Most patients continue to be young, for reasons that are yet clear, though it may be because younger people tend to travel more, Fukuda reported. He also said that many of the patients who died were young, but he couldn’t give an age range for the fatal cases. Fukuda said the WHO is not yet seeing clear signs of community transmission in Europe, although Spain had 54 cases and the United Kingdom had 18 as of early today. He said the cases in Spain are related to travel, while the UK has some travel-linked cases in schools. The global case count for the novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus reached 1,490 cases and 30 deaths today, up from 1,085 cases with 26 deaths yesterday, Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the World Health Organization (WHO) reported at a briefing. He said the increase represents a combination of laboratories catching up on testing and continued spread of the virus. The WHO’s latest online update showed cases in 21 countries. The hardest-hit countries were Mexico, 590 cases; the United States, 286 cases yesterday; Canada, 140; Spain, 54, and the United Kingdom, 18. [WHO update] The US count rose to 403 confirmed cases in 38 states as of this morning, up from 286 cases yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. The death toll remained at 1. New York had 90 cases, followed by Illinois with 82, California, 49, Texas, 41, and Delaware, 20. [CDC swine flu page] Some states, including Minnesota, North Carolina, and New Hampshire, are cutting back on testing for the new flu virus. Minnesota said it would test only hospitalized patients, sick healthcare workers, and those who seek treatment from providers involved in an influenza surveillance system. North Carolina and New Hampshire announced similar moves, according to newspaper reports. Officials said the virus is behaving more like seasonal influenza, and its wide geographic extent makes the identification of individual cases less useful in tracking the epidemic. May 5, 2009 A US embassy official in Beijing said four US citizens were quarantined in China because of the new flu virus, though two have been released, according to an Associated Press/CBS News report. Embassy spokeswoman Susan Stevenson said the Americans either had flu-like symptoms or were close to cases of interest to Chinese authorities. Also quarantined in China were 29 students and a professor from the University of Montreal, none of whom were sick, the story said. [CBS/AP report]
May 29, 2009Researchers identify new arenavirus speciesResearchers using full genome analysis have confirmed suspicions that a new member of the Old World arenavirus family was responsible for a mysterious hemorrhagic fever in patients from Zambia and South Africa last fall that killed four of the five patients who had the illness, according to a study published today in Public Library of Science Pathogens (PLoS Pathogens). The investigators named the new pathogen Lujo virus to reflect its origin; Lusaka, Zambia, and Johannesburg, South Africa.) The new virus is the first hemorrhagic fever–associated Old World arenavirus from Africa discovered in 30 years.[May 29 PLoS Pathogens study][Oct 28, 2008, CIDRAP News story]New malaria agent found in chimpsIn a development that could help researchers better understand how the malaria agent Plasmodium falciparum has adapated to humans, researchers from Gabon and France have identified a new Plasmodium species in chimps in Gabon. The group published its findings today in PLoS Pathogens. A lack of related agents has hampered the comparative genetics studies needed to identify potential drug targets for malaria. The group found the new species, termed P gabon, when they examined serum samples from 19 wild-born chimps that were kept as pets by villagers in Gabon. Previously, only one other species had been identified, P reichenowi, an agent also found in chimps.[May 29 PLoS Pathogens study][May 28 PLoS Pathogens press release]H5N1 strikes birds in India’s West Bengal stateAnimal health officials in India recently reported an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in backyard birds in West Bengal state, according to a May 27 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak began on May 20, killing 20 poultry in a village. West Bengal has reported several outbreaks over the past year. The last outbreaks were reported in March.[May 27 OIE report]
The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and the Zadar County Port Authority signed a grant agreement for the construction of the Tkon ferry port worth more than 32 million kuna and agreements with the Zadar County Port Authority worth 8 million kuna.The State Aid Program for the Development of Ports Open to Public Transport of the Republic of Croatia, adopted by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, is the basis for financing projects within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion”, and for the first time now allocated from the State Budget, opens the possibility of funding from EU funds.”This is the first such project in Croatia, from EU funds of the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion ”in which we have a total of 80 million euros, and among other things we finance investments in small ports of importance to the island population. We have intended such projects for island connections, improvement of ferry connections and improvement of infrastructure and the best possible approach in order to reduce the load and crowds during the tourist season. In that sense, Tkon is the first such project, and after Tkon we go further with projects along the coast from Dubrovnik to Pula. ” said the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic.The investment in the Port of Tkon on the island of Pašman is the first of 28 projects to be financed for the first time with EU grants, and these investments of more than HRK 176 million will continue in ports from Dubrovnik, Korčula, Brač, Pašman, Cres to Pula. and will provide them with new facilities and opportunities for a better quality of life, both for the islanders and the development of tourism.The project refers to investments in the construction of a ferry port consisting of 2 berths, loading and unloading area and loading dock, a plateau of the port that allows loading and unloading of vehicles, submarine culvert sea circulation between the outer and inner waters and the plateau of the boarding and waiting area. as a pier at the location in Tkon.Also, four agreements were signed for projects in the ports of Turanj, Mandre and Petrcane worth 8 million kuna, out of 65 million kuna total provided this year from the State Budget for rehabilitation and construction in ports open to public traffic of county and local importance.</p><br />
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The Croatian National Tourist Board is participating in the largest annual meeting of the North American Tour Operators Association “2018 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace”, which is being held in its 40th edition this year in Phoenix from November 27 to 30. In addition to the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb, the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik are also participating in this important gathering. Croatia is one of the fastest growing destinations on the American market, said the director of the CNTB Head Office, Kristjan Staničić, and added: “It is a very important and important gathering which, in addition to North American tour operators, ie active members of the USTOA, also attracts many other associate members and representatives of tourist offices and the tourism industry of countries from around the world. This was also an opportunity to meet key partners such as TravelZoo, Collette, Holiday Vacations, Cox and Kings, The Travel Corporation and Stride Travel. “, said director Staničić, PWC / Off the Beaten Track TOP 5 The excellent status of our country in the large American market is confirmed by the results of market research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), whose representatives were one of the speakers at the forum. According to the research, Croatia is included in the top five “Off the Beaten Track” destinations, right after Iceland and Cambodia, and before Colombia and Vietnam.CNTB: We expect growth from US trafficThe CNTB expects the continuation of double-digit growth in traffic from the USA in 2019, in which the new direct flight of American Airlines on the route Philadelphia-Dubrovnik will significantly contribute. According to the eVisitor system, 578 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays were made from the US market so far this year, which is an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Top destinations for American tourists by overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Hvar and Rovinj. Related news:FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USACOMING SOON WITHOUT VISA AND DOUBLE TAXATION WITH THE USA?
These include, among others, the creation of HBOR’s loan program with minimum interest rates that would ensure that all vulnerable business entities reschedule loans with the possibility of deferred payment (waiting). The Croatian Chamber of Commerce continues to analyze the situation on the ground, and will base its future recommendations and actions on this topic on the information of entrepreneurs. Establishment of a state fund from which to co-finance the salaries of workers of companies suffering from the consequences of coronavirus in order to preserve liquidity. A more flexible approach in making claims into bad credit status (NPLs) would ensure that the short-term crisis does not lead currently indebted companies to bankruptcy. It is also proposed to pay the income tax in installments from the financial year 2019 in six months (installments) and to urgently shorten the procedure for importing labor and tax relief for seasonal workers in order to facilitate employment after the situation calms down. “The Croatian Chamber of Commerce listens to the problems of its members every day, so these measures that we propose come from them. They are focused primarily on productive and export-oriented sectors of the economy, and with their implementation as soon as possible, we will continue to act preventively and thus control the situation as much as possible. The goal is clear, to help companies and the economy overcome this crisis, with minimal impact on the state budget”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović, commenting on measures to preserve the business of domestic companies. The aim of the second questionnaire of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is to gain insight into the consequences of coronavirus on the business of companies with regard to individual counties and with regard to business with the countries of the so-called affected areas and other key foreign trade partners. The questionnaire also includes questions regarding the assessment of financial damage and the impact of potential employee absences on business. Questionnaire on the effects of coronavirus on business The first survey of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce showed that two thirds of our companies are already feeling the effects of coronavirus on business, and tourism and catering are the most affected, about which you can read more here. There are also measures that should be coordinated with the European Commission, such as modified and targeted use of EU funds, or lobbying for intervention funds. This primarily implies a change in the rules on the possible amount and purpose of state aid (state aid) which could include the costs necessary for the maintenance of business and jobs and the rapid and immediate reprogramming of available EU funds, especially those that we do not use to a sufficient extent. “Redirecting these funds to the sectors and companies most vulnerable to the crisis would guarantee stability to the economy without major financial blows to the state budget. We must show our entrepreneurs that they are not left to fend for themselves in this difficult situation. “, said Burilovic. A questionnaire consisting of eight questions can be found at this one connectors.
What will happen to tourism, when will travel start again and under what conditions, what will be the tourist demand and gastronomy, and how to prepare for tourism during and after the corona crisis? “Despite the drastic drop in traffic in the segment of health tourism services, it is to be expected that the quality of these services and health security will become one of the key elements in choosing a destination and that health tourism will base further development on stronger connections with health systems in emitting markets. , and thus ultimately enable an increase in the quality of health care and the domicile population. Also, we can expect increased demand for medical wellness and stronger digitalization of services.” said Leila Krešić-Jurić, Executive Director of the HTI Conference, a European initiative that promotes health tourism. “Travel will never be the same again, but the desire to travel will not subside,” said blogger Ivan Bengeri, travel advisor Vlado Sestan, travel addict Iva Mihalic Krcmar and director of the International Tourism Fair Place2Go and co-organizer of the conference, Damjana Domanovac. The organizers of the conference were: Can Croatian Tourism 365 ?, HTI conference, international tourist fair Place2Go and gastro festival Taste the Mediterranean. The goal of the virtual meetings, as the organizers point out, was to open discussions, meet positive examples and recommendations on how to do business in the coming months, what it means for Croatia, what kind of tourism we will develop and how to deal with the challenges of the crown. super-smart “society 5.0, in which everything is subordinated to human well-being – from robotics and artificial intelligence to the circular economy and sustainable resource management. The first discussion was attended by: Ivana Budin Arhanić, Vice President, Valamar Riviera, Siniša Topalović, Director and Partner, Horwath HTL, Jan de Jong, Managing Partner, Webpower Adria, Christopher Hinteregger, Executive Director, PKF tourismexperts from Austria. As a partner of the meeting, the HTI Health Tourism Conference brought together experts to discuss future developments in health tourism in the world and in Croatia. Dr. Mary Bura, founder of the Mulier Holistic Center in Šibenik, Christian F. El-Khouri, partner of the oldest German medical facilitation agency and international consultant, and Dr. Sherif Hassan from the USA, infectious disease specialist, expert, spoke about this. for digitalization in healthcare and the owner of a portal offering medical tourism. Ivana Kolar, organizer of the conference Can Croatian Tourism 365 ?, and initiator of virtual meetings SMART TOURISM 5.0 believes that this situation is the right time to think and discuss how to do business in the coming months, but also in the next period: Thoughts, predictions and recommendations of tourism experts, consultants, bloggers and influencers from Croatia and abroad on how to deal with the corona crisis were brought by the first professional virtual meetings on tourism in Croatia: Meet up: SMART TOURISM 5.0. which took place ten days ago. A video of the entire conference has now been released, which you can watch at the end of the article, so we are transmitting the conclusions of the organizers. “They will travel in other ways, the mask will no longer be travel equipment reserved only for Asians, and domestic tourists will explore their own country and the surrounding countries in the coming period. Car travel will be replaced by air travel for a while, but travel will always be. Our generation will remember how it used to be, but for new generations, the new rules will be an integral part of life, at least until the vaccine is found. “, concluded Damjana. “First of all, you need to accept changes, understand that some habits, demand and ultimately processes will change permanently, and you need to prepare standards and rules of conduct because the most important prerequisite for the arrival of the guest will be safety. Whoever first adapts to these changes will have a significant advantage in the market. I believe that Croatia can emerge as the winner, within the given framework, for several reasons – a good epidemiological picture, the healing factors of our tourism, the proximity of our strongest markets and an active tourism sector. In the long run, I believe that tourism can be a very strong stimulator of the development of the entire economy, and that now is the opportunity to start the necessary changes. In addition, it is an opportunity to redefine products, extend the season and prepare infrastructure for year-round business, disperse tourism throughout Croatia, develop sustainability and significantly introduce smart technologies. ” Kolar concluded. “In business terms, catering is among the most affected victims of the Corona virus so far. The restaurants had to close first, and even after the recent opening they will have to adhere to very strict measures of social distancing, which is in complete contradiction with the essence of their activity. How will the guest behind the mask recognize the smile of their host? There is also the key issue of falling living standards, and going out to a restaurant could become a luxury. Croatian caterers, as well as those from other countries, are trying to find alternative ways of doing business: everyone agrees that sustainable local production and local audiences should be put in the forefront.”, according to Ingrid Badurine Danielsson, director and founder of the Taste the Mediterranean festival, are the conclusions of the panelists. Participants in the discussion: Marin Rendić, chef of Bistro Apetit Zagreb, Yvan Estève, co-owner of “Hvar chef” and “Za pod zub”, and Dubravka Tomeković Aralica, project manager of the Taste the Mediterranean festival.
“A critical issue is collateral insurance policies for travel agencies, which are a legal requirement for travel arrangements and the sale of package deals, which most insurance companies are still reluctant to provide due to the corona crisis. Insurers argue that this is currently too much of a risk, and the law lists the obligation of that insurance. It is also essential to reduce the fees of card companies, which are much higher in Croatia than in Europe, with which not only travel agencies but also many other activities are burdened. From next week, UGP will initiate a dialogue with representatives of cardholders and regulators in order to find a solution. Travel agencies still have to pay a membership fee to the CNTB, and they do not see a specific purpose for that. Tourist boards should be financed exclusively from sojourn taxes and repeal the new Tourist Membership Act, which charges all beds with a lump sum membership fee. It is also important to abolish the minimum director’s salary for small agencies in which the director is usually the only employee.” he pointed out Damir Trputec from the UGP Sub-Committee on Travel Agencies. “All countries in the region encourage domestic tourism more than Croatia. June was supposed to be dedicated to Croatian and Slovenian guests. Croatian citizens received one big NOTHING as an incentive to use tourist services. In our country, the holidays in June are Corpus Christi and the Day of Antifascism – it was necessary to provide significant discounts on the prices of highways, ferries, airlines in domestic traffic. That would be real value for tourism! Well, the price of the motorway from Zagreb to Split for a personal vehicle in only one direction costs the same as a year-round vignette for motorways in Switzerland! Ferry prices without seasonal price increases are too high to encourage tourist travel in the domestic market. The same goes for national park ticket prices. That should be the goal of the Cro card, and the private sector can then upgrade with its offer on this basis. ” concluded Hrvoje Bujas, president of the Voice of Entrepreneurs association. “The next two weeks are school holidays in Austria and Germany and this was the last chance for Kvarner and Istria to catch some tourists during this period, and the first next is only towards the end of July when the south of Germany goes on school holidays. Yesterday, after the news that Austria was opening its borders, our phones were glowing, and then a cold shower, to return from Croatia for two weeks of self-isolation. Next week, they will only consider the abolition of measures against Croatia in Austria, so the holidays will pass when they come en masse. The calendar of school holidays in our car destinations is relevant to all hoteliers when compiling price lists and seasons. June is lost, then goes the famous July hole, and then who knows.” she said Tatjana Maria Coat from the DMC Tourist Agency Via Mea and stressed that the Austrian Prime Minister protects the Austrian national interest.”Our politicians always protect only their personal interest, not the national one. I am not angry with the Austrians, in fact, their prime minister has proven to be a statesman whose own state is ahead of all others. ” The subcommittee also touched on some current issues related to the June part of the season, primarily the decision of Austria not to lift restrictions on travel to Croatia and the fact that Croatia has not in any way encouraged its citizens to use tourist services. Subcommittee for Travel Agencies of the Voice of Entrepreneurs / Photo: UGP At a regular meeting, the subcommittee for travel agencies of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association discussed 24 requests for saving tourism, which UGP is already discussing with the Ministry of Tourism, and they especially referred to the main points of that request, which include a moratorium on loans and leasing. and the abolition of parafiscal levies. The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association gathers more than 200 travel agencies, and they believe that one of the crucial issues is to facilitate their business, due to the fact that they depend on a number of other activities such as occasional passenger transport, tourist guides and many others. the ecosystem includes more than 50.000 employees. Since the tourism sector has been extremely affected by the corona crisis, and the Croatian economy is mostly based on it, it is extremely important that the Government makes urgent progress in this direction, the UGP concludes. “It is time to reduce the VAT in tourism and catering for everyone to 10%, and of course to travel agencies which are now 25%, it is time to give tourism a chance to penetrate, which together with catering and transport paid the biggest guild because of COVID 19 crises.” he added Hrvoje Bujas, President of UGP. Negotiations with the competent ministries are already underway on the fulfillment of some of these points, but we consider it important to continue to mention the necessity of their acceptance, UGP points out, and in addition, the UGP Subcommittee on Travel Agencies highlights burning issues for which, together with om, seek an urgent solution.