The results of the research conducted by the regional research center “TIM” from Novi Sad, confirmed that the premiere edition of the Sea Star Festival in Umag this year has contributed to the Croatian tourism industry more than 60 million kuna.The new festival organized by Exit from the first announcement to the final opening, due to great interest has tripled the initial capacity and doubled the number of festival zones in the Umag resort Stella Maris, while according to official data of the Tourist Board of Umag, all accommodation facilities in the city and surrounding places , were filled. Thus, according to the data of the Umag Tourist Board, in relation to the pre-festival weekend in Umag and its surroundings, the number of visits increased by as much as 220%!The festival was visited by more than 25 fans from 28 to 50.000 May, and as many as 93% of them came from outside Umag, and the host city in hospitality is followed by the Istrian County, which was visited by as many as 85% of guests from abroad! The survey also found that each of these visitors spent an average of 292 euros during the festival, according to organizers, which was conducted on a representative sample of visitors with purchased tickets.The research of visitors also shows that they stayed in Umag for an average of three days, and the list of about 40 countries from which guests came to the festival includes Great Britain, the Netherlands, France and most countries on the European continent. from nearby Slovenia and Italy. Visitors from Western Europe spent a bit more, with 310 euros in the end, or 103 euros per day, and it is interesting that visitors from the countries of the region with an average of 305 euros, or slightly more than 100 euros, did not lag behind. Daily.”After the exceptional start of the Sea Star Festival, which exceeded all expectations, a historic chance was created for Sea Star to grow into one of the most important music festivals in the Mediterranean and one of the most important brands in Umag, Istria and the entire region. According to the experience from Exit, with this initial energy, Sea Star will shine on the European map of the festival for a long time”, Said the director and founder of EXIT festival Dusan Kovacevic and adds that visitors, numerous performers, both international and regional who traveled by road in Istria, and more than 300 journalists from around the world in the superlatives themselves spoke about the beauties, gastronomic offer and acceptance by the host.Also, the whole story needs to include the media value and coverage of the festival, which is certainly not negligible when we talk about branding and promotion of a tourist destination. As Kovačić points out, this year the festival received numerous awards from the world media, so some of the most influential British media aimed at the younger population, such as DJ Mag, Billboard, IQ, Mixmag, gave their recommendations for Sea Star as well as for a holiday in Umag. , Pulse Radio, Festpop and many others. Unfortunately, the real media value, ie the reach of the Sea Satar Festival, has not been done, but certainly this information, which is extremely important, should be added to the total tourist consumption.Research also shows that the highly educated make up as much as two thirds, and the average age of the Sea Star festival audience is 26,2 years, which puts them in a higher pay group. Visitors were mostly accommodated in apartments, private accommodation and hotels. The research also showed that the vast majority, over 80%, visited Umag exclusively because of the Sea Star festival, while over 95% of respondents said that their opinion of Umag improved or remained equally positive after the festival! Also, as many as 95.3% of respondents estimated that the Stella Maris complex is an excellent or good location for holding festivals.Investing in events is not a cost, but an investment If we want to have a good attendance and a good story, we must invest, ie invest money in quality content. Without content there is no story, no visitors and ultimately no interest. The goal is to offer quality products and services that visitors are willing to pay and consume, and of course the story of the event as the main motive for coming. The most important thing is to complete the whole story, both to the visitors and to the partners who are inside the festival through catering and other facilities. The event must be a win-win-win for everyone, because if only one element is missing, everything falls into the water.But the most important message is that investing in events is not a cost, but an investment, of course if we look at the long term and work on developing a large event that becomes a motive for coming. With the arrival of as many visitors as possible, such as the good example of the Sea Star Festival, a tourist overnight stay is generated as well as the most important tourist spending. If there is no spending, there is no interest, and interest is the earnings of all partners. Everything pulls one after another, so the organization of events is a serious job that consists of a lot of elements that complement each other.If you want to develop events, then you have to invest money, because one does not go without the other. Without investing in production, the whole experience and quality development, the money invested is a cost and thrown to the wind because we did not complete the whole story, ie get a sufficient number of visitors and, accordingly, not tourist spending. An excellent example is Advent in Zagreb, which achieved 120.000 arrivals and 230.000 overnight stays, and according to the conducted research, generated an estimated consumption of 390 to 438 million kuna.And don’t forget, content is king and the motive for coming.Related news:FIND OUT HOW MUCH ADVENT GENERATED TOURIST SPENDING IN ZAGREBSMALL EVENTS AS THE ESSENCE OF OUR TOURISMTHE ESSENCE OF TOURISM IN ISTRIA – SO SIMPLE AND SO INGENIOUS 100 MILES OF ISTRIA AS A GREAT TOURIST STORY THAT WILL GENERATE 5.000 NIGHTS
But the state’s top health official voiced optimism that a partial lockdown of five million people, now in its third week, was working.Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said modeling showed “today should be the peak” even if the number of new cases continues to fluctuate and new daily records could yet be set.The number of daily new cases has passed the March peak of 459 at least three times in the last week, according to data compiled by AFP.Sutton indicated any future increase would likely be driven by closely monitored outbreaks at care facilities for the elderly. Australia on Monday posted its highest number of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, even as officials expressed hope outbreaks in locked-down Melbourne may have peaked.A day after Australia reported its highest daily death toll, authorities confirmed at least 549 new COVID-19 infections -— almost entirely driven by an outbreak in the southeastern state of Victoria.Authorities admitted a second wave of clusters in Melbourne was taking longer to suppress than hoped. Topics : Australia had dodged the worst ravages of the pandemic, logging around 15,000 cases in total — fewer than many hard-hit countries see in one day.But the second outbreak is still proving deadly, with the nation’s death toll rising to 161 on Monday.”The outbreaks are really volatile,” Sutton said pointing to some virulent clusters. “In aged care settings the numbers can increase very significantly in a very short period of time.”Officials around the country are eyeing the situation in Victoria nervously, as neighboring New South Wales monitors several clusters sparked by a Melbourne traveller to Sydney earlier this month.”Whilst we are holding the line … we only have to tragically look at what is happening in Victoria to realize that could be us in a few weeks,” New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian said.Almost all of New South Wales’ cases have been traced to a specific source or cluster, making management much easier.Nevertheless the chief minister of the Northern Territory, which like most of Australia has effectively suppressed the virus, delayed plans to open travel with Sydney until at least late August.”In recent weeks I think the entire nation got a reality check, any hopes that we’d be through this crisis in a few short months have been dashed,” Michael Gunner told media in Darwin.
Published on September 10, 2014 at 11:44 am Contact Jon: email@example.com | @jmettus Starting high school, Justyn Knight was a mostly undiscovered talent. He played varsity basketball and volleyball, but no one realized his true potential as a runner.Not one until his 10th-grade gym class.Knight was practicing for a 5,000-meter race as part of his school’s physical education curriculum, but his teacher didn’t think he was pushing himself.“He thought that I wasn’t putting my best foot forward,” Knight said. “Since I was a varsity athlete, he expected more out of me, so he told me that if I wanted to get my mark a lot higher that I’d have to do well in the 5K and also win in my class.”Knight didn’t just win. He broke gym class records along the way and caught the attention of Frank Bergin, the varsity track and field coach at St. Michael’s (Ontario) College School. Bergin invited Knight to come to a practice, timed him and asked him to join the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow a Syracuse freshman and one of the most highly rated prospects in North America, Knight is transitioning from his brief high school career to the Orange’s higher-intensity program. And because Knight’s track and field season ended in July — much later than the runners at Syracuse — SU head coach Chris Fox is easing Knight into the season.“His coach did things very smartly to get him to where he was, but now we’ve raised the game where this is a different level,” Fox said.Knight is used to logging 35 miles a week, but said runners at Syracuse do twice that. He’s used to doing faster-paced workouts, but Fox has put him through longer and more intense ones.His first high school race came with about three meets left in his sophomore season. Knight showed up in basketball shoes and shorts. After borrowing shoes to run in, he placed first and second in his first two competitive races, the 3,000-meter and 1,500-meter races, respectively, and made it to the Ontario Federation of School Athletics Associations’ championship in his first year.In 2012, Knight dropped all other sports to take up running full time. He ran cross-country for the first time, placing in the top 25 in the OFSAA finals and fifth in track and field.“When it came down to OFSAA, although in everybody else’s eyes he did really well, he thought he didn’t do all that great,” Knight’s mother Jennifer Knight said. “It was phenomenal, but for him it was kind of like ‘what the heck is going on here?’”He used his own disappointment and other people’s doubts, due to his lack of experience, as motivation. In his senior season, he went undefeated in cross-country.He placed first at the Ontario finals — a school first— and first in the junior men’s division at the Canadian National Cross Country Championships.On the biggest stage, the International Association of Athletics Federations World Track and Field Championships, Knight was the first runner in the junior division from a non-African country to finish, placing eighth.Knight said he owes his success to the instruction and training he’s received from his coaches.“Since I’m pretty new to the sport, it gives me an open mind where I kind of have to listen to everything that the coaches say,” Knight said. “I trust my coaches and they all know what’s best for me. I think me just listening to them and doing everything that they ask has helped me become the runner I am today.”Fox said Knight is within the team’s tightly contested group of top 10 runners. But he won’t let the reins off to see what Knight can do in competition until the Boston Inter-Regional on Sept. 26, when the races start counting toward points for the NCAA championship.“Obviously there’s a lot of potential there, “ Fox said. “He’s a very talented kid that is way undertrained at this point in his career, so we have to be very judicious about increasing what he does, but he’s got a lot of ability to be able to help us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+