Plava Laguna will be fully responsible for the organization and promotion of this mega event, while the public sector by signing a letter of intent committed to support through infrastructure, technical and financial assistance, as this event will greatly contribute to the promotion of Porec, Funtana and Istria as desirable sports and entertainment destinations. Plava Laguna, Istria County, the City of Poreč, the Municipality of Funtana, and the tourist boards of cities and counties have signed a letter of intent to support the new top event that will arrive in Poreč in the spring of 2019. “The common goal is for this event to become a traditional promoter of tourism, sports, health, diversity and entertainment in Istria” they pointed out from the Blue Lagoon. “We are thrilled to bring the 5150 Triathlon Series competition to this beautiful corner of Croatia, and we are convinced that athletes from the entire EMEA region will have not only a great race experience, but also a wonderful weekend in Poreč ‘, said Stefan Petschnig, Director for IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa, adding that for many athletes, the idea of competing in the IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race can be extremely daunting, but that the 5150 is available to many athletes of all abilities. Namely, Plava Laguna has signed a contract with the World Triathlon Corporation, the owner of the license for Ironman, for the 5150 race, which will be held in 2019 and 2020 in Poreč. It is a 5150 race, or Olympic triathlon, which means 1.5-km swimming, 40-km cycling and 10-km running, which will be held on May 5, 2019 on the stretch from Funtana to Porec. This TOP sports event will gather over 500 participants, and another 1500 visitors are expected, said race director Goran Vrus, adding that the Ironman 5150 race itself will be held on May 05, 2019. In addition to the Blue Lagoon 5150 Triathlon Poreč, the race, which is official name, IRONKIDS and IRON GIRL races are planned for August 6, 2019. Starting with one race in 1978, IRONMAN has become a global sports sensation with more than 230 events in 53 countries.
“CNTB figures say that in the first six months, Croatia recorded 6,8 million arrivals (+6 percent) and 26,2 million overnight stays (+3 percent). This is an excellent result given the challenging tourist year and the recovery of our competitive markets and points to the strengthening of the tourist offer in the pre-season periods, ” pointed out the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovačević. Igor Borojević, Head of the CNTB Market Strategy Department / Photo: HGK “The number of beds has increased by 4 percent, primarily in private accommodation, and occupancy rates are relatively low. In the last three years, we have received 165.000 new beds, of which 154.000 are private, while we have grown very modestly in hotel accommodation. Despite that, hotels were the carriers of tourist traffic in the first half of the year with 50 percent of arrivals and 39 percent of overnight stays. “, said Borojevic, noting that 2/3 of our main emitting markets have grown. High growth rates have been achieved with some as well long haul markets such as the US (13,7 percent), China (41 percent) and Taiwan (53 percent). Distant markets collectively in the first half of the year have a share of 20 percent in total arrivals and 10 percent in overnight stays, and over 80 new airlines have contributed to this. Istria, Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County are the leading destinations, while Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Zagreb are the most visited cities. “After several years of growth at unrealistically high rates caused by external factors, there is a slight stagnation, and probably a decline that will be most felt in private accommodation, although the CNTB data for the first six months show the opposite. We have to prepare well for new circumstances and be ready to fight for every guest “, pointed out the president of TPV HGK Franco Palma. Barbara Mesić, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, presented the project of special benefits “A week worth vacation” of the Ministry of Tourism and CNTB, which is intended for domestic tourists. As part of the project, all visitors and tourists would be offered the best prices on all tourist offers in the period from 18 to 27 October 2019, and all tourist entities can join the action. “Our goal is to create a Croatian ferragosto”, Said Mesic. Barbara Mesić, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism: Our goal is to create a Croatian ferragosto Caterers have a drop in guests and traffic, so again they are crying out for a reduction in VAT, and the least oscillations should have camps where the return of Turkey and Greece is not a direct competition. According to the experience of the profession from the field, in addition to private accommodation, the decline is most felt in the charter, which in the last three months offers big discounts to sell off boats. Hotels, especially those of a higher category, should continue to grow slightly, although our prices are 10 to 30 percent higher than in Spain or Greece, which could hit us in the future. Igor Borojević, Head of the CNTB Market Strategy Service, emphasized that these figures represent only a third of arrivals, ie a quarter of overnight stays, and July and August, in which we achieve half of the annual indicators, will be crucial for assessing the entire season. A session of the Tourist Business Council (TPV) of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, at which the current course of the tourist season and expectations until the end of 2019 were discussed, and the Worthy Holiday Week project was presented. Find out more about the “Vacation Week Worthy” project in the attachment.
The Panthers had the controversial statue of their founder and former owner removed Wednesday, a couple years after Richardson sold the franchise to David Tepper for $2.2 billion in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. The Panthers in a statement said they were “moving” the statue, and the Charlotte Observer reported “it will remain to be seen when and if” the statue will be put back.Jerry Richardson statue is off Panthers property. pic.twitter.com/TjpPsBPrRt— Joe Person (@josephperson) June 10, 2020″We were aware of the most recent conversation surrounding the Jerry Richardson statue and are concerned there may be attempts to take it down,” the team said. “We are moving the statue in the interest of public safety.”Indeed, protesters against racial injustice have taken to the streets of Charlotte in the weeks following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. The 13-foot statue was located on the north side of the stadium. According to the Observer, “there has been speculation online that the statue would be an eventual target” of protesters.Panthers statues will be leaving with Richardson. pic.twitter.com/wMPJ2JmkGs— Joe Person (@josephperson) June 10, 2020The Panthers are removing the statue of Jerry Richardson right now. pic.twitter.com/0x9eNsEHN2— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) June 10, 2020A spokesman for Richardson, 83, released the following statement on the Panthers moving the statue: “Mr. Richardson has made no public comments about the Panthers or the NFL since the sale of the team and doesn’t plan to do so now as a private citizen. He has worked to treat all people fairly in his business and personal lives and, like many other Americans, is troubled by recent events in Minneapolis, Charlotte, and around the country.” After his purchase of the team in 2018, Tepper told reporters he was “contractually obligated” to keep the Richardson statue in place.A couple weeks before his sale of the team was finalized, Richardson was fined $2.75 million by the NFL after a league investigation confirmed allegations of workplace misconduct. Sports Illustrated a few months prior had reported that at least four former Panthers employees received “significant” monetary settlements as a result of inappropriate workplace conduct by Richardson, including “sexually suggestive language and behavior, and on at least one occasion directing a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout.”Days after that report was published, Richardson announced he would sell the team. Had the Panthers not taken down the statue of Jerry Richardson in front of Bank of America Stadium, somebody else would have done it for them.At least, that’s the reasoning the team is going with.