Istria far ahead of all In this year’s summer flight schedule, 81 new routes In June, 130.000 arrivals (+10 percent) and 236.000 overnight stays (+10 percent) were realized on the continent, of which the most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (77.000), Krapina-Zagorje (30.000), Zagreb (25.000), Osijek-Baranja. 22.000) and Međimurje County (17.000). At the national level, in June most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (3,7 million), Austria (1,4 million), Slovenia (1,4 million), the Czech Republic (884 thousand) and Poland (856 thousand). Today, the Minister of Tourism is at the press conference at the Ministry of Tourism Gari Cappelli and director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić presented the results of tourist traffic for the first six months of 2019. “One of the main priorities in tourism policy management is to strengthen traffic in the pre-season, and the results of this year’s pre-season, as in previous years, show that we have succeeded in achieving tourist traffic growth of 20 percent in arrivals and 15 percent in overnight stays in the last three years. I believe that by further strengthening promotion activities in distant markets and positioning Croatia as an air destination in the future, we will achieve additional growth in traffic in the pre- and post-season. It is important to point out that the growth of tourist traffic is continuously accompanied by the growth of tourism revenues, which grew by 23 percent during the first quarter of our Government, and since tourism is a horizontal activity and one of the most propulsive economic sectors, its positive effects economy”, Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli told a news conference today. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 496.000 arrivals (+10 percent) and 978.000 overnight stays (+8 percent), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (192.000), Krapina-Zagorje (171.000), Osijek-Baranja. 105.000), Zagreb County (91.000) and Međimurje County (81.000). In June, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (4,6 million), Split-Dalmatia County (2,8 million) and Kvarner (2,7 million). They are followed by Zadar County with 1,8 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1,3 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 903.000 overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 458.000 overnight stays and Zagreb with 257.000 overnight stays. In June, there were 10 percent more tourist arrivals Germany, Austria and Slovenia are the main markets CNB: REVENUES FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS 5,4 PERCENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER In June, there were 3,13 million arrivals and 15 million overnight stays in Croatia, which compared to June 2018 represents an increase of 10 percent in arrivals and 8 percent in overnight stays. “The overall tourist growth achieved during the first six months of this year is the result of targeted activities in the promotion of our country as an attractive year-round destination. Airlines also had a strong impact on the realized tourist traffic with an increase of 81 new routes in this year’s summer flight schedule, as well as distant markets which participated in the total traffic of foreign tourists with a share of almost 20 percent in arrivals and 10 percent in overnight stays. These indicators confirm that we have maintained a stable position in the tourism market, as well as the success of our marketing strategy and stronger presence in distant markets such as the US, Canada, China, Korea, Australia and others, where we achieve high double-digit growth rates”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. Source: CNTB / Read the full report in the attachment RELATED NEWS: Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić are satisfied with the results of the pre-season, and as they point out, they are especially satisfied with the high growth rates achieved from certain distant markets and the increased number of flights in the summer. Source: CNTB / Read the full report in the attachment At the national level, during the first six months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (5,43 million), Austria (2,33 million), Slovenia (2,29 million), the United Kingdom (1,43 million) and Poland (1,23, 9,39 million), and looking at the accommodation segment, most overnight stays were realized in hotels (7,15 million) and in household facilities (4,52 million) and camps (XNUMX million). The top destinations in the first six months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Zagreb, Poreč and Split. Attachment: PRESENTATION OF RESULTS / Evaluation of the current part of the tourist year 2019 JANUARY – JUNE According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of June, 6,88 million arrivals (+6 percent) and 26,26 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. (+3 percent). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 5,85 million arrivals (+6 percent) and 22,93 million overnight stays (+3 percent), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 6 percent and in overnight stays by 4 percent. During the first six months of 2019, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (7,6 million), in the Split-Dalmatia County 4,7 million overnight stays were realized, while in Kvarner 4,3 million overnight stays were realized. They are followed by Zadar and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties, each with 2,7 million overnight stays, and Šibenik-Knin County with 1,4 million overnight stays. 1,1 million overnight stays were realized in Zagreb, and 696 thousand overnight stays in Lika-Senj County.
USC will begin purchasing eggs from cage-free farms this fall in response to environmental concerns.“We know it is the right thing to do,” said Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality. “We already decided that going cage-free was something that needed to happen and when USC ALIVE started petitioning, it just confirmed what we already knew and planned to do.”USC Always Living In View of the Environment, an environmental student group, launched a campaign in November encouraging the university to serve only eggs from cage-free farms. According to USC ALIVE, residence halls currently serve students eggs from battery-cage farms where hens are kept in small, unsanitary cages.More than 4,300 students signed the online petition, according to Connie Gao, a sophomore majoring in business administration and the group’s director of External Communications.“This is something that is obviously very important to environmentally conscious students and soon all students who live on campus will have the option to choose cage-free eggs which is a very environmentally friendly choice,” Gao said.Stanford, UCLA and several other universities in California already serve eggs from cage-free farms, which allow hens to roam and eat grass.According to Klinger, eggs from cage-free farms possess dark yellow yokes This can add nutritional value to the egg.Having cage-free eggs is both an animal rights issue and an environmental one because battery-cages can raise the risk of salmonella. Raising hens in battery-cages is also a high pollutant because of the lack of cleanliness, which leads to the spread of diseases, according to Gao.“It’s about time,” said Richelle Gribble, a sophomore majoring in fine arts. “USC has not exactly made huge leaps compared to other colleges as far as becoming more environmentally conscious, so this cage-free switch is a huge improvement.”Klinger a said buying these eggs imposes a significant cost on the university — $60,000 a year. Hospitality chose not to raise meal plan prices because of the cage-free initiative, however, so the university will absorb the expense, Klinger said. “$60,000 is enough money to pay the salaries of three full-time employees so we had to move funds around to pay for the switch and retain all of our staff,” Klinger said.Elsa O’Callaghan, a senior majoring in communications, said she is concerned many students fail to recognize how important the cage-free switch is for promoting animal rights and environmental sustainability.“I consider myself someone who is really environmentally-conscious and I had no idea USC was going cage-free until right now,” O’Callaghan said. “I’m very happy USC is doing this, but honestly I don’t think many students will take notice.”USC already serves eggs from cage-free farms at Moreton Fig, Seeds Marketplace and other retail establishments on-campus, Klinger said, adding that he has not seen a significant difference in students’ dining habits.“For students to appreciate the cage-free switch, the university has to fully publicize it, and also educate students so they know what cage-free means because most students don’t know the difference between a cage-free egg and a regular one,” O’Callaghan said.Gribble said although the physical difference might be subtle, the cage-free initiative assures students the eggs they eat are healthy and come from hens living in relatively humane circumstances.“Just knowing where your food comes from is really comforting,” Gribble said. “USC listened to those students concerned about animal rights but this switch is not just a victory for them but also a victory for the entire student body.”