuškalo.hr, the average daily rental price of a tourist apartment in Croatia (on Njuškalo) in the season is 67 euros, which is 4 euros more than last year Northern Dalmatia The largest offer of private tourist accommodation is in Northern Dalmatia, Kvarner and Primorje Source: Njuškalo.hrlast_img read more