During the Christmas and New Year holidays, about 10 percent more tourists are expected than last year

first_imgDuring the Advent period, as well as throughout December, the most visited tourist destination remains the city of Zagreb, which accounts for approximately a third of all arrivals in Croatia, as well as a quarter of total national overnight stays.  “These indicators confirm that Croatia is successful in the affirmation of tourist products that are not related to the summer months, which is a step forward towards achieving a more even annual, but also the spatial distribution of tourist traffic.“Believes the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, adding that for several years now this has been the strategic priority of the CNTB. After Zagreb, during the Christmas and New Year period, most tourists expect Adriatic destinations in Istria and Kvarner, as well as Split and Zadar. According to information collected by the system of tourist boards, during the Christmas and New Year holidays, at the level of the whole of Croatia, a growth of tourist traffic of about 10% is expected compared to the same period last year, according to the CNTB.center_img Last year, Croatia recorded 22 tourist arrivals and 2017 overnight stays during the “striking” ten holidays that allow the connection of two “extended” weekends (from 2 December 2018 to 154.000 January 419.000), while during this year’s comparable period (from 21 December 2018 to January 1, 2019) expects a 10 percent better result, which means more than 170.000 arrivals and more than 460.000 overnight stays. This result will be accompanied by a proportionally better occupancy of accommodation facilities. On the “continent”, most tourists, with the exception of Zagreb, expect destinations in Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje and Karlovac counties, while in the east of our country Osijek leads.last_img read more

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Jordy Smith on top in Tasmania

first_imgSmith, the world number nine, defeated world number five Damien Hobgood of the USA, with a total heat score of 15.56 to 13.17 (combined two-wave total out of a possible 20) in the final of the six-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event. SAinfo reporter 30 March 2009 Men’s WQS Ratings (After Event #5 O’Neill Coldwater Classic, Tasmania-Australia)1. Bruno Santos (BRA) 2 8132. Jean da Silva (BRA) 2 5503. Jordy Smith (RSA) 2 5004. Darrell Goodrum (USA) 2 488 5. Pablo Paulino (BRA) 2 475 Solid two-metre waves at Bluffs Reef proved ideal for South African surfing sensation Jordy Smith as he took victory in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Marrawah, Tasmania on Sunday. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The victory was worth $20 000 and 2 500 WQS points to the South African standout. Hobgood was just as impressed with the wilds of Tasmania, saying: “It’s been a special week for me here in Tasmania, so many great waves and just amazing people who have welcomed us here. It”s been an adventure for all of us and I”ve felt like a young kid all week!” Semi-finalsIn the semi-finals, Smith used a timely last wave to end the dream run highly-regarded Brazilian, Jadson Andre. Andre, 21, who earlier in the event had eliminated the top seed CJ Hobgood, led for most of the 35-minute match-up until Smith locked in a last-minute 8.27 score to secure a berth in the final. Smith stood out his opening heat in the week-long event and overcame a classy international field of 144 surfers to claim victory in the inaugural event to be held in the wild north-west of Tasmania. The 21-year-old’s free surfing approach was the key to his victory, with massive snaps and big aerial manoeuvres all part of his repertoire. Semi-finals SF1 Jordy Smith (RSA) 16.10 def Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.27SF2 Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.07 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.90center_img ‘I’ve had the greatest time’“I’ve had the greatest time here in Tasmania. It’s been just amazing with such powerful surf and fun people in this remote location,” said Smith after his win. Final 1. Jordy Smith (RSA) 15.562. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.17 Results O’Neill Coldwater Classic – Tasmania With 10 minutes remaining, Smith posted a heat-high 8.73 to back up his earlier 6.83 for victory. FinalBoth surfers suffered slow starts in the 35-minute final, but Hobgood held an early lead with a ride of 7.50. He struggled with his second ride, managing only a 5.67. South Africans40. Travis Logie 1 31349. Rudy Palmboom 1 12586. Warwick Wright 87599. Damien Fahrenfort 813105. Daniel Redman 794167. Brandon Jackson 600173. Royden Bryson 563187. Ricky Basnett 538262. Klee Strachan 375 The second semi-final was an all-American affair between Damian Hobgood and Pat Gudauskas. After a tight battle, Hobgood advanced; Gadauskas needed 9.17 to win in his final ride and came up just short with an 8.90. “I always enjoy surfing waves that offer power and here in Tasmania every wave you surf is straight out of the deep southern waters, and the power just makes for great surfing. I love it.”last_img read more

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Leading Broker Housing Incentives Fastest Route to Economic Boost Improved Credit Rating

first_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWith financial experts searching for ways to recover from last week’s stunning further downgrading of The Bahamas’ credit rating, a leading real estate broker today said one answer is right in front of our faces and up and down every block.According to Mario Carey, incentives to encourage a flurry of activity in the housing market, both new construction and sales of existing homes, will spur economic growth in a way that no other quick fix with long-term benefits can.“The housing market in Western societies is a leading predictor of economic health,” said Carey, founder and president of MCR, one of the country’s top property sales, leasing and management firms.“Strong sales mean a strong and healthy economy and when sales fall off, it’s just a matter of time until you see a slide in all aspects of an economy.”More than just an economic barometer, housing sales translate into jobs, he said.“Every home that is sold generates three full-time jobs, according to research commissioned by the National Association of Realtors in the U.S.,” said Carey. “Here that number would be even greater. In both places, the spin-offs from home ownership are enormous and create sustainable business activity. It is not just the fees generated by the move itself but the ongoing expenses the homeowner assumes – lawn and gardening services, painting, perhaps pool or roofing or plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning, furniture, décor, appliances. There are also the benefits to government from Stamp Tax. On a luxury property sale of $10 million, for example, government immediately collects $1 million in Stamp Tax. Incentives move people at every income level. If the Stamp Tax is reduced to 6% for a specified time, the buyer considering a purchase may be prompted to complete and save a substantial sum when they split the tax with the seller.”The highly successful broker who has handled more than one billion dollars in transactions in a career that spans three decades pointed to past successes when incentives were offered.“When the government offered Stamp Tax exemptions for first time home buyers, we saw a tremendous response,” Carey said. “Then when the first $250,000 of a purchase was exempted from real property tax and Stamp Tax, it was another incentive and when the interest on outstanding balances of real property tax forgiveness was announced, that drove hundreds to bring their past due tax bills up to date. Incentives work and there has never been a better or more important time to introduce them to spur the housing market which in turn will show diversification of the economy leading to a strengthening of our credit rating.”Carey has long argued that real estate should be recognized as the third pillar of the Bahamian economy, tying activity in the market to new construction, remodels, expansion and more. “If anyone doubts how critical home ownership is to a healthy economy, look at what happens when sales slump,” says Carey. “When the housing market collapsed in 2008, it took the rest of the economy down with it and we are still feeling the repercussions, though I believe the economy is beginning its slow climb back up for the middle to upper middle class family who was so hard hit by the economic freefall.“I encourage the government to appoint an ad hoc advisory committee comprised of real estate professionals, developers, financial institutions, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and a few successful businesspersons to report back in a relatively short period of time with recommendations for jumpstarting housing sales across the board,” said Carey. “I want to see the day when every Bahamian youngster coming out of school believes that he or she will own a home and that can be their reality. Home ownership is the single fastest route to economic prosperity. And it is one step we can take without damaging the environment or causing long-term negative impacts. It is time to explore the options.” Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, bahamas real estate, mario carey, mcrlast_img read more

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ALERT 3 ON HURRICANE MARIA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 19, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT #3 ON HURRICANE MARIA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT 6PM EDT.…POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MARIA IS EXPECTED TO PASS NEAR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT AND OVER PUERTO RICO WEDNESDAY…A  HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.    THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.   A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 48 HOURS.AT 5PM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 64.0 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 80 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAINT CROIX, 175 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO, 268 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GRAND TURK THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, 695 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MATTHEW TOWN INAGUA AND 1036 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE. MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 10 MPH, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.   ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE EYE OF MARIA WILL MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT, ACROSS PUERTO RICO ON WEDNESDAY, AND THEN PASS JUST NORTH OF THE COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 165 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   MARIA IS A POTENTIALLY A CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.    SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, BUT MARIA IS FORECAST TO REMAIN AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 OR 5 HURRICANE UNTIL IT MOVES NEAR OR OVER THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO.    SLOW WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AFTER THE HURRICANE EMERGES OVER THE ATLANTIC NORTH OF PUERTO RICO AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES FROM THE CENTER.RESIDENTS IN INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLANDS, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY, AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD RUSH TO COMPLETE  ALL HURRICANE PREPARATIONS AS THEY CAN BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE MARIA WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.    SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR FOR THEIR VESSELS.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE MARIA WILL BE ISSUED AT 9PM TODAY.ISSUED BY: JEFFREY SIMMONS/MARY BUTLERlast_img read more

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