4:41 Delhi Capitals’ Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest ball in IPL history – 97mph – but Jos Buttler ramped it for four, only to be castled by the South African next ball! This season, they tried five different opening pairs, with an average of just 23.50 runs per partnership – the third-worst of the eight teams. Ironically, it was Buttler’s England team-mate Ben Stokes – who had only previously opened in five Twenty20 matches – who proved to be the most successful at the top of the order, with 285 runs at an average of 40.71 and a strike rate of 142.50.More so than in any other form of the game, the batsmen at the top of the order in Twenty20 cricket face the most deliveries. Here is a list of the percentage of deliveries faced by each batsman in each Twenty20 team’s innings since the start of the format back in 2003. – Advertisement – PositionInningsNot outsRunsHighest scoreAverageStrike-rateFifties Nasser Hussain and Shane Warne believe England’s Jos Buttler should have opened for Rajasthan Royals throughout the IPL – Advertisement – 316.51 3-1126653570no26.75134.761 So Buttler’s predicament was symptomatic of the Royals’ disappointing season overall, with their captain Smith unable to string a consistent run of scores together, and he also missed a few tricks with his captaincy too, appearing clueless in the face of an AB de Villiers onslaught for RCB at Sharjah.They will be hoping for better when the IPL action hopefully returns to the Indian subcontinent next spring.Live coverage of the Dream11 Indian Premier League continues on Thursday at 1.50pm on Sky Sports Cricket with the play-off clash between Mumbai and Delhi. 511.91 10:23 Watch the pick of the action from Abu Dhabi as Mumbai Indians eased to victory over Rajasthan Royals despite Jos Buttler’s 70 from 44 balls 2:00 Watch the best of Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 70 from 48 balls for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL Watch the best of Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 70 from 48 balls for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 83.72 Buttler’s T20 record opening/ middle-order 414.88 117.44 PositionInningsNot outsRunsHighest scoreAverageStrike-rateFifties 92.22 Buttler’s T20 record in the Indian Premier League These statistics continue to beg the all-important question in Twenty20 cricket of: “Where should your team’s best batsman bat?” The further question to be asked is whether the Royals consider Buttler to be their best batsman?This season they have been awash with middle-order options in the form of Stokes, Steve Smith, Rahul Tewatia, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag and Sanju Samson without a clear idea as to who their best opening combination should be – or in fact who should bat where. 1-23121,17895no40.62157.2710 And so another season ends in disappointment for the Rajasthan Royals, whose sole experience of IPL success still dates from the inaugural season of the competition back in 2008.To last year’s seventh-place finish they can add last place this year, despite their influx of England talent in the forms of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler.Buttler’s position in the team continues to provide a conundrum to the selectors and having been a permanent fixture at the top of the order, he was shifted back down to the middle order for the second half of the season to try to resume his role as a ‘finisher’ at the end of the innings. Percentage of balls faced by batting position 110.54 2:15 Delhi Capitals’ Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest ball in IPL history – 97mph – but Jos Buttler ramped it for four, only to be castled by the South African next ball! 217.07 3-1152109966723.71133.334 Watch the pick of the action from Abu Dhabi as Mumbai Indians eased to victory over Rajasthan Royals despite Jos Buttler’s 70 from 44 balls Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. MS Dhoni has played a total of 331 Twenty20 matches in his career and has never opened, and has only batted at three on a total of 13 occasions. However, he has made his name and fortune on being able to win games for his side, especially batting second when he averages 53.03 in victories.The Royals flew out of the blocks this season, reading the conditions in the UAE well. However, in their third game against the Knight Riders they failed to chase down 175 to win and their momentum disappeared.Their problems ran deeper than their inability to work out where best to bat Buttler, as they were unable to back-up Jofra Archer’s brilliance with the ball (and bat on occasions!). Archer took 20 wickets in the season, and the other seven pacemen for the Royals could muster only 21 between them. Buttler’s IPL returns echo his international form, with far better results at the top of the order where he has been able to take advantage of the fielding restrictions. No opener in IPL history has scored more runs at a higher average and a higher strike rate than Buttler, and that list includes Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and David Warner. 1-211245977no51.00157.335 75.86 Nasser Hussain and Shane Warne believe England’s Jos Buttler should have opened for Rajasthan Royals throughout the IPL Jos Buttler said he will bat wherever Rajasthan Royals want him after he scored 70 not out from 48 balls at No 5 in the IPL win over Chennai It was with the Mumbai Indians in 2017 that Buttler was first promoted to open the innings, with the coach Mahela Jayawardene reckoning that his big-hitting talents might be better served in the powerplay overs rather than waiting until later on the team’s innings.He only passed fifty on one occasion in his ten innings, but he often produced shorter cameos which ensured his side did not get stuck in the first six overs.It was the following season when Buttler’s promotion up the order brought immediate dividends to his new employers the Rajasthan Royals. He struck five successive fifties which propelled him to the top of England’s order that summer, where he has remained ever since, with excellent results in all Twenty20 international cricket. Position% – Advertisement – The IPL Cricket Show November 6, 2020, 6:00pmLive on 1:31 Jos Buttler said he will bat wherever Rajasthan Royals want him after he scored 70 not out from 48 balls at No 5 in the IPL win over Chennai 68.60 As can be seen, the top three batsmen face just over half of the deliveries in a Twenty20 innings, which pro-rates to 61 deliveries per 120-ball innings. This suggests a clear idea of getting your best batsmen in first. The average No 5 batsman faces just 14 deliveries and No 6 just 10 deliveries which suggests pencilling in an international-class batsman that low is a waste of their talent.Shane Warne – who led the Royals to that IPL victory in 2008 and is now their mentor and brand ambassador – was in no doubt where the England wicket-keeper should be batting: “I think Buttler should definitely be opening. I think Ben Stokes can do a job opening the batting, but I would like Ben in the middle overs – that’s where he has played all of his cricket and done really well.“That’s not to say Stokes can’t open, but Jos Buttler to me – if you’re picking a world XI, the first one pencilled in is at the top of the order, No 1, is Buttler. I’m not sure why they’ve gone away from that. I think Jos has to bat at the top.”Pretty clear then from a man who knows a bit about winning cricket matches. 101.24 – Advertisement –
People visit the Charging Bull Statue during Covid-19 pandemic in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States on May 25, 2020.Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images – Advertisement – (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)JPMorgan said Monday’s surprise vaccine news is setting the stock market up for big gains next year, seeing the potential for S&P 500 to surge as much as 24% by the end of 2021.“The equity market is facing one of the best backdrops for sustained gains in years. After a prolonged period of elevated risks (global trade war, COVID-19 pandemic, US election uncertainty, etc.), the outlook is significantly clearing up, especially with news of a highly effective COVID-19 vaccine,” Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, chief U.S. equity strategist at JPMorgan, said in a note on Monday. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
– Advertisement – LONDON — Peter Sutcliffe, who was convicted of killing 13 women and attempting to murder seven others in a yearslong spree that led newspapers to call him the Yorkshire Ripper, died on Friday. He was 74.Mr. Sutcliffe’s death was announced by Britain’s Prison Service, which said he had underlying health conditions and had tested positive for the coronavirus. A coroner will investigate the cause of death.- Advertisement – “It is difficult to find words that are adequate in my judgment to describe the brutality and gravity of these offenses,” the judge, Leslie Boreham, said on the day of his sentencing. “I express the hope that, when I have said life imprisonment, it will mean precisely that.” He was convicted in 1981 in the murders of 13 women over the course of five years in northern England and given a life sentence for each, the maximum permitted. The murders, which occurred between 1975 and 1980, gripped the public and the authorities, and the lengthy investigation was “a source of considerable embarrassment to the police,” The New York Times wrote at the time.Mr. Sutcliffe was interviewed by the police several times during their investigations in the 1970s. His arrest came after he was found with fake license plates on his car; he confessed to the murders, many of which were carried out from behind with a hammer and knife. A jury of six men and six women convicted him. “He ruined so many lives,” Richard McCann, the son of Mr. Sutcliffe’s first known victim, told Sky News. “He will go down as one of those figures from the 20th century in the same league I suppose as someone like Hitler.”- Advertisement – Mr. McCann’s mother, Wilma McCann, was killed on Oct. 30, 1975. Others would follow in a reign of terror as police focused on mistaken leads and a hoax recording they thought was from the killer.A 1981 report into the police investigation’s failings was released under the Freedom of Information Act in 2006. Known as the Byford report, for the official who wrote it, it cited a “curious and unexplained lull” in Mr. Sutcliffe’s criminal activities between 1969 and 1975. The report concluded that it was “highly improbable that the crimes in respect of which Sutcliffe has been charged and convicted are the only ones attributable to him.”Mr. Sutcliffe, who also used the surname Coonan, served much of his sentence at a psychiatric hospital and was moved to Frankland prison, in northeast England, in 2016, The Associated Press reported.- Advertisement –
Oct 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Two reports published by the New England Journal of Medicine today filled in more details about severe cases of H1N1 influenza, generally confirming previous findings that most of them occur in non-elderly people who have chronic health conditions but that previously healthy people are also affected.One report deals with 272 patients who were hospitalized with H1N1 in the spring wave in the United States. The researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), report that 73% had an underlying medical problem, 25% required intensive care, and 7% died. Close to half of the patients were under the age of 18; only 5% were 65 or older.A second report covers all 722 patients who were treated in intensive care units (ICUs) for H1N1 in Australia and New Zealand from June through August. It says that ICU admissions for influenza A in that period were 15 times the number of admissions for viral pneumonia in recent years. About 65% of the patients needed mechanical ventilation, and about 14% of them did not survive.Obesity showed up as a possible contributing factor for severe illness in both studies, occurring in 29% of the Australian and New Zealand cases and in 45% of US cases for which data were available. In line with previous reports, pregnant women were disproportionately represented in both groups.US hospital-case studyThe US report covers 272 hospital cases that occurred from May 1 to Jun 9, representing 25% of the 1,082 H1N1 hospitalizations during that period. The data, from 24 states, were the product of a CDC appeal to state health departments to collect and submit clinical information on each hospitalized H1N1 patient.The median age of the patents was 21, with 44% of them younger than 18, 50% between 18 and 64, and 5% 65 or older. Of 19 patients (7%) who died, all had received mechanical ventilation. While all were given antibiotics and 90% received antivirals, none were started on antivirals within the recommended 48 hours after they got sick.Asthma was the most common chronic medical condition in the patients, found in 28%; other common conditions were diabetes (15%), immunosuppresson (15%), cardiovascular disease (13%), and renal disease (9%). Eighteen patients (7%) were pregnant, a fraction well above the expected 1% prevalence in the general population.Height and weight data were available for 70% of the patients, and 45% of these were obese or morbidly obese, the report says. Most of these (81%) had an underlying condition known to increase the risk of flu complications.Few bacterial coinfections were found, but not all of the patients were tested for these infections, and most patients were on antibiotics, which could have reduced test sensitivity, the report says. The CDC reported last week that bacterial infections were found in 22 of a series of 77 patients who died of H1N1 in the past 4 months, but the agency cautioned that the series was not a statistically valid sample of all fatal cases.The authors say their findings suggest that antiviral treatment is beneficial, especially when started early, and should not be withheld when patients present more than 48 hours after they get sick.ICU cases from Australia and New ZealandIn the other report, a large team gathered data on all the patients with confirmed H1N1 infections who were admitted to ICUs in Australia and New Zealand during the peak Southern Hemisphere flu season from June through August.The 722 cases represent an incidence of 28.7 per million inhabitants, the report says, adding, “The number of ICU admissions due to influenza A in 2009 was 15 times the number due to viral pneumonitis in recent years.” The data indicate that the peak effect on ICU resources in a region comes about 4 to 6 weeks “after the first confirmed winter ICU admission and that the extra workload lasts several weeks.”As of Sep 7, 103 patients (14.3%) had died, while 114 (15.8%) were still in hospitals, the report says. The authors state that this death rate is no higher than that previously reported for influenza A patients who required critical care.Of the 722 patients, 669 (92.7%) were younger than 65, and 66 (9.1%) were pregnant women, the report states. Among the 601 patients with available data, 172 (28.6%) had a body mass index greater than 35, indicating obesity.H1N1 patients found to be at particular risk for needing critical care were infants up to 1 year old and adults between 25 and 64, the report states. Others at increased risk were pregnant women, the obese, and indigenous Australians and New Zealanders.While the rate of ICU admissions among elderly people was low, “the risk of death increased with increasing age,” the authors note.Proof of H1N1’s potential seriousnessWilliam Schaffner, MD, an immunization expert and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said he found no major surprises in the two reports, but they showed once again how serious H1N1 flu can be.”We still have many people who regard H1N1 influenza as, quote, mild, and of course, most patients get a mild case and recover,” he said. “However, these papers demonstrate that H1N1 influenza can strike and create a grave illness, and I mean that in the root sense of the word.”And although most of the patients who were admitted to ICUs had underlying illnesses, not all did. So even previously healthy people can be very seriously affected.”Schaffner added that the best way to limit the impact of the virus is through widespread vaccination. Because the virus has remained genetically stable, the vaccine should be “maximally effective,” he said.Jain S, Kamimoto L, Bramley AM, et al. Hospitalized patients with 2009 H1N1 influenza in the United States, April-June 2009. N Eng J Med 2009; early online publication Oct 8 [Full text]The ANZIC Influenza Investigators. Critical care services and 2009 H1N1 influenza in Australia and New Zealand. N Engl J Med 2009; early online publication Oct 8 [Full text]
“The author of the text is the historian Marino Budicin, according to whose proposal the described routes were defined. All sights marked in the itineraries contain a short description with accompanying information, and in addition to the itineraries, numerous interesting facts are listed that characterize the rich history, culture and tradition of Rovinj. ”Point out from the Rovinj Tourist Board. The application is intended for all those who want to get to know a part of Rovinj’s rich cultural, historical and traditional heritage through the proposed itineraries, and it is made in Croatian, Italian, German and English.The mobile application can be downloaded via the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android device, called Rovinj – Cultural and Historical Itineraries for Android and for iOS devices The Rovinj Tourist Board has published a mobile application Cultural – historical itineraries of Rovinj as a continuation of the Cultural Tourism project after the publication of a printed brochure showing the eighth route tour of cultural and historical sights of the city with emphasis on the old town, its surroundings and wider city surroundings.The first part entitled “Itineraries through the former island settlement” presents 4 possible routes for sightseeing in the old town, in the second part entitled “Itineraries on the other side of the former canal” a possible route for visiting the old part of town opposite the old town. , in the third part entitled “Historical and cultural sights of the immediate and wider surroundings of Rovinj” are presented 2 routes of sightseeing in the northern part of the city which includes the area to the Lim Channel and in the southeast of the city which includes the area to the ornithological reserve Palud. The fourth part of the brochure consists of the chapter “Rovinj archipelago” in which the Rovinj islands are presented.
The Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB), in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Crafts and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, is organizing an educational workshop “Croatia 365 Gourmet”, which will be held on November 20 at the Hotel Turist in Varaždin. The workshop will provide top educational content and information on world trends in the segment of gastronomy and oenology, but also in the segment of marketing. As part of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to listen to a lecture on “Seafood, algae and their pairing – Baked catch“, Which will be held by the chef Giuseppe Mancino, holder of two Michelin stars from the Il picollo principe restaurant in Viareggio. Mancin’s lecture will include show cooking based on seafood and algae and their combination into an unforgettable gastronomic pleasure. “My kitchen is a kind of mixture of creativity and classicism. We try to renew typical dishes without changing traditional flavors. “, he said Mancino. Lecture on “La Capinera as a treasure trove of Sicilian cuisine renewed by intelligent and innovative creativity” will be held by the chef Pietro D’Agostino, holder of one Michelin star from the La Capinera restaurant in Taormina. His lecture will contain a theoretical part on the functioning of the restaurant dedicated to the richness of Sicilian cuisine with intelligent and innovative creativity, which will put the participants on the acquisition of practical knowledge and skills.Chef Lionel Levy / Photo: Museum of TasteAmong the topics that will be covered are desserts, sommelier and marketing. Thus, the lecture on the topic “An impressive dessert for wonderful memories“Maintain Bruno Pastorelli, chef pastry chef from Assiette Champenoise from Reims. His lecture will include the preparation of author’s recipes, and participants will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare French desserts such as nougat, caramel and marshmallow. Chef Bruno is a true confectionery genius and the creator of the famous ELDA confectionery school in Spain. Lecture “Sommellerie: transmission through the senses for guest satisfaction“It will hold Maurizio Dante Filippi, which will focus on effectively communicating the history of wine, but also on ways to present the tastes of Croatian wines to a guest who is not familiar with the varieties and regions located in Croatia. He will conclude the workshop with a lecture on marketing Gabriel Vasquez, who will give a lecture entitled “Pricing strategy, e-reputation associated with cultural heritage“. Vasquez, an executive MBA and a master of marketing and sales management, will talk about the possibilities of branding a certain area or destination through food, but also the possibility of a geographical area branding food. “Local and regional food add value to the destination and thus contribute to the competitiveness of the geographical area. The promotion of the destination through gastronomy must be done through pure differentiation and added value from its culinary sources, so it is necessary to have a kitchen that is recognizable to travelers and tourists and that is recognized in the world., emphasizes Vasquez.We add that the same workshop is being held today in Dubrovnik at the Hotel Kompas. The workshop brought together more than 80 participants who have the opportunity to hear all the details on the topic of eno-gastronomic tourism product first hand from world-famous chefs and eno-gastronomic experts.
Eleven Zagreb restaurants could boast this year of the recommendation of one of the most important guides for restaurants in the world. With more than 100 years of experience in restaurant selection, the MICHELIN guide today recommends more than 20.000 restaurants in 30 countries around the world. MICHELIN inspectors apply the same criteria in assessing the quality of each restaurant they visit anonymously. The MICHELIN guide is an international reference for fine-dining, and the plaque of the MICHELIN guide is the official recognition that the restaurant is part of their selection for 2018. “Twelve Zagreb restaurants with a MICHELIN recommendation are long-term partners of METRO, with whom we share a philosophy and passion for culinary specialties and high-quality products. That is why we are very happy that MICHELIN inspectors recognized the quality of Croatian restaurants this year as well, and we are extremely honored that the cooperation with MICHELIN’s guide enabled us to be part of the success of top Croatian restaurants.“, Emphasized Vladimir Gnjidić, Executive Commercial Director and Member of the Management Board of METRO Cash & Carry Croatia. The Esplanade Bistro List of restaurants in Croatia with Micehlin recommendations and stars METRO, the global partner of the MICHELIN guide, solemnly presented MICHELIN plaques to the chefs of Croatian restaurants. Zagreb restaurants Noel, Apetit City, Zinfandel’s, Takenoko, Mano, Dubravkin put, Boban, Mundoaka, Bistro apetit by Marin Rendić, Agava, Gallo and Le Bistro Esplanade are in prestigious company selection of a MICHELIN gastro guide for 2018. Along with them, MICHELIN’s plates, the recognition of MICHELIN’s guide, in 2018 were deserved by a total of 62 Croatian restaurants which, according to anonymous inspectors, serve good and simple food. MICHELIN’s stars were earned by the restaurants Pelegrini from Šibenik, 360º from Dubrovnik and Monte from Rovinj, which repeated its last year’s success by earning a star two years in a row.
The meeting was opened by the President of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academician Velimir Neidhardt, who presented the most representative buildings owned by the Academy on the Adriatic coast and in Zagreb, which are important cultural and historical monuments. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli also spoke at the meeting, announcing that in the first half of 2020, during Croatia’s presidency of the European Union, the leaders of EU member states will be presented with a strategy for the development of Croatian tourism in the next ten years. Organized by the Scientific Council for Tourism of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and in cooperation with the think tank Starting Perspectives (PiP), a scientific conference “Challenges of Croatian Tourism” was held on Wednesday, June 5 in the Library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Siniša Topalović from PiP said that the increasingly obvious conflicts of vision and interests of stakeholders are reflected in the violation of the capacity to tolerate the use of national public and natural assets, which is neither adequately regulated nor effectively managed. “Equally, problems within the interests and capacities of the socio-demographic and value substrate of Croatia and its tourist destinations are revealed. They concern the preferences and visions of the local population regarding the destination profile, the phenomenon of employment and the labor market in tourism, the capacity and quality of public services, the use of space as a basic tourist resource and especially the national perception of tourism as the easiest source of income.”, Said Topalovic. Source / photo: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts In his opinion, the real estate business should be directed towards Mediterranean urbanity by concentrating construction in dense settlements, which could be the embryo of future cities. “Space is a strategic resource of overall social and economic development. That is why our task is to be able to explain its properties, to be able to clearly say what we want to do with it and how we want others to treat it. The biggest threat to the Croatian area today comes from the tourist demand, especially the one that parasitizes on it, creating generic ambiences, as opposed to those that make it different from any other area. The Croatian littoral belt unstoppably covers the aggressive unarticulated construction carpet, but it is only partly a product of illegal construction, and for the most part it is a product of spatial planning regulation according to which proper building permits have been issued.”, Said academician Basic. “Croatian society and space must not become hostages of tourism as the predominant economy, but tourism can become a source of national demographic revitalization and spatial requalification. Croatian tourism is on the threshold of development, before which it must slow down growth and encourage prosperity, which must be colored with the colors of a recognizable affiliation to the Croatian space and culture.”, Concluded academician Basic. Academician Bašić warned that tourism is taking on the status of an economic monoculture because it makes up almost 20 percent of Croatia’s GDP. “Tourism is very fragile. And it has its own phylloxera that can easily cross the border and destroy tourist must”, Said Academician Bašić, recalling the catastrophic consequences caused by the excessive dependence of Dalmatia on viticulture at the end of the 19th century after the appearance of grapevine disease. As the President of the Scientific Council for Tourism, Academician Nikola Bašić, pointed out, Croatia, returning to Europe, brought its natural and cultural achievements to its treasury, which is why the Croatian space is recognized as an unquestionable value.
For the sixth year in a row, the travel company Aminess has been hosting one of the world’s best football academies and the renowned Manchester City team, which are preparing during their seven-day stay in Novigrad. The pitches are regularly maintained and equipped with all additional facilities, and in addition to Manchester City, their quality has been recognized by many other first league clubs that come to Novigrad every year – La Galaxy, SL Benfica Lisbon, FC Barcelona, SK Slavia Praha, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Rangers FC and others. “The presence of the football segment is one of the factors nurtured in Aminess hotels and camps, and especially in the Aminess Maestral Hotel, where every year we invest in maintaining the football infrastructure and raising the quality of service to adapt to the needs of footballers.” stand out from Aminess. “We look forward to returning to Novigrad. Mild climate, comfort of accommodation, quality conditions for training and preparation of upcoming matches and professional football standards are just some of the reasons why we again chose Aminess for preparations that are of great importance for our club. On behalf of the entire football academy, I thank you for your hospitality and fantastic organizationSaid Jason Wilcox, director of the Manchester City Youth Academy. Already with the above-mentioned reference list of football clubs, it is an excellent recommendation for all other European football clubs and the day-to-day development of sports tourism. Aminess has three football pitches built according to the latest football standards, two lawns and a field with artificial grass that holds the prestigious FIFA Quality Pro certificate, located next to hotels, equipped fitness center, wellness and 25-meter pool with heated salt water and all other accompanying content for ideal footballer conditions. Photo: Aminess
Continental tourism is waking up. Slowly, step by step, but wake up. More and more destinations do not want to wait for their opportunity anymore, but create it themselves and have started to develop interesting tourist products. Support them Rest from the sea, rest the sea is the slogan of the campaign, which promotes wine events in Erdut, Zmajevac, Feričanci and Osijek. It was also published event calendar in 2019. year. Although continental tourism, from Slavonia, Lika, Zagorje, etc.… has great tourist stories and motives for arrival – continental tourism is simply chronically lacking promotions and defined tourist product, as well as synergies between destinations. Although this is only the first step and small budgets for promotion, we should certainly praise the proactivity and awareness of the promotion that finally the tourism products of continental tourism are positioned at the national level. Of course, this is a long-term process, but this first step is important. And that is why they need to be supported for proactivity. When we talk about continental and rural tourism, we must be aware that this is a totally different approach to tourism development than maritime tourism. It is easy to whine, wait for a miracle, stick to the status quo and find a hundred reasons why something “can’t” but we must understand how we all fight in global market competition and only those who are proactive and engaged in market development will succeed. So, in spite of everything, one should stop looking for excuses and find a way for something to succeed, get moving and be proactive. More about the project: Can the Lika Walking Festival attract ten thousand walkers? It can, and everything starts with the first step Everything starts with the first step and one defined tourist product Let’s go to the countryside – Zagreb County Rural Tourism Week Rest from the sea, rest the sea – the campaign of the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board Although MINT and CNTB need to be much more actively involved in the development of continental tourism, as well as its promotion, (even if they are a year back, but not certainly enough) the initiative must start from the destination. Destinations must impose, activate and offer their story, and seek and strive for market development. This is the first prerequisite, not to wait for some miracle and help because it is not long-lived or effective. The continent does not need one-time assistance, but strategic development. After an extremely successful first year, the second Croatian Walking Festival will be held in Lika in September. Support them and visit one of these tourist stories. Now, at the first step and at the beginning, they need support, in order to create a tourist economy and to show how it is possible. As part of the project “Let’s go to the village” which lasts from 02-08.09.2019. in Zagreb County, will be offered a 30% discount on products and services from members of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association such as: overnight stay, wine tasting, sale of local products and culinary workshops of Traditional Žumberak cuisine. And that is why I am glad that some destinations through various tourist products have started to wake up and started to be more active in promoting it and are looking for, not waiting for, their place under the sun. Unfortunately, so far we have not created the habit of going to the continent for the weekend and the tourist offer of the same was not seriously in the focus of domestic visitors. More about the project: Let’s go to the countryside – an excellent new project to promote rural tourism in Zagreb County The first step towards the popularization of continental tourism Therefore, we should seriously consider the need for a special department within the Ministry of Tourism and CNTB that will deal only with the development of continental tourism, and not that everything is one hat, which is not logical, effective and ultimately fair to continental destinations. But that is a topic for another discussion. The aim of the project is to popularize rural tourism in Zagreb County, stay in the countryside, as well as the promotion of domestic products. The first prerequisite is precisely communication and focusing on the target group. Because if we don’t invite tourists to visit us through the promotion, they won’t even come. Of course, as continental destinations do not have even close resources, both financial and human, as well as sea destinations, but there is certainly room for development and promotion of at least one tourist product. As I mentioned above – communication and promotion are extremely important so that the continental offer and the destinations themselves are finally positioned and promoted and thus put in focus. All three tourist stories are accompanied by a media campaign, as well as a campaign on social networks. This year, the host cities will be Gospić and Otočac, where they will walk on several routes of different intensities, which is why everyone can participate. September 10 is thus reserved for Gospić, where all registered “walkers” will master three trails 20+ 30+ and 10+ kilometers long, symbolically called Tesla. After that, on September 20, the event moves to Otočac on trails named Gacka, 30+ XNUMX+ and XNUMX+ kilometers long. Interesting and commendable synergy between the cities – Gospić and Otočac. Thus, an advertisement of the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board was recently published in a daily newspaper, which promotes wine festivals in its area in September and October. Walking Festival in Lika-Senj County By the way, the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board has started rebranding, which is still in the process of development and implementation. Cover photo: Pexels.com