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Very successful positioning of Croatia at Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas

first_imgVirtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas is the most important tourist event on the American continent, which is held every year in August and brings together cream of cream world luxury tourism. Exactly the 29th Virtuoso Travel Week recorded a record attendance – 5.670 participants from 103 countries, of which 2.714 were travel agents and 2.404 preferential partners.According to the CNTB, representatives of the CNTB Head Office and the CNTB New York office held numerous meetings with tour operators, travel agencies and other travel advisors, as well as cruising companies from the USA, Canada and Latin America and introduced them to the Croatian tourist offer, the role and activities of the CNTB and opportunities for cooperation in order to raise awareness of Croatia as an attractive and safe European and Mediterranean destination and increase tourist traffic from these markets.Membership and activities in cooperation with Virtuos are a priority for the promotion of Croatia, growth of tourist traffic, increasing the competitiveness of the offer and improving the quality of service and positioning Croatia on the map of world luxury destinations, the CNTB points out. Istria, Kvarner Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board and Virtuoso representatives of the Croatian tourism industry, Croatia is among the most sought after Virtuoso destinations with a growth in demand of about 25%.Lošinj Hotels & Villas became a new member of VirtuosThis year’s Virtuoso Travel week is extremely important for Croatia because we got a new member of Virtuoso, Boutique Hotel Alhambra – Lošinj Hotels & Villas, which is the biggest recognition for the last three years of demanding but very productive cooperation with Virtuoso. In addition to the CNTB and the Alhambra Hotel, the Croatian members of Virtuos are: Calvados Club, Fortuna Travel, Hotel Villa Dubrovnik and Le Meridien Lav Hotel.A big surprise of Virtuoso Travel Week is the recognition of the CNTB for successful cooperation and the proclamation of the CNTB Representative Ina Ina Rodin as the Ambassador of the Year of Virtuos and the awarding of the eponymous award during the 2017 Virtuoso Alliances meeting.With more than 16 tourism advisors worldwide and a portfolio of almost 1.700 partners (hotels and resorts, airlines, cruise companies, onsite travel agencies and tourist boards) and with an annual turnover of more than 21 billion US dollars, Virtuos is the most important organization in the luxury travel segment.Authenticity and experience One of Virtuoso’s unofficial slogans, as Matthew D. Upchurch points out, is the CEO next “A Virtuoso offers what you cannot see, but will feel forever.“It is precisely our greatest value that is our incredible diversity and authenticity, and yet on the other hand we continue to sell sun and sea. We are full of experiences, our authentic stories, and the motive of the trip is to get to know new ways and culture of living. The biggest responsibility lies with the local tourist boards, which unfortunately do not develop strategically or sustainably. Tourist destinations (cities, counties, so-called) develop local tourism, ie tourist destinations, while CNTB and MINT are on a global level and as a platform or extended arm to the entire sector.Everyone has known and talked for years, even Virtuoso, and it has always been so, tourism is emotions, experiences and stories. Let’s tell storieslast_img read more


Lending collector robbed

first_imgBACOLOD City – Cash amounting to P7,500and a motorcycle were stolen from a lending collector in Barangay Maricalum,Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. The 26-year-old Reynaldo Fabillar ofBarangay Culipapa, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental complained of having beenrobbed, police said. At gunpoint, the armed man forced Fabillarto hand over his money around 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. The suspects also took Fabillar’smotorcycle and sped away after. Officers of the Siplay City conducted amanhunt operation against the suspects./PN Fabillar told the police he was juststanding along the road on Thursday when two armed men stopped next to him.last_img read more


White House Organizes Social Media Summit Without FB, Google, Twitter

first_imgThe White House has scheduled a social media summit for Thursday afternoon, but representatives from the industry’s largest platforms are not expected to be in attendance.According to reports, Facebook, Twitter and Google’s Alphabet were not invited. YouTube, which is owned by Google, apparently did not receive an invitation either.Based on the confirmed list of attendees, the event will most likely focus on exploring and discussing recent allegations of censorship and anti-conservative political bias by the aforementioned outlets.These are the confirmed attendees:Prager U: a conservative political nonprofit that produces short videos. Prager U filed a lawsuit against YouTube for allegedly censoring its content and discriminating against the organization, after YouTube put more than 100 PragerU videos on its restricted list for content that allegedly violates its terms of service.Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe: He is known for exposing alleged corruption on the left using undercover interview tactics.The Heritage Foundation: A conservative think-tank.The Media Research Center: A media bias watchdog which has a self-described mission to “expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media.”Turning Point USA: A conservative youth organization.Additionally, cartoonist Ben Garrison was reportedly invited and then uninvited to the summit. The White House rescinded the invitation due to criticism that his cartoons were anti-Semitic. In response, Garrison defended his cartoon, and added that his presence “would be a media distraction from the President’s message.”President Trump has repeatedly threatened to take legal and regulatory actions against various internet platforms, including Facebook and Google, as he believes they are attempting to influence voters against him leading up to the 2020 election. He has also accused Twitter of encouraging users to stop following him because he is a Republican.The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission both recently opened investigations into Google and Facebook.Also, the White House launched an online reporting tool last May that allows social media users to report incidents of alleged political bias.last_img read more


Senior Living: going behind the counter with the senior center kitchen staff

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — The Alpena Senior Citizens Center provides meals for seniors throughout the area every week.It’s a tall task but the staff work hard to make sure every meal is delicious and nutritious. The kitchen staff provides the fuel for area seniors day in and day out. They make between 1,500 and 1,700 meals each week, whether it’s at the senior center or through the ‘Meals on Wheels’ program. The seniors make them feel appreciated for their good cooking.“If it wasn’t for the drivers, if it wasn’t for the front of the house, we wouldn’t see anybody, we wouldn’t have the meals,” said Theresa McMaster, kitchen assistant. “It makes your heart just… It’s a good feeling.”McMaster has been providing different dishes for the past four years, and she knows that it’s not all business, all the time.“We’ve got a good team back here, and we have a lot of fun,” said McMaster. “We do a lot of joking as you can tell, and it just makes the days go fast, and it makes us know that what we’re doing is really going to benefit somebody.”A happy staff makes a happy meal, and that’s what you can expect out of the senior center kitchen every day.“We all pull together when we need to, and everybody helps each other out, so it’s a nice place to work,” said kitchen assistant Heather Styma.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Center, Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Eating, food, Kitchen, Meals, Meals on Wheels, SeniorsContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Wednesday, May 15Next Student art gallery opens at Besser Museumlast_img read more