Two New York progressives have become the first openly gay Black people elected to Congress.

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Torres also became the first gay Afro-Latino person elected to Congress on Tuesday night. After winning the Democratic primary in June, he was heavily favored to win in his district, a deep-blue stronghold that is one of the poorest districts in the country. that sits entirely in the Bronx.- Advertisement – Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, two young progressive candidates from New York, became the first two openly gay Black men elected to Congress after they were declared winners in their House races.Both men will replace retiring lawmakers in their district. Mr. Torres, a 32-year-old New York City councilman, will represent New York’s 15th congressional district, which sits in the Bronx and is currently represented by Representative José E Serrano.- Advertisement – Mr. Jones, a progressive candidate with support from the institutional left, was also favored in his district, which covers parts of suburban Westchester and Rockland counties.Mr. Torres and Mr. Jones were not the only L.G.B.T.Q. candidates to make history on Election Day. In Delaware, Sarah McBride won her State Senate race, making her the first openly transgender person to be elected to that position in the United States. Mr. Jones, a lawyer, will represent the 17th congressional district, in New York City’s northern suburbs, filling the seat held by Representative Nita Lowey, the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee.“Tonight, we made history,” Mr. Torres tweeted on Tuesday evening. “It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the essential borough, the Bronx.”last_img read more

1,804 West Nile cases reported this year

first_img At this time last year, 1,784 WNV cases, including 56 deaths, had been reported, the CDC reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The record year for West Nile in the United States was 2003, with more than 9,800 cases, of which 4,827 had been reported by mid-September. This year’s cases include 696 involving neurologic disease (encephalitis, meningitis, or myelitis), 993 with fever but no neurologic disease, and 115 unspecified cases, the CDC reported. Sep 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Forty states have reported a total of 1,804 cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection, including 52 deaths, so far this year, numbers about even with last year’s pace, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. California has had by far the most cases with 681, followed by South Dakota, 208; Illinois, 172; Louisiana, 81; and Colorado, 75. No cases have been reported in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Virginia, West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, or Delaware, according to the CDC. Evidence of WNV has been found in blood from 321 blood donors so far this year, the report says. Seventy-four of those donors subsequently had West Nile fever or, in three cases, neuroinvasive disease. Blood banks began screening blood for WNV in 2003, after 23 West Nile cases were linked with donated blood in 2002. CDC. Update: West Nile virus activity—United States, 2005. MMWR 2005 Sep 30;54(38):964-5 [Full text]last_img read more

Tests back hides as anthrax source in New York case

first_imgFeb 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Laboratory testing in the case of the New York City drum maker who recently contracted anthrax has supported the belief that he inhaled anthrax spores while working with contaminated animal hides, according to federal health officials.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Feb 24 that tests revealed Bacillus anthracis in the workplace, home, and van of the man, identified in news reports as Vado Diomande, 44. He fell ill with inhalational anthrax after performing in a concert in Mansfield, Pa., on Feb 16.The test results “are consistent with the hypothesis that the patient’s exposure occurred while working on contaminated hides while making traditional drums,” the CDC said in a notice sent through its Health Alert Network.Diomande, who has the first known US anthrax case since 2001, remains in serious condition in a Pennsylvania hospital, according to a New York Times report today. He was reported to have made drums from goat hides imported from Africa.The Environmental Protection Agency planned to begin cleaning Diomande’s Greenwich Village apartment and his studio near the Brooklyn waterfront this week, the Times reported yesterday. The agency intended to clean the apartment hallways and other common areas, plus other residents’ apartments on request, the story said.The Times also reported yesterday that testing had revealed no anthrax in an apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where a man worked on unprocessed hides obtained from Diomande.The CDC said about two thirds of anthrax cases in the United States in recent decades were linked with handling animal hides or hair, but hides nonetheless pose little risk of causing anthrax.Hides “pose a low risk of cutaneous [skin] anthrax, and an extremely low risk of inhalation anthrax,” the agency said.However, the industrial handling of large numbers of hides or of hair from many animals has been linked historically with an increased risk. Among 236 anthrax cases reported to the CDC from 1955 through 1999, 153 (65%) were tied to industrial handling of hides or hair, the CDC said. But only 9 of the 153 cases (6%) were inhalation anthrax, the most dangerous form.”No cases of inhalation anthrax in the US have ever been associated with animal hide drums,” the agency said. Diomande’s exposure “occurred when he was making and finishing drums made from untanned animal hides, and was not associated with playing finished drums. His exposure was similar to that experienced during industrial handling of hides.”While the CDC does not recommend preventive treatment for people who have had contact with animal-hide drums, drum owners or players should report any unexplained fever or skin lesions to their healthcare provider, the agency said.Diomande’s illness worried parents of children attending a New York area school where he performed about a week before he got sick, according to a report in today’s Journal News in White Plains, N.Y.At a meeting last night, four doctors assured about 50 parents there was virtually no chance that their children would contract anthrax as a result of Diomande’s performance at Hillside School in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., the newspaper reported.Ada Huang of the Westchester County Health Department said the drums Diomande used had been treated with chemicals that would kill anthrax spores. And School Superintendent John Russell said public health agencies would not test for anthrax at the school because there was next to no chance of finding any spores, according to the story.However, some parents asked if the rooms where Diomande performed could be chemically decontaminated, and school board members said they would consider that, the report said.The story said Diomande’s dance troupe has traveled globally promoting the culture of Ivory Coast through chant, mime, dance, and music.See also:CIDRAP overview of anthraxlast_img read more

Kuru study implies risk of waves of vCJD cases

first_img The authors state that because of the genetic basis for vCJD susceptibility, the cases identified so far may represent people who are genetically predisposed to have the shortest incubation period. “Because of the powerful genetic effects on incubation period in laboratory animals, vCJD patients identified could represent a distinct genetic subpopulation that has an unusually short incubation period of BSE prions,” they write. Jun 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Current estimates of how many people could die of variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD) may be too low, because the disorder may have a prolonged incubation time in some people, according to a study of a related disease published in the Jun 24 issue of The Lancet. Aug 13, 2004, CIDRAP News article “Study implies many more vCJD cases may emerge in UK” The analysis of disease onset dates revealed that the minimum estimated incubation period for kuru among these patients was between 34 and 41 years. The likely incubation times in men were between 39 and 56 years and could have been up to 7 years longer, according to the report. Kuru is thought to have an average incubation time of 12 years, based on data from more than 2,700 kuru cases occurring after 1957. The authors also point out that animal studies show a prolongation of incubation time in cross-species transmission of spongiform encephalopathies. A human epidemic, they say, will be difficult to model accurately until modifier genes are identified and their frequencies in the population are known. The authors of the study, John Collinge of University College London and colleagues, report on some kuru victims in whom the disease incubation period was several decades. They suggest that the same could be true for vCJD, which implies that the cases seen since the disease emerged in the 1990s may be only a fraction of the ultimate toll. Kuru occurred among the Fore until Australian territorial authorities outlawed ritual cannibalism in the late 1950s. Once the practice was banned, the number of cases of kuru declined sharply. See also: The investigators suggest that the vCJD epidemic may be multiphasic and that recent estimates of its size, based on an assumption of uniform genetic susceptibility, could be substantial underestimations. Implications for vCJD and dissenting viewsThe study may have implications for individuals who have eaten BSE-infected beef and are at risk for vCJD. The disease’s incubation period is unknown. After vCJD emerged in the United Kingdom in 1996, some experts estimated that more than 100,000 cases could eventually occur among the millions of people at risk. But only about 160 cases of vCJD have been detected in the UK to date, and the early estimates were sharply reduced. Collinge J, Whitfield J, McKintosh E, et al. Kuru in the 21st century—an acquired human prion disease with very long incubation periods. Lancet 2006 Jun 24;367(9528):2068-74 [Abstract]center_img The Times also quoted several other dissenting experts, including Dr Richard T. Johnson, a Johns Hopkins University microbiologist; Dr Robert Klitzman, a Columbia University psychiatrist who wrote a book about kuru; and Dr Eugene O. Major, acting director of basic neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. They observed that kuru is a human disease and that human-to-human transmission is more efficient than cross-species transmission such as cow-to-human, as occurs with vCJD. DNA analysis of the prion protein gene (PRNP) from 10 of 11 patients showed that 8 of the patients were heterozygous at polymorphic codon 129, a pattern associated with extended incubation periods and resistance to prion diseases. This distribution pattern was not significantly different from that of 140 normal South Fore members who were used as a comparison group, however. The authors speculated that current kuru cases might be used to assess the disorder’s incubation time. By studying individuals who developed kuru long after cannibalism had been prohibited, the investigators sought to provide a better estimate of the BSE-like disease’s incubation period. Not all experts agree with the expectation of many more cases of vCJD. A New York Times article describing the study quoted one prion expert, Dr David Westaway of the University of Toronto, as saying, “That’s a provocative conclusion, but I am not sure it’s totally plausible.” Cultural practices among the Fore dictate that boys be separated from their mothers at the age of 6 to 8 years and sent to live with the men of the tribe, according to the article. The boys were exposed to the same risk as men from that time onward. Because men did not participate in ritual cannibalism or eat brain, the most infectious tissue, this event provided a baseline estimate of the incubation period, according to the authors. Other genes analyzed included those implicated in long incubation periods in human prion diseases. These genes’ distribution was also not significantly different from frequencies among the healthy South Fore. The authors of the study acknowledge, however, that the number of affected patients represented a small sample size for comparisons. Variant CJD is a prion disease linked to eating meat infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The Lancet report deals with kuru, another human prion disorder, which arose from cannibalistic funerary practices among the Fore tribe in Papua, New Guinea. Jun 12, 2006, CIDRAP News article “Study implies broader risk for vCJD in UK” The scientists identified 7 men and 4 women in the South Fore tribe who were born between 1933 and 1949 and fell ill with kuru between 1996 and 2004. All of the patients were born before cannibalism had been outlawed and had been exposed to the practice. Four female patients had died within 1 to 2 years after disease onset between the ages of 49 and 58 years. The age of onset among affected males was between 46 and 62.last_img read more

US inspectors find food products hard to trace

first_img Produce industry associations, including UFPA, have developed and are working on adopting a standardized coding system for produce cartons sold in the United States, he told legislators. Also, he said the industry is increasing its use of GS1 databars, an electronically readable code that can even fit on a fruit or vegetable sticker. DeLauro said in her opening statement that the OIG findings confirm what Congress already believes: “That we can do better—that we have the responsibility, in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak, to effectively find the source of contamination as quickly as possible to prevent further illness and even death.” Twenty-five percent (26 of 104) managers who responded to investigator questions said they didn’t know about the FDA’s records requirements, the OIG report said. The FDA has sought additional traceability in its Food Protection Plan, but legislators should ask if the agency could have done a better job with the authority it already had, DeLauro said. “At the same time, traceability has considerable support in Congress and will likely be included in food safety legislation that moves forward this year.” The OIG report said investigators were able to identify facilities that likely handled 31 of the 40 products and that they couldn’t identify likely handlers for four of the products. He said that the produce industry has shown its commitment to the requirement in the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 that companies keep records permitting them to trace products one step forward and one step back, but Stenzel said he didn’t know of any instances in which the FDA has taken regulatory action against companies that failed to maintain the information. Two food industry officials also testified at the hearing: Craig Henry, senior vice president for science and regulatory affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Thomas Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of the United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA). Levinson told legislators that some specific factors limited investigators’ ability to trace the food products through the entire supply chain. Facilities often did not keep lot-specific information, some products weren’t labeled with lot numbers, and some firms mixed raw food products from many farms. He added that the FDA doesn’t always require firms to maintain lot-specific information or label foods with lot information. Levinson said that starting in 2005 the FDA required manufacturers, processors, packers, transporters, and distributors who receive, hold, or import food to keep records of all sources, recipients, and transporters. However, he said that when inspectors reviewed records and interviewed managers at food facilities linked to the 40 products they tracked, they found that more than half (59%) of the handlers failed to meet the FDA requirements. In many cases, the managers had to look through reams of paper records to find information, and some that had electronic data systems had multiple systems that weren’t linked. Stenzel urged lawmakers to keep in mind that not all food products are difficult to trace, especially prepackaged produce such as bagged salads, bags of apples, or mixed vegetables that have UPC codes that link back to sources. “We are unaware of any instance in which public health investigators, having a package in hand, have been unable to quickly and efficiently reach the company that packaged the product and obtain information about the product’s component ingredients,” he testified. Obtain authority to verify compliance with FDA record requirements during food facility inspections Address the issue of mixing raw foods from multiple sources Work with the food industry to develop traceability guidance Levinson said the findings show that more needs to be done to protect public health and to ensure that the FDA has the tools and resources it needs to respond to food emergencies. Mar 26 House committee hearing testimony from Daniel Levinson Stenzel said he believes federal officials wrongly blamed their slowness in finding contaminated produce during last summers Salmonella outbreak on traceability problems. “We all know now they were simply searching for the wrong product,” he said. “Traceback worked; it just didn’t confirm the original false hypothesis.”center_img Seek statutory authority, if warranted, to strengthen records requirements regarding lot-specific information, and extending the requirement to facilities not now subject to them Mar 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal inspectors who conducted a survey to identify gaps in the nation’s food traceability system told a House subcommittee yesterday that they managed to trace only 5 of 40 products through the full production and distribution chain and that some food facilities didn’t know they needed to keep source contact information. “In particular, GMA strongly supports House and Senate proposals to develop and test promising new traceability systems through pilot programs in the produce sector,” Henry said. Consider requiring food facilities to strengthen traceability through various methods, such as using certain technology to improve recordkeeping The traceability report, conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) was requested by the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Daniel Levinson, the HHS inspector general, presented the 38-page report, which appears on the HHS Web site. The OIG recommended six ways the FDA could improve food traceability: However, he acknowledged that produce companies vary in their ability to trace the flow of products. Stenzel lauded the OIG’s investigative approach. “The IG’s research provides precisely the type of analysis we need—conducted before an outbreak investigation—that can help us focus on the areas where individual operators can improve in their own traceability systems,” he said, urging the FDA to conduct more traceability exercises with the food industry. Henry said the GMA recommends several strategies for improving the nation’s food safety, such as increasing FDA funding, requiring food companies to have food safety plans, and establishing federal safety standards for certain fruits and vegetables. He said that government and industry should work together to address traceability gaps. He told Congress members that prescriptive federal mandates won’t be as effective as industry-driven efficiencies and systems. Rep Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., subcommittee chairwoman, said in her opening statement that last year’s Salmonella outbreak linked to hot peppers raised questions about the effectiveness of the nation’s food traceability system. “What if an effective traceability system had been in place?” she asked. “Would the FDA have been able to find peppers as the original source sooner in its investigation? Minimize the impact on the tomato industry? Prevent needless additional illnesses?” Once Minnesota officials identified the outbreak strain in jalapeno peppers, they were able to quickly trace the peppers back to a farm in Mexico, he said. “We are capable of tracking most produce one-step-up and one-step-back today. And we are committed to streamlining and expediting that process just as fast as we can.” See also: Work to educate the food industry about the records requirements Mar 26 HHS OIG reportlast_img read more

Analysis of H1N1 flu response shows progress, problems

first_imgJun 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A coalition of health policy groups today offered a “good news, bad news” evaluation of the US response to the novel H1N1 influenza epidemic so far.The good news: The experience has shown that years of pandemic preparation have paid dividends, particularly with regard to coordination, communication, antiviral drugs, and vaccine development.The bad news: The outbreak has pointed up the serious limitations of the financially strapped public health sector, suggesting that it would be overwhelmed in a more severe and widespread epidemic.The report was produced by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”It was clear in our report that all the pandemic planning and preparedness efforts over the past several years have improved our ability to respond to an outbreak, but it was also clear that the situation didn’t test the limits of our response,” said Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, at a press briefing this morning.Positives and negatives are sprinkled through the 10 lessons presented in the report, titled “Pandemic Flu Preparedness: Lessons from the Frontlines.” Many of them repeat familiar TFAH messages about the need to restore and strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure.Investments prove wiseThe first finding was that federal, state, and local planning efforts of recent years “enabled public health officials to react to the outbreak effectively and keep the public informed. Investments in antiviral stockpiles and enhanced vaccine manufacturing capacity also proved to be prudent.”At the press briefing, David Fleming, MD, director of Seattle and King County Public Health, strongly endorsed that conclusion. He said Seattle officials had thought through many of the issues and stockpiled medications.In particular, “Telling citizens we had sufficient supplies of Tamiflu [oseltamivir] went a long way” to help the situation, said Fleming, a peer reviewer for the report.He said that by the time the outbreak began, private antiviral supplies were “essentially zero,” because it was the end of the regular flu season. “We dipped into our local reserve [of antivirals] and made those available to people through our public health clinics,” which resulted in moderate but not overwhelming use, he added.Nationally, only modest amounts of stockpiled antivirals have been used, since relatively few people have been infected, said Thomas V. Inglesby, MD, deputy director of the Center for Biosecurity and a co-author of the report. But he said the stockpiles gave people confidence in their ability to help the sickest patients, adding, “I think the investment is widely seen to have been wise.”Lack of resources exposedThe second lesson cited in the report is that public health departments didn’t have enough resources to carry out their carefully made plans.”Capacity to track, investigate and contain cases of H1N1 has been hampered due to lack of resources,” the document states. “For instance, CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and state laboratory testing was days to more than a week behind the on-the-ground reality.”Fleming said the national surveillance picture was 1 to 2 weeks behind what was happening on the ground. In Seattle, some schools that had possible cases were closed and then reopened before the CDC confirmed and reported a single local case of the novel flu, he said.Largely because of the economic recession, Fleming said, “It’s getting really tough on the front lines of public health in this country now.” For example, he said Seattle has had to reduce its public sector immunization efforts by 80%.He also said a key part of Seattle’s response to the novel flu was using public health nurses to educate school and daycare authorities about the outbreak. Ironically, many of the nurses were due to receive layoff notices 2 weeks after the start of the flu outbreak.A third finding was that, though the outbreak was mild, healthcare systems in some areas were “overwhelmed.” In many hospitals, emergency departments were flooded by the “worried well,” and some outpatient clinics had inadequate personal protective equipment and “a limited understanding of infection control measures.”The report, however, doesn’t offer an estimate of how widespread these problems were.Need for flexibility, good communicationAnother lesson was that the outbreak underlined that pandemic plans must be adaptable, according to the report. It notes that pandemic planning has focused on the threat of the virulent H5N1 avian influenza and often has assumed that the United States would have 6 weeks of lead time before an emerging pandemic strain overseas reached US shores. Instead, the novel H1N1 outbreak featured a generally mild virus emerging in North America.On the public communication front, the report gives US leaders good grades, saying the president and other authorities conveyed consistent, accurate information about hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and the need to stay home when sick. Leaders also helped dispel rumors, such as concerns about the safety of imported Mexican foodstuffs.Other lessonsOther early lessons from the epidemic, the report says, include the following:Where schools were closed because of the outbreak, parents had to scramble to find alternative child care arrangements.The lack of sick leave caused problems. There were reports of people with flu-like symptoms going to work because they had no sick leave, which is true for 48% of American workers, said Levi. Also, some parents sent sick children to school because they couldn’t stay home to care for them.Communication between the public health system and medical providers fell short, as many private practitioners complained that they did not receive CDC guidance documents in a timely fashion.The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) pandemic alert system was not well-matched with the realities of the H1N1 outbreak. (The WHO’s alert phases are based strictly on the geographic spread of the virus, not the severity of disease. The agency said this week it would come up with a severity scale in an effort to reduce confusion.)International coordination posed some problems: Against WHO advice, some countries closed their borders to Mexican citizens or banned pork from the United States and Mexico.’Biggest single vaccination program’Several questions at the press briefing had to do with how the novel virus might behave when the next flu season hits in the fall and the prospect of a nationwide vaccination campaign.Inglesby predicted that the vaccination drive will be “the biggest single vaccination program for influenza and probably for any virus in a short period of time that’s been performed in the United States.” Five or six years ago, there would have been no possibility of starting mass vaccinations in the fall, because the necessary infrastructure investments had not been made, he added.He and the other officials asserted that vaccination planning should forge ahead despite the unpredictability of public demand for the vaccine.”If it turns out that for whatever reason there’s not an interest in taking the vaccine, there’d be the ability to slow down or turn off production,” he said. “But my sense is there’ll be an unusual level of interest in the vaccine.”Fleming said school children will be a critical target group for vaccination against the new virus. Asserting that the virus is capable of causing “explosive” school outbreaks, he said, “We absolutely need to prioritize our kids and especially kids who are susceptible to complications from influenza.”It’s not possible to predict whether the new virus will elbow out seasonal viruses and become the predominant strain next fall and winter, said Inglesby. That’s why the government is proceeding with plans to offer vaccination against seasonal flu and the new virus.”I’m agnostic, and health authorities seem to be agnostic in general about which one will out-compete the other,” he said.See also: TFAH press releasehttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/?releaseid=178Full text of reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/pandemic-flu-lesson.pdflast_img read more

According to Forbes, Istria is among the six European destinations that must be visited

first_imgThe Istrian tourist region has received another recognition that confirms what has long been known – Istria is the pinnacle of Croatian tourism. Along with the recognition, of course comes the top tourist promotion of the Istrian offer.Namely, the world’s most influential lifestyle magazine Forbes, has listed Istria among six European tourist destinations, there are also the French Autoroute du Soleil, Italian Matera, the Irish “Emerald Islands” and the route La Dolce Vita (Italy and France), which “must” be visited although they are insufficiently known to the general tourist public, they are “among the most complete late summer and early autumn destinations”.”While the Dalmatian coast is known for its islands and tourist towns, experts from local luxury destinations direct visitors to the north of the country. Istria is known for its exceptional gastronomy, beautiful landscapes, green hills and miraculous historical monuments. It is one of the few regions in the world where noble mushrooms can be found – black and white truffles. A truffle hunt was organized with real hunters and their dogs, as well as tasting lunches with local traditional products enriched with truffles. The region is also home to excellent wines, under the protection of UNESCO is the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec and its mosaics from the 6th century, and the network of local roads runs from the coast and beautiful stone towns to the hilly interior: Motovun, Grožnjan, Bale, Svetvincenat and many vineyards, olive groves, small family farms, studios and galleries“, Describe in Forbes the beauty of Istria.last_img read more

Education on personal data protection (GDPR) in the tourism sector in Dubrovnik

first_imgThe Croatian Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Personal Data Protection Agency (AZOP) and the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts organizes a cycle of trainings to support companies in the tourism sector in compliance with the Personal Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).After trainings in Pula, Rijeka, Šibenik, Split, Zagreb and Zadar, the trainings will be held in Dubrovnik, in Hotel Adria, Radnička ulica 46, on Tuesday, October 30 at 10 a.m., and the program and application form is available HERE.Applications will be accepted in the order of receipt, until the capacity of the hall is filled.RELATED NEWS:MARTINA ŠEPIĆ RUMIN, MAILPLUS ADRIA: GDPR IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF SUBSCRIBERS ‘DATABASES WHICH WILL FINALLY RESULT IN GREATER SUCCESS OF THE EMAIL MARKETING CAMPAIGNlast_img read more

Survey on the satisfaction of Advent visitors in Zagreb: Visitors want more indigenous products and a variety of offers

first_imgExpand to Sljeme, it would be great if it was on MedvednicaLess fritters, more homemade cakes and more musicMore indigenous products and more old town musicMore varied food on the standsThe longer it lasts the more music More spiritual eventsBetter musicMore toilets, heaters, blankets and to last longerMore heaters, to last longer foilingIncrease the rinkLet them make better wineMore public toiletsMore Christmas motifsMore local musicLess commercializationThere should be more traditional desserts In December, 10% more guests stayed in Zagreb (122.489), and 15% more overnight stays (232.057) were realized compared to December 2017. These are excellent statistical indicators, all thanks to Advent in Zagreb, which generated growth this year as well and once again confirmed the status of a top event.According to the Zagreb Tourist Board, for the period of Advent and New Year’s events (November 30.11.2018, 06.01.2019 – January 11, 140.663) the number of arrivals is higher by 15% (271.244), and the number of overnight stays by 2017% (01.12.2017) compared to Advent and New Year’s events in 07.01.2018 (December XNUMX, XNUMX – January XNUMX, XNUMX).Namely, in the mentioned period there were 45.349 arrivals of domestic tourists (growth 10%) and foreign 95.314 (growth 12%), and, out of the total recorded overnight stays, domestic guests realized 82.402 (growth 14%) and foreign 188.842 (growth of 16 %). Most arrivals were from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Germany; while most overnight stays were recorded from: Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Austria and Slovenia.According to estimates, last year the consumption generated by Advent amounted to more than half a billion kuna, and this year, in accordance with the growth of income and overnight stays, the growth in consumption was also quite certainly achieved.Survey on the satisfaction of Advent visitors in Zagreb: Visitors want more indigenous products and a variety of offers Photo: TZGZ / Klovićevi dvori / Author: I. AlerićZagreb-based market research agency MSA Adria, which operates within the Newton Media Group, conducted a field survey with the aim of insight into the satisfaction of domestic and foreign visitors with the service and offer of Advent in Zagreb.The survey was conducted from January 3 to 4, on foreign and domestic respondents representative of the general population by gender and age. In parallel with the survey, an analysis of social networks was conducted via Metricom, a tool that enables monitoring of communication on Internet portals and social networks.The survey showed that 77,6% of respondents believe that Advent in Zagreb (in previous years) was deservedly declared the best Advent in Europe.80,9% of respondents think that a varied offer is offered, but the rest of the total percentage is distributed to respondents who think that almost every Advent house offers almost the same offer, such as always fritters, mulled wine and sausages. Respondents corroborated this result with comments such as the fact that Advent lacks indigenous and domestic products and that there is not too much variety on offer.Želju da se Advent iz centra grada proširi i na ostale kvartove u gradu iskazalo je 69,7 %  ispitanika. Ispitanici su komentirali kako je centar grada uvijek pun te je promet vrlo spor (pogotovo vikendima), no kada se udalje od centra, skoro sve je prazno te se u nekim dijelovima grada zapravo i ne osjeti božićni duh kao što je to u užem centru. Također kao jedan od problema ističu se cijene na adventskim kućicama koje su prema izjavama ispitanika preskupe, a posebno Ledeni park na Trgu kralja Tomislava.Source: TZGZ / Author: S. KaštelanKako je zagrebačka policija odradila sjajan posao potvrdilo je 86,2 % ispitanika koji su  izjavili da su se osjećali se sigurno tijekom boravka na Adventu u Zagrebu. Nitko od ispitanika nije spomenuo da je doživio neko negativno iskustvo tijekom posjeta Adventu.Users all over Croatia shared their moments and mentioned #AdventZagreb in as many as 15.000 posts that caused a total of 20 million impressions.It is interesting that in a large number of comments, visitors expressed a desire for indigenous content of the program and the offer of Croatian traditional products. According to visitor comments, the lack of public toilets at Advent is cited as one of the bigger problems.Kao prijedloge za poboljšanje za predstojeće godine Adventa u Zagrebu navodili su kako žele više domaćih proizvoda, više starogradske glazbe, manje fritula – više domaćih kolača i da se Adventom ujedno promovira hrvatska glazba i predstavi bogata tradicija.Suggestions for improvement for the upcoming years of Advent in Zagreb Negative experiences during the stay at Advent in Zagreb Too expensive ice parkTomislavac Ice Park is too expensive compared to others in the cityIt is generally too expensive It’s too loudCame to the fuller and it doesn’t workFinished early foilingUnkind peopleWhite pebble shoes on Tomislavac are getting dirtyBadly mulled wineThere is not enough sauce for a hot dogToo many asylum seekersNot enough domestic productsCrowd on ice rinksToo loud musicTrams do not run Naslovna fotografija / Izvor:TZGZ / Autor: Julien Duvallast_img read more

Published recommendations to the tourism sector on measures against plastic pollution

first_imgThe Plastics Initiative is led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which unites the tourism sector behind a shared vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution. The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has published recommendations for the tourism sector on how to continue to fight plastic pollution while maintaining public health and hygiene during a pandemic.  Recommendations were addressed to tourism stakeholders with the aim of helping them combat plastic pollution during recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. They illustrate how to reduce the plastic footprint, increase supplier engagement, work more closely with waste collection service providers and how to ensure transparency in the activities undertaken – activities that can significantly contribute to the responsible recovery of the tourism sector. The document is based on key concepts dealing with a shared vision of the circular plastics economy, One planet vision for responsible recovery of the tourism sector and the latest available guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN Environment Program (UNEP) , the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and leading business associations. Side dish: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE TOURISM SECTOR TO CONTINUE TAKING ACTION ON PLASTIC POLLUTION DURINGCOVID-19 RECOVERYlast_img read more