Shares of the company, which has a market value of $167 billion, have risen 9% so far this year.This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. – Advertisement – But international markets’ are taking longer to bounce back after being hit harder by pandemic restrictions, dragging down McDonald’s total same-store sales. The company reported global same-store sales declines of 2.2% for the quarter.And international markets will likely continue to weigh on McDonald’s business. England, Germany and France, some of the company’s largest markets, are re-imposing lockdowns as Covid-19 cases and deaths soar in those countries.Following the announcement of its third-quarter results, McDonald’s is scheduled to hold a virtual investor meeting.- Advertisement – McDonalds restaurant in Londons Oxford Street. Restaurants are only allowed to open for takeaway orders during the Englands second lockdown.Dave Rushen | LightRocket | Getty Images McDonald’s is expected to report its third-quarter earnings on Monday before the bell.Here’s what Wall Street is expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:Earnings per share: $1.90 expectedRevenue: $5.4 billion expectedIn October, the fast-food giant said its U.S. same-store sales turned positive, rising 4.6% in the third quarter. A promotion with rapper Travis Scott helped boost sales in September, fueling the chain’s highest monthly same-store sales growth in nearly a decade.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Sep 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US officials have resolved what they’re calling a lapse in communication that has contributed to China’s delay in sending promised poultry samples of H5N1 avian influenza virus to the United States.Early last week, a Chinese agricultural official told news services that Beijing was still working out a protocol for sharing poultry H5N1 samples with the international community, even though the government had promised in March to provide up to 20 samples for analysis in World Health Organization (WHO)-affiliated laboratories.After the announcement, the newspaper China Daily reported that the agriculture ministry had blamed a US lab for the delay, saying the lab did not complete required import procedures. A WHO representative, however, told Agence France-Presse last week that logistical arrangements were already in place.Kathy Harben, a spokesperson on global issues for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Associated Press (AP) Sep 8 that the samples were delayed because China and the CDC had problems agreeing whether the samples should be classified as diagnosed or undiagnosed.Packing and handling procedures are the same for both, but Harben said the CDC preferred the samples be shipped as “undiagnosed” because the forms and approval process for such samples take less time. She said the approval process for “diagnosed” samples, the classification preferred by the Chinese agriculture ministry, could take weeks.China and the CDC agreed to have the samples shipped as “diagnosed,” Harben told the AP, and said she expected that the CDC would receive the samples by the end of September.Harben told CIDRAP News today that officials are still working out details about what samples are coming. “We’ll know more later,” she said.The CDC routinely works with China’s health ministry whenever it receives human H5N1 samples; however, Harben said receiving poultry samples is rare and has been somewhat more difficult because CDC officials are making arrangements with a different branch of government, the agriculture ministry.China has not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.
In 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”
The 37th session of the Tourist Board of the CNTB was held at the Ministry of Tourism, at which the members of the Council adopted a plan for marketing and PR cooperation on the project “Ultra Europe 2018”, Aid to the tourism sector for security was also voted through the program “Safe tourist season in 2018” and financial support was provided for events, development of tourism products and initiatives in underdeveloped areas of tourism. The members of the Tourist Board of the CNTB were also presented with information on the course of the season and the situation on the markets, as well as a proposal for cooperation with the Slavonia cluster and the Imotski Tourist Board in the development of tourism development strategies in these areas. For the development of the tourism sector in 2018, the decision of the Tourist Board provided 13 million kuna of minimum aid, which is 2,5 million more than in previous years intended for entrepreneurs to co-finance the costs provided by the Program. Also, today’s decision to award grants to events in 2018 in the total amount of HRK 9 million; out of a total of 650 registered, 246 national, regional and TOP events and events in the pre- and post-season will be co-financed.However, it has not yet been announced which projects will be co-financed, so we are waiting for a response from the CNTB, and as soon as we receive them, we will publish them.Ultra EuropeOn that occasion, Minister Cappelli pointed out that the Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the CNTB, allocates significant funds to strengthen the supply of the country’s tourist product, which contributes to the growth of tourist demand. “The tourism results so far are the result of numerous projects and activities carried out in all segments of tourism. Today, Croatia is a recognizable tourist destination, and a large role in this is played by numerous events that take place throughout the year. In addition to creating additional motives for the arrival of guests, the events have multiple positive economic effects for entire destinations, and this value has been recognized by the Government of the Republic of Croatia. Croatia is also recognized in the world as one of the safest destinations, so I am extremely glad that this year, for the thirteenth time in a row, the project “Safe Tourist Season” will be realized. The stay of foreign police officers on our coast during the summer months, along with Croatian colleagues, greatly contributes to the additional sense of security of tourists and thus affects the strengthening of the competitiveness of our country.”Said Minister Gary Cappelli. This year, as part of the “Safe Tourist Season” project, in addition to 80 foreign police officers from 17 European countries, police officers from China will participate for the first time.The Tourist Board adopted a proposal for cooperation with the company MPG live doo in the amount of 4,2 million kuna in marketing and PR activities of the project “Ultra Europe 2018” in order to further promote Croatia as a festival destination, its natural beauty, cultural heritage and gastronomic offer through Ultra Europe Festival. It is a support to the seven-day Ultra Europe festival, which has been held in Split, Bol on the island of Brač, Hvar and Vis since 2013 and attracts more than 150.000 people from over 140 countries every year. “The Croatian National Tourist Board supports quality projects that add value to Croatian tourism through the award of grants. This year, through four programs, we are co-financing a total of 464 projects with almost 18 million kuna. These are funds allocated to those projects that are the bearers of the current and future overall Croatian tourist offer.Said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić Slavonia tourism marketing plan strategy Photo: TZ PožegaThe members of the Tourist Council made a decision on cooperation and co-financing of the relevant documents “Strategy of the marketing plan of Slavonia tourism with the branding plan” of the Slavonia cluster (Vukovar-Srijem, Osijek-Baranja, Virovitica-Podravina, Požega-Slavonia and Brod-Posavina counties) and the subject document “Tourism Development Strategy of the Imotski Krajina Tourist Board of the Imotski Region. The aim of these programs is to encourage the association of tourist communities to manage tourist visits, tourist experience and tourist product using unique strategic resources throughout the year, on the continent as well as in the coast based on profession and knowledge. “The Croatian continent is an integral part of our overall tourist offer and has exceptional potential. It is precisely the balanced tourism development of our country that is one of the goals of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, so we set out to develop a “Strategic Marketing Plan for Slavonia Tourism with a branding plan” to realize the tourism potential of one of our richest regions.Said Minister Cappelli.There were 19% more arrivals and 24% more overnight staysAccording to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic generated in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system) for the previous part of the year (January-May), they show that interest in Croatia is at a very high level, and a similar trend is expected during in the coming months. Thus, in the period from January to the end of May, 3,6 million arrivals (+ 19%) and 11,6 million overnight stays (+ 24%) were realized in Croatia. Out of that, foreign tourists realized 3 million arrivals (+ 27%) and 9,8 million overnight stays (+ 27%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 10% and in overnight stays by 7%. In May, there was an increase in arrivals and overnight stays from all markets, and a significant increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays was recorded from the German market, followed by Hungary, Austria, Ukraine and the long haul markets of China and Canada.
The Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP) passed decision, which defines the procedure for collecting binding offers for the purchase of a majority stake of 68,94 percent of shares in Dubrovnik’s Maestral Hotels at a starting price of HRK 126,8 million.Only bidders who purchase the bid documentation have the right to submit a binding bid, and the cost of the same is HRK 100.000, as well as to enclose a guarantee of HRK 2,5 million with the bid.The best bidder will be considered the best bidder, but CERP has the right not to accept any bid. For more details on the purchase of shares in Hotel Maestral doo, see HERE
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
That Booking.com is the world’s leading company in offering accommodation with the largest number of unique accommodation facilities is confirmed by the fact that in the segment of non-hotel accommodation revenue of $ 2018 billion in 2,8, which accounts for 20% of the company’s total annual revenue (faster growth than overall revenue growth and excellent profitability). In the third quarter of 2018 alone, a record revenue of more than $ 1 billion was generated in this segment, which clearly speaks of the day-to-day expansion of accommodation in non-hotel facilities globally. The company also discloses information as to how 40% of active Booking.com users have booked some of the non-hotel accommodation options in the last 12 months available on the Booking.com page, which shows the need of travelers for the most diverse offer of accommodation on one platform – from hotels to holiday homes. RELATED NEWS: For the first time in the history of its business, the Booking Holdings group discloses data on Booking.com’s revenues generated in the business of non-hotel accommodation facilities (apartments, holiday homes and other unique accommodation facilities). The non-hotel accommodation segment is extremely important in the business of Booking.com, which achieved great growth in 2018, ending the year with 5,7 million registered accommodation units on the Booking.com page (more than any other non-hotel booking company). This figure also shows an increase of 18% compared to the previous year. MINISTRY OF TOURISM: UNIQUE CREDIT LINE FOR PRIVATE RENTERS PRESENTED
Good eye contact, a smile, engagement are very important. It is important to ask open-ended questions instead of closed-ended ones – “what was your journey like” is much more open than “was your journey pleasant”. Giovanna will present the four most common mistakes made by hoteliers. Second mistake: Treat all guests equally Source: Booking.com For many guests, especially due to the growth of online bookings in recent years, the first real interaction with the hotel will be when they arrive. The first 30 or 60 seconds are the most important – then they form their opinion about the hotel, and many hoteliers fail to take advantage of the opportunity. Mistake XNUMX: Insufficient investment in staff One way to motivate staff is to invest in them. If you invest in their development and let them know that they are valued, the staff will be satisfied. Hotel staff should be part of the collective. It is very important that different departments connect and communicate with each other. Hotels should provide new employees with insight into the activities and operations of all departments. Guests expect every employee to know what is going on at the hotel. You cannot consider guests numbers, but have to treat them as individuals – each guest has different needs. You have to understand them. Imagine that at one table in a hotel restaurant you have a group of business partners, and at the other a married couple celebrating their wedding anniversary. Those two tables certainly won’t want the same treatment. Business people generally like sleek service and don’t want to be bothered by frequent requests for satisfaction. It is more likely that a married couple will want more attention. Encourage your teams to find out as much as possible about the guests, but they must be careful not to be intrusive. Hotel expert Giovanna Grossi has joined AA for the first time, a prestigious British brand that has been monitoring and recommending hotels for more than 110 years. Starting as an inspector, she progressed ten years into an inspection team leader, accumulating a wealth of experience. She is also part of the AA Awards jury and, in a new way, is a participant in Sauce Intelligence, a consulting company for hotels and restaurants. Cleanliness is always one of the most important things for guests. No one wants to stay in a dirty hotel. It is, however, a broader process than cleaning rooms. Guests do not want to see cigarette butts in front of the hotel or a pile of papers at reception. Equally, they don’t want to see leftover food at the table from previous guests or use a fork and knife that aren’t polished. Hotel maintenance also implies the responsibility of each employee to report problems related to the hotel. Mistake Three: Misunderstanding room maintenance First mistake: Scheduling a welcome It is important to develop team spirit. If your staff is fully trained to work and works well, they will feel good which will result in their confidence in providing services. And satisfied staff includes satisfied guests. It’s like when a friend visits you. You will not only open the door and greet him, but you will smile and engage around him. The same principle applies to hotels. These first moments should be warm and welcoming, whether you are staying in an international, branded five-star hotel or a less rural two- or three-star estate.
In January 2019, 208 thousand tourists came to commercial accommodation facilities, which is 1,4% less than in January 2018. Tourists realized 504 thousand overnight stays, which is 5,2% less than in January 2018, according to the data Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the most overnight stays In January 2019, tourists had at their disposal 63 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 138 thousand permanent beds. In January 2019, tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the highest number of overnight stays, 99 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,6% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group 45-54 with 90 thousand overnight stays, which is 17,8% of the total overnight stays. Most tourist nights from Slovenia and Italy The highest number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in January 2019 was realized by tourists from Slovenia, 34 thousand overnight stays (11,4% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists) and tourists from Italy, with 30 thousand overnight stays by tourists (10,2% of the total overnight stays) foreign tourists). Compared to January 2018, tourists from Slovenia increased their overnight stays by 6,4%, while tourists from Italy decreased their overnight stays by 9,4%. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation available most rooms and permanent beds Most overnight stays of foreign tourists in the City of Zagreb were realized by tourists from Italy, with 9 thousand overnight stays, and tourists from the Republic of Korea, with 7 thousand overnight stays. Compared to January 2018, tourists from Italy increased their arrivals by 3,4% and increased their overnight stays by 3,2%, while tourists from the Republic of Korea increased their arrivals by 6,8% and increased their overnight stays by 17,9%. . The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in January 2019 was realized by the City of Zagreb, 56 thousand arrivals, which is 27,0% of the total arrivals and 121 thousand overnight stays, which is 23,9% of the total tourist overnight stays. Although the City of Zagreb achieved the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in January 2019, there was a decrease in tourist arrivals by 9,4% and a decrease in tourist overnight stays by 14,5% compared to January 2018. In January 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 312 thousand overnight stays, which is 61,9% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to January 2018, 1,2% fewer tourists came to hotels with 8,0% fewer overnight stays. Most nights spent in hotels Source: CBS The City of Zagreb had the highest number of arrivals and overnight stays In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, there were a total of 37 thousand rooms and suites available to tourists (which is 58,9% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 71 thousand permanent beds (which is 51,6% of the total number of available permanent bed). The average occupancy of rooms was 22,1%, and permanent beds 18,2%. Domestic tourists came 0,2% less and realized 1,0% less overnight stays than in January 2018. Foreign tourists came 2,3% less and realized 7,9% less overnight stays in January 2019 than in the same period last year years. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (9,3%), Germany (8,3%), the Republic of Korea (8,0%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (7,7%), the USA (4,2%) and Serbia (3,7%).
The opening was also attended by Margit Grassinger, director of the Vienna Parks, who donated about thirty bushes of original Viennese roses to Opatija. From the Hungarian city of Balatonfured, they provided young pepper seedlings to American gardens. The city of Opatija has decided to restore the gardens after years of neglect, and yesterday marked the completion of the first phase of restoration. The second phase involves the renovation of the upper entrance to the gardens, the arrangement of the garden house and the cactus bar with herbal drinks. Opatija’s American Gardens, in the renovation of which almost four million kuna was invested, were officially opened yesterday. These are historic gardens that cover over nine thousand square meters, and whose first phase of restoration has been officially completed, reports HRT. The City of Opatija points out that the American Gardens are another content in a series that agencies and hoteliers can offer to guests and that they are suitable for holding various events such as cultural evenings, fashion shows, weddings and similar celebrations. Kuczor married Hilda von Hortenau, daughter of the Viennese ballerina Maria Schleizer and Archduke Otto of Habsburg, nephew of Emperor Francis Joseph. The couple planted gardenia, camellias, magnolias and various Mediterranean plants in the gardens. American gardens are also botanical, and were built by Hungarian entrepreneur Mihaly Kuczor. After visiting Opatija in 1926, a merchant who made a fortune selling Hungarian peppers decided to buy land and build a terraced garden with a monumental entrance and a colonnade of fifteen pillars and fifteen cypresses to delight in the view from the park. “We are obliged to take care of the rich park heritage we have, but also to revitalize it and convert it for tourist purposes so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the landscape. That is why we started arranging this area, for which in the first phase we provided about two million kuna with the funds of the Ministry of Tourism and the city budget and another 600 kuna for the construction of a pedestrian bridge in accordance with the requirements of the conservator.”, Said the mayor of Opatija, Ivo Dujmić. Source / photo: HRT