Month: November 2020

Bamboo shoots blamed for botulism cases in Thailand

first_imgMar 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of apparent botulism associated with home-preserved bamboo shoots has sickened more than 150 people following a festival in northern Thailand, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The Thai Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) determined that 152 people had signs and symptoms consistent with botulism by Mar 20, the WHO reported today. All the patients had eaten traditionally prepared pickled bamboo shoots, the WHO said.A hundred people were hospitalized, and 40 of them needed respirators, but no one has died to date, the WHO said. The Bangkok Post reported today that 42 of the patients were comatose.The sick people were among about 170 who participated in a Buddhist festival in Banluang district of Nan province last week, China’s Xinhua news service reported.Botulism, caused by Clostridium botulinum toxin, leads to vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, cranial nerve dysfunction, respiratory failure, and sometimes death. It has an incubation period of 12 hours to 3 days, but recovery may take months.Thai health officials tracked and recalled the bamboo shoots and are educating the public on food safety, WHO said. The authorities seized 21 cans and 550 bags of bamboo shoots yesterday, the Bangkok Post reported. Those samples will be examined as part of the ongoing investigation.A case-control and cohort study is under way, with WHO, MOPH, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating the incident.Sixty doses of antitoxin from the United Kingdom, the United States, and drug manufacturer Sanofi-Pasteur have been provided to Thailand, the WHO said. In addition, Xinhua reported today that Japan is sending 70 doses of antitoxin and experts to help investigate.About 40 seriously ill patients will be flown by helicopter from northern Thailand to hospitals in Bangkok, according to Xinhua.Botulinum toxin has been weaponized and is considered a Category A biological weapon, one of a group of agents that can be easily disseminated, cause high mortality, might cause public panic, and require special action for public health preparedness.Although C botulinum is one of several agents used in biological weapons, the New York Times reported today that Thai officials have “given no indication that the food poisoning originated from anything but contaminated food.”See also: CIDRAP overview of botulism guide to foodborne disease read more

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Croatia award for the most attractive new destination on the Indian market

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board presented itself at the business fair for the first time OTM in the Indian city of Mumbai, otherwise the largest tourism fair in the Asia-Pacific region.And as they point out from the CNTB, the organizer of the fair recognized the positive marketing step of Croatia in the large Indian market by awarding Croatia an award in the category “Most promising new destination”, ie recognition for the most attractive new destination. In addition to business people and representatives of tour operators working on the Indian subcontinent, the Croatian stand was also visited by the Minister of Tourism of India. Jaykumar Rawal, who spoke with representatives of the Croatian tourism sector at the fair.The OTM fair is a great opportunity to meet and build long-term business relationships. The fair was attended by 1.300 exhibitors from 60 countries, and in addition to the Croatian Tourist Board, the tourist boards of the City of Zagreb, Dubrovnik-Neretva and Zadar counties also presented their offer. From the Indian market in 2017, more than 56.000 arrivals and 128.000 overnight stays were realized, which compared to 2016 represents a high double-digit increase of 65% in arrivals and 60% in overnight stays.Promotion of the Croatian Tourist Board at the BOOT nautical fair in DusseldorfThe Croatian National Tourist Board is once again participating in an important nautical fair this year BOOT, which takes place in Düsseldorf from 20 to 28 January. The fair was also visited by the director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić, who met with representatives of the German Sailors’ Association and influential representatives of the German media specializing in nautical, which further explained the increase in sojourn tax for boaters for 2018.The importance of nautical, as an integral part of the overall Croatian tourist offer, was emphasized by director Staničić. “Appearance at the BOOT fair in Düsseldorf represents an excellent opportunity for additional positioning of the Croatian nautical offer in this, for us, very important market. Namely, in 2017, more than 470.000 arrivals and more than 3 million overnight stays were realized in the nautical charter in Croatia, which represents an increase in arrivals and overnight stays of 15 percent. It was from the German market that the largest tourist turnover was achieved in this segment, ie 76.000 arrivals and 569.000 overnight stays, which also represents an increase of 15 percent compared to 2016.” said director Staničić and added that this year he expects the continuation of positive trends from the German market and even better positioning of Croatia as an attractive nautical destination.The Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and ACI, organized a business gathering for partners with the Croatian eno gastro offer as part of the Croatian stand. In addition to the Croatian National Tourist Board as the main exhibitor, as part of the Croatian stand, five co-exhibitors presented their offer at the BOOT fair: Angelina Yachtcharter, Burin Yacht Charter, Croatia Yachting, Marina Muroskva and The Yachting Club.last_img read more

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Agreement signed on cooperation with municipalities and cities of PGC on the project Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture

first_imgThe company RIJEKA 2020 doo, which implements the project Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture (ECoC), today in the City of Rijeka signed an agreement with 19 cities and municipalities in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County on program cooperation on the largest national cultural project.This act formalized the relations between TD RIJEKA 2020, the City of Rijeka – the holder of the title of ECOC and the coastal and mountainous cities and municipalities that have expressed interest in being involved in the implementation of the project. These are Bakar, Rab, Delnice, Krk, Opatija, Mali Lošinj, Novi Vinodolski, Crikvenica, Cres, Kastav, Lovran, Vrbnik, Mošćenička Draga, Jelenje, Fužine, Kostrena, Čavle and Malinska-Dubašnica.The agreement defines cooperation on two program directions of the ECOC project – 27 neighborhoods and Lungomare, however, according to the director of RIJEKA 2020 Emina Višnić, the agreement will not limit cooperation on other program directions and ECOC programs.Rijeka Mayor Vojko Obersnel stated that the importance of the ECOC title for the entire regional community, which is often emphasized, is not only declarative because the togetherness of as many partners as possible forms the core of the project from its very beginning and candidacy process. “This is a great opportunity to present our cultural and social heritage, what we do and what we will do, to Europe, but also to improve infrastructure, the quality of staff in the cultural sector, cultural cooperation with other sectors and our international visibility in economic and other activities. “said Obersnel.Emina Višnić, director of TD RIJEKA 2020, stated that the European Capital of Culture project has a European, national and regional component that are interconnected, so cooperation with local governments in this regard is natural. “ECOC is a title that the City of Rijeka shares with its partners – Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the University of Rijeka, surrounding cities and municipalities, and cultural institutions and associations. The goal of RIJEKA 2020 is to include as many partners as possible, because that is the only way to create a lasting legacy in this area. “, said Visnic.Mentioning that Rijeka has a specific culture and cultural heritage, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Prefect Zlatko Komadina pointed out that county towns and municipalities will give the project a regional flair and cultural events throughout the county will create and strengthen its cultural and artistic network. The prefect stated that a lot of work, effort and financial resources had been invested in the project, and that togetherness in the production and promotion of culture would result in a quality tourist product.Read the full concept and program of the candidacy here</p>
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In 2019, two new TUI Airways flights from Rijeka to the UK

first_imgFrom next year, Rijeka Airport with the United Kingdom will be connected to two new airlines of the British airline, TUI Airways.TUI Airways from Rijeka to Manchester and London Gatwick will fly in the summer season of 2019, from May 23 to October 17, or from 147 to 154 days a year.The introduction of two air charter routes from Rijeka to the UK, after almost 20 years, is the result of an agreement and a meeting held on July 24 this year at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure (MPPI) with representatives of the TUI Group. , which was attended by the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković, Director of Rijeka Airport Tomislav Palalić and representatives of the TUI Group, discussed the need to introduce these lines and enter the English market and agreed on all preconditions for the introduction of two new lines. To connect Croatia with Great Britain.TUI Airways will connect Rijeka with London and Manchester once a week, every Thursday in the period from May 23 to October 17, 2019. Tickets for the announced TUI Airways flights to Rijeka are already on sale, and a Boeing aircraft should fly on the routes. 737-800 with a capacity of 189 seats.last_img read more

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The HOTREC General Assembly will be held in Croatia

first_imgApart 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. center_img “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.last_img read more

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Two agreements were signed for the establishment of the Regional Center of Competence in Tourism and Hospitality

first_imgThe establishment of the Center consists of arranging the infrastructure and programs that will be implemented, which includes foreign experts, and will profile itself as a center of excellence that will generate the best and highest quality human potential in the tourism and hospitality segment of gastronomy. The Dubrovnik School of Tourism and Hospitality has been awarded more than HRK 101 million in grants for the establishment of a Regional Center of Competence in Tourism and Hospitality. The second contract between TUŠ Dubrovnik and the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union funds is worth more than 29 million kuna. The allocated funds also cover 100% of the eligible costs related to the infrastructure of the regional center of competence. The project is 85% funded by the European Regional Development Fund and 15% from the state budget. With the first contract worth more than HRK 72 million, the Ministry of Tourism allocated funds to the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, which cover 100% of eligible costs, and which relate to regional establishment activities center of competence. The project is 85% funded by the European Social Fund and 15% from the state budget.center_img The City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County signed in September last year lease agreement for the Villa Chingrija complex for a period of 10 years, while the County subleased it to the Dubrovnik School of Tourism and Hospitality, also for a period of 10 years, all with the aim of establishing a future Regional Center. Source and photo: dubrovnik.hrlast_img read more

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Establishment of a single communication platform in the tourism sector

first_imgThe implementation of the project Tourism Sector and the Role of Social Dialogue was successfully completed, which aimed to increase the efficiency, sustainability of results and continuity of social dialogue in Croatia, and improve the quality of social dialogue by developing and strengthening administrative and professional capacities of social partners internationally, nationally, regionally. local and sectoral level. The project Tourism Sector and the Role of Social Dialogue was funded by the European Union with funds from the European Social Fund (ESF), Operational Program Effective Human Resources for the period 2014-2020, Strengthening social dialogue – phase III.  In order to increase the efficiency of human resources in partner organizations, 18 educational workshops were held over 7 months to learn about social dialogue in Croatia and Europe, and representatives of partner organizations were awarded certificates after the training. As part of the conducted trainings, in-depth analyzes of the current positions of the sector in relation to industrial relations, destination management and collective bargaining were performed, and based on them, proposals for future activities and actions were determined. The idea of ​​the project, which brought together the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services and a leading association in tourism, came from listening to the need of the profession for unified communication standards with the intention of encouraging and strengthening the voice of social partners and employers and the profession. together they could offer proposed solutions for selected sectoral policies. As part of the last project activity – public social dialogue with representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Employment Service, the Institute for Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board – three studies from the project were presented: industrial relations, tourist destination and the role of negotiating skills for social dialogue. condition analyzes spawned and defined space for action. “At the same time, this project brought us closer and identified common interests and needs that we will tackle together in the upcoming, apparently, challenging period for Croatian tourism. “, Concluded Ivana Maltar, director of UHPA. Referring to the activities of ECTAA in the context of dynamic business conditions of travel agencies, Russe stressed the importance of coordinated action of stakeholders who share common goals, while welcoming the initiative of Croatian associations and unions on this project.  Social dialogue as the foundation of European social policy helps to create decent working conditions, improve labor legislation and develop social partnership as a tool to achieve common goals such as job creation, better living standards and economic growth.  Also, as part of a study trip to Brussels, the project partners met with representatives of leading EU associations in tourism and participated in a round table with the aim of establishing a single communication platform between national and European stakeholders. Representatives of EYCA (European Youth Card Association), EFCO & HPA (European Federation of Campingsite Organizations and Holiday Park Associations) and ECTAA (European Travel Agents ‘and Tour) gathered at the Brussels headquarters of the umbrella hoteliers’ association – HOTREC. Operators Association). At the invitation of UHPA, the workshop was also attended on behalf of ECTAA by the Deputy Secretary General of ECTAA, Ms. Christina Russe. Project “Tourism sector and the role of social dialogue” in which the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) participated as one of the partners began implementation in October 2018. with the intention of educating the social partners in the tourism sector for social dialogue.  “The Tourism Sector and the Role of Social Dialogue project not only met but also exceeded our expectations. In addition to the successful implementation of all project activities we have set ourselves to improve the quality of social dialogue in Croatia, a unique communication platform has been established that will contribute to quality and, I believe, long-term cooperation with our partners, leading tourism associations and the Croatian Tourism and Services Union. pointed out Ivana Maltar, director of UHPA. As part of the project, a round table was held with representatives of the public sector, in which representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the Croatian Employment Service and the Institute of Tourism also participated. Participants welcomed the initiative of associations and the need to open key issues of common interest to the sector and stressed the importance of the tourism sector for the entire economy. The project leader was the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services (STUH), which brought together leading associations in the tourism sector: the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA), the Croatian Hotel Entrepreneurs Association (UPUHH), the Croatian Camping Association (KUH), the Croatian Holiday and hostel association (HFHS) and the National Association of Family and Small Hotels (OMH). Tourism sector and the role of social dialogue The value of the project was 1,4 million kuna, and it was financed through a grant from the European Social Fund, within the program “Effective Human Resources 2014-2020.”last_img read more

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