‘I Don’t Have a Happy Ending’: A Pollster on What Went Wrong

first_imgI talked to Dr. Franklin about the crisis of confidence in polling, the challenge in identifying Trump supporters and why the surveys got it wrong, again. As usual, our conversation has been edited and condensed.You and I spoke last year about what the polling got wrong in the Midwest in 2016. Well, here we are again, with another poll-defying outcome.The last Times/Siena poll of Wisconsin, conducted just days before the election, gave Joe Biden an 11-point lead in the state. Your survey had Mr. Biden leading by five points. He won Wisconsin by less than a point. What happened? I don’t think this is the “shy Trump” voter in the way we’ve understood it, as people not wanting to admit they’re voting for him. Lots of effort has gone into finding evidence of that and it just doesn’t seem to exist.I’m more inclined to think we’re seeing a phenomenon of some fairly small segment — 3 or 4 percent, maybe, of Trump supporters — who systematically decline to do surveys altogether. That would fit with the notion that some segment of his supporters are pretty anti-press, anti-polls and in a lot of ways anti-conventional political engagement. But they may also be people who are not, in fact, strongly identified with the Republican Party. My hypothesis going forward is to search for the evidence that there is this small but critical segment of the electorate.I’m going to hold out one other possibility, which I don’t have the data for yet. And that is the possibility that there was a surge in Election Day turnout that we didn’t catch in the polling, given the partisan imbalance between early and Election Day voting.So if Trump is no longer on the ballot, will polling become more accurate? Or has it simply become more difficult to survey Republicans? If that’s true, it would really complicate our ability to get a sense of the electorate.The worry that we have is that survey nonresponse might become correlated with partisanship. One of the questions that I always get is: “I never pick up the phone if I don’t know the number. How can you possibly do surveys?” And my routine answer is that Republicans and Democrats alike hate telemarketing and scam phone calls. That has been the great blessing of the political polling industry. While our response rates may be lower, it has been an equal opportunity. – Advertisement – Sure. How could you not be if you take this at all seriously?Polling has had its bad times. The irony is that we had generally been doing better at election outcomes before 2016. You have to earn that trust back, and the only way you do that is to have the next election do better. And in 2018, by and large, we did do better.But then you have an error in ’20 that undoes that credibility-building of 2018. I insist that the Marquette poll did better than most of the polls in the state. Relatively speaking, we did quite well, and we did improve over the prior performance.But I don’t really expect the public in Wisconsin or elsewhere to take away a nuanced view from this. The obvious and not wrong impression is that the polling had a really bad year. That means that for the next four years at least, we’ll be talking just like we are today about what went wrong with polling.I don’t have a happy ending to this story except, you know, wait for 2024 and let’s hope we do a lot better. – Advertisement – Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host.Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. We want to hear from our readers. Have a question? We’ll try to answer it. Have a comment? We’re all ears. Email us at [email protected] Updated Nov. 11, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ET … Seriously“We are them. They are us. We, too, will disappear. We will become abstractions to be puzzled over by future people. That certainty, in the flux of 2020, feels anchoring. We are not unique. We move in the historical flow. The current moment will melt away like snow crust on a mustache.”Read Sam Anderson on the delights of a very old snowball fight.Thanks for reading. On Politics is your guide to the political news cycle, delivering clarity from the chaos.On Politics is also available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.Is there anything you think we’re missing? Anything you want to see more of? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at [email protected] Over the last four years of the Trump presidency, we have not seen any trend of a falling Republican percentage of the electorate, which you would expect to see if Republicans were now systematically as group refusing to do interviews. So I don’t think this has spread to the broader Republican electorate. However, it’s certainly a worry, because if it should spread, it will make Republicans’ standing in the electorate look worse because we’re missing Republicans. I want to begin with the obvious, which is that I know about my data, but I only know what I know from public sources about everybody else’s.What we see in our data is that we have been getting the Democratic vote amazingly close. Almost all of the error in our 2016 poll came from a substantial understatement of Trump’s vote. It was clear that we were understating Trump’s vote in the suburbs, especially in the Milwaukee suburbs and to a lesser extent the Green Bay suburbs.Flash forward to this past week. I was worried that we had Trump voters lurking that we didn’t find in 2016. So what we did this time is, for voters who said they were undecided or declined to say how they would vote, we used their favorable or unfavorable views of the candidates to allocate them to either a Biden or a Trump vote. If you were favorable to Biden but not favorable to Trump, we allocated that person as a Biden voter, and vice versa. (Three percent of respondents were still unallocated, most of whom were unfavorable to both.)After doing that, we did a lot better this time than four years ago. We were off on the winner last time — we had Clinton up by six points and Trump won by 0.77 points. So a seven-point error for us last time. It’s a four-point error this time. That’s better.We have the right winner but the same phenomena occurred — accurate on the Democrats, understating Trump.That seems to be a trend in the polls again this year. Why did pollsters have so much trouble finding Trump supporters? Charles Franklin, the director of Wisconsin’s best-known political survey, the Marquette University Law School Poll, helped compile that 2016 report. He’s been involved with political polling since 1980 and has been polling his swing state for more than a dozen years. This cycle, his polls missed the mark again — though not by as large a gap as many of his competitors (including the New York Times/Siena College polls).- Advertisement – The Times conducted a large number of polls this cycle that had many of the same problems. We’re not blameless either. Is there a better way that media organizations should be using polling?This is not sucking up, but I’m really impressed with the job The Times and CNN have done over the last couple of years. The thing that’s puzzling is that every serious polling operation looked for the hints that the polling problems of 2016 were still there. And it’s really worrisome that we failed to find those hints.Alternatively, it may be that we were looking for hints of problems different from the ones we actually experienced. To quote a former defense secretary, it’s always the unknown unknowns rather than the known unknowns.What I think will be very hard to convey to anybody outside the polling world is that this is a result despite widespread efforts to address the problems of 2016, not because of negligence and ignoring problems that we knew we had.In a way that’s more disturbing. Despite trying to find sources of error, we failed to do it.For the average consumer of polling, this looks like two huge mistakes in back-to-back presidential elections. Are you worried about the reputation of polling, especially in an environment where the president has politicized the polls? Over the past few days, there’s been much consternation over this year’s polling of the presidential race. How did we end up with a close election in key swing states after months of surveys that suggested there could be a Democratic landslide?It’s a familiar crisis: After the 2016 election, pollsters faced a chorus of recrimination about missing the mark and conducted a major analysis of what went wrong. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Future Retail Says It Communicated With Reliance on Arbitration Order for ‘Legitimate Purpose’

first_imgIndia’s Future Retail communicated with Reliance on an arbitration order related to its dispute with Amazon for a “legitimate purpose”, the company said on Wednesday.The comments come after Reuters earlier in the day reported Amazon had asked the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to investigate Future for insider trading, alleging the Indian firm disclosed to Reliance price sensitive details of an injunction granted by a Singapore arbitrator to block its $3.4 billion (roughly Rs. 25,300 crores) deal with Reliance.- Advertisement – “Proprietary and legality demands that in such an event, the counterparty is informed about the development … SEBI Regulations too are quite clear on this,” the company said in a statement.Amazon needs a “tutorial on the law on insider trading,” the company added.The US e-commerce giant has been urging SEBI to review Reliance’s August deal to buy retail, logistics and other assets from Future Group for $3.4 billion (roughly Rs. 25,300 crores) including debt.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Amazon argues it had a 2019 agreement with Future which prevented the Indian group’s retail assets from being sold to certain parties including Reliance, which is led by Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Washington anthrax alarms appear false

first_imgMar 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The anthrax alert that shut down several government buildings in the Washington, DC, area this week and put hundreds of workers on preventive antibiotic treatment apparently was a false alarm. Testing of more than 70 samples from a mail facility near the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a mailroom at an office complex in nearby Falls Church, Va., showed no trace of anthrax, the Washington Post reported today. This week’s episode sparked some complaints of lack of communication and coordination between government agencies. Virginia and Fairfax County officials were angry that DoD didn’t alert them immediately about the anthrax alert at the Pentagon facility, according to the Post. Also, the story said, a Bush administration official voiced concern that the Department of Homeland Security had not been alerted. The Post report said DoD officials had recommended that nearly 700 DoD workers take preventive antibiotics. Federal and local health officials recommended that they continue taking them until final test results are in, the story said. The post office, on V Street Northeast, was to reopen at noon today, the Post reported. Postal Service spokesman Gerry McKiernan said workers at the site who had started taking antibiotics were being told they could discontinue them. The episode began the morning of Mar 14, when a military contractor that handles biohazard monitoring at the Pentagon mail facility reported evidence of anthrax on a filter that had been sampled Mar 10. The mail facility was closed, and 263 workers there provided nasal swab samples for testing. Winkenwerder said the negative follow-up test results in the current episode contrasted sharply with what happened in 2001, according to the AFPS report. At that time, “There were multiple positive tests from the environment, sort of all over the place,” he said. “We don’t have any of that at this time, despite a lot of testing.” A sensor in a mailroom at the Skyline Five Place sounded an alarm at 2:30 p.m. the same day. Emergency crews were called, and about 800 workers in three connected buildings were confined there for 6 hours. The Pentagon sample that tested positive in the contractor’s lab was subsequently retested by the US Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Maryland. There, a polymerase chain reaction test confirmed the positive finding early yesterday morning. But subsequent culturing of samples to detect live bacteria yielded only negative findings, the Post reported today. This week’s alert had prompted the government to close a Washington post office that processes mail for the DoD and other government agencies and to recommend antibiotic treatment for about 200 workers there. Mail delivered to that facility is also irradiated before it gets there.center_img An unnamed military official told the Post and the New York Times that contamination in a military contractor’s laboratory in Richmond, Va., might have triggered the initial finding of anthrax on a filter from the Pentagon mail facility on Mar 14. There was no indication in today’s reports what might have caused the anthrax alert later the same day in a Department of Defense (DoD) mailroom at the Falls Church complex, called Baileys Crossroads Skyline. Fairfax County officials announced this afternoon that the complex would reopen tomorrow, but that one suite would remain closed pending further test results. The military official quoted anonymously by the Times said the original anthrax finding in the contractor’s lab appeared to be related to quality control problems. He said labs that test for anthrax normally keep a sample of anthrax on hand to calibrate equipment. Evidence suggested, he said, that this sample had somehow contaminated the sample from the filter at the Pentagon mail facility. The same contaminated sample then was tested by USAMRIID, he said. DoD officials said they had found no link between the alerts at the Pentagon facility and the Skyline Five complex, according to the Post. Officials have said there was little chance of live anthrax spores contaminating either building via mail deliveries, because all mail to both facilities is irradiated before it arrives. Routine irradiation to kill pathogens was begun as a result of the mail-borne anthrax releases of October 2001, which killed five people and sickened 17 others. See also: DoD’s top health officer, Dr. William J. Winkenwerder, said authorities didn’t find any mail that could have triggered detection equipment, according to a report by DoD’s American Forces Press Service (AFPS). Nor did the government receive any threats, the Post said. Mar 16 Fairfax County statementhttp://www.co.fairfax.va.us/news/2005/05086.htmlast_img read more

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Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

first_imgNov 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators have turned up few solid leads in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 171 people in 19 states, but some food safety experts are suggesting that contaminated tomatoes and infected food service workers might have played a role.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a press release yesterday, said DNA fingerprinting revealed that Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium caused the outbreak. The organism typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Of 73 patients for whom the CDC has clinical data, 14 (19%) were hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.The CDC said the outbreak appears to be over: “At this time, few new cases are being detected, and there is little evidence of continuing risk to the public.” The agency said the hunt for the source of the outbreak may take days to weeks.The New York Times reported yesterday that the CDC detected the outbreak 2 weeks ago through a national database that identifies patterns in foodborne illness reports. The CDC said cases in the outbreak have been reported since Sep 1. Most of the states affected are in the eastern half of the nation.Carlota Medus, PhD, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, said samples from 14 patients in Minnesota matched the outbreak strain on pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). She said most of the Minnesota cases occurred between Sep 12 and Oct 13. Minnesota, like some of the other states involved in the outbreak, noticed the pattern and contacted the CDC.Medus said a case-control study in Minnesota suggests the contamination source may be tomatoes, adding that five cases appear to be linked to the same fast-food restaurant. “Our study is pretty small, though. It would be nice to have more supporting information, so it’s a little too soon to say,” she said.Salmonella bacteria are found in the intestines of animals and can contaminate raw fruits and vegetables that have been in contact with impure water, animal manure, or an infected food handler. Symptoms of infection usually begin from 12 to 36 hours after a person consumes contaminated food. Most cases infection resolve without medical treatment, but the pathogen can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in children, elderly people, and those with weak immune systems.Jack Guzewich, RS, MPH, director of emergency coordination and response in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), said S. Typhimurium is the most common strain found in humans and that the CDC usually sees about 5 to 10 cases each month; the numbers usually peak in September and October. “It is found in many places in the food supply, but most often in poultry,” he said.Foodborne disease expert Craig W. Hedberg, PhD, an associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis, called the outbreak fairly significant in its size and scope. “This outbreak is most likely due to tomatoes, and many cases were probably exposed through restaurants,” he said, though health officials have not linked the outbreak to a specific product, restaurant, or store.David Acheson, MD, chief medical officer for the FDA’s CFSAN, told the Associated Press yesterday that if fresh tomatoes are to blame in the outbreak, it will be more difficult to trace the original source of the contamination than it was in the recent Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to fresh spinach. “You can get a lot of information from looking at a bag. You don’t get that information from looking at a tomato,” he told the AP.During the summer of 2004, three Salmonella outbreaks were traced to contaminated Roma tomatoes. The outbreak sickened 561 people in 18 states and one Canadian province, the CDC said in an April 2005 article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Hedberg said a major concern in restaurant-related outbreaks of salmonellosis is the role of infected food handlers in spreading the disease. He said food service workers can become ill from eating the contaminated product and then expose customers to the disease when they are still shedding the organism and don’t use proper hygiene practices.Medus was the lead author of a study in the August issue of the Journal of Food Protection that tracked the role of food service workers in restaurant-related Salmonella outbreaks in Minnesota between 1995 and 2004. Investigators found that 12% (129 of 1,033) food workers tested positive for Salmonella. About half of those who tested positive reported no recent gastrointestinal illness. Bacterial shedding lasted about 30 days in the workers who reported symptoms, but averaged only 3 days in those who didn’t.The authors concluded that the duration of Salmonella outbreaks in restaurants suggests an ongoing contamination reservoir, and that infected food workers are a likely source of disease transmission.Hedberg, a coauthor of the report, said infected food workers, as secondary transmission sources, can increase the size and duration of the outbreaks. “Restaurants should be stepping up surveillance for illnesses in their food workers,” he said, adding that restaurants should make sure that food workers who have gastrointestinal illnesses are evaluated and treated.Guzewich said the FDA depends on the CDC and state and local health investigators to consider food workers as the possible source of contamination. “This investigation would be no exception,” he said, adding that Massachusetts evaluated the food workers involved in its cases, and all tested negative for Salmonella infection.See also:Oct 31 CDC press release on Salmonella outbreakhttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/salmonellosis_2006/outbreak_notice.htmApril 8, 2005, MMWR article “Outbreaks of Salmonella Infections Associated with Eating Roma Tomatoes—United States and Canada, 2004” [Full text]August 2006 Journal of Food Protection article “Salmonella outbreaks in restaurants in Minnesota, 1995 through 2003: evaluation of the role of infected foodworkers” [Abstract]CIDRAP overview of salmonellosishttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/causes/salmoview.htmllast_img read more

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WHO, Indonesia reach accord on virus sharing

first_imgMar 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health minister today announced her country would immediately resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), apparently ending a months-old impasse, say reports from Jakarta.In return, the WHO promised that it would not share virus samples with commercial vaccine makers without permission from the source country, according to news services. That appeared to allay Indonesia’s concern that virus samples from poor countries are used by commercial drug companies to make vaccines those countries can’t afford to buy.Speaking after 2 days of meetings with WHO officials and others, Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said, “We will start sending bird flu samples to the World Health Organization immediately,” the Associated Press (AP) reported.The AP and Agence France-Presse (AFP) both reported that WHO officials said the agency would not provide virus samples to pharmaceutical firms without authorization from the country where the samples were collected.But a WHO statement issued after the meeting sounded slightly less definite on that point. In the statement, David Heymann, acting director-general for communicable diseases, said best practices for virus sharing will be presented and debated at the World Health Assembly in May. Until then, “We will treat them [virus samples] in a manner that has been agreed until the terms of reference are in place, which means we will develop vaccine seed viruses and will share the virus with manufacturers after consultation with the [Indonesian] Health Minister.”Indonesia announced in February that it had suspended sharing H5N1 samples with the WHO and would provide no more without a guarantee that the samples would not be used by private companies to make vaccines priced out of Indonesia’s reach.The country’s stance spurred mixed reactions. Many in public health were alarmed, since access to H5N1 samples is deemed essential for monitoring the virus’s evolution and spread, assessing its communicability and susceptibility to antivirals, and developing vaccines. However, other countries and health experts sympathized with the plight of Indonesia and other developing countries that are least able to afford pandemic flu vaccines.”We have struck a balance between the need to continue the sharing of influenza viruses for risk assessment and for vaccine development, and the need to help ensure that developing countries benefit from sharing without compromising global public health security,” Heymann said in the WHO statement.A Reuters story quoted Supari as saying, “We have now agreed with WHO and other member states of WHO on a timetable to make the changes necessary to accomplish our objective of achieving equitable and affordable access to vaccines for developing countries around the world.”In the WHO statement, Heymann said standard procedures for sharing seed viruses with pharmaceutical companies will be outlined in revised “terms of reference” for WHO collaborating laboratories. The terms of reference will spell out exactly what the labs can do with the viruses they receive.He said the document “will, we believe, permit WHO to receive shared viruses for risk assessment, to develop noncommercial diagnostic tets and to characterize the viruses in addition to preparing seed strains for vaccine. Those seed strains will then be shared with pharmaceutical companies to develop vaccine, and that mechanism will be outlined in the Terms of Reference of the WHO Collaborating Centres.”Heymann also commented, “If countries want to negotiate for vaccine with companies, that’s perfectly within their domain. Industrialized countries negotiate regularly for vaccine and developing countries can certainly do the same.”In February Indonesia said it had reached a tentative agreement with Baxter Healthcare, a US drug company, to provide virus samples in return for the company’s help with vaccine production.The Jakarta meeting, organized by the WHO and hosted by Indonesia, was attended by officials from about 20 countries that have had human or animal H5N1 outbreaks, senior scientists, and directors of WHO collaborating centers, along with representatives of the Asian Development Bank and nonprofit groups.All other delegates at the meeting agreed to continue sharing H5N1 samples, Heymann said. Also, he said the group endorsed WHO’s proposals to build a vaccine stockpile for developing countries, strengthen national laboratory capacity and surveillance activity, and help developing countries connect with vaccine makers to build regional manufacturing facilities.The WHO said last week that projects to establish flu-vaccine manufacturing capacities in up to six developing countries—four in Asia and two in Latin America—were “in the final stage of approval.” Japan and the United States have provided $18 million toward the effort, the WHO said.See also:Mar 27 WHO statementMar 22 CIDRAP News story “WHO: Six developing countries may get flu vaccine plants”last_img read more

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Appointed Regional Competence Centers: Zabok, Split, Osijek, Opatija, Pula and Dubrovnik centers of vocational education in the tourism and hospitality sector

first_imgZabok High School, Split Tourism and Catering School, Osijek Catering and Tourism School, Opatija Catering School, Pula School of Tourism, Catering and Trade and Dubrovnik Tourism and Catering School will be the official centers of vocational education in the tourism and catering sector in Croatia.This was confirmed at the official appointment of 25 vocational schools to regional centers of competence in the sectors of tourism and hospitality, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, agriculture and health, held at the Ministry of Science and Education.  It is a project worth almost 500 million kuna secured from EU funds, intended for the development of human resources in the tourism and hospitality sector. In addition to the current scholarship programs for students of hospitality and tourism professions and cooperation with employers in the sector,  Regional centers of competence  as a system of dual education, they should further strengthen the interest in occupations in tourism and hospitality,  provide more practice for students and facilitate entry into a world of work where innovation and an entrepreneurial approach are particularly valued.”In a country of exceptional tourist potential such as Croatia, we direct our efforts and available resources towards education, activation and popularization of tourist and catering professions. Therefore, I am extremely pleased that through the Regional Competence Centers we will provide quality and modern training of staff for tourism and hospitality, with the active support and cooperation of top experts from the public and private sectors. I believe that this project starts a new era for human resources in tourism for the benefit of employees who will gain top knowledge in accordance with modern market trends, but also employers who will get a quality workforce with practical experience. “, said Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli, adding that in this way the Centers will also receive new equipment and accommodation facilities intended for students and teachers.According to the Ministry of Tourism, the regional centers of competence for vocational education in the tourism and hospitality sector represent a new and modern approach to the education system in the Republic of Croatia, which will consist of a network of six schools that will also have the function of hotels. and the implementation of work-based learning, as well as training, development and adaptation to the needs of the economy and the labor market.In addition to formal vocational education, additional necessary professional knowledge and skills will be provided to adults through the possibility of retraining, additional training, etc., and in this way will provide quality and necessary staff to work in tourism. The Centers will provide quality staff who, after the completion of the educational process, should be ready to actively and effectively join the labor market.last_img read more

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The Tourism Institute and The Travel Foundation are joining forces to support the recovery of tourism in Southeast Europe

first_imgBy combining the expertise and previous experience of the partners, we will provide support to governments and businesses engaged in tourism in Croatia and other countries in the region, such as Albania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, said doc. dr. sc. Damir Krešić, director of the Institute of Tourism, added: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to support and contribute to the development and management of tourism in Southeast Europe. We look forward to successful future cooperation and the positive effects that this partnership will have on the local community, environment, natural and cultural resources of tourist destinations. ” Organizations will implement programs that may include: introducing or improving globally recognized sustainability standards, developing new key performance indicators, building smarter data management systems, evidence-based decision-making, and participatory planning involving a wide range of stakeholders in the destination to develop a joint program private and public sector to develop and manage the visitor economy. “We are extremely pleased to believe that this partnership will promote and encourage a better, more efficient and more sustainable recovery of tourism in South East Europe. The emphasis will be on measuring impact, educating local stakeholders, research, projects and technical support, which will provide good conditions for long-term creation of new value for local communities in which tourism takes place.Said Jeremy Sampson, director of The Travel Foundation. The Institute for Tourism and the international NGO The Travel Foundation have signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at supporting the recovery of tourism following the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-term partnership on tourism development in Southeast Europe. The goal of the formed partnership is to maximize the value that tourism brings to local communities and destinations, while minimizing its negative impacts on the environment and natural resources. The partnership will contribute to the recovery of tourism based on science-based research, positive and negative impacts of tourism and will develop the capacity of destination management organizations, local and regional development agencies and micro and small enterprises, which will better respond to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. and a responsible way, all with the aim of faster tourist recovery. Photo: Christopher Willan, The Travel Foundation / Illustration: HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

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On Lošinj, most Slovenians are satisfied with the actual nights

first_imgMali Lošinj Tourist Board has launched a marketing campaign “Lošinj – your island oasis” in key emitting markets; Austria, Germany and Slovenia, and it is from these markets that most guests stay on the island. With 670.319 overnight stays and 83.488 arrivals in the first seven months of this year, Lošinj achieved 54,2% of last year’s overnight stays and confirmed its position in the top ten leading Croatian destinations with the highest number of overnight stays. This year, the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board launched an action FERRY FREE with the aim of attracting visitors in the month of September. So to the visitors who will be staying in September for more than seven nights, The Tourist Board co-finances the return tickets of the ferry in the facilities that responded to the invitation. More attached. “We believe that guests have recognized all the advantages of Lošinj as an island of vitality in these new circumstances. The most popular segments in the choice of accommodation are the camps, which provide guests in the natural environment with additional security and isolation. Holiday homes and numerous villas with high quality service also record very good results”Said the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Dalibor Cvitković. The leading market is Slovenia with a share of 38,6% in total overnight stays and achieving 73% of last year’s results. They are followed by Germans with a share of 17,5%, domestic guests with 17,2%, Austrians with 6,9%, Italians with 5,8%. Other countries have a share of 14%. In the segment of tourist accommodation in the current part of the year, the most popular are camps with a share of 33,1% and achieving 53% of last year’s result. This is followed by a visit to household facilities with a share of 21,7% and a realization of 66% compared to last year. In July, a tourist turnover of 474.601 overnight stays was recorded on Lošinj, which represents the realization of 67,3% of last year’s result. center_img Most tourists from Slovenia Other catering facilities for accommodation achieved a share of 11,9% and recorded a realization of 58%, while hotels accounted for 9% of overnight stays and 22,6% of last year’s turnover. 24,4%. Out of a total of 670.319 overnight stays, 82,9% were realized by foreign tourists. The achievement of such indicators is the result of the promotion of key attributes of the image of the island of Lošinj, pleasant climate, rich diversity and natural beauty as well as the efforts and activities of all stakeholders in the destination, emphasizes Cvitković and adds: “Through intensified promotional activities in all markets, communicating the real situation on the island and appreciating the very good response to the marketing campaign Ferry Free for September, we expect a successful continuation of the tourist year.” / / / TZ MALOG LOŠINJA CO-FINANCES RETURN TICKETS FOR FERRY – FERRY FREE Photo by: Sandro Taribalast_img read more

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The best small entrepreneurs in tourism are chosen: Applications open for only two more days

first_imgOnly two more days are open for applications #first time, by which Zagrebačka banka provides strong entrepreneurs with an original tourist product with strong professional and financial assistance for promotion. An expert jury will select the 15 best entries, two of which will win a major marketing campaign that includes a TV spot, while the rest will be promoted on digital channels.  Owners of catering businesses, family hotels, farms, but also everyone else who thinks they have an original idea, location, project or product can apply for the #first time project. Applications are accepted via the web for the first time.hr until September 30th, and in the evaluation of projects, the specificity of the tourist offer, the interestingness of the undiscovered destination, persuasiveness and motivation will be important. With this platform, Zaba supports the development of year-round domestic tourism. More about the project can be found on the page prviput.hr. “So far, small entrepreneurs have expressed great interest in the #first time project, and we are extremely glad that we have found great support from professional and competent institutions. All of them recognized our goal, and that is that with this project we want to help Croatian tourism, especially small entrepreneurs who are important to be able to position themselves in the market in this challenging year. Since the beginning of the year, we have launched many significant socially responsible projects, and #first time is another contribution to the community in which we live and do business and in which we want to be part of the solution” said Iva Barbarić, Marketing Director of Zagrebačka banka.center_img The project will be followed by an online website prviput.hr which will function as the largest online platform for the promotion of unique domestic destinations. The period when it is difficult to travel outside the country, is ideal for discovering undiscovered places in Croatia that stand alongside world destinations, and this online site will be the ideal place to find all the necessary information. By applying to the competition, small entrepreneurs in tourism, who are most affected by the corona crisis, have the opportunity to win a free marketing campaign that will provide them with visibility and present their entrepreneurial stories.last_img read more

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