“After 14 years of marriage with my deepest sadness our road is coming to the end,” she wrote at the time.Savchenko later confirmed the news in his own statement, telling Us Weekly, “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage. We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them. We ask that you respect our family’s need for privacy and healing during this time.”The Russian model rose to fame in 2013 when he first competed on season 16 of DWTS with partner Lisa Vanderpump. He later returned to dance with Jana Kramer in season 23, which aired in 2016. Over the next five seasons, he performed with Erika Jayne, Sasha Pieterse, basketball player Arike Ogunbowale, comedian Nikki Glaser and singer Lauren Alaina. In September 2020, the choreographer was partnered with Chrishell Stause for the 29th season of the dance competition.- Advertisement – News of Savchenko’s split came shortly after he and the Selling Sunset star were eliminated from DWTS in the eighth week. After being voted off the ABC show, the Kentucky native gushed over how “therapeutic” it was to turn her focus onto her dancing and to have Savchenko by her side throughout the competition.“I know it should be a sad moment right now, because of course, I didn’t want to leave, but I’m so happy that I’ve had this experience and I’m so grateful,” she told Entertainment Tonight in November 2020. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience and I’ll never forget it.”- Advertisement – The way they were. Gleb Savchenko and wife Elena Samodanova seemingly made a perfect match, but ultimately, they weren’t able to last forever.The Dancing With the Stars pro and the Russia native wed in July 2006 and went on to welcome two daughters, Olivia and Zlata. In November 2020, the So You Think You Can Dance choreographer announced via her Instagram Story that she and Savchenko had called it quits.- Advertisement – Scroll down to relive Savchenko and Samodanova’s relationship timeline. – Advertisement –
Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, was fighting for his political life on Friday in a contest that could determine which party controls the Senate, as his re-election bid headed to a January runoff against Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger.Mr. Perdue had a razor-thin lead over Mr. Ossoff in a contest that demonstrated Democrats’ emerging strength in what was once a Republican stronghold in the Deep South. Neither candidate claimed a majority of votes amid a protracted count, according to The Associated Press.- Advertisement – Mr. Perdue, a first-term Republican, had come tantalizingly close to winning outright and avoiding a runoff altogether. He led after election night, but as Democratic counties around Atlanta and Savannah continued to count and report ballots on Friday, he had dipped just below the 50 percent threshold needed to win under Georgia law. The state’s other looming runoff is a special election to fill the seat vacated by retired Republican Johnny Isakson and could more of a wild card. Dr. Warnock, 51, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once led, emerged as the front-runner after Tuesday’s voting, but there were more than a dozen candidates on the ballot. The inconclusive result set up a dramatic rematch between Mr. Perdue and Mr. Ossoff on Jan. 5, and thrust Georgia into the center of the nation’s political fray as Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared on track to win the White House. The state had already been slated to decide the fate of its second Senate seat in a special-election runoff between the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, the same day. That makes it nearly certain that the twin Georgia races will determine which party controls the chamber just two weeks before the next presidential inauguration.“Change has come to Georgia,” Mr. Ossoff said at a rally on Friday, “and Georgia is a part of the change coming to America.” Mr. Perdue pounded Mr. Ossoff as too extreme for the state, distorting many of the Democrat’s positions on policing, health care and a range of other issues to try to scare moderate voters to his side. He praised Republicans’ tax and regulatory cuts, as well as the popular programs Congress approved to help unemployed Americans and small businesses weather the pandemic. If Mr. Biden wins the White House, and Democrats take both of Georgia’s seats, they would draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie, effectively taking control of the chamber given the vice president’s power to cast tiebreaking votes. But that is a tall order in a state with deep conservative roots, and Republicans felt reasonably confident they could hang onto at least one of the seats needed to deny Democrats the majority.- Advertisement – Mr. Perdue’s campaign made clear immediately that he would seek to nationalize the race, saying a vote for Mr. Ossoff was “a vote to hand power to Chuck Schumer and the radical Democrats in Washington.”“We are excited for overtime — it gives us even more time to continue exposing Jon Ossoff and his radical socialist agenda,” Ben Fry, his campaign manager, said, adding a dig at Mr. Ossoff, who lost a high-profile special election for a House seat in 2017. “Jon Ossoff does two things well: burn through out-of-state liberal money and lose elections.” In a good sign for Republicans approaching the runoff, Mr. Perdue outperformed Mr. Trump in Tuesday’s voting, and Mr. Ossoff trailed Mr. Biden.Mr. Ossoff, 33, tried to portray Mr. Perdue as a flunky for special interests who failed Georgia in a time of crisis and was putting people’s health care at risk by pressing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Citing reports that Mr. Perdue was trading stocks early in the pandemic, Mr. Ossoff accused the senator of having been more interested in his own financial success than that of Georgians.“Retirement is coming for Senator David Perdue,” Mr. Ossoff said on Friday. “A senator who saw fit to continue to attack our health care in the midst of a pandemic. A senator who told us that this disease that has taken a quarter of a million lives was no deadlier than the ordinary flu while he looked out for himself.”Mindful of the power of the state’s sizable Black electorate, Mr. Ossoff tied himself closely to Representative John Lewis, the civil rights icon and longtime Atlanta congressman who died this year. Mostly, though, he sought to capitalize on a wave of antipathy toward Mr. Trump in a state where the coronavirus has taken a deadly toll. Mr. Perdue, 70, a former chief executive of Reebok and Dollar General who beat his Democratic opponent by eight points in 2014, was initially expected to have an easy road to re-election.But he was weighed down by voters’ displeasure with President Trump’s coronavirus response, and by his own missteps. He faced accusations of anti-Semitism after running a Facebook advertisement that enlarged the nose of Mr. Ossoff, who is Jewish, a move his campaign blamed on a vendor. He struggled to keep up with Mr. Ossoff’s prodigious fund-raising, which exploded in mid-October after Mr. Perdue publicly mocked the first name of Senator Kamala Harris, his colleague in the Senate for nearly four years and the Democrats’ nominee for vice president.“Kah-MAH-lah or KAH-mah-lah or Kamamboamamla — I don’t know,” he said at a rally for Mr. Trump in Macon. Mr. Perdue’s campaign said he had “simply mispronounced” the first name of Ms. Harris, a Black woman of Indian and Jamaican descent. Mr. Ossoff called it bullying and suggested it was racially insensitive.As in his 2014 campaign, Mr. Perdue ran as a Washington outsider, campaigning in a denim jacket rather than the expensive tailored suits he wears in the Senate. The case was harder to make this time given his six-year record there. But he tied his campaign closely to another onetime outsider, Mr. Trump, and pushed ahead. Two other Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, putting them at 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48.Both parties were already busy on Friday readying for the nine-week sprint, and they were expected to deluge the state with tens of millions of dollars more in advertising to try to turn out their voters. For Democrats, it will be a bank-shot attempt to harness total control of Washington after a spate of otherwise disappointing congressional elections. Should Mr. Biden win, Republicans will be motivated to deny him the majority, holding onto considerable power to shape at least the first two years of his term and thwarting liberal ambitions.Regardless of what happens, the runoffs were a clear sign of Democrats’ growing power in a once solidly conservative state. After years of predictions, the mobilization of Black voters and movement toward Democrats by educated white women in Atlanta’s suburbs signaled that Georgia’s status as a true battleground state might finally have arrived.- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 8:30 p.m. ET He has run as a progressive, vowing to expand the Affordable Care Act and push for sweeping changes to policing and the criminal justice system to root out anti-Black bias.Ms. Loeffler, 49, overcame a stiff challenge from Representative Doug Collins, a fellow Republican. She poured more than $20 million of her own fortune into the race and had the backing of the state’s Republican governor and Senate Republicans’ campaign apparatus, who believed Ms. Loeffler’s record as a businesswoman could win back independent suburban voters, particularly women.But the fight to edge out Mr. Collins turned bitter and personal, driving Ms. Loeffler to the hard right. She courted the support of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist who won a House seat on Tuesday in Georgia, and took other positions that could be hard to walk back in January even as she tries to reorient the campaign around her success as a businesswoman and record in Washington dealing with the coronavirus crisis.On Thursday, she had already begun attacking Dr. Warnock, giving a glimpse of a playbook that will try to mine his language from years on the pulpit and liberal policy positions to portray him as a pastor in the mold of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the former pastor of former President Barack Obama, whose “God damn America,” sermon was used to attack the former president.But Republicans are getting a late start. Consumed for much of the year with holding off Mr. Collins, Ms. Loeffler left Dr. Warnock largely untouched as he introduced himself to voters on purely positive terms as a pastor and healer.Anticipating a barrage of attacks on the horizon, Dr. Warnock used his first advertisement of the runoff, a spoof of a campaign-style attack ad, released on Thursday to try to prime voters for what was coming.“Get ready Georgia, the negative ads are coming,” he says. “Kelly Loeffler doesn’t want to talk about why she’s for getting rid of health care in the middle of a pandemic, so she’s going to try and scare you with lies about me.” – Advertisement –
Mar 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A teen-age girl with no known exposure to infected poultry has died of H5N1 avian influenza, and a 40-year-old woman has tested positive for the virus, Vietnamese authorities said today.The girl, a 17-year-old from Nam Dinh province, south of Hanoi, died yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Officials aren’t sure how she contracted avian flu, because poultry in her village have not had the disease, said Vu Huu Viet, head of the provincial medical center.The 40-year-old woman is from Quang Ninh province near the Chinese border, the AP reported. She ate chicken on Mar 10 and began experiencing fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties 4 days later, said Nguyen Van Thich, with the province’s medical center. The woman was in stable condition in a Hanoi hospital, the story said.The cases reported today bring the unofficial overall total to 74 cases, including 49 deaths, since late 2003.In addition to the two latest confirmed cases, Vietnam continues to wrestle with a number of possible cases, although media accounts vary. Five family members from the northern port city of Haiphong were hospitalized Mar 23 with suspected avian flu, according to a Reuters report, which attributed the information to the state-run Hanoi Moi newspaper.The head of Haiphong’s health department, Nguyen Van Vy, said poultry at the family’s home had been slaughtered earlier to stop an outbreak, according to the story.In the central province of Quang Binh, media reports of about 195 sick people are prompting close scrutiny by Vietnamese officials. Provincial doctors and district healthcare center employees have examined each family in Kinh Chau village and offered guidance to improve safety, according to a story published today by Vietnam News Service (VNS).More than 1,000 poultry have been culled in Kinh Chau village as well, VNS reported.Officials have denied finding any new avian flu cases in Quang Binh since the death of a 5-year-old boy in mid-March, although VNS reported today that some residents of the village, including relatives and neighbors of the boy, remain under close medical observation. The story reported that residents are reluctant to be hospitalized.The national steering committee for preventing respiratory inflammation has asked local branches across Vietnam to promote a month-long campaign to clean poultry farms. The push is to begin next Friday, VNS reported.The disease continues to spread outside of Vietnam as well. In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reported today that avian flu was still spreading in South Sulawesi, affecting the regencies of Sidenreng Rappang, Wajo, Soppeng, and Maros. About 128,000 chickens have been affected so far, that paper reported.In Cambodia, officials said an 18-year-old man who is hospitalized with a fever and cough is being tested for avian flu, according to an Agence-France Presse report today. Officials said the man had killed and eaten sick chickens and is from Kampot, the same province where Cambodia’s first two confirmed human cases occurred.See also:CIDRAP avian flu case-count tableshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/case-count/avflucount.html
Jun 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the 2005-06 influenza season was milder than the previous several seasons and had an unusually late peak.From Oct 2, 2005, through May 20, 2006, US laboratories involved in official flu surveillance tested 139,647 patient specimens for flu viruses, and 17,414 (12.5%) were positive, the CDC said in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Of these, 14,093 (80.9%) were influenza A viruses, and 3,321 (19.1%) were influenza B viruses.In today’s report, the CDC lists the following indications of a relatively mild flu season:The proportion of specimens testing positive for influenza peaked at 23% in Dec 2005, compared with peak proportions of 23.2% to 41.0% in the previous five flu seasons.The highest weekly percentage of visits to “sentinel” healthcare providers for influenza-like illness was 3.3%, compared with a range of 3.2% to 7.6% in the previous five seasons.At the seasonal peak, the week ending Mar 11, 2006, 41 states reported regional or widespread influenza activity. This compares with 45 to 50 states in the previous five flu seasons.The percentage of weekly deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza never exceeded the CDC’s epidemic threshold, peaking twice at 7.8%. During the previous five seasons, the total number of weeks above the epidemic threshold ranged from 4 to 16, and the peak percentage ranged from 8.1% to 10.4%.This season’s peak week, in March, came substantially later than the peak periods in the previous five seasons, which ranged from early December to late February, according to the report.However, the number of weeks during which 10% or more of specimens tested positive was particularly high this past flu season. The season saw 18 consecutive weeks at that level, compared with 11 to 15 weeks in the previous five seasons.The CDC also reports that 35 children died of flu-related causes in 13 states during the season. This compares with 39 pediatric deaths in 17 states during the 2004-05 flu season and 152 such deaths in 40 states in 2003-04. Pediatric statistics were not given in the CDC’s year-end reports immediately preceding those.Of the 5,661 influenza A viruses that were subtyped, 5,231 (92.4%) were H3N2 strains and 430 (7.6%) were H1N1. And although type A viruses predominated overall, influenza B was more common in specimens from late April through May.(In Europe, influenza B predominated. In Asia, influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B predominated, while Africa reported low levels of influenza A and B, according to the report.)Also, circulating virus strains matched the 2005-06 vaccine quite well, the report said. Most influenza A subtypes matched the two vaccine strains. And in the early months of the season, the influenza B subtype matched as well.The US Food and Drug Administration has recommended that the 2006-07 trivalent vaccine contain different influenza B and influenza A (H3N2) components, the report notes. The recommended virus subtypes for the coming season’s vaccine are A/New Caledonia/20/99-like (H1N1), A/Wisconsin/67/2005-like (H3N2), and B/Malaysia/2506/2004-like.The report also says the past flu season was notable in that H3N2 viruses developed a high level of resistance to the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine (the adamantanes). Because of this, the CDC in January recommended not using these drugs for flu prevention or treatment for the rest of the season.This high resistance to the adamantanes among circulating H3N2 viruses continued through May, the report states.CDC. Update: influenza activity—United States and worldwide, 2005-06 season, and composition of the 2006-07 influenza vaccine. MMWR 2006 Jun 16;55(23):648-52 [Full text]See also:March 1 CIDRAP News story: “Two new strains to be used in 2006-07 flu vaccine”CDC influenza activity sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
Aug 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States who met at a security summit in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug 21 unveiled a North American pandemic influenza plan designed to share expertise, coordinate public health messages, and overcome anticipated obstacles at national borders.The plan evolved from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a trilateral effort launched in 2006 to enhance collaboration on security and economic issues. At the 2006 summit, leaders vowed to develop a pandemic plan and establish a senior-level coordinating body to work on preparedness issues, according to a US State Department fact sheet.Though the plan covers traditional areas such as information sharing, surveillance, and medical resources, it emphasizes preserving the three countries’ economies in the event of an influenza pandemic.”Although influenza will not physically damage critical infrastructure, systems may be weakened by the absence of essential personnel in the workplace or the diversion of resources,” the 44-page report states. “The Plan, therefore, extends beyond health and medical sectors to include provisions in relation to critical infrastructure and the movement of goods and services across our borders.”Kim Elliott, deputy director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said TFAH welcomes the release of the pandemic flu plan. “The flu virus doesn’t respect borders, so it’s incumbent upon every country to plan for coordination,” she told CIDRAP News.A pandemic plan is meaningless unless it stipulates that participants hold exercises to test it, Elliott said. The North American plan includes provisions for bilateral and trilateral pandemic response exercises, with a target date of December 2008.Among the challenges North American pandemic planners will face, Elliott said, is vastly different healthcare systems—particularly Canada with its more centralized approach, and the United States with a more privatized healthcare model. “So it’s good to test operations and different strategies,” she said.The plan spells out the triggers that would prompt one of the three countries to request assistance from its neighbors: when human or material resources are scarce, when a pandemic event in one country threatens the others, and when an outbreak requires robust coordination of responses by all three countries.In several areas, the plan calls on the countries to address obstacles that could hamper outbreak containment. For example, authorities should ensure rapid cross-border movement of diagnostic materials and reagents, as well as specimens, isolates, and vaccines. Also, the document specifies that countries should ease the way for veterinary and medical personnel to respond to emergencies in other countries.Sharing information and best practices is another theme of the plan. For example, it says countries should share information about how they plan to use nonpharmaceutical interventions and communicate public health messages to their citizens.Regarding stockpiling of vaccines and drugs, planners acknowledge that though the countries have different goals, it is useful for them to share their strategies for shelf-life extension, vaccine and antiviral allocation, and mass distribution.Though border restrictions are not a centerpiece of the plan, the document does address international arrivals. The three countries will share and coordinate triggers, criteria, and protocols for screening international travelers, the report says. “These . . . should be balanced against the necessity to maintain the flow of persons, cargo, and trade across North American borders,” it states.The plan advises countries to adopt a layered passenger-screening approach consisting of predeparture, en route, and arrival checks.Because the infrastructures of the three countries are highly interrelated, the plan suggests that infrastructure sectors in each country, such as agriculture, transportation, and utilities, join with their counterparts in the other countries to assess their risks and share their resiliency strategies. The United States has already identified how it would protect critical infrastructure and key resource sectors, and Canada and Mexico are both finalizing similar plans, the report says.Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors of the FluWiki, an interactive pandemic planning Web site, told CIDRAP News that one element that seems missing from the North American plan is a strategy to inform citizens of the countries about, and involve them in, for example, community mitigation plans.Dworkin, who is chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., said a recent study from the Irish Council for Bioethics suggests that global pandemic planners need to do more to teach citizens about their pandemic risks. The study found that 7 in 10 Irish people were unaware of the flu pandemic risk and that three-fourths weren’t fully aware of avian flu risks.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Tourism held the fifth thematic meeting of the members of the Coordination Body for the Development of Cyclotourism in Croatia on the topic “Opportunities for the development of cycling infrastructure.”The meeting was attended by numerous directors and representatives of county road administrations, county representatives for cyclotourism development, founding members of the Coordinating Body for Cyclotourism Development, and guests from the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds. On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, the participants were greeted by Assistant Minister Robert Pende, and on behalf of the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Assistant Minister Alen Gospočić, who emphasized the importance of cooperation of all stakeholders in improving cycling infrastructure and its stronger development. .The thematic meeting was held with the intention to present the work of the Coordination Body for the Development of Cyclotourism to representatives of county road administrations, to emphasize the importance of planning bicycle infrastructure and managing bicycle traffic on county and local roads, to achieve better communication. and the flow of information related to the possibilities of financing the arrangement and construction of bicycle infrastructure, and to establish a connection with the county representatives for the development of cycling tourism for mutual assistance and benefit.In March 2016, the Coordination Body for the Development of Cycling was established at the Ministry of Tourism, headed by President Lidija Mišćin, and by signing the Accession Treaty, Croatia became an equal member of the European Cycling Federation (ECF) through the Coordination Body for Cyclotourism.The coordinating body for the development of cycling tourism currently has 10 member institutions (Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of the Interior, Croatian National Tourist Board, Institute for Tourism, City of Zagreb, Croatian Roads, Croatian Cycling Federation, Cyclists’ Union, Rural Tandem Association) with two representatives each member and deputy.Coordinating body for the development of cycling tourism work based on the Action Plan for the development of cycling tourism, which you can see here – www.cikloturizam.hrRELATED NEWS: WEB PLATFORM FOR CYCLOTURISM DEVELOPMENT PRESENTED IN CROATIA</p><br />
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At the beginning of November, the CNTB opened an office in China, specifically in Shanghai, and now competitions have been announced for the selection of directors of representative offices abroad in the United Kingdom with headquarters in London and in South Korea with a representative office in Seoul, where the representative office opens for the first time. . “A competition has been announced for the director of the future office in South Korea, where we are opening our representative office for the first time, since this is a market that offers great potential for Croatian tourism. Our long-term goals imply an even stronger positioning of Croatia in distant markets, which is why we recently opened an office in China, and after Seoul we are following the procedure for opening an office in Los Angeles. The UK market is also extremely important to us, which from year to year increasingly participates in the overall results of tourist traffic and from which we are growing at a rate of 8 percent this year. We expect that quality individuals and proven professionals will apply for the competition, whose work will significantly contribute to the further positioning of Croatia as a quality and desirable tourist destination.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.The Tourist Board of the CNTB has formed a Commission for the evaluation of received candidatures for the purposes of implementing the tender. Barbara Mesić, Chief Adviser to the Minister of Tourism, was appointed President of the Commission, and the members of the Commission are CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, CNTB Tourist Board representatives Boris Žgomba, Tomislav Fain and Marcel Medak and Professor Dragan Magaš who is a member of the Commission as an external associate. After the deadline for applications, the commission will evaluate the received applications, conduct interviews with selected candidates, which will inform the Tourist Board, to which it will send its nomination proposal. In addition to the conditions prescribed by the Labor Act and the Ordinance on special conditions that must be met by employees of the tourist office, interested candidates must also meet the conditions prescribed by the competition itself. Candidates must, among other things, have completed at least a specialist graduate or university degree, have at least three years of work experience in tourism and / or marketing, actively know one language with knowledge of another world language or know the language of the country in which they will perform duty of the director, to know the tourist market for which they are applying and to make a proposal of their work program of the representative office.The British market is important for our country, and interest in Croatia is growing from year to year. Thus, in the first nine months of this year, there were 8% more arrivals and overnight stays than last year, ie 850.000 arrivals and 4.4. million overnight stays of guests from the UK. They mostly stayed in hotels and then in household facilities, while they spent the most nights in Dubrovnik, Split, Konavle, Pula and Poreč. The average daily consumption of tourists from the UK according to the TOMAS survey is 139 Euros, which puts them in second place in terms of consumption, immediately from guests from the USA who on average achieve the highest daily consumption of 158 Euros.Applications and evidence of eligibility and curriculum vitae of candidates must be submitted no later than 15 days from the announcement of the competition, or until December 13, 2018. years. Find out more about the conditions of the competition in the attachment.Attachment: CNTB has announced a competition for the election of directors of representative offices in London and SeoulRELATED NEWS:THAI AIRASIA X COMING TO CROATIA NEXT YEAR?
At the 133rd Session of the Government held today, a decision was made to determine the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2019. This decision increased the quota for the employment of foreigners for 2019 to 50.100 permits for newcomers. This is an increase of a total of 20.331 permits more than this year, of which almost 13.000 are permits for the tourism and construction sectors. By the way, there are 147.860 registered unemployed people in Croatia, currently over 12.000 vacancies have been created in Croatia. Business Days in Tourism For the next tourist season, Croatian tourism will lack at least about 15 thousand skilled workers, and some projections indicate the number of 20.000 workers. Holding the Day of Jobs in Tourism is an opportunity to promote jobs in tourism and motivate all those who are looking for a job, whether they have worked in tourism or not, and young people who are just entering the labor market. With this, we want to ensure the stability of the inflow of labor to the economy and support economic growth, which is estimated at 2,9% for next year, said Minister of Labor and Pensions Marko Pavić during his presentation and added: “The primary goal is to activate the domestic workforce and connect them with employers, and this is attempted with various measures such as Tourism Job Days, Wish projects, From measure to career, Get a job, VET reform, development of dual education, etc.… and all with with the aim of animating and activating persons who are at the employment office. “Minister Pavić points out, and adds that with the Decision on increasing quotas for employment of foreign labor, we ensure to employers that what we fail to do through the affirmation of domestic labor, we ensure access to the foreign labor market so as not to jeopardize economic growth. The Decision on the reopening of the Day of Business in Tourism (DPT) was made, which will be held on January 18 in Osijek, and later in Zagreb and Split. Last year, 24.000 people expressed a desire to work in the season, and the same survey will be repeated at the Tourism Job Days. The goal of DPT is to connect the domestic workforce with employers. Thus, the tourism sector has a total of 15.611 permits for the employment of foreign labor, which is an increase of 6.681 permits.
Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * has completed the Collection offer segment in Poreč. Investment in Istria Premium Camping Resort, Valamar’s first large 5-star campsite and one of the best campsites in the Mediterranean, is a continuation of investment in the camping segment in the direction of high added value. HRK 280 million has been invested in Istra Premium Camping Resort in the last two years. “So far, Valamar has invested HRK 5,8 billion in Croatian tourism, including this year’s investments. As part of a three-year growth and development strategy, we have invested a total of HRK 2,5 billion in the tourism portfolio, and if we include investments in business expansion and acquisitions, more than HRK 3 billion. In addition to repositioning the portfolio according to the offer of high added value, Valamar continuously invests in the material working conditions and development of its employees, which is why it is recognized as the best employer in tourism in Croatia. This year we have created about 400 new jobs, so this summer about 7 employees will work at Valamar. “, said Ivana Budin Arhanić, Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Affairs at Valamar. “Valamar Marea Collection Resort is designed for families with children and this investment has expanded the offer of family vacations in Porec where guests will be able to enjoy V level services, luxury suites overlooking the sea, in more than 200 square meters of attractive swimming pools, newly renovated beach. restaurants, sports facilities and Maro offer for children of all ages “, said Ozren Renko, director of the new resort. The investment is worth 140 million kuna. Construction of the Marea Collection Resort began in the fall and was successfully completed in just eight months. 25 domestic companies were engaged in the construction. “Istra Premium Camping Resort has a large family Aquapark with as much as 1000 square meters of water surface, a large entertainment hall with a cinema, stage, children’s clubs and playrooms and Super Maro programs for children. It also has one of the most beautifully landscaped Valamar beaches overlooking the old town of Vrsar, its Piazza, restaurants, bars, V Sport Park and playgrounds, as well as glamping tents and luxury mobile homes with private pools. It is a family resort of high added value in the segment of camping products” said Lea Sošić, Product Development Director at Valamar. This season, Valamar’s guests were welcomed by the fully renovated TUI Sensimar Carolina Resort by Valamar and Padova Premium Camping Resort on the island of Rab, new facilities at the Valamar Meteor Hotel in Makarska and a number of novelties at Lanterna Premium Camping Resort and Ježevac Premium Camping Resort on Krk. This completes the three-year investment cycle in which Valamar realized as much as HRK 2,5 billion in investments and confirmed the position of the largest Croatian tourist company and the leading national investor. With the opening of the Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * in Poreč and the Istra Premium Camping Resort 5 * in Funtana, Valamar presented this year’s investments worth HRK 793 million. Photo: Valamar Riviera
The OVI index in October indicates relatively similar levels of labor demand as in previous periods, both on an annual and monthly basis. Compared to October 2018, the index fell by 0,5 percent, while the seasonally adjusted values of the index indicate an increase compared to the previous month of 1,2 percent – this stagnation in labor demand is in line with the general slowdown in economic momentum.If we look at a longer period, the seasonally adjusted values (and trends) of the index show that job ads, after sharp growth until 2018, have been stagnant for almost two years, the Institute of Economics Zagreb points out, adding that apart from stagnation, everything is visible. greater oscillation of labor demand around trend values - labor demand due to the tourist season is becoming more pronounced. NEXT YEAR 30.000 PERMITS FOR FOREIGNERS IN TOURISM “Although it may be too early to say that the Croatian labor market is transforming in the direction of stagnant labor demand with an increasing share of jobs with fixed-term contracts, the fact that in the last two years we have not seen a significant increase in job advertisements. two years record in terms of the share of fixed-term contracts in total demand, supports such a conclusion ” emphasize from the Institute of Economics Zagreb. This interpretation is supported by the fact that almost half of the required jobs are offered with fixed-term contracts, while ten years ago this type of employment modality accounted for 20 to 25 percent of the demand for work in published online ads. RELATED NEWS: