Croatia finally has a helicopter transport service in its tourist offer

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first_imgWe often talk about luxury tourism, but many make the mistake of thinking that having a 5-star hotel in a luxury tourism destination is. Of course, top quality accommodation is taken for granted, but the whole destination as well as the offer of content must be at such a level that we can talk about luxury tourism. Just a 5 star hotel is not luxury tourism. It was through this prism that I kept asking the question: Can I rent a helicopter and, say, visit Dubrovnik from Split, or should someone from the airport take me by helicopter to the hotel. The answer has always been negative, even with amazement in the context of how it comes to my mind. This is one of the luxury offers, ie an option that our tourism must have if we want to develop a story about luxury tourism, of course in addition to luxury stores, content, accommodation, services, etc.… Like any target group, luxury tourism or guests of high paying power they have their needs and desires that we have to fulfill in order to attract them and justify their expectations. Today is finally the day that we can offer  helicopter transport service from the airport to any destination, as well as that hotels can offer this luxury service to their guests. Namely, the company Helitours from Slovenia, has enriched our tourist offer for luxury tourism with helicopter transport, and whose helicopters are currently positioned on the islands of Brač and Mali Lošinj, thus covering our entire coast, and even connecting the transport of people from / to Zagreb, which is certainly excellent news for our tourism. As Tom Mastnak from Helitours points out, they are currently starting with two Airbus Dauphins helicopters with which they offer a helicopter transport service, which are positioned on Brač and Lošinj and cover our entire coast, and even offer international flights to Montenegro, Slovenia, BiH and Italy. . “We offer two Airbus Dauphin helicopters that have two engines, which allows us to fly safely and stably over the sea and settlements, and which have a capacity of eight people. Range of 350 kilometers as the crow flies or 200 nautical miles, which is, for example, the distance from Zagreb to Hvar, and from Mali Lošinj we are in one hour in Venice. We have many years of experience in helicopter flying and we are currently the only helicopter operator with a European AOC certificate in this part of Europe with complex helicopters, so we compete at the very top of the offer in Europe.Mastnak points out.As I mentioned, the helicopters are strategically positioned on Lošinj and Brač, thus ensuring coverage of the entire coast. This is possible from transporting guests from the airport to any destination, even from Zagreb to the sea and vice versa, but there are many other options, such as renting a helicopter for panoramic flights and renting a helicopter for various tourist facilities or packages . Thus, a guest from Lošinj can visit Pula or Dubrovnik by helicopter or just go to a meeting in Zagreb and return immediately to the hotel. So, we are opening a new dimension and luxury offer to our guests. Helitours is currently cooperating with the Jadranka Group from Mali Lošinj and Sunčani Hvar, but as they have just started offering this service in Croatia and were more focused on obtaining all permits, they are just starting negotiations with hoteliers offering special cooperation packages. hoteliers in the luxury segment received an additional service that they missed so much, and we are certainly raising our luxury offer to a much higher level. “We offer hotels the possibility to have an additional helicopter transport service for their guests, how to pick them up at the airport or seaport, so that they organize additional tourist packages, and of course in that case defines a different price, ie hotels can increase earnings through the realized commission. The biggest interest is that guests can land and fly as close as possible to the hotel, and that’s exactly what they can, because I have a permit for extraordinary  landing with the consent of the landowner, and as hotel owners land helicopter can theoretically land 100 meters from the hotel, this is the smallest problem. Says Mastnak.As Mastnak points out, they started slowly because they want people to meet them, see that they are a serious and quality partner, and in the long run it is in their interest to connect our entire coast as well and efficiently as possible. They even offer the option of medical flights, in case of emergency medical transport, which is extremely important for the islands because it gives an additional sense of security to guests, which directly gives added value to the whole destination,  hoteliers and accommodation providers. Of course safety comes first, and in addition to helicopters having all the certificates and permits, Helitours boasts years of experience. As Mastnak points out, the owner of the company is a passionate fan of helicopters, who is also a pilot, and the whole story started back in 2006, when the company was founded.” We first started with a maintenance service as well as a flying school, later we expanded the offer to panoramic flights, and two years ago, in 2016, we bought the above-mentioned two Dauphin helicopters, which are now available on the Adriatic coast. By purchasing a two-engine helicopter from a non-complex organization, we have become complex and we have strengthened all safety standards, obtained all certificates and become a serious company that competes throughout Europe at the highest level. Our pilots are all former military or police pilots who have over 4.000 flight hours, the instructors have the highest level of education, and the maintenance service is made up of people with 30 to 40 years of experience. ” Mastnak pointed out and concluded that they are looking at the long term and are open to cooperation with hoteliers and destinations, in order to enrich the tourist offer of Croatia together. This is great news for our tourism, and especially hoteliers with 4+ and 5 stars as well as destinations that are trying to position themselves through luxury tourism, such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Mali Losinj, Rovinj and others. Our amazing indented coastline with a thousand islands is a paradise for boaters, who will service  Helicopter rental is certainly accepted with enthusiasm, as are all other guests in the premium segment. This is exactly one important link that our tourism lacked. Offer in the luxury segment that is common or standard in other destinations that are focused on this type of guests, and without which we can not seriously develop luxury tourism. After a great start to the ECA and connecting our coast and islands with seaplanes, which unfortunately ended ingloriously and badly,  this is a new opportunity to raise the supply scale to a higher level. The helicopter rental service is available in Croatia, and now it is mostly at hoteliers of higher categories as well as at destinations to arrange cooperation and offer their guests a new experience.last_img read more

Govt appoints Achmad Yurianto as spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters in Indonesia

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first_img“There [in Japan], he was diagnosed by doctors to have been infected with SARS coronavirus type 2,” Yurianto told the Post on Feb. 25.He had insisted that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was different from COVID-19.”What we have now is a COVID-19 epidemic. There are experts saying that COVID-19 is different from SARS CoV-2 and that the differences reach 70 percent,” he said.Read also: Patient in Cianjur did not die from COVID-19: Health MinistryThe International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), which is responsible for naming and classifying new viruses, announced on Feb. 11 that the virus that caused COVID-19 had been named SARS-CoV-2.The World Health Organization has also published a special webpage on the naming of the new coronavirus, with a section titled “Why do the virus and the disease have different names?”, providing a clear explanation. (nal)Topics : The government appointed on Tuesday the Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General’s secretary, Achmad Yurianto , spokesperson for all coronavirus-related matters following the country’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19.Presidential Secretariat deputy head of protocol, press and media Bey Triadi Machmudin said in a statement that Yurianto would handle all questions related to the coronavirus. Prior to his appointment, Yurianto had mixed up diseases and viruses when answering The Jakarta Post’s questions about a Japanese citizen who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon his return from a trip to Indonesia.last_img read more

The Latest: Jags, Cards donate $1M for virus crisis response

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first_img March 24, 2020 In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka. Associated Press “When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.”A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own.California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard.Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.” The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.” Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months.Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.”The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended. He is giving Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund $400,000. He is giving $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He is giving $75,000 to The Clara White Mission to provide food and care for the city’s homeless. He is giving the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $50,000 to provide needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning.He also is giving the local chapter of the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives throughout the country.Additional allocations will be made as the pandemic evolves and its effects on Jacksonville and northeast Florida residents continue to be realized.___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them. World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.” Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October. ___Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.”The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___ If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus.center_img The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed. The Latest: Jags, Cards donate $1M for virus crisis response The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.” Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak. Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.”The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics. The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.”___Jacksonville’s Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic.Khan committed $1 million to northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___ Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates. There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand. Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. last_img read more