After the recent recognitions within the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards, and winning the silver award for the best family hotel during the 2017 Junior Design Awards (Best Family Hotel, UK & Worldwide), Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun were also nominated for this year’s Family Traveler Awards for the best family hotel in Europe (Best European Hotel for Families).Family Traveler is a luxury family magazine in the UK, as well as an indispensable multi-platform guide in planning and organizing family trips. As the only hotel from Croatia, Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun is located in the prestigious company of the most luxurious family hotels in Europe. Nominations can be supported by voting until October 20, 2017 via link By the way, Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun, a luxury five-star resort, is located on the coast in Orašac near Dubrovnik and is part of the prestigious group The Leading Hotels of the World. In addition to luxury accommodation in 201 rooms within the hotel and 207 residences, the resort offers an award-winning spa, sports center, 16 different bars and restaurants, a beach and three outdoor pools, and one of the best conference centers in the region.Related news:NEW AWARDS FOR DUBROVNIK GARDENS OF THE SUNDUBROVNIK GARDENS OF THE SUN JOINS THE LEADING HOTELS OF THE WORLD GROUP
After the seasonal prices that were in force from July 1 to September 30 and related to motorcycles and personal vehicles (groups IA and I), from October 1 (from midnight from Friday to Saturday) for motorcycles and personal vehicles toll prices off-season toll prices are applied on motorways managed by Hrvatske autoceste doo (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ).The modality of seasonal prices for motorcycles and personal vehicles was introduced according to the recommendations and guidelines of the World Bank as part of business and financial restructuring, HAC points out, adding that the application of this measure did not lead to a drop in traffic on motorways. this year the number of vehicles increased by 8%, as a result of which the revenue from tolls increased by 5,58% compared to last year.The positive results of these measures affect the improvement of the company’s liquidity and the repayment of part of the loan from its own funds, and thus relatively less borrowing, HAC concludes.
In accordance with the agreement between the Management Board of Valamar Riviera and the social partners, Valamar Riviera employees will be paid Christmas bonuses and gifts in kind for 2017.In accordance with the practice of previous years, Christmas bonuses are paid in cash, and this year’s Christmas will cover 18% more employees compared to 2016, or more than 4.300 employees. The amount of the Christmas bonus is determined by the number of working hours in the company and the net amounts range from 400 to 1.700 kuna. “The success of Valamar is the success of all our employees and together with the unions we continue a quality and positive dialogue to improve the conditions of all employees, taking care to adequately reward as many employees as possible. As one of the largest and most desirable employers in Croatia, Valamar Riviera continuously stimulates and rewards its employees not only at the end, but also throughout the year. ” stand out from Valamar.Also, it was agreed to pay gifts in kind (gift voucher of HRK 400 for local stores where Valamar Riviera operates) which will receive 16% more employees than last year, and – according to current practice – a gift will be paid to a child under 15 years of age in the amount of HRK 600, which included about 930 employees.
For the 22nd year in a row, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been carrying out the action “Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia“Within which awards and recognitions are given to economic entities in tourism.Thus, as part of the campaign, the evaluation of DMK travel agencies will be carried out, and the best will be awarded prizes and recognitions through evaluation in three categories: Mala (up to 10 employees), medium (11-39 employees) i big (over 40 employees). The holder of the evaluation of DMK travel agencies is the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies, which in cooperation developed and agreed on the evaluation methodology.The evaluation process will be carried out in two phases. First by collecting and processing data via Questionnaire on physical and financial indicators, followed by a tour and evaluation of the best ranked travel agency by the Travel Agency Evaluation Committee. The DMK travel agency of the year will be named the one with the highest number of points in the second phase, the qualitative assessment of the Commission, and among the first place in the categories of small, medium and large agencies.By fulfilling Questionnaire on physical and financial indicators at the latest until May 15, 2018., you have automatically filled in the application for this year ‘s first evaluation phase.Find more information here.
Photo: D-Resort Šibenik In 2018, 194 vessels were in transit, which is a decrease of 164 percent compared to 3,8. The largest number of vessels in transit came from Croatia (2017 percent), Italy (47,7 percent). Germany (13,9 percent), Austria (12,8 percent) and Slovenia (6,6 percent). “We are grateful to our hosts, the Association of Marinas of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, for their great work, for visiting three marinas and organizing an excellent thematic session. Croatia is on the nautical map given the huge growth of nautical tourism. The growth is due to good infrastructure, the existing charter market and extremely strong nautical tourism. It is also interesting to observe how the market adapts to new groups of clients, ”Said Martinho Fortunato, President of the International Marine Association and Vice-President of the Portuguese Marine Association. RESEARCH RESULTS PRESENTED “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF NAUTICIANS IN CROATIA – TOMAS NAUTIKA YACHTING 2017.” “In the past few years, Croatia has become a top destination for nautical tourism, as confirmed by numbers and tourists. As the hosts of the session of the International Marina Association, we also received an indisputable confirmation of the profession, “Said Klarić The total revenue of nautical ports in Croatia last year amounted to HRK 857 million, of which 72,2 percent was related to the rental of berths. In total, this is an increase in total revenue by 2,7 percent compared to 2017 and an increase in revenue from renting berths by 7,1 percent, and it is the Split-Dalmatia and Šibenik-Knin counties that are in the lead in terms of revenue. A session of the International Marine Association (ICOMIA) is being held in Šibenik and Split from June 03 to 04, bringing together national associations of the maritime industry and the International Marine Association, with the participation of representatives of more than 35 national associations and the world’s strongest nautical destinations. The total revenue of nautical ports in Croatia last year amounted to 857 million kuna RELATED NEWS: At yesterday’s conference held in D-Marina Mandalina in Šibenik, the director of the HGK Tourism Department Ana Klarić Klarić emphasized that the session is not only an opportunity to promote Croatian nautical tourism, but also to exchange best practices, analyze national and international regulations and see trends. As of 2018, there were 13 vessels at permanent berth in nautical ports, 617 percent more than last year. Of that, 1,4 percent were moored at sea, and 86,2 percent used a place on land. The largest number of vessels on a permanent berth came from Croatia (13,8 percent), Austria (44 percent), Germany (15,8 percent), Slovenia (15,2 percent) and Italy (5,1 percent). President of the Association of Marinas of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Sean Lisjak presented Croatian nautical tourism and pointed out that Croatia is the leading country in the world in the number and demand of charters, with a fleet of 4300 vessels. The high-quality infrastructure includes 142 nautical ports, 72 marinas and 17 berths, Lisjak pointed out. He also commented on the need to harmonize marina regulations in Croatia, namely the Maritime Property and Seaports Act and the Concessions Act, and emphasized ICOMIA’s support last year on the issue of sojourn tax, which helped in successful negotiations with the Ministry of Tourism.
A few days ago Gary Cohn, Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser, met with a group of top executives.They were asked to raise their hands if lower taxes would lead them to raise capital expenditures; only a handful did.“Why aren’t the other hands up?” asked Cohn, plaintively.The answer is that CEOs, living in the real world of business, not the imaginary world of right-wing ideologues, know that tax rates aren’t that important a factor in investment decisions.So they realize that even a huge tax cut wouldn’t lead to much more spending.And with that realization, the rationale for this tax plan, such as it is, falls apart, leaving nothing but a scheme to make the rich — especially those who rake in investment income rather than working for a living — richer at everyone else’s expense.For what it’s worth, here’s the story the Trump administration and its allies are telling. The only significant winners would be those making more than $1 million a year. Populism!Oh, and this doesn’t even take account of the health care sabotage that’s an integral part of the Senate plan.By repealing the mandate — the requirement that people purchase insurance — the plan would, as I said, cause 13 million to lose coverage; that loss of coverage, and the associated government subsidies, is why mandate repeal saves money that can be given to corporations.But the move would also drive up premiums for those who keep their insurance, because the dropouts would tend to be those with lower health costs.So that’s an additional, hidden indirect tax on the middle class.Nor does it take account of what would inevitably come next: tax-cut-induced deficits would, by law, trigger cuts in Medicare, and this would just be the start of a GOP assault on programs like disability insurance that provide a crucial safety net for millions of working-class Americans.All of which raises the question, why are Republicans even trying to do this? Their claim is that cutting taxes on corporate profits would lead to an explosion in private investment and faster economic growth.Furthermore, the fruits of this growth would trickle down to American workers in the form of higher wages — and rising incomes would raise tax receipts, so the tax cuts would end up paying for themselves.Even if some part of this story were true, there would be side consequences they’re carefully not discussing.After all, if we’re talking about a big increase in capital expenditure, where does the money for that expenditure come from?Nothing in the bill would make Americans consume less and save more.So the money would have to come from abroad — from selling stocks, bonds and other assets to foreigners, on a massive scale.And this inflow of foreign money would drive up the value of the dollar and lead to huge trade deficits: according to my analysis of the most optimistic forecast out there, more than $6 trillion in deficits over the next decade. These trade deficits would have a devastating effect on manufacturing — remember those jobs Trump promised to bring back? — to the likely tune of more than 2 million jobs lost.Oh, and about that economic growth: Foreign investors would be earning profits and taking them home.So much — probably most — of any growth we would get from cutting corporate taxes would accrue to the benefit of foreigners, not Americans.But don’t worry too much about this stuff. Most serious economic analyses agree with those CEOs who disappointed Gary Cohn: Corporate tax cuts wouldn’t actually do much to raise investment.They would, however, explode the budget deficit.So in an attempt to limit that deficit blowout, Senate Republicans are proposing significant tax increases on working families.In fact, according to Congress’ own Joint Committee on Taxation, taxes would rise on average for every group with incomes under $75,000 a year, and would surely rise for many families even in higher-income groups. Categories: Editorial, OpinionLooking at the reactions to Republican tax plans, I found myself remembering what people used to say about former Sen. Phil Gramm, whose presidential ambitions never went anywhere but who did help cause the 2008 financial crisis:“Even his friends don’t like him.”So it is with GOP tax “reform,” especially the Senate version, which would raise taxes on most individuals, especially in the middle and working classes, and add around 13 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured, all to pay for big cuts in corporate taxes.The general public strongly disapproves — by a 2-1 majority, according to Quinnipiac, although the majority would be even bigger if people really understood what’s going on.But surely at least CEOs like the plan, right?Actually, not so much. It’s bad policy and bad politics, and the politics will get worse as voters learn more about the facts.Well, last week one GOP congressman, Chris Collins of New York, gave the game away: “My donors are basically saying get it done or don’t ever call me again.”So we’re talking about government of the people, not by the people, but by wealthy donors, for wealthy donors.Everyone else hates this plan — and they should.Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion For the past several years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a number of wrong-headed plans to evaluate public schools and school teachers. He had tried mightily to link teacher evaluation to student standardized test scores and has failed in every attempt. This was done at the exact same time that testing experts warned against using standardized tests in this manner and many colleges stopped using standardized tests as a measure for admission.In other words, Cuomo has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars to solve a problem that he created. From the moment he took office, Cuomo launched an all-out attack on the state’s schools and the teachers who work in them. He cut state aid by $1.2 billion in his first budget while pushing through a tax cap that resulted in school districts across the state cutting thousands of teaching positions while eliminating countless instructional and extracurricular positions. He demonized teachers, blaming them for students not attaining the preordained scores on standardized tests as part of his nonsensical teacher evaluation systems. He proclaimed that schools that didn’t live up to his expectations be given the “death penalty,” including the firing of all teachers and administrators assigned to these schools. At the same time, he extended the time teachers needed to serve in order to earn tenure, while threatening to withhold state aid (read tax dollars) from school districts that didn’t pass muster. His actions caused teachers to retire in record numbers over the past five years. At the same time, student applications to teacher preparation programs plummeted. Voila — teacher shortage. The state Legislature is considering a bill that will prevent the linking of teacher evaluation and student test scores as the basis of judging the effectiveness of teachers. This is the smartest move for education out of Albany in the past decade. John MetalloSlingerlandsThe author is a retired teacher and administrator, principal of Albany High School and adjunct instructor at the University at Albany and SUNY Plattsburgh.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion If it wasn’t for the local news and the obituaries, I would immediately cancel my subscription to The Daily Gazette. Your reliance on The New York Times, Washington Post and Bloomberg is ridiculous. While reading the May 11 newspaper, I noticed an article on page A6, “Man pleads guilty to promoting prostitution of 3 teens.” The article was from The New York Times about a Brooklyn man. You have got to be out of your mind. We don’t need or want this junk in our local newspaper.Geraldine M. HavasyClifton Park More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Write in McCarthy on Working Families lineFellow Working Families Party members: please write-in Gary McCarthy in the primary for Mayor of Schenectady on Tuesday (June 25).In my lifetime, I’ve never seen as much progress in this city than under the McCarthy administration.Gary’s the best candidate for working families.He’s cut property taxes four years in a row, led the effort to rehab blighted properties in our neighborhoods, and his administration has overseen a 36 percent decrease in major crimes.As a union member, I’m glad that a vacant brownfield site on the river became the bustling Mohawk Harbor which has hundreds of good paying union jobs.When it comes to Gary’s opponent, I’m concerned about her past tweets supporting far-right Republicans like state Sen. George Amedore.Amedore has voted against marriage equality; banning conversion therapy for minors; gender discrimination protections in employment; taking guns away of convicted domestic abusers; and, banning bump stocks, which were used to kill 58 people in Las Vegas.I’m a progressive. Anyone who supports far-right candidates like Amedore is not one.Schenectady has made tremendous progress under Mayor McCarthy’s administration. While there’s much more work to do, there is no better executive to keep the progress going then Gary McCarthy.Patrick WeingartenSchenectadyHow can Trump benefit from honor?To all the Never Trumpers and conspiracy theorists, what, if any, benefit does the current president stand to receive from the nearly simultaneous naming of an area in Israel being named in honor of him to the announcement of his re-election campaign?Will it encourage any voters? Could this be another campaign law violation?Al PirigyiBurnt HillsPraying for president is not a profane actIn a recent column by Michael Gerson, Franklin Graham was accused of “ profaning the gospel” in his request for church leaders to announce June 2 as a day to pray for the president.By definition, profane can mean taking a spiritual entity and making it secular or worldly. Thus, Mr. Gerson’s opinion that Mr. Graham’s request for prayer was profane.He added that such was asked to protect the president from the “spiritual darkness” of this current world of which he even thought himself a part. The legacy of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association from which Franklin Graham has emerged as its current leader is well known .It is simply wrong to believe Franklin Graham’s intent to be anything but solidly based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and simply promote a day of prayer for our country’s leader.To add a verse from Paul’s letter to those in Ephesus, Paul incidentally a believer in the true gospel message. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil.” (Ephesian 5:15)How could such a request for prayer be profane?Nancyjane BattenScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAct now to get guns off of our streetsThere are too many guns in the wrong hands.There are too many drive-by shootings and other shootings in the Capital District and other nearby areas. We read it in the newspapers and hear it on the TV news almost every day.This has to stop. Our laws are too easy. We should have tougher gun laws that if someone is caught with a gun they should not have, the penalty should be a few years in jail to start.We should also advertise that if anyone is caught with a gun, they will be put away for a long time or they can turn the gun in now, no questions asked. Give a time limit on this and that’s it. I think you will see lots of guns turned in if the sentence is really a long jail time.We have to take our streets back once and for all. Enough is enough. Let’s act on this now.Sid GordonSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
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