Croatian cities continue to grow in popularity on the international tourism market

first_imgLondon is expected to lose third place in the rankings for 2019, ahead of Macau and Singapore. On the other hand, Paris will take advantage of any difference of visitors from the United Kingdom. Although intraregional travel is stable, arrivals from Asian markets, such as China and Japan, have outpaced the increase in visitors from the region. Intraregional travel remains the largest source of tourism, with almost 80 percent of travelers traveling within the region. This is the result of a strong regulatory framework and travel policies that make travel easier within the European Union and the Schengen area, which includes 26 European countries. Road and transport infrastructure in Europe is one of the strongest in the world. There are 853 airports in the region. The high-quality and wide rail and road network in Europe further facilitates intra-regional tourism. Europe is the second fastest growing regional destination after Asia and has recorded the largest number of arrivals in the world, according to the results of the report “Top 100 urban destinations 2018” by Euromonitor. Travelers are looking for newer, more localized experiences and less crowds, which makes these destinations desirable. The popularity and increased number of low-cost carriers to these destinations have also favored growth. London retained third place in the ranking of “Top 100 city destinations”, despite the decline in the number of arrivals due to Brexit. However, the future of the travel market in the UK remains uncertain, especially if visa restrictions are tightened as it will lose a lot of visitors from the European Union. center_img While traditional locations such as Milan, Berlin and Vienna have fallen in the rankings due to lower visitor interest, destinations such as Croatia, Slovenia and Sweden are climbing upwards. You can find the full report HERE. Key cities in Turkey are continuously climbing the ladder to improve security and devalue the Turkish lira, making Turkey an attractive European destination “for everyone’s pocket”. Source / photo: Euromonitorlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant rejoins Lakers in Ontario

first_img“I’m sure there is anytime you do something (medically),” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But he said it went great and it feels good.”Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, a former Lakers teammate and assistant coach, visited Bryant in the Lakers’ training room. At other moments, Bryant hung outside the team’s locker room chatting on his phone.Bryant didn’t speak to reporters. But he said in a courtside interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet that he had the knee procedure to ensure he could run at full strength and suggested he’s ahead of the Lakers’ initial estimate in mid-April that he’d sit miss at least six to nine months. Bryant’s teammates didn’t receive much insight from him. Consider Bryant’s response when Lakers forward Pau Gasol asked him about his trip to Germany.“He said it was cold,” Gasol said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bryant shed some insight on his Orthokine treatment by posting a picture of it Monday night on his Instagram account. That procedure entails Bryant’s blood being drawn, spun in a centrifuge and then reinjected into the knee in hopes to reduce the inflammation.Chemistry testThe word bothers D’Antoni so much that it makes him cringe. “I want my touches. I hate that,” D’Antoni said. “We play basketball. If they’re open, they’re open. If we have a mismatch, we’ll go to it.”D’Antoni brought up his pet peeve because both Gasol and Dwight Howard griped last season about their inconsistent touches. Although he conceded the drop-off in talent from Howard’s departure to Houston, D’Antoni believes Chris Kaman and Gasol will have better chemistry because of their complementary skill sets. After both traded sitting out the first two preseason games to rest, Gasol and Kaman teamed up against Denver and combined for 20 points on 11-of-22 shooting and 15 rebounds in 24 minutes.“It just makes it easier — both can play outside and both can play inside,” D’Antoni said. “That way we don’t have to keep Pau on the perimeter all the time and he can post up and be effective. Chris can do the same thing.”Injury updateJordan Farmar (strained calf) and Wesley Johnson (strained left foot) missed Tuesday’s game, but it’s possible they will play in the Lakers’ game Thursday against Sacramento in Las Vegas.center_img ONTARIO >> Adorned in gym clothes and headphones over his ears, Kobe Bryant stepped off the team bus and headed toward Citizens Business Bank Arena with the same movement he would on any other day.This wasn’t a typical day, though.Bryant rejoined the Lakers on the bench in warmups during their 90-88 preseason win Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets after staying in Germany the past week to have a procedure on his right knee. Midway through the second and third quarters, the half-empty arena chanted “We want Kobe,” though those unrealistic hopes never materialized. The Lakers haven’t offered a timetable on when Bryant will return after spending the past six months rehabbing his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. But he moved both without crutches and at a quick pace.Will there entail any recovery period for Bryant?last_img read more