Dr. Shikha Gupta, the executive director of Get Us PPE, a volunteer effort that matches available supplies to health care providers, said 70 percent of those requesting help from the organization last month reported being completely out of one type of critical gear. Masks, gloves and disinfecting wipes topped the list.“Health care workers are exhausted and frustrated, and it’s really hard to believe that on Nov. 10, it feels very much like the middle of March all over again,” she said. “We’re hitting the highest numbers of caseload that we’ve ever seen, and we’re running into the same problems that we’ve been having since Day 1.”Governors are once again competing with one another and big hospital chains for scarce gear. Nursing homes are grappling with staff shortages, which have left hospitals unable to discharge patients to their care. In Wisconsin, the situation is so severe that health officials are mulling a plan to train family members of nursing home residents to fill in at facilities that lack enough workers.- Advertisement – “We’re throwing every idea that we can conceivably think of to the state, but we really need bold action from the federal government,” said John Sauer, the president of LeadingAge Wisconsin, an association that represents nonprofit nursing homes and long-term care facilities. “We can’t muddle through this on our own.” But as the country enters what may be the most intense stage of the pandemic yet, the Trump administration remains largely disengaged. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is trying to assume a leadership mantle, with the appointment of a coronavirus advisory board and a call for all Americans to wear masks, but until his inauguration on Jan. 20, he lacks the authority to mobilize a federal response.“With 1,000 deaths per day, it’s like two jumbo jets dropping from the sky,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University who is close to Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator. “If every day, two jumbo jets would drop from the sky and kill everybody, don’t you think that everybody would be in a panic? But somehow, we’re not doing that. Somehow, as a nation we’re not outraged.”“We need a Churchill,” he added. “We need somebody to step into the vacuum and lead the nation.”Instead, Mr. Trump is at war with his own health officials. He was furious after the drug maker Pfizer announced Monday that early clinical trial data suggested its coronavirus vaccine was more than 90 percent effective. In a conversation with Dr. Hahn, a senior administration official said, the president accused the company and the F.D.A. of conspiring to delay news that could have bolstered his chances of re-election.Aides said the president believed that Pfizer could have announced the success of its clinical trial before Nov. 3 but deliberately chose to hold up the news, possibly not to taint the company’s vaccine as a last-minute effort to save Mr. Trump’s re-election bid. White House aides were particularly incensed that Mr. Biden publicly said his public health advisers knew of Pfizer’s results on Sunday, before aides said the news had reached the White House.Beyond Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed, the federal bully pulpit — an essential component of an effective infectious disease response — has largely gone silent. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said in an interview on Tuesday that the vaccine would be “a game changer” over time. The pandemic caught the nation flat-footed in March, but epidemiologists have been warning for months of a fall and winter wave as people are driven indoors, schools resume in-person classes and Americans grow tired of months of precautions. Yet shortages of personal protective equipment are back, especially among rural hospitals, nursing homes and private medical practices that lack access to the supply networks that serve larger hospital chains.- Advertisement – He questioned Dr. Hahn’s timeline for an emergency authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine.The president’s allies suspected that Pfizer could have obtained results from its trial earlier, but chose not to. Pfizer had in fact initially planned to request seeing the results from an independent safety monitoring board once 32 of its clinical trial participants who had received either the vaccine or a placebo had come down with Covid-19. That would have been the company’s first barometer of its effectiveness.But weeks ago, Pfizer officials said, F.D.A. regulators had advised that they would be unlikely to issue an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine based on just 32 cases in a trial with nearly 44,000 people.Pfizer decided to wait for more cases. By last weekend, 94 subjects had tested positive for Covid-19, a sample seemingly more than sufficient to satisfy the F.D.A. The company said an early analysis showed the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective.Pfizer has said it expects to apply for emergency use authorization by late November, and experts expect the F.D.A. to decide as early as mid-December. But Pfizer has said it has manufactured only a few million doses, and experts are hoping the government can step in to help speed up manufacturing. A second vaccine maker, Moderna, could soon seek F.D.A.’s review of its clinical trial results. The United States is on somewhat better footing now than in the earliest days of the pandemic. States and hospitals have their own stockpiles, and Admiral Polowczyk said the federal government had met its goal of acquiring 153,000 ventilators. Dr. del Rio said federal health officials such as the health secretary, Alex M. Azar II, or Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, must begin convening daily news conferences to provide public health guidance.In the absence of leadership, local officials feel as if they are struggling alone. New weekly cases among nursing home residents jumped fourfold from the end of May to late October, and deaths have more than doubled in 20 states, according to R. Tamara Konetzka and Rebecca J. Gorges, researchers at the University of Chicago who analyzed data from the C.D.C.“The depressing message is that nothing much has changed since the spring,” Professor Konetzka said.Even many large hospital chains, which say they have adequate supplies of medical gear, continue to operate in crisis mode. That often means requiring employees to repeatedly reuse respirator masks that are meant to be discarded after each use.Deborah Burger, a president of National Nurses United, the largest organization of registered nurses, said the lack of clear guidance from the C.D.C. had allowed hospitals to create their own standards for reusing disposable protective gear, which she said put hospital workers and patients at increased risk of infection.“We’re 11 months into the pandemic, and the administration is still not adequately addressing the safety of health care workers and the safety of our communities,” she said. “I’ve been a nurse for over 45 years, and I have never seen anything like this. It’s like we’re in ‘The Twilight Zone.’”The White House has fixated on Operation Warp Speed, the administration’s crash vaccine and therapy development program, while its coronavirus task force has whittled down to rote weekly gatherings in the Situation Room. But far from celebrating the Pfizer news on Monday, the administration initiated a round of recriminations. But a vaccine is not an immediate panacea, and until doses become widely available — likely in mid-2021 — the nation is in a “difficult situation,” he said, that calls for Americans to wear masks and social distance, and to avoid crowded settings, particularly indoors.“My message to the American public is: Hang on, help is coming, a vaccine is on its way, we need to all pull together,” Dr. Fauci said.Washington’s leadership void is raising anxiety in the states.“We’re facing a dire situation as we head into the fall and winter,” said Casey Katims, the federal liaison for Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State.In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, canceled his customary Tuesday afternoon virus news conference and instead planned to deliver a statewide address early Wednesday evening as local officials reported a daily caseload of more than 6,500 — nearly 1,000 more than the record set on Saturday.In North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum said this week that the state’s hospitals were full and that even health workers who test positive for the virus but do not display symptoms would be allowed to work in wards dedicated to coronavirus patients. WASHINGTON — When senior Food and Drug Administration officials held their morning call on Tuesday, they received a sobering warning from the agency’s chief, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, who had just gotten off the phone with the White House: Block out “all the craziness” afoot and stay focused on fighting the pandemic, he said.There is plenty of craziness. President Trump is pushing to overturn the results of the election and his only public statements about the coronavirus in the last few days were to make clear his pique that good news about a vaccine had not come until after Election Day — even as the average number of new daily infections topped 116,000, average daily deaths neared 1,000, and Covid-19 hospitalizations hit a record high of 61,964 on Tuesday.- Advertisement – In a Twitter message on Monday, Mr. Trump said that Pfizer deliberately postponed announcing its good news, and that the F.D.A. had supported that delay.In a meeting of the coronavirus task force on Monday afternoon, Mr. Azar confronted Dr. Hahn about the Pfizer announcement and said the F.D.A.’s coordination with Pfizer and its exhaustive vaccine guidelines had delayed the news of the breakthrough, according to senior administration officials who witnessed the exchange. On Monday, the F.D.A. granted emergency authorization to Eli Lilly for an antibody treatment similar to a therapy given to Mr. Trump shortly after he contracted the coronavirus. The company has a limited number of doses and the treatment is only authorized for newly infected patients who have not been hospitalized.Some in the agency took Dr. Hahn’s Tuesday warning to his senior staff members about “craziness” afoot as a sign that the president might fire him. Others said the commissioner was merely acknowledging the obvious: The postelection period will be rocky.Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland reported from Washington, and Andrew Jacobs from New York. Reporting was contributed by Maggie Haberman and Jo Becker from New York, Katie Thomas from Chicago, and Sheila Kaplan from San Francisco. “Leadership does matter,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of the history of medicine at the University of Michigan who helped shape federal social distancing policy during the George W. Bush administration. “What your leaders do, like flaunting the mask or having parties without masks, almost encourages people to do the same.” Vice President Mike Pence canceled a vacation at the last minute this week as the virus numbers grew worse, but the White House coronavirus task force that he leads has been all but publicly silent. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff who is infected with the virus, declared last month, “We are not going to control the pandemic,” and said the focus should instead be on the longer-term goals of developing vaccines and treatments.Meantime, the Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s emergency reserve, has only 115 million N95 masks, far short of the 300 million the administration had hoped to amass by winter, Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, who retired on Monday as the national supply chain commander, said in a recent interview, though he added that the government is continuing to expand its supplies of protective gear. – Advertisement –
Hall called for the immediate testing and electronic tagging of birds to identify infected ones and trace where they go, the story said. No birds have been killed to control the outbreak, because some of the birds are protected species. WHO statement on human case in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_28/en/index.html WHO and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials reported the increased death toll among birds at a refuge in Qinghai province, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. See also: AFP quoted Julie Hall, the WHO’s communicable-disease expert in China, as saying, “This is the first time we’ve seen large numbers of migratory birds dying from bird flu. So the virus has obviously changed to be more pathogenic to animals. What it means for humans we don’t know.” Wild waterfowl are recognized as the natural reservoir for all influenza A viruses and commonly carry them without getting sick, according to the WHO. A WHO official said 20 birds a day are still dying at the refuge, but the outbreak appears to be waning, according to an Associated Press report today. WHO and FAO officials voiced concern that China had tested only 12 birds, all of them dead, AFP reported. The officials worried that infected but asymptomatic birds could spread the virus to distant places when they migrate in August and September. WHO officials expressed concern that only two people have been tested for avian flu in connection with the outbreak, AFP reported. They also urged China to supply virus sequencing information as soon as possible so that experts can assess whether the virus has become more pathogenic. Also today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Vietnam had confirmed another human case of H5N1 infection. That brings the WHO’s tally of human cases in Vietnam since December to 60, with the number of deaths remaining at 18. The case occurred in May in the northern province of Ha Tay. Hall said no human cases have been reported, but the presence of the virus in new bird species could mean an increased risk for humans. Initial reports of the outbreak, in May, said 178 birds had died of H5N1 flu. China later increased the number to 519 in an official report, and a Chinese official subsequently raised the number to more than 1,000. The dead birds were said to include five species. Jun 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) About 5,000 migratory birds have died of avian influenza at a wildlife sanctuary in northwestern China, close to five times as many as reported previously, United Nations officials who visited the site said today.
Jan 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The manufacturer of peanut butter that has been implicated in a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections announced a recall yesterday of all of its product made since Jul 1, 2008.Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), based in Lynchburg, Va., announced the recall of 21 lots of peanut butter made in a company plant in Blakely, Ga. All of the product was sold to institutions and food service businesses, with none going to consumers through retail stores, the company said in a news release posted on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site.The peanut butter was distributed in 17 states, George Clarke, a PCA spokesman in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News today. The list of states and total amount of peanut butter covered by the recall were not immediately available.Minnesota investigators announced Jan 12 that they had found the outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium in an open 5-pound container of King Nut peanut butter from a nursing home associated with one of the outbreak cases. King Nut Cos., based in Solon, Ohio, a distributor of peanut butter made by PCA, announced its own recall on Jan 10. PCA peanut butter is also sold under the name Parnell’s Pride.As of Jan 12, the outbreak involved 410 salmonellosis cases in 43 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak might have contributed to three deaths, and 18% of patients with available information were hospitalized, the agency said.Minnesota, one of the states hit hardest by the outbreak, now has 33 cases, up from 30 reported last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported today. Twelve of the patients were in nursing homes, and 13 were hospitalized, said MDH spokesman Doug Schultz.In addition, a second Minnesota case-patient has died, Schultz reported today. He said the patient, a male nursing home resident in his 70s, had numerous underlying health problems, so the extent of Salmonella’s contribution to his death is unknown. Officials had said the same of the earlier death, that of a woman in her 70s.Although PCA said none of the recalled peanut butter was destined for retail stores, a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) spokesman told CIDRAP News today that FDA investigators were looking into whether PCA peanut butter could have been used in other products.”I know that the FDA is in the facility in Blakely, Ga., and they’re looking at peanut butter that might’ve gone from that facility that might be used in other products,” said Ben Miller of the MDA. “What those products are I don’t know. That’s always a possibility when you’re dealing with a product like that.”Miller said the PCA press release referred to peanut butter that the company “probably had direct control over,” but if some of the product went to another manufacturer or distributor, the company wouldn’t have controlled how it was used.Clarke, the PCA spokesman, said he had no immediate information on whether any of the company’s customers could have formulated the peanut butter into other products.In other developments, King Nut Cos. said in a Jan 12 statement that King Nut peanut butter couldn’t have caused all the Salmonella cases because it is not distributed nationwide.”We only distribute in seven states and therefore King Nut peanut butter could not possibly be the source of a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella,” the company said. It said it sells to food service companies only in Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, Arizona, Idaho, and New Hampshire.See also: PCA recall news release on FDA sitehttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2009/ucm128827.htmKing Nut Cos. news releaseshttp://www.kingnut.com/site.cfm/news.cfmCDC outbreak updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium/
May 22, 2009HHS funnels $1 billion toward vaccine for novel H1N1 fluHealth and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that she is allocating about $1 billion in existing funds toward clinical vaccine studies this summer and for commercial-scale production of both antigen (active ingredient) and adjuvant (which boosts a person’s immune response) for a novel H1N1 influenza vaccine. “The actions we are taking today will help us be prepared if a vaccine is needed,” Sebelius said in a news release.[May 22 HHS news release]Global novel flu numbers rise slightlyGlobal novel H1N1 influenza totals pushed to 11,168 cases and 86 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The Philippines reported its first case, to push the number of affected countries to 42 as the global case total grew by 134 since yesterday. The numbers include 3,892 cases with 75 deaths in Mexico, 5,764 cases and 9 deaths in the United States as of yesterday, 719 cases and 1 death in Canada, and 20 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica.[WHO update 36]US case count tops 6,500The number of confirmed and probable novel H1N1 flu cases in the United States today swelled to 6,552, up 212 cases from yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. No new deaths were reported. Also, no new states reported cases, to hold the total of affected states at 47, plus the District of Columbia.[Current CDC numbers]Cases underreported in Britain?Some influenza experts suspect that the number of novel H1N1 influenza cases may be higher than reported in Britain, the Associated Press reported today. The country is reportedly trying to contain the virus by blanketing suspect cases and their contacts with oseltamivir, which several experts, such as Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, at the University of Minnesota, said won’t work. According to the AP, Britain and Spain are also testing only those who have a travel history or are case contacts.[May 22 AP story]Mexico City downgrades alertMexico City yesterday lowered its novel flu alert, which removed restrictions on visiting public places, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported. The city’s mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, said resident no longer need to wear masks, and he noted that no new infections with the novel flu virus had been reported for a week in the city.[May 22 BBC article]Australia raises its pandemic alert levelAustralia’s health ministry today raised its pandemic alert to the “containment” phase, as the number of novel H1N1 influenza rose to 11 and the country detected its first instance of community transmission of the virus, Bloomberg News reported. Two schools closed for a week after student cases were confirmed, and health officials are testing 28 more suspected cases. The government also said it was considering ordering H1N1 vaccine from Australia-based CSL Ltd.[May 22 Bloomberg News story]
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).
“SOLD OUT” has become a symbol of the great event of Istria Wine & Walk in Istria. He bears the title due to the fact that all tickets put up for sale are sold out online within 24 hours. Well, it is a great tourist story and a quality product that is the motive for coming to the destination. Online ticket sales for Istria Wine & Walk started today and it will be interesting to see in how many days or hours 600 tickets will be sold out for this year’s jubilee of this great tourist story. The story is very simple and at least phenomenal. Hard to describe in words or photo and video material, because it simply needs to be experienced. Istria Wine & Walk on this year’s 11-kilometer walk awaits as many as nine top Istrian winemakers and nine local producers and caterers at seven refreshing stops. Every two kilometers, walkers can expect winemakers and local producers who will offer them local indigenous specialties and top wines. I have already written on this topic, read more HERE, and now the fifth edition of the Istria Wine and Walk event has been announced, which will take place on May 18, 2019, starting in Buje, and the question arises as to how many days or hours 600 tickets will be sold out this year. RELATED NEWS: And yes, it is important to point out that these are mostly visitors from Slovenia, Austria, as well as from Croatia. So, people from Zagreb get in the car and come to Istria for the weekend, and in this case the motive for coming is exclusively Wine & Walk. I note that the number of tickets was limited by the organizer to 600 tickets, so as not to create too much crowd, and thus destroy the experience of the whole event, although the interest in this event is much higher. And this is supported by the fact that tickets are sold exclusively online within 24 hours. This year, Oštarija Rondo, Aminess, OPG Radošević, OPG Duniš, All event, Primizia food & wine, Konoba Morgan, Buršić and Veralda are in charge of the gourmet offer, while Kozlović, Franković, Celega, Bassanese, Ravalico, Coronica will offer their wines. Cattunar, Cuj and Veralda. Participants will then visit a lookout point with a view of the peaks of Ćićarija and the sea, and then travel to the Škarlina Nature Park with its unique streams and lakes. On the way, walkers will visit the original exhibition “Friends of Tigor” in the Tigor Gallery and will be greeted by accordion and guitar melodies along the way. The walk ends in Buje at a small fair, with a rich entertainment and music program until late at night, where it will be possible to buy numerous local products as a memento of this unique experience. By the way, Istria Wine & Walk in the past two years has experienced its new great extensions through Wine & Walk by the sea in Novigrad in September, where 500 tickets are available, and in April Sweet Wine & Walk for 300 visitors departing from Momjan. Tickets for the mentioned extensions of the event were sold out in less than three days. Everything in the pre- and post-season. PS Why Wine & Walk is one of the best tourist stories in Croatia and how I personally experienced the Wine & Walk story, find out below in the attachment. FIND OUT WHY ISTRIA WINE & WALK IS ONE OF THE BEST TOURIST STORIES IN CROATIA
“We were already honored that the awarded logo won the jury competition for the 66th Pula event itself, which is one of the oldest continuous film festivals in Europe and the world. At that time, we already felt that this logo had a very successful future ahead of it”Point out the authors, Vedrana Vrabec and Marko Rašić. The use of numbers in the logo emphasizes the tradition and longevity of the festival itself. The figure itself is powerful and symbolic and allows for numerous uses and associations. “Viewers thus interpreted the logo themselves, interpreting it in different ways; from eyebrows to eyebrows, glasses, openings through which to peek, Arena floor plan, film rolls and even exclamation points, etc. From the very beginning it proved to be inspiring and applicable, and the reactions of the audience were excellent”The authors point out. The Red Dot awards will be presented to the winners at the award ceremony on October 1 in Berlin, and that night the awarded projects will be exhibited as part of the “Designers’ Night” celebration in Ewerk. The winning works will also be immortalized in the International Yearbook Brands & Communication Design 2019/2020. which comes out on November 14th. Rašić + Vrabec are specialists in design in culture and for brands that want to become culture. They design and create exhibitions, spaces and products, and the founders of the studio, Vedrana Vrabec + Marko Rašić, have been working professionally for more than 15 years. The most prestigious and largest international recognition for design – Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design – went to the Zagreb studio Rašić + Vrabec, the authors of the visual identity of the Pula Film Festival. Photo: Rasic + Sparrow This year, more than 8600 projects applied for this prestigious award, and an international jury of 24 renowned experts selected logo66. Pula Film Festival one of the best in the Brand Design & Identity category for logo design. Vedrana Vrabec and Marko Rašić
In 2019, the Zagreb County recorded 139.720 tourist arrivals, which is 14 percent more than in the same period in 2018 (123.008). The right to support for events important for the tourist offer of Zagreb County can be exercised by public institutions, cities and municipalities, tourist boards and associations of craftsmen who are registered in the Zagreb County and who organize events in its territory. The competition is open until March 10, 2020, and the text of the competition and application forms can be found here, The number of overnight stays also increased by 12 percent, from 205.003 to 229.827.Of the total number of arrivals, 107.821 guests were foreign guests and 31.899 domestic guests. Out of the total number of overnight stays in the Zagreb County, 169.732 overnight stays were realized by foreign guests, and domestic by 60.095 overnight stays. Positive tourism indicators in the last year Funds from the tender can be used to co-finance equipment rental, procurement of working / consumables related to the organization of events, rental of event space, rental of vehicles for the purpose of transport of organizers and contractors related to the organization, accommodation costs, travel costs, promotion costs, services security services and other costs of direct organization of the event. Zagreb County has announced a public tender worth one million kuna for the award of grants to events important for the tourist offer of Zagreb County in 2020. The applicant can apply for and receive grants for a maximum of two events, and the grant can amount to up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of the event for public institutions, cultural institutions, tourist boards and associations of craftsmen. Cities and municipalities can realize from 60 to 100 percent of the project value, depending on the development index of the local self-government unit. Tourists mostly stayed in hotels, household facilities and camps, and according to the organization of arrivals, as many as 75 percent of them came individually, while the other 25 percent came as an agency.
The tourism network is based on artificial intelligence, is a learning system and constantly offers users relevant contact information for the travel industry. The Travel network can be accessed by all registered participants of the ITB Berlin 2020, ie trade visitors, congress participants, exhibitors and media representatives who have purchased a personalized ticket from the ITB store. Soon after launch, the network has a large number of subscribers. Numerous stakeholders have already registered, who previously received a personal invitation by email before the original opening date. Those who previously did not plan to visit the show in Berlin can also register now. Passenger network users can set up a profile, reconcile interests, contact and network. They can also follow other users, share contact information, talk and organize meetings. Virtual rooms where users can hold meetings, which they have scheduled before ITB Berlin, are available online. The video connection allows face-to-face meetings, and it is possible to communicate only via an audio connection. Under the headlines “Insights” and “News”, itb.com contains the latest news and reports on world travel and news trends ITB Berlin. Travel network – a new travel network of the B2B tourism industry At the advanced events of the Virtual ITB Convention, leading speakers will discuss how the global tourism industry can leverage intelligent strategies to ensure it survives in the future even in a challenging environment. Ahead of the latest developments, discussions on how the industry can deal with the coronavirus will play a key role. Between March 5 and 11, 2020, viewers can watch more than 20 exclusive live broadcasts and videos in English and German, some in real time and some with a delay on itb.com. Videos will then be available upon request. The extra will explain how trends affect personalization and individualization in the eTravel market; one of the sessions will study the topics “Voice Commerce: Selling Passenger and Hotel Rooms via Amazon, Alexa and Google Assistant” and “Instagram, Influencers & Co: An Underrated Challenge for Destinations”. Today, a new itb.com platform is launched: networking, industry news and the ITB Virtual Convention. itb.com is now open to everyone – 365-day platform for networking and content in English – ITB Virtual Convention March 5-11, 2020 with more than 20 exclusive live broadcasts and on-demand videos. In another keynote address, Eric La Bonnardière, co-founder of Evaneos, will address the topic of tourism and how local tour operators can deal with the phenomenon. Source and photo: itb.com (ITB Berlin) Nils Müller, CEO of TrendOne, will give his keynote address originally scheduled for the ITB Convention on Top 8 Trends in Tourism and Travel, asking “What trends, technologies and developments do you need to know and how to combine them to be successful in the future?” The recordings will take place in a specially equipped studio on the Berlin exhibition grounds, where numerous sessions will be broadcast live. Some speakers will join from remote locations via Skype. Viewers can also join: under the hashtag #ITBvirtualcon they can exchange opinions about the sessions and discuss them on social media. At the forums of the Forum for Catering Technologies, which is run by the Catering Club, experts will deal with revenue management, sustainability in catering and the future of network distribution. At the sessions in which top experts participate, topics such as the establishment and restructuring of brands will be discussed in detail, as well as “Catering 2025”. Despite canceling this year, ITB is offering digital services 365 days a year by launch itb.com. The world’s leading travel fair is establishing an entirely new online platform for the global tourism industry. This global website is expected to be a bridge between actual meetings and digital networking, and features innovative tools for business, networking, and exclusive content. The new Data Talks interviews, originally scheduled for ITB eTravel World, will discuss best practices on personalization and a network of multi-platform travel in the future. Other sessions will include a discussion in Berlin, attended by representatives of bookingkit and VisitBerlin, who will ask “What drives the industry in 2020?” The following events from the ITB Berlin Convention are also taking place: Sharry Sun of Travelzoo will present the eagerly awaited empirical study on “Global Customers of Luxury and Sustainability” conducted by the company together with ITB Berlin. This live session will be streamed from CubeClub. Caroline Bremner of Euromonitor will talk about the “future of the tourism industry” and respond to the devastating challenges facing the industry, including over-tourism, climate change and insolvency as in the recent case of Thomas Cook. A day later, her lecture will also be available in English. IPK World Travel Monitor® is based on about 500.000 interviews and is the world’s largest travel survey. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the latest forecast figures for global and European travel trends – a necessary decision-making tool for the entire tourism industry. Throughout the program, fascinating contributions from ITB Digital and Tourismuszukunft can be followed online until Friday, March 6th. In addition to examining how the industry deals with coronavirus, the sessions will also look at New Work, AI, blogging and open data. Virtual ITB Convention: Extraordinary Sessions on Current Topics The streaming and video program will be updated regularly over the next few days to provide additional content. Details and upgrades are available on ITB.com at any time.
A new ADAC analysis shows where German tourists traveled by car on their summer trip. And just released new ADAC data confirmed that the announcements were correct – Istria has been declared the most popular region for summer travel during the covid crisis. As in previous years, Germany ranks first among the most popular holiday destinations: with 33,3 percent. Italy follows with 14,9 percent – albeit with big losses, while Croatia recorded the highest growth and ranked third with 14,3 percent. Spain no longer enters the top ten countries, up from seventh last year. Camping in Germany and Croatia is booming It was among the most popular holiday regions according to the ADAC this year Research i Dalmacija, which are in the first two places. However, regardless of the fact that a part of the passengers spent their summers in Germany, the data show that Croatia is at the very top, more precisely among the TOP 3 destinations, with the highest growth. ADAC is the largest German and European car club with more than 18 million members whose camping guide is the most important source of information for German guests. Croatian camps recorded the highest quality growth in Europe, Holidays at the camp have also experienced a boom this summer. For campers, Germany is also in first place with 35,1 percent and is also recording significant growth here. Croatia (15,4 percent) was second only to Italy (14,9 percent) compared to the previous year. For the first time, Switzerland also placed in the top ten. In the edition of the popular “camping bible” for 2020, Croatian camps recorded the highest growth in quality in Europe, among which Istrians have the highest average rating of 4,1 (the highest is 5). Otherwise, according to a recently published study TOMAS CROATIA 2019 “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia” as many as 73% of guests come to Adriatic Croatia by car, 19% by air and 6% by bus. Istria is in July according to a study by ADAC, the largest German and European car club, in times of crisis caused by the pandemic, it was declared the most popular holiday region for German motorists, who have been showing their commitment to it for 10 years. As in previous years, the ADAC assessed the route requirements of its members and compared them with previous years. Due to Corona’s limitations, the travel period between May and September was specifically considered this year. Restrictions during that period had a noticeable impact on travel behavior, so many travelers opted for a vacation in their home country, the ADAC points out. The highest category ADAC Superplatz for 2020. Aminess Sirena and Aminess Maravea Camping Resort in Novigrad, Val Saline and FKK-Camping Valalta in Rovinj, Lanterna Premium Camping Resort near Tara and Istra Premium Camping Resort in Funtana, which also won a special award for innovation and development – ADAC Innovation & Progress Award 2020. Germany and Croatia at the top