Virtuoso 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 stories
VBMS has expanded its subsea cable storage and handling facilities as it looks to provide its clients with a one-stop shop for subsea power cable installation and repair solutions.The Boskalis subsidiary has opened a new ISPC-certified cable storage facility at the port of Vlissingen in the Netherlands with a 2,300-meter-long quay for on- and offloading and direct access to the North Sea.This is VBMS’ third cable storage facility besides the ones in the Port of Rotterdam area (Dordrecht and Moerdijk, the Netherlands).Rick van Bruggen, repairs manager, said: “Our key drivers for reducing costs for our clients are our flexibility, fast response time and our in-house capabilities. This new facility enables us to meet the growing demand for strategic spare parts management and rapid deployment when, for example, a cable has failed and minimising downtime is critical.”Additionally, VBMS has completed the construction of a subsea cable storage and splicing facility at the port of Rotterdam, in collaboration with Blue Offshore. This new facility comprises of two turntables, a jointing habitat and a range of equipment through which cables can be offloaded from and transferred and loaded onto floating barges or vessels.
Stepping up after the injuries to AnnMarie Brown and Taylor Wurtz, Jacki Gulczynski has became a scoring and rebounding machine in her sophomore season.[/media-credit]It’s often said life can work in mysterious ways, and everything – whether good or bad – happens for a reason. Even the most disappointing, heartbreaking moments can have a lining of silver behind them that is not at first visible.When the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-13, 3-8 Big Ten) lost both Taylor Wurtz and AnnMarie Brown to season-ending injuries earlier in the season, any possible silver lining appeared to be hidden behind the cloud of darkness as a result of the injuries. But the brief stint of darkness was shattered when sophomore forward Jacki Gulczynski burst onto the scene for the Badgers.Two games after Wurtz sat out for the first time, Gulczynski scored in double-figures for the first time in her two-year career, notching 14 against Marquette. Since that game, Gulczynski has gone on a rampage, scoring double-digits in 17 straight games including the victory over Marquette. She is also the second-leading scorer on the Badgers averaging 12.4 points per game, a mark good for 14th in the Big Ten.When asked whether she thought she would be in this scoring role at the beginning of the season, Gulczynski was quite humble and team-oriented in her reply.“Anything can happen,” Gulczynski said. “If I were to say at the beginning of the year that [being the second leader scorer] was my main goal, it wasn’t. I just seemed to come into this role and kind of do whatever my team really needed from me.”Gulczynski has not only stepped up this season with a short roster, but she has surprised many, especially with performances like she recorded last Thursday at Ohio State. Despite a 65-59 double-overtime loss to the Buckeyes, Gulczynski tallied a career-high in both points and rebounds with 32 and 15 respectively, her sixth double-double of the season.Even head coach Bobbie Kelsey was somewhat taken aback by such a dominating performance, but now says she expects more from Gulcznski with only nine active players.“I knew she was capable, but you never know until kids are in those situations whether they’re going to step up or not. It’s nice to see her step up because now we can hold her to that standard. We depend on her to do it because she has to,” Kelsey said.A year ago, Kelsey would have had trouble believing in and depending on Gulczynski, but what a difference a year makes. Gulczynski is the most improved scorer in the Big Ten this season, averaging 9.9 points better per game than she did last season. The 6-foot-1 forward is also third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage – it’s not just Wisconsin men’s basketball that has long-range post players. And with the level of consistency Gulczynski is showing, Kelsey has reason to depend on her young forward.But what has made the difference in Gulczynski’s breakout season? Well, according to assistant coach Alysiah Bond, whom Gulczynski works closely with, it’s confidence and the right attitude.“She’s more experienced, and she basically made her mind up that, ‘This is my opportunity.’ Her confidence has grown from game to game,” Bond said. “She got off to a bit of a slow start production wise, but I think she just needed to be reminded of what she is capable of. Not just talking about it, but she’s going out and showing it and done so with consistency.”That right attitude includes Gulczynski’s work ethic, which has allowed her to refine her shooting motion through many extra hours in the gym. Whether by herself, or with Bond rebounding for her, Gulczynski has proven to herself, coaches and teammates she is willing to do the work to become a better player and shooter. Nowhere has that been more evident than in the points column of the 17 most recent box scores for Gulczynski.Bond had a recent talk with Gulczynski about her expectations for this season and the upcoming ones, but said she had no worries about Gulczynski’s potential because of her drive to be better.“I never try to put a ceiling on what someone is capable of. If they put it all together, you can see glimpses. What never leaves her is her ability to knock down shots. She’s a post player, yet her stroke is sweet. Her stroke is mean. If you come in the gym and watch her she can consistently knock down shots, and she can do so outside the three, obviously,” Bond said.“When you just look at the numbers from left to right on the season, you see consistency. You see high numbers. Anytime someone can be near 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the line you know you’re really onto something. So she has that ability. You can see with all the different ways she can score that it opens up the doors for that to happen.”So whether Wisconsin finishes first or last this season, when the final whistle blows, the Badgers will have solace in knowing their future is bright. Bright from the spark Gulczynski has lit under the Badgers this season, lining their once gloomy skies with silver. Perhaps gold is not too far in the future.