Month: November 2020

‘We get to keep our Social Security and our Medicare’

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first_img– Advertisement – While many in the media class are giving a lot of airtime to middle-of-the-road and conservative BS about President-elect Joe Biden’s need to be … a Republican(?), the joy being felt across the country is not simply the result of ending the Donald Trump nightmare. It’s about righting a ship the Republican Party has directed away from the majority of American citizens’ needs. But it’s also about pointing that ship, sinking under the weight of conservative greed, in a direction that promises to protect more Americans, not less.An example of what this victory for the Democratic Party, its policies, and ideology means to Americans can be seen viscerally in a TikTok video posted by Amelia Cody. In it, her mother watches as Pennsylvania is finally called for Joe Biden. “I’m so happy,” she weeps, and when asked why she explains that “We get to keep our Social Security and our Medicare, Amy. Thank you, sweet Jesus.” This isn’t about some existential bogus threat that the Democratic Party is going to come and steal your guns, or not allow you to have a Christmas tree in your living room. It’s about Republican policy, going back well before Donald Trump came into power, that wants to raid Social Security and Medicare in order to filter more and more money to the party’s wealthiest overlords.- Advertisement – A-Cody.jpglast_img read more

Emily Harrington Is First Woman to Free-Climb El Capitan Route in Less Than a Day

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first_imgThe climb went smoothly until she attempted a difficult pitch in the sun around noon on Wednesday. Her fingers were so slick with sweat that she slipped off, she said, so she rested for 30 minutes and tried again. She slipped off again, this time smacking her head against the wall as she swung on the rope. Suddenly, she said, there was “blood everywhere, spewing out from my head.”She flashed back to a brutal fall she suffered last year while attempting the same climb, one that sent her to a hospital. But after checking her vital signs and bandaging her head, she put her hands on the rock once more.- Advertisement – “There was part of me that wanted to give up and the other part of me was like, ‘You owe it to yourself to try again,’” she said. “Then I just had one of those attempts where it was an out-of-body experience, like, ‘I can’t believe I’m still holding on, I can’t believe I’m still holding on,’ and then I was finished with the pitch.”Ms. Harrington, who grew up in Colorado, has been climbing since she was 10. She is a five-time sport climbing U.S. national champion and a two-time North American champion. She scaled Mount Everest and Mont Blanc in 2012, and Ama Dablam in 2013.Free-climbing El Capitan, she said, requires strength, stamina, technical skill and the fitness to endure a day of exertion.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img It’s unclear how many people in total have free-climbed El Capitan in under 24 hours, but the American Alpine Club, a climbing organization, estimates that only 15 to 25 climbers have pulled it off. The first to do so was Lynn Hill, whose scaling of El Cap in 1994, following the Nose route, remains one of the most famous ascents in rock climbing.Free-climbing El Cap is still very much “a male-dominated thing, despite the fact that Lynn was the first to do it,” Ms. Harrington said. “I always received so much advice from men, people telling me how I should do things, how I’m doing it wrong, but in the end I just decided to do it anyway despite the fact that a lot of people felt that maybe I couldn’t or maybe I didn’t belong there.”last_img read more

Morning Digest: The next stop on our tour of 2020’s presidential results by district: South Carolina

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first_imgCampaign ActionWhile most Palmetto State polls showed Donald Trump running well behind his 55-41 2016 margin of victory, Trump ended up taking South Carolina by only a slightly smaller 55-43 last week. Trump once again carried six of the state’s seven congressional districts, with Joe Biden winning House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s heavily Democratic 6th District.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The closest constituency, not surprisingly, was the 1st District along the coast, where Trump moved downward from 53-40 to only 52-46. This shift to the left, though, wasn’t quite enough for freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham, who lost re-election 51-49 against Republican Nancy Mace.Trump carried his other five seats by double digits. The closest was the 2nd District in the Augusta and Columbia suburbs, which supported him 56-39 in 2016 but by a smaller 55-44 in 2020. Democrats hoped before Election Day that veteran Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican who infamously screamed “You lie!” at Barack Obama during a congressional address in 2009, could be vulnerable there against well-funded Democrat Adair Ford Boroughs, but Wilson won by a comparable 56-43. The 6th District, meanwhile, moved from 67-30 Clinton to 67-32 Biden.Georgia Runoffs● GA-Sen-A, GA-Sen-B: Though the Georgia runoffs are little more than a week old, Advertising Analytics reports that $45 million has already been spent on the airwaves in both races, with $31 million coming from the campaigns themselves.- Advertisement – It gets predictably worse from there. Among other things, the ad claims Warnock “hosted a rally for communist dictator Fidel Castro” while showing some grainy footage from 1995. Warnock doesn’t appear in the clip, though: His campaign says he was only a junior member of the staff at the church where Castro spoke and wasn’t involved in the decision to invite the late Cuban leader.The second ad resurfaces Jeremiah Wright, the former Chicago pastor whose incendiary sermons attracted great scrutiny during Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008. It features footage of Wright angrily orating from the pulpit, interspersed with clips of Warnock defending Wright. The spot concludes with the narrator spitting, “Raphael Warnock: a radical’s radical.”Warnock was one of several Black clergyman who spoke out on Wright’s behalf at the time, saying his most inflammatory remarks had been divorced from the full context of the sermons from which they were drawn. Earlier this year, he stood by his past statements, saying, “Any fair-thinking person would recognize that everything a government does, even the American government, is not consistent with God’s dream for the world.”Uncalled RacesQuite a few contests remain uncalled, but we’re tracking all of them on our continually updated cheat-sheet, and of course we’ll cover each of them in the Digest once they’re resolved.● IA-02: Democrat Rita Hart announced Thursday that she’d seek a recount in this open seat contest; Hart trailed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks by 47 votes as of Thursday afternoon. Miller-Meeks, for her part, has declared victory while refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden’s win.● NJ-07: While the Associated Press called this contest for freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski just after Election Day, the race has dramatically tightened over the following week and plenty more ballots remain to be counted.Malinowski went from holding a 28,400 vote lead over Republican Tom Kean Jr. on Nov. 4 to an edge of 6,275 as of Thursday afternoon. The New Jersey Globe’s David Wildstein projects that there are close to 38,800 ballots left to count at the very minimum, and “that number could be as high as around 60,000.” The AP, though, has not retracted its call.Called Races● IL-14: On Thursday, the Associated Press called the race for this seat in Chicago’s western exurbs for freshman Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood. The congresswoman’s victory also means that Republican Jim Oberweis has yet another high-profile defeat in his ledger.  ● NY-11: Republican Nicole Malliotakis reclaimed this Staten Island-based seat for her party, and freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose conceded on Thursday.● CA Ballot: The Associated Press has called a victory for Proposition 19, known as the Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment. CBS San Francisco describes Prop. 19, which passed 51-49, as a measure that “gives exemptions to older homeowners, the disabled and wildfire victims and strips breaks from people who inherit homes but don’t live in them.”● Maricopa County, AZ Recorder: Republican Stephen Richer reclaimed this post for his party by unseating Democratic incumbent Adrian Fontes 50.1-49.9, and Fontes conceded on Thursday. The recorder is tasked with administering elections in Maricopa County, which is home to more than 60% of the state’s population and whose 4.5 million residents make it the fourth-largest county nationally. However, Republican county Board of Supervisors members took control of key powers from Fontes’ office following his 2016 victory.● NC Auditor: The AP has called this race for Democratic incumbent Beth Wood, who turned back Republican Anthony Street 51-49.Gubernatorial● AR-Gov: Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is termed-out in 2022, and the GOP primary to succeed him has been underway for well over a year now. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who previously represented central Arkansas in the U.S. House from 2011 to 2015, announced that he was running all the way back in August of 2019. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, whose 2014 victory made her the first woman and the first Republican to ever hold this post, also entered the contest in July of this year.There may also be more takers for Team Red before too long. The potential candidate who has generated the most chatter for years is former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee: When Sanders was asked about her interest in this post in a September appearance on “Good Morning America,” she only replied, “We’ll see.”Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren was more direct this month, and he acknowledged he was considering a gubernatorial bid on election night. Political columnist Steve Brawner recently wrote that Hendren could be a hard sell for GOP primary voters, though, saying he “made the career-killing mistake of trying to craft workable bipartisan solutions to challenging problems.”● AZ-Gov: Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is ineligible to run for a third term in 2022, and this swing state is very likely to be a major battleground. One Democrat who has gotten plenty of attention as a possible candidate is Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and she expressed interest in running at the end of 2019. Hobbs also predicted at the time she’d decide “probably in early ’21.”On the Republican side, the Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts wrote last month that state Treasurer Kimberly Yee seemed to be positioning herself for a bid. Yee, Roberts noted, appeared in commercials this year opposing Proposition 208, a ballot measure to create a new tax on high earners to fund schools.Prop. 208 ultimately passed 52-48, but Yee’s campaign against it may have boosted her name recognition. Indeed, Roberts notes that then-state Treasurer Doug Ducey himself increased his profile in 2012 by chairing the successful campaign against a referendum to fund education, a campaign that took place two years before Ducey was elected governor. Republican politicos also speculated last month that Ducey was behind Yee’s anti-Prop. 208 campaign, with one consultant saying, “It’s Ducey’s attempt to anoint somebody in the next cycle because we know he’s not happy with other elected officials in this state.”Roberts added that the Republican that Ducey seems to want to block is state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, whom she says is “expected to make a run” for governor in 2022. Brnovich, who will be termed-out of his current post that year, has repeatedly clashed with Ducey; in September, Brnovich notably challenged Ducey’s order closing bars in order to stop the spread of the pandemic.  ● MN-Gov: Republicans have struggled statewide in recent years in Minnesota, which Joe Biden took 52-45 last week, but they’re hoping that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz will be vulnerable in two years. Retiring state Sen. Scott Jensen recently told the Star Tribune’s Patrick Condon that he was thinking about running, and Condon adds that state Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka is “seen as a likely candidate.”A few other Republicans aren’t closing the door. Rep. Pete Stauber responded to speculation by saying he was flattered but focused on his current job, which is not a no. State Sen. Carla Nelson, who lost the 2018 GOP primary for Congress to now-Rep. Jim Hagedorn, also said when asked if she was interested in running for a statewide post, “I never closed any doors.” Last week, Minnesota Morning Take also relayed, “Other names from solid sources on the 2022 Republican short list for Governor” include state Rep. Barb Haley and NBC sportscaster Michele Tafoya as possibilities, though there’s no word if either are actually thinking about it.Finally, it seems we’re in for another cycle of trying to decipher My Pillow founder Mike Lindell’s political intentions. A reporter tweeted last month that Lindell had told the crowd at a Trump event that he’d run, but KTTC quoted him at the time as saying, “Absolutely, if the president wins I’m gonna run.” (Emphasis ours.)Later on Nov. 4, Lindell told the Minnesota Reformer he had planned to run if Trump carried Minnesota, something that the far-right pillow salesman acknowledged at the time didn’t end up happening. Lindell added, “But now I’ve gotta debate and I’ve gotta pray about it and see what happens with the presidential election. (They) might need me now more than ever.” Days later, Lindell baselessly accused Joe Biden of only winning Minnesota through fraud.● NE-Gov: There will be a wide-open race to succeed GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts in 2022, and there are plenty of Republicans who could campaign in this very red state. The only one we’ve heard publicly express interest so far is state Sen. Brett Lindstrom, who acknowledged he was considering in November of last year.On the Democratic side, 2018 nominee Bob Krist announced in April of 2019 that he was running again, a move that came months after he lost to Ricketts 59-41. Krist went on to endorse Republican Rep. Don Bacon in his successful re-election campaign this year.● PA-Gov: While there are plenty of Democrats who could run to succeed termed-out Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey said this week that he’d stay out of the 2022 contest.● SC-Gov: Republican Gov. Henry McMaster’s campaign chief said in May of 2019 that the incumbent would seek a second full term in 2022. McMaster was elevated from lieutenant governor to governor in 2017 when Nikki Haley resigned to become Donald Trump’s first ambassador to the United Nations, and he was elected in his own right the following year. Republicans so far make up most of that spending: David Perdue has shelled out $19 million and Kelly Loeffler $6 million, while Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have spent $4 million and $2 million, respectively. Meanwhile, two super PACs aligned with Mitch McConnell, the Senate Leadership Fund and American Crossroads, are each reportedly putting in $4.5 million.Loeffler, unsurprisingly, is using her airtime to launch attacks against Warnock, who largely avoided getting targeted with negative ads during the first round of voting since Loeffler was pre-occupied with staving off fellow Republican Doug Collins. Now she’s amping the usual GOP playbook to 11.The first of her two new spots starts with a shot of young school kids (all but one of whom are white) with hands on hearts, presumably reciting the pledge of allegiance. A scary-sounding narrator declares, “This is America—but will it still be if the radical left controls the Senate?”- Advertisement –last_img read more

USPS hopes to install 100 anthrax detectors this year

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first_imgJun 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Postal Service (USPS) has begun installing anthrax-detection systems in major mail-processing centers and hopes to have the equipment in 100 facilities by the end of this year. After testing the Biohazard Detection System (BDS) for nearly 2 years in Baltimore, the USPS began installing the system in major processing and distribution centers in March, said Bob Anderson, a USPS spokesman in Washington, DC. See also: The detection system includes an air-collection hood over machines that handle “raw” mail collected from mailboxes, Anderson said. Air samples are drawn to a cabinet where they are tested automatically for anthrax. The system can be expanded to test for other pathogens, but currently it only tests for anthrax, he said. Besides testing the system initially in Baltimore, the Postal Service ran one-month tests of the equipment at 14 facilities last summer, Anderson said. The equipment was removed from those plants after the tests. “Equipment has been installed and I believe it’s up and running in six of those facilities,” Anderson told CIDRAP News. “I believe the equipment is arriving at the seventh tomorrow.” He said installation of the system is moving generally from east to west, with Pittsburgh and Cleveland among the first cities to get the equipment. He said no evidence of anthrax has been detected by any of the systems so far.center_img He said plans call for installing the system in about 100 facilities by the end of November of this year and completing the project with another 183 installations in 2005. Northrop-Grumman, primary contractor for the project, is doing this year’s work under a $175 million contract, he said. The amount for next year’s work has not yet been determined. USPS news releases (click on Jun 4 release, “Biohazard Detection System Deployment Resumes”)http://www.usps.com/communications/news/press/welcome.htm USPS officials are meeting with local and state health officials in each city before the equipment is installed, Anderson said. “We have to meet with those officials and first responders and work out an emergency response plan in case we do detect anthrax in the mail,” he said. The inconclusive results “meant that a small, but unacceptable, number of tests had to be rerun to obtain conclusive results,” Azeezaly S. Jaffer, USPS vice president for public affairs, said in the news release. “Had anthrax been present, it would have been detected by the BDS. BDS has proven that it consistently and reliably detects anthrax in the mail.” The USPS decided to add the equipment after the anthrax-by-mail attacks in the fall of 2001. The attacks killed five people, including two postal workers, and caused 17 other cases of illness. The installation begun in March was suspended Apr 28 for testing to find out why some systems were yielding “inconclusive” results, the USPS reported. The project resumed Jun 4 after the problems were identified and corrected, the agency said in a news release.last_img read more

Arizona still the hot spot for West Nile

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first_imgJul 2, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Arizona continues to bear most of the current burden of West Nile virus (WNV) infections, with 38 of the 57 human cases reported nationwide, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the Arizona cases was fatal. Cases in other states included 10 in California, 3 in New Mexico, 2 in Florida, and 1 each in Michigan, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, the CDC reports in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The numbers were cases reported to the CDC as of Jun 29. See also: The case numbers reported by the CDC are lower in some cases than the numbers reported by states on their health department Web sites. For example, the Arizona Department of Health Services today reports 57 human WNV cases, rather than 38. Colorado, which is not mentioned in the MMWR report, is reporting seven cases. CDC. West Nile virus activity—United States, June 23-29, 2004. MMWR 2004;53(25):563 [Full text] The CDC classified 35 of the 57 cases as neuroinvasive disease, meaning severe infections involving meningitis or encephalitis, according to the agency’s WNV Web site. Nineteen cases were listed as West Nile fever, and three cases were unclassified. The total of 57 cases reported by the CDC this week is an increase of 25 since last week. The number of blood donors with evidence of WNV in their blood remained at 13, the same as last week. Twelve of the donors were in Arizona and one was in New Mexico.center_img The CDC says 23 states have reported a total of 760 dead crows and 85 other dead birds with WNV infection, and 11 states have reported 42 WNV infections in horses. CDC West Nile case counthttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/surv&controlCaseCount04_detailed.htm CDC spokesman Llelwyn Grant said there can be a lag between when the states report cases and when the CDC compiles and publishes the numbers. The states report cases through the ArboNet electronic surveillance system. “It’s not atypical for the states to be a little ahead of this system,” Grant told CIDRAP News. “They often will announce cases ahead of CDC and then we’ll eventually reflect them in the ArboNet case count system.” Grant said the CDC is updating its WNV case count once a week in this early stage of the WNV season. Later in the season the agency typically updates the numbers more often, so the numbers will probably track more closely what the states announce, he said. CDC West Nile main pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htmlast_img read more

HHS to set up biodefense advisory board

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first_img “This new advisory board will add a wide range of expertise and viewpoints from outside of government to help inform HHS decision-making processes,” Leavitt said. The board will meet twice a year, according to HHS. Jun 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt has announced plans to appoint a 13-member panel to advise him on biodefense issues, including chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological threats to public health. The panel will include four members from the drug, biotechnology, and medical device industries and four from academic institutions. Of the other five, one will be from an organization representing healthcare consumers and another must be a practicing healthcare professional, HHS said. The group, to be called the National Biodefense Science Board, was authorized by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, passed last December. It will give advice about trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field and make recommendations about research and development, according to an HHS news release issued yesterday. See also: Jun 19 HHS news release, with information on how to submit a resume for considerationhttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/06/20070619a.htmllast_img read more

British officials confirm H5N1 in turkey outbreak

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first_imgNov 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza virus found this week in turkeys at a farm in Suffolk, England, is the lethal H5N1 variety, veterinary officials announced today.Laboratory experts are still running tests on the samples to gain clues about the strain’s origin, according to a press release today from the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The farm is located near Diss, about 107 miles northeast of London.Authorities have declared a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the farm, plus a much wider restriction zone. Farmers in the zone are required to isolate poultry from wild birds, and movements of birds out of the zone are banned. DEFRA also banned bird-related gatherings in England, including bird shows and pigeon racing.The BBC said 6,500 poultry at the farm would be culled. The farm produces mostly turkeys but also raises ducks and geese.”A full epidemiological investigation and tracings of any dangerous contacts are underway and all possible sources of the outbreak will be investigated,” the DEFRA statement said.Fred Landeg, DEFRA’s acting chief veterinary officer, told BBC News today that initial genetic sequence data suggest that the outbreak strain is closely related to H5N1 viruses found recently in the Czech Republic and Germany, “which does suggest a possible wild bird source.””However, at this stage we are looking with an open mind as to the origin, and all potential sources of the origin will be investigated,” Landeg said.Previous news reports said the turkeys were free-range, which could have allowed them to come into contact with wild birds. Landeg said there is a lake at the affected farm that attracts a number of wild fowl, the BBC reported.Wild birds were initially suspected as the cause of an H5N1 outbreak in February at the Bernard Matthews turkey farm in another part of Suffolk, about 70 miles from London, but officials said later that the source was probably contaminated turkey meat imported from Hungary.The H5N1 findings at the Matthews farm represented the first outbreak of the lethal virus in British poultry. However, authorities also identified the virus in a wild swan that washed up on a Scottish shore in 2006 and in an imported pet bird in 2005.Today’s confirmation of H5N1 represents yet another infectious disease setback for Britain’s farmers. A laboratory leak of the foot-and-mouth disease virus from a vaccine research and production facility sparked outbreaks at five cattle farms in August and September. Veterinarians have also recently reported outbreaks of bluetongue disease in English cattle herds.See also:Nov 12 CIDRAP News story “UK reports H5 flu outbreak in turkeys”last_img read more

Forty agencies received ISO 9001: 2015 certification

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first_imgThe Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) together with its forty agencies has successfully implemented a project to renew the quality management system certificate according to ISO 9001: 2008 and the transition to ISO 9001: 2015, and the certification was carried out by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.The ISO 9001: 2015 standard is an internationally recognized standard introduced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for quality management systems. Successfully implemented quality management system according to ISO 9001: 2015 and operating in accordance with the requirements of this standard is a generally accepted way of working to ensure current and future customers or partners the expected quality of products and services. ISO 9001 certified travel agencies prove their commitment to providing quality services, a system of quality control of products and services and a focus on their continuous improvement.Quality management helps to better understand and monitor customer needs, achieve a greater degree of customer satisfaction and trust, more efficient business, increase productivity and profitability of the company, improve internal communication and achieve continuous growth and development. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized the importance of tourist agencies and their employees for the quality and sustainable development of Croatian tourism and expressed the full support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board for UHPA projects. “Congratulations to all the agencies that have earned this prestigious certificate for their dedicated work and the establishment of a quality management system that makes them more competitive in the tourism market, but also the Association itself. The offer of travel agencies is one of the most important things in the development of tourism, the motivator of the arrivals of our visitors and provides additional value to the entire tourism. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor and support the work of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies and its members who have been working for years on quality and guarantee that guests know what to expect from travel agencies. “The ISO certification project was launched by UHPA in 2012, which resulted in the certification of the first group of members of the Association in 2014, the second group in 2015, and the recertification of forty members in 2017. Today, UHPA is the first professional association in tourism in Croatia to hold the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate and one of the few to enter the certification process with a network of its members and successfully implement a project to implement and certify a quality management system. “Behind us is a great tourist year in which we achieved a record 100 million overnight stays. Travel agencies have certainly made a great contribution to this success. Looking at the turnover achieved this year, I especially want to draw attention to the increase in turnover in the pre-season and post-season. In that period, the majority of traffic is generated through travel agencies. It is nice to see that agencies are an important factor in the tourism sector, and we will certainly remain so with our work, creativity and in the future, regardless of all the challenges and threats that lie ahead.and “, stated Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA.List of agencies that have been awarded the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate Related news:CROATIAN TRAVEL AGENCIES URGENTLY NEED TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESSHOW CAN TOUR AND ACTIVITY ORGANIZERS COMPETE WITH LARGE ONLINE BOOKING PLATFORMS?last_img read more

TripAdvisor Transformation: Most Selling Experiences

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first_imgSoftware sales For the past couple of years, the company has been generating the most revenue from selling the experience. However, they face competitors like Airbnb, Booking.com, Ctrip, Expedia, GetYourGuide, Klook, KKDay and others who are trying to get their share of the pie related to excursion offers, activities and attractions. Despite this, TripAdvisor claims that they are still the leaders in offers and reservations around the world. Last year, TripAdvisor acquired Bokun, a software company that offers tour operators the option of an online booking service. “This is an aspect that is very difficult for others to replicate, ”He said, probably referring to the marketing challenge faced by well-funded startups like GetYourGuide and Klook in gaining customers. “The competition is fierce”, Said CEO Steve Kaufer. But it claims TripAdvisor has the most online users buying experiences. He noted that the company has an average of between 400 and 500 million visitors a month. The company plans to focus on demand because they want to attract tour operators and experience providers with the most profitable offers. Investments in marketing Source: Shift; TripAdvisor TripAdvisor claims that their strategy is to be one of the world’s largest travel agencies offering experiences like parasailing and hiking tours. But this week, they revealed a few more tactics with which they want to achieve this, reports Skift. Supply growth Last year, TripAdvisor spent $ 115 million on television advertising, and this year the plan is more or less the same. But the message they send will change over time. Last year’s campaign presented TripAdvisor as a hotel price comparison site. This year, TripAdvisor will be touted as a place to book experiences. Kaufer said that TripAdvisor and its sister brand Viator “leading in supply in most parts of the world.“He said the company now offers 202 experiences across the platform, more than the competition and twice as much as TripAdvisor offered a year ago. “We offer Bokun practically free”, Said CFO Ernst Teunissen. “We offer this software to new suppliers as an additional service. Although it does not bring us much income at the moment, it has the potential to do so in the future.” Tickets at a discount TripAdvisor said in 2018 that their earnings from the experience reached $ 48 million. This year, TripAdvisor plans to encourage cheap experiences like museum tickets and group walking tours. In the first quarter of 2019, the company spent $ 24 million of $ 80 million in revenue on product development and marketing, but also on discounts and promotions.last_img read more

Cooperation between CNTB and Lonely Planet: Promotion of Croatia on Lonely Planet media platforms

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first_imgLonely Planet included Istria in the prestigious list of “Best in Europe” Top 10 destinations in Europe in 2019.  According to the CNTB, all materials will be used for advertising, which will be carried out in two parts. The first wave of advertising will last from May to the end of June and includes the promotion of Slavonia and Zadar. The second wave of advertising covers the period from September to the end of October and includes the promotion of Zagorje, Međimurje and Istria, promotion on social networks, display advertising activities, etc. The markets involved in the campaigns are Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Italy and Austria.  “That Croatia is today deservedly in the center of attention of world travel lovers is confirmed by our creative team of screenwriters, cameramen and designers who stayed in Croatia. We are proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of Croatia in the world because it is a destination rich in diversity that makes it the right place for research, ” said Lonely Planet creative director Matt Parish. More on that in the attachment.  Take a look at the personalized page dedicated to Croatia within the Lonely Planet portal at “Discover Croatia” “Effective tourism promotion today is unthinkable without collaboration with the world’s leading media platforms that can strongly influence tourism trends. Cooperation with Lonely Planet will provide Croatia with great promotional effects and visibility in key European markets from which we are visited by the largest number of tourists. “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. The Croatian National Tourist Board and Lonely Planet have launched a personalized page dedicated to Croatia within the Lonely Planet portal “Discover Croatia” with four videos about Croatian destinations and various tourist information about Croatia. They are shown through four videos Slavonia as an undiscovered secret with an emphasis on the rich eno-gastronomic offer and cultural-historical heritage, Zadar and surroundings as destinations suitable for numerous excursions and activities such as hiking in NP Paklenica or sailing in NP Kornati, Zagorje and Međimurje with an emphasis on castles, and a video of Fr. Wife where all the details related to the tradition of truffle hunting and the preparation of products from this gastronomic delicacy were recorded. Certainly a great move by the CNTB, and the cooperation with Lonely Planet, the world’s leading specialized travel medium followed by 13 million people on a monthly basis, will certainly contribute to even better visibility of our tourist offer.  For the seventh year in a row, Lonely Planet is compiling a reference list of Best in Europe, which contains ten priority destinations in Europe that should be on the radar of world travelers right now. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more