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.
By Christian RadnedgeLONDON (Reuters) – Olympic champions the United States reclaimed their women’s 4x400m relay world title as Jamaica suffered more injury heartbreak in the World Championships final on Sunday.Twenty four hours after Usain Bolt sensationally pulled up in his relay event, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby slowed down clutching her leg 20 metres into her second leg and went to ground, ending Jamaica’s reign as world champions.Jamaica had been in the lead, but American Allyson Felix surged clear of the field to open up a 15-metre gap in a superb split of 48.7 seconds.Team mates Shakima Wimbley and individual 400m champion Phyllis Francis duly extended the gap to win gold in a world leading time of 3 minutes 19.02 seconds.Felix enhanced her record as the most decorated athlete in World Championships history by winning her 11th gold to equal Bolt’s haul. It was her 16th medal overall.The 60,000 spectators inside the London Stadium were on their feet as Britain finished second in 3:25.00 to clinch silver, an upgrade from their bronze at the Olympics last year. Poland came third in 3:25.41 to claim bronze.McLaughlin-Whilby had to be taken off the track in a wheelchair and her withdrawal meant there was no farewell run for Novlene Williams-Mills.The 35-year-old, who made her debut in this event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens where Jamaica won bronze, overcame breast cancer in 2013 and won six World Championship medals overall.She was due to take the baton from McLaughlin-Whilby for her final run but was left stranded on the start/finish line due to her team mate’s misfortune.
It has been a tough month for the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team.During the last three weeks, the team has had to deal with the challenge of playing four consecutive matches while dealing with injuries to key players senior Caitlin Burke and junior Nicole Beck.It has been especially trying on head coach Patti Henderson. “[This past month] has been the first time for me where my team has literally only been able to field six players,” Henderson said.Because of their injuries, both Burke and Beck have been playing more doubles matches until they are healthy enough to resume the more grueling singles competition. While this move does temporarily create issues with matching up other players for doubles spots, it has made the Badgers very strong at the No. 2 doubles spot, as shown by their hard-fought win over Notre Dame’s Katie Potts and Kelcy Tefft last Thursday.The then-No. 3 Irish squad ended up winning the match, but Henderson saw the final score as a poor indicator of how the team played considering the circumstances.”After a stretch like we had, playing four away matches and then finishing it up with a match against one of the best teams in the country, [Burke and Beck’s win] was really important for not only their individual confidence, but for the team’s confidence as a whole,” Henderson said.Luckily for the Badgers (3-11 overall, 0-5 Big Ten), the road that lies ahead of them is much less treacherous than the stretch they have already covered. In fact, aside from a regular season finale at Michigan State, Wisconsin will play the rest of its games at home.First one on that list: Purdue. The Boilermakers have had quite the season, as they are currently undefeated in conference play on a seven-match winning streak.Henderson believes the good week of practice the squad has had will bode well for the team in Saturday’s match.”Purdue has managed to find their confidence this season as evidenced by their record, but I feel that our players will be very well prepared for them,” she said. “Everyone has done a great job at staying positive, and a couple of our players have really elevated their game in that time.”But Purdue isn’t the only conference foe Wisconsin will have to face this weekend.Sunday, the Badgers will face a struggling Illinois squad, which, like Wisconsin, is still searching for its first Big Ten win.Henderson said the team will be able to use the lessons learned from playing such a tough schedule to their advantage against the Illini, who are currently 4-9 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten.”It will be important for us to capitalize on the strength of our schedule and the quality of the opponents we have played if we want to have success,” Henderson said. “When a player learns how to win the little battles in a match, winning the whole thing becomes much easier.”With the chance to grab two conference wins at home in one weekend, Wisconsin hopes to capitalize on the chance to start the last leg of the season on a high note.As Henderson said, “A big conference win would really bring credence to what we have been working on all along this season and would certainly create a lot of positive energy to feed off of.”
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