According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of April, 1,9 million arrivals (+ 10%) and 5,1 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. (+ 9%). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 1,4 million arrivals (+ 11%) and 4 million overnight stays (+ 9%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 9% and in overnight stays by 6%.During the first four months, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (1,4 million overnight stays), Kvarner (791.000 overnight stays) and in the Split-Dalmatia County (664.000 overnight stays). They are followed by Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 611.000 overnight stays, Zagreb with 585.000 overnight stays, Zadar County with 328.000 overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 191.000 overnight stays and Lika-Senj County with 93.000 overnight stays. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 229.000 arrivals (+ 9%) and 501.000 overnight stays (+ 12%), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Krapina-Zagorje (105.000 overnight stays), Međimurje (54.000 overnight stays), Karlovac 53.000 overnight stays), Osijek-Baranja (52.000 overnight stays) and Varaždin County (49.000 overnight stays).”After a very successful first four months, within which we recorded an increase in tourist traffic, we are approaching the main part of the tourist year in a positive atmosphere. This is the result of intensive activities of the entire tourism sector and the Croatian National Tourist Board aimed at stronger promotion of the pre-season. Also, Croatia has so far hosted a number of exceptionally high quality events, such as the international cycling race Tour of Croatia, which attracted a large number of visitors, positively influenced the promotion of Croatian destinations around the world and successfully accumulated this year’s earlier Easter holidays. In this period, the affirmation of our city break destinations such as Zagreb, Split or Dubrovnik came to a special expression. Also, more than 70 new scheduled airlines connecting Croatia with emitting markets will be an important factor in further maintaining positive trends at the level of the entire tourist year.E”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.At the national level, during the first four months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Slovenia (565.000 overnight stays), Germany (559.000 overnight stays), Austria (435.000 overnight stays), BiH (298.000 overnight stays) and Italy (259.000 overnight stays). overnight stays in hotels (3 million overnight stays) and in households (888.000 overnight stays). “The achieved results of tourist traffic during the extended weekend mark the beginning of the peak of the tourist year in Croatia. This year, a billion euros of investments in tourism await us, through the realization of which, in addition to increasing traffic, it will also be possible to continue the growth of revenues we generate in tourism, which is extremely important for the further development of destinations.” pointed out the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, adding that the positioning of Croatia as an air destination in which 30 million kuna was invested is of great importance for attracting guests in the periods outside the summer months. “In addition to our traditional markets in Europe, we are systematically and systematically working on the best possible positioning of Croatia in distant markets such as China, South Korea and Japan, from which over 300 million tourist arrivals are realized annually. Distant markets are a great opportunity for Croatia not only because they are guests who visit us throughout the year, but they are also guests with above-average consumption. “, concluded Minister Cappelli.Positive trends maintained in AprilIn April, there were 987.000 arrivals and 2,8 million overnight stays in Croatia, which compared to April 2017 represents an increase of 3% in arrivals, while overnight stays were realized at the level of last year’s result. In April, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (821.000 overnight stays), in Kvarner (453.000 overnight stays) and in the Split-Dalmatia County (391.000 overnight stays), while in April 79.000 arrivals and 159.000 overnight stays were realized on the continent. Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje, Osijek-Baranja, Međimurje and Varaždin counties.More than a million overnight stays were realized during the extended weekend In the period from 27 April to 1 May 2018, ie during the extended May Day weekend, 369.000 arrivals and 1,1 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. Compared to the same period last year, ie compared to the results of the extended May Day weekend of 2017, there are increases in arrivals of 33% and 27% in overnight stays.During the extended weekend, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Slovenia (339.000 overnight stays), Poland (116.000 overnight stays), Austria (87.000 overnight stays), Germany (86.000 overnight stays) and Italy (75.000 overnight stays). Looking at destinations, most overnight stays were realized in Dubrovnik (65.000 overnight stays), Poreč (59.000 overnight stays), Rovinj (56.000 overnight stays), Umag (48.000 overnight stays), Medulin (34.000 overnight stays), Zagreb (34.000 overnight stays), Mali Lošinj (32.000 overnight stays). , Tara (30.000 nights), Pula (29.000 nights) and Split (28.000 nights).
Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) ELLSWORTH — As the sun’s rays seeped through the clouds late Saturday morning, the light shining down upon Kinsley Ray Archer’s name provided the perfect backdrop for a moment of peace.An hour earlier, the last batch of participants had crossed the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K finish line behind the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center. With more walkers than runners on hand, the event unfolded not as a competitive race to the finish but as a joyous parade of smiling faces and sky-blue T-shirts down Shore Road and Pond Avenue.Although these few minutes of silence, in which a small crowd huddled around a tree and engraved bench dedicated to Kinsley Ray in Knowlton Park, were in stark contrast to the earlier scenes at DEFY, they were no less powerful; after a morning that began with gray skies, the final image was that of the sun gleaming off a memorial to a baby girl those around her called “a ray of sunshine.”Those moments and more captivated an entire city Saturday morning as the Ellsworth community came together for a day few will ever forget. A DEFY record of 650 people participated in the race in honor of Kinsley Ray, who died of acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 4 months Dec. 10.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“People rally together in times like this, and the generosity is amazing,” Holly Archer, Kinsley Ray’s mother, said following the race. “I’ve seen people that I haven’t seen in years and people that have traveled states to be here. It shows the type of community we have here.”The stage for the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K was set in the weeks following her passing as DEFY’s Robin Clarke was brainstorming ideas to support Holly and her husband, Brian “Buddy” Archer. Clarke started by reaching out to one of the Archers’ best friends, Chelsea Sawyer.At the time, Clarke and Sawyer weren’t certain as to what they wanted to do to help. Yet with one of DEFY’s biggest road race’s, the Jerry Kaufman 5K, set to enter its 12th year in 2019, the timing felt right for the race to take on a new cause. The Kaufman family gave the OK for the event to take a new form, and preparations began.As co-organizers, Clarke and Sawyer planned for the event to be a big one from the start. Yet neither could have dreamed of the turnout the race generated or the lengths to which everyone from family friends to random strangers would go to show their support for the couple.“When you look around and see just how many people came out for this, it really makes my jaw drop,” Sawyer said. “So many people went the extra mile to make this happen because this family really deserves it.”DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke lists off award winners following the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K on May 4. Clarke organized the race with an Archer family friend, Chelsea Sawyer. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLSawyer said the event raised more than $11,000 for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society between donations and registration fees. Local businesses were present to provide coffee, a post-race lunch, a giant tent and other amenities free of charge.Bar Harbor’s Judson Cake finished with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds to win the race, and Dara Knapp of Columbia Falls reached the chute in 20:27 to finish as the top female runner. The first-, second- and third-place runners in each age bracket received medals.The top runners, though, knew this event was about more than personal records, hardware or bragging rights. The cause hit close to home for one of the award recipients, Tamera Murphy, and the Trenton native spoke up when she was called forward to collect her medal.“I’m a five-year lymphoma survivor, and I have MS,” Murphy, who placed second in the women’s 60-69 age group, told the crowd. “If I can run it, anybody can.”As Cake, an officer with the Bar Harbor Police Department, received his trophy, he pointed to a police emblem on his sweat-stained shirt. The gesture was one of solidarity with Brian Archer, a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.With the bulk of Archer’s co-workers there in support, the line of deputy cruisers stretched the entire length of the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School parking lot. After all the family had been through, no one was going to miss this uplifting occasion.Judson Cake of Bar Harbor points to a police badge on his shirt after the Kinsley Memorial 5K on May 4 at DEFY. Cake, an officer with the Bar Harbor Police Department, made the gesture in solidarity with Brian Archer, father of Kinsley Ray and a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“Seeing the whole community come out like this is everything we wanted and more,” Sawyer said. “It just really warms your heart.”Clarke said earlier in the week that Saturday’s race could be either a one-time event or an annual race in Kinsley Ray’s memory. That decision, she said, is up to the Archer family.“It could just be something we do this year, or it could be for the next 20 years,” Clarke said. “When that time comes, we’ll find another good cause.”Saturday, though, was a time to remember rather than look ahead. From the starting line to the packed awards ceremony in the DEFY gymnasium to the somber moments in Knowlton Park, there were hugs, there were tears and there was healing for a couple that needed it most.As they took a moment to reflect on it all, Holly and Brian Archer gave each other a long embrace in the middle of the park. On day filled with emotions of all kinds, it was just one reminder of the daughter they will keep in their hearts forever and the community that gave them five hours they will remember the rest of their lives.“It’s just so overwhelming,” Holly said. “The kindness everyone has shown us just truly is amazing. It’s what’s gotten us through this whole time.” Latest Posts Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at email@example.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020