With a new investment, Valamar Riviera has shown how a destination with a story and added value is developing

first_imgThus, as part of the newly opened Istra Premium Camping Resort 5 * in Funtana, the islet of Školjić was arranged, aptly named “Histri Island”. It is an archeological site from the Bronze Age that was neglected until recently, and as of this year it offers various entertainment programs. A themed playground for children has been built in the center of the island, where numerous animation programs are held every day from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 15 pm. Toddlers, as well as all other visitors to the camp can participate in various activities and workshops, including making a birdhouse, hunting equipment and time capsules, quizzes, water games and other thematic activities. When arranging the islets, the specificity of the location was taken into account, and the materials, construction technique, layout and other elements of the arrangement are in accordance with the time period of the site.  Cottages in the ground they are also located in Lanterna Premium Camping Resort 4 * where, in addition to entertainment for the youngest, families can rent the Kontići Dwarf Plots, which also have houses in the ground for a complete fairytale experience.  Who develops tourist destinations? Also, this is a great example of how the tourist infrastructure can and must be different, to have some added value and story, and there is no better combination if the whole story is tied to an authentic location, as this one is tied through telling Istrian legends.  Then the development strategy of the city is followed by all other economic entities, including hotel companies, which follow this vision of the development of the city and through synergy together develop the destination. Also, if the city knows where and in which direction it is going, so it attracts future investments, and the whole story just builds on and grows. Unfortunately, Valamar is leading the development story, instead of continuing, which of course is not a problem at Valamar, in fact, every destination can be grateful to have such partners and investors. The problem is in the destinations. Also, no matter how big and strong a tourist company is with resources, it still cannot develop a destination on its own. New attractions of ideas are the work of designer and professor of fine arts Nedjeljko Mikc Cak, all inspired by elements from the rich Istrian history and interesting legends from the peninsula, while the contents were realized with the help of expert advisers of the Archaeological Museum of Istria and harmonized with the expert opinion .  Ultimately, tourist destinations, ie the cities themselves, and not the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB, develop tourism at the local level. The system or the State is certainly important, because they create certain frameworks for business and development, but the local self-government decides in which direction it will develop. So does tourism. You know those two “foreign” words in our dictionary – strategy and vision. Well, we need that, of course not on paper to collect dust somewhere in the drawer, but for everyone to know in which direction the city / destination is developing and where it wants to be in x years. So the question arises: Who develops tourist destinations? Valamar Riviera invests large funds in the promotion and development of tourist destinations, both through various entertainment content and organization of events, and through infrastructure. But the problem is that big travel companies are practically hauling the whole destination on their own, and it should be the other way around. Namely, Valamar Riviera has arranged four new entertainment and art attractions, which has further enriched the offer of entertainment content in Poreč and Rabac. But the real story is that artistic attractions are associated with the interpretation of Istrian legends. center_img They could have made a classic children’s playground, with no story and no added value, but they didn’t. On the contrary, they told a great new tourist story and showed how to match the story in tourist destinations. Well done to Valamar, but it would be much more efficient to have the right support in the development of tourist destinations. Synergy and win-win for everyone. Ultimately, the destination is not the hotel, but everyone in the destination. Our biggest problem in tourism is that our destinations are not developing strategically and sustainably, and it is with the primary infrastructure such as water, sewage, electricity, parking, garbage, beaches, etc.… we have the most problems. Which is insane, because we have to ask ourselves where the earnings from tourism have been invested all these decades, if not in infrastructure and development, so that cities can receive all these great guests and follow the growth we have been bragging about for years. Well done to Valamar, who understands that the motive for coming is not a hotel but a destination, and that it is necessary to offer more than just the sun and the sea. And this is where quality, authentic and diverse content in a tourist destination comes into force. Most people look at things like this as a cost, but they are very wrong. No, it is an investment that will pay off for Valamar and returns from year to year. In Rabac, as part of the Valamar Collection Girandella Resort 4/5 *, a creative space has been designed for animation programs in the form of a stranded pirate ship. Pirate House located on the beach in Rabac, with its appearance and content it attracts not only the youngest but also the slightly older ones. Inside the boat there is a children’s corner with animators from Valamar, so parents can leave their children to play and look after and carefree time for themselves.  On the island of Sveti Nikola, where the Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort 4/5 * is located, a fairytale village for elves was built, called “Istrian Fantasy Forest”. The magical installation consists of tree houses and those buried in the ground, reminiscent of houses inhabited by popular hobbits, and has become a favorite place for children on the island.  Valamar, like other hotel companies, does this because they have to, in order to deliver quality and added value, and in order to have that value for money. However, it would be natural and logical for the development to be led by the city / destination, and for everyone else to follow the development policy of the city. And having an investor like this is just a huge plus. Photo: Valamar Rivieralast_img read more

Liverpool leave it late again to beat Southampton

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp That was also the Irishman’s 50th Premier League goal and he should have had 51 shortly after when he failed to connect with another dangerous Bertrand cross and Virgil van Dijk nearly turned the ball into his own net against his old club.Keita has failed to live up to expectations since his £53 million move from RB Leipzig last summer, but the Senegalese could hardly have picked a better moment to score his first goal for the club nine minutes before the break.Southampton were left angry that Salah was not flagged offside in the build-up, but the ball eventually fell for Trent Alexander-Arnold and his in-swinging cross was met too powerfully with his head by Keita for Gunn to keep out.Liverpool had far more control of the game after the break, but had to wait until 10 minutes from time for the crucial goal and it came on the counter-attack from a Southampton corner.Salah latched onto Henderson’s headed pass and ran from inside his own half before curling in his first goal in nine games from just outside the box.Henderson had been left on the bench from the start by Klopp, but the Liverpool captain made his presence felt as a substitute as he then burst into the box to finish off Roberto Firmino’s low cross to seal a vital three points. Southampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool needed more late goals to move top of the Premier League once more as Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson struck in the final 10 minutes to earn a 3-1 victory at Southampton on Friday.Jurgen Klopp’s men had to come from behind at St. Mary’s after Shane Long’s early opener.However, Naby Keita’s first goal for the club brought the visitors level before Salah and Henderson’s strikes took Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City, who still have a game in hand.The league leaders also needed late goals to beat Fulham and Tottenham in their last two games, but they refuse to give up the chase of a City side eyeing history with a quadruple of trophies.Southampton started the evening just five points above the relegation zone at the other end of the table, but had won their past two games as part of a general upturn in form since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge in December.And the hosts looked more like the side going for the title in the early stages as they went in front on nine minutes.Ryan Bertrand’s cross picked out the run of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg into the box and his flick-on looped over Andy Robertson for Long to control and score just his fourth goal in his last 50 Premier League appearances.center_img Mohammed Salah scores for Liverpoollast_img read more

Perfect season: New Castle beats La Salle College

first_imgNew Castle’s Malik Hooker kisses the trophy after New Castle defeated La Salle College in the PIAA boys’ Class AAAA basketball championship game, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. New Castle won 52-39. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — New Castle from Pittsburgh completed a perfect season Saturday night.The Red Hurricanes became the first WPIAL (District 7) school to win a PIAA Class AAAA boys basketball championship since 2004 with an explosive final nine minutes against La Salle College.Ohio State football recruit Malik Hooker saved his best for that late push by New Castle. The 6-1 senior scored nine points in that final nine minutes to help lift the Red Hurricanes to a 52-39 victory at Giant Center.In a game where each offense was content to slow the pace and work its half-court offense, New Castle (31-0) led by only four points in the dying seconds of the third quarter.La Salle College’s Najee Walls, left, and David Krmpotich, right, and New Castle’s Malik Hooker (23), Drew Allen, center, and Stew Allen, second from right, try for the rebound during the first half of the PIAA Class 4A boys’ basketball championship game, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Hooker, who had just four points at this point through nearly 24 minutes, beat the third-quarter buzzer with a nifty dribble-drive layup to give the Red Hurricanes a 30-24 lead entering the final quarter.“It was one of those buckets we really needed, and then we just went on a roll,” Hooker said. “They had been on a bit of a roll up to that point, so it was a big momentum builder for us that carried into the fourth quarter.”New Castle’s defense was stellar all night and limited La Salle (23-7) out of the Philadelphia Catholic League to only 15 field goals and 38 percent shooting from the floor.“We just wanted to make sure our bodies were between their bodies and the basket at all times,” Hooker said. “I thought we played better defense in the second half.”Hooker and fellow senior Drew Allen each finished with 13 points. Hooker also added 13 rebounds and four assists. The Red Hurricanes outrebounded the Explorers 52-39 overall.La Salle junior Najee Walls led all scorers with 15 points and Shawn Witherspoon added 10.New Castle scored 14 of its 22 fourth-quarter points from the free-throw line. The Explorers attempted only 14 free throws.Members of the New Castle team jump into stands after defeating La Salle College at the PIAA boys’ Class AAAA basketball championship game, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. New Castle won 52-39. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)last_img read more