November 18

Polio vaccination may continue after wild virus fades

first_imgOct 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Teams of researchers from several countries today report positive results in the long battle to eradicate polio. At the same time, they acknowledge that the international campaign faces an extraordinary challenge of both biology and economics: While circulation of wild poliovirus may cease, polio vaccination may need to continue for an indefinite period of time.Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from Imperial College London, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency of Nigeria say that an oral vaccine containing a single strain of poliovirus produces four times greater immunity in children than the long-used three-strain vaccine does. Separately, a multinational team led by experts from the Egyptian government, two Egyptian universities, and a Cairo hospital say that the single-strain or monovalent oral vaccine not only produces superior immunity but also reduces the likelihood that recipients will shed vaccine virus after being dosed.Those two findings are good news for the WHO, which pushed for development of a monovalent vaccine and considers its deployment since 2005 a key element in the eradication struggle. But an accompanying editorial says these results represent only limited gains—because in order to finish the job of eradication and protect against its aftereffects, the campaign must abandon the oral vaccine and begin using the much more expensive injectable version.”Poliovirus will not go away after circulation of wild-type virus is halted, and a high level of immunity in the global population must be maintained—and not just in high-income countries that have already switched to the safer but more expensive” injectable vaccine, Ellie Ehrenfeld, PhD, of the National Institutes of Health, and Konstantin Chumakov, PhD, of the Food and Drug Administration say in the editorial.A difficult endgameTheir piece marks one of the most public statements yet of the difficult endgame of the 20-year-old campaign, which was conceived in the enthusiasm that followed the 1977 eradication of smallpox.The campaign, formally called the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, is a joint project of the WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, and the service organization Rotary International. It began by hoping to eradicate polio by 2000, a goal that was later pushed back to 2005 and now has no firm date.The campaign uses oral polio vaccine (OPV), which is made of attenuated live poliovirus that reproduces in the gut of children who receive it and passes to close contacts in a form of passive immunization.It has not reached its eradication target largely because of the persistence of the disease in four countries. Polio continues to circulate in two Indian provinces because the vaccine virus does not attach to the gut well when it has to compete with other enteric viruses and when children have frequent diarrheal disease. It persists in Afghanistan and Pakistan because conflict has kept vaccinators out of key areas; in September, two doctors and their driver were killed by a suicide bomber in Kandahar. And it remains in Nigeria thanks to political interference that halted vaccination completely in 2003—permitting a resurgence that re-infected a number of other countries—and that still suppresses vaccine acceptance among families in some areas.So far this year, there have been 1,341 cases of polio in 16 countries, compared with 1,315 cases in 12 countries in all of 2007. But cases in India are almost half of what they were last year, due in part to the use of the monovalent vaccine described in today’s reports, which say that the environmental factors present in India do not interfere with vaccine efficacy elsewhere.The oral vaccines are inexpensive, costing about 12 cents per dose, and simple to administer. But they are not foolproof. In one out of every few million recipients, they cause polio paralysis. Immune-impaired individuals can become long-term shedders of the virus. And the viral replication that enables passive immunization can go awry and allow the weakened strain to mutate and regain its virulence, a process that caused outbreaks of vaccine-derived poliovirus in Hispaniola in 2000 and Nigeria since 2005.Injectable vaccine safer, more costlyNone of those threats exist with the injectable vaccine, which is based on a killed virus and is already used in much of the industrialized world. But that vaccine, known as IPV, is also much more expensive (at least $2.70 per dose), must be administered by healthcare workers, and poses an additional problem of needle disposal.Over the past year, starting with an NIH summit co-chaired by Ehrenfeld, the global public health community has been exploring whether, and for how long, IPV must be used after circulation of wild poliovirus is interrupted. IPV would protect against reverted virus from long-term shedders or in the environment. It would also provide immunity if any forgotten poliovirus samples in lab freezers worldwide were to be released, or if a containment failure allowed the virulent strain on which the vaccine is based to escape from a manufacturing plant.”If you want to maintain immunity against polio in the post-eradication era, the only vaccine to do it with is IPV, routinely,” Oliver Rosenbauer, a WHO spokesman, said in an interview.As part of endgame planning, he said, the initiative may recommend that any country where polio vaccine is manufactured—including not just the United States, but France, Belgium, India, and others—adopt routine IPV use. Countries concerned about re-importation of polio might also want to use IPV. To make that possible, he said, WHO is promoting a research agenda that will explore making IPV more cheaply, making it from a less-virulent seed strain, and administering it in forms that would not require subcutaneous injection.If polio vaccination continues after eradication, it will foil one of the goals of the eradication campaign: ending vaccination’s significant annual cost. For example, the United States has saved an estimated $17 billion because it no longer conducts routine smallpox vaccination of civilians.And IPV might impose additional costs beyond the obvious, because more doses of vaccine are likely to be necessary. With the oral vaccines, vaccinators can immunize one or two family members and be confident the immunity will spread to close contacts; with IPV, everyone who wishes to be immune must receive a shot.The likelihood that vaccination will continue after eradication is viewed with bemusement by a set of scientists who have maintained for years that tight polio control—via continued vaccination—is more achievable than eradication. In their view, the global campaign is now describing what they have long suggested—only with a more expensive vaccine than they had prescribed.Fresh research on how best to proceed in the endgame is essential, said Dr. D.A. Henderson, the leader of the smallpox eradication program, who has said for years that polio eradication might not be achievable. “If I am the head of a country, and I am faced with spending much more money on IPV, or continuing to use OPV and taking my chances on vaccine-derived viruses, my conclusion is probably simple,” he said. “We need to have much better data on the risk vaccine-derived viruses represent.”El-Sayed N, El-Gamal Y, Abbassy A, et al. Monovalent type 1 oral poliovirus vaccine in newborns.N Engl J Med 2008 Oct 16;359(16):1655-65 [Full text]Jenkins HE, Aylward RB, Gasasira A, et al. Effectiveness of immunization against paralytic poliomyelitis in Nigeria.N Engl J Med 2008 Oct 16;359(16):1666-74 [Full text]Ehrenfeld E, Chumakov K. Monovalent oral poliovirus vaccines—a good tool but not a total solution. (Editorial) N Engl J Med 2008 Oct 16;359(16):1726-7 [Full text]See also: Current polio case counthttp://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspxEhrenfeld E, Glass RI, Agol VI, et al. Immunisation against poliomyelitis: moving forward. (Commentary) Lancet 2008 Apr 19;371(9621):1385-7 [Access to full text requires subscription or payment]http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673608605978/abstractlast_img read more

November 18

Visit Ogulin – from now on Ogulin in the palm of your hand

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the city of Ogulin presented the mobile application Visit Ogulin, which was developed as part of the application Vision One.The Vision Tourism project was launched as part of the Vision One application and connects the offer of continental Croatia in one place. The goal is to offer the end user in one place everything from the content that he might need during a visit to a particular destination. “The aim of the project is to provide information to the end user – the tourist, in a fast, simple and practical way, whether it is a destination, catering, accommodation, service or event. Each visitor will be able to search Ogulin in the palm of their hand and plan from their mobile device what they will do that day or during the next day. All information will be available to him at any time. It is important to note that Ogulin, in addition to the functionality offered by other cities, is the first in Croatia to include bike paths and content on them in its application. ” they point out from the Tourist Board of Ogulin and add that the plan is soon to set up hiking trails in cooperation with GSS Croatia.The interesting thing about the application is that it connects the content depending on the user’s interests and in the way the user assigns it, so in addition to the content of the destination where it is located, it also offers interesting content within a certain mileage. Also, the imperative of the Vision One team is to present the entire offer of continental tourism in one place and through one application so that the whole range of experiences is available literally in the palm of your hand.last_img read more

November 18

Toll abolished through the tunnel of St. Elijah

first_imgOn the first day of the New Year, the toll through the tunnel of St. Elijah was abolished, so from midnight on the first day of the New Year, the sign with the toll sign in front of the tunnel was crossed.About 5 million 400 thousand vehicles have passed through the tunnel so far, and Croatian Motorways has earned about 130 million kuna from that. By the decision of the Government, the management of Sveti Ilija was taken over by Hrvatske ceste, and the tunnel toll was abolished.Due to the abolition of toll collection, the passage through the toll station will take place without stopping, and Hrvatske autoceste points out that temporary traffic regulation will be set for safety reasons because traffic on the access road and tunnel is two-way, all to prevent possible entry of vehicles. in the opposite direction.The prefect of the Split-Dalmatia County, Blaženko Boban, emphasized that from today, citizens on both sides of the tunnel will prosper, as well as entrepreneurs who knew how to pay over 450 thousand kuna in tunnel fees annually. “The raised ramps also symbolically marked the balanced development of Croatia. When we fought for the abolition, one of the arguments was that nowhere in Croatia is access to the highway charged”Said the prefect, referring to the young people of Imotski Krajina who work on the Makarska Riviera and said that it makes no sense to spend a third of their salary on tunnel fees.The Mayor of Makarska, Jure Brkan, pointed out that the abolition of the tunnel toll eliminates traffic jams near the Sv. Ilija, and thus the access of Makaran to the Zagreb-Metković highway will be accelerated. “Makarska is now 15 minutes from the highway, and access is free. I hope, among other things, that we will have even more tourists because of this measure. It was unfair that the tunnel fee has been charged all these years, so I thank the prefect Boban and the prime minister Plenković. Here, citizens spent significant financial resources that could have been invested in something else. Happy New Year”Said Makarska Mayor Jure Brkan.last_img read more

November 18

Proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity – Statement of the Family Tourism Community

first_imgIn order to contribute to the adoption of the highest quality text of the law, which will regulate the manner and conditions under which legal and natural persons can perform catering activities, the Family Tourism Association consulted with members and based on the views of members highlights key issues identified during consultations. on amendments to the Law on Catering Activity:Article 5 – Restriction on the provision of food services The family tourism community points out that household service providers can only provide breakfast, lunch and dinner services to their guests, and by providing these services they do not compete with restaurants and small family hotels but increase the quality of service and satisfaction of their guests. These are simple facilities, limited comfort and services, which do not provide “a la carte” services, but a basic breakfast and dinner service based on the daily menu. This segment of guests wants to feel first hand the culture and customs of the locality, with direct contact with the hosts to enjoy the indigenous gastronomic delicacies of the region and will be more likely to choose a neighboring country than a nearby hotel if they do not find a suitable family accommodation with meals. The growing trend of interest in family accommodation largely lies in the offer of local cuisine that uses locally grown ingredients, and thanks to this Croatia manages to maintain the image of a destination of authentic flavors and aromas.Imposing additional conditions on natural persons to hosts, with the explanation that companies must meet much stricter conditions for providing half and full board services, will not relieve companies because this can only be done by deregulating the conditions for small family hotels and restaurants. It is also untrue that boarding houses do not pay VAT because by exceeding the limit of HRK 300.000 of income, the facilities automatically enter the VAT system and have the obligation to keep business books, have a fiscal cash register, etc.According to the draft law, service providers will have to establish a company or craft if they want to provide meals to their guests, which will lead to the loss of a large number of guests who come precisely because of the combination of accommodation and local cuisine. Furthermore, if the household owner qualifies for breakfast, then there is no reason not to meet the same for lunch and dinner as meals are prepared in the same kitchen, groceries are kept in the same refrigerator and the same utensils are used. The previous practice of serving meals did not endanger the guests in any way, but only emphasized their satisfaction and return.Valja istaknuti kako će  izmjene iznimno negativno utjecati na ponudu i zadovoljstvo gostiju u ruralnim dijelovima u kojima su restorani udaljeni od objekta te gost neće imati priliku probati domaću kuhinju i vrlo vjerojatno odabirati drugu destinaciju gdje uz uslugu smještaja kod domaćina mogu uživati i u autentičnim  obrocima. Ovome ide u prilog podatak da u većim turističkim mjestima i gradovima, poput Splita, Zadra, Dubrnovnika i Zagreba, ima neznatan broj pansiona, koji se uglavnom kategoriziraju u mjestima u kojima nema velike ponude restorana i potrebno je gostima osigurati mogućnost obroka. U konačnici, postotak turista koji biraju pansione ili polupansione u obiteljskom domaćinstvu nije tako velik da bi mogao ugroziti ili pak povećati zaradu lokalnih restorana.Članak 6. – Minimalni uvjeti za vrstu, uvjeti za kategoriju i posebni standardThe family tourism community agrees with the need to define minimum requirements for the type and conditions of categories, given the growing specialization in the offer of accommodation facilities.Article 15 – Powers of the tourist inspectorThe Family Tourism Community commends the introduction of Article 42a for the fact that a large number of citizens are directly or indirectly engaged in providing accommodation and catering services in the household and are not familiar with all conditions and obligations and do not meet all prescribed rules and obligations. With the introduction of this article, it is pointed out that the inspectorate serves not only for the purpose of punishment, but also for the purpose of law enforcement and pointing out omissions. Such legislation best indicates that the state is trying to help entrepreneurs to achieve better incomes, provide themselves and their families with better conditions and thus have a positive impact on the economic growth of the Republic of Croatia.Article 23 – Harmonization of standards of facilities with the valid Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the householdMembers of the Family Tourism Association believe that there is no need to comply with the current Rules of Procedure as travel trends clearly indicate that comments, ratings on online portals and household services are more relevant when choosing accommodation than the number of stars by which the facility is categorized.Harmonization of the standards of rental facilities that have obtained a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household by September 1, 2007 in accordance with the then valid Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities with the current Ordinance, which would harmonize the standard of catering facilities household services, it is not necessary because the Minimum technical conditions are determined only during the registration of activities and remain in force until the service or the holder of the solution for the provision of accommodation services is changed. The level of quality is assessed by the guest, and the Family Tourism Association proposes that stars be awarded by the profession based on market trends and needs, and that the competent ministry prescribe the MTU. Another possibility is, instead of obtaining a new decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household, it is necessary to obtain a new request to determine the category of accommodation (stars).The Family Tourism Community also considers that deleting Article 33, which stipulates the obligation to pay the sojourn tax for the stay of more than 15 persons who are not members of the immediate family in flats, apartments and holiday homes, in tourist places from 15 June to 15 September , enables the commercialization and realization of tourist income in non – commercial uncategorized facilities, and the control is very limited due to the protection of property rights.UKLJUČITE SE – SVE JE NA VAMA The deadline for giving an opinion is 02.06.2018.  te je sad vrijeme da argumentirano i konstruktivno iznesemo svoje stavove i mišljenja. Novi prijedlog Zakona do danas je komnetiralo SAMO 9 osoba, što je poražavajuće malo. Kasnije kada se Zakon usvoji nema više prostora za izmjene i Facebook “pametovanje”. Sada je trenutak da se čuje vaše glas i mišljenje.Attachment:REGISTRATION / In order to be able to comment and give your review / reasoned praise or criticism, you must first register HEREThe proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity is available HERElast_img read more

November 18

Research on the availability and quality of parking in tourist destinations

first_imgThe survey is anonymous, and your answers will help the author to find out if meeting the demand for parking spaces is as significant and important as the tourist services you use in a tourist destination.  This question was also asked by a student Slavica Vinko Štajdohar, University of the North, who for the purposes of writing a thesis for research on the availability and quality of parking in tourist destinations Accordingly, the question arises, do they have and do they have enough parking spaces for our tourist destination? After all, tourists have to park their tin pets somewhere, don’t they? According to the research TOMAS Summer 2017 “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia” as many as 78% of guests come to Croatia by car, which clearly shows that we are still primarily a destination that comes by car. Take a few minutes to complete this survey questionnaire, which concerns a very important topic for tourism and the development of tourist destinations.center_img In order to collect data on the availability and quality of parking in tourist destinations, she made an online survey, and invites everyone to get involved in the research. “My thesis is based on the topic of availability and quality of parking in tourist destinations. It is necessary to research public opinion, define problems and offer solutions, which I plan to process and defend through my thesis. This is a problem that generally occurs in urban areas, but as we are a tourist country and many smaller settlements are increasingly struggling with this problem that I would like to explore. To this end, I have launched this research and plan to collect a sample of at least 500 or more respondents to make this grow into a more serious study”Points out Slavica Vinko Štajdohar. Soon on HrTurizam.hr GET INVOLVED / SURVEY Research on the availability and quality of parking in tourist destinationslast_img read more

November 18

The Costabella Resort in Rijeka is becoming part of the Hilton hotel chain

first_imgThe investment and development company JTH Costabella organized a ceremonial tour of the completed rough construction works of the Costabella hotel resort yesterday, at which the signing of the property management contract between JTH Costabella and the renowned hotel company Hilton was held. After Dubrovnik and Zagreb, Hilton is also coming to Rijeka. The future hotel resort will have five stars, and the amount of investment has grown from the initial 40 million euros to as much as 80 million euros. The resort will have 132 rooms and 66 suites, all with balconies or terraces and views of the Kvarner Bay. Also, guests will have access to a private sandy beach as well as rich wellness facilities that include two swimming pools, a large spa, sports facilities and a fitness center. Furthermore, the resort will offer six restaurants, a beach bar and a rooftop restaurant, which will allow guests to enjoy the beautiful sea view. All engineering and earthworks under the sea should be completed by June 15, so that the sea water does not become cloudy during the bathing season. The hotel should receive its first guests under the name “Hilton Costabella Beach Resort & Spa” in May 2020. Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli pointed out that such investments best show the way in which Croatian tourism should be developed. The Mayor of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel, expressed great satisfaction that this large hotel complex will receive its first guests in the middle of 2020, at a time when Rijeka is the European Capital of Culture and expects an increased arrival of guests. “We can boast of the fact that in recent years we have an increase in arrivals and overnight stays in the city at an annual rate of 20% and what we chronically lack are precisely the accommodation capacity. Therefore, I am especially pleased that this resort will be built soon, and I am especially pleased that it will be part of the Hilton hotel chain.”Said Mayor Obersnel.center_img The co-owner of the company JTH Costabella, Jaroslav Trešnjak, reminded that exactly two years ago, the cornerstone was laid for the future hotel resort. “I am convinced that the cooperation of our company with the world-famous hotel group will be of great importance for the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and will definitely affect the increase in the number of overnight stays and the growth of the tourism industry in our region.Said Tresnjak. The last phase of construction follows, ie the installation of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling, gas, water and sewage distribution, electrical distribution and other technical equipment in the main hotel building and villas. The construction of an outdoor swimming pool, which is connected to the main hotel building by a glazed elevator, is also underway. Hilton Executive Director for Southern Europe Alan Mantin pointed out that tourism in Croatia is experiencing a strong upward trend. “When we open the Hilton Costabella Beach Resort & Spa next year, it will be one of the top hotels in this part of Europe. We are convinced that the Hilton brand will contribute to the recognition of this part of Croatia, as well as the recognition of Croatia on the international market. We hope that infrastructure, such as Rijeka Airport, will follow our momentumSaid Mantin.last_img read more

November 18

Telly Awards: Croatian tourist films again won significant awards

first_imgRIJEKA – I miss the silver winner of Telly in the category Branded Content: Travel / Tourism The Telly Awards showcases the best works recorded for television and other media each year. The festival received more than 13.000 entries from all five continents, and the winners of the Telly Awards represent the work of some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world.  The films of the production company BALDUČI FILM were awarded with three big prizes: The film RIJEKA I MISS YOU was shot for the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka, and Croatian actors also took part in the film: Alen Liverić, Natalija Đorđević, Jana Škrgulja, Edi Ćelić, photographer Iva Znaor and girl Lara Zgrablić. In addition to the actors, there are other members of the team: Bobby Grubić, Robert Kalčić and Pavle Kaplanec. • CROATIA YOUR NEXT FILMING DESTINATION – gold in the category Branded Content: Videography / Cinematography, for which the cameraman Jalil Armijo is responsible “In ancient times, Socrates said that there are no coincidences and that every coincidence happens for a reason. That’s how we in the team think. When you win the first prize you think by accident, but when the prizes happen often and for almost every film in our production, we are convinced that this is the reason for the quality of our films. We are sorry when some clients do not trust us, do not want to pay the registration fee for participating in the festival, but they congratulate us and look forward to the mutual success. I believe in my team, I believe in our films that have a recognizable handwriting, and yet they are different. Every award makes us happy, from the smallest to the largest and every award is welcome because it has a motivating effect. We are often not awarded at a festival, sometimes we do not enter the final round, but we still send our next film to the festival aware that we cannot always win – but we like to compete and prove ourselves. Choosing a winner is a matter of the jury’s taste, the amount of films received and it is often difficult to decide who is better in the mass of entries – I know this from my own experience as a jury member at many festivalsSaid the producer and screenwriter of the award-winning films Spomenko Saraga.  At the prestigious American festival The Telly Awards, which was held for the 41st time this year, Croatian films once again won significant awards. RIJEKA AND MISS YOU  The film CROATIA YOUR NEXT FILMING DESTINATION was shot with the support of the Croatian National Tourist Board, interestingly without the support of HAVC, in order to promote Croatia as an excellent destination for shooting all types of films.center_img “The films are in competition at several more festivals and expecting results, we hope for some more awards”Concluded Saraga. The films were written by Spomenka Saraga, who is also the producer of the films, directed by Herve Tirmarche and cameraman and editor Jalil Armi.  Films produced by BALDUČI FILMA have won over 13 world awards and recognitions in the last 50 years, the Grand Prix, and the films UNIQUE DUBROVNIK and DUBROVNIK AND TIME have entered the top 10 tourist films in the world. • CROATIA YOUR NEXT FILMING DESTINATION – gold for the best film in the category promotional film Travel / Tourism  CROATIA YOUR NEXT FILMING DESTINATION You can watch the movies in the attachment. So far, these films have already won several awards: at the largest ITB tourism fair in Berlin, at the jubilee 20th edition of THE GOLDEN CITY GATE festival silver awards, and at the New York Festivals also a silver medal for the film RIJEKA I MISS YOU, which is normally awarded in Las Vegas during the NAB show, which like the ITB in Berlin was not held, so the prizes will be delivered to us by mail.last_img read more

November 18

Mali Lošinj Tourist Board co-finances return tickets for the ferry – FERRY FREE

first_imgNamely, in case of doubt, the guest does not go to the doctor himself but must contact the reception of the hotel or the owner of the accommodation. Then the questionnaire made by the Lošinj Tourist Board is filled in at the level of the entire destination, and the hotel or the landlord calls the doctor and the epidemiological service. “In order to further meet the needs of guests, we have provided a kind of “insurance policy” where we cover the cost of accommodation and meals during self-isolation. We have developed several scenarios, so we are ready for a quick reaction and everything is planned, if such a situation arises.”Cvitkovic points out. Bravo for Lošinj, which in communication with all participants provided all the protocols and clearly showed how much they care about their guests. They certainly made an additional step forward with the “insurance policy”, the first in Croatia, and thus made it clear to all guests that they are ready for the summer season. In case any of the guests has symptoms or coronavirus, the Tourist Board of Lošinj in cooperation with everyone in the destination has prepared clear protocols, as well as “insurance policy ” for guests. The offer is valid for ferry tickets Valbiska-Merag and Porozina-Brestova and for all reservations for September, and realized after June 15, 2020. An important part of the strategy is action FERRY FREE created with the aim of attracting visitors and with regard to the situation with COVID-19, which aims to attract guests in September. TZ Lošinja made an “Insurance Policy” for guests in the case “So far we have not encountered such a challenge and that is why the current situation, more than ever, requires the synergy of all stakeholders in the destination. All hotels, camps, boarding houses, hostels, health resorts and currently more than 350 private renters joined the action, all in order to present the advantages of Lošinj as an island destination and provide our visitors with additional value for the service offered. said the director of the tourist board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Dalibor Cvitković. Co-financing applies only to the primary vehicle and passengers (car, bus, camper, motorcycle, moped, tricycle, quadricycle, bicycle, etc.) but not to trailers (trailers, trailer, caravan, etc.) and the discount will be included in the final price of accommodation for the price of a return ticket for the vehicle and passengers. Find more information about the protocol and all instructions HERE The Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj in cooperation with members in the destination has launched a joint marketing campaign “Lošinj – your island oasis”.center_img Visitors who will be staying in September for more than seven nights, The Tourist Board co-finances return ferry tickets at facilities that have responded to the invitation. It is great that the discount is related exclusively to the realized overnight stay in the off-season. Covid19: Protocols and “insurance policy” for guests in case of self-isolation By the way, no travel insurance covers the costs in case of coronavirus, and with this move from the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board, they clearly show how much they care about their guests and how they have prepared for emergencies. TZ Lošinja covers the cost of accommodation and meals for guests or their families in case of self-isolation. The campaign emphasizes the advantages of Lošinj – an island of vitality such as mild climate, biodiversity, high quality sea, first quality air with more than 200 sunny days a year, and will be implemented in key emitting markets; Austria, Germany and Slovenia. “If a family member becomes ill with covid19, he is transported to a hospital or must remain in self-isolation, depending on the epidemiologist’s assessment. If he has to go to the hospital for treatment, the family remains in self-isolation, and the cost of accommodation and meals will be covered by the Lošinj Tourist Board. Also, if a new guest needs to come during the self-insulation, we will provide alternative accommodation in cooperation with the landlord and the agency, and the Lošinj Tourist Board will cover the cost of cleaning the apartment, as the space must be disinfected and the landlord must not do it. The goal is not to localize any eventual case as soon as possible, and to take care of our guests so that they feel safe and so that in the case of self-isolation they do not feel alone, because they are in another country.”Adds Cvitković and concludes that guests can really feel safe on Lošinj and that they are prepared for all situations, if they occur. You can find a list of accommodation facilities participating in the action HERE Cover photo author: Sandro Tariba / Illustration: HrTurizamlast_img read more