As of today, the Croatian National Tourist Board has an open office of the Representative Office in Shanghai, which will cover the large and strategically important Chinese market for Croatian tourism.The new office aims to attract even more Chinese guests, introduce direct airlines between China and Croatia, and develop an offer tailored to Chinese tourists. “China is the world’s largest market in every respect, and this fact is the biggest challenge for us, as a relatively small European country. However, I am sure of the excellent results we will achieve in the future because the Croatian tourist offer contains everything that Chinese tourists like to consume the most, and that is the rich cultural and historical heritage, preserved nature and quality eno-gastronomy.”, said Franka Gulin, director of the newly established CNTB office in Shanghai.The director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasized that due to cost savings and future stronger institutional cooperation, the office of the CNTB Representative Office will open in the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Representative Office in Shanghai. “We are extremely proud to open an office in Shanghai in the year that has been declared the year of tourism of the European Union and China. It is the right time to start in this large and important market with an even stronger positioning of our country as an attractive year-round tourist destination. Namely, only this year we are recording a growth in the turnover of Chinese guests of 40 percent, and there is room for even better results. Croatia has yet to take a strong market position in China, potentials exist, which is confirmed by the award of the renowned magazine Travel + Leisure, which declared our country the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists this year”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.During the first ten months of this year, 216.000 arrivals and 315.000 overnight stays were made from the Chinese market, which is an increase of 43 percent in arrivals and 42 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Chinese tourists spent the most nights in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. Chinese tourists are interesting from the position of affirmation of the period before and after the season because they make the most arrivals in October (18%) and June (16%), followed by May (14%) and September (14%). The largest number of Chinese tourists come to Croatia in an organized manner, most often as part of a regional tour, and more than 66% of Chinese tourist nights are spent in hotels, while approximately 24% stay in households. On average, they stay at destinations for a very short time and change their place of residence several times. When we talk about the motives of arrival, sightseeing is the most important motive for travel (73%), followed by gastronomy (64%).See the profile of China’s emitting market here
The Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas) said on Wednesday that it would allow upstream companies to postpone paying annual Abandonment and Site Restoration (ASR) fees in a bid to keep Indonesia’s production levels on track as the COVID-19 crisis continues.The fees, which are used to address environmental issues associated with inactive oil and gas wells, will be collected next year instead. Companies are required to apply to SKK Migas for the relief.“This is our way to ensure that targets for this year and the following years are met,” said SKK Migas head Dwi Soetjipto in a statement. He said with the ASR relaxation, companies would have more liquidity to service and maintain their existing oil and gas wells. “Without that incentive, in the short term – two or three years ahead – the production decline might be sharper than in previous years,” he wrote in a text message.Oil and gas producers in Indonesia have welcomed SKK Migas’ ASR relaxation as it gives them more room to adjust their cash flow, said Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) executive director Marjolijn Wajong.IPA members comprise many of Indonesia’s top oil and gas producers, such as California-based Chevron, Texas-based ExxonMobil and London-based BP.“But at the end of the day, the incentive will help some companies while, for others, it may [not],” she told the Post on Thursday, explaining that IPA members’ financial circumstances differed.Many multinational oil companies have winded down investment in Southeast Asia because of economic pressures, said Angus Rodger, upstream research director at energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie Asia Pacific, in a press note on July 15.“If governments genuinely want more spending on big development throughout the region, they are going to have to fight for it,” he said.Topics : Postponing ASR payments is one of several relaxations SKK Migas has promised to oil and gas companies to keep their output in line with annual targets, despite this year’s crude oil price crash and the collapse in fuel demand.The price of Brent, an international oil trading benchmark, hit a low of US$19.33 per barrel on April 21. On Friday, it was $43 per barrel. Experts say that despite signs of recovery, crude oil prices will likely remain low – below $50 a barrel – until next year, when the health crisis is expected to abate.The task force has already revised down its 2020 oil production target by 4 percent to 725,000 barrels per day. It also revised down its gas production target by 14.2 percent to 5,727 million metric standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd), as a result of economic pressures.“The contribution of annual ASR fees to expenses is, as far I know, a fixed amount, and it’s quite significant under such price conditions,” oil and gas observer Tumbur Parlindungan told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
Deputy Sports Minister and head of the National County Sports Meet organizing committee, Andy Quamie, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports ComplexDeputy Minister for Sports G. Andy Quamie is no stranger to what is strange. Quamie, as those who know him will tell you, is a workaholic.He is a man who believes that negative changes and attitudes towards sports and others could be better if the media can help the Ministry of Youth & Sports to drum the information into the ears of the Liberian people.Few days before the just ended national county meet began, Minister Quamie, at a meeting with the sports media, insisted that, for example, while in other countries whenever a game is over, fans would right away decide to return home, in Liberia, whenever a game is over, the fans would jump over the fence onto the playing pitch. And this is against CAF and FIFA rule of safety.That action, he said, could cost Liberia dearly, and therefore he wanted the media to help inform fans against that practice. Hearing Minister Quamie speak on that issue, exposed his greatest passion for Liberian fans to change their negative attitudes towards the game.With optimism, Quamie said: “Things can get better if the media can help Liberians help their country.”Then the events of the 2018/19 soccer and kickball and later soccer meet began in the leeward counties as Andy and his team, including Minister D. Zeogar Wilson and others, jumped into action.Quamie, a FIFA and CAF Match Commissioner, did not leave the job for others to do. He did it and worked along with others at the ministry to get the job done and, in the end, success crowned the effort.In his official message to the followers of the county meet, Quamie said: “We may have made some mistakes, stepped on few toes during the discharge of our duties; we say sorry, and hope to improve as we go into the future. Together we can make LIBERIA great again.”Don’t you love this man? A very honest man, he realized that all may not have been done as anticipated and therefore he has set the agenda for the future of the County Meet.What prompted this article was when someone criticized the County Meet for being only soccer and kickball oriented, without basketball, track and field and other sports. I realized that the individual did not realize that every competition has a budget ceiling. And in a country that is “broke,” as observed by the President of Liberia as he took the helm of national leadership, prudence made it necessary for the government to use its limited resources wisely.Of course, there are critics that would not understand what I just explained and, therefore, using direct response to their accusations is a waste of time and the world will continue to move on anyway!As far as Andy Quamie is concerned, the success of the recent county meet was because of Liberians’ massive support to the County Sports Meet.“We are open to suggestions, recommendations, and advice in improving our biggest sporting event. We wish to express our warmest appreciation to our sponsors, partners, and the Government of Liberia for all the support,” Quamie said. That the organizers are prepared to receive suggestions that could improve on the future of the game is commendable.In any account, Orange Liberia’s support to the recent County Meet is without compare. As we await a future tournament of such proportion, may all of us realize that playing our respective roles well can mean the difference between failure and success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sinn Féin deputy Dáil leader Pearse Doherty TD has called for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland.Deputy Doherty was speaking during Leaders’ Question in the Dáil this afternoon.“What happened in Gaza yesterday was a massacre; there is no other way to describe it,” Deputy Doherty said. “Live ammunition and tear gas were used against unarmed Palestinians who were demanding their right to return to homes and villages they were expelled from in 1948.“58 people have been killed as a result of the actions of Israeli forces; including six children and more than 2,700 have been injured. It is shameful and on behalf of Sinn Féin, I want to wholeheartedly condemn the brutal and violent actions of Israeli forces. I also want to extend our solidarity to the Palestinian people.“The actions of Israel are undermining efforts to secure a sustainable and peaceful two-state solution and must be urgently challenged by the international community. Without sanction or an adequate diplomatic response, I fear more innocent civilians will be killed in the coming days.“It is long past time that the international community, and the European Union in particular, took action to oppose ongoing Israeli aggression and oppression and acted to defend the rights of the people of Palestine. “The onus is also on the Irish government to respond robustly. The Tánaiste met with the Israeli Ambassador this morning and urged restraint. Words are not good enough; the Tánaiste should have told him to pack his bags.“There can be no impunity for Israel’s mass killing of Palestinians civilians and its continued illegal occupation of Palestine.“In response to a British security assessment that Russia was involved in the Salisbury attack in March, the government acted quickly to expel a Russian diplomat – an even more robust response must apply in this scenario.“The government must expel the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland in response to these murders and the flagrant disregard for international law, as well as recalling the Irish Ambassador to Israel in protest.“The government must also now move to formally recognise the State of Palestine. A Sinn Féin motion to that effect was passed by the Dáil in 2014. The Seanad did likewise, and despite a commitment in the Programme for Government, the government has dragged their heels. The government should do so at this critical time and to make a stand for peace and progress in the Middle East.” ENDS Pearse Doherty calls for expulsion of Israeli Ambassador to Ireland was last modified: May 15th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)