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

Injuries, opt-outs force Jags to retool D-line sans Ngakoue

first_img First Published: 14th August, 2020 10:22 IST LIVE TV Associated Press Television News If or when Yannick Ngakoue returns to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the disgruntled defensive end will need several introductions.The Jaguars have been forced to revamp their defensive line during the first two weeks of training camp, and they don’t appear done.Veteran run-stopper Timmy Jernigan visited Jacksonville on Wednesday and is undergoing COVID-19 testing before he can take a physical and potentially sign. Jernigan played in just 13 games over the past two seasons because of neck and foot injuries. He reportedly reached agreement on a one-year, $3.25 million deal with Houston in April, but he didn’t end up signing with the Texans.If he lands with the Jaguars, he would be the fourth defensive lineman to do so in the past week — joining Carl Davis, Josh Mauro and Caraun Reid.“I’m not going to say it’s not a concern, right?” coach Doug Marrone said. “That would be ridiculous. It would be a lack of awareness. Yes, it’s a concern.”Jacksonville is down seven guys along its defensive front, with four of them likely out for the season. Veterans Al Woods and Lerentee McCray opted out because of the coronavirus pandemic. Second-year pro Dontavius Russell (hip) and fellow defensive tackle Brian Price (knee) were hurt in the opening days of camp and placed on injured reserve.Defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, who signed a three-year, $18 million contract in free agency, has yet to practice after starting camp on the non-football injury list. And rookie pass-rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, the 20th overall pick in April’s draft, is sidelined with a strained hamstring.And then there’s Ngakoue, the only franchise-designated player in the league who chose not to sign his one-year tender this summer. Ngakoue is due to make $17.8 million in 2020 under the franchise tag, and it’s hard to fathom him passing on hefty paychecks to continue making his point.Ngakoue didn’t get the long-term deal he wanted and lashed out at the franchise publicly, first demanding a trade in March and then ripping the owner’s son a month later.It’s unclear where the Jaguars and Ngakoue stand now, although general manager Dave Caldwell said they spoke earlier this week after Ngakoue fired his agent.“I’m going to not speak for Yan out of respect for him,” Caldwell said. “He’s earned the right. He played his contract out. He played four years and he’s earned the right to do what’s best for him and his family.”Ngakoue ranks second in franchise history with 37½ sacks in four seasons, and Jacksonville believes it could have one of the better pass-rusher trios in the league with Ngakoue, Chaisson and Josh Allen, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. It hinges on Ngakoue reversing course and deciding to play for the team that drafted him in the third round in 2016.“Obviously, he’s a guy that we know what he brings to the table,” Caldwell said. “His coaches love him. His teammates love him. We all love his energy. The fan base loves him. Ideally, we would love to have him here, but I will let him speak on his behalf of what is going on, and I know that he’s making some calculated decisions.”Jacksonville retooled its roster after last season, parting ways with several high-priced veterans in an effort to create salary cap space and change the team’s chemistry and culture following consecutive last-place finishes in the AFC South.Veteran defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus were included in the purge that thrust former first-round pick Taven Bryan, Abry Jones and Allen into more prominent roles and opened spots for some newcomers.Injuries and opt-outs have created even more turnover — and maybe a need for name tags in the position group.“Just every year, unfortunately, we have good people leave, some people I really see as friends and brothers and stuff like that,” Jones said. “But we always continue to bring great people in. It’s always good to meet new people, new young guys, new vets from around the league to just pass on the knowledge of the game.”Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 10:22 IST Injuries, Opt-outs Force Jags To Retool D-line Sans Ngakoue The Jaguars have been forced to revamp their defensive line during the first two weeks of training camp, and they don’t appear done SUBSCRIBE TO US Written Bylast_img read more