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

All COVID-19 patients in W. Java military academy have recovered: TNI

first_img“As of today, everyone has recovered; there are no patients left,” Nefra said as quoted by The first confirmed COVID-19 cases at the school were detected in July after two cadets sought medical attention for symptoms that were seemingly unrelated to the disease.  “One of them complained about boils, if I’m not mistaken, some sort of infection. Whereas the other officer [complained] about back problems,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Andika Perkasa said last month.However, their swab test results came back positive for COVID-19, triggering widespread testing at the school and leading to the discovery of hundreds of more cases. The cluster resulted in Indonesia’s highest one-day spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, with 2,657 cases. (dpk)Topics : All COVID-19 patients from the Army’s Officer Candidate School (Secapa) cluster in Bandung, West Java, have recovered, the Army announced on Saturday.Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Nefra Firdaus said all 1,308 COVID-19 patients no longer had the diseases as of Saturday when the swab test results of the last four patients in the cluster were released.last_img read more

FL man jailed for road-rage attack, allegedly spit food in woman’s mouth

first_imgA Florida man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly spitting food into a woman’s mouth during a road-rage incident.Deputies arrested 61-year-old David Paul Wipperman on felony battery charges in connection to the Oct. 29., incident.According to an arrest report, Wipperman got into a road rage incident with an unidentified woman that evening.He reportedly exited his truck and approached the woman’s vehicle.The woman rolled down her window and attempted to apologize to Wipperman.But Wipperman reportedly spit the food he was chewing at her, then opened her car door and screamed at her.It is unclear at this time why Wipperman’s arrest occurred several weeks after the incident.Wipperman remains in jail as of Friday morning.last_img read more

USG holds seminar for new students

first_imgUSC’s Undergraduate Student Government hosted an open meeting between campus administrators and new spring admits and transfer students on Thursday night.Held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, the meeting aimed to give new students the opportunity to voice their concerns about housing, academics and more.At the meeting was a panel of representatives from organizations with an interest in improving the undergraduate experiences of spring admits and transfer students.Both Lynette Merriman, the assistant provost for support and advocacy, and Nahid Razavi, assistant dean of student development programs, were on the panel. Orientation coordinators Elizabeth Mitchell and Irvin Jerez were in attendance as well. Rini Sampath and Christine Hennes,     co-directors of USG External Affairs, moderated the meeting.The first topic addressed was the lack of communication between the university and spring admit students during the fall semester before they’re enrolled. Several students in the audience mentioned the fact that they didn’t feel that they were given enough information before officially enrolling as a student.Students suggested mentorship programs with past spring admits and greater communication with department advisors as potential solutions.Housing was another major issue brought up during the discussion.Students expressed concern over the difficulty of applying for student housing as spring admits. They told the panel that the timeline of applying for housing was too short, and asked for more information about all their options before being forced to commit to one housing option.Spring admits rarely have the option to live on campus, and many of the students in attendance believed they were missing out on the freshman experience. They felt that being forced to live far from campus, often in apartments with upperclassmen, made it difficult for them to integrate themselves into the rest of the freshman class.One solution proposed was a greater effort to place spring admits and transfers in one location to foster a sense of community.The panel also addressed the differences between orientation in the fall and in the spring. Fall orientations have many more events than orientations in the spring and are more focused on building school spirit. Due to the schedule, spring orientations are shorter and focus more on the things the students need to know, such as housing, student organizations and campus safety. The students asked for a greater effort to make spring orientations more fun.Katherine Stock, a freshman majoring in business administration, thought that knowing other students had the same concerns as she did helped alleviate some of the stress of being a spring admit.“I appreciate them listening. I appreciate the conversation and just knowing that you’re not alone,” she said. “Just knowing that with classes and with orientation everyone had the same experiences.”Brad Streicher, a freshman majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and English, felt that the discussion was a good chance to let his voice be heard and came to the event to try to improve the assimilation of spring admit students.“The spring admit process as a whole is a good opportunity for students and it’s just something that a lot of us felt could be improved,” he said. “We wanted to take the opportunity and try to voice our opinion to help other students in the future. It’s obvious that there’s some work to be done and so to know that the university is behind making changes, I think that’s something that’s really reassuring.”last_img read more