In the first nine months of this year, the total revenues of the Adris Group amounted to HRK 4,7 billion, which is 12 percent more than the revenues generated in the same period last year. Revenues from the sale of goods and services amount to 4,1 billion kuna and are 20 percent higher than last year. Net profit amounts to HRK 752 million, which is a growth of 20 percent.Compared to the same period last year, Maistra achieved four percent more overnight stays, with an increase in the average price of overnight stays of three percent, which led to an increase in operating revenues of 10 percent. EBITDA (profit before depreciation, interest and taxes) amounts to HRK 540 million and is 10 percent higher than last year. EBIT (profit before interest and taxes) recorded a growth of nine percent and amounted to HRK 407 million. The realized net profit of HRK 359 million represents an increase of 12 percent compared to the first nine months of last year. Current booking confirms the current positive revenue growth trends. The completion of the Park Hotel, a key product in the process of completing the top hotel offer in Rovinj, is underway.”Adris is operating successfully. Our businesses are growing and sustainable in the long run. We do not reduce ambitions, we invest. In the past eight years, we have invested seven billion kuna, increased competitiveness, exported. We are extremely focused on organic growth and business excellence, ready for new acquisitions as well“Said the President of the Management Board of the Adris Group, M.Sc. Ante Vlahović.The process of business integration of the company HUP into the tourist part of the Group is in progressPhoto: MaistraThis year’s acquisition of the Adris Group, HUP Zagreb, is a company that significantly contributes to the strengthening of the tourism part of the Group and which also achieves the growth of all key business indicators. These indicators, in addition to Zagreb hotels, also include the operations of Dubrovnik hotels within the Hotels Dubrovnik Riviera branch.Compared to the same period last year, HUP realized nine percent more overnight stays, with an increase in the average price of overnight stays of five percent. Operating revenues are higher by 13 percent, and EBITDA is 145 million kuna and 14 percent higher than last year. EBIT recorded a growth of 24 percent and amounted to HRK 113 million. The realized net profit in the amount of HRK 96 million is 25 percent higher.The process of business integration of the company HUP into the tourist part of the Group is in progress. The aim of the project is to establish a unique model of tourism management in order to continue long-term sustainable growth. Today, the tourist part of the Adris Group has 83 percent of hotel capacity at the level of four and five stars. In addition to a quality portfolio and operational excellence, the foundation of sustainability is positioning in three growing and internationally recognized destinations – Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Zagreb.Related news:ADRIS GROUP ANNUAL REPORT EXCEEDED AGAIN WITH CREATIVE SOLUTION – TESTED FOR CHALLENGES
“Brewers suck! Brewers suck! Brewers suck! At least Brett Favre is coming back next year! Brewers suck!”That was the sound coming from the left field bleachers Sunday, right after the Cubs had lost to the Brewers 9-0 — yes, I said lost 9-0. You’ve just gotta love those Chicago Cubs fans.Wait, no you don’t. In fact, I freaking despise Cubs fans — well, most of them anyways; I don’t really hate my grandpa. But that’s neither here nor there.I asked myself a question on the way down to Wrigley — it would be my first time at the historic park — which is worse, real Cubs fans or bandwagon Cubs fans? By the end of the day, I would realize that there is no right or wrong answer to that question.I don’t know if it was the rain that kept the yuppies indoors on Sunday, but I sure got a treat sitting next to the unkempt spectators in left field.Why, I had the usual bleacher bum “dirty dozen” sitting in front of me. They proceeded to taunt Carlos Lee into belting a home run before resorting to making out so shamelessly that they might as well have been having sex.Then again, they weren’t much better than the pair of couples behind me that wouldn’t shut up the entire game. And it’s not like they were talking baseball — though one of the girlfriends “goes to a lot of games and once sat right in the first row.” No, instead I got to hear them discuss how they were watching the latest “Real Sex” on HBO about how people liked to screw horses.Then you had those who liked to yell at Lee when he was manning left field, poking fun at the former White Sox player who wasn’t there last year to win a ring. I didn’t know if I should tap them on the shoulder and remind them that — yes, the Brewers have never won one — but the Cubs are coming up on a century without winning a World Series themselves.And as if all of that wasn’t enough, it was difficult to get a beer to drown out the surrounding idiots, thanks to some rules at Wrigley Field. Even though I turned 21 last July, because my ID said that I wouldn’t be 21 until 7/24/84, I could not purchase alcohol. That’s fine if the ballpark wants to have that rule; I assume it just doesn’t want to have to hire workers that can read those numbers. Give me a break.Anyways, I could go on and on about how I hate Cubs fans, but I don’t need a flood of e-mails, and this is my last column after two straight years of Schmoldt .45 between the two student dailies, so I figure I should wrap up some loose ends.If Sunday had any pros, it was that it helped me to further realize how special Wisconsin fans are. Sitting in the press box over the past four years surrounded by the best fans in the country and not being able to cheer has been difficult.I don’t really hate The Daily Cardinal as much as I let on sometimes. They were good to me for three years; it was just time for a change.I’ve covered more than 150 games over the past four years. The best as a fan included when the Badger men’s basketball team claimed the Big Ten regular season title and when Wisconsin beat Ohio State in football in the rain my sophomore year. Of those, I covered, the Capital One Bowl and the hockey game at Lambeau Field rank right up there. But, by far, the best was the national championship I covered just one month ago.Speaking of hockey, I’ve been to more than 100 games in my four years, including 34 of 44 this season. I was a young and unpolished reporter at the same time that the team was, and my reporting progressed as the team did. Hopefully I can tuck in at least one more year of covering the team before my run is done. And watch for my book in the near future.But I told myself I wasn’t going to write some grand, sappy farewell column. While my run at the student papers has ended, I’ll be around town for at least another semester, continuing to write for various other outlets. Say “hello” if you see me around.Thanks for reading over the past four years, and please continue to do so. It has been my pleasure to bring you all the latest in the realm of UW sports, and I hope you have enjoyed it as well. And don’t forget: Continue to be the best fans in college sports.It’s been a great ride. Thanks, and crack a cold one for me.
Jon Leuer wasted no time going to work this season, hitting three consecutive three-pointers at the outset of the season opener.[/media-credit]After the Wisconsin football team erupted for 83 points last Saturday versus Indiana, there may have been just a little pressure on the men’s basketball team to make sure they weren’t outscored.But after two high-scoring exhibition games, the Badgers prevailed in that regard two nights ago in the season opener, scoring 99 points to Prairie View A&M’s 55. It was Wisconsin’s highest point total since December of 1995.A number of Badgers turned in encouraging performances on offense in that game and they will look to continue their hot hands against visiting North Dakota tonight.Head coach Brian Jones leads the Fighting Sioux into the Kohl Center following a 77-46 season-opening victory against Waldorf College last Friday.The Sioux return three starters from last year’s squad that finished just 8-23 overall and 5-7 in the Great West conference.After losing their top two leading scorers from last year, North Dakota welcomes 6-foot-4 freshman Troy Huff onto the team, who posted 18 points and six rebounds in his debut.And although the Fighting Sioux are still trying to find their footing in Division I basketball – it being just their third season in college basketball’s top flight – the Badgers know well enough not to think of NDU as a push-over.Against Prairie View, the Badgers struggled early to convert on open looks and committed eight turnovers in the first half.That prevented the Badgers from establishing a firm hold on the game, as they led by just 10 at halftime.Wisconsin fine-tuned itself in the second thanks in large part to huge contributions off the bench, as the team improved its field goal percentage by 13.2 percent and three-pointer percentage 18.4 percent by game’s end. Turnovers were cut to four.Head coach Bo Ryan was unenthusiastic of the first half turnovers, but pointed out that they can be fixed before becoming too much of a nuisance.“Four a half is plenty for me,” he said. “What did we have in the first half, eight? Yeah, that’s too many so you got to cut those out. Was it because of pressure? was it because of bad decisions? I know a couple that were just definitely bad decisions on our part and other times it was because of the quickness of the [opponent] or length or things like that.”“We got to get better at ball fakes, we got to get better with our handle – so all things that can be corrected.”Despite starting slow initially in their season-opener, the Badgers feel confident when it comes to scoring, where its potential runs deep into the bench.Even though the reserves saw more time than usual on the court since the game was put away early, Wisconsin’s starting five accounted for just 48 of the 99 points scored.“We’re looking for guys all over that can do that (score), whether its Ryan (Evans) or Rob (Wilson) when he gets healthy, Keaton (Nankivil), we have guys right down the line that can step up and you don’t know who’s going to put up numbers or score points on any given night,” senior forward Jon Leuer said. “That’s definitely one of the strengths of our team and with a lift like that off the bench it helps a lot.”Junior guard/forward Rob Wilson’s status is uncertain for the meeting against North Dakota. Wilson strained his hamstring within his first five minutes of gameplay in Wisconsin’s exhibition opener just over a week ago.One of UW’s brightest revelations from the PVAM game emanated from freshman guard Josh Gasser, who knocked down 21 points to begin his college career.While Ryan believes Gasser will continue to find success, he doesn’t think it will be long before opposing teams begin to zero in on him.“I remember being in the press conference after Jon Leuer hit 24 threes against Michigan – I’m exaggerating – but it seemed like that by the time we were done and, yeah, he was open,” Ryan said. “In every scouting report after that everybody’s got Jon Leuer down as a threat to shoot from the outside so he didn’t get those same kind of looks and people played him a little differently so people are going to look at Josh Gasser [the same way].”Nevertheless, the Badgers appear to have the luxury of a big enough rotation filled with guys who can fill in the scoring gaps.And it’s got junior point guard Jordan Taylor feeling pretty good.“As long as we all stay healthy and just keep working hard I think the sky is the limit for this team, especially when we got guys like that coming off of the woodwork knocking down threes like that,” he said.