Officials urge high-risk groups to get flu shots soon

first_img The CDC recently estimated that Chiron would produce 18 million to 26 million doses for the US market this year. Today Gerberding said Chiron is on track to supply vaccine, but she declined to estimate how much. “We have no reason to be concerned about that, but we’re making no firm statements until we know more,” she said. Schaffner suggested that some healthcare workers don’t understand they are in a priority group for immunization. “We need to do a better job of letting them know that the reason healthcare workers should be vaccinated is so that if they get influenza, they don’t transmit it to patients,” he said. “What they fail to realize is that after they get infected and before they get sick, for 24 or even 48 hours, they can be transmitting the flu virus to their patients.” “Just do it,” echoed William Schaffner, MD, of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, speaking at a news teleconference in Washington, DC. She said the government would provide vaccine for evacuees through the Vaccines for Children program, which provides free flu vaccine for vulnerable children such as Medicaid recipients and those in uninsured families. “By definition the evacuees are being declared uninsured at the moment and therefore eligible for Vaccines for Children vaccine,” she explained. “That [date] gives us a good, solid month to vaccinate those who need it most,” CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, said at the news conference. “We can avoid some of the problems we had last year because of the uncertainty about when the supply would be available for whom and where.” The CDC’s priority groups for vaccination include 6- to 23-month-old children, people older than 64, nursing home residents, children and adults with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, healthcare workers, and household contacts and caregivers of infants younger than 6 months. Sep 1 CIDRAP News article “CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24” Officials specifically recommended early flu shots for hurricane evacuees living in crowded shelters. “We know those are places where respiratory diseases can easily spread,” said Gerberding. In making their appeal, officials expressed confidence about this year’s flu vaccine supply. Last year the supply shrank dramatically when Chiron Corp. had to cancel delivery of 48 million doses because of contamination at its factory in Liverpool, England. “There are going to be more opportunities than ever to get vaccinated, so go out and get your flu shot,” said Mark B. McClellan, head of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in appealing particularly to Medicare recipients. See also: Gerberding said the CDC expects 60 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 8 million doses from GlaxoSmithKline, and 3 million doses from MedImmune, which makes the intranasal vaccine FluMist. “That’s a minimum of 71 million doses. Anywhere between 71 million and 90 million doses is what we’re planning for right now.” In response to a question, Gerberding said the policy of reserving flu shots for high-risk groups until Oct 24 is strictly voluntary. “We don’t regulate the distribution of vaccine, and ultimately it’s the physician’s decision about when to vaccinate,” she said. Hoven said employers should make flu immunization free and as convenient as possible for health workers. The latter typically take care of their patients before they take care of themselves, and this can result in repeatedly postponing flu vaccination, she said. “Pneumococcal disease is second only to influenza as a leading cause of death due to vaccine-preventable diseases,” Whitney said. “Severe pneumococcal infection is a common complication of influenza.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that flu shots be reserved for high-risk groups—including people living in shelters because of Hurricane Katrina—until Oct. 24. Medicare covers pneumococcal vaccine, and people can receive that shot and a flu shot at the same time, Whitney said. Adults advised to get a pneumococcal shot include those older than 64, those living in nursing homes or in crowded conditions, those with weak immunity, and those who have diabetes or heart or lung disease, she said. Only 64% of elderly people report having had the shot, she said. Officials were especially emphatic in urging flu immunization for healthcare workers, fewer than 40% of whom typically get vaccinated. Schaffner cited “the stunning fact that children 6 to 23 months old, if they get influenza, have the same high rate of hospitalization as adults 65 years and older.” “The vaccine supply this year is expected to be very good, with over 90 million doses coming online in the weeks ahead,” said Schaffner, who is chairman of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. Officials also urged vaccination against pneumococcal disease for young children and high-risk adults. Pneumococcal bacteria cause a variety of infections, including ear and sinus infections, pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections, said Cynthia G. Whitney, MD, MPH, of the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. McClellan reminded listeners that Medicare this year more than doubled the reimbursement rate for flu shots, from an average of $8 to more than $18. In addition, the government is now requiring nursing homes to vaccinate residents unless they refuse or have medical contraindications, he noted. Sep 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – National health officials made a major pitch today for healthcare workers and people most at risk for influenza and its complications to get flu shots within the next few weeks. “It’s at best embarrassing and at worst tragic that less than 50% of healthcare workers get vaccinated annually,” commented Gerberding. Officials also commented that antiviral drug treatment may be a way to prevent flu for people who can’t receive a flu shot, such as those who are allergic to eggs. Henry Bernstein, DO, of the American Academy of Pediatrics decried the “dismal” flu immunization rate of 38% for 2- to 17-year-old children with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes. The rate for 6- to 23-month-old children last year was better at 48%, but it still needs improvement, he said. “Every single doctor and nurse in America needs to make getting vaccinated a priority,” said Ardis D. Hoven, MD, a board member of the American Medical Association. She added that one study showed the vaccine was 88% effective in preventing flu in healthcare workers. Bernstein urged parents to schedule flu shots for children in high-risk groups “immediately,” and also called on their household contacts to be immunized.last_img read more

US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power

first_imgNov 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan released by the Bush administration today proposes giving the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) the power to require companies to recall unsafe foods, among a number of other steps.The food protection plan was released along with an overall Import Safety Plan, both prompted by a series of tainted imports in recent months, including chemically contaminated pet food, toys with lead paint, and seafood containing traces of unauthorized drugs.The FDA can force a prescription drug off the market by withdrawing its approval, but it currently cannot compel a company to recall a hazardous food, a fact that consumer groups have often decried. The agency has maintained that companies in the vast majority of cases recall such products voluntarily. But today officials acknowledged that the mandatory recall authority would sometimes be useful.”The mandatory recall authority that we’re requesting here would be used in situations where manufacturers don’t want to make a voluntary recall,” said Dr. David Acheson, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food safety, at an afternoon teleconference. “We’ve had situations where it hasn’t worked, where there have been delays or refusal. This allows us to plug that hole.””A key feature of both our Import Safety Plan and our Food Protection Plan is a recommendation that the FDA be granted new authority to recall the unsafe food products,” President Bush said in a statement today. “With this authority, the FDA will be in a better position to act quickly if any problem occurs.”Providing the FDA with food recall authority will require congressional action, according to an Associated Press report today.The new Food Safety Plan deals with both imported and domestic food products and embodies a comprehensive approach involving “prevention, intervention, and response,” administration officials said.”The idea is to take a comprehensive approach to food safety to look at the total life cycle of the food, from the time it’s in the ground until it’s in the consumer’s mouth,” said Tevi Troy, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the news conference.”The idea is to build safety into products every step of the way,” Troy said.In an FDA news release, FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, said, “Although our agency clearly needs to maintain and enhance its response capacity, the primary goal is to prevent contaminated food from ever reaching the consumer.”The overall Import Safety Plan was prepared by a cabinet-level task force set up in July. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, in a letter that accompanied the 86-page plan, said it is based on feedback from stakeholders after the working group’s initial findings were released on Sep 10. A public meeting was held in Washington, DC, Oct 1 to solicit comments.”The public and private sectors have a shared interest in import safety, and substantive improvement will require the careful collaboration of the entire importing community,” Leavitt wrote in the letter.The final plan includes 14 broad recommendations and 50 action steps. Some are short-term goals, while others address long-term implementation.In addition to the proposal for FDA recall authority, some of the short-term measures include:Providing for safety and security certification for foreign producers, based on the product’s risk level and intended use, similar to how the US Department of Agriculture certifies countries that export meat, poultry, and egg products. Certification would be mandatory for high-risk products.Amending federal laws to allow authorities to seize the assets of companies that violate food safety actsRaising civil penalties for companies that violate the Consumer Product Safety ActDenying entry to foreign firms that don’t allow the FDA to verify if they are complying with US safety standardsDeveloping uniform interdepartmental procedures for clearing shipments into the United StatesImplementing rapid response systems for import safety incidentsStrengthening the protection of intellectual property rights to discourage trade in counterfeit products that may be harmful to consumersAmong the longer-term measures, the action plan includes the following:Developing and promoting good importer practicesInstituting incentives for foreign producers to voluntarily certify their productsCreating a single-window interface for governmental and private exchange of import dataExpanding laboratory capacity and developing methods to more quickly identify contaminantsExpediting recalls through advanced use of technology, such as integrated circuit or radiofrequency tracking systemsLeavitt, in his letter that accompanied the plan, recommended the working group meet again in 30 days to review progress on the short-term goals spelled out in the document.Editor’s note: CIDRAP News will cover the FDA Food Safety Plan in more detail in a later story.See also: Nov 6 FDA news release about the food safety plan’s Food Protection Plan 6 White House fact sheet about the Import Safety Plan Plan for Import Safety (full text) by President Bush 12 CIDRAP News story “US import safety panel calls for risk-based monitoring”last_img read more

Salmonella -tainted city water also had parasites

first_img EPA information on Cryptosporidium and other drinking-water contaminants Cryptosporidium is a protozoan parasite that is resistant to disinfectants like chlorine and has been linked with waterborne disease outbreaks, the agency said. The infection can be severe in children, the elderly, and immunocompromised people, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. As of Apr 8, the number of reported Salmonella infections had risen to 389, with 107 confirmed cases, according to the city’s statement. Sixteen patients were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Post-treatment samples to detect Salmonella have already come back negative, city officials said. Alamosa will lift the boil order on local water as soon as tests are negative for parasites, according to the statement from the city. Results are not expected until the weekend at the soonest. In late March state water officials found Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium in Alamosa’s water system after dozens of local residents became ill with Salmonella infections. Authorities still aren’t sure what the source of the Salmonella was or how it entered the city’s water. Apr 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Samples taken from the Alamosa, Colo., water system before it was treated for Salmonella contamination also showed that the water was tainted with two parasites, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. See also: Giardia, one of the most common causes of waterborne illnesses, produces gastrointestinal symptoms that can lead to weight loss and dehydration, according to the CDC. Giardia and Cryptosporidium in the city’s water have not been linked to any reported illnesses, according to the AP report. The results of the tests, conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were announced Apr 9 in a statement from city officials. The city said state water control officials took new water samples to confirm that the parasites, both of which can cause diarrheal illnesses, were eliminated from the water when authorities flushed and disinfected the system. Judy Egbert, Alamosa city clerk, said the high concentration of chlorine that began circulating though 50 miles of the city’s pipes starting on Mar 25 should have been enough to kill Giardia and Cryptosporidium, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. The city’s water comes from deep wells and is not normally treated, according to previous reports. Mar 28 CIDRAP News story: “Salmonella type in Colorado water listed; source still sought” CDC information on giardiasislast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu case in Egypt, H5N1 inhibitor, H7N7 in Germany, unvaccinated kids, London’s pan-flu plan

first_imgApr 15, 2009Egyptian woman sick with H5N1 infectionA 33-year-old Egyptian woman from the northern province of Kafr el-Sheikh is sick with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Reuters reported today. Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine said the woman had fallen ill on Apr 7 after coming into contact with dead birds, said the report, which cited the Egyptian news agency MENA. The woman’s illness is Egypt’s fourth H5N1 case this month, and she is the first adult infected after a string of cases in children in recent weeks. As of last week, Egypt had had 12 H5N1 cases with no deaths so far this year, as compared with 4 deaths out of 8 cases last year, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. The WHO recently sent a team of experts to Egypt to assess whether the virus is changing in some way.[Apr 15 Reuters report]Researchers identify new H5N1 inhibitor candidateAgainst a backdrop of concern about influenza resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), researchers from Canada and Hong Kong yesterday at a press conference in Hong Kong described a new compound that inhibits the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to a report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The researchers’ findings appear in today’s issue of the Journal of Medical Chemistry. Using computational molecular docking, the researchers screened 230,000 compounds and found 20 potential H5N1 inhibitors. One of the compounds, referred to as “compound 1,” showed an ability to inhibit neuraminidase at levels similar to oseltamivir. The compound was also effective in a variety of cell-line assays and with both H1N1 and H5N1 viruses, according to the journal article abstract.[Apr 15 Xinhua story][Apr 15 J Med Chem abstract]Tests reveal H7N7 at German turkey farmAnimal health officials in Germany yesterday said a low-pathogenic H7 avian flu outbreak at a commercial turkey farm near Kleve in early April involved an H7N7 virus, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak killed 454 birds, and authorities culled the remaining 16,246 turkeys to control it. Investigators haven’t determined the source of the virus.[Apr 14 OIE report]Despite free access, most Ontario children not vaccinated against fluMost Ontario children for whom influenza vaccination is recommended are not getting vaccinated, even though flu immunization is free to all in the province, according to a report from the Toronto-based Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). In a telephone survey during the 2006-07 flu season, the researchers found that only 30.8% of children with high-risk medical conditions had received flu vaccine and that only 10% of 6- to 23-month-old children had received the recommended two doses of vaccine. The survey targeted the caregivers of 4,854 children between 6 months and 11 years old. “This study shows that just making flu shots freely and easily available to the entire population may not be enough for reaching certain high risk groups,” said Dr. Jeff Kwong, one of the authors, in an ICES news release.[Apr 14 ICES news release]London’s revised pandemic flu plan envisions up to 94,000 deathsThe latest edition of the city of London’s pandemic influenza surveillance plan, released recently, says health agencies should prepare for disease attack rates ranging anywhere from 25% to 50% and for case-fatality rates ranging from 0.4% to 2.5%. At the high end of those scales, London could have up to 94,000 deaths, the report says. Titled “The London Regional Resilience Flu Pandemic Response Plan,” the report is the fourth version of a document that was first published in May 2006. The 126-page plan is intended to provide the agencies that compose the London Resilience Partnership with a strategic framework to support their preparedness and response efforts.[London’s pandemic flu plan]Larry Brilliant heads Skoll Foundation project to battle global threatsDr. Larry Brilliant, the founder of Google Inc.’s philanthropic arm, has been named president of a new organization being set up by the Skoll Foundation to combat urgent global threats such as climate change, water scarcity, pandemic disease, and nuclear proliferation, the foundation announced yesterday. The aim of the organization, called the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund, is to identify and support “innovative, high-impact initiatives” to confront these major threats, said Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, in a news release. Brilliant played a key role in the World Health Organization’s campaign to eradicate smallpox in Asia, and he was the founding executive director of The new organization will have an initial budget of $100 million, the foundation said.[Apr 14 Skoll Foundation news release]last_img read more

Dina Begić, Karlovac County Tourist Board: Zagreb and Zagreb County are extremely important markets for us

first_imgOn Thursday, September 9, Karlovac County will present itself to the people of Zagreb for the second time on Ban Jelačić Square from 9 am to 19 pm with a rich program entitled “With the neighbors at the clock”. The event is intended to be the largest showcase of diverse and rich cultural-historical, traditional, eno and gastronomic, tourist and economic offer of Karlovac County, which will be presented through tastings and sales and a full day program on and around the stage – ethno village, show cooking, workshops … The Tourist Board of Karlovac County reminds that all facilities for visitors are free, and the goal of this unique gathering is to show the old traditional crafts and customs of Karlovac County.Or simply – an open invitation to all citizens of Zagreb to visit Karlovac County. By the way, when comparing the continental tourism of Austria, Bavaria or Switzerland, it is important to emphasize that it strongly relies on domestic guests, while in our country this segment, which should be the main base, is very neglected. Both because of the lower standard, and because there is no habit. But these are just challenges that tourism professionals need to address, certainly not insurmountable obstacles.At the class, the people of Karlovac will show their neighbors from Zagreb their old traditional crafts and customs such as basket weaving, sewing Easter eggs, sneezing feathers and felting wool, and especially interesting will be the presentation of making jalba – headgear worn by married women in villages along the Kupa Ozalj and Karlovac, which is made of elastic material of hollow structure with a special knitting technique. Gourmets will surely be delighted by the arrival of about 30 Family Farms that will offer their cheeses, honey, buckwheat, corn flour, barley porridge, homemade juices and jams, fruits and mushrooms, medicinal preparations and bakery products, as well as wooden and ceramic kitchen equipment and pottery. At the Trad Food Spot, one of the best chefs in Karlovac County, Ivana Kuzmanić, will prepare traditional dishes from her region, and the youngest will be able to enjoy gastronomic workshops appropriate to their age. The presentation of the Karlovac freshwater aquarium and the inevitable Guinness strudel, as well as numerous other desserts such as the delicious Katarina Zrinska cake, will certainly arouse interest. At the all-day gathering of good neighbors on the central square of Zagreb, those present will be entertained by KUDs and tamburitza ensembles from Karlovac County and majorettes.We were interested in how much Karlovac tourism benefits from being in the vicinity of one of the most important destinations of continental tourism – Zagreb. The answer is logical – a lot. “Zagreb and Zagreb County are extremely important markets for us for several reasons. Traditionally, many Zagreb residents come to swim in our rivers in the summer season, and many of us also have holiday homes, most often along the Mrežnica River. Furthermore, in our work so far and contacts with hoteliers in the Zagreb area, we have come to the realization that they generally have little information about the tourist offer near Zagreb, and guests often ask them about the possibilities for excursion destinations. Given that this is a potential market of almost a million inhabitants, we are all working together (here, except for the tourist boards in our area, I mean both the private and public sectors) to develop tourism products that will be interesting to all ages and different interests. group. Despite the incentives provided by the Croatian National Tourist Board for DMK agencies, so far we have not found a tour operator who would be more seriously interested in including our offer in their arrangements. With the opening of Aquatika, something started a little, but we are still a transit destination with a short stay in the county, says the head of the Tourist Office, Dina Begić, adding that Karlovac County (except the city of Zagreb) has been the leading continental county in terms of the number of overnight stays and arrivals for many years.Karlovac County recorded an increase of 28 percent of overnight stays”Last year, 2016, we ended up with 474 overnight stays, and this year we have already crossed 000 overnight stays. With an increase of 350.000 percent compared to the same period in 28, it is realistic to expect that this year we will have an even better overall result at the end of the year. Our guests most often visit our rivers in the bathing season, then come for rafting and canoeing, and more and more for cycling trails which we try to connect all that is most attractive to tourists. They also come to our camps a lot, and in recent years they have been especially interested in Robinson camps, mostly located along Mrežnica.”, Reminds Dina Begić, adding that they try to develop their tourism products in accordance with the guidelines set in the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia, which are, above all, various forms of active holidays combined with traditional gastronomic offer, and work on branding local gastronomy in collaboration with caterers.The director of the Karlovac Tourist Board believes that continental tourism is possible throughout the year. “Our hotels and restaurants are open all year round and the offer is mostly such that it is possible, not perhaps in all segments of the tourist offer (those that are also dependent on weather conditions, such as cycling and rafting) but in a good part it is possible. There will be even better results when a tour operator is interested in this area of ​​ours, here I mean the whole of continental Croatia, which offers much more than the coastal part of Croatia where the first motive is the arrival of the sun and the sea.”, Concludes Dina Begić.In any case, it is certainly wise and desirable to use Zagreb as one of the primary markets, both because of its proximity as a weekend destination, and because of the size and financial power of the market. The more the better. Perhaps it would be interesting to open an info tourist office of the Karlovac County Tourist Board in Zagreb, which would be constantly present and tell various stories from Karlovac County. What is certain is that continental tourism can and must last throughout the year, and the proximity of Zagreb is certainly a big plus and potential for Karlovac County.Related news: UNIQUE TOURIST GUIDE THROUGH KARLOVAC COUNTY PRESENTEDlast_img read more

The proposal of the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in Zagreb County was presented

first_imgThe Zagreb County Tourist Board was awarded HRK 350.000 based on the program of the Ministry of Tourism for the development of cycling tourism on the continent in 2017, and through the mentioned program in cooperation with Zagreb County, Regional Development Agency and the Institute for Tourism a proposal for the Zagreb County Cyclotourism Development Plan was prepared.The subject of co-financing is the development of an operational plan for the development of county cycling tourism with standards, tracing cycling routes, arranging and marking cycling routes, making maps, renting a common web domain at the county level, creating a website at the county level, creating a mobile application. As they point out from the Zagreb County Tourist Board, the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism will be presented in a month.In the last few years, bicycle traffic in Zagreb County has become increasingly important, and the large offer of bicycle paths and routes in Zagreb County can satisfy a wide range of recreational cyclists of all ages. In addition to the existing 13 editions of maps of bicycle paths (in the total length of 1.317 km), in the last two years TZZŽ has developed new cycling routes: the Sava route, in the length of 87,59 km, which includes the Lake Route, Bird and Turtle Route, The route of wooden bridges), the route of waterfalls, in the length of 47,79 km, and the Zagreb route, 41,06 km.All routes can be found on the mobile cycling application of the Zagreb County “ZG bike”, along with other accompanying facilities (catering, accommodation, attractions).Photo: TZ ZelinaBICYCLE SERVICE STATIONS INSTALLED AT 12 LOCATIONSAt the beginning of the year, as part of the project “Bike self services” at 12 selected locations in all nine cities of Zagreb County and the municipalities of Krašić, Pisarovina and Brdovec, bicycle service stations were set up.The station consists of a quick service stand containing a bicycle holder, a pump with a manometer and a set of basic service tools (hex key, fork wrench, wrench, screwdriver, tire service set), and a floor spiral holder is placed next to the service place. for bicycles. The purpose of these racks is not the storage of bicycles, but only the temporary storage of bicycles during the rest of cyclists and the use of a service rack and other equipment at the checkpoint. The station and all tools are used free of charge.“The large offer of bicycle paths in Zagreb County attracts domestic recreational cyclists of all ages, as well as those from neighboring countries. During the ride, cyclists get to know the local population, cultural heritage and gastronomy and enjoy the natural riches of the green Zagreb ring. ” stand out from the Zagreb County Tourist Board.Zagreb County cycling routelast_img read more

Mercedes published an advertisement for the new A class filmed in Croatia

first_imgDaimler AG has chosen Croatia, more precisely the Barone Fortress in Šibenik, as the destination for the premiere of the Mercedes A-Class model.At the official presentation at the Barone Fortress, over 400 journalists and experts from the automotive industry had the opportunity to test the new hope of Mercedes. Apart from them, the event was covered by journalists who, in addition to topics from the automotive industry, cover tourism and travel, which will contribute to the recognition of fortresses and the promotion of Šibenik as a destination, but also central Dalmatia, worldwide.”We are honored by the fact that our Fortress was chosen by a large international company such as Daimler Mercedes as a representative place to present the results of their long-term work. We are glad that Šibenik fortresses are recognized not only as a tourist attraction, but also as an excellent location for business events like this, and we hope that they will not be lacking in the future.”Said Gorana Barišić – Bačelić, director of the Public Institution of the Fortress of Culture Šibenik.Journalists tested the new Mercedes A-Class in Šibenik, Primošten and Trogir, and it was Mercedes that published a new advertisement for the AMG GT S on its official YouTube channel, which was filmed in Croatia, on the island of Pag.As well as the video for the announcement of the premiere, and you can see some video reports from Croatia from the premiere of the new Mercedes A class here In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ” read more

Open applications for the “Marco Polo” tourist award

first_imgNamely, this is an award that is a joint project of the People’s Republic of China and sixteen countries of Central and Eastern Europe gathered under the initiative “China +16”. The initiative encourages interested countries to design an original tourism product or route for the Chinese tourism market. This award was created at the initiative of the Croatian delegation in Dubrovnik in 2018 during a meeting on tourism cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Projects can apply until May 31, 2019 to the e-mail address, while the winner will be announced on September 9th. The awards ceremony will be held on October 23 at the 5th Tourism Conference “China +16” in Riga. The application deadline is May 31, 2019. Applications for the Marco Polo International Tourism Award have been open since the beginning of this month. “Marco Polo” will be awarded once a year for the past year in recognition of the contribution of tourism entrepreneurs such as tour operators and travel agencies for the best tourism product that includes local history, tradition, culture and tourism of special interest, but also includes at least three Central and Eastern European countries. . Applications must be completed in English, and the description of the tourist product must contain the company profile (max. 150 words) and the main characteristics, goal, results achieved and impact on the local community. Also, the application may contain additional documents such as photos, videos, pictures and the like. The application form is submitted in PDF format, and additional documents must be submitted together with the application form. The advantages of the award are certainly the presentation of the awarded products at a high-level meeting for tourism in Riga, a one-year promotion through communication channels and a network of TCC and 16 Central and Eastern European countries, the “Marco Polo Award” with a recommendation of tourism cooperation China – CEEC and the awarded gold medalist has the opportunity to participate in CITM Shanghai 2019 at the invitation of the CNTO Budapest. Links to the relevant documentation can be found below: APPLICATION FORM, ELIGIBILITY AND EVALUATION CRITERIA, APPLICATION RULES, APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.last_img read more

Rijeka’s cultural and tourist offer presented to the delegation of the Shanghai Group

first_imgAlso, guests had the opportunity to get to know Rijeka as a tourist destination with a display of accommodation facilities. By the way, the Shengdi Group is a state-owned company that designs and implements tourism projects and events, and a delegation of Chinese businessmen visited the city of Opatija the day before. The exchange of experiences and the arrival of Chinese businessmen was realized on the initiative of the CNTB office in China. Representatives of the City of Rijeka, the Tourist Board and the company Rijeka 2020 received a delegation from the Chinese state group that designs and implements tourism projects and events. Representatives of this Shanghai company visited Rijeka as part of a European study trip to learn about interesting projects related to culture and tourism, as well as environmental protection, and in order to cooperate and exchange knowledge and experiences. The most famous realized project is Shanghai Disneyland, and they are currently working on the development of the area in the valley of the great rivers Huangpu and Yangtze. One of the goals is to establish contact with organizations and companies from our region that deal with the organization of major cultural and other events. The six-member delegation of the Shanghai Shendi Group, led by Deputy President Xiaoyun Shao, was received by City Council President Andrej Poropat, Marketing Manager of the Rijeka Tourist Board Dominik Damiš and Dorian Celcer, Partnership and Protocol Manager at Rijeka 2020. Shendi Group visited Rijeka at the initiative of the Office Croatian National Tourist Board in China, after the project “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture” was presented in May at the ITB China business fair in Shanghai.center_img The Chinese delegation was introduced to the project “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture”, ie numerous programs prepared for citizens and tourists in the coming year, with special emphasis on the zipline design project, designed by Octopus. Source / photo: City of Rijeka, Rijeka Tourist Boardlast_img read more

Connecting Green and Blue Croatia – a permanent airline on the Dubrovnik-Osijek route is planned

first_imgVukovar-Srijem County Prefect Božo Galić noted that the transport of products is one of the main issues to be worked on together. Source / photo: Dubrovnik-Neretva County; Pixabay “We want to connect agriculture and tourism. Some products such as eggs from Slavonia are already used here. We agreed to work in two directions. We are taking the initiative to establish a daily year-round flight from Dubrovnik to Osijek. Entrepreneurs would benefit the most from such a connection, but they would also enable our citizens and guests to see Eastern Slavonia. We also agreed that we will provide one space for a distribution center for products from eastern Croatia”, Said the prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavić. U ponedjeljak je održan radni sastanak Dubrovačko-neretvanskežupanije na temu „Nastavak suradnje Dubrovačko-neretvanske iVukovarsko-srijemske županije – povezivanje ‘Zelene i Plave Hrvatske’“ na kojemje dogovoren smjer daljnjih aktivnosti u povezivanju ove dvije županije. “Until the construction of the VC corridor, which we advocate to the maximum, we must somehow solve the transport that affects the price of goods. We hope to do it by air”, Said the prefect Galić and added that he is extremely satisfied with the current cooperation with the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.last_img read more