Printed brochure “Tastes of the Zagreb region”

first_imgIn 2017, Zagreb County recorded 154.142 tourist overnight stays, which is 17 percent more than in the same period in 2016, and the number of arrivals increased by 16 percent (87.035 arrivals).Foreign guests realized 103.874 overnight stays (62.487 arrivals), while domestic guests realized 50.268 overnight stays (24.548 arrivals). Traditionally, most guests are from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland, but there were also tourists from Canada, Russia, New Zealand, Mexico, Tunisia, China, etc. The most visited cities were Velika Gorica, Samobor and Sveta Nedelja.”Over the years, Zagreb County has positioned itself primarily as an excursion destination that provides a strong counterbalance to the rhythm of accelerated Zagreb. It is known for its excellent eno-gastronomic offer, wine roads, and more recently the cheese road, rich cultural heritage and preserved rural area, as well as numerous events.”Said the director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board Ružica Rašperić and added that the multi-year growth in the number of tourist nights indicates the need for additional accommodation in the Zagreb County. “Excursions and guests are increasingly showing interest in an active stay in nature, and one of the branches of tourism to which we are especially dedicated is cycling tourism”- Rasperic explained.Namely, one of the most profitable and fastest growing branches of tourism is cycling tourism, and the number of active cyclists in Europe has reached almost 60 million. About 10 years ago, the Zagreb County Tourist Board made maps of bicycle paths, and recently many have been available via the mobile cycling application “ZG bike”. Bicycle service stations have been set up in all 9 towns of the county and in the municipalities of Krašić, Pisarovina and Brdovec. Also, Zagreb County is involved in the 123 million kuna project Greenway, the first bicycle highway in Croatia along the Sava River, from the border with Slovenia from Lijevi Dubrovčak, with a total length of 121,6 kilometers. “The growth of tourist traffic in the county is a reflection of many years of efforts of tourist workers invested in raising the activities of the destination, numerous events, developed excursion value chain, diverse and interesting rural area and what we are widely known for, and a rich eno-gastronomic offer. The increase in arrivals and overnight stays was certainly influenced by the proximity of the city of Zagreb, which is one of the largest tourist centers. ” expires Rašperić adds that in 2018 he will continue with promotional activities, and especially the development of cycling tourism with the aim of positioning Zagreb County as a cycling tourism destination of high quality service.All this is a good enough reason for even better development and promotion of the gastronomic offer, and just a month ago a new brochure “Tastes of the Zagreb region” was published, which presented the gastronomic and oenological offer of Zagreb County, and restaurants bearing the standard. The brochure is printed in Croatian and English, and is available at the Zagreb County Tourist Board, in digital form here You know the feeling when tourists ask in which restaurant they can taste local and indigenous food, and you can’t tell them where because restaurants simply rarely offer or don’t have such an offer. It is through this project that the opposite effect is to be achieved and to motivate restaurants for the local gastronomic offer that tourists crave.However, in order for the project to come to life in the long run and become self-sustaining, restaurants must benefit from it, ie they must make a profit. If they do not need such an offer, they will no longer be in the offer. That is why it is necessary to invest and promote this excellent project in the long run, especially through education and communication with the local population and tourism workers who must be ambassadors of tourism as well as these tourism stories.Unfortunately, often restaurants are not very interested in such and similar projects for reasons known only to them. In fact, not that they care or don’t care. Regardless of everything, the situation is as it is and everyone has to give their contribution in order to start things from the “dead point”. That is why we ourselves must be ambassadors of Croatian tourism and promote restaurants that have been involved in such projects that promote and offer indigenous gastronomy. Because if the restaurants do not offer indigenous cuisine, tourists cannot even taste it.And don’t forget that the very motive of the trip is to get to know a new way and culture of living, and the very essence of tourism is authenticity. So, it makes no sense to figuratively offer Viennese steaks to tourists from Austria. They want to try and taste something new, our gastronomic offer. On the other hand, it is logical and normal that as a restaurant you have indigenous cuisine in your offer and it is also normal that everyone has to “lose” a certain period until a certain critical mass of tourists and local guests is created, so that the whole story is profitable and self-sustaining. .All participants in tourism must unite and act together in synergy and a complete tourist offer.Side dish: Brochure “Tastes of the Zagreb region”last_img read more

Students unable to attend conference

first_img“We have no idea if we get a virtual pitch or a certificate for being a top five finalist, or if the event is going to be delayed — we just have no clue on what’s coming next,” narrative director Anahita Dalmia said. “Our spectrum of uncertainty is in regards to what do we do now that we don’t have this opportunity and how do we make up for the opportunity costs?”  The team was relying heavily on the project to make connections and interact with members of the entertainment industry and introduce their plan to create Alterea, a company that creates events and games on alternative realities designed to have the audience actively contribute to the story through decisions they take while interacting with the characters to affect the outcome of the story. “That’s our personal next step because we strongly believe in the format that we’ve created and the potential of it,” Dalmia said. “It’s very experimental and everything can crash and burn and blow up in our face, but that’s a risk we are currently willing and able to take.” Student game designers were hoped to present their ideas on their game ASCEND, a game that immerses the audience in a mythological world through puzzle and improvisation games. (Photo courtesy of ASCEND) “All of us were really excited about going to the conference,” said Dalmia, a senior majoring in narrative studies. “Me and my three other teammates — we intend to start a company next — were hoping that this would be a way for us to get sponsorship traction for our next events and potentially even clients.” The team that planned to attend SXSW, which included Dalmia, McCarthy, Barbato, design director Nick Griffith, a senior majoring in architectural design, and games director Madeleine Dile, a 2019 alumna, also suffered financial losses for flight tickets and accommodations.  ASCEND creators premiered the game, which immersed students into the worlds of Greek, Egyptian, Chinese and Mayan mythology, last March. More than 400 people attended the event.(Photos courtesy of ASCEND) Dalmia, who heard about SXSW — an annual festival that invites filmmakers, music festival representatives and different interactive media creators to promote their upcoming projects and events — canceling Friday by an email from event representatives, said team members were disappointed that they would miss out on the opportunities provided by the event. She said they were looking forward to networking and meeting individuals interested in hiring entertainment designers. The team is currently waiting to hear from organizers about next steps. Dalmia said she does not know what will happen in the future.  Five USC student and alumni game designers will no longer travel to Austin, Texas Thursday after growing concern regarding the spread of coronavirus led to the canceling of the 2020 South by Southwest Innovation Awards. The students planned to present their game ASCEND at SXSW but the city of Austin canceled the festival Friday amid public health concerns regarding large gatherings. “It was disappointing,” said administrative director Anastasia Barbato, a senior majoring in narrative studies and nongovernmental organizations and social change. “We thought of it as a good networking opportunity, and a good opportunity to meet with other people in the entertainment industry, and generally get our names out there.” The show premiered in March 2019 at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom with more than 400 people in attendance. After their premiere, the group worked on creating a proposal for the 2020 SXSW conference that included shooting promotional videos to showcase their game design that was submitted in August. They were one of the 65 student submissions and chosen as one of the five finalists invited to Austin to showcase their project on March 14.  ASCEND, an interactive performance where actors portray mythological characters, was selected in the Student Innovation Award category at the 2020 SXSW Innovation Awards in January. The game uses Greek, Egyptian, Chinese and Mayan characters to portray modern issues such as environmental protection and gender parity and encourages the audience to interact with the narrative of the story through games and puzzles.  “What we’ve lost is minuscule compared to the amount of money a lot of other people have lost,” Dalmia said. “I think it was mostly $100 to $500 [each] because we were choosing to stay with friends and relatives … We are kind of trying to be mindful of the fact that the situation was completely out of our control.” “It’s mostly just a huge disappointment, you know, a lost opportunity,” said 2019 alumnus and creative director Jack McCarthy. “I think all of us are still hoping to be able to present somehow, if it [is through] digital, if it is through an application, so that there is still a chance that we can get this award.” In the meantime, Dalmia plans to work with Griffiths and Barbato for ASCEND to work with other organizations in Los Angeles by putting on an event similar to ASCEND but themed to Clifton Republic’s Hollywood history in July. She believes the group will have the opportunity to learn from this collaboration with the company.  “There’s definitely a lot of opportunities that we’re not going to get to have now,” McCarthy said. “There are a lot of connections that could have been made. There’s a lot of … development that is not going to happen anymore.”last_img read more

Paige Stoner, Laura Dickinson finish 2019 season with All-American honors

first_imgThe 2019 Syracuse spring athletic season came to an end last night in Austin, TX. Senior Paige Stoner finished her illustrious career in orange and blue with a seventh-place finish in the NCAA Track & Field Championships Women’s 10k. This is her second straight first-team All-American selection, following last year’s fifth-place finish in the steeplechase. Sophomore Laura Dickinson made her mark as the next premiere female runner in Syracuse with a 15th place finish – good for second-team All-American. “I’m really happy with my race and just really excited to be here,” Dickinson said, “And to run with a teammate who’s been so great to me. I’ve learned so much from her this last year.” Stoner hung with the leading pack of six for most of the race but admitted she was late in keeping up with their final push. The senior added that she wished to finish higher but was proud of the way she battled. The now three-time NCAA All-American finishes her career with school records in the 3k, 5k, and 10k, an ACC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and a number of individual titles in her three years since transferring from Lipscomb.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I wish I could be here longer,” Stoner said, “But I know I’m passing the torch off to some pretty incredible women so I’m pretty excited for the future for Orange women.” Comments Published on June 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm Contact Tim: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more