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first_imgEarlier this week, the All Party Small Shops Group, led by Jim Dowd MP, reported on its findings. Before it even appeared, many of you told me that it would be too little too late, although you did appreciate what Mr Dowd was doing. One baker made the comment that it was a pity he wasn’t Small Firms Minister, because the successive names that have held that position have “done damn all”. Whereas, at the meetings I have attended, Mr Dowd has refused to be intimidated by the might of Tesco or anyone else and has been the first MP to ask the searching questions and demand factual answers about problems facing small shops, plus the power of the supermarkets. David Smith of the National Association of Master Bakers (NA) has worn two hats during all the committtee meetings at the House of Commons – his baker’s cap and the one as spokesman for the Independent Retail Consortium. He has made a significant contribution.We all know the supermarkets wield enormous power and use it most effectively. They have the funds and a most active lobbying arm – the British Retail Consortium. Until the advent of Jim Dowd’s committee, small shops, represented by literally dozens and dozens of different trade associations, had no-one who would even listen. In the former Tory government, just after Mrs Thatcher had made small firms administrate their own Statutory Sick Pay, Michael Heseltine confirmed as much on TV, when he posed the question: “Do you really expect us to listen to small trade associations with only 3,000 or so members?” I shall never forget that indictment. To me it sounded like, “To hell with principles, fairness or what is right, the ONLY thing that matters is MIGHT.”So, yes, it is too little too late, but there are some sound ideas that look to the future. The report says local authorities should come up with key strategies for retailing – surely that must include a mix. Bakers need to be near to newsagents and convenience stores, not nail parlours and sunbed providers. Additionally, it suggests funding for local authorities, which currently run out of money when supermarkets consistently appeal. Parades of shops need to become a destination again and government must help those local authorities – that is how it works so effectively in the rest of Europe.last_img read more

Warburtons unleashes Tiger

first_imgWarburtons has launched two new premium unsliced wrapped loaves on to the market. The new 600g loaves are available in Tiger White and Tiger Brown varieties and have been launched to enable retailers to take advantage of the popularity of in-store bakery products.”Following the recession, research has shown that many consumers have stopped buying in-store baked loaves and simply purchase longer-lasting wrapped bread,” commented Caroline Kellett, customer category manager at Warburtons. “Warburtons’ unsliced loaves offer all the taste and quality of in-store baked bread, but with longer-lasting freshness, which will appeal to consumers and drive them back into the category, offering retailers additional sales opportunities.”RSP: £1.19www.warburtons.co.uklast_img

Speech: The Potential for the First Free and Fair Elections in DRC History

first_imgThank you Mr President. I would like to thank both of our briefers, SRSG Zerroughi and Ms Mbela for their briefings. I’d particularly like to thank Ms Mbela for her brave work as a human rights activist in DRC and for making such clear recommendations to the Council, to her government and to the Electoral Commission and I hope to touch on some of those recommendations later.Mr President as both of our briefers and many of my colleagues today have made clear, the DRC is at a crucial point in her history. The elections scheduled for 23 December could lead to the country’s first ever peaceful democratic transfer of power. This would be a huge achievement for the 85 million Congolese people who have faced such devastating conflicts over their history.These elections are about more than simply democratic rights. Successful elections have the ability to enhance the political security and humanitarian stability in the DRC and the region which will in turn enable future security, growth, trade and prosperity.A stable, prosperous DRC is vital not only for the Congolese people but also for the region and the world. As we have seen over many years, insecurity in the DRC not only has a negative impact on millions of Congolese, but has devastated the wider region. Therefore it’s completely right that we as a Council hold regular discussions, follow the situation closely, and ensure follow-up to the Security Council visit just over a month ago, and in particular to take stock of progress against many of the commitments that we received from the government and other political leaders in the DRC.Mr President, I do think it’s important to register the positive developments that have happened in recent months. We welcome the positive steps taken by the government towards elections, including on voter registration and the publication of the final list of candidates for the elections. We also welcome President Kabila’s repeated commitment that he does not intend to stand for a third term as per the Constitution of the DRC. But as Ambassador Haley reminded us earlier today, democracy isn’t just about a single event; it’s about a process. So we call on all political actors in the DRC to create the conditions for free and fair and credible elections, in particular, by implementing the confidence building measures of the 31 December Agreement, ensuring that civil and political rights are upheld. This includes fully respecting the political space and allowing political parties to gather peacefully.We welcome President Kabila’s commitment to this Security Council during our visit that his government would allow peaceful protests by the opposition. We are therefore deeply concerned by the reports of further arrests and detentions of protesters and the continued detention of political prisoners. We call on President Kabila and his government to live up to their commitments to allow peaceful protest by the opposition and to release all political prisoners.Political parties and their leadership must also do their part and encourage their supporters to engage in the democratic process peacefully. Any violence will diminish the credibility of elections in the eyes of the Congolese people and the international community.We also call on the key political actors, including the opposition, to engage constructively with the electoral process, including on the vexed question of voting machines and the voter register. The efforts of the Electoral Commission are crucial to deliver a credible election. And we join Ms Mbela in calling on the electoral commission to engage with key stakeholders, to address concerns and restore confidence in the electoral process.One way of restoring confidence in the electoral process and the elections, and in particular in the voting machines, would be through the implementation of the recommendations of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. We were encouraged that during the Council’s visit to Kinshasa, the Electoral Commission said that they were determined to implement the recommendations by the Westminster Foundation. We would encourage the Electoral Commission to continue to implement those recommendations as soon as possible to increase confidence in the voting machines.Mr President, we commend the logistical support that MINUSCO has provided so far for the upcoming elections and welcome that they stand ready to give further support if needed on request from the government of the DRC. We call on the electoral commission to engage with MINUSCO as soon as possible on any logistical assistance that may be required.The United Kingdom stands ready to support the political process both in the region, where we’ve provided funding on voter education, civil society engagement, and women’s participation and domestic observation, and here at the United Nations.Mr President, in conclusion it’s not the politicians that stand to win or lose the most in these elections. It is the people of the DRC. The people who have seen devastating levels of conflict and resulting humanitarian suffering since independence. So we call on all leaders to put aside their personal ambition and to do what is right for their people: participate in and support potentially the first of many credible elections in the DRC.Thank you.last_img read more

Corporate report: Coronavirus Act report: May 2020

first_imgThe Coronavirus Act 2020 gives the government powers to take the right action to respond effectively to the progress of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, for example by making it easier for people to receive their Statutory Sick Pay.These powers are temporary and designed to be switched on when necessary, and off when no longer needed.The act requires ministers to report every 2 months on which powers are currently active.last_img

Radiohead Share Pro-Shot Video From Coachella Set In Newly Relaunched radiohead.tv Site

first_imgIn related news, Radiohead released a 20th anniversary issue of OK Computer, dubbed OKNOTOK, on June 23rd. In addition to the remastered tracks from the original album, the special edition included three previously unreleased tracks—“I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War”—and eight B-sides. Listen to that here.Setlist: Radiohead | Coachella 2017 | 4/21/17Daydreaming, Desert Island Disk, Ful Stop, 15 Step, Myxomatosis, Lucky, All I Need, Pyramid Song, Everything in Its Right Place, Bloom, Identikit, My Iron Lung, The Gloaming, I Might Be Wrong, Bodysnatchers, Exit Music (for a Film), ReckonerE: No Surprises, Paranoid Android, Fake Plastic Trees, Lotus Flower, Idioteque Watch the full performance from Coachella 2017 below: Radiohead has relaunched their radiohead.tv page, according to a tweet from the band early this morning. And the first gift from the Oxfordshire band to their fans is the Coachella performance from their weekend two performance (the one that didn’t suffer from multiple technical issues). The set consisted of celebrated songs from their 1997 masterpiece, OK Computer, 20 years after its release, with choice “Lucky,” “Exit Music (for a Film),” “No Surprises,” and “Paranoid Android” performances. In addition, the set featured other hits like “15 Step,” “Everything in Its Right Place,” “Fake Plastic Trees,” and “Idioteque.”Fans can expect to see some additional videos in the near future on the radiohead.tv page.last_img read more

Students embark on spiritual trip

first_imgThis weekend, a group of approximately 50 sophomores from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s embarked on a figurative and literal spiritual journey to an undisclosed location on Campus Ministry’s signature sophomore retreat, the Sophomore Road Trip. John Paul Lichon, Campus Ministry’s assistant director for retreats, pilgrimages and spirituality, helped coordinate the Sophomore Road Trip. “The Sophomore Road Trip is a wonderful retreat to allow sophomores to take a step back as they begin their sophomore year,” Lichon said. “[Sophomore Road Trip] is really a chance to think about ‘Am I the person I really want to be?’ Our biggest hope is that a retreat is a genuine encounter with God.”      Sophomore theology major Irina Celentano said the trip gave her a better perspective on her own life and the lives of others. “[The trip] gave me the time to step back and become more acutely aware of myself and what things I can change or improve on, but it also showed me how much progress I’ve made,” she said. Celentano said she went on the retreat in order to clarify her own goals and faith and to grow closer with her classmates. “I wanted to know what other people are going through and where they are on their various life journeys. I wanted a better appreciation of other peoples’ stories,” she said. Students do not know where the road trip will end until they actually arrive for the retreat, Lichon said. “It provides a nice analogy for our faith. There are twists and turns and ups and downs, but you get where you need to go,” Lichon said. In addition to enhancing to the intrigue and excitement of the retreat, Lichon said Campus Ministry designed this aspect of the retreat with a certain message in mind. “There’s a sense of mystery behind [Sophomore Road Trip], and some students come to find out what it is all about,” Lichon said. Lichon said the mission statement of the Sophomore Road Trip, written by the junior and senior leaders of the retreat, reads: “Through reflection informed by Holy Cross Spirituality, the University of Notre Dame Sophomore Road Trip provides students with tools to navigate the twists and turns of their vocational journey towards completeness in Christ.” Celentano said the mystery surrounding the destination of the retreat added a sense of unity to the weekend. “There’s something kind of exciting about not knowing where you’re going but still knowing you’re all going there together,” she said. Like all Campus Ministry retreats, Sophomore Road Trip is entirely student-led. Lichon said the team of leaders for this weekend’s Sophomore Road Trip began meeting before students left for summer break last year and continued as soon as the school year began in August. Celentano said the retreat revolved around a series of talks and group discussions but maintained a well-balanced dose of individual prayer, team-building exercises and discernment. “We had a lot of talks from the leaders on vocation and discernment and taking a step back to see where we are in our lives,” Celentano said. There are other opportunities to attend Campus Ministry retreats this year. “If people miss Sophomore Road Trip, they can go on a preached retreat, silent retreat or one of the pilgrimages over breaks,” Lichon said. Registration is now open for the Oct. 4 through 6 Sophomore Road Trip on the Campus Ministry website.last_img read more

Ex-Met Ed Kranepool Fighting for His Life

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For New York Mets legend Ed Kranepool, the letters “A.B.” used to be an abbreviation for his next at bat, of which he amassed 5,436 throughout his playing days in Flushing.Now, it’s an important detail – his AB blood type – in Steady Eddie’s quest to find an organ donor to replace one of his defunct kidneys. His are functioning under 20 percent, according to his doctors. Time is of the essence.“I thought, originally, that I was having a heart attack when the kidneys began to shut down,” says Kranepool, of Old Westbury. “I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t walk more than 10 feet.”That day, at the behest of his wife and grandchildren, Kranepool sought medical advice. Physicians ruled out a heart attack. The path forward became as clear as the route to first base: Get a clean bill of health and be a candidate for a kidney transplant. But Kranepool was dealing with a serious infection that kept him off the transplant list.“You need to be in tip-top shape for (transplant specialists) to consider you for a transplant,” Kranepool says. “So, we met with so many doctors. We went to the heart doctor for stress testing, then back to the kidney specialist. I even had to get a signoff from my dentist.”When all of the potential harbors for infection were checked, Kranepool received the OK to pursue a kidney match. It has since become the focus of his attention. While under very different circumstances, this isn’t the first time Kranepool has overcome adversity.  Being sent down to the minor leagues just a few months after winning the World Series stands out.“With the Mets for six or seven years at this point, we win the World Series in ‘69, you go from one year playing in the Major Leagues to the next where they send you down,” Kranepool says. “That’s a tough bullet to bite. It takes something inside of you to want to fight your way back.”But, he did it.“If you go down there and sulk, hit .100 or .200, you’re getting released,” Kranepool says. “You show them that you can do it, so I went down there and tried to hit .350. I earned my way back.”For good measure, “Kraner” hit .280 his next season in the majors. That was the best batting average by season during his illustrious 18-year career in the big leagues.Although he was never fleet of foot as a player, Kranepool, now 73, takes especially slow, ambling strides as he walks to ensure the loss of his recently amputated toes don’t cause a fall. He does this across his basement-turned memorabilia display, brandishing dozens of autographed photos and baseballs acquired throughout his playing days in MLB, pointing out certain precious moments with his intimidating Louisville Slugger- turned walking cane.Kranepool has been selling memorabilia to fans and collectors, giving others a chance to enjoy some of the precious items he collected.“We were always raising money for something,” Kranepool says as he expands upon a few select plaques from his countless days of charity work, digging in excitedly at every piece featuring charitable events organized in the name of Yankees’ legend Joe DiMaggio.Kranepool grew up in the Bronx and was, admittedly, a Yankees fan. Now though, Kranepool has many more precious moments to live for. He’s got seven grandchildren who keep him active. He loves boating and looks forward to getting back on the many local golf courses he’s walked for charitable causes.Martin Gover, President of Momentum Sports Management Inc. and Kranepool’s friend, says that it’d be tough to find someone more deserving of the help.“Ed is a true New Yorker through and through, someone who has always given back,” Gover says. “He’s the longest-tenured Met and is beloved by fans.”With luck, Kranepool will have a pinch hitter of his own come through in the clutch.OPEN INVITAIONKranepool is offering a limited number of collectors the opportunity to visit him at his home to examine and purchase unique Mets and Yankees memorabilia directly from his collection. The items for sale are autographed vintage photos, autographed assorted team and individual baseballs, great baseball memorabilia from different teams, as well as unsigned, never-before seen photos from when he was with the Mets.This is an opportunity to visit Kranepool for a Meet and Greet at his home this spring. The meetings will take place between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, as well as some weekends. All home visits will be by appointment only. This memorabilia sale will help pay for some of Ed’s major medical bills from this past year.Those interested should contact Martin Gover of Momentum Sports Management, Inc. at 212-918-4545.Organ Donor Need By The Numbers114,882: People on the national waiting list for organs.9,359: People waiting in New York State.8,110: People waiting in the New York Metro area.In NY, you can register to become an organ donor when you visit the DMV, register to vote, apply for an idNYC card, register for health insurance through the health benefits exchange, or at LongLiveNY.org.last_img read more

CUNA backs bill to study impact of HMDA data collection

first_img continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in support of a bill that would call for a study of the data required by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) was introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.).“Your legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete a study on the data the CFPB is requesting from lenders. Studying the impact of increased data points will ensure that consumer data remains secure and not unnecessarily disclosed,” Nussle wrote. “It is important to do the study immediately, as credit unions have already begun the process of moving towards implementation of the rule. The GAO study will help to identify and reduce the risk of fraud or identity theft associated with the rule.“Furthermore, assessing the impact of increased data reporting will ensure that credit unions, which did not cause the financial crisis, are not overly burdened with unneeded data reporting,” Nussle added.CFPB’s amendments to the HMDA rule significantly increased the amount of data mortgage lenders, including credit unions, are required to provide. While the Dodd-Frank Act outlines 17 required data points, CFPB requires more than double that. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

National conference to help business gird for pandemic flu

first_imgJan 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Decision makers in commerce and industry can explore how to plan effectively for an influenza pandemic at the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy’s (CIDRAP’s) second national conference on business preparedness, to be held Feb 5 and 6 in Orlando, Fla.Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will deliver the summit’s keynote speech on the significance of globalization and politics in responding to pandemic flu. Others on a long list of speakers include Margaret Chan, MD, the new director-general of the World Health Organization (via video); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH; CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH; John Barry, author of The Great Influenza; Rajeev Venkayya, MD, senior director for biodefense with the White House Homeland Security Council; risk communication consultant Peter Sandman, PhD; and Tara O’Toole, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh.Scientists suspect that the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which has a 60% mortality rate in humans, could trigger the next human pandemic. The virus has already infected millions of birds globally; of 269 people infected to date, 163 have died.Osterholm said in a press release that the summit is an opportunity to review progress—or lack thereof—in preparedness planning during the past year in the private and public sectors.”Attendees will also delve into the specific tools necessary for the particular preparedness responsibilities within their organizations,” he said.Presentations and breakout sessions with experts from various fields including economics, law, government, media, and healthcare will focus on how to assess risks and implement practical solutions. Participants have the opportunity to learn the scientific facts behind pandemic flu and the economic, legal, and security implications of a pandemic, as well as hear what others are doing to prepare and how they can make their own plans more efficient. Other sessions will highlight historical perspectives, how to deal with apathy, communication strategies for different constituents, and factors to be considered in information technology and supply chains.The 2006 summit in Minneapolis, the first of its kind on a national scale, drew more than 200 organizations.Jeanne Denz, director of global benefits for General Mills Corp., who attended the last summit, said business preparedness today is somewhat better than it was a year ago. “I do, however, find that there are many organizations that are experiencing ‘pandemic fatigue,’ and the pace of activity has been much slower this past 12 months,” she told CIDRAP News.Denz will moderate a panel on human resources and pandemic preparedness at the summit. She said the conference allows business experts to learn about current thinking on the role that government and municipalities will play in a pandemic.”It is also an opportunity to share best practices on both processes and decisions that have been made, as well as ideas on how to create traction in the business community,” Denz said.Jeff Levi, director of Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit public health advocacy group, emphasized the need to understand the mutual expectations that government and business have of each other in a pandemic. Levi will moderate a panel on perspectives of the role of business and government in preparedness planning.Businesses are taking action in pandemic influenza preparedness, Levi told CIDRAP News. “There’s certainly been a lot more attention paid,” he said. “What the depth of the planning is is still questionable.”However, he noted that it is mostly large businesses that are making plans, while smaller businesses lag behind and require resources to help them move forward. “Large corporations have the wherewithal to do this,” he said. “It’s the small, midsize corporations that need more help . . . to be as well prepared.”Other panel sessions will explore what business and the media should expect of each other during a pandemic and what businesses should know about vaccines, antivirals, respirators, and masks.last_img read more

Education and retention of quality staff, extension of the tourist season, preservation of the authenticity of destinations and tax policy in tourism as key challenges in tourism

first_imgA special Masterclass on “Spring & Tourism Masterclass” which was held in the format of a panel discussion and introductory professional presentation held at Edward Bernays High School in Zagreb in cooperation with Jutarnji list detected key challenges in areas such as education and retaining quality staff in Croatia. extension of the tourist season, preservation of the authenticity of destinations and tax policy in tourism. Šolić’s team sat down at the table and decided to turn to health tourism, for which Lošinj has natural resources, strategy and future. He also recognized the potential in golf. “These are the two directions we have on Lošinj. Golf is not played in July and August because it is too hot. In the 7th, 8th, 11st, 12nd and 1rd month, the weather is beautiful and we will fill our capacities”, Is Šolić’s opinion. “First of all, our tourism is an extremely seasonal sector and as much as 86 percent of all tourist activities in Croatia take place during the few summer months. It is additionally problematic that 96 percent of these activities take place on the coast and in Zagreb. This means that we have a lot of room for improvement and development of the tourist offer for the rest of Croatia, but also for the extension of the season. Namely, we are well below the European average. For example, if we compare only the peak of the tourist season, ie the 7th and 8th month, in Croatia the load on space and population is 10 to even 20 times higher than in other European countries. Just remember what some destinations and beaches look like with us during July or August”, Said Tutek. The introductory speech was given by Emanuel Tutek, a partner in the consulting company Horwath HTL, who said that “the business model of Croatian tourism is unsustainable and has its serious challenges“. Given that 19 percent of domestic GDP comes from tourism, the unsustainability of the system is a more serious problem, reports Jutarnji list. At the panel discussion, the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the President of the Luksic Group Davor Luksic Lederer, the President of the Management Board Jadranka Sanjin Šolić and Emanuel Tutek from the company Horwath HTL spoke. But the eternal problem facing the entire tourism sector remains labor and wages. “Wages are a problem, but they are the base that attracts workers”, Tutek thinks, and Šolić agreed with him, saying that he cannot increase salaries because he does not have enough income. That is why he pays his workers for trainings that cost around 25.000 euros, he explained. However, after completing their education, workers often leave Croatia. “Every year my guests pick the best workers. We are looking for ways to keep workers, but I cannot compete with Austria or any other European country. I offer a starting salary of about 5.000 kuna, and there the waiters have about 12.000 kuna”, Concluded Šolić. “We want to be competitive, but there are a number of things by which we are neither closer nor wider. Reducing VAT is certainly very important here, and there is also the issue of consistent policy. It is important to us that at some point we can have a perception of what will happen in the future, but if policies are constantly changing we cannot have a stable business”, Said Sanjin Šolić, President of the Management Board of the Lošinj hotelier Jadranka. Davor Lukšić, president of the Lukšić Hrvatska Group, agreed with him, pointing out that the VAT rate of 25 percent is quite high, while with 13 percent there is still room for improvement. “We must remain competitive, especially now that other destinations in the Mediterranean are returningHe added. One of the negative factors is non-competitive wages. In Austria, for example, hotel salaries are about 122 percent higher. However, hoteliers in Croatia have noticed a large discrepancy in the numbers, so they have started to increase the salaries of their workers. This has borne fruit – with the growth of salaries and expenses, revenues have also grown. “Now the pressure on public finances is being relieved and taxes on the economy can be reduced slowlyo “, concluded Cappelli. It is predicted that hoteliers could reduce the volume of investments by about 30 percent in the next three to four years. “We want to warn the Government that it must not allow this. We have to invest, but we expect that the Government’s measures will encourage us to do that, and not hinder us”, Said Sanjin Šolić. Croatian tax policy is also a problem. There is practically no real estate tax in Croatia. “We are champions in how good it is for private renters. Croatia is a tax haven”, Said Tutek. Gari Cappelli: Destination management is a bigger problem for tourism than VAT “We have a problem having five star hotels in destinations that have two stars. We must first start strengthening the quality of destinations and measure what is happening throughout the year and only after a few years see if there are satisfied residents and tourists and service providers and the environment. If everyone is more or less satisfied, then it makes sense to invest in a four or five star hotel business”, Explained Cappelli and added that in Croatia it is a common case to invest in luxury hotels, but no work is being done on the development of the destination. “Well we have cases where five-star hotels don’t have sewers but a septic tankHe said. In addition, there is the problem of human resources, but it is a global problem, explains Tutek. But given that the international labor market is more competitive than Croatia’s, foreign countries have their holes and a shortage of workers full of Croats. According to the competitiveness index on the labor market, we are only 100th out of 138 countries in the world. It is even worse that we are the last and penultimate in the world on the scale of attracting and retaining workers, Tutek pointed out. “We have no solution. The answers cannot be some lump sum measures and initiatives, we need something more fundamental.” In order to prolong the tourist season, Lukšić and Šolić turned to congress and health tourism, respectively. “In the past two years, we have extended the season, and the so-called ‘congress season’. But still we all have to sit down at the table and devise a strategy for the winter season as well which is actually the only problem”, Said Luksic. But Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli believes the high VAT problem is one of the easiest problems for the domestic tourism industry. He emphasized that the Government could easily reduce VAT to 10 or 13 percent, and announced this decision for the beginning of next year. Cappelli believes that destination management is a bigger challenge for tourism than VAT itself. He added that we have a lot of room for improvement and development of the quality of accommodation provided. Croatian hotels, which are the flagship of our catering industry, are losing the battle with the hotel industry in the rest of Europe, and the fact that with each new night of tourists the income in Croatia is decreasing from year to year is alarming, Tutek believes. “By increasing the number of rooms and achieving the seasonality of the Mediterranean, it is possible to realize the potential of about 50 million new overnight stays on a sustainable basis, but the point is that we do not have them in July and August but in the rest of the year.”, he pointed out. Source / photo: Edward Bernays High School, Jutarnji.hrlast_img read more