HHS to share $225 million for pandemic readiness

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was expanded Jul 13 to include additional information on how the HHS funds can be used and when they will be awarded.Jul 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government today announced plans to distribute $225 million to states for pandemic influenza preparedness, the second round of grants for that purpose this year.The money will be apportioned to all 50 states, four urban areas—New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles County—and US territories, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news release.The money comes from $350 million in emergency money passed by Congress in December, HHS officials said. In January the agency announced it would pass out $100 million in the first round of grants from that appropriation.Congress approved $3.8 billion in funds for pandemic preparedness in December, in response to President Bush’s request last fall for $7.1 billion. Lawmakers authorized another $2.3 billion in June.The $100 million in grants announced in January was intended to help states prepare and test pandemic response plans and identify gaps in preparedness, HHS said. The $225 million is to be used to begin addressing the gaps, the agency said.For some examples of how the money will be used, states will plan and test how they will make decisions about school closings, manage bans on public gatherings, and run mass clinics to give vaccinations or dispense antiviral drugs, according to Von Roebuck, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is administering the grants.States and other jurisdictions are currently receiving guidance from the CDC, and they are required to submit a plan for how they will use the money in line with the guidance, Roebuck told CIDRAP News.”August 31 is when their information is due back to us, and that’s also the award date for the funding,” he said. “What we’re asking for is a plan for how they’re going to use the money, but the availability is almost immediate in August.”In announcing the grants, HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt referred to the pandemic flu “summit meetings” he attended around the country earlier this year. “These funds will build on the work begun at the summits and help local, tribal, territorial and state public health officials as they undertake critical preparedness planning that communities must do themselves,” he said.The new grants range from $832,392 for Wyoming to $17.6 million for California. Amounts for the urban areas range from $859,299 for Washington, DC, to $6.98 million for Los Angeles County.See also: Jul 11 HHS news releaseHHS table of grant amountshttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/news/allocation.htmlJan 12, 2006, CIDRAP News story “States to share $100 million for pandemic planning”last_img read more

Canada says feed mill error suspected in BSE case

first_img The report says that if the cow had not died of mastitis, it would have shown signs of BSE in another 3 to 6 months. Canada announced in June that it would ban potentially infective cattle parts (specified risk materials) from all animal feeds, not just ruminant feeds. That ban is to take effect in July 2007. “The procedural error associated with the 16% Heifer Grower ration makes that feed the most likely source of infection,” the agency said. The government also said the cow involved died of mastitis, not BSE. The animal was showing no outward signs of BSE at the time of death, but was tested because it met other criteria for BSE testing, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported. The batch of potentially contaminated cattle feed, intended for heifers, was delivered to the farm where the cow in question was being raised and was used there, the CFIA said. The agency said an enforcement investigation is under way. The CFIA said it has increased its inspection and enforcement efforts related to the feed ban in the past year, adding about 115 staff members in those areas. In 2005, Canadian and US Department of Agriculture officials reviewed and confirmed the effectiveness of Canada’s feed ban, the agency said in a news release. See also: Investigators found 172 cattle that were born or raised on the same farm as the infected cow and might have had the same feed, the CFIA reported. Most of these were confirmed to have died or been slaughtered previously, but 38 were found still alive and were subsequently euthanized and the carcasses burned.  Four other live animals have been quarantined temporarily to allow for calving or collection of valuable genetic material and will be destroyed later. CFIA investigation report The case, reported Jul 13, was in an Alberta dairy cow born in April 2002, years after Canada’s 1997 ban on feeding of cattle parts to cattle and other ruminant animals. Because of this, the CFIA had said the cow’s feed history would be the main focus of its investigation of the case. Investigators found generally good compliance with the feed ban at all levels, the CFIA said. However, a review of records at one feed mill showed that equipment was used to process feed for nonruminant animals and then was used to process one batch of cattle feed without being cleaned in between. The feed for nonruminants contained materials banned from cattle feed. “Nonetheless, the extremely small infective dose of BSE means that even very limited opportunities for contamination may permit periodic cases,” the agency said.  “The emergence of such cases is common to almost every country reporting the disease.” Aug 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A procedural error at a feed mill might have resulted in contamination of cattle feed with banned materials and caused Canada’s seventh case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the Canadian government said yesterday.last_img read more

The World Tourism Organization has published a handbook Tips for Responsible Travelers

first_imgU povodu obilježavanja Međunarodne godine održivog turizma za razvoj, Svjetska turistička organizacija (UNWTO) pripremila je kratki priručnik Savjeti za odgovornog putnika. Priručnik je napravljen na osnovi Globalnog etičkog kodeksa za turizam Svjetske turističke organizacije koji je osnovni okvir za odgovorni i održivi turizam, a sastoji se od niza načela kojima je cilj da budu vodič glavnim sudionicima u razvoju turizma.Priručnik Savjeti za odgovornog putnika pronađite u prilogu : Savjeti za odgovornog putnikaAko strateški ne razvijamo turističke destinacije, možemo samo kratkoročno profitirati, a dugoročno uništiti destinaciju. Danas “jedna” kuna manje, sutra “pet” kuna više. Pogledajte video o odličnom dokumentarcu o utjecaju masivnog turizma, backpackera tj. trčanjem samo za novcem ne razmišljajući što i kako sutra- Grigo trails.Nisu krivi turisti što goli hodaju po Hvaru niti što su cijelu noć pijani i bučni u Novalji, krivi smo mi jer smo im to dopustili. Zašto to ne rade u Londonu? Zato jer ne smiju i postoje pravila ponašanja.last_img read more

Do we finally provide our guests with parking?

first_imgWe are constantly breaking tourist records, and this year we have crossed the magic limit of 100 million overnight stays. Statistically excellent and it is certainly a great success of the whole sector, but regardless of the whole euphoria, you need to be honest, open your eyes and talk openly and argumentatively about all the challenges.One of the challenges is certainly the awareness and the need to provide parking for guests. A logical and banal, but again so neglected problem. Why is there still a chronic lack of parking in our tourist destinations. When we invite guests to leave their Euros in our destinations, I wonder: Can’t we provide them with the most basic thing – parking?Again, due to the non-strategic development of our tourist destinations, the only thing that has grown in the past 20 years are accommodation capacities. The entire infrastructure did not follow this development, from the sewerage to the electricity network, so HEP sends us notifications every season not to turn on the air conditioning because the whole system is overloaded. Also, the beaches have remained the same, parking is declining, and destinations are suddenly rapidly increasing in population due to the arrival of tourists. All this is a huge burden on the entire infrastructure of the tourist destination, and the analysis of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce speaks in favor of that – “Simulation of food and beverage consumption in August“. Thus, Nin and Medulin are Croatian record holders in terms of population growth during the summer. According to the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the population of these cities increases by almost five and a half times during the summer season due to tourists, ie the number of inhabitants in Nin jumps by 461 percent in August, while the population of Medulin increases by 447 percent. Also, population growth in, say, Split-Dalmatia County ranges from 38 percent to as much as 123 percent in Istria County.Every year we witness cities cracking at the seams, especially this summer season, so it’s just a matter of how much the numbers can still grow without investing in infrastructure. But let’s get back to the topic of this article – parking. First I wonder where all that money that cities make goes? Secondly, does that thing really hurt us so much for our guests that we can’t even provide them with parking. Yes, it is best that the guests do not even come, but only to send money.If we care about our guests, shouldn’t we care where they will park their vehicles, ie will they be able to park in the destination at all? We are still primarily a destination where in most cases tourists come by car, even if guests come by plane they should use transport to the accommodation, whether public transport, taxi or car rental during the year. Now, if someone travels five to ten hours to our destination and knows that it will be difficult to find parking at the start we have a big problem. Before dipping his feet into the sea, he already has a negative perception and stress in his head.If we talk about destinations that develop primarily through tourism – live from tourism, especially those in Dalmatia whose space is further cramped due to the highway, why none of these destinations such as Vodice, Trogir, Biograd na Moru, etc. kup did not buy land above the highway and provide tourists with parking? If we are talking about destinations that have money, live from tourism and tourists, shouldn’t that be in their interest?First: They would solve the problem of incredible congestion, and thus rapidly reduce pollution as well as noise in citiesSecured parking would solve a big problem for tourists because they would know that they do not have to look for parking after “ten” hours of driving to the destination, which is extremely frustrating. It is clear to you that tourists when they finally come to the destination, all they want is to settle down and refresh themselves in the sea, especially if you are traveling with children, and not again looking for hours for parking. Here I immediately ask the hosts in the family accommodation: Do you greet them with a cold welcome drink and some indigenous snack?Secured parking would show that you care about tourists, reduce crowds in the city / destination, guests would go down to the destination by electric vehicles, and thus encourage environmental and sustainable development in combination with electric benches, smart city, LED lighting, organic products etc.… Also, there comes efficient public transport as well as various forms of integrated transport such as public bicycle system, car sharing services, rickshaws, segway… the story is only spreading in one other direction. Speaking of which, why don’t we have a fast and efficient “boat” line, ie electric boats, which connect destinations by sea, so as not to burden the roads. We have boats, we have an electric motor, it’s just a matter of implementation. Again, not to go on big ships, but on small boats which are our tradition and which would employ a lot more people.Second: We will encourage guests to move and explore the whole region / destination If there was no problem with parking, guests would use their cars more often without fear of having to look for parking again, and would free them up and encourage them to move by car to visit and experience the surrounding destinations. By doing so, they would have a much better experience of the whole region. Certainly how guests want to experience as much as possible, and one destination cannot provide them with all seven days. In the end, the only thing that matters is how the guest feels at the end of their vacation, ie whether they are satisfied with the destination or not, and whether they will come back and recommend it. We have to care, that’s a key element.Did we live up to expectations? Or maybe surpassed? What is good and what is not good in the destination? What do guests want? Ask them, they are with you, this is your best free research. My first encounter with tourism was through animation in tourism. As an animator, I communicated with the guests every day and I knew everything that was good and what was not in the hotel, camp, destination. Unfortunately, then, and as far as I can see today, the management still has no ear to listen to its guests, of course honoring the positive exceptions. We have to start dealing with tourism, and not live on rent, so we sell forms without content.Third: Increasing tourist spendingAlso, if we would provide parking to our tourists, it would further encourage tourist spending, precisely through increased guest mobility. Of course, nights and arrivals should be counted, but I wonder why no one counts tourist spending, ie non-board consumption, which is more important than the numbers of overnight stays. On the contrary, it is crucial for understanding tourism, because the goal of tourism is to increase the quality of life of the local population and to spend as much and as much local participants as possible on the local economy, not just to earn some and ultimately make money from tourism.Win-win, right? But first we must care about tourists and the strategic development of tourism.Some cities such as Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar have started this year with applications for public transport, but this is just the tip of the iceberg because the problem is complex, and it is impossible to solve the whole problem with one intervention. We need to look at the bigger picture and close the whole circle. Tourism is extremely dynamic, complex, heterogeneous, multidisciplinary and connects various industries vertically and horizontally. That is why it is complex and must not be developed by inertia or accident, but only strategically and sustainably.Let’s start from the beginning and provide parking for our guests.PS This has nothing to do with the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB, because the cities themselves are in charge of the development of tourist destinations.


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Great new collaboration! Development of health tourism in Lika

first_imgToday in Rijeka, the Agreement on Cooperation between the Lika Destination Cluster and the Kvarner Health Health Tourism Cluster was signed.Excellent cooperation and synergy between the two clusters whose cooperation is certainly a new step in the tourism development of Croatia. The more such connections and cooperation, the better, because it directly affects the quality of the tourist product as well as the complete tourist story.On this occasion, the President of the Lika Destination Cluster and the leader of the LIKA LAG Tomislav Kovačević expressed his satisfaction with the launch of cooperation in the segment of health tourism which, due to exceptional cleanliness and healthy nature and food in Lika destination, certainly has a future. With numerous segments of tourism that the Lika Destination Cluster is developing, health tourism has not been represented so far, and cooperation with the Kvarner cluster and the area that has centuries of experience in health tourism is just the beginning of this story.Doc.dr.sc. Vladimir Mozetič, President of the Kvarner Health Cluster, also pointed out a number of benefits that will be possible through synergy. Apart from its beauty, the Kvarner destination is known and recognizable for its modern health facilities and services that extend the tourist season. The leader of the Lika Destination Cluster Petra Butković spoke about the importance of this cooperation in the gastronomic offer segment, emphasizing the possible placement of Lika Quality food on the tourist market of Kvarner, which was also supported by Mr. Alfrend Franković, Kvarner cluster leader. He further emphasized other potentials and benefits of future cooperation, such as joint participation in EU projects, joint market presence and the like.One of the problems when we talk about the development of health tourism is certainly the non-existence of a complete tourist product. It all comes down to the individual efforts of individual clinics, which invest their own resources, turn from necessity into tourist boards and DMC agencies, just to offer tourists the whole package, which is neither logical nor natural. Healthcare facilities need to be what they are and the best at it, not worry about what the guest will be doing seven days in the destination.This cooperation is the right path of quality development and a great example of how cooperation can generate new value. Lika is certainly a great authentic tourist story, as well as LAG Lika who are pioneers in the strategic development and branding of Lika as an authentic destination. This cooperation offers clinics exactly what they need, a quality and authentic tourist product, ie content during the rehabilitation period, because it is certain that clients should be offered content, and not to be in a hotel for three days. Lika as a destination is certainly unique and authentic, especially through its natural resources and food, and necessary to complete the whole story about health tourism.The INTEGRA LIKA 2020 project, which is the initiator of the entire development of Lika and the sub-Velebit region, today confirms the vision and systematic work of LAG LIKA, which initiated the establishment of the Lika Destination Cluster and the LIKA COOP Cooperative, which will also find interest in selling Lika products in the Kvarner area. .Related news:HEALTH TOURISM – AN OPPORTUNITY WE MUST NOT MISSLAG LIKA AS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT AND BRANDING OF LIKA AS AN INDIGENOUS TOURIST DESTINATION   EUR 860.000 APPROVED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH TOURISM IN KVARNERlast_img read more

Fiumare – Kvarner Festival of the Sea and Maritime Tradition becomes a kind of time machine in the authentic locations of the Delta – Dead Channel and Verdi Street

first_imgFrom the first post, I emphasize the same thing, let’s respect ourselves, our tradition, identity, culture, history… because only if we respect ourselves, others will respect us. Especially when we talk about tourism, because the very motive of travel is to get to know a new way and culture of living, which draws the logical hypothesis that authenticity is the very essence of tourism.Exactly one such great tourist story takes place in Kvarner, more precisely in Rijeka, as part of “Fiumare” – Kvarner Festival of the Sea and Maritime Tradition, which takes place from May 30 to June 6 in Rijeka. Connecting the maritime and trade tradition of the past with today’s everyday life, Fiumare will once again be a kind of time machine in the authentic locations of the Dead Channel and Verdi Street, and along the Promenade, traditional boats will occupy the entire Rijeka waters and port.The goals of the Fiumara event are the promotion of Rijeka and Kvarner through the presentation and valorization of heritage potentials in the field of maritime, fishing and traditional shipbuilding by organizing a number of attractive events, but also the presentation of Kvarner destinations with their specific eco-ethno products. In addition to preserving and revitalizing the maritime heritage, Fiumari aims to strengthen the potential of cultural tourism in Rijeka, but also to connect Rijeka as a natural and historical center of Kvarner with other destinations, which further valorizes all heritage potentials of the region.Wooden boats on sails anchored in the Dead Channel, traders and craftsmen in traditional costumes from all over Kvarner, interactive workshops of maritime and fishing skills, promotion of old customs, gastronomic offer of indigenous dishes and wines, organized tours of historical locations of the city center, regattas of traditional boats on sails, exhibitions, lectures, open deck days and museums… are just some of the programs offered by Fiumare. Download the Fiumare festival program HEREFiumare – Kvarner Festival of the Sea and Maritime Tradition is becoming a kind of time machine in the authentic locations of the Delta – Dead Channel and Verdi Street – a junction with the market and harbor.Opatija guc OP 552 from 1895 was declared the most original boat of the 7th Fiumare festival”Opatija guc” is a characteristic boat for transporting tourists at a time when oars and wind were used to drive boats. The purpose of this boat was exclusively tourist, so its restoration is very valuable as a reminder of the centuries-old tradition of “barkariola”. Opatija’s guc deserves a return to the regular tourist offer of the Opatija Riviera as a kind of “gondola” of the Riviera, in fact, it is insane that it is not long ago.last_img read more

Croatia declared a tourist destination in Quebec in 2018

first_imgThat 2018 is extremely successful for Croatian tourism is confirmed by the last great recognition, ie the award that our country won for destination in 2018 in the choice Associations of travel agents Quebec (L’Association des Agents deVoyages du Quebec – AAVQ). The ceremonial and sixth in a row award ceremony “Uni-Vers” was held last night at the Théâtre Rialto in Montreal, and Croatia was declared the best destination in the strong competition consisting of Portugal, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The award was accepted by Ina Rodin, Director of the CNTB Representation in New York, which also covers the Canadian market.  Ina Rodin also announces the continuation of positive trends from the Canadian market next year. “ŠRegarding the estimate of the total number of arrivals and overnight stays from the Canadian market in the next year, further growth of travel to Croatia is expected at a growth rate of at least 20 percent.  The estimates are based on the forecast for the recovery of the Canadian economy, the strong contribution of direct flights connecting Toronto with Zagreb and Split, and the general growth of interest in travel to Croatia. “, Rodin concluded.Photo: Pexels.com / HrTurizam.hr IllustrationThe Quebec Travel Agents Association (AAVQ) was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit association with free membership for all representatives and entities operating in the travel industry. The goal of the association is to protect and improve the legal rights of members, as well as to encourage the quality of work among members in order to meet all customer expectations.  In the previous part of the year, they realized more than 170 thousand arrivals and 470 thousand overnight stays, which compared to the same period last year represents an increase of 24 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays. The CNTB points out that Croatia’s even stronger positioning in distant markets will be one of the key strategic goals in the coming year.last_img read more

The first edition of the national congress exchange MEETEX begins

first_imgReljić notes that the second edition of MEETEX is also planned. “Organizers, partners, and we believe that all exhibitors and customers want and expect the continuation of MEETEX, ie implementation in 2020 and beyond. But at the moment it is our priority and we are fully committed to excellence in the organization and implementation of the first MEETEX”, He concluded. MEETEX team Photo: meetex.eu It is expected that over 1200 business meetings one-on-one will be held during the two working days of the congress exchange, and the working part of MEETEX will be moderated by domestic and foreign experts in the field of business tourism. The participants will also have at their disposal informal socializing, but also an opportunity to experience Zagreb as a high-quality destination for business tourism. The first national congress fair called “MEETEX – Croatian Meeting Experience Summit” will be held in Zagreb’s The Westin from March 19 to 21. The event will bring together 60 foreign business customers, ie specialized agencies, corporations and international professional associations, organized by the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT) and the company Innovative Events. Croatia is one of the leading congress and incentive destinations in this part of Europe and certainly has a lot to offer to international buyers and organizers of business meetings. It is important to mention and recall the action plan for the development of congress tourism announced by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli at the end of 2016. According to the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020, the product of business meetings is considered one of the potentially important tourist products of Croatia. Namely, despite occasional oscillations, market trends indicate a globally stable growth of this product, which is reflected in the performance in Croatia, the Ministry of Tourism points out. In accordance with the set umbrella goals, Croatia intends to attract around one million participants in business meetings by 2020 and, by increasing their average spending, have a positive impact on increasing revenues from congress tourism. “This type of stock exchange is extremely useful for Croatian congress tourism because in this way foreign buyers / organizers are brought directly to the destination, which is the best way to personally make sure that our products and services in this segment are very high quality, competitive in European and world markets. and give value for money”, Said Slaven Reljić, PR and marketing manager of MEETEX. The action plan for the development of congress tourism was created in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and the Institute of Tourism, in order to contribute to achieving global recognition in the tourism market, market repositioning from the destination of sun and sea to offer a variety of authentic content and experiences enriching the tourism production portfolio in order to increase the number of tourist arrivals and tourist consumption. More information about the MEETEX congress exchange can be found HERE. The primary goal of MEETEX is to connect Croatian providers and foreign buyers from the business tourism segment. Among foreign buyers are representatives from Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. As many as 72 exhibitors from Croatia will present their offer, and 56 of them will be representatives of hotel companies, PCO (Professional Congress Organizer) and DMC (Destination Management Company) and tourist boards. The other 16 exhibitors will be representatives of companies providing technical and production services in business tourism.last_img read more

Log in to the digital catalog of rural tourism moj-seoski.hr

first_imgIf we want change for the better, we can only achieve that through synergy, proactivity and looking forward. The status quo is not getting us anywhere. Sign up, According to unofficial estimates, there are between 500 and 800 rural tourism service providers in Croatia. However, continuous changes in various ordinances and regulations, a large volume of often unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy, and the fact that their activities are regulated by two ministries, are a major problem for rural tourism. The application will present the tourist offer of Croatian regions, enable free promotion of agricultural holdings, most of which, due to limited resources and availability of information and communication technologies, are not able to present their agricultural products and tourist services offered on their farms and thus remain less accessible to domestic and foreign tourism market. RELATED NEWS: HOW TO PROMOTE RURAL TOURISM? HERE’S HOW THEY DO IT IN SWITZERLAND The application application is located on this one connectors.center_img The purpose of the application, which is an integral part of the website of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, is the promotion of agricultural holdings engaged in some form of tourism and hospitality.  The Ministry of Tourism has developed the moj-seoski.hr application with the aim of establishing a digital catalog of rural tourism in the Republic of Croatia. By the way, this is old news, more precisely from January this year, but as so far very few accommodation providers in rural tourism have signed up for it, and the Ministry of Tourism has not promoted the entire platform, we once again invite all holders of rural tourism on farms to sign up for the moj-seoski.hr application and use the opportunities to promote your offer. SMALL SCHOOL ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS AND CONNECTION WITH TOURISMlast_img read more

The program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry 2020” was canceled for this year

first_imgCompetitiveness of the tourism industry “for 2019 Given the emergency situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the country, the Ministry of Tourism reports that the funds earmarked for the implementation of the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” for 2020 are redirected to implement liquidity measures for entrepreneurs in the tourism sector.  Namely, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development concluded an “Agreement on Business Cooperation in the Implementation of Liquidity Measures for Entrepreneurs in the Tourism Sector”, which enabled the approval of HBOR’s direct interest-free loans. Find out more about the “Agreement on business cooperation in the implementation of liquidity measures for entrepreneurs in the tourism sector” HEREcenter_img Up to HRK 600 million is available, and the funds are intended for subsidized lending to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with registered accommodation activities (hotels, resorts, camps, other accommodation), food and beverage preparation and serving activities (restaurants, catering, other preparation activities) and food service), rental of water transport vehicles and travel agencies and tour operators. Furthermore, the MINT points out that all beneficiaries of the “Competitiveness of the Tourism Economy” program for 2019 are informed that the submission of Final Reports for co-financed projects in 2019 is postponed until further notice, while information on new deadlines will be published on the Ministry’s website. tourism.last_img read more