Month: November 2020

first_imgMoving up, the Rs. 1,301 all-in-one annual plan offers 164GB of total data with 500MB per day. Rest of the benefits of this plan are the same as the Rs. 1,001 plan. Lastly, the Rs. 1,501 all-in-one annual plan gets you 504GB of total data with 1.5GB per day, after which the speed will be reduced. Again, rest of the benefits of this plan are the same as the other two.Jio already offers four all-in-one plans ranging from Rs. 75 to Rs. 185. They offer 28 day validity and up to 56GB of data that can be used at 2GB per day. Instead of the 12,000 minutes FUP of Jio to non-Jio voice calls, these all-in-one plans offer an FUP of 500 minutes. Only the Rs. 185 and Rs. 155 plans offer unlimited SMS at 100 per day.Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Reliance Jio all-in-one prepaid annual plans have been introduced for Jio Phone users, adding to the already available all-in-one plans, but with much longer validity. The three prepaid plans have been updated on the official website and come at Rs. 1,001, Rs. 1,301, and Rs. 1,501 price points. Jio Phone users can get up to 504GB of data for the year, or rather 336 days. These annual plans are ideal for Jio Phone users who want one-time recharges instead of monthly plans.The new Jio Phone annual prepaid plans cost Rs. 1,001, Rs. 1,301, and Rs. 1,501. The Rs. 1,001 all-in-one annual plan comes with 49GB of data capped at 150MB per day, after which the speed will be reduced to 64kbps for the day. You get unlimited Jio to Jio voice calls and an FUP of 12,000 minutes on Jio to non-Jio voice calls. You also get 100 SMS per day and complimentary subscription to Jio apps. This plan, like the other two annual plans, is valid for 336 days.- Advertisement – Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is searching for his next opponent Yildirim lost to Dirrell who, in turn, lost the WBC title to David Benavidez.The belt is now vacant after Benavidez failed to make weight – the governing body ordered for it to be contested between Canelo and Yildirim.“The WBC ordered me to fight Canelo and I have been ready,” Yildirim continued.“But if he goes on a different direction that is his decision.“I don’t care about anything, don’t care about money, I only care to fight for the WBC green belt and become the first ever world champion from Turkey.” Avni Yildirim has insisted “I have been ready” and still hopes to agree a fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who became a free agent last week.Mexican star Canelo split from Golden Boy Promotions amid an ongoing lawsuit against them and broadcaster DAZN after being unable to agree terms to his next fight.With Canelo now free to explore a return to the ring, which he plans before the end of 2020, his Yildirim has again staked his claim. Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez is searching for his next opponent
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first_imgJan 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Pandemic planning strategies have been brought to a personal level with the release yesterday of a guide from the federal government outlining actions that individuals and families can take to protect themselves.The handbook, titled “Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families,” was announced by Secretary Mike Leavitt of the Department of Health and Human Services at a forum in Arizona. “Pandemics are global in nature, but their impact is local. When the next pandemic strikes, it is likely to touch the lives of every individual, family, and community.” Leavitt writes at the beginning of the document.Included in the guide are background information covering topics ranging from the history of pandemics to the differences between seasonal and pandemic flu to what to expect in a pandemic; an emergency health sheet for recording important health information on each family member; and links to other resources. Also included is a checklist that divides appropriate actions into three categories: planning for a pandemic, limiting the spread of germs and preventing infection, and items to gather for an extended stay at home.Among specific activities listed in the plan are having stocks of nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, discussing within a family how care will be given if a member becomes ill, teaching proper handwashing and cough etiquette to children, and having supplies of food and water on hand.The government’s overall pandemic planning initiative includes meetings with health and other officials in each of the 50 states; the Arizona meeting yesterday was the second, following the initial meeting in Minnesota on Dec 14. Forums in Vermont, West Virginia, Rhode Island, and Georgia are next on the schedule.Guides for business planning and for state and local public health planning were released last fall. Similar resources for schools, healthcare providers, and community organizations are in development.Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families (pdf document)…See also:Web page on site with numerous resources for individual and family pandemic planning pandemic planning checklist and local pandemic planning checklist 5, 2005, CIDRAP News story about state planning forumsDec 14, 2005, CIDRAP News story about summit in Minnesotalast_img read more

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – You have a few crucial moments for talking about pandemic preparedness. Use them well.As most readers of this newsletter know, the World Health Organization (WHO) says we are currently in phase 3 of six pandemic phases (see chart at right). We’re no longer in phase 1, because a novel flu virus, H5N1, has appeared on the scene. We’re no longer in phase 2, because H5N1 has successfully passed from a bird to a human (a few hundred times so far). We’ve also seen a few cases of human-to-human transmission, but not enough, in the WHO’s judgment, to justify ratcheting up to phase 4.As the WHO chart shows, the distinctions among phases 3, 4, 5, and 6 are qualitative, depending on whether human-to-human transmission is “very limited,” “increased,” “significant,” or “efficient and sustained.”Let me propose a complementary but different set of phases for planning pandemic communications. The WHO pandemic phases are grounded solely in what the virus is doing. The following pandemic communication phases are grounded also in the:Intensity of the level of public concernLocation of the disease1. Pre-pandemic coldIn the WHO’s phases 1 and 2, pandemic preparedness is off the public’s agenda, and most communication effort would be wasted. There are exceptions—during a severe seasonal flu outbreak, for example, or right after a pandemic. But unless something has happened to arouse the public’s interest and thus create a pandemic teachable moment, the chances of inspiring much pandemic preparedness are next to nil. It still makes sense to lobby for improvements in areas such as public health infrastructure and vaccine technology. But don’t expect to create a communication phase 1 pandemic buzz. Save your ammunition.2. Pre-pandemic warmIn the WHO’s phase 3, our current phase, the opportunities to communicate improve. At least you can point to H5N1. But people get used to the existence of H5N1 on the horizon, and need something more to recapture their interest—a local outbreak in birds, for example, or a human-to-human cluster anywhere.In between these teachable moments, it’s not easy to keep the general public (or the media) interested. Reaching out to stakeholders is more feasible. Pandemic communication phase 2 is actually a pretty good time to talk to customers, suppliers, and even employees. You won’t get too strong a reaction—your problem will be apathy, not panic—but you can start building baseline awareness. Try raising pandemic preparedness at safety meetings, for example; think about creating pandemic posters, phone stickers, and the like.Communication phase 2 is also a good time to cement your progress with people whose awareness has already been aroused during prior teachable moments. For example, get them involved in company preparedness activities, urge them to share their concern with friends and coworkers, and advise them on the next steps in household preparedness.3. Pre-pandemic hotCommunication phase 3 comes into play whenever the issue catches fire. This phase includes the periodic teachable moments during the WHO’s phase 3—for example, the first time an H5N1-positive bird is found in North America. It might also include less obvious teachable moments, such as a pandemic-focused movie or TV docudrama. The biggest day so far on the CDC’s pandemic Web site was the day CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm, editor-in-chief of this newsletter, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.A teachable moment of special importance occurs any time H5N1 (or any flu strain) looks like it’s getting better at human-to-human transmission. The WHO may take a while to declare phase 4. You don’t have to wait. As soon as word spreads that the WHO is thinking about phase 4, you’ve got a teachable moment. And when the WHO makes the move, you’ve got a gigantic teachable moment.Capitalizing on teachable moments is crucial to getting your company prepared. While you’re in communication phase 2, spend a lot of effort planning for the next time you get to communication phase 3. (Communication phases 2 and 3 oscillate as teachable moments come and go.)4. Pandemic imminentBy the time a pandemic looks imminent, the WHO will definitely be in phase 4, maybe even phase 5. Nobody will know the odds of getting this far and not progressing to the WHO’s phase 6. Nobody will know whether the pre-pandemic virus will zoom through 4 and 5 or dawdle in them. And at least for a while, nobody will know whether the pandemic that looks imminent is going to be severe or mild.Still, communication phase 4 is the mother of all teachable moments. As soon as credible experts start saying a pandemic looks imminent (the defining characteristic of communication phase 4), people you’ve been trying to reach for years will suddenly start paying attention—and complaining that you didn’t warn them earlier. Don’t get defensive; focus instead on urgent preparedness messages.The tone of your communications should start shifting. You don’t have to arouse people’s concern any more; the situation is doing that for you. Don’t give in to the temptation to overreassure them, either. Now the task is to validate their rising fear, help them bear it, and guide them through it.5. Pandemic elsewhereSuppose the WHO declares a pandemic. But it isn’t “here” yet. You may have only a day or two for last-minute preparations; you may have weeks or conceivably even months.If you’re a multinational company, you’re in communication phase 6 in some of your locations and phase 5 in others. Don’t lose sight of the distinction.By now you’re starting to get fairly reliable data about how severe the pandemic is shaping up to be. Of course, that can change; flu pandemics can come in waves, and the waves can vary in severity (there’s no clear pattern—later waves can be worse or better than earlier ones). Still, nearly every aspect of your communication phase 5 plan will depend on what you have to say about the severity of the coming pandemic.You’ll need “subplans” for different severity levels. (One possibility is to use the severity categories defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) Phase 5 messages for a mild pandemic will focus on such medical matters as symptoms, vaccines and antivirals, and hospital surge-capacity problems. Phase 5 messages for a severe pandemic will need to address much tougher worries, like shortages of essential goods, disruption of essential services, and threats to the social order. And of course you may have to split the difference if the pandemic’s expected severity is intermediate or still hard to predict.6. Pandemic hereEverything changes when the pandemic reaches your location—especially if it’s severe. Of course, you will have endless information and instruction to offer your stakeholders, everything from which facilities are open to what supplies are available to how long people should stay home after recovering. But in the middle of a crisis, the most important communication tasks have to do with sustaining people’s ability to bear the unbearable. Validating how awful it is, demonstrating your candor and your determination (not your overoptimism), celebrating heroes, and mourning victims—these are every bit as crucial as anything else you need to tell your employees, customers, and suppliers.7. Pandemic elsewhere (again)The pandemic is receding in your area. It’s time to regroup, not relax. Another wave may be coming, and it could be worse than this one was. And of course the pandemic is still raging elsewhere, and supply lines are still wrecked. Regrouping won’t be easy.As waves come and go, you may need to get through several iterations of communication phases 6 and 7.8. Post-pandemicIt’s really gone. Now you need a communication effort to help everyone recover. And you have a chance to help everyone segue from debriefing to thinking about long-term preparedness.Bear in mind that other flu strains circulating could pose a pandemic threat. So maybe we’re back in the WHO’s phase 1 or 2, or maybe we’re in the WHO’s phase 3 (or conceivably even 4) for a different strain. Here is one of my communication worst-case scenarios: In the next year or two, we go through a mild pandemic of some strain other than H5N1. H5N1 still looms, and now we need to convince people to stay worried.Focus your planningThe purpose of these eight pandemic communication phases is to focus communication planning on communication issues:Before a pandemic, what matters most is picking your teachable moments, when you have the best chance to arouse people’s concern and action.During a pandemic, the communication phase depends on where the pandemic outbreaks or waves are—and your mid-pandemic messages depend on how severe these outbreaks or waves are.After a pandemic, the communication tasks are to help with recovery and to promote continued vigilance and preparedness for the next pandemic.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site, which includes an index of pandemic-related writing on the site.last_img read more

first_imgOrganized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce-Pula County Chamber and the company COIN inženjering doo Pula, a presentation of the nautical-tourist complex Sveta Katarina-Monumenti was held at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce-Pula County Chamber. The 65m-euro project, which has been standing for years, is finally moving from a standstill and work is underway, which is scheduled to last until 2020.The construction of the nautical-tourist complex Sveta Katarina – Monumenti is being developed as part of the Brijuni Riviera program, as a project of special importance for the Republic of Croatia, the County of Istria and the City of Pula. The complex covers a total area of ​​46 hectares on which will be built two nautical tourism ports with 550 berths in the sea and the possibility of building 1200 berths on land and other ancillary facilities and hotel complex. The entire realization of the project, ie bringing the area to its intended purpose, is expected in 2020. The project itself is divided into functional units and will be built in stages, and the initial phase will be the rehabilitation of the bridge that connects the mainland and the island of Sv. Katarina, while the preparatory actions for bringing the infrastructure have already begun.”This is the beginning when Pula crosses the other shore of the Pula Bay”Danko Končar pointed out and added that the value of this investment, for which a concession was obtained, is more than 65 million euros.Mayor Flego expressed great satisfaction that the former abandoned military property is finally being put into operation. ” I am sure we have all realized how much we need such investments, such jobs and such service. I appeal to employ as many local craftsmen, small and medium-sized businesses that know how to build and work in such facilities tomorrow. ” Flego pointed out.The military complex on the island of Katarina was created for the needs of the Austro-Hungarian defense system of the city of Pula, and in 1912 the Naval Air Experimental Station Pula was built on the island, which then became the Air Arsenal. During the Italian rule, part of the existing Austro-Hungarian buildings were repurposed for the needs of the Royal Submarine Academy, new buildings were built, and a 250 m long bridge that connected the island with the mainland.By the way, the entire project is worth about 60 million euros, and the realization of the project Sv. Katarina-Monumenti is divided into three phases – the construction of the nautical tourism port Sv. Katarina, construction of a dry marina and a hotel complex. This is certainly a historic moment for the development of the city and the valorization of an attractive tourist location that will certainly raise tourism in Pula to a higher level.last_img read more

first_imgLast year, airports in Croatia achieved double-digit growth in passenger traffic with an increase of 18% and 9,6 million passengers. Given the growth trend of recent years, this year is expected to increase passengers at domestic airports by about 10 percent, which means that for the first time in history, more than 10 million passengers will pass through Croatian airports.The number of passengers is expected to double in the next five to seven years, which means even more investment in increasing capacity for airports. “Such a large increase in passenger traffic, which is recorded by Croatian airports from year to year, was mostly influenced by the increase in gross domestic product in the countries where passengers come from, as well as numerous other factors, most notably safety. Namely, travelers, above all, decide to go to those tourist destinations where they will feel safe”, Said the president of the Air Transport Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Tonći Peović.The increase in traffic at Croatian airports was, among other things, influenced by the airlines themselves, which partly reduced the average ticket prices in air traffic, which, in turn, is a consequence of the reduction in the prices of petroleum products on the world market. In addition, the increase in air traffic in Croatia was influenced by the shortened stay of tourists in certain markets by about two to three days, thanks to online reservation systems such as or “In the summer season, charter flights were significantly activated, thus significantly intensifying air traffic to Croatian tourist destinations, increasing the frequency of existing and introducing new airlines.”, Pointed out Peović, adding that a significant step forward is also happening with the opening of the Middle East hub, through which the market of the Middle and Far East is opening. “This dynamic growth of traffic, however, puts before us and  challenges of capacity building of airports (lanes, platforms, terminals, car parks, access roads, human resources) that must meet the requirements of peak loads, given that a doubling of traffic can be expected within 7 years, and certainly the capacity building process for such growth in Croatian conditions takes much longer. It is also necessary to define the final capacities of some airports, in order to start preparations for relocation to locations where new unhindered development can begin in the decades to come.”, Explains Peović, emphasizing that it is necessary to point out the effects of large investments in airports that help the stumbled construction sector, because capital investments after the Franjo Tuđman Airport also take place at Dubrovnik, Split, Brač airports, but also runway and maneuver reconstructions. area in Pula and Zadar.Rijeka AirportThe total passenger traffic at Croatian airports in the first six months of 2018 amounted to 3.871.939 passengers, which is an increase of 2017 percent compared to the same period in 3.411.325, when passenger traffic amounted to 13,5 passengers, the data show Croatian Civil Aviation Agency.In the first six months of 2018, the largest increase in the number of passengers, compared to the same period last year, was recorded by Osijek Airport of as much as 146,8 percent, while Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb had a passenger growth of 10,2, and Split Airport 17,2 percent. Dubrovnik Airport grew by 11 percent. The number of passengers also increased by Brač Airport by 78 percent, while Rijeka Airport recorded a growth of 38,8 percent and Pula Airport 29,5 percent.The total number of landings and take-offs of aircraft at airports in the first six months of 2018 was 52.831, which is an increase of 49.119 percent compared to the number of landings and take-offs of 2017 in the first six months of 7,6.In 2017, the Croatian national company Croatia Airlines carried a record 2.124.528 passengers, which is 9,6% more than in 2016. The passenger cabin occupancy factor also increased from 70 percent in 2016 to 74,4 percent in 2017. In the first six months of this year, Croatia Airlines carried 949.007 passengers, which is compared to 903.188 passengers in the first six months of 2017. an increase of 4,8 percent. This season, Croatia Airlines planes fly directly to 39 destinations in 23 European countries in regular passenger traffic, connecting the capital Zagreb with five Croatian airports. In addition to the already introduced lines, the novelty is the introduction of new ones such as Zagreb – Mostar, Zagreb – Dublin, Dubrovnik – Munich, Split – Copenhagen. Croatia Airlines aircraft again this year fly to all eight European destinations, ie on all seasonal routes introduced during 2016 and 2017 – from Zagreb to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St. Petersburg, and dr.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, in a hole-filled school sports hall in Malinska, the investor of Haludovo, Mr. Abramyan, accompanied by his closest associates, tried to convince the residents of Malinska that he needed a concession, or rather a right, to realize an investment plan focused on their well-being. to the exclusive use of the whole coast in front of Haludovo, in a total length of which a thousand feet.As hard as the position of the owner of Haludovo, Mr. Ara Abramyan, was that the beginning of any investment in Haludovo was necessary and the only precondition to allow him to close a kilometer of Malinska coast, through a closed concession, so firm and unwavering was the position of the other side – local public and local and regional administration that from such his plan, in short and clearly – can not and will not be anything.As the portal reports, Mayor of Malinska-Dubašnica Robert Anton Kraljić informed the locals that that morning in Zagreb they had a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of State Property, the Ministry of the Sea and the Ministry of Tourism and all gave unreserved support to this local government unit that there is no talk of creating fenced to our tourist places, especially on the maritime domain, it is only possibly possible that, in agreement with the local community, only the possibility of concessioning a smaller part of the coast is discussed. On the other hand, the deputy prefect of PGC Marina Medarić pointed out that the county is responsible for granting concessions on maritime property, but it always does so in agreement with the local government.The presentation of “Novi Haludov” did not impress Malinska at all, who reacted to the presented thumbnails and announcements of the construction of a swimming pool, marina, as many as six 5+ star hotels and a mountain of turbo-exclusive facilities worth 250 to 300 million euros. how the locals will be able to pass through the resort or above it, and for which it is willing to issue passes to the domicile population.Photo:”Haludovo is still covered by the Detailed Plan, which literally tomorrow allows you to build and reconstruct all its facilities, hotels and fishing village, only if you stop linking the investment to the issue of concession or” closing “the coast, which we will not agree to. pointed out Chief Kraljić.Nedo Pinezić said that at the time of his takeover of Haludov, Abramyan “in the dowry” got functional facilities and a tourist brand that worked well for decades and carried the tourism of Krk, but also Croatia, and the fact that he ruined it in the meantime is the sole fault of the owner or , which is more likely the result of the extremely poor associates and advisers he surrounded himself with, who had obviously given him very poor advice on the Haludos in recent years.Dr. Cerović pointed out to the owner of the hotel town that Valamar, Maistra, Falkensteiner, but also many other successful hotel companies today at the time when he was buying Haludovo, were buying facilities in the same or even worse condition than Haludovo was then. “See where they are today and where you are ”Stated Cerović and noted that those who did what was done with the destroyed Haludov, should not give lectures on tourism to the islanders because they know very well what tourism is.And at the end of it all, the two-hour, at times temperamental and electrified discussion concluded with Abramyan’s abrupt departure from the hall in which, he concluded, he no longer had reason to sit any further.COMMENTThere is no dialogue about the closed concession, and on the other hand the investor did not want to hear about any other investment opportunities, which brings the whole story back to the beginning, and that is that this former tourist pearl still stands in ruins after 18 years.The involvement of the local population as well as open dialogue and discussion should certainly be commended, regardless of the outcome. This is exactly the right direction, because the local population must be involved in all processes of tourist destination development, which is a rarity. Tourism is people, and a tourist destination is not a hotel, but the whole tourist destination. Without the synergy of the entire tourist destination, there is no long-term, sustainable and quality success.Personally, I am absolutely against giving closed concessions and turning closed resorts on our coast. Such a concept is of course in the business interest of every investor and it is legitimate and understandable, because every investor looks at how to get a return on investment as soon as possible and how to make a profit as well as possible. Every investor would like to have a closed concession or their “private” island, there is no better business opportunity, because all spending remains within the resort, you have maximum control, and in return an annual concession fee is paid. However, from the position of the destination and the local community, this is a very bad move because the natural resource and part of the coast are lost, while tourists who come to the destination do not leave the closed complex, and their consumption remains there. Where is tourism, local economy, development, local culture and way of life… Also, such a concept proved to be negative on examples in Turkey, Greece and Spain, both through the aspect of tourist destination development and through the economic aspect of the local community. At least if we look at the bigger picture, sustainability and long-term effect.What is your opinion on granting closed concessions to investors? Get involved in a constructive discussion HERElast_img read more

first_imgProtected units (localities) are determined by counties, ie national parks and nature parks in separate points due to belonging to the area of ​​one or more counties, and in the appendix on public consultation there is also current list of protected sites by counties. Accurate and quality interpretation is key. We need to care about the story being told about our history, heritage, identity, way of life and culture. It is important to detect from the attached which are the protected sites in Croatia in order to protect domestic tourist guides and even more important to protect the correct and true interpretation of our heritage and protected sites. Pursuant to Article 70, paragraph 4 of the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism has opened a public consultation on the list of protected sites by counties. regulates the provision of tourist guide services to citizens of another Contracting State to the Treaty on the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation on a temporary or occasional basis, in such a way that the same may provide tourist guide services in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, except on or in protected units (localities); this equates the position of the mentioned tourist guides with Croatian tourist guides who have passed only the general part of the professional exam:Authorization is given to the Minister of Tourism to prescribe, with the prior opinion of the Minister responsible for culture and nature protection, a rulebook for a list of protected sites (localities) which would be narrower than the current list of tourist sites (localities) by counties, and which would not include public areas, city squares, forests, parks and the like; We single out from the Law on the provision of services in tourism. Proposal of protected localities by counties Protected whole (locality) means an area, space or facility where they are located or which contains natural, cultural, historical, traditional and other values ​​on which tourist guide services can provide only an authorized tourist guide. Get involved in the public debate, now is the time to qualitatively define the list of all localities, it will be too late later. Attachment: Also, the Ordinance on the professional exam for tourist guides is under public discussion. This Ordinance prescribes the examination program of the professional examination for a tourist guide, the number of teaching hours, the composition of the examination commission, the conditions that must be met by the teaching staff and the manner of taking the examination. One of the negative implications in accordance with the amendments to the Law on the provision of services in tourism, and in accordance with EU regulations, is that it allowed foreign tourist guides to tell the story they want without any control and education about our history. sufficient, and have not undergone training for our sites. Rulebook on professional exam for tourist guides PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE LIST OF PROTECTED UNITS (LOCATIONS) BY COUNTIES RULEBOOK ON PROFESSIONAL EXAM FOR TOURIST GUIDESlast_img read more

first_imgDark or fish? / Photo: Underwater protection so-called. “No take” zones would make Croatian diving tourism much more attractive, and the benefits would be felt by everyone, from diving schools to fishermen and local communities. “As a diving destination, we are mostly complained that you cannot see fish in our seabed and that is a fact. We have the example of our neighboring Italy, which was also completely devastated, but they decided to protect several zones, which led to a real tourist boom. Today, in one such zone, Portofino, diving is 3,5 times more expensive than in Croatia. In our country, the average price of a dive is around 25 euros, and with them around 70”, Points out the president of the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Vedran Dorušić, adding that we in Croatia should also protect certain zones because they would quickly become attractive for diving tourism and attract more guests.  How much money diving tourism actually brings is shown by the example of Egypt, which has become one of the leading diving destinations in the world with its smart underwater protection policy. Today, the diving attraction and wreck of the sunken ship SS Thistlegorm brings them more revenue than the pyramids at Giza. Photo: The establishment of a “no take” zone with the aim of protecting the underwater world would flourish diving tourism, according to the gathered members of the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Photo: These are small protected areas, of a few square kilometers, which do not have to be in an important fishing zone, but must be suitable for spawning. This is determined in agreement with biologists, and once established, they regenerate very quickly and become known to them.  It is a special form of protection that completely prohibits any exploitation of the seabed for the protection of ecosystems and cultural assets, and they have proven to be excellent in preserving biodiversity, but also in economic development. As Dorušić points out, numerous scientific studies, from the Mediterranean to the Pacific Ocean, show that biomass in protected areas is on average 670 percent higher than in neighboring unprotected areas. Fish from protected areas live longer and are much larger than specimens from the surrounding unprotected sea, and it could be the secret of rapid population recovery in size. Namely, research has shown that larger specimens of fish produce much more eggs. Thus groupers 50 centimeters in size produce about a million eggs, while only ten centimeters larger females produce about 3 million. When asked if Croatia has such attractive diving locations, Dorušić believes that we have many such locations, in fact, that we are certainly number one in Europe, and even in the top of the world in terms of the number of wrecks in the sea that have attractiveness and historical importance. “But the problem is that apart from that iron you don’t see a niche, there are no fish, while in other similar locations you can see huge groupers and teeth coming to you and not afraid of the diver. It attracts people, but we are not yet sufficiently aware of how much wealth we have, so it happens that people drop anchors in locations where we have shipwrecks that are cultural assets.”, Explains Dorušić, noting that the protection of selected areas would quickly restore the fish stock, which would immediately attract divers.  This type of protection usually encounters resistance from small fishermen, but it is actually great news for them because with the renewal of the fish stock comes the effect of the so-called. overflowing fish into adjacent areas where hunting is allowed. Again, everything is in education and communication and such an important synergy with the local population, and in this case with local fishermen.  And a larger number of guests is good news for everyone because they are mostly tourists of higher purchasing power who spend only one fifth (18 percent) of their budget on diving, while the rest is spent on accommodation, food, souvenirs, etc. So, with four fifths of the budget they strengthen the economy of the local community, and as they come a little earlier than the peak season and stay longer, like boaters, they extend the tourist season. “Today, with the help of video surveillance and ultrasound probes, you can see in real time what is happening in protected locations and alert the competent services, so that the problem of control can no longer be an excuse. After all, according to the experience of other countries, no special protection is needed, because most of these zones are guarded by divers themselves and they report to the police if devastation occurs. “, explains Dorušić and points out that in tourism it is most difficult to fight the competition by doing what everyone else knows, such as renting rooms and apartments.  It is unfortunate that in the 21st century, the digital age where we have all the information and decades of tourism, we have to talk about this topic today and that we have not been leaders in this segment for a long time. Or at least systematically engaged in the development and “fought” to be at the top, both the protection of our seabed and the development of diving tourism. Whatever segment we touch in tourism, we have chaos, which is just another proof that more and more is happening to us more and more spontaneously, and that there is not so much key strategic and sustainable development of tourism and tourist destinations. “You have a great example of New Zealand where small-scale fishermen fought against bans in protected areas, and today they insist on establishing more protected zones because they have better catches in the surrounding areas.”, Emphasizes Dorusic, adding that the problem is in the competent institutions, which have always referred to the problem of supervision, under the pretext – what if we declare it a protected zone, and we can not control it.  “But when you have a product that is different, more interesting and more specific, like diving, then it is not so difficult to reach the guests and you will always be filled. We need to fight for the protection of the seabed because it brings benefits to all, and if we do not do it ourselves, no one else will do it for us”, Concludes Dorušić.   Yes, we definitely need the protection of our submarine as well as the “no take” zone, as the first basis for strategic development in general. We are late again, if not more then at least 10 years, and we are still not dealing with challenges, but we are still just talking. While we are not engaged in development and stagnation, others are growing, and the jazz between the successful and us is getting bigger and bigger.last_img read more