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
Russian shipping major Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has signed a new USD 252 million credit facility to finance a series of six Aframax tankers.The tankers, which were purpose-designed to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), are currently under construction and due for delivery from the third quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019.The 7-year credit facility was agreed with a consortium of six banks, including ABN AMRO Bank, BNP Paribas, Citibank, ING Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank and Société Générale.Each 114,000 dwt tanker will have an ice class 1A hull, enabling safe year-round export operations from regions with challenging ice conditions, such as the Baltic. Two vessels will work exclusively for Shell under time-charters for up to ten years, while Shell will also provide LNG fuel for all the six tankers in the series across North West Europe and the Baltic.SCF said that the credit facility benefits from a favourable long-term tenor and competitive pricing, reflecting the robustness of the deal structure as well as the ability of the company to raise capital internationally under all market conditions.“This is the second successful debt financing accomplished by SCF Group in 2018, which now allows the company to address in full its financing requirements for the newbuilding programme of 2018-2019,” Nikolay Kolesnikov, Senior Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer of SCF Group, said.SCF informed that these vessels set new environmental standards for the global tanker industry through adopting cleaner-burning LNG as a primary fuel for Aframax tankers.
Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 23 Views one comment Share LocalNews Resident judge appeals for establishment of juvenile center in Dominica by: – April 2, 2012 Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks speaking at the UWI Dominica Open Campus recognition ceremony for graduates last week Thursday.A High Court judge has issued a plea to the government of Dominica to consider establishing a juvenile center on the island.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks issued that appeal at the closing of the January Criminal Assizes at the High Court of Justice on Monday.There are 12 juveniles forming part of the male population 3 of whom are convicted and 9 who are on remand.“I am sending out a plea for the consideration of the establishment of a juvenile detention facility for young offenders. I am not prepared to deal with juveniles unless they are charged with murder, jointly charged with an adult, as an adult or with treason”.She also urged lawyers to “stand their ground in the Magistrate Court” and insist that matters involving juveniles are dealt with by a magistrate.She also highlighted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Dominica is a signatory to noting that it advocates for the protection of children’s rights, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.The January 2012 Criminal Assizes officially closed after completing two cases, aborting two and traversing a number of cases to the May Criminal Assizes.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also noted with “regret” the number of matters which had to be traversed through no fault of the Court.The two completed cases were the State verses Manuela Williams, Loretta Xavier and Herbert Xavier who each received a 15 year sentence after they were found guilty of murdering their brother Harrison Williams at Soufriere in 2010 and Kenrick Tyson who received a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering Cecil James in Concord in 2009.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also announced that she is in the process of preparing a “white paper” which she will present to media practitioners on the “do’s and don’t’s of court reporting”.She explained her reason for creating such a document is to motivate “responsible and accurate” media reporting on the island.The May Criminal Assizes is scheduled to commence on May 8th, 2012.Dominica Vibes News
The Argentina winger fired home from 25 yards to atone for gifting Burnley the platform for Ashley Barnes’ equaliser. Harry Kane headed Tottenham into the lead before Barnes levelled, George Boyd latching onto Lamela’s misplaced pass in the build-up. Press Association Erik Lamela broke his 25-game Barclays Premier League goal drought to seal Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Burnley at White Hart Lane. Lamela shook off that error to dart in from the right flank, tee himself up and convert a long-range blast to end his dismal run without a league goal in north London. The 22-year-old has struggled to justify his £27million price tag since joining Spurs from Roma in August 2013, but finally broke his league duck as Mauricio Pochettino’s side secured their third successive win. Barnes’ 20-yard blast was every bit as smartly-taken as Lamela’s impressive strike, the Burnley forward claiming his second goal in as many matches. Sean Dyche’s side were unable to offer any response after Tottenham regained the lead however, with the hosts bossing the goalless second half. Burnley’s defeat dropped them into the relegation zone, after QPR saw off West Brom 3-2. Tottenham’s quicker thinking caught the Clarets cold for the game’s opening goal, Kane starting and finishing a smart move. The Spurs striker pounced on Kieran Trippier’s handball to slide a quick free-kick into the onrushing Nacer Chadli, who fired a left-wing cross straight back to Kane. The Enfield-born hitman flicked his calm header home for a goal that sparked the game to immediate life. Dyche was left remonstrating with officials, complaining of a potential offside against Christian Eriksen from Kane’s free-kick. Spurs’s Denmark midfielder was canny enough not to chase the ball to Chadli however, ensuring the hosts’ first real attacking move bore fruit. Just when Spurs were winding up to wrestle full control however, Burnley struck back. Lamela lost possession cheaply in midfield, Boyd found Barnes – and the visiting midfielder blasted a fine long-range strike past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Kane then fluffed a tap-in as Spurs pressed again, hacking at fresh air when it would have been easier to double his day’s goal tally. Lamela’s mazy run and low cross teed up Kane’s staggering miss, before Eriksen fired the loose ball over the bar. Jason Shackell nodded wide from a smart far-post corner a Burnley kept battling, but Spurs struck next to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Lamela cut in off the right wing, picked his spot and fired home from 20 yards, atoning for the error that had allowed Burnley to level. Danny Ings caught Federico Fazio on the run after a smart through-ball before firing in on goal when the second half hit full swing – but Lloris turned the strike round his near post. Chadli found the net after Kane’s neat through-ball, but the Morocco midfielder was judged offside and the strike chalked off. Tom Heaton produced a solid save to deny Kane in a one-on-one, and the Spurs frontman was later just unable to reach Eriksen’s low cross in another reasonable opening. While Spurs were unable to extend their lead the hosts retained control in the second-half, meriting the hard-fought victory in the event.