How Facebook, Twitter differ on labelling Donald Trump’s US election posts

first_imgTwitter opted not to label the tweet. A spokeswoman said it was unclear what Trump was referencing by “a big WIN.” I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020Wednesday 12:49am ET (11:19am IST) – TRUMP: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”Facebook placed a label below the post: “Final results may be different from initial vote counts as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks.”- Advertisement – Wednesday 1:21am ET (11:51am IST) – TRUMP (in live video): “Frankly, we did win this election…This is a major fraud on our nation.”Facebook placed a label below the video: “Final results may be different from initial vote counts as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks.”Twitter opted not to label the tweet, saying clips of a press conference did not violate its policy and noting that numerous press organisations carried the video.Wednesday 10:04am ET (8:34pm IST) – TRUMP: “Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the ‘pollsters’ got it completely & historically wrong!”Facebook placed a label below the post: “Final results may be different from initial vote counts as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks.”Twitter hid the tweet, requiring a user to click to view it and limiting replies. Its label stated: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage and power of destruction?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020Wednesday 10:35am ET (9:05pm IST) – TRUMP: “WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT” (quote-tweet of claim questioning the legitimacy of ballot returns in Michigan)Twitter hid the quoted tweet, requiring a user to click to view it and limiting replies, but did not label Trump’s post.The comment did not appear on Facebook.Wednesday 11:55am ET (10:25pm IST) – TRUMP: “They are finding Biden votes all over the place — in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. So bad for our Country!”Twitter did not label the tweet. Here is a sampling of how the companies handled Trump’s posts starting on election night:Wednesday 12:45am ET (11:15am IST) – TRUMP: “I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!”Facebook placed a label below the post: “Votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election has not been projected.”- Advertisement – They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear — ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020Twitter hid the tweet, requiring a user to click to view it and limiting replies. Its label stated: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” They are finding Biden votes all over the place — in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. So bad for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020The comment did not appear on Facebook.Wednesday 12:01pm ET (10:31pm IST) – TRUMP: “They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear — ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!”Facebook placed a label below the post: “Election officials follow strict rules when it comes to ballot counting, handling and reporting.” Social media companies put warning labels on multiple posts by President Donald Trump that falsely claimed victory in the US election and pushed unfounded allegations about the counting of legitimate ballots.The companies differ in how directly they challenge false statements. Twitter labelled tweets as “misleading” and limited how they could be shared and seen. Facebook acted on more posts but did not describe the information as misleading or limit how they could be shared or seen.- Advertisement – Wednesday 10:17am ET (8:47pm IST) – TRUMP: “How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage and power of destruction?”Facebook placed a label below the post: “As expected, election results will take longer this year. Millions of people across the U.S. voted by mail, and mail ballots take longer to count.”Twitter did not label the tweet. – Advertisement – Twitter hid the tweet, requiring a user to click to view it and limiting replies. Its label stated: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”last_img read more

Beyond Meat, HD supply, Simon Property Group & more

first_imgPackages of “Impossible Burger” and “Beyond Meat” sit on a shelf for sale on November 15, 2019 in New York City.Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty Images HD supply — Shares of HD supply soared more than 20% in extended trading after Bloomberg News reported Lowes is in talk to acquire the industrial distributor. Novavax — Shares of the drugmaker ticked more than 6% lower in after-hours trading after missing on the top and bottom lines of its quarterly results. Novavax reported a loss of $3.21, compared to the expected earnings of $1.73 per share, according to Refinitiv. Revenue came in at $157.0 million, lower than the forecast $230.6 million.Occidental Petroleum — Shares of Occidental Petroleum fell about 5% after the energy company reported a wider-than-expected quarterly loss. The company posted a loss of 84 cents in the third quarter, versus an estimate of a loss of 72 cents. Its revenue came in above expectations, however. – Advertisement – Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: Beyond Meat — Shares of Beyond Meat tumbled more than 25% in extended trading after the alternative meat producer posted a big revenue miss as the pandemic weakened restaurant demand for its meat alternatives. The company said its revenue came in at $94.4 million, well below a FactSet estimate of $132 million.Simon Property Group — Shares of the mall owner tanked more than 7% in after hours trading on Monday after reporting disappointing earnings. Simon Property Group reported earnings of 48 cents per share, compared to the estimated 90 cents per share, according to Refinitiv. The company made $994 million, missing estimates of $1.08 billion. The stock surged 27.9% in regular trading Monday.- Advertisement – — CNBC’s Maggie Fitzgerald contributed reporting.center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Google Critics Call for Swift EU Antitrust Action in Joint Letter to Chief Margrethe Vestager

first_imgA group of 165 companies and industry bodies have called on EU antitrust enforcers to take a tougher line against Google, saying the US tech giant unfairly favours its own services on its web searches.The group includes US and UK companies as well as peers in 21 EU countries. It sent a joint letter to EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on Thursday, saying Google was giving its own services, such as those for accommodation, travel, and jobs, preferential placement in its search results and urging swift action to stop the practice.- Advertisement – Signatories to the letter, seen by Reuters, included longstanding Google critics Expedia, Foundem, Kelkoo, Stepstone, Trivago, and Yelp whose complaint triggered the EU shopping probe against Google.“While we compete amongst ourselves for the best consumer experience, there is one common competitor that does not compete fairly – Google,” the letter said.“Google gained unjustified advantages through preferentially treating its own services within its general search results pages by displaying various forms of grouped specialised search results (so-called OneBoxes),” it added.- Advertisement – OneBoxes outline information and images in boxes placed near the top of search results and are often ways for local businesses to get more visibility.For example, a search for local jobs might throw up a box offering Google’s job-search service, or a results for a flight query might have a box offering Google’s flights-search service.“With this exclusive use of OneBoxes, Google artificially keeps users within its own service and prevents them from visiting competing, more relevant services,” the letter said.The group said the Digital Markets Act, new EU tech rules in the pipeline that would prevent dominant online platforms from favouring their own services, would take too long to come into effect. They urged Vestager to act swiftly to ensure Google gave its rivals equal treatment in search results.“Many of us may not have the strength and resources to wait until such regulation really takes effect,” they said.Vestager is due to announce a draft law on December 2, which will need input from EU countries and the European Parliament before it can become legislation in a process that could a year or more. It is unclear how the new rules would affect Google’s presentation of its search results.© 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. Google, a unit of Alphabet, has refuted assertions that it unfairly favours its own services. It says that its users are not locked in and that competition to its services is just one click away on the Internet.Vestager has levied fines totalling EUR 8.25 billion (roughly Rs. 72,600 crores) against Google in the past three years for abusing its market power to favour its shopping comparison service, its Android mobile operating system and its advertising business.The 165-strong group, which says it is the largest-ever to write in concert to EU competition chiefs urging action, comprised 135 companies that offer online services plus 30 industry associations.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Minimalist’s 2021 Wall Calendar provides a unique way to visualize your year » Gadget Flow

first_imgWith the Minimalist’s Wall Calendar hanging in your home, you’ll view 2021 in an entirely new light. Thanks to its simple yet elegant design, this calendar lets you visualize your entire year in one glance. Printed in Nashville and designed in Cambridge, the calendar fits onto a single beautiful sheet of 24″ by 36″ Yupo paper. You’ll never have to flip through pages or be confused over what month it is. Instead, the calendar conveys the relentless passage of time: two weeks in a row, 62 rows in a year. Use it as a forgiving whiteboard with a dry erase marker or simply as a sheet of paper with a pen or pencil—you decide. Make this 2021 Wall Calendar yours. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Justice Samuel Alito—a white male heterosexual in high court’s 6-3 majority—explains victimization

first_imgAs only someone with every built-in privilege could do, Alito hetero-splained how no harm was done to a same-sex couple when a Colorado bakery refused to bake a cake for their wedding. The couple, he said, “was given a free cake by another bakery” and celebrities came to their defense. For many, he concluded, religious liberty “can’t be tolerated even when there is no evidence that anybody has been harmed.” Ah yes, oppressors as the victimized and the victimized as oppressors. There’s nothing quite so joyous as being dehumanized while planning a ceremony to celebrate your sacred union.Alito also complimented his own ability to see the supposed religious suppression coming when the high court delivered its historic 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Quoting from his dissent, Alito offered, “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers and schools.” “That is just what is coming to pass,” he continued, calling the protection of freedom of speech one of the Supreme Court’s “great challenges” moving forward. “We need to do whatever we can to prevent it from becoming a second-tier constitutional right,” he said. – Advertisement – Now there’s some pretty audacious privilege at work after four years in which white supremacy was culturally mainstreamed by an administration that sought to elevate it in both policy and rhetoric. In one of the most baldly political parts of the speech, Alito advocated for the special rights of conservative Christians to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans and same-sex couples, in particular.- Advertisement – Liberal Democratic lawmakers, as we all know, are the first to reach for their weaponry when conflicts arise. Seriously, the suggestion, while at least comprehensibly stated in full sentences, is positively Trumpian in its estrangement from reality.Perhaps fittingly, Alito also directed a good portion of his speech at skewering current public policies intended to limit spread of the coronavirus. “The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” he said. “We have never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive and prolonged as those experienced for most of 2020.”The restrictions, Alito argued, were the fault of “early 20th century progressives and the New Dealers of the 1930s” who prized “lawmaking by executive fiat rather than legislation” and eventually became too deferential to “experts,” which led to policy-making becoming more “scientific.” Egad—science!Apparently Republicans—the party of The People—adore stewarding public opinion for high-minded legislative outcomes that eschew rule by executive fiat. Honestly, it’s hard to even unpack that sequence of revisionism except to say that someone seems a little touchy about FDR’s campaign to limit the conservative impulses of a court that was, in fact, wildly out of step with public opinion at the time. In any case, no more pretending, as if there was ever any question. As Slate’s legal writer Mark Joseph Stern wrote, “That was easily the most political speech I’ve ever seen delivered by a Supreme Court justice. Wow. Same-sex marriage, guns, abortion, contraception, persecution of the Federalist Society … he really squeezed it all in there. Yikes.” – Advertisement – Except Alito forgot to outline any way in which bigoted speech has been limited. Religious conservatives are still just as free to denounce same-sex marriage as liberals are to call them bigots. That’s how free speech works.Unless, of course, Alito was purposely conflating free speech with the freedom to discriminate in public accommodations, which would call into question federal law as stipulated in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and later upheld by the Supreme Court.But Alito’s pro-discrimination advocacy wasn’t his only partisan play. He also decried any future efforts by congressional Democrats to limit the court’s right-wing reign over a center-left country, comparing it to autocratic intimidation. Recounting a story told by one Supreme Court justice from an authoritarian country, Alito said, “He looked out the window and saw a tank pull up and pulling its gun toward the court, message was clear: Decide the right way, or the courthouse might be, shall we say, ‘restructured.’”- Advertisement –last_img read more

The Masters: Key numbers behind Dustin Johnson’s record victory | Golf News

first_imgFOUR Johnson broke the record for fewest bogeys ever made by a Masters champion, with back-to-back blemishes on the final day two of only four dropped shots made during the tournament.FIVE A five-stroke victory for Johnson is the largest winning margin at Augusta National since Tiger Woods’ major breakthrough in 1997. It’s also the first time that two majors have been won by five or more shots in the same year since Woods followed a 15-shot win at the US open with an eight-shot win at The Open in 2000. How DJ won The Masters Relive a record-breaking display from Dustin Johnson at Augusta National. 4:18 Dustin Johnson put in another high-quality performance on the final day at the Augusta National to claim a record-breaking victory at the 84th Masters We take a look back at some of the key numbers from The 84th Masters after Dustin Johnson’s record-breaking victory at Augusta National.ONEJohnson’s victory makes him the first world No 1 to win the Masters since Tiger Woods won his fourth Green Jacket in 2002, with the Johnson the first world No 1 to claim any major since Rory McIlroy’s PGA Championship success in 2014.TWO The 2016 US Open champion is now a two-time major champion, putting him alongside the likes of Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman and John Daly. Johnson is now one of 83 male players to have won at least two majors in their careers.THREEMasters victory is Johnson’s third in a five-month period during a shortened 2020 golfing calendar, following on from his wins at the Travelers Championship and the Northern Trust, with the reigning FedExCup champion now a 24-time winner on the PGA Tour. Dustin Johnson put in another high-quality performance on the final day at the Augusta National to claim a record-breaking victory at the 84th Masters SEVENJohnson’s win means he has now posted top-six finishes in his last seven worldwide starts, a run that started with a share of second at the PGA Championship – the opening major of the year – in August.TEN Victory for Johnson came in his 10th appearance at Augusta National, with the win going one better than his joint runner-up finish to Woods a year earlier and his fifth consecutive top 10 at The Masters. Dustin Johnson secured a second major victory with a record-breaking win at The Masters; world No 1 finished five shots ahead of Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im at Augusta National to secure the Green Jacket. By Ali Stafford and 15th ClubLast Updated: 15/11/20 9:50pm Johnson carded rounds of 65, 70, 65 and 68 to secure his record-breaking win Johnson carded rounds of 65, 70, 65 and 68 to secure his record-breaking win

Global agencies want ‘swine’ out of virus’s name

first_imgApr 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – To quell the notion that pigs are to blame for the swine influenza H1N1 epidemic, three international agencies said today they would take the “swine” out of the virus’s name and call it “influenza A/H1N1” instead.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it has agreed with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to no longer refer to ‘swine flu’ but instead to ‘influenza A/H1N1.'”Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer, said in the FAO statement that there is no evidence that the new virus is circulating in pigs in Mexico or anywhere else and that pork consumption poses no increased risk of contracting the virus.The move comes in the wake of reports that Egypt began slaughtering pigs yesterday out of the mistaken concern that they could spread the new virus to people. Some countries have banned pork from Mexico and the United States for the same reason.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has been trying out a new name for the virus this week, but without removing “swine.” In Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and in other documents, the CDC has been referring to the virus as “swine-origin influenza A (H1N1).”The CDC Web page dedicated to the new virus is currently labeled “H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu).” A note on the page acknowledges inconsistencies in the name: “This is a rapidly evolving situation and current guidance and other web content may contain variations in how this new H1N1 virus of swine origin is referred to.”Over the coming days and weeks, these inconsistencies will be addressed, but in the interests of meeting the agency’s response goals, all guidance will remain posted and new guidance will continue to be issued.”A CDC spokesman who was queried about the shifting names today replied only that the name is being coordinated by the WHO.The CDC has said the virus contains a combination of genes from North American and Eurasian swine flu strains along with avian and human flu strains. But experts quoted in Wired magazine yesterday said the virus contains genetic material only from swine flu viruses. How and where the virus made the jump to humans has not yet been determined.In announcing the name change today, the international agencies did not explain how they would avoid confusion over the fact that one of the seasonal flu strains that circulates every year is also called influenza A/H1N1. An H1N1 strain is included in each year’s flu vaccine, along with a strain of A/H3N2 and infuenza B.Names such as H1N1 and H3N2 refer to influenza subtypes. The terms can be misleading, because two viruses of the same subtype may differ greatly in their ability to infect humans or other species. For example, the Asian variety of H5N1 avian flu virus is usually lethal to chickens and various other bird speices. But there are other viruses that are also called H5N1 that pose little danger to birds.See also: FAO swine flu page with statementhttp://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/19335/icode/CDC swine influenza pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/WHO statement about the virus and the safety of porkhttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2009/h1n1_20090430/en/index.htmlDec 30, 2005, CIDRAP News story “H5N1 avian flu viruses: What’s in a name?”last_img read more

Travel + Leisure included Hvar on the list of the best islands in the world

first_imgAt the end of 17, the well-known American magazine Travel & Leisure, in a competition of 2016 countries, declared Croatia the best tourist destination in the world, and among many reports about Croatia, Hvar is now on the top list of the world’s best islands. Travel + Leisure  which publishes top lists of top hotels, cities, cruises, as well as islands.Business Insider writes that the list was created by passengers with their vote, and Hvar, along with the neighboring Dalmatian islands, found its place on it. Hvar took an excellent ninth place, while Indonesian Bali is in eighth place. The top eight islands are Italy’s Ischia, Hawaii’s Kauai and Maui, Greece’s Santorini, the Ecuadorian Galapagos Islands, the Philippine Islands of Boracav, the Southern California Hilton Head and the Philippine Palawan.By the way, the digital magazine Travel and Leisure has over 5 million unique visits and 56 million views per month, and the magazine itself has over 900 thousand subscribers. This recognition is another great free advertisement for Croatia, and it is especially important that the results were generated by the visitors themselves who voted through the poll and chose Croatia as the best destination in the world, as well as Hvar among the best islands in the world.last_img read more

Why is tourism enough for us?

first_imgI have to admit that I don’t normally write essays and reviews. However, I have to comment on this topic, prompted by a statement that reads something like this: “For developed countries, tourism is a dessert, and for Croatia it is an appetizer, main course and dessert.”These and similar statements perfectly depict domestic public opinion, which suggests that the high share of the tourism sector in the structure of the economy is a negative phenomenon, because, according to them, tourism is a short-lived phenomenon that stands on glass legs. This opinion is one of the main obstacles to making the most of the tourist potential we have. It is at the heart of the reluctance to build new and improve existing infrastructure.Tourism is the futureIn addition to all its natural and cultural beauties, Croatia has the largest and richest emitting market in the world, only a few hours’ drive away. There are tens of thousands of private renters, and the emitting market numbers over 500 million people. According to some calculations, for every Croat who has his own accommodation unit, there are over 5000 potential guests.Tourism is an invisible export in which we sell products and services to citizens of other countries and receive huge amounts of foreign currency, for which we do not have to pay for transportation. If the earnings from tourism were included in the foreign trade of the Republic of Croatia, exports would be far higher than imports.Tourism encourages other industries. For example, for whom builders would build so many facilities without tourism, to whom electricians would install installations, to whom winemakers would place wines and to whom fishermen would place their fish… Existing facilities of satisfactory quality are usually filled before the new year. I guess if there were twice as many of these facilities, they would all be full by the summer.Tourism is on glass legsTourism is on glass legs, it is sensitive to various instabilities. We fear major economic crises, wars, terrorism… Isn’t every industry vulnerable to the same threats? Isn’t the vast majority of the economy of southern Germany based on the automobile industry. And what if the world runs out of oil – the Germans might fear. Therefore, when a crisis occurs, not only tourism suffers, but all other economic sectors as well. After all, every crisis passes, and tourism always continues to live, because travel and vacation are the basic needs of modern man. Those who doubt the sustainability of tourism can study the example of the Cote d’Azur, which has been “living off tourism” for over a century and has not tended to decline.Many see the problem in the seasonality of tourism. I would ask them: Is selling strawberries a seasonal or year-round business? Doesn’t every industry depend on occasional demand, isn’t the whole economy in some way seasonal? As long as the tourism sector brings in enough money, its seasonality is the least of the problems. Of course, it is desirable to extend and relieve the main tourist season and improve public infrastructure.Let’s not put all the eggs in the same basketI agree, those old people were wise. But the question arises “Where do we get the other baskets?” – How can we buy them if there are not enough eggs in the first one. We often hear how other industries need to develop. How? By what means? – From what will the state support and finance the development of these industries? Only income from tourism can encourage everything else. There is no need to invent hot water, the natural basis we got offers great potential for the development of the whole country through tourism. Not taking advantage of that opportunity would be more or less like someone giving you a big industrial production plant and you saying, “I wouldn’t, thank you.”People will always travel, probably even more in the future because travel is no longer a luxury but a basic human need of modern times.In the end, of course, tourism alone is not enough for us, and it is absurd to talk about it at all. What is important is that tourism is our most promising sector that can and should be the driving force for the development of the entire economy in the future.No, it’s no dessert, it’s our reality and the sooner we figure it out, the better it will be for us.Published by: Toni Vukusic[ GLASNO RAZMIŠLJANJE ] Dvije glave su uvijek pametnije od jedne, te ovim putem pozivamo sve da se uključe svojim glasnim razmišljanjem, stručnim mišljenjem, drugačijem pogledu na određenu problematiku i izazove, pozitivnim primjerom itd… jer jedino konstruktivnom i argumentiranom raspravom  možemo rasti i razvijati se kao pojedinci i kao struka. / vijesti@hrturizam.hrlast_img read more

HGK: Necessary rationalization of the system of tourist boards

first_img“Most of the funds for financing the system of tourist boards, around 680 million kuna per year, are provided from membership fees and sojourn taxes. The tourist membership fee of around HRK 483 million per year is paid by more than 62.000 companies, members of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, in addition to natural persons. Therefore, we expect this package of laws to ensure maximum transparency in spending funds, streamline the system of tourist boards and increase their efficiency.”, He pointed out at the presentation of the package Of the Law on Tourist Boards Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovačević.He also said that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce supports the draft laws because it is not permissible for 90 percent of revenues, and even more in some city tourist communities, to go to cold power and salaries, and only less than ten percent to tourism promotion.”This year, the Mediterranean has recovered, especially Greece and Turkey. This was felt on overnight stays in Spain and Italy, and we also felt a shortage of guests, especially in the eighth month. We are satisfied with this tourist year, but it should be said that in 2019 there will be an even harder battle than it has been so far.”, Said the president of the Tourist Business Council of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Franco Palma, noting in particular the still present difficulties regarding the workforce and the announcement of new laws. The presentation of the draft law on tourist boards was held by the State Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Tonči Glavina, who pointed out that they want to make Croatia a year-round destination that develops continental tourism. “That is why these laws are important, I hope that through them we will raise the competitiveness of our tourism and settle in the 20 best tourist countries in the world.”, Said Glavina, explaining that the Law on Tourist Boards reorganizes the system according to the model of destination management, which has been a global trend for a decade, and that it will encourage the association of communities and destinations through a special fund and business rationalization. The Law on Tourist Tax emphasizes decentralization, and the decision on the amount of sojourn tax will be left to the counties. The Law on Tourist Membership Fees aims to relieve the burden on the economy and introduces a fairer model for the distribution of membership fees. “As many as 21 activities were deleted from the membership tax payer, and the membership fee was reduced by an additional 12. So far, 53 percent of private renters have not paid membership fees at all due to the inability to control the system, so revenue is expected to increase”, Concluded Glavina. The director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, gave an overview of the current course of the 2018 tourist year. “Data from e-visitors for the first nine months show that 18 million arrivals were recorded, which is an increase of 5,8 percent compared to the same period last year and slightly more than 100 million overnight stays (3,7 percent more than in 2017. ). It is very important that this growth is accompanied by revenues whose growth in the first six months was 10 percent”, Pointed out Staničić, adding that in the peak season we do not have excessive space for growth, but that is why we achieved significant growth in the first and third months due to the European Handball Championship and the earlier establishment of airline flights. “Family accommodation accounts for 43 percent and hotels for 26 percent of overnight stays. The structure of the accommodated capacities has a great influence on seasonality, so we will have to deal with this problem in the future. The largest increase in the number of guests was recorded in family accommodation (9,8 percent), hotels (4,2 percent), camps (2,4 percent), while in nauticals there was a decline of 1,2 percent, partly due to recent growth fees “, explained Staničić and emphasized two key trends in domestic tourism.”The first is that in the top emitting markets we recorded a slight growth and a positive trend in tourist traffic. Another important trend is high growth rates from distant markets. So European markets are most important to us, but it is important that we do dispersion and do not depend only on certain guests”, Said Stanisic.By the way, most guests come from Germany (20 percent), followed by Slovenia, Austria and Poland, and from domestic destinations, Istria, Zadar and Zagreb are growing the most.Related news:DRAFT PROPOSAL OF TOURIST LAWS PACKAGE PRESENTEDlast_img read more