CNTB and the Slovenian Tourist Board approved European funds for promotion on the Chinese market

first_imgThe joint campaign of the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) and the Slovenian Tourist Board (WTO) has been approved for the first time by the European Tourism Commission (European Travel Commission) under the Call for Proposals for Thematic Transnational Campaigns to Promote Europe in China. A campaign called “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia “ aims to strengthen the visibility and reputation of the two countries in the Chinese market as attractive and authentic European tourist destinations and to increase the number of Chinese tourists. The value of the campaign exceeds 200.000,00 euros, half of which is co-financed with European money. The activities envisaged by the campaign will take place from October 2018 to March 2019 and include two joint workshops in Beijing and Shanghai, two online training for representatives of Chinese tour operators and travel agencies, as well as advertising in reputable and recognizable Chinese media.”This is a confirmation of long-term and very high-quality cooperation with Slovenian colleagues in the promotion of our countries in distant markets. I am sure that our investments and planned activities, together with the approved European funds, will ensure even better results that Croatia achieves in the large Chinese market. This year has been declared the European-Chinese Tourism Year, which is why we will continue to implement key promotional activities in order to position our country even more strongly among Chinese travel enthusiasts. “, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.CNTB opens offices in Los Angeles, Seoul and ShanghaiA key role in these processes will be played by the new CNTB office in Shanghai, which opens at the beginning of September, within the HGK office, while the other two offices will open by the end of the year. “Confirmation that the Chinese market is growing rapidly is evidenced by projections that more than 2020 million Chinese tourists will travel annually by 100. Positive trends in tourist traffic from this market are also visible in the example of Croatia, which has been visited by 136.000 Chinese tourists so far this year,  who realized 203.000 overnight stays, which is a growth of 36 percent in arrivals and overnight stays compared to the same period last year. “, Stanicic added.Call The ETC is aimed at promoting Europe as an attractive tourist destination in the Chinese market, and is intended for national tourism organizations to represent their own countries through various activities. “We are very happy that we have successfully nominated a joint project through cooperation and thus managed to obtain additional promotional funds for the Chinese market. I am convinced that the joint promotion will result in more attractive products, increased visibility and reputation of both destinations in the Chinese market, and thus a more abundant visit of Chinese guests. Research shows that Chinese tourists often connect both destinations when traveling to Europe. China, with its 160 million announced trips in 2018, is one of the world’s most promising emitting tourism markets” said the director of the Slovenian Tourist Board Maja Pak, adding that Chinese tourists mostly travel from big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.Joint promotion in distant markets, and especially in the Chinese market, is a unique and excellent example of successful cooperation in tourism promotion of the two countries. The professional performance of national tourist organizations is reflected in the growth in the number of Chinese guests and the increased visibility of both destinations on the Chinese market, the CNTB concludes.last_img read more

Blind with eyes open (Jn. 9:1-41)

first_img 49 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyle Blind with eyes open (Jn. 9:1-41) by: – April 5, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dPhoto credit: riverblindness.orgSomeone once asked Helen Keller, who was blind from the age of nineteen months, if blindness was the worst thing that could befall a person. She answered that the worst thing that could happen to a person was not to lose their sight but to lose their vision.The Gospel today is focused on the blindness that Jesus cured, but the blind man cured is not the only blind figure in the passage. The Pharisees who are equally central figures are blind in another sense, not simply spiritually but wilfully. They don’t see what they don’t want to see.What confronts them is a clear instance of God’s doing – someone blind now clearly able to see – but they refuse to acknowledge this. Why? Because they’re against Jesus, the one responsible for the miracle.  Anybody with eyes can see what’s in front of them, the erstwhile blind man tells them; but they can’t bring themselves to do this. Why? Because it turns their presumptions upside down, and detracts from their standing in their own eyes. Rather than make the obvious admission, they choose to remain blind.This is wilful blindness, as I say, and we should all recognize something of it in ourselves. Often when we are confronted by some novel view, our reaction is not to examine the matter but to respond in a way that says in effect: I do not want to be disturbed by anything that upsets my universe. Why are you bringing up things like that? I was quite content, at peace till you started. Why can’t you keep your views to yourself?What we perceive as a threat not just to our standing (as with the Pharisees), but to our interpretation of the world, our basic view of things, makes us quick to remain blind and defend our blindness. It’s more comfortable to be wrong in thinking than to be at sea, not knowing what to think.How does someone who thinks they’re seeing clearly but are actually blind, come to acknowledge their true state? Hardly through persuasion. When the will stubbornly says no, reason can be quite powerless. When our insecurities are exposed, the most natural thing to do is not to listen to the person pointing this out, but to reject the bearer of bad news. We choose to remain blind.The clearest breakthrough in situations like that comes only through conversion. All conversion stories have one thing in common, when the person in the moment recognizes their true state: I was blind, but now I see. Which means that you couldn’t have convinced me otherwise, before I came to this point. I would have insisted that I saw. NOW I see that I was blind.What conversion does in other words is break through our defences. It forces the scales to fall from our eyes; it reveals our tendency to self-deception, to be selective and self-serving, to keeping truth at some distance from ourselves. Conversion brings us face to face with all of this.  It’s a humbling moment, when we see ourselves without blinders.This will happen to many people during the course of this Lent. They will go to a mission, for instance, not thinking very much about anything, and suddenly something the preacher says, or a hymn is sung at exactly the right moment, and suddenly they’re standing with all their defences exposed. What they become aware of is what was there all the time, only they didn’t see it.  They were blind with their eyes open.The next best thing to conversion is being honest in how you pray. We should keep asking for light, guidance, and wisdom. Such a prayer means that you may be in darkness, if not now, at some other time; you may need to find your way, perhaps more clearly now, and you always need the ability to discern truth from fiction in your decisions and judgements.  Perseverance in praying honestly is a sure path to genuine self-discovery. It’s a form of continual presence before God, with open hands and heart.last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers looking forward to alumni-packed tournament

first_imgWisconsin volleyball, riding a four-game winning streak, is finally coming into their own, according to head coach Kelly Sheffield.And just in time.This weekend the Badgers will host Georgia and Kent State in the Badger Classic at the UW Field House.Each team has a Badger alum in their coaching staff, most notably former Wisconsin standout and current Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke, who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend.“I think we’ve got 56 alums that are coming back for this weekend,” Sheffield said. “Lizzy getting into the Hall of Fame, we are excited for her and to celebrate the 25-year reunion of our first Big Ten title and the 15-year reunion of the first title for our team.”With excitement buzzing all around the tournament this Thursday and Friday, the Badgers will look to continue their hot streak and build off of two solid wins over North Carolina and Louisville last week.Senior Taylor Morey earned Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors after compiling 39 total digs and averaging 5.6 per set, while upping her streak of double-digit digs in a match to 13.Junior Lauren Carlini and sophomore Kelli Bates built off Morey’s performance and led a Wisconsin attack that proved steadfast against two stout defenses, posting 103 kills over seven sets on teams that each averaged 14.9 (UNC) and 15.5 (UL) digs per set, respectively.While none of the teams coming to Madison possess the talent of UNC or Louisville, Georgia has Sheffield anxious about how his team will respond.“If you watch them, athletically, they can be pretty nasty,” Sheffield said. “I think [Lizzy] has got a lot of young pieces in that she’s trying to fit out. They are a team that I think she probably feels really, really good going forward.”Georgia and Kent State, who both currently stand at 4-3, have not had the starts to their seasons they hoped for. They both show signs of life, however, and could rain on Wisconsin’s parade.Kent State boasts an impressive 16.3 digs per set that will surely give the Badgers attack fits, along with counterattacking ability to the sound of 13 kills per set.While Georgia does not have quite as impressive metrics, their youth disguises their strengths, Sheffield, who is expecting an interesting match, said.With Wisconsin ranked at No. 11, each opponent will each be dreaming of upsets to turn their seasons around.last_img read more