“The realization of 100 million overnight stays a week earlier compared to last year is an excellent result of Croatian tourism and a clear fact that our country occupies a stable position in a very competitive international market. In order to maintain the positive trends, we are already working very intensively on the preparation of the 2020 tourist year, while a large campaign is still underway to promote the post-season, for which we are already making great announcements. “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that the results achieved so far confirm that Croatia is increasingly perceived in many emitting markets as a meaningful year-round tourist destination. According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and in the nautical charter, u This weekend, the number of 100 million overnight stays in Croatia was exceeded, a week earlier than last year. “The positive indicators so far on the realized tourist traffic, but also the financial ones, are proof that Croatia is excellently positioned on the world tourist market. We will continue to lead our tourism policy in the direction of sustainable and responsible tourism with the aim of improving the quality of the entire offer, ” said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. In the same period, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and Italy, and the destinations where the highest number of overnight stays were realized were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin. In the current part of the year, ie from January 1 to September 22, according to the first and incomplete data of the eVisitor system, 18,3 million arrivals and almost 101 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia, which is an increase of 4 percent in the same period last year. arrivals and 2 percent overnight stays. As they point out from the CNTB, the results confirm that the Croatian tourism sector is achieving extremely positive results in this very challenging and demanding tourist year.
Julie Sidoni of Trail scored the lone goal as West Kootenay Wildcats played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday at the B.C. Hockey Bantam Female Championships in Vernon.The game was the final contest of the Championships after the Cats finished were eliminated from the playoffs with a 0-2-2 record.West Kootenay lost 5-1 to Tri Cities earlier in the day.North Shore meets Juan de Fuca and Tri Cites battles Terrace in semi final action Thursday.The winners play for the provincial title at 8 p.m. Thursday. The last game of the championship for West Kootenay and Prince George was a very physical game with more than 30 minutes in penalties West Kootenay had 18 minutes and Prince George had 29.Earlier against Tri Cities, West Kootenay got off to a rough start falling behind 3-0 early.The Wildcats got on the board in the second period with a goal by Reese McCrory, assisted by Emilie Tebulte.However, Tri Cities added two more goals to complete the scoring.West Kootenay opened with a 3-3 draw against host Greater Vernon before dropping two straight games to Juan de Fuca 3-0 and Tri Cities.The tournament concludes the season for West Kootenay, consisting of players from throughout the region — including Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Fruitvale and Nelson.See previous:http://thenelsondaily.com/news/updated-wildcats-drop-heartbreaker-provincials-23753#.UUnKLhkdJE4
The Kootenay Ice are going to get a fantastic Christmas present in the form of an abundance of home games after spending most of the current BC Major Midget Hockey League season on the road.Kootenay plays 14 of its next 18 games in West Kootenay arenas after completing a horrendous part of the schedule on the road this BCMMHL season.“We’ve been on the road for most of the first half . . . and when we’ve played in Nanaimo and Victoria we’re getting home at one in the morning, which is a little tough,” said Ice coach Rob Wright.“We’ve got some home stretches coming but we’ve got to try to get some wins in those home games.”The Ice took a point from the Valley West Hawks in BCMMHL action this past weekend in Surrey.A goal by Shawn Campbell of Castlegar in the final minute of Saturday’s contest lifted the Ice to a 4-4 tie.Sunday, Valley West skated to a 4-2 win over the visiting Ice.Kootenay, playing with a short bench after a few players were held out of the game for internal reasons, held a 2-1 lead going into the third period on goals by Kobe Nishida of Nakusp and Nelson’s Keaton Roch. However, Valley West outscored the ice 3-1 during an eight-minute span to take a 4-3 lead.That set the stage for Campbell to score the tying marking on the power play to give Kootenay the tie.Evan Gorman of Trail scored the final goal for Kootenay.“We can play 40 to 50 minutes but we’ve got to learn to play 60 minutes to have success in this league,” Wright said.“When we’ve got teams down we’ve got to finish them.”Sunday, Valley West held period lead of 2-0 and 4-0 before Kootenay scored twice in the third period.Ellis Junker of Castlegar and Campbell scored for Kootenay.Kootenay, 3-16-3, is back home for a pair of games against the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs.The Chiefs are tied for fourth in BCMMHL standings with Valley West Hawks.Saturday, the NDCC Arena in Nelson is the site of the 3:30 p.m. puck drop game.Sunday, the teams play at 7:30 a.m. at the Cominco Arena in Trail.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2015)–With a powerful late rush at the rail, Go West Marie easily overhauled longshot Home Journey to take Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint by three quarters of a length under Gary Stevens. Trained by Eddie Truman, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Western Fame covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.18.Off at 5-1 in a field of 12 California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Go West Marie shortened up off of an impressive one mile turf allowance score on Dec. 28. She paid $13.00, $7.20 and $5.00.“A great trip,” said Stevens. “Eddie’s done a great job with this filly and I got on her at the right time. I learned a lot about her. I asked him if I could just sit on her and be quiet with her. It worked out well. She exploded with me the last eighth, and I rode her the same way today even though we were shortening up and there was so much speed. The key with a filly like this is they’re professional–let them settle and they’re going to finish for you.”Owned by Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd., Go West Marie ran her overall record to 17-5-1-5. Out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Marie’s Rose, she picked up $90,000 for the win, which improved her earnings to $402,520.“This race wasn’t really our choice,” said Truman. “We think she’s better going long but we wanted a Cal-bred race. Her last race was in open company and this was really our only option for Cal-breds. Gary said he would ride her the same way, just sit on her dead last…She has run down the hill and been on the lead, so really, she’ll do anything. She is just so sweet. She’s maturing and getting so much smarter and kinder.”In a massive effort, Home Journey, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, set fast fractions of 21.20, 42.80 and 1:05.88, held second by a half length over a fast finishing More Complexity. Off at 16-1, Home Journey paid $16.60 and $9.80.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, More Complexity, along with Marks Mine, were both returned to the saddling paddock during the post parade, resulting in a lengthy delay. Off at 14-1, More Complexity was keen early while mid-pack past the half mile, had dead aim on the leader turning for home but was third-best. She paid $8.60 to show.The favorite at 2-1 with Victor Espinoza up, Heat Trap never threatened and finished sixth.