Alison Saar on Transforming Outrage Into Art

first_img– Advertisement – Yemoja crops up in my work a lot. I first discovered her when I was living in New York in the 1990s, trying to grapple with being a young mother and having a career — it felt like a real balancing act. I did a piece then called “Cool Maman,” who is balancing actual pots and pans on her head, all white enamelware. I see Yemoja as not only helping me in terms of patience and balance and child rearing but also as a watery, life-giving spirit who nourishes my creative process.For your “Topsy Turvy” show in 2018 at L.A. Louver, you turned Topsy, the enslaved character from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” into these fierce warrior girls. You even did a mixtape for the show, “Angry Songs for Angry Times.” How would you describe the source of your anger, and was it tricky for you to channel or unleash it?- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Conking is a type of hair processing where a lot of really toxic ingredients strip the hair of what makes it curl. Early on one of the ingredients was lye. By straightening her hair, this woman was eating the “lye” or “lie,” trying to separate herself from her African-American body, and that’s why I show her head separated from her body. I did a lot of severed heads at one point — I guess I’ve had anger in my work for a while.Do you think it’s fair to say that a survey of your work is also a survey of things Black women do to their hair?Yes [laughs]. I’m a little obsessed with hair. I think part of it is being biracial and very fair-skinned, to the point of being perceived as white; my hair is the one thing that feels like a real connection to my African-American ancestry. And much of my young life was spent going with my mother to salons and going through these hilarious, hair-straightening rituals with my cousins in the kitchen. These figures are defiant but tender; they are beautiful warriors. Do you think about that contradiction? – Advertisement – I think it’s always about a balance, and that comes back to the Yemoja character, balancing so much on her head. A lot of my life has been a balancing act between anger and a kind of serenity, and that’s also reflected in my process. I start by thinking about things, dreaming about things, but the actual work involves chain saws and hammers and knives and blades and a lot of bandages — I get cut a lot. The physical grappling with materials is very aggressive.You have a history of using scavenged materials, whether painting on seed sacks or sculpting with ceiling tin. When did you discover ceiling tin as a material, and what does it give you that you couldn’t get from more traditional mediums like stone or wood?When I moved to New York from Los Angeles in the ’80s, I had a job at the Studio Museum of Harlem, working as a sort of registrar before I became an artist in residence there. Walking to the museum, I saw all of this amazing ceiling tin out on the curb from people renovating townhouses. I would drag it into my studio. On the one hand, it covered up imperfections in the wood sculpture underneath — I was using wood from the dumpster that had holes and cracks. But it also created a kind of skin or armor. I loved the pattern because it reminded me of African scarification, which in some ways is an external biographer, telling us who you are married to or what group you belong to. Your new sculpture for Pomona shows Yemoja, the Yoruba goddess associated with childbirth and rivers, carrying a stack of heavy pails on her head. What does Yemoja represent to you?center_img You come from a family of artists. Your mother is Betye Saar. Your father, Richard Saar, was a conservator and ceramist. Your sister Lezley Saar is an artist. Did you ever consider doing anything else for a living?I really wanted after high school to get out from under the shadow of my mother’s reputation. So when I was studying at Scripps, I worked with Dr. Samella Lewis and was looking to be an art historian specializing in the African diaspora and non-Western culture. I did a dual major: fine arts and art history. I just think, at the end of it, I felt I was better suited to making art than writing about it. It was more gratifying. It was something I had been trained to do all my life. Alison Saar likes to make sculptures of strong Black women standing their ground: broad shoulders, wide stance, unmovable in their convictions. She made a bronze monument of Harriet Tubman that presides over a traffic island at 122nd Street in Harlem. She created a small army of enslaved girls turned warriors, inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe’s character Topsy for a major gallery show in Los Angeles. And now Ms. Saar, 64, has a new public sculpture on the Pomona College campus, commissioned by the Benton Museum of Art there: “Imbue,” a 12-foot-tall bronze evoking the Yoruba goddess Yemoja.“Imbue” accompanies her biggest museum survey yet, “Of Aether and Earthe,” which will be held in two venues: the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, which plans to open its section in January; and the Benton, in Claremont, Calif., where her show is installed and ready to open when the state’s coronavirus guidelines allow. Below are edited excerpts from a conversation with the artist about her new show and ongoing obsessions. You recently made a benefit print honoring Black Lives Matter, titled “Rise,” which shows a woman making a power fist. Was there a particular source for your image?I looked at a lot of images of women from the Black Panther movement with their Afros and fists raised and then contemporized the hairstyle to say we’re still fighting the same battle. I didn’t want it to be one woman. I love Angela Davis, but there are a lot of other women that don’t get recognized, and I’m paying tribute to them all. Some people see the Black Panthers as militant and frightening. To me, the women were very much involved in education, free food, taking care of the elderly, these incredible community practices that are always being erased by the image of the guy holding the rifles. I’ve always wanted my work not to just be angry but point toward some resolution or express some optimism. But it’s been harder and harder to come up with something positive. After Obama was elected, we started seeing these horrible things bubbling up on social media — about growing watermelons at the White House or casting him and Michelle as monkeys.Since then, with Trump and the white supremacists, things have been getting even darker and more frightening. In “Topsy Turvy,” the last piece was “Jubilee,” a figure cutting her hair off and dancing, removing the social shackles and all the pain we are carrying around. But it’s still a painful piece in my eyes. I basically stopped worrying about putting out a positive message anymore; I felt that it was OK to express being furious. Printmaking is one of the most populist art forms, connected historically to ideas of accessibility and, at times, democracy. Do you see printmaking as a political tool?I’ve never really thought of my printmaking as political but very much about it being populist, accessible and affordable. I love the history of broadsides where people would print out a poem and plaster the city with them, and I’ve done a couple with poets. Your Benton show includes a disturbing sculpture, “Conked,” where a woman swallows her own long hair, made of wire. I take it the title refers to the old-school hair straightening process?last_img read more

Mark Zandi on risks to U.S. economy from Covid spread, lack of stimulus

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Castlegrace lands Fortria prize at Navan | Racing News

first_imgCastlegrace Paddy proved too strong for hot favourite A Plus Tard in the Tote Fortria Chase at Navan.Henry de Bromhead’s A Plus Tard filled the runner-up spot behind Ballyoisin in last year’s renewal of the Grade Two contest – and having since won a Grade One at Leopardstown and finished a close-up third in the Ryanair at Cheltenham, he was well fancied to go one better.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – However, it was clear some way from home it was not going to be entirely straightforward for the 1-2 favourite, as he jumped stickily on occasions under Rachael Blackmore behind his pacesetting stablemate Ornua.After the latter dropped away early in the home straight, Pat Fahy’s stable star Castlegrace Paddy (9-1) took over the lead, with both A Plus Tard and Eclair De Beaufeu in hot pursuit.In the end it turned into a straight shootout and try as he might, A Plus Tard could never quite get on terms with Castlegrace Paddy, who passed the post half a length to the good in the hands of Bryan Cooper.- Advertisement – “He jumped brilliant and himself and Bryan seem to get on very well,” said Fahy.“Hopefully we can keep going in this direction. We won the Hilly Way Chase in Cork a couple of years ago, but didn’t have a great year after that, so we won’t get too carried away.“More than likely we’ll look at Leopardstown over Christmas. He’s beaten a horse there that will probably improve a lot, but so will ours – I’d rate him him a serious horse.- Advertisement – “Maybe if the ground was good you’d be looking to go up in trip, but on that sort of ground I think that (two miles) is his trip.”last_img read more

Tori Spelling Schools Jennie Garth in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Trivia

first_imgWhile David and Donna were on and off during the 10-season run of Beverly Hills, 90210, the onscreen couple exchanged vows during the 2000 series finale — and Spelling thinks they are still going strong.“I’m gonna go with yes. And they have a gaggle of kids. Oh, that’s my real life,” she told Us. “I mean between the two of us, Brian and I have a lot of kids so yeah, I think Donna and David would have a lot of kids and be happily married.”- Advertisement – Garth, for her part, thinks Kelly Taylor, whose main love interests were Jason Priestley’s Brandon Walsh and Luke Perry’s Dylan McKay, is flying solo in 2020.“I think maybe she would be on our own by now,” she told Us. “She would definitely choose herself again.”During the trivia game, the What I Like About You actress, who said she remembers less than “90 percent” of the series, was surprised to learn Brandon was unfaithful to Kelly on the show.“He wouldn’t do that!” Garth said.Spelling added, “I just got super protective and now I got furious for you that he did that.”Tori Spelling Gets Triggered by David Cheating on Donna During 90210 TriviaTori Spelling as Donna and Brian Austin Green as David on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ YouTubeAll jokes aside, Garth and Spelling want to have all of their onscreen boyfriends on their rewatch podcast.“Jen and I had so many boyfriends on that show over the years. We want to have all our boyfriends on!” Spelling said.Garth quipped, “It will be a parade of boyfriends in the studio.”To see Garth and Spelling’s complete trivia game, watch the video above!Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Donna Martin and David Silver’s love story wasn’t perfect — and Tori Spelling doesn’t like to think about Brian Austin Green’s character’s missteps. During a game of Beverly Hills, 90210 trivia with Us Weekly, the actress got visibly upset while answering questions about David cheating on Donna.“Ugh, in a limo with Ariel,” Spelling, 47, replied when asked who David cheated on Donna with during season 4. “Oh, my God. I just got upset about it, like, it really happened to me, like, I just got all the feels back.”Tori Spelling Gets Triggered by David Cheating on Donna During 90210 TriviaKari Wuhrer as Ariel and Brian Austin Green as David on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ YouTube- Advertisement – When asked who Noah Hunter (Vincent Young) cheated on Donna with during season 8, Spelling and costar Jennie Garth answered Valerie (Tiffani Thiessen) in unison.“Sorry, I got mad again, personally, sorry,” Spelling quipped. She subsequently concluded that revisiting the show for their “9021OMG” podcast, which debuts on Monday, November 9, is going to be “therapeutic.”Garth, 48, replied, “You’re gonna have to, like, let some of that stuff go.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Indonesia has more bird flu deaths; Azerbaijan probes possible cluster

first_imgMar 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The human toll of H5N1 avian influenza mounted again today with reports of the deaths of two young Indonesian patients, while authorities in Azerbaijan were investigating a cluster of 10 suspected human cases in one village.The World Health Organization (WHO) listed one of the Indonesian victims as a 4-year-old boy from Semarang in central Java who fell ill on Feb 10 and died Feb 28.The other victim was a 12-year-old girl who died Mar 1 in Solo, also in central Java, according to an Associated Press (AP) report citing Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as the source. The report said the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong had confirmed the case.The AP also reported on the boy from Semarang but described him as a 3-year-old. Indonesian Health Ministry official Hariadi Wibisono said his case was confirmed by a local lab and later by a lab in Atlanta, according to the story.The WHO said an investigation showed that the boy lived in a neighborhood where chickens had died shortly before he became ill. The AP report said both patients “appeared to have come into contact with infected birds.”The two cases apparently raise Indonesia’s count of human cases to 29 with 22 deaths and the global tally to 177 cases with 98 deaths, though the WHO has not yet noted the 12-year-old girl’s case at this writing.Agricultural authorities have reported a recent increase in poultry deaths in central and eastern Java, the WHO said, adding, “These reports have led to a heightened awareness of the risk of human cases and a higher level of clinical suspicion when patients present with respiratory symptoms.”Many Indonesian patients initially suspected of having avian flu have been cleared by lab tests, the WHO added.In Azerbaijan, authorities are investigating suspicious illnesses in 10 people, all from the same town, of whom three have died, the WHO reported in a separate statement today. Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic on the west side of the Caspian Sea, reported its first H5N1 outbreak in wild birds on Feb 9 and found an outbreak in poultry 2 weeks ago.The patients in the cluster are all from the settlement of Daikyand in the Salyan area in southeastern Azerbaijan, the WHO said. Their homes are near wetlands used by migratory birds, and poultry deaths have been reported in their town, but the cause was not yet known.The surviving patients include a 16-year-old boy who is hospitalized in critical condition and six people who were hospitalized with mild symptoms but have recovered and been discharged, the WHO said.Among the three patients who died was a 17-year-old girl who succumbed on Feb 23 after suffering for more than a year from respiratory symptoms associated with a “neoplastic condition” (tumor), the agency said. The preexisting illness is now believed to have caused her death, but samples from her will be tested in England.The second victim was a 20-year-old woman and a neighbor of the first victim. She had rapidly progressive acute pneumonia—typical of H5N1 cases—and died Mar 3, the WHO said. The third victim, a 17-year-old girl, died Mar 8; officials gave no details on her illness.The agency did not say whether any of the patients or victims are related. But an Agence France-Presse report published yesterday quoted WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng as saying the cluster includes eight members of one family.If any of the cases are determined to be H5N1, Azerbaijan will be the eighth country to face human cases. The list now includes Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Turkey, and Iraq.The WHO said the Azerbaijani health authorities have responded well to the situation but have been hampered by a lack of some essential equipment and inadequate diagnostic capacity. A WHO team is in the country to assess needs and provide technical support, and more personnel and supplies are due to arrive Mar 13, the agency said.The patients in the cluster have been treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a limited supply of which is available in the country, the WHO said.See also:WHO statement on case of 4-year-old boy in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_10/en/index.htmlWHO statement on situation in Azerbaijanhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_10a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Roche ready to make Tamiflu in US

first_imgSep 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Roche announced last week that its United States supply chain for oseltamivir (Tamiflu), used to treat avian influenza and seasonal flu patients, is fully operational, meaning all aspects of its production are based on US soil.The company said it now has the capability to produce 80 million treatment courses of the drug annually in the United States, which is stockpiling oseltamivir as part of efforts to prepare for a flu pandemic.The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had asked Roche to establish a system that involves US sources for all phases of osteltamivir production, from synthesizing shikimic acid, the starting material, to packaging the medication, the company said in a news release.”The ability to produce Tamiflu from start to finish on US soil is a significant milestone that will help ensure access to Tamiflu when and where it is needed,” said George Abercrombie, president and chief executive officer for Hoffman-La Roche, Inc., the company’s US pharmaceutical division.The company said HHS has ordered 21.3 million treatment courses of oseltamivir for the Strategic National Stockpile, all of which will be delivered by the end of this year. Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the HHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Washington, DC, verified that information for CIDRAP News.The long-term goal for the stockpile is 81 million courses by the end of 2008, according to Wolfson and Roche. Of that total, HHS says it will buy 50 million courses and will provide a 25% subsidy for states to purchase another 31 million courses.Roche says that with its own manufacturing network and 16 external contractors, it has more than enough capacity to meet the osteltamivir orders from 75 countries that are stockpiling the drug. Global annual production capacity will reach 400 million treatment courses by the end of this year, the company said.Approved for prevention and treatment of influenza in adults and children 1 year and older, osteltamivir is intended to treat influenza viruses in all clinical settings. It has been shown to be active against the H5N1 virus in the laboratory and in animals that are infected with an H5N1 avian flu strain taken from humans, according to Roche.See also:Sep 14 Roche press releasehttp://www.roche.com/med-cor-2006-09-14last_img read more

Dutch woman dies of Marburg fever

first_imgJul 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A Dutch woman who fell ill with Marburg hemorrhagic fever after visiting a bat-infested cave in Uganda has died, Dutch authorities announced today.Authorities said the 40-year-old woman, who was not identified, died overnight at Leiden University Medical Centre, according to reports from Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP). The woman’s illness was first announced yesterday.In a statement yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the woman was reportedly exposed to fruit bats during a visit to the “python cave” in the Maramagambo forest on Jun 19. The cave is thought to harbor bat species that have been found to carry Marburg virus and its close relative, Ebola virus, in other parts of Africa, the agency said.”A large bat population was seen in the cave and the woman is reported to have had direct contact with one bat,” the WHO said.The woman had visited another cave 3 days earlier, but no bats were seen there, the WHO said. She returned to the Netherlands in good health on Jun 28, but she became ill with a fever Jul 2 and was hospitalized Jul 5. She deteriorated rapidly and suffered liver failure and severe hemorrhaging Jul 7.WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said people who had contact with the woman have been monitored and have not shown any symptoms, Reuters reported. The WHO statement said no attempts were made to alert passengers who were on the woman’s return flight from Uganda, because she didn’t get sick until 4 days after the flight.”The chance of the virus spreading through the Netherlands is very small,” the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said in a statement yesterday. Marburg virus spreads through contact with bodily fluids of infected people or animals.Hartl said people don’t need to cancel trips to Uganda because of the case, but they should not enter caves with bats, according to Reuters.Uganda’s health ministry issued a statement advising people entering caves or mines in the western district of Kamwenge to take “maximum precaution not to get into close contact with the bats and non-human primates in the nearby forests,” Reuters reported.The story said the Kitaka mine in Kamwenge, about 155 miles from Kampala, the capital, was closed last August after three miners contracted Marburg and one died.There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Marburg fever, which is fatal in up to 90% of cases. In a major outbreak in Angola in 2004 and 2005, 227 of 252 confirmed cases were fatal.See also: Jul 10 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_07_10/en/index.htmlJul 10 RIVM statementhttp://www.rivm.nl/en/Library/Common_and_Present/Newsmessages/2008/Dutch_tourist_infected_with_Marburg_virusJul 10 CIDRAP News story “Marburg fever case reported in Netherlands”last_img read more

Yes, it’s a pandemic: Where do we go from here?

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – No, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared the novel H1N1 (swine) influenza outbreak a pandemic. It should. And it may. But your next steps need not depend on the WHO raising the pandemic alert level to phase 6. In fact, they shouldn’t depend on it.What matters most at this moment is not the number of the phase, but how we respond to the real (and perceived) threat of this genuine influenza pandemic.Going globalThe fact that the virus is causing “sustained community-level outbreaks” in Japan, a country in “another WHO region” means the outbreak has reached the global threshold that qualifies it as a pandemic. That’s according to the very measure the WHO set forth in its latest iteration of alert phases. But, unfortunately, science isn’t guiding the agency’s decision at the moment.I have a feeling that may change very shortly as “influenza scientists” around the world are becoming increasingly vocal in their conclusion; we have an influenza pandemic with the new H1N1 virus. Fortunately it is primarily a mild illness for most of those infected, but we all know that could change with a single virus mutation.The agency is under pressure to incorporate severity level into its decision, to account for the “mild” nature of the current outbreak before calling a full-blown pandemic that could trigger what some worry would be risky and costly actions.But the phases have always been about how well the novel influenza virus passes between people, never how sick it makes them. Mild, moderate, or worse, severity is not part of what defines a pandemic. Maybe it should be. Maybe it can be. But for now, it isn’t. And I’d much prefer that WHO preserve its credibility and stick to science and avert confusion.Whether the WHO raises the alert level to phase 6 shouldn’t have much impact on business, but it might.Much depends on how governments react, particularly the governments of Asia. A misinterpretation of the phases means trouble. Such actions as closing borders, quarantining passengers, and screening people at airports are totally unnecessary, bad for business, and likely to worsen problems. Without taking extreme measures, there’s simply no containing or even dampening the transmission of this virus anymore. Close a border, and people will still find a way in. Same for an influenza virus. Imagine having 11 screen doors on a submarine and closing only 10; you’re still going to sink.Swimming with the sharks?The bottom line is that we have what amounts to a pandemic on our hands, and companies need to adjust accordingly. Our attention must be on its impact on the health of the population. And right now the impact is limited. So here’s what I suggest:1. Be ready for a mixed bag of reactions. If you’re an international company, you’ll likely see great variability in responses from different countries. The novel virus is acting much like a seasonal strain of influenza, and it’s causing what could be considered a “mild” pandemic right now. But how countries and others react may not be proportionate to the severity of the pandemic. Are you ready if borders close in Asia?Also, be mindful that your organization’s pandemic plan may have action steps such as “no travel” or “mandatory work from home” policies that are triggered with a WHO phase 6 declaration. Now is the time to reconsider these actions in light of the mild illness spectrum. They can always be reinstated if the disease picture suddenly worsens.2. Stay tuned. Is this a mild first wave? Will the pandemic fizzle out and be gone for good? Will the virus keep spreading—and mutate into a strain that could become moderate or severe? It’s anyone’s guess at the moment. But investigators are finding new pieces of the puzzle almost daily, and the CIDRAP Business Source team is monitoring the science closely. You’ll be the first to know what we know. You have my word on that.3. Take advantage of the gift of this wake-up call. We certainly don’t want to scare anyone into becoming more prepared, but this “grace period” (to quote WHO Director-General Margaret Chan) is an opportunity to make your case for more attention to preparedness. What we’re seeing right now is akin to a seasonal influenza of moderate severity, which certainly is worthy of note by any business, and that could change on a dime. What would a year of severe seasonal influenza do to your business?Bottom line for businessThe pandemic threat to your business is far from over. Count on us for the intelligence you need to calibrate your company’s response responsibly.last_img read more

Milada Mesarić, TZ Velika Gorica: We want to position ourselves as a green ring around the city of Zagreb

first_imgThis year, more or less all tourist destinations can boast of an increase in arrivals and overnight stays in the first six months, but they are especially happy that some continental destinations are slowly but surely becoming better positioned on the tourist map.Thus, Velika Gorica realized 23 thousand overnight stays in the first six months, which is an increase of 35 percent, while in June alone 120 percent more overnight stays were realized than last year, according to the eVisitor system.The trend continued in July, so we are already at 26.500 overnight stays in mid-July, says the director of the Velika Gorica Tourist Board, Milada Mesarić, adding that the reason is the increase in the number of beds in Velika Gorica accommodation capacities, but also the growth of accommodation facilities.The previous month, June, recorded a huge increase. Thus, in June this year, as many as 120 percent more overnight stays were realized than in the same month last year. “New hotels were opened, and the existing facilities were renovated and categorized into a group of hotels, so in that group we recorded as much as 220 percent more overnight stays in June compared to last year. Thus, in a short period of time, three new hotels were opened, and the existing accommodation was renovated. Velika Gorica now has six hotels with over 650 beds, and to that number should certainly be added more and more holiday homes that are experiencing a positive expansion. Although the numbers may be small compared to sea destinations, for us it is still a significant increase in capacity. “ points out Mesarić, with whom I certainly agree, because it is certainly not correct to compare sea and continental destinations. These are excellent numbers and an increase in accommodation capacity, and Velika Gorica, along with the Zagreb County, is just beginning to wake up.Photo: TZ Velika GoricaThe most important advantage of Velika Gorica is the proximity of Zagreb, as well as excellent traffic connections, and thus offers Zagreb residents a real green vacation of only 20-30 kilometers from the crowds, noise and the city center.We should definitely mention the weak habit of Zagreb residents for weekends or day trips, although it is the largest market when it comes to potential within HR. However, all the surrounding destinations in the ring around Zagreb need to make a strong promotional turn, including Velika Gorica, in order to change the habits of the people of Zagreb and position themselves as an ideal green oasis for a weekend break from stress and crowds.Velika Gorica has excellent picnic areas, nature and wealth in flora and fauna, and from year to year the offer of active holidays is growing, especially through the development of cycling tourism, which are very well networked throughout the county. In the entire tourist offer as well as the motive of arrival, the beautiful and picturesque Turopolje with the riches of untouched nature should be emphasized. We should certainly praise the synergy and cooperation of the Zagreb County Tourist Board with other destinations, both through joint promotion and networking.”Unfortunately, we are still an area connected by the tourist season, ie in the context of guests passing through Zagreb, but we still managed to turn things around and try to build our story. So a couple of years ago, guests stayed in our area for 1,2 days, and this year I have growth to over 1,5 days. Our advantage is certainly the proximity of Zagreb, and we want to position ourselves as a green ring around the city of Zagreb. We all work hard to connect and promote active holidays and gastronomy, from the Zagreb County Tourist Board to all other tourist boards. We are also aware that our best tourists are our citizens of Zagreb, where there is no season and guests can come all year round. We still have a lot of room for growth, that part of the job is still waiting for us. Connectivity is something we all have to work on, we are a small country and guests can experience a lot of content in a short amount of time. We must try to keep them from passing through three countries in three days, but from staying in Croatia for those three days.”Concludes Mesarić.Property of the Dianežević family / Photo: Velika Gorica Tourist BoardIn the whole story about continental tourism, travel agencies should finally be much more active, which, in addition to the sea, sell arrangements all over the world, but not in the continent. Get out of the safe zone, you have the market in front of you as well as the customers who pass by your shop windows every day. You just have to tell them a story. Of course, tourist boards must be more active, faster, more creative and go beyond the scope of both promotional towards Zagreb and communication with travel agencies. Without synergy there is no success.As well as CNTB and MINT, which should be more active in providing both financial and logistical support. Because it is easy to develop tourism on the sea where you have a long history of tourism and a secure tourist base, while on the continent it is a completely different story. Especially the one that is still being developed and now needs concrete help in order to accelerate development and create a tourism economy as soon as possible, in order to involve the private sector more actively.Take a look at what Velika Gorica and its surroundings have to offer herelast_img read more

The first print edition of The Plitvice Times travel magazine presented

first_imgA year ago, I had the honor of being a small part of the dice when launching an online travel portal – The Plitvice Times.In a conversation with one of the initiators of the portal Ante Fumić a year ago, before launching the project, it was clear that he and the entire team from the project has a clear goal and desire – to promote Lika and its surroundings through tourism to as many visitors from Croatia, especially abroad learned about the amazing tourist stories provided by Lika. A great idea and project was my reaction and advice that the portal has great growth potential, especially because it is about foreigners as a target group of readers, and is not dependent on the Croatian market. “Plitvice and Lika definitely need such a portal. Go and try, you have nothing to lose. Go ahead bravely “One hundred questions in my head, as with any new business venture, but most importantly the whole team had the courage, believed in the project, passion and ultimately a clear vision. But the most important thing is that they have started, how many projects fail because they are waiting for the “right” moment and do not even take the first step, because it is one idea and quite another to implement the idea on the market. “We’ve been working on the project for over half a year and now the magazine is finally out. It is constantly said that Plitvice, and especially the whole of Lika, are not active enough in promotion on foreign markets, so an entrepreneurial initiative was born and we have now turned the idea into reality as the only English media in the area that exclusively targets foreign markets.”Said Ante Fumić, when launching the portal a year ago.Day by day, The Plitvice Times project positioned itself excellently on the media scene, knocking out the first perfume as an authentic and unique souvenir. Yes, a perfume, and not just any perfume, but a premium perfume based on orchids, moss and plums that grow in the Plitvice area. The goal is to reach a million visits, we are waiting for that goal to be fulfilled. Step by step, day by day, the Plitvice Times portal will be, in fact already, the first place for all tourist information about Plitvice, Lika and the surrounding area in English.Today, the whole project has gone a step further, and the first printed edition has been presented travel magazine The Plitvice Times.The tourist magazine is the only one of its kind in the wider area of ​​Plitvice and its goal is to interest many tourists who visit the wider area of ​​Plitvice every day with the interesting content of the surrounding destinations. “The Plitvice Times, is the first and only tourist magazine that covers this area, and is intended primarily for many foreign tourists who come here, but also for all potential visitors who are just planning their trip, because it will come to life on the online platform. The goal is to present to the readers all the beauties and experiences of this area and to interest them to stay longer in Plitvice.”Point out the editorial board of the tourist magazine The Plitvice Times.The first printed edition brings fresh information, many interesting stories, beautiful photos and personal experiences, so you can read articles about the abandoned air base Željava, the castle in Ozalj, an active vacation at the foot of Plješivica, an emotional story from Rastoke, but also little-known facts about orchids and a perfume created in honor of that valuable plant. ”“Humans of Plitvice ”is a category in which tourists who enjoy their touring experiences are prominent, and local people from the Plitvice area are not forgotten, so this time you will find the story of Tamara, a travel blogger who travels to the world from Plitvice. You can also find out the connection between the planetarily popular Oprah Winfrey and Plitvice, as well as why Italian Vogue chose this place for its special photoshoot. “They conclude in their statement.Otherwise, the magazine will be published according to the seasons, and the next issue is expected in January 2019. Of course, it is important to emphasize that the portal and the magazine are exclusively in English, and it is planned to start with other languages, especially Chinese.We need such entrepreneurs and ambassadors of Croatian tourismBut to get back to the beginning of the story again, the team behind the whole project bravely set off, they didn’t wait for the right moment because it’s never there, the right moment is always now. They set out to test the idea in the market and see how the whole project would develop. And that is a very important entrepreneurial message. Just get going, even though the project fails, you tried, you did your best, but you didn’t sit in the safety of your couch and whine on Facebook. Trust me, if the project ends ingloriously, you will learn a lot, mostly so far and meet some new people as well as open some new doors.And again, going to the print edition of a magazine in Croatia is crazy for most, both because of the high production costs and the chaos on the media scene, not to mention future potential sponsors to make the whole project financially worthwhile.Be like the team from The Plitvice Times. The right moment is now. Go and set clear goals, not desires. It’s one thing to want something, it’s another when you set clear goals for yourself.What is your new travel story?Related news:“THE PLITVICE TIMES” – THE FIRST TOURIST MAGAZINE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROMOTING STORIES FROM ALL OVER THE CHARACTERPLITVICE GOT ITS PREMIUM PERFUME AS A TOURIST AUTHENTIC SOUVENIRlast_img read more