Valamar has opened two new five-star resorts, an investment worth almost half a billion kuna

first_imgValamar 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.center_img 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 Rivieralast_img read more

Belarus faces imminent sanctions as pressure mounts on Lukashenko

first_imgThe four sources said the measures could come on Friday, though that might slip given the challenge of coordinating between the three countries.More than 12,000 people have been arrested, and hundreds remain in jail, since Lukashenko was declared the landslide winner of an Aug. 9 presidential election that the opposition denounced as rigged.Mass protests have left him reliant on his security forces, and backing from his ally Russia, to maintain his 26-year grip on power in the former Soviet republic.Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said: “The inauguration is as illegitimate as the elections it follows.” The European Union said the abrupt swearing-in on Wednesday went directly against the will of the people.”The so-called ‘inauguration’ … and the new mandate claimed by Aleksander Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy,” the EU’s 27 states said in a statement.”This ‘inauguration’ directly contradicts the will of large parts of the Belarusian population, as expressed in numerous, unprecedented and peaceful protests since the elections, and serves to only further deepen the political crisis in Belarus.”The EU, a large financial donor to Belarus, also said it was “reviewing its relations” with the country, meaning the bloc would seek to cut off direct funding to Lukashenko’s government, channeling it to aid groups and hospitals instead.Night of protestsLukashenko brushed off the condemnation.”We didn’t ask anyone to recognize our elections or not recognize them, to recognize the legitimacy of the newly elected president or not,” the news site Sputnik Belarus quoted him as saying.The 66-year-old leader defended the manner of his swearing-in.”You know about 2,000 people were invited to the inauguration, together with the military. And it is almost impossible to keep it secret,” he said.The ceremony, a major state occasion that would normally be conducted with fanfare, took place without prior warning in an apparent attempt to prevent it being disrupted by protests.Instead, it drew thousands onto the streets of the capital Minsk on Wednesday evening, where security forces chased down protesters and fired water cannon to disperse crowds.Police detained 364 people, the Interior Ministry said.A video showing a taxi driver rescuing a protester and speeding away from baton-wielding riot police went viral on social media.Detained opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova urged protesters not to give up and mocked the security forces who arrested her, in a letter to her father that was shared by the Tut.By news portal.”You must tell them not to give up, just keep going! These people who have kidnapped me are all incredibly weak and hysterical. They don’t even know how to do their job well,” the 38-year-old musician wrote.Kolesnikova burnished her status as a hero to the protesters by ripping up her passport to avoid forced deportation to Ukraine earlier this month.  The United States, Britain and Canada may impose sanctions on Belarus as early as Friday, four sources told Reuters, and the European Union told President Alexander Lukashenko it did not recognize him as the country’s legitimate leader.Diplomatic pressure on Lukashenko mounted a day after he had himself sworn in for a sixth term at an inauguration ceremony that was kept secret until after it was completed.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that following the “fraudulent” inauguration, British, US and Canadian officials were working on sanctions against those responsible for “serious human rights violations”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Showcasing ‘Miss Monrovia’

first_imgSean Gibson believes he can look at you and design you a brand new outfit in less than ten minutes. That’s some real solid confidence for a 22 year-old fashion entrepreneur with only one 12-piece collection in his portfolio. But, given how quickly those first designs sold out — within 3 weeks via Facebook and Whatsapp — there is no doubt that he’s on to something. According to his friend and business partner Jazlyn Mason, Gibson’s designs are daring to say the least. “He’ll two different prints and make them work as though they were made for each other. So it’s that combination of risky and classy elegance,” she says, that defined his debut collection. This weekend, Gibson is showcasing his second and latest collection under the theme, ‘Miss Monrovia’, The show is expected to display high quality designs made of premium African prints such as Woodin and Vlisco.The show, which is set for Friday, June 5, at the Fuzion bar on 14th Street, Sinkor, is expected to begin at 7:30 pm. According to Sean Gibson, the fashion show is to promote his designs, reaching a wider audience in Liberia and beyond.He added that the new breed of Liberian women, aware of their body type and sexuality, have embarked on a quest for designs that reflect not only their physical beauty. “My designs are for independent women who are often in the driver’s seat because they tend to hold African designs in high esteem.”These new designs, he said, will range from formal to casual.Gibson says he began designing as a hobby for his female friends while attending high school in Ghana and pretty much discovered his talent then and there. “By just looking at people’s body types,” he said, “I can imagine the kinds of fashion that will fit them. And then I sketch it on paper and what turns up is often a new design.”He disclosed that making quality styles that stand for comfort, especially on women, is one of his top priorities. As Liberia’s fashion industry makes strieds, especially with new, audacious talents sprouting all around, Gibson remains hopeful of more support. “Actually, we are improving when it comes to business. But we’re hoping to achieve more after this fashion show,” he said with a smile. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more