VisitUSA Croatia is working on establishing a permanent air connection between Zagreb and New York

first_imgWork on the project began more than a year ago when it was established in Croatia VisitUSA Croatia. VisitUSA Croatia is an advisory board that works to promote travel to the United States. This weekend, VUSA Croatia organized a B2B workshop for tour operators, travel agencies, airlines and the media interested in organizing trips to the United States or promoting US destinations as part of the PLACE2GO tourism fair in Arena Zagreb.  Cover photo: Pixabay.com, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr Workshop partners VUSA Croatia, from left: Ivo and Tanja Pilat owners of MONDO TRAVEL, US Ambassador to Croatia – W. Robert Kohorst, President of VisitUSA Croatia – Goran Rihtarić, Alida Bubanko-Ralić – Air France KLM Croatia, Sanja Pangracije and Alida Bolarić – Work & Travel Sunčana Vura, Vlado Šestan – TravelAdvisor, Nina Čerkez – Advisor, US Commercial Service According to the eVisitor system, in the first 11 months of last year, 578 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays were made from the US market, which is an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Top destinations for American tourists by overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Hvar and Rovinj.    Related news: On the occasion of the workshop, the first direct flight to the USA, Philadelphia-Dubrovnik, was announced, the first of its kind since the independence of the Croatian state, which will start in June this year. ”A direct flight between the US and Croatia sends a strong, positive message to the tourism sector. I hope that all direct flights this summer will be full and that they will lead to the introduction of new direct flights, creating additional tourist and business trips.”Said the US Ambassador to Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst.  FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USA VUSA Croatia’s performance at PLACE2GO this year was attended by National Geographic Croatia magazine, ski destinations Aspen and Vail presented by TravelAdvisor, as a tour operator Mondo Travel, Sunčana Vura – Work & Travel, Air France KLM as currently the most affordable airline for many destinations in the USA . W. Robert Kohorst, US Ambassador to Croatia: A direct flight between the US and Croatia sends a strong, positive message to the tourism sector This flight is only a seasonal type, and VisitUSA Croatia is working on establishing a permanent air connection between Croatia and the USA, primarily on the Zagreb-New York route, because only this line will significantly encourage travel from Croatia to the USA. “At the moment, we have the announcement of an immediate year-round airline that would connect the United States and Croatia, and this will only happen. We are optimistic about this project and if a larger number of partners with the same vision gather around this idea. Croatia is definitely a regional tourist superpower and we must use this circumstance to impose ourselves as a leader in the outgoing offer with a regional origin in Croatia. The first B2B workshop of VisitUSA Croatia under the auspices of BRAND USA seems like a small step in that direction, but all travelers know that even the longest journey begins with the first step”Concluded Goran Rihtarić, Executive Chairman of the Board of VisitUSA Croatia. For the first time, Croatia is in the plan of activities of the umbrella tourist organization of the USA – BRAND USA, and for the first time in Croatia, a business workshop VisitUSA Croatia was held. EUROPEAN UNION INTRODUCES VISAS FOR THE EUROPEAN SCHENGEN AREA – ETIAS / US citizens traveling to one of the European Union countries will need to have a visalast_img read more

Semi finals of Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division Basketball League off to an exciting start

first_img 28 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsSports Semi finals of Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division Basketball League off to an exciting start by: – August 18, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share The Semi-finals of the Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division got off to an exciting start last night at the Massacre Hard Court.Game 1 featured the upset minded Element Agencies Ole Skool vs. the defending champions, Wesley Raptors. Ole Skool came into this game with lots of confidence, having knocked out the 2010 runner-ups and Zone B Champs, Paix Bouche Snipers last weekend and were hoping to pull off another upset. However, the Raptors were up to the task, showing everyone why they were the champs last year, by jumping out to a 38 – 20 halftime lead. Sparked by their energetic guard, Curtis Akiel, who dazzled the fans with an array of 3 pointers and jump shots, Raptors were able to withstand a short run put together by Ole Skool in the 3rd quarter, and outscored Ole Skool by 11 points in the 4th quarter, eventually winning the game easily by the final score of 75 to 50. Top scorers for the Raptors were Curtis Akiel with a game high 21 points, Clem Telemaque with 16 points, Steve Hypolite with 13 points, and Devon Barton chipping in with 10 points while only Colbert Betrand with 14 points and Bert Benjamin with 10 points were able to score in double digits in a losing effort for Ole Skool.Raptors now lead this best of 3 semi-final series by 1 – 0, with the second game scheduled for 7pm on Friday, August 19th at the Lindo Park Hard Court.Game 2 featured the undefeated Goodwill Starz facing the most improved team of the year, Pichelin Pistons, who only lost 2 games in the regular season by a combined 5 points. In what turned out to be a very exciting game from start to finish, both teams came out ready to play and to put on a good display of basketball for their fans in attendance. After a relatively slow start, Starz took a narrow 14 – 13 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, but it was the Pistons who stole the show in the second quarter, with young Yannick Regis, showing why he is one of the Leagues leading scorers, slashing and driving to the basket, making an array of runners and off balance layups, giving his Pistons team a 32 – 26 lead at halftime. The Starz team, seeing who was doing most of the damage for the Pistons, made the necessary adjustments and started to defend the lane and to play pressure defense, frustrating Yannick into foul trouble and forcing the Pistons to turnover the ball, while converting their resulting fast breaks and making their open jump shots. Starz outscored the Pistons by 7 points in the 3rd quarter to take a narrow 1 point lead going into the 4th and final quarter, After Yannick fouled out early in the 4th quarter, it looked like the game was over for the Pistons with the Starz jumping out to a 13 point lead, but the Pistons showed much heart and determination to claw their way back into the game. And it was their other young star, Kijuan Thomas putting in work, driving to the basket and making two clutch 3 pointers to cut the lead to 4 in the final minutes of the game. Starz kept their poise, however, and were able to hold off the Pistons down the stretch and when the final whistle blew, it was the Starz who were victorious by the final score of 69 to 64. Top scorers for the Starz were Daynes Peters with 16 points, Kelsey Guye with 13 points, and Jason Samuel with 10 points, while Yannick Regis and Kijuan Thomas both had a game high of 23 points, with Kimael Registe helping out with 11 points for the Pistons in a losing effort. The Starz now lead this best of 3 semi-final series by 1 – 0, with the second game scheduled for 7pm on Saturday, August 20th at the Lindo Park Hard Court.Meanwhile, the Domlec Premier Division Playoffs begin this weekend with 2 knockout games being played. First off, at 9pm on Friday, August 19th, the No-Look team, with former NBA player Garth Joseph and perennial National Team player Bernard Mills, will take on the Dr. Mac T.R. Prowlers while at 9pm on Saturday, the United Insurance Sharks will face the 2011 Ball-a-rama Champs, the Dragon Stoute Pros. All games this weekend will be played at the Lindo Park Hard Court.By Damien SorhaindoDominica Amateur Basketball Associationlast_img read more

Volleyball: Wisconsin to take on Minnesota and Michigan State

first_imgThe Big Ten season is not getting any easier for the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers. After traveling for only the second time this season, the Badgers split their matches for the weekend. They swept the Iowa Hawkeyes but fell to then No. 8 Nebraska in a five-set heartbreaker in front of a sold-out crowd in the Bob Devaney Center.This week the University of Wisconsin volleyball team has a quick turnaround in between their busy weekend and this week’s matches. On Wednesday, Border Battle rival, No. 6 Minnesota comes to the Field House for the white out game.Minnesota is in a similar boat as Wisconsin. Each of the first two weekends of Big Ten play they have split with opponents. This past weekend, they also swept the Hawkeyes, but fell to Nebraska in three sets.Minnesota lost some of their key players from their successful back to back final four runs in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. But they still have junior All-American setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson who ranks first in the Big Ten with 12.22 assists per set.The Minnesota defense is led by senior Libero Dalianliz Rosado who ranks third in the Big Ten with 4.43 digs per set. The saying “defense wins championships” applies here as Rosado is doing everything in her power to make sure the Golden Gophers have a shot at the national championship in her final season. Minnesota has beaten the Badgers the last four go arounds, so the Badgers will be eager to try and stop the bleeding in front of a supportive Field House crowd.Wisconsin then has a few days to prepare for Michigan State in East Lansing on Sunday. The two teams squared off in the Field House for each of their conference season openers, and the Badgers fell 3-2.Ultimately, Michigan State’s experience came into play. The Spartans start six seniors, compared to Wisconsin’s two seniors, outside hitters Lauryn Gillis and Kelli Bates. The Badgers also start two freshmen, setter Sydney Hilley and middle blocker Dana Rettke. The past two weeks of conference play have been a time of learning for the young Badger team, and it will be interesting to see how they respond. Michigan State will be the Badgers first repeat team of the season.Every week offers a new opportunity for the Badgers to improve on and learn from past mistakes. Their next two matches are not easy ones, but then again, no game is easy in the Big Ten.last_img read more