Croatia awarded in China as the most desirable new tourist destination

first_imgAccording to the decision of the readers of the Chinese edition of Travel + Leisure magazine, Croatia was awarded in the category of the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018.Award ceremony China Travel Awards – World Best Awards was held in Shanghai, in the presence of diplomatic representatives, representatives of tourist boards, hotels, tour operators and airlines, each in their own category awarded by this famous magazine read by more than a million people in China.She has received the award, which has been awarded for 12 years Pearl Fabrio Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the People’s Republic of China. The competition for the most desirable new destination was organized during the second half of last year, and readers chose a new destination that they intend to visit as soon as possible. In addition to Croatia, which was selected in the category of European destinations, the awards were also won by Argentina, Tahiti and Myanmar, while the best “old” destinations were Australia, Japan and Thailand.The director of the CNTB Head Office, Kristjan Staničić, also commented on the award, emphasizing that this is the first award of this type that Croatia has received on the Chinese market.  “We are extremely pleased with the award, especially in the year that has been declared the EU-China tourist year. The award also confirms the excellent potential of Croatia as a tourist destination in the large and extremely important Chinese market. This is a confirmation of our assessments and decisions to strengthen Croatia’s presence in China through the implementation of additional promotional activities, but also through the opening of the CNTB office in Shanghai. We are encouraged by the results from last year, during which we achieved high double-digit increases in tourist traffic from the Chinese market, 57 percent in arrivals and 48 percent in overnight stays. “, he said director Staničić, adding that Croatia is ready for a larger arrival of Chinese tourists who are not exclusively motivated by coming to Croatia because of the sun and the sea, but especially appreciate our natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage.Chinese Travel + Leisure is part of the American Travel + Leisure magazine owned by Time Inc. groups. According to the magazine’s director Diggle Tian as many as 70 percent of Chinese tourists who will travel abroad this year still do not know exactly which destination to choose for their trip.last_img read more

Head to the island that’s a magnet for A-listers

first_imgKnown for being a Queensland tourism hot spot, the island is a lure for celebrities, holidaymakers and investors. With A-listers such as Oprah Winfrey, Chris Hemsworth and Taylor Swift having visited the tropical paradise, it’s no wonder buyers are looking to invest in world-class holiday homes.Hamilton Island Real Estate has released a new campaign, selling six lots of land, starting from $749,000. HOW TO SPLASH CASH ON TAX RETURN MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoLot ZIB, 2 Island View Way, Hamilton Island. Price $950,000 (land only), from, $2.7 million (house and land package). Lot ZIB at 2 Island View Way is on a 1852sq m site near Point Henning with a northerly aspect. There are ocean views to the north and a level building area, falling away to a gradual slope. The land costs $950,000 and a house and land package is priced from $2.7 million.At 7 Whitsunday Boulevard, Lot NA is selling for $980,000. A house and a land package is priced from $2.7 million. On a 2194sq m elevated site, views overlook Plum Pudding Island to Shute Harbour. If you want to wake up to turquoise waters, then Lot ZD might be for you. Located at 7 Island Way, there is a protected and unobstructed view corridor. With perfect views of the marina, you might see a few whales during migration season. Lot MVS, 4 Marina Terrace, Hamilton Island. Priced from $1,100,000 to $1,300,000.On a 820sq m block, 4 Marina Terrace, Lot MVS is perched high above the marina, at the end of a private access road. Priced between $1.1 million and $1.3 million, the current owner has had several concept drawings completed. Hamilton Island Real Estate is selling lot MT, 4 Coral Sea Ave, Hamilton Island. Lot MT has absolute waterfront views, nestled deep in the wooded tropical pines. The 2118sq m lot is at 4 Coral Sea Ave and priced between $1.7 million and $1.9 million.Hamilton Island is leasehold, with Hamilton Island Enterprises holding a perpetual lease with the Queensland Government. Reshni Ratnam was invited to Hamilton Island as a guest of Hamilton Island Real Estate Hamilton Island house and land packages are available.If sitting in constant traffic on a Friday afternoon tests your patience, then a flight in under two hours to your luxury home on Hamilton Island might just do the trick.And perhaps watching whales during their migration instead of bumper bars might be a better view from the car-free island.If you fly directly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island, consider the option to stroll from the airport to your accommodation. The Courier-Mail’s real estate reporter Reshni Ratnam checks out one of the blocks of land for sale on Hamilton IslandReal estate agent Lynn Milsom, of Hamilton Island Real Estate, said investors were seeing property on the island as a future investment and family holiday home.Average property sale prices on the island achieve $1.1 million, and there is a significant rise in demand for island getaways.The fully integrated resort includes a marina and village, retail shopping precinct, domestic airport, chapel, day care centre, kindergarten and primary school.Hamilton Island general manager of retail, activities, marina and concessionaires, David Boyd, said the aim was to keep the “charm and character” of luxury homes alive on the island.Mr Boyd said the accessibility to the island was vital for anyone wanting a weekend stay or something longer. Lot HJ at 11 Melaleuca Drive, is on a 775sq m block of land only metres from the iconic Hamilton Island chapel. Priced at $749,000 the homesite is nestled among native trees on the island’s eastern side. MY TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO ON HAMILTON ISLAND1. Splash out and get pampered at Qualia, a private resort 2. Check out One Tree Hill and watch a sunset3. Have breakfast with koalas at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island4. Head to Dent Island, enjoy a laid-back lunch at the golf club, designed by champion golfer Peter Thomson5. Dine at Coca Chu, based on hawker food stalls of South-East Asia The Courier-Mail’s real estate reporter Reshni Ratnam has a cuddle with a koala during breakfast at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island. SEQ’S NEW ‘MICRO NEIGHBOURHOOD’ last_img read more

Tokyo Olympic organising members tests COVID-19 positive

first_imgTOKYO: A member of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee has tested positive for COVID-19. The committee said in a statement on Friday that the female staffer has been working from home since July 30 and her last day working on-site at any Tokyo 2020 facility was on July 29. “The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) confirmed this morning that a female employee in her 30s employed at a Tokyo 2020 office in Harumi in Tokyo’s Chuo ward tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second recorded case of infection in this organisation,” said the organising committee in its statement. “Tokyo 2020 will continue to work with relevant organisations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and take all necessary measures to maintain a safe and secure working environment for our staff.” Earlier in April, Tokyo 2020 had said that a male employee had tested positive for the pandemic that has forced an unprecedented postponement of the Games itself. He had been working at the Tokyo 2020 main office in Harumi, Chuo-ku, in east Tokyo. Tokyo 2020 employees had prior to that been asked to work from home after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency in the capital, Osaka and five other prefectures in early April. IANS Also Watch: AASU, AJYCP, Gorkha Union Join Against CAA, EIA in Digboilast_img read more

Badgers sweep Michigan Tech, pick up 1st WCHA wins

first_imgFreshman forward Michael Mersch had two goals in Friday night\’s win over Michigan Tech.[/media-credit]Michigan Tech (3-2-2) jumped in front of the Wisconsin men’shockey team (5-2-1) in both games over the weekend, but the Badgers wereunfazed and came away with two comeback victories to sweep the previouslyunbeaten Huskies.After a scoreless first period in game two Saturday, MTUforward Alex MacLeod gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead with a powerplay goal at themidway point of the second period but the Badgers stormed back behind threegoals in a near five-minute span.Justin Schultz leveled the score at the 14:06 mark with awrister in the high slot that snuck through the legs of MTU goaltender KevinGenoe. Sophomore forward Craig Smith put UW ahead just over four minutes laterwith a shot that was too quick for Genoe’s glove.With time ticking down in the second period, forward RyanLittle gave the Badgers a 3-1 lead after Patrick Johnson found him all alone infront of goal with a precise backhand pass from behind the net.Later, captain Sean Dolan capped the night off with the playof the weekend at the start of the third period. With his teammates working tokill off a 5-on-3 MTU powerplay, Dolan came out of the penalty box and saw anopportunity to create some offense shorthanded.Dolan found the puck that had been cleared to neutral ice, madea move to get past the lone defender and lifted the puck top shelf to give UW a4-1 advantage that proved to be the final score.Safe to say, that goal ranks pretty high on Dolan’s careerhighlight reel.“Probably number one,” Dolan said with a smile. “I was watching it onthe replay at the end and it was pretty neat.”As he was bearing down on Genoe, Dolan channeled his inner Derek Stepan,who’s trademark move – pulling the puck around the defender and back tohimself – was used throughout his days as Dolan’s teammate before starting hispro career with the New York Rangers.“It was something I’ve watched Derek Stepan do for two years now so Ikind of just took a page out of his book and now kind of know what it feelslike,” Dolan said. “I was able to poke it up to myself, and used that DerekStepan move of pulling it in and got a lucky bounce right to my stick and wasable to put it home.”The second period scoring outburst led to the Badger victory, but Eavescredited goaltender Brett Bennett specifically, who made 28 saves on the night.“Brett was given the game puck,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “His playallowed us to cover up some of our mistakes, some of our inconsistencies if youwill. His effort tonight was excellent.”The Badgers were staring at a two-goal deficit after Scott Gudmandsonhad some trouble controlling his rebounds in the first period Friday night, butfive unanswered goals led to a comfortable 5-2 victory.Freshman forward Michael Mersch deflected a Jake Gardiner slap shot pastGenoe at the 9:53 mark of the second period to get Wisconsin on the board and then UW went to work on thepowerplay.MTU defenseman Carl Nielsen received a five-minute major for checking Johnson from behind and he was ejected after receiving a subsequent game misconduct. Johnson was slow to get back to his feet but he missed no time due to injury.The Badgers took advantage of the foolish penalty with a game-tying goal from senior forwardPodge Turnbull, who redirected a centering pass from Mersch through Genoe’s legs with justover two minutes remaining in the second frame.And thanks to Tyler Barnes and Johnson, Wisconsin scored thegame-winner with almost eight minutes gone in the third period.Barnes worked himself free behind the MTU net and the freshman slotted aperfect pass to Johnson who was camped out at the side of the post. From there,Johnson buried the golden opportunity for his first goal of the season.“It was a great look by [Barnes],” Johnson said. “All the credit goes tohim.”Mersch added his second goal at the 13:26 mark of the third, and Smithsealed the win with an empty-netter in the closing seconds. “As the game kept going they stayed with it, and their persistence paidoff for us tonight,” Eaves said.last_img read more

Men’s basketball takes down Arizona

first_imgThe Wildcats attempted to come back, but Porter hit two more threes to eliminate any chance of a momentum shift. The daunting score deficit remained with the Trojans ahead in the final 10 minutes of the second half, 53-33. Rakocevic continued to play the mismatch to his advantage, making 4 points in the opening minutes of the second half. Senior guard Shaqquan Aaron’s presence was felt as well. He grabbed two offensive rebounds and finished a short-range shot with strong displays of hustle. The Trojans continued to dominate the game four minutes into the second half, with Boatwright completing a double-double on an uncontested three. The Trojans took a commanding 16-7 lead, forcing Arizona to regroup and use a timeout. Afterward, USC brought in Porter, who had missed the team’s previous two games due to a suspension. He hit a 3-pointer at the first opportunity, clearly energized to be back. Porter would go on to miss two dunks and commit two fouls, although his presence was welcomed. USC had offensive contributions throughout the night from many different sources, including star senior forward and captain Bennie Boatwright. Rakocevic continued to capitalize on the size mismatch that was presented to him and racked up 12 points on 6-7 shooting. With six minutes left in the first half, the Trojans held a commanding 29-15 lead. Arizona’s offensive struggles continued as USC played lockdown defense. The Wildcats were unable to penetrate and continued to shoot threes that wouldn’t fall. USC took a commanding 36-19 lead at the end of the first half after junior guard Derryck Thornton hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot. The remainder of the second half was highlighted by excellent shooting and stellar defense by the Trojans. USC held Arizona to a mere 27.8 percent shooting overall and 20 percent 3-point shooting. “It all starts with defense,” Rakocevic said. “If we get some stops, that allows us to create offensively.” Junior forward Nick Rakocevic led the offensive charge in the opening minutes with 6 straight points. He demonstrated effective movement of the ball by cutting past Arizona senior center Ryan Luther for uncontested layups. Even when guarded, Rakocevic used his long wingspan to lay it in at the block. USC men’s basketball defeated Arizona 80-57 at home Thursday. The victory was highlighted by overpowering first-half play and the return of freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. “[Porter] came in and played within the flow of the offense,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “He fit in perfectly.” “We played 40 minutes of zone,” Enfield said. “Our players were rotating, helping and sliding out to the 3-point line to challenge shots.” Junior guard Jonah Mathews made a strong effort on the defensive side with a steal and subsequent 3-point play early on. In Arizona’s next run, he deflected a Wildcat pass to force a scoreless possession. Arizona would continue to turn the ball over and give USC more opportunities to extend their lead. Freshman guard Elijah Weaver runs the court and looks for his teammates against Arizona Jan. 24 at the Galen Center. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Rakocevic ended the game with an efficient double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Porter impressed in his return as well, scoring 14 points. As a whole, the team contributed to a 50 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Trojans will look to carry their strong play into another home game against Arizona State this Saturday at 5 p.m.last_img read more