The Festival of Lights is another great proof that investing in events is not a cost, but an investment

first_imgAfter a great success with Advent in Zagreb, which last year generated about 500 million in tourist spending, the Zagreb Tourist Board has adopted a new tourist product, the Festival of Light,  which in its second edition was even larger, of better quality and more substantial. The Festival of Lights is another great proof that investing in events is not a cost, but an investment, which attracted more than 100.000 visitors and generated a large tourist consumption through four days of maintenance. The fact that the Festival of Light is a complete success and has the potential to be another major tourist event that generates the motive of arrival is shown by the fact that during the Festival of Light Zagreb, according to the Zagreb Tourist Board, 28% more arrivals and 44% more overnight stays. Exclusively because of the Festival of Light. Compared to last year’s period of the Festival (from 15 to 18 March), when the Tourist Board organized this event for the first time, this year there were 10.652 arrivals and 21.592 overnight stays in four days. In the mentioned period, there were 3.032 domestic tourist arrivals (growth 32%) and 7.620 foreign tourists (growth 26%), and the most numerous were guests from South Korea, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the USA and Germany. Out of the total number of overnight stays, domestic tourists realized 5.094 (growth of 30%), and foreign tourists 16.498 (growth of 48%).Recognition of the profession for the Festival of Lights At the recent conference on events and marketing in Slovenia – Conventa Crossover, a project of the Tourist Board Zagreb Light Festival won the award as the best B2C event. About 2018 events in three categories competed for the Conventa Best Event Award 40, of which the Festival of Light won as the best event intended for a wider audience. “The results that Zagreb achieves and the awards we have won prove that our city is an attractive destination all year round, both for vacationers and business guests. Namely, at the beginning of August, Zagreb won the Meeting Star Award as the best congress destination chosen by Kongres Magazine, and the award for the Zagreb Light Festival is an additional incentive to continue, with partners, to develop numerous events to make our visitors’ stay in Zagreb as pleasant as possible. and better. ” pointed out the director of the Tourist Board, Mrs. Martina Bienenfeld.In the first eight months, Zagreb recorded a growth of 9% in arrivals and 11% in overnight staysAccording to the Zagreb Tourist Board, u August The number of arrivals in the capital of Croatia increased by 9% (163.731), and the number of overnight stays by as much as 10% (279.726) compared to the same period last year. Thus, in August, the most numerous guests were from Spain, followed by guests from Italy, Germany, South Korea and the United States. In overnight stays, guests from Italy, Spain, Germany, the USA and South Korea are in the first five places.Zagreb recorded an increase in the first eight months, to be exact from January to August 908.067 arrivals and 1.638.061 overnight stays were realized, which is an increase of 9% in arrivals and 11% in overnight stays. In the first eight months, most overnight stays were made by guests from the USA, followed by guests from Germany, Korea, Italy and Spain. Guests from South Korea, the USA, Germany, Italy and China are in the first five places.last_img read more

Dutch on brink of elimination after wins for Sweden & France

first_imgSWEDEN thrashed Luxembourg to maintain their hopes of automatic World Cup qualification and push the Netherlands to the brink of elimination.Sweden, second in the group, hold a three-point lead and a goal difference that is better by 12 goals over the Dutch, who they meet on Tuesday.The Dutch won 3-1 in Belarus, while France beat Bulgaria 1-0 to maintain their one-point lead over Sweden.France will qualify as group winners if they beat Belarus on Tuesday.Sweden can take advantage if France drop points, otherwise they are likely to have to settle for a place in the play-offs.Marcus Berg scored four times for Sweden as Luxembourg, who drew 0-0 with France in September, were embarrassed.The Netherlands, runners-up in 2010 and third in 2014, also failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championships.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Rare Male Calico Kitten Born in West Palm Beach

first_imgAn extremely rare male calico kitten was born in West Palm Beach on Friday.Calico cats are almost always female due to the makeup of genetics in the cat. A rare genetic condition can produce a male.That is what happened at a foster care home here. Photo courtesy: WPEC via Kelly Real“Only 1 in 3000 calicos that are born are male. These cats are so rare that they have often been referred to as the “unicorn” of cats,” says Kelly Real, the cat’s caregiver. “Those who have worked in veterinary practice or in shelters can work for years or even decades without ever seeing one in person.”She adds that what makes the cats so rare is that they typically have a genetic abnormality which gives them three sex chromosomes, XXY, also known as Klinefelter Syndrome in humans.last_img

England’s Georgia is Team GB flag bearer at youth Olympics

first_img15 Jan 2013 England’s Georgia is Team GB flag bearer at youth Olympics England Golf’s Georgia Hall was today named as Team GB’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF), which starts tomorrow in Sydney. Georgia, 16, is the European women’s number one, is ranked fourth in the world and is the British girls’ champion. She is based at Remedy Oak Golf Club in Dorset. She said: “This is a huge honour. I am thrilled to have been selected to carry the flag for Team GB at the Opening Ceremony of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. “I am really looking forward to the Opening Ceremony, it will be my first taste of what the Olympics could be like and I can’t believe there will be thousands of people in the crowd when I lead Team GB out!” The golf team includes six England players. They are Jack Singh-Brar (Brokenhurst Manor), Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park). The line-up is completed by Bradley Neil, Ewan Scott and Lauren Whyte of Scotland and by Chloe Williams of Wales. Georgia was unveiled as the Team GB Flag Bearer in front of her teammates by Chef de Mission, Mark England during a team reception hosted by the British Consulate General at his residence in Sydney. Georgia was presented with the Union Flag by double Olympian Team GB canoeist Jessica Walker who was Team GB’s Flag Bearer at the last AYOF in 2009 and is currently training in Sydney. The 2013 AYOF sees Georgia, alongside her nine teammates, compete for Team GB in golf for the first time since the 1900 Olympic Games when British golfers won silver and bronze medals. In 2009 it was announced that golf was being re-introduced to the Olympic Programme for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Team GB will be represented by 120 athletes, aged 12-20, across 11 sports over five days of AYOF competition. The first sports in action are hockey and badminton on Wednesday morning, followed by the Opening Ceremony which takes place at 18:30 local time (07:00 UK time) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The Opening Ceremony will incorporate many elements of a tradition Olympic Opening Ceremony, including the parade of the 1,700 participating athletes from 30 countries, the taking of the athletes’ and officials’ oaths, the raising of the Olympic Flag, and the lighting of the Festival Flame as well as musical and performance entertainment from local artists. Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England said: “Congratulations to Georgia Hall on being awarded the honour of leading Team GB as our Flag Bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 AYOF. “At just sixteen years old Georgia is ranked number one in Europe and fourth in the World Amateur Women’s rankings, which is a remarkable achievement and she represents an outstanding choice as Team GB Flag Bearer. Georgia should be very proud of this special achievement. “The AYOF marks the first time in over 100 years that Team GB will include athletes from the sport of golf and I’m sure that the AYOF will play an important role in introducing these young athletes to an environment reminiscent of the Olympic Games and providing them with vital experience of a multi-sport competition.” Georgia added: “It is a real honour to be one of the very first golfers to represent Team GB for a very long time. When golf got added to the sport programme for the Rio 2016 Games, I was really excited as it has always been my dream to compete at an Olympics. “I’m looking forward to competing to the best of my ability here in Australia, as well as learning about the Olympic environment and making many new friends with teammates from other sports and competitors from other countries.”last_img read more