– Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Alex Grimaldo is set to miss out for Benfica after the defender sprained his ankle last week. Andre Almeida is also expected to miss the game with a knee injury, while Jean-Clair Todibo remains doubtful.Benfica at a glanceThe coach: Jorge Jesus, the club’s most decorated manager of the 21st century, returned for a second spell in charge this summer after a hugely successful stint in Brazil with Flamengo where he won five trophies. His first spell at Benfica, between 2009 and 2015, brought 10 trophies, including three Portuguese championship titles in six seasons, and two Europa League final appearances, before he stunned by leaving for city rivals Sporting Lisbon.European pedigree: Historically, the club from the Portuguese capital has a strong tradition in European football, winning back-to-back European Cups in 1961 and 1962 and losing in finals in 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990. Benfica have also reached three UEFA Cup/Europa League finals, losing on each occasion in 1983, 2013 and 2014.Form: Second in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Benfica saw their seven-game winning run in all competitions ended at the weekend by a 3-0 defeat at Boavista.How to follow Team news and stats ahead of Benfica vs Rangers in the Europa League group stage on Thursday; kick-off 5.55pm.Team newsRangers have a fully-fit squad ahead of their Europa League clash with Benfica in Lisbon on Thursday night.- Advertisement – 2:36 Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he has reminded his squad of their responsibilities after Jordan Jones and George Edmundson breached coronavirus protocols, ahead of their Scottish FA disciplinary hearing on November 19 1:19 Follow Benfica vs Rangers with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms from 4.30pm on Thursday; kick off 5.55pm.Opta statsBenfica and Rangers will face off for the very first time in European competition.Benfica have hosted Scottish opponents on five previous occasions, winning each game. Each of the last four matches have come against Rangers’ biggest rivals, Celtic.Rangers are currently unbeaten in 11 matches against Portuguese sides, winning each of the last three in a row – those three matches all came in last season’s UEFA Europa League.Including the qualification rounds for the UEFA Europa League, Rangers have won all three of their away matches in European competition this season, by an aggregate scoreline of 11-0.Benfica’s Pizzi has scored in each of Benfica’s four UEFA Europa League matches in 2020, netting five goals. Jordan Jones and George Edmundson have been suspended by the club after breaching Covid-19 rules but would not have faced the Eagles in any case having been left out of Steven Gerrard’s European squad alongside Jermain Defoe.Long-term knee-injury victim Nikola Katic is the only other absentee. Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Rangers
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A theater at Jacob’s Pillow, a destination for dance performance in Massachusetts, was destroyed on Tuesday in an early morning fire.The fire was reported around 7 a.m. at the Doris Duke Theater in Becket, Mass., according to a statement from Jacob’s Pillow. Videos from the scene showed a collapsed building engulfed in smoke with firefighters blasting water onto heaps of charred wood. The damage to the theater was extensive, the statement said, but was contained to the one building.- Advertisement – The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Dec 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A virologist who has treated H5N1 avian influenza patients in Vietnam said the antiviral drug oseltamivir may help avian flu patients even when started later than 2 days after illness onset—generally considered too late, according to a Reuters report today.The standard advice about oseltamivir for treatment of seasonal flu is that it can shorten the illness if it is started within 2 days after the first symptoms. But Menno de Jong of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City said the drug seemed to help four of his patients even though it was started later.De Jong said the assumption that oseltamivir works only if started within 48 hours may be true only for human flu viruses. He said the H5N1 virus is known to continue replicating in humans on the seventh or eighth day of symptoms.”In my experience, there is a clear suggestion that there was still virus replication [when we made] a late start in treatment,” de Jong told Reuters at a conference in Singapore. “In four of my patients, there was very rapid clearance of the virus from the throat and all four survived.”De Jong told the conference audience, “If you can decrease the viral load [with drugs], you can have a good outcome. Even those who are treated late had good results.”But the report didn’t mention any other evidence that late treatment can work, besides de Jong’s anecdotal findings in a few of his own patients.De Jong, who treated 17 H5N1 patients in 2004 and 2005, of whom 12 died, agreed with other experts that starting treatment early is still best, Reuters reported.The United States and many other countries have been stockpiling oseltamivir in the face of the risk that avian flu will spark a pandemic. No one knows how effective the drug will be if the virus evolves into a pandemic strain.The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends oseltamivir as first-line treatment for H5N1 avian flu (with zanamivir [Relenza] as the second choice). The WHO guidelines do not say that treatment must be started within the first 2 days of illness to be effective.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says oseltamivir and zanamivir have been shown to reduce the duration of seasonal flu by about 1 day, provided treatment is begun within 48 hours of the first symptoms.See also: WHO guidelines on pharmacologic management of patients infected with H5N1http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2006/WHO_PSM_PAR_2006.6_eng.pdf
May 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Some of the H5N1 avian flu virus samples from human cases that China has promised to send to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory have arrived in the United States, apparently ending an almost year-long lapse in sample sharing.A WHO official said two of three promised samples have been sent by China’s health ministry and are awaiting customs clearance, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Joanna Brent, a spokesperson in the WHO’s Beijing office, said the specimens are from a 2006 case from Xinjiang province in far western China and a 2007 case from Fujian province in the south.Publicity about China’s slowness in sharing H5N1 samples was triggered by a Canadian Press report in April. The story revealed that Indonesia wasn’t the only country dragging its feet about sharing human H5N1 samples with the international community.Indonesia’s reluctance has stemmed from its concern that the country couldn’t afford commercial vaccines derived from the use of its H5N1 strains. The reasons for China’s reluctance have been less clear, but Chinese officials have sometimes complained about how foreign researchers used samples gathered form birds in China. Last November, for example, China complained that investigators used such specimens to conduct and publish studies without properly crediting the country’s contribution.Brent said a third sample China promised—from a 24-year-old soldier who died in 2003—was not part of the shipment, because sample-sharing procedures involving the Chinese military are extremely complex, the AP reported. The soldier’s case was reported in a June 2006 New England Journal of Medicine article after new tests determined he had died of an H5N1 infection.China had previously sent six human H5N1 virus samples to WHO laboratories, said the AP report, which cited Chinese state media reports: two in December 2005 and four in May 2006. Since then, China has reported six new human cases, including that of the soldier, according to the WHO list of confirmed H5N1 cases.In March 2006, China promised to send 20 veterinary H5N1 samples to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis, but their arrival was delayed for several months because of logistical problems. Christine Pearson, a CDC spokesperson, told CIDRAP News today that the lab did receive the promised specimens.The WHO has coordinated the international sharing of flu virus samples for more than 50 years. Samples of both seasonal flu viruses and novel strains like H5N1 are used to monitor viral evolution and drug resistance and to develop vaccines.At the annual World Health Assembly, which ended 2 days ago, the WHO approved a resolution to establish an international stockpile of pandemic vaccines and create a working group to draw up new rules for the sharing of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers and reference laboratories.In other avian flu news, health officials in Vietnam have confirmed the country’s first H5N1 case since 2005, in a 30-year-old farmer who got sick after he helped slaughter chickens for a wedding.A doctor from the National Institute of Epidemiology in Hanoi told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that two tests on the man were positive for the H5N1 virus. The deputy head of the health ministry’s preventive healthcare department told the state-run Vietnam News Agency that the man’s test results were confirmed, but the health ministry has not “directly confirmed” the case, the AFP report said today.The man, from Vinh Phuc province, is in critical condition in a Hanoi hospital, AFP reported.Meanwhile, Pakistan and Vietnam reported additional outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry today. Pakistani officials reported outbreaks at two more poultry farms in Islamabad, bringing the number of outbreaks this week to five, AFP reported today. Authorities in Vietnam reported an outbreak among ducks at a farm in the northern port city of Haiphong, as well as several outbreaks among ducks and chickens at private farms in Bac Giang, a northern province, the AP reported today.The virus reemerged in both countries recently after earlier outbreaks this year. Pakistan’s last outbreak was in April, and Vietnam had reported a rash of outbreaks that began in late December 2006.See also:Apr 16 CIDRAP News article “China said to be withholding H5N1 virus samples”Nov 10, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Chinese promise H5N1 samples, deny claim of new strain”
MORTAL SALTIt sounds almost unbelievable: In less than two years, family accommodation has become undesirable due to the great recognition of the tourist authorities and the greatest strength of Croatian tourism. It all started with Gary Cappelli sitting in the chair of the Minister of Tourism. What prompted this man from the people, an islander, former mayor of Mali Lošinj, micro-entrepreneur, landlord, founder of a family accommodation agency to lead a chase against everything that “raised” him and enabled him to make such career progress? The answer to this question we will probably never know. “Give the man power and you will see what he is like.” This is an old saying that is confirmed on this occasion as well.”Salto mortale” or a disastrous transformation will mark it for a lifetime.PRESSURE AND JUSTIFICATIONSThere are various justifications for the constant pressure on family accommodation. At first, they insisted on poor quality, equipment, despite the excellent ratings of guests. For several years now, Croatian family accommodation has been winning the flattering titles of the best in Europe, the best in the world. As this argument was not enough, they started calling out family accommodation for unfair competition to small hotels. Thus, household boarding houses are accused of kidnapping guests from 4-star hotels because they have more lenient business conditions, lower costs, lower taxes. As this argument “does not hold water” because it would be a shame for guests from a four-star hotel to flee to a regular boarding house, last year the family accommodation was named as the reason for overtourism, overcrowding in the peak season, and this year as the reason tourists… Not good at all, neither too many nor too few tourists.In addition, the public is “bombarded” with constructions about big business that pays too little tax. The average household earns HRK 45.000 a year, the annual return on investment is 6%, so you don’t have any business at all costs. Now, however, family accommodation has become a competition to large hotel chains as well… There are no hotels because it pays more to “rent apartments” !? And then when the “renters” are burdened with taxes, investments in hotels will start, as well. Family accommodation is not good because the average consumption of a guest staying in it is too small. The price of hotel accommodation is higher, so it is spent more.And we know that the average spending on a trip that starts with leaving home and ends with returning home is globally 155 euros per person per day. When you travel closer the travel costs are lower. When more is spent on accommodation then less is spent outside of accommodation and vice versa. In any case, accommodation accounts for only 30% of the total cost of travel… Then some respected economists said that “renters in tourism” are more privileged than students in terms of benefits !? Well, a reputable journalist calculated that the owner of an apartment pays as much as 12% income tax when he rents an apartment, and that is much more than “renters in tourism”. She forgot to add a 30% deduction to the reported price if the contract is tax reported at all. Then the tenants pay utilities, there is no sojourn tax, equipping such apartments for tenants is much more modest, there is no inspection, eVisitor, agency commissions, etc.… Finally, they try to restructure the capacity in family accommodation. It’s like building with a predetermined categorization. It is built for completely different reasons, because it is laughable, because it is possible because investors are building real estate for sale with the story that buyers will be able to rent it and return the money invested. Then ready-made real estate is categorized or not categorized and rented anyway. I don’t know if there were any other excuses for this unprecedented chase, but they will surely invent new reasons.WHY IS THIS HAPPENING NOW?On one occasion I had the opportunity to see the forecast of the development of individual countries in the European Union. This prediction divides the European Union into two parts, a “two-speed Europe”. Developed countries are positioned in the central and northern part of Europe, “second speed” countries are positioned along the Mediterranean and in the east. In this division, Croatia is also presented as a European resort, a summer resort. This is no accident. In diplomatic circles, among EU politicians, the mention of Croatia uniquely awakens an association with the beautiful coast, in the summer, with tourism. Croatia is destined for tourism. Everything else, for one reason or another, has disappeared. Tourism remains and survives. The Croatian coast is currently the most interesting building plot in Europe. Everyone would like a piece of our coast, the island. Real estate investors sniff the opportunity like shark blood, miles away and unmistakably. Geostrategic position, traffic accessibility, temperate climate zone, good general security, diversity and playfulness of the coast and islands and much more attract investors to Croatia.Real estate buyers are looking at an opportunity to recoup part of their investment and enjoy their “second home” for most of the year. However, there are already a lot of built real estates, and the ratio of those for housing and those for tourism is such that further tourist construction can hardly fit into the spatial-crossword puzzles. Therefore, the number of registered tourist capacities must be reduced. This opens up space for building new ones. Because the apartment is for housing, and the apartment is for tourism. The more apartments there are for housing, the more apartments for tourism can be built. Logically, right?TAKEOVER OF REAL ESTATEAfter forcing the domicile population to give up the legal provision of catering services in the household, the next move of the “shadow people” could be to continue to tax property owners on their shores and islands through their puppets in power, especially in more famous tourist destinations such as Dubrovnik, Hvar … Since young people leave, have no job other than seasonal, cannot survive as micro-entrepreneurs, will not be able to legally provide catering services in their parents’ real estate, parents will be left alone. Under the burden of new benefits, they will decide to sell “family silver”. The elderly alone in the house, without the young people to take care of them, will sell their real estate below cost to have adequate care in a nursing home for the rest of their lives. Thus, the plan for the complete takeover of land, real estate on the Croatian coast and islands from the natives will disappear, which will disappear. If the young people return one day, they will have to buy an apartment in the apartment complexes of the new owners. There will be complete foreigners, tourists, in their homeland. And they will pay dearly for every day spent on “Europe’s most beautiful beach”.HOW CAN WE PREVENT THE POPULATION POGROM AND TAKEOVER OF REAL ESTATE?This “property war” has gone so far that no associations can help resist the violent pressure of big business. On the one hand, political action is needed. On the other hand a legal battle. Sooner or later, a political option will have to be generated that will protect the interests of micro-entrepreneurs, landowners and real estate owners in attractive positions, the domicile population. I hope that will happen as soon as possible, maybe in the next election cycle. The legal battle will be fought constantly. Specialized legal and financial advisers will soon be needed who will be able to “match” the moves of an interest group that has both money and power. And their power is so great that they no longer care at all in their moves. They simply have no one to answer for their moves. Opposition is virtually non-existent.THE FUTURE OF CROATIAN TOURISMCroatian tourism is unfortunately losing its attractiveness in many destinations. Where there are no people, there is no life, there is no tourism. With the first autumn gusts of the bora, life dies down in many small places on our coast and islands. Sheep pass through Zrce, but also in other famous places life dies down. In cities like Zadar, Šibenik, Split in the afternoon and evening there are fewer and fewer people, Poreč is eerily deserted in November, Krk’s shop windows are closed “with paper” behind All Saints… If there are no young families there is no future. Not only in terms of the vibrancy that tourism needs but also in terms of community survival.THE FIRST THING SHOULD BE PUT FIRSTIf our politicians who speak about the need for demographic renewal are credible, then every measure, every law, every rulebook would be seen through “demographic glasses”. The most important would be the effect on stopping the decline in the number of permanent residents. Family accommodation has so far proven to be one of the most effective levers for the revitalization of demolished houses, abandoned settlements, dilapidated apartments… Due to tourism and a number of related activities, people come to work in Croatia, some even live permanently. Because of family accommodation, hundreds of thousands of people have jobs in household maintenance, technology, swimming pools, in the production and sale of equipment for facilities, in agency activities, in catering, transport, IT industry, in trade and entertainment… That politicians are credible and really want demographic renewal, such a chase for family accommodation would be impossible.Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.comThe views and recommendations expressed in the author’s columns, advice and comments are exclusively the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of the HrTurizam.hr portal.
George Tziallas from Greece pointed out that during the last four years, that country had 16 billion in revenues. “We are also promoting new destinations on land, thus extending the season until the end of November, even during the winter”, He said. By the way, Greece is participating in the Forum this year as a destination partner, which proves that it is seriously returning to the tourism scene. The first panel of the two-day conference analyzed the role of data in the tourism sector. To the participants and guests of the Adria Hotel Forum on the panel “Comparison of results vs. tourist trends vs. investments ”of the hotel sector in Europe during 2018, the results were presented by Charlie Ballard from TripaAdvisor, Thomas Emanuel from STR and Jules van Gaalen from Colliers International. The data collected by their companies show that Eastern Europe is a growing market, and that this trend will continue, but also that the interest of tourists is changing. “People today are much less brand oriented”, Said Ballard and stated as an example that the well-known hotel chain” Ritz Carlton “is actually the biggest competitor on Tripadvisor hotels that do not belong to large hotel chains. The data presented by Jules van Gaalen also shows growth in this part of Europe, and estimates predict that it will continue up to 2,5 percent, compared to 1,4 as it will be in Western Europe. The seventh Adria Hotel Forum, the largest investment conference in Southeast Europe, gathered the most important names of the hotel industry, investment funds, as well as a large number of regional experts in the field of tourism at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belgrade on Wednesday. And on the next panel, there was talk of money. Andrej Erjavec from InterCapital moderated the panel “Money talk” which discussed the risks of investing in tourism. As a logical sequence of the program, it was the turn of a panel of investors at which large international investment funds such as Morgan Stanley, KSL Capital and Principal Real Estate Europe expressed their interest in the region. As everyone stated, they still focus exclusively on operating real estate (hotels) since the project development process is too long for their funds. Interestingly, there were no representatives from Croatia. The last panel of the first day of the Adria Hotel Forum gathered representatives of regional ministries – Deputy Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia, Ms. Renata Pinjo, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, Pavle Radulovic, Minister of Tourism and Environment of Albania, Blendi Klosi and State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism of Greece, George Tziallas. Dirk Bakker from Colliers International was the moderator of this panel, opening the discussion by asking about the different ways in which Greece, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro are trying to attract tourists. The topic of the next panel was “Economic forecasts – are we expecting a new crisis in 2020?”. Sergei Guriev, the chief economist of EDBR, during talks with Slavko Caric, CEO of Erste Bank, warned that the greatest danger to the world economy is to ignite a trade war between the United States and China. Forecasts for the Eastern and Central European region are more optimistic, as a possible trade war will not affect countries such as Serbia or Poland to such an extent. “We can never say for sure whether there will be crises or not, but from what we know now, I would say no”, Said Guriev. “People want to feel the essence of the country they are coming to. It’s no longer just a matter of bed and breakfast. We have to give each guest something. If you want development, you need a flow of fresh money. We talked to investors, asked them what they needed to come to Montenegro and then we did it. For example, tax cuts”, Said Pavle Radulović from Montenegro.
Also, guests can connect their mobile phone via Bluetooth and to play their own music. Use Google Now to turn up or down the volume or skip a song without using your hands. The hotel can also configure a new experience to allow you to control and manage devices in the room, such as blinds, TVs, lights and more. Or watch videos, set alarms, book a table at a restaurant…. like I said, the possibilities are wide. Namely, with the new Google hotel solutions, guests can now use the Nest Hub smart screen in their hotel room for direct communication with the hotel or hotel services, playing music, ordering fresh towels, checking out and much more. Give your guests a more rewarding in-room experience while freeing up your staff to support guests in other ways, Google’s message to hotels. With a Nest Hub smart screen set up in each hotel room, hotels can customize the guest experience with Google to tailor the usual guest service requirements to simple voice commands. So guests with keyword: Hey Google, can search for various information. From making an appointment at the hotel’s wellness, to ordering room cleaning or asking by when dinner or the pool is open – and get answers right away. Of course, technology is there as a medium, and the possibilities are virtually limitless. Privacy protection as one of the sales benefits Protecting privacy is becoming increasingly important to consumers. Therefore, to use the Google Nest Hub, a guest will not need to log in to the device and no activities will be associated with a personal account. There is no camera on the Nest Hub, (there is always a danger of finding a way to hack the camera), while the physical microphone switch can be turned off for added privacy. Sound is never stored and all activities will be immediately deleted from the device when it is reset for the next guest. It was only a matter of time before Google would start entering the tourism sector more actively, in order to use its power and global leadership position. The Nest Hub is also a great device for hands-free, indoor entertainment: guests can access YouTube to find news, music, and exercise videos, all via voice command. Stronger entry into hotels is, of course, a consequence of the corona virus, ie the need for epidemiological precautions. Find out more details HERE Hotels can even promote current or upcoming special offers by giving a summary when you ask “Hey Google, tell me about promotions.”, While guests can also use the Google Assistant service to check out of the hotel. Lifestyle, business, and thus tourism will be measured before and after the corona virus. What is certain is that this crisis will affect a lot of things, especially tourism. How and when it is still difficult to say with certainty, but the outlines of new trends can be seen every day. So Google decided to enter the hotel sector more strongly and offered hotel solutions through its platform – Nest Hub. “We are thrilled to partner with Google to bring this powerful consumer hardware to hotelsSaid David Berger, CEO of Volara, with whom Google is partnering on the project, adding that together, Volara and Google are significantly raising the hospitality scale by allowing hoteliers to provide contactless experiences that support social distancing and enable more efficient business. “With Google and Volare, hoteliers can improve their guest experience while reducing costs. The solution for contactless engagement of guests and the possibility of control from the room replaces the need for a lot in the hotel, and thus gives new opportunities to the guest. I expect our solution to replace the phone and linear television soon. This popular and easy-to-use voice assistant will provide today’s travelers with the confidence needed to truly enjoy their stay because they know that their every request can only be met by speaking in their rooms. As guests travel constantly changing, hoteliers are increasingly relying on technology to guests were safe. Google provides a fun and memorable guest experience, while optimizing hotel operations, guiding customer satisfaction and loyalty, while reducing hotel costs and digitizing all processes. ” Berger concluded. Hotel media center integrated with the Google Assistant system In some hotels, you can also start a quick check-out using Google Now when your stay is over, so you don’t have to stand in line. Use your voice to access guest amenities Digitization in the hotel industry is currently the main focus, as well as contactless services, from check-in and check-out of hotels, to various services, which are mentioned above in the article. Thus, Hilton, Marriott, Virgin Hotels and many others accelerated the process and introduced contactless check-in to hotels, while Arena Hospitality Group (AHG) in July in Croatia introduced a new online check-in option – web check-in, which significantly shortens check-in time.
“The main goals for the coming period are to ensure the reduction of the VAT rate on coffee, beer, wine and soft drinks in catering, as well as the opening of credit lines for liquidity and investments. It is important to note that we are looking for what has been successfully implemented in the surrounding countries and we also want to give back to the community by investing in long-term job creation and raising the quality of service. All this will contribute to the new tourist rise of the City of Zagreb as soon as possible. ” Letica pointed out and called on his fellow caterers and citizens to respect the measures so that together we can get through these winter months as successfully as possible. The panel “Croatia and the World in New Circumstances – Challenges and New Opportunities” brought together numerous panelists who have been actively advocating for the rights of caterers in recent months. The Forum was attended by relevant participants from the public and private sectors, as well as significant representatives of all employers’ associations in the hospitality industry. for the first time in the same place at the same time – Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Zagreb Chamber of Crafts, Croatian Employers’ Association, Voice of Entrepreneurs Association, National Association of Caterers, Association of Kvarner and Istrian Caterers, all to reach key conclusions and requirements and ensure stability of Zagreb catering. Host of the Forum Franz Letica, President of the Zagreb Association of Caterers told a news conference that he was proud to have brought together representatives of the public and private sectors; among which are representatives of all associations of employers in the hospitality industry and added: “We cooperated intensively with everyone in one of the most difficult periods for caterers. Today I can say that we have shown togetherness, the desire to preserve jobs, business continuity, excellence, with unquestioning adherence to all measures that ensure the health of all our fellow citizens. We will show our excellence already at the upcoming Advent, which should ensure the preservation of 8000 jobs in the most complex winter period.” “We are aware that other branches have also been affected, but every fourth person fired in this crisis has been fired from tourism and catering. This is about 110 thousand catering workers and more than 320 thousand souls leaning on this branch”, Concluded Letica. The first panel of the repertoire included discussions on the topic “Zagreb – gastronomic and tourist metropolis of the future”, and he shared his experiences with those present. Branko Ognjenović – Culinary academician, World Master Chef, founder of the Master Chef of the Academy, who emphasizes that we need to get the best out of the crisis. “We need to return to the excellence and originality of domestic flavors, turn to domestic family farms and create new values”Ognjenovic scored very well. Photo: Association of Caterers Zagreb Although scattered around the world, with different volumes of support from their governing structures, they all have the same desire – to work. Although everyone is recording big declines, general optimism exists and they are hoping for a more concrete recovery in the spring. Zagreb caterers otherwise represent 20% to 25% of Croatian catering in terms of income, number of companies and crafts, but also in terms of the number of employees. Everyone agreed that an uncertain and demanding period awaits us, but that the pandemic should come out as strong as possible. “The Croatian caterer is no longer only Croatian, but European, and he seeks concrete measures, but not only seeks but also returns, and all this leads to better results in tourism, a very important activity for Zagreb and for Croatia.”, Said Letica. In addition to new credit lines that would provide them with liquidity, caterers are also asking for a reduction in the VAT rate for wine, beer, coffee and juices from 25 to 13 percent, which all other countries have done. Among them is Vuk Vukovic – Founder and CEO of Oraclum Intelligence Systems, one of the founders of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association, who provided interesting information: “It is much better when taxes are cut than when subsidies are given. As much credit as possible should be provided. In my opinion, the state should go in that direction towards HABOR, the money should be released into the economy”. In this way, Zagreb’s caterers once again show their adaptation to the new pandemic conditions, their desire to follow trends and be, or as the Forum’s motto says: Caterers with a heart. Forever. Yesterday, the Zagreb Association of Caterers held a press conference at the Hotel Dubrovnik on the occasion of its central annual gathering – the first virtual Forum of Zagreb caterers which brought together over 20 speakers, domestic and international experts in the field of tourism, hospitality, human resources, media. The value of fiscalized accounts in the first 9 months of this year compared to the same period in 2019 fell by almost 50%. President of the National Association of Caterers Marin Medak pointed out that the decline in turnover in the hospitality industry in Croatia since the beginning of this year is 40 to 50 percent, and in some counties such as Sibenik-Knin and Dubrovnik-Neretva and higher, up to 80 percent.