Direktor Glavnog ureda Hrvatske turističke zajednice (HTZ) Kristjan Staničić tijekom službenog boravka u SAD-u sudjelovao je na konferenciji Udruženja turoperatora Sjedinjenih Američkih Država (USTOA), koja se održala u Hollywoodu (Florida). Tom se prilikom direktor Staničić susreo s predsjednikom USTOA-e Terryem Daleom, javljaju iz HTZ-a, a s kojim je dogovorio aktivniji angažman HTZ-a, posebice kroz održavanje prezentacija na nadolazećim konferencijama, ali i uključivanjem Hrvatske u projekt istraživanja „USTOA’s Portrait of American International Travelers“.In addition to USTOA representatives, Director Staničić also met with other key partners in the US market, including representatives of the Signature Travel Network and representatives of the Virtuoso luxury travel network, with whom an action plan for 2018 has been agreed. as well as the long-term course of cooperation. “One of the most important topics of the meetings, which we did during our stay in the USA with key partners, was the establishment of a direct flight between Croatia and the USA. We are extremely pleased that the partners in this market have expressed strong support in the realization and establishment of a direct flight, which would be of great importance for Croatia, and not only in terms of tourism. I am optimistic and believe that Croatia will have a direct flight with this large and globally important market in the near future.” said Director Staničić, adding that all partners confirmed this year’s excellent results and growth of 35 percent in arrivals and overnight stays, ie the popularity of Croatia in the North American market as one of the fastest growing destinations.Dodajmo kako su osim sjevernoameričkih turoperatora, aktivnih članova USTOA-e, skupu prisustvovali i pridruženi članovi – predstavnici turističkih ureda i turističkog gospodarstva zemalja iz cijelog svijeta te renomirani turistički novinari. Isto tako, na ovom najvećem godišnjem skupu udruženja sjevernoameričkih turoperatora, osim HTZ-a, sudjelovale su i turističke zajednice grada Zagreba i Dubrovačko-neretvanske županije. Konferencija je okupila oko 900 sudionika koji su se, tijekom pet dana održavanja konferencije, imali priliku upoznati s novostima i trendovima u turizmu, ali i sudjelovati na networking eventima i sastancima s ciljem dogovaranja poslovne suradnje.Croatia in the top 10 destinations in the world according to Virtuos researchThe Association of Luxury Travel Agencies Virtuoso again this year conducted a traditional survey among its members – “Vituoso Luxe Report”. According to the survey results for 2018, Croatia is ranked among the top 10 destinations in three categories, with progress on the scale compared to the survey results for 2017. Thus, our country took a high 2nd place in the category of the most popular emerging destination, which is an improvement of one place compared to the survey for 2017, when Croatia took an excellent 3rd place in this category. In the category of the most popular international destination, Croatia took 8th place, which is also an improvement compared to the survey for 2017, when Croatia took 10th place in this category. Progress has also been made in the category of the most popular destination for the so-called millenials passengers, so in the survey for 2018, Croatia took 6th place in this category, which is an improvement of three places because in the survey for 2017, Croatia was ranked 9th in this category.
NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios understands that if he ever hopes to be considered among the best players in the world, he has to overcome one player: Nick Kyrgios.The big-serving 19-year-old Australian was hit with three code violations for fits of anger in his first-round U.S. Open match Monday — coming just one outburst away from disqualification. He hung on to upset 21st-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (1).Kyrgios, whose ranking soared more than 70 spots after he upset Rafael Nadal to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals, said he was frustrated by stretches of poor play against Youzhny when he slammed a ball out of the court to earn his first code violation in the second set.He got two more when he uttered audible obscenities in the third and fourth sets. Another would have resulted in default. “It was the heat of the moment. I was frustrated at the way I was playing, all that sort of stuff,” the 60th-ranked Kyrgios told reporters later.His last fit of pique gave Youzhny a 3-1 lead in the fourth set. But Kyrgios said after that he felt energized by the capacity crowd on sunken Court 17 and fed on that to roar back. He slammed 26 aces, seven in the last set, and won nine of the last 10 points to close out the match.“I’ve been an emotional player my whole career. Hopefully, I’ll be able to manage it better in the future. It’s a work in progress. I’m trying to get better at it every time I step on the court. But it’s something that’s always been there,” said the lanky, 6-foot-4 Kyrgios, who is frequently mentioned as one of biggest potential future stars of the game.“I’m probably expecting a lot out of myself at these sort of tournaments,” he said. “But I need to understand I’m still young. It’s going to take a long time. It’s a long journey.”Youzhny, a two-time U.S. Open semifinalist, said he didn’t pay much attention to how close he came to a default victory. “You try to play your game — some presents from him are good,” he said. “But it didn’t help me with the result.”(JAMES MARTINEZ) TweetPinShare0 Shares