If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Mr. Bullock’s loss complicated Democrats’ strategy for taking the Senate majority, which relied in part on picking off vulnerable Republicans in conservative-leaning states.- Advertisement – Senator Steve Daines, Republican of Montana, beat back a strong challenge from Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday to win a second term, keeping a crucial seat in Republican hands as Democrats pressed to try to wrest control of the Senate.Mr. Daines, 58, a Bozeman businessman long active in Republican politics, survived tens of millions of dollars in attack ads by the governor and his Democratic allies, questioning his business ties to China and his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and its guarantees of coverage for pre-existing conditions.- Advertisement – Here’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. Despite Montana’s conservative leanings and the certainty that President Trump would carry the state, Mr. Daines was considered at risk because of Mr. Bullock’s long electoral history in Montana, having been elected statewide three times.He remained popular as governor, and Republicans had the tricky task of persuading people that voting for Mr. Bullock for governor was different than sending him to Washington, where they argued that he would become part of an ultraliberal Democratic majority. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election Results- Advertisement – Both candidates were well known to Montana voters. Mr. Daines was defeated in his first statewide run for lieutenant governor in 2008 but was elected to the state’s sole House seat in 2012. He then won election to the Senate in 2014 after John Walsh, the Democrat who had been appointed to the seat, was accused of plagiarism and forced to withdraw. Mr. Bullock was elected attorney general in 2008 and won terms as governor in 2012 and 2016, the latter when Mr. Trump was on the ballot as well.Mr. Daines almost avoided a serious re-election challenge this year altogether. Despite pleas from national and state Democrats to run for Senate, Mr. Bullock resisted and instead embarked on a run for president. But his candidacy never gained traction, and he dropped out of the race in December 2019. He made clear then that he would not run for Senate and Mr. Daines looked to be running against a much weaker candidate. But at the last minute, Mr. Bullock, citing the encouragement of his wife and daughter, entered the race. Besides a barrage of attacks against Mr. Bullock on a range of ethical accusations about state contracting and other issues, Republicans closed out their campaign raising the alarm about the potential that Mr. Bullock would cement a Democratic Senate majority and a progressive agenda in Washington. Republican ads often featured him with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Trying to appeal to independent and conservation-minded voters in Montana, Mr. Daines joined a push this year to require that the federal government for the first time fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which preserves and acquires public lands. He and Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who lost his seat on Tuesday, traveled to the White House in February to personally lobby Mr. Trump to sign the legislation if it passed, even though the administration’s budget office had proposed zeroing out funding for the program. Grasping the political implications, Mr. Trump agreed and both Republican senators campaigned hard on the accomplishment. Though Democrats believed they had their best possible candidate in Mr. Bullock, they said they always knew that winning Montana would be difficult given the Republican advantages in the state. They had hoped that the fact that Mr. Trump was running behind his 2016 showing would be enough to push Mr. Bullock past Mr. Daines. – Advertisement –
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Jun 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The United States’ second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed last week after a series of additional tests were run on samples from a beef cow that had originally tested negative last November. See also: The Western blot test requested by the inspector general was positive the week of Jun 5. USDA scientists ran another IHC test the following week, using different antibodies from those used in the November test, and this time the result was “weakly positive,” the fact sheet states. As described by USDA at the press conference and in a fact sheet, the testing history in the case is complex. Officials also said the IHC test is not a standardized test. Dr. Danny Matthews, an official from the United Kingdom’s Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, who participated in the USDA news conference, said, “There is no single commercially available off-the-shelf IHC method at the moment. I don’t think there’s any two laboratories, for example, that use identical methods.” But the USDA’s inspector general, Phyllis Fong, was troubled by the conflicting results and asked for the Western blot test early in June, without Johanns’ knowledge or consent, the report said. It said Johanns had been “irked” by her move. The outcome prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to change its BSE testing protocol. From now on, two kinds of confirmatory testsimmunohistochemistry (IHC) and the Western blotwill be done when an initial rapid screening test is inconclusive, officials announced on Jun 24. A Jun 26 Associated Press report said the USDA had resisted calls for more tests on the cow after the IHC test in November was negative. The story said consumer groups and scientists had urged the agency to run a Western blot test and seek confirmation from the lab in England. About 388,000 animals have been tested since then. “One positive test result out of 388,000 tests in our enhanced surveillance program indicates that the presence of the disease is extremely, extremely low in the United States,” Johanns said. He said further that the additional testing in this case has probably boosted the credibility of the USDA BSE surveillance program. “Otherwise if you had come to the wider world with data on 400,000 animals that you’d tested but you still had this unresolved [case] in the background, those people who have experience with the Biorad ELISA would have challenged that interpretation and possibly accused you of suppressing that information.” The screening test on the cow in question was inconclusive, and a confirmatory IHC test used at the time was negative. But in early June, at the request of the USDA’s inspector general, a Western blot test was run and came back positive. The USDA then ran further IHC tests and also sent samples to the international BSE reference laboratory in Weybridge, England. Those tests also were positive, the USDA announced. In a March letter to Consumers Union, a USDA official said the Western blot test would not have given a more accurate result and confirmation from the British lab was not needed, the AP reported. News of the second US case came almost precisely 18 months after the first case was revealed on Dec 23, 2003. That case involved a Canadian-born cow in Washington state. The finding triggered a big expansion of the USDA BSE testing program, starting in June 2004. At a Jun 24 news conference, USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford said, “We are quite certain we have identified the [cow’s] herd of origin, but we want to be sure. So we’re doing DNA testing.” The cow had a very low level of abnormal prion protein in the brain, and it was distributed unevenly, the agency said. Those findings may explain why the November IHC test missed the signs, officials said. Jun 24 USDA news release Matthews also commented, “I can’t explain how the standard method at Ames [the USDA lab in Ames, Iowa] did not detect this particular case at the time.” In other comments, Clifford said the “molecular protein patterns” seen in the infected cow resembled those seen in BSE cases in France but were unlike those typically seen in British cases. USDA fact sheet on testing history of infected cowhttp://www.usda.gov/documents/vs_bse_ihctestvar.pdf Matthews and USDA officials agreed that the rapid screening test used by USDA, the Biorad ELISA, is reliable. “It’s naturally assuring that most if not all of your cattle have been tested using the Biorad ELISA,” he said. The cow had been tested under the USDA’s BSE surveillance guidelines because it couldn’t walk when presented for slaughter. In the news release, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns said, “I am encouraged that our interlocking safeguards are working exactly as intended. This animal was blocked from entering the food supply because of the firewalls we have in place. Americans have every reason to continue to be confident in the safety of our beef.” Henceforth, USDA scientists will consult periodically with Weybridge scientists to determine which of the antibodies available for use in IHC confirmatory tests are best for use in the United States, the agency said. The reference laboratory in England subsequently ran a series of tests on samples provided by the USDA. Among them was an IHC test using different antibodies from those used by the USDA in November; the result this time was positive. However, experts from the lab confirmed the accuracy of the USDA’s November IHC test, concurring that the case could not have been confirmed from the sample used in that test, the USDA said. The USDA said the infected cow was at least 8 years old, born before the government banned feeding of cattle (and most other mammalian) protein back to cattle in 1997. As previously reported, the carcass was kept out of the human food chain and was incinerated. Officials have not revealed where the cow came from. When the confirmatory IHC test was done back in November, USDA scientists also did an additional, experimental IHC rapid test “for academic purposes,” according to the fact sheet. The test showed some abnormalities, but because the test was not a validated procedure and because two approved IHC tests were negative, the abnormalities were not reported. Transcript of Jun 24 news conference “Effective immediately, if another BSE rapid screening test results in inconclusive findings, USDA will run both an IHC and Western blot confirmatory test,” the USDA said in a news release. “If results from either confirmatory test are positive, the sample will be considered positive for BSE.”
Oct 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 23-year-old Indonesian man who kept birds has died from avian influenza, officials there said today, marking the seventh death they attribute to the H5N1 virus.Slamet Wibowo died on Thursday, according to a story by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. He was referred to Sulianti Saroso hospital for infectious diseases in Jakarta from a private hospital in Cibinong, according to Ilham Patu, a hospital spokesman.Clinical and blood tests indicated Wibowo had the H5N1 virus, Patu said, although authorities are awaiting test results on tissue and blood samples that have been sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) lab in Hong Kong.He had direct contact with birds and poultry, officials said.Blood tests on an elderly man who died from a suspected case of avian flu at the same hospital as Wibowo were negative for H5N1.Case counts vary. Wibowo’s death represents the 8th case of avian flu in Indonesia and the 6th death, based on CIDRAP’s analysis of news reports. The WHO currently recognizes 4 cases, with 3 deaths.Indonesian officials today raised the number of suspected human cases from 60 to 85, AFP reported. However, only 3 Indonesians’ deaths have been confirmed by WHO labs. Tests for three others are pending.Reuters news service reported yesterday that local tests on a young man hospitalized at an avian flu–designated hospital on Sumatra were positive for H5N1 but that samples had been sent to the Hong Kong lab for further testing. It’s not clear if his samples are among the three described by the AFP.Suspected human cases have come from nine of Indonesia’s 33 provinces, Reuters reported.
The report also echoes other recent proposals in calling for appointing one person to manage all the food safety functions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But it does not call for splitting the FDA into separate food and drug agencies or for consolidating all federal food safety activities in a single agency. The recommendations include providing federal food safety block grants to states; setting up federally funded, regional outbreak response centers; establishing an interagency food safety leadership council; writing a model state and local food safety law; establishing protocols for managing multistate outbreaks; providing food traceability requirements; and establishing a food safety training institute, among other steps. Apr 17, 2009 (CIDRAP News) Part of the answer to the nation’s food safety troubles lies in strengthening state and local food safety efforts and better integrating them with federal activities, according to a new report prepared by academic experts in collaboration with state and local public health groups. In addition, Congress should direct HHS to put the management of all of the FDA’s food safety functions under one person with clear authority and responsibility for them, the document states. This proposal echoes one made by the Trust for America’s Health in a report released in March. Full text of reporthttp://thefsrc.org/State_Local/Stronger_Partnerships_Report.pdf · Congress should set up a “Food Safety Leadership Council” to foster federal, state, and local collaboration in designing an integrated food safety system. The council would include top federal food safety officials and representatives of state and local agencies. It would oversee many of the other recommendations and monitor progress, among other tasks. Apr 17 press release about the reporthttp://thefsrc.org/State_Local/Stronger_Partnerships_Press.pdf State and local agencies handle the great majority of government food safety activities, including inspecting more than a million restaurants and grocery stores, as well as many food processing plants, says the report. While this decentralization is a good thing, state and local agencies “are hampered by chronic underfunding, wide disparities in capacity and practice in all areas of food safety, and substantial legal, resource, and institutional barriers to collaboration,” it states. · Congress should direct the HHS secretary to cooperate with states in setting up a “National Foodborne Illness Data program.” The aim would be to better integrate efforts at all levels to generate and analyze the data needed to understand and prevent foodborne illness. Further, HHS should foster the use of best practices for outbreak response on the basis of the CIFOR guidelines and should set protocols for managing multistate outbreaks, the report states. It also recommends that Congress establish food traceability requirements so that officials can quickly obtain reliable information on the sources of commodities and ingredients. Describing the current food safety regulatory landscape, Taylor and David write that states conduct more than 80% of all inspections of nonretail food establishments (other than meat and poultry facilities inspected by the US Department of Agriculture). The majority of FDA inspections of food processing facilities are actually handled by the states under contracts with the FDAabout 10,500 inspections in fiscal year 2008. To shore up funding, Taylor and David say Congress should (1) authorize the FDA to set up a block grant program to support state and local capacity building and (2) establish a matching grant program to promote additional state and local improvement and innovation. Taylor and David wrote the report in collaboration with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, titled “Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food: An Agenda for Strengthening State and Local Roles in the Nation’s Food Safety System,” was written by Michael R. Taylor and Stephanie David of George Washington University. It offers a long list of recommendations for shoring up state and local food safety programs and harmonizing them with one another and federal efforts. A 1998 report by the National Academy of Sciences, “Ensuring Safe Food,” sounded the call for a more integrated food safety system, the report notes. Subsequently, the FDA and its state and local partners launched the National Food Safety System Project, which made important strides toward a more integrated food safety system between 1999 and 2002. But the project stalled in 2002 because of lack of funding. Recently, the push for improving food safety coordination has gathered new strength, the report says. In 2006, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its state and local counterparts founded the interagency Council for Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR). Last June CIFOR issued draft guidelines for responding to foodborne disease outbreaks. In other recommendations, the authors say: A shared visionThey write that federal, state, and local agencies have expanded their collaboration in some areas, especially illness surveillance and inspections, since the 1990s. Moreover, food safety officials today at all levels have “a widely shared vision of an integrated national food safety system that operates as a full partnership among federal, state, and local agencies.” But the authors say many changes are needed to fulfill that vision. The report comes in the wake of large, multistate outbreaks of Salmonella, including last summer’s illnesses tied to hot peppers from Mexico and the past winter’s episode blamed on peanut products from Peanut Corp. of America. The pepper-related outbreak pointed up weaknesses in governmental outbreak response, while the peanut-linked outbreak revealed breakdowns in prevention, Taylor and David note. Key findings and recommendations The report lays out 27 “key findings” on state and local food safety roles and activities, which provide the basis for the 19 recommendations. To improve outbreak response, the report suggests that HHS, working with the CDC, FDA, and state and local governments, set up a network of regional, federally funded outbreak response centers. With the aim of ensuring an integrated approach to outbreak response, the centers would be staffed by a multidisciplinary team of federal, state, and local specialists. · HHS should set up a “Food Safety Leadership and Training Institute” to promote a common vision for the national system and to build the skills and relationships needed to help the system succeed. States and localities should do their part by providing adequate and stable funding and should improve coordination of their own food safety activities, the report asserts. That should include providing a “focal point” for linking the state’s activities with the national system. See also: Further, state and local governments should join to develop and adopt a model state and local food safety law to parallel pending federal reforms, clarify state and local roles, and empower state and local agencies to cooperate with one another and with the federal government. Mar 25 CIDRAP News story “Policy group says FDA needs single food safety chief”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/mar2509food.html First, the report says, Congress should give the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “a legislative mandate to lead the development of an integrated, national food safety system.”
Jul 13, 2009US to spend another $1 billion on H1N1 vaccinesThe United States will order another $1 billion worth of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said yesterday, according to Reuters. “There’ll be another $1 billion worth of orders placed to get the bulk ingredients for an H1N1 vaccination,” Sebelius told CNN, without naming the suppliers. Sebelius had announced on May 22 that HHS would spend about $1 billion to buy vaccine antigen and adjuvant and fund clinical studies.[Jul 12 Reuters story]Lurie OK’d as new HHS preparedness headHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the US Senate unanimously confirmed Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, as assistant secretary for preparedness and response. Lurie most recently worked for the Rand Corporation and with federal officials and state and local health departments on pandemic preparedness and other public health issues. Sebelius said in today’s release that Lurie’s “knowledge and expertise will be essential” as the country coordinates its national response to the H1N1 virus.[Jul 13 HHS news release]Botswana confirms first novel flu caseBotswana’s health ministry on Jul 10 confirmed the country’s first novel flu case, Mmegi, a Botswana newspaper, reported today. Confirmatory tests were conducted in South Africa. The patient, who is one of three people with suspected cases, has been isolated at a clinic, and the ministry is tracing his contacts. The health minister said oseltamivir (Tamiflu) will be available to those in high-risk groups and those who have respiratory infections.[Jul 13 Mmegi story]CSL set to launch human trial of H1N1 vaccineAustralia-based flu vaccine maker CSL Ltd said today that it expects to launch a human trial of its novel H1N1 vaccine Jul 22, Bloomberg News reported. In a Jun 29 press release, CSL said it would undertake the trial with a research group in Adelaide and was seeking healthy adults aged 18 to 64 to enroll in the study to compare two injections of a standard dose, administered 3 weeks apart, with a higher dosage. The Australian government has ordered enough vaccine to immunize 10 million people.[Jul 13 Bloomberg News story]
The special hospital for medical rehabilitation ‘Biokovka’ from Makarska, which has been dealing with health tourism since 1961, is investing 8 million kuna in the reconstruction and raising the standards of the entire hotel, and the works should be completed this spring.After the complete renovation of about 50 of the 115 bathrooms last year, and the successful air conditioning of all 115 rooms in which the installations were changed, the final phase of the renovation of the well-known rehabilitation facility owned by the County has recently begun.The plan is to renovate all other 67 bathrooms in the accommodation, which will raise the service in these two parts of the “Biokovka” building to an even higher level. The money was provided from the hospital’s budget, says director Marko Ožić Bebek, adding that they were able to invest thanks to successful business and good financial management. “If everything goes according to plan, we plan to expand the accommodation capacity, arrange the beach facility and in that area improve and expand the year-round catering offer. ” concluded Ožić Bebek.By the way, Biokovo is a public institution, registered for the provision of predominantly public health services (treatment and medical rehabilitation, accommodation and nutrition, treatment for outpatients, etc.) as well as for catering and tourism services, of which in the last few years total revenues. The main focus and strategic commitment of Biokovo is in the direction of health tourism. Biokovka has 247 rooms, which have 495 beds, ie with extra beds a total of 560 beds.
In 2018, in the period from March 25 to October 27, more than 70 new regular lines were introduced, while the growth in the total number of rotations is 15% compared to 2017. This growth represents an increase in the number of rotations from 29.843 rotations in 2017 to more than 34.400 rotations in 2018.Analyzing the summer flight schedule by destination, according to the absolute number of announced new rotations, Split leads with an increase of 27,7%, in second place is Dubrovnik with an increase of 19,6%, while in third place is Zagreb with a growth of 6%.That’s right Split this year, among others, also connected to new flights of carriers Volotea with Nice, Palermo and Bergamo, while on flights Thomas Cook connected with London, Bristol and Glasgow, and with Düsseldorf and Hannover through lines Condor. Dubrovnik is connected by new flights easyJeta with Naples, Venice and London, while on flights TUI connected with Nottingham, Newcastle and Deauville. Zagreb is the new year Air Canada connected to Toronto, while Croatia Airlines introduced a new line to Dublin. Cheerful and new lines towards Zadar which is connected by flights Ryanaira with Frankfurt, Bremen and Allgäu Memmingen (Bavaria), as well as new lines to Puli which is connected by flights easyJeta with Basel, Milan, Berlin, Liverpool and London.”The key goals we have defined include positioning Croatia as an attractive year-round tourist destination that is also very well connected, especially in the context of airlines, which are a key segment of extending tourist traffic to pre- and post-season periods. It is with this goal in mind that this year, for the first time, we have carried out significant cooperation with airlines and tour operators from abroad, ” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.Looking at the emitting markets, most rotations are planned between Germany and Croatia (+ 10% compared to last year), followed by connections with the United Kingdom (+ 8%), France (+ 7%), Italy (+ 39%) and Switzerland (+ 25%). The start of this year’s summer flight season, which recorded significantly more rotations in the first week than was the case last year, is an additional indicator of a significant strengthening of airlines this year. Namely, as many as 536 rotations will be active in the first week, which is an increase of 451% compared to 19 rotations in the first week of last year. The airports of Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split recorded the most new rotations in the first week.”In addition to emphasizing the quality of our overall tourist offer, we monitor market trends and expand demand to those markets that have the greatest potential for growth in tourist traffic. Airlines play an important role in this and enable Croatia to become an even more competitive and interesting world tourist destination.”, Concluded the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli.The CNTB notes that the above analysis of the air connection between Croatia and emitting markets was conducted on the basis of data from Croatian airports in the mentioned period. Accordingly, flight schedules are less subject to change during the season.</p>
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In the Paklenica National Park, the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds signed nine contracts on the allocation of EU grants with a total value of more than 380 million kuna. These are contracts worth more than HRK 380 million, the implementation of which will contribute to improving the quality of life of citizens and socio-economic development of the Republic of Croatia by increasing the tourist offer and sustainable management of protected areas, increasing the quality of education and student accommodation and reducing social inequalities, poverty and depopulations in war-affected areas.”These are contracts from five different calls, within which 44 contracts with a total value of more than HRK 1,8 billion have been signed so far”, Pointed out during the signing of the Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Gabrijela Žalac and added that this year is really crucial when it comes to EU funds:”In the current programming period, Croatia has 10,7 billion euros at its disposal from European funds, of which almost 40 percent have been contracted so far, and this year our goal is to raise the level of contracting to 60 percent.”The Zadar County will finance as many as four projects worth, of which two for tourism purposes worth more than 85 million kuna.Improving the system of sustainable management, tourist valorization and interpretation of natural heritage in the area of NP Mljet, MLJET – ODYSSEY (J) A MEDITERRANEA, total value of HRK 49.268.324,09, of which EU funds are HRK 31.125.708,22Center of Excellence of the Cerovac Cave – sustainable management of natural heritage and karst underground,total value 68.453.850,00 HRK, of which EU funds are 53.233.632,80 HRKUnderground city in the heart of Velebit: development of year-round sustainable and safe active tourism in the Paklenica National Park and the wider Velebit area, total value 33.918.221,30 HRK, of which EU funds are 19.469.497,06 HRKNovi Adrion – Promotion of sustainable use of natural heritage PP Biokovo total value of HRK 34.183.407,30, of which EU funds are HRK 27.235.490,42Visiting Management Center of the Krka National Park – Lozovac total value 105.968.378,33 HRK, of which EU funds are 71.698.656,53 HRKConstruction of a lookout on Hrastovačka gora (1RP6), City of Petrinja total value 1.080.292,82 HRK, of which EU funds are 917.900,87 HRK”This is just another proof that we have quality and hardworking people who know how to write a good project and get funding. Zadar County is one of the leaders in Croatia in withdrawing funds from EU funds, and we intend to be even more efficient in this field. We have a lot of space for large projects in European funds and I am convinced that we will use them successfully in the coming period”, Said the prefect Božidar Longin.Ask yourself why you do not have tourism projects that are co-financed by EU funds?Opportunities are all around us. The EU provides money for various projects, and it is up to us to write them down and apply. Some are proactive, work hard, write projects, fight, while others stagnate and stick to the status quo. Some projects pass and some don’t, but most importantly they struggle and grow. Ultimately, who is crazy to miss an opportunity and get 80 percent or more co-financing from the EU. Ask yourself why there are no such projects in your community? Ask those responsible, because it is their job and omission, and the biggest omission is the entire local community. It’s up to the people, one wants to grow and develop, while the other obviously doesn’t.&lt;/p&gt;<br /><br />
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The first weekend of July and the opening of air corridors will show the direction of this year’s tourist season in the town of Hvar. “Hvar as a destination is completely safe and once again an invitation to everyone to visit the town of Hvar ” Razovic concluded. By the way, the carriers of Hvar’s tourism so far have been tourists from the USA and Great Britain (65% of all overnight stays), so it is quite logical that there has been a large drop in arrivals. Now the focus of the island of Hvar is placed on the markets of Germany, Slovenia, Austria, but also Croatia. Compared to the record year 2019, the city of Hvar is currently achieving only 14 percent of last year’s tourist results, which clearly shows how much this crisis has affected the island of Hvar. “We are extremely pleased that in the time we are guests staying on the island and enjoying the beauties of Hvar can feel completely safe, which makes the town of Hvar an attractive destination for a summer vacation. We want to invite all guests who in previous years wanted to visit Hvar, that now is the right time to experience a piece of paradise in Croatia”Said Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board. The announced flights from Great Britain, and marketing cooperation with the British tour operator are expected to increase the arrival of foreign guests as well as increase the number of nights from the current 1.000 nights per day. “Affected by this corona crisis, unfortunately we can not talk about a successful tourist season, but the opening of airlines, primarily with the British market, we expect an increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays” says Razović. “I can invite all guests, both domestic and foreign, who had the desire to visit Hvar to take advantage of it now and that now is the first time to come to Hvar. By the way, Hvar was known for its high prices, but this crisis has now changed everything. Cheaper either private and hotel accommodation is provided. Arriving on the island of Hvar is much more affordable and cheaper, state shipping companies have left winter prices. Maybe all this will be a good indicator that all guests choose Hvar as their summer destination ” said Razović and added that all accommodation and catering facilities on the island adhere to epidemiological measures and guests can certainly feel safe. Hvar as a destination is completely safe and once again an invitation to everyone to visit the town of Hvar. It is important to emphasize that the prices of private accommodation have been reduced compared to last year, and that hotels offer more services for the same price.
“The government is convinced that it is safe now and that measures can be eased in England, and we are introducing an exemption from the travel corridor for some countries and areas. ” they point out from the Ministry of Transport of the United Kingdom, which would mean that the British will not have to go into self-isolation for 14 days after returning from certain countries, including Croatia. Passenger Corridors: Passengers coming from the following countries and territories will not have to isolate themselves upon arrival in England. “In the last two days since the news of the announcement of the categorization of destinations to which you can travel from the UK without the need for quarantine on return, there has been increased interest in Croatia, which ranks high as a safe destination since the pandemic. Airlines operate their programs in accordance with the decisions and recommendations of the Government, and we already have flight announcements from the beginning of July to Pula and Rijeka, and from mid-July to Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. The UK office is also showing high interest and increased public inquiries, especially over the past weekend.”Reic points out. From 10 July 2020, unless they have visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the previous 14 days, travelers coming from the following countries and territories will not have to isolate themselves upon arrival in England. In a recent conversation with the director of the CNTB Representation in Great Britain Darija Reić, when asked what is the interest in Croatia on the British market, Reić points out that Croatia ranks high as a safe destination, since the beginning of the pandemic, and even today. Interview with the Director of the CNTB Representation in Great Britain Darija Reić, read in the attachment. The British government has announced that on July 10 it will abolish mandatory self-isolation for citizens who decide to travel abroad during the summer holidays, the UK Ministry of Transport has announced. DARIJA REIĆ, CNTB REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM: BRITISH PEOPLE WILL LOOK FOR SMALLER TOURIST LOCATIONS OR “HIDDEN GEMS” Source: Gov.uk.