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.
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At boxer’s event ‘Battle of the gladiators’ which was held on Saturday, 11 May, in Karlsruhe, BiH boxer Senad Hadžić won the title of the Champion of Europe in super-heavy category in WGL-MMA.In one of the main fights of the night Hadžić defeated Hungarian boxer Enyedi Domper in front of 2000 spectators.Senad Hadžić, in his career has won titles of the International champion of Germany, he was amateur champion of the world, professional champion of Germany, and he also won many other titles and medals.He currently lives in Munich, and he’s the member of ‘Fighting Gym Asmir Burgić’ camp in Cologne and trains in Munich and Cologne, and he recently opened martial arts school in Munich.(source: klix.ba)
The San Diego County Police department is currently considering pressing charges against a man who went to a grocery shopping while wearing a white hood similar to that worn by the Ku Klux Klan. The incident occurred Saturday at a store in the town of Santee.approached the man and told him to either remove the hood or leave the store. The man removed his hood, paid for his groceries, and then left the store.Authorities were not called to the scene, however, they are now investigating whether or not the incident constitutes as a hate crime, and whether or not charges will be brought.“The Sheriff’s Department does not condone hate or any acts of intolerance in our communities,” the department said in a news release.
England’s Josh Hill has created a new world record as the youngest ever winner of an Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) tournament.Current boys’ squad player Hill – aged just 15 – claimed a remarkable two-shot victory at today’s Al Ain Open in the United Arab Emirates.The MENA (Middle-East North Africa) Tour event was largely populated by professionals, but Hill carded an eight-under par final round 62 to put his name up in lights.Hill replaces Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa as the youngest ever player to win an official OWGR event.Ishikawa was aged 15 years and eight months when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup in 2007.Dubai-based Hill was only 15 years, six months and 27 days old when he completed his stunning feat having started the final round three shots adrift of another Englishman, Harry Ellis.Understandably, Hill was shell-shocked at his victory. However, he also expressed a little regret at not marking the record-breaking occasion by posting a final round in the 50s.“I am actually a little disappointed with my finish because I missed so many opportunities coming in. I honestly could have broken 60 today,” said Hill who will be a key member of the boys’ squad for Home Internationals and European Championships in 2020.“I knew I needed a good start, and once I got it, I just kept hitting one good shot after the other.“I really don’t know what to say right now. I am shocked. If you had told me during the summer that I will be winning a MENA Tour title against professionals and become the youngest ever winner of an OWGR event, I would have laughed at the notion.“I guess hard work pays.”Hill’s victory comes just a few weeks after an another graduate of the England Golf set-up – Robin Williams – won on the MENA Tour as a professional.“I was struggling in the summer and then something changed in the last MENA Tour event at Yas Links,” added Hill who drained a birdie on the first hole of his round and never looked back.“That top-10 finish gave me a lot of confidence and I knew it in my heart that I would do well here in Al Ain because I have such a good history here. I just love this track.Ellis was magnanimous in defeat and praised his fellow Englishman for rewriting the record books.“All credit to Josh. He played an unbelievable round today.”Hill finished on 17-under par for his three rounds with a total of 193 at a course he clearly loves.The rising star has won the Al Ain Men’s Open for the last two years and also claimed victory in a Faldo Series event at the Al Ain Golf, Equestrian and Shooting Club.Photography credit: MENA Tour 23 Oct 2019 Hill’s historic MENA Tour win rewrites the record books
27 Nov 2019 England Golf supports Rainbow Laces campaign England Golf has given its full backing to the 2019 Rainbow Laces campaign and underlined the message that golf is a sport for all.As part of Come Out Active week (23-30 November) run by the charity Stonewall, golfers across the country are being encouraged to show their support for LGBT equality by wearing rainbow laces on their shoes or displayed on their golf bags.Many in the LGBT community live and breathe for sport, yet four in 10 think that sport isn’t welcoming.By working together we can help make sport everyone’s game.England Golf is already committed to a policy of inclusivity and will continue its drive to change attitudes in 2020 by supporting a series of initiatives.In the year ahead, we willProvide inclusivity training and support for England Golf staff and volunteersConduct research to understand the current experiences of LGBT people in golfUnderstand the perceptions/barriers to participation in golf by LGBT peopleCreate guidance for LGBT people on how they can engage with the gameCreate guidance for clubs on good practice of inclusion of LGBT peopleReview our guidance and policies around inclusion of LGBT people for competition within EnglandExecutive director Richard Flint said: “Making sure golf is a sport for all is a cornerstone of the England Golf strategy.“Golf is a wonderful game for everyone to enjoy. In a modern, sporting environment there is no place for any discriminatory barriers.“England Golf is delighted to support the Rainbow Laces campaign and is committed to spreading a message of inclusivity through all our affiliated clubs and our staff.“The new initiatives we are putting in place for 2020 only serve to reinforce this message.”Stonewall encourages people in sport to challenge existing prejudices and can offer advice to anyone involved in golf when faced with a discriminatory or abusive situation.This guidance includes the following messages:Avoid a knee jerk reaction. Take a minute to find the right words and toneExplain that it’s offensive to LGBT people and many othersExplain that it makes LGBT people feel unwelcome in sportTell them making a joke, chant or insult about being LGBT is abuse – always.There are already many LGBT people participating in golf, but we want to pledge our support to them and anyone choosing to take up the game in 2020.Here at England Golf we want clubs and golfers to share their Rainbow Laces images with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #RainbowLacesDayStaff at England Golf offices in Woodhall Spa last week showed their support for the campaign by wearing rainbow laces to work.For more details on Come Out Active week and the Rainbow Laces campaign please click hereFollow England Golf on social mediaTwitter: @EnglandGolfFacebook: England.golfInstagram: England.golf