The U.S. Left the Paris Climate Agreement. Others Are Pressing Ahead.

first_imgThe costs of climate disasters have grown. Banks and investors have begun to turn away from fossil fuels as the price of renewable energy drops precipitously. Not least, key United States allies have rushed to stake out their own climate action targets. Britain, the European Union, Japan and South Korea have all said they would aim to neutralize their own emissions of planet-warming gases by 2050. And, in a shrewd move to outshine whoever is the next occupant of the White House, China, too, announced its own net-zero ambitions.“The rest of the world has confirmed it will not stop action on climate change,” said Lois M. Young, the ambassador of Belize to the United Nations who, as chairwoman of the Alliance of Small Island States, represents some of the countries most vulnerable to sea level rise.Ms. Young said she hoped the United States would recommit to the Paris deal in order to minimize the worst climate risks facing countries like hers. “That the country that has contributed the most to climate change is now formally outside of the Paris Agreement, and may remain so for at least the next four years, is an appalling thought,” she said. It was not lost on Ms. Ribera, a veteran of international climate negotiations, that Washington has flip-flopped before, notably on the Kyoto Protocol. The United States joined that global climate treaty in 1997 under the Clinton administration and withdrew in 2001 under President George W. Bush. Mr. Biden has said he would spend $2 trillion over four years to rapidly move away from coal, oil and gas, and has set a goal of eliminating fossil fuel emissions from electricity generation by 2035. By midcentury, Mr. Biden has vowed, the entire United States economy will be carbon neutral.That, combined with pledges from other nations, could make it realistic to meet the Paris Agreement goal of holding global temperatures to safe levels. The accord is structured around a kind of global peer pressure. Every country sets its own targets for slowing down its emissions growth, or, in the case of industrialized economies, reducing emissions.Mr. Biden has made no specific promises regarding the Paris Agreement, other than that he would recommit the United States to its goals and “go much further.” He has said he would “lead an effort to get every major country to ramp up their ambition of their domestic climate targets” and “stop countries from cheating.”Currently the United States is about halfway to meeting the Paris Agreement goal set by Mr. Obama to cut emissions about 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. A Biden administration would be expected to develop a new target by the time leaders meet for a United Nations climate summit in Glasgow slated for November of 2021.It remains unclear whether Mr. Trump in a second term might rally other countries to undermine the Paris Agreement, or whether a Biden administration would successfully lean on other countries. As of Wednesday, the United States presidential outcome remained unclear, and with it, the future of what role the United States will play in addressing climate change. If President Trump wins, the United States will almost certainly remain out of the accord for at least the next four years, making it difficult, if not impossible, to slow the rise of global temperatures.If former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins, he would bring the United States back in as early as February 2021. But rejoining the Paris Agreement will be the easy part. The United States would find that it has a lot of catching up to do to both reduce emissions and rebuild trust with its international allies.Teresa Ribera, Spain’s environment minister, said the election results would demonstrate whether the United States becomes “a confrontational power or a constructive power” on climate change.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Many countries, Ms. Ribera said, are eager to have the United States re-engaged in the Paris deal. But they also are wary about promises from Washington that it can’t keep, and are prepared to continue taking action on their own if necessary.center_img – Advertisement – “Credibility is something very difficult to earn and very easy to lose,” Ms. Ribera said. “The recovery of credibility could take some time.”Todd Stern, who served as climate change envoy under President Barack Obama, echoed that. After four years of an American president who denounced the Paris Agreement and mocked climate science, he said, it won’t be easy to suddenly make demands of other nations.“I think the most important thing for the United States is to come out very strong and decisively on the domestic side,” Mr. Stern said. “We have to demonstrate that this really is a very high priority and that the new president is moving full speed ahead.”Mr. Stern said rebuilding trust would require broad diplomatic outreach and aggressive climate action domestically. The American ability to do that depends not only on who is the next president but also on the composition of the Senate, which remains in the balance, too.According to Carbon Brief, a climate analysis site, the announcements by the European Union, China, Japan and South Korea put nearly half of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions under net-zero emissions targets, which means they would eliminate as much climate pollution as they emit into the atmosphere.That is, of course, minus the United States.“The world has moved on,” said Byford Tsang, who follows climate diplomacy for the London-based research organization E3G. “This election wouldn’t change the direction of global climate action, but it can change the pace of global climate action.” President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, who has echoed Mr. Trump’s dismissal of climate science, is unlikely to change his stance, though, some analysts said. Mr. Biden could exert greater pressure on Mr. Bolsonaro on environmental degradation and human rights.India, for its part, is unlikely to overnight shed its appetite for coal power, though a Biden administration could nudge India to accelerate its expansion of renewable energy, which is where investors are headed anyway.“The market case is working irrespective of Biden or Trump,” said Samir Saran, president of the Observer Research Foundation, a research group in New Delhi. “Of course strong leadership catalyzes this.”Saber Chowdhury, a member of Parliament in Bangladesh who has attended international climate talks for a decade, said he hoped a renewed United States commitment to climate action would spur greater financing for poor countries and access to new technologies to switch from dirty to clean energy.President Obama pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund designed to help poor countries address climate change. It delivered $1 billion of the promised funding before President Trump stopped the payments.“America is swimming against the current,” Mr. Chowdhury said. “There is a growing realization that time is running out.” WASHINGTON — At the stroke of midnight Wednesday, when the United States became the only country to formally quit the Paris Agreement, the global accord designed to avert catastrophic climate change, it fulfilled a campaign promise that Donald J. Trump made four years ago.But a lot has happened in those four years.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Joe Manganiello Debuts a Blue Mohawk for ’Justice League’ Role

first_img– Advertisement – One person commented, “Love the blue Mohawk!! You wear it well!” While another wrote, “You are the ONLY man who could make this look sexy.”Meanwhile, others are wondering what his wife Sofia Vergara thinks of the new ‘do. “I have to know. How does Sophia like the look?” one person asked. Someone else replied, “I’m wondering that as well. 😂”Joe Manganiello Debut a Blue Mohawk and Fans Have a Lot of ThoughtsJoe Manganiello. Matt Baron/ShutterstockMany are speculating that this drastic change is for his role as Deathstroke — also known as Slade Wilson — in the Justice League Snyder Cut. This comes after a source told Collider.com that the actor would be returning to shoot a whole new four-hour episodic for HBO Max after appearing in the credits of the 2017 Justice League film.- Advertisement – However, one fan noticed the Magic Mike star’s similarity to another iconic movie character. “Omg!!!!! You look like Hades from Disney’s Hercules!!!!!😂💙” They aren’t wrong! Who knows, maybe he’ll bring back this look for a live-action remake!It’s clear Manganiello isn’t afraid of a bold hair style. Back in 2016 he was nearly completely unrecognizable in a throwback pic he shared of himself sporting bleach blond locks. He took to Twitter to defend the old style, writing, “For the record, Slim Shady was ’97. I had Em by a year with the blonde. @dennisrodman on the other hand…”- Advertisement – We must admit, we love a man who isn’t afraid to take style risks. Even if they aren’t always the right choices.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Joe Manganiello Debut a Blue Mohawk and Fans Have a Lot of ThoughtsCourtesy of Joe Manganiello/InstagramNew ‘do, whose this? Joe Manganiello debuted a blue mohawk for his upcoming role in Justice League Snyder Cut — and he actually totally pulls it off!On Wednesday, November 4, the 43-year-old posted a pic of himself to Instagram in the gym rocking a totally new haircut and color. “Time to go to work…” he wrote in the accompanying caption. And fans could not get enough.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Quel avenir pour Trump? L’entreprise familiale attend son retour.

first_img– Advertisement – L’entreprise nie toute malversation, mais elle pourrait rechigner à fournir aux enquêteurs de nouveaux contrats à passer au peigne fin. Eric Trump, qui dirige l’entreprise avec son frère Donald Jr., a dénoncé l’année dernière les enquêtes des Démocrates et des médias comme étant l’une des raisons principales de la suspension du projet d’ouverture d’une nouvelle chaîne d’hôtels.De telles enquêtes pourraient également donner une publicité négative à l’entreprise alors qu’elle cherche à se développer.Une nouvelle série de partenaires pourrait émerger maintenant que M. Trump n’est plus sous les projecteurs.- Advertisement – Ces quatre dernières années, Bobby R. Burchfield, un avocat de Washington, a servi de conseiller éthique pour la Trump Organization, passant en revue les contrats et partenaires potentiels. Ces examens ont rendu difficile la réussite de certains d’entre eux, alors que d’autres étaient dissuadés par le fait d’être sous le feu des projecteurs.Cette surveillance va maintenant se relâcher, ouvrant la voie à de nouveaux partenaires.Et avec plus de $300 millions de dettes à rembourser pour lesquelles le Président s’est porté personnellement garant, il y a urgence à trouver de nouveaux contrats pour la Trump Organization. Par ailleurs, une décision négative dans la bataille qui l’oppose au IRS, le service des impôts américain, concernant un audit, pourrait lui coûter plus de $100 millions, selon des informations du New York Times datant de septembre.Un pays divisé et la pandémie pourraient entraver un possible rebond.- Advertisement –center_img Certaines des propriétés les plus rentables de M. Trump se situent dans des fiefs démocrates comme New York et Chicago, où il reste extrêmement impopulaire. Et son club de Golf à Doral en Floride, qui lui rapporte le plus, subit de grosses pertes car bon nombre d’entreprises et organisations renoncent à y organiser leurs conférences en raison de l’aspect clivant de son personnage.Au cours de sa présidence, M. Trump a tenté de combler le vide, au moins en partie, par des événements organisés à ses propriétés par des groupes liés à lui et au parti Républicain. L’hôtel Trump International près de la Maison Blanche grouille souvent d’alliés du président.Il est difficile de savoir si cette clientèle va continuer à affluer, ou si les détracteurs de M. Trump reviendront dans ses propriétés une fois qu’il aura quitté le pouvoir. Par ailleurs, cette année a été dure pour l’industrie hôtelière en raison de la pandémie, tout comme pour l’immobilier commercial. Les deux secteurs sont centraux au portefeuille d’activités de M. Trump.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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WHO sets Nov 11 meeting on threat of flu pandemic

first_img William Aldis, the WHO’s representative in Thailand, called the Thai government’s efforts “vigorous and rigorous,” AFP reported. Public health leaders are worried about a likely drastic shortage of effective vaccine and antiviral drugs if a pandemic threatens. The AP quoted Stohr as saying that the world’s total vaccine production capacity is only 300 million doses and that it would take at least 6 months to develop a vaccine for a pandemic virus. Sep 28, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “New avian flu cases confirmed in Thailand, human transmission suspected” The 11-year-old girl lived with her aunt and a 6-year-old cousin in a household in northern Thailand where chickens had died, according to previous reports. The aunt and cousin also were infected with avian flu, and all three cases were believed to have resulted from exposure to infected birds. But the 11-year-old’s mother had been living near Bangkok, and it was unclear whether she had been exposed to infected poultry. Last September the US government awarded a contract to Aventis Pasteur to make 2 million doses of a vaccine to protect people from the H5N1 virus. Officials have said there is no guarantee that the vaccine would work if the virus mutated and triggered a pandemic, but it offers the best possible protection for now. In other recent developments, the WHO reported Oct 29 that a woman who died of avian flu in a family cluster of cases in Thailand was not infected with a potentially pandemic form of the virus, according to news services. Vaccine manufacturers from Russia, Japan, and several European countries were invited to the meeting, the AP reported. “If we continue as we are now, there will be no vaccine available, let alone antivirals, when the next pandemic starts,” Stohr said. “We have a window of opportunity now to prepare ourselves.” “We believe that we are closer to the next pandemic than we ever were,” Stohr was quoted as saying in an interview yesterday, before he spoke at an American Society for Microbiology conference in Washington, DC. Testing by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated the virus had not mutated into a readily transmissible form, Stohr was quoted as saying. He said the tests showed that the virus isolated from the woman was “pure avian flu virus.” In other news, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said he was satisfied with Thailand’s October campaign to stamp out avian flu, even though the virus is still present, according to an AFP report today. The woman, Pranee Krongkaew, died of avian flu Sep 20, nine days after her 11-year-old daughter had died of probable avian flu. Officials feared that the mother had acquired the disease from her daughter while caring for her in a hospital. Deputy Prime Minister Chaturon Chaisung said the fact that only one new human case of avian flu occurred in October was a sign of the campaign’s effectiveness, even though many new poultry outbreaks were reported, according to the report. Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s influenza program, said 16 vaccine companies and health officials from the United States and other major countries have agreed to attend the meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. The cluster of cases had sparked concern about possible person-to-person spread of the H5N1 virus. But an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoted Stohr as saying, “It’s not a pandemic virus, it’s not transmissible on a large scale.” Nov 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a Nov 11 “summit” meeting of health officials and vaccine companies to discuss how to confront what is seen as the growing risk that avian influenza will trigger a human flu pandemic. See also: On Oct 1 Thailand launched a month-long campaign against the virus. Thaksin was quoted as saying today, “I consider that the situation today has been significantly improved and will take a closer look at what the obstacles still are and where to focus and mobilize all forces to tackle it.” H5N1 avian flu has infected poultry flocks across much of Southeast Asia this year and also infected 44 people, killing 32 of them. The virus has not acquired the ability to spread quickly from person to person, but disease experts say that could happen, potentially leading to the first flu pandemic since 1968.last_img read more

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Some H2N2 virus samples lost in transit

first_img A team was en route a warehouse in Mexico yesterday to find and destroy a sample that had just been located, Stohr said. April 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – What began as a routine attempt to measure laboratories’ testing proficiency has become a mission to track missing shipments of potentially lethal influenza viruses in Mexico, South Korea, and Lebanon. In South Korea, investigators were puzzling over conflicting accounts. Officials at three labs said they had never received shipments made last year, but the shipper had signatures showing they had been delivered, Stohr said. Canadian researchers discovered in March that the virus they had been sent was the same that emerged in 1957, prompting the call for the samples to be destroyed immediately. All three countries have made progress in tracing the missing shipments, and total destruction of the samples remains possible, Klaus Stohr, the influenza program chief for the World Health Organization (WHO), told the Associated Press (AP) from Geneva yesterday. In Lebanon, the shipper of a missing sample had released the virus to another shipper for local delivery, but it never arrived at the lab, Stohr told the AP. People were trying to locate the test kit and destroy the sample. The virus in question, influenza A(H2N2), was responsible for the flu pandemic of 1957-58, which killed an estimated 1 million to 4 million people. Samples of the pandemic virus had inadvertently been sent to 3,747 labs in 18 countries for a routine assessment that usually relies on more benign flu strains. All but about 75 labs that received the samples are in the United States, according to earlier reports. Fourteen labs are in Canada and 61 are in other countries. Most laboratories quickly complied with the WHO request on April 12 to destroy the samples. Labs in the United States had destroyed 98% of their samples as of yesterday, the AP reported. The College of American Pathologists paid a private company, Meridian Bioscience Inc. of Cincinnati, to prepare and send the samples. Why Meridian used the H2N2 virus has not yet been fully explained. Labs use such test kits to check their ability to identify viruses.last_img read more

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Two generations of spread possible in Indonesia H5N1 cases

first_imgMay 24, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – For the first time, evidence suggests that the H5N1 avian influenza virus may have passed from one person to another and on to a third, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) official.Referring to the extended-family case cluster in Indonesia, the WHO’s Maria Cheng told the Canadian Press (CP) yesterday, “This is the first time we have seen cases that have gone beyond one generation of human-to-human spread.”The WHO said in an online statement yesterday that analysis of viruses from patients in the cluster had shown no evidence of changes that could lead to efficient human-to-human transmission. But another WHO official expressed serious concern about the cluster.Peter Cordingley, spokesman for the WHO’s Western Pacific region, quoted in a Reuters report today, said, “This is the most significant development so far in terms of public health. We have never had a cluster as large as this. We have not had in the past what we have here, which is no explanation as to how these people became infected [in the first place]. We can’t find sick animals in this community, and that worries us.”CDC director not alarmedIn a news briefing this afternoon, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) generally echoed the WHO’s message of yesterday that the cluster appears to involve person-to-person transmission but that there is no sign of transmission beyond the cluster and no evidence of changes in the virus.”There’s a lot more science to be done, but the early indication is we’re not seeing anything that would be sending up an alarm,” Dr. Julie Gerberding said from Geneva, where she is attending the WHO’s annual meeting. She added, “We understand we can’t be complacent about this.”The cluster includes seven confirmed cases in an extended family, six of which were fatal. All of these followed a similar illness in a 37-year-old woman who died and was buried without being tested for avian flu. The WHO regards her illness as the index case.Although other officials have said investigators have not been able to find a possible animal source for the index patient’s infection, Gerberding said today, “Clearly the source of infection likely was an infected poultry exposure.”Concurring with the view that at least two generations of transmission occurred, she added, “The person who initially got the infection from poultry may have been the source of transmission to other family members, and there may have been subsequent transmission to other family members.” She said the family members had close contact with one another, and there have been no infections in healthcare workers or others outside the family.Gerberding said that a two-generation, or “person-to-person-to-person,” transmission chain is significant in that it raises the “worrisome possibility” of a change in the virus, but added that investigators have not found evidence of a change.She also said the cluster is not the first example of probable person-to-person transmission of the virus. “This probably the third example where we’ve seen pretty good evidence of human-to-human transmission,” she told reporters.Gerberding described the people in the cluster as “all related by blood,” implying the possibility of genetic susceptibility to the virus. She said it is possible there are some people “who are more susceptible to transmission because of the unique makeup of their respiratory tract. . . . We have no evidence of this, but we have to examine that hypothesis.”The CDC head said the genetic sequencing of viruses from the cluster so far has yielded four main findings:The isolates are all “virtually identical,” implying a single source.They are susceptible to the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir).”There is no evidence of motif changes in the particular areas of the genes that are responsible for how the virus binds to the respiratory tract of people.”The isolates are very similar to viruses previously collected from poultry in the region.Gerberding said the cluster occurred in “a Christian community in a pretty remote area on an outlying island.” Both traditional and western medical techniques are used in the village. Contrary to some recent reports, she said the local residents have shown “enormous cooperation” with the WHO investigators, at least in the past few days.Raising the pandemic alert level?The Indonesian cluster has triggered talk about the possibility of the WHO’s changing its pandemic alert status from phase 3 to phase 4 on its 6-phase scale, with phase 6 being a full-blown pandemic. A WHO task force would have to meet and make this decision.”Right now,” said the WHO’s Cheng in a Reuters story today, “it does not look like the task force will need to meet immediately, but this is subject to change, depending on what comes out of Indonesia.”But the WHO’s pandemic alert system lacks specific criteria for elevating the alert level, according to Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, which publishes the CIDRAP Web site.”I’m personally confused about the difference in what a phase 3 and phase 4 alert level is,” he said today. “The WHO has not clearly described the difference.”That’s important. I’m personally aware of a number of companies that have pegged certain levels of their pandemic flu plan based on a change from phase 3 to phase 4. And I’m not sure a change in the alert level would warrant a change in pandemic planning.”The WHO Global Influenza Preparedness Plan (see link below) defines phase 3 as “human infection(s) with a new subtype, but no human-to-human spread, or at most rare instances of spread to a close contact.”Phase 4 is characterized by “small cluster(s) with limited human-to-human transmission, but spread is highly localized, suggesting that the virus is not well adapted to humans.”The WHO plan further states, “The distinction between phase 3, phase 4, and phase 5is based on an assessment of the risk of a pandemic. . . . Factors may include rate of transmission, geographical location and spread, severity of illness, presence of genes from human strains (if derived from an animal strain), and/or other scientific parameters.”News editor Robert Roos contributed to this article.See also:WHO’s May 23 Indonesia updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_23/en/index.htmlWHO Global Influenza Preparedness Planhttp://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/influenza/WHO_CDS_CSR_GIP_2005_5.pdflast_img read more

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HGK: Saudi investors interested in Croatian tourism

first_imgThe President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović, met with businessmen from the investment company Square One Business Initiatives (SOBI) from Saudi Arabia led by executive partner Koussay Hammoudeh.Square One Business Initiatives has a wide range of business activities from real estate investments to the development of IT software solutions for individual specialized areas. As they pointed out from SOBI, they see the most potential in doing business with Croatia in the tourism sector, ie the arrival of tourists from Saudi Arabia, investing in tourist facilities, catering, buying Croatian food products and franchising business expansion. President Burilović emphasized that Croatia is a safe country for all foreign tourists and that we are recognized as halal-friendly destination. “Many Croatian food products carry the halal quality label and an increasing number of hotels are adapting their services to the requirements of tourists from the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, ” Burilovic pointed out.The first step has been taken, now it remains to be proactive and speed up all processes in order to start concrete cooperation as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Green Sail encourages positive practices in nautical tourism

first_imgGreen Sail, an initiative that encourages environmental practices within the nautical sector, with the aim of contributing to the development of sustainable tourism in Croatia, recorded a video on the positive practice of using a fishing rod with a net to remove waste in the Adriatic Sea.The Adriatic Sea is often described as crystal clear and attracts tourists from all over the world with its beauty. However, with the growing popularity of Croatia as a tourist destination, there are complex problems related to sustainable tourism. Moreover, pollution of the marine environment is one of the biggest environmental problems today and can cause serious consequences for the living conditions of marine underwater flora and fauna.Instead of the clean sea to which they are accustomed, locals are noticing more and more pollution in the form of plastic bags and bottles, fishing gear, glass, aluminum cans or styrofoam. Few, on the other hand, know that the average time for complete decomposition of a plastic bottle is at least 450 years, while plastic bags decompose on average in a period of 20 to 1000 years. The Green Sail initiative encourages the practice of using a fishing rod with a net during navigation to quickly and efficiently remove waste at sea.The rod is usually practical, foldable and portable and does not take up much space on a boat or sailboat. The handle, which is resistant to slipping, extends very easily and quickly and achieves a long range. Moreover, the rounded corners allow easy access to hard-to-reach areas.last_img read more

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UNWTO: International tourist arrivals rose 6% in the first six months

first_imgAccording to the latest World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) barometer, international tourism arrivals rose 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017 when 7% growth was achieved.All world regions achieved strong growth in tourist arrivals in the period from January to June 2018. The increase was driven by strong demand in major markets, supported by an increase in the global economy.By region, Europe and Asia and the Pacific led growth of 7%, while Southern Mediterranean Europe and Southeast Asia had the strongest results in these regions with 9% more international tourists. The Middle East and Africa recorded excellent results with an increase of 5 % and 4%, while U.S. countries recorded 3% growth over the six-month period, driven by South America (+ 7%) and North America (+ 5%). The United States has continued to have a lot of fuel in the region and beyond.”Today’s indicators of international tourism data for the first half of 2018 serve as further evidence of the sector’s resilience and relentless growth trajectory. We continue to work with our many partners to transform this growth into better jobs, more benefits for societies and more opportunities for sustainable living and destinations Said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.On the demand side, France, the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation recorded double-digit increases in consumption in Europe. India and the Republic of Korea drove growth in Asia and the Pacific, while the world’s highest market source China recorded similar consumption as in the same period last year.Growth prospects for the rest of 2018 remain positive, albeit at a slower pace, according to the latest UNWTO confidence index survey. The value of the index for May-August and expectations for September-December are slightly lower than the value indices for January-April.Side dish: World Toursim Barometer UNWTOlast_img read more

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With the tourism development plan, the City of Buzet will encourage the local population to entrepreneurial activities in the tourism sector

first_imgAlso, the strategy includes encouraging the self-sustainability of initiated and planned projects in the City of Buzet. Specifically, these are the projects of the Moretti Palace – the center of old crafts, Caroline’s house of medicinal herbs, workshops of old crafts (bakery, comb, blacksmith, armory, shoemaker), court building, Truffle House, Glagolitic Museum, Biska House, Museum of Trieste, Outdoor and vitality center, Minjeri – bauxite mine, Sovinjak Eco Museum and Center for the development of mushroom growing and truffle growing Vrh. The Strategic Tourism Plan will primarily be used by the City of Buzet as an official document of strategic planning in the field of tourism development of the City of Buzet and it is the property of all citizens in accordance with the principles of common heritage and participatory decision making. Apart from the City of Buzet, the strategic plan will also benefit future investors in tourism in the area of ​​the City of Buzet. The entire public will participate in the preparation of the document, including the residents of the City of Buzet, tourism workers and entrepreneurs, civil society and others. In addition to them, a specially established working group will participate, which will be composed of representatives from various public institutions, private companies in tourism, civil society and the like. The Strategic Plan for Tourism Development is funded by the European Union from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. “Strategic plan for tourism development in the City of Buzet for the period 2020 – 2026” is a document that brings together all segments of tourism in the area of ​​Gad Buzet, planned investments in tourism, tourism projects and the like. It will be developed according to the principle of the Integrated Approach, and especially in terms of participatory participation, which enables the participation of citizens in decision-making and subsequent implementation of the strategic document. center_img The strategic plan of tourism includes animating the local population in starting entrepreneurial activities in tourism and using empty spaces in private ownership for these activities (measures, incentives, etc.). Furthermore, the strategy plans the launch of cultural and tourist activities as well as the integration of existing and planned cultural tourism projects and their acceptance in the local community. A presentation of the draft strategic plan will be held on Thursday in the premises of the City Hall of the City of Buzet, starting at 18 p.m. The presentation of the strategic plan will be held by experts from the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality from Opatija, who are also the authors of the strategic plan for tourism development. At the beginning of the year, the Agency for Payments in Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development issued a Decision on the allocation of funds for the development of the “Strategic Plan for Tourism Development in the City of Buzet for the period 2020-2026.” The strategic tourism plan will be prepared by the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality from Opatija, with which the City of Buzet, after the public procurement procedure, concluded a Contract on the procurement of services for the preparation of a strategic document. Source / photo: City of Buzetlast_img read more

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