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

Sunderland fight back to earn draw

first_img Rodriguez should have doubled his tally with 29 minutes played when Lambert robbed Wes Brown after the defender took a poor first touch and fed him, but he shot tamely at Mannone. But the keeper was beaten again two minutes later when central defender Lovren met Davis’ corner ahead of Brown and volleyed home. However, seconds later Johnson crossed from the right for Borini to control and scuff a shot past keeper Artur Boruc, who got a hand to the ball, but could not keep it out. The Saints continued with their progressive approach in the second half and Davis fired over from distance after full-back Shaw was allowed to run from his own half and thump a shot into Mannone’s midriff. Fellow defender Calum Chambers called up Mannone once again with a speculative 55th-minute effort, and the Italian needed two attempts to collect Rodriguez’s effort seconds later after Schneiderlin and Lallana had capitalised on Brown’s wayward pass. The keeper denied Lovren and Shaw again within seconds as the hour-mark arrived, and he was relieved to see Rodriguez fire into the side-netting under pressure from Phil Bardsley after Lallana and Lambert had combined. Borini thought he had levelled after being played in by substitute Craig Gardner with 64 minutes gone, but he did so from an offside position and the strike was correctly chalked off. But they were not to be denied and Gardner was the provider once again with 19 minutes remaining when he fed Johnson on the right and saw him smash a rising shot past Boruc’s less-than-effective defences and into the roof of the net. The Poland international saved from Gardner and fellow substitute Steven Fletcher in quick succession as Sunderland went for broke, and it was the Saints who were more grateful to hear the final whistle after having substitute Gaston Ramirez and Jose Fonte carried off within seconds of each other. Press Association Jay Rodriguez fired the visitors into a fourth-minute lead, and when defender Dejan Lovren volleyed home 14 minutes before the break, the Black Cats were in disarray. But Fabio Borini pulled one back within seconds to set the stage for Johnson’s late contribution as the Saints squandered a host of opportunities and ruined Pochettino’s hopes of celebrating a year in charge with a victory. Opposite number Gus Poyet was able to take comfort from the battling qualities which earned his team another precious point, but they remain inside the relegation zone and are still to win back-to-back league games this season. Sunderland went into the game brimming with confidence after the 4-1 victory at Fulham and anticipating Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup semi-final, second leg trip to Manchester United. But to Poyet’s horror, what unfolded during the opening 45 minutes was the antithesis of what he had seen at Craven Cottage as slick Southampton out-thought, out-muscled and out-played his side. With Jack Cork anchoring the midfield, Steven Davis, Morgan Schneiderlin and Adam Lallana had the freedom to exploit the space between the red and white lines, and the visitors threatened to run riot. They took the lead when Rodriguez made the most of Marcos Alonso’s failure to clear his lines, teeing himself up to fire firmly into the bottom corner from the edge of the box with goalkeeper Vito Mannone helpless. It could have been 2-0 with 18 minutes gone when Johnson deflected Luke Shaw’s cross on to the post with Mannone wrong-footed, and Rickie Lambert wasted a glorious opportunity three minutes later when he shot across the face of goal from Schneiderlin’s pass. The 26-year-old, who plundered a hat-trick at Fulham last weekend, smashed home a 71st-minute equaliser to prevent his side from slipping to a costly home defeat. But just how Southampton left Wearside with only a point will have been the topic of a post-match debate as Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to kill off a game they dominated for an hour at the end of a difficult week. Adam Johnson struck for the fourth time in a week as Sunderland staged an unlikely fightback to snatch a 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw against Southampton.last_img read more

Sprite Ball: High school love rekindled, off court entertainment and dominant displays

first_imgSprite ball 2017 was apparently the place to be this holidays. With 16 boys’ schools and 8 girls’s schools battling it out for the ultimate title, the 10th anniversary of the Sprite Ball promised to be an experience like no other.Day one of the three day festival was action packed. The cocktail of excitement and anxiety brewing in the atmosphere was unmistakable.Last year’s winners, St.Augustine’s College, won their game against Presbyterian SHS (Osu) with 23:18 points. Presbyterian boys (Legon) and Adisadel College were heart wrenchingly beaten by Pope John and St. John respectively. The highlight of the day definitely had to be the game between Mfantsipim School and Sacred Hearts SHS.Mfantsipim School proved to be the better team as they won the game with a smashing 44points to 24points. Empowered by their male counterparts’ victory, Wesley Girls’ High School made it a point not to be left out of the success as they won both games against Accra Wesley Girls and Ahantaman Girls.After the heat on the court, players from the University of Ghana Basketball team shared a few encouraging words with all the young people to encourage them to chase their dreams. Just when we thought all was said and done, two basketball players from Methodist Girls’SHS and Adisadel College decided to flaunt their skills on the court. But this was no basketball game. It was a dance off.They had the full attention of the crowd and didn’t plan on letting it go anytime soon. Claps and cheers filled the air as the duo gave of their best moves. In the end, Adisadel College revived themselves as they won the dance battle after losing their game.The pick of the day was when I found myself cheering both Wesley Girls’ and Mfantsipim at the same time. Switching from alto to tenor to bass just reiterated the mutual love both schools have.Day 2 saw the progression of the top guns into the quarterfinals and semifinals of the male and female divisions respectively.Kumasi Girls Senior High School and Methodist Girls Senior High School will lock horns in the semifinal while reigning champions Aggrey Memorial Mount Zion School takes on Wesley Girls Senior High School. The pick of the day will undoubtedly be a repeat of last edition’s semifinal when Pope John’s Senior High School face defending champions St. Augustine’s College. Mfanstipim School will play Ghana Senior High Technical School (GSTS)The upcoming day promises to be even better. With the just ended games, everyone is highly anxious to know who will be crowned Sprite Ball’s 10th anniversary basketball giant.I am a first timer at the Sprite Ball competiton and have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of action at the El-Wak Stadium.Lesley Chinery is a final year student at Wesley Girls’ High school studying General Science.last_img read more

NAC, Anti-AIDS Media Train Journalists

first_imgParticipants promised to join the HIV fight to avoid the disease from spreading. The National Aids Commission (NAC) in partnership with the Anti-AIDS Media Network on September 11 commenced a three-day capacity-building training for journalists, educating them about HIV/AIDS reporting without mentioning the victim’s name in order to avoid stigmatization and discrimination.The training brought together over 30 journalists from various media institutions, including reporters from the various radio and television stations as well as those from the print media.Press Union President (PUL) Charles B. Coffey underscored the importance for media practitioners to constantly create awareness on HIV/AIDs as a way of educating people living with HIV/AIDs to take their treatment and avoid spreading the virus.Mr. Coffey said if nothing is done to stop the spread of HIV, the younger generation will be grossly affected, “therefore, it is time that every citizen gets tested early to know their status and avoid the unknown spread of the virus.”One of the facilitators, Necus M. Andrew, said media intervention was necessary to mitigate health and social complications surrounding HIV/AIDS by increasing knowledge, improving risk perception, changing social behaviors, and questioning potentially harmful societal norms.Andrew stressed the need for media practitioners to increase the awareness campaign by bringing people together as part of multi-level efforts to mutually reinforce the messages through interpersonal, community and national channels.The training seeks to improve the understanding of journalists on effective and correct reporting on HIV/AIDS-related issues through spot messages or anti-AIDS jingles.The training is being hosted to engender collaboration between the National AIDS Commission and other stakeholders for effective HIV-prevention messages throughout the media.Ben Cooper, NAC Director for Program and Police Coordinator, said the media have a pivotal role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, adding: “Education is the vaccine against the spread of HIV/AIDS.”Mr. Cooper said many media organizations are rising to the challenge by promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS and educating listeners, readers and viewers about the facts of the epidemic and how to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more