Apart from the excellent opportunity for the promotion and branding of our country, both economically and through tourism, the EU presidency also brings various congresses to be held in Croatia. This is one of the reasons why the General Assembly discussed the future of tourism development and its legislative framework in the EU, as well as the lack of manpower and the future of accommodation in new tourism business models. “Croatia has become one of the key European destinations. Its recent presidency of the European Union and its importance in the tourism market will undoubtedly position the country as one of the most important stakeholders on the road to sustainable tourism.”, Said Jens Zimmer Christensen, President of the European Hotel and Hospitality Association (HOTREC). One of them is the holding of the General Assembly of HOTREC in Croatia. Thus, representatives of leading European hoteliers and caterers from 31 countries, members HOTRECto meet in Dubrovnik from 16 to 18 October at the 79th General Assembly, hosted by the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association (UPUHH). The hotel and catering industry, together with other tourism industries, is the third largest European industry, employing more than 11,9 million people within the European Union alone. For the first time, Croatia will take over the presidency of the European Union from January to June 2020. “Tourism here, as in the whole of Croatia and Europe, faces numerous challenges that can only be solved with a common approach. Our sector is open to sharing knowledge, experience and good practice with decision makers in order to build a path to future success together.”, Said on behalf of the host Veljko Ostojic, president of UPUHH. On the other hand, the Hospitality and Catering industry numbers about two million entrepreneurs in Europe, of which 99,5 percent are small and medium-sized, with micro-entrepreneurs, employing less than 10 employees, as many as 91 percent. “Our tourism policy is focused on responsible and sustainable tourism. In this direction, we have adopted a new package of tourism laws, which were praised by the UNWTO Secretary General, assessing them as an example for other countries. We are establishing a system of sustainable tourism with the functioning of a system based on the system of destination management, which gives us a framework for better positioning and maintaining the competitiveness of Croatian tourism in the world. Our Government has recognized the important role of tourism in the overall economy, and from 2020 the VAT on food in the hospitality industry will be reduced to 13 percent, which the hospitality sector has already welcomed, announcing that this will create conditions for new investments and increase wages.”, said Frano Matusic Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism.
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It will be celebration time next week when the PING women’s fourball betterball tournament marks its 10th anniversary.The Plate and Grand Finals take place on Monday and Tuesday, September 7 and 8 respectively, at PING’s own Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Each day, 50 pairs will compete for the titles, continuing a success story which began in 2006.The tournament, which is run by England Golf, was an instant hit when it was launched and thousands of players from 800 clubs grabbed an opportunity to play an unusual format for women.Over the past decade the tournament has become one of the highlights of the calendar and became so popular that the Plate Final was added to the Grand Final in 2009.This year, 846 clubs took part by running qualifying rounds and the 50 pairs who reached the Grand Final mostly scored 44 points or better, with just four claiming their place with 43 points. The remaining 37 clubs with 43 points and 13 clubs with 42 points successfully qualified for the Plate Final. The ballots for both finals were decided on countback.The tournament is an event which combines competition with friendship and club spirit. Most finalists arrive in their club colours and pairings have featured mothers and daughters, in-laws, sisters, twins – and a pair whose surnames were Duck and Mallard.There’s been players as young as 12, as well as competitors at the other end of the age spectrum. One pair brought their own fan club –an entourage of nine supporters from their proud club, bearing a large, home-made banner.The players represent all abilities, with high handicappers and low, internationals and very new golfers, county players and former professionals. One finalist played when she was 37-weeks pregnant and, twice, competitors were so determined to take part that they played solo when injury or illness forced their partners to call off.Finalists have also faced some interesting hazards, such as the time when a deer chewed a competitor’s ball!The rewards for reaching one of the finals include a fabulous goodie bag, great prizes and a lovely lunch. The most-common word at registration is ‘Wow!’ and when one competitor signed in for last year’s Grand Final she asked the organiser: “Can I kiss you now? It’s Christmas come early!”Click here for championship webpageCaption: 2014 Grand Final winners Sheila Mcdonald (left) and Pam Wiseley (Image © Leaderboard Photography)PAST WINNERSGRAND FINAL2014 Pam Wiseley & Sheila Mcdonald – Houldsworth, Cheshire2013 Denise Page & Sarah Dawson – Willow Valley, Yorkshire2012 Rita Towler & Dorothy Scholes – Harwood, Lancashire2011 Laura Harrison & Abbie Spence – Hobson, Co Durham2010 Cath Rawthore & Hilary Tarleton – Sale, Cheshire2009 Sue Elliott & Rachael Thomas – Henbury, Gloucestershire2008 Bridget Moore & Jenny Readman- Meon Valley, Hampshire2007 Cynthia Hollingsworth & Megan Ball – Colne Valley, Essex2006 Shirley Kay & Jenny Knight – Matlock, DerbyshirePLATE FINAL2014 Sian Mansey & Carol Simpson – Horsley Lodge, Derbyshire2013 Karen Hughes & Elaine Ducker – Cottingham, Yorkshire2012 Ros Ford & Sarah Gotts – Cretingham, Suffolk2011 Philippa Mason & Samantha Reagan – Shooters Hill, Kent2010 Ruth Coleby & Linda Young – Penrith, Cumbria2009 Lilias Adamson & Sue Pearson – Ely City, Cambridgeshire 2 Sep 2015 PING women’s tournament marks its 10th anniversary
Mumbai, Jul 25 (PTI) Aiming to help grow the sport in India, Premier Futsal has collaborated with a leading futsal company in the world, Proneo Sport, ahead of the second season. It also welcomed St. Agnelo VNCT as the team owners of Chennai 5s after announcing a three-year association with Ronaldinho and the Mumbai 5s team owners last week. One of the leading real-estate developers in India, St. Agnelo VNCT will aim to promote the sport in Chennai by providing the right guidance and platform to the youth. Vimala Rani Britto, vice-chairman, Premier Futsal, said, “We are happy to associate with St. Agnelo VNCT as the Chennai team owners for Season 2. With a mission to grow the sport in India, Premier Futsal is dedicated to engage with todays youth by encouraging their participation in the sport by enabling them with right direction and guidance.” Agnelorajesh Athaide of St. Agnelo VNCT said, “The inaugural year of Premier Futsal witnessed a huge fan following across both genders, making its way as a leading sport league in India.” Proneo Sports, the company that specialises in managing professional sports players, will assist in promoting the sport in India. PTI AH AH