The 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.
Barcelona have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.Valverde, 55, helped the club to two successive La Liga titles and they lead on goal difference this season.However, the Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership and have failed to reach the Champions League final. Setien, 61, led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May.He has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal on Tuesday.In a statement, Barca said they had reached an agreement with Valverde to terminate his contract and thanked him “for his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment towards all that make up the Barca family”.Valverde was under pressure towards the end of last season following the ignominious Champions League semi-final defeat by Liverpool, having led 3-0 after the first leg, and the Copa del Rey final loss to Valencia.The defeat by the Reds particularly rankled, because it was reminiscent of the collapse at the hands of Roma in the competition the previous season and suggested he had failed to correct a weaknesses in his team.Valverde did guide the Catalans to the top of the table at the halfway stage of this season, but the fluid displays that fans had become accustomed to during the past 15 years were only sporadic.Their away form was especially disappointing with losses at Athletic Bilbao, Granada and Levante plus draws at Osasuna, Real Sociedad and Espanyol.After managing lower-league sides, he led Las Palmas to 11th in La Liga – their best finish for 40 years – and enjoyed further success at Betis, where in his first season he led them to sixth place and qualification for the Europa League.Betis also secured wins over Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid during his two-year tenure. He left the Seville outfit by mutual consent in the summer.Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi had been strongly linked with the head coach’s role. He confirmed media reports that he spoke to the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau over the weekend, before he reportedly rejected the club’s offer,.Other names to have been linked with the club included former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who managed rivals Espanyol, and current B team manager Xavi Garcia Pimienta.‘Setien is a devout disciple of Cruyffian football.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram