After 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.
The Wisconsin softball team received a big boost Sunday afternoon, as Karla Powell – the team’s only senior – made the start at the designated player position. The game marked only the 13th time in the 40 games this season that the senior cracked the Badger starting lineup, as nagging injuries have so far limited the senior’s role on the team.Powell, who was named First Team All-Big Ten just a season ago, took a big step towards getting back to form, going 1-for-1 from the plate Sunday with an RBI single in the first inning and a walk in the Badgers (27-13, 10-4 Big Ten) 9-0 slaughter of the Nittany Lions (13-26, 5-10 Big Ten).“It felt great,” Powell said of her return. “It’s been a long process fighting through injuries. I’ve just been working on my swing as much as possible. I’m still fighting through pain, but it’s my senior year; we have a goal in mind to get to the NCAA’s. If I’m in the lineup, great; if I’m not it’s whatever, just as long as we make it to our goal, that’s the big picture.”It’s been a rough road for Powell in her return. During her junior season in 2011, the Badgers’ first baseman made it look easy, starting all 53 of the Badgers games while recording a .313 batting average 10 doubles, nine home runs and 31 RBI’s.However, Powell’s injuries have indeed been showing their effects on her swing. Coming into Sunday, Powell had only managed 41 at-bats in the Badgers previous 39 games, recording just a .195 average with eight hits.Offensively, the Badgers have found a way to make up for Powell’s limited role. The Badgers currently have seven players in their starting lineup with a batting average over .300, as the team is one of the top hitting clubs in the entire Big Ten.But this weekend’s series with Penn State may have been a sign that Powell is on her way to add one more top-tier hitter to the Wisconsin lineup. Powell made five plate appearances in the Badgers’ three games with the Nittany Lions this weekend, going 2-for-2 at the plate with a single, a double, three walks and two RBI’s.“It’s great to have her back,” Healy said. “She’s given us a little boost and has some power. She’s seeing the ball well. She’s been getting on base all year, but for her to come through with some big hits and RBI’s this weekend is great for her confidence and the team’s.”In control of their own destinyWisconsin now finds itself in a unique position after their three-game sweep of Penn State. With a 10-4 record in conference play, Wisconsin has now moved into a tie for second place in the Big Ten standings, as the team has won eight of its last nine conference contests including four straight.“I think it just shows how much hard work pays off,” sophomore Mary Massei said. “We’re all just confident and having fun right now. We know our strengths, and we’re trying to get it done.”While the Badgers entered Sunday tied for third place in the Big Ten with Nebraska, Ohio State was able to defeat the Cornhuskers 4-1 Sunday, dropping them to fourth place in the standings with a 10-5 record in league play.The Badgers also received plenty of help in their quest for the program’s first-ever Big Ten title from Minnesota and Illinois. Minnesota gave first-place Michigan all it could handle this weekend, as the Gophers were able to take two out of three from the Wolverines, dropping Michigan to an 11-3 record in conference play.Purdue, the second-place team in the conference going into the weekend, also faltered away from home, falling twice to Illinois to drop their conference record to 10-4, moving them into a tie with Wisconsin for second place.The Badgers are now in a position in the conference where they control their own destiny. With all of their remaining conference games against the other top three teams in the league – Michigan, Purdue and Nebraska – Wisconsin’s fate in the hunt for the Big Ten title remains solely in its own hands with just nine Big Ten contests left“I think this is where we want to be,” Healy said. “It’s about the Big Ten race and it’s about the NCAA tournament. We definitely have the hardest road ahead, I think, compared to anybody, and that’s right where you want to be. I think we’re going to have to play our best softball late. To see Purdue, Nebraska and Michigan late, with two of those series on the road, it’ll be a good test.”
Christian Yelich was a very good player who became an MVP in 2018. Baseball history is full of players who have followed that path. So who are the candidates to compete for postseason awards for the first time? Walker Buehler sure looked like a Cy Young contender in his brilliant World Series start. Kyle Schwarber has the power to contend for a home run title, and a couple of big league years under his belt. Nick Pivetta had his issues last year, but struck out more than 10 batters per nine innings.19. Which guys go from afterthought to All-Stars?What are we talking about? Think Scooter Gennett and Max Muncy. Who are the potential candidates? No idea, and that’s kind of the point. It’ll be fun to watch happen, though. Spring training games start next week, which is awesome.The regular season will be here before we know it, and hopefully Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel and the other still-free-agent stars find teams before Opening Day. Here are 19 storylines we’ll be watching once the baseball season starts for real.MORE: Opening Day schedule for all 30 MLB teams1. L.A.’s quest for a championshipThis isn’t a regular-season storyline, unless an avalanche of disasters inundate Dodger Stadium and keep what is a very good team right now out of the postseason. This is an October storyline. After back-to-back trips to the World Series, winning a championship is the only thing that matters. Can they get it done? 2. The Nationals in the post-Harper eraThere’s a very good chance the 2019 Nationals will finish with a better record, actually. Losing Harper hurts, of course (if he does eventually choose to sign elsewhere), but so many things went wrong for the Nationals in 2018 — a season that ended with only 82 wins. If the Nationals can stay healthy, this is a team that should contend for a playoff spot. The rotation has Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg up top, the bullpen has Sean Doolittle, Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough, the outfield has Juan Soto, Adam Eaton and highly touted prospect Victor Robles and the infield has Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmermann and Brian Dozier. Healthy, that’s better than an 82-win team. 3. Will pending labor issues impact how deals/trades/moves are done in 2019?The current CBA expires on the first day of December 2021. The players are far from happy with how this current one has played out. It’s already impacted at least one contract extension …Interesting detail: Severino and his agents wanted money pushed toward front of deal to protect against possible strike when CBA expires on Dec. 1, 2021. https://t.co/iRa8udjxbA— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 15, 2019Because, yeah, players know what’s coming …#STLCards pitcher Adam Wainwright on @TMASTL: “Unless something changes, there’s going to be a strike. 100%. I’m just worried people are going to walk-out mid-season.” pic.twitter.com/M8WeRVcASe— Tim McKernan (@tmckernan) February 15, 20194. The cellar-to-October hope is realEight teams lost at least 95 games last year. Eight! But you know this. Which one of those also-rans could actually be a playoff contender in 2019? With all due respect to Padres and White Sox, that list starts with Cincinnati. The Reds have finished last in the NL Central and lost at least 94 games four consecutive seasons, but they’ve added a good deal of talent — Yasiel Puig, Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp and Tanner Roark — and have a nice crop of prospects, headed by Nick Senzel, ready to contribute. Oh, and they still have Joey Votto. The Central is tough, but the Reds could definitely make a big jump this season. 5. The October-to-afterthought fear is real, tooThe A’s were baseball’s biggest surprise in 2018, going from two games under .500 on June 15 (34-36) to 97 wins on the season. The Rays defied pretty much every expectation en route to a 90-win campaign in the AL East. Will their 2019 records look similar or take a step back? 6. Are the Phillies a World Series contender?After three consecutive years of at least 91 losses, the Phillies were 15 games above .500 in early August last season before the bottom fell out. The talent is there for a repeat of the first four-and-a-half months, but if we’re being honest, just getting to the playoffs isn’t the primary goal. They’ve added J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura and are still chasing either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. They have Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta atop the rotation and a bullpen with big, though largely unproven, arms. 7. The arrival of the JuniorsThe namesake son of the a Hall of Famer is the top prospect in the American League and the namesake son of the only player in baseball history to hit two grand slams in the same inning is the best prospect in the National League. Pretty cool, right? We probably won’t see Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Fernando Tatis, Jr. on Opening Day, but both soon-to-be-stars will make their mark on the 2019 season. Guerrero hit .402 at Double-A and .336 in Triple-A last year, and Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projections give Guerrero 23 major league homers and a .370 on-base percentage — even though he doesn’t turn 20 until March 16. Tatis hasn’t seen Triple-A yet, but don’t expect him to spend a ton of time there. 8. Let’s all enjoy the Eloy Jimenez show — eventuallyEloy Jimenez won’t be on the White Sox roster on Opening Day because of service time considerations. That’s a shame. He’s ready to be a star in the major leagues right now. He’s 22 and ripped through Double-A and Triple-A last year, batting a combined .337 with 22 homers and a .961 OPS in 122 games. Chicago’s best hope for contention is for Jimenez to play 155 games, from the get-go. FOSTER: 19 reasons why baseball will be great in 20199. The hunt for red OctoberNo team was more consistent in the 2000s than the Cardinals; they reached October in 12 of the first 16 seasons this century. But they’ve missed three years in a row, and they fired manager Mike Matheny last year when things weren’t trending in the right direction. With Mike Shildt steering the ship and Paul Goldschmidt anchoring the middle of the lineup, will the Cardinals finally get back to the postseason? 10. The Mariners and their playoff droughtSeattle owns the longest playoff drought in baseball. Last year, it was kind of excruciating to watch the Mariners and their fans see the A’s shoot past them into October. This year, after a roster revamp that was mostly a sell-off, at least it won’t be so painful to see the Mariners miss the postseason again. But maybe they’ll pull an A’s, eh? Maybe. Doubtfully, though. 11. Which fanbase will be most annoyed with their team’s boring offseason?Lots of fanbases had dreams of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado wearing their favorite team’s uniform. For some of those fans, anything short of that was going to be a disappointment. And when their favorite team is a couple of games out of a playoff spot in September, you can bet those fans will remember how the front office opted against spending money in the offseason. 12. Will “the opener” gain in popularity? The Rays used Brian Kenny’s favorite theory more extensively than any other team during the regular season, and the Brewers had success with it in October. After an offseason to get used to the idea, will other teams make this a regular part of their approach? 13. Which would-be contender will become a seller?The path to October is fraught with peril, and detours have to be taken. For some teams, the detour will mean delaying a playoff push until 2020. Sometimes, it’s better to go home than to go big. 14. Unexpected trade chipsBarring extensions, next winter’s crop of free agents will include Nolan Arenado, Madison Bumgarner, Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rendon, Yasiel Puig, Scooter Gennett, Khris Davis, Gerrit Cole and Josh Donaldson. Most of those players are stars for teams that expect to contend this season, but what happens if those plans go south? That means those guys could be potential trade chips before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. That’ll be fun. RIVERA: Grading every MLB team’s offseason15. Will Mike Trout finish another October-less season? You know the drill by now. Mike Trout has been in the majors for six full seasons — not counting his 114-game 2017 campaign — and he’s finished first or second in the AL MVP voting all six years. His Angels, though, have only made the postseason one time in that stretch. If everyone else stays healthy, it’s possible the Angels could make a push, but when was the last time most players on the Angels actually stayed healthy? 16. Baseball across the pondThe sport will showcase two of its premier franchises when the Yankees and Red Sox play a pair of games in London. OK, so maybe this isn’t a storyline, per se, but it’s a highlight of the season, and that’s worth pointing out. 17. What’s next for the Orioles and Chris Davis?It’s hard to imagine a worse season for that team or that player. The Orioles won only 47 games all season — Boston had 47 wins by June 13 — and Davis struggled through a miserable season — .168 average, .296 slugging percentage and -2.8 bWAR. He’s signed through 2022 for $23 million a year. Yeah. The 2019 campaign HAS to be better, right? Right?Chris Davis remains bullish on a Chris Davis bounce-back.”The player who has been productive in the past is not gone,” he said. “He didn’t disappear. He is still here. I think, as far as my swing is concerned, I feel like I’m that player right now.” #Orioles— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) February 15, 201918. 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